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10 Oct 2019 02:50 #1 by HiGuy
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macOS Catalina was released this Monday and has removed support...

macOS Catalina was released this Monday and has removed support for 32-bit applications. Marble Blast, and by extension, PlatinumQuest, will not run on macOS Catalina. If you want to continue playing Marble Blast on macOS, do not update past macOS Mojave.

Future builds of PlatinumQuest will continue to support the same versions of macOS (10.7 - 10.14) but if you update your computer there are a few alternative ways to play:

  • Install a Windows Virtual Machine and play the Windows version of PlatinumQuest.
  • Install a Linux Virtual Machine and play the Windows version via WinE or Proton.
  • Hopefully in time, CodeWeavers will update WinE on macOS to support running 32-bit programs.

Thanks for playing with us for all these years. We'll let you know if we add support for running PlatinumQuest on macOS Catalina.

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function clientcmd12dothepq() {
    commandToClient(LocalClientConnection, '34onthedancefloor');
}

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10 Oct 2019 05:32 #2 by Isoplere
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About CodeWeavers - their applications are great, and I have been using CrossOver for five years. As far as I know, there were no plans to expand to 32-bit software, but now that Catalina is removing 32 bit support for most applications, I am sure they are trying to come up with solutions to make a 64-bit Crossover as we write this..

Let us not give up hope, and let us pester Codeweavers for inquiries if we have to.

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11 Oct 2019 01:28 #3 by Nathan125
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I'm still on High Sierra, so I'm good. X3

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13 Oct 2019 05:19 #4 by Josep_Nollette
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In all honesty it is much easier to run an older version of Windows on a virtual machine than it is to run an older version of Mac OS X on the same. To run older PowerPC apps on an Intel "Mac" sold after Lion came out, one had to purchase Snow Leopard Server (the 'Client' version is not legally supported) and run it via a virtual machine. This was one thing that made me, hitherto a Mac fan, lose interest in the Mac platform and buy a Windows-based PC in March 2016.

IMHO the Mac died in 2006 when they ditched the PowerPC CPU in favor of Intel's x86 architecture. From 1984 up until 2006, one thing that made the Macintosh stand out from the IBM PC and compatible systems was its use of a CPU not named Intel 80x86. As a result, Macs at the time couldn't run Windows, and IBM-compatibles couldn't run contemporary versions of Mac OS. For this reason, I hesitate to call these Intel PCs with an Apple logo on them 'Macs' anymore. On the other hand, 'Apple PC' doesn't have the same ring to it.
To this day Apple is the last 'old-school' computer company to tie its own in-house-developed OS with its own hardware instead of bundling another company's OS and separate drivers like with Dell, HP and Lenovo. Had Apple not been so short-sighted as to restrict the Intel-versions of Mac OS X to its own computers in 2006, maybe then they'd have an install base comparable to that of Windows, and they wouldn't have to ditch 32-bit software compatibility.

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27 Mar 2020 19:13 - 28 Mar 2020 14:57 #5 by goforthefiles
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I think you will be able to run the Windows versions on Mac using Windows Is Not An Emulator (AKA wine) wine lets you open Windows apps on unix software (Linux, Mac OS X)
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28 Mar 2020 00:02 #6 by HiGuy
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Yes, as of a few months ago CrossOver added support for 32-bit windows applications, including Marble Blast. If you want to spend $40-$60 on it (or attempt to get the free version working), then you should be able to play Marble Blast. Note this is not a supported configuration at this time so support will be limited.

PQ in a nutshell
function clientcmd12dothepq() {
    commandToClient(LocalClientConnection, '34onthedancefloor');
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28 Mar 2020 02:41 #7 by superstar64
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If you want to run Marble Blast on Catalina, I'd just recommend you throw together a Mojave virtual machine or a Windows virtual machine using your virtualization software of choice. I didn't actually do that because my Windows 10 machine runs just fine, but it's probably your best bet.

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03 Apr 2020 18:10 #8 by goforthefiles
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They would have had to switched, they were pretty much the only people bringing PPC to consumer markets, and with the really low use of PowerPC it became more for office computers and servers. Also, Macs have always been PCs, because a mac is a computer, and PC stands for Personal computer.
also they ditched powerpc because they wanted it to run windows. which is a bit funny because macs will not run on windows hardware.
Given that, you probably should run it off of Boot Camp, becuase it is faster than virtual machines. If you dont want to partition your disk, you can install it on an external hard disk.

final thing, what does IMHO stand for? imo stands for In my opinion, but what does the H mean?:side:

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03 Apr 2020 20:28 - 03 Apr 2020 20:33 #9 by Josep_Nollette
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Macs have always been PCs, because a mac is a computer, and PC stands for Personal computer.


Yeah, I kinda understood that Macs have always been personal computers even during their M68k and PPC days. However, when you bring up 'PC', not everyone will define it as a consumer-level computer regardless of its CPU architecture or OS; some will instead define it as one designed to run Windows. One example is the way covers for computer games distributed on CD- or DVD-ROM, and sometimes the discs themselves, mention 'PC' for Windows games and 'PC/MAC' for dual Windows-Mac OS games, and the physical eGames version of Marble Blast is no exception to the former.
In other words, not everyone realizes that 'PC' isn't restricted to x86/64 computers that run come shipped with Windows.

final thing, what does IMHO stand for? imo stands for In my opinion, but what does the H mean?

H for 'honest'.

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