Follow

    StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

    Game » consists of 10 releases. Released Jul 27, 2010

    The first chapter in the StarCraft II trilogy focuses on the struggles of the Terran race, as seen through the eyes of Commander Jim Raynor, leader of the rebel group Raynor's Raiders.

    The StarCraft II Beta Is Out For Mac

    • 56 results
    • 1
    • 2
    Avatar image for brad
    Brad

    6955

    Forum Posts

    9599

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 4

    Edited By Brad

    A bit later than expected, the Mac version of the StarCraft II beta has finally dropped today. If you're already in the beta, just go to your Battle.net account page to download it. If you aren't, uh, I guess you could go preorder the game or something? 
     
    I'm shocked to report that this thing actually runs on my MacBook (late '08 unibody model) with a GeForce 9400M. I wouldn't say it runs well, or that it looks very good, but a fullscreen match against an AI was quite playable at around 30 frames per second. Here is the photographic evidence. Doesn't look great, but hey, that's gaming on a laptop. 
      

    No Caption Provided

    No Caption Provided
     
    No Caption Provided

    SO CLOSE TO GOLD TIER ARGH. And just for laughs, here's a shot of the default settings the game recommended to me based on my laptop's specs. 
      

    No Caption Provided

    Of course, any recent iMac or 15" or 17" MacBook will run this thing at normal pretty and performance levels. Anybody out there in the beta have one of those brand-spanking-new 13" models with the GeForce 340M? I'm curious how well that thing handles this game, and if it's much of an upgrade over my older model. (Come on, give me an excuse to upgrade.)
     
    With StarCraft hitting the Mac and the OSX Steam beta coming soon, does anyone else feel like the Mac may actually become a viable gaming platform in the not-too-distant future?
    Avatar image for brad
    Brad

    6955

    Forum Posts

    9599

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 4

    #1  Edited By Brad

    A bit later than expected, the Mac version of the StarCraft II beta has finally dropped today. If you're already in the beta, just go to your Battle.net account page to download it. If you aren't, uh, I guess you could go preorder the game or something? 
     
    I'm shocked to report that this thing actually runs on my MacBook (late '08 unibody model) with a GeForce 9400M. I wouldn't say it runs well, or that it looks very good, but a fullscreen match against an AI was quite playable at around 30 frames per second. Here is the photographic evidence. Doesn't look great, but hey, that's gaming on a laptop. 
      

    No Caption Provided

    No Caption Provided
     
    No Caption Provided

    SO CLOSE TO GOLD TIER ARGH. And just for laughs, here's a shot of the default settings the game recommended to me based on my laptop's specs. 
      

    No Caption Provided

    Of course, any recent iMac or 15" or 17" MacBook will run this thing at normal pretty and performance levels. Anybody out there in the beta have one of those brand-spanking-new 13" models with the GeForce 340M? I'm curious how well that thing handles this game, and if it's much of an upgrade over my older model. (Come on, give me an excuse to upgrade.)
     
    With StarCraft hitting the Mac and the OSX Steam beta coming soon, does anyone else feel like the Mac may actually become a viable gaming platform in the not-too-distant future?
    Avatar image for evil_alaska
    Evil_Alaska

    333

    Forum Posts

    808

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #2  Edited By Evil_Alaska

    For Mac!

    Avatar image for starfoxa
    StarFoxA

    5262

    Forum Posts

    260822

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 12

    User Lists: 12

    #3  Edited By StarFoxA

    Too bad I don't have a key... :(

    Avatar image for shaolinspade
    ShaolinSpade

    191

    Forum Posts

    9

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 1

    #4  Edited By ShaolinSpade

    great!

    Avatar image for aerobie
    aerobie

    142

    Forum Posts

    63

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 2

    #5  Edited By aerobie

    doesn't help that I still don't have the beta

    Avatar image for ooofafa
    ooofafa

    204

    Forum Posts

    9

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 1

    User Lists: 0

    #6  Edited By ooofafa

    heeey it's starcraft

    Avatar image for seraphim
    Seraphim

    116

    Forum Posts

    1247

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 5

    #7  Edited By Seraphim

    crazy, doesn't run on my book, (edit: which isn't a mac book, just a regular ol' windows laptop, but still decently powerful)

    Avatar image for systech
    Systech

    4156

    Forum Posts

    2448

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 1

    User Lists: 0

    #8  Edited By Systech

    Finally! I've been waiting for this!

    Avatar image for cobble75
    cobble75

    66

    Forum Posts

    20

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 6

    #9  Edited By cobble75

    awesome, Mac users get a win... if a little late to the party
    Avatar image for robothamster
    RobotHamster

    4284

    Forum Posts

    1446

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 11

    #10  Edited By RobotHamster

    Now all I need is a key.

