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Crossing Over: Analyzing Wineskin
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted the latest article in Justin Ancheta's continuing series. In this latest installment of the series he offers a review of Wineskin, which allows users to tap into the power of WINE to bring Windows games to Mac OS X. The article also includes an overview of how Wineskin works, and a comparison between it and another WINE alternate: CrossOver.

Such a project would seem almost impossible to a casual end-user with an understanding of the vast differences between Windows and Linux (and Mac OS X). Yet, WINE has been stable and reliable enough that some commercial ports of AAA titles and indie games have relied upon WINE to power them (albeit, with some early mixed results). Over the course of my Crossing Over articles, I've focused on the most visible and best supported means of using WINE to run Windows games specifically, the awesome catalog of GOG's games running on Mac OS X: CodeWeavers' CrossOver, a dependable and reliable product with deep ties to the WINE developer community. But it wouldn't be fair to ignore another famed alternative, one that's been the product of the tireless efforts of what is practically a one-person operation. Like CrossOver, it allows users to tap into the power and promise of WINE to bring Windows games to Mac OS X. Unlike CrossOver however, it doesn't hide all of the fancy and bafflingly complex machinery underpinning its operation under an easy-to-approach GUI. Additionally, it's completely free. Welcome to Wineskin.
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Crossing Over: Wineskin Review & Discussion



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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition For Sale Once Again
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Overhaul Games and Beamdog's Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is now available for sale once again. The game was removed from sale in June after a contractual issue arose with one of Beamdog's publishing partners. So far few details have emerged about the reasons for the removal and eventual return of the game, but Overhaul has confirmed work on the next patch for BGEE is once again under way.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition includes the following enhancements:
  • New Adventure: The Black Pits
  • New Character: Dorn Il-Khan
  • New Character: Neera the Wild Mage
  • New Character: Rasaad yn Bashir
  • A new collection of player character voice sets
  • Native support for high resolution widescreen displays
  • Over 400 improvements to the original game
  • Improved multiplayer support, with connectivity between all platforms
The Black Pits is one of the enhancements that make up Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition that allows you to create a full party and battle through fifteen hellish battles in a desperate bid to escape. Difficult challenges, unique battles, and a bizarre cast of characters await you within the Underdark!
  • A stand-alone adventure set deep within the Underdark
  • Fifteen levels of arena-style combat challenges
  • Full control and customization of up to six party members
  • Over 6 hours of additional gameplay
The Black Pits are your new home... enjoy your stay while you can!

Dorn Il-Khan is a half-orc Blackguard whose otherworldly patron grants him terrible powers in the form of his black sword and unholy spells. Add him to your Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and inflict evil to the last corpse.

Dorn adds the following Enhancments to Baldur's Gate:

  • The Blackguard Dorn II-Khan, a new NPC to join your party
  • Up to four hours of additional gameplay
  • The Blackguard kit to create your own champion of evil
Betrayed by his former companions, the half-orc Dorn Il-Khan lusts for revenge and glory in equal measure.

Neera the Wild Mage is a half-elf wild mage slowly coming to terms with her enormous magical potential. Add her to your Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition experience and ignite your wild side.

Neera adds the following Enhancements to Baldur's Gate:

  • The Wild Mage Neera, a new NPC to join your party
  • An engaging romantic adventure
  • Up to four hours of additional gameplay
  • New area: a secluded hideaway northeast of Durlag's Tower
This half-elf wild mage finds both delight and terror in her capricious magic while fleeing both her past mistakes and the merciless Red Wizards of Thay.

Rasaad yn Bashir is a Calishite Monk demonstrating his monastic arts to the people of Nashkel. His quest ultimately leads into the highest reaches of the Cloud Peaks, where he must face an unexpected nemesis. Add him to your Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition experience to unleash the Monk's extraordinary power.

Rasaad adds the following Enhancements to Baldur's Gate:

  • The Monk Rasaad yn Bashir, a new NPC to join your party
  • A new playable adventure
  • New area: the Cloud Peaks
Rasaad's adventure through the never seen before Cloud Peaks adds up to four hours of additional gameplay.

