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Slime Rancher is now available for Mac

Last week was full of announcements, which is why this one didn’t get the attention it deserved.

After a time on Steam’s Early Access program, Slime Ranger is now available on Mac. The final version of the game was released for Mac, Linux, and Windows on August 1st, 2017.

Slime Rancher is a really fun and original game about a rancher that makes a living wrangling slimes (you read that right). The rancher can accomplish that through a combination of canons, vacuums, a vacpack, and more.

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Indie hit Pyre is now available on Mac

alk about a great week for Mac gaming.

After BioShock’s announcement (and Tacoma’s release), Pyre, the indie hit from Supergiant Games, is available for Mac!

Supergiant Games may ring a bell. That’s because they’re the team behind Bastion and Transistor, two world-class indie games. Expectations surrounding their third game were high and everyone wondered how good it could be.

Party-based RPG Pyre was finally released last week and critics were unanimous, it was great. And I was very upset that only Windows and Linux were supported…

But Supergiant was secretly working on the Pyre’s Mac version, which was released on August 3rd!

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BioShock Remastered coming to Mac later this year

And it is with great pleasure I share this news with you: BioShock Remastered is coming to Mac.

I know, I know, everyone is doing remasters these days, but BioShock Remastered for Mac is a big deal.

First of all, because BioShock is recent enough to be enjoyed by modern gamers with modern expectations. Add to that better graphics and you get a game that could compete with the latest shooters any day of the week.

Feral Interactive will be behind BioShock Remastered Mac version and aims to release it later this year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the game’s original release.

According to Feral's press release, BioShock Remastered for Mac will feature improved graphics running in 1080p. With the Windows version supporting 4K resolution, I wonder why the Mac version would run at barely 1080p. Perhaps a mistake on the press release? Perhaps a technical issue? I will contact Feral Interactive and will keep you updated.

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Tacoma, from Gone Home's developer, is now available on Mac

Tacoma, from Gone Home's developer, is now available on Mac

Tacoma has been out for less than a day and the verdict is already in. According to pretty much all reviewers, Tacoma is a very good adventure game.

How good? Right up there with Gone Home, the studio's 2013 indie cult hit. And that's quite a statement, because Gone Home was an exquisite game, one of the top adventure games for Mac if you ask me. But enough about Gone Home.

Tacoma is finally available and we were lucky enough to get a Mac version on the same day as the Windows release (I hear the Linux version is coming tomorrow if that's you're platform of choice).

Set in a deserted space station, Tacoma tells the story of what happened there and where everyone went. Just like Gone Home, Tacoma is clearly a narrative-focused game, but you can expect an engaging and fascinating story.

Some called it Gone Home in Space, because you also play as a woman trying to find the people who used to be there, but Tacoma is much more than that.

I like how The Guardian puts it in their review:

Where Gone Home is set in a spooky house in 90s Oregon and intentionally plays on horror tropes, Tacoma takes the traditional science-fiction setting of a space station – the titular Tacoma.

Whereas the charm of Gone Home, for many, was the familiarity of the 90s setting, the plot of Tacoma in 2088 revolves around an imaginable near future of space travel and advanced AI.

You can find Tacoma on GOG.

Survival game, The Long Dark, is officially coming to Mac tomorrow

The Long Dark is finally exiting Early Access tomorrow, August 1st, and you should definitely check it out.

I personally tested The Long Dark a few months ago on my Retina iMac and found it to be a promising and beautiful game. Beautiful because it takes place in a very impressive Canadian wilderness, and promising because you could sense the game could be so much fun if there was more to actually do.

You can't really blame developer Hinterland there, as the game was clearly a work-in-progress, but things have definitely changed, and seeing everything the full game will feature, I can honestly recommend this game to anyone now.

I'm particularly excited about Wintermute, which is:

The name of our first season of “story mode” — five episodes that cover the story of bush pilot Will Mackenzie, and Dr. Astrid Greenwood, as they explore the Northern Canadian wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster that has plunged their world into “the long dark”.

You can learn more about the game on Steam.

Introducing Mac gaming deals

I’m excited to announce that my brand-new service, Mac Gaming Deals, is now open!

