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Could Apple be preparing to take the gaming world by storm in 2022? – iMore

Source: iMore

The idea of gaming on Apple devices has long been an afterthought. You don’t often hear the term “Mac gaming” said in any serious context and it can often be the butt of a joke in tech circles. Both consumers and developers don’t often seek out the best Mac for the purpose of gaming, but what if that’s changing?

Recently, I wrote about how the iPad mini 6 is the best mobile gaming device I’ve ever used, and it got me thinking about the rest of Apple’s product line up, and just how well-positioned the company is to make a splash in a new market.

With just how powerful Apple’s M1 chips have made Macs, the continued success of Apple Arcade, and the new Apple tech rumored, Apple could take on the gaming world in 2022 and beyond.

All of Apple’s devices are super powerful

Source: Luke Filipowicz / iMore

All of Apple’s flagship devices are very powerful. The A15 Bionic that powers the iPhone 13 lineup and the latest iPad mini 6 are super capable of running a plethora of great games, thanks to an App Store that’s filled with amazing titles, and Apple’s own Apple Arcade service.

It’s not even just the company’s hardware that’s got me thinking Apple might be gaming a gaming push. We’ve also seen Apple open up its software to make gamers’ lives a little easier in recent years. Some of the best game controllers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac are the controllers you may have sitting around your house anyway since you can use PS4, Xbox, and PS5 controllers on your Apple devices no problem. This didn’t always use to be the case, and I remember needing a particular MFi controller to play games on my iPad only a few short years ago.

The frame rate isn’t quite as high as it could be on a decked-out PC, but you can play on the highest visual settings on an M1 Mac with 16GB of RAM.

Of course, when it comes to the Mac, you have the M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max, all of which have been providing crazy performance enhancements to Macs since last year. Speaking from first-hand experience, I have done more gaming on my iMac (2021) than any other Mac I have ever owned, and it’s not just small titles either. I’ve been playing Baldur’s Gate III on my M1 iMac and have been loving every minute of it. The gameplay has been mostly smooth, and I haven’t encountered any significant problems while playing the game — especially since Larian Studios has released a few updates now that superficially increase performance on the M1 chips.

Now, it isn’t a completely flawless experience — the frame rate isn’t quite as high as it could be on a decked-out PC, but you can play on the highest visual settings on an M1 Mac with 16GB of RAM. Remember, that’s only the M1; I would have to …….

Source: https://www.imore.com/could-apple-be-preparing-take-gaming-world-storm-2022

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Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake: health upgrade locations – Digital Trends

Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake has a handful of tricky segments throughout its surprisingly lengthy campaign, but it isn’t a game that most would deem to be overwhelmingly challenging. As such, the titular hero’s four underpants – the game’s version of hit points – are usually plenty to get most players through the adventure, especially considering how frequent health refills are across levels. But if you’re looking to add some additional pairs of underoos to your health pool, you won’t want to miss the game’s couple of hidden health upgrades (golden underpants). Read on to find out where to get them.

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Phil Spencer says ‘2022 was too light on games’ – PC Gamer

In 2021, Microsoft’s gaming division published games like Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite, Age of Empires 4, and Psychonauts 2. It was declared Metacritic’s publisher of the year (opens in new tab) thanks to its games receiving an average metascore of 87.4, helped also to the Xbox Series X port of Microsoft Flight Simulator releasing that year. While in 2022 Microsoft backed some well-received smaller games—Grounded, Pentiment, and As Dusk Falls—its biggest releases, Starfield and Redfall, were delayed into this year.

Xbox stans weren’t happy about this, though I think maybe we could do with less rushed videogame releases and maybe less videogames overall. During a recent inter…….