Welcome to Strategy Week, Mac gamers! All week we’re going to be discussing various strategy games and the aspects that make them great. Since it’s Monday, you know of course that means it’s time to focus on the music. We’ve previously discussed the incredible music of Civilization IV on Music Monday, and while there’s no Yo-Yo Ma or award-winning songs like “Baba Yetu,” the soundtrack to Civilization V is as equally rich, complex, and satisfying as that of its predecessor. Listen to the entire soundtrack here, presented as an embedded YouTube playlist, 35 tracks longs.
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So you’ve taken the plunge into the immersive world of Civilization V via the Mac App Store. You’re enjoying the game immensely, but you’ve read about some really cool add-on content like the Gods and Kings expansion that incorporates religion and espionage into the core gameplay. But just how do you get this content into your game? Instead of purchasing a separate app or piece of content like on Steam, additional content in the Mac App Store is known as “In-App Purchases.” This means you buy the additional content within the game itself. How to do this isn’t always apparent, so we’ve provided a basic, visual tutorial on how to obtain that sweet content.
Buying DLC in Civilization V: Campaign Edition (more…)
You may have said to yourself, “Gee GameAgent, I wish there was an awesome collection that brought together the extensive amount of Civ V content all in one neat bundle.” Your wishes become realtiy strategy fans. There’s a new Civilization V collection in town, and its name is Gold.
Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Gold Edition is now be available for both PC and Mac users, and it provides the most comprehensive Civilization V experience yet. We know you probably have some questions, so we’ve put together another one of our informative FAQs.
Look below for the info you seek, and leave a question in the comments for anything that’s not covered! (more…)
The latest Civilization V patch (22.214.171.1245) has been released for the Mac version of Civilization V on Steam. This brings the Mac version back on the same level of the PC, allowing cross-platform multiplayer once again.
The full patch notes are below.
It’s that time again dear readers, where we bring you a selection of reviews for a brand new Mac game. This time we bring you the world’s thoughts on Civilization V expansion Gods & Kings, released yesterday day and date along with the PC version. Thanks to this awesome simultaneous launch, there are already plenty of reviews out there to check out. Here are some of the best:
As of 6/25/2012
- Inside Mac Games: 9 out of 10
- MacWorld UK: 4 out of 5 stars
- IGN: 9 out of 10
- 1up: A-
- Escapist: 4 1/2 out of 5
- Forbes: A
Dust off your emperor’s robes and prepare to conquer the world all over again…
Civilization V: Gods and Kings is now available on the Mac!
This is the first full-fledged expansion to the 2011 Mac “Game of the Year” Civilization V and it’s filled to the brim with new and intriguing gameplay mechanics. Create a more complex and detailed play experience than ever before! This release is launched day and date with the PC version, so you’re getting brand new to the world content.
- Expanded experience: addition of new technologies, 27 new units, 13 new buildings, and 9 new Wonders, including including Neuschwanstein, the Great Mosque of Djenne, the Terracotta Army, the Great Firewall, and the Hubble Space Telescope.
- Religion: A righteous people will seek out Faith to found a Pantheon of the Gods. As your Faith becomes stronger, you can cultivate Great Prophets who build on these simple beliefs to create a religion that you can customize and enhance as desired. Beliefs can even unlock custom buildings that only people of your religion can construct.
- Enhanced Diplomacy and Espionage: Establish embassies at foreign courts for closer ties or send spies to steal information and technology!
- Naval Combat: Your navy is now split into two different ship types, melee and ranged. This means that no coastal city should be considered safe, and can now fall to a surprise naval attack.
- World Domination: Battles more dynamic than ever before with a reworked combat system and AI that puts more emphasis on a balanced army composition.
Last week, I began addressing some myths that have been plaguing the video game industry for years. This week, while also hopefully debunking some myths that were not previously mentioned, I hope to offer some ways that games can keep people healthy and happy.
We need to take care of ourselves in prudent, loving, and respectful ways in order to be happy. Part of doing that is stress relief and taking time out of the day for oneself. Like how many people enjoy drawing, yoga, meditation, and playing sudoku, there are many games that offer low-stress situations for gamers to tune out of the real world for their own mental health. In other words, games offer a moment to breathe and relax.
Apple Computing and GamingWhile AppleTV may be challenging Xbox Live, Bioware has announced that they will be releasing Dragon Age II for Mac the same day as other consoles. A recent game cloning case in the Mac App Store and troubling information about iPhone hacking has led to doubts in Apple security. Aspyr also announced Sid Meier’s Civilization® V DLC for Mac.
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Introducing… our new social media marketing intern, Rachel Burger! Rachel is a student at Agnes Scott College and will graduate in May with degrees in creative writing and Sino-American relations. As a second-generation Mac enthusiast and first degree gamer, Rachel’s favorite games include Fable II, Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, Dragon Age: Origins, and World of Warcraft. As her career progresses, Rachel hopes to specialize in creative game design or advertising. For her first entry, we asked Rachel to take a look at the Mac gaming market, both current and past. Below, she explains why Macs have not always been considered gaming machines and what can be (and is being) done to change this.
As the Mac versus PC battle wages into the next decade, Mac enthusiasts continue to struggle with the dismal volume of computer games available to them. While most of the world’s most popular games are available only for PC, Macs have a serious disadvantage in appealing to their gaming consumers because when a new game becomes available, there is commonly a wait for the Mac release (Halo lost the Mac community because it was not available until two years after its original Windows release date). Because of the discrepancy in available titles, Macs are not typically associated with gaming.
In previous years, the computer market discouraged game designers from developing for Macs. In 2005, Apple only made up 4.6% of the PC market. However, now that Apple makes up 10.6% and has inspired unprecedented sales despite the unyielding recession, gaming companies have started to create multiplatform products (Blizzard, naturally, at the forefront of the charge).
Still, Macs are not the standard in personal computers, and thus designers continue to refuse to invest in multiplatform products. Fortunately, port companies like Aspyr began to address the Mac consumers’ gaming needs. Because of their efforts to produce award-winning titles (like Civilization V and Call of Duty 4) and crunching Mac release dates within weeks of Windows, Macs are slowly gaining ground with gamers internationally.
What about Boot Camp?
In 2007, Apple released Boot Camp to support dual booting with a copy of Windows (Windows Vista and XP were available at the time). The latest version of Boot Camp allows the installation and use of Windows 7 as well as the previous two versions of Microsoft’s operating system. While Boot Camp has its advantages, like tapping into the vast games available for PCs, it is only a patch for the greater problems that occur when playing PC games via Boot Camp. Gaming via Boot Camp utilizes limited graphics (dependent on PC compatible graphics drivers) and drains the battery quickly, not to mention that users still need to purchase a copy of the Windows operating system. For example, while running Civilization V on Boot Camp, graphics settings are barely tolerable and the game process is slow. However, running Civ V on the Mac is smoother than Pierce Brosnan in a suit. Playing games made for the Mac and on a Mac is going to remain the superior alternative to playing PC games via Boot Camp.
Macs as Gaming Computers
Macs are capable of being entertainment machines in addition to fulfilling their role as workhorses in many forms of development; they are known for their phenomenal graphics handling that allows for detailed, quick-running games. There are not enough gaming companies that take advantage of Apple’s innovations in personal computing. Until gaming companies develop Mac-compatible games in larger numbers of their own accord, increasing the availability of current titles through porting companies is the best way to change the perception of Macs as non-gaming computers.