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WoW 1.12 Preview: Cross-Realm Battlegrounds
8:13 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Hot on the heels of the release of the 1.11 patch for World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment is offering a glimpse of what the next patch will bring to the extremely popular MMORPG. The 1.12 patch will introduce cross-realm battlegrounds for the first time, allowing players from different realms to face off in the Alterac Valley, Warsong Gulch, and Arathi Basin.

Fans of non-battlground player versus player interaction will be given new content in the form of World PvP, combat which will involve battles over resources and strategic positions all across Azeroth.

Cross-Realm Battlegrounds
For the first time in the history of World of Warcraft, you will be able to face off against players from other realms in the Battlegrounds. Coming in patch 1.12 are cross-realm PvP Battlegrounds, linking Alterac Valley, Warsong Gulch, and Arathi Basin so that players from several realms will be combined into one huge matchmaking pool. Replenish your mana, sharpen your blades, and get ready for some brand-new challengers!

World PvP
While the Battlegrounds are about to receive a major upgrade of their own, players interested in World PvP will be glad to hear that patch 1.12 will introduce a brand-new type of PvP content to the game. The stage is set for intense, objective-based land battles as Horde and Alliance vie for control over important strategic positions and resources around Azeroth. Stay tuned for more news about these new world PvP enhancements coming to World of Warcraft.

To learn more about the upcoming additions, which will include a Rogue talent update, head over to the official WoW site listed below.

WoW: Patch 1.12 Preview
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Macgamestore Adds 5 Web Games, Tennis Titans
1:59 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Following the launch of free web games last week on the web site, Macgamestore.com has added five new web games this week to its line up of free web games. The new titles available include Thing Thing 3, Mah-Jomino, Flip Words, Gem Shop, and Quatrix. Be sure to follow the link below to check them out. More free web games will be added in the coming days, so be sure to check in often.

Macgamestore.com has also added Skunk Studios' Tennis Titans to its digital download line-up. The game is available for $19.95. A free demo of the game is available on the web site.

Hit the courts for some rowdy tennis fun with seven flavorful tennis characters! Featuring simple, easy-to-learn hitting and aiming, Tennis Titans brings together a crazy crew of colorful cartoon characters who all want the same thing - to be Court Champion. Plus, two great game modes means there's more ways to win! Charming, delightful, and beautifully rendered, Tennis Titans is a challenging treat for the entire family.

For more on Tennis Titans, follow the link provided below.

Macgamestore: Free Web Games Page
Macgamestore: Tennis Titans

Apple Posts New Hot Deals
1:59 PM | Tuncer Deniz

B&H Photo Videohas deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible photo and video products including: capture those special summer moments with the Kodak EasyShare Z650 6.1-megapixel digital camera w/10x zoom for only $269.95!; print those special moments with an Epson Stylus Photo R800 photo-quality inkjet printer that also prints on CD/DVDs for only $399.00!; got a black iPod? Then get the new Etymotic ER6iB sound-isolating stereo earphones for only $99.95!; if you are a video pro then you need the Avid Xpress DV 4.0 Basic Kit - video editing software for only $344.95!; listen to your iPod with the iM3 Universal Portable Audio Speaker System from Altec Lansing for only $119.95; and much more.

Publishing Perfectionhas deals on a wide variety of Mac products including: need editable maps? Then get Atlas International -an assortment of maps as Adobe Illustrator vector files from Map Resources for only $199.00; for extraordinary image enlargements and greater flexibility in working with digital images and more with Print Pro. 4.0 from Genuine Fractals for only $295.95!; get all three DreamSuite products (DreamSuite Series One, Series Two and Gel Series) with the DreamSuite Bundle froom AutoFX for only $389.95; get the picture with the Nikon Coolpix S4 6-megapixel, 10x optical zoom digital camera for only $349.95!; the Graphire4 6"x8" gives you need to edit your digital photos from Wacom for only $199.95!; and much more.

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IMG Posts Logitech V270 Blutooth Notebook Mouse Review
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Today IMG posted a review of the Logitech V270 Bluteooth Notebook Mouse. The V270 offers a smaller size, bluetooth connection, On/Off switch, and 1000-dpi optical sensor. From the IMG review:

While I still say trackpads are for the true warriors, the Logitech V270 Bluetooth Notebook Mouse is an extremely convenient mouse that does everything it advertises. It does have an very tiny delay after several seconds without use, especially if you're using additional bluetooth devices. This is also not an extreme high-end laser gaming mouse with super precision on any surface. But for those looking for a simple mouse for a new laptop computer, this is the way to go. The Logitech V270 is easily best mouse out there for Mac gamers on an Apple laptop.
To read the entire review, click the link below.

