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The Mac Side of Massive

Whoever has chosen to embrace the Mac as his desktop platform of choice but uses to rely on other platforms for his gaming needs, may feel the lack of some native massive online gaming titles sooner or later. This is my decayed observation post.

Author: macpete

City of Heroes ... Mac Special Edition?

Posted by macpete Thursday October 30 2008 at 2:10PM
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 I'm confused ...

 

 Anyway, here's the press-release:

NCsoft and TransGaming Announce City of Heroes for the Mac

 

Sure, these fellows will need some help ... the beta will start in a matter of a few weeks, sign up here:

http://www.cityofheroes.com/macbeta/

 The requirements are:


- a Mac with an Intel processor

- OS: Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger / Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard or higher
- CPU: Intel Core Duo Processor
- RAM: 1024 MB
- Video: ATI X1600, NVidia 7300 GT, or X3100 Intel integrated graphics chip (Intel GMA950 not supported)
- Hard Drive: 2.9 GB

The Mac client  will use the TransGaming's CIDER technology so it will be a "wrapped" version of the Windows executable ... let's hope the performances won't suffer for this choice.

 As I've written on the Lineage BBS, it seems that NCSoft is having a crush with our platform lately ... we all hope that this time it's love ;)

To be honest, I would have liked it better if they chose the good old GuildWars (solid and very casual-friendly) or the upcoming (and really promising) Aion but, you know, it may be the start of something new.

At least I hope it is.

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UPDATE:  there's a crowdy thread in the official BBS: 

Discussion: Good vs. Evil Coming to the Mac!

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Lineage Episode 6 and U has been released ... now what?

Posted by macpete Thursday October 23 2008 at 10:21AM
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 I'd like to add a few fresh infos to my previous post:

 

- NCSoft West (moved from Austin to Seattle) has launched a new official webstite for Lineage (and a new BBS too)
- they have announced the release of Episode 6 and Episode U to US live servers yesterday, October 22nd
- Lineage One - the most popular community fan site - has launched a brand new web portal too 
- after more than three years ... Mac users have received a new client!

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Some useful links:

Lineage: Popular Fantasy MMORPG from NCsoft
LineageOne - The Community Portal

Official CG trailer

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The Mac client

Episode 6 Launch Day - Information

Announcement in the official BBS

patch notes

 

Mac Client Fixes:
We’ve made many improvements to the Mac client.
Links are now aligned with text.
Briefly disconnecting from the game will no longer cause a crash when you reconnect.
The calculator now functions.
Links will highlight when they are moused over.
There is sound when you equip or unequip items.
Using triple arrow with Sayha’s crossbow when you only have 2 arrows left will no longer cause the game to crash.
An environmental sound slider has been added to the Game Options menu.
The command /ver will now function.
Mac users will no longer move slower than PC users.
Lag fixes have been made to several areas including Fire Valley and Lair of Valakas.
The character select screen is now animated.

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If someone here is playing Lineage I would appreciate some feedback from the game ... for example, is it too full of vets nowaday for the gamers that would like to start playing now?


 

Do not mock at small MMO projects ...

Posted by macpete Sunday October 12 2008 at 5:35AM
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Lineage Episode 6 and U are coming in the US and ... they are improving the Mac client!

Posted by macpete Thursday October 2 2008 at 10:38AM
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 It's a lot of time since my last post ... forgive me.

 

You may already know that ineage Episode 6 and U are coming in the US thanks to the guys at NCSoft Austin (oh well, they will move to Seattle soon). A redesigned web site and BBS are also in the work and the registered players are able to test the new contents on the PTS (Public Test Server).

This new expansion reach the western Lineage players almost two years after the original korean launch ... better late than never. But there are some very good and unexpected news for the small group of Mac users that still play this ancient MMORPG:  a new version (I mean, an improved version) of the Mac client has been developed!

Probably, most of the Mac users have already switched to Boot Camp in the past months ... the Mac Client section of the official forum is almost dead. So, have a look at this:

 

Mac changes on PTS

 

Posted on October 1, 2008 8:55 AM

On October 1st, 1pm CDT / 2pm EDT / 6pm GMT we will be taking the Lineage servers down for our regularly scheduled maintenance. At this time, we will be applying an update to our Public Test Server containing several Mac client fixes.

October 1st, PTS Patch Notes

Mac Client Fixes

Links are now aligned with text.

Briefly disconnecting from the game will no longer cause a crash when you reconnect.

The calculator now functions.

Links will highlight when they are moused over.

There is sound when you equip or unequip items.

Using triple arrow with Sayha's crossbow when you only have 2 arrows left will no longer cause the game to crash.

An environmental sound slider has been added to the Game Options menu.

The command /ver will now function.

Mac users will no longer move slower than PC users.

Lag fixes have been made to several areas including Fire Valley and Lair of Valakas.

 

Some other useful threads:

 

ATTENTION: Mac Users! *Must Read!*

Patch Notes - October 1st, PTS

 

 

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