Steam Greenlight was announced by Valve in July as a way for gamers to support games that they wanted added to Steam. It went live a few weeks ago, and the first ten titles have been announced.
Chris Roberts, of Wing Commander, Privateer, Freelancer, and Starlancer fame, looks to be finally getting back into video games, and space-based games at that. Roberts has a new company it appears, and has been working for around a year.
Thanks to Frozenbyte Ltd releasing Trine 2: Goblin Menace yesterday, the first expansion to it’s action/adventure/side-scrolling RPG, Trine 2, they are running sales on several distribution platforms, including Apple’s Mac App Store and Steam. I’m not sure when the App Store sales expire, but the Steam sales expire on September 10th for the bundles, and September 20th for the expansion. The Mac App Store has it on sale for $3.99 (Original Trine – $2.99).
World of Warcraft 5.0.4 went live last week, the 28th of August. A lot of Mac users starting noticing that their Macs were running hotter than normal after patching. However, more than a few Windows/PC players are experiencing the heat issue, and so it doesn’t appear to be related to any changes in the graphics code or Mac-specific coding, and it may have even been narrowed down to a single thread on both platforms, as Blizzard support has released a fix for beta users around 10:30pm CST. Retail users will have to wait a little longer.
Earlier today, the announcement was made. The trailer is above, and statement is below:
Torchlight II will launch as a digital download from Runic Games, Steam, Perfect World, GamersGate, GameFly, and GameStop on September 20th, 2012.
Runic Games’ CEO, Max Schaefer comments, “We worked incredibly hard to make sure we could release Torchlight II before Summer’s official end. Development will continue right up until we ship, and we couldn’t be happier to be putting the finishing touches on a great game. We want to get it to the fans as quickly as possible. Honestly, we can’t wait.”
After an abrupt departure from writing about Mac gaming, and we hadn’t even finished migrating from our old site, one of us (me, Chad) is back, and the other should be back shortly, and we have a third person that will be joining us later in September.
As for why the abrupt departure…let’s just say NDA-related reasons 🙂 The site should have had a disclaimer stating that there would be no updates for a while, and I apologize about that.
Yesterday, Runic posted the following message on the official Torchlight II website.
PAX Prime is now just two days away! On August 31st, Friday morning at 9am PDT, Max and Travis will be live on Twitch.TV to talk about the official release date. We are debuting our shiny new trailer, featuring new gameplay from all four classes. We love it. It’s awesome.
We’ll also be holding a Q&A session, and you can add your questions to our forum thread, here. We will answer as many of them as we can during our time slot.
While it will ship for PCs/Windows first, as with the first Torchlight, Runic will be shipping a Mac OS X version after the PC version ships.
There is less than one more day for the latest Humble Bundle, and it’s labeled the “Humble Bundle for Android, Mac, Linux, and Windows 3” (or something like that). Remember, this bundle is pay what you want, and you get just four games to start with: Fieldrunners, BIT.TRIP BEAT, SpaceChem, and Uplink. While this is subject to change, if you pay more than the average of $6.75, you will get additional games, including Spirits, EDGE, Osmos, and World of Good.
I haven’t had much of a chance to write the past few months (I’ll finally be able to later this week, more on that later), but I do want to mention that Apple has released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in the It’s $19.99 on the Mac App Store.
Apple had previously announced in June that we would see it this month, and yesterday during a financial call, they mentioned it would be available today. Everybody was expect soon, since the end of the month was coming up, although they could have technically released it next Monday or Tuesday and still met the deadline.
Anyways,it requires at least Mac OS X 10.6.8 or 10.7 and later and one of these Macs:
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
With it comes Game Center, which opens up a lot of possibilities for Mac gamers who also game on their iPads, iPhones, or iPod touches:
The Mac is about to go up against iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch — in a friendly Game Center way. Now it’s a bigger playing field with even more competition. Just create a Game Center account with your Apple ID. Then sign in and you’re in. Friends will find you fast, and you’ll track them down easily. Get a multiplayer game started or go up against people you don’t know. Check out leaderboards and see how your high score ranks against opponents’ scores around the world. And discover new games based on the ones you and your friends already play.
Update: macOS High Sierra is now current (November 2017)