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11. Bootcamp only real answer Oct 19, 2012, 01:37 WaltC
Such a strange announcement, although I imagine a very inexpensive one to make from their perspective. If it doesn't pan out, it's little ventured and little gained or lost for Gog. The OS X games are OpenGL ports of D3d Windows games, often published six-months to three years after the original Windows D3d game titles ship. Even the handful of new games that are Win7 & OS X simultaneous shipments ROOB are still OS X ports of the Windows D3d authentic games. With the highest-quality OS X ports there will still be stuff missing from the original Windows games--still be inferior ports, as a result. And as the rule, not the exception.

Seems like a brain-dead announcement from Gog (or Steam, for that matter.) What makes sense--a truckload of solid, common sense, though, is for Gog to produce, if necessary, OS X-oriented "tutorials" to bring Mac owners up-to-speed on the marvelous Bootcamp software Apple includes free of charge inside OS X! With Bootcamp--the Mac game player is forced to accept no compromises, no second-best code and configurations! Bootcamp is not an emulator, and it simply automates and dumbs-down the Windows installation process for the n00bish OS X game player who--let's face it--is a n00b in every sense of the word else he'd have passed up a Mac long ago. (We were all n00bs once, and those of us who lived and learned did so because we listened to the advice of our much more knowledgeable peers.)

Be that as it may--the Mac *is* a PC and so it will natively support Windows & OS X in a dual-boot configuration which allows the Mac user to get the most out of both OS X & Windows. With Bootcamp, all of the major and minor D3d Windows games are available *now* & *today*--no waiting on OpenGL ports that may never come! No waiting and nail-biting and hand-wringing and incessant, cry-baby complaining! Mac users need to take the bull by the horns and use their Mac just like the x86, 100% IBM-PC compatible clone it is!

Going the native Windows route and using Bootcamp is so obviously the *preferred* method of running Windows games on today's x86 Mac PCs, that I really wonder at the motive of those who would even suggest that Mac owners take the passive approach and simply wait and beg and cry for OS X OpenGL ports of Windows' x86 D3d 3d games!

Waiting on OS X games to port over is a waste of time. Booting your Mac via Windows *natively* (NO software emulation of any kind!) is the way to go for the kind of instant gratification most game players want! The game ships today for Windows and it's a blockbuster! I want the game now and I have a Mac. I don't want to wait. Simple.

Run Bootcamp now and have it all now!

To passively wait and hope for an inferior OpenGL port *in the months/years* ahead is to go the OS X route. That sucks, frankly. Very bad, bad, bad advice.

Bottom line: you have a modern Mac and you love PC games and you want to play them in their original forms *when they ship*! Aside from Bootcamp you have only one more option! Sell your Mac, buy or build a decent Windows clone, and run your games & your productivity software now. Immediately.

Basically put: if you buy a Mac based on the hyperbole you've heard about "Macs and games" you are being fleeced and suckered. Either buy your Mac and go 100% Bootcamp and run your Windows games natively on your Mac--or else don't buy a Mac at all and save yourself enormous problems and frustrations as time moves on.

"PC Games" and "OS X" are an oxymoron. "PC Games" and "a Mac" is a marriage made in heaven. The key is Bootcamp/Windows. The kicker is that Apple provides Bootcamp free for all Mac users--but stupidly, stubbornly enough, they'd rather wait on pie-in-the-sky, inferior, OpenGL ports of the games they want to play, while just hoping against hope that one day there *will be* such a port of their favorites game available for OS X.

Again--problem is not the Mac--it's OS X. And yet OS X includes Bootcamp so that no Mac owner need stand around with his hands in his pocket whining for the day when his favorite Windows game gets ported to OS X--if ever!

Bottom line: if you buy a Mac to begin with then don't forget that your Mac is as much a Windows box as it is an OS X box--but you cannot get the benefits from the Windows software the Mac will run natively under Windows if you don't install and run Windows on your Mac!

Can it be any simpler? I cannot see how. Good luck!

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