This may need to go in a different forum, but because it's a general post referring to ALL TellTale games in general, I felt it needed to go in general. Also, apologies for the massive post.
Now then, I'm going to take it upon myself to demystify the world of TellTale games on Mac OS X. First of all, I shall refer to a post made by the almighty Jake:
[quote=Jake;107525]Games made with the Telltale Tool have appeared on PC (everything), Mac (out from Boneville), PS2 (CSI3), Xbox 360 (CSI4), and Wii (CSI4, SBCG4AP)[/quote] (he left out Sam and Max on Wii, but it's new so I'll forgive him :P)
I was intrigued by the "Mac (out from Boneville)" part and the fact that this game was made with the TellTale Tool.
Now for the strangeness: According to multiple posts I've read from various TT staff members, the TT Tool is currently not compatible with OSX.
That doesn't sound right does it? One staff member says it's compatible and one says it isn't.
After a bit of virtual digging, I found that a company called Vanbrio was in fact the company that released it for Mac. So that tends to suggest that Vanbrio changed the code somewhat in order to Macify it as it's not a direct TellTale release. But still, it means that running games made in the TellTale Tool on OSX is definitely possible.
Unfortunately, Vanbrio have disappeared off the face of the planet leaving behind a Wikipedia reference, a gamespot page and a few angry people who bought the game and now have no support.
Now we return to the present: why won't TellTale release their flagship games for Mac when Vanbrio have proven that you can? Two BIG reasons: time and money. If TellTale went out of their way to produce Mac versions of their major titles such as Sam and Max and Strong Bad, it's quite possible that they will lose out. I do in fact own a Mac and it's my main computer, but I can still admit that PC's quite obviously dominate in terms of market share.
There are, admittedly, some companies that are realising that a lot of people are buying Macs now (heck, EA realised it and they released Spore on Mac and Activision released several Guitar Hero games for Mac, and apparently still are) but TellTale are still a rather small company (no offence guys) so it would take up a lot of resources at TT-HQ. It would cost them money to get Mac programmers in (assuming the current programmers don't know how to already) they'll need to divide their team up to cater for both markets and less time will be spent on the games themselves and more time to duplicate the games up onto multiple platforms.
Like I said: time and money.
This is possibly the reason why Vanbrio went under: because the lack of interest failed to give them a profit.
And now the conclusion: I'm not having a go at TellTale here, nothing in the slightest. I'm just clearing up people's ideas for the sake of the forum being cluttered with "release x on OSX" threads. I dual boot my Mac with both Windows and OSX Leopard, so I can still play TellTale games which rock my socks!
Personally, I'd love it if TellTale started making Mac games. Hell I'd probably re-buy the whole SBCG4AP and Sam and Max if they came out on Mac.
Either way, keep up the good work TellTale!!!!