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Thursday, March 22, 2007


Open Beta For 3D Big Bang Board Games
7:58 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Freeverse Software's latest Montymail newsletter announced the release of an open beta for the new version of Big Bang Board Games. Among other things the beta sports a full 3D engine with animated 3D pieces.

Open beta time for the new version of Big Bang Board Games. Lots of under-the-hood changes. The most noticeable change? Full 3D engine with animated 3D pieces. Huzzah! Next up is a new Chess AI engine. Huzzah again! Click-and-drag the 3D boards to rotate them, and use scrolling for zoom (scroll wheel, scroll function on trackpad, or page up/page down keys)...

NOTE: We suggest keeping your current versions of Big Bang Board Games around! This is a beta after all, and unforeseen situations can always arise. For instance: if you use this beta version to initiate iChat games, you may run into problems connecting. So if you want to play via iChat at the moment, stick to the current version.

Those willing to brave the chance of unexpected bugs and glitches in beta software can learn more about the open beta at the links below.

Freeverse Forum: Big Bang Board Games BETA!
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Macgamestore: Ancient Empires Lux Now Available
2:05 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Ancient Empires Lux, a Risk-like game set in ancient history, is now available through Macgamestore.com.

Ancient Empires Lux takes you through all the great early civilizations of mankind. Ancient Egypt, India, China, Greece, Rome, and more are yours for the taking.

The game has a total of 58 ancient nations for you to control. You can play as just the strongest, or work cleverly to achieve victory from the humblest of starts. Hours and hours of fun are yours to be had in Ancient Empires Lux.

A free demo of Ancent Empires Lux is available for download at Macgamestore.com. The full version costs $20.

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Inside Mac Games Reviews Rainbow Mystery
1:47 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Rainbow Mystery, the latest game from Sugar Games. Here's a clip from the review:

Rainbow Mystery is a game of the Bejeweled genre enhanced with a story and animation. It is a non-violent game with a modicum of challenge and is good for all ages. This game offers three methods of play: relaxed, timed, and a dual mode against an AI. I found it a lot of fun and a great way to fill my spare moments.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

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Ubisoft Ships Petz Vet For Mac
12:46 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 8 comments

Ubisoft has released Petz Vet for the Mac. The game introduces players to life as a veterinarian, diagnosing and treating 35 different medical cases.

Being a vet is always an interesting occupation, as you quickly learn while taking care of a dog with a broken leg, a bunny with a stomach ache, a cat with asthma, a sunburned frog, a bird with - who knows? Do you know what happens when a dog accidentally swallows aspirin? You'll learn, when you assume the role of veterinarian in this busy animal hospital. In addition to taking care of the animals' medical needs, you can also perform some basic caretaking functions, such as washing and grooming your pet.

Almost as interesting are the pet owners, who love to talk about their animals and from whom you receive your first tips about any possible problems. There are 25 different animals to treat, including all your favorites: dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, rodents, fish and even a horse. As the players become more knowledgeable and successful vets, they'll earn awards and praise from their fellow team members, and rise in the ranks to become the most valuable vet!

Petz Vet will tug on your heartstrings, make you laugh and challenge your mind as you take care of all the sick animals at your neighborhood veterinarian's office.

Petz Vet is currently available for pre-order from Macgamestore.com for $24.95 and should be shipping within the next few days.

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Frenzic 1.1 Released
12:12 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The Iconfactory has released version 1.1 of Frenzic. The update is free and required for all registered users of Frenzic and includes a number of bug fixes and enhancements.

Here's more from the press release:

Previous versions of Frenzic will no longer sync with the game server, so all players will need to download and update to version 1.1. Simply download the new version and drag any previous version of the game to the trash. Your previous scores and login data will be preserved and you can play normally.

This latest version features several important improvements, including an in-game notification system for important announcements, new quit behavior and greatly improved game performance on older Macintosh systems.

Frenzic's updated minimum hardware requirements are now Macs with a G4 processor (or better), running OS X 10.4+ and at least 32Mb of video card memory. Previously, some users on older systems, were experiencing problems with the game timer resulting in unusually long play times and high scores. This issue has been resolved and Frenzic once again plays as designed on all supported hardware. All scores affected by the timer bug have been cleared from the Leaderboard to level the play field.

Follow the link below to download the latest version of Frenzic.

Macgamefiles: Frenzic 1.1
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Apple Games Features Myst Online Uru Live
7:58 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

The latest feature from Apple Games delves into the underground world of Myst Online: Uru Live, the online multiplayer incarnation of the Myst series. Recently released for Intel Macs, the game gives players the chance to team up with a few friends to solve the brain teasing puzzles fans have come to expect from Cyan titles.

Myst Online also charts new territory by casting Cyan employees in the roles of many of the NPCs (non-player characters) you’ll encounter. “Instead of just being ‘vending machines’ for quests or weapons, characters in the game are real people with personalities and opinions,” Miller explains. “When you meet them, you hold real conversations, and the interaction is a two-way street: the NPCs will influence and persuade the players, but the players will be able to influence and persuade the NPCs and, possibly, change the course of the game.”

As a result, players have a chance to create a real impact on the cavern and the history of the D’ni people, some of whom still live despite their city’s desertion. “A player may choose to get involved in an ambitious guild and end up seeing his or her name written into one of the histories of the game,” Miller says. “Or a player may rally enough other players to support a cause or conviction that we, as storytellers, must listen to, and perhaps alter the way the story unfolds because of that voice and that support.”
In addition to a review the feature also includes a brief playing guide and an explanation of the game's place in the history of the series. Check out the full feature at the link below.

Apple Games: Myst Online Uru Live
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Innocents Caught Up in World of Warcraft Bannings?
7:58 AM | Eddie Park | 7 comments

A subject that will probably be a topic on World of Warcraft forums as long as the game iteslf lasts, Blizzard's routine bannings of WoW players for perceived offenses was recently the subject of an article by CNet. The article contains remarks by several players, banned at one point or another, that claim to have been doing nothing illegal.

One case in point is a player who made such rapid progress that he was banned for powerleveling, though he states otherwise:

"They thought I (had been) power leveling," said Zak, "because I was leveling excessively and very fast, which is what power levelers do. (But I had just been playing) late at night to catch up with a friend and just played all day."
Another interesting facet of Blizzard's anti-cheating bans is that they also target players associated with known offenders. One guild leader notes that he had to change his guild's entry policy, as a gold-buying player could eaily distribute his wealth amongst guild members and subsequently put them at risk for banning.

On the flip side of things, other players feel that Blizzard's policies are far from draconian, and suggest that most of the complainers are only pretending to be innocent. As for Blizzard's stance, spokesman Shon Damron states that "or any account that is suspected of breaking the (terms of service) and/or the (end-user license agreement), we conduct a very thorough investigation before the actual ban takes place," adding that numerous safeguards must be cleared before a ban is issued.

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Star Wars: Empire At War Demo Released12:46 PM
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