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Monday, August 6, 2007


Quake Zero Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 20 comments

As reported on Eurogamer and Kotaku, id Software's QuakeCon keynote speech included the revelation of Quake Zero, a web-based variation of Quake III Arena. The experimental project will be supported by advertising and, when complete, should be available to a wide variety of computer users.

QZ will be a free web-based version of Quake 3 multiplayer. Todd Hollenshead told me they decided to kick off this project for several reasons. First and foremost, id hated to see their game, once quite popular for online matches, losing its prominence in the online gaming scene, this will allow virtually anyone with a computer to play matches of their games.

Hollenshead said id also wanted to dip their toe in in-game advertising, and that this seemed like the best way to approach it. So expect ads to be running on the web page when you play Quake Zero,but free games for ads seem absolutely fine to me.
Head over to the sites below to learn more.

Eurogamer: id Unveils Quake Zero
Kotaku: Quake Zero Announced
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Quake III Arena


Apple Posts New Hot Deals
1:43 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Apple Store Special Deals - has just added the following Apple Certified Refurbished products: for a limited time get Apple Certified Refurbished 2GB iPod nano for only $99!; Apple Certified Refurbished current generation 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook, , 1GB memory, 80GB hard drive for only $949!; Apple Certified Refurbished 17-inch MacBook Pro, 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB memory, 160GB hard drive for only $2,199!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

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

ClubMac - has deals on a variety of Mac compatible hardware and software products including: Age of Empires III from Destineer for only $48.99!; 500GB Titanium II external USB 2.0 hard drive from Fantom for only $99.99!; EyeTV Hybrid USB 2.0 interface for streaming TV to your Mac from Elgato for only $127.99!; iHome iH5 clock radio with built-in iPod dock from SDI Technologies for only $100!; HDRHC7 high definition camcorder from Sony for only $1,089.99!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL: 

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


MacMall - has deals on a variety of Mac compatible hardware and software products including: Office 2004 Student-Teacher Edition from Microsoft for only $99.99!; Porsche Design 500GB USB 2.0 compact external hard drive from LaCie for only $117.98!; PJ588D DLP portable projector from Viewsonic for only $1,180!; iPod connection kit for home and auto from Marware for only $34.99!; Stylus Photo R260 color inkjet printer from Epson for only $89.99!; Nikon Coolpix L10 5.0-megapixel compact digital camera for only $119.95!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL: 

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

MacZone - has deals on a variety of Mac compatible hardware and software products including: Acrylic case with built-in stand for iPhone from Belkin only $12.99!; Sport Armband for iPhone also from Belkin for only $12.99!; Stylus Photo R380 6-ink photo printer from Epson for only $28.98 after mail-in rebate!; 250GB d2 Big Disk Extreme II external hard drive with FireWire 400/800/USB 2.0 from LaCie for only $139.99!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL: 

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

Sweetwater Sound - has deals on a variety of Mac compatible hardware and software products including: MBox 2 Mini with Pro Tools LE software from DigiDesign for only $265.97!; Fab Four virtual instrument collection of period specific guitars, basses, drums, and keyboards from East West for only $355.97!; UF80 88-key hammer-weighted wireless MIDI keyboard controller from CME for only $649.97; Tracktiion 3 Project Bundle for only $99.99!; UltraLite FireWire audio/MIDI interface w/10-inputs and 14-outputs from MOTU for only $549.97; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL: 

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




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Inside Mac Games Reviews Dodge That Anvil
7:47 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Rabidlab's 3D platformer, Dodge That Anvil. Here's a clip from the review:

Thankfully, the control scheme is quite easy to handle and you can assign the controls to any keys of your choosing. You can also save and load the game quite easily, and restarting a level takes only a few seconds. If it wasn't for that, the game would be intolerable.
Follow the link below to check out the full review.

IMG Review of Dodge That Anvil
Dodge That Anvil
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Aspyr Offers Game Agent Update
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Aspyr Media has released a free update for the Game Agent application, a free utility that allows you to easily match your computer hardware with the system requirements of Aspyr's game titles. Game Agent will automatically identify which games will run on your current system and determine necessary system upgrades for any other Aspyr games if needed.

