The annual QuakeCon, a celebration of deathmatches, serious FPS gaming and all things Quake happens this week. What better time than now to reflect on the series, it’s beginnings and what our hopes for the future of the series are? Find out why the original Quake is the most important game in the series and should be relieved of its orphan status.
Archive for July, 2012
Tuesdays. Sometimes it feels like the only thing to love about them is the fact that they’re not Monday. That’s why GameAgent is here for you, offering a new reason to look forward to Tuesday each week with out Tuesday 20% promotion! In honor of QuakeCon later this week we offer you the Strogg-stomping Quake 4 at the discounted price of $15.99!
Earth is under siege by the Strogg, a barbaric alien race moving through the universe consuming, recycling and annihilating any civilization in their path. In a desperate attempt to survive, an armada of Earth’s finest warriors is sent to take the battle to the Strogg home planet.
- Built on id Tech 4 (the Doom 3 engine)
- Sequel to the Quake 2 storyline
- Battle outdoors using tanks and walkers
- Compete online in fast action, arena-style, cross-platform multiplayer that includes Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Tourney, Capture the Flag, Arena CTF and and DeadZone.
- Supports retina resolution
This opportunity to obliterate the Strogg for cheap isn’t here for long! Get this great deal on Quake 4 until Midnight, July 31st. After that, you and your Rail Gun are on your own! Grab your copy of Quake 4 today and get in the mood for QuakeCon.
Mac Gaming News
- To celebrate the release of Mountain Lion, Aspyr and Feral Interactive are having a sale! Save on must-have titles like Bioshock, Call of Duty and Quake 4.
- Valve adds tons of new content to Left 4 Dead 2, including the community-created ‘Cold Stream’ mission.
- Mark your calendars! Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition arrives on Macs and iPad September 18th.
- Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime address the Diablo III community about patches and other concerns.
- Indie Royale offer 10 great games for dirt cheap in their July Jubilee Bundle! There’s only 4 days left so act now!
- Feral has released screenshots of their upcoming Empire: Total War Gold Edition and it looks pretty sweet.
- Statistics show that half of Steam for Mac users are on MacBook Pros. File that under duh.
- Namco Bandai releases iOS game Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy for Mac on the App Store.
- OS X Mountain Lion arrived Wednesday. Opinions are mixed, but this 24 page review is impressive and thorough.
- Apple’s Third Quarter Financial Report is in.
- Finally, Apple offers developers a workaround for the In-App Purchase exploit.
- Oh the delicious irony! The company who sued Apple for $60 million over the name ‘iPad’ is now being sued by their law firm.
- Removing one irritation at a time, Apple says iOS 6 will not require users to input their passwords when downloading free apps and games.
- Apple’s latest patent is for TV-based “5D technology.” I hope it helps us taste colors.
- Apple files patent that is either for game controller or using Apple devices to control games. Either way, proof of Apple becoming serious about gaming is exciting.
- Billions in profits hidden? Apparently overseas tax issues have Apple a large chunk of change for a rainy tax day.
The winds of change blow hard with the coming of Mountain Lion. Lines between OS X and iOS are blurring more with each release. Notification Center, Messages and many other iOS items are now a part of the home computing experience. Most importantly to readers of this blog is the integration of the popular iOS Game Center. For details on Game Center please visit our FAQ. The implications of Game Center integration for the future of gaming on Apple devices are exciting.
With Mountain Lion the App Store application itself got an update, now prominently featuring a Game Center section. It may seem natural, all just part and parcel with the Mountain Lion updates, but think of it this way: it is the first real sign from Apple that they’re ready to take gaming seriously. Previously, getting to gaming sections of the App Store or in the iTunes store took several clicks. Sure, major new releases might get a banner in the store, but that’s more the exception than the rule. While games are in the store, there just wasn’t a satisfying level of discoverability.
This week Apple releases the latest and greatest iteration of its operating system OS X, titled Mountain Lion. With tons of new features, apps and services, it’s a lot to take in. We here at GameAgent want to help ease the transition for you by providing some general information, and most importantly, how it will affect your gaming.
