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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

CrossOver Games Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 11 comments

CodeWeavers, a developer of software products that turn Mac OS X and Linux into Windows-compatible operating systems, has announced the release of CrossOver Games for both Mac and Linux. The software allows gamers to play popular Windows games such as Guild Wars, and many Steam games including Team Fortress 2 and Counterstrike Source.

"One of the differences between CrossOver Games and our current CrossOver products is that it's going to be a little more 'bleeding edge'," said Jeremy White, President and CEO of CodeWeavers. "The Wine development community, including CodeWeavers, is cranking out a lot of important improvements to game support. We want to get those improvements into the hands of gamers now. CrossOver Games, we think, will fit in with the edgier technology needs of gamers."

CrossOver Games features many recent game advancements developed in the open-source community. "This is our way of promoting the incredible work of the open-source community," said White. "It also marks a positional change in our product line. There's a perception that our products primarily make Windows office productivity applications run under our CrossOver products. The truth is, CrossOver also runs many popular games on Macs and Linux PCs as well."
CrossOver Games is available for purchase directly from CodeWeavers and its authorized resellers. It is a download-only product and costs $39.95, a price which includes 12 months of free product support and software updates.

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IMG Podcast Episode 37 Released
11:42 AM | Michael Yaroshinsky | Comment on this story

Welcome to the 37th edition of the Inside Mac Games Podcast, the official podcast of Mac gaming. Each week we'll be covering all the news in Mac gaming in one tight package. This week features Mike Burgess and Stefan Langford.

This Weeks News

  • Space Pig Available For Macs
  • Fable: The Lost Chapters
  • NWN 2 ships
  • MacBook and MacBook Pro updates
  • iPhone SDK

    To listen to the Inside Mac Games Podcast, select your podcast flavor by clicking a button below.

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    Hoyle Card Games Digital Download Available
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    Macgamestore.com, in partnership with Encore Software, today announced the release of Hoyle Card Games as a digital download. The game was previously available in a boxed format only.

    Step up to the best deal in town and test your skill. Shuffle the cards and deal yourself in to the greatest card games of all time. HOYLE drops you right into the action with over 150 classic games, official rules, tips and strategies. From classic games like Cribbage to new favorites like online Texas Holdčem, HOYLE Card Games 2008 has something for everyone.

    - All games are based on the official rules from HOYLE , the authority for over 200 years
    - Create your own character with Face Creator, customizing everything from facial features to clothes
    - Interactive computer opponents with multiple skill levels to challenge everybody
    - Play together on the same computer and challenge your friends and family for bragging rights or play solo with 55 different solitaire games included.
    - Over 75 card games including: Texas Holdčem, Hearts, Bridge, Crazy Eights, Gin Rummy, Omaha Holdčem, Pinochle, Rummy 500, and much more.
    Hoyle Card games requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later, 600 MHz PowerPC G3 or better, 256 MB RAM, and 32 MB VRAM (ATI Rage cards not supported).

    Hoyle Card Games is available for $19.95 through Macgamestore.com. A free Universal Binary demo version of the game, which is 780 MB in size, is available for download on the web page.

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    WoW: Fury Of The Sunwell Patch Now Available
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    Blizzard Entertainment has released version 2.4 of World of Warcraft, the largest patch thus far released for the popular MMO. Titled Fury of the Sunwell, the hefty 260 MB download includes the new Sunwell Plateau area as well as a host of adjustments, additions, and bug fixes.

    Here's some of the new content in the patch:

    Fury of the Sunwell
    The glorious fount of arcane energy known as the Sunwell empowered the high elves for millennia, until the death knight Arthas laid siege to the elven kingdom and corrupted its sacred energies. Seeing no other alternative, a band of survivors led by Prince Kael’thas destroyed the ancient fount. Over time the surviving elves fell pray to a crippling magical withdrawal.
    Now, promising salvation for his people, Kael’thas has returned. Soon the Sunwell will shine once again, but whether the sacred fount will usher in deliverance or destruction remains to be seen.

    Global Arena Tournament
    Players will be able to create level-70 characters with epic equipment and compete on special tournament realms in a new global arena tournament. For more information, details and entry requirements, please visit the official tournament pages.

    User Interface
    The Interface Options screen has been completely redesigned. AddOns that interact with the Interface Options screen will need to be updated.
    Players will now be able to inspect other players via their chat link.
    Players may now inspect players of the opposing faction while they are not flagged for PvP.

    Follow the links below for more information.

    Fury Of The Sunwell Patch Notes
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    A Guide For Newcomers To EVE Online
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    Eurogamer has posted a new article examining the universe of EVE Online, CCP Games sci-fi MMO. The article attempts to guide new players through the complexities of the game's universe with tips for success and links to helpful websites.

    Yes, dying is inevitable, and hardcore. When you die you really lose something. But don't worry: a bit of work and you can always get it back. The crucial thing is that you learn from your mistakes. Working out how your ship can take on the tasks that have been set for you by agents teaches you a great deal about the game systems. For tips, solutions, and information on how to make the most of all these missions, from combat to industry, it's worth taking a look at the player-run website, eveinfo.com, which catalogues enormous amounts of game information.

    Missions will take you through what is called "Empire" space. This is the central tract of the galaxy in which players are relatively safe. Each system has a security rating, and while you can attack someone anywhere in EVE, an attack in a system with 0.5 - 1.0 security rating will end up with the attacker dying horribly at the hands of NPC police. Nowhere is safe, however, and pirates have been known to suicide their ships to loot cargo ships carrying incredibly expensive loot.

    Below 0.4 things are even more terrifying, and some pirates actually choke off areas of space by blockading them with a hoard of ships. Learning to avoid these deathtraps is one of the crucial skills that Empire-dwelling life will teach you in EVE.
    Check out the full guide at the link below.

    Eurogamer: Getting Into EVE Online
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    Mac Games News for Tuesday, March 25, 2008

    Avernum 5 Reviewed6:00 AM
    New Spore Screenshots Available6:00 AM
    StarCraft II Q&A6:00 AM
    Warblade Comes To Macs6:00 AM
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