So far in our Indie Week coverage, we’ve discussed the music of Braid, talked about the defining characteristics of great indie games, and even interviewed Bastion creators Supergiant Games. But you may be asking yourself, what are OUR favorite indie games? Well wonder no longer as we talked to several employees of Aspyr Media, asking them to pick 7 of their favorite indie games and what makes them so great. Read on to find which games they think are a cut above the rest. (more…)
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Mac Gaming News
- The latest DLC for Borderlands 2, ‘Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt’ and a version patch are now available via Steam. A huge update for the Mac App Store version will arrive around early March.
- Lego Lord of the Rings is coming to macs February 21.
- Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition arrives for OSX February 22! (more…)
Ever wonder why AAA Mac App games often come with more limited multiplayer functionality? Or why it takes so long to release updates for your favorite Mac game? Wonder no more. Aspyr Media’s Vice President of Publishing Elizabeth Howard has recently published an incredibly informative and entertaining report, exclusive to the GameAgent Blog, on the complexities and challenges of offering multiplayer on the Mac. Below is the opening excerpt to whet your appetite. You can check out the rest of the piece by clicking the link that follows.
“Can I play this game with my friends?” It’s a seemingly simple question that is asked by the majority of Mac gamers; unfortunately, getting to a simple “yes” or “no” (or “maybe”) answer is more often than not a much more complex process. In fact, multiplayer gaming can be a confusing landscape on the Mac, with each product often offering a slightly different take. We wanted to take the opportunity to explain the development challenges when supporting multiplayer gaming on the Mac in hopes this helps our audience better understand the decisions and processes that go into providing a Mac multiplayer experience; this will hopefully in turn help you make an educated decision when purchasing games on the Mac. There are lots of nuances for each platform, game and the parties involved, but the below gives a basic overview of the realities in multiplayer Mac gaming.
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.