Apple: Gaming at Macworld
9:56 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story
Well, no one can accuse Apple of ignoring the Mac gaming market any longer. Adding yet another feature article to their ever-growing store of gaming-related features, Apple has posted an overview of various gaming announcements made at Macworld titled "Mac OS X Gaming Explodes at Macworld."
The first company features in the article is the resurrected MacPlay. Apple is quick to point out the first major game release which will run exclusively on OS X: Giants: Citizen Kabuto. Giants will also be one of the first Mac games to be optimized for NVIDIA's GeForce 3 card. Other titles soon to be released by MacPlay are Baldur's Gate II, Sacrifice, and older titles Zork Grand Inquisitor and Heretic II, all of which will run on both Classic and OS X.
Aspyr is the next publishing house to be discussed, and their recently-released titles Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, The Sims: House Party, American McGee's Alice, and Tomb Raider: Chronicles are all mentioned. Aspyr's future titles includingFreeverse's iPuppet Classic Cards and Pangea's Otto Matic (not "Ottomatic") are also discussed.
MacSoft was also on the scene at Macworld selling copies of its island strategy sim Tropico. Future titles include Duke Nukem Forever and Beach head 2002, along with more family-friendly titles such as Wheel of Fortune 2 and Jeopardy 2.
Last but not least, Blizzard gets special mention regarding their highly-anticipated RTS title Warcraft III. Interestingly enough, Apple's article mentions that both OS 9 and OS X versions of Warcraft III will be available this Fall. This should be taken with a grain of salt, as the policy with Blizzard games has often been "It's ready when it's ready, and not before," and the game is not expected until 2002. Apple also mentions that the title will be supported on Gameranger, of which an OS X version was also announced at Macworld -- which is very strange, as all previous Blizzard titles depend on Battle.net for connection and game hosting [ed. note -- we find this assertion highly unlikely].
Apple: Mac OS X Gaming Explodes at Macworld
For yet more gaming news goodness from Apple, be sure to check out their spread. Hopefully, Apple's gaming news support will continue for quite some time; however, we also hope the fact-checking regarding their articles gets an update as well.
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