So Mac users have to buy Lion upgrade just to be able to play D3 now... yeah upgrade is only 20$ but who wants to spend even more money after buying a game that has been free online forever. Whats the deal?
We don't have to buy Lion yet, but we will soon perhaps. The biggest part of whether or not SL will be completely locked out will be determined by which route Blizzard goes in terms of OpenGL. If they keep the Compatibility Profile code in the game while also adding in the Core Profile, then we'll be OK for a while longer. If it is deemed necessary to simply switch over to the Core Profile, which is available only in Lion and later, then we'll need to update to at least that OS.
One thing to keep in mind is that Apple doesn't update SL anymore except the odd security update. That means that any slowdowns, bugs, or other hiccups caused by SL will continue to plague the game, potentially for those even using later OS versions. Because of this, it may simply be necessary to jettison the code that keeps SL support alive and go with what makes the game better as a whole.
This is mostly an Apple problem, which by proxy of not getting updates to SL anymore has become a Blizzard problem. Their hands are pretty much tied unless they bend over backwards yet again to keep SL in the mix, which will make other later OS users suffer performance hits like we've been seeing lately.
It's a no-win situation for Blizzard and I do not envy them, but they need to do what is best for the game in the long run. That'll mean that even I have to switch to ML (Lion just blows since you can't defeat any of its three core irritations while in ML you can), but that's preferrable to years of stutter and game issues.
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