Easy PC Game to Mac Conversion Possible?

A company named TransGaming Technologies is boasting about a new type of engine they've built that, as they claim, will allow PC Games to be easily ported to a Mac. Of course you'll need an Intel Mac for it to work, but TransGaming seems confident that their engine will bridge the gap between PC and Mac gaming with quick and easy ports of the hottest games.

"Cider is a sophisticated portability engine that allows Windows games to be run on Intel Macs without any modifications to the original game source code. Cider works by directly loading a Windows program into memory on an Intel-Mac and linking it to an optimized version of the Win32 APIs. Games are simply wrapped up in the Cider engine and they work on the Mac. This means developers only have one code base to maintain while keeping the ability to target multiple platforms."

You have to wonder what kind of performance you can expect from ported games however. Even when companies like id software invest time and money into creating direct ports, not just Windows games being emulated through Mac software, performance results have been less than encouraging.

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