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Blizzard Releases OS X Starcraft Installer 47

Posted by simoniker
from the back-to-the-classics dept.
Thapa writes "Giving you an new excuse to dust off an old favorite, Blizzard released a native OS X installer yesterday for StarCraft and Brood War, that lets you install from the original CDs - it's available for free download at their website. This sure beats the old way to install StarCraft." We previously reported on a similar Diablo II installer for Mac OS X.
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Blizzard Releases OS X Starcraft Installer

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  • by RegalBegal (742288) <regalbegal@gmCUR ... minus physicist> on Wednesday July 14, 2004 @11:15AM (#9697638) Homepage
    all MacHeads set your productivity meter to ZERO.

    mmmm seige tanks.
  • the real issue here (Score:4, Interesting)

    by soybean (1120) on Wednesday July 14, 2004 @11:16AM (#9697649)
    is that apple is no longer shipping classic or even the classic cd's with osx. After the last time I took my ibook in for repair, they replaced my harddrive, giving me 10.3, but without classic. I wasn't able to install starcraft until I downloaded a bootleg (*gasp*) of classic. This release is obviously fixing that problem.
    • by Electrum (94638)
      is that apple is no longer shipping classic or even the classic cd's with osx. After the last time I took my ibook in for repair, they replaced my harddrive, giving me 10.3, but without classic.

      I got a PowerBook with 10.3 about four months ago and it came with Classic.
    • by AHumbleOpinion (546848) on Wednesday July 14, 2004 @11:36AM (#9697839) Homepage
      When I installed 10.3 on a G4 a couple of months ago I noticed that Classic was not installed by default. It was on one of the CDs though, it just had to be installed separately. You sure its not on any of your CDs? I was using a retail 10.3 package, my system came with 10.2. I don't believe the CD label mentioned Classic being on the disc.
      • No, I'm not sure. But I did look on the disks that I was given. I could't find it. Also, it was not _installed_ on my brand new pre-set-up harddrive. This was two months ago. And I have heard that apple is going to end-of-life classic sometime in the future, so I just figured that time was now.
    • REAL mac users have system discs dating back to at least system 4
      • Well, yes, I myself have many system disks from even before version 2. But when I went to install 9.2 that came with an I book, made to be used as a classic environment under 10.1, it wouldn't accept the it. My 10.3 said that it needed a newer version or some such.
      • by kraksmoka (561333)
        mac users that get things done haven't booted classic in years now. i would say i have used it (off of my external fw disk) a grand total of like once a year for the last three years now, ever since 10.2. what's left on classic?
    • by b-baggins (610215) on Wednesday July 14, 2004 @12:42PM (#9698645) Journal
      Your classic environment is stored as a disk image in a hidden directory on your restore DVD/CD. You can just mount the image and drag the System Folder from it to your hard drive. Voilá, Classic system installed.
      • Oh? That's interesting. What hidden directory?
        • by b-baggins (610215)
          It's called .images or something obvious like that. I forget off the top of my head. To do it the gui way, install Tinker Tools and check the box to show hidden files and directories, then restart the Finder. You should be able to navigate directly to the directory on the restore disk from the Finder.
    • is that apple is no longer shipping classic or even the classic cd's with osx.

      I suppose it depends on how you get OS X. I got OS X CDs with my new Rev. C PowerBook G4 I bought from wwww.apple.ca less than two months ago, and the pre-installed OS X 10.3 came with Classic support installed. The DVDs that came with the system to re-install the OS likewise have Classic support available on them.

      Yaz.

  • Blizzard = awesome (Score:3, Interesting)

    by BortQ (468164) on Wednesday July 14, 2004 @11:37AM (#9697854) Homepage Journal
    Blizzard has always had excellent macintosh support. From quick (or simultaneous) release dates to stuff like this.

    They are awesome.

    • This is getting offtopic but Blizzard isn't that awesome.

      Slashdot got pretty pissed at blizzard [slashdot.org] about a year ago when they cease and desisted the FreeCraft project. That thread has some other examples of blizzard evil and some slashdoters swore off blizzard products altogether. Their anger was understandable too; FreeCraft was one of the best games FOSS had.

      (Freecraft mostly survived as wargus [sourceforge.net] but it looks like the Freecraft media project didn't. )
  • I'm downloading it now, and I really hope that it works with the old 1.0 Windows CD... I bought SC before there was a Mac version, and I really don't want to buy the hybrid-CD battle-chest just to play it on my powerbook...
    • that's a big ole negative, i just tried it and it kept prompting me for the cd

      thankfully my friend has the hybrid cd, while i have the original 1.0
    • If you have ready access to a PC, you can install the PC-only version on it, then copy the installed files (via burned CD or LAN) to the mac, THEN install the OSX patch. Not pretty, but it works.
      • can you elaborate on that? what OS X patch? the installer looks for a cd...
      • Uh...sorry, but that's just not true. How exactly is this even supposed to work? If you have a PC-only disc (released months before there even EXISTED a Mac version), and install the PC binaries and support files on a PC, how is a Mac going to run that even when the files are copied over? Macs can't natively run PC binaries, and I'm sure that the PC installer spews files all over the place anyway. You at least need a copy of the original CD for Mac to get the thing installed.
        • how is a Mac going to run that even when the files are copied over? Macs can't natively run PC binaries, and I'm sure that the PC installer spews files all over the place anyway.

          You wouldn't use the new installer in this case. You'd simply download the most recent OS X update archive from battle.net and install it in the same directory as the PC data files that were copied over.

          All of the Mac updaters I've seen from Blizzard install a standalone executable (APPL or .app) file, rather than patching a pr

          • Ah, my bad. I had forgotten that SC patches take the form of a complete exectutable (due to the fact that the standalone patch usually takes so long to be available that just connecting to Bnet is much easier--that and I've been playing too much War3 lately). In that case, this is actually quite a clever solution. Has anyone tested it? Does it actually work?
      • Copying Blizzard's PC-only data files to the Mac and renaming them appropriate is not very reliable in general. These original data files did not contain Mac specific data. If you are lucky this Mac specific data got patched at some point so it is in the patch data files. If not something will go wrong. Fortunately it is usually something in the Mac user interface and not the game itself, but there is no real guarantee. Be prepared for something goofy to happen if you try this, hopefully it will be benign.
  • We need more of these installers for OS X updated games. I want to jump back into Unreal Tournament, but without classic or 9 I can't install the game properly from the CD. Produce more!
  • ....is a patch for 800 x 600 graphics

    That would definitely get alot more folks dusting off their old CDs for their 19" monitors

  • The community around Bungie's Myth II managed to get the sourcecode (legitimately) and have carbonised it themselves. It's a fantastic effort.

    http://projectmagma.net/index.shtml

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