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Apple Offers Huge Prizes For Video Game Ports

Zonk posted about 9 years ago | from the more-than-just-minesweeper dept.

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Oculus Habent writes "In an attempt to increase Apple's market share in the home sector, Steve Jobs announced today that he would personally fund prizes for ports of popular gaming titles to the Macintosh platform. Citing the common complaint of lack of game availability for Mac OS X, Jobs suggests that work in this area could seriously improve Macintosh acceptance. Said Jobs, "We've got incredible, stylish computers and an insanely great operating system. The Mac mini made has a huge impact, but it is only the tip of the iceberg." Prizes include Steve's yearly salary for the first ten ports, and twice that amount for "hot new titles" with a simultaneous release." Update: 04/02 18:02 GMT by Z : April 1st hoax story.

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Plausible? (3, Funny)

numbski (515011) | about 9 years ago | (#12110801)

Yes.

Likely? No.

I'm sitting on top of a first post opportunity with nothing to say. Wow.

Re:Plausible? (1)

ZephyrXero (750822) | about 9 years ago | (#12112494)

If the original game was done right, and designed with crossplatform in mind, it shouldn't be too hard a task. But, it seems most developers these days like using the "easy [microsoft.com]" way out instead of doing it right [libsdl.org]....

Ahh April 1st! (4, Insightful)

BlueFashoo (463325) | about 9 years ago | (#12110810)

Are there going to be any real posts today?

Re:Ahh April 1st! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12111111)

Yeah, I mean who is going to believe that MACxos actually has any games?

What next, a "story" about them increasing their market share?

prime stake (5, Funny)

hunterx11 (778171) | about 9 years ago | (#12110813)

This one is almost believable. If they want to make an April Fools joke, they should post a story: "Slashdot Institutes New System to Prevent Dupes."

Re:prime stake (2, Funny)

FidelCatsro (861135) | about 9 years ago | (#12110972)

it would only work if they posted it twice

Re:prime stake (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12111641)

Don't push your luck. Last year for April Fools CmdrTaco posted the same story six times in one day. He thought it was really funny. Most of the posters seemed to think it was a waste of space that could have been taken with other, different lame April Fools jokes.

Re:prime stake (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12116780)

Dammit, now look what you've done! Anyone want an executive Pong table or a iCopulate?

Re:prime stake (1)

Chibi Merrow (226057) | about 9 years ago | (#12111548)

That was last year's joke. Seriously. Their answer to April Fools was to post the same story a couple dozen times.

Jobs yearly pay is One Dollar. (1)

Picass0 (147474) | about 9 years ago | (#12110817)

/. April fools day begins.

Re:Jobs yearly pay is One Dollar. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12111903)

And a joke about steeve jobs that is. The right wing religous Apple chor here will not take this light.

Stop the insanity (2, Interesting)

Drunken_Jackass (325938) | about 9 years ago | (#12110820)

$1 to the first editor that stops posting April Fools articles. One i can handle, all of them is rediculous...again.

Re:Stop the insanity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12110850)

Same procedere as last year. Same procedere as every year.

On April 1st, Slashdot is useless. Period. The only thing you can do is try to get a first post in, if you're so inclined.

This stuff gets old fast though. Really fast.

Huuuuzaaaah!

Re:Stop the insanity (1)

Mr. No Skills (591753) | about 9 years ago | (#12111001)

I think the lack of posting shows general agreement from the community.

This is the annual day of beating an idea to death done by media types. Fortunately, no news happens on April 1 so they are free to show us how clever they are all day.

Re:Stop the insanity (1)

NanoGator (522640) | about 9 years ago | (#12111566)

"$1 to the first editor that stops posting April Fools articles. One i can handle, all of them is rediculous...again."

Slashdot posts stories every single f'ing day of the year except April 1st. You've got 3 options:

1.) Accept it and laugh.
2.) Use this ONE day to not bother with Slashdot.
3.) Bitch about it like a whiney brat.

