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Blizzard on Boot Camp, Future Mac OS X Dev
8:14 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has updated its World of Warcraft and general game FAQs to make clear its current and future support for cross platform versions of its game products. This is a bit of good news for those feeling uncertain about the future of Mac gaming after Apple's recent release of Boot Camp, software which makes Windows XP a viable dual boot option on Intel Macs.

Apple's OS X Boot Camp software lets me boot Windows XP on my Intel-based Mac. Can I run Blizzard games under Windows using Boot Camp on these systems?

Yes, you can if you wish to do so. However, please note that as OS X Boot Camp is in beta form, we can't offer technical support for Blizzard games run under Windows using Boot Camp at this time.

What is Blizzard's plan for native Mac OS support, now that Boot Camp is available?

We have a recognized track record of native Mac OS support, and we have no plans to break with that tradition. We understand that our Mac player base prefers native software whenever possible, and our cross-platform development practice addresses that.

You can check out the new FAQs at the web pages listed below.

WoW: Technology FAQ
Blizzard: General FAQ
Blizzard Entertainment
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Macgamestore: Word Challenge Extreme Released
1:07 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Word Challenge Extreme is now available as a digital download from A demo version is available. The full registration costs $19.95.

Word Challenge Extreme gives you four classic games for the price of one. Try your hand at word search, hangman, jumble, and Word Whiz (a mini version of Flip Words).

Nothing too involved or complicated here, just simple, fast, familiar word play. You can pick it right up and play, whether you have a few minutes or an hour to play. And Word Challenge Extreme automatically saves your progress, so you never have to worry about whether you saved your game properly.

MGS: Word Challenge Extreme

Ryan Gordon Discusses Future Of Mac Gaming
8:14 AM | Cord Kruse | 22 comments

Epic Games' Ryan Gordon has offered his take on the impact Apple's Boot Camp will have on the future of Mac gaming. While casual games are unlikely to inspire gamers to boot into Windows, A-list titles are likely to prove more tempting. Gordon discusses the effect this will have on ports and offers some ideas to strengthen the Mac gaming market.

- We need to stop mourning the shelf space and move online. Aren't Mac users supposed to be smarter and more likely to have broadband? It's time to recognize that brick-and-mortar stores are an outdated and inefficient problem; instead of fighting to get in there, we should just dump them entirely. Games need to be downloadable, and for those that want a physical CD, either for gift-giving or just the Touch Factor, we can try something like Amazon as a distribution partner. For the former, my nomination is...

- iTunes. It needs a Games section, the same way it has a Movies section and a Music section. They are perfectly positioned to be a games publisher of everything from casual titles for 3.99 to UT2012 for 24.99. They could be the Steam of the Mac. If they did this, I wouldn't be surprised to see some really talented people become millionaires over the course of a few weeks. Could you imagine what this would have done for Lugaru? All you would need is a few polaroids of an 18 year-old David Rosen's new mansion, and people would be falling over themselves to compete for the iTunes front page. The end user pays less than they would at Best Buy, the developers make a higher royalty, Apple gets a cut and gets more eyeballs spending more time browsing the iTMS. That last shelf in the Apple retail stores can finally be filled with gaudy-ass pink iPod cases. Everyone wins in this scenario.

To read all his comments follow the link below. Boot Camp Comments

Is Boot Camp Good For Mac Gaming?
8:14 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Macworld's Peter Cohen recently examined the impact of Apple's Boot Camp, software which allows Intel Mac owners to boot into Windows XP. In discussions with notables from the Mac gaming scene, including Glenda Adams of Aspyr Media and Colin Lynch Smith of Freeverse Software, Cohen explored the possibilities including the potential growth of Mac gaming.

On the positive side for Mac game publishers, Boot Camp lowers a serious barrier to entry for people who might have considered buy a Mac but were put off by the selection of games or the absence of critical software applications they need for their work. “My personal theory is that there are going to be people who would never have bought a Mac before now, who will,” Destineer’s Tamte said.

Tamte doesn’t believe a dual-boot Mac will dilute the strength of Mac OS X or original software developed for Mac OS X.

“When people have both Windows XP and Mac OS X running on the same computer, they’re going to prefer to be on Mac OS X as much as they can,” he added.

To read the rest of the article click on the link below

Macworld: Good For Mac Gaming?

Macworld Roundtable Goes To Boot Camp
8:14 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Yesterday Macworld posted a new roundtable feature focusing on Apple's release of the Boot Camp dual booting solution and its effects on the future of Mac software. Editorial Director Jason Snell, Senior Editor Rob Griffiths, and Senior Editor Peter Cohen discussed the situation, including the impact on Mac game companies.

CF : Let’s switch to games for a moment. Take a game that exists on both platforms—say, World of Warcraft. Is running it on a Mac fundamentally different from running it on a PC?

PC : Anecdotally, I’ve heard from several people since Boot Camp was introduced that have said, “A Mac wasn’t even on my radar, but now I’m definitely getting one.”

JS : I’m excited about playing PC games on my Mac. But only certain ones, the kind that consume your entire interface anyway, so you don’t know what OS you’re on, and you certainly aren’t running any other apps simultaneously. (World of Warcraft fits those criteria.) But I want to affirm what Peter just said: For a lot of PC-oriented people, the Mac just became a relevant option because it’s got that Windows safety net behind it.

The rest of the discussion can be found at the link below.

Macworld: Assessing Boot Camp

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EV: Nova Board Games Announced, 50% Off
8:14 AM | Anthony Wang | 1 comment

Ambrosia has announced an Escape Velocity: Nova themed boardgame by DGA Games. The EV: Nova boardgame is card driven based and begins with the boxed set for up to 2 players, from there, are 40 expansion packs in 5 different categories that can be played in lieu with the boxed set up to 4 players.

his is an exciting new expandable card game based on our extremely popular game EV Nova. Enter a vast galaxy of interstellar adventure and trade, but be prepared for hours (upon hours) of fun. This game intricately weaves adventure, trade, political conflict, military tactics, and strategy together to give you the best of what makes Ambrosia's computer game a classic, and what makes the DG Associates Card Gaming Systems so ground breaking! Unlike other board games, this card-driven game is not only re-playable but expandable to no game will be every the same. In this dangerous galaxy of EV nova the more options you have, the better. Choose from 5 different types of expansion packs, each with 8 variations of content to help you dominate the universe. With 600+ unique cards you can customize your decks to defeat any and all opponents! There is almost nothing you can do in the computer game that is not represented in this game, and yet, it is still simple enough for an 8 year old player to understand.
Ambrosia is also offering a 50% off deal on all EV: Nova boardgame products. Click on the links below to learn more information.

EV: Nova Boardgame Announced
EV: Nova Boardgame
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Escape Velocity: Nova

Mac Games News for Monday, April 10, 2006

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Macologist Posts Intel Mac Benchmarks8:08 AM
Past, Present, and Future of Real Time Strategy Games8:08 AM
PCWorld Benchmarks PC Games Via Boot Camp8:08 AM
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