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Major World of Warcraft Beta Patch Released
8:25 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has released a large new patch for beta testers of the upcoming massively multiplayer online RPG World of Warcraft. Weighing in at over 800MB, this update makes a large number of new game changes, including the addition of the long-awaited Hunter class.

Here's more from the official site:

Hunters are great for pulling monsters as they are able to set traps that hinder monsters that the Hunters pull to attack. Hunters are also able to use various beast-related special abilities, take on bestial traits that allow them to do things that they could not do normally, use a wide variety of ranged attacks complimented by a few melee abilities, and the ability to control and tame beasts.

Hunters are closely related to their pets and must remember to always keep their pet's happiness in mind. When using a pet, Hunters will notice an icon in the top left corner of their screen that depicts their pet's level of happiness. The more Hunters use their pets, the lower their pet's level of happiness will become. Hunters should always remember to feed their pets to raise their pet's level of happiness or worry about their pet abandoning them or even attacking the Hunter! Hunters are also the only class able to name their pets.

For much more on what the patch contains, check out the rest of the long update from Blizzard.

If you're a tester for World of Warcraft, you should get your download going now by connecting via the game client. There's no word yet if Blizzard will be accepting new testers for this latest push, but we'll keep you posted with any news on the topic.

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Freeverse's SimStapler Now Available
9:10 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Freeverse today announced the rleease of SimStapler for OS X. Here's more from the official press release:

The original office equipment simulator, SimStapler enables the user to "staple" virtually anything he or she can dream up. SimStapler allows you to pretend that you are stapling two, three or even four pieces of paper together!

But fake-stapling paper is just the beginning with SimStapler. You can staple Magic: The Gathering cards to Steve Jobs' turtleneck, or the Emancipation Proclamation to a 1987 headshot of William Conrad in Jake & The Fatman. Your stapling will only be limited by your powers of imagination!

SimStapler is Theftware. Regular users of the program are asked to misappropriate office supplies from work and send them to Freeverse. As pure theftware SimStapler includes no copy protection or crippled features, it relies solely on the honor system.

To download SimStapler, head over to the Freeverse web site.

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Aspyr Releases Space Colony Campaign
9:03 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media today released a free campaign for Space Colony, the company's space building simulation. The Cobash campaign, named for its planetary setting, contains five new, challenging missions.

The Cobash Space Colony Campaign was developed by Firefly Studios, the
original developer of Space Colony. To download the campaign, head over to, linked below.

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Apple Posts Madden 2005 Soundtrack to iTunes
8:25 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

In an interesting twist on games and music, Apple has posted the soundtrack for the game Madden 2005 to their iTunes Music Store. While it's been years since Madden NFL 2000 made it to the Mac platform (and there's no indication of any new Mac Madden games in the future either), fans of the series on consoles can now download the many popular music tracks from this upcoming American Football title.

Whether this leads to selling other compilations from games via iTunes remains to be seen, but it seems likely given the number of popular music artists contributing, especially to sports-related games like the Tony Hawk skateboarding series and related spinoffs. If you're curious for a look at the listing for Madden 2005, follow the link below to open your iTunes Music Store window.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, August 17, 2004

IMG Store: Pre-Order MTX: Mototrax1:16 PM
Aspyr Seeking Battlefield 1942 Feedback12:46 PM
IMG Feature: New Dumb Letters to IMG12:23 PM
Mac Version of Doom 3 Sees Setback?9:15 AM
Mac Radeon 9200 PCI Announced8:56 AM
'Classic' Unreal Tournament Maps Updated8:31 AM
Create Panoramic Games With Pipmak Engine8:31 AM
New Version Of America's Army On The March7:54 AM
Worms 3D Demo Passes 50,000 Downloads7:54 AM
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