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A Universal Update for American McGee's Alice
8:46 AM | Cord Kruse | 35 comments

Aspyr Media has released a patch for American Mcgee's Alice, bringing this game from 2001 to version 1.1.2. The Universal Binary update offers support for Intel Macs and features a variety of bug fixes.

Here's a list of the changes in the update:

• Alice is now a universal binary.
• Fixed issue with garbled/sped up sound when you alter sound settings.
• Fixed some miscellaneous sound panning issues. Alice can now be heard to scream as she falls down the rabbit hole.
• Fixed potential crash when loading a level.
• Fixed issue where the background to the in-game conversation text might have a thin vertical black line running up and down the middle.
• Fixed issue where Alice could crash when switching resolutions while playing.
Head over to Macgamefiles.com at the link below to download the update.

MGF: Alice Patch 1.1.2
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American McGee's Alice


Enchanted Gardens Released
3:16 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Yatec Games' Enchanted Gardens has been released at Macgamestore.com. Hone your gardening and matching skills in this delightful puzzle game. With three gameplay modes, you can collect custom garden upgrades, arrange tiles to match patterns, or kick back and enjoy endless entertainment. Enchanted Gardens lets you create the gardens of your dreams without getting your hands dirty!

A demo of Enchanted Gardens is available for download at Macgamestore.com. The full version costs $19.95 to register.

Macgamestore: Enchanted Gardens



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Inside Mac Games Reviews NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007
2:30 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007 from Sports Interactive. Here's a clip from the review:

The meticulous detail SEGA packs into EHM07 makes it amazingly lifelike. In fact, the game lets you micromanage so much, it is probably beyond lifelike, like several lives all at the same time; and every decision has its consequence. Don’t worry about not getting to play with your favorite team, there are 3,000 teams and 20 playable leagues to pick from. You’ll be in charge of everything from the players and staff, to the in-game tactics, and even individual players' tactics. And with the 2D game simulator, you can watch very realistic real-time representations of the games, a rather satisfying reflection of your skill as a big-time Hockey Manager.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games Review: NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007
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NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007



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Custer Rounds Up The Gang
8:46 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

IMG's desktop artist, Brad Custer, has updated his Custers's Desktops today with a great new wallpaper of Vanbrio's title, Bone: Out from Boneville.

Here's an excerpt from Brad's update:

LI always enjoy your requests, but they're a little more special when I receive them in person. This past weekend I attended a small comic book and card show where I met an advid fan of Bone: Out from Boneville from Vanbrio Entertainment. He expressed his enjoyment of comics, video games and even my wallpapers. So, I was honored when he requested that I return to Boneville once more. I was able to make this journey with the help of Telltale Games.
Head over to Custer's Desktops to grab his latest creation.

Img Desktop: The Boneville Gang
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Bone Act 1: Out from Boneville


EA Game Music On iTunes
8:46 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Electronic Arts has begun offering music from some of its popular games on Apple's iTunes music store. The music, released under the EA Trax label, includes exclusive mixes, non-album tracks, and themes from franchises such as Burnout, Medal of Honor, and Need for Speed.

"As our culture goes increasingly mobile, music fans have demanded to take our game music with them. They have been looking for a singular destination that houses all of EA's music - and this is it," said Steve Schnur, worldwide executive of music and marketing at EA.

The EA Trax label has had an increasing influence on popular music, helping acts such as Kasabian, Good Charlotte and Franz Ferdinand reach a wider audience.

"Our game soundtracks have now officially transcended their consoles."

"All songs, all mixes and all exclusives from all nations - if it's in the game, it's now available for fans to own. We consider this to be the next major step in evolving the music discovery experience," he added.
Head over to the EA Trax website below to see a full list of the music available on iTunes.

GamesIndustry: EA signs new iTunes deal
EA Trax
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Blizzard Unveils The Armory
8:46 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Blizzard Entertainment recently unveiled the beta version of The World of Warcraft Armory, an update for the game's website. The Armory will feature a vast searchable database of information pulled directly from the game's servers and updated in real time, allowing players to gain up-to-date information about characters, guilds, and arena standings.

Here's a list of what the site will offer:

Character Profiles: View equipment, stats, skills, reputation, and talent build of every character above level ten with the in-depth Character Profiles. You can check out your own characters, or check out those of your friends and guild mates – all characters from all realms are listed in the armory.

Guild Profiles: Access information about any guild, including the guild’s roster and a detailed statistical breakdown of the guild’s race, class, gender, and level combination with the Guild Profiles.

Arena Team Profiles: See how your team is doing or check out the competition with the Arena Team Profiles. These profiles provide you with some very valuable information about your team, like your team rating, your standing, win/loss history, and team membership.

Arena Ladders: Always stay up-to-date on which team holds the top spot, which teams are quickly climbing up the ranks, and the players to watch out for, with the PvP Arena Ladder.
Click on the link below to learn more.

Blizzplanet: Warcraft Armory Site
The World Of Warcraft Armory
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Age Of Empires III Reviewed
8:46 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld UK recently posted a review of Age of Empires III, the latest in the popular real time strategy series. Focusing on the colonization of the New World the game features improved graphics, realistic physics, and a new campaign. Macworld UK gave the game a score of five stars.

Where Age Of Empires III really succeeds is the sheer breadth and depth of the various units available to you. There are eight different civilisations to choose from (Portuguese, Spanish, French, Ottoman, Russian, Dutch, British and German), each of which has access to different military units (over 37 in total). On top of this, each civilisation goes through five different ages: Discovery, Colonial, Fortress, Industrial and Imperial. During each game you can progress from one age to another for an expensive levy. Moving up an age places newer and more advanced units at your disposal.

Indeed, the huge amount of things to build, see and do appears daunting at first, though it never seems to overwhelm. This is partly due to the superb single-player campaign, which takes you from mission to mission while following a captivating storyline (for a video game anyway). Each mission introduces more complex aspects of the game, while steadily increasing the difficulty. Absolute beginners can also work through the tutorials, although these do start off with ‘click on the unit then click on the screen to move it’, which will have more experienced players reaching for the Escape button.

The full review can be read at the site listed below.

Macworld UK: Age of Empires III Review
MacSoft
Age of Empires III
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Mac Games News for Thursday, March 1, 2007

Heroes of Might and Magic V Ships7:42 AM
Dirk Dashing: Secret Agent Released7:38 AM
Civ IV, Warlords Patches Released6:00 AM
Civilization IV: Warlords Reviewed6:00 AM
Defcon Status Update6:00 AM
Gametunnel Indie Game Roundup6:00 AM
Introversion Announces Multiwinia For PC6:00 AM
Pirates Online Q&A6:00 AM
 
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