IMG Talks Giants with Omni's Tim Wood
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IMG recently visited OmniGroup after the Macworld keynote in
an attempt to dig up new information on their work with Giants: Citizen
Kabuto. Tim Wood was nice enough to answer questions about the OS X-only
game from MacPlay, as well as their ports of other titles on the
way. Giants will require a nice machine to run well, though it looks like with
Apple's new 'QuickSilver' PowerMacs, they will eclipse the performace of even
the high end PCs. Here's an excerpt:
IMG: Giants has been announced as OS X only, can you talk about some of the reasoning for that?The rest of the Q&A contains lots of good information, so be sure to head over
Tim Wood: This game requires a really big, bad machine. So anyone that has one of those will probably be running OS X anyway. This won't run on a G3, it won't run on a Rage 128, it's a modern game. Even on the PC...
[Tim switches to his PC setup]
This is my favorite scene right here. We're getting like 13 frames per second at one particular spot [on the PC], I guess now it's getting 16 or 17. And this is a 1.3 Gigahertz Athlon, which is as fast or faster than the Pentium 4s out there. This is pretty much the fastest PC money can buy.
We still have a bunch of tuning we have to do to on the Mac OS X side as well. There's a lot of room for optimizing, the GL drivers that Apple is working on, etc. And I know some specific things that have been fixed [in OS 10.1], though OpenGL being "20% faster" seems like generic marketing speak. So as far as performance tests, it's looking really good.
and read through it. There are also exclusive new screen shots of Giants
in action under OS X available. Giants is currently expected to be released
towards the end of the summer.
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