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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

How many Mac MMOs are there?

Posted by macpete Friday January 18 2008 at 4:35AM
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First of all, English is not my native Language so, please, be patient and point out any gross mistake in your comments ... thank you :)

Ok, let's start.

I'm not going to keep this blog up-to-date with every single novelty that happens in the Mac scene ... I'm too lazy for this and my goal - to be honest - is to simply keep al my Mac-related posts in one central place.

Fortunately (for my indolence), there aren't many games of this kind out there so most of my comments will probably regard a pretty short list of MMOs ... here are the main projects that I'm going to look through:


- A Tale in the Desert (nth Tale)
- Darkwind - War on Wheels

- Dofus
- Eternal Lands
- EVE Online
- Everquest Mac Edition
- GraalOnline
- Minions of Mirth
- Myst Online: URU Live
- Lineage - Episode V: Temple of Shadows
- Oberin
- Planeshift
- Pirates of the Caribbean Online
- Second Life
- Shadowbane
- Vendetta Online
- World of Warcraft
- Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates

and a few other alpha, indie and shareware titles, both new and old (from Furcadia to First Star Online, from Adellion to Afterworld and Dawn of Daria). There are also a few Java-based MMOs that I would like to report here (Wurm Online and
Arindal comes to mind).

Stay tuned (but do not hold your breath).







Quraq writes:

well, even though it is an old game... Diablo II Lord of Destruction is qualifies as an MMO, right? If so, then add it to your list ;)

Fri Jan 18 2008 7:41AM Report
Dreamion writes:

Nice plan of yours. I wish you best luck in playing/looking into these games, tho im not a Mac user.

Fri Jan 18 2008 9:42AM Report
skywisenight writes:

I don't think Diablo II qualifies, but it's a hell of a good game.  This certainly brings the point that we need to have the gamelist show by platform.

Fri Jan 18 2008 9:56AM Report
macpete writes: Hi Quraq and thanks for your comment. The Mac versions of both Neverwinter Nights and Diablo II has been very well supported over the years and they're still popular amongst Mac gamers ... but I tend see them as cooperative multiplayer RPGs just like Sacred or Titan Quest. Sure, there's a massive number of people that attend servers and NVN "persistent worlds" and all the most popular MMO-related bullettin boards have a section devoted to these games so ... I grant that the boundary between this kind of games and conventional MMOs are pretty hazy ... I will look after these games, of course, but ... should they really be included in my list of MMO games for Mac? Fri Jan 18 2008 10:17AM Report
macpete writes: >Nice plan of yours. I wish you best luck in playing/looking into these games Thank you, Dreamion :) >This certainly brings the point that we need to have the gamelist show by platform Oh damn ... yes! It would be great. Unfortunately, most of the MMOs I've listed here are indie or open-source projects and I have to admit that this kind of games are often ignored by the Mac press and even by the websites that follow the Mac gaming scene. Maybe it's because Mac gamers are not accustomed to play open-source and indie games like their Linux cousins and that's a pity. Almost all the Mac gamers that I've met know only the mainstream titles (like WoW, Everquest, Second Life, EVE Online and Myst Online) so I understand that covering our platform is a though choice for the specialized media. Anyway, Fri Jan 18 2008 10:30AM Report
macpete writes: Sorry for the layout mess in my comments ... it seems that Safari 3 doesn't love this board ... Fri Jan 18 2008 10:32AM Report
Kyleran writes:

Lineage 1 here in the US doesn't have a lot of action on it, but if you speak the language you could play on the Korean server which are still pretty active. 

Fri Jan 18 2008 11:14AM Report
macpete writes:

The Mac client of Lineage is a mess (the scrolling is terrible) but the game itself is really superb. Even though I tend to prefer the modern games rather than the classic ones, I love when a project focus on art direction and Lineage still looks great after all these years.

I've played it for a month a couple of years ago (I was working on a feature story for an Italian Mac magazine) and I've found it enjoyable. The community on the LoA server was very mature and friendlly, adventuring and questing was a lot of fun. The current fee it's a bit too expensive, maybe, for a game this old but, given its community, I don't think that a F2P option would suite well for Lineage ...

Unfortunately, I'm a casual gamer, married, old and lazy and my only source of joy - nowaday - are the trials ... I use to play MMOs for a month just to have a taste of their gameplay.

Lineage US community is a bit small, you're right, but this isn't necessarily a limit, at least for me. The best communities I've met have been the ones of Ryzom, EQMac and Vendetta Online, go figure ...


[Re-posted with Firefox]

Fri Jan 18 2008 11:59AM Report
petterms writes:

Install Fusion and/or Parallels and if the game you want to play does not work in those, make a native Windows install through bootcamp on a seperate partition. This way your Mac can play all Windows games, MMO or not :)

Sat Jan 19 2008 8:40AM Report
macpete writes: All Mac users that attend this website already know this, petterms ;) Sat Jan 19 2008 9:52AM Report
gerthdynn writes:

Hi Pete.  I applaud this list, as I'm a new mac user.  I don't suppose that as you could make the list linked to their websites.

Sun Apr 27 2008 1:24PM Report
macpete writes:

Thank you , gerthdynn.

I'm not sure these games have the necessary appeal to deserve a place of their own on The most popular among them (PoTCO, VO, Shadowbane, MoM ...) are available for multiple platforms and are already linked on the official Gamelist. The only absent that may deserve its own place here may be Everquest Mac Edition ... it has a small community of players but it's still alive and healthy.

Anyway ... I'm optimist. The indie scene is pretty lively these days and there are a few new interesting projects on the horizons ... too bad I'm so busy lately :(


Tue Apr 29 2008 2:10AM Report
Millen writes:

Hey macpete I like the work you put in to this blog. I would be honored if you would like to help me out and wright on a site consternating 100% on MMO gaming for mac.

If you are interested send me a mail: fredrik.hedelund (a) 

Mon Feb 15 2010 1:59PM Report
macpete writes:

 Hi Millen, sorry for the late reply ... I'm a bit busy these days but I will take a look at your website :)

Wed Mar 03 2010 9:31AM Report writes:
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