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Tuesday, August 7, 2007
id's Todd Hollenshead Discusses Mac Gaming Viability
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 9 comments

Joystiq recently had the chance to interview id Software's Todd Hollenshead. The CEO of the legendary game company discussed a variety of topics including id's Tech 5 engine, the company's efforts to branch out into the mobile market, and the status of the Mac as a gaming platform.

The Mac platform, by all accounts, seems to be growing phenomenally, perhaps not as a gaming platform. Are you guys kind of taking a gamble that with something like id Tech 5 you can maybe reinvigorate the Mac as a gaming platform or hope to get some more attention on it?

I'm going to doing something unusual. I'm going to be real frank with you about this stuff. My honest concern about that is that I think a lot of people who are gamers and have Macs will run the games in Windows. So is OS X, is their operating system going to be a platform? I don't know. Can their hardware be a platform? Now, I think, yes.

I think it remains to be seen, i think Apple is saying all the right things and so far they've been doing all the right things to address the long-standing complaint from people, whether they're Mac addicts, the hardcore, the people who will defend Jobs and all the decisions he makes to the death still complain about the Mac as gaming platform which all gets redirected to "Well, developers don't support the platform. I think id has been far more supportive than any random developer or publisher you want to pick, but I think the reason that the reason developers and publishers haven't supported the platform is because the numbers have been tiny. I think there's some push-pull that goes on there, but I think that Apple, to really make the platform grow into something from a gaming standpoint that is going to be something where people are like "I can't wait to play my new Mac because there's all kinds of games I want to play on it," I think there's a lot of work to be done before we're there. But at least, as of now, we're headed in the right direction.

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Joystiq: Todd Hollenshead Q&A
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