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Myst V Collector's Edition Pics, Date Set
7:56 AM | Blake Buck | 1 comment

Myst Worlds recently provided more information on the collector's edition of Myst V: End of Ages. Myst V is being developed by Cyan Worlds and is now scheduled for a September 22 release. Myst V is supposedly the final game in the best-selling series, and has been touted as "the pinnacle of adventure gaming." The collector's edition includes all the following features:

• Myst®V : End of Ages game on DVD-ROM

• Exclusive bonus DVD with:
- 25 minutes Making-of
- Game soundtrack
- Game trailers

• Exclusive collector booklet (152 pages) including:
- Intro from Rand Miller
- Exclusive world-premiering preview of the new Myst book (“The Book of Marrim”, written by Rand Miller).
- D’ni language grammar & dictionary
- Previous Myst games overview
- Artwork gallery

The collector's edition also features leather book-like packaging, so check out their site for pictures of the packaging. For more information, click the link below.

Cyan
Myst V: End of Ages
Myst Worlds Website
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Macgamestore: Pre-Order Myst V: End of Ages Limited Edition
1:18 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 3 comments

Macgamestore.com has begun taking pre-orders for the Mac version of Myst V: End of Ages Limited Edition. This Mac-branded version of the Collector's Edition will be the ONLY Mac version of Myst V available and will be available in limited quantities.

Beautifully designed and packed with bonus content, the Limited Edition offers Myst fans a memorable gift to mark the end of the series:

• A 22-minute video, made by GameTap, offers a retrospective look at the making of the entire franchise.
• The original game soundtrack transports fans to the ambient worlds of Myst whenever and wherever they like.
• A collector's art piece provides a frame-able keepsake from the worlds of Myst.
• The official strategy guide helps new and old explorers progress through this final adventure.

Myst V: End of Ages Limited Addition is available for pre-order for $59.95 from Macgamestore.com

Macgamestore: Pre-Orer Myst V: End of Ages Limited Edition



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IMG Interviews RollerCoaster Tycoon 3's Frontier Development
11:07 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted an interview with the makers of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, Frontier Developments. The Mac port is being done by Aspyr Media and is expected to be released this winter. Here's a clip from the feature:

IMG: What is the most amusing thing that you've had happen in a game of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3?

Watts: Hmm—it's a pretty rich game in terms of stuff going on, and of course it depends what amuses you—you may like to burst kids' balloons with your mouse, or cause your coasters to "accidentally on purpose" crash, or just watch the behavior of the crowd (couples kissing, telling jokes etc.), but I have to admit to a fondness for President Clint Bushton's (one of the games VIPs) reaction when he meets a park guest called Monica... Actually one thing you should look out for is the superb community that has built up around the game, which Mac players will be able to participate in, of course. There is so much time and effort lavished on coaster designs, parks and in-game videos it's hard to believe the talent and dedication of some of the people—their creations are seriously impressive and sometimes downright hilarious.

To check out the entire interview, please follow the link below.

Interview with RollerCoaster Tycoon 3's Frontier
Aspyr Media
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Hands on With Age of Empires III for PC
7:56 AM | Franklin Pride | 10 comments

Planetageofmythology.com has released a large feature on Age of Empires III. The feature covers the new card system, the home cities, various groups and their powers, and quite a bit of the new game's strategies.

The very first AOEIII game we played on our trip was this random matchup 2v2.  I was playing British with my new lvl 1 home city Fogtown, on my newly created ESOII account.  The three of them wanted to do HG vs PAOM, though I must admit I was a bit too much of a chicken to accept.:)  I'm going to take some journalistic liberties here and say the map we played was Carolinas, a random map that has extra resource crates around your Home City at the start of the game.  I'm not positive this first game was on that map, but it gives me the excuse to bring up a fun aspect to the British bonus which has received a lot of community speculation:  British build Manor Houses that spawn villagers once complete.
Since the previous games in the Age of Empires series have been ported to Mac, we're hopeful this latest episode should follow in that tradition after its PC release.

To read the complete feature, scroll down and click on the appropriate link.

Age of Empires III Feature
MacSoft
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Age of Empires II


Controller Mate v3.1 Released
7:56 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

OrderedBytes recently announced an update to their popular application, Controller Mate. Controller Mate allows users to configure their human interface devices (controllers, joysticks, etc.) to perform a wide array of functions using the power of AppleScript. v3.1 includes the following changes:

The outputs from building blocks may now be attached to any number of inputs to other building blocks. This allows a single value (for example, the result from an AppleScript) to be evaluated by several other building blocks.
"Quick Help" panels have been added to the Inspector window to give new users a quick description of how the currently selected building block is used.
Start-up time has been improved, especially when a large number of building blocks have been defined.
User-interface elements in the Inspector window have been made more responsive for some types of building blocks.
The Keystrokes Palette window responds more quickly when dragging items.
To update or download the demo of Controller Mate, visit the OrderedBytes website by clicking the link below.

