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Originally posted by Ridelynn

I buy a lot of Macs. For personal and work use.

If your gaming (as most people on this site are) - anything Intel is bad, and you need to step up to one of the discrete cards in the Pro lines (pretty much just the top end Retina 15" any more). You won't play FFXIV on anything by Intel - even under Boot camp (since there is no native OS X client... yet) - without turning down every single option and running it on pathetic low.

If you are doing serious graphic work: Photoshop, Illustrator, CAD, video creation, etc. You should really consider stepping up to one of the discrete cards.

If your just using a Mac because you love OS X, and use it for typical Mac laptop things (surfing web, Office-type stuff, i-Suite software, etc), you won't notice the difference between Iris or Iris Pro anyway, and discrete graphics just means your battery gets about 2/3 of the run time it otherwise would.

I love my Macbook Pro, it has Iris Pro graphics. I use it for 6-8 hours a day. I also play FFXIV. I would never, ever play FFXIV on my Macbook. Seriously. Get the 13" Macbook, use the extra $1000-$1500 you would have spent on the Macbook Pro to build a gaming desktop PC that can play FFXIV very well. You get both then.

The price difference between the 13in and 15in macbook pro I'm looking at is $300, not $1000 - $1500

Originally posted by Quizzical
Originally posted by Magiknight

My last mac was my first.  I never had to worry about a virus and the system never crashed.  It was a lot smoother than windows.  And I just like how OS X is designed.  I don't miss windows at all, but I've never used Windows 8.

I was looking at the refurbished macbooks, as opposed to the brand new ones.  So I'm not spending 2K.  

If the system never crashed, then how do you know it's dying?  I've had a WIndows 7 desktop for over five years and it has literally crashed exactly twice in that time: one system lockup and one blue screen, both immediately fixed by rebooting.  It certainly doesn't seem to be dying to me.  The blue screen a day era of Windows 95/98/ME is long since over; that entire code base is completely deprecated.  You can get mediocre Windows hardware that is likely to crash a lot or have various other problems, but that's a problem of getting mediocre hardware, not something intrinsic to Windows.

Having a Mac doesn't mean you don't have to worry about viruses.  While there are a lot fewer viruses for Mac, your anti-virus protections are probably also much weaker.  You're probably less likely to get a virus on Mac than Windows, but you can still get them if you assume you're immune and get reckless.  Running Linux wouldn't make you completely immune to viruses, either, but it will get you closer than Mac OS X.

If you like the design of Mac OS X better than that of Windows 7, it's not likely that Windows 8 will change your mind.  If you like OS X better than Vista, well, basically everyone likes Windows 7 better than Vista, too.

There are problems with a lot of games being awkward or impossible to run if you don't dual boot Windows.  But you're presumably familiar with and accept that if you've just had a Mac for the last three years.

Why are you looking for a laptop in the first place?  Laptops are intrinsically much less reliable than a properly built desktop.  They're also more expensive for slower hardware, much harder or impossible to upgrade or repair, and a variety of other things.  If you need the mobility of a laptop, then sure, get a laptop.  But if you don't, then get a desktop.

If you're set on a Mac and want games to run decently in Mac OS X, then you should probably look for something that doesn't have an outlandish monitor resolution (1920x1080 or 1920x1200 is fine) and does have a discrete video card.  Apple doesn't have anything like that in their current lineup, but you can probably get that in a refurbished model from a year or two ago.  Do be warned that if you're doing to dual boot into Windows for games, discrete switchable graphics probably wouldn't work properly in WIndows.

Why so many whys?  I was just wondering about Iris vs Iris Pro.....

Well other than the issue I'm having now I never had any trouble with it.  It IS dying.  Google "2011 macbook pro GPU failure."  I'm left with a Intel HD3000 that crashes and gives weird images all the time. 

I wouldn't think a couple crashes means a system is dying either......  I'm glad your Windows 7 computer worked out for you.

I've probably had 7 windows systems in my life.  Been there, done that.  No thanks.

I do keep a copy of Windows on my current macbook and might do so on my next one.  The discrete switchable graphics always worked (until the GPU failure).

I want a laptop because I travel sometimes.  And I like to take my laptop places that are local.

 

Originally posted by Quizzical
Originally posted by Magiknight

HELLO!

I'm debating about whether I should get a new laptop with an Iris or Iris Pro.  I can find benchmarks for both GPUs on separate pages.  What I can't find, which would be helpful, is an article that compares the Iris and Iris Pro.  From what I can find, the Iris and Iris Pro are the same card with the exception of the Iris Pro having 128MB of memory dedicated to it.  

