Archive for February, 2012
Mac Gaming News
- EverQuest for Mac nearly met its end earlier this week, but John Smedley, President of Sony Online Entertainment, saves the day and now it’s free to play!
- Apple games converge with Android by using HTML 5 Code.
- What the new Game Center for Mac means for you!
- Some big name video game devs like Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the Final Fantasy series, are planning some big projects for iOS.
- Sony’s PlayStation Vita is taking Apple head on. Wonder how the Vita will fair against the iPad, iPhone, and iTouch?
- A global rating initiative is reexamining games on Apple and Android games similar to the ESRB. Not sure I like this.
- Amnesia fans rejoice as the new game Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs will be available on Mac too!
- Angry Birds….IN SPACE. Nasa inspired Angry Birds Space will be launching March 22 and Nasa is onboard!
- Fake Pokemon Yellow game makes its way into the number 3 spot on the iTunes app charts. Nintendo is not pleased.
- Shareholders of Apple are seeing a new era in how Apple
- Guess who the top mobile PC shipper is? Apple, of course!
- Apple’s North Carolina data center is now has the largest end-user-owned solar array in the country. That’s some green thinking!
- Looks like we might be seeing an overhaul of iTunes this year.
- Apple’s legal battles with Proview over the iPad name moved to Shanghai earlier this week but in the end Apple prevails!
- An article detailing how Mountain Lion is moving towards digital unity!
- A study shows that the Apple iPad will take 60% of the tablet computer market this year. Domination!
- Here’s some finance advice to short some of these stocks and due to Apple influence.
- Reasons as to why you should stick with OS X on a Mac and not install Windows!
Our PostsCompany of Heroes: The Greatest Strategy Game Ever Company of Heroes Complete: Campaign Edition Coming to Mac RAGE: Campaign Edition Easter Eggs
Id Software has always had a history with sneaking easter eggs into all their games and RAGE was no exception. RAGE: Campaign Edition for the Mac is chock full of easter eggs from previous games id Software had a hand in, plus a few tips-of-the-hat to some other gaming franchises. In addition to all that there were even couple of pop culture references. Some of these are pretty easy to spot through just regular play but some require a bit more hunting. (more…)
Mac Gaming News
- Cross-platform action coming with Apple’s latest OS, Mountain Lion. The Apple ecosystem just got more intertwined.
- Here are 10 things Apple’s new iPad will need to stay ahead of the competition with a bit of a gaming twist. Do you agree?
- EverQuest for Mac is coming to an end. Let’s have a moment of silence for this chapter in Mac Gaming. Actually, thanks to the outpour of support from the fans EQMac is here to stay and it’s free to play!
- Mac’s aren’t left out of Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Adventure game as they have been announced to be one of the platforms the game will run on.
- A review for the Jurassic Park: The Game by Inside Mac Games!
- Engadget got their hands on OS X Mountain Lion and have an in-depth preview. Definitely worth checking out.
- The biggest news of course this week for Apple is their announcement of OS X Mountain Lion.
- Shine on Apple! Apple currently has the best reputation among its consumers. It even beat out Google!
- More potential features that the iPad 3 is rumored to have. I think I may be first in line to get one.
- Another win for Apple as they overtake Samsung as the top smartphone vendor!
- Although, Apple is looking to ban the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the US.
- Apple did get in a bit of trouble with lawmakers as certain apps on the Mac App Store have been invading your privacy.
- The Chinese really love their Apple products, unfortunately, iPads are becoming harder to find in China.
- There’s only one area in which Apple lags which is its low return on cash.
Our PostsUpcoming Civilization V Expansion Pack: Gods & Kings Coming to Mac The 8 Most Romantic Couples in Gaming Quicksave: Amazon Brings the Valentine’s Love with Civilization IV for $5
As you Civilization fanatics have no doubt heard, 2K Games is releasing an expansion pack titled Gods & Kings for Civilization V for PC. Now what about us Civilization V Mac gamers? Aspyr has got your back.
Straight from Aspyr Media, they are excited to tell us that they are confirming their support for the upcoming Civilization V expansion, “Gods & King” for the Mac. They’ll be working hard on the expansion to bring it to you around the same time as the PC release. The expansion is slated for release late Spring 2012 for the PC so you can expect the Mac version to come out shortly afterwards.
For those of you who don’t know what this expansion adds (quoted straight from 2K Games announcement):
Tons of New Stuff. I know I just mentioned it, but I want to draw attention to just how many new things we’ve got here: 27 new units, 13 new buildings, 9 new wonders, and 9 new playable civilizations. Among the new civilizations are the Netherlands (William I, Prince of Orange), the Celts (Boudicca), and the Mayans (Pacal the Great).
Religion. That’s right; quite possibly the most requested major addition to the game is coming in the Gods & Kings expansion. Using the new “Faith” resource, you’ll be able to found your own religion and grow it from a simple Pantheon of the Gods to a world-spanning fully-customized religion.
Reworked Combat System. The expansion has a reworked combat system along with an AI that places more emphasis on balanced army composition. Among the changes to the combat system is the addition of melee naval units, which will force you to really rethink the way you execute your naval assaults.
