Gaming on Apple computers easier than ever
It’s never been easier to play games on Apple computers—and not just by running Windows on them, either. More often now, publishers are releasing video games developed with OS X in mind. This includes major releases like 2K Games’ The Darkness II and Bastion by Warner Bros. as well as indie games like Frozenbyte’s Trine 2 and Botanicula, from Amanita Design (which partnered with Vancouver’s Hothead to release an Android version of its clever point-and-click adventure Machinarium earlier this month).
The App Store, which is now an integral part of the Mac OS X operating system, makes it easy to find and directly download games, and Valve’s Steam application, first released for OS X in May 2010, is the perfect supplement. It shows your entire library of games and lets you know which are playable on Apple’s operating system and which require Windows.
And you don’t have to be tied to a desktop iMac or Mac Pro, either. Even a MacBook Air can handle the rigours of Diablo III, and the most recent MacBook Pro laptops run Blizzard’s latest RPG better than some custom-built gaming rigs I’ve seen.