Read below to find out the answers to important questions.(more…)
WWDC 2012 brought many exciting announcements to the world of Apple products. Everyone expected an updated MacBook Pro, some even predicted a retina screen, but few were prepared for just how incredible the screen would look. It’s actually the highest resolution laptop created yet. Images, icons and everything else should look sharper than ever.
However, that’s not the end of the story. Not many applications or games support this resolution natively so developers are in a position to react to how they can support Retina on catalog products while maintaining focus on new releases, a constant juggle with evolving operating systems and new hardware. The issues faced in supporting Retina includes needed UI changes, needed resolution changes, and product performance. A side-effect of supporting Retina resolutions is that there are other consequences. There will be trade-offs with performance (depending on the game) and potentially other resolution support issues in order to support this new feature.
As with a handful of other companies, Aspyr has added retina display to some of their most popular games, and some were fortunate enough to support the resolution natively. Below are a rundown of the games and any necessary details in regards to their performance in retina resolution mode.
- Customize your character by defining both look and gender before entering the Academy to learn the power and dangers of the Force.
- Construct your own lightsaber from handle to blade. As you progress, discover the power of wielding two lightsabers or the ultimate double-bladed lightsaber made famous by Darth Maul.
- Vehicles, weapons, Force powers and Star Wars locations.
- Unique level selection system allows you to choose your own mission and adventures.
- Six multiplayer modes including team-based siege mode and two-on-one power duel. Fight in 23 multiplayer arenas!
But don’t get cocky kid, these sort of deals don’t last forever. You only have until Midnight, July 24th, 2012 to learn the ways of The Force for so few credits. Build your lightsaber and get on the road to Jedi Master today with Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy!
Mac Gaming News
- Here are some compelling reasons why HTML5 will succeed for gaming.
- ‘Amazing Alex’ doing incredibly well on iOS App Store, coming to Mac, other systems soon.
- This Kickstarter idea wants to turn your iOS device into a gaming console. It’s design is based on the NES and looks super sweet!
- ‘Awesomenauts’ announced for Mac, release date pending.
- Torchlight II details are surfacing thanks to a making-of blog.
- Speaking of Torchlight, a Chinese game company is accused of copying the original game’s assets. The side-by-side comparison is hard to deny, fellas.
- Do you like cats? What about cats with jet packs? Well then this game needs your help!
- While still not confirmed by Apple, all news outlets point to a July 25th release date for the new OSX Mountain Lion.
- Apple’s In-App store was hacked earlier this week, making in-app purchases FREE. Despite their best efforts, they still haven’t been able to stop it.
- In the UK, a judge has issued a court order that Apple must publish a notice stating that Samsung did NOT copy Apple. Ouch. How you like dem apples…Apple?
- The Barcelona Apple Store will be the first to feature a unique logo.
- Apple is backpedaling on their withdrawing from EPEAT standards. Expect most of their products back on the list soon.
- Apple looks to expand their offices in Austin, Texas with a new land purchase.
- According to this, Apple has been awarded the ‘mother of all patents.’
Welcome back readers! Now that we’ve gotten the worst out of the way, let’s take time to celebrate the best Batman-related adventures the gaming world has to offer. We all know where this is leading but c’mon, humor me for a moment and let’s talk about how we got there. It seems like each gaming generation has had at least one halfway decent if not downright enjoyable Batman game to offer, even if they didn’t offer the full Batman experience. Only with the advancement of technology and innovative gameplay mechanics have we been able to get an experience that fully embodies the experiences of the Dark Knight.
Without further ado, here are the 5 best Batman games in history.
Ever since the advent of video games there have been games about superheroes. Short of your own imagination after reading comic books, where else could someone put themselves into the fantastical shoes of these caped crusaders and fight crime? Unfortunately the limitations of the medium have made for some severely gimped superhero games that can’t hope to do the amazing feats of these characters justice.
Few heroes have as many games bearing his name than the Dark Knight himself, Batman. With release of The Dark Knight Rises this Friday, it seemed like a good time to reflect on the best and worst Bat-titles the gaming world has seen up until this point.
Today we bring you the dregs of his gaming appearances—games so lame they don’t even deserve the mantle of the bat.(more…)