Re:Stop the insanity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12112118)

JESUS CHRIST, it's RIDICULOUS, not rediculous. This is the second most common spelling mistake on slashdot, the first being loose vs. lose.

I'm on it. right now.... (4, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | about 9 years ago | (#12110826)

I've got a screwdriver and am removing the joystick and power adaptor ports from my old Sega Genesis right now. I wonder if old Gameboy link adaptors count as "game ports" for this contest?

I have no idea what they will do with all these millions of ports everyone will mail them. I suppose we will get some sort of iMac in the future bristling with all kinds of game control ports.

Steve's yearly salary is 1$ (2, Informative)

acomj (20611) | about 9 years ago | (#12110828)

Really.. The rest is just options...

If (2, Insightful)

AtariAmarok (451306) | about 9 years ago | (#12110893)

"Steve's yearly salary is 1$"

Since "$1" is pronounced "one dollar", is "1$" pronounced "dollar one"?

Most likely a European thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12110940)

Huuuzahhh!

Re:If (1)

GreatDrok (684119) | about 9 years ago | (#12111140)

Since "$1" is pronounced "one dollar", is "1$" pronounced "dollar one"?

No, its pronounced £0.53 or 0.78 :-)

My question is why Americans insist on calling the '#' pound when it looks nothing like '£'? I know what it is called, anyone else know?

Re:If (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12111178)

£ is pound sterling, # just means pound. always been that way. and # has been in common usage for at least a hundred years. it ain't gonna change.

huuuuzaaah!

Re:If (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | about 9 years ago | (#12111313)

"£ is pound sterling, # just means pound. always been that way"

except I remember it always being called a number sign. "Pound" appeared to be more recent, and seemed odd since I always saw "lbs" used for pounds.

Re:If (1)

generic-man (33649) | about 9 years ago | (#12112185)

At many of the stores near me (in the US) I see # used as an abbreviation for pound. For example: "2# CARROTS $1.19" on my receipt.

Re:If (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | about 9 years ago | (#12111265)

"My question is why Americans insist on calling the '#' pound when it looks nothing like '£'? I know what it is called, anyone else know? "

No idea. I was raised as an American to call that the "number sign". It took quite a while to get used to someone calling it a "pound sign". No idea where it came from. They should go back to calling it a number sign because as you said there already is that L-like thing which is a pound sign and ONLY a pound sign.

Re:If (1)

mmkkbb (816035) | about 9 years ago | (#12111394)

On American keyboards, # is shift-3, which is pound on UK keyboards (right?)

just a completely random observation

Didn't know that.... (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | about 9 years ago | (#12111533)

"On American keyboards, # is shift-3, which is pound on UK keyboards (right?)"

Then, what is Shift-4 on the UK keyboard? Is it still $ like on the US keyboard? Also, if there is nota # on the UK keyboard, what do you use for number-sign, like if you want to type "#1, #2, #3"? Do you have to type "No. 1, No. 2"? Or nothing at all?

Re:Didn't know that.... (1)

mmkkbb (816035) | about 9 years ago | (#12112248)

Shift-4 is $ in the UK [btopenworld.com]. They also switch " and @ so to type a " you press shift-2 and to type a @ you press shift-' (which is weird)

Re:Didn't know that.... (1)

PaxTech (103481) | about 9 years ago | (#12112489)

My old C=64 had the " as shift-2 also.. I remember because I broke that key off due to incessant repeated typing of LOAD "*",8,1.

Ah memories..

Re:Didn't know that.... (1)

macshit (157376) | about 9 years ago | (#12114844)

They also switch " and @ so to type a " you press shift-2 and to type a @ you press shift-' (which is weird)

It sounds like the layout many old typewriters and pre-IBM personal computers used (with " above 2, the parentheses above 8 and 9 instead of 9 and 0, etc), as did the famous ASR33 teletype :-). Japanese computer keyboards still use it.

