I Have Seen EVE on a Mac

We have a new 20″ iMac in our house.  On of the 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo models. 

We bought it to replace the 15″ Indigo G3 iMac we have had sitting out in the family room for the last five years. 

The old 500MHz blue iMac worked well for iTunes, KidPix, and browsing the web.  But it had a small hard drive (20GB… remember when that was a big hard drive?) and eventually ever more complicated web sites began to make the system drag.

And it couldn’t run WebKinz

So we asked one of our (many) friends who work at nearby Apple Computer if she could get us a discount on a new iMac.

Apple employees are fairly well provisioned with discounts they can use for friends and family, and the new iMac was ordered and arrived very quickly.  It started in Shanghai, China and arrived here in Silicon Valley, via Anchorage, Alaska, in four days.

That is, the order was placed and in four days the FedEx guy was ringing our door bell.

Very fast.  And I did not order the stock model, but had them upgrade the hard drive to a 500 GB unit… which seems pretty big these days.

So the most powerful computer in our house currently belongs to my daughter.

In fact, if we take the graphics card out of consideration, my computer is #3 behind my wife and daughter.

That will change soon.  Quad Core coming.

But back to the iMac.

It is beautiful.  It runs great.  Leopard is handy.  KidPix and WebKinz run like a dream.  Movies are fantastic on the very, very nice built-in monitor.

But the question remains: Will it, you know, actually run a game?

The Core 2 Duo processor and ATI HD 2600 Pro video card seemed a strong positive sign.  But Apple has had good hardware in the past that has not translated into games being made for their operating system.

I actually had two options.  EVE Online and World of Warcraft.

If you had a new computer and wanted to try it out… you know… the same day you started the download… which game would you choose?

So I went with EVE Online.  The client itself is much smaller plus, the version that is available for download is always the LATEST version of the client.

Blizzard has WoW 2.0 available for download, and once you get it, you then have to patch up to version 2.3.  That has “days” written all over it.

EVE still took a while to get onto the system.  It is an 800 MB download.  But the time was well within the parameters of my patience. 

And installation?  That always confuses me on the Mac. 

There is no installer. 

You just drag the extracted folder to where you want it to live and start playing.

Way too simple.  Way too easy. 

And so, finally, that very same evening, the moment of truth was at hand. 

I launched EVE on the iMac and logged in.

And it was EVE.

No, really.  Except for a couple of small graphic artifact issues that I came across (in the station of all places), it was indistinguishable from EVE on my PC.

I ran a mission.  Jumped through a few systems.  Mined an asteroid.  Checked on my sales.  Parsed through the market.

It was all EVE, just as you would expect it.  The interface is still kind of quirky, things that were slow remain slow, and it still does not like when I have 200+ items in my station storage. 

It was EVE.

Actually, one thing was better on the Mac, though it is not a Mac specific item.

The monitor on my current machine has the standard 4:3 aspect ratio.  The iMac has a 16:10.5 aspect ratio.

The EVE Online interface seems to benefit quite a bit from a wide screen monitor.  It spreads things out just a bit more, giving you a better view through the middle of the stuff that tends to clutter about the periphery of the EVE Online window.

So there it is.  EVE on a Mac is looking good.

Now I will have to get back to WoW and see how that goes.

7 thoughts on “I Have Seen EVE on a Mac

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  2. krones

    In case you didn’t know. Unfortunately, the Trinity 2 graphics overhaul won’t be patched for the Linux / Mac clients for some time. You will also need a shader model 3.0 capable graphics card to enjoy all that new shiny goodness. I’ll be getting an 8800GT as soon as this price gouging stops, if it stops… Why can’t they just give the latest and greatest video card away for free?

    WoW has the best MAC support, Blizzard always has and I’d have to say that John Stiles who has been their lead Mac programmer for what seems like a decade now it is a genius. There’s always EQ Mac if you want to play another MMOG ont he mac, hahaha… haha….. hahahahaha….

    Oh, the quad, it’s the best processor I’ve ever owned. It’s easily oc’able to 3Ghz, (get the G0 stepping) it’s definitely a better buy than the 6750. Nothing beats ripping a movie and playing EVE at the same time while jammin’ on some tunes, with 20+ tabs loaded in Firefox.

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  3. CrazyKinux

    That’s gotta look nice!

    My only concern would be hardware upgrades. Mac have never been easily upgradeable and I’m not sure if that’s changed.

    Add to that the client patch and updates being out of sync with the PC version, and I’m not about to move over to the mac.

    Still, nice to see Linux and Mac users join EVE.

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  4. Rick

    I wouldn’t worry too much about hardware upgrades, unless Trinity brings systems to their knees. Eve’s always run well, even on older hardware, and you’ve got a pretty fast Mac.

    I definitely agree about the Eve UI needing more space. It’s nice and spread out on my MacBook Pro, but it also looks great on my widescreen monitor at work.

    You didn’t mention having to reset all your Eve Overview settings when you logged in to play on the Mac. Umm, you’re not using the stock Overview settings, are you? That’s just torturing yourself :)

    One thing I love about WoW on the Mac is the download speeds of the updates. I’ll try to update my PC on patch day, and the download just crawls along like rush hour traffic on the expressway. I’ll hop on to my MacBook, same network, and the WoW patch comes flying down.

    I didn’t know about the Trinity expansion being delayed on the Mac. That’s somewhat depressing, but I can just boot into XP on the same machine if I need Shiny, and into the Mac side if I don’t want the laptop to run at temperatures hotter than the sun :)

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  5. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    @Tigerclaw – Thanks for that. I wish I had known that before I finished running… and running… and running the patcher. Still, stowed away for future reference!

    @Krones – EQ Mac? Now you’re just being… well… more evil than usual. As I recall, you had to play on a special Mac-only server and most of the expansion packs were not supported.

    I am not too concerned about the Trinity 2 graphics. One of the things I like about EVE is that it runs light enough to work on my laptop.

    @Kinux – Upgrading computer hardware is abnormal and only practiced by the cult of gamers… which is one of the reasons I no longer use a Mac very often.

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  6. krones

    How dare you shun the graphics upgrade with a flick of your fingertips. I want my ships to shine if I were to soak them in Mr. Clean for 10 years straight and so should everyone else.

    Indeed, special MAC only server supported up to PoP and that’s an early version of PoP, when all the flags and the ilk were busted. haha. :)

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