Gas Powered Games To Include Mac Development Going Forward

Gas Powered Games To Include Mac Development Going Forward

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Chris Taylor of Gas Powered Games said that he loves Valve's announcement that they are bringing Steam to Apple's Mac platform.

Having just released Supreme Commander 2 on Valve's Steam service last week for the PC, Chris Taylor knows how important digital distribution is. I asked him at GDC 2010 what he thought of Valve's announcement that they will be supporting Macs. Taylor's short answer: "I love it."

"I heard that Apple's market share was 10 or 11% and that last year that grew by 30%," Taylor said. "So taking a 10 or 11% slice of the pie and making that a 14 or a 15% slice of the pie, that is awesome growth. It shows that the OS X platform is really picking up speed. That's super exciting, we need that in the world. We need that kind of balance in our market."

Taylor was quick to point out that although Apple has a different operating system, Mac computers run on the same hardware as PCs running Windows. "They're both using Intel chips. So that doesn't propose a lot of cost in changes, they're both using ATi and nVidia graphics hardware. You're talking about a very easy platform to bring PC games over to."

Taylor went so far as to state that Gas Powered Games would be behind Mac support on Steam from now on: "We, as a developer, will include a Mac platform option in all of our proposals moving forward. We're in 100% support of it. Absolutely."

"Kudos to Valve," Taylor said. Bringing Steam to the Mac platform is "a great, great move."

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This just keeps getting better and better! It's been forever since i could reliably find the "mac version".
Edit: This is some great stuff for me I tell you what. It's been about a decade.

If this keeps up I might be tempted to shift over to a mac. I've never owned one but they just seem more polished and less slapdash like the average PC, admittedly they are ridiculously more expensive though.

Meh, I don't have a good enough graphics card, even though I have a mac.
I'm apathetic about this.

It's so beautiful! *sniff*

I can't believe that people still don't understand why valve are doing this.

They are trying to unite the gamers of the world! And then they will brainwash us with videogames and create an infinite nerd-army!

This is fan fucking tastic.

Nerf Ninja:
If this keeps up I might be tempted to shift over to a mac. I've never owned one but they just seem more polished and less slapdash like the average PC, admittedly they are ridiculously more expensive though.

Hopefully If more people buy then they'll get cheaper

Hubilub:
I can't believe that people still don't understand why valve are doing this.

They are trying to unite the gamers of the world! And then they will brainwash us with videogames and create an infinite nerd-army!

And that's bad... why?

I am so excited about steam coming to mac

He nearly made an apple pie pun. I like that this is happening, now I can take the orange box on the road

i never used intel macs .i have question for mac users,
can you upgrade your gpu, ram and such in mac PCs?

saejox:
i never used intel macs .i have question for mac users,
can you upgrade your gpu, ram and such in mac PCs?

I can't see why not. The old G4s were pretty customizable with the caveat of a lot of propritary architecture. Now that the moterolla chips are a thing of the past this should be possible. That said, the laptops aren't fully upgradable, but that's always been the case.

saejox:
i never used intel macs .i have question for mac users,
can you upgrade your gpu, ram and such in mac PCs?

You can definitely upgrade parts of the mac pro, but I don't know about the Macbook's or the I iMacs.

Well, this might revive gaming on OS X. It's funny, because when Apple made the switch to Intel, half the mac gaming community jumped with glee because they thought it would mean more ports to Mac, now that the game would be running on the same core architecture, while the other half (myself included) pointed out that it would in fact mean LESS because anyone could just dual boot into Windows and pick up any game without having to wait another year to two years for a port to come out at the same price as the original release. Kudos to Valve.

MR.Spartacus:
This just keeps getting better and better! It's been forever since i could reliably find the "mac version".
Edit: This is some great stuff for me I tell you what. It's been about a decade.

You're not missing much. Unless they go back and do a mac version (I'm loathe to use the word "port", it seems to always mean "complete shite") of SupCom 1, all you're missing out on is an average generic RTS.

Well, now Valve knows they are going to have developers surrporting them, which is a great thing.

Go go Mac users! lol

I can't wait for Steam on my Mac. I have a few games currently on my laptop. But... it's not really a great experience with an Intel graphics chip...

Lol when I saw "gas powered games" I thought it was gonna be a crazy steampunk gamesconsole or something!
OT my mate will be happy at this news.

its a sad day...

From an OS-neutral perspective, this is a good thing.

I've thought about switching to a Mac before, but always stopped short. Why?

Games. I play games. Lots of games. And games tended not to be ported, so that'd leave me high and dry.

Additional bonus - this will certainly put pressure on Microsoft to keep improving Windows (although I'm really quite happy with my x64 Win7 install).

Sebenko:

MR.Spartacus:
This just keeps getting better and better! It's been forever since i could reliably find the "mac version".
Edit: This is some great stuff for me I tell you what. It's been about a decade.

You're not missing much. Unless they go back and do a mac version (I'm loathe to use the word "port", it seems to always mean "complete shite") of SupCom 1, all you're missing out on is an average generic RTS.

I guess I should've phrased that differently. I just meant that I like it as a trend. I wonder if there will be a mac version of Starcraft 2.

okay this is starting to get weird... maybe apple had a hand in this?

MR.Spartacus:
I wonder if there will be a mac version of Starcraft 2.

Blizzard has ALWAYS released Mac and PC versions of their games at the same date.I fail to see why Starcraft II should be an exception

Excellent news!
Now lets hope Mac-owners use this opportunity and buy a bunch of games in order to urge developers to port more.

Now that I finally went from a Mac to a gaming PC, I get this.
Great news for Mac users though :D

As I said: it's an important step. Valve is leading a charge, and soon enough Mac will have a much greater game library. Looking forward to it. :D

And its just a cascade of god news thanks to a company like Valve taking the first step. Heres hoping some other companies will follow suit, and develop for the Mac as well.

Aeshi:

MR.Spartacus:
I wonder if there will be a mac version of Starcraft 2.

Blizzard has ALWAYS released Mac and PC versions of their games at the same date.I fail to see why Starcraft II should be an exception

Agreed, I see all my Blizzard games are hybrids- Diablo II, Starcraft, Warcraft III and all the expansions are PC Mac CDs.

"We need that kind of balance in our market." (referring to 15% market share)

Well, i think 50%-50% is better (being more balanced), but as long as Mac gets some games :-).

 

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