New MacBook Pros prove surprisingly good at gaming

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New MacBook Pro proves surprisingly good at gaming
The 2021 MacBook Pro can run Rise of the Tomb Raider as well as a top-tier Windows laptop.
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Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max processors in the new MacBook Pro offer powerful graphic performance. That’s intended for artists rendering video and other professional tasks, but tests show that it translates to excellent gaming performance.

Of course, that doesn’t remedy the lack of high-end games for Mac.

Nvidia GeForce Now enables Macs to play high-end PC games

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Nvidia GeForce Now supports low-end PCs, Android, and Mac.
Nvidia GeForce Now works on a variety of computers, including Macs.
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Nvidia’s cloud gaming service allows Mac users to play PC games. Rather than running the games on a local device, GeForce Now servers do the hard work and stream the video to players.

The service came out of a long, long beta today, and is available now for $4.99 a month. And there’s a free option.

Kings of the Castle zooms onto Apple Arcade

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Kings of the Castle is the latest addition to Apple Arcade
Kings of the Castle is fun for the whole family.
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A princess must be quick and clever to rescue a prince in Kings of the Castle, the latest addition to Apple Arcade. This game is all about speed, as players hastily collect gems and avoid traps.

The developer, Frosty Pop, is a big supporter of Apple’s new gaming service. This is its fifth contribution.

Lego waxes poetic with new Apple Arcade puzzler

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Lego Builder’s Journey
Lego Builder’s Journey isn’t what you’d usually expect from a Lego game.
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Lego’s latest Apple Arcade entry builds an atmospheric puzzler brick by brick. Lego Builder’s Journey is “a story about play, connections and adventure.”

It’s available only to those who subscribe to Apple’s gaming service.

Help friendly robots solve puzzles in Apple Arcade’s new Rosie’s Reality

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Save money on Apple Arcade with an annual subscription
Save money on Apple Arcade with an annual subscription
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Children and their parents can enter Rosie’s Reality, a game where they’ll guide this miniature robot through a series of puzzles by building paths with blocks that resemble virtual Legos.

This latest addition to the Apple Arcade service is the only new title out this week now that its total number of games has passed 100.

Latest Apple Arcade additions go from gritty to silly

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Apple Arcade game icons
Apple Arcade gets preferential treatment. Allegedly.
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Two just-released Apple Arcade titles demonstrate the wide variety offerings in this gaming service. The Mosaic is about escaping the dreadful loneliness of modern life, while Monomals features silly animal DJs having a music contest.

Apple also added three other titles to its service, two of which are platformers.

Swordfight with terrorists or wash pigs in new Apple Arcade games

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Apple Arcade adds Fallen Knight, Hogwash, and more
Additions to Apple Arcade let you run around a barnyard as a muddy pig, or clobber legends of Slavic myth.
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Five newly released Apple Arcade games run the gamut from a side-scroller starring Lancelot wielding a laser sword all the way to a farmhand chasing down muddy pigs.

With these varied additions, Apple has almost reached the goal of 100 titles in its recently launched subscription gaming service.