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The four new Apple Arcade games arriving in January 2023 include Episode XOXO by Pocket Games, a creative puzzler dubbed Illustrated and two other titles.

New Apple Arcade titles launching in January 2023

You can play more than 200 titles with a single Apple Arcade subscription. Simply hit the Get button on its App Store page to receive a notification when an upcoming Apple Arcade game becomes available to download on your device.

Episode XOXO (January 6)

— Episode (@Episode) January 3, 2023

The game includes five original stories (Little Star, The Royal Bachelor, No Time For Love, The Secret He Keeps, and Road To Wonderland), with more coming via future updates. You can play this game with your favorite MFi-compatible controller.

Episode XOXO is available on iOS, iPadOS, macOS and tvOS [App Store link].

Illustrated (January 13)

Illustrated by BorderLeap blends jigsaw and word puzzles together to challenge your brain. The game includes hundreds of beautiful illustrations, each with a unique story. An early concept sketch comes alive with color with every piece in place. Each illustration comes with hidden words that form a puzzle’s underlying narrative.

You must both solve the illustration and the story to progress to the next level. You can even download any completed full-color artwork as wallpaper on your iPhone. The game includes a real-time multiplayer mode, a set of puzzles crafted for children, over five hours of custom music and other perks.

Illustrated supports iOS, iPadOS, macOS and tvOS [App Store link].

Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! (January 20)

Saddle up for some solitaire in this unique solitaire and horse-racing hybrid from Game Freak, creators of the Pokémon franchise. To increase your chance of winning the race, you must quickly clear cards with sequential numbers.

The more cards you clear, the more energy your horse charges during races. You’ll also use the cards to boost your horse’s performance, level up and learn new skills, breed your racehorses to gain new abilities and so on.

Pocket Card Jockey works on iOS, iPadOS, macOS and tvOS [App Store link].

Squiggle Drop (January 27)

In Squiggle Drop by Noodlecake, you solve puzzles by drawing a single vector shape. This physics-based game has you lowering a bridge, but you’ll need to be creative to solve the levels. In one level, you’ll bring the bridge down using a line with a hook. In another one, you’ll yank it using a big triangle.

There are 100 puzzles to solve, each with its unique objective, and more will be on the way via free updates. Making things even more interesting is the fact that different levels require different problem-solving skills.

The best thing about Squiggle Drop is versatility—each puzzle has multiple solutions, allowing you to replay any level to find a new solution you didn’t try before. If you get stuck, use a hint feature that will tease a potential shape for you to sketch out.

Squiggle Drop works on iOS, iPadOS, macOS and tvOS [App Store link].

How to view a list of upcoming Apple Arcade games

Apple may remove some tiles from the catalog due to poor engagement, usually when contracts with their developers expire. Removed titles are available on Arcade for two more weeks. Read: How to use a Nintendo controller on Apple devices

How to get Apple Arcade for free

Apple Arcade is not a game-streaming service—each title must be downloaded to execute locally on the device. Many Apple Arcade titles support compatible Sony, Microsoft and MFi controllers (iOS 16 also lets you play using use Nintendo’s Joy-Con and Switch Pro) Read: How to switch Apple Arcade users on Apple TV

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Apple Releases Ios 8.3 With New Siri Languages, Diverse Emojis And More

In addition to releasing OS X 10.10.3 to the public this morning, Apple has also rolled out iOS 8.3. The update, which developers and members of Apple’s public beta program have been testing since February, includes a number of new features and improvements.

Among those new features is support for Wireless CarPlay, which allows folks with vehicles or head units that support the feature to use CarPlay without dealing with cables. There is also new, more diverse emojis, additional language support in Siri, Safari fixes and more.

Interestingly enough, the new firmware comes just a few days before the Apple Watch is slated to become available for pre-order, but there doesn’t appear to be any new Watch-specific features or changes. There was plenty of that in 8.2, though, which landed in March,

iOS 8.3 is compatible with the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c, 5, and 4s; the fifth-gen iPod touch; the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, original Air, mini 2, fourth-gen iPad, original mini, third-gen iPad and iPad 2. Jailbreakers should stay away until we learn of a successful 8.3 jailbreak.