You can get all the details about it right here.

If you ever wanted to save a lot on games… Or simply wanted recommendations with great games that deserve your attention… Then I believe Mac Gaming Deals might be perfect for you.

What is Mac Gaming Deals?

Mac Gaming Deals is a service that will help you save money and discover gems you didn't even know existed on Mac.

Every Thursday, you’ll get an email with 15 featured games, all heavily discounted (mostly between 70% and 80% off), all excellent games worth their full price.

What do I mean by excellent games? I mean only proven games that either have great critics scores, great user reviews and/or games I have personally played and I can vouch.

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10 Best Old Mac games: Revisiting the classics

Before digital downloads, finding the best Mac games wasn’t always easy. They were out there, but the Mac section of the computer game stores (they used to have those) seemed to stock nothing but “Mario Teaches Typing,” and the games that included Mac and Windows versions would inevitably be scattered around the “PC” sections of the store. As such, compiling a list of the best classic Mac games is pretty tough.

That didn’t stop us from doing it. And because we want you to actually play these games, we made sure you can still buy all in either their original form or as enhanced editions (not remakes). It also means some of our favorite old Mac games—such as Myth, Red Baron, and Fallout—didn’t make the list.

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These are some upcoming Mac games that should be on your watch list

These are some upcoming Mac games that should be on your watch list

I usually just update the calendar without making too much noise. Sometimes I round-up the best new games of the month. But I thought it was about time we also highlight and celebrate the exciting games that have been confirmed for Mac.

As always, you can find the complete list of new and upcoming games over at our New Mac Games calendar, but in the meantime, these are some cool upcoming games we should all add to our watch list:

New entries:

The Escapists 2: Perhaps the ultimate prison sandbox experience, The Escapist 2 for Mac is not about building the ultimate prison, it's about escaping it. The game will let you craft, steal, fight, and basically do what needs to be done to escape. Plus, The Escapist 2 will feature multiplayer for the first time, allowing you and a friend to bust out of the toughest prisons in the world.

Nidhogg 2: Sequel to the indie hit of 2014, Nidhogg 2 is an action/fighting game that builds upon the gameplay of its predecessor with new weapons, character customization, and captivatingly grotesque art. The rules are simple. Reach the other side and kill anyone that stands in your way.

Next Up Hero: Next Up Hero for Mac is a multiplayer game unlike anything you've played before. This arcade action-adventure game features Community Continue, a mechanic that lets players take turns fighting and dying against tough-as-nails monsters, one hero at a time. You can revive fallen heroes to fight by your side, build your army, and take out the boss together.

Avorion: Avarion for Mac is an exciting co-op space game that lets you build your own space ships out of dynamically scalable blocks. Already available on Steam Early Access (and killing it according to the user reviews), you'll be able to fight epic space battles, explore, mine, trade, wage wars and build your own empire.

Games that finally have a release date:

Tooth and Tail: From the creators of Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine comes Tooth and Tail, a arcadey real-time strategy game. Set in a world of animal revolution, Tooth and Tail boils down to a few buttons and intense eight-minute matches. Coming this September 12, 2017.

Finally, you'll notice our calendar has two new information boxes. One explains which games can be added to the list, the other tracks the latest changes and additions. If you visit that page often, that box should help you see straight away what new games have been added.


The Humble Bundle store is giving away Shadow Warrior for FREE!

The Humble Bundle store is giving away Shadow Warrior for FREE!

And time is running out too!

The Humble Bundle store is giving away Shadow Warrior: Special Edition for Free. And by free, I mean completely free, forever. The game works on Mac, Linux and Windows.

Shadow Warrior is a bold reimagining of the classic 3D Realms' shooter from independent developer Flying Wild Hog (Hard Reset) starring the legendary and quick-witted warrior Lo Wang. Combine the brute force of overwhelming firepower with the elegant precision of a katana to annihilate the merciless armies of the shadow realm in an exhilarating and visually stunning transformation of the classic first-person shooter.

At the time of this writing, you have one day and three hours left. You can download it over at Humble Bundle.


Did you know these many good Mac games were released last month?

