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Bone: Out from Boneville For Mac Released
7:30 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 34 comments

Vanbrio Entertainment today announced the release of Bone Act 1: Out from Boneville for the Macintosh. This game is the first installment of an episodic interactive adventure based on Jeff Smith’s acclaimed Bone series. The Mac version was created in partnership with Telltale, Inc., who previously published the title for Windows PCs.

The adventure begins with three cousins – Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone – who become separated in a vast, uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures and new mysteries that await them. The Bone books have been hailed by reviewers and educators alike as engaging for all ages.

“The engaging characters and storyline of Jeff Smith’s Bone series make for a very fun and family-friendly interactive adventure,” says Amy Torres, CEO of Vanbrio. “With great gameplay, beautiful animation and sound, fun puzzles and mini-games, all wrapped up in an episodic series, we knew Bone: Out from Boneville had to be on the Mac!”

“We believe the Bone series is the type of creative and innovative content that is really at home on the Mac. The team at Vanbrio did a great job in bringing it there,” added Telltale CEO Dan Connors.

Those interested in Vanbrio’s “Out from Boneville” can download a free demo from Macgamefiles.com. Users can un-lock the full episode for $12.99 without any additional downloads.

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Macgamestore: Pop-A-Tronic Now Available
4:08 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Pop-A-Tronic is now available from Macgamestore.com as a digital download purchase for $19.95. A free demo is available for download on the web site.

Pop-A-Tronic electrifies the gaming world with a super addictive, popping frenzy! Popatronic was designed to be fun for everyone. It's simplistic gameplay and hip music will keep you in the 'just one more game' mentality for a long time.

Best described as a fast paced, arcade puzzler; Popatronic is packed with a variety of explosive challenges, power ups, game modes and cool tunes.

To check out Pop-A-Tronic, follow the link below.

Macgamestore: Pop-A-Tronic



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IMG Posts World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Screenshots
4:06 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG recently got our hands on a beta of the upcoming expansion pack for World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. The game recently went into beta testing and should be released sometime in December. We took a few screenshots from the beta so you can check them out. We'll be posting more in the coming weeks.

To check it out, follow the link below.

IMG Feature: World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Screenshots
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Aspyr Releases Quake 4 Patch
6:21 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 7 comments

After quickly pulling an earlier patch with multiplayer issues, Aspyr Media today released a new patch for Quake 4, bringing it in line with the PC version. It will fully update any previous version of QUAKE 4 to version 1.3. This update for QUAKE 4 includes several new multiplayer maps, two new game modes, and the new Napalm Gun. A complete list of changes and additions is included in the readme text.

Due to the vast number of updates and new functionality in the 1.3 Point Release, mods will have to be updated to the 1.3 code by each respective mod author in order to run correctly on the 1.3 version of QUAKE 4. Information regarding mods and news related to the QUAKE 4 SDK can be found at http://www.iddevnet.com/quake4/Quake4SDK. Aspyr does not provide any technical support for mods.

To download the 341 MB patch, available at Macgamefiles.com, follow the link below.

MGF: Quake 4 Patch 1.3
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Burning Crusade Talents And Spells Updated
6:21 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has released more information about talents and spells soon to be available in The Burning Crusade, the first expansion for the ever popular World of Warcraft. This round of informational updates covers changes and additions to the Druid, Paladin, and Warrior classes.

Here are a few changes from Blizzard's list:

Druid:

Balance
• (NEW) Focused Starlight - “Increases the critical strike chance of your Wrath and Starfire spells by 2/4%.”
• Improved Thorns - Renamed "Brambles", now increases damage from Entangling Roots as well.
• Omen of Clarity - Swapped with Insect Swarm, prerequisite from Natural Weapons removed.

Paladin:

Retribution
• Divine Purpose - Now 3 ranks for 4/7/10%.
• Sanctified Crusader - Moved to one column to the left of Repentance. Now 3 ranks for increase of 1/2/3%.
• (NEW) Crusader Strike - “An instant strike that causes weapon damage plus 40% of your Holy spell damage and refreshes all Judgements on the target.”

Check out the links below to learn more.

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The Burning Crusade Enters Closed Beta
6:21 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

On the World of Warcraft forums Blizzard Entertainment representative Eyonix recently announced that closed beta testing for The Burning Crusade has begun. This brings the first expansion for the world's most popular MMORPG one step closer to eventual release and is good news for eager WoW players.

For more information about The Burning Crusade follow the link below.

Wow Forums: Burning Crusade Closed Beta
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Custer Remains Civilized
6:21 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

"Civilization," this week's desktop celebrates Sid Meier's latest triumph: Civilization IV, a turn-based strategy game that has been well received by PC and Mac gamers from Aspyr Media.

Here's a clip from Brad on his latest:

After my first visit to the realm of Civilization IV from Aspyr Media a lot of you have been interested in my return to this great title. I enjoy honoring all your requests so this week I'm going to be civilized again. Many of the emails I received love the artwork featured on the box and I would agree that it would be great as a desktop so it was the foundation of my feature. I was able to make this week's wallpaper with the help of Aspyr Media and my trusty cable modem.
As always, those interested in downloading his creations can find them at Custer's Desktops.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, October 12, 2006

Macgamestore: Around The World Now Available2:56 PM
IMG Reviews Pangea Arcade2:53 PM
Entertainment Consumers Association Launched10:25 AM
Civilization IV: Warlords Reviewed7:06 AM
Spiderweb: Universal Updates, Geneforge 4 Coming Soon7:06 AM
 
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