I think the basic layout of current american keyboards came from the IBM selectric typewriter (at least that's the first place I recall seeing it).

Re:If (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12112209)

Depends on exactly what kind of keyboard you're talking about.

On my Swedish Amiga keyboards, # is shift-alt-3 and £ is shift-3.

On my Swedish noname PC keyboards, # is shift-3, and £ is altgr-3.

I'm not near any of my Macs now, and I don't remember what their layout is like (other than that the PowerBooks are utterly retarded for efficient keyboarding in Linux).

Re:If (1)

mmkkbb (816035) | about 9 years ago | (#12112218)

On American keyboards, # is shift-3, which is pound on UK keyboards (right?)

I would have hoped that what I was talking about was obvious.

Re:If (1)

freakmn (712872) | about 9 years ago | (#12118104)

I live in the US (Minnesota, specifically), and I remember it as the number sign, or possibly a hash mark. When I was in 3rd grade, a friend of mine got an answering machine that supported multiple mailboxes, and to differentiate, you have to push #, then the mailbox number during the message. His dad set it up to say "to leavea a private message for Rick, press pound 1, for Andy, press pound 2..." I did what I thought it said, and it still went to the general mailbox. I tried it a couple of times, but it still didn't work. I told him that it didn't work, and he said "You're pressing pound 2, right?" And I said "It doesn't matter if I press 2, or pound on it, it still doesn't work." It took a while for him to stop laughing...

Re:If (1)

GreatDrok (684119) | about 9 years ago | (#12111657)

My question is why Americans insist on calling the '#' pound when it looks nothing like '£'? I know what it is called, anyone else know?

To all those who answered 'octothorp' well done! Personally I just call it 'hash' as do others. Certainly not 'pound'. I remember way back in the late 70's when I first started using computers the keyboards often didn't have a £ symbol so it was common to use the # as an alternative. I wonder if that is the source of calling it 'pound'?

Re:If (1)

33degrees (683256) | about 9 years ago | (#12111954)

According to Wikipedia [wikipedia.org], Number Sign is the prefered unicode name for the glyph, but it notes further in the entry that:

[The # sign is] used as the symbol for the pound avoirdupois in the U.S. (where lb. would be used in the UK and Canada; note that lb. or lbs. is common in the U.S. as well and is used by the general public more often than #). Never called "pound" in the UK, where the term denotes the pound sterling and its symbol (£).

Keith Gordon Irwin in, The Romance of Writing, p. 125 says: "The Italian libbra (from the old Latin word libra, 'balance') represented a weight almost exactly equal to the avoirdupois pound of England. The Italian abbreviation of lb with a line drawn across the letters was used for both weights. The business clerk's hurried way of writing the abbreviation appears to have been responsible for the # sign used for pound."

Re:Steve's yearly salary is 1$ (1)

erlenic (95003) | about 9 years ago | (#12111172)

According to the second article linked, he doesn't even have the options any more either, as of March 2003.

Lame (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12110886)

a) No link to the actual story.

b) Steve Jobs makes $1/year as CEO.

c) This is getting gay.

Re:Lame (1, Funny)

numbski (515011) | about 9 years ago | (#12110985)

Which is more lame, the story, or the fact that you knew Steve Jobs' salary off the top of your head? :p

Re:Lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12111005)

I am Steve Jobs, you inconsiderate clod!

Actually his salary is well known as the lowest CEO salary. It's in the Guinness book.

Re:Lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12112249)

Huh? He's beaten by [an unknown but probably huge] number of CEOs around the world who don't collect any salary at all.

Re:Lame (1)

Issue9mm (97360) | about 9 years ago | (#12111214)

I think the fact that you didn't realize the linked article is about Steve Jobs' salary is probably the most lame indeed.

-9mm-

Yet another April Fools day story (1)

darkpurpleblob (180550) | about 9 years ago | (#12110889)

Hmmm...no link to an actual news story about the announcement...yet another April Fools story, and if you RTFA you will discover Steve's yearly salary is $1.

