So the other day, I went into CEX while I was out in the town, and stumbled across this oddity. A Mac DVD version of Call of Duty 4.
I figured that I have an old MacBook Pro, I might as well see if it works on it!
You don’t see many physical games made exclusively for Mac, do you? It’s so odd to see that I knew I had to own it in my collection!
Here’s the game case side by side with the PC version:
So it looks mostly the same minus the GOTY stuff from my PC copy. The biggest difference is the big Mac DVD banner on top of the Mac version.
The Mac version has an actual manual, and it’s short and to the point, I like it.
So I fired up my MacBook and put the disc in.
I was a little concerned that it might not work. I’ve had bad experiences with getting old Linux games to work on Ubuntu in the past, so I figured Mac, also being Unix based, might have similar problems.
So the game has no installer, it’s a typical dmg file where you have a folder to drag to your hard drive, and that’s all you need to do to play it. Pretty simple, and very future proof!
It’s still pretty big, though!
So the game’s executable wasn’t crossed off, that’s a good sign. Clicking it revealed on-disc DRM. Fine by me.
Edit: It turns out it uses Safedisc. Some people might want to know that.
Then the game asked for the code in the case, which got accepted.
and… it worked! (Excuse the gorilla style photo taking, but trying to screenshot these resulted in my MacBook locking up!)
The game ran great, a solid 60fps with no drops! Looks great, too!
So it’s the perfect game for when I’m out, right? Not quite.
The game *really* eats your battery, playing the game for 5 minutes drained 20% of my battery! I can try to lower the graphics settings and see if it improves anything, but I can’t imagine it making a huge difference.
Still, glad it works at all, and am glad to have this game in my collection!
I can’t imagine this selling many copies. PC games struggled to sell as it was, and that was with the most popular OS! I can imagine Mac games being really obscure, and perhaps the low price I paid for this was down to lack of demand. Like the Nuon and most of it’s games, they’re past the point of obscurity where it’s so rare, even knowledge of them is, making demand and prices low!
Anyway, I just thought I’d share this quick post sharing this uncommin experience with with all of you. I’ll be on the lookout for more Mac games, and hope the experience goes just as smoothly!
Until next week, A’m oot!