New Features in this update include:

- Updated Game Directory
- Game Agent now identifies games with Universal Binary support
- Game Agent now recognizes the Intel GMA 950 graphics processor
- Game Agent now properly recognizes Mac OS X 10.4.10.
- Added a "Runs on My Mac" section to the sidebar
- Added a "Universal Games" section to the sidebar
If you already have the Game Agent application, it will update automatically the next time the program is run.  If you do not already have Game Agent, a free download is available at Macgamefiles.com at the link below.

MGF: Game Agent
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Reel Deal Card Games Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming recently announced the release of Reel Deal Card Games. Developed by PhantomEFX, Reel Deal offers a wide selection of cards games including Hearts, Spades, Canasta, Bridge, and dozens of Solitaire games. The game also features AI opponents of varying skill levels and online multiplayer action.

Reel Deal "Card Games" will blow you away with its enormous array of games that include Hearts, Spades, Canasta, Bridge, dozens of Solitaire games, and over 70 others! Playing card games has never been more zesty and animated than now with our suite of famous characters, presented in a new, movie-like quality, never before seen in any card game!

The smart, vivacious opponents will help you learn how to play, or test your various skills with multiple levels of intelligence. You can progress through the secret areas of the Prize Vault and Mall to unlock hundreds of items and surprises. You can even play this game on-line with other players from around the world. Jump on board the PhantomVP epidemic sweeping the country!
Reel Deal Card Games costs $19.95. Follow the links below for more information.

Reel Deal Card Games
Virtual Programming



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The Queen Of Blades Discusses StarCraft 2
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzplanet has posted an interview with Glynnis Talken, the voice actor behind the memorable StarCraft hero/villain, Sarah Kerrigan. Recently hired to again give voice to the character in the sequel, StarCraft II, Talken discusses StarCraft, her work on other games, and her series of romance novels.

How has this popularity affected you and your career?
Glynnis: Being a voiceover actor, whatever popularity I enjoy is largely invisible. I don’t wear my Kerrigan wings on the street, and it’s not exactly like I’m talking on my cell phone and someone goes, “Hey, aren’t you The Rogue?” But when people find out, they’re usually tickled, and I’m delighted to make their acquaintance.

You changed book publisher a couple of years ago, signed with Warner Publishing and changed your name from Glynnis Campbell to Sarah McKerrigan. Why did you choose Sarah McKerrigan as your new pseudonym?
Glynnis: It was kind of an homage to the character and a nod to my gaming fans. Unlike most “romance” novels, my books feature kick-ass warrior wenches, so the name seemed appropriate--McKerrigan (spawn of Kerrigan).
Click over to the site below to read the rest.

Blizzplanet: Glynnis Talken Interview
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StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
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Warcraft Movie To Conquer Theaters In 2009
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A recent Shacknews article reveals a planned 2009 release date for Legendary Pictures' upcoming film version of Blizzard Entertainment's very successful Warcraft franchise. The story will mainly be told through the eyes of the Alliance forces and will be set approximately one year before the time of World of Warcraft.

Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull described the movie as "big," with a budget of over $100 million. "We're not gonna make some cheesy little.. I don't even know what a good example is," he said. Shouts of "Doom" erupted from the crowd. "I'm not gonna give any examples," Tull said after a laugh.

"We're shooting for 2009," Tull added, before handing the stage over to Blizzard creative director Chris Metzen, who immediately began to outline the direction of the project.

"Honestly, the story that we're running with at this point, we wanted it to be relevant to the experience of WoW players," Metzen said. "Not necessarily buried in thousands of years of continuity. We wanted it to be, well, recent. The story takes place about a year before WoW begins. You're likely to see a lot of races you've played, the lands you know. The story really is a number of main plot points kind of rolled into a really strong two, two and a half hour tale."
To read the rest of the article head over to the link provided below.

Shacknews: Warcraft Movie Article
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft
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