Here are the release notes:

Improved performance

App launch

App responsiveness



Control Center

Safari tabs

3rd-party keyboards

Keyboard shortcuts

Simplified Chinese keyboard

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes

Fixes an issue where you could be continuously prompted for login credentials

Addresses an issue where some devices disconnect intermittently from Wi-Fi networks

Fixes an issue where hands-free phone calls could become disconnected

Fixes an issue where audio playback could stop working with some bluetooth speakers

Orientation and rotation fixes

Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented rotating back to portrait after having rotated to landscape

Improves performance and stability issues that occurred when rotating the device between portrait and landscape

Fixes an issue where device orientation appeared upside down after pulling the iPhone 6 Plus from your pocket

Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented apps from rotating to correct orientation after switching apps in multitasking


Addresses issues that caused group messages to sometimes split

Fixes an issue that sometimes removed the ability to forward or delete individual messages

Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented a preview from appearing when taking a photo in Messages

Adds the ability to report junk messages directly from the Messages app

Adds the ability to filter out iMessages that are not sent by your contacts

Family Sharing fixes

Fixes a bug where certain apps would not launch or update on family members’ devicesFixes a bug that prevented family members from downloading certain free apps

Increased reliability for Ask to Buy notifications

CarPlay fixes

Fixes an issue where Maps could come up as a black screen

Fixes an issue where the UI could be incorrectly rotated

Fixes an issue where the keyboard could appear on the CarPlay screen when it shouldn’t

Enterprise fixes

Improves reliability of installing and updating enterprise apps

Corrects the time zone of Calendar events created in IBM Notes

Fixes a problem that could cause web clip icons to become generic after restarting

Improves reliability of saving the password for a web proxy

Exchange out-of-office message can now be edited separately for external replies

Improves recovery of Exchange accounts from temporary connection problems

Improves compatibility of VPN and web proxy solutions

Allows use of physical keyboards to log into Safari web sheets, such as for joining a public Wi-Fi network

Fixes an issue that caused Exchange meetings with long notes to be truncated

Accessibility fixes

Fixes an issue where using the back button in Safari causes VoiceOver gestures to not respond

Fixes an issue where VoiceOver focus becomes unreliable in draft Mail messages

Fixes an issue where Braille Screen Input cannot be used to type text in forms on webpages

Fixes an issue where toggling Quick Nav on a Braille Display announces that Quick Nav is off

Fixes an issue keeping app icons from being moveable on home screen when VoiceOver is enabled

Fixes an issue in Speak Screen where speech will not start again after pausing

Other improvements and bug fixes

Introduces a redesigned Emoji keyboard with over 300 new characters

iCloud Photo Library has been optimized to work with the new Photos app on OS X 10.10.3 and is now out of beta

Improves the pronunciation of street names during turn-by-turn navigation in Maps

Includes support for Baum VarioUltra 20 and VarioUltra 40 braille displays

Improves the display of Spotlight results when Reduce Transparency is turned on

Adds Italic and Underline format options for iPhone 6 Plus landscape keyboard

Adds the ability to remove shipping and billing addresses used with Apple Pay

Additional language and country support for Siri: English (India, New Zealand), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia),

Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey)

Additional dictation languages: Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and Hebrew (Israel)

Improves stability for Phone, Mail, Bluetooth connectivity, Photos, Safari tabs, Settings, Weather and Genius Playlists in Music

Addresses an issue where Slide to Unlock could fail to work on certain devices

Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented swiping to answer a phone call on the Lock screen

Addresses an issue that prevented opening links in Safari PDFs

Fixes an issue where selecting Clear History and Website Data in Safari Settings did not clear all data

Fixes an issue that prevented autocorrecting “FYI”

Addresses an issue where contextual predictions did not appear in Quick Reply

Fixes an issue where Maps did not enter night mode from hybrid mode

Resolves an issue that prevented initiating FaceTime calls from a browser or 3rd-party app using FaceTime URLs

Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented photos from properly exporting to Digital Camera Image folders on Windows

Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented an iPad backup from completing with iTunes

Fixes an issue where remaining time on timer would sometimes incorrectly display as 00:00 on Lock screen

Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented adjusting call volume

Best Horror Games In 2023

Well, readers, it is officially my favorite time of year – Halloween. A time of costumes, jump scares, and horror movies. And as soon as I move that calendar page to September (definitely not too early) I dust off some of the best horror games around once more. From the good, old fashioned classics to some of the newer kids on the block, we’ve rounded up the ultimate games list for your Halloween horror nights.

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Best Horror Games

Dead By Daylight

Release Date: 14th June 2023

Platform: PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Android, Windows

Developer: Behaviour Interactive

Genre: Quickplay, Survival, Co-op

Buy Here: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One

Featuring all your favorite horror villains, this co-op survival game brings the kind of heart-pumping adrenaline boost we all love. Work with a group of friends to try and evade the killer for as long as possible, fixing generators to secure your escape. Or, play as the killer as wipe out everyone before the dawn approaches. 

