Apple just released a graphics update that Valve claims up the frame rate 120%.Yesterday, Apple released Snow Leopard Graphics Update, designed to address issues being experienced with high-performance games on Mac OS X 10.6.4. The issue was brought to light by Valve Software, which had recommended that Mac gamers not update to Mac OS X 10.6.4 until the issue was addressed. Valve, which has been working closely with Apple and graphics card companies to improve gaming performance on the Mac platform, has now posted a technical explanation of the steps it has been able to take to improve performance as facilitated by the new software update. While the details are certainly interesting, the bottom line is that frame rates have been increased by 15% to 120% on some newer Mac hardware. We are seeing dramatic performance improvements on iMac (Late 2009 and Mid 2010), Mac mini (Early 2009 and Mid 2010), Mac Pro (Early 2009), MacBook (Early 2009 and Mid 2010) and MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) and MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010) models. Depending on the game, video settings and the hardware, we have measured frame rate improvements from 15% to 120% on these systems. On older systems, we are generally already operating at the limits of the hardware, so it is not obvious that any significant performance improvements can be achieved in the future. Valve has made a significant investment into the Mac OS X platform, working to bring its entire library of high-profile games to the Mac while also opening up its Steam game distribution platform to allow other developers to easily offer Mac versions of their titles.
Minecraft Mods are a big thing. Recently stumbled across a Portal Mod, check it out!
Yup, a Portal mod has been made and it is sweet. Minecraft user carlotta4th has made a texture pack that mimics the Enrichment Center of Portal. Yes you will find Glados, Companion cubes and adorable turrets. There are 2 packs: Precisely Portal and Modified Portal.
Precicely Portal keeps many things to the true Portal feel, but apparently makes it hard to play Minecraft on, while Modified still keeps a big Minecraft feel and look to the game. Thread with mods here http://www.minecraftforum.net/viewtopic.php?f=1021&t=171644
Heres a preview uploaded by http://www.youtube.com/user/koriplays
The Portal Gun is a seperate mod found here http://www.minecraftforum.net/viewtopic.php?f=1032&t=215961 by minecrafter iChun
Anyone Minecrafters here on Gouki? I recently got into it and seeing this Portal mod makes it so much better. Any of you try it before? Leave a comment on what you think, don't be a jimmy.
The PC version of Portal is free for the next couple of days...
Download the PC or Mac version of Portal for free at steampowered.com
Free is a deal you just can't beat!
And remember: Your Aperture Science Weighted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you, and in fact cannot speak. If your Weighted Companion Cube does speak, please disregard its advice.
By: iorilamia May 22, 2011 | 3 Comments
Real life Portal Turret!
Yes it is real! More ridiculously epic fan-made portal stuff has been made. This time it's one of those adorable turrets we are so familiar with. It has a legitimate motion sensor and sound bytes from the game, including the ending theme of Portal1. The original video and info is here http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryanpalser/5724009217/in/photostream/
Luckily http://www.youtube.com/user/1242Jman has put up a Youtube version for easier viewing, enjoy!
Extremely impressive isn't it? The only downside to seeing these crazy fan-made wonders is the fact that they wouldn't be mass produced, and only the creator and maybe a close friend would have their hands on it. At least we can awe over it on the internet. Leave a comment on what you think about creations such as this.
Stephen Merchant is announced as the voice of Wheatley, an orb who accompanies you through your missions.
You may remember Stephen Merchant from the Ricky Gervais show (or podcast).
Check out the video, the new lighting effects are amazing.
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