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Metal for OS X is so huge, I no longer need a Mac Pro

When Apple unveiled Metal for OS X at the 2015 WWDC keynote, I wasn't very impressed.

Metal, Apple's optimized set of 3D tools for developers, first showed up on iOS last year in the form of a particularly beautiful Unreal Engine demo. it provided answers for serious problems that my development team faced when making cinematic games on the iPhone and iPad.

But Metal for OS X? The particle effects on stage were less impressive than last year's iOS demo, and moreover, while watching the demo onstage, I couldn't help but note that Unreal Engine games barely exist for the Mac. There's Tomb Raider, the Borderlands trilogy, X-Com, and a handful of indie titles, but many major games like Mass Effect haven't been ported.

I worried that "Metal" had become Apple's version of "Blast Processing," a catch phrase in the 90s for the Sega Genesis. In commercials, Sega would gloat that only the Genesis had "Blast processing." The only problem was, Blast Processing didn't really do anything that mattered.

But it turns out, I was wrong.

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Fortnite from Epic Games coming to the Mac, beta coming this fall

Epic Games confirmed that their upcoming action-sanbox game Fortnite will be coming to the Mac, and that a beta for the game will be released sometime this fall.

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper gets first major update, lets you break through the level cap

Free to play mobile RPG Final Fantasy Record Keeper combined characters and scenarios from across the Final Fantasy series. It has just received a major update that bumps up the level limit and adds new quest and social systems. Read on for our in-depth look at Record Keeper's new features!

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Til Morning's Light: Tips and tricks for navigating the haunted mansion's mazes

Puzzling through the ghostly corridors of Til Morning's Light? Listen up for advice.

The heroine of Til Morning's Light got locked inside a haunted house without any advanced notice, but that doesn't mean you need to go in with her unprepared. Help Erica out of a tight spot and get the most out of the experience with these handy tips.

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Words With Friends hops onto the Apple Watch with board info and more

If you're big into the popular social word game, Words with Friends, keeping track of your games and notifications just got a bit easier with Apple Watch support.

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Celebrate National Donut Day with these apps, games and iBooks!

National Donut Day is upon us, so we've rounded up some fun apps to celebrate the day. We have games, apps and iBooks for you to enjoy, all donut-themed!

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The week's best Mac games: They Bleed Pixels, Massive Chalice, and more!

Here are the latest Mac gaming releases, hot off the digital presses!

Here's a handful of exciting new releases in the world of Mac games! These five picks run the gamut from family-friendly fun to fiendishly difficult fare, so choose your adventure carefully.

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Dinobots invade Transformers: Battle Tactics in latest in-game event

Dinobot Destruction, a new in-game event for Transformers: Battle Tactics, kicks off today, allowing players to fight alongside iconic Dinobots like Slug, Snarl, and Slog.

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Star Wars: Uprising will roleplay its way to fight the Empire this fall

Developer Kabam will release Star Wars: Uprising, a new mobile roleplaying game, sometime later this fall. The game's storyline will be set between the events of Return of the Jedi and the upcoming Star Wars movie The Force Awakens.

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Mattel brings Apples to Apples party card game over to the iPhone and iPad

Apples to Apples, the highly popular party card game where players try to match their cards to best fit the one played by the game's judge, is now available for the iPhone and iPad to play for free.

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