The game has been around for a few years now, but it never feels old. They are constantly adding new villains and new maps to play through. And, since you’re always playing with a new group of people, the game is always changing.

Resident Evil 7 Biohazard

Release Date: 24th January 2023

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft

Developer: Capcom

Genre: Survival, Shooter

Buy Here: PS4, Xbox One

Taking one of the classic horror game series and giving it a new spin, Resident Evil 7 is the most immersive game in the series thanks to the first-person perspective. They managed to keep in everything that makes these games great – terrifying bad guys, micromanagement of resources, exploration, and shooting; and then added in a new viewpoint to up the horror aspect.

The puzzles in this version are generally much too simplistic for most players, but the deadly encounters and quick-thinking shoot outs more than make up for it.

Five Nights At Freddies VR: Help Wanted

Release Date: May 28th, 2023

Platform: PS4, Microsoft

Developer: Steel Wool Studios

Genre: Survival, Exploration

Buy Here: PS4, PC

An absolute classic horror game is now available in VR – as if it wasn’t scary enough, to begin with. Can you survive Five Nights at Freddy’s? Probably not. But, you’ll have a hell of a time trying to. Get ready for jump scares aplenty as you try and hide from animatronic creatures that are somehow running loose at a pizza place. 

If you’re brave enough to play through this on VR, make sure you get someone filming your reactions because they really are priceless. No matter how unshakeable you think you are, this game always gets you.


Release Date: 4th September 2013

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows, OSX, Linux

Developer: Red Barrels

Genre: Survival

Buy Here: PS4, Xbox One

Man of Medan

Release Date: 30th August 2023

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

Developer: Supermassive Games

Genre: Co-op, Exploration

Buy Here: PS4, Xbox

The newest release on our list, Man of Medan has already become a fan favorite for its story-driven horror survival style. The fact that it’s a co-op game as well really adds something special. When you play in a two-player co-op, you can only communicate with your fellow player through the in-game dialogue options. This really limits what you can share with each other as you explore the abandoned ship the game is set on.

While the story in this game can be a little slow to get going, overall it proves an enjoyable and scare-inducing experience for players and their friends.

Alien: Isolation

Release Date: 7th October 2014

Platform: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows, Mac, Linux

Developer: Creative Assembly, Feral Interactive


Buy Here: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Horror fans the world over will remember the first time they saw the classic Alien movie – it was, and always will be, a classic. Following on 15 years after the movie, you take the role of Ripley’s daughter as she joins an expedition to find the Nostromo on a salvage mission. 

Just like the movie, we don’t get to see the monster itself for a long time, amping up the tension to the max. They even have the option of using audio recognition to make it even tenser, allowing the alien to react to any noises you make in real life.

Dino Crisis

Release Date: 1st July 1999

Platform: Playstation, PS2, Xbox, Dreamcast, Windows

Developer: Capcom

Genre: Retro, Exploration, Survival

Buy Here: Playstation, PC

We’re digging deep into the archives for this one, but when I asked the team about their favorite horror games, this one came up a lot. A perfect mixture of Resident Evil and Jurassic Park, Dino Crises gives us gore, tension, and dinosaurs aplenty. 

The storyline sounds odd on paper, but when you play through the game, it does a great job of sweeping you along with it. You’re searching for mad scientist Professor Kirk on an island infested with dinosaurs to see if his experiments have any relation to everything that’s happening.

Final Word

It was hard to narrow down this list, there are so many great horror games out, and some great ones yet to be released. But, every one of these holds a special place in my heart while they make it race at a million miles an hour.

Apple Releases Macos High Sierra 10.13 With New File System, Photos Updates, And More

As originally promised, Apple today released the public version of macOS High Sierra.

Installing macOS High Sierra

Apple’s latest and greatest operating system is available as an over-the-air update via the Software Update mechanism on any Mac running an older macOS version. The standalone macOS High Sierra installer can be grabbed at no charge from Mac App Store.

This lets you create a USB install drive to install macOS High Sierra to multiple machines without redownloading, as well as perform clean installs and keep a copy of the installer safe for troubleshooting purposes.

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Apple provides a nice tutorial detailing the steps for upgrading to macOS High Sierra.

