I know what you want to tell me. Where have you been? Well, work, family, you know it. And games. Yes, I admit, I have been spending quite some time with games on my PowerMac G5 lately. I haven’t been much of a gamer for the past few years even though Summoner sucked me in a couple of month ago. You could say I rediscovered the joy of forgetting a stressful work day in a virtual world.
Even more since I discovered gamersgate.com, an online distributor of games. Games that were put off the store shelves a long time ago, keep being available online for a few bucks. Granted, you don’t get the package and if you’re a collector, there is no way this will make you happy. But for those of us who just want to play a new game every now and then on their PowerPC Tiger machines, GamersGate is a good alternative. You sign up, provide payment details and immediately download the game. Once bought, a game is added to your profile and can be re-downloaded whenever you’re in need to. There is a lot of critique about this distribution model on the net and while I can see the negative aspects (what if the distributor goes bankrupt!?) I still like it. It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s fast.
So far, I have discovered lots of PowerPC Mac games that will run on Mac OS X Tiger. Here is a quick, incomplete list:
This really sounds like I’m doing the job of their marketing department, does it? But really, I’m in no affiliation with them (other then being a regular customer) and just enjoying the service. Reality is – it’s getting harder to find some of the PowerPC Mac games at a low price on eBay. Websites like Macintoshgarden don’t archive OSX games yet and so you may be out of luck if you’re looking for a specific game. (Besides, I don’t have the space for an extensive library of games.)
Do any of you know of any more distributors like Gamersgate which legally provide PowerPC Mac games today?