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Spiderweb Avernum Trilogy CD, Lowers Prices
7:33 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software, the independent developer behind the Avernum and Geneforge series, has announced the release of the Avernum Trilogy CD. The Avernum series follows the struggles of adventurers trapped in a subterranean nation comprised of exiles from the surface world. Spiderweb has also announced a drop in price for other games including the Geneforge Trilogy.

The hit Avernum Trilogy is now available on one handy CD-ROM for $45. Avernum is a subterranean nation, a gigantic prison for unfortunate people who were banished from the surface of the world. Experience the epic tale of the Avernites, as they struggle to survive and return to the surface world.

The first three games of the Geneforge saga are now available for $55. Geneforge is a fantasy adventure with a science-fiction twist. You are a Shaper, a member of a secretive sect with the ability to make and mold life to serve your purposes. In these open-ended games, you can serve your people, change sides to fight them, and seek your goals with your own horde of custom-made mutant monsters.

Demos for Spiderweb's games can be found at their website or at Macgamefiles.com. To check out the new pricing follow the link below.

Avernum Trilogy CD and Price Drop Announcement
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Apple Unveils Mac Mini with Intel Core Duo
11:10 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 63 comments

Apple today unveiled the new Mac mini with the Intel Core Duo processor, delivering performance up to four times faster than its predecessor and providing even greater expansion in the same innovative and incredibly compact design. Starting at just $599, the Mac mini is the most affordable way to enjoy iLife ’06, the next generation of Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications, and features the Apple Remote and Front Row so you can play your music, enjoy your photo slideshows, watch your DVDs, iMovies, music videos and television shows from across the room. Here's more from the full press release:

“With the new Mac mini, Apple has now moved 50 percent of its entire product line to Intel within 60 days—a record transition,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The new Mac mini is now up to four times faster with the Intel Core Duo, includes even greater expansion in the same incredibly compact design, and is the most affordable way to enjoy Front Row and iLife ‘06.”

Featuring the next generation of Apple’s breakthrough Front Row media experience, the new Mac mini gives customers a simple way to enjoy their digital lifestyle content on the Mac mini including music, photos and videos from across the room using the Apple Remote. With the latest version of Front Row, customers can now effortlessly access shared iTunes® playlists, iPhoto® libraries and video throughout their home via Bonjour™, Apple’s zero configuration wireless networking built into Mac OS® X.

The new Mac mini offers a completely new system architecture for performance up to four times as fast as the previous Mac mini, including a 667 MHz front-side bus and 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory expandable to 2GB. With the latest high-performance connectivity options, every new Mac mini now includes built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, built-in AirPort® Extreme 802.11g WiFi for fast 54 Mbps wireless networking**, built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) and a total of four USB 2.0 ports, twice as many as the previous generation. Mac mini includes a DVI interface and a VGA-out adapter to easily connect to a variety of displays, including many of today’s most popular flat panel televisions, and now features both analog and digital audio outputs to easily connect to a home stereo.

The new Mac mini includes iLife ‘06, the next generation of Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring major new versions of iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD®, GarageBand™ and introducing iWeb™, a new iLife application that makes it super-easy to create amazing websites with photos, blogs and Podcasts and publish them on .Mac for viewing by anyone on the Internet with just a single click. All the iLife ‘06 applications are Universal applications that run natively on the new Intel-based Mac mini for maximum performance.

Every new Mac mini comes with the latest release of the world’s most advanced operating system, Mac OS X version 10.4 “Tiger” including Safari™, Mail, iCal®, iChat AV and Front Row, running natively. Mac OS X Tiger includes an innovative software translation technology called Rosetta™ that lets customers run most Mac OS X PowerPC applications seamlessly.

The new 1.5 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $599 (US), includes:

1.5 GHz Intel Core Solo processor;
512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable up to 2GB;
a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive;
60GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
Intel GMA950 graphics processor;
built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
four USB 2.0 ports;
one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately); and
the infrared Apple Remote.
The new 1.66 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $799 (US), includes:
1.66 GHz Intel Core Duo processor;
512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 2GB;
a slot-load 8x SuperDrive™ with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
80GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
Intel GMA950 graphics processor;
built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
four USB 2.0 ports;
one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately); and
the infrared Apple Remote.
Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, 80GB, 100GB and 120GB Serial ATA hard drives, iWork ’06 (pre-installed), AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme Base Station, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Apple Wireless Mouse, Apple USB Modem and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

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MacGames DVD 6 Goes Gold
9:48 AM | Tuncer Deniz

The sixth edition of the MacGames DVDhas gone gold and will begin shipping late this week. Included on the DVD are over a dozen new demos including DOOM 3, Lego Star Wars, Stubbs The Zombie, and much more

If you haven't subscribed to the MacGames DVD, now's your chance. Included with each DVD are dozens of new demos, hundreds of shareware games, and tons of updates, add-ons, movies, and more. Nearly 4.7 Gigabytes of Mac gaming on every DVD!

Subscriptions to the MacGames DVD start at just $49 for 8 DVD's and include a free game. Subscribe for 16 DVD's and get two free games. Here's a list of the games IMG is currently offering with a MacGames DVD subscription:

Age of Mythology
James Bond 007: NightFire
MTX: Mototrax
SpyHunter
Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness

For more, head over to Macgamestore.com.

Macgamestore: MacGames DVD


Macgamestore: Gish, Alchemy Deluxe Now Available
9:22 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Macgamestore.com today has begun selling two digital download games including ChronicLogic's Gish and PopCap Games' Alchemy Deluxe.

In Gish, available for $19.99, you play an amorphous ball of tar that rolls and squishes around. Players experience a one-of-a-kind, 2D side-scrolling action-adventure game featuring unique gameplay only provided by GISH.

In Alchemy Deluxe, available for $14.95, you transmute lead to gold with this magically addictive puzzler!

For more on these products, including free demos, follow the link below.

Macgamestore: Gish
Macgamestore: Alchemy Deluxe


Skunk Studios Interview
7:33 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Last week Gamecloud posted another interview in their continuing series focusing on casual game developers. This time the spotlight is on Skunk Studios, developer of QBeez 2 and Mah Jong Adventures. The interview reveals Skunk Studios' origins, future plans, and discusses the casual games business in general.

Gamecloud - What are some of the company's upcoming games?

Margaret Wallace - We have several titles in the works right now that introduce entirely new game mechanics and fun new features – but this all still very top-secret! All I can say is that I’m really excited about our upcoming line-up. QBeez 2, our latest game, came out a couple of weeks ago -- it has been very well-received. Mah Jong Adventures was released in December 2005 and was also a top-seller.
Skunk Studios' website offers over 30 Mac OS X friendly games from a variety of developers. To check out the rest of the interview and learn more about the games follow the links below.

Gamecloud: Skunk Studios Interview
QBeez 2
Mah Jong Adventures
Skunk Studios


Mac Games News for Monday, February 27, 2006

Macgamestore: Fairies Now Available10:55 AM
nVidia Quad SLI and 7900GTX7:40 AM
UT2007 Coming to PC This Winter?7:40 AM
IMG Previews Quake 47:39 AM
Minions Of Mirth Examined7:39 AM
QBeez 2 Reviewed7:39 AM
 
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