The system requirements for macOS High Sierra are the same as those for macOS Sierra:

MacBook or iMac (late 2009 or newer)

MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini or Mac Pro (2010 or newer)

MacBook (late 2008 aluminum or early 2009 or newer)

Mac mini (early 2009 or newer)

MacBook Pro (mid/late 2007 or newer)

Mac Pro (early 2008 or newer)

Xserve (early 2009)

iF your Mac runs macOS Sierra it can run macOS High Sierra, too. To see your Mac’s model year and other underlying hardware information, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu.

OVERVIEW: Apple’s new HEIF/HEVC media formats in iOS 11 & macOS High Sierra

Some features require a more powerful Mac. For instance, playback of 4K HEVC video requires a Mac running a sixth‑generation Intel Core chip or newer. For the full list of features supported across different Macs, check out Apple’s official macOS Feature Availability webpage.

For the security content of macOS High Sierra, seeApple’s support document.

Key new features in macOS High Sierra

One of the biggest updates, macOS High Sierra brings many new features to Mac users.

Apple File System

macOS High Sierra brings the new Apple File System (APFS) to your Mac. APFS is the successor to HSF+, the company’s longtime file system on Macs, and is also the default file system in iOS, watchOS and tvOS.

While there were no big issues with HSF+, it wasn’t build for modern storage like SSDs. APFS was built not just for today’s storage needs, but storage needs of the future as well.

OVERVIEW: What to know about transitioning to APFS

APFS comes with built-in encryption out of the box that makes securing your Mac easier than ever. Your data is now more protected with perks like automatic system snapshots, making recovering data easier and backups (like Time Machine) better than ever.

APFS is fully designed for 64-bit architecture.

One of my favorite features is the speed and efficiency.

APFS can help you save space in various ways, especially when duplicating files. On a traditional drive, copying a file or folder literally makes a copy. On an APFS drive, however, only one copy of the file exists on the disk and all of its copies are referenced.

As a result, duplicating a file on an APFS drive no longer takes up any additional space. Plus, APFS can literally copy a half a gigabyte or larger file instantly and gather the size of a folder with almost no delay. By speeding up common file operations, APFS makes your Mac more responsive than before.

Safari 11

Safari 11 in macOS High Sierra is faster and more responsive than before.

Apple boasts many new JavaScript benchmarks that keep Safari ahead of the other popular browsers. More interesting, however, are its new site-by-site features. You can now go in, on a per-site basis, and set up individual settings such as auto-Reader mode, microphone and camera access, zoom level, content blockers, auto-play and location privileges.

Autoplay blocking is another favorite feature.

Ever land on a site that autoplays a video with sound? Safari now stops that cold.

You now have the options of stoping all videos, allowing all videos, or just pausing those that contain audio. This is a super handy feature that has worked very, very well in my testing.


Of all the apps in High Sierra, Photos has seen the biggest improvements.

There’s now a wealth of new features for amateur and pro photographers alike. You can organize your library quicker with all-new filters, a new persistent sidebar lets you sort media by type, Memories now include over a dozen new slideshow types and more.

Plus, Photos now comes with built-in support for animated GIFs.

The editing experience has received significant improvements and a brand new layout.

The Edit view now provides precise curve-based editing, several new professional filters and the ability to open images directly in a third party app for more in-depth editing. And with all-new Project Extensions, third-party apps can make various project-based features available to Photos, like creating print products, websites or slideshows.

And last but not least, macOS High Sierra brings support for HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding, also known as H.265, which is the latest standards-based video compression technology) and HEIF (High Efficiency Image Coding) formats that can cut storage consumption in half.

Of course, a more powerful Mac will deliver better HEVC performance. Apple says that encoding and editing of 4K HEVC content requires a Mac with a sixth‑generation Intel Core processor or newer, like the latest iMac and MacBook Pro models.


There are many, many other under-the-hood enhancements in macOS High Sierra.

Even the Touch Bar system shortcuts have received a boost in High Sierra with the addition of all-new buttons for AirPlay, NightShift and Picture-in-Picture while watching a video.

Roundup: 100+ features in macOS High Sierra

The following new technologies and features in macOS High Sierra make your Mac more reliable, capable and responsive whilst laying the foundation for future innovations.

