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Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday Announced
9:23 AM | Blake Buck | 6 comments

Today Virtual Programming announced it's newest game, Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday. The sequel to the original Hearts of Iron, Doomsday offers strategy gameplay in a World War II setting. The game touts the following features:

  • Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday includes the original game and improvements requested from the previous title’s worldwide audience.
  • World War III – Decide the remaining superpower to claim domination in world politics and warfare.
  • Expanded tech trees with considerable detail in a new decade of warfare, allowing you to develop tactical nukes and other kinds of nuclear warfare as well as escort carriers and much more.
  • Improved Diplomatic/Intelligence System reflects the increased political tension of the 1950s.
  • Significantly improved AI.
  • Tradeable Weapons – Equip your allies with the latest technological advances or get other nations to surrender their secrets to you.
Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday is currently slated for a September 2006 release, stay tuned to IMG for more information as it develops.

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Apple Posts Latest Hot Deals
10:58 AM | Tuncer Deniz

Publishing Perfection has deals on a wide variety of Mac software and hardware products including: StockLayouts for Adobe InDesign Vol. 3 new lower price of only $385.95!; 300+ professional quality templates for InDesign fro Logic Arts for only $59.95!; Epson Stylus Photo R1800 - the photographer's choice for large archival printing - for only $549.95!; get color management designed specifically for photographers - Eye-One Photo from GretagMacbeth for only $1495.95!; get the next generation professional font editor, FontLab Studio 5 for only $619.95; secure our privacy by eliminating hidden files with Spring Cleaning 7.0 from Allume Systems for only $39.95; capture those special moments at the summer barbecue 7.2-megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-W70 compact digital camera for only $285.95!; and much more.

Ramjet has exclusive Hot Deals pricing on a wide variety of Mac memory upgrades including: 1GB DDR2 RAM Kit for the MacBook Pro for only $124.00!; 2GB RAM Kit (matched 2x 1GB modules) for the Intel-based Mac Mini for only $244.00; 1GB DDR2 RAM module for the iMac G5 w/iSight for only $88.00!; 1GB DDR400 RAM module for the original iMac G5 for only $97.00!; 512MB DDR RAM module for the PowerMac G4 for only $48.00!; and much more.



X Rocker II Reviewed
9:23 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Taking a break from game reviews Macworld's Game Room recently reviewed Ace Bayou's X Rocker II, a gaming chair which won't break the bank. Priced at $99, the chair features two speakers near the head rest and a subwoofer positioned to pound your back with the sounds of gunfire and explosions. The Game Room gave the X Rocker II a score of 4 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

The chair can hook up to almost any device—a control panel on the side includes a 3.5 millimeter input jack like you’d find on a Mac or a PC, and cables let you hook up to a stereo RCA device such as a receiver or amplifier, video game console, or DVD player. Using an included adapter, you can also connect right to an iPod or laptop through that jack. Ace Bayou even thoughtfully included a stitched side pocket to drop your iPod (or TV remote or whatever) into when you’re not holding it.

The entire chair arrives folded in half, like a clamshell, and is easily stowable in a closet when not in use—a surprisingly strong retaining pin holds the back in place when the chair is upright, and two armrests on each side give you something to buffet yourself against getting in and out (though Ace Bayou is careful to advise people not to put too much weight on the armrests).

The chair features a hollow interior that resonates and vibrates with the bass (you can adjust the bass and volume using dials on the side), so you get a big kick to your back when there are explosions, gunfire or other bass-heavy sound effects or music on screen. If you’ve been told to keep it down, the X Rocker II also features a headphone jack for private listening—probably not a bad idea.

To read the rest of the review and check out a picture of the chair follow the link below.

Macworld Game Room: X Rocker II Review
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World of Warcraft: The Card Game
9:23 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

For those few World of Warcraft fans who have any free time to spare when not playing the game, Blizzard Entertainment and Upper Deck Entertainment have introduced the official World of Warcraft Trading Card Game. Players can jump into the action with a "Heroes of Azeroth" starter kit which features a 33 card deck focusing on one of nine character classes, three epic character cards, two booster packs, and a rulebook. Those looking to add more cards to the mix will be able to buy Raid Deck Expansion packs.

To entice online WoW players to check out the new tabletop game, and potentially lead fans of the card game into the online world, Upper Deck has added special loot and resource cards to the mix which will offer online players unique items to use with their favorite characters, and the chance to trade in resource codes to buy more WoW items at Upper Deck's online store.

