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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

BlizzCon Gaming Festival Announced
9:29 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Joining the ever-growing ranks of game-related conventions, Blizzard has announced that they will be hosting the first-ever BlizzCon gaming festival. Focusing on their popular Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo titles, the convention will give gamers the opportunity to meet and greet each other as well as chat with developers.

Attendees can look forward to a variety of events, including participating in question and answer panels with the developers of World of Warcraft and StarCraft: Ghost, playing Blizzard games live with friends, and watching the world's best Warcraft III and StarCraft pro-gamers compete in the BlizzCon Invitational tournament.
The con is scheduled to take place October 28-29 in Orange County, CA, starting at 8am PDT. Information on ticket sales will be posted in the near future at Blizzard's site.

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Macgamestore: Buy 3 Games, Get Jedi Academy For Free
10:43 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Here's are some of the fantastic deals at this week.

1) Order any three or more games through, and get Aspyr's Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy for free (a $39.95 value). Simply add three games of your choice and Jedi Academy to your cart, then apply coupon code: jedi.

2) Here are the six new hot deals for this week:

• Halo - $29.95 (was $39.95)
• Project Nomads - $19.95 (was $29.95)
• Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 - $19.95 (was $29.95)
• Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield- $24.95 (was $34.95)
• Zoo Tycoon - $34.99 (was $39.95)
• The Incredibles - $24.99 (was $29.95)

For more great deals, head over to

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World of Warcraft Test Realms Reopen
10:25 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Blizzard has reopened the World of Warcraft test realms in order to test the latest patch. The patch will make numerous class changes, battlegrounds changes, and loot changes.

Once again, the Public Test Realms have opened their doors, allowing players to investigate and help test the upcoming changes in patch 1.6. This patch contains a plethora of class changes (particularly to Warlocks and Warriors), the new Battlemasters, and much more!
To move your character to the test realms or to read the changes that will be tested, click on the appropriate items in the handy links section.

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World of Warcraft Interview Posted
10:24 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story has posted an interview with the Blizzard
staff. The interview covers character customization, guild support, and much more.

Worldofwar.Net: Any plans for random weather effects?  Considering the 24 hour clock, is it possible that we could actually see a fabricated weather system where storms actually moved across the world?

Blizzard: We realize that dynamic weather effects will help players further immerse themselves in to the world of Azeroth, and we are looking to add them to the game in the future.

To view the complete interview, head through the links section.

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IMG Reviews 8th Wonder of the World
10:08 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of 8th Wonder of the World. Here's a clip from the review:

Like its predecessors in the series, 8th Wonder follows the adventures of Bjarni the Viking, and his wife, son and friends. Its back-story is decidedly vague, though: those naughty old Powers of Darkness and Evil (whoever or whatever they may be) are up to their old tricks once again, and are spreading slowly and inexorably over the world, causing a return to suspicion, hatred and war. World leaders gather together in an attempt to avert disaster and eternal damnation, and discover that the only way to proceed is to recreate the Eight Wonders of the World. It falls to Bjarni to progress through seven missions involving the seven known Wonders of the World, and then solve the mystery surrounding the unknown Eighth Wonder in a final mission to banish the darkness and save humanity.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

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RHEM 2 Available As A Digital Download
9:40 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming has announced the availability of the graphic adventure game RHEM 2 as a digital download product. RHEM 2 is an intricate pure-puzzle first person adventure game, and the sequel to the popular RHEM.

RHEM 2 rejoins Zetais and Kales as they now explore a hidden city far beneath the earth’s surface. Like its predecessor, RHEM 2 features non-linear gameplay, non-violent story, and mind-bending puzzles. The game is set as a direct sequel in story and gameplay to RHEM.

Having discovered entry to a hidden underground city, you will venture ever deeper as you explore a maze of clandestine caves, secret rooms, and intricate walkways, tunnels and water systems. As you marvel at beautifully detailed environments and solve clever puzzles, you must search for an enigmatic artifact that must be found and photographed before you return to the surface.

The game is available from Virtual Programming for £19.95.

