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Freeverse Ships X2: The Threat to North America
10:05 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Freeverse has announced that X2: The Threat is now shipping to retailers. A spacefaring game published by Virtual Programming, X2 puts players in the shoes of a convict fresh from a failed ship-stealing attempt. From there, players can choose multiple paths and engage in activities such as trading, mining, and pirating.

From the freezing hell of the prison world of Artur to the pirate filled space-lanes of the deep black, X2: The Threat will take you as far as your ambition will carry you. Command a freighter and trade your way to wealth and power, or become the admiral of your own fleet of mile-long destroyers and sweep your enemies before you. Maybe both? The choice is yours!
Featured in X2 are over 70 ship types, a plethora of missions, and commodities used for trading and profit. It's currently retailing for $39.95, and can be purchased from Macgamestore.com for the low price of $34.95

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IMG Reviews X2: The Threat
1:49 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of X2: The Threat, the latest game from UK based Virtual Programming. Here's a clip from the review:

The most intriguing part of X2 is its wide-open style of play that provides weeks to months worth of action and simply dwarfs the offerings of many other titles. In fact, you can simply ignore the single player story if you wish and play pirate, mine asteroids, trade commodities in the dynamic markets, police the various human and alien systems, or even attempt to dominate the galaxy with your personal fleet. Yes, you heard right: a fleet! Unlike Escape Velocity, you may own as many ships as you like from the 70 available in X2's arsenal. These are split up into 11 different classes, ranging from the smallest and fastest fighters to the most massive capital ships, and all are upgradeable to the nth degree. The way that you develop your fleet is up to you: you can earn money and increase your fleet the peaceable way through trading and accepting missions that require you to ferry passengers and cargo from place to place, or you can simply begin blasting other ships for bounties and/or capture them to sell or refit. Adding to the complexity of the X2 universe, you can buy and construct space stations. These in turn will require you to assign ships to supply them with resources, defend them from alien forces and pirates, and manage the price of your completed products in order to stay competitive on the galaxy-wide network of systems. From the relatively simple ore mines to the enormously complex and expensive weapons manufacturing fabs, the only limit to your ability to earn money and progress up the ladder is your creativity.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: X2 - The Threat
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X2 - The Threat
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Starcraft Patch 1.13 Released
10:05 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Blizzard has released another patch for StarCraft. The patch fixes a few exploits, fixes a display problem, and adjusts the in-game minimap.

The specifics of these changes are:

Your units displayed within the minimap will now always be on top to ensure that they are not hidden by another player's units.
Changed the default Battle.net font for Korean Windows 9x to Gulim 9 to improve readability.
Fixed several bugs that contributed to game exploits.
Fixed a Korean character bug in chat.
Fixed a German hotkey bug in Battle.net chat.
Fixed a typo in the Battle.net register email screen.
To download the patch, simply log onto Blizzard's matchmaking service, Battle.net.

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Learn to Play Shadowbane This Weekend
10:05 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The Advocate Team at Shadowbane is hosting a "Learn to Play Shadowbane" event this Saturday. Scheduled to take place on the Redemption Server at 1pm Central on July 2nd, the event is designed to help new players learn how to play the PvP-centric MMORPG.

New to Shadowbane and looking for a little help with general questions about your character or gameplay? If so, this Saturday you might want to create a new character and join members of the Advocate Team as they help new players learn the ins and outs of Shadowbane.
Interested players can simply create a new character for the Redemption server and gather in Kestamir. Players with "Advocate" next to their names will be on hand to assist with the event.

Shadowbane - Learn to Play Shadowbane Event
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Macgamestore: Buy 3 Games, Get Jedi Academy For Free10:43 AM
World of Warcraft Test Realms Reopen10:25 AM
World of Warcraft Interview Posted10:24 AM
IMG Reviews 8th Wonder of the World10:08 AM
RHEM 2 Available As A Digital Download9:40 AM
AMD Sues Intel9:32 AM
MTV To Break New Ground with Games Division9:31 AM
BlizzCon Gaming Festival Announced9:29 AM
Chicago Tribune Discusses Mac Games9:29 AM
New Job Openings at Blizzard9:29 AM
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