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SOCKS/SSH Tunneling for World of Warcraft
9:22 AM | Eddie Park | 3 comments

As September rolls around, so do university students as they shake off the summer and head back to school. Unfortunately for the gaming crowd, some universities tend to block ports in their networks, which can interfere with gaming. For the World of Warcraft crowd, a reader at Macosxhints.com has posted a short tutorial on SSH tunneling and SOCKS usage that allows gamers to get around such roadblocks.

I'm off to university in October, and although I only play an hour or two a day, I love WoW as it's a nice way to escape from reality. The only problem is that my university (and many others) block the ports needed for WoW (to stop malicious attacks, etc.), but they told me I could tunnel it if I could work out how. There are obviously many other reasons you'd want to tunnel WoW, and I've searched long and hard on how to do so, but no one has worked out how to do it on OS X (or at least documented doing so). Well, ladies and gents. I have, and here's how I did it.
The how-to includes console commands and recommends that the OS X developer tools be installed. Those interested in the methods can find the full read at Macosxhints.com.

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Macgamestore: Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects
12:25 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The best-selling casual game on the PC market is now available for the Macintosh at Macgamestore.com. Big Fish Games' Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects is the long-awaited sequel to Mystery Case Files: Huntsville and better than ever before.

The Queen’s Hope Diamond has been stolen! It’s up to you to search for clues throughout 22 levels, find the offending culprit, and recover the stolen gem. Expand your investigations through the game’s 29 unique locations by finding items that will unlock subsequent levels.

Thousands of clues are cleverly hidden within the beautiful illustrations, creating a new game experience each time you step into this masterpiece of visual indulgences!

Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects is available for $19.95 at Macgamestore.com. A free demo is available for download on the web site.

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Civilization IV: Warlords Reviewed
9:22 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gamerz Edge is one of the latest sites to review the PC version of Civilization IV: Warlords. The first expansion for the popular world building strategy title introduces new playable nations, new scenarios, and the introduction of the special Warlord unit. Gamerz Edge gave the expansion a score of 8.5 out of 10.

From the review:

For starters, Warlords adds a new ‘great person’ class. This new ‘great person’ class is the Great General, who can be turned into a warlord. Warlords are nice because they automatically increase the ability of warriors around them, as well as their experience. At the same time, warlords aren’t all-powerful, and they can die, I have found out, pretty quickly, if not protected.
A great way to use your warlords is in taking over a neighboring civilization. There are six new civilizations in the expansion, each with a unique unit and building. Pounding your enemies into submission can lead to another new element to the game, vassal states. These are basically sub-governments or states that owe their existence to another government or state. This might not always work in your favor though, as states that you’re working on taking over might become a vassal state of another state, and suddenly you’ll find yourself facing two enemies instead of one.
The expansion also includes eight new scenarios and three new buildings, too. I’ve played through about half of the new scenarios and they’re certainly quite a bit of fun. If you enjoyed Civ IV, Warlords should be at least as fun.
The Mac version of Civ IV: Warlords is in progress at Aspyr Media.

The full review can be found at the link below.

Gamerz Edge: Civ IV Warlords Review
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Darwinia Examined
9:22 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Strategy Informer recently reviewed the PC version of Introversion Software's Darwinia. The unique strategy title puts players in charge of saving a race of computer programs known as Darwinians from a deadly virus. Strategy Informer gave Darwinia a score of 8.5 out of 10.

From the review:

The graphics themselves are simple yet perfect; the sprites themselves are pixel thin, static green man shaped constructs, which makes them just so darn cute! Everything was designed with low polygon appearances in mind and crafted beautifully. The main virus is actually just a snake made from a series of red glowing arrows that glide along the floor. Now that wouldn’t really be much of an opponent in today’s latest real-time strategies and would earn nothing but the ire of gamers, except here it’s just what you expect and love to fight.

Other enemies range from centipedes, spiders, ants and even plant life. All are fantastically animated in old arcade style and make great opponents. The sky to Darwinia is a constant glide of semi-transparent square sheets on two different plains, that’s right even the sky is something to appreciate, the sky!