Enemy Territory (2, Informative)

Captain Splendid (673276) | about 9 years ago | (#12110982)

In happier (and non-fooling) news, Enemy Territory [4players.de], my favorite free online game, just released a Mac version, which you can find here [4players.de].

Anybody wishing help playing the game or finding decent servers to play on are more than welcome to contact me. My friends and I love this game and are always willing to help new blood.

I Hate April 1st (1)

Nogeel (656959) | about 9 years ago | (#12111114)

I think they should add an April Fool's section for this day. That way we can laugh at any joke post, but not have to wonder if it is real or not (Though it seems today all that I have seen have been fake posts)

Come on people (5, Informative)

Ghetto_D (670850) | about 9 years ago | (#12111155)

I'm willing to offer Jobs' salary to anyone that posts an actually funny April Fools joke.

links to examples:
http://www.google.com/googlegulp/ [google.com]
http://homestarrunner.com/ [homestarrunner.com]
http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/icopulate.shtml [thinkgeek.com]

Re:Come on people (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12114077)

> I'm willing to offer Jobs' salary to anyone that posts an actually funny April Fools joke.

You do know that Jobs salary is 1$, don't you ?

Re:Come on people (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12114741)

duh, that's why he's so willing to offer it...

The first port planned... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12111244)

...is Duke Nukem: Forever within 60 days of the PC release.

Cryin' Shame (2, Insightful)

kniLnamiJ-neB (754894) | about 9 years ago | (#12111334)

You know, Apple really OUGHT to do this. I was a Mac fanboy for a long time, until all my friends started playing Windows games that weren't released on the Mac or were released 8 months later, when nobody I knew played them any more. Sure it's a stupid April Fools' joke, but if they actually DID this it might be the smartest thing they've done since ITunes.

Wouldn't work though... (1)

vhold (175219) | about 9 years ago | (#12112317)

I agree that if the Mac at least made a decent showing in the game department that it would increase my likliness of buying one by about ten fold, but I think a cash incentive program could never make sense.

It'd have to be a big enough incentive to practically pay for the development costs of the mac version since the reason companies don't develop their games for the mac is because it's just not nearly as profitable to spend time on doing so.

Kinda like how theatre companies close down theatres that are technically profitable, but hurt the bottom line by making the overall company not look -as- profitable in ratio to it's investments. The more a company looks like it's doing with less, the more investments it will get. Porting games to the mac would have a similar effect.

I think the best thing the mac could ever hope to do is get in on the bottom floor of some future console and share APIs. I can't really imagine which of the current consoles would want to cut into it's own hardware sales that way?

this seems like an appropriate time to observe... (2, Interesting)

liveevil (814109) | about 9 years ago | (#12111436)

Even though it may mean a huge increase in market share, I don't think Apple will ever want their computers to be known as "good gaming platforms".

Mac = time spent "productivly"

Windows = playing video games, downloading pr0n

Of course the two are not completely mutually exclusive, you can be productive on Windows and waste time on a Mac, but this is the general path of their evolution.

Windows evolution = appeal to the masses, give them what they want, get huge market share

Apple evolution = damn the popularity race and bottom line and stick to a specific vision, a vision of what computers can and should be in our lives

Of course I know you can get A LOT of good work done in Windows. It's just that, by windows trying to be a "jack of all trades" and Apple being more focused in one direction, I see Macs being used more and more for the things their focused on, and Windows being used more and more for the other things, the non-productive but fun things we all generally waste too much time on but couldn't live without.

I think Steve Jobs is great for letting his vision be his guide, but yet we're seeing Apple also be a bit more practical lately, by introducing low price-point macs (MacMini) and other marketing tactics (marketing/price/cost manipulation with the ipods) in order to increase the market share and bottom line. This is also a good thing, to find a balance between ideology and practical concerns, but in the end to keep the balance from tipping too far one way, I think they'll maintain the Mac image as a sophisticated computer for those who, at least sometimes, are serious about getting some actual work done, and they will continue to shy away from trying to be a big gaming platform.

