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8:26 AM on 01.06.2011

Mac App Store: First Impressions

So this morning, Apple released OS X v10.6.6 and with it came the Mac App Store. Does it have what it takes to give Steam a run for its money?

Disclaimer: I'm not at my home computer, so I'm not going to buy anything now, just look around, and see what's available.

The Mac App store has more than just games, as does the iOS store: iWork, iLife, Evernote and other productive programs are there. But I'm just going to go over the games at this point.

If you own an iOS device, the Mac App store is a familiar place: Featured items, Top Charts, etc. There are some familiar games, like Flight Control and (of course) Angry Birds. Something that did catch my eye: LEGO Harry Potter, which has been a "Games for Windows" title, which usually means it's exclusive to that platform. Steam has the Windows version, but not the Mac version.

Looking for familiar Steam games, I find Bejeweled 3, Peggle and Peggle Nights, Osmos and And Yet It Moves. Notably absent: Electronic Arts, which has been a long time seller of games on iOS devices.

While there isn't a ton to find on the store at the moment, it was just released, and I'm sure thousands of games and other apps will find their way to the Mac App Store soon.

Does Valve have anything to worry about? Possibly, but not just yet. For one thing: I haven't found any evidence of cloud support yet, which is what I love about Steam (with games like Torchlight, and PvZ).

Shameless plug: I hope to have a more in depth review of the Mac App store on my website: www.blackrabbitsociety.net.   read


7:53 AM on 09.15.2010

Update AMD Catalyst Drivers with Steam

http://m.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/amd-to-deliver-catalyst-driver-updates-via-steam/9714

"CPU and GPU giant AMD has announced a deal with Valve to use its Steam games distribution platform to deliver Catalyst driver updates to users."

Side note: The submit news form didn't work (which, by the way was a pain to find on my phone.) I can has mobile new blog and submit news plz?   read


6:08 PM on 09.14.2010

[NVGR-SB] LinkedIn asked me if I know Niero...wait, what?

LinkedIn is kind of like Facebook for business. You use it to connect with people and businesses you've worked with and for. The email I use for Destructoid is not associated with my LinkedIn account.

Tonight, I got an email from LinkedIn, asking me if I knew some people. Some I did, some I didn't. But one stood out that I just had to post about.

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10:38 PM on 05.18.2010

WoW iPhone App: Now with Auctions!

For another fee, you can now bid, sell and collect gold from your iPhone. The app was just updated to version 2.0.

http://www.wowarmory.com/faq-auction-house.xml
http://us.blizzard.com/support/article/remote
http://www.wowarmory.com/wow-remote.xml   read


6:25 AM on 04.13.2010

Don't fucking tease me Valve: GTA: Episodes without SecuROM?

Could my eyes be deceiving me?
http://store.steampowered.com/app/12220/

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City: NO 3RD PARTY DRM?!?!???!!

But checking Games For Windows Live site:
http://www.microsoft.com/games/en-US/games/pages/grandtheftautolibertycity.aspx

software installations required including Sony DADC SecuROM

Anyone here who may take note of comments I make on posts about any DRM know I *hate with passion* SecuROM. While it's true some games on Steam might lack SecuROM of their DVD counterparts that do, GTA4 wasn't one of them. Could this be true? Might I actualy get to play a new GTA game on my PC?

It's probably true, since my Alienware sold. Ha!   read


7:35 PM on 04.03.2010

Admitting defeat: why I'm (mostly) leaving PC gaming



Let me start off by saying it's not all what you think. Sure, I've been a loud mouth when it comes to PC DRM, and the idiocy of companies. But it's more than that.

Gaming for me all started as a kid. I grew up playing the Atari 2600. I was born the year it came out, and played it when I was old enough to. I then moved on to the NES and SNES as they came out.

As for PC gaming, I've been a PC gamer since the early 90s, when I first got a computer. Even before then, late 80s when my brother was in college, and got a Macintosh. I can remember him playing Flight Simulator (and having to swap floppy disks all the time.)

My computer wasn't too bad: A 486 50MHz processor (yes kids...MEGAhertz.) But hey, with that turbo button, I got 66MHz! Whoa. I can't remember the hard drive size, and I think I had 8MB of RAM.

Similar, but not exactly like mine:


Any way, I can remember playing games like Police Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, Curse of the Azure Bonds, NHL 93, X-Wing, etc. Games were awesome then. I even used a serial joystick (ah, how USB has pampered us so.) The only worry we had about gaming was if the floppy disks went bad, or we lost the code wheel. Times were simpler for PC gamers.

Later, I moved on to laptops (for space reasons.) I had a PS and a laptop, and would play games on both. GTA on the laptop, Mortal Kombat Trilogy on the PS. Gaming was still awesome. I can even remember renting PC games. My local West Coast Video had PC games to rent, and I remember specifically renting Rainbow Six from them.

