Elder Scrolls Online: Steam and Mac

July 19, 2014 at 9:01 am (Elder Scrolls, Games, Mac, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Hello there!  If you’ve stumbled across this, it’s likely because you have downloaded Elder Scrolls Online via Steam, even though it SAYS it’s for windows only, and you have a Mac.  I was ballsy enough to do so, and I was rewarded!

Elder Scrolls Online is normally 50 bucks, but right now it’s on sale on Steam for half that.  But you might say to yourself, there is no way to download it to my Mac once I buy it on Steam!  WRONG!

So, you can purchase the game on a Mac, and the download option will not tell you it’s not supported on your system.  It just takes a bit of finagling to figure out.  It’s very absurd the hoops you need to jump through to do it, but it’s doable.


Download the game on Steam.

Step 2:

Browse Local Files. 

Inside of the Steam folder for ESO, you will find a couple of EXE files, and then, what ho!  A file called “zosSteamStarterMac.”  Double clicking this will launch Java, and consequently the Elder Scrolls Online Launcher.  Now, for me the whole thing was wonky.  I hit the install button, and everything disappeared.  I got a message asking yes or no with no Yes or No options.  But it all worked out, I hit enter, and it kept going.  Everything disappeared for about 3 minutes, but on the Dock it still had the launcher running.  Eventually the installing screen came up, and it began to install the game!  Oh joy!  

Step 3:

After the game has installed all 60 gb or whatever the absurdly large game file is, you may try and run the game!  This is your first mistake.  First, we need a game code from Steam.  A “CD Key” if you will.  Now, for ME, Steam didn’t allow me to do this.  There’s normally an option for it on the right side, near the links for “Store Page” “DLC” etc. when you go to Library>Elder Scrolls Online.  My steam didn’t have that.  Weird.  

But we are smarter than Steam, right?  We use Macs!  We have to be!

So I logged onto steam on my roommate’s PC, wherein the link for “CD Key” was available!  I copied the key, went to the ESO Website, and under my account hit “Redeem Code.”  Form there it’s all pretty straight forward, and the game works!


Step 4:

You will not be able to launch the game from Steam.  It will tell you it’s missing an Executable file.  Oh shit, did this not work!?  Was everything for Naught!? Well, not really.  Just because Steam doesn’t launch it doesn’t mean it won’t launch.  Do you still have the launcher open?  Good.  Just “Keep In Dock” that launcher, and you’ll be able to launch ESO whenever you want, hell you can even do it without opening Steam!  

Step 5:

Now, this complicated process could actually probably be cut down a couple of steps by simply Purchase game on steam, copy CD code, then download the mac client from the account page on the ESO website. I haven’t tried it, but it seems like exactly what I did above but less confusing. But it should be noted that Step 4 here is important to steam users, and I don’t think can be avoided.

You should have all of the advantages of owning the game on Steam, and the 50% off discount for however long that lasts.  You just have to live with not launching it VIA steam.  A small price to pay, and a very complicated process, but hell.  I found that it was worth it!

I hope this little blog post helps at least some of you frustrated Mac users out there.  I resurrected my blog here after a couple of years specifically to post this very post in hopes of helping you!  I might go post this on Elder Scrolls Online’s forums, or someone else can link to this blog because I’m lazy, and it’s 5AM and I want to go to bed.  

Happy gaming!


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I have decided …

May 19, 2012 at 6:30 am (Uncategorized)

I have decided to update this.  For no other reason than to update.  I have nothing really to say right now.

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My General Cover Letter

June 20, 2011 at 5:02 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

So I’m applying for Animation jobs, and I’ve come up with a bit of a General Cover Letter for myself. Feel free to read and critique! This one in particular I’m sending to Nickelodeon.