Core OS

Metal 2

Metal 2 has been optimized for battery

It powers virtual reality (VR) rendering and external GPUs in High Sierra

Used throughout the system, it enables smoother animations for things like Exposé

It’s faster than before, thanks to precompiled shaders, fine-grained resource ldntrol, multithreading support and the ability for your Mac’s GPU to take more control of the graphics and compute pipelines

Metal’s Performance Shaders bring deep support for GPU-accelerated machine learning used in speech recognition, natural language processing and computer vision

New Core ML framework provides easy integration of machine learning models into apps, supporting features like face tracking, face detection, landmarks, text detection, rectangle detection, barcode detection, object tracking and image registration

Media & VR support

Support for the lossless FLAC audio format in QuickLook

HEVC/HEIF support

Support for the H.265 video format, also known as HEVC, that delivers up to 40 percent smaller video files than H.264, the current standard for video compression, at the same visual quality

HEVC enabling high-quality video streaming on networks where only HD streaming was previously possible

Support for the new HEIF image format with up to 2x smaller files than JPGs

Support for external GPU enclosures (currently limited to external displays) on any Mac with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity for VR content creation and increased performance in apps that use Metal, OpenCL and OpenGL

Apple File System

APFS is more efficient than HFS+ and saves you disk space

Helps protect data from power outages and system crashes

Keeps your data secure with native encryption

It supports taking snapshots of system files, which makes backups easier

Copying files/folders and getting a folder size is instantaneous

Specifically built for flash storage

64-bit architecture makes APFS ready for tomorrow’s new storage capabilities

Existing drives can be converted to APFS with Disk Utility


Task Icon in the Finder now allows you to Clean Up and Clean Up by type

Toolbar changes: QuickLook’s eye icon is now removed and the order and spacing of icons has been modified slightly


Saves up to 35 percent of disk space

Top Hits puts the messages most relevant to your search at the top of the message list, based on the mail you’ve read, the senders you reply to, your VIPs and more

The more you search, the smarter it gets

Split-screen view with inbox on one side and composer on the other


Messages notification can now be marked as read, not just replied to

Messages now saves your entire message history in iCloud to save space on your Mac and let you access all your conversations and attachments when you sign in to a new device


Add tables to your notes: type in cells, make edits and move rows and columns

Your most-used notes can be pinned to the top of Notes

Text search now highlights words in your notes

View documents scanned with Notes for iOS 11


Photos is now more responsive

Support for HEIF images, HEVC videos and animated GIFs

Always-on sidebar with your albums albums and organization tools for sorting media by type (selfies, Live Photos, bursts, etc.)

Expanded Import view shows all of your past imports in chronological order

Navigation on the Photos tab: Photos, Moments, Collections & Years

New toolbar buttons: Auto-Enhance, Rotate and Favorites

Rotate and favorite batches of images right from the toolbar

Details button has been removed from the bottom

“Live” label on Live Photos has been relocated to the top-left side

Filter photo collections by your favorite criteria

Selection counter keeps track of what you’ve selected, allowing you to drag and drop collected images into an album or export them to the desktop

Memories enhancements: All Memories and Favorites tabs, play a slideshow from a Memory, block Memories and get info on a Memory

Memories curates your photos and videos around several new topics: babies, pets, outdoor activities, performances, weddings, birthdays and sporting events

New editing layout with tabs across the top for Adjust, Filters and Crop

Support for editing depth-of-field Portrait photos

New Compare button while editing photos to see the original image

New filters: Vivid, Dramatic Warm, Dramatic Cool, Vivid Cool, Vivid Warm, Mono, Silvertone and Noir

Fine-tune color and contrast on your photos with curve-based editing

Selective Color adjustment lets you make any color within a defined color range more saturated

Adjust the hue, saturation and luminance of one hue without effecting the rest

Process photos in external editors like Photoshop or Pixelmator and have the changes automatically saved back in your Photos library

Video effects for Live Photos: Loop (turns your Live Photo into a looping video), Bounce (plays the action forward and backward) and Long Exposure (creates a DSLR‑like effect that blurs water or extends light trails)

You can now trim, mute and select a key photo for each Live Photo

Support for Apple’s new Project Extensions allows developers to bring project-based features to Photos for things like ordering framed prints, creating web pages, exporting slideshows and using other publishing services like Animoto, ifolor, Shutterfly, WhiteWall and Wix

People album now uses larger thumbnails and more accurate groupings

Named and recognized faces stay in sync across devices if you use iCloud Photo Library

Safari 11

Increased power efficiency

Additional web standards support and performance optimizations in WebKit

Intelligent Tracking Prevention:

Identifies cross‑site tracking data and automatically removes it

Keeps helpful cookies intact

Increases privacy and makes webpages load faster

Per-site settings:

Page zoom level

Push notifications

Content blockers

Camera access

Microphone access

Location access

Auto Reader mode

Autoplay Blocking stops those pesky videos with audio from playing automatically


Revamped Siri app icon appears in the Dock, Touch Bar and elsewhere

Siri’s listening interface has been revamped

New option in accessibility preferences for typing to Siri

Siri features requiring Apple Music:

