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Alladaskill17    181
Bringing Guild Wars 2 to the Mac is huge for us

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  • Mac OS X 10.7.X or later
  • Intel Core i5 or better
  • 4 GB Ram or better
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M, ATI Radeon HD 6630M, Intel HD 3000 or better
  • 25 GB available HDD space
  • Broadband Internet Connection

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SuperKid    86

Yes!!! woo, ok so now, does anyone know where I can buy a digital version of Guildwars 2 and get the key now to enter it and download the beta? :D

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Alladaskill17    181

Yes!!! woo, ok so now, does anyone know where I can buy a digital version of Guildwars 2 and get the key now to enter it and download the beta? :D

No kidding I'm about to hijack my friends account info while he's in class to try it out haha

...wishful thinking.

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NeoTrunks    106

Looks like I just may pick up this game after all.

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Hell-In-A-Handbasket    277

Yes!!! woo, ok so now, does anyone know where I can buy a digital version of Guildwars 2 and get the key now to enter it and download the beta? :D

*edit, nvm your UK not US

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SMELTN    142

nice. I want to try this out as well. I have been holding off on guild wars 2 but would LOVE to see how it runs on my brand new macbook!!! Need to find an account!! lol

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Blackhearted    512

Quite the hike on the system requirements side of things just to run it on a mac.

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Eternal Tempest    522

Yes!!! woo, ok so now, does anyone know where I can buy a digital version of Guildwars 2 and get the key now to enter it and download the beta? :D

https://buy.guildwars2.com/en/

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SuperKid    86

Thanks! I went on that earlier and it said not available to buy but it says buy now thanks!

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NeoTrunks    106

Quite the hike on the system requirements side of things just to run it on a mac.

It's because Transgaming is behind the port. That means they're using Cider, which is basically a branch of Wine that they added a lot of proprietary code to. In other words, it's still the Windows version of the game with the DirectX calls translated in real time to OpenGL and Core Audio. So, yea, it's kind of like being emulated, which is going to demand more hardware. It sucks, but it's a lot better than nothing.

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shifts    13

I wish I had an account just to see how things compare graphically wise between the 2 versions. I realise the PC will be better in the visuals department but would still be interesting to do side by side.

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Alladaskill17    181

It's because Transgaming is behind the port. That means they're using Cider, which is basically a branch of Wine that they added a lot of proprietary code to. In other words, it's still the Windows version of the game with the DirectX calls translated in real time to OpenGL and Core Audio. So, yea, it's kind of like being emulated, which is going to demand more hardware. It sucks, but it's a lot better than nothing.

I hope that even though your explanation is perfectly reasonable that somehow the 'final' code will allow for further leniency in the Mac platform, I have an '08 MacBook Pro with an Nvidia 8600m etc. =/ Could still Boot Camp buuut it would be cool if the current requirements got lowered.

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Blackhearted    512

I hope that even though your explanation is perfectly reasonable that somehow the 'final' code will allow for further leniency in the Mac platform, I have an '08 MacBook Pro with an Nvidia 8600m etc. =/ Could still Boot Camp buuut it would be cool if the current requirements got lowered.

Even if they lowered the requirements to match the Windows version that 8600m is very unlikely to give you an enjoyable experience.

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torrentthief    312

the digital download version is ?50, the dvd version is ?35 delivered from amazon. Maybe see whether you are allowed to download the mac beta with a legit dvd serial before buying the digital version.

Nice to see a mac version though.

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LaP    1,707

I hope that even though your explanation is perfectly reasonable that somehow the 'final' code will allow for further leniency in the Mac platform, I have an '08 MacBook Pro with an Nvidia 8600m etc. =/ Could still Boot Camp buuut it would be cool if the current requirements got lowered.

It's highly unlikely.

I have a core i5 750 with a Radeon 6950 and even at a lower 1650 res i need to turn some settings down (shadows notably and reflection) to play the game without any lag. I can hardly hit 40fps unless i turn a lot of things down ... It's not wow. The gfx are really good. In fact it's one of the best looking game i have installed on my PC right now.

I just ordered a 670 OC to be able to play the game at 1080p with all settings at max.

A 8600m might be able to run the game on Windows. But you would lose so much i don't think it would be worth playing the game. I think the minimum to have a good experience while playing this game would be a Radeon 5850.

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Matthew S.    228

This would actually be so much better if it was actually native code running on the Mac platform...

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Alladaskill17    181

This would actually be so much better if it was actually native code running on the Mac platform...

In full agreement, that would lower the mac client requirements for sure..

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shifts    13

It can be any buggier than running Splinter Cell conviction. Even on a modest iMac with a i5, 8gb of ram that game lags up like you wouldn't believe.

Wonder if COD will be native or a wrapper...

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