Social media catfights! Wall Street boneheads or Apple's got a problem? Dude, Where's My App Store? All these tantalizing teasers are just a hint of the news of the week from the handy dandy staff of Mac|Life.
The twelve apps of Christmas! Or the best apps of 2012 or something. It's the year end when we start getting best of lists, and here's at least two to tide you over until the next batch. Meanwhile, Twitter & Instagram break up -- is it forever? And more below the fold.
There's a whole culture out there built specifically for gamers, so even when you're away from the PC or console that houses your favorite virtual world, you're never really removed from it. We have a collection of eight apps for the avid gamer that are sure to help organize your next raid, improve your high score, get your hands on the best games around, and more.
In its past life as My Xbox Live, Microsoft's companion app allowed Xbox 360 users to lightly interact with friends, view their created Avatars and Achievements, and have a mobile way to stay looped in on the home console gaming service. Following a radical transformation, the new Xbox SmartGlass goes beyond mere surface-level synergy to become both a touchscreen input device for the console and a second screen for expanded game and media experiences.
If you do much multiplayer gaming, a good headset with microphone is pretty much a must. And if that gaming consists of shooters of the Call of Duty variety, a surround-sound headset can make the difference between the thrill of victory and the agony of being dominated by a hyperaggressive 12-year-old, thanks to the ability to pinpoint the direction of important sounds—sounds like, you know, shooting.
The next major title in the beloved Total War franchise, Empire: Total War -- Gold Edition, ventures to the battlefields of the 18th century, with Feral Interactive bringing the massive follow-up to Mac gamers on September 13. What does it take to bring a massive game like Empire: Total War to Mac OS X, and what can Mac players expect from this enhanced Gold Edition? We recently spoke with Edwin Smith, Feral's executive producer, to get the lowdown on this highly anticipated real-time strategy game.
On Friday, corporate drama erupted over OnLive, the popular cloud streaming game company who cut loose its entire staff and was rumored to be on the verge of bankruptcy. Now the company is shedding some light on the situation.
The great thing about board games on the iPad is that you don’t need any pieces. You just tap the buttons, poke the game board, flick the dice--it’s all on the screen. But if you miss the little chunks of plastic, iPieces are just that--felt-bottomed game tokens that interact with retro-style games on your iPad. Four sets are available: we tested Snakes & Ladders and Air Hockey, and you can also get the children’s board game Game of Goose, and Fishing, complete with a little plastic fishing rod, for $12.99 each.
Originally released in 2008 on the PC, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition offers a complex solo role-playing experience, made all the more engrossing by the rich, dangerous world it takes place in. It tells the story of Geralt of Rivia, a gifted warrior who belongs to an order of magic and alchemy-aided monster-hunting mercenaries known as Witchers. While on a mission, Geralt is seriously wounded. He wakes years later in the Witchers’ fortress, with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Before his compatriots have time to give him the most basic of information, the fortress is attacked by a group of bandits who steal the secrets to the Witchers’ inhuman powers.
The word “visceral” is thrown around the games industry an awful lot, but in the case of The Darkness II—a gore-filled shooter more than happy to cover your vantage point in digital viscera--the term actually works.