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Wednesday, January 31, 2001

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10:18 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

id Software's Graeme Devine has updated his .plan file with details on the Mac version of Quake 3: Arena, of which a major update is due in the near future. He discusses problems with OS 9.1, incorporating Altivec support and even mentions the OS X build, which should be released in the near future as well. In case you've missed it, Graeme made a number of Altivec enhancements to benefit G4 owners and actually found a bug in the Metrowerks compiler in the process. Once Metrowerks solves this problem, he should be able to build and then release the G4-enhanced version of Q3. Here's an excerpt from his .plan:

Mac OS 9.1 Quake3Arena.

As many other developers have noticed, there's a little work to be done to make our games compatible with the new 9.1 release of MacOS. I've yet to address the issues, but will do as soon as I can. Once those are cleared up I'll release a build. There's a significant speedup over the current debug build out there.

Mac OS 9.1 Quake3Arena Altivec.

The Altivec version of Q3A is awesome. Unfortunately there is a bug in the Metrowerks compiler Altivec support which means I'm waiting on the update for the compiler. Metrowerks is currently QAing a build of their compiler with this fix included. For those x86 people out there who wonder what the Altivec is, it's the super computer part of the G4 chip that Apple touts in it's commercials. It really is incredible, and really does make a "super computer power" difference in application that support it.

Mac OS X Quake3Arena.

I'll release it along with the next release of the Mac build.

It's great to hear progress on the compiler issues is being made, since this is largely out of his hands. Watch for more details on this build (which will also include improvements for those playing Team Arena) in the near future.

Graeme Devine .plan Update
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