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Battleground Europe Goes Gold
7:17 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

The World War II Era MMORPG, Battleground Europe has gone gold. Developed by Cornered Rat Software in association with GMX Media, Battleground Europe features an enhanced graphics engine, new weaponary, vehicles, locations, and much more. The sequel is a retail re-release of the original WWII Online with new and improved features.

“After months of testing and years of development, Battleground Europe is now ready for retail.” quoted Eugene Perry, COO for GMX Media. “The finished product is a game of epic scale that will continue to evolve and improve as other MMOs come and go. Battleground Europe is testament to what a dedicated development team and supportive community can create when their shared goal is a rewarding and fun experience for all.”
Battleground Europe will storm the beaches of war later this month. Please follow the links below to learn more information.

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Apple Updates Hot Deals
8:46 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

CompUSA has money saving deals on a bevy of Mac products, including the Viewsonic VX910 19" LCD Display with $70 mail-in rebate, Targus XL Notebook Backpack with $20 mail-in rebate, Samsung SyncMaster 19" LCD Display with $50 mail-in rebate, Epson Stylus Pro R200 with $20 mail-in rebate, and much more.

Sweetwater has fantastic deals on a wide range of audio products for your Mac, including the M-Audio Fast Track USB Audio Interface with Guitar Effects Software, Ultrasone HFI.550 Extreme Isolation Headphones, Macki Tracktion with VST Support, Frontier Design TransPort USB Wireless DAW Controler with Full Transport Functions, Native Instruments Kompakt, Native Instruments XpressKeys,  and much more.

Macgamestore: Gangland In Stock
7:49 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story is now shipping Virtual Programming's Gangland. It is available for $39.95.

Gangland promises all wannabe mobster bosses a unique experience that'll blow their brains out.

Singleplayer story
There were five brothers: Romano, Angelo, Sonny, Chico and Mario. As kids growing up in Sicily with their grandparents they were inseparable. But as they grew older, three of the brothers became more and more unsatisfied with the quiet life in the Mediterranean. One day they killed their own brother Chico in a fight and then fled to the land of opportunity where they each began a criminal career. That made grandpa very upset, so he sent his fourth grandchild to America to avenge the murder by tracking down and killing his malicious brothers.

Multiplayer story
You take on the role of one of the four Italian brothers, Mario, Angelo, Romano or Sonny. Born into Sicilian mafia, you must work your way up within the family and compete with other mobs and gangsters for supremacy in Paradise City.

• Unique blend of RTS/RPG/SIM
• Experience a living city with 800+ citizens per map
• Interact with 500+ non-player characters with individual behavior
• Make your own family from 20+ unique characters
• Build a shady business empire
• Visit 26 different map locations in Paradise City
• Solve 26 conquests and challenges
• Make use of a vast array of weapons and gadgets
• Use the environment in thrilling action-driven combat
• Use subversive gameplay tactics to trap your opponents
• Get surprised by the non-linear event-driven plot
• Compete with other players to get on the high-score lists

Macgamestore: Gangland

IMG Posts Inside Mac Shareware - October
7:18 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MG has posted the fifth edition of Inside Macintosh Shareware, a bi-monthly guide that showcases some new and not-so-new shareware and freeware games for the Mac. The feature covers various shareware games available for the Mac.

To check out the feature, follow the link below.

IMG Feature: Inside Mac Shareware - October

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Friday Surprise From Blizzard?
7:17 AM | Anthony Wang | 15 comments

A look at, Blizzard's multiplayer service for their games, reveals the date 10-7-05 or October 7, 2005 in front of WarCraft and StarCraft images. What could Blizzard have up their sleeves is anyones guess.

Please follow the links below to learn more information.
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New Making of Myst Video
7:17 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Myst Worlds recently posted the third "Making of Myst" video, a documentary series chronicling the history of the Myst series. This video highlights the development of Myst 4: Revelation, and the new innovations this lead to in Myst V: End of Ages.

Note, the video is available only in .wmv format. To download the video, or visit the Myst Worlds Website, click the link below.

Myst V: End of Ages
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Playable World of WarCraft Expansion
7:17 AM | Anthony Wang | 4 comments

Blizzard announced that their upcoming World of WarCraft expansion will be playable for BlizzCon attendees. They will have the oppurtunity to try out the next wave of offerings from the world's most popular MMORPG. The expansion set is still yet to be named and is still shrouded in mystery.

