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Monday, March 13, 2006


XFX to Release Video Cards for Mac G4s?
8:29 AM | Evan Holt | 7 comments

Hexus.net is running an exclusive report that claims that XFX has revealed that it has signed a licensing agreement to develop and bring to market a range of NVIDIA GeForce-based Shader Model 3.0 graphics accelerators to upgrade Apple G4 Macs.

Apparently XFX and Apple have been engaged in negotiation for some 18 months and the first fruits of their agreement are set to be available around June of this year.

The initial offerings will be XFX GeForce 6600 GT AGP products, though other, even more powerful and higher-end, variants should follow soon after.

For the present it seems these XFX graphics cards will be available from Apple's own on-line store, from specialist Apple Mac resellers and Apple's distribution chain.

Follow the link below for the full exclusive report.

Hexus:XFX to power Apple Mac G4s
XFX
NVIDIA


Macgamestore: Adventure Inlay, Super TextTwist Available
12:29 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Macgamestore.com has two new GameHouse products available for purchase as digital downloads through Macgamestore.com. Each are available for $19.99.

Adventure Inlay is new and improved! New levels, new shapes and a free screen saver have been added to make your adventure even more enticing! Challenge yourself with four distinctly addictive game modes. Traditional mode will keep you on your toes. Strategery lets you plan your moves, but danger is always near. Revealer mode will pique your curiosity. Enigma mode provides a relaxing and mind bending puzzle.

In Super TextTwist, you make as many words as you can with the letters you're given. Use all your letters to make a word and you'll move on to the next round. If you get stuck, just click on Twist for a hint. Don't worry, we've already thought of all the words. You just have to tell us what they are!

Macgamestore: Adventure Inlay Safari Edition
Macgamestore: Super TextTwist


Apple Updates Hot Deals
12:24 PM | Tuncer Deniz

audioMIDI has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including; Focusrite Saffire FireWire Digital Audio Workstation Interface for only $345.00 after $50 limited time mail-in rebate!; Tascam US-122 2-channel USB audioMIDI Interface w/two pre-amps for only $195!; padKONTROL MIDI Studio Controller from KORG features 16 velocity-sensitive Trigger pads w/LED illumination. Drum on for only $195.00; Purchase a Propellerheads Reason software product, and get a FREE 64MB Thumb Drive containing a Sonic Reality Refill that includes patches for Reason 3.0; GarageBand Tutorial DVD from ASK Video for only $30.00!; and much more.

ClubMac has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including; the LaCie d2 Extreme 500GB Triple interface (FW 800/400 and USB 2.0) external hard drive for only $347.99; the D-Link PersonalAir DBT-120 Bluetooth USB adapter for only $19.95 after $50.00 mail-in rebate!; LaCie 4GB Carte Orange USB 2.0 portable storage device for only $95.99; Roxio Toast 7 Titanium for only $59.99 after $20 mail-in rebate; Macromedia Studio 8 for $999.00; Stuffit Deluxe 10.0 from Allume for only $79.99!; from Aspyr Media get the Sims Party Pack for only $48.99; and more.

Sweetwater Sound has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including; Blue Snowball USB Cardioid/Omni condenser mic with stand and cable for only $159.97; Waves (GTR) Guitar Tool Rack features Waves Amp plug-in w/seven modeled amps; Waves Stomp plug-in with 23 classic and modern effects; and more for only $450.00!; Sony MDR-7506 pro-grade foldable headphones for only $99.97; Steinberg Cubase SE, powerful audio/MIDI recording software for only $99.99!; TAPCO Mix.50 5-channel USB ultra-compact mixer with 1 mono mic/line input, 2 stereo inputs and tape I/O  and much more.




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IMG Reviews Creatures: Village
12:21 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Creatures: Village. Here's a clip from the review:

Creatures: Village expands on the Creatures world by allowing you and your Norns to explore a large number of areas beyond their dwelling. You start out with two Norn eggs. Place one in the crib in the nursery, and it will eventually hatch. Once hatched, you will get the opportunity to name your Norn. You can either go with the name that the computer provides, or you can come up with your own. Once named, the Norn will jump down and start exploring the world with you.
To check out the entire review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Creatures: Village
Kutoka Interactive
Buy Creatures: Village


iGame Radio Chats With Julian Dibbell
8:45 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

On tonight's broadcast of iGame Radio, host Omaha Sternberg chats with Julian Dibbell, the gamer and journalist that dared to pay his taxes on his in-game item sales.

