World of Warcraft is encountering some major bugs on Macs following patch 8.3

And the workaround may surprise you, in a bad way

    
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World of Warcraft is encountering some major bugs on Macs following patch 8.3

So it turns out that ever since the arrival of patch 8.3, World of Warcraft players on Macs have had the potential to experience all sorts of new content, like system freezes, client crashes, and computer crashes. How fun! Of course, none of these things are supposed to be happening, with the consistent trouble being listed chiefly as simply “performance issues on various Mac systems.” No, it appears that the game is just struggling with crippling bugs that make the game unplayable for a lot of Mac users, with the official workaround response from GMs being to… install Windows on your machine.

As workarounds go, this one is pretty common; using Boot Camp and having a Windows install on a hard drive partition has long been the workaround for many games not offering Mac support. WoW, however, does theoretically offer Mac support, so being told that the new way to play the game after the patch is to install a new operating system and run that to play your game has understandably been met with a degree of consternation by the playerbase. Perhaps you can count “installing a new operating system” as a form of content?

Of course, these days it’s kind of a gigantic mess for getting any games running on Mac systems, since there have been a lot of issues with the system’s latest update.

Source: Official Site via Blizzard Watch; thanks to John for the tip!

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Sorenthaz

Meanwhile Warcraft 3: Reforged looks to have been a rushed mess… :/ guess I shouldn’t have expected better after how radio silent they were on the game for some time. But they literally destroyed the old online structure for Warcraft 3 – no more clans/clan chat rooms, online infrastructure is a mess right now so it’s difficult to even host an online custom game/match, everything’s tied to the battle.net launcher…

Oh and the stuff they showed off at 2018’s Blizzcon was literally just for show. The Stratholme stuff was dialed back so there was no more fancy redone scenes. This whole thing screams mid-development shakeup and cutting back on things to then rush and get it out after a delay.

Maybe with a few patches it’ll be better but holy shit Blizzard, stop killing your communities with your incompetence.

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Munchmeat2

I got my refund today! This company is a mess.

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Sorenthaz

I guess online issues were partially fixed today but it’s still a bit rocky with consistency of folks staying in games when they load up.

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johnwillo

This seems to impact only Macs using Intel GPU’s. Macs and Windows machines with other GPU’s may have issues with 8.3, but not this particular crash issue.

The Boot Camp “workaround” sucks in more than an I-need-huge-amounts-of-disk-space-and-I-have-to-download-an-entire-OS way: I have one Mac with only an Intel GPU (2018 MacBook) and WoW always ran better on the Mac side than in Boot Camp. Metal, the Mac equivalent to Window’s graphics API, gave the game a good 4-5 fps boost over Windows on the same hardware. (Of course, this is a machine that was never intended for gaming, so performance was still pretty anemic even on the Mac side.)

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Paragon Lost

I have no empathy left for anyone who has stuck it out and tried to play mmorpgs on the Mac OS. Apple has never wanted to work with developers and developers gave up long ago over all. If you insist on sticking with a Mac for gaming, then do the Windows Bootcamp is about all you can do and it’s not the best either.

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johnwillo

Actually, with Metal, the Mac has always been good for WoW in my experience. Other MMO’s, particularly those that are emulated with Wine, do not measure up. I used Boot Camp for those MMO’s for years, but when Apple gave up on nVidia GPU’s it was the beginning of the end. I got a Windows gaming laptop and haven’t looked back.

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Paragon Lost

Which is my point John. It’s not worth the unevenness and hoop jumping to deal with long term. If you need to use a Mac, which actually is a pretty good experience for work or personal reasons then cool. But save yourself the stress, frustration and unknown and simply buy a Windows based gaming machine for your gaming needs, you can get them pretty cheap and most Mac users don’t replace their Mac’s for years and years so it balances out.

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losludvig

with mac dropping support for 32bit you can substitute mmorpgs for games in general

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Danny Smith

Honestly the Mac version of WoW -which used to run natively completely identically to windows and used to include a nice itunes integration to boot- took a massive nose dive in quality with BfA. Texture pop in makes unreal look fast, ui elements actually load in at all rather than just being there after a loading screen. Theres a long list that basically make it feel like the beta build. I had it totally hard lock a week old top of the line imac on a very fast internet connection after running like shit.

Fun fact: The WoW Classic client appears to have none of these issues and runs like a dream. I wonder if the mac savvy people are working on that and not BfA nowadays i can’t imagine it was a huge part of the studio to begin with. Still Blizzard used to be famous for top quality mac versions but thats not been the case since about Starcraft 2 where things just started to decline in quality across the board.

Insert snarky comment about the state of the company as a whole here but black screen total system crashes are a super rarity for OSX, its like the windows equivalent of a game flash frying and formatting your hard drive.

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Paragon Lost

iTunes is an abomination of a product. Clunky, buggy and over all just a terrible experience. If I didn’t have to use it for putting my music on my iphone i’d never go near the damn thing again. As it is, I isolate the shit it does to my music library by keeping it installed on my tablet and update my iphone via that. What a shit show of a piece of software.