The World of Warcraft development team has confirmed that BlizzCon attendees will be able to go hands-on with a playable sneak peek of the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion. For those who won't be able to attend BlizzCon, please note that gaming magazines hitting newsstands in different regions of the world around the time of the event will feature in-depth previews on the new content we have in store.
For those of you who are on the fence about whether to attend BlizzCon, there is still a limited number of exhibit-only tickets on sale at a reduced price tag of $85. The exhibit-only tickets gives you access to everything, but the concluding music performance by the Offspring. In addition, this is a great chance to have a hands-on play of the upcoming World of WarCraft expansion set due sometime next year.

Please follow the links below for more information.

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Salvo! Reviewed
7:17 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gamerz Edge recently posted a review of Sharpnel Games' Salvo!, a turn based strategy title focusing on naval warfare in the age of wooden ships and billowing sails. Although the game only managed to conquer a 5.7 out of 10, Gamerz suggested the title might still appeal to certain strategy gamers with an interest in the game's subject.

From the review:

I have to give this game a lot of credit on its variety. You can select between a variety of naval factions including those from Holland, England, France, as well as America. Within these factions there are a variety of different types of ships including fire ships and schooners and merchantmen ships. Notably, these ships are quite different and have their uses in different strategies. Speaking of strategy you want always want to try to pound your enemy from afar with cannons; instead, you'll find it almost necessary at times to try and get close to enemy ships and board them. Having done that you can deploy your crew to fight theirs.
For the full review set sail for Gamerz Edge at the link below.

Gamerz Edge: Salvo Review
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Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer Screenshots
7:17 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gamebiz has released five new screenshots of The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer, THQ's sequel to the movie and original game. Taking place directly after the film's conclusion Underminer follows the adventures of Mr. Incredible and his pal Frozone as they battle the menace of The Underminer and his robot hordes.

To check out all the screenshots follow the link below.

Gamebiz: Incredibles Screenshots
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Wideload's Matt Soell Interviewed
7:17 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gamasutra's weekly Media Consumption interview recently featured Wideload Games' Matt Soell. Before Wideload, Soell was the "voice of Bungie" providing information about Halo to news outlets, answering newsgroup queries, and contributing to the writing of Bungie's game manuals, ad copy, and even some game content. The interview focuses on what Gamasutra calls the "four basic food groups of audio, video, printed word and games."

From the interview:

"There are not a lot of games that I play all the way through. I do have a little box of games at home that I’m going to get to one of these days, because people recommended them or whatever. I did pick up We Love Katamari and brought that in to the office. One of the guys here has been sort of obsessively playing that. So when he leaves I go into the back room and play it myself. It’s a really, really fun game. Entirely apart from the game mechanics, which is genius; someone figured out how to take popping bubble wrap and turn it into a game. There’s just this compulsion to keep going. And I love the localization, the King of the Cosmos’ complete contempt for his son. You can tell the translators went to great lengths to get the right feeling into the game, it shows." Soell says the last game he played through to the end was Peter Molyneux's action-RPG, Fable. "I liked that a lot more than I expected to. I had fun with it! It’s very well designed in that way. There are people who complain that you can’t do these things that he said you could do but, I wasn’t really paying attention to that stuff anyway. Being on the inside of the industry, I know how things can change."
For the rest of the interview follow the link below. Wideload's first game, Stubbs The Zombie, is scheduled for release this month.

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Custer Goes Small
7:17 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

After a recent trip to his local Apple store, IMG's Brad Custer was inspired with a new desktop for you this week. Apple's own iPod nano is one of the hottest tech toys out there right now. Custer has paid tribute to it in his latest work.

Here's a clip from Custer's Desktops with more of an explanation:

Since the release of the iPod nano from Apple, it seems only one piece of technology is on everyone's mind. I was recently in my local Apple store and literally I'd say half the people were there for this latest music player. So, I shouldn't be surprised that several of you have wanted to see a desktop for it. Normally, I am only creating game-related desktops, but I do enjoy featuring Apple technology so of course I jump at any chance to do so. With the help of Apple I was able to create this week's wallpaper.
Head over to Custer's Desktops to grab the latest desktop now.

IMG Desktop: Small
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Mac Games News for Thursday, October 6, 2005

Care Bears Return To Catch A Star9:18 AM
Cyan World's Tim Larkin Interviewed9:18 AM
Doom Movie Website Relaunched9:18 AM
EA Settles Overtime Lawsuit9:18 AM
Finding Nemo Swims Onto Macs9:18 AM
id Software: Wolfenstein Sequel Coming9:18 AM
Peter Jackson to Produce Halo Movie9:18 AM
Quake IV PC Goes Gold9:18 AM
Ultranium 5 Coming Soon9:18 AM
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