OrderedBytes Website



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New Colin McRae Rally 2005 Screenshots
7:56 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive has added nine new Colin McRae Rally 2005 screenshots to the game's mini-site. Among the new images are snapshots from the gameplay showing the game's HUD when racing using the inside view or the chase camera. Colin McRae Rally 2005 is a racing game featuring 30 plus cars, over 300 stages to compete in 9 international locations, variety of rally events, and much more.

If you are ready to race on over to view the new screenshots or to learn more information, click on the links below.

Feral Interactive
Zonic
Colin McRae Rally


BlizzCon Updates
7:56 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

The BlizzCon website has been updated to provide more information on events in the upcoming convention. The first is the BlizzCon Art Gallery where attendees will have the chance to meet the Blizzard Art & Cinematic Teams and view their artwork, some of which have never been seen by the public. Next, the developer panels for BlizzCon have been unveiled, which are being run by several different Blizzard teams. In addition, the 16 winners from the StarCraft and WarCraft III invitational tournament winners will have the chance to show off their skills to the attendees and compete for the grand prize of $10000 to go with their trophy.

For more information, follow the links below.

Blizzard Entertainment


China Lists Acceptable Games For Minors
7:56 AM | Anthony Wang | 3 comments

In the aftermath of China's decision to ban PvP games to minors, People's Daily Online, is reporting that the Chinese Ministry of Culture (MOC) has selected 15 games that minors can play. Of the 15 games, 11 were developed by the MOC, and the other 4 are foreign products. They range from Role-Playing games (RPG) to chess games.

The games include 11 domestic products like "Kriegspiel," "I-go," "Chinese Chess," "Gobang," "Magical Land" and "Digital Fairy," as well as four foreign products like "Poptang" and "Green Village." Most of the games are role playing games (RPG), recreation games and chess games.

According to the latest statistics released by the China National Internet Information Center, China registered a netizen population of 103 million, 71.1 percent of whom are teenagers.

To read the full article, follow the link below.

People's Daily Online: Article


Bill Roper Headlines Games Convention Developer Conference
7:56 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Representatives of the Games Convention Developer Conference (GCDC) announced on Friday that Bill Roper would be delivering the keynote speech at the event. The GCDC is one of the leading developers conferences in Europe and boasts a diverse group of attendees.

"Familiarizing myself with the interests and challenges of the various cultural groups of developers not only enables me to gain an insight into the industry as a whole, it also permits us to exchange information about our concepts," comments Roper. "It is the exchange of topics, ideas and problem solutions that makes participation at this year's GCDC so special."
The subject of Roper's keynote will be "PC, consoles and mobile gaming: can these exist with one another?" He sees the future convergence of different platforms into one device.
"at some point there will be just one platform, combining console, PC, home entertainment and probably an espresso machine all in one unit". Until that point, however, he sees "market equality and enthusiastic players" for the console and PC platforms.
Roper, who currently manages Flagship Studios, is perhaps best known for his work overseeing such titles as Diablo, Warcraft, and Starcraft during his tenure at Blizzard. The GCDC conference will take place from August 16th to the 18th in Leipzig, Germany. Click the links below for more information.

GCDC Website
Flagship Studios
Blizzard Entertainment


Slacker's Guide Takes A Look At Kill Dr. Cote, Lugaru
7:56 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

On Friday the MacObserver posted a new Slacker's Guide feature, this time taking a look at Kill Dr. Cote, by Justin Ficoratta, and Lugaru, by Wolfire Software. According to the guide both games are a good way to spend a hot summer day away from the scorching heat.

True, the idea may not be completely original, but Ficarrotta recreates a classic almost to perfection. Kill Dr. Cote even drew enough attention to draw the adoring glances of the monkey-lovin' Freeverse Software, which tapped him to help create their Kill Monty shooter using his work as a template. Overall game play is both fun and challenging and tactics become critical as players must learn to control a veritable tide of opponents rushing towards them via limited means. Strategies may range from confronting the mass head-on to aiming grenades towards the center mass of the mob to a movement pattern that strafes around the edge of the screen and focuses on remaining alive...

...Unlike anything you've ever played, Lugaru uses an adjustable camera system with standard movement and control keys to allow players to move across the terrain, grab weapons, jump and initiate combo attacks against opponents. One of the most technologically advanced shareware titles you may ever see, the game features fully detailed models, intricate textures, extensive levels (which come in handy when sneaking around a group of enemies or in luring individual opponents out for one on one combat), extraordinarily precise rag doll physics (mistime a landing as you jump onto a slanted surface and the character will fall) and a sound system that makes you glad you bought your external speakers, Wolfire has done their homework and it shows.

The entire article can be read at the link below. Demos of both games can be downloaded from Macgamefiles.com.

