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Thursday, December 20, 2007

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Apple Games Features GameTap
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games has posted a new article featuring the recently upgraded GameTap service for Mac users. Although limited in comparison to the Windows version, the new Mac client now offers access to over 500 games from 13 platforms. The article examines the service and includes commentary from Rick Sanchez, vice-president of content and creative director for the online service, as well as a brief history of the platforms emulated.

Even though many of these games have been around for two or three decades, their core design still attracts players young and old, says Sanchez. “The casual games market owes a huge amount of its success to the gameplay mechanics of classic games,” he observes, “so it’s really no surprise that playing Puyo Puyo or Root Beer Tapper or Magical Drop resonates with people. They don’t care how old the games are.”

He adds: “A lot of kids also connect with GameTap because these games hold up. Something like Galaga hasn’t aged much.”

In addition, there’s no way to easily play these games anywhere but GameTap, Sanchez says. “For example, you have to buy a Dreamcast and a copy of Crazy Taxi if you want to play it without GameTap,” he explains. “And a lot of these DOS games only work on GameTap. As someone who’s gone through so many consoles, I love GameTap. I’ve gotten rid of boxes and boxes of stuff.”
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