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Valve Sets Up Shop For the Mac

Valve has announced today that their popular gaming platform Steam will be coming to the Mac, along with a sleuth of other games in their library.

Here’s the rundown from Valve:

Steam and Valve’s library of games including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series will be available in April.

“As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality Internet clients,” said Gabe Newell, President of Valve. “The Mac is a great platform for entertainment services.”


Portal 2 will be Valve’s first simultaneous release for Mac and Windows. “Checking in code produces a PC build and Mac build at the same time, automatically, so the two platforms are perfectly in lock-step,” said Josh Weier, Portal 2 Project Lead. “We’re always playing a native version on the Mac right alongside the PC. This makes it very easy for us and for anyone using Source to do game development for the Mac.”

Office 2010 for Mac to Launch w/ Actual Outlook

The Mac means serious business this time with the gain of Outlook 2010, available soon on Mac with Microsoft Office Mac Edition.office_2008_new_editions

“Because it’s designed for the Mac, it will be different from Outlook for Windows,” Wilfrid said. “But it will be fully compatible. For instance, Outlook for Mac will support Information Rights Management, which controls access to sensitive documents.”

ARS TECHNICA said this:

Finally, the Mac BU is rejiggering the versions of Office 2008 it is making available to consumers. The “Student and Home Edition” will stay the same, but a new “Business Edition” arrives on September 15. Packaged in a Serious Business Black box, this new edition will include Entourage Web Services Edition andDocument Connection for Sharepoint compatibility, and it will sell for the same $399 as the “Standard Edition” did. Also included with the Business Edition are over 200 professionally designed, business-oriented templates and clip art, as well as seven hours worth of training at lynda.com.

Command & Conquer 4 ALWAYS Needs to Be Online: Even in Single Player

Command and Conquer, the popular military based strategic game for PC, is nearing its fourth release, and fans are all over it [that being myself as well]. However, one new enhancement in the game is causing a lot of worry and outcry.

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It seems that the game will use a World of Warcraft-like scorecard. That is, everything you do is tracked, monitored, and recorded. The only problem is that this is done even throughout single player mode, and that means you HAVE to be connected to the internet to play this game. I know people [including I] usually play PC games around the house, but that PC [really a MacBook here] is all I have, and a lot of people carry laptops as their main computers now. That means you can’t go anywhere that doesn’t have internet, and attempt to play the game. Want to use LAN? (local area network) Too bad, because you need some internet to go with that. Essentially, the game is never really yours and yours alone. Here’s what EA (Electronic Arts, the developer of the Command and Conquer series) had to say:

“As of right now, you need to be online all the time to play C&C 4. This is primarily due to our ‘player progression’ feature so everything can be tracked. C&C 4 is not an MMO in the sense of World of Warcraft, but conceptually it has similar principles for being online all the time,” Community Leader APOC wrote. No matter what mode you’re playing, no matter what you’re doing, if you want to play Command and Conquer 4, you’re going to need to have a working Internet connection.”

Music is done with DRM, it’s time for games to be too. It’s comparable to this: if I buy a song on iTunes, then it’s mine, and I can do what I want with it short of profiting from it or making it available illegally. That means I can use it on however many iPods, computers, whatever.

Or if I buy a sofa, it’s mine, and I can do anything with it, short of copying it to make profit.

So why is it when I buy a PC game I have to always keep connected, and only install it on so many machines? Why not offer a digital download FOR FREE? FOR BOTH PLATFORMS? (Mac and PC, if available). I just don’t understand. Especially considering how much games are now. I just can’t afford to shell out $50 or $6o for every new game!

And don’t even get me started on companies who force developers to charge store price for a digital download (a.k.a Wall-mart against Sony on digital downloads of full console games)

Apple Launches Annual Back-to-School Promo

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Today through September 8th, whenever you purchase any Mac computer (except the Mac Mini) along with an iPod, you will receive a rebate on that iPod model. The Mac and iPod must be purchased at the same time either at an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Campus Store. Neither the 8GB iPhone or the 16GB iPhone were included in this promo. This offer only applies to College staff and students.093747-back_to_school

Apple with 3 new MAC Commercials!

It looks like Apple is trying to counter Microsoft’s Laptop Hunter commercials. They seem to be successful so far with these new commercials. The video below has all three comercials in one. Great Thanks to TheMightyM94 for uploading it.

Sheila the Laptop Hunter

Looks like Sheila ended up with an upgraded version of Giampaulo’s computer. Are they running out of usable PC’s? That was even the same store! These people never have any real requirements, and they never pay attention to the OS!

Let Me Just Say This:

Final Cut Pro would have been great for her, the RAM could have been upgraded, MacBook Pro comes with 2 graphic cards (NVIDIA, who is all about video), and Vista won’t be fun. Was that a slide-in-from-the-right transition I just saw? Amazing. Apple has already countered these commercials.

On the other hand, I guess the PC is a little cheaper. If money wasn’t an option, which computer or OS would you choose for advanced video editing?

Xbox Europe Senior Business Director Hired… by Apple

The App Store currently holds more than 9,000 games, and there are 37 million devices running those games. That’s pretty close to the PSP, which currently has 50 million units out, and isn’t even touching the 100 million that the Nintendo DS has sold. But think about this: Apple is picking up some pretty heavy games, just like Metal Gear Solid and Assassin’s Creed, and this could add up to the Touch Devices becoming a handheld console.

Either way, turns out that Xbox Europe’s (former) Senior Director of Business, Insights, and Strategy, has been hired by our very own Cupertino Computer Company. Also, think about the addition of P.A Semi which was bought way back in April 2008. Apples cooking up something big, maybe Steve will be there to reinvent the gaming platform?

In other news, Apple might be cutting the base prices on Mac.

“While exact pricing is unclear or still undetermined at this time, the Mac maker earlier this month quietly flaunted its capacity to deliver a premium system at near recession pricing when it began offering educational institutions a 2GHz, 20-inch aluminum iMac for $899. Even when priced at a $100 to $150 markup for the consumer markets — as Apple is more than likely eager to preserve its margins — such an offering would make a material dent in the entry-level cost of owner or switching to a Mac.” [Mac Rumors]

And lastly, before I write an entire week just about Apple, a patent suggests that Apple may be researching carbon fiber Mac enclosures to down the weight.

“A composite laminate having an improved cosmetic surface is presented herein. The composite laminate includes a plurality of sheets of preimpregnated material, or prepreg, stacked one over another and a scrim layer provided on an exterior surface of the sheets of prepreg. The scrim layer and the sheets of prepreg form a composite laminate whereby the scrim layer constitutes an outer, exposed surface of the composite laminate. Each sheet of prepreg is made from fibers preimpregnated with resin, and the fibers of the prepreg may be substantially parallel or woven carbon fibers.”

[AppleInsider]

If you’ve had enough about Apple already, be sure to check out the more PCish posts below. We here try not to be biast, but sometimes, a company has a strong week, and we just can’t ignore it. Even if it’s about Vista 😦