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Oculus Rift: Another example of the Mac's gaming deficit

Surprised Oculus punted on Mac support? You shouldn't be. The Mac has a huge gaming deficit. And it's getting worse.

Last week Oculus VR chief architect Atman Binstock said that the company put the brakes on Mac and Linux development in favor of focusing on Windows. Oculus is the maker of the Rift, a forthcoming VR headset expected to ship in the first calendar quarter of 2016.

Oculus is focusing on Windows initially for the same reason that legendary thief Willie Sutton supposedly targeted banks: Because that's where the money is. But this underscores an important point. OS X has always been at a disadvantage compared to Windows when it comes to gaming, and efforts like this underscore just how much of a disadvantage Macs continue to have against Windows PCs.

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Steam reports over 4 million gamers playing on OS X

While still a small segment, Mac gaming is growing, with Steam reporting that over 4 million gamers across the world play on OS X.

Steam's latest hardware survey, for March 2015, indicates that of 3.43% of Steam's 125 million users are using Macs. While that's a small percentage, that amounts to about 4.28 million people playing games through Mac on Steam.

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Get some great Mac games for the holidays (and save money, too)!

Many of us have some time around the holidays to just relax and have fun. What better way to do it than to kick back and play some awesome games on your Mac? Wether you're buying for yourself or outfitting a new computer for a friend or family member, here's a roundup of the best new releases for the Mac.

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Run old-school console games on the Mac with OpenEmu

I'm 45, and I've been gaming on consoles since the Magnavox Odyssey. Many of the games I've played over the years represent a huge investment of time and a huge return of pleasure in playing, so I keep them. I keep them on shelves in my office, I keep them in bins in my basement. I don't get rid of them for the same reason I don't toss my old vinyl albums or CDs — in many cases, there's a real emotional attachment.

But this isn't about my hoarding tendencies. It's a good thing I've kept those old games around, because now I can play them again on my Mac. A powerful application provides the framework to do it easily, and it's absolutely free. It's called OpenEmu, and here's how to use it.

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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions for Mac review

It's rare that the Mac gets a new game release the same time as everyone else, which makes Aspyr's recent Mac release of Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions noteworthy. It's also noteworthy for being a purely-distilled arcade game experience that sports a retro design paired with thoroughly modern play sensibilities.

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LEGO Movie Videogame hits the Mac App Store

Everything is awesome — including The LEGO Movie Videogame. Available now for Mac, the LEGO Movie Videogame lets you take on the story of Emmet from the LEGO Movie to pursue Lord Business and kill his evil empire. Play as over 90 LEGO characters including Emmet, Batman, Gandolf, Wyldstyle and more.

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EVE Online launches Hyperion expansion

CCP Games on Tuesday announced the launch of the latest expansion for its spacefaring massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, EVE Online. It's called Hyperion, and it's a free update for all currently registered players.

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Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse now on the Mac!

Having been available on the iPhone and iPad for a little while now, Disney's Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse is now finally available to play on the Mac, too. Feral Interactive has come up with the goods and you can snag it from either the Mac App Store or Steam depending on your particular flavor of Mac gaming.

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Mac gamers deserve better than half-assed iOS game ports

iOS game developers, please stop messing up your Mac conversions

Developers, please stop sticking your games on the Mac App Store just because you can. I'm tired of digging through games with control schemes that make them a chore instead of fun.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and 3 finally shooting things up on Mac

Neither is exactly the latest and greatest, but classic first-person shooters Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and 3 are now finally available for Mac. Both titles have been available on consoles and Windows for some years now, so it's definitely a case of better late than never. But both titles plus all downloadable content are available via Steam and other online game stores. No Mac App Store this time out.

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