Did you know these many good Mac games were released last month?

As always, our New Mac Games page keeps growing each month. Quietly, all the popular new games were added, creating a surprisingly long list of games to try.

PS: By popular, I mean games with at least 300 Steam reviews. If I don't set a limit, that would mean tens of games per month, including (sadly) lots of shovelware.

The month of June was no different, bringing brand-new indies, AAA games, and even exciting expansions. These are some of the highlights, but for the complete list of games released these past months, head over to the official list:

Micro Machines World Series: From the creators of Grid and F1 games, comes Micro Machines World Series, an unique take on the racing genre. Micro Machines World Series for Mac combines the madness of racing micro machines with epic team battle strategies. And all taking place in interactive backdrops of an everyday home.

CRYPTARK: Cryptark for Mac is a 2D roguelike shooter that challenges you with boarding and neutralizing procedurally generated alien starships. As you neutralize enemy ships, you earn income that can be used to purchase improved equipment and weapons to tackle even more dangerous targets. But you'll need to be careful, aliens will defend themselves with cyborg monstrosities, robotics, and security systems.

HITMAN: Hitman is the latest stealth action game from IO Interactive. As Agent 47, you perform contract hits on high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world. This game comes in episodic form and features seven episodes.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood: Stormblood is the latest Expansion of the critically-acclaimed MMO Final Fantasy XIV. In Stormblood, you get to journey to the East to explore vast, new lands and play as two new jobs─red mage and samurai. Stormblood for Mac also features hundreds of new quests as the Warrior of Light, a level cap increase, changes to the battle system and more.

Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon: Armageddon is a hex-based, turn-based strategy game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. In Armageddon for Mac, you lead the Imperial forces of the Steel Legion and Space Marines as they defend the planet against the Ork invasion. The game features over 30 scenarios and powerful modding options to keep you busy for hours.

Kindergarten: Kindergarten for Mac is an original adventure indie that takes place in a deranged school. The teachers are out trying to get rids of their students as the janitor cleans up the blood left behind. Kids get strange brain implants and one of your friends is missing. It will be up to you to figure out what is happening before it's too late.

Cold Waters: Inspired by the 1988 classic “Red Storm Rising”, Cold Waters for Mac puts you in command of a nuclear submarine at a time when Cold War becomes WWIII. This unique wargame features real-time naval combat, over 40 classes of ships and submarines, a dynamic Campaign, authentic Soviet combat tactics, and more. Enough to recreate a deep warfare simulation.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3: Dawn of War 3 for Mac features a terrific campaign and challenging multiplayer mode, giving you command of the heavy-hitting Space Marines, the savage Orks, and the technologically-sophisticated Eldar. The game also features Mac and Linux cross-platform multiplayer.

The month June 2017 also saw the release of critically acclaimed indies such as Passpartout: The Starving Artist, Blitzkrieg 3, Everspace and Hover: Revolt of the Gamers. For the complete list with all the details (descriptions, release dates, links and more), head over to New Mac games: Releases.

The 100 Best Mac Games Today: Finally Updated!

This was long overdue and I apologize for not making it happen before...

In March 2016, I released my Top 100 Mac games.

It was by far the most difficult and longest post I had ever written: 14,000 words long, filters, sorting options, images, performance requirements, etc. It was worth it as many of you emailed me back saying it was great. But then I dropped the ball and failed to keep it updated...

Well, it was about time to change that. Our Best 100 Mac games guide is now updated with 18 new games, much more variety, more diversity, and fancy sorting and filtering options.

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StarCraft: Remastered is coming to Mac this summer

StarCraft: Remastered is coming to Mac this summer

You can go ahead and mark August 14, 2017, on your calendar. That's the day when Blizzard will release the remastered version of the venerable StarCraft, the fast-paced RTS that stole hours of my teenage years and was source of much frustration (I never got any good in spite of said hours playing it).

Teased a few months ago, StarCraft: Remastered is a “full graphical upgrade” of the 1998 original and its expansion. The remastered version will feature high-definition support up to 4K resolution, higher fidelity music and sound, new matchmaking and leaderboards, cloud saves, and more.