V270 Bluetooth Notebook Mouse
IMG Review - Logitech V270

Battle Corp Currently in Free Beta
8:52 AM | Eddie Park | 4 comments

An interesting title by the name of Battle Corp is currently in free beta status, allowing anyone interested in giving the game a spin to do so. A Flash-based browser game, Battle Corp touts itself as as a persistent, massively multiplayer strategy and war title.

Using a turn-based system and set in the future, Battle Corp allows players to run their own corporations. Both diplomacy and warfare are used, with the goal being to occupy as much territory as possible, accumulating both planets and the resources they contain.

Battlecorp is neither a reflex game nor an office game, but a real strategy and diplomacy game, where your tactical abilities and your thinking will be more usefull than your swiftness with the mouse.
Some points of interest include different warfare environments, which will force players to constantly change their tactics, and the free creation of Consortiums, which consist of allied corporations with ties that can be broken on a whim. More information, including a detailed tutorial, can be found at the official Battle Corp site.

Battle Corp

ZNES Released for Intel Macs
8:51 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

ZNes, an open source Super Nintendo emulator has been released for Intel Macs. The latest release enables Vsync in OpenGL video modes. At the moment, this emulator does not work with PowerPC Macs.

Download ZSNES here. ZSNES does not create any preference files; its config files, save rams and save states are stored in ~/.zsnes, where ~ denotes your home folder.
Please follow the link below for more information.

ZNes for Intel Macs

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Enigmo 2 Updated to 1.0.5
8:51 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Enigmo 2 has recently received a small but significant update, bringing it up to version 1.0.5. The update comes with a major performance enhancement that should see it running even better than before.

Created by Pangea Software, Enigmo 2 takes the original formula of redirecting various streams of matter and puts it all into a 3D world, allowing for some truly fiendish puzzles and creative solutions. The updated version is available from MacGameFiles, and those interested in purchasing a full copy can do so from the MacGameStore or directly from Pangea.

MGF - Enigmo 2 1.0.5
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fuhQuake QuakeWorld for OS X
8:13 AM | Anthony Wang | 6 comments

Jacek Piszczek has updated fuhQuake QuakeWorld to version 0.31.5 for Mac OS X. This is essentially a project to bring QuakeWorld somewhat up to date and enhance the game altogether. Also, this update is open source, so anyone may distribute and edit it under the terms of GNU General Public License.

fuhQuake 0.31.5

fuhQuake for MacOS X is a port of the Win32 / Linux Quakeworld client that aims not only to have a plethora of gameplay and console improvements, but to also incorporate stunning visual effects and eyecandy.


native x86 support
more key bindings
libpng/z/jpeg are no longer required
various fixes


Original Quake data files (pak0.pak and pak1.pak)
at least Mac OS X 10.3.9
G4 @ 1Ghz
512MB RAM or better recommend.

Please click on the links below to learn more information.

MGF- fuhQuake 0.31.5
fuHQuake Mac OS X
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Eschalon: Book 1 Update
8:13 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Basilisk Games has updated the status of Eschalon: Book 1, its upcoming fantasy role playing game. Originally given a tentative summer release date, the game will take longer than Basilisk had expected and will receive another release date in the future. The first in a planned trilogy, EB1 will send players on a quest to uncover the mystery of their character's origins in the turn-based style of classics such as Ultima and Might & Magic.

So what does all this mean? Well, after a lengthy review of the state of the game, we've determined that despite our best efforts we are not going to be able to meet our previously posted "summer" release date. It is also impossible to accurately determine when we will be finished with it, so we have decided not to toss out another release date until we know we can adhere to it. Don't panic! This is not some major delay for the game; simply put, we are not going to be done with it when we thought we would and we need a little more time. We promise to keep everyone informed on the game's development so that you'll know the release date as soon as we know the release date. The best way to stay in the loop is to check in with us regularly.
To keep the fans interested Basilisk released a few new screenshots. To read the update and view the screenshots click on the links below.

Basilisk Games
Eschalon: Book 1 Screenshots & Info

Mac Games News for Wednesday, June 21, 2006

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Heroes of Might and Magic V Reviewed7:02 AM
WoW: Midsummer Fire Festival7:02 AM
IMG Podcast LIVE! Tonight7:01 AM
Lugaru 2 Development Update7:01 AM
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