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Archive for October, 2011
Just a heads up for our adventure fans: Aspyr Media recently released adventure classic Tomb Raider II on the Mac App Store. The game has been updated specifically for release via Mac App and cannot be downloaded anywhere else for the Mac platform. The game is only $7.99, so it’s a great opportunity to try out the classic title which helped establish gaming on the Mac. You can find a description and system requirements after the jump.
As you may have heard, Aspyr Media recently launched a brand new website and is currently running an iPad 2 sweepstakes for those who wish to fully explore everything the new site has to offer. All that’s required is to find five different photoshopped images of Aspyr President Michael Rogers. And as Michael is the centerpiece for the site launch and contest, we thought we would sit down for a brief chat with Mr. Rogers to try and get some information on upcoming projects as well as some insight into Aspyr’s newly redesigned website.
Hi, Michael, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Can you tell us about your role at Aspyr?
Michael Rogers: I have the best job that I can imagine. I’m involved in everything we do with each of our hard-working teams … from finding games, playing games, creating games and supporting our customers who love games as much as we do. Of course, the business of games is still a business, so I am focused on our operations and the strategic direction of the company, but everything we do is about creating great products for our customers.
What’s up, Mac gamers? Good news for people who like Aspyr Media, Mac games, and/or Apple iPads (and not necessarily in that order)!
First off, Aspyr has recently re-designed their website from the ground up, and we have to say, it looks better than ever. A new clean, crisp look, as well as tons of large icons and easier navigation, really make the site worthy of a Mac game publisher.
The game pages have also all received updates. Information for each game is now easier than ever to find, and screens, art, and other media are all up front. You’ll also be able to find all sorts of news and other updates for Aspyr’s games and the company itself with just a few clicks of the mouse (or with a swipe of the finger for the mobile and tablet users!).
Speaking of tablet users, Aspyr has also launched a new contest to help drive attention and traffic to the new site. The prize? Why, nothing less than a brand new iPad 2!
The key to winning is in the various screenshots for all of Aspyr’s listed games. There are a total of 5 specially-altered screens that contain the face of Aspyr president and CEO, Michael Rogers (an image of which we have graciously provided). To successfully enter the contest, you must find each of these screens and note the game page for each. Then, simply list each of the five games that feature a screen or image with Mr. Rogers’ face via an official submission form over at Aspyr.com.
For more details on the contest, head over to the new Aspyr.com now!
Great news for anyone that purchased Civilization V: Campaign Edition from the Mac App Store! Aspyr has recently updated the game to match all of the updates and patches that have been released for the Steam-integrated version, matching version 184.108.40.2063.
Even better news, however, is that there are 7 new pieces of DLC now available as in-app purchases! Civilization V: Campaign Edition players now have the option of grabbing the following DLC:
- Civilization and Scenario Pack: Denmark
- Civilization and Scenario Pack: Polynesia
- Civilization and Scenario Pack: Korea
- Double Civilization and Scenario Pack: Spain and Inca
- Scenario Pack: Wonders of the Ancient World
- Explorers Map Pack
- Cradle of Civilization Map Pack Bundle
This morning, everyone around the world woke to a new world without Steve Jobs. Considered one of the greatest minds and visionaries of our time, the news of his passing was a shock to many. Sometimes there are no words. Other times, there are words that exemplify exactly how you feel. I opened my email inbox this morning to the latter with an address from Aspyr’s Executive Vice President Ted Staloch.
Originally intended just for the employees at Aspyr, I thought the letter was too good not to share with fans of Aspyr, GameAgent, and Apple alike. So I have received permission from Ted to share the letter with the rest of you. Below is the letter in its entirety.
By now you all know Steve Jobs has passed on. I am sure like many of you, even though I knew he was sick and the time was coming, I am shocked by the news. For various reasons I’m struggling and wanted to share a few thoughts about what Steve Jobs has meant to me, but more importantly to Aspyr. As 9-11 is our generation’s JFK, Steve Jobs is our generation’s version of Thomas Edison. He was obviously successful and had the vision to be able to match technology with how we consume media. But really what he mastered was the ability to create magic. He did this by believing in “it” before “it” happened. Driven not by arrogance, not by over-confidence, not by calling his competition stupid, but driven by his insatiable conviction and thirst to compete. This, matched with a one-of-a-kind work ethic, determination, and tenacity - beyond reason – is what made him the best. Steve created and made the “it” happen (over and over and over again). He did this by believing, which made others believed, which blossomed ideas into wonderful and usable products the world enjoys today. Aspyr has been working with Steve for 14 years. One of our favorite memories is [Aspyr President Michael Rogers] shaking hands with Steve on stage at MacWorld as we announced Tony Hawk for the Mac. Steve knew us as the “game guys.” He supported Aspyr as much as he supported any game company, including EA, Disney and Activision. He helped us become the great company we are today in 2011. Steve spoke at Stanford in 2005 and said this: “Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important… Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” We do not pretend to be in the same circle of Steve Jobs, but we can all be inspired by Steve. We have nothing to lose and every reason to continue to follow our hearts…..and succeed. Here is to Apple, Pixar, NEXT and tonight…. here is to Steve Jobs and his family. We are forever thankful for all you have done for the world and for Aspyr. Continue to be insanely great!!! -Ted
Again, I don’t think I could have said things better myself. Steve Jobs, you will be missed.
If you’ve got something to say about Apple, Steve Jobs, Mac gaming, or anything else you would like to get off your chest, feel free to post in our comments. Alternatively, Apple is asking everyone to share their memories, thoughts, and condolences by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With all the big excitement yesterday about the announcement of the newest iPhone model (hello, iPhone 4S!), we got a little curious about just how many iPhones and other iOS devices Apple has sold over the years. So we took a look at Apple’s quarterly financial statements–and we were blown away.(more…)