Plus, as is often possible with remasters, you will be able to go from the remastered visuals to the original visuals “with the click of a button.”

If you're a true fan and can't wait to get your hands on it, Blizzard is accepting pre-orders and is offering a few incentives too. According to a press release:

All players who pre-purchase before August 14 will receive three unique building skins for use in StarCraft: Remastered—the Char Hive, the Korhal Command Center, and the Aiur Nexus. Additionally, those who purchase StarCraft: Remastered will receive digital bonuses in StarCraftII, including the Alexei Stukov co-op commander and three unique portraits that celebrate StarCraft: Remastered.

StarCraft: Remastered will be available for Mac and Windows PC on August 14, 2017 for $14.99, a "reasonable" price if you ask me. You can pre-order the game at Blizzard's official website.

Via Polygon.


Micro Machines World Series is coming to Mac this Friday!

Micro Machines World Series is coming to Mac this Friday!

And there you have it, the Mac platform is about to get another racing game. Although this time the realism of F1 2016 and Grid Autosport is put aside to make room for some plain old fun.

From the game's Steam description:

The legend is back! Micro Machines World Series combines the thrilling madness of racing micro vehicles with epic team battle strategies, set against the extraordinary interactive backdrops of the everyday home! Grab your NERF blaster, try to avoid the jam, and take on the world!

The game will be released on Windows, Linux and Mac this Friday June 30. You'll be able to grab the game on Steam.

Via GamingonLinux.


A deeper look into Metal 2: expect VR support, eGPU support and better graphics

A deeper look into Metal 2: expect VR support, eGPU support and better graphics

Andrew Cunningham from ArsTechnica just published a very interesting article covering some of the most technical features of the new macOS High Sierra. It discusses several things and it goes into some quite technical details, but if you simply want to know more about what Metal 2, Apple's graphics API, has in stores, this is a great read.

First of all, to put things into perspective compared to other platforms:

While both macOS and iOS still nominally support open, third-party APIs like OpenGL and OpenCL, it’s clear that the company sees Metal as the way forward for graphics and GPU compute on its platforms. Apple’s OpenGL support in macOS and iOS hasn’t changed at all in years, and there are absolutely no signs that Apple plans to support Vulkan (when asked, Apple wouldn’t comment except to further praise Metal’s capabilities).

Regarding the actual improvements for most users:

Metal 2 is a technology for developers, so a lot of its improvements will be of interest primarily to developers. For instance, there’s now a GPU performance counter in Xcode’s collection of Instruments, and Apple says the frame debugger can be anywhere from 10 to 100 times faster depending on what you’re looking at.

But the API will enable some improvements for end users, too. People with newer GPUs should expect to benefit from some performance improvements, not just in games but in macOS itself; Apple says the entire WindowServer is now using Metal, which should improve the fluidity and consistency of transitions and animations within macOS.

But the biggest new features that made the most noise: VR and eGPU support:

Metal 2 is also the go-to API for supporting VR on macOS, something Apple is pushing in a big way with its newer iMacs and its native support for external Thunderbolt 3 GPU enclosures (with Metal 2, developers will also be able to distinguish between external and internal GPUs, both because Thunderbolt 3 is slower than an internal PCI Express interface and may need to be treated differently by some apps and because apps will need to be able to failover gracefully if an external GPU is removed).

One less fun information though, some will be left behind:

Apple says that every device that supports Metal should support at least some of Metal 2’s new features, but the implication there is that some older GPUs won’t be able to do everything the newer ones can do.

And finally, perhaps another clue pointing to Apple's masterplan to unify iOS and macOS?

Another key feature for Metal 2 is full cross-platform compatibility between macOS, iOS, and tvOS—games and apps made for one of the platforms should have access to all the same API features on all platforms.

A little technical but still full of interesting stuff even for more casual users and gamers. Can't wait to see what Metal 2 will truly be able to deliver when High Sierra is released.

Best of Mac: E3 2017 (21 games to look forward to)

E3 2017 just wrapped up a few days ago, and while most think the show only covers consoles and Windows, this year was full of Mac (and Linux) games too.

