Possibilities of an Intel based Mac?

Apprentice
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Hi,
I was thinking to start casual games programming for Mac computers but I'm not sure what kind of machine I should buy.
I want my games to be playable in 6/7 years old computers as in new ones, from Mac Os X 10.3 to the newest one.
If I get a new Intel-based mac, could I still be coding and compiling applications that work on a 6 year old PPC? Or should I need a PPC anyway?

My Idea is to use carbon/c++, OpenGL, OpenAL and, if possible, to compile universal binaries although I'm not very familiar with all these terms since I never had contact with a Mac.

I didn't find this info on previous threads, I'm sorry if so.

Thanks in advance!
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Luminary
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Yes, you can develop games for that target hardware on a new Intel-based Mac. Obviously, you'll need a minimum-spec machine to test on, but you can either pick up a cheap 400MHz iMac second-hand, or ask for testers around here -- there are plenty of people who still have ancient machines lying around.
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Apprentice
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Thanks!
So I'm start looking forward to having one.
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Apprentice
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Ok, the looking is still in progress LOL
... It's not funny really. I haven't had the money Cry

One more question:
Can I install WindowsXP in an external drive and use it as a IBM clone PC too?

I would love to have a MAC!
But my computer is getting old too and I can't buy two computers.

Thanks again!
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operator Wrote:Can I install WindowsXP in an external drive and use it as a IBM clone PC too?

Boot Camp (beta) or Parallels; caveat: I don't know whether either of those will work with an external drive, as I haven't used either of them - I run one of those six-seven year old Macs you talked about targeting games for in your first post Rasp

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Nibbie
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You can definately install Mac OS on an external drive though, so you could just do it the other way. And of course parallels should work on an external drive. I can't imagine it not. But Bootcamp is what I generally use (AutoCad, Solid Edge and other Windows only programs that I must use once in a while)
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Apprentice
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Thanks so much!
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Member
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My parallels runs fine on my iPod, so it shouldn't be any problems.
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