    Avatar image for the_moorasaurus
    The_Moorasaurus

    94

    Forum Posts

    1

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 3

    #11  Edited By The_Moorasaurus

    yeah! mac! 

    Avatar image for gimpysoup
    gimpysoup

    97

    Forum Posts

    2462

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 14

    #12  Edited By gimpysoup

    huray

    Avatar image for kaosangel-DELETED
    KaosAngel

    14251

    Forum Posts

    6507

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 8

    User Lists: 3

    #13  Edited By KaosAngel

    It runs like shit for me.  I go into bootcamp and it runs flawlessly on Mid but on OSX it loads on low settings and stutters with 30fps.
     
    EDIT:  Brad, I'm running on the same unibody laptop with 4 gigs of ram...and mine barely runs on OSX.  :(

    Avatar image for robownz7
    robownz7

    44

    Forum Posts

    134

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 1

    #14  Edited By robownz7

    I have the Macbook 13" with the nvidia 9400m and it works well enough. I've played it on both windows and mac on it. Everything is about medium, shadows are on low I think.

    Avatar image for skrutop
    skrutop

    3810

    Forum Posts

    23630

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 48

    User Lists: 14

    #15  Edited By skrutop

    @Ryan: I think the Mac will always just be a niche market for gaming, but as a recent Macconvert, I'm happy to see that I'll have some options when it comes to gaming.  Oh God, my 360 just looked at me weird.

    Avatar image for kordanas
    Kordanas

    5

    Forum Posts

    45

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #16  Edited By Kordanas

    Yay! more good news for mac users!

    Avatar image for theethereel
    TheEtherEel

    11

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #17  Edited By TheEtherEel

    Yo, forget graphics. I'll play this damn game on pen and paper if I gotta

    Avatar image for seedofpower
    Seedofpower

    4138

    Forum Posts

    6866

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 3

    #18  Edited By Seedofpower

    @Brad: No I still don't think so. People play pc games like customization i.e. mods and buy better parts for the computer play better next gen games. Every new generation of macs are very expensive and for a cost managment point of view it is unwise for the average man to buy a mac for gaming. Also a lot of indie developers don't have the money and man power to code for both operating systems, so cost wise publishing on a cheaper platform is best. Now if you were a person who doesn't normally play p.c. games and owns a mac, then this movement best suits those people.

    Avatar image for buccura
    Buccura

    255

    Forum Posts

    88

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 12

    #19  Edited By Buccura

    Do Mac and PC users play on the same servers? Be interesting to have some Mac vs. PC tournaments.

    Avatar image for genkobar
    genkobar

    49

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 20

    #20  Edited By genkobar
    @KaosAngel: Sounds like I should just BootCamp this if I get into the beta. I'm on a 2007 MacBook with 1 GB RAM and an Intel GMA950 integrated graphics chip, and I'm pretty sure it won't run at all if you're having trouble with a newer machine and 4 times the RAM.
    :'(
    Avatar image for seedofpower
    Seedofpower

    4138

    Forum Posts

    6866

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 3

    #21  Edited By Seedofpower
    @Buccura:  yes, they do. Same game same servers.
    Avatar image for dan
    Dan

    159

    Forum Posts

    92

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 2

    User Lists: 5

    #22  Edited By Dan

    Only the US client is out, Brad. You just made me race to battle.net, only to break my heart.

    Avatar image for kaosangel-DELETED
    KaosAngel

    14251

    Forum Posts

    6507

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 8

    User Lists: 3

    #23  Edited By KaosAngel
    @genkobar said:
    " @KaosAngel: Sounds like I should just BootCamp this if I get into the beta. I'm on a 2007 MacBook with 1 GB RAM and an Intel GMA950 integrated graphics chip, and I'm pretty sure it won't run at all if you're having trouble with a newer machine and 4 times the RAM. :'( "
    Yeah man, it's bullshit.  Windows 7 runs TF2, L4D, HL2, and Portal all flawlessly at well above 50 fps with the 9400M, how the hell is SC2 on LOW (which is apparently a little better than WC3) running like complete crap?  
     
    I would NEVER expect this from Blizzard, and I know why Valve keeps delaying Steam for Mac...it's better to boot into Windows than load it on OSX.  >.>
    Avatar image for amoremono1
    amoremono1

    151

    Forum Posts

    4

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 4

    User Lists: 4

    #24  Edited By amoremono1

    Anybody know if everyone accepted into the beta has already gotten their key, or will more people be notified in the days to come??  I really want to check it out; C'mon Blizzard!!!

    Avatar image for thehbk
    TheHBK

    5674

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 3

    User Lists: 6

    #25  Edited By TheHBK

    Damn that sucks.  I got a Macbook from mid 2009 and was hoping it would look good. Dont want to bootcamp because this thing can get pretty hot while running games on there, and want to run in OSX so that i can control fan speed.  PEople post your screen shots to see the difference.

