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Major World of Warcraft 1.4 Patch Released
8:59 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blizzard has released the next major patch to its popular MMORPG World of Warcraft. Now at version 1.4, the update adds a wealth of new gameplay options and tweaks, including the PvP Honor System, a Children's Week event, a Gurubashi Arena Event, and an Elemental Invasion.

The Gurubashi event in particular should appeal to fans of PvP:

There is now a regular event in Gurubashi Arena in Stranglethorn Vale. Every three hours starting at midnight, a pirate with too much treasure on his hands will drop a chest in the center of the arena. Whoever can open the chest first gets the contents! Of course, the arena is a PvP Free for All area, so there might be other players who are trying to open it first...
Other updates include general ability tweaking, racial trait adjustments, and class-specific additions. A full list of changes can be found at the WoW Community site.

WoW - Patch Notes - 4/8/05
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WWDC Early Registration Discounts End Friday
3:17 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Apple is offering some great discounts on Tiger Early Start Kits and WWDC 2005 registrations that will be coming to an end soon. Until April 22nd, you can register for a WWDC 2005 E-ticket and save $300 off the regular price.

Apple is also offering a WWDC E-Ticket and Tiger Early Start Kit bundle that gives you a combined savings of $400. And last but not least, Apple is offering a WWDC E-ticket 5-Pack. You can get 5 E-tickets for the price of four.

For more information, visit the official WWDC 2005 web site by following the link below.

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IMG Reviews Drop!
1:57 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of MacPlay's Drop!, an arcade game similar to Tetris. Here's a clip from the review:

The gameplay of Drop is deceptively simple: the game starts with a well half full of random colored drops. You move your switching device around the playfield either with the mouse or the keyboard. By switching drops that sit next to each other, you must create lines of three or more. As you do these lines of drops will dissolve, and the drops on top will fall into place. In case that sounds simple, keep in mind that the whole time drops are falling randomly from the top of the well, landing on top of the drops that are still there. The object of the Infinite game is to go as long as you can without the drops reaching the top of the well.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Drop!
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RPG Vault Interviews Wideload's Matt Soell
1:15 PM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Wideload Games fansite Wideloadgames.org (owned by Steve Campbell) is linking to another fact filled interview on the subject of Stubbs the Zombie. RPGVault.com sat down with Wideload's Matt Soell to discuss their debut game. Interview highlights include where Matt was when he came upon the idea of Stubbs, what literature inspired the basis of the Stubbs plot and more character development around Stubbs. The interview also contains several unrevealed facts about the staff at Wideload. Currently there are 11 staff on Wideload's payroll including 7 former Bungie employees.

W.ORG covered several of the main points from the interview:

• Because as a youth Matt was immersed in the Illustrated Classics, the Stubbs story was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death", with an antiseptic culture taking the role of the tubercular wife.

• New weapons are mentioned that Stubbs can possess people to utilize including: shotguns, chain saws and high tech gadgets such as electroshock gauntlets.

• There will be no head to head multiplayer, though co-op may happen.

• Game development started early 2004 and is on track to ship this Fall in the US for Xbox, PC and Mac. International release dates are as yet still undetermined.

To read the full interview or read/listen/watch more about Stubbs, follow the links to the interview or Wideloadgames.org respectively.

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Myst V: End of Ages Preview
10:18 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

A preview of Myst V: End of Ages has been released by the folks over at Worthplaying. It covers the new game's difficulty, the fresh new graphics, and the advent of a new object called a "slate."

This world seems to have mysterious creatures running amok, but thanks to the introduction of the slate, their presence can be quite advantageous. You learn from Escher that the slate allows you to alter the environment and communicate with the creatures. As it turns out, you will encounter various symbols in the environment, and if a correct combination is etched onto the slate, it will allow you to control some aspects of the environment, such as summoning the creature which conjures rainstorms. Along with this nifty new toy comes different kinds of puzzles. For instance, the slate is an invaluable resource, but it's large and unwieldy … and made of stone, so it's not exactly made to be hauled up a ladder. The logical solution would be to put the slate on the ground and climb up the ladder, but if the slate is left unattended, then some pesky creatures will scurry over and take it away. What to do, what to do …

With all the changes, players will be relieved to know that the camera journal, introduced in Revelations, has remained. The feature has been slightly modified, so that when you click on a journal entry, it also acts as a save point, so you can click and go back to any point in the game. It's unclear whether this will be like the "zap points" from the original Myst, transporting you to far-away locations which you've previously visited, or if this feature will allow you to roll back the game to a previous state.

