MW: Day One Summary
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Day One of Macworld New York was quite an amazing day for Mac gamers. We learned that Halo is indeed coming to the Mac OS, Microsoft is going to make games for us, MacSoft is publishing dozens of new titles, and Apple's new computer is smaller than a breadbox.
If you haven't read our extensive day one coverage, follow the link below for a tremendous amount of great news for gamers and Mac users of all kinds. While there were a few disappointments, overall this is a great Expo for Mac gamers, as many of the companies we have come to rely on for great games - MacSoft, Aspyr, Westlake Interactive, and more - seem to be doing very well and have much to offer currently, and in the future. Baldur's Gate, The Sims, Diablo II and Deux Ex are for sale on the show floor, and by most accounts had completely sold out mere hours after the show began, a strong show for Mac games and gamers.
Highlights of the first day include:
- The announcement of a company created by Microsoft, headed by Peter Tamte (Formerly of MacSoft and Bungie), with the sole purpose of bringing present and future Microsoft games to the Mac OS. No, we are not joking! Yes, this was announced during the keynote.
- MacSoft's future lineup includes Rogue Spear, Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption, Links LS 2000 and more, including thirteen value-priced titles from Hasbro Interactive.
- A new company has formed called United Developers, headed by Ron Dimant of Ritual, which will bring many hardcore titles to the Mac, including Sin and a kingdom-sim called Majesty.
- Warcraft III for the Mac OS was announced, and is expected to ship simultaneously with the PC version at the end of 2001. Yes, it still takes Blizzard forever to make games, but is anyone complaining, when the final products are so great?
- ATI announced their line of Mac OS Radeon products, due in September. They are bringing their 32-MB midrange model to the Mac, in both AGP and PCI models, with a price point of $280.
We also have a full report on the keynote, and tons more coverage from the show floor. And there will be more coming throughout the next two days as well, so check back often!
Macworld Expo Day One Coverage
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