As much as Sony and Microsoft want to convince us E3 is all about the hardware, E3 is, and will always be, about the games. And when it comes to games to be released on Mac, E3 2017 was the best one so far.

These 21 games were the most exciting games for Mac from E3 2017, confirming this year’s top games keep getting better and better.

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The new Hitman is coming to Mac on June 20

We knew the new Hitman was coming to Mac. The leaks were there and Feral Interactive eventually acknowledge it.

We also knew Metal was, again, the reason why Linux users were playing it while we weren’t.

That will all change soon as Feral just revealed Hitman’s Mac version is coming on June 20.

This latest adventure, which promises to be one of the finest on Mac this year, puts you back in the shoes of Agent 47:

As Agent 47, perform contract hits on high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world. Infiltrate and explore intricately layered locations brimming with secrets, weapons, disguises and, of course, targets to eliminate.

Originally released in episodes (with seven in total), Mac gamers will get Hitman: The Complete First Season.

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WWDC 2017: Everything a Mac gamer needs to know

WWDC 2017: Everything a Mac gamer needs to know

Apple’s 2017 WWDC keynote was packet with game-changing news for Mac gamers. iOS 11 for iPad probably stole the show (I gave up on iPads a long time ago but iOS 11 may change my mind), but MacOS High Sierra promises to be full of amazing features.

These are the most important ones for Mac gaming:

Apple introduces Metal 2

Apple announced the next update for Metal, it’s graphics API. Named Metal 2, it should be 10 times better at draw call throughput than the original and promises a faster frame rate debugger. This should all help Macs run games better.

But the real highlights are that it will allow Macs to finally support VR and eGPUs:

Metal 2 will also work with external graphics, making it possible to have external GPU boxes for Mac OS computers. Metal 2 will also help power virtual reality on Mac. The Unity and Unreal engines are coming to Mac, which studios can use to make VR games. Valve’s SteamVR is also coming to High Sierra.

Macs will finally support VR

Indeed, Apple is making a big VR push and it managed to get all the big names on board: Valve, Unity and Unreal:

Leading VR companies are joining Apple to drive VR innovation on the Mac with features coming later this year — Valve is optimizing their SteamVR platform for macOS and enabling connection of the HTC Vive headset, while Unity and Epic are bringing their VR development tools to macOS.

For the longest time Macs were laughed at because they weren’t powerful enough to support it. Oculus infamously dropped support for the Mac just before shipping last year, claiming Macs weren’t capable enough.

Now Apple is working hard to change that and their VR push is quite frankly impressive. According to Apple, VR support is made possible thanks to better performance squeezed out of Metal 2, and above all, new Mac hardware. According to a blog post on Vive’s official website:

Through a newly announced external GPU, developers and content creators will be able to use a beta of SteamVR and the new MacOS, High Sierra, to access the creative power of Vive with their MacBooks.

Which brings us to the new hardware.

The iMac Pro

We all knew something big was coming. Recently Apple admitted it made a mistake with the current Mac Pro and that it was working on an overhauled Mac Pro to set things right. They also claimed other products would help fill the gap soon. Enter the new iMac Pro.

The iMac Pro will look a lot like current 27-inch iMacs, but it will have crazy powerful specs for even the most demanding applications. The downside? It will have a crazy price too: $5000 for the base model.

Here are the specs:

  • 27-inch 5K display with 500 nits brightness and P3 color
  • 8-Core Intel Xeon CPU, configurable up to 18-Core
  • 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC RAM, configurable up to 128GB
  • 1TB PCIe SSD, configurable up to 4TB SSD
  • AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 GPU with 8GB of HBM2, configurable to Vega 64, 16GB
  • Front 1080p FaceTime HD camera
  • Built-in stereo speakers, with 4 microphones, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 10GbE Ethernet
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
  • Four USB 3.0 ports
  • 802.11ac wireless with Bluetooth 4.2
  • SDXC card slot with UHS-II

To be fair, PC Gamer went ahead and built a similarly specced Windows machine to see how overpriced the new iMac Pro was. The result? The iMac Pro is not overpriced. In fact, it can be considered reasonably priced as their Windows build was $4686.71. That’s only $313 less than a sleek machine made of premium materials with great warranty and customer service.

