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Musika Released For iPod
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

The roster of games for Apple's fifth generation iPod has grown by one with the release of Musika. Sony BMG's first game release for Apple's multimedia device is a combination of game and graphic visualizer, making use of an iPod's installed music library.

Part music visualizer, part game, Musika uses the music from your own library. Letters appear on screen using a wide variety of visual effects, and as they coalesce, you recognize them. If the letter is in the song title you’re listening, hit the center button.

Faster reactions earn you more points and special icons can be hit for bonus effects. You don’t even need to play it as a game — if you prefer, you can just enjoy the visuals.
Musika for iPod costs $4.99 from the iTunes Store. Click over to the site below to read more.

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Inside Mac Games Reviews Real Deal Slots: Mystic Forest
7:28 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review from the casino/minigame fusion from Virtual Programming, Real Deal Slots: Mystic Forest. Here's a bit from the review:

There is usually a bonus round hidden in the game. If the correct symbols come up, you are treated with a special round. Sometimes it is a series of free spins, other times it is a different game of chance. I was impressed with the bonus round in a machine with a Knight theme, You get to run a Knight figure through a 2D dungeon, fighting monsters and winning prizes. Once the bonus round is complete, the additional winnings are added to your pot.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

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Heroes Of Might And Magic V Update Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Yesterday Freeverse announced that Heroes of Might and Magic V for the Macintosh, under exclusive worldwide license from Ubisoft, had been updated to version 1.5. Developed for the PC by Nival Interactive, HoMM V brings the popular and long running strategy franchise into a new era with a fully 3D animated world, new Active Battle System for faster play, and a host of new creatures and abilities.

Changes in version 1.5 include:

- Profile corruption fixed
- Save game corruption fixed
- Random crashing fixed
- Memory leak fixed
- Autosave function improved
- Wider range of display resolutions supported
- OS X 10.4.9 or later is now required (originally required OS X 10.4.8)
Follow the links below for more information.

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Jeff Vogel's End Game, Why Are You Still Playing?
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In the ninth installment of his View From The Bottom developer column, Jeff Vogel of Spiderweb Software continues his examination of shortcomings in computer role playing games. This time he examines problems with end game content for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games.

Think about it. It's called endgame content for a reason. End. Game. You are at the END of the GAME. Why are you still playing!?!?!?

Once you are at the maximum level in a game, you put yourself in the most gruesome position imaginable. Your portion of the market is large enough that the game companies will continue to design the occasional degrading and time-consuming treadmill to keep your 15 bucks a month coming in. But your portion of the market is too small for them to actually care about you.

That means, among other things, poorly balanced raid dungeons that have received only the barest touch of a beta-tester's gentle hand. They will only test the mega-dungeon enough to make sure playing it won't actually launch the space bar on your keyboard into your carotid artery, and then it will be deemed non-broken enough to burn 80 hours of your life.

Don't like it? Try threatening to quit the game and see how far you get. Even if they believed you (and they don't), there are too few people like you for them to care.
Head over to the site below to read the rest of Vogel's comments.

View From The Bottom #9
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MacRadio Announces Facelift, Calls For Beta Testers
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

MacRadio, an Internet radio broadcast network focused on the Mac, has announced a facelift. MacRadio is making changes to its network and will be relaunching the site with a new focus and features in September. The site is also calling for beta testers for the redesign.

Since 2002, MacRadio has been providing Mac focused Internet radio to the streaming world. But now, says Executive Producer Omaha Sternberg, it’s time to make some changes.

“More and more people want to listen to their shows on their time, and make comments when they are ready to do so,” Ms. Sternberg said. “Internet radio requires that listeners attend the show at a particular time to listen and comment. So we’ve decided to relaunch MacRadio as a Mac focused podcast portal. This, we believe, will support the desires of our listeners.”

MacRadio is also calling for beta testers for the new site. Anyone interested can register by going to http://www.macradio.com/betafaq.php and sending an email to the appropriate address. Official beta testers will receive a limited edition beta test t-shirt with the new MacRadio logo, plus be entered into the beta test prize drawing at the end of the testing phase.
All MacRadio radio programs are available free as a podcast or streaming MP3 from the MacRadio website. To tune in, listeners must have QuickTime 5 and above, or iTunes 4.9 or other MP3 enabled software (such as iPodderX) for access to the podcasts and MP3 stream.

Follow the links below for more information.

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iGame Radio Covers Casual Connect 2007
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

This week on iGame Radio Omaha Sternberg completes coverage of the casual gaming conference Casual Connect 2007 in the third of a multi-part series. Coverage includes interviews with Tom Higgins of Unity3D’s Over the Edge, Jim Greer of Kongregate, Dave Dunham of GameHouse, and Daniel Bernstein of Sandlot Games.

Over the Edge, usually called OTEE, develops Unity3D, a game engine geared for the small team. Having just announced Unity 2.0, Omaha chats with Tom Higgins, product evangelist for the company, about the Unity 3D engine, the features Unity provides, and what we'll see from Unity 2.0.

Kongregate is an example of the next generation of gaming portals. Providing access to gameplay as well as socializing, contests, and much more, Omaha talks with Jim Greer, co-founder of Kongregate, about what the site has to offer and what is coming next.

Dave Dunham is development manager of GameHouse, a division of the RealArcade Network specializing in games for the Mac. Originally an Indie Mac game house, GameHouse was picked up by RealNetworks in 2004. Omaha chats with Dave about what kind of changes GameHouse has experienced since that time.

Sandlot Games is best known for their well-known game Cake Mania. Omaha sat down (in a hallway, no less) with CEO and founder Daniel Bernstein to talk about how the company has been doing, the future of the Cake Mania franchise, and Sandlot’s commitment to Mac gaming.
All three shows are available as a podcast or streaming MP3 on MacRadio and iGameRadio at the links below.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Heroes Of Might And Magic V Update Released4:44 PM
Apple Releases New iMac Line2:18 PM
An Interview With WoW Lead Designer Jeffrey Kaplan6:00 AM
id's Todd Hollenshead Discusses Mac Gaming Viability6:00 AM
The Broken Hourglass: Born In Fire And Water6:00 AM
The Sims Bowling Reviewed6:00 AM
 
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