    Avatar image for deactivated-5f00787182625
    deactivated-5f00787182625

    3325

    Forum Posts

    604

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 3

    User Lists: 0

    lololol is that Starcraft 1?

    Avatar image for noxious
    NoXious

    1268

    Forum Posts

    365

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #27  Edited By NoXious

    <dick> High-res StarCraft 1 </dick>
    But it beats not being able to play it! It's what I love about Blizzard. Their games never push the limit, just so a wider audience can play it.
    I think that's a great service to the fans because I don't just play games on my high-end system.

    Avatar image for ryanwho
    ryanwho

    12011

    Forum Posts

    -1

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #28  Edited By ryanwho
    @TheHBK said:
    " Damn that sucks.  I got a Macbook from mid 2009 and was hoping it would look good. Dont want to bootcamp because this thing can get pretty hot while running games on there, and want to run in OSX so that i can control fan speed.  PEople post your screen shots to see the difference. "
    There's an app called Parallels Desktop that basically allows you to run both OSs at the same time. So you can have smcfancontrol running and play the game off windows. Short of just running this thing on a proper desktop computer, this might be your best bet. I'd also have your laptop set on a cooler just in case, though. 
    Avatar image for sporkbane
    Sporkbane

    185

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #29  Edited By Sporkbane

    Brad you can make it to gold! I have faith!
     
    I'm rank 9 gold 1v1 right now and rank 2 silver 2v2, courtesy of terribad teammates in placement matches. 
     
    Gold isn't that much harder than silver either. Just learn how to deal with cheese and you should be ok.

    Avatar image for buccura
    Buccura

    255

    Forum Posts

    88

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 12

    #30  Edited By Buccura
    @Seedofpower:  It's settled then. There must be Mac vs. PC wars.
    Avatar image for prencher
    prencher

    124

    Forum Posts

    14

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #31  Edited By prencher

    The newest macbook pro 15" and 17" have a much better disparate graphics card in the GeForce GT 330M, and a Core i5 CPU to boot.
     
    AnandTech tested L4D to run at 45 fps (1440x990 @ high) compared to the older models running it at 17fps. While this is in Windows, I think it's safe to say that SC2 will run smooth as silk on those, if you can get 30fps on low as is.
     
    (Source: http://www.anandtech.com/show/3659/apples-15inch-core-i5-macbook-pro-the-one-to-get/6)

    Avatar image for andrewb
    AndrewB

    7816

    Forum Posts

    82

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 1

    User Lists: 16

    #32  Edited By AndrewB

    There isn't a 13" with a 340m, is there?
     
    Doesn't seem like that engine is as optimized for the Mac as it needs to be just yet. It looks about the level of Warcraft 3's graphics, and even Warcraft 3 runs smooth and creamy on my Macbook Somewhat-Pro at maxed out settings.

    Avatar image for nasar7
    Nasar7

    3236

    Forum Posts

    647

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 5

    #33  Edited By Nasar7
    @ryanwho said:
    " @TheHBK said:
    " Damn that sucks.  I got a Macbook from mid 2009 and was hoping it would look good. Dont want to bootcamp because this thing can get pretty hot while running games on there, and want to run in OSX so that i can control fan speed.  PEople post your screen shots to see the difference. "
    There's an app called Parallels Desktop that basically allows you to run both OSs at the same time. So you can have smcfancontrol running and play the game off windows. Short of just running this thing on a proper desktop computer, this might be your best bet. I'd also have your laptop set on a cooler just in case, though.  "
    Nah, Parallels is no good for games, even though it supports 3D graphics acceleration nowadays. Running natively is your best bet. And fyi, if you set smcfancontrol at the desired fan speed, reboot and boot up windows, the fan speed will be preserved. Used to do this all the time back in the day. Just make sure to reboot straight into windows, if the MB loses power it won't work.
    Avatar image for refracture
    ReFracture

    110

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 2

    #34  Edited By ReFracture

    As much as I dislike Macs, I do find it quite interesting that the Mac is actually becoming a platform worth playing some games on.

    Avatar image for sdornan
    sdornan

    352

    Forum Posts

    2746

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 5

    #35  Edited By sdornan

    I have one of the new 13" Macbook Pros with the 320M. Unfortunately, I'm disappointed to report that it runs terribly on medium settings at 1280x800. From what I've heard the Mac build of the beta just doesn't run that well, and people are getting much better performance by using the Windows client under Boot Camp.  
     
    Dammit, Blizzard...

    Avatar image for shinluis
    shinluis

    518

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 4

    #36  Edited By shinluis

    All right!! Now all I need is a key!!

