Thanks, in part, to Valve's recent and official porting of its highly praised Steam gaming system over to the Mac, other gaming developers are now seriously also looking at taking a closer look at jumping in on the Mac game bandwagon as well.
According to AppleInsider, Valve's recent decision has prompted various developers, such as DICE and Gas Powered Games, to also consider developing games for the Mac along side those of their PC games.
AppleInsider quotes Valve's director of business development, Jason Holtman, as saying that developers who use Steam to distribute their wares are "very excited" at the opportunity to embrace the Mac platform. This, as AppleInsider points out, could also mean that we can expect to see even more top-tier games eventually finding their way to a Mac near you, and, hopefully, soon.
Well, as I said in my post yesterday on Apple and gaming, "its about time"! For too long we Mac users have been left on the gaming sidelines. Mac users have long been suffering from a dearth of gaming, and now, hopefully, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one, that sad state of affairs may finally becoming to a happy end.
Lets hope so.
Personally, I'm not much of a gamer myself, occasionally finding a little time here-and-there to play the odd game of solitaire or Mah Jong, but for many people gaming is a big deal and one of the primary reasons why people end up choosing a PC over that of a Mac or that of a Linux machine. This goes especially for the younger male user, and I'm convinced that having more high-quality gaming titles on the Mac can only be a good thing, and this new interest in Macs, by gaming developers, is a very big development who's impact will eventually benefit every Mac user, whether they be a gamer or not.
This is because the more gaming titles that you have available for the Mac, the more likely hood that people will choose to buy a Mac as their next computer, and the more Macs that you sell, then the more likely hood that even more developers will produce even more Mac games, which in turn will sell even more Macs, and so on, and so on! More game developers mean not only more Macs sold, but that also even more developers will also be convinced to bring their software to the Mac side as well, be it business software, graphics, or what have you? Why, its a perfect circle that could end up growing the Mac platform in significant ways that it could never have achieved without the help of these gaming developers. In other words: success breeds even more success!
So, can we really expect to see an explosion of Mac games coming?
Well, I'm not totally sure, of course, but it's sure beginning to increasingly look that way!
In conclusion, from my point of view, it's beginning to look like Mac gaming may finally be coming of age and a serious option for we Mac users, and regardless of whether your a gamer or not, they may hold the key to attracting even more developers of all stripes, and thus more sales for the Mac platform that could increase it's market share by several fold! Now that would be a good thing, a very good thing to see happen, so here's hoping!
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Wednesday, March 10/, 2010
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