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Posted: Jun 20th 2010 8:15AM Omali said

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Far too many.

Xsyon, Mytheon, Aika Online, Mortal Online, Allods Online, Star Trek Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online, Face of Mankind, and some others I can't remember off the top of my head.

Posted: Jun 20th 2010 8:20AM shinkie said

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This year I have only tried Star Trek and was so bored.
Last year I only tried Aion for a couple of months and CO.
I am looking forward to trying Tera, Star Wars: KOTOR and FFXIV whenever they come out.

Posted: Jun 20th 2010 8:27AM Addfwyn said

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Not as many as I'd like, being a primarily Mac gamer. I did try Aion on my bootcamp boot once. Otherwise: Fallen Earth, EVE Online, Warhammer Online.

Then I went back to WoW, sadly.

Posted: Jun 20th 2010 8:32AM Bartlebe said

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@Mac gamer.

El Oh El
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Posted: Jun 20th 2010 8:35AM Addfwyn said

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*sigh* Yes, people who game and own Macs do exist, these companies aren't porting Mac clients over to get their jollies. Blizzard has been doing it for every game they've made for years for a reason, I would think.
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Posted: Jun 20th 2010 8:52AM Birk said

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Yeah...see below for my comments on mac gaming. My macbook pro runs AoC -fantastically- ...and that's on bootcamp.

However I would not be using my windows partition if more game developer's would produce mac games. Many are getting the hint (Fallen Earth, EVE, WoW, WAR, and Lego Universe is launching on mac as well).

Point in case: There is no reason for your hostility. Whether you like OSX or not is your business. It is irrefutable that it can and will run games fantastically.
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Posted: Jun 20th 2010 11:14AM alinos said

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Saying blizzard is doing it is moot they have nothing to loose in doing it

i still love the people i know who are like macs are awesome but im a gamer so its running windows (so you paid all that extra money for what exactly(these people think having a dual boot system is to complicated) thats what you get from following a crowd


theres a good reason why its taken steam what 5-6 years to have a mac based steam client there simply wasnt enough in it
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Posted: Jun 20th 2010 11:49AM Birk said

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@ alinos

I really hate the "following a crowd" garbage that folks keep spraying about everyone who has a mac.

I understand that it might seem ironic to you that I choose to dual-boot into windows to play games. That's not because I wouldn't rather play them in mac, but because it isn't supported yet.

That's fine. I understand the need for a company to make wise decisions on what platform to support. I also understand the fact that a lot of people use Windows, and its not always feasible to port into mac. Again, totally cool.

But don't suppose to tell me that I bought a mac because it was trendy. That's very presumptuous of you. I bought my first mac because I heard they were very reliable, and because I had an interest in video/graphical editing. I have owned many PC's - and I still like them. But in almost 5 years of having my old macbook, it has not -once- had any sort of registry error, adware attack, virus, or slowdown.

Yes, I know that it is very possible to keep your PC in tip-top shape; I run ad-aware and norton on all my PCs, but I still notice some slowdown. Call it voodoo, call it my ineptitude, call it whatever you want. I really just like my mac, and its OS, much better.

The fact is that when my windows partition gets borked, I can simply boot into OSX and totally rip out the entire partition with a few short clicks without messing around with the BIOS or windows' clunky startup prompts (I'm admitting my own ignorance here, I've owned computers since the early 90s and I'm still shaky on formatting a PC).

Anyhow, Mac vs. PC debates are all over, and massively really isn't the place for them. If you don't like Macs, then fine. But don't write off every person that ever purchases a Mac as simply following a trend with no method or madness other than to throw money at Steve Jobs for his (frankly, retarded) commercials.

That's overly condescending.
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Posted: Jun 21st 2010 6:48AM alinos said

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dude i wasnt ripping into you at all for that sort of stuff i was talking about the morons who go and buy a mac and then dont use its software at all because they cant play there games or whateva

i have no problem with people who actually have a mac for a reason and i understand that not everyone goes out and buys one because there trendy

im just saying i know a bunch of people who have and talk all up about there macbook when its essentialy just a laptop because of the way there using it

i have a standard laptop that dual boots windows and mac osx so i can make/sell apps because using VMware just got plain annoying

not everyone buys macs because there following a crowd but things like the ipad show they do(if it wasnt running the same OS as the iphone it would have more cred in my mind(just emulate iphone apps)

but yeah your right not the time or place
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Posted: Jun 20th 2010 8:31AM Birk said

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Well, good topic!

Let's see....not too many, actually. I have been quite good.

I kicked off the year with WoW. Not really sampling...more of driving a stake through the vampire's heart. I started playing it in beta, and quit in february. Can't call it a bad game, for having captivated me for that long.

EVE online came next. A stint in lowsec with a merc corp was good fun, but all in all I had a hard time playing it with my schedule. To do anything really fun in EVE takes a lot of time and patience with your corp. I just didn't have the time to commit, sadly.

Hmm, then I believe I tried Atlantica Online. That game captivated me for about 0.3 seconds, while I was reading about it. See, it sounds good in theory, but I just didn't like the way the game played. The combat was cool, if a little clunky. But the gameplay outside of that, coupled with the art? Not really for me.

I then bounced Lego Universe off my computer...can't really say I played it much. Beta schedule was a little prohibiting for me.

