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Friday, January 11, 2008


Imagine Poker 3 Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Candywriter has announced the release of Imagine Poker 3, an offline Texas Hold 'Em Poker game. Imagine Poker allows players to pit their wits against 20 infamous characters from history, mythology, and legend, including Cleopatra, Robin Hood, Abraham Lincoln, Dracula, Marie Antoinette, and the Grim Reaper. The game features fully animated opponents and an adaptive artificial intelligence engine.

Version 3 features a revamped 3D interface, four new characters, two dealers, six new rooms to play in, and optimization for Windows Vista and Mac OS 10.5 Leopard.

Imagine Poker 3 features a revamped 3D game interface, fully animated characters, 6 stunning rooms to play in, 2 dealers, improved artificial intelligence, 4 new opponents, and optimization for Mac OS 10.5 Leopard and Windows Vista. Imagine Poker 3 welcomes Genghis Khan, the Grim Reaper, Marie Antoinette, and the Aussie legend, Ned Kelly!

Play Texas Hold 'Em Poker on your Mac or PC against 20 beautiful and fully animated characters that include Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Dracula, the Mona Lisa, Abraham Lincoln, the Tooth Fairy, Stalin, Robin Hood, Blackbeard, Merlin, and 8 more! Even the Abominable Snowman traveled all the way from Kathmandu to participate in the Imagine Poker tournament!

Configure your Texas Hold 'Em game with any rules and settings you like and then enter a five round tournament where you must beat all 20 characters to win! Imagine Poker features Candywriter's acclaimed artificial intelligence module that is sure to challenge even poker professionals.

Candywriter provides lifetime registration keys so, like every Imagine Poker release, this is a free upgrade for existing customers.
Imagine Poker 3 is a Universal Binary application and requires Mac OS X 10.3. It costs $19.95 to register.

For more information about the game follow the links below.

Imagine Poker 3
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Inside Mac Games Reviews Babysitting Mania
4:09 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 4 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Babysitting Mania. Here's a clip from the review:

As its title suggests, GoGii Games' Babysitting Mania is a game in which you play a babysitter. In this sequel to the company's Nanny Mania, you take care of children ranging from babies to elementary school age while their parents are away. However, don't expect to actually take care of kids while you play this game. Your job is to keep the kids out of your hair while you clean house.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games Review: Babysitting Mania
Gogii Games
Babysitting Mania
Buy Babysitting Mania


Apple: Video Card Compatibility List For Mac Pro
2:27 PM | Evan Holt | 14 comments

Recently Apple has unleashed a new Mac Pro and the option of the new NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (as BTO and as a stand-alone upgrade). This has caught the eye of many previous generation Mac Pro owners, hoping to upgrade from their GeForce 7300 GTs or Radeon X1900 XTs.

Rob-Art from Barefeats was one of the first to bring to light the matter that the new 8800 GT would not work in a previous generation Mac Pro. This has recently also been followed up in a tech bulletin from Apple themselves confirming this.

Graphics cards shipped with Mac Pro (Early 2008) computers
• ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
• NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
• NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600
All of these cards are only compatible with the family of computers with which they shipped.
Follow the link below to Apple's bulletin, or to Barefeat's online petition in hopes to have Apple address this matter to bring the 8800 GT to all Mac Pros.

Mac Pro: Video cards from Power Mac G5 computers are not supported
A call for a GeForce 8800 GT for "the rest of us."


Apple Adds GeForce 8800 GT To Online Store
6:00 AM | Evan Holt | 5 comments

Following Apple's release of the new Mac Pro on Tuesday, Apple has added the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT for purchase as a stand-alone card.

From Apple's online store:

For advanced graphics performance, choose the latest-generation NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with 512MB of GDDR3 video memory. With a unified shader core and massive memory bandwidth, the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT brings advanced performance to graphics-intensive applications like motion graphics, 3D modeling, rendering, and animation. It features a PCI Express 2.0 interface for a high-bandwidth connection to the Mac Pro and two dual-link DVI ports for connecting up to two 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Displays.
Apple posted a benchmark between their "previous standard", the NVIDIA 7300 GT against their new NVIDIA 8800 GT running a time demo for Doom 3. The 7300 scored 64 frames-per-second while the 8800 GT scored 141.

Follow the links below to take you to the Apple Mac Pro information page as well as the U.S. online store to learn more. Current price is $349 in both the U.S. and Canadian stores (however there is a wait time of 5 to 7 weeks).

Apple.com - Mac Pro: Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro


Barefeats: Mac Pro Buying Advice - 2600 XT VS. 8800 GT
6:00 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Barefeats addresses a common question sent to them, "What graphics card should I order with my Mac Pro?". With the latest generation of Mac Pro offering three choices, (Radeon HD 2600 XT, GeForce 8800 GT and the Quadro FX 5600) Barefeats breaks down the technical details to help you make your decision.

