id's Graeme Devine Stumps for Mac
6:00 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story
It is no secret that Graeme Devine, a prominent figure in the gaming industry from its earliest origins, is a fan of the Mac platform. Currently working for id Software, Graeme has praised both the Mac hardware and the upcoming Mac OS X numerous times in interviews and in his .plan file.
His latest interview, conducted by GameSpy, is no exception. While a lot of the interview is fluff questions and attempts by the interviewer to appear clever, it does have this very nice question and response which should be a morale boost for Mac gamers everywhere:
GameSpy: You're a Mac fan in an industry that's been criticized for its lack of Mac support. What do you see in the future of gaming and game development on the Mac platform?Sadly, the rest of the interview doesn't contain much of interest to gamers; there is no progress report on id's current projects, Quake III Team Arena (an expansion pack for the eponymous shooter) and the Doom sequel in the planning stages. However, it is always nice to get a Mac-friendly comment from an industry leader.
Graeme Devine Interview at GameSpy
Devine: Ah ha! That's a loaded question. I believe in the Mac platform and in the direction they have. The hardware that's out now is leaps and bounds ahead of the PC in terms of style and ability. Cheap 11 mbit wireless networking has been on Apple computers and portables for a year now, standard on many models. Optical mice are standard, flat screen displays that provide USB and are powered through a single cable. All these things eventually add up into a significant lead.
OS X is a major step forward, the public beta ships September 13th. It's a true from-the-ground-up multimedia OS than integrates a great UI, feature set, and is a dream to program for. This is definitely a platform to be excited about using and developing on.
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