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Monsieur, you are really spoiling us

Yesterday saw a triple-whammy of sugary Apple gaming goodness: Steam for Macwas released, meaning all the games you own on Steam that are ported to the Mac can also be played there, free. Torchlightwas a day-1 release on the service, meaning Ogre (and therefore code written by me) was among the very first on the service. Portalbecame free (for Mac and PC) Wow. A great day for Mac gaming.

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Ogre in Stolen Pixels comics

I love it when shots from Ogre just show up in funny places. This time, it’s from a comic strip called Stolen Pixelson the Escapist, where Ogre-powered games┬áTorchlightand Zombie Driverhave been used for comedic purposes: Thanks to BuschnicKfor the heads-up on the Torchlight one, I was surprised to see Zombie Driver just days earlier too!

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Punc'd

Zero Punctuation reviewed Torchlight yesterday! Of course he was both inaccurate (you don’t have to keep clicking at all, you can hold the button down) and overly harsh, but still very funny. It’s odd to enjoy watching something you had a hand in (albeit in a background technology way in my case) being ripped to shreds, but when it’s done in such an amusing way somehow it’s ok. I guess this is why Yahtzee hasn’t had his teeth kicked in by disgruntled game developers yet ­čśÇ

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Penny Arcade on Torchlight

Penny Arcadetends to divide a room much like Marmite, but I like both. I was pleased this morning, therefore, to see Torchlight, a game deep within which little gears of my own constructionare happily spinning away, featured as the newsand comicof the day, and in a very positive fashion. [Penny Arcadetends to divide a room much like Marmite, but I like both. I was pleased this morning, therefore, to see Torchlight, a game deep within which little gears of my own constructionare happily spinning away, featured as the newsand comicof the day, and in a very positive fashion.

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Torchlight launches today!

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Woohoo, Torchlight, the new ARPG by Runic Gamesand using OGREfor rendering, is launching today! Well, strictly speaking the single player game launches today, with an MMO version planned for 2010. Torchlight has been developed in Seattle by a veteran team composed of the designers and leads of projects like Diablo, Diablo II, Mythos, and Fate, so you knew this was going to be good.

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Torchlight at PAX

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Hell yes. It’s nice to come back from holiday to more eye-candy from leading OGRE-based projects, and this one is looking very nice indeed. Congrats to Travis and the rest of the team at Runic, on the PAX‘09 coverage and also the recent Gamasutra articlewhich I read on my phone at breakfast one day while on holiday (much to my wife’s annoyance ­čśĽ ).

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Runic Games using Ogre for new game 'Torchlight'

I’d been tipped off about this possibility a while ago, but couldn’t say anything until now - Runic Gamesare now OGRE usersand have been beavering away on their new game ‘Torchlight’, announced this week: In case you didn’t know already, Runic formed from the ashes of Flagship Studios, and includes members of the team that worked on Diabloand Diablo 2; games which I personally enjoyed but which my brother in law almost worshipped - he still plays the second one now.

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