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Linux, OS X Ports For Star Wars: Battlefront?

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    Coming from Lucasarts you can't even expect a Linux server, let alone client. I imagine there will be a Mac port that comes out 2 years from now.
    • Nonsense! Pod racer came out at about the same time and it was a great game! ... right?
      • I loved it personally.... i still boot it up in OS 9 .... wished Lucasarts would convert their old games to play in X
      • I mastered the Pod Racer demo to the point that I could beat it using two buttons. I'd program the left arrow to be left and thrust; the right arrow was right and thrust. Hold both buttons to go straight, lift the right button to go left.

        I tended to obsess over games like that back then, I spent all that time before I realized the only reason I could do that was the demo was really easy. The full game was probably a lot more complex, too bad I didn't have any money.

        • I mastered the Pod Racer demo to the point that I could beat it using two buttons

          Pod Racing is sorta a bad subject for a game. The whole point is that you're moving so fast that you must steer around obstacles before they even come into view- so it's all track memorization, nothing more.

          (It also wouldn't be an entertaining race to watch from the stands!)
    • It's based on the Unreal engine, which has already been ported to Linux/Mac countless times.
      Unless they have altered the renderer a lot, there's not reason not to port it as well...
  • by aj50 (789101) on Sunday August 29, 2004 @02:50PM (#10103599)
    Will it run as well or be as well supported or will it be an inferior product as some ports have been?
    • by NanoGator (522640) on Sunday August 29, 2004 @04:05PM (#10104070) Homepage Journal
      "Will it run as well or be as well supported or will it be an inferior product as some ports have been?"

      Don't get your expectations too high. Not like Linux/OSX represents a huge piece of the gaming pie, so to speak. I know this isn't going to be a popular opinion around here, but the PC-based Linux users out there who also really like playing games would have a much easier life if they got a copy of XP to dual boot with. The upside to this approach is that you would have instant access to a huge library of game demos to try out. Like the game? No prob. You have XP installed. You won't have to deal with worrying about Linux ports or support.

      • [...]would have a much easier life if they got a copy of XP to dual boot with.
        How about an old copy of Win98SE instead? It would take up less system resources, be cheaper, and it's not going to have many stability issues if your're just using it to play games with instead of installing a bunch of other apps. It also doesn't have that whole registering problem that XP came out with. "One disc to install them all..."
        • "How about an old copy of Win98SE instead? It would take up less system resources, be cheaper, and it's not going to have many stability issues if your're just using it to play games with instead of installing a bunch of other apps. It also doesn't have that whole registering problem that XP came out with. "One disc to install them all..."

          Ugh, no, that wouldn't be my first choice. The stability alone would be painful. XP's got some memeory management stuff that makes it far more stable than 98. It may
          • It doesn't take much to pollute 98's memory.

            If you're dual-booting to run one single game, memory corruption is unlikely to be a real bother. (... "Windows98 makes an excellent gaming platform for 90 minutes at a time" ...)

            For some games, win98 can be quite a bit faster. Some of its graphics functions are faster, and of course it leaves more RAM free than XP. But, DirectX 9 probably won't install on it, and that's the real killer.
            • But, DirectX 9 probably won't install on it, and that's the real killer.
              Don't be so quick to speak of what you do not know. I do use Win98SE for gaming on a secondary machine and DirectX 9 installed just fine. You are very right about the memory issues. If you're just running a game or two, it won't mess up the memory much, and also there's more to play with since XP is such a memory hog.
  • by SlickMcSly (800954) on Sunday August 29, 2004 @03:57PM (#10104006)
    It was as if a thousand penguins chirped at once, and then were suddenly silenced... Yes, I am ashamed.
  • Buy it ! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by noselasd (594905) on Sunday August 29, 2004 @05:25PM (#10104550)
    IF they eventually release a client for Linux MacOSX, I hope people
    will buy those, rather than pirate it. Anything else than Windows and the console market are really just a niche, so buying it can hopefully
    show that a port it worth it.
    • I have bought practically everything game-wise that has been released for Linux.

      Perhaps it's sort of a collection-hobby for me. I can't say its got me far or even significantly affected the way that games are considered for Linux ports.

      The main problem I've found is that the game-houses don't always know if which O/S you are running the client on :(
  • I have both a PC and a Mac. No doubt the Mac version will come out 6 months to a year later than the PC version. If it were to come out...say...a month after the PC version, I would gladly wait.

    As it stands...it will be hard for me to vote with my wallet.

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