That said, their Windows machine is upgradable when the iMac Pro won’t. I don’t see myself spending $5000 on a machine that can’t be upgraded and will therefore become obsolete sooner than later.

Support for external graphics cards

Luckily, Apple is offering another solution for gamers, VR enthusiasts and other users who may need powerful graphics: External Graphics cards. This is already possible on macOS Sierra, but it’s not official and requires a lot of tinkering.

With macOS High Sierra, Apple will officially support eGPUs that will let you buy a powerful graphics card, put it in a dedicated case, and plug it to a thunderbolt 3 supported Mac (MacBook Pro or iMac) to give it enough power to run the latest games and VR apps.

Apple is already selling its own external graphics enclosure to developers:

The External Graphics Development Kit includes everything you need to start optimizing advanced VR and 3D apps on external graphics processors with macOS High Sierra.
Apple's External Graphics Development Kit comes with a Sonnet external GPU chassis with Thunderbolt 3 and 350W power supply, an AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics card, a Belkin USB-C to 4-port USB-A hub, and a promo code for $100 towards the purchase of a HTC Vive VR headset.

Sadly, external GPU support likely won't arrive for consumers until spring 2018.

Latest iMacs have upgradable CPU and RAM

A teardown of the new 4K iMac reveals that the new machine is the most upgrade-friendly iMac Apple has released in years.

But before this gets you as excited as I was when I read the headlines, swapping out the components won’t be easy. At all. The CPU is buried underneath a lot of other components, including a glued-down glass screen. I don’t think Apple made this changes deliberately so we can all start upgrading our new iMacs, but at the end of the day, if you really want to upgrade your iMac’s CPU, it won’t next to impossible anymore.

Apple File System will make your computer faster

Apple went ahead and decided to completely replace the current file system which has been the standard for years. Not many companies would bother with changing a proven standard, but Apple did and the new file system should make your computer faster.

This won’t have a huge impact on games, but a faster computer overall will certainly have indirect positive effects, such as improving load times.

Apple replaces the entire iMac, MacBook and MacBook Pro lineup

While new MacBook Pros got me really mad too (I purchased my 2016 MacBook Pro in November and the new 2017 MacBook Pros are faster and $200 cheaper), it’s great for everyone else. The new iMacs and MacBook Pros have all Kaby Lake processors that should improve performance across the board.

Discrete AMD graphics cards are also coming to every 4K iMac, making them powerful enough for the HTC Vive VR headset. There’s also additional Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The 4K 21-inch iMac and entry 13-inch MacBook Pro got a $200 price cut too.

And that’s about it. Lot to cover, but that makes sense as 2017’s WWDC was one of the most packed conferences in years.

Dawn of War 3 for Mac Now available

Right on the heels of Mafia 3, another AAA game hits MacOS.

Feral Interactive just released the real-time strategy game, Warhammer 4,000: Dawn of War 3. The game appeared for both Mac and Linux on Steam and the Feral Store yesterday, June 8, 2017.

These are excellent news. First, because it’s the first Dawn of War game since 2009. Second, because the game is released on Mac less than two months later than the Windows version. Some games take years to come to the Mac. If they come at all…

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The 30 Best Mac Games of 2017 so Far (Released and Upcoming)

Here at Mac Gamer HQ, we spend a lot of time talking about how great the gaming situation is on the Mac. But this year, oh boy, it could go down as the best year for Mac gaming since OS X was released. Really.

The release of MacOS 10.12.4 in April seems to have provided the Metal upgrade developers needed to finish some of the top ports. Within weeks of its release, we saw F1 2016, Total War: Warhammer and Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy released, and that promises more exciting releases for the next several months.

In all honesty, the list of games released in the first four-plus months of the year would make a pretty good year-end list; add in the titles we know or strongly suspect are coming during the rest of the year and our list of Best Mac Games 2017 gets truly impressive.

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The latest Humble Indie Bundle is something you do not want to miss

The latest Humble Indie Bundle is something you do not want to miss

As always, Humble Indie Bundles are great deals you do not want to miss.