So those of you thinking "man if I could just play all my cool l33t new games on Mac it would be perfect, I could totally switch!"... I think you should forget it. If you want gaming keep a pc or a console to go along with your Mac because that's not what a Mac is or will ever be about.

As a disclaimer, I'm a total Quake 3 Arena junkie and I'm not putting down gamers at all with this. ;-D

Ever worked in an office? (1)

vhold (175219) | about 9 years ago | (#12111612)

Unless the office is out of control and people are playing games all the time, I really don't think it makes sense to say Macs are more productive inherently simply because they have fewer games.

Based on my experience, in your typical office environment, the web and instant messaging are responsible for around 95% of time wasted, and games would be around 0.2%.

I know the occasional office will have gaming problems with a subset of people, but I havn't seen anything bad since the height of the boom.

Re:Ever worked in an office? (1)

liveevil (814109) | about 9 years ago | (#12111794)

Based on my experience, in your typical office environment, the web and instant messaging are responsible for around 95% of time wasted, and games would be around 0.2%.

Good point, I agree. That really made me stop and think because I was really looking at this from the point of view of what you do with a computer on your own time, at home during the evenings if you work a daytime office job.

Re:this seems like an appropriate time to observe. (1)

geoffspear (692508) | about 9 years ago | (#12113017)

I don't think Apple will ever want their computers to be known as "good gaming platforms".

You're wrong. They've released 2 updates to Panther with the bulk of the listed features being improvements to World of Warcraft compatibility. If they didn't care about appearing to make a good gaming machine, they probably wouldn't have bothered working with Blizzard to optimize for their game, and they certainly wouldn't have emphasized those "features" over other improvements they made in the releases, some of which actually involved things that might help someone using their machine productively.

Apple would love to be taken seriously by more game manufacturers.

Re:this seems like an appropriate time to observe. (1)

liveevil (814109) | about 9 years ago | (#12113438)

Apple would love to be taken seriously by more game manufacturers.

Sure they would. If the big gaming houses would release mac versions of all their big titles, at the same time as windows versions are released, that would probably mean more users and increased marketshare and revenue for Apple. But it's just never been a top priority with Apple to make this happen, and I don't see it being one anytime soon. It's just not what they're about.

But don't listen to me if you don't want to. It's just my opinion and I could be wrong.

Re:this seems like an appropriate time to observe. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12113680)

because that's not what a Mac is or will ever be about.

That is correct, because the people in charge at Apple, are just as short sighted as you are. So, Mac will never be about games, that may be true, but don't whine about a single digit market share either.

BTW, do you really believe that Mac is intentionally staying away from becoming a gaming machine? Right. Just like I am staying away from becoming a bizillionaire on purpose, I just don't have the time.

I would switch away from Windows, to either Linux, or Mac, in a second, IF there was better game support. Period. Without game support, why would I go out and buy a new machine, if I still have to keep upgrading my old one to play games on?

I don't know about the rest of you, but my home machine is about 90% gaming, and the other 10% is split between work and surfing. Why Apple would ignore that usage pattern is beyond me. Not that I really give a shit if I ever use a Mac or not, but without game support, and at a higher price, I don't see a Mac in my future.

and Apple being more focused in one direction, I see Macs being used more and more for the things their focused on

What direction would that be, exactly. Away from the market? Keep thinking that you are above the rest of the Windows world, keep telling yourself that you are more productive with your mac, if your lucky in ten years you will still be able to buy Apple products. But you will have to be very lucky.

I love fanboys like you. I actually would switch tomorrow, if there was game support. But there isn't. So I won't. So I go back to my PC, running WinOS (that I HATE), and all the other M$ shit, that I hate, simply because these supposed "home computer visionaries" are TOO FUCKING STUPID TO SEE A MASSIVE MARKET FOR THEIR MACHINES. But, hey, making money is not what Apple is about (although their "Apple premium" might lead you to beleive otherwise). So Bill G and his band of asshats get my money.

