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"Shortly before the release of Cataclysm a patch will be released in which PowerPC processor based Macs will no longer be supported. This update indicates the removal of PowerPC support from World of Warcraft. Attempting to run the game after the update will bring up a message stating the hardware is no longer supported, and the game will not run."</a>

So, wait, Blizzard are telling me that I have to buy a new Apple Mac otherwise I will have to stop playing WoW even if I do not buy Cataclysm?! Way to lose customers that can afford Cata and a monthly fee but have no way of funding a purchase like a new Intel Mac.

*facepalm*

At that point I will no longer be able to play WoW whether I do or do not buy the Cataclysm expansion. Unless I can steal hubby's intel-iMac-with-weird-blown-pixels-in-stripes-on-the-screen and cope with the headaches that using that screen/machine to play WoW causes.

This makes me not want to bother playing at all NOW and getting any progress on my 3 x 80 toons. Why even bother levelling the other toons to 80, either? Heh.

Maybe we will win the lottery. Buying me a new mac with a decent gaming video card is SO not likely to be possible otherwise and hubby hates having to support a peecee/windoze box.

ETA: We are working towards funding an intel mac for me - there is other software that I would find useful that only runs on the newer macs, as well (e.g. Mac Speech). This just moves the "Buy Nat an intel Mac (with decent video card and ram) when we have enough cash," to "Nat could really do with an intel Mac (with decent video card and ram) as soon as possible - or at least by the as yet to be announced (oh yay Blizzard - helpful, much?!) release date of that WoW patch!"

ETA2: I am not allowed to comment in that forum thread when I log in using my Blizzard.net account, for some reason so I cannot complain. This may be because I am an EU customer - could some US customers try to complain for me?

ETA3: This is where I found out the news as I do not read the forums myself. (ravelry link)


*cries*



crossposted
Also posted on our guild forums.

ETA4: My WoW sig with links to my main 3 toons:

Anaryl (80 DPS Unholy DK; miner/JC)

Lyrana (80 Priest, holy healer, shadow DPS; weeds/shards)

Jadieh (80 MM Hunter; skins/DsLW)

Natalie Ford
http://www.natalieford.com/

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catharsis_
Sep. 5th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
what realm you play on?
natf
Sep. 5th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
My 80s are on Dragonblight, EU. I have a dormant US account. I also have toons on Bloodhoof, EU and a few other servers. You?

P.S. I have edited the main post a little and to add:

"Also, I am not allowed to comment in that forum thread when I log in using my Blizzard.net account, for some reason so I cannot complain. This may be because I am an EU customer - could some US customers try to complain for me?"

Edited at 2010-09-05 05:14 pm (UTC)
mischief_wa
Sep. 5th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
*boggle*
natf
Sep. 5th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah! The bastids! I know we are working towards a new mac for me but this just makes it a bit more urgent, even if it is only a game.

P.S. I have edited the main post a little and to add:

"Also, I am not allowed to comment in that forum thread when I log in using my Blizzard.net account, for some reason so I cannot complain. This may be because I am an EU customer - could some US customers try to complain for me?"

P.P.S. Awesome icon!

Edited at 2010-09-05 05:14 pm (UTC)
marypcb
Sep. 5th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
wow - I know it's really hard to manage development across the two mac platforms because of the changes and the usual reason is when you have low numbers of customers on an old platform it's not economic to devote the resources to developing for them, but that really sucks.
natf
Sep. 6th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Indeed. They also develop a version for windoze which just adds a whole new kettle of fish (I am not sure which versions of windoze they support but going up a version of windoze does not usually require a whole new machine). I do understand the reasoning as an ex-developer but as a user, in this case, I would have appreciated a better warning than being lucky enough to have spotted someone else pointing to this burried forum post - maybe even with some kind of timescale so that I know what I am up against!
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