Well, Halloween is over. A bummer for sure, but now is that glorious time of year when parents can sit around eating all their kids' leftover candy. PopCap and the American Dental Association had a novel idea this year: how about giving kids a hit video game instead of delicious -- tooth rotting -- candy?
While Thanksgiving might be a fine time to spend with family, we have a feeling there will be fewer Mac users at the dinner table this year, thanks to Aspyr Media unleashing Borderlands 2 just 48 hours before.
JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings saga is one of those fiction properties that finds itself injected into just about every form of media. Sure, the film trilogy is absolutely hard to beat, but there are also quite a few video games based on the universe. One such property is The Lord of the Rings Online, a massively multiplayer online game running strong since 2007. But if you're a Mac user who has yet to jump on board, the game is finally receiving a native Mac client.
So it was a big announcement week with not only the long rumored iPad mini, but surprises like the newly redesigned iMacs, Retina Display additions to the MacBook line up, and the fourth generation iPad. One thing Apple never does is disappoint. So a few other stories happened this week too, so why don't we take a look?
Just last week, we told you about GOG.com adding Mac support to its ever-growing library of classic video games. The news was obviously a big deal; we're talking about must-play games showing up on Mac OS for the first time ever. Today, Good Old Games adds 12 new Interplay titles for Mac at a "pay what you want" price.
Man, oh man. What an awesome day for Mac gamers. If you've missed out on the excellent classic-game marketplace that is Good Old Games due to a lack of Mac compatibility, the team at CD Projekt RED and GOG.com just announced some amazing news. Starting today, a huge selection of exclusive games are ready for download on your Mac -- and they're all on sale.
If you're a Mac gamer, you've no doubt grown accustom to buying and playing games through Valve's ever-popular service. Sure, the Mac App Store has a decent selection of games, but it's hard to beat the fine array of great titles -- and community interaction -- of Steam. This afternoon, Valve has officially launched a number of new features designed to help game fans get more social.
Despite the shift to a digital display, Ticket to Ride looks exactly as you’d hope, with the distinctive visuals pulled directly from the now-classic board game and perfectly presented in this new Mac release. And the menus are as stylish as they are functional, getting you to where you need to go while staying era-appropriate. Luckily, they get you right into the game itself, which is the real draw here.
Werewolves are usually only good for a few things: terrifying villagers, killing city folk, and inspiring catchy tunes by Warren Zevon. Fortunately for professional thief Lucas MacGuffin, they’re also quite adept at making their way through a locked-down, high-tech city. Which is good, because he’s stuck as a werewolf in exactly that daunting locale.
The Harry Potter franchise has joined the echelon of culturally significant properties inhabited by Star Wars and others, and while the fervor may have subsided slightly since the last film hit the big screen, there’s no denying the Hogwarts crew’s staying power. So, it should come as no surprise that developer Traveller’s Tales has expanded its LEGO games lineup with a second Potter title, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7--a retread of its predecessor’s approach, sure, but there’s still plenty here to attract avid fans.