MacObserver: The Slacker's Guide
Wolfire Software
Lugaru
Justin Ficarrotta's Website
Lugaru 1.05
Kill Dr. Cote 1.0
Buy Lugaru


Electronic Gaming Monthly Top 10 Game Cliches
7:56 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In its 200th issue, Electronic Gaming Monthly takes a look at the most tired cliches in gaming. Everything from "big head mode" to exploding barrels receives a place on the list of infamy.

Here are a few cliches from the list:

9:
Hero's town gets destroyed

Signs it might be time to move: neighbor's kid starts messing around with swords and magic, elite paramilitary group starts harassing local residents, unusual frequency of earthquakes and/or eclipses. If you notice any of these things happening, call your realtor. A role-playing game is starting and your property value is about to go way down.

6:
Out-of-place puzzles

Imagine if every time you wanted to go down into your basement, you had to wait for a full moon, procure a statue made of precious jewels, solve a ninth-grade logic puzzle, and then push a heavy bookshelf so that it's exactly perpendicular to your couch. All you wanted was your baseball glove, sheesh.

4:
Ridiculous portrayals of females

Women have breasts. Get over it.

Check out the list at the link below to see if your most hated cliches made the cut.


EGM Top Ten Gaming Cliches


CNN Reviews Diner Dash
7:56 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

In a recent review, CNN's Fun & Games section took a look at Diner Dash, a restaurant managing game from PlayFirst. Available to play online as well as in a downloadable form, Diner Dash allows players to assume the role of Flo, an ex-stockbroker who has decided to open her own diner. To help her in her task players must juggle the seating of customers, fetch menus, and deliver food in a timely manner.

Many of the title's 50 levels add new challenges such as elderly customers who take longer to order and eat (which is particularly frustrating when there's a line at the door), teenagers who don't tip well, food critics who require extra attention, and later on in the game, bonus points for matching the colors of the customers' outfits with the chairs, such as yellow, green, red, purple or blue.

You also can rack up bonus points when Flo handles two tables at once. For example, if the customers at two nearby tables put down their menus at the same time, Flo can take both their orders before dropping them off together at the kitchen. This will yield more points than taking their orders to the kitchen separately. Likewise, for a similar bonus, you can carry two trays of food at once or bus two tables in a row.

Delivering a speedy dining experience -- by seating customers, taking orders, serving food and busing tables all in a timely manner -- is the goal to winning "Diner Dash."

Available for both Macs and Windows machines, the Diner Dash demo can be downloaded from Macgamefiles.com. To learn more about the game and read the entire review check out the links below.

CNN: Diner Dash Review
PlayFirst
Diner Dash 1.0



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Blizzard Adds New PvE Realm For World Of Warcraft
7:56 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

On Friday Blizzard announced the addition of another Player vs. Environment realm for their popular online role playing game World of Warcraft. This addition will bring the total number of U.S. realms to 101.

Due to the tremendous response to the opening of Moonrunner, we are happy to introduce another PvE realm - Greymane! Thanks to all our PvE realm fans, and we hope you enjoy. All new realms are tagged with the "New" label on the realm-selection list to make them easy to spot
For more information check out the World of Warcraft website at the link below.

Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft
Buy World of Warcraft



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Mythic Blades Reviewed At Worthplaying.com
7:56 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The PC version of Mythic Blades, a 3D real time fighting game from Vermillion Entertainment and Cartel Games, has been reviewed on Worthplaying.com. Blades allows players to take the role of a Greek hero or monster of legend to determine whether Ares or Zeus will rule Olympus. Players will be able to choose from such mythological notables as Jason, Perseus, Odysseus and Medusa.

The stages showcase Greek architecture in all of its rough-textured glory. Of course, then there's the changing weather on a few stages, which show off some lens-flare and light bloom that show promise.

The characters all animate the same, save for the final boss, the Hydra. They're fluid and there are only a few clipping problems, and those only show themselves when fighting the Hydra. One of the more subtle touches is how as the characters get damaged, they start to get pretty bloodied up, so at a glance, it's usually easy to tell whether or not the fight's going your way.

As reported earlier in the year on IMG, Cartel Games is currently working on an OS X version of the game. It is expected to be released sometime this fall. Check out the links below for the rest of the review and more information about the game.

Mythic Blades
Worthplaying: Mythic Blades Review


Mac Games News for Friday, August 5, 2005

Aspyr Announces RollerCoaster Tycoon 39:13 AM
Custer is Glorified9:08 AM
China Considers Strict Gaming Regulations9:05 AM
Diablo 2 Ladder Reset Announced9:05 AM
Hellgate: London Roundtable Chat Log Posted9:05 AM
Applelinks Reviews The Commandos Battlepack9:04 AM
Workaround For Star Wars: BattleFront Multiplayer9:04 AM
World of WarCraft Character Transfers9:04 AM
 
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