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Fallen Earth Mac Beta Announced, xScape Platform Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

North Carolina-based game developer, Icarus Studios has announced the Beta release of its Mac-compatible xScape Platform and the Fallen Earth MMO. The software, compatible with Intel Macs, will allow players to connect to the same live server as PC users with game features optimized for their resident operating system.

The Fallen Earth MMO, co-developed by Icarus Studios and Fallen Earth, is the first title to support the new Mac platform, with plans to release all existing and future titles using xScape. Icarus Studios is utilizing the open source software Wine to launch the Mac-compatible version of the game.

"The Mac OS X compatibility project is something we’ve been excited to see implemented for quite a while," said Brad Lineberger, Chief Technical Officer of Icarus Studios. "Our goal for the project is to allow Mac users to run all of our existing and future games in their native OS."

Fallen Earth MMO:
Fallen Earth is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game set on a post-apocalyptic Earth in the year 2156. Within the Grand Canyon Province, an isolated pocket of settlements around one of the world’s most amazing landmarks, you’ll face threats to mankind’s continued survival, including everything from irradiated zones to mutated beasts to raiders. Six factions struggle for dominance in the Province. Over time, you’ll have the chance to pick a side in the effort to hold sway over what remains of the post-Fall world.
For optimal play, Icarus recommends Mac users have OS X 10.5 Leopard or later, and an Intel-based system with dedicated graphics hardware.

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Fallen Earth Mac Beta FAQ
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Gas Powered Games' Future Mac Development Plans
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Speaking at the 2010 GDC Gas Powered Games' Chris Taylor said the company would be including the Mac platform in future game development plans. The decision comes in response to Valve Software's recently announced Mac support for Steam and the Source Engine.

From The Escapist Magazine:

"I heard that Apple's market share was 10 or 11% and that last year that grew by 30%," Taylor said. "So taking a 10 or 11% slice of the pie and making that a 14 or a 15% slice of the pie, that is awesome growth. It shows that the OS X platform is really picking up speed. That's super exciting, we need that in the world. We need that kind of balance in our market."

Taylor was quick to point out that although Apple has a different operating system, Mac computers run on the same hardware as PCs running Windows. "They're both using Intel chips. So that doesn't propose a lot of cost in changes, they're both using ATi and nVidia graphics hardware. You're talking about a very easy platform to bring PC games over to."

Taylor went so far as to state that Gas Powered Games would be behind Mac support on Steam from now on: "We, as a developer, will include a Mac platform option in all of our proposals moving forward. We're in 100% support of it. Absolutely."
Visit the pages below to learn more.

The Escapist: Gas Powered Mac Plans
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New Diablo III Screenshots Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Hooked Gamers recently posted several new screenshots from Diablo III, the Blizzard Entertainment's eagerly anticipated return to the action RPG franchise. The game will allow players to revisit the world of Sanctuary where they must once again take up arms against the demonic forces threatening humanity.

Diablo III will pick up the story twenty years after the events of Diablo II. Mephisto, Diablo, and Baal have been defeated, but the Worldstone, which once shielded the inhabitants of the world of Sanctuary from the forces of both the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, has been destroyed, and evil once again stirs in Tristram. Playing as a hero from one of five distinct character classes, players will acquire powerful items, spells, and abilities as they explore new and familiar areas of Sanctuary and battle hordes of demons to safeguard the world from the horrors that have arisen.

Diablo III will feature a custom 3D-graphics engine to render lush indoor and outdoor areas of Sanctuary with a high level of detail and vivid special effects. The game’s physics-enhanced environments will be interactive and destructible, offering traps and obstacles that create added danger for players and monsters alike. These elements, along with a new quest system and random scripted events, will be integrated into the game’s random-level generator, giving Diablo III the ultimate combination of dynamic gameplay and replayability. Cooperative and competitive play will be available online through an upgraded version of Blizzard Entertainment’s renowned online gaming service, Battle.net.
Check out the new visuals at the link below.

Hooked Gamers: Diablo III Screenshots
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Team Fortress 2 Mac Q&A
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

A new Q&A is now available on the Team Fortress website. The questions focus on the Mac version of Team Fortress 2, one of the games recently announced as on the way to Apple computers from Valve Software. Other Mac versions of Valve titles in the works include Portal 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and the Half-Life series.

Q: I own TF2 on the PC. Do I have to buy it again on the Mac?
A: No. If you own TF2 on the PC, you own TF2 on the Mac (and vice versa). You don't have to buy the game twice. In addition, the Steam Cloud will automatically propagate your configuration settings and custom sprays to your Mac for you.

Q: Is it just some crappy emulated version of TF2?
A: No! Also: How dare you! Mac users aren't getting a crappy emulated version of the game. TF2 will run natively on OSX, like an actual big boy game for adults.

Q: Hmm, that all sounds pretty good. But I'll bet I can't play with my friends who own Macs if I'm on my PC.
A: Mac and PC users will all play together, on the same servers. We're not creating two separate universes. We're all going to be one big, happy family with guns locked in a bloody, never-ending struggle for cap points.
Read more at the page linked below.

Team Fortress: Mac TF2 Q&A
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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