For years now, I've been playing both PC games and console games in tandem. So what's changed?

I became a dad, and everything changed.




I used to always play games with my friends on XBL. Rainbow Six 3, Midtown Madness, etc. We would be on for hours on end.

But as my kid got older, the want to watch TV got more and more. What does my mighty Xbox 360 do now? Stream Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder, Word World. So now, I've been semi quarantined to the laptop for gaming. But my fetal attempts to court my friends over to PC gaming haven't worked. Sure sometimes they play games on the PC. But here I sit playing FO3 on my laptop, while friends are on their 360s playing Rock Band, Borderlands, Final Fantasy XIII, etc.

Over all, why is PC gaming (as I see it) dying? It used to be the premier system games would be released on. Baldur's Gate, Diablo, Starcraft. I can remember wondering if a PC game would port over to a console. Now it's the reverse. PC gets shitty ports (GTA4,) horrible DRM (..where to start?), etc. Consoles are easy, that's why PC gaming is dying.

So, where does this leave me?

I've sold the Alienware (I didn't buy the Alienware, I had bought a Dell, and the Alienware was a replacement when the Dell kicked the bucket.) I'm going to be moving to a Macbook soon (at least Steam will run on OSX finally.) I have a 13" Macbook that with bootcamp, can run Fallout 3, so I know I can run FO3 on a 17" Macbook pro.



Hell, as of late, all I've been doing on my Alienware is surf the interwebz and do my finances in Quicken. That's it. I haven't (seriously) played a PC game in a while. What's the point of having the Alienware if I'm not going to use it as it should be used? At least with a Macbook, I can work in both OSX and Windows worlds. This way, since I do side work on people's home computers, I can say I know both Mac and PC (which will help me with my side business.)

So where am I going to game now?

Because of where my friends are, I'll just be gaming on my Xbox when I can find the time (between the kid watching Netflix, and my wife watching Netflix...when?!?!)

Growing up sucks, kids.
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7:39 PM on 03.19.2010

Am I Crazy? Wanting to swap an Alienware for a Mac?

First, let me explain:

I love my Alienware laptop, I do. It's an awesome, powerful machine. But, as of late, I've not been very active in gaming on my laptop. Let me also preface that I use laptops because of my kids running around, no place for a desk with desktop wires all over on the first floor. Plus, I lost my man cave. =( Damn kids!

I recently purchased a 13" MacBook, to have something small to use for generic things: check email, websites, Quicken, etc. I'm using BootCamp to use Windows when I need to (Quicken, for example.) Sometimes I just don't feel like using the 11lb M17x beast to check things like Quicken, or email.

While using Bootcamp, for shits and giggles I decided to install Fallout 3 and GTA: SA. I was shocked to see how nicely it ran. On a 13" with Medium settings, it really wasn't that bad (I'm not an HD snob, if that means why I didn't care if it was medium or high.) So this got me to thinking: do I really need the Alienware?

Now I know what people might be thinking: "Dumbass! Just keep both."

My original idea for this setup was to do just that. Have the Alienware for gaming, and the MacBook for menial shit. But for some reason, more and more I'm finding myself wanting to use OSX than Windows, and I'm just not using the Alienware for anything right now. Seeing as though Steam and Valve games are coming to Mac, and I can always boot to Windows if I wanted to play a Windows only game...I had thoughts of selling the 13" Macbook, and the 17" Alienware to pay for a 17" Macbook Pro.

Am I crazy?   read


10:10 PM on 02.14.2010

Plants Vs. Zombies for iPhone released!

See title, 'nuff said. $2.99 too.   read


9:42 PM on 02.01.2010

Super. I'm pissy, I suppose.

http://www.destructoid.com/is-heavy-rain-doing-videogames-a-disservice--162102.phtml?s=250#comments

Bah, I must be on a man-period. I don't mean to come off as some pretentious jerk.   read


12:22 AM on 01.18.2010

GTA: Chinatown Wars Now Available on iPhone

Just released is the iPhone/iPod Touch port of GTA: Chinatown Wars, priced at $9.99.   read


6:23 PM on 01.07.2010

Alienware + Netbook = ?

DO WANT.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/07/alienware-m11x-hands-on/



This would be perfect for on the go gaming. Sure it might not be the best desktop replacement (as I type this on an M17x,) but it's perfect if you're always on the move, and you wanna bring your (offline) Steam games with you.

Can be under $1K? Win all around.   read


10:44 PM on 05.08.2008

First post, wha-evar

First blog post on D-Toid, and I hate internet blogging, but I can't resist asking:

WTF is up with this yellow background shit.

Stop it, now.   read


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