Apple Improves World of Warcraft

Apple just released version 10.3.7 of Mac OS X. Among the changes:

  • Addresses an issue with Blizzard World of Warcraft in which the game’s frame rate could drop considerably when in “Ghost mode,” if the computer uses an nVidia graphics card.
  • Resolves an issue in which enabling Vertex Shaders in World of Warcraft could lead to unexpected graphics issues when using an nVidia graphics card.
  • Addresses an issue with World of Warcraft in which incorrect colors or unexpectedly flashing objects could appear when using an ATI Radeon 9600 graphics card, making gameplay difficult.

Blizzard’s World of Warcraft came out on the 23rd of November – less than a month ago. I find these fixes quite striking, both because of Apple’s speedy reaction (more speedy, alas, than their fix for the intermittent internet problems I’ve been having), and for the fact that they would do so for one game.

Comments 5

  1. Jeff wrote:

    Considering how many people snapped up the game on the first day, it’s not surprising at all. If Apple wants to make sure the Mac stays a viable gaming platform, they need to address major issues like this in a timely fashion. They’ve already lost ground with some developers (e.g. disappearing Bungie) and I don’t think they could afford to aggravate Blizzard.

    Posted 16 Dec 2004 at 17:47
  2. Jeff wrote:

    That sounds like updates to the graphics card driver, not the OS. I doubt that Apple did anything other than test and bundle the fixes with their update.

    (Note to Mac users: ATI and NVidia regularly release updates to their graphics drivers, to improve performance and compatibility. This occurs on a monthly basis.)

    Posted 16 Dec 2004 at 19:58
  3. Tim wrote:

    Note to Mac users: WindowsXP automatically downloads and installs security and bugfix updates on a regular basis.

    Posted 20 Dec 2004 at 22:35
  4. Jurie Horneman wrote:

    OK, I’m not going to go into the differences between OS X updates and XP / driver updates. OS holy wars suck.

    Posted 20 Dec 2004 at 23:03
  5. Mac Movement wrote:

    Hay Jeff Mac also automatically downloads and installs security and bufixes on a regular basis !!! Hmmm mabye if actually ever used a macintosh you’d know this oh well. One day you relise that mac and windows are practically the same except mac has a friendly user interface in my opinion but it depends what you used before. Also apple release games with full support becuase they actually care about there reputation of a fully supported system where windows you most likely to get no support and more diversio to third world countries telephone exchange.

    Posted 23 Dec 2005 at 3:58