The website Inside Mac Games was taken down a couple years ago, except for the forums. No big surprise– it hadn’t published new content since 2014.
Losing access to it didn’t seem to bother anyone, except the occasional researcher working on an article or book. But I was sad to see it go. In part this was because I had written a some articles for it, but also because I have fond memories of classic Mac gaming and its community.
The issue was that the database hosting the site was old and cost too much money to run. So I offered to help convert the entire site into a static website that would be cheap to host.
The results are now live. Visit www.insidemacgames.com to see all the news, features and reviews originally published from 2000 to 2014. I even managed to link to a few pre-2000 articles being kept by Internet Archive.
The conversion took longer than I expected, but it was a fun excuse to browse old pages and reminisce.
IMG meant a lot to me back in the day so it was nice to try to do it a good turn.
Finishing up the updates to my older games, I have just put up an Intel build of Asteroid Rally. This makes the game run better on Intel-based Macs, which is almost every Mac sold from 2006 onwards. I also updated the contact information.
The original PowerPC build of Asteroid Rally is still available for older Macs.
Asteroid Rally is far from my best game but can be kind of mesmerizing to play it full-screen with the in-game music. Or, if you prefer your own music, I recommend picking something ambient. Enjoy!
A major update to Pawns, version 1.2 features improved visuals and controls. The game now tracks which puzzles you’ve solved, and lets you select them by name. The Windows build uses DirectX for improved compatibility and performance on most PCs.