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Thursday, March 24, 2005

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Brad Oliver On Enemy Territory
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With over 5,000 downloads to date in just a matter days, the free first-person shooter, Enemy Territory, has become popular with Mac gamers. Aspyr's Brad Oliver, who helped in the Mac conversion has posted some interesting details in his blog about Enemy Territory, a popular mod called True Combat: Elite, and about an upcoming Return to Castle Wolfenstein patch.

Here's his blog entry:

A while back (sometime last year, I think) I posted publicly that I'd do the Mac conversion of this one for free if someone could hook me up with the code. Given that ET is free itself, this seemed about the only way to get it to the Mac. As it turns out, my plea didn't fall on deaf ears: Timothee Bessett at id and Dan Hollis (of the ETPro mod team) got in touch with me around mid-to-late December to see if I was still interested, so around mid-to-late January, I was able to finally get going on it. The key to making this work was the release of the 2.60 patch for ET for Win32 and Linux. It gave us the perfect opportunity to get the necessary Mac binaries into the new patch to allow it all to work right.

The timing was kinda bad for me, since I was doing this in my spare time, and pretty much all of my spare time has recently been consumed with a) house hunting, b) house buying and c) house cleaning/painting/repairing in preparation for d) house moving this Saturday. ;-) Ironically, my free time will return to normal here in about two weeks - such is life. ;-) Fortunately, both TTimo and Dan gave a tremendous amount of support to me and the Mac port in general. They both made code fixes and did testing on the Mac version. TTimo also put together the installer, which ended up being a non-trivial task. Ryan Gordon had some interesting things to say about the state of installers on the Mac not so long ago - I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to find his quotes. :-)

One notable thing about ET mods: most of them are very PC-specific and will need to be recompiled to work on the Mac. I've already tried to contact the True Combat: Elite guys, since it's apparently a very popular mod. Hopefully we'll see some progress soon.

If you haven't downloaded Enemy Territory, be sure to head over to

Aspyr Media
Westlake Interactive
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Brad Oliver's Blog
MGF: Enemy Territory Mac 2.60
Buy Return to Castle Wolfenstein

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