Another big announcement from Steve Jobs at WWDC today: Apple
will be offering a new type of software for Macs
this summer called "games" (pronounced "gaimz"). The new genre, being supported in a big way by publisher EA
, will allow "players" to enter virtual worlds and take part in contests of skill. The first titles in EA's "game" line-up include Command & Conquer 3
, Battlefield 2142
, Need For Speed Carbon
and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
. Later this year, Madden NFL 08
and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08
will arrive on Mac at the same time as other systems -- apparently, "games" have been offered for several months elsewhere.
There are, of course, still plenty of unanswered questions. If you die in the game, does your corporeal form itself die? How does the on-screen man know what actions you want him to take? Do they come in teal? We'll keep digging.