Games

Why the Mac App Store is the best and worst thing ever to happen to Mac gaming

As I've written before, the Mac has long had a troubled history with game development. But the introduction of the Mac App Store in 2010 came just in time to save the business. It's the best thing that's happened to Mac gaming. It's also the worst. Let me explain.

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Plague Inc.: Top 5 tips, tricks and cheats

Plague Inc. is one of the more popular games on the iOS App Store, and with good reason. Players gently guide and evolve a disease in an attempt to wipe out humanity, battling government research efforts. Increasing transmission, deadliness, and severity are all core to the success, but also ensuring that you have enough healthy hosts to thrive on. Different disease types enjoy different characteristics and offer new strategic options. It's a grim premise, but an entertaining one. If you've already been playing for awhile and are looking for ways to get more out of the game, check out some of our helpful Plague Inc. hints below!

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Beyond the Dead review: Build a settlement of zombie killers on iOS

There’s no shortage of zombie games in the modern age, not even on mobile. And while zombies lend themselves especially well to action and shooter games, they also pop up in many other genres.  A couple of iOS examples: The Walking Dead is quite a popular adventure game, and cult favorite Zombies!!! mixes the undead with a dice-rolling board game.

Mobile publishing giant GREE has recently tossed its own hat into the world of zombie games with Beyond the Dead. Coming from GREE’s Vancouver-based studio, Beyond the Dead is more of a traditional mobile game than the two titles I just mentioned. But this one’s mixture of card collecting and town building with a zombie apocalypse still makes it worth a look for zombie-loving casual gamers.

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The state of Mac gaming in 2014: Will Apple ever get its game on?

Over the past 30 years, it's safe to say that the Macintosh has had a ... complicated ... relationship with gaming. While it's unlikely that the Mac will ever be a premiere gaming system like a console or even like a PC, 2014 brings a certain equilibrium, along with a lot of room for improvement.

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Eyes-on with the Oculus Crystal Cove prototype and EVE: Valkyrie

At CES 2014, Oculus was demonstrating their latest virtual reality headset prototype, the Crystal Cove. What differentiates this model from what we've seen over the last year is that an array of sensors on the front of the headset transmit to a camera which is connected to the computer you're using in order to provide greater positional information. This tech enables all sorts of new interactions when bobbing and weaving your head, not just rotating it around a fixed sphere of perspective. The update also includes refinements which significantly reduce motion blurring.

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OpenEmu rethinks emulator gaming for OS X

Old school gaming fans on the Mac have a new tool to add to their arsenal thanks to the efforts of OpenEmu's developers. It emulates several older game systems and handhelds, according to Cult of Mac.

The software supports game controllers and provides a unified interface to keep track of the ROM files you've downloaded. While we certainly don't condone game piracy, you can make a case for playing ROM files for games you've purchased legally and still own, and for an old-school gamer like me, that means playing classics like Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Six great Mac games to play over Christmas break

With the Christmas holiday upon us tomorrow, some of us may find ourselves with a bit of extra time on our hand this weekend. So I've rounded up a few fun new diversions for your Mac that you can download and play over Christmas break without breaking the bank - I've kept it to less than $20.

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Aspyr Greatest Hits Bundle costs $39.95 through Monday

Mac game publisher Aspyr and Macgamestore.com have collaborated to release the exclusive Aspyr Greatest Hits Bundle, a collection of four games for the Mac that separately would have cost $120, but together are priced at $39.95. If you want it, act now, because the deal only runs through Monday, December 9, 2013.

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Skulls of the Shogun arrives on iOS ready to conquer

Skulls of the Shogun is a two-dimensional turn-based strategy game that formerly enjoyed great success on mobile Windows platforms and Xbox 360. Now it comes to iPhone and iPad where it can really shine.

You’ve probably seen plenty of mobile strategy games, but few strategy titles can compare to this one. Beautiful art, a catchy soundtrack, a witty story, and excellent multiplayer features make 17-BIT’s first iOS game a must-buy.

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Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens this weekend but you can catch up now on iTunes!

This is the opening weekend for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second movie in The Hunger Games series, based on the popular trilogy of books written by Suzanne Collins. If you haven't seen the first movie or it's been a while, now's a great time to catch up.

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