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Wednesday, November 15, 2006


Freeverse Announces Big Bang Brain Games
11:24 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 9 comments

Freeverse Software continued its "Big Week" series of announcements today with the introduction of Big Bang Brain Games, a suite of six games that is scheduled to ship in December. Freeverse is making Big Bang Reaction, one of the six games, available for download today for free for the next 48 hours.

These six games; Sudoku, Reaction, Remembrance, Echo, Novasweeper and Fallacy are gorgeous examples of the graphics power of OS X. The classic puzzle and memory challenges in the collection are truly a "best-of-class" experience.

Big Bang Brain Games offers tight integration with Apple's .Mac service. As the player succeeds in the various challenges, his or her overall Brain Score will increase and the game provides a simple means of creating your own Brain Page via a .mac account.

Classic gameplay, stunning graphics, integration with Apple technologies and a dash of humor are all hallmarks of the Big Bang series.

To check out Big Bang Reaction, head over to the Freeverse web site.

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Macgamestore: FizzBall Now Available
1:55 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Grubby Games' FizzBall is now available from Macgamestore.com as a digital download purchase for $19.95. A free demo is available for download from the MGS web site.
Why has everyone fled the islands? There's not a person in sight! Who will feed the animals and find out what scared the people away? Professor Fizzwizzle, of course!

Bounce bubbles, rescue hungry animals, and solve a mystery, all at the same time! Over 180 levels of thrilling brick-busting action, and over 60 animal species to rescue! Download FizzBall now, and get playing!

Features:
• Over 180 levels of brick-busting, animal-rescuing mayhem!
• Over 60 adorable animal species to rescue
• Collect coins to help buy food for the animals
• Compete for high scores and unlock dozens of trophies
• Special kids’ mode with fun animal quizzes

To check out FizzBall, follow the link below.

Macgamestore: FizzBall


Apple Posts Newest Hot Deals
1:55 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Macconnection has deals on a variety of Mac compatible products including: Speck Products iPod case 3-pack for 60GB/80GB 5th gen. iPods FREE with iPod purchase!; LaCie d2 Extreme 500GB hard drive w/FireWire and USB 2.0 for only $264.95!; Acrobat 8 Pro w/FREE Logitech wireless notebook mouse for only $419.95!; TuneTalk stereo iPod voice recorder for 5G iPods w/FREE Kickstand case from Belkin for only $59.95!; 3-D Sound Docking station w/free retractable cable kit from Cables To Go for only $88.95!; capture holiday memories with the Canon HV 1080p HD MiniDV camcorder for only $1,099!; Olympus Stylus digital camera w/FREE Epson Stylus C88 color inkjet photo printer for only $379.95; Quark Interactive Designer software for only $94.99!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL: 

http://hotdeals.apple.com/macconnection/index.php

Sweetwater Sound has deals on a variety of Mac compatible products including: Axiom 25 USB MIDI controller from M-Audio for only $179.97!; UM-1EX USB MIDI interface cable from Edirol for only $39.97! Acoustic Design for the Home Studio from Course Technology for only $19.99!; Tracktion 2 from Mackie for only $149.99!; FaderPort single channel USB MIDI fader from PreSonus for only $199.97!; MOTU 8pre 16-channel, 8-preamps and FireWire audio interface form Mark Of The Unicorn for only $549.97!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL: 

http://hotdeals.apple.com/sweetwater/index.php



Firmware Update Fixes Intel X1900 Startup?
9:03 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

According to user reports at Accelerate your Mac, the latest firmware update fixed a blank screen on certain monitors when using the ATI Radeon X1900 video card.

"Mike, I can confirm that the Mac Pro EFI firmware update 1.1 fixes the problem with no video during Windows XP boot with the ATI X1900. The low res XP splash screen now appears during boot.

However, the Parallels issue with VT-x - requiring sleep to enable it - has not been fixed on my computer. This is with Parallels Desktop build 1970.
(I mentioned to him I was leery of that first report based on past history, but that reader said he had restarted (even shut down/cold restart) and said it was still 'fixed'. This reader then replied back:)
I have just tested again for the Parallels issue. Shut down and restarted to find that I no longer get the VT-x put the computer to sleep message. So, the first time I rebooted after the EFI update (after a shut down) I had to put the computer to sleep to enable VT- x. Now, it no longer requires sleep to enable VT-x after a cold restart. It would appear that the problem is fixed. Weird.

Please follow the links below to learn more information.

Accelerate your Mac
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Arindal MMO Beta Release
9:03 AM | Anthony Wang | 6 comments

Fairtales has released a public beta of Arindal. Arindal is a new European 'multiuser online fantasy roleplaying' game that is being developed for Mac, Windows-PC's, and Linux (as a Java client). Interested gamers can set up a free account by visiting Fairtales website.

