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Mac Users Up For Some Poker?

Like a lot of people, I’ve played a bit of online poker…just for fun of course.  I stick strictly to the free games that are for entertainment only.  (besides, I’m not very good) I’ve also had computers and operating systems in the past that weren’t compatible with most stuff out there.

Given that, When saw the Mac Poker site, even though I’m not a Mac user, I had to take a look just for the heck of it and I have to say that it’s put together very nicely by someone who seems to have experienced first hand the difficulties in finding a Mac version of something in a world full of PC’s.  They’ve gone to a lot of work to pull together just about anything related to playing online poker games on a Mac.

They start right out with recommendations for places to play for those that just want to find a place that has a Mac version of their client program.  The first place they recommend is Fulltilt Poker, a site that I’ve played myself.  If the Mac version is anything like the Windows version then people are going to like it.  It’s just easy to use.  Plus, playing on FTP you’re liable to run into poker pros playing online.  I’ve seen people like Chris Ferguson, Howard Lederer, Jennifer Harman, Allen Cunningham and other names that have been at the World Series of Poker final tables.

Another site on their list where I’ve played is PokerStars, another site with a nice clean interface that lets you get the most out of playing with the least amount of hassle whether you’re playing for real money or “play” money.

There is also a page devoted to online poker sites divided into three sections: “no download” games where you play on their website without having to download a client program to your machine.  Then there’s “download” games that have a Mac version of their client program, followed by games that Mac users need to run in a Windows Emulator.

Each of these sites listed includes a link to the site and an overall rating for that site.  There is also a link to an extensive review of the site where you can see details of how it rated on a 1 to 10 scale for 14 different categories.

In addition to helping players find places to play that are usable on a Mac and can be trusted, there is plenty of helpful resources like articles, software downloads, even where to get a Windows Emulator.  Anyone running a Mac that wants to play online poker really ought to make Mac Poker one of the first places you go.  You can save yourself a lot of aggravation in the process.

Honestly, the ONLY downside I found on the site was the link to their forum didn’t work, but I’m sure that’ll be fixed soon.

Look A Contest!

Everybody loves a contest.  It’s a chance to win something cool for the pretty minimal effort required to enter it.  David Airey writes a graphic design blog and this contest is part of the celebration of it’s one year anniversary.

This contest has a bunch of pretty cool prizes including gems like these:

Professional logo from David Airey
Personal marketing / advertising plan from Maki of Dosh Dosh
Website critique from Randa Clay of Randa Clay Design
Full blog review with deep links and images published on Blog-Op with Chris Lodge
2GB USB storage key
Blog review from Aaron Russell of miLienzo

… and a whole bunch more.  There’s some great stuff to be won.  To get your shot at the prizes you will of course have to enter.  You can get the details in the contest post on his logo design blog.

The deadline for entries is 9/26/07 so you’ve still got plenty of time to enter.

Manhunt 2 Revisited

It’s back in the news again, this thing with the really high level of violence.  Seems that they faced the chance of having it rated Adults Only.  Since that would have killed the game’s sales, they’re working on a “toned down” version.

Controversial Game Gets New Rating

The makers of “Manhunt 2” – a violent video game that had been threatened with a sales-destroying adults-only rating – will release a toned-down version in October.

The initial version, in which gamers perform a series of killing moves as an amnesiac scientist who escapes from an asylum, had been scheduled for a July release.

Of course, they’re not bothering to tell what exactly they mean by “toned down” and then there’s the fact that the whole premise of the game is offensive and just plain evil

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Manhunt 2 Game Release Suspended

In a move that shows there is somebody that has at least a little bit of sense, the release of ‘Manhunt 2’ has been suspended.

Release of ‘Manhunt 2’ Game Suspended

Video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (TTWO) said Thursday it was temporarily suspending the release of the violent title “Manhunt 2” because of an ongoing ratings controversy in the United States and a ban in Britain and Ireland.

This can’t be anything but good.  It’s about time people started recognizing the potential of these ultra-violent games that glorify murder as a way to win a game.

It’s reasonable for some games to have a certain level of violence in them but this Manhunt 2 thing, along with the Grand Theft Auto games created by Rockstar games have entirely too much.  They have crossed the line of in context, blast-the-monsters kind of violence into a virtual reality bloodbath in which people are attacked, maimed and killed simply for the thrill of doing it.

In my last entry I quoted a scripture that also fits this situation:

Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

Iniquity is abounding in more ways than one.  Not only is it a worldwide problem in terms of all the evil things people and nations do to one another, but it’s infecting the hearts and minds of many.  Often using things like GTA or Manhunt

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