prophile wrote:To clarify this, I love IV. Always have. IV's games are new and innovative. But looking back: Uplink came out for Windows, Linux, and (later) Mac. Then Darwinia, Windows and then Mac and Linux a short while afterwards. Then Uplink was upgraded, no Mac UB or new version in sight - Defcon's Mac port seems to be at a standstill and the Linux version seems not to be even in sight. On the other hand, IV now seems to have devoted themselves to Windows-specific stuff - I may be wrong but this just seems like a bit of a kick in the teeth to their fans on the Mac, or Linux side of things.
This is because you're not looking at the full picture. The linux/mac versions of Defcon hit hitches that arise when you trust floating point calculations done on different platforms with different compilers. Thing is, the changes to make it work require a huge amount of testing, hence why targets have been missed.
As for Uplink, IV do not own the rights to make a Mac port of the changes. They have to deal with Ambrosia, the holders of the rights. Thats why the changes have not been ported over.
It might look like a kick in the teeth, but it isn't, there's just problems. I can assure you that work is being done on solving them
(As a side note, I hope IV can try standing on their own legs WRT the mac version of subversion
, as it would be great).