A few weeks ago, we introduced a couple of game play videos for Activision‘s war game Call of Duty 4: Modern War. We still don’t know when the Mac version of this game will be available from Austin/Texas-based game publisher Aspyr Media. It’s not exactly a new game any more. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was released on November 5, 2007 for PC, XBox 360 and PS3. If you are a Mac user running an Intel Mac computer and cannot wait to play Call of Duty 4, it may be a good idea to play the PC version through Boot Camp just as we do.
Screenshot 01 – Source: Call of Duty Headquarters
Screenshot 02 – Source: Call of Duty Headquarters
Good news for Mac gamers playing the PC version of Call of Duty is that Activision is already talking about a new version of the war game. According to information gathered at Call of Duty Headquarters (http://www.callofduty.com) and through a video interview for NVISION 08 in San JosÃ© that is made available by GameSpot, Activision will release Call of Duty: World at War in November. The exact release date has not been set yet. Continue reading
There are about 7 to 8 screen-capture shareware titles for Macs that we are aware of. Ambrosia Software‘s Snapz Pro X is by bar more popular than any other screen-capture shareware title. But Snapz Pro X is not perfect. Ambrosia Software has not been able to fix Snapz Pro X’s incompatibility issue with Final Cut Pro for years.
How about Screenium? This Mac software title is developed by Synium Software, a developer of CleanApp, which we reviewed about 2 months ago. The latest software version of Screenium is still 1.0. And the price is only US20, more than one-third cheaper than Snapz Pro X. Usually, its price tells you what it does, right? Does that mean we cannot expect good performance on Screenium?
When you launch Screenium for the first time, you will probably see the settings under the Audio/Video tab. (See Screenshot 01.) This is where you make importance choices including ones for audio and video compressors.
Let’s first go to Audio at the bottom. There are three input devices listed. If you want to include system audio (audio run by the system like the beep sound and iTunes music), you need to enable System Audio (Screenium). If you click on the check box, you will be prompted to enter a system administrative password. (See Screenshot 02.) Furthermore, there’s a button with up & down arrows next to Audio CD. If I click on it… I get to customize audio compression settings. (See Screenshot 03-4.) Looking at Screenshot 04, it looks like Screenium doesn’t let the user choose not to compress audio (to have uncompressed audio). Does that mean Final Cut Pro users have to re-compress the audio track? We will get to that later on. Continue reading
A long time ago, I bought a cheap computer just to run PC games. I used to go to Hastings and WalMart to look for cheap PC games. As I own an Intel Mac machine now, I don’t have to rely on the old game-only machine or PC emulators like Virtual PC or VMware Fusion. I can just switch to Windows XP that is installed on the Windows partition of this iMac 2.8 GHz and run PC games. But does it run all PC games out there?
Screenshot 01: Source – MacHouse
Screenshot 02: Source – MacHouse
If you have watched the QuickTime game play videos that we have recently made available, you are probably aware that our iMac 2.8 GHz has been able to run several PC games including Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Sid Meier’s Pirates!, Age of Empires III: Asian Dynasties and Unreal Tournament 3. In fact, we have tested several more PC games on this machine. The following is a list of PC games which run on our iMac 2.8 GHz. Continue reading
This is the 4th game play video for Unreal Tournament 3 that we make available for members. Unreal Tournament 3 is different from Unreal Tournament 2003 and 2004 in several aspects. To some extent, Unreal Tournament 3 is similar to Halo: Combat Evolved because you get to ride several different vehicles.
This is another flag capture map. So the ultimate goal is to capture enemy’s flag as many times as possible and bring it to your own headquarters. A fun part of this map is that you get to drive vehicles like tanks and jeeps. Continue reading
This is the 3rd game play video for Unreal Tournament 3 that we make available for members. The ultimate objective of this map is to destroy enemy’s PowerCore. In order to destroy their PowerCore, you have to either attack and destroy enemy’s node at Prime Node or bring a node buster orb to generate its own node there. Continue reading