Siri learns your preferences to offer music recommendations tailored to you

Siri as your personal DJ: ask your personal assistant to make a playlist, play something mellow and more

Get answers to music trivia such as album notes, songs, albums and artists

Siri’s more natural voice sounds much better than before with more changes in expression, intonation, and emphasis based on what she’s saying


View flight path on a map and current flight information like departure and arrival times, terminals, gates and delays

Spotlight now presents multiple Wikipedia entries, where applicable


Share a 200GB or 2TB iCloud storage plan with your entire family (requires Family Sharing) so that each family member can store their own photos, videos, documents and more

Share any files stored in iCloud Drive with a link

Compatible third-party apps can work right within iCloud


New macOS High Sierra wallpaper

Share a 200GB or 2TB iCloud storage plan with your entire family (requires Family Sharing) so that each family member can store their own photos, videos, documents and more

Share any files stored in iCloud Drive with a link

Compatible third-party apps can work right within iCloud

Take Live Photos during FaceTime calls and save it automatically in your Photos library, with both participants receiving a notification that the photo was taken

Universal Clipboard now works between Macs, not just between macOS and iOS

New Touch Bar controls: AirPlay, Night Shift and Picture-in-Picture when playing videos

Lock your Mac’s screen from the Apple menu

The Volume menu bar item is split into two buttons

Bilingual input support for English and Japanese input

Improved video captioning for Japanese

Hindi is now available as a system language

New San Francisco Arabic system font

The Info button inside of Disk Utility has moved to the right

Swift 4 brings efficiency and stability to Mac apps

It is a major release, don’t you agree?

Will you update to High Sierra?

macOS High Sierra is a very impressive release, especially knowing Apple has put a lot of effort into optimizations for power users and pros that depend on their machines day in and day out.

What are your favorite improvements in macOS High Sierra, and why? Will you be updating your computer to the initial High Sierra release or wait for a 10.13.1 update.

10 Best Ipad Games In 2023

The iPad’s versatility is what makes it an evergreen device. Whether you’re using the iPad for work, learning, playing games, or just media and entertainment, this device can do it all. This is why it’s not much of a surprise that the iPad is an excellent gaming device as well. Don’t believe me? Try out this list of the best iPad games!

1. Clash Royale – Editor’s choice

Additionally, the gameplay is fun and relevant, even if you’re not someone who plays card and deck-building games. It’s easy to get into the mix of things but nuanced enough to offer a serious challenge. Don’t expect to master this game anytime soon.

All you need to do is choose the right cards based on your strategy. After building your card deck, head into PvP battles and climb up the rankings!

The only issue with the game is that it may be quite difficult for beginners. The learning curve for this game is steep.

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $0.99)


2. Dead Cells – Epic RPG action

Whatever I tell you about Dead Cells won’t do justice to how brilliant this game genuinely is. It combines hectic combat and exploration with the platforming elements of roguevania games. Furthermore, it sprinkles difficulty that will remind you of the Dark Souls PC games.

With everything together, you get an RPG game with a surprising amount of depth for an indie RPG. Moreover, every time you die in-game, the levels procedurally generate to create a new level for traversal and exploration. This helps keep the gameplay fresh. For the best gaming experience, play the game with a good controller.

However, it’s not a game that I’d recommend to beginners and casual RPG players. The exceptional difficulty can get frustrating.

Price: $8.99 (In-app purchases start at $3.99)


3. Asphalt 9: Legends – For the racing aficionados

If there’s one racing game that almost every smartphone user has heard of, it’s the Asphalt series. That shows how pervasive this game has been in the mobile gaming community.

With Asphalt 9: Legends, that too playing at maximum settings on an iPad, you can truly wonder at how far mobile gaming has come. Forget that Asphalt 9: Legends is one of the best racing games you can play today. You’ll just marvel at how gorgeous this game looks on the iPad.

That’s not to say that the gameplay won’t hold your attention. Asphalt 9: Legends features over 150 cars and 185 tracks strewn around real-life locations. Moreover, the developers frequently add updates to the game as well. Basically, there’s no end to content in this game!

Unfortunately, the game is littered with microtransactions. You’ll have to pay for many in-game items.

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $0.99)


4. Hearthstone – Engaging card battles

The game also features a mode that brings in RPG elements, adding a different kind of content to an already varied repertoire. Besides, there’s plenty of depth in the gameplay. You might even take hours to understand its basics. However, once you understand the essentials, this game will be addictive.

