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Penumbra: Requiem Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Paradox Interactive has announced Penumbra: Requiem an expansion to the critically acclaimed horror series. Like previous installments for the atmospheric game world, independent team Frictional Games is developing the expansion.

Requiem will tie up loose ends from previous installments and as Philip progresses he will encounter various characters from his past. The game delves deeper into the world of the Tuurngait infection and personalities from the previous two games, Overture and Black Plague. Long lost friends will return and aid Philip on his quest.

"We believed very strongly in this team and their skills from the start and now that the Penumbra series has become such a hit worldwide, those who doubted have been proven wrong", said Fredrik Wester, Executive Vice President for Paradox Interactive. "Therefore it was a no-brainer for us to sign this expansion, and we are convinced fans of the series will be equally excited about the news!"

In the bizarre world of Penumbra: Requiem players will experience another psychological thrill on a level unheard of before Penumbra: Black Plague. This time telling what is real and what is not will be even harder and not always trusting your senses will be essential in order to survive.

"After the launch of Penumbra: Black Plague we realized that we still had some unfinished ideas for features and story line that we wanted to implement. An expansion like this will be the perfect end to a series that has given both us and the players so much", said Jens Nilsson, Co-founder of Frictional Games.
Overture, the first title in the series, is currently available for Mac users. Black Plague for Mac is still in progress.

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Big Bang Brain Games Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Surfbits has posted a review of Big Bang Brain Games. The collection of six brain twisting puzzle titles features cartoon characters and Freeverse's signature humor. Surfbits recommended the game to fans of puzzles and those looking for family friendly entertainment.

From the review:

Remembrance gives you a deck of cards with various symbols behind them. You have to flip the cards and look for matches. I used to play this game as a kid with a deck of cards and we called it “concentration.” When I played this game with my kids in Big Bang Brain Games, my six year old beat me. Are we starting to see a trend here?

I thought Reaction was the most innovative game. You have a board full of molecules. The goal is to pop as many as possible with the fewest clicks. If you get it just right you create a chain reaction that clears the whole board. This was much more satisfying to me than it probably should have.

My favorite game, however, was Fallacy, which is a logic based riddle game where an argument is placed on the screen and you have to choose how it logically fails with choices such as “Hasty Generalization”, “Appeal to Fear”, and the “Gambler’s Fallacy.” Well I finally thought I had a game where I could win and then my wife shows up and beats me like an old rug.
Head over to the link below to read the rest of the review.

Surfbits: Big Bang Brain Games Review
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CCP Discusses EVE Online Source Code Leak
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A recent GamesIndustry.biz article offers CCP Games' response to the recent unauthorized release of EVE Online's source code on the internet. According to the developer the leak doesn't expose users or their account information to any risk and will not effect the state of the game itself.

"CCP is aware that an individual claims to have access to the source code of the EVE client. This access is not a security risk to CCP in any way," stated the developer.

"Access to the source code for the EVE client exposes no security vulnerabilities, has no privacy protection issues, and poses no threat to our customers' billing information.

"The server-side interface used by the client is carefully protected to ensure that no abusive or unwanted information is transmitted to, or from the internal EVE server systems. Nothing the EVE client can do can affect the game state, no advantage can be gained by manipulating the EVE client, no advantageous or disadvantageous information can be transmitted to other EVE users by altering the EVE client," added the company.
Click on the link below to read the rest of the article.

Gamesindustry.biz: CCP Games Responds To EVE Source Leak
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NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Now Available For First Gen Mac Pros
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

NVIDIA has announced that an upgrade kit featuring the award-winning NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT GPU is now available for first generation Mac Pros. Priced at $279, the GeForce 8800 GT upgrade kit allows first-generation Mac Pro users to optimize their Mac with the same solution already available in second-generation Mac Pro systems.

"The computer is more visual than ever, and Mac users in particular demand an exceptional visual experience," said Ujesh Desai, general manager of GeForce desktop GPU business at NVIDIA. "Adding a GeForce 8800 GT to the first-generation Mac Pro system will deliver a major graphics boost, resulting in faster processing for a complete range of visual computing applications."

The award-winning NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT features 112 high-powered processing cores and supports dual 30-inch Apple Cinema HD displays. Compatible with any Intel-based Mac Pro, the GeForce 8800 GT includes NVIDIA's video processing technology which offloads H.264 decode enabling silky smooth playback of high-definition video.
North American customers can purchase the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT upgrade kit online from NVIDIA's store or The Apple Store for $279.

Follow the links below for more information.

Apple Store: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT

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IMG Reviews Return to Dark Castle
6:00 AM | Marcus Albers | 12 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the long-awaited sequel, Return to Dark Castle from Z Sculpt. Here is a clip from the review:

[When] you're bored or frustrated, there are quite a few bonus levels where you can play mini-games or just enjoy a little relaxation. My favorite example of this is the hidden shooting gallery. You just stand still on one side of the level and throw rocks at the parachutes of falling mutants and keep them from landing. If one lands, you can knock another one out of the sky on it, so you're not completely sunk. It's a nice diversion, and a welcome rest from the hectic levels.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Return to Dark Castle
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