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Peter Molyneux Interview
9:53 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Joystiq recently posted an interview with legendary game designer Peter Molyneux, founder of Lionhead Studios. The interview covers the over-the-top hype surrounding Fable, trends in the gaming industry, and even a brief discussion of the Mac as a gaming platform.

Why haven't developers picked up on Mac OS X?

PM: It's a very interesting idea. We've always supported the Mac and we've always done Mac versions of all our titles, and I think that this is a perfect thing (referring to the MacBook on table being used to record interview) and I've never really quite worked out why more people don't support it. I think...

There's this Catch 22 situation where not many people play games on the Mac and therefore developers don't want to make games for the Mac.

PM: Exactly. I think it would need Apple to get behind games. There's nothing in their operating system that panders to games at all and I take my hats off to Microsoft. I think they've realized that games are important. And then you have this fantastic thing where they're saying that they'll let you play PC games against Xbox 360 players. Of course that's a nightmare for us designers, because we have to work out how to design games that work on both platforms equally as well.
The full interview can be found at the site listed below.

Joystiq: Peter Molyneux
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WW2 Gaming Site Launches, Myth II WW2 Tournament Announced
9:53 AM | Anthony Wang | 3 comments

Over at PlayMyth, a new community website, WW2 Gaming has launched dedicated to World War II games and players. In conjuction with the site's launch, a Myth II: Soulblighter tournament has been announced using the popular WWII: Recon total conversion mod.

The WW2: Champions Cup tournament is a multi-team single elminiation tournament using the "Patrol" mapset in WWII: Recon. Registration has already begun and will close on July 31, 2006. Teams are required to have at least 2 players and a maximum of 4 players on their rosters. Furthermore, the first place and runner-up finishers will receive Amazon gift certificates.

Please follow the links below to learn more information.

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Interview with Roberta Williams
9:53 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Roberta Williams is a name synonymous with computer adventure games. Designer of the famed King's Quest series, Williams was one of the driving forces behind the success of Sierra On-line as well as a genre that dominated the computer gaming scene for many years.

Classic Adventure Gaming recently managed to get a rare interview with her, with the questions mostly focusing on her career, game design, and views on the current state of adventure gaming.

Once I had a good idea of the basic storyline, characters and world, I could think about how I wanted the game to play, to run, to appear. Things like ‘how many colors’ (a real issue in the early days) could I utilize, how much and what kind of animation, first-person perspective vs. third-person perspective, how to accomplish communication with the game and/or game characters, how much, if any, 'physical' puzzles vs. 'thinking' puzzles, what sorts of animation/game play would be required for more ‘physical’ puzzles, how 'big' the game could be (in disk/CD size) which translated to how many ‘lands’ within the game world or how many places or 'rooms' within those lands and the amount of characters and animation, music or sound effect issues, etc.
Other topics include her thoughts on women working in the gaming industry and controversial topics in some of her games. Included as well are recent snapshots of herself and her husband Ken Williams, who reportedly spend much of their time traveling.

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WoW: Cross-Realm Battlegroups List Available
9:53 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entetainment is now offering a list of battlegroups for the upcoming Cross-Realm Battlegrounds coming in the next patch for World of Warcraft. Rather than a free-for-all among realms the new grouping function will divide up the realms into battlegroups which will each share battlegrounds.

The next content patch will allow you to join players from other realms in the battlegrounds. To designate which realms will be playing with each other, all realms will be organized into battlegroups -- each battlegroup is a collection of realms that share their battlegrounds. You can now check out the full battlegroup list to find out which battlegroup you’re in and which realms you'll be competing with once the next content patch is released.
To find your realm's battlegroup click on the link below.

WoW: Cross-Realm Battlgroups List
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Mac Games News for Friday, July 14, 2006

Macgamestore: X-Plane 7 DVD Edition, Kakuro Quest Shipping7:44 PM
Apple Posts New Hot Deals7:39 PM
Pangea Announces Summer Blast Game Sale7:08 PM
Civilization IV Patch Released6:59 PM
IMG Posts Puppy Luv Review6:47 PM
Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures Reviewed11:12 AM
Custer's Month Long Series Continues11:12 AM
Firing The Atomic Cannon11:12 AM
Warren Spector Quotes11:12 AM
Wordsmith Updated11:12 AM
IMG Podcast Episode 28 Released6:00 AM
IMG Podcast LIVE! Today6:00 AM
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