The Mac version of Domination is scheduled for release in Summer 2005 and the porting will be done once again by Virtual Programming.
Okay, it is your call, but... Please consider the following, as input from a Mac customer:
The bottom line is that I've been disappointed with VP's work with MA. To VP's credit, several major problems have
been corrected so far. But patches have been very slow to appear. Several significant problems still exist in the latest patch. Even basic things like the mouse cursor are not yet functioning properly for many using OS X 10.2. Additionally, VP are not planning to solve some issues at all, such as bringing the map file type up to speed with the PC version (they say it would be "no small task," i.e., they aren't willing to put forth the effort).
Furthermore, consider this: The Mac demo of MA has been downloaded 21,900 times from macgamefiles.com, and surely many more times from other sites. But what impression do Mac users get of MA if they download this demo? This is very important. If the demo makes a bad impression of the game then obviously fewer users will buy it...and that means fewer users will be interested in MA-Domination and buy it.
Here's the thing: the Mac demo makes a very bad impression
. Don't believe me? Let me drive this point home. Just read some of the comments Mac users wrote in their reviews of it at macgamefiles.com:
"GET UR SPECS RIGHT!!! (11/9/2004 - version 1.1191)
I cant believe these ppl say is can pe used on a 256 G4!!! I may have only a 384 G4 eMac but this lag is crazy!!! It makes me wonder if they even tested it on a mac first =P"
"Interesting backgound - big on ideas - looked really interesting. However! - plays like a sick cow on my dual 1.25Ghz G4,then it caused a kernal panic so I dumped it
Sorry boys, not a good advert for your game"
"...It's system requirements are absolute bull****, I have a 1 ghz G4 with 384 ram and this game chugs along like a snail. Not to mention that after turning one or two settings UP the water was no longer rendered properly..."
"Pretty decent, but it crashed the first few times I ran it on my 2x1.8GHz G5; was sometimes a bit jerky too. Bombed out once when I was moving the camera..."
"this game is excellent. i recommend it for ANY stratagy game fan. my only complaint comes from the game engine: i wish it performed a little nicer (its even slow on my g5"
"system reqirements are optimistic at best, probably the results of a quij bord in al reality. runs badly on my 733mhz imac g4- expicaly when you consider this is a turn based stratigy game ( god only knows what data is holding everythin up.... )...fun game consept- but shurely not worth paying for."
"Gets the award for the most optimistic requirements ever seen. This would get more sticks if the Mac version wasn't so slow."
"I had high hopes for this game. PC reviews are in the 90's. I'll have to see why. I'm sure there is a lot more to it. I have only started but my initial impressions are slow..slow...SLOW!!!"
"Bit offending when it asks: 'Are you sure you want to exit to Windows?'"
That's right. The Mac demo of MA was released in such a sloppy state that it still asked "Are you sure you want to exit to windows?" in good PC fashion as you press "quit" on your Mac. Whatever else you might say about it, you can't say VP released a polished product. Also, there are all sorts of bugs in the demo that aren't even mentioned in the reviews...unfortunately, this is probably because people trashed the demo before playing long enough to encounter them.
Note: the demo I'm talking about is still the demo people download today
if they want to try the Mac version of MA! VP have not fixed any
of the serious problems in the demo yet. Thus, in my opinion, the single best move to boost sales of the Mac port of MA-Domination this summer is to urge VP to get on the ball with their port of MA
. Fix the full version. Fix the demo version. Make some happy Mac users with MA, and have us all drooling for the sequel.
Personally, I am already drooling for the sequel, but I'm the exception. I am one of the few Mac users who wasted countless hours enduring the bugs in order to play a game which I really
enjoy. Clearly, most Mac users haven't done that.
Many are still asking about MA in strategy game forums, etc. Whenever others in the Mac gaming community ask about MA, I give them an honest answer: "Great game, terrible port. Wait to see if VP fixes it before buying. And don't try the demo, because then you'll never give it a fair shot." I am ready for MA-Domination, but I am anything but ready for another disaster of a port from VP. If they are going to do it, it is in everyone's best interest (including wargaming.net) that they do it right.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love the MA series, the gameplay is fantastic! I want to see it prosper on the Mac. That's why I have written this critical post; not to whine without cause, but to help users and gaming companies alike. Thanks for listening.