Sure, hindsight is 20/20, but when you sit down and really see where the money most of us on this site have contributed to Apple’s growth over the last 7 years it’s a shocking discovery. With this week’s news coverage that for the first time Apple is leading Microsoft in terms of market capitalization with a value of $222 billion on Wednesday, about $3 billion more than Microsoft, Apple certainly has transformed from the company we saw struggling in the 90′s. Below I’ve highlighted some of my personal Apple purchases and what that market value, had it been invested in Apple stock instead, would be today.(more…)
Archive for May, 2010
With Aspyr’s release of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for Mac on GameAgent, the system specs on my Power Mac G4 are more noticeably out of date than ever. I recently was talking with a classmate, and I mentioned that my computer was around a decade old.
“How does it still work,” she asked incredulously.
“Well, it’s a Mac,” I said. “It lasts forever.”
“YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF THE MILLENNIUM FALCON?… IT’S THE SHIP THAT MADE THE KESSEL RUN IN LESS THAN 12 PARSECS.”Star Wars: Empire at War is one of the slickest Mac RTS games I’ve played. The game is easy to learn and has tons of details that make it a superb Star Wars game. Land battles take place on planets you know as well as some minor planets in the Star Wars universe. Each map is unique, with features such as roving Ewoks and even a Sarlacc that devours nearby troops. AT-Ats stomp across the battlefield, deploying squads of Stormtroopers, only to be brought down by Snowspeeders with grappling hooks.
Space battles are equally impressive. As you defend your space station, you can bring everything from X-Wings to Mon Cal Cruisers into the fray. Bombers and other fighters can target specific hard points to disable different parts of large ships and space stations. When the Death Star is involved, it looms in the background, possibly destroying the planet while the battle rages overhead.
With the detail of the units, voices and terrain, the Star Wars universe comes to life. Small details such as Obi-Wan and Darth Vader fighting in a unique duel animation give the game its shine. Without the focus on resource gathering that other RTSes have, you’ll be able to concentrate on these details and playing a solid strategic game.Ryan Quality Assurance Lead
The iMacs released in late 2009 are simply the best machines I have seen for Mac gaming. Once Aspyr got the Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHZ iMac and the i5 Quad Core iMac we immediately went through our vast catalog of games to see how they would perform. (more…)
Many times when we port a game to the PC or Mac, we have very limited contact with the original developer. Sometimes that’s even part of the contract — we get a small number of support calls we can make and that’s it. (more…)
I’m ashamed to admit that I missed out on the Secret of Monkey Island the first time around. I’m going to blame being eight years old and playing Commander Keen when it was released. I’ve played my share of adventure games since then, such as Grim Fandango and (more…)
I enjoyed The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Mac for three main reasons. Its graphics, voice acting and streamlined menu design created an intimate world for me to get lost in. The menu was hidden but easily accessible, I never had to worry about saving the game, and I’m a sucker for beautiful hand drawn graphics. Since there was nothing distracting me from Guybrush Threepwood’s world, I was able to enjoy the humorous plot even more than in the original!
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition created an intimate world for me to get lost in. I recommend the Special Edition to old fans and new players alike. I give it 4.5 stars! Plus, it’s available for a great price ($9.99) at GameAgent . I’m really glad I was able to play it on my Mac; props to Aspyr for thinking of us Mac Gamers!
When bringing many games to the Mac, we go through a porting process which involves taking the source code for another platform such as the PC or Xbox and manipulating it so that can run on the (more…)
First off, let me state for the record that I am a Mac Gamer. As pitiful as that may sound after all of the years of neglect and, some would say, downright abuse from my preferred computer platform, I can honestly say again I am again proud to be a Mac Gamer. (more…)