As a recent grad from the Savannah College of Art and Design, I am empowered by my education and my recent internship, and feel that I have the qualifications you seek for the position of Generalist/Environment Modeler.
I recently completed an internship in the design department at Lansing Community College where my skills were put to use making as many ten second animations as possible over the course of a semester for a no-glasses-required 3D monitor in the school cafeteria. My supervisors asked me to use a variety of styles in my work including paper craft, kinetic type, pixel art, minimalism, and pop art all produced in Maya 2011. Within the time constraints I was faced with working only two days a week, I was able to work around issues while trying to direct for stereoscopic 3D and the limitations of the plug-ins we were provided for the monitor itself, and effectively reworked my concepts to fit within these confines. As well as making animations for the monitor, I was also tasked with modeling surgical equipment for a serious game to be used as a teaching aid for the school’s Surgical Technologist degree. As this was a game designed to familiarize students with the look of instruments and the layout of a Mayo Tray, it was very important that I make the instruments as realistic as possible, but with as few polygons as possible. While this was a collaborative effort with the other members of my team, I modeled the majority of what you can see in the game.
I welcome you to visit my website where you can view all of my animations and some of the work from my internship including a small video of the game I worked on. I look forward to an opportunity for an interview, and am available for immediate consideration.

There ya go!

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That Date, which has Lived in Infamy

December 7, 2010 at 7:45 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

FDR was right. And how couldn’t he be. Today is the day when, what is it now, 69 years ago? Japan launched a deathblow to World War II in general. Once the US was in it, we were in it to Win it. And Japan allowed us that opportunity.

Because it’s one of my favorite speeches, I’m going to link it.

I don’t really have anything much to say on the matter. I mean I was just listening to the speech and I thought, “Hey, I’ve got one of those newfangled blogs! I’ll write something!”

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Arsenic Life

December 4, 2010 at 6:38 am (Uncategorized)

Alright, let’s get one thing straight: This discovery is the most significant discovery in the past decade.  This blew me away when I read it, and I’m about ready to shoot some guns up in the air and dance around like some stereotypical “Yosemite Sam” character at the possibilities this holds for us.  But, friends, I think we might be looking at this discovery in the wrong light… Let me elaborate.

The buzz on the street is that we can use this new-found bacterium to eat all of our arsenic and toxic waste and whatnot.  That would rid us of a big problem!  Toxic waste is an awful thing, it kills our ecosystems.  You know what is worse, though?  Dead Toxic Bacteria polluting our ecosystems.  That’s right.  What are we going to do when these bacteria run out of things to feed on?  When things don’t eat they die.  When things die they’re usually eaten by opportunistic creatures of the wild.  Some might call them vultures.  So when these vultures go to feed on the heaping piles of arsenic bacteria, well they’ll just die won’t they?

Let’s look at another scenario, one I like to call the “Evolution” scenario.  Did you see that movie?  You know how that meteor brought those little bacteria with it and they started to rapidly evolve?  Didn’t they have a “slightly” different biological makeup than we do, making silicon or whatever the element was toxic to them?  I don’t know what I might be insinuating here, but it sure as hell has something to do with the following images:

And when that happens, there’s really only one thing that’ll save our world from certain destruction.

Now, there’s a third scenario and it’s equally unpretty. These bacteria are unique. And we don’t want them to die. So how do we keep them alive once their food supply runs out? We need to keep making more and more toxic waste. This could very well lead to another industrial revolution, and we all remember what came after that, right?

Something about a “Great Depression?”

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So. I graduated college?

December 3, 2010 at 7:11 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

I’m not one to gloat. Believe this with all your heart. Now, however, is the time for you to experience such a rare and exciting advancement in my life that I may allow myself the rare indulgence of saying something along the lines of “Booyah!” or “To the MAX!” I may even throw out an “In your FACE!” depending on when you catch me.

So there it is, I’ve earned bragging rights that a surprisingly few amount of people have. Not only that but I graduated from a top name art college to boot! I have to say I’m beyond excited to begin paying off these student loans for the next 20 years or so, it should prove a tremendous strain on my bank account.

No doubt you’ve also noticed the general tone of this update here is very different from the past however many I’ve made. This is of course because it has been a year since my last update, and with the passing of time come the changing of men. Feel free to use that quote somewhere, I’m rather proud of myself for thinking of it.