For one year, Julian moved forward with a "dubious proposition", in which he intended to make his primary source of income from the sale of imaginary goods, and would truthfully report to the IRS his taxable income from that source. During this time, he blogged about his activities on his site, Play Money. Author of many articles on the cyberworld, especially online gaming, and soon-to-be author of a book about Play Money, we'll talk to Julian about his writings, Play Money, the economies of online games, and where he will be going from here.

Omaha will also offer Mac gaming news, reviews, commentary, and giveaways, and together with her guest will take questions live from listeners in the iGame Radio chat room (AIM/iChat room name "iGameRadio") and on the air (using the VoIP software Skype; see the rules regarding this method on the iGame Radio home page).

iGame Radio can be heard live on MacRadio from 6 to 7:30 pm Pacific Time, 9 to 10:30 pm Eastern (Tuesday from 0200 to 0330 UTC), and on demand thereafter. Listeners can tune in at the iGame Radio web page, where they'll also find archives of past broadcasts. QuickTime 5 or above and a 56 kbps or faster Internet connection are required for the live broadcast; QuickTime 5 and above, or iTunes 4.9 or other MP3 enabled software (such as iPodderX), are required for access to the archives.

For more, visit iGame Radio.

iGame Radio


Puppy Games Releases Titan Attacks
8:42 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 4 comments

Puppy Games has announced the release of their second retro style shooter, Titan Attacks.

Titan Attacks combines the look and challenge of the retro era with modern physics and particle effects of a modern PC. The end result is a game that is familiar in style that plays smoothly and contains much more excitement than the original counterparts.

Titan Attacks features over 100 levels of heart pounding action. Gain money by collecting bounties and bonuses and use them to upgrade your ship with better shields, advanced weaponry, faster movement, and more. Titan Attacks features very non-graphic violence, making it a safe choice for young adults.

The Modern-Retro line of Puppy Games products includes Ultratron, a tribute to Robotron, and Titan Attacks, which is close in many ways to Space Invaders. Each game features advanced particle effects, unique retro style graphics, and classic, easy to learn gameplay.
A free demo is available for download from Macgamefiles.com. For more, head over to the official web site.

MGF: Titan Attacks 1.0
Puppy Games


A Call To Support Original Mac Game Developers
8:29 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

In a recent blog article, Macworld's Peter Cohen examined the impact of "ported" games on the Mac gaming market. Warning against exclusively buying games brought over from the PC and console side, Cohen encourages gamers to take a look at the original games available to them. The article includes brief descriptions of some developers of original titles including Ambrosia Software, Freeverse Software, and Spiderweb Software.

The problem with conversions, which still make up the bulk of the games sold for the Mac every year, is they relegate the Mac to the status of a “me too” platform. Macs are a secondary development platform that’s an afterthought, if it’s a thought at all, in the minds of mainstream game developers. And secondary development platforms are almost always doomed to failure.

There are a lot of reasons why the Mac hasn’t blossomed like other platforms when it comes to gaming, and I’ll be taking a look at some of those reasons in future blog entries and offering some suggestions for change. Suffice to say that for now, there’s a practical step you can take to help turn the market around. And it’s simple: Buy games from original Mac developers.

To read the entire article follow the link below.

Macworld Game Room: Support Original Mac Game Developers
Ambrosia Software
Freeverse
Spiderweb Software



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Magic Stones: The Ice Queen Expansion Pack Released
8:29 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Winter Wolves has announced another expansion pack for their hybrid role playing card game, Magic Stones. The expansion, titled The Ice Queen, includes two new avatars, several dangerous opponents, and a fresh quest featuring two possible endings. Numerous bug fixes and enhancements are also included with the expansion, which brings the game to version 1.1.7.

