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Tuesday, May 22, 2001
 
Games Demonstrated on OS X at WWDC
11:41 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

A short but interesting report posted on MacCentral details the games being demonstrated on the latest Apple hardware at the World Wide Developer's Conference, just getting underway. Among the list of games running natively on Apple's next-gen OS you will find American McGee's Alice, Oni, Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2, Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2.


The short report does contain one fascinating bit of information, contained in the following:

he frame rates witnessed at the arcade are high, 60+ frames per second from the Cocoa version of Quake Team Arena. What is more exciting is that this is at a resolution of 1024 x 768 with all of the game's graphics features turned on. Additionally, this is using stock NVIDIA drivers -- those developed for the GeForce2 MX, and not drivers specifically developed for GeForce3.
If this is indeed the case, that the cards are running on GeForce 2 MX drivers -- which is certainly possible, as NVIDIA uses "unified" driver models that support all of their cards at once -- it would explain both the slower-than-expected speeds witnessed at E3 and innermac's experience with the Geforce3 card which recounted many of the same bugs as their tests of the GeForce2 uncovered. It would also explain why GeForce3-specific features such as high-resolution anti-aliasing are not yet enabled.


IMG will be getting our hands on a GeForce3-equipped Mac in the near future, and we will bring you a firsthand report of our experiences, along with benchmarks. In the meantime check out the MacCentral report and make sure to visit the WWDC page to keep up on what is happening at this crucial meeting of the minds between developers and Apple.

Apple's WWDC Web Site
Games on Mac OS X Demoed at WWDC, at MacCentral


Other Mac Games News for Tuesday, May 22, 2001

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McGee's Alice To Hit Silver Screen?10:24 AM
Shadowbane Enters Phase Two Beta, Confirms Euro Publisher9:46 AM
E3: Final Thoughts, Wrap-up9:20 AM
Kids Domain Update9:20 AM
Aspyr: Tony Hawk 2, TR5, Alice Info9:13 AM
Mac Tropico OS X, Editor Status9:08 AM
Shadowbane Interview at SBVault9:03 AM
Tomb Raider Trilogy Announced9:02 AM
 
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Mac Games News for Monday, May 21, 2001

E3: MacPlay Report on BG2, Fighter Squadron4:50 PM
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IMG Chats with MacSoft2:49 PM
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Q3A 128 OS X Native, Q3Radiant Axed2:00 PM
E3: IMG Report on Summoner, Red Faction1:26 PM
E3: Myth III Trailer10:33 AM
ATI Driver Update On The Way10:30 AM
Q3A Point Release Update10:21 AM
Myst III Troubleshooting Update9:54 AM
E3: New Dragon's Lair 3D Screenshots9:44 AM
E3: Myth II: Green Berets Announced9:38 AM
E3: Neverwinter Nights News9:32 AM
First Mac Geforce3 Preview9:27 AM
Mac Deus Ex Multiplayer Guide Posted9:20 AM
Baldur's Gate III to be 3D?8:42 AM
E3: Warcraft III Interview8:20 AM
E3: Sims Online Preview, Images6:00 AM
 
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