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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Gamerhood Interview
10:20 AM | Cord Kruse | 19 comments

Macworld has posted an interview with Michael Rogers, President of Aspyr Media, about the upcoming release of the company's new game downloading software. Titled Gamerhood, the software will allow users to purchase and download games in a format similar to iTunes. Other plans for Gamerhood include removing the need for CD or DVD copy protection checks by authorizing a limited number of machines to use a piece of software, and streamlining the update and patching process.

Rogers said that Apple’s iTunes Music Store is the model for Gamerhood—not Valve Software’s Steam technology, which is required in order to play the hit Windows game Half-Life 2. While Steam similarly allows you to download and play games without needing a disc in your drive, it’s been criticized for problematic connections and accused of having buggy anti-cheating and anti-piracy technology.

“Unless they have PCs, Mac gamers haven’t had that experience on the Mac,” said Rogers, referring to Steam. “So we’re trying to more closely model the iTunes Music Store, because it’s simple and easy and straightforward about what happens and how it works.”

Another key difference between Gamerhood and Steam, Rogers noted, is the absence of a multiplayer component—Gamerhood doesn’t seek to replace the multiplayer mechanisms found in Aspyr games. (Steam incorporates its own game finding, tracking, and chat service.)

Gamerhood is scheduled for a late 2006 release. The full interview can be read at the Macworld site listed below.

Macworld: Gamerhood Interview
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Macgamestore: Rainbow Web Now Available
3:03 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Rainbow Web is now available as a digital download from for $19.95. A free demo of the game is available on the site.

Rainbow Web takes you on a fun adventure to the land of fairies and elves. Spider, an evil wizard, has cast a spell over fairy creatures and spun a web over their kingdom. You must solve 60 puzzles to break the spell and return the land to sunshine.

Head over to Macgamestore to check out Rainbow Web.

Macgamestore: Rainbow Web

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IMG Reviews Super Collapse! 3
2:52 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Super Collapse! 3. Here's a clip from the review:

Collapse is a puzzle gamer's staple. It's a game that has progressed beyond game-ness and is now a basic gaming paradigm that other titles are built off of, a lá Tetris. It's always difficult for titles like Collapse to update themselves for a new generation and still make things worth dropping the cash for, though, since everyone knows the formula. However, Collapse manages this quite handily with Super Collapse 3.
To check out the entire review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Super Collapse! 3
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Mitigo 9 Side Scroller Released
10:21 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Iluminate Games has announced the released of Mitigo 9, a side scroller space shooter, where the player takes control of a deadly python fighter, the last of the Mitigo Special Forces - a peacekeeper unit mysteriously ambushed and destroyed.

In this action packed epic space battle, you will have to wage war and destruction on different scenarios like deserts, forests, ruined cities and much more.

To help the player in this task, there will be different upgrades like weapons, missiles, shields and engines.
Will you be able to find out who killed your fellow pilots, and avenge their deaths?

Mitigo 9 Features:

- 10 Levels with Intense Action and Unique Environments.
- 12 Different upgrades with multiple possible combinations.
- Detailed graphics and animations with awesome particle effects.
- Over 40 different enemies.
- High-Score List.
- Two difficulty settings.
- Original sound track per level.
- Gamepad Control Supported.

The Game combines action packed gameplay, impressive graphic effects and an intense soundtrack.

Mitigo 9 runs under Windows XP/Mac OS X and costs 17.95 USD. The Full version of the game features 10 playable levels with original soundtrack, 12 different upgrades and lots more action. A demo of Mitigo 9 is available for download on

MGF: Mitigo 9
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Call Of Duty 2 Reviewed
10:20 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Applelinks recently reviewed Call of Duty 2, the second in the World War II first person shooter series. The game allows players to battle against their enemies in a variety of historical settings. Applelinks gave CoD 2 a score of 3 out of 5.

From the review:

But perhaps I'm being a bit harsh. CoD 2 isn't as bad as I'm making it seem. It's certainly as good as most WWII based first-person shooters out there, which makes it better than most first-person shooters of any theme. No bio-mutant zombie Nazis to kill here, just plain old Nazis, and plenty of them. CoD 2 involves plenty of teamwork with some of the best AI soldiers I've ever had the privilege of fighting with.

In nearly every mission, after all, you're part of a squadron. Your fellow soldiers do they're jobs, and you do your job. Sometimes they'll bark orders at you and stay put until you accomplish your task. Other times, they'll handle the dirty work and it'll be up to you to keep them safe as they do. This makes for some excellent gameplay, and gives the game a multiplayer feel without forcing you to find anyone with whom to play. The trouble is, your fellow soldier are expendable. There are so many that you don't usually have to worry about keeping any of them alive. There's no story to offer an incentive, and few of them are so important to the mission that you hurt your chances if they die. It's often easier and more effective to just let your soldiers sacrifice themselves to help you on your way, which, of course, is counter to the whole theme of the game. Nearly every war movie I've ever seen has focused on the camaraderie between soldiers—the "band of brothers"—and this game dive bombs that whole theory. It's all about keeping yourself alive until the next level.

The full review can be found at the link below.

Applelinks: Call of Duty 2 Review
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Super Gamehouse Solitaire Review
10:20 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

GameDaily has posted a review of Super Gamehouse Solitaire!, a collection of solitaire games such as Klondike Solitaire, Solitaire Golf, Addiction Solitaire, Tri Peaks Solitaire, Free Cell, Pyramid Solitaire, Turbo Solitaire, Crescent Solitaire, Yukon Solitaire, and Vegas Solitaire. Super Gamehouse Solitaire! received a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

The game keeps track of how many times you've played each game, and how many wins and losses you've had on each. There is a high score list for each game, and each is ranked according to difficulty, so a lot of the fun here comes in trying to outdo your last accomplishment. To give you an idea of exactly how difficult some of them can get, my favorite game is Crescent Solitaire, which is ranked as hard. I've won this game three times, and lost 247 times, so you can imagine that when they say a game is Difficult, they're not kidding.

If you are looking for a quality Solitaire game, I highly recommend Super GameHouse Solitaire!, in part because it's a heck of a lot of fun, but also because the variety can't be beat.

Please follow the links below to try out the game before you buy it for $19.95 through Gamehouse and to learn more information.

Gamedaily: Super Gamehouse Solitaire Review
Super Gamehouse Solitaire

Mac Games News for Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Macgamestore: Murmelm & More Digital Download4:29 PM
IMG Podcast Episode 27 Released2:41 PM
The Sims 2: Night Life Reviewed6:05 AM
World of Warcraft 1.11.2 Patch Released6:05 AM
IMG Posts Logitech Wireless Desktop Review6:04 AM
Quinn Blocked By Tetris Company?6:04 AM
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