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Friday, April 6, 2001
Blizzard on Playing Games With Mac OS X
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An IMG reader mailed Blizzard Entertainment with a question about playing StarCraft under Mac OS X, Apple's recently-released next-generation OS. As many of you have discovered, playing games in Classic (the Mac OS X compatibility layer for non-native applications) is hit-and-miss, and the more demanding a game is in terms of graphics and sound, the less likely it is to perform adequately. Here is Blizzard's position on playing their titles in Classic:

At this time we do not have an official statement prepared in regard to
support for Mac OS X. When an official statement is prepared, we will post
the appropriate announcements to our web site.

At the current time, the Classic environment is missing support for the
following essential technologies or only partial support is available: Game
Sprockets, PPP connections to the internet. As a result you may experience
a number of problem running our games in Classic Mode. We strongly
recommend you run our games in Mac OS 9.1

Collin Smith

Online Support Representative

Blizzard Entertainment

In September of last year, Blizzard suggested that several "current and future" titles would be Carbonized for Mac OS X, including Diablo II. At that time little was known about gaming technologies for Mac OS X, but we suspect that Blizzard will act quickly to support OS X with their projects in progress (Diablo II: Lord of Destruction and WarCraft III) and will update their past titles as well -- though perhaps not as far back as WarCraft II. In any case, be sure to report your own experiences with running Blizzard titles (and any other games) under Mac OS X in our related forum, so others can share thoughts and possible solutions.

Forum Thread on Blizzard Games and Mac OS X

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