leaving us OSX gents out in the cold? surprised...

#1 Posted by XTraFries (211 posts) -

So I've been getting pretty stoked about Civ V in the last few days. Between Ryan's words of addiction and seeing the new UI and game play footage. So I go to steam with the intention on buying my digital copy.
 
But apparently, no OSX version. 
 
Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't all of the previous Civ games also available for the Mac?
 
I've played a fair amount of Civ IV since the OSX version was up on steam and have been really looking forward to giving the new game a shot. Any word on if it's going to come to OSX at all?

#2 Posted by ztiworoh (731 posts) -

As a fellow Mac user I'm also disappointed in this, but I think that Civ IV's Mac port came out after the PC release. Could be a similar situation with Civ V?

#3 Posted by Animasta (14691 posts) -

If it is it'll probably be done by Aspyr, it took a year (I think) for the mac version to come out.

#5 Edited by XTraFries (211 posts) -
@ztiworoh: Did it?
 
Hmmm....if that's how it was in previous games, it'd make sense for a delayed port in a few months or something. 
 
Still, super bummed.
 
@dudy80:
 
Ah, thanks for the info. Guess I'll still have a few months with SC2 before another strategy game takes over
#6 Posted by Dork_Metamorphosis (251 posts) -
@ztiworoh said:
" As a fellow Mac user I'm also disappointed in this, but I think that Civ IV's Mac port came out after the PC release. Could be a similar situation with Civ V? "
Almost a year after, yeah.
#7 Posted by onarum (2084 posts) -

Don't get me wrong. but MACs are really not for gaming, the few times I tried I've never gotten a good gaming experience on a MAC, usually bad framerates.
 
I know it sounds ridiculous, but you can build a 500 bucks PC that runs games far better then most US$1000+ MAC models out there.

#8 Posted by 9cupsoftea (654 posts) -

Maybe you can dual boot it.

#9 Posted by XTraFries (211 posts) -
@onarum: I know. I'm pretty damn casual with my Mac gaming. Literally, just Starcraft 2 and TF2 lately. I'm a film maker, so that's primarily why I have my macbook.
 
I'm also a broke college student, so spending any large amount of money to build myself a competent gaming PC just doesn't seem reasonable, considering how few games I actually play with my macbook. 
 
Starcraft 2 runs fine, same with TF2, and I'll most likely pick up Civ V whenever it becomes available for it.
 
But trust me, I know that anytime any game runs well (or at all) on this thing to be very thankful =p
#10 Posted by Sanity (1906 posts) -

Macs have been getting better as of late for gaming, give it a few years and i think macs will see more major releases.

#11 Posted by Zidd (1846 posts) -
@Dork_Metamorphosis: I think its better than waiting a few weeks for a crappy cider port.
#12 Posted by Dork_Metamorphosis (251 posts) -

  @Zidd:  No argument here.  And if it turns out to be another Steamplay thing like for Civ 4, even more worth the wait. 

#13 Posted by Addfwyn (1922 posts) -
@Zidd: Some companies do good ports though.  I think it's less that OSX is bad for gaming, and more that most companies don't care enough to do good ports of their games.  If you look at a company that actually cares about the mac ports (like Blizzard) the games run great under OSX. 
 
It's sad, but you're right that most companies are content with just pushing out poor Cider ports.
#14 Posted by TurboMan (7539 posts) -

I'm a mac user and I want to have fun, too!

#15 Posted by Deathpooky (1401 posts) -

I am disappointed they didn't make porting it more of a priority instead of just holding off until the PC version is out.  Undecided whether I'm going to try to get my terribly old PC running it, get a dual boot up and running, or just wait for it since there's enough console games and Starcraft 2 to be played. 
 
There are enough people out there that run macs as their primary work/home computers, so it does seem strange to see major releases that don't come out for both.

#16 Posted by JudgeDread (572 posts) -

Its your own fault. If you want to play games you have to go the PC route. 
 
Even though there might be a Civ V released 2 years from now your overpriced and underpowered mac will probably not be able to run it properly.

#17 Posted by No0b0rAmA (1490 posts) -
@JudgeDread said:
" Its your own fault. If you want to play games you have to go the PC route.   Even though there might be a Civ V released 2 years from now your overpriced and underpowered mac will probably not be able to run it properly. "
YAAAYY
#18 Posted by NickLott (793 posts) -

The Civ IV mac port took nearly a year to come out. I use a macbook pro for my day to day use at work and home but I also have a gaming PC because you don't buy a mac for gaming and the few non-casual games that do come out for also run like shit compared to the Windows version on identical hardware (ie bootcamp). 

#19 Posted by RVonE (4638 posts) -

Apparently it is possible to play the PC version on a Mac (without bootcamp). Check out this thread (it's actually a sticky thread over at the official 2K Games forums): 
http://forums.2kgames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=87584  
 
I haven't confirmed this myself, though.   

#20 Posted by InsanePenguin (18 posts) -
@onarum: 
 
Aren't we done with this argument yet? My 2007 MBP can run Civ V (albeit on low textures,) but come on, the laptop is 3 and a half years old. That's ancient in tech. 
 
OS X will get a port eventually, but it'll take a year. Just get a copy of Windows and use Boot Camp for now. If you buy it on Steam, when the Mac version comes out you'll be able to install it on OS X for free.

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