Cider the death of Windows as the De-Facto gaming platform?

I sure hope so. As a Linux user I dread the time consuming process of booting back into windows to play my favorite games. I’ve tried things like wine and Transgamings Cedega but as these things usually go it ends up requiring too much forum browsing or fiddling to get them to work just right and you usually take either a performance hit or a visual quality hit. Well Transgaming has announced a new product marketed at developers and publishers called Cider.

cider logoWhat cider is is a development tool that from what I’ve read encapsulates (and/or compiles) the windows source into a Intel Mac Friendly package. The way it’s described in the press release is as follows

Cider works by directly loading a Windows program into memory on an Intel-Mac and linking it to an optimized version of the Win32 APIs. Games are simply wrapped up in the Cider engine and they work on the Mac.”

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