On July 3 2002 Blizzard released Warcraft 3. Over the weekend I loaded the original game from cd into a macbook pro that was made some time in 2009. That’s 7 years difference in technology and yet the game made the machine run at blistering temperatures. Not just hot – Youtube does that – but skin burning hot, Health and Safety hot. Why? Why is the mac so hugely inefficient at running code that was written over 7 years ago? (I have a Starcraft cd from the same time which just won’t run). And this was on the prologue when you learn the controls/control panel. Hardly anything was going on. What happens when I get to construction and battles? Does it melt? Do I need to put it on ice? I remember running this on my PC and the fan just rolled around normally. Nothing burned, nothing fried, nothing gave any cause for concern. That level of heat cannot be good for a computer, any computer, even one that was first designed to look good and a far far second to work well.
So I can’t play consoles because of my left hand, I could play with the brace and my right hand but not if the machine is going to cook itself to death. Looks like I’ll be buying a Windows laptop that can handle games (Warcraft 3 through to Civ 5). Nuts.
Edit: Downloading the latest from Blizzard. Also have seen that the ASUS G73 is the one to go for. I find it for around Â£1700 though which is just a little pricey. And I’ve found the Starcraft Installer for OS X.