Speaking of rewards, there are going to be some very cool items in the MMO that you’ll only be able to get through special loot cards from the TCG. I’ve been involved in all of the meetings about them, and I’m already looking forward to getting my hands on them for my characters. For those of you who are afraid of the eBay effect, don’t worry, all items from the loot cards will be cosmetic and won’t have any game function (outside of making you the envy of your entire server). On top of the loot cards in some packs, every pack will contain a resource card. These resource cards will have codes you can enter online, and once you get enough resources, you’ll be able to spend them to buy items from our online store, including even more unique cosmetic items for your character in-game.

These aren’t the only ways to get cool-looking stuff, either. The artists we’ve recruited to do cards for our game are second to none. Todd McFarlane, Jeff Easley, Larry Elmore, Rebecca Guay, Ladronn, Arthur Suydam, and Blizzard’s own Samwise, Glenn Rane, and Justin Thavirat all did pieces for the first set. As the R&D member responsible for looking over the art, I can tell you that there’s some amazing stuff in there. We’re even reaching out to the community, finding the best Blizzard fan artists and recruiting them to do pieces for us, so if you’ve got a knack for painting Orcs and Night Elves, you might get your art on a WoW TCG card one day.

Interviews with the game's creators, sample artwork, artist profiles, and a variety of other information can be found at the official site linked below.

WoW: The Card Game
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Red Marble Games Announces Democracy
9:23 AM | Blake Buck | 1 comment

Today Red Marble Games announced Democracy, a new political simulation game. Democracy puts players in the role of President or Prime Minister, and they must make decisions to keep their Democracy running efficiently. Here's a description of Democracy:

When you start the game, you've just been elected President or Prime Minister. You can change dozens of policies, ranging from taxes to smoking laws to environmental subsidies and more. You can take your country in any direction you like -- liberal, conservative, socialist, fascist, whatever your pleasure -- but you've got to be reelected! Democracy's sophisticated neural networks track the reaction of almost two dozen voter groups, including farmers, drinkers, parents, and more, to the policies you choose. If you lose the support of the electorate, you lose the game! Great for educational use as well as just for strategy gaming fun.
For more inforation or to download the demo, visit the Democracy website below.

Red Marble Games - Democracy


Peter Molyneux on Fable 2, Dmitri
9:23 AM | Eddie Park | 2 comments

Eurogamer has posted the results of a recent interview with Peter Molyneux of Lionhead Studios. The focus of the interview is on two upcoming projects: Fable 2 and the project currently known as Dmitri.

Info on Fable 2 is scarce, though Molyneux notes that it takes place 500 years after the original. In typical Molyneux fashion, he also promises that it will contain something that will shock and surprise people, with that something being summed up in one word that he couldn't reveal.

His information on Dmitri was also of like caliber, as he explains that the exciting thing about it can be summed up in one line that he also couldn't reveal:

I would be killed to death if I said anything at all, but I think it's certainly something that if I said the line then we could have a long discussion about it without you actually seeing the game. Which for me always makes the best root of ideas, having that clear, concise idea around something.
The interview is available at Eurogamer's site, with a broadcast of the full interview coming later on Eurogamer TV.

Eurogamer - Peter Molyneux on Fable 2's 'big, big' secret



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World of Warcraft: Flying Mount Movie Available
9:23 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

A movie detailing a feature in the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, The Burning Crusade, has been making its way through the net. Showcasing the much-anticipated flying mounts promised in the expansion, the movie presents a Nether Drake in action via an amusing newscast from the Gnomeregan Gnews Gnetwork.

A slightly tipsy Dwarf is the focus of the Gnomish interview, and advises any adventurers below lv70 to not even think about acquiring a flying mount. He also notes several ways in which interested parties can go about acquiring one, and then proceeds to fly his Nether Drake a fair distance, buzzing a town in the process.

Those interested in viewing the video can download it from FileShack.

Fileshack - WoW Burning Crusade - Nether Drake Trailer
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The Sims 2: Open for Business Website Live
9:23 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Today Aspyr Media launched a minisite for the new Sims 2 expansion pack, Open for Business. The new expansion pack allows your sims to open their own businesses and build an entrepreneurial empire. In addition, Aspyr has announced the system requirements for the game, which are listed below:

Requires the full version of The Sims 2 for Mac OS X to play
- Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
- CPU Processor: PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel Chipset
- CPU Speed: 1.2GHz or faster
- Memory: 256 MB or higher (512 MB recommended)
- Hard Disk Space: 2GB free disk space
- Video Card (ATI): Radeon 9000
- Video Card (NVidia): GeForce FX5200
- Video Memory (VRAM): 32 MB or higher (64 MB recommended)
- Media Required: DVD Drive
To visit the new website, click the link below.

The Sims 2 - New Wbsite
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Macgamestore: WingNuts 2 Digital Download10:11 AM
Command & Conquer Generals Reviewed9:45 AM
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IMG Posts "Hear Me Out!"-The State of Mac VOIP9:45 AM
 
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