Here's a list of what the expansion offers:

· added new quest “The Ice Queen” that will introduce 2 new avatars, the Griffon and the Golden Giant. The quest has 2 different endings.
· changed damage system: now avatars will hit more often but they'll make less critical hits, to balance better the game
· changed Mannaz behaviour: now the spell replenish up to 25% of druid total mana, so if you cast it and you have already more than 25% of your total mana the spell has no effect.
· fixed an animation bug that wasn't showing the bonus/malus effect at beginning of round (even if they were correctly applied anyway)
· fixed Raido spell text typo, the spell lasts for the rest of the fight and not for 5 turns as was incorrectly stated in the manual
· added avatar experience levels: if you collect the same avatar stone in the gather artifact mode, every 10 stones collected the avatar will gain one level, increasing their attack and defence by level value, and hit points by level value multiplied by 5. That way even the weakest avatars can become very powerful if you spend much time in gather artifact.
The Ice Queen is available free of charge to registered owners of Magic Stones. For more information visit the Magic Stones web page at the link below.

Winter Wolves
Magic Stones



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Heroes of Might and Magic V Developer Diary
8:29 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Since a PC open beta for Heroes of Might and Magic was released a couple of weeks ago, accompanied by an outcry, gamers and fans have been cautious at the direction of HOMM V. Nevertheless, a new developer diary has been posted on the official website to disclose the progress on the new combat system.

Finally, a core objective on Heroes 5 was from the start to get a faster gameplay. As the battle screen is a place where you can spend most of the playing time, it is also a place to try to gain some time, by reaching conclusions faster. Most of the early fights are usually one-sided, hence the idea to create a smaller battlefield specifically for the first part of the game.
Please follow the links below to learn more information.


HOMM V Developer Diary
Freeverse
Ubisoft
Heroes of Might & Magic V
Buy Heroes of Might & Magic V



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WoW:The Burning Crusade Preview
8:29 AM | Anthony Wang | 4 comments

Gamedaily has posted an in-depth preview of World of WarCraft: The Burning Crusade. This preview delves into the planned features such as dungeons, the coveted level 70 cap, and the Outland, the newest area to be explored. In development by Blizzard, WoW:TBC is the anticipated expansion pack that will expand the universe and features of the original World of WarCraft.

When it comes to Warcraft, there are many types of players, the most extreme being the ones who've eaten everything that Blizzard's thrown their way and desire new treats, and the ones who are just stepping foot into Azeroth for the first time, but regardless of which group you fall into, The Burning Crusade will suit your tastes, and not just because it adds more ground to cover.
Be sure to click on the links below to learn more information.

GameDaily: Preview
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
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Gaming in 2006
8:29 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Two of the minds behind the Civilization game series, Sid Meier and Soren Johnson sat down to chat with Gamespy on this year's gaming scope. In the interview, they discuss a range of topics such as console vs. PC, retail vs. download, upcoming Firaxis titles, and gaming in general. Below is a snippet from the interview.

GameSpy: I was always surprised at what people have been able to do with Civilization without the source code and tools.

Johnson: Oh yeah! They came up with stuff in Civ III that -- well, like landmines. And we were saying, "No! They couldn't do that ... okay, they did." They figured it out. There are lots of cool mods out there.

We were really inspired by all the interface mods that you could do with World of Warcraft. The fact that they were able to do that at such a high level -- in such a cheat-prone type of game, without any problems -- we thought, "We should be able to do that."

Please click on the links below to learn more information.

GameSpy: Interview
Civilization IV
Buy Civilization IV


Mac Games News for Friday, March 10, 2006

Macgamestore: Garden Dreams, Mah Jong Medley Now Available2:01 PM
A New MMORPG Lurks In Hidden Waters8:20 AM
Call Of Duty 2 Reviewed8:20 AM
Custer Digs Up Another Desktop8:20 AM
Hearts of Iron II Updated8:20 AM
Oliver on Civ IV Tech8:20 AM
SketchFighter 4000 Alpha Progress8:20 AM
Windows On Intel Mac Page Debuts8:20 AM
IMG Podcast Episode 17 Released6:00 AM
 
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