Chris HoltMacworld

Chris is a former Macworld editor who has turned to a life of crime.

Torture tests: Stylus Tough 8000 camera and XP3 Quest phone

The Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 point-and-shoot and the Sonim XP3 Quest rugged phone are supposed to be tough. How tough? Sarah Jacobsson and Chris Holt drop them, dunk them, toss them and run one over with an SUV. Take a look to see if they survive.

First Look: Super Monkey Ball 2

Super Monkey Ball 2 not only intends to improve upon the original, but to live up to the considerable potential of the popular monkey-rolling franchise. I sat down with Sega’s associate creative director Ethan Einhorn to discuss this new game for the iPhone. Slated for a Holiday 2009 launch date, the price for this game still has not been revealed.

Synology Disk Station DS409slim

Synology's Disk Station DS409slim is a good idea, but it is a long way from being a consumer-friendly network-attached storage unit.

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is one of the better MMORPGs we've played for the Mac.

Archmage Defense for iPhone

Archmage Defense is a darkly humorous, clever, addictive, and beautiful tower-defense game that puts you in the shoes of an evil necromancer. An in-app purchase option ratchets up the difficulty and the fun.

id Software's John Carmack talks iPhone games, Doom

Few names are bigger gaming than John Carmack's. The co-founder of id Software talks to Macworld's Chris Holt about making games for the iPhone and what it took to bring Doom to Apple's mobile platform.

Earthworm Jim for the iPhone

Gameloft has resurrected this lovable '90s video game character for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's a strong effort that preserves the look-and-feel of the original while adding some iPhone-specific touches.

Brain Train Unotan for iPhone

This iPhone version of SoftBank Selection's popular brainteasing games entertains your noggin while also attempting to improve your memory and concentration. It's unlikely to stay on your iPhone or iPod touch for long, but while it's there, it's an entertaining enough diversion for quick-play sessions.

Interview with the producers of Warhammer Online

A chat with two of the producers of this new MMORPG.

FIFA 10 for iPhone

This soccer game offers engrossing competition and graphics that far out-pace what we've seen on the iPhone and iPod touch. Now if only Electronic Arts could do something about FIFA 10's wonky artificial intelligence.

GameFly launches GameCenter App for iPhone

Video game rental service Gamefly launched Thursday their GameCenter App on the App Store. This free application gives iPhone and iPod touch users access to data on over 5,000 video games as well as news, videos, screen shots, release dates, user reviews, and cheats. While not designed to actually play the games themselves, the application serves as a pocket library for gaming information as well as a quick way to research, rent, and buy titles.

X3: Terran Conflict launches on the Mac

The immersive sci-fi space simulator and strategy game from Virtual Programming is now available for download.

Rock Band for iPhone

It's not that this iPhone version of the console sensation is a bad game -- it's just disappointing. Instead of pushing the genre forward, Electronic Arts has delivered a game that's not all that different from the many other tapping-interface apps you'll find in the App Store.

Buffalo MiniStation Metro

The MiniStation Metro gains an innovative design, but loses at bit in terms of performance.

Red Alert has an October surprise for iPhone gamers

Electronic Arts plans to bring the Cold War-themed Command and Conquer: Red Alert to the iPhone and iPod touch later this month -- October 23 to be precise.