I then entertained the idea of playing Darkfall. Installed it and everything; but never got around to actually firing it up, after poisoning my mind with the forums. I plan on trying it someday in the future, when its further polished up (Or not, if its sunk like a lead soldier).

Finally, I have settled on AoC. I was captivated right off the bat; the graphics are gorgeous, but it goes far beyond that. The storytelling is the best I have seen in an MMO. The lore behind it is absolutely fantastic. The classes are interesting; they have a VERY COOL take on the healing mechanic. The PVP? It is -fantastic-. The most fun I've ever had in a game with PVP (And its my first, aside from WoW, in which I played on a PVP server but my PVP ability consisted mainly of button mashing. A lot.)

If any of you are considering trying AoC, I say - Take the plunge. I don't work for Funcom or anything...but it's just the most actual -fun- I've ever had playing an MMO. The combat is fresh and entertaining, the PVP is very strategic (in my limited experience so far, however the enthusiasm my guildmates have about it in endgame is contagious), the setting is beautiful and involved, and the roleplaying community is alive and well (On Cimmeria).

Go download the unlimited trial and see for yourself!

Posted: Jun 20th 2010 8:32AM Birk said

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I want to point out: I'm playing AoC (and everything else) on a Macbook pro. I have 50 FPS consistently.

Don't hate on the macs. Just sayin' !
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Posted: Jun 20th 2010 9:20AM Samael said

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It seems you are being defensive without anyone saying anything. Game on whatever platform fits your fancy. There is just an overwhelming majority that games on PCs, but that is because the graphics cards PCs get vs macs.

So have fun using what you like, the main idea is that you are having fun, that is why we play games right?
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Posted: Jun 20th 2010 9:30AM Birk said

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I'm not sure what your beef is with my comment? My biggest motivation for posting that I game on a macbook pro, is that I see plenty of comments from posters in major threads that claim they can only play a limited number of games on their macs.

I only recently bought my MB pro (have been using a macbook for the past 4 years). I was genuinely concerned that it would not be able to run AoC; there is very limited information available on playing AoC (or other highly demanding games) on bootcamp.

Thus, I decided to relay that message across for other folks who might have a computer capable of handling a game like AoC, but don't feel like going to the trouble of procuring windows to load up bootcamp, and suffering in MMO purgatory of the same 4 games for all of eternity.

My comment about "don't hate on macs" is directed towards the hordes of folks that like to say "mac gaming....el oh el."

See above for a nice instance of that.

In the end, I completely agree with you. Game on what you want! I'm no mac evangelist, I just want to make sure people realize that they are a feasible platform for gaming. Because a lot of peolple (who don't own macs, by the way) like to spread disinformation.
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Posted: Jun 20th 2010 10:01AM pcgneurotic said

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He's referring to the comments in 3/4 I would think.
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Posted: Jun 20th 2010 11:13AM Samael said

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I was just saying, no one was being hostile in this particular thread. I do not know how people have been before though. You took a defensive stance without provocation.

I am agreeing with you, that people should be able to play on whatever they like, I had no beef with the comment, just curious observations.
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Posted: Jun 20th 2010 8:39AM Minofan said

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Actually, I'm fairly sure... none!

Bought no games, haven't gotten into any betas I've actually pursued, and I've just not bothered with any FTPs or no-invitation-necessary betas this year; have gotten a few stages in on occasion, but encountered multi-GB downloads or compulsory 3rd party software - never decided it's worth the effort.

Almost gave into a Fallen Earth key giveaway (for the full game), but I couldn't muster the enthusiasm so decided it may as well go to someone who really wanted it.

Having a lousy year for new games this year - hope fall/winter picks up.

Posted: Jun 20th 2010 8:40AM (Unverified) said

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This year I've only tried Mortal Online, as my main game is Darkfall which's similar.

Still thinking about re-trying some games like Aion, WAR, AoC, Eve, but I'm a little bit too cheap atm.

Posted: Jun 20th 2010 8:53AM (Unverified) said

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My guild is still making the final push in WoW to down the Lich King, but that's only a couple times a week.

The rest of my time is taken up by Vanguard... a criminally underappreciated game that I've become somewhat addicted to the past month or so.

I have characters that in AoC, LOTRO, EQ2 and WAR that I dust off now and the, but it doesn't last long. Vanguard is more interesting than them all right now.

Posted: Jun 20th 2010 8:54AM (Unverified) said

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Ugh, I am so burnt out on MMOs and Gaming for the exact reason of sampling.
Its been said before that us MMOers are a fickle bunch, and its true.

Ragnarok, Aion (again), WoW (again), Anarchy Online (Love it, still.), Mabinogi, Fallen Earth (again) EVE, Champions, Warhammer, AoC (again), LotRO and a bunch of other really shitty, insignificant games that I played for about half an hour. (Here's Looking at you, Sky Reavers... or whatever the hell it was called)

Nothing seems to be able to pull me in anymore. WoW has, and probably will again come Cata... Aion I am playing now, again, but I can already feel the grind creeping up...

Honestly, I am waiting for FFXIV and SW:ToR to break out. Not really expecting anything revolutionary, but it'd be a nice break from what I've been doing.

Then again, I've said that about the last 12 games I 'sampled'

Posted: Jun 20th 2010 9:24AM Shadanwolf said

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Far too many. I just re subscribed to AOC yesterday.I will now just read about games on sites like this....and let the new games come to me.

AOC has improved...but it's not....THE ONE.....yet.

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