Will Boot Camp decimate licensing of some Mac game conversions?

“With the introduction of Apple’s Boot Camp software, Intel- based Macs can now dual-boot Windows XP and Mac OS X. Many people are curious about games performance, and while it’s still a bit early as I write this to provide you with hard and fast numbers, I can tell you this much unequivocally: It works. And it works really well,” Peter Cohen reports for Macworld. “I’ve been playing with Windows XP SP2 on a 20-inch Intel-based iMac. And it really works quite remarkably. I’ve thrown a bunch of game demos and full games at it, and I haven’t found one yet that doesn’t work.”

“People who keep an eye on the Mac game market are worried about this turn of events, and from my perspective, rightfully so: I fully expect that this will effectively decimate the licensing of some Mac conversions of high-profile AAA list releases that fall into the ‘hardcore’ gaming camp,” Cohen writes. “But all in all, that’s a pretty small bunch of gamers. There are still a lot of games that carry a huge amount of mass market appeal that will continue to come from the same Mac publishers that we know now… A year or two down the road, I hope that Apple’s market share will look much larger than it is today. And if a significant percentage of those buyers are drawn to Macs because they can run Windows, all for the better—because they’ll get to know and love Mac OS X as many of us do now.”

Full article here.

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49 Comments

  1. It all depends on one thing. If after a couple of years Apple can prove that only a small percentage of Intel Mac users have installed Windows, then the conversions will continue. Otherwise kiss goodbye to Mac versions of games. Developers already have three platforms to code for (XBox, PS3, PC) with a fourth from Nintendo on the horizon. There’s no way they’ll code for a fifth unless they really have to.

  2. We mustn’t forget that people who buy a Mac to run Winblows will also be exposed to superior hardware. Something most PC users are not familiar with, other than the iPod of course, but that’s a different experience from using Mac.
    Anyway, a Mac sold is a Mac sold. This is definitely the best way for Apple to maintain it’s control–Awesome!

  3. There’s always something I can’t seem to do on my Mac. It’s not because there’s anything wrong with the platform, it’s because some developers don’t bother writing software to support their devices or features for the Mac. Rockstar custom tracks anyone?? So, Say I have a small collection of Windows things I would like to do but I can now do it on my Mac-it’s still a Mac sold. The more Macs that get sold, the more of a chance that these developers will stop ignoring the platform. I see a win all the way. It would be much nicer if this is the first step in a larger scheme where the Windows OS loads alongside OS X without a reboot. That would be even better until all the developers hire people who can code for Macs. Nice smooth transition…..

  4. The release of the Nintendo Revolution is going to eliminate the PC gaming market anyway.

    Besides, it would be amusing if Windows started to be seen as “that OS you boot into to play games”.

  5. There are a few PC-only games I wouldn’t mind trying, but there’s no way I’d BUY a copy of Windows and install it on my Mac. Maybe if I had a spare hard drive lying around, but I seriously doubt it.

    Mickentosh: You’re absolutely right! When I describe how straightforward it is to do things on a Mac, how easy it is to connect and run new peripherals and install (or DELETE) software to the few wretched Pee Sea users I know, they’re stunned. Firsthand Mac experience is the perfect conversion tool.

  6. My household is very excited to be able to play more games on our intel iMac. We wanted the ability to play more computer based games but weren’t willing to buy a windows machine just to do it. I wouldn’t trade OS X for windows nor would I trade the iLife package for anything. It should also be noted how much more expensive mac version of game titles are compared to the windows versions and how many games never come out with a mac version. However, now that I can play all those game titles on my iMac the value of my mac went up. Simply put, I can do much more on my Mac now that I have this option available to me. It’s also nice to be able to walk into Target and pick up any software that I want to use. It’s rare to find a mac compatible program at a lot of stores. I wish that we could get a mac compatible version of everything at the same stores where only windows software is sold but that simply isn’t how the world works. Boot Camp gives to boot to the age old problem of not being able to run any number of programs on your iMac. (granted you might have to do it in windows but now you just have to press a few buttons on your machine to do it)

  7. I’ve always found it amusing that PC trolls always characterize the Mac as nothing more than a toy. And then the next thing out of their mouths is a comment about how there aren’t enough games for the Mac.

    I wish they’d stop watching wrestling and Hee-Haw long enough to make up their minds.

  8. Apple will get short term gains with the fence sitters that will take the plunge because of this. Long term though, this will hurt native OS X software development, and certainly not JUST games. Now more than ever, it’s a WINDOWS World.

    Bottom Line: Apple has cannibalized OS X software growth for hardware sales.

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