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AMD Sues Intel
9:32 AM | Jesse Brauning | Comment on this story

Intel, the microprocessor giant, grows bigger everyday. Just about every Mac user who cares knows that Intel will soon be making chips for Macs as well as the other major operating systems. Add it all up, and Intel controls 80% of the microprocessor market and with the addition of the Macintosh, that number can only rise. Unfortunately, everything isn't fine and dandy for Intel either. AMD, one of Intel's largest competitors, has sued the company for allegedly bullying 38 companies into exclusive deals and the like. This comes in the wake of existing investigations and warnings by Japan's Fair Trade Commission and the European Commission. So how bad is this for Intel? Yahoo! News asked Rick Whittington, who is a Caris & Co. analyst. He said this:

"The timing of this suit, in our view, is Sales and Marketing 101," he said in a research note. "Get the attention of the customer as market demand heats up and you have sizable supply coming down the pike. Put the competitor, to whatever extent possible, on the ropes and force them to adopt less aggressive sales tactics, if even marginal."
So don't expect Intel to fold anytime soon folks. The link to the Yahoo! article is right here:

AMD Files Antitrust Suit Against Intel

MTV To Break New Ground with Games Division
9:31 AM | Jesse Brauning | Comment on this story

MTV, long known for bringing a fresh breath of air to whatever corner of the media that they touch, be it music, television, or movies, has now expanded into another dimension with the creation of a new division: MTV Games. Their plan? Coordinate their media efforts in a new way.

MTV Games will market a diverse slate of releases to core gamers and casual gamers alike, with unparalleled audience reach via broadcast platforms including MTV, MTV2, mtvU and others, online portals, wireless applications, outdoor platforms, MTV Films, and much more. MTV Games will also partner with publishers to sell in-game advertising, collaborate on game soundtrack development, and develop complementary television programming.
The first effort? A partnership with Midway Games to release "L.A. Rush", an arcade racing game done a la "Pimp my Ride" - complete with collaboration with the people behind the TV show. And look for more publisher partnerships in the same vein coming soon. The question is, will any of this ever reach the Mac? Only time will tell.

To read the whole story, follow the link below.

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Chicago Tribune Discusses Mac Games
9:29 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The Chicago Tribune has posted a recent article on the subject of Mac gaming. Specifically, it notes the gap that exists between PC and Mac gaming in terms of availability and release times. In addition, it also notes the speculation going on concerning the Mac gaming market and Apple's decision to switch to Intel processors.

The main bulk of the speculation, of course, centers around the possibility of easier ports. Niko Coucovanis, Editor for MacAddict, is quoted on this:

Neither Apple nor Intel have made any mention if Mac game development will be affected -- but the possibility should tantalize Mac gamers.

"Someday, yes, software and game developers will still be writing to platforms, but the underlying architecture should be similar enough that the toughest programming will work both ways," Coucovanis says.

While the article itself doesn't cover any ground not already trampled to death by the Mac community, it's interesting to note that such topics are making their way to even non-Mac-centric news platforms. Apple's shift to Intel is certainly making waves, and we'll probably be seeing similar reports throughout its implementation.

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New Job Openings at Blizzard
9:29 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Folks looking for an opportunity to jump into the working world of games may want to check the latest offerings at Blizzard's site. A large number of job postings have been placed for both computer and console work, and include ads for artists, designers, IT specialists, and progammers.

For those that live in or near Irvine, CA, Blizzard's also looking for night-shift testers, particularly ones with high-level World of Warcraft characters:

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for intelligent and highly motivated Game Testers to help test our upcoming computer and console games. Job duties include database entry, working closely with a team, and hours upon hours of game playing. An ideal candidate would be a hardcore gamer who is good at finding bugs and is even better at describing the bugs they've found in an organized and clear fashion.
More information on all the openings can be found at the jobs listing on Blizzard's site.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, June 28, 2005

IMG Switches To Load Balancing Servers12:40 PM
ATI Radeon X850 XT Now Available As G5 BTO option12:35 PM
Ghost Recon 3 Announced12:11 PM
IMG Reviews Ultratron12:11 PM
Max Payne Movie Still Coming12:11 PM
Star Wars Battlefront II Dev Diary Released12:11 PM
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