I know I often share "great" deals, but Indie Bundles are on a whole different level. The discounts are spectacular (something like 95% off), they always include cross-platform games that work on Mac, Windows and often Linux, and they help charity. What more can you ask for?

With the Humble Indie Bundle 18 you can pay what you want (literally) for the following games:

  • Dungeon-crawling FPS Ziggurat
  • Co-op high-seas sailing title Windward
  • Turn-based tactics game SteamWorld Heist

For more than the average ($7.90 at the time of writing) price, you also get:

  • Real Good episodic adventure Kentucky Route Zero (the full season)
  • Spying-for-the-government landlord game Beholder
  • Wonky physics sandbox Goat Simulator (with all DLC)

And for $13 or more you also get:

  • Sublime-looking platformer adventure Owlboy

And more games will be added before the bundle expires. I suggest you don't wait any longer and get yourself a bundle while helping charity along the way.

Humble Indie Bundle 18 via Destructoid.

Oxygen Not Include, the colony simulation from Klei, confirmed for Mac

Klei Entertainment, the developer behind indie gems such as Mark of the Ninja and Don’t Starve, has some news regarding their latest project.

Oxygen Not Included, their next game, will hit Steam Early Access later this month. This means players will be able to pick up a work-in-progress version and help shape the final game by giving feedback to the developer.

The bad news is that this Early Access version will only support Windows-PCs. The good news? Klei has confirmed that Mac and Linux versions are officially coming too, only at a later date.

This is what Klei told GamingonLinux on Twitter:

It's on our to-do list along with Mac. Not sure exactly when just yet, but we're working on that for a future update.

My take: I know we have another colony simulation game coming to Mac (Surviving Mars), but this one has me more excited. For one, it has the same type of graphics that worked so well on Don’t Starve. Second, it’s a game from Klei, a studio that only produces great games. Not good games, great games.

Via GamingonLinux.

Dawn of War 3's Mac version coming on June 8

ight on the heels of Mafia 3, another AAA game is about to hit MacOS.

Feral Interactive just announced real-time strategy game, Warhammer 4,000: Dawn of War 3, is coming to Mac and Linux on June 8, 2017.

These are excellent news. First, because it’s the first Dawn of War game since 2009. Second, because it will be released on Mac less than two months later than the Windows version. Some games take years to come to the Mac. If they come at all…

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Did Apple just kill tens of loyal websites?

In one swift move, Apple nearly killed tens of websites that exist for the sole purpose of promoting their ecosystem.

How could that be?

It all started on April 24, when Apple announced it would reduce the commissions it pays on App purchases from 7% to 2.5%, effective May 1st. Almost a two-thirds cut.

If you’re part of the iTunes Affiliate Program, each time a purchase is made using your affiliate link, Apple gives a commission. The buyer pays the normal price and the affiliate gets a cut from Apple, a win-win situation for readers and content producers.

Plus, because of the steady decline of Ad revenue, affiliate sales have become the main source of revenue for many sites, Mac Gamer HQ included.

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Survival game, The Long Dark, gets a release date (finally!)

Survival game, The Long Dark, gets a release date (finally!)

The Long Dark has been sort of available for a while now, but only as an unfinished game on Steam Early Access.

But now the team behind this beautiful survival game set in the Canadian wilderness is getting ready for a final release of the game set on August 1, 2017.

Other than including hundreds of fixes and enhancements, the final game will feature the long awaited story mode, which will be released in episodes (a trend I'm afraid is taking off). Only the first 2 episodes will be available on August 1.

Among the many other changes planned, the developer plans:

Modifications to the game world, environment art updates across the entire world, an entirely new UI, several new gameplay mechanics, and general refinements to existing mechanics, as well as optimizations and hundreds of bug fixes.

My take: I actually got it and played it for a couple of hours a few months ago. It was a very good game. The only reason I stopped was because I got obsessed with ARK: Survival Evolved... With a story mode, enhancements and bug fixes, this game has the potential to be really good. We shall see on August 1.

If The Long Dark sounds interesting to you, you should probably get it now for $20 before it goes to $35 later this month.

Via Destructoid.