There are so many characters and card permutations to explore that you’ll find yourself playing this game for days on end. Moreover, its PvE and PvP battle modes are legendary in the mobile gaming scene.

However, like every other freemium game, you’ll have to deal with plenty of microtransactions.

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $1.99)


5. Call of Duty: Mobile – Frantic multiplayer shooting action

You know that a game has outplayed its competition when it has surpassed the creator of the game mode itself. With Call of Duty: Mobile, you get everything that games like PUBG offer, but with much faster gameplay and typical Call of Duty warfare. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best shooting games you can play today.

There are multiple game modes, such as Team Deathmatch and Search and Destroy, apart from the Battle Royale mode as well. You get to customize the looks of your avatar and the guns that you use in most multiplayer modes. The game’s content is updated every month, with new objectives and rewards to compete for.

Lastly, if you’ve played the older Call of Duty games, you’ll get references from fan-favorite characters such as Captain Price. Perfect for adding a tinge of nostalgia to the elegant gameplay, isn’t it?

The game’s security patches need to be better, however. Users have reported players hacking and destabilizing the game’s dynamics.

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $0.99)


When Minecraft was released at the tail end of 2011, people were surprised. How could these pixel art aesthetics and rudimentary gameplay win over the hearts of gamers who were getting into a new generation of consoles? The answer was simple – freedom.

Minecraft, as a game, offered a level of freedom to players that they hadn’t seen before. If you wanted a more typical challenge, you could play the Survival mode, with limited resources and your only objective being survival. If you wanted to just sit for hours and build something worthwhile, you could do that in a different mode.

With Minecraft, only your imagination is your limit. With community support spanned worldwide, you get a huge number of mods for the game. Some of these mods are complete games themselves!

With the larger iPad screen, playing Minecraft will be an amazing experience. You should definitely try it out. Just be mindful of the mod installation system, however. It’s quite a complex process and can damage the game if not done correctly.

Price: $6.99 (In-app purchases start at $0.99)


7. Among Us! – A pop culture phenomenon

Among Us was released back in 2023. However, it found popularity after the global pandemic forced lockdowns worldwide. People were looking for a way to interact with their loved ones, even through gaming.

That was when Among Us came to the rescue. Almost immediately, its unique premise gave rise to the player count and multiple copycat games. Essentially, you’ll play the game online with friends and strangers globally. In a match, one person is the imposter, while the other players have tasks to complete on their spaceship.

The imposter’s job is to sabotage the repairs and kill the other crewmates. If the imposter succeeds in this without raising suspicions about themselves, they win the game. All the other players will have to decide and eject one of the members whom they deem to be the imposter.

It’s a fun game about deduction and betrayal that will keep you occupied for ages! While the game itself is excellent, its online community hasn’t received rave reviews.

Price: Free (in-app purchases start at $1.99)


8. The Battle Of Polytopia – Minimalist strategy game

The Battle of Polytopia could be one of the most elegant and aesthetic games you play. It has a minimalist art style that truly resonates with plenty of players.

In terms of the gameplay, this is a strategy game that presents a surprising amount of nuance and depth. The game puts you in the shoes of a ruler tasked with expanding their civilization. On the way, you’ll face plenty of trials and tribulations.

The turn-based strategy gameplay allows you to dive deep into the consequences of your in-game decisions. Moreover, you can play this game offline as well. Due to this, it can be a perfect traveling companion when you’re bored.

The game has a few issues due to the steep learning curve, though. If you’re a complete beginner, you might find some parts of the game overtly difficult.

Price: Free (In-app purchases start from $0.99)


9. Genshin Impact – Gorgeous visuals

When you play games like Genshin Impact on your iPad, you genuinely realize how far technology has come. Stunning visuals were only available in console and PC gaming before this. With technology today, you can play beautiful games like Genshin Impact and explore an entire virtual world.

The game features over 40 unlockable characters and multiple areas to explore. Each area is riddled with tasks and NPCs to engage with. Moreover, there’s a deep gameplay system that involves multiple in-game elements. As the player, you search for your missing sibling in the beautiful but challenging world of Tevyat, fighting enemies, gathering resources, and exploring as much as you can.

This seems like an oversimplification of the refined JRPG gameplay that Genshin Impact brings to the table. Regardless, there’s plenty to explore in this game, and it comes with multiple events that you can complete for exciting in-game rewards.

The game requires you to put in hours of grinding, however. This mechanic can get a tad frustrating at times.

