Apple’s Gaming World Just Grew With Addition Of Macs To Its Game Center

In case you’ve been feeling bereft when unable to play your favorite Apple games from your laptop — instead of an iPhone or an iPad or an iWhatever — chin up, little sadfaced one. Apple is now going to allow Mac users to connect to its Game Center social network to play games with others over the Internet.

The company made the announcement this week, telling developers at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference that with the July introduction of the Mountain Lion operating system, Mac owners will be ready to game away, along with previously-enabled gamers on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Games can also be wirelessly streamed using the company’s AirPlay technology from a Mac laptop to a TV if you own the Apple TV set-top box.

In Game Center, users connect and play with one another, and can use the social network to keep track of high scores and generally keep tabs on what’s going on in the games.

Software makers think it’ll help boost interest in games made for Apple hardware, and put the company in a good spot if they do announce a new TV. Everything will then be connected, something that is pretty appealing to consumers.

Nothing like kicking back in your living room with Angry Birds rocketing around on a giant flat screen TV. Ah, technology.

Apple Adds Online Gaming Options for Mac Owners [Wall Street Journal]

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  1. sixsevenco says:

    An apple ad from MBQ? What are the chances???

    • Torgonius wants an edit button says:

      And notice how in the picture, one laptop leans a little more to the left….

  2. ferozadh says:

    Macs are too hip for gaming. Games are for nerds. First person whatsit? I write my screenplays in third person, good sir.

    • ferozadh says:

      Before anyone goes off the rails, yes I am being sarcastic. And yes gaming on the Mac is perfectly viable.

  3. sp4rxx says:

    ….old news….

    Macs have been able to be ‘gaming’ machines for a couple of years now – especially with Valve’s Steam products.

    • Tacojelly says:

      But the problem is that only some of the games on Steam support macs. There are still a good number of quality games that OSX misses out on.

  4. Mike says:

    Before anyone gets too excited about gaming on Macs let’s make it clear- Using a mac to play any game other that is not Steam or Blizzard is terrible. Playing high end games like BF3 is near impossible at any decent level.

    Bootcamp Windows 7 is bad for gaming because using an emulated UEFI bios instead of a REAL bios is hit or miss at best when it comes to high end graphics performance.

    Simple games like Angry Birds, or older games like the Valve games based on the Source engine are fine, but I hope no one fools themselves into thinking that Macs are anywhere close to being legitimate gaming machines, because they aren’t. For simple games this is a good announcement, but don’t you dare try and walk up to your friend with an Alienware, Asus or custom gaming computer and expect respect. Walking up to a hardcore gamer with a Mac is like showing up to a street race in a Prius.

    • Mike says:

      Ugggh, where is that edit button? I slaughtered that first sentence. Three hours of sleep will do that to you.

    • ZenListener says:

      What if it were a Prius with coffee can-sized exhaust tips, and a mongo huge spoiler on the back?

      • Mike says:

        The real tipping point is the racing stripe down the side, that is how I know your Prius is the real deal. It’s all about the stripes.

    • nishioka says:

      > For simple games this is a good announcement, but don’t you dare try and walk up to your friend with an Alienware, Asus or custom gaming computer and expect respect. Walking up to a hardcore gamer with a Mac is like showing up to a street race in a Prius.

      Fortunately, most people over the age of about 17 are mature enough to not give a fuck about whether they get “respect” from “hardcore gamers” or not.

    • LanMan04 says:

      My 8-core 2008 mac Pro with an AMD 6870 (1GB) works just fine, thanks. BF3 maxed out.

      Shit, I could max out BF3 on my older ATI 4870 (1GB).

  5. Tacojelly says:

    What they should be doing is trying to get more support from steam games.

  6. gman863 says:

    At the risk of pissing off the few Mac owners on here, I’m at a loss as to what is so much better in OS 10 that it justifies spending 2x-3x the price of a Windows-based PC.

    The argument that Macs are virus and malware-proof died about a year ago. Although I’ll agree OS 10 is a bit more user-friendly platform, Windows 7 is also straightforward and easy to use (The jury is still out on Windows 8, due in October. Although many geek experts like the beta release currently available now, others think its “metro” tablet-look desktop sucks).

    For $1100, I can buy either an entry level Macbook or a screaming fast i5/i7 system that’s compatible with much more software. To me, this is a no-brainer.