You Can’t Play That on a Mac!

No one ever said Game Stop employees were known for their customer service abilities, but to actually laugh at a customer??  Unheard of.  But apparently when I asked if the new Civilization 5 would work on my MacBook Pro, the employees burst into laughter.  And it got worse from there.

Employee/Jester #1 called in Employee/Jester #2 so he could tell him what I had just asked.  Employee/Neil Diamond #2 proceeded to laugh louder than the first, and then in a sing-songy voice said “that’s what you get for buy-ing a Mac!”  After their tears had dried, they explained to me that Mac is about the worst PC gaming platform, and that despite my owning Windows Parallel, Civilization 5 would not run on my computer.

I was so disappointed.  Civilization 3 had been one of my favorite games from childhood, and I had been looking forward to the new Civilization since Sid Meier announced it last year.  Dismayed and tired of being laughed at, I bought Fallout New Vegas and left.

AbleGamers Website

AbleGamers is a site and nonprofit organization focused on gamers with disabilities. The site offers news, reviews, discussion boards and much more.  Lots of great information and posts including the site’s 2010 review and this recent post, written by an 8th grader, titled “Learning about Accessible Video Games.”

Bungie starting fresh

Recent rumors are that Bungie is starting fresh and getting back into the gaming world sooner than most expected.  What is Bungie you might ask?  Well if you are an avid video game player like myself then you know that Bungie is the mythical creator of one of the most popular series of video games ever made.  The Halo series has become Bungie’s legendary trademark and stomping ground for the past 10 years.  Bungie has featured 5 installments to the franchise and finally called it quits last year when it released its final installment (Halo: Reach).  Many gamer fans might be disappointed to know that Bungie has discontinued their production of Halo, but never fear.  Microsoft has taken over the franchise and has employed 343 Studios to continue to carry out the workings of Halo.  Whether this is good for the series or will cause it to be a flop is yet to be seen.

But enough about Halo.  Lets focus on Bungie.  From humble beginnings Bungie has created one of the largest multi player realms on console systems ever.  While video games existed on the computer before (like WOW and Half Life) Bungie broke through the ceiling with Halo and essentially created Xbox Live.  So what are they up to now that their franchise tag on Halo has expired?  According to inside sources Bungie has been secretly and avidly developing a new game that they hope will even eclipse the Halo tag that will forever be associated with their name.  Activision will most likely be their publisher but it is rumored that the game in question has been being developed for 10 years.  Bungie has called upon hundreds of thousands of gamers to take part in their beta testing of their new product so we will know more once that gets underway.  I for one can’t wait to see what Bungie is capable of in the industry and how they will work to shed their Halo tag.

A few things are for sure about this upcoming game.  It will be a multi platform game, meaning that Xbox, Playstation, PC and possibly even Nintendo will finally all get a crack at what Bungie has to offer.  This is a large step for Bungie as they were always shielded from the Microsoft bubble they were under.  The second thing we know for sure is that the game will have a large multi player online system.  This will come to no surprise as Bungie was one of the pioneers in the multi player console gaming industry.  Finally, rumors are that Bungie has filed multiple filings with the US Copyright Office for names for their upcoming game or even games.  These titles – “New Monarchy,” “Dead Orbit,” “Osiris,” and “Seven Seraphs” were filed last July with the office and unfortunately offer little to no indication for what the game might center around.  I can’t wait to see where Bungie goes next!


From the New York Times: RNA Game Lets Players Help Find a Biological Prize

A recent article (Jan 10) from the New York Times about how a free game will “serve as a training ground for a cadre of citizen-experts who will help generate a new storehouse of biological knowledge.”