To see the full review, move on over to the link section and get going.

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ATI Displays Updated
10:17 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

ATI has released an update for the displays for Radeon on Mac OS X. The new update has the following fixes and changes:

• Added new Advanced Display Scaling feature.
• Enabled Browse functionality in OpenGL Overrides
• VERSAVISION now enabled on MacMini
To view the full release notes or to download the update, just visit the link section.

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Gamespy Posts New Unreal 3 Screenshots
10:09 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Gamespy has recently posted a wide selection of screenshots for Unreal 3, the upcoming title in the Unreal series. The screenshots feature scenes, character models, and art from the game, and should help satisfy your thirst for this soon to be released fragfest.

To check them out, please follow the link below.

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Second Life Updated
8:59 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Linden Labs has updated their multiplayer online society, Second Life. The update brings the game to version 1.6.2, and changes include the following:

• International Language Support – Residents can now chat and communicate in their local languages, including Asian character sets. Additionally, European and alternate keyboards are correctly supported.
• Video streaming – In much the same way as streaming audio, both live and on-demand video can be streamed into Second Life and played back on any textured surface in-world. The QuickTime engine is used for streaming playback, allowing support for open standards like MPEG-4. Requires that QuickTime be installed.
• Avatar Chat Bubbles: ptional ability to see chat shown as bubbles above avatar's heads.
• Searchable Inventory: Inventory window now includes search entry dialog box. Search within your inventory: Type a few characters and find anything fast. Includes popup filter options for searching by type of inventory item.
• Friends: New Friend relationship is added that is separate from calling cards. Calling cards have been changed to now make it possible to offer your calling card without requiring trade. Friends are the new calling card that requires a trade. Friends are managed through a new dialog accessible from the pull down menu under 'Edit | Friends...' or on the west pie menu after a context click on your own avatar.
Second Life is free to try for the first 7 days. A one-time fee of $9.95 gives players access to the major features of the game. Monthly fees apply if you want to own virtual land to build and entertain. Head over to MacGameFiles to download the update.

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Tiger 2005 Hits Alpha
8:59 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Aspyr has recently bumped Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 to Alpha status. Continuing the popular golfing series, Tiger 2005 adds a handful of new features, including Tiger Proofing, which adjusts the difficulty of a given course, a Legends Tour that allows players to face off against various greats in golf history, and Game Face II, which creates realistic facial features and expressions.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005 challenges you to take on the man who has changed golf forever -- Tiger Woods. The revolutionary new Tiger Proofing course alteration technology allows you to modify course dynamics and call out your PGA TOUR® rivals by adding lengthier Tiger Tees, tighter fairways, dramatic undulations to greens, deeper bunkers, higher rough, and more.
Tiger 2005 is currently slated for release on the Mac this June. More details can be found at EA's official Tiger 2005 site.

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Mac Games News for Monday, April 18, 2005

IMG Store: Railroad Tycoon 3, Age of Mythology - $19.951:58 PM
FreeCiv Updated to Version 2.01:09 PM
World of Warcraft Site Gets a Facelift1:09 PM
More Quake 4 Info9:48 AM
UN Food Aid Game9:47 AM
Apple Makes OS 10.3.9 Available For Download8:31 AM
Blades of Avernum Installer Update Released8:31 AM
Blizzard Releases Another Minimap8:31 AM
Lego Star Wars Interview8:31 AM
Monday Takeovers: Adobe & GameStop Go Shopping8:31 AM
Programmer Wanted by Shadowbane Team8:31 AM
 
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