Enhanced Diplomacy, with Espionage. In addition to being able to establish embassies with your rival civilizations, spies will now be an important part of how you conduct your foreign affairs. Surveilling foreign cities, stealing advanced techs, and garnering influence with city-states are some of the things you’ll be able to do with this new powerful mechanic.
New City-States. With religion being added to the game, it only made sense to introduce Religious city-states which will interact with your religion in special ways. In addition, Mercantile city-states will be attractive for those of you who love to grow your civilization’s treasury. All city-states will use the greatly expanded quest system, making city-states more dynamic and diplomatic victories more challenging, while decreasing the importance of gold when dealing with city-states.
New Scenarios. Three new scenarios will be coming in Civilization V: Gods & Kings. Experience the fall of Rome, explore the medieval era, and my personal favorite: a unique scenario in a Victorian science-fiction setting.
With the smell of flowers wafting in and out of every doorway and the sheer impossibility of getting a table at a restaurant, it can only mean that today is Valentine’s Day! Cupid is working his magic all over the place so with all the love in the air let’s take a look at the most romantic couples in videogame history as of 2012 and hope to emulate such commitment and devotion in our own pursuits for love.
Wander and Mono from Shadow of the Colossus
How many guys do you know that would travel to some forbidden lands and kill 14 colossal colossi just to spend another minute with you? I would guess not many at all, but that’s what Wander did. He knew that Mono had a cursed destiny but threw caution to the wind and rode out and took down 14 colossi to fulfill an agreement with a dark spirit all for the sake of love. Hardcore.
Jackie Estacado and Jenny Romano from The Darkness & The Darkness II
Raised together in the same orphanage, Jackie and Jenny have always been with each other and from that evolved a very long-term relationship. Even after the Darkness takes ahold of Jackie, he always has Jenny in his heart and mind. This bond is made more prevalent when the Darkness reveals that he took Jenny’s soul hostage in the Darkness II, thus forcing Jackie’s hand to continue cooperating if he wanted to free her. There’s absolutely nothing Jackie wouldn’t do to save Jenny, even sacrificing himself.
Monkey and Trip from Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Definitely not the strongest start to any relationship being that while Monkey was unconscious, Trip slaps a slave headband on his head. This slave headband basically meant Monkey had to follow every single order from Trip and if she died, he died. Talk about a bit of a control freak. However the crowning moment for their relationship is later on in their journey when Trip takes off the headband and apologizing for breaking her promise but Monkey tells her to leave it on. Powerful stuff right there. Essentially, he just said he’d do anything for her and couldn’t live without her. Powerful stuff, indeed.
Guybrush Threepwood and Elaine Marley from Monkey Island series
While there is a definite role reversal here with Elaine Marley being the skilled swashbuckling pirate, time and time again as clumsy as Guybrush is, he’s always there to save his girl from the sometimes rotting/sometimes ghostly/sometimes voodoo-empowered hands of LeChuck. Without fail, Guybrush will be there to save the day with some voodoo-themed recipe for banishing the evil of LeChuck. Plus, he can hold his breath for 10 minutes.
Squall and Rinoa FFVIII
Final Fantasy has always been pretty heavy on the romance but one of the best romances to date was with Squall and Rinoa. As they always say, opposites attract and Squall and Rinoa couldn’t be more different with Squall being all sulky and moody while Rinoa is all charm and cheer. But as their journey continue they grow closer and closer together. Things got real emotional when Squall starts pouring his heart out to Rinoa when she is in a coma.
Sora and Kairi from Kingdom Hearts series
Even from the Disney-themed game series of Kingdom Hearts comes a tale of undying love that literally deals with hearts. Sora on one occasion even gave up his heart and humanity to bring Kairi back. Even in the second game of the series when both of them had their memories erased, their bond was so strong they remembered anyways. Now that’s some real love right there.
Crono and Marle from Chrono Trigger
Relationships sometimes just can’t withstand the test of time so it’s an absolute testament to how crazy awesome the relationship was between Crono and Marle was since they were jumping all over time. Not even time or death could stop them from being apart. Marle gets kidnapped to the past and what does Crono do? Jump into a swirling time vortex right after her. And what does Marle do when Crono apparently dies? She doesn’t even let it happen by jumping through all sorts of hoops in time just so she can replace Crono’s body with a doppelganger clone. Time and death hath no power over this relationship.
Tidus and Yuna from FFX
Another couple from the Final Fantasy series that makes the ranks of the most romantic couples in gaming. The story itself from FFX was touching in how Tidus slowly brings out Yuna from her quiet reserved shell only to not be able to be with her in the end because as they near the end of of their questing defeating Sin means that Tidus may have never existed. A heartbreaking ending, indeed. Also, anybody who still remembers the laugh scene can agree that anyone who laughs as awkwardly as they did together and are STILL comfortable with each other afterwards are deemed a romantic couple.
Any other couples you think are deserving of one of the most romantic couples in all of gaming? Share in the comments!
I know, I know. I left out Mario and Peach but really now? Mario seems more like a glorified errand boy/bodyguard than actual lover.