Though don’t think for a second that these ‘simplistic’ graphics can’t deliver hectic action as there are often intense battles, fighting the viral strains and blowing up bugs with particles flying everywhere is very satisfying.

Read the rest of the review at the link below.

Strategy Informer: Darwinia Review
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HoMM V: Hammers of Fate Announced For PC
9:22 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Last week Ubisoft announced the November 2006 release of Heroes of Might and Magic V: The Hammers of Fate, an expansion to the fifth game in the Heroes series. Hammers will add a new playable faction, 15 new missions, and a variety of new spells and items.

Here's a few of things offered in the new expansion:

- New faction: Introducing the brand-new Dwarves faction, made up of heroic warriors and rune magic adepts who stalk Ashan’s deepest mountains and most hostile regions.

- A brand-new adventure: Featuring 15 new missions, new heroes, and improved cut-scenes, the new campaign will lead players even deeper into the dramatic events that began with Heroes of Might and Magic® V.

- Extended game experience: Includes a wealth of new spells and abilities, 5 new single-player maps, 10 new multiplayer maps, new buildings, new artifacts, and new neutral creatures, Heroes of Might and Magic® V: Hammers of Fate gives players the tools to develop new tactics, and further their game experience both online and offline.

- Improved mechanics and gameplay: Thanks to new features such as Caravans and a random map generator, players will enjoy unlimited replayability and an even smoother gameplay experience. In addition, the simultaneous turn feature will speed up online games.

Freeverse Software is currently hard at work on bringing HoMM V to the Mac. There is no word yet on whether or not Hammers of Fate will also make it's way to eager Apple owners.

A handful of screenshots of HoMM V: HoF are available at the Worthplaying site listed below.

Worthplaying: HoMM V: HoF Screenshots
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Music Challenge Released
9:22 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Ohana Games has announced the release of Music Challenge, a trivia game which integrates with iTunes to quiz players about their own music collections. Music Challenge allows up to four players to compete and supports use of the Apple Remote.

Test your music knowledge with friends & family in an exciting game show called "Music Challenge", integrates with iTunes or Windows Media Player, plus a funky show host named Gina.

Join Gina on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai. Prepare for her to stretch your knowledge of your own music collection. Answering quickly & correctly earns maximum points. Get all the questions right and double your points! It becomes more taxing in the later rounds as you’re given less time, but the points you could earn here make it worthwhile.

Music Challenge seamlessly integrates with iTunes or Windows Media Player to access your music. Plus it works with other media players including iPods. Challenge your friends to see who knows the most about music, up to 4 people can play against each other, let the game decide who is king of the music. Our favorite question is the album art question, where you have to answer by selecting the correct album art. (Music Challenge is) the first game to use the Apple Remote which makes it a perfect game for parties. Next time you have a party, hook the computer up to the TV & sound system, then party with Gina.

Learn more at the links below.

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Scary Forest Breaks Out
9:22 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Sakura Games has released Scary Forest, a Breakout style game with a horror theme. It offers 50 levels of single player action, a 2 player head to head mode, and a level editor for creating your own challenges.

The available level types are 3: normal game, monsters level and timed level. In all playing modes, you win if you manage to clear the board from all the bricks.

The first mode plays like a normal breakout game with bonuses, etc. In the second mode, you also have to face some scary ghosts (well ok, not so scary!) that will try to stop you from clearing the level, but you'll be able to shoot them and push them away from the board.

In the timed level, the bricks will slowly fade down to you, and you must destroy them all before they reach you or you'll lose the level!

To learn more head over to the Sakura Games website at the link below.

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Mac Games News for Friday, September 1, 2006

IMG Reviews Plantasia2:44 PM
Apple Posts New Hot Deals2:31 PM
Trainz Mac Still On Track12:19 PM
A Short History Of id Software7:10 AM
Another Night In Neverwinter7:10 AM
Civilization IV: Warlords Reviewed7:10 AM
CrossOver Public Beta Available7:10 AM
Eschalon: Book 1 Screenshot & Forum Q&A7:10 AM
ioquake3 for OS X7:10 AM
 
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