If you are an avid gamer, than the Mac platform is usually less than stellar when it comes to choosing a gaming machine but that is slowly starting to change. ArenaNet for the first time has started to make their games Mac compatible, starting with none other than their recent hit, Guild Wars 2. The new beta client marks the first non-Windows client for the popular MMORPG as well. Furthermore, the Mac beta client will be available for anyone who has purchased Guild Wars 2 on the PC. ArenaNet made the following announcement with the beta client release:

Today we’re happy to announce another major milestone in the development of Guild Wars 2: going forward, ArenaNet will also be supporting the game on Apple’s Mac OS X. The Mac Beta client is available immediately for all Guild Wars 2 players. It shares the same features and connects to the same live game servers as the PC client. Anyone who purchases Guild Wars 2 can now play it on both PC and Mac.

Bringing Guild Wars 2 to the Mac is huge for us, because it introduces the game to an entire group of players who are often ignored by game developers. The ability to play together with your friends is one of the underlying principles of Guild Wars 2, and providing a Mac client means that friends and guildmates can play together regardless of what operating system they favor.
Along with the announcement, the developers of Guild Wars also posted system requirements for the release, noting that the client was a beta release and system requirements are not yet finalized. As of right now, the Guild Wars 2 Mac beta requires Lion, an Intel Core i5 or better, 4GB or more of RAM, and an NVIDIA® GeForce® 320M, ATI Radeon™ HD 6630M, Intel HD 3000 or better. To make it easier, if you own a Mac or MacBook below or newer, you should be able to run the beta:

  • iMac 21.5", 27" (Mid-2010)
  • iMac 21.5", 27" (Mid-2011)
  • MacBook Pro 15", 17" (Mid-2010)
  • MacBook Pro 13", 15", 17" (Early and Late-2011)
  • MacBook Pro 13", 15", 17 (Mid-2012)
  • Mac Mini (Mid-2011)

There seems to be some hope for gaming on a Mac as more and more titles continue to be supported on the OS X platform.

Source: ArsTechnica