Who’s ready for some Halloween weekend? We sure are, it’s been a long and busy last full week of October with more tricks than treats. As always, however, the internet has plenty of love to give, including a sneak peek at Photoshop CS6, more Apple software updates, game updates and even a BlackBerry PlayBook promotion to chuckle about. Here’s the latest for this Friday, October 28, 2011.
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.
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."
We were very impressed by PopCap games huge $200,000 donation to Japan relief with their generous App Store sale earlier this month. However, (even though it's certainly not a competition) we were blown away when Valve announced today that they had raised $300,000 with a recent sale. What's more, the sale isn't even over yet. The items will be availabe for charity until April 6. Let's hit half a million!
Calling all Team Fortress 2 players! And we know there's plenty of you out there because you've managed to kick our butts--repeatedly--in Frag the Editor Friday quite a few times now. Valve has released a new online store, caleed Mann-conomy, that will allow players to buy, trade and customize a ton of inventory items in the game's history, using their Steam Wallets. The Steam Wallets will be accounts that players can add money to--sort of like a gift card.
Apple has just released a Snow Leopard graphics update that fixes all of your video game woes.
The update contains stability and performance fixes that address the frame rate issues in Valve's Portal and Team Fortress 2, as well as an issue that causes Aperture 3 or StarCraft II to randomly quit or become unresponsive.
If you've been having issues with your favorite games for awhile now, this simple, 70MB update just might fix your problem.
Well, turns out the rumor mill was on par this time around. Team Fortress 2, one of the biggest multiplayer first-person franchises (and named one of the funnest games by our sister magazine, PC Gamer), is now available to Mac gamers everywhere.
TF2 will feature Steam Play just like all of the other Valve titles, so if you've already purchased it for the PC platform it should be available to you right now.