Monthly Archives: May 2012

What should you be playing right now (mac)?

Schools over for me, and I’ve had lots of time to get into games again (hurray!). Other than getting back into Skyrim and digging my teeth into Tribes: Ascend, I think OS X gamers will have a great summer. Here are a couple of personal suggestions.

If you haven’t played yet, Bastion is now out for the Mac. It’s got 29000 recommendations on Steam, was nominated in many awards and won 2 of them at GDC 2012. It’s a game full of soul, with narrating playing a huge part in bringing this gem to life. You absolutely deserve this! And it’s really cheap too.

Since my brother sucks at Tribes (sigh… nOOb), I’ve been playing lots of Team Fortress 2. It’s free to play, but not how you would imagine. You actually don’t need to pay anything! I’ve been playing for at least a whole year, haven’t put a dime into it, and am often a top player during a match!? This game is really fun, well-balanced, competitive and since it’s free, makes for some memorable killing with family and friends.

Torchlight 2… It’s not out for the mac yet. It wont be at launch time (don’t worry, the team at Runic Games is just too small to tackle both PC and OS X versions at the same time), but it will be out probably mid summer. This is an absolute buy. At 20$ it’s a steal, and again will be a blast to kill monsters in their co-op mode.

AirMech is a fun, free to play, strategic, top down robot killing RTS action… thing? It’s not natively ported to Mac and is still in beta, but if you have a google account, you can play it free on the Chrome Store. It’s well worth it, though you’ll need a good machine to run it (a 2-year-old mac should be quite enough).

These are just a few picks, but all of them are worth it. Of course there’s always Civ 5 as a must go-to and the new expansion seems awesome.

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Privacy with Safari

What plugins do you use?

Here’s my setup: Ad-Block, Ghostery and Cookies (which deletes all cookies when Safari closes, even the flash ones).

      

P.S. Ghostery will make it impossible for me to know if you’ve visited my blog… Or should! If you’ve installed it, and want to be sure, drop me a line. It would be interesting to see if it truly works (it works for me, but I’m admin so WordPress doesn’t list my viewings). Even though I get less stats, you get more privacy. Which is a win for you, and I use it personally so why not share!?

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NVIDIA’s idea of 3 OS’s…

What’s this you ask? Glad you asked! It’s a slide presented by NVIDIA during its unveiling of the new GeForce GTX 690. An impressive piece of hardware to say the least. Why is it posted here though? Well something NVIDIA’s president and co-founder, Jen-Hsun Huang, said during this conference struck me…

“The situation is incredibly daunting. There are tens of CPUs. There are tens of GPUs. There are multiple resolutions. There are multiple operating systems; Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 coming out. And there’s incredible numbers of drivers.”

Wait, what?

“[…] They’re multiple operating systems; Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 coming out.”

Ahem, wow? I mean, we all know Mac gaming isn’t huge, but I can live with that. I don’t even mind NVIDIA not working with Apple. But what about Linux? Seriously, as president of a huge PC hardware company, how close minded can you be? I can’t believe what I just heard (it’s at about 6:10 in the video if you feel like hearing this… wonderful statement). If I was a Linux user I’d be pissed right now. I actually am, the penguin needs more love!

I guess Valve will be teaming up with ATI for its Steam distribution… wink wink.

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