There are still a lot of people out there who write off Free-to-Play games as trash, but a major theme in gaming over the past two years has been the maturation of the F2P model. While it may have been true only a few years ago that F2P games were generally of lower quality than full-priced games, these days that couldn't be further from the truth. The latest sign that the genre/model is coming into its own is Valve's announced support for F2P games on Steam.
If you're a fan of old 1970s car chase movies like Bullitt, then Driver: San Francisco should really be on your radar. It's essentially an interactive version of all those great scenes, and it's coming out for Mac OS X on August 30. We're not sure if the game will be as amazing as its inspiration, but it's pretty hard to imagine that we wont have a blast tearing up the streets of Mac|Life's hometown of San Francisco.
Video game publishers! Hear our cry! Mac gamers are people too, and we don't deserve to be so ruthlessly ignored when it comes to video game releases. Our Macs are more than powerful enough to run these games, you've just got to gives us a chance. We know that you all like to explain the choice not to release on Mac by saying "there isn't a critical mass of Mac gamers," but that's a self-fulfilling prophecy. Think about itL why aren't there enough Mac gamers? Because Apple fans hate awesome video games? Or because you're not releasing your games there in the first place, starving the community to near non-existence.
If you're looking to try out Red Faction: Armageddon on PC or Mac before you lay down the full cost of the game, you're going to need OnLive. The company that produces the cloud-based gaming console has secured an arrangement to bring the Red Faction demo exclusively to OnLive.
We sure hope you're all getting yourselves geared up for next week's unrestrained torrent of awesome. Tuesday morning is the event horizon of the nexus of the eye of a hurricane of tech amazingness. It is, of course, WWDC and E3 all mashed into one. And while Mac|Life will have you covered with all the Apple goodness you can handle from both events, the Electronic Software Association (who runs E3) is launching E3insider, aiming to help people keep track of all the other great gaming news and info coming out of E3.
As long as you don't mind playing games that are a couple years old then Mac gaming isn't really all that bad. Most of the really amazing games that achieve some semblance of popularity eventually get ported over to Mac OS. Such is the case with classics like BioShock.
Cloud-gaming service OnLive has some exciting announcements: Borderlands was just added to the all-you-can-frag PlayPack Bundle, and Duke Nukem Forever will be available on lauch day, with a sweet deal for anyone who preorders their full PlayPass now.
Fellow Mac gamers, we know that the selection of titles can get a little bit sparse in this cruel world filled with PC-exclusives. However, today there's some good news as Direct2Drive has announced they have heard the gentle weeping of the collective Mac gamers and have pledged their support for the Mac gaming community.
Hopefully you've been following Valve's series of spectacular video "commercials," but if not then you should go ahead and get caught up here. Each week leading up to the release of Portal 2, Valve has been releasing a new "investment" opportunity created by Portal 2's nefarious scientific corporation Aperture Science.