The reason for only considering an Iris or Iris Pro (because I know it will come up) is that I'm getting a macbook pro.  My current macbook pro is dying (google early 2011 macbook pro gpu failure).  SO.  I'm going to be a tool and buy another laptop from a company that is obviously unreliable.  I can't decide if the 13inch with the Iris or 15inch with the Iris Pro is right for me.

I don't game a whole lot anymore, but I do want the capability.   For example, lately I've been using the Dolphin emulator for my Wii games.  The last MMO I played was FFXIV.  

Does anyone here play FFXIV with an Iris or Iris Pro?  Or use the Dolphin with an Iris or Iris Pro?

 

THANK YOU!

If the goal of getting nicer graphics is to play games, I'd dismiss both out of hand as being obviously bad options.  They're both Intel integrated graphics.  They also come with extremely high monitor resolutions, and that will add a ton of load on very weak graphical chips.  As a quick comparison, they have 160 shaders; AMD's current top end integrated graphics has 512, while both AMD and Nvidia offer discrete video cards with over 2800.  Nvidia will even sell you a tablet with 192 shaders.

If you need a Mac but want to play games, you'd be better off getting a cheaper Mac together with a dedicated gaming rig with sensible gaming hardware.  The combination of two machines will actually be cheaper than getting a single MacBook Pro with Iris Pro graphics.

Or you could just not get a Mac at all.  $2000 will buy you a very, very nice Windows laptop (or better yet, a desktop) for whatever you want, unless it's something that requires Mac OS X.  Is there some reason why you're set on a Mac?

My last mac was my first.  I never had to worry about a virus and the system never crashed.  It was a lot smoother than windows.  And I just like how OS X is designed.  I don't miss windows at all, but I've never used Windows 8.

I was looking at the refurbished macbooks, as opposed to the brand new ones.  So I'm not spending 2K.  

HELLO!

I'm debating about whether I should get a new laptop with an Iris or Iris Pro.  I can find benchmarks for both GPUs on separate pages.  What I can't find, which would be helpful, is an article that compares the Iris and Iris Pro.  From what I can find, the Iris and Iris Pro are the same card with the exception of the Iris Pro having 128MB of memory dedicated to it.  

The reason for only considering an Iris or Iris Pro (because I know it will come up) is that I'm getting a macbook pro.  My current macbook pro is dying (google early 2011 macbook pro gpu failure).  SO.  I'm going to be a tool and buy another laptop from a company that is obviously unreliable.  I can't decide if the 13inch with the Iris or 15inch with the Iris Pro is right for me.

I don't game a whole lot anymore, but I do want the capability.   For example, lately I've been using the Dolphin emulator for my Wii games.  The last MMO I played was FFXIV.  

Does anyone here play FFXIV with an Iris or Iris Pro?  Or use the Dolphin with an Iris or Iris Pro?

 

THANK YOU!

Originally posted by nariusseldon
Originally posted by Enbysra

You missed the point to what exactly is disturbing. It has nothing to do with just "opinions," but has everything to do with intellectual and creative interests being lost, and by extension the future being of humanity being lost as well. This is even though I generally think in terms of "civilization" over just "humanity." 

 

See .. what is disturbing is that you think there is anything "disturbing" about mere entertainment.

"Future of being humanity"? really? In an entertainment product?

Games don't require creativity and intellectual interests because that is not what the audience want to waste some time having fun. And don't tell me you think having some "mindless fun" is the downfall of society.

 

Recreation is one of the three biggest decisions a person can make in their life.  The other two being diet and where he or she lives.

Originally posted by DMKano
Originally posted by Enbysra
Originally posted by Battlerock
Mmorpg - obsolete video game genre from the late 1990's and 2000's. Also known as the genre that f2p killed.

MMORPGs are far from being "killed." This just happens to be the dark age of the MMORPG.

Just because you are unhappy with the current state of the genre - doesn't make it dark age of MMORPGs.

The MMORPGs today are better than any previous games by far (you just have to take those nostalgia glasses off first to see clearly)

Yes EQ1 and UO and DAoC and SWG were amazing in their time - but its time to move on and embrace the new.

Yes the latest is certainly the greatest.  End sarcasm.

I define a MMORPG as the reverse of WOW and any game like it.

"If there is a hub that only fits a limited amount of people in and you go out to do missions in small groups, it isn't an MMO."

Why is it so hard for people to understand this?