    Avatar image for raikoh05
    raikoh05

    479

    Forum Posts

    26

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 16

    #37  Edited By raikoh05
    @shinluis said:
    " All right!! Now all I need is a key!! "
    same here
    Avatar image for doylen05
    doylen05

    22

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 1

    #38  Edited By doylen05

    any spare keys !!!!

    Avatar image for kwyee
    kwyee

    258

    Forum Posts

    3554

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 3

    User Lists: 9

    #39  Edited By kwyee
    @AndrewB said:

    " There isn't a 13" with a 340m, is there?  Doesn't seem like that engine is as optimized for the Mac as it needs to be just yet. It looks about the level of Warcraft 3's graphics, and even Warcraft 3 runs smooth and creamy on my Macbook Somewhat-Pro at maxed out settings. "

    I think it was a typo ... there is no 340m in any of the MBPs (13" have 320m, 15-17" have 330m) and I don't know if 340m even exists: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Nvidia_graphics_processing_units  
     
    I have a new 15" MBP (2.4GHz + SSD) but no Beta key.  I'd be happy to report on the performance if someone were to hook me up with a key? :D 
     
    As for whether Mac is starting to be a viable gaming platform, I'll have to say that it would be nice, but I doubt it.  The easiest platforms to develop on and that have the largest install base will be the ones with the most games.  So for the near future, that still means PC/Windows.  OTOH, it would be really cool to have some AAA titles portable between machines with my saves/configs stored in the 'cloud'.  
    Avatar image for jmrwacko
    jmrwacko

    2537

    Forum Posts

    50

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 2

    #40  Edited By jmrwacko

    Now I know what Brad's battle.net account name is. And the fun begins...

    Avatar image for snail
    Snail

    8908

    Forum Posts

    16390

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 1

    User Lists: 9

    #41  Edited By Snail

    Now I just need to get a key.

    Avatar image for jmrwacko
    jmrwacko

    2537

    Forum Posts

    50

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 2

    #42  Edited By jmrwacko
    @Sporkbane said:

    " Brad you can make it to gold! I have faith!  I'm rank 9 gold 1v1 right now and rank 2 silver 2v2, courtesy of terribad teammates in placement matches.   Gold isn't that much harder than silver either. Just learn how to deal with cheese and you should be ok. "

    I'm 2v2 random platinum, but I certainly don't belong there. Got my ass whooped like 6 times straight so far, I may end up getting demoted to gold. Tragic, I know.
     
    Also, at one point I was 4 points away from placing into pro league in 2v2. I would of lol'd hard.
    Avatar image for kayrack
    Kayrack

    371

    Forum Posts

    370

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 3

    #43  Edited By Kayrack

    for mac saaaaaaaayyyyy whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat

    Avatar image for ravenshade83
    RavenShade83

    60

    Forum Posts

    2

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #44  Edited By RavenShade83

    Blizzard has always defeated mac's reluctance for compatibility. I don't think starcraft II coming to mac will change much, although I'm happy just the same.

    Avatar image for mathewballard
    mathewballard

    420

    Forum Posts

    1587

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 8

    User Lists: 13

    #45  Edited By mathewballard

    I hope I get my beta key soon then!

    Avatar image for physic
    Physic

    62

    Forum Posts

    435

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 2

    #46  Edited By Physic

    Totally just added you as a friend Brad. I'm high ranked bronze (although I would probably be higher had I dont been dropped from my last 3 games. stupid ISP) We should play sometime!

    Avatar image for addfwyn
    Addfwyn

    2057

    Forum Posts

    33

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 10

    User Lists: 9

    #47  Edited By Addfwyn

    Been playing this for a couple days now, it's awesome not having to reboot to play it.  Runs fine on max settings on my iMac or on low settings on my Macbook. 
     
    Overall a very well done Mac client, I have to say.  Blizzard knows how to do these things right. 
    EDIT: All the PC games (Not many) I've ever wanted to play are available on OSX, so I already consider OSX a viable gaming platform.

    Avatar image for addfwyn
    Addfwyn

    2057

    Forum Posts

    33

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 10

    User Lists: 9

    #48  Edited By Addfwyn
    @KaosAngel:  
    Sounds like maybe something is wrong?  I run it on the unibody macbook with only 2 GB of RAM (settings low, 1280 resolution) and it runs pretty much with no problems at all.  
    Avatar image for milkman
    Milkman

    19372

    Forum Posts

    -1

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 2

    User Lists: 3

    #49  Edited By Milkman

    Looks really chunky on that laptop. Not horrible, though.

    Avatar image for morden2261
    morden2261

    285

    Forum Posts

    25

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #50  Edited By morden2261

    Hurray!

    This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

    Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

    Comment and Save

    Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.