– Travis

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Rock Band Network

September 1, 2009 at 1:16 am (Uncategorized)

I’m really happy that Rock Band seems to have a grip on the Potential of its own market. The new song creation software package looks stunningly complex and grippingly easy at the same time. I feel as though I need to form a band and split the cost of this package and make some serious cash. I also feel like if I had this program, I could charge people to make Rock Band files of their music for them and make a decent amount of cash that way as well. I’m excited to see what kind of things come of this. I also feel like they aren’t going to be able to Censor all of the music that is uploaded, so the game may have to change ratings to MA.

I’m super excited about the prospects of all of this.

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Orson Scott Card

May 25, 2009 at 4:12 am (Uncategorized)

It’s sad to see that the Author of my FAVORITE book of all time, and don’t get me wrong, my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE book, is completely insane.  I could read Ender’s Game every day of my life and never get bored of it.  It has such a powerful story, the event that play out are so brutal, and all of it is happening to a Child.  It isn’t ruined by a love story, it doesn’t pull punches, it’s political, it’s psychological.  Ender is pushed beyond his limits so far that he, by the end, is a broken shell of a human, and he’s only 12 years old.  

And yet, whenever I read it from now on, I think of the man who wrote it.  Who wrote an entire SERIES of said books, each as successful as a stand-alone novel as it is part of a series.  And now it has come to my attention, that the man who wrote them, is a right-wing extremist.

How long before married people answer the dictators thus: Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.  …the American government cannot fight against marriage and hope to endure. If the Constitution is defined in such a way as to destroy the privileged position of marriage, it is that insane Constitution, not marriage, that will die.

To say things that are essentially like, “I will destroy a Government that doesn’t think like I think” is… That’s crazy talk.  If you live in a Democracy, expect your ideas to differ with the ideas of the rest of the people.  We are not “Buggers.”  We do not all share the same mind and act in perfect unison.  You even said it in your book, Orson!  Humans are each individuals, capable of their own thoughts, their own reactions, their own emotions, and their own choices.  

The Constitution was written with the intent of being interpreted in its own way by anyone who read it.  It laid down some ground rules, but did not dictate the thoughts or actions of its citizens.  If you define something in the Constitution, you essentially destroy the point of the Constitution.  In this document, when you hold something down to a select meaning, you are, in essence, destroying the freedom of interpretation that this country was based on.  You are destroying everything our founding fathers wanted.  

That’s like defining the official religion of America, or the official language.  People might not like it when we can’t understand someone, but they have every right to speak their own language as long as they’re legally allowed to be in the country.  People, including myself, might not like anything to do with religion and see it as a plague on society and the cause of most wars, but I’m not going to destroy the government who allows it to be legal.  If I were to go on record saying “The United States has allowed people to chose their religion for too long.  There is one religion, and that is no religion.  Either we can amend the Constitution to say this, or I will lead an army of Atheists to tear our leaders down and replace them with those who think exactly as I do.”  then look at me!  I’m a Terrorist!  But I’m not saying that, nor would I, no matter how much I would like to.  Why?  Because I’m a fan of freedom.  Unlike Mr. Card.

Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society’s regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.”

I don’t like it when gay people hit on me either, but that’s not grounds for me to create a law that would punish this man and send him to prison.  If I were going to do this, I would punish Panhandlers and those Mormons who go door to door soliciting Religion that frankly, I don’t want.  There is a law, in fact, against Disturbing the peace.  And what are these people doing?  They are disturbing the peace.

I could go on.  But I’m so displeased, that I don’t feel like getting myself any more worked up.  I like to end rants on a humorous note, so I’ll quote one John Scalzi:

“[Card] brings the economy-sized jug of crazy sauce to the same-sex marriage discussion.”

Ender’s Game is the Best Book ever written, but Orson Scott Card was not worthy of writing it.

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April 13, 2009 at 9:58 pm (Uncategorized)


I think he likes you

I think he likes you

I made this for a friend.  He tells me, “DRAW TURQUOISE!”  So I drew the first thing that came to my mind at 2:30AM.

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April 12, 2009 at 12:01 am (Uncategorized)

I love getting packages in the mail. Especially when the package contains Watchmen. Sadly, my mom didn’t have time to read it. She also says that Torello’s closed and so is Chiao Amici’s. What sick times these are. Can’t wait for Socialism to take its course and make things better. That’s not for a few years though.

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