The gains to be had by the GeForce 8800 GT is well worth the $200 premium you'll pay at the time of ordering your Mac Pro. When you consider the 8-core 3.2GHz Mac Pro we ordered will total over $5000, the extra $200 for the optional GPU is trivial.
Also worth mentioning is that Barefeats has updated their article and posted an alert regarding installing the 8800 GT in the earlier generation of Mac Pro:
The GeForce 8800 GT is *NOT* compatible with the older Mac Pro (August 2006, April 2007) as we assumed. I've been informed that GeForce 8800 GT uses an EFI64 ROM, the old Mac Pros "expect" an EFI32 ROM.
Follow the link below to Barefeats to help you decide which video card is right for you.

Barefeats: Mac Pro Buying Advice - 2600 XT VS. 8800 GT


Custer Rocks On
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

It's Friday and that can only mean one thing: a new desktop from IMG's Brad Custer. This week Custer returns with a feature for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock from Aspyr Media.

Here's what Brad had to say about his latest creation:

The long-awaited Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock from Aspyr Media has blasted onto Mac community and my inbox is overflowing with your enthusiasm. Growing up in the eighties makes it an honor to create a desktop for this game. So, as I breakout into my solo that is this week's creation, be sure to hold up your lighters in approval. I was able to make this week's wallpaper with the help of Aspyr Media and my trusty cable modem.
To check out this desktop and many more, head over to Custer's Desktops.

Custer's Desktops



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Sudoku: Latin Squares Released For Mac
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macgamestore.com is pleased to announce the release of Sudoku: Latin Squares for the Macintosh on its web site. The game is the third Mac release from developer TikGames.

Sudoku: Latin Squares is the only computer game to offer a new patent pending algorithm for Sudoku called Latin Squares.  This new twist opens up a whole new world of Sudoku with a best of class interface and feature set. Play puzzles as small as 3 by 3 (great for learning or quick games) to as large as 9 by 9.

Features:
- Two great games in one: Sudoku and Latin Squares
- Single click interface
- The only Sudoku game built for ages 5 to 100
- Ability to mark cells to show key decision points
- Take your puzzle on the go with our advanced printing feature
- Utilize Hints, Notes, Undo and Saves to find your way through hundreds of challenging puzzles

Sudoku - Latin Sqaures for the Mac is available for $19.95 USD through Macgamestore.com . A free 60 minute trial Universal Binary demo version of the game is available for download.

Buy Sudoku: Latin Squares


First BlizzCast Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has released it's first BlizzCast, a series of podcasts created by Blizzard's Community Team and focusing on the company's current and future game offerings. The first episode features interviews with Art Director Samwise Didier and World of Warcraft Lead Designer Jeff Kaplan.

Join our Community Team in going behind the scenes, to experience the world of Blizzard game making. Each episode, we’ll be interviewing your favorite Blizzard developers and staff, to give you a glimpse of what it is like to make the games you love from their perspective. On top of that, we plan to talk about new features and add to the latest discussions regarding our future projects such as StarCraft II and Wrath of the Lich King.

To kick off our BlizzCast series, we’ve decided to begin where every great Blizzard idea begins, at the concept level. To speak with us we have Samwise Didier, our Art Director and concept artist to many of the popular Blizzard icons you’ve grown to love such as the Pandaren, Fel Orcs, Dark Templars, Zerglings, and many more. We’ll be chatting with Samwise on how he came up with the characters he did, as well as what it is like to work on both the Warcraft and StarCraft franchises. Be sure to view the transcript to see all of the artwork.
The BlizzCast website offers both the MP3 podcasts and transcripts of the interviews. To encourage feedback on the first episode the BlizzCast will be giving away Logitech 5.1 Speakers and StarCraft II hats to some fans who send in comments.

Click over to the site below for more information.

BlizzCast
BlizzCast Episode 1 Transcript
Blizzard Entertainment



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Bomberman For iPod Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Macworld's Game Room recently posted a new review of Bomberman, one of several new titles for Apple's iPod multimedia device. In the game players must use their wits and bombs to make their way to the end of the maze levels without being caught by enemies. The Game Room gave Bomberman a score of 4.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

Everything happens in a 2-D world, where you see the action from overhead. Bobble-headed Bomberman makes his way through the maze, which changes from level to level, chased relentlessly by enemies. If the enemies touch him, he dies. Bomberman can set off bombs wherever he wants, but if he doesn’t scoot out of the way of the blast fast enough, he, too, will be flamed and will lose a life.

Powerups imbue Bomberman with special abilities—Fire Up increases the blast radius by one square, for example, while Bomb Up lets you increase the number of bombs you can set. There’s a Speed Up tile you can grab, along with an extra life tile.

Among the maze there are “Soft Blocks”—bricks you can destroy by planting bombs near them. This is handy for accessing new parts of the maze, which you may need to do to destroy enemies or grab powerups. And once you’ve cleared the level, a Warp Panel will activate to take you to the next one.

That’s pretty much all there is to the basic gameplay Bomberman, which is why it’s so addictive. And its basic 2-D gameplay—you control him up, down, left and right, and plant bombs—is ideal for the iPod’s Click Wheel interface.
To read the rest of the review click over to the site below.

Macworld's Game Room: Bomberman Review


Mac Games News for Thursday, January 10, 2008

Apple Games Features Commander: Europe At War6:00 AM
Hothead Games & Ron Gilbert Announce DeathSpank6:00 AM
Siege Tank Added To StarCraft II Website6:00 AM
StuntMANIA!pro Updated6:00 AM
 
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