Mac Games: TransGaming has launched GameTree

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GameTree OnlineAlthough I enjoy playing video games, I really don’t get a chance to play them as much as I would like. Priorities such as family, work, and life in general always get in the way. But when I have a chance for some personal time, one of my luxuries is to completely immerse myself in a game. I normally play FPS on my Xbox 360 (Gears of War, Bioshock, and Mass Effect are some of my favorites) and occasionally I’ll play them on my 17″ MacBook Pro. I recently heard about a new Mac gaming portal, as TransGaming has recently launched GameTree.

There are a lot of Windows based PC gaming websites online, and now GameTree Online is planning to offer similar features for Mac users. We already have Mac gaming websites that offer similar services, but I’m always happy to see more. Mac gamers will have the chance to download Mac games and write reviews about them. Also, Mac gamers will have the chance to check up on the latest gaming news and participate in a variety of promotional activities.

GameTree Online states:

GameTree Online complements TransGaming’s Cider Portability, a turn-key solution for enabling games for the Mac, such as EVE Online and Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords.

Let’s hope this encourages more developers and publishers to publish titles for the Mac. Not only will TransGaming be selling games on GameTree Online, they will also be opening up their doors to publishers and developers, giving them a shot to distribute their back catalog of games. That means those titles we’ve never seen on a Mac could be “Ciderized” and distributed digitally at GameTree Online.

GameTree Online hopes to replicate digital distribution offerings for Windows-based PC, enabling consumers to purchase and download Mac games, read gaming news, participate in promotional opportunities, and write game reviews. TransGaming plans to continually add new titles from a mix of genres to its online portal.

GameTree Online doesn’t have a lot of games at the moment; Puzzle Quest, The Lost Case of Sherlock Holmes, and The Tuttles: Madcap Misadventures are the ones I saw when I logged onto the website. I’ve been wanting to check out The Tuttles so I’ll most likely download it and see if I enjoy the game. I’ll be checking back in a few weeks, and am hoping they’ll have additional games available for Mac gamers.

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  • hlb

    "No waiting," it says on their web site. I waited three days—as no one minds the store on weekends or holidays—after my purchased download failed, only for one of their "customer service" representatives to try and blame GameTree's failure to deliver on "problems at my end." Never mind that the traceroute to their file server failed at two hops somewhere between the U.S. and the Netherlands, where their servers are located, and that I was able to happily download files from plenty of other locations during that time–without having shelled out precious dollars for them, mind you. Of course there are no refunds once they email you an activation code. Real useful, to have an activation code without the software to activate. Their customer service then advises me to subscribe to OpenDNS and change my whole network setup so I can download the bloody game. At this point, I don't even want it any more, but hey, since they're keeping my money no matter what, I don't want to feel completely hosed, right? My advice: stay away from these amateurs. There are plenty of other companies out there who actually possess the expertise to operate an online business. And for the few titles they offer… definitely NOT worth the headache.