Games, games, games. The more you play, the more you enjoy, the better you feel. Mac gaming hasn't always been a priority for game publishers, but with digital distribution platforms like Steam and the Mac App Store, the world's made it easier to buy a game, download it and then play it right away. So if you're ready for it, from free to five bucks to full-priced must-plays, here are 10 top-shelf games every Mac gamer should be playing right now.
Steam's Summer Sale is now underway! In the latest bi-annual killer game sale from Valve's Steam digital download service, the deals look hot and steamy, as per usual.
Sale runs every day through July 10th and you can check them out straight from the application. This year, it's a Summer Camp theme, including a prize booth where you can cash in tickets earned playing selected games for swag...kind of like ski ball on the New Jersey boardwalk, but with better swag.
Other Mac games should prepare to cower in fear as the “ass-kicking, cigar-smoking, beer-chugging and babe-lovin’” action hero Duke Nukem will finally be arriving on the Mac this summer to save “Earth and our babes from hordes of invading aliens.”
Gamers, you'll be pleased to know that Valve, creators of huge franchises such as Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Counter-Strike as well as technologies such as Steam and Source have now made Team Fortress 2 free to play. The announcement comes as part of the "Über Update."
If you love Portal 2, but have been finding it hard to truly express your feelings then this may just be the opportunity you've been waiting for. Valve announced today that they'll be launching a music video contest where users will have to craft a new video for The National's Exile Verify which is featured in Portal 2.
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.
We're all a-flutter, all a-tingle, all ready for what tomorrow morning will bring when Steve Jobs kicks things off at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. Will he stun us with the iPhone 5 against all expectations? Or will it be all iOS 5 all the time, with glimpses of what the upcoming hardware can do? What about refreshes of other existing lines? We know he's gonna talk iCloud, Lion, and our favorite mobile operating system, but what else? What else? we cry!
And, yes, of course, we didn't let the grass grow under our feet, so just in case in all the WWDC hype, ya missed it, here's this week's bag o'goodies.
You've got your Mac and your Steam games and they're awesome, but you also want to put your saved Steam games over to a new hard drive without having to download multiple gigabytes of data. So the question is as follows: What's the best way to go about this? Read on to find out!
Shoot two portals -- enter through one, exit through the other. That’s the main principle of the Portal franchise, and that mockingly simple premise defies the incredibly complex game mechanics in Valve’s second outing with the Portal gun. Plus, this time around you can add motion-detecting turrets, tractor beams, “thermal discouragement beams” (AKA lasers), bridges made of light, and gels that affect your momentum, jump height, and portal placement to the mix. That’s Portal 2.
Odds are you're a good person. You go to work, pay your bills, assist the elderly across the street, and get to bed at a reasonable time. So why would you want to be an amazing Renaissance-era assassin, leaping from a nearby rooftop to quickly dispatch your target with concealed wrist blades (or any other weapon), quickly looting the body and escaping without a trace?
Because it would be about the most fun you could have on your Mac.