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Thursday, December 7, 2006

Apple Gunning for the Games Market?
6:53 AM | Eddie Park | 25 comments

Rumblings have once again started to surface regarding Apple and possible plans to enter the videogame market. According to Prudential analyst Jesse Tortora, Apple is hiring game designers, possibly in a bid to enter the market.

Quoted from a note by Tortora to clients:

We think the video game market represents a distinct possibility for Apple, especially considering that it recently announced the availability of video games for its iPod through its iTunes store.
The statement, of course, goes against many years of gaming apathy on Apple's part, a stance that Mac gamers are very familiar with. However, Tortora points out that Microsoft has already entered the ring and is even now pursuing movie studios in a bid for downloadable videos for the Xbox 360, and adds that Apple could lose multimedia business down the road if it doesn't pursue the same tack.

Several news sites have added their own speculation, with Macworld UK noting that Senior Director of iPod Marketing Stan Ng has confirmed that Apple currently has a dedicated team working on iPod games. iWire speculates that the rumored iTV could incorporate some kind of gaming platform technology.

However, this isn't the first time that such speculation has surfaced, and John Martellaro at The Mac Observer lays down an argument that many Mac gamers are no doubt familiar with in regards to why Apple won't be going up against the likes of Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft anytime in the near future.

In the meantime, we'll continue to watch and wait, as always.

Smarthouse - Apple Mac Games Console Considered But Rejected
Macworld UK - Apple making a play for video games?
iWire - Apple games yes, consoles no
The Mac Observer - Hidden Dimensions - It's No Game at Apple

Ancient Empires Lux 1.0 Released
12:40 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Sillysoft today released their newest Mac game, Ancient Empires Lux. The game takes you through all the greatest civilizations of early history. Sumeria, Egypt, India, China, Greece, Rome, and more are included.

Ancient Empires Lux includes a total of 58 starting positions to play from. Track your progress on the "STATS" screen to see how many you have conquered, along with some other fun information.
To check out a demo of Ancient Empires Lux, follow the link below.

Macgamefiles: Ancient Empires Lux 1.0

Macworld Reviews the Logitech MX Revolution Mouse
12:30 PM | David Chochla | Comment on this story

Still looking for a mouse that suits your gaming needs? Macworld has posted a review of the Logitech MX Revolution, a cordless laser mouse that is user friendly, highly customizable and more.

The Logitech MX Revolution Mouse is the best and most versatile mouse I’ve seen. It’s comfortable, performs flawlessly, and is highly configurable. While it does take up a USB port, that’s a minor complaint for such a great device.
To check out the review, follow the link below.

Macworld Review

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The Movies Goes Golden Master
8:23 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 5 comments

Feral Interactive recently announced that their latest Mac game, The Movies, has gone gold and is currently scheduled to ship within the next two weeks.

In the game, you design your own studio and run it from the early days of cinema through present day and beyond in Story Mode by managing studio resources, investing in R&D and maximizing box office success by staying one step ahead of the competition.

Here's the full announcement:

That's a wrap! The BAFTA Award-winning The Movies has now been declared final and has been put into manufacturing. And just as in Tinseltown, the Macintosh version of the game has been given the 'directors cut' treatment adding and improving features to give Macintosh gamers a better experience. The Mac version boasts iPod & HD resolution video export modes not to mention integration with Apple iApp's like iTunes, iMovieHD and Garage Band. It also contains an extra bonus utility, which we will give more details of next week.
The Movies is currently available for pre-order from for $49.95. Be sure to place your pre-order today.

Feral Interactive
The Movies
Buy The Movies

Original Homeworld Mac Update
6:53 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

MacHomeworld has released an update to the original Homeworld for Mac. Originally developed by Relic, Mac fans of Homeworld 1 with assistance from Homeworld SDL ported the original space game to Mac OS X. Nonetheless, interested Mac gamers should know Windows XP is required to get the necessary files. Also, at this time in development, sound, cutscene videos, and multiplayer options are not available.

Homeworld v0.8alpha (r346)Changes/fixes

-color icon added
JPEG image handling updated to version 6b
-salvaged vessels now exit from the same launch bay that they entered
-removed the 200 screenshot limit (screenshots are now datestamped)
-meshMorphedObjectRender crash (not confirmed
Please follow the links below to learn more information.

Mac Homeworld

Mac Gaming In 2007
6:53 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Macworld's Game Room has posted a new Peter Cohen article focusing on what Mac gamers can expect in the new year. In addition to discussing new titles from companies like Aspyr, Freeverse, and MacSoft, the article also mentions the impact of Boot Camp and virtualization options like Parallels.

Aspyr’s also working on Star Wars: Empire at War, a real-time strategy game set in the Star Wars universe during the period immediately before the events that took place in the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope. You can command squadrons of X-Wings, AT-ATs, Star Destroyers and the other vehicles you’ve seen in the movies as you square off for control of locations like the jungle planet Dagobah, Yavin 4 and the desert wastes of Tatooine.

Aspyr has pushed back the release of its game e-commerce system, first announced as “Gamerhood,” to sometime in 2007. That system promises to resolve long-simmering issues with retail shelf space for games by making it possible to download full versions of Aspyr’s titles, including titles in the company’s back catalog you haven’t seen in stores for a while.
Check out the full text at the link below.

Macworld Game Room: Mac Games, What To Look For In 07

Rainbow Mystery Released
6:53 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Sugar Games has released Rainbow Mystery for Mac OS X, a colorful "swap-and-match " puzzle game. Players help Lily in her quest to save Rainbow Land from a terrible curse. The game features 70 levels and three different game modes.

- Three different game modes: Timed, Untimed, and Duel
- 70 levels, each with its own unique puzzle
- Rich, liquid-smooth graphics, plus 14 animations
- Author's music to enhance playing experience
- Full-screen display available
- Addictive gameplay
The game requires OS X 10.3 or higher, 20 MB hard drive space, and a mouse. Click on the links below to learn more.

Rainbow Mystery
Sugar Games

Mac Games News for Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Inside Mac Games Podcast Episode 3 Released7:18 PM
Command & Conquer Goes Universal2:01 PM
Apple Features Legion Arena: Cult of Mithras8:33 AM
Darkwind Mac Open Beta8:33 AM
Dimenxian Reviewed: Adventures In Algebra8:33 AM
Nethergate 2.0 Development Announced8:33 AM
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