Enhanced Interface
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition features an updated and improved interface that has native support for high resolution and widescreen displays. The iPad and Android Tablet versions both contain platform specific interface enhancements.

Improved Multiplayer
Online multiplayer has been upgraded to include matchmaking functionality, and games can be played across multiple platforms. Adventurers on iPad, Mac, PC and Android Tablets can all play Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition together.

Core Game Improvements
The Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate has been given an extensive overhaul. The original source code has been cleaned up and improved, sped up, and now has support for modern platforms. Over 400 issues from the original game have been found and fixed.

Baldur's Gate 2 Features
All of the additions and improvements from Baldur's Gate 2: The Shadows of Amn have been brought to Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. Now you can use class kits, new subraces and classes that were previously unavailable.

New Cinematics
All of the Baldur's Gate cinematics have been replaced with beautifully hand painted animated cinematics, directed by Nat Jones.

Ongoing Support
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition will continue to receive improvements after release, along with continued support for the vibrant mod community that has helped it remain so popular for so long.

Check out the links below for more information.

BGEE Back On Sale
Beamdog (add to watch list)
Overhaul Games (add to watch list)
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition (add to watch list)



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The Arms Deal Begins For Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Valve has announced the release of The Arms Deal Update for its tactical first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Among other things the update allows players to collect, buy, sell and trade decorated in-game weapons for the first time, and introduces weapon cases, which can be acquired through timed drops and opened by purchasing or trading for the appropriate key.

The Arms Deal Update will also actively support the CS:GO competitive community with the introduction of the eSports Weapon Case. A portion of the proceeds from sales of eSports Case Keys will go towards prize purses at competitive events. This update also adds two classic Counter-Strike: Source silenced weapons to the game in the form of the M4A1-S and USP-S.

CS:GO is the latest expansion of the team-based multiplayer Counter-Strike franchise. Since its initial release in Fall of 1999, Counter-Strike has become the number one played online action game, surpassing all commercial and noncommercial titles in its class.

Learn more at the links below.

CSGO Arms Deal Update Page
CSGO Arms Deal FAQ
Valve Software (add to watch list)
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (add to watch list)


The Wolf Among Us Trailer Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Telltale Games has released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming new series, The Wolf Among Us. Based on Bill Willingham's award-winning comic book series FABLES and licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Telltale Games will premiere its new series on a variety of platform including Macs.

"Developing 'The Wolf Among Us' based on the 'FABLES' universe has allowed our studio to build upon all of the hallmarks of what makes our episodic series so engaging for players," said Dan Connors, CEO and Co-Founder of Telltale Games. "Through an evolution of our approach to choice and consequence, we can further explore the complexity of each and every iconic character in a universe rich with untold history from the darkest sides of the storybooks."

A consistent New York Times bestseller, 'FABLES' is one of DC Entertainment's longest-running series published under its Vertigo imprint since 2002. With over a dozen Eisner Awards, including Best Writer, Best New Series, and numerous wins for Best Serialized Story, the FABLES universe has become one of the richest mythologies in the world of comics, imagining that characters like Snow White, The Big Bad Wolf and Pinocchio from the world's most beloved storybooks are real - Real, and living among us, with all of their powers intact.

Set prior to the events seen in the first issue of the FABLES comic book series, The Wolf Among Us puts players in the role of Bigby Wolf, a man once more infamously known as The Big Bad Wolf. Now the sheriff of a hidden community in New York City, exiled from the land of fairy tales, Bigby is tasked by the bureaucrat Snow White to keep order within a society of mythical creatures and characters trying to remain undetected in the world of the mundane. From a chain-smoking member of 'The Three Little Pigs,' to a car-stealing Mr. Toad itching for his next wild ride, The Wolf Among Us examines the lives of beings straight from the pages of myth and lore, now trying to survive on the meanest and most run-down streets of New York City.

For more information on the game visit the links below.

The Wolf Among Us Trailer
Telltale Games (add to watch list)
The Wolf Among Us - Season Pass (add to watch list)
Buy The Wolf Among Us - Season Pass


Mac Games News for Thursday, August 15, 2013

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