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Apple Features C&C Generals: Zero Hour
7:28 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Apple has posted a feature on the Command & Conquer Generals expansion, Zero Hour.

Zero Hour continues the conflict between the United States, China, and the G.L.A. set up in Generals. The article delves into the story behind the game, and points out some of the improvements to each side, including new weapons, new countermeasures, and new technology.

On the offensive front, the Helix helicopter can move infantry and even certain vehicles to the front while the ECM tank possesses the ability to disrupt the electronics in missiles, causing them to fly off course, or in vehicles, effectively disabling them. I’ve seen the Chinese upgrade the Helix with a variety of accouterments, such as Gattling guns. They’re also building Internet Centers from which hackers can gain access to the enemy’s satellites and structures.
Head over to Apple's site to check out the full article, and head over to the IMG store to purchase Command & Conquer: Generals and Zero Hour.

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IMG Reviews KnightShift, Game In Stock
12:37 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of KnightShift, the latest game from Virtual Programming. Here's a clip from the review:

KnightShift has three different game modes of play. One of the modes is a story/adventure (campaign) mode, where you take the role of Prince John. From the introductory cut scene movie, you learn that an evil sorcerer has taken your empire away and ineptly banished you to the outskirts. As the missing Prince, you must find your way back and convince your former subjects to help you regain the throne. Of course, this is similar to most medieval RTS games, but this time it's supposed to be funny. You will sometimes acquire additional units (RTS style) to help you in this task. You have a few simple missions to accomplish, with pieces of armor being your reward. Further along, you can even raise an army in a village and the games plays much like any other RTS title.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

In related news, the IMG Store is now shipping KnightShift. It is available for $38.88.

IMG Review: KnightShift
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Shadowbane Alchemy Info Updated
12:30 PM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Ubisoft recently released an update on the new system currently undergoing testing on the official Shadowbane test server.

The new information includes such potions as

Sublimation of Garlic
 "A heady, aromatic mixture that promotes and speeds natural healing."
+1.25% health once every second for thirty seconds (double while sitting!)

Caster Oil
"Made from real casters! This thin liquid invigorates the spirit, restoring mana."
+1.25% mana once every second for thirty seconds (double while sitting!)

Essence of Litharge
"This chalky paste, when rubbed into the limbs and extremities, quickens the sinews and boosts the user's reflexes in combat."
-15% attack delay for five minutes

These potions add another dimension to the already dangerous world of Shadowbane. Be sure to pick some up yourself, on the test server.

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WoW Character Transfers/Copies Temporarily Closed
12:29 PM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Blizzard has shut down the character transfers in World of Warcraft due to overloaded servers. Apparently, the demand for low-traffic servers was high enough to cause thousands of transfers within a day of the transfers being opened.

Blizzard is still planning on allowing more transfers and copies, although it looks as though they'll need to strengthen their servers before their next attempt.

Here's what Blizzard has to say about the situation:

We'll continue monitoring the realm populations and announce the re-enabling of the character copies to the test realm, as well as the character transfers to the designated low-population realms from the eligible high-population realms, as soon as possible.
As an alternative to transferring, there's always the option of creating a new character on the numerous low-population servers still remaining.

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Publisher Contacts FBI Over Game Rights
10:14 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

In what might be a first for the games industry, GameDaily Biz has published an article dealing with the licensing rights of a title and the FBI's possible involvement. Ideas From the Deep, a smaller publisher, has accused Take-Two Interactive of continuing to sell a title despite no longer having a license to do so.

The title in question is Bugdom, which as Mac gamers know, is originally a Pangea title. And according to a GameDaily source, IFD has contacted the FBI's intellectual crime division regarding the matter:

A well-placed industry source has revealed to GameDAILY BIZ that Ideas From the Deep (IFD) has contacted the FBI's intellectual crime division concerning Take-Two Interactive's publishing of a PC game called Bugdom. IFD, which owns the license to the game, alleges that Take-Two has been selling illegal copies of Bugdom, under the Global Star label, since January 2002.
IFD further maintains that not only has this hurt their sales, but that their reputation has been hit as well, owing to the fact that Global Star's version of Bugdom contains numerous bugs in the code. This is further compounded by the fact that customers looking for support inevitably end up at IFD's site, due to them owning the current legal license for Bugdom.

GameDaily News - IFD Sicks FBI on Take-Two for "Pirated" Games


Electronic Arts Announces New Harry Potter Game
7:28 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Electronic Arts has announced the newest game in the Harry Potter franchise, to coincide with the November 2005 release of the newest movie in the series, The Goblet of Fire.

For the first time in the series, the game's protagonists will be modeled after their silver-screen counterparts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione will all be playable characters in the game. Players will be able to team up in cooperative play to produce stronger spell effects.

"Working with EA, we look forward to offering players a highly developed Harry Potter game with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," said Jason Hall, Senior Vice President for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "The game will possess the extremely creative aspects of the Harry Potter world captured in both the film and the book, giving fans a complete interactive experience."
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is scheduled for release on the Playstation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS, GameCube, GameBoy Advance, Xbox, and PC platforms. There has been no official announcement on a Macintosh release, but the first two games in the series were brought to us courtesy of Aspyr, and we can only hope that they, or another Mac publisher, are able to pick this up, as well.

EA and Warner Bros. Announce the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Videogame


Mac Games News for Wednesday, April 13, 2005

IMG Interviews MacSoft's Peter Tamte10:46 AM
IMG Seeking Beta Testers9:57 AM
Blizzard Seeking Mac Programmer9:09 AM
Dominions II Patch Released9:09 AM
New Mod Downloads from Macologist9:09 AM
 
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