Thursday, October 21, 2010

My G5 PowerPC Mac & WoW May Just Officially End with Cataclysm

Well..... for the most part been on somewhat a long break from WoW. Though I did re-activate my account about a month ago. I've only logged in once for maybe 5 minutes in all that month of time. Though quite aware of Cataclysm, I have refrained from reading almost anything about classes, changes or anything much about the new expansion. However while surfing on my IPhone last night at work I happen to surf over to Massively to catch up on some MMO news and read the new PC requirements for Cataclysm.

Hmm, that caught my attention and curiosity. So hopped over to WoWInsider who I haven't visited or read anything there in months. And reading through I noticed the requirements for Cataclysm and Mac PC's. Quite Cataclysmic to my G5 PowerPC Mac.

Seems will only be able to load and play WoW Cataclysm on a Intel based Mac PC. Blizzard won't any longer be supporting players that play on Mac PowerPC's. Which mean my very good running G5 PowerPC Mac Desktop wont be able to play Cataclysm. Allot of people like to say that very few people play WoW on Mac's. I'm betting its allot more people than most people think as well as play other games on Mac's though no where as much as the amount of Windows based PC out there.

I'm well aware the love and hate between Mac PC users and Microsoft based Windows PC users its as bad as the love and hate between Republican and Democrats. Me I'm independent thinker so I can't say I like either. Think different I guess, probably too why I use a Mac.

I've had my G5 PowerPC Mac so long I can almost barely remember the year I bought It. But I do remember I bought it way back in 2003 I think it was around the time I started playing Secondlife I bought my G5 Mac and junked my Windows desktop PC. That was before I had heard of and started playing WoW. All these years later the damn thing still runs like a champ even though Apple stopped making PowerPC based Mac PC's a few years ago switching to Intel based Mac PC's.

My G5 still runs just fine running Mac OS X version 10.5.8 and for 5 years I played WoW its run WoW just fine, some lag here and there when server was loaded but pretty much smoothly for a 7 year PC. And I still use my G5 desktop for almost everything else I do the majority of the time.

So was quite disappointed having read that won't be able to play WoW Cataclysm on my G5 Mac desktop like I have for the entire last 2 WoW expansions. Bummer, yeah bummer that is!

I'm not planning to upgrade it to play WoW Cataclysm or buy another PC. I don't plan to ever buy another Windows based PC's either! Now several months ago earlier this year I did buy another PC a MacBook Pro. I do use it for other things and play just a few other games on it including EVE Online.

But playing WoW is another matter with all the damn addons and all the problems you also get with downloading so much damn addons to play WoW with. And I don't really want all that on my fairly clean hard drive on my MacBook Pro. If I was to decide to install WoW on my MacBook Pro, it would be straight up Vanilla WoW with no addons. Ahh that sucks too!

I'm not mad I won't be able to load up WoW latest expansion on my G5 PowerPC who still runs fine, I'm just more disappointed. The feeling would of being worse if I had been playing WoW fully all year long and all jacked up about Cataclysm. So not really the case there.

Who knows, Cataclysm will wreck Azeroth and it just maybe might have killed my hopes of playing WoW into the next expansion.

Nothing ever last forever, not including playing WoW. Or maybe might just have to install WoW on my MacBook Pro laptop and go vanilla.


Kinzlayer said...

I would look at this opportunity as being able to start with a fresh UI for a changing game. I believe in each of the big patches I have had to redo my UI/addon list, sometime minor changes and sometime having to abandon odder UIs that I rely on. The funny thing is, each time I have learn something different about how I normally do thing, goods and bads. Often these changes leads to something good altogether, growth I guess.

Ardent Defender said...

Thanks Kinzlayer, will keep all that in mind going forward :)

And thanks for stopping by!

Ngita said...

I used a macbook pro as my desktop and wow machine for the last couple of years , i had very little problems. Upgraded my destop to a imac now as I am traveling less. But at work this year we had to clean out a lot of G5's as many applications are going intel only.

Dick said...

Does Apple even support the PowerPC's any more? I thought even they dropped support for it.

johndouglas said...

Well, it’s amazing. The miracle has been done. Hat’s off. Well done, as we know that “hard work always pays off”, after a long struggle with sincere effort it’s done.

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NadiaStorm said...

Tell me about it, my father has the same issue. Im not posting him a Mini Mac via DHL :)