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Steam Coming To Macs May 12
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 13 comments

Valve Software has announced a May 12 launch date for the Mac version of Steam. In addition to the company's gaming service it has also promised to bring gaming titles such as Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series to the Mac as well.

Here's the press release from the original announcment:

"As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality Internet clients," said Gabe Newell, President of Valve. "The Mac is a great platform for entertainment services."

"Our Steam partners, who are delivering over a thousand games to 25 million Steam clients, are very excited about adding support for the Mac," said Jason Holtman, Director of Business Development at Valve. "Steamworks for the Mac supports all of the Steamworks APIs, and we have added a new feature, called Steam Play, which allows customers who purchase the product for the Mac or Windows to play on the other platform free of charge. For example, Steam Play, in combination with the Steam Cloud, allows a gamer playing on their work PC to go home and pick up playing the same game at the same point on their home Mac. We expect most developers and publishers to take advantage of Steam Play."

"We looked at a variety of methods to get our games onto the Mac and in the end decided to go with native versions rather than emulation," said John Cook, Director of Steam Development. "The inclusion of WebKit into Steam, and of OpenGL into Source gives us a lot of flexibility in how we move these technologies forward. We are treating the Mac as a tier-1 platform so all of our future games will release simultaneously on Windows, Mac, and the Xbox 360. Updates for the Mac will be available simultaneously with the Windows updates. Furthermore, Mac and Windows players will be part of the same multiplayer universe, sharing servers, lobbies, and so forth. We fully support a heterogeneous mix of servers and clients. The first Mac Steam client will be the new generation currently in beta testing on Windows."

Portal 2 will be Valve's first simultaneous release for Mac and Windows. "Checking in code produces a PC build and Mac build at the same time, automatically, so the two platforms are perfectly in lock-step," said Josh Weier, Portal 2 Project Lead. "We're always playing a native version on the Mac right alongside the PC. This makes it very easy for us and for anyone using Source to do game development for the Mac."
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Wiz Solitiare 1.47 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Tellini has announced Wiz Solitaire 1.47 for Mac OS X. The game is a collection of several classic card games including Klondike, FreeCell, and Spider. Wiz Solitaire supports different deck formats allowing gamers to choose between thousands of available card sets or create their own decks with the included Deck Editor. Version 1.47 expands the list of available games including The Fan, a simpler variant of Trefoil.

This release expands the list of available games including The Fan: it's a simpler variant of Trefoil which allows Kings to be moved to empty spaces.

Other features of Wiz Solitaire include:
  • More than 25 types of solitaire for endless hours of fun
  • Detailed statistics, for those who need to know how many games they played, won and lost
  • Unlimited undo
  • "Suggest a move" function: useful when you're stuck and/or you're learning a new game
  • Save games and resume them later
  • Resizable window: you can adapt the game to your screen resolution
Wiz Solitaire requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
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The Sims 3 Ambitions: New Screens & Trailer
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Worthplaying has posted a new collection of screenshots and a trailer showcasing the upcoming The Sims 3: Ambitions expansion pack scheduled to launch in June 2010. The second expansion pack to The Sims 3 will allow players to pursue a variety of paths and careers in their Simsí lives that in turn affect their overall gameplay experience and neighborhood. While on the job, the players will have direct control over their Simsí work and can choose how to spend their days.

Opt to make house calls and save lives as a doctor or choose the devious route and test experimental medicine on patients; be the hero firefighter tackling raging infernos or smashing everything in sight at the victimís home with an axe; or take a shot at solving cases as an investigator, nicely convincing sources to divulge secrets or roughing up perpetrators in a dark alley to get information.

Players can now experience some of the most exciting and varied jobs. In The Sims 3 Ambitions, players can choose to hunt down vengeful spirits as the ghost hunter, invent brilliant and potentially destructive gadgets as an inventor, craft glorious masterpieces as a sculptor, and solve riveting cases by any means necessary as an investigator with dozens of cases to solve and numerous clues to find. Additionally, players will be able to change the look and feel of their town by becoming an architect and directly affecting the neighbourhood around them leveraging Build and Buy mode. The stylist career and new tattoo system allow players to make over their Sim neighbours in fashionable or catastrophic ways. For the first time, players will be in charge of how their Simsí career progresses and decide if they will work for good or evil, pursue creative endeavours or technical affairs, climb to the top quickly, or be a slacker. The future of a Simsí success or failure is entirely in the hands of the player.
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StarCraft II Twitter Q&A Today
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Blizzard Entertainment has announced a Twitter chat for fans interested in talking with members of the StarCraft II development team about the upcoming RTS sequel. The question and answer session will have a general focus on StarCraft II's art and gameplay.

We will be holding our next Developer Chat on Twitter on Friday, April 30, at 5:00 p.m. PDT with StarCraft II's production and game directors, plus Blizzard Entertainment's senior art director. This chat session will have a general focus on StarCraft II gameplay and art.

Questions will be taken live through Twitter, so be sure to sign up for a Twitter account at https://twitter.com/signup and follow account @StarCraft in order to participate!

To submit a question for the Developer Chat, please tweet using the #BlizzChat hashtag between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. PDT on April 30. Due to the character limitation on responses within Twitter, all answers will be posted on the Battle.net forums in a dedicated thread.
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StarCraft II Forums: April 30 Twitter Q&A
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