Games

Apple should have its own game studio, and here's why

The App Store's single biggest category is games, and games are enormously popular on the Mac App Store (and many other places) too. There isn't a shortage of third party developers who write games for the Mac, but can it be done better? I think so, and I think Apple should lead the way with its own in-house Mac game studio. It's time to let the Mac platform shine as a premiere game development platform, instead of as an also-ran.

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Bioshock Infinite now available to buy for the Mac

True to their word, Aspyr has made the epic first-person shooter, Bioshock Infinite, available to buy today for the Mac. Available in the Mac App Store, through Steam or directly from Aspyr's website, Bioshock Infinite is the third in the incredibly popular series to hit the Mac.

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iOS game developer to offer IAP permanent unlock option

Last week I shared my thoughts on the problems with In App Purchases - that some game developers are far too greedy and end up ruining their games as they grab for money. Take a look at Richard Devine's scathing analysis of EA's Madden 25 as an example. Today there's some more positive news out of England - long-time iOS developer Strange Flavour has come up with an alternative it's tentatively calling "Play Nice."

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EA drops a double F-bomb on Madden 25: Freemium and Facebook

Without fail, every year, we see updated titles to key franchises from EA, with a Madden NFL title being one of them. This year sees a milestone for the Madden series, with Madden 25 being the – you guessed it – 25th release. They've really gone to town on the console versions of the game, and in some regards the mobile version too. It looks incredible, has excellent controls for the touchscreen environment and all the licenses you can shake a stick at. But it's also the single most enraging game experience I've had in a long time. In short, EA has ruined this once great franchise with two 'F' words; freemium and Facebook.

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SimCity for Mac launches Thursday

Electronic Arts (EA) plans to launch the long-awaited Mac version of SimCity at 10 AM Pacific Time (1 PM Eastern) on Thursday, August 28th. You can download and "preload" it now, and activate it once it's officially released.

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Sony PlayStation All-Stars Island takes to the Infinite Skies with latest update

Sony had pushed out the first update to their PlayStation All-Stars Island game for iOS adding a whole new game mode, Gravity Rush: Infinite Skies. The free game was released a few weeks ago as a collaboration with Coca-Cola and initially featured an endless runner starring Drake from the Uncharted series of games.

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The future of indie IOS game development has never looked brighter... thanks to XBox One and PS4!

There's been a lot of talk this past week or so about the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. Since big console launches aren't that common, the growing excitement among the gaming community is understandable. But, there has also been talk of self-publishing for indie game developers on both the Xbox and the PS4. And that's something new, and gives us some food for thought. In particular, could it give mobile game developers a boost that ultimately we may reap the benefits of?

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Angry Birds Go looks to be some kind of kart racer, maybe

Sadly, the question "what is Angry Birds Go?" hasn't been answered yet, but Rovio has at least spoken briefly on the project. What we're not looking at is another, traditional, Angry Birds game, though. Having played around with endless runners, and what looks to be the Red Bull Soap Box race, they've apparently settled on something that "felt right."

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Madden 25 now available for iPhone and iPad, jumping on the freemium bandwagon

We're at that time of year again, and as sure as the new NFL season begins we also get the yearly update to the Madden series. This years release, Madden 25, is now available to download for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on the same day as the console release, and is following EA's now traditional free-to-play model:

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Metro: Last Light first person shooter headed to Mac Sept. 10th

Ukrainian video game developer 4A Games announced on Tuesday via Twitter its first person shooter Metro: Last Light is headed to Mac on September 10, 2013. It'll be available for purchase through the Steam game service. The company also said a Linux version is in development.

Metro: Last Light is sequel to a game influenced by Russian sci-fi author Dmitry Glukhovsky's Metro 2033, a story set in Russia after a nuclear holocaust. What's left of humanity survives in the Moscow subway system.

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