Don't let the name fool you. Game Week is serious business. Sure, we get to play tons of cool games for hours on end, letting deadlines slip past, drying out our eyes, staying up late, killing the batteries on our iPhones. But still. Serious, serious business.
Besides, who ever said serious business couldn't be fun at the same time? Some jerk, that's who. So have a little bit of serious fun with the Mac|Life team – we might just let you go first on Mario Kart.
While at the Unity booth, we ran into Jonathan Czeck, director of
technology and the co-founder of Graveck games. You may be familiar with
one of their popular iPhone games, Skee-ball. It hit the #1 paid apps
spot during the holidays and is still hanging out in the top paid apps
list. What started out as a part-time side project for the developers
turned into a surefire hit. Now, the company is gearing up to prepare
for the April launch of Apple's iPad.
We took some time out with the developers at Mono Touch to discuss their software that allows
developers to create C# and .NET based apps that run on the iPhone and
iPod touch. The app helps independent and big time developers deliver
superb games and applications to the mobile device by offering the tools
to code apps that utilize the iPhone's operating system. Recently, Mono
Touch also released support for the iPad SDK.
For the past twelve years, the Independent Games Festival has been a
platform upon which indie game developers could showcase their work and
receive some constructive feedback in return. The event is held annually
at the Games Developer Conference and is the best place to see
up-and-coming developers strut their stuff. This year, we got to talk to
a developer whose team used Utility on their Macs to produce an
engaging top-down platformer, and two developers who are utilizing the
accelerometer on the iPhone to develop imaginative mobile games.
A cool shooter with an even cooler soundtrack, Bullet Candy Perfect
resembles the renowned top-down shooter Geometry Wars, only with better
graphics. Since you play to the rhythm of the beat, the techno music
really sucks you in, and that synchronicity can be helpful when going
for a perfect run.
Don't worry, don't worry, you'll still be able to shut the sound off.
We're just not sure how you'll do it and how quickly you'll be able to
But but but, you say, I've spent hours poring over every physical
detail of the iPad from the photos and there's a little button right
above the volume controls, just like the iPhone. What does that do?
Maybe the Aztecs were wrong? A new report out this week claims that the prolonged battle between Apple and Nokia over mobile technology patents may drag on for years, and won’t hit the courts until the middle of 2012 -- another coming sign of the apocalypse?
Happy iPad Preorder Day! We know many of you have the credit cards warmed up and are anxiously hitting the refresh button on your browser waiting for The Apple Store to come back to life, but before you bite, read on.
If you weren’t by your Mac (or PC) on Thursday evening, you might have missed it: Apple released Safari 4.0.5, the latest version of their WebKit-based browser, which now promises even more performance, stability and security.
Mac gaming fans have one less reason to be envious of their PC-using brothers & sisters, now that Telltale Games has made the official announcement that the episodic Sam & Max is coming with a third season entitled The Devil’s Playhouse -- and it will be available on the PC, Playstation 3 and yes, even the Mac.
PopCap's games aren't ones that require eight-figure budgets and massive media campaigns, but we defy you to find anyone who plays games on any sort of basis who hasn't poured hours into Peggle, Plants vs. Zombies, or one of the studio's other addictive hits. While the company initially made its mark on Mac and PC, the last couple of years have seen expansion to other platforms, notably the iPhone, which has hosted pitch-perfect iterations of those aforementioned favorites.
The Zeppelin Mini from Bowers & Wilkins is certainly a sight to
behold. This elliptical iPod speaker dock slickly incorporates a pair
of three-inch drivers with a swiveling dock connector that allows you
to rotate your device 90 degrees, which makes it easy to take advantage
of Cover Flow navigation. It’s beautiful and well designed, and though
the sound performs equally well, the bass on this $400 dock is a bit