Alternative OS people: NEWS FLASH. Many people hate MS, and want another choice. However, that choice must include support for what I like to do with my computer, which includes PLAYING NEW GAMES. Not the games from 6 years ago, ported to Linux, not a half assed port done as an afterthought. If you do not have games, give up, go home.

Re:this seems like an appropriate time to observe. (1)

liveevil (814109) | about 9 years ago | (#12114322)

Anonymous Coward: Thank you for commenting on my post. I appreciate any kind of feedback when I am expressing my opinions. As well as receiving positive reinforcement from like-minded people, I also highly value dissenting opinions, as they challenge me, and force me to call upon my less-than-perfect ability to see things from a different perspective.

Now, let me ask you this: Do you like giving your money to, as you call it, "Bill G and his band of asshats?" Are you satisfied by giving your financial support to the makers of an OS that you positively HATE!?

No!? Well why not? Afterall, it's M$ that listens to you. It's M$ that knows what you want in terms of gaming and delivers.

Look at it this way - Apple knows people want a choice. And they know people want that choice to include gaming. But NEWS FLASH: Apple is not trying to be the next M$! That's been done. And done quite well I might add. No, Apple is trying to be Apple, doing things differently, the Apple way. THINK DIFFERENT!!

Honestly, if you hate M$ so much, then go ahead and ditch them. Just do it. Satisfy yourself with what limited games there are available on the Mac (I hear World of Warcraft runs great on the Mac) or get yourself a console. And quit supporting those asshats in Redmond. It's your call.

Re:this seems like an appropriate time to observe. (1)

jericho4.0 (565125) | about 9 years ago | (#12115593)

It's a chicken and egg problem. Maybe you could start dual-booting, see what kind of satisfaction linux can deliver now (as there are some games available), and become linux market share! The more linux is seen, the more games will be written for it.

Re:this seems like an appropriate time to observe. (1)

jericho4.0 (565125) | about 9 years ago | (#12115501)

People who actually do work on computers tend to get stuff done, regradless of OS. Gamers, OTOH, do not.

Not the first time (1)

TheGuano (851573) | about 9 years ago | (#12111562)

If this is an AFJ, it's a pretty lame one - as if Microsoft came out and said "Hey everyone, we admit our security sucks...just kidding!! They'd just be faced with a sea of blank stares and incredulous expressions.

Because this actually falls into Apple's unfortunate historic pattern of aborted game support. Every once in a while, Jobs announces a huge game initiative, how it will be the new center of the Mac plaform (remember Game Sprockets?). Back in the day when I worked in the industry, we met Apple's new game evangelist for the new G3 three times, great things were prophecied and big plans were laid. Less than 6 months later, the guy was gone, and less than a year later I think the position was eliminated.

Re:Not the first time (1)

eluusive (642298) | about 9 years ago | (#12114059)

Do you _SEE_ any links to a news article about this? Any links to apple's website? No? Oh, what makes you think apple did this then?

Lighten up, people! (1, Insightful)

Absentminded-Artist (560582) | about 9 years ago | (#12114726)

C'mon! This was funny.

What amazes me is all the grumpy posters ragging about how juvenile slashdot is EVERY year. On the SAME day. Like this is some sort of surprise. Whose the April Fool here? Honestly.

If you know slashdot is going to be "lame" today, why do you bother dropping by? Isn't it a waste of your time? You can't skip reading slashdot even one day? I can't think of a worse waste of time than visiting sites where I hate the content and trolling about how lame everything is.

Personally, I look forward to April Fools day. It's a big holiday for me and mine. And slashdot's celebration of the holiday is much appreciated.

I hope to deliver the hottest new title within the next few months. I want my two dollars!

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