Macs. I have mixed feelings about them. Sure, they don’t crash, they’re reliable and painless to use and every interaction is an incredibly slick and lubricated experience right from the moment you remortgage your house to buy one. However, they’re also soulless contraptions that rob you of any sense of individuality or accomplishment (I feel like a champion every time I get my PC to successfully boot and love to throw around expressions like “defrag”, “format” and “Blue Screen Of Death”). Also everything is always prefixed with a lower case “i” and that really bugs me. Oh and they don’t run MMOs. At all.
As I mentioned on Monday, my blog muse brother recently quite WoW and hung up size 7 shoes (he’s a tiny, tiny man – I’m huge… think the movie ‘Twins’) and since then I’ve been racking my brain to come up with a MMO that both he and I can play together. To complicate matters though he’s a dreaded Mac user, meaning, as far as I’m aware, he only has a choice of either World of Warcraft, Warhammer Online or EVE Online. Slim pickings. Surely those can’t be the only three MMOs available for the Mac?
WoW is obviously out of the question, at least until Cataclysm comes out he says, and we tried Warhammer quite recently. Aside from the fact that it didn’t run very well on his Mac Mini he also complained that it was a “complete WoW rip-off”. Harsh but kinda fair I suppose, even though I did point out to him that technically it was Blizzard who ripped-off Games Workshop all those moons ago. I still think he would enjoy WAR if he got into it (I still have the endless trial installed) but I get the feeling that it will just remind him too much of WoW.
Which leaves EVE Online. I love EVE like it’s some kind of sexy librarian but I honestly don’t think it would appeal to my bro one iota. It’s definitely not the MMO for anyone who likes a sense of immediate response and feedback and, frankly, the whole thing’s a bit like taking a maths exam. A sexy maths exam but an exam nonetheless and considering my brother uses a calculator to count, I don’t think it’s going to be up his alley. Still, I have this dream that one day he will be the Sancho Panza to my Don Quixote and help me chase down windmills in New Eden.
And thus we run out of non-browser based MMORPGs available on the Mac. There’s got to more than three right? I don’t know much about getting PC versions of games to run on Macs but maybe that would be an option for him? I’m slightly flabberghasted considering the popularity of Apple these days that more games aren’t be released for their products.
All a shame really as I’m going to be spending this weekend trialing Star Trek Online and reinstalling Lord of the Rings Online whilst my bro will be playing Pong on the iPad. It’s called iPong.