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $0.99)


10. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Classic – For nostalgia’s sake

This is one of the retro games remade for the iPad. To be fair, it’s an excellent remake of a classic SEGA game and is one of the best free iPad games you can play today!

The game follows the journey of the titular Sonic with his friends, Tails and Knuckles, as they try to stop Dr. Eggman and his nefarious plans. The platforming elements of the game bring back the challenging difficulty that you’d find in older games like these.

Regardless of the difficulty, it’s an immensely fun game to play. After you complete the main storyline, there are other modes to play, such as Time Attack and Hidden Palace Zone. You can also play the game online to score the maximum points and move up the world rankings.

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $1.99)


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This Week In Games: Steam’s Aborted Auction, Paul Mccartney’s A Hologram, And Much More

Alien: Isolation is now baby friendly? Car surfing? Sir Paul McCartney is a hologram? That must mean it’s time for another episode of your favorite weekly gaming wrap-up, Missing Pieces.

King me

It finally happened! Thanks to some pretty incredible Black Friday bundles, the Xbox One finally outsold the PlayStation 4 last month. It’s the first time Microsoft’s console has outsold Sony’s in nearly a year, bringing an end to a pretty incredible streak on Sony’s part.

Of course, Sony’s console is still the overall leader with approximately 13 million consoles sold compared to the Xbox One’s 10 million.

Bated breath

Another month, another promise that The Last Guardian is still on its way. This week Kotaku translated an interview Dengeki Playstation conducted with Fumito Ueda, wherein he said, “Talks with Sony Computer Entertainment on The Last Guardian have been ironed out, and we’re making progress under completely new conditions. I’m also working on some other things that I’ll hopefully be able to show in time if progress is smooth.”

Elite: Dangerous Expectations

It’s no big secret I’m a fan of Elite: Dangerous and its space exploration/trade, even in its current beta form. I’ve written numerous articles about the game, I’ve spent hours strapped into an Oculus Rift flying spaceships around—it’s great.

The Elite: Dangerous launch trailer conveys nothing about why the game is good. It is all pre-rendered CG and combat and it looks like the beginning of the third Star Wars movie. If you think this is what Elite: Dangerous is like, you’re going to be sorely disappointed when you spend an hour mindlessly flying your ship across empty space to open a new trade depot.

Baby mode

Alien: Isolation added two more difficulty options this week: Novice and Nightmare. The former is for critics who thought the game was too hard, the latter for psychopaths who thought it was too easy. In Nightmare mode, even your motion tracker is broken.

I’m never going to play it, but check out this gorgeous retro poster Sega made to show off the new mode:

Also in Alien: Isolation news, Creative Assembly told AVPGalaxy that discussions are swirling about a sequel.

Patch 4

According to Ubisoft, a major patch is coming on December 15 that should fix the lingering issues with Assassin’s Creed: Unity. You know, a month after release.

A league of their own

Twitch bought GoodGame this week, a talent agency that works with esports teams. Under the terms of the deal, Twitch now manages Evil Geniuses and Alliance, two of the major teams in the esports scene.

First of all, it seems shady for Twitch to own a stake in something that it broadcasts, like Comcast owning a TV station. (Oh wait.) But second of all, why the hell is buying an e-sports team a priority for Twitch over, I don’t know, bolstering its server infrastructure?


Last night Valve announced the first ever “Holiday Auction,” which would allow players to clear out old inventory items in exchange for gems, and then those gems could be used to bid on game codes from now until December 18 (the rumored start of the Holiday Sale).

Just because

Switching tack, if you’re still curious why I’m so excited about the prospect of a Just Cause 3, I recommend looking at this screenshot:

Los Santos living

Ever since GTA V HD came out, there’ve been some incredible fan videos highlighting different aspects of the world. I showed off the underwater wildlife documentary a few weeks ago, but this “Los Santos By Night” video by The XXI is just as deserving:

I want to hold your hologram

In much dumber news, that awful song Paul McCartney wrote for Destiny is now a full-fledged music video, complete with a holographic version of the man himself:

Words fail me.

Loss of a legend

And for our final piece of news this week, industry legend Ralph Baer passed away this week. Baer was best known for inventing the home console—he created the “Brown Box” in 1966, which later went on to be sold as the Magnavox Odyssey.

More reading

It’s a reviews bonanza as I furiously try to clear out my backlog before the year ends. This week we had “racing game” The Crew, puzzler The Talos Principle, make-me-sad game This War of Mine, and family-friendly The Last Tinker.

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