Games

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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Best games for the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display

Have some down time and want to enjoy your new iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina Display to its full potential? Here's a roundup of games that'll show you what your new device can do.

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The Humble Store debuts; deals on games 24/7

The Humble Bundle is a long-standing effort to offer great games for cheap and give money to charity - you name your price and determine how much of what you're paying goes to non-profit organizations that benefit from The Humble Bundle's largesse. But you have to act quickly, because the bundles are gone in a matter of days. Now they're taking the concept one step further with the Humble Store, a permanent fixture that will be available 24/7, with steep discounts for games.

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Take a look at The Sims FreePlay's Teen and Mysterious Island updates

It’s been a while since we wrote about The Sims FreePlay, Electronic Arts’ mobile version of the hit life simulation series. Even still, the game is going strong. EA has released two major updates for FreePlay in the last two months: the Teen and Mysterious Island updates. Together, they add new quests, areas to visit, loads of items, and of course teenage Sims. We’ve put ample time in with both updates. Read on for full details on how The Sims FreePlay has grown!

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