Fifteen years after its initial release, the legendary first-person shooter Half-Life has been quietly released for both Mac OS X and Linux. No Official announcement has been made by Valve as of yet. The original Half-Life was released in 1998, and is a big name in the gaming world, even for non-gamers. It’s played through the eyes of Dr. Gordon Freeman, who is trying to fight his way out of secret research facility in New Mexico.
Text-based adventures aren’t exactly top sellers today. They haven’t disappeared, however – a massive online community creates, plays and discusses these games. Unfortunately, when you download a game, it’s not immediately obvious what you’re supposed to do with it. Spatterlight is an attractive app that opens Inform, TADS and almost any other format of interactive fiction – all with the sort of typography the ’80s didn’t offer and that makes it an app that every interactive fiction fan should install.
Do you want a gamepad for your Mac, but don’t want to buy yet another controller? Use your WiiMote as a gamepad with Wjoy. This app doesn’t enable motion controls on your Mac, but it does let you use your WiiMote as a simple gamepad – perfect for games and even emulators if that’s what you like to do. Not everyone knows it, but the WiiMote connects to the Wii using Bluetooth – and there’s nothing stopping you from using the WiiMote with any computer that uses Bluetooth.
Mac OS X isn’t the hotbed of gaming and emulation many of us wish it was, but the hardware inside your iMac or MacBook is more than capable of running classic coin-op games.