DirectX acceleration coming in VMWare? Full speed Win gaming on Intel Macs?

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So Engadget has a story about the upcoming VMWare for OS X having good DirectX support, and [url=http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/08/0155256"]/.[/url] has an article on MS forbidding installing cheaper Vista versions in virtual machines. Does this mean MS knew about the upcoming features, or just saw the writing on the wall? Gaming on a Mac without having to boot the whole machine into Windows would make life much better for newer Mac owners, and make Windows more of a "necessary evil" and less of a headache to use even just for gaming.

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You would have to spend like

You would have to spend like $99999999999999 on a Mac to get it to run games in VMWare at the speed it will in bootcamp.

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Yuck

Jon wrote:

make Windows more of a "necessary evil" and less of a headache to use even just for gaming.

Having your eyeballs dug out with a rusty claw hammer wielded by a mutant homicidal ferret-orangutan hybrid could hardly be *more* of a headache then dealing with Windows on a Macintosh. Why would *anyone* want to endorse this, even as a "necessary evil"?

I guess I just have to admit to "not getting it" and leave it at that.

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Re: Yuck

Eudimorphodon wrote:
Jon wrote:

make Windows more of a "necessary evil" and less of a headache to use even just for gaming.

Having your eyeballs dug out with a rusty claw hammer wielded by a mutant homicidal ferret-orangutan hybrid could hardly be *more* of a headache then dealing with Windows on a Macintosh. Why would *anyone* want to endorse this, even as a "necessary evil"?

I guess I just have to admit to "not getting it" and leave it at that.

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OK so how is dealing with Windows on a Mac more of a headache than dealing with it on a PC, since Macs are PCs now?

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Re: Yuck

Anhaedra wrote:

OK so how is dealing with Windows on a Mac more of a headache than dealing with it on a PC, since Macs are PCs now?

A: PCs have it preinstalled.
B: PC laptops have the correct number of touchpad buttons and full keyboards.
C: Dual booting bites the big one.
D: Partitioning your hard disk space between two OSes bites an even bigger one.

VMware eliminates point C, I suppose. (Doesn't really help that much with D.) Still, no one should be forced to use multiple operating systems just to get their work done. If Windows is a "necessary evil" then there's no bloody point in using a Mac at all. It just makes life more complicated.

As for installing it just to play games, I guess I outgrew that. But trying to understand, here... First: if you're a casual gamer just about any game console (other then the PS/3) costs about the same or less than VMware and Windows licenses, and is a lot less of a headache. If you're just wanting to kill a few hours now and again a Nintendo DS or an Xbox will let you do it without having to play MCSE-boy every time something decides to act up.

On the other hand, if you're a *serious* gamer Apple hardware is a terrible investment. You'll want to swap your video card every six months and your motherboard once a year if you're serious. Every Mac desktop other then the Mac Pro is obsolete (by gamer standards) *right now*, out of the box. If you're stuck (re)installing Windows on something you might as well install it on the *fastest* thing you can afford, rather then wasting the *prettiest* thing.

I guess it's the phrase "necessary evil" that grates on me. Nobody *needs* Windows. If you need it, why did you buy a Mac in the first place? If you're crazy enough to want it then, well, different strokes for different folks or whatever, but you might want to keep your voice down. It would be nice to let software vendors keep thinking that there's some demand for OS X-native software. If enough Mac users are installing Windows there won't be any point anymore.

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Re: Yuck

Eudimorphodon wrote:

... if you're a *serious* gamer Apple hardware is a terrible investment. You'll want to swap your video card every six months and your motherboard once a year if you're serious ...

[soapbox] PCs are just as bad an investment if you're a "serious gamer." Buy a Playstation or a Wii. They're built for gaming out of the box, cost a fraction of what *any* computer costs, and frees your computer up for *actual work.* [/soapbox]

[sarcasm] But then again, I guess I'm one of the few who actually use computers for work. [/sarcasm]

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But some people don't like to

But some people don't like to play games on consoles, since the controls are weird with analog sticks and you can't mod the games, you have to pay for online play. (unless you get the $600 PS3, or the Wii, but the Wii does not offer the same kind of gaming a PC does)

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The only games I don't play o

The only games I don't play on my Wii are Sim City 4 and emulated arcade and console games. The only thing I honestly need Windows for is Orb. There are more benefits to DirectX support than gaming, but I honestly don't "get" PC gaming.

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Well it sounds like you're ju

Well it sounds like you're just not much of a gamer in general, actually.

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