Please follow the links below to learn more information.

MGF: Arindal MMO Beta
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World of WarCraft Anniversary Contest
9:03 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

To commemorate World of WarCraft's two year anniversary, Blizzard has announced a month long sweepstakes. Everyday starting October 30 to November 26, two winners will be chosen at random, with prizes changing weekly. The prizes include JINX gift certificates, Apple's iPod, and a nVidia graphics card.

This week's winners will receive a Razer Copperhead™ Precision mouse, a Razer Mantis™ Control / Speed Mat and a Barracuda HP-1 Headset with an approximate retail value of $250.00.

Do you remember the first time you set foot in Orgrimmar and saw the watch fires burning on the parapets? What about the first time you heard the echoes of death in the halls of the Undercity? Or even the first time you saw the hot molten iron flowing beneath the catwalks of the city of Ironforge or gazed at the towering statues of the heroes of the Alliance in Stormwind? It has been two years since players first entered the world of Azeroth to forge such memories. Friendships have been created, battles waged, and mighty dragons vanquished.

To celebrate the second anniversary of the launch of World of Warcraft and to show our appreciation to our community, we will be awarding prizes over the next five weeks! Your support, enthusiasm and dedication have made us the #1 MMORPG in the world and we couldn't have done it without you!

WoW Anniversary Contest
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The Sims 2: Pets Reviewed
9:03 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

PC Gamezone recently posted a new review of the PC version of The Sims 2: Pets, the latest expansion for the popular sim title. Pets, as the name suggests, gives players the option of introducing a variety of animal companions to the lives of their favorite sims. In addition to a Build-A-Pet option, the expansion offers features such as new pet items and pet career paths. Gamezone gave The Sims 2: Pets a score of 8.2 out of 10.

From the review:

Of course, it’s not all fun and games. If your pet does something against the rules, it’s your job to scold it. Pets don’t like this, but if you have a dog that’s chewing on your furniture or a cat that’s scratching all your electronics, you absolutely have to put it in its place or it will never learn. The Sims 2: Pets is a great deal similar to raising children. Spare the rod, spoil the pooch… err… child.

Having a pet, unlike in actual life, negates the need for having a significant other. During my time with this game, my character’s social meter was eternally maxed out. My dog, Crosby, watches television with me, eats my scraps, and brightens the days and spices up the nights all without lifting a paw. Moreover, when creating him, I statistically made him a laidback genius, so he’s very low maintenance and has only undergone a scolding or two for chewing on my bed.
Check out the full review at the site listed below.

PC Gamezone: The Sims 2 Pets Review
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Quinn Updated
9:03 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Simon Härtel's Quinn, a falling block puzzle game in the familiar style of Tetris, was recently updated. The update brings the game to version 3.4.3 and fixes a pair of bugs.

- fixed a bug which caused Quinn to crash if the piece was quickly moved to the left or right edge immediately after rows have been inserted from the bottom
- fixed a bug which caused Quinn to record wrong play time and LPM values when the game ended while being paused
Quinn 3.4.3 is compatible with OS X 10.4. Earlier releases of the game are available for owners of previous versions of OS X.

To learn more about the game head over to the official website listed below.

Quinn Website



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WoW "Before the Storm" Patch Details
9:03 AM | Eddie Park | 2 comments

Blizzard has noted that the latest upcoming patch for World of Warcraft, titled "Before the Storm," has been implemented on the public test realms. Cited as the last patch before the release of the expansion The Burning Crusade, the patch includes a new Honor system as well as new Talents.

Listed features are as follows:

  • Revamped PvP Honor System - This new reward system will allow players to accumulate honor points that can be spent like currency to purchase weapons, armor, and various other items beneficial for player-vs.-player progression.
  • New Talents - Each class will now have access to all-new talents in each of their three talent trees.
  • Looking For Group Tool - This new tool is designed to assist players in finding groups for instanced dungeons and quests.
  • Arena Skirmishes - Players will be able to queue for small-group, gladiatorial combat matches by speaking to the Battlemasters throughout the world.
More details on these latest additions can be found at WoW's Test Realm Patch Notes page.

World of Warcraft - Public Test Realm Patch Notes
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, November 14, 2006

IMG Previews Heroes of Might & Magic V1:10 PM
Mac Civilization IV: Warlords Ships11:43 AM
Age of Empires III Gold for Mac OS X11:39 AM
Armado Trailer Released, iPod Contest Announced8:42 AM
Burning Crusade: Eye Of The Storm Battleground Revealed8:31 AM
New Sketchfighter 4000 Alpha Screenshots8:31 AM
Postal Game Compilation Released8:31 AM
The Broken Hourglass Lore Update8:31 AM
 
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