I like to stock market / video game comparison. Stock markets are a form of gambling. And gambling is the future of video games, unfortunately.
Originally posted by grimal
Originally posted by Magiknight
Originally posted by LacedOpium

 

The genre is going through a natural process of evolution.  Nothing more, nothing less.  These decline, rose colored glasses, where have you gone, I miss you so much, type threads are starting to become a bit redundant.

 

Evolution is not improvement

 

Actually, it is.

Evolution: The gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form.

(Oxford Dictionary)

How does something gradually changing make it better???

It's like saying that people now are better than they were during the renaissance just because it's a later time period.. Give me a break.

Originally posted by Gorwe
As for the movies: really? I'll give one rather banal example. Hercules. Truthfully, did you expect TitanQuest:Herc edition when going in? I certainly did not and thought it as a very imaginative use of classic mythology. It was anything but a copy. If it was the Main antagonist would be either Zeus/Hera or Nemean Lion(lol!). See how crappy the copy sounds? That was that former "Legend of Herc"-really crappy and pointless movie.

As for games:

This argument is starting to get on my nerves. If you want to play old games-GO PLAY OLD GAMES! I am currently playing NWN and love every minute of it! You certainly won't catch me crying how RPGs aren't what "they used to be"(whatever that may be). And after trying Diablo 2 after playing Diablo 3, I really have to say that in some cases nostalgia for better/happier times(when you coincidentally used to play said game) REALLY distorts the vision of a game. Does D3 need some changes? Yes. Is it better than D2? Yes. Is D2 present if you want to play it? Yes. All these arguments apply to most MMOs. Ok not for SWG or WAR or Vanguard, but at least two of those three will be fixed in a due time. You can pay almost ANY game ANY way you want(free, p2p, legit, private, as any role on one char, etc) and the complaining is still around?

Learn to let the past go. That's one of Keys to happiness(true happiness).

You CANT played old school MMOs. They've all changed. there are some small private servers, but that's another story.

Originally posted by LacedOpium

 

The genre is going through a natural process of evolution.  Nothing more, nothing less.  These decline, rose colored glasses, where have you gone, I miss you so much, type threads are starting to become a bit redundant.

 

Evolution is not improvement

 

Originally posted by maybebaked
Movies, books and TV shows used to be unique too.

Many books, TV SHows, and movies are still unique

Everquest, AO, and FFXI all had quite a bit of money thrown into them when they started. They're all junk now and have had money thrown at them. I'm not sure that's the issue.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/12/technology/voyager-to-a-strange-planet.html

This article describe the life of a person who played Anarchy Online around.....2002 (I think). You wont find this kind of stuff in new MMOs.

Wait, are there people here saying that AA has an old school (pre WoW) feel to it?

I might have to play it....

If you're really interested in what made MMOs living breathing worlds then read the article I'm providing a link too.

 

 

Edit: nevermind with the link. If you want to know you're going to have to find stories about people playing Everquest and AO and FFXI.

 

Edit: yeah I did find the article.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/12/technology/voyager-to-a-strange-planet.html

AO, Everquest, and FFXI in their early to mid years.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/gamesblog/2013/jul/08/dragons-tale-mmorpg-gambling-bitcoin

 

Now people can gamble away money to pay for it.

Originally posted by NobleNerd
Originally posted by aesperus

Honestly, I hate to say it but, the players.

I am so sick of people being stuck on this linear, quest grindy, reward driven, level-based progression model.

We have the ability to play these games differently, yet we chose not to and complain that they aren't different. I would love to see a change in mentality that would actually allow for different types of MMOs to exist. I would love to see more sandboxy games that don't rely heavily on quests or pvp. But I would love to see them actually thrive, instead of being really small, clunky, niche genres.

I'd love to see more RPGs using the zelda model of progression. Obtain tools to allow you to traverse more of the gameworld, over simply getting a high enough lvl to survive.

I'd love to see more interactive combat (I miss the skillchain system FFXI had, for example).

I'm not huge on crafting, but it would also be nice to see more interesting crafting systems in these games. Though again, if it's too intricate, people don't seem to bother using them.

- Though, I will also say that I've met a lot of really great people through these games. So it really has been a mixed bag. I just wish the status quo was a bit different. Maybe in a few years.

Nail on the head!

Seeing you brought up FFXI... let's continue along that road. I miss what FFXI offered when it came to community and communication. People took the time to talk to one another, not troll the chat-ways. Modern MMO games and players have created a toxic community of griefers and trolls that do not even try to fit into a game world nor be a part of the game world.

Skill chains in FFXI were nice... LOTRO also had a similar system. 

You can't have the kind of community you used to have with modern, fast paced, combat in MMOs. If I wanted to smash buttons as fast as I can I would play street fighter.

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