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Monday, April 28, 2008


Apple Updates iMac Line
7:56 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 10 comments

Apple today announced a refresh to the iMac, which now include the latest Intel Core 2 Duo process and more powerful graphics cards. The new IMacs also include 6MB L2 cache and a faster 1066 MHz front-side bus across the entire line, and 2GB of memory standard in most models. The top of the line 24-inch iMac now offers a 3.06 GHz Intel processor and an NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS graphics card.

Pricing & Availability
The new iMac line is available immediately.

The new 20-inch 2.4 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US), includes:

20-inch widescreen LCD display;
2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 1066 MHz front-side bus;
1GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 4GB;
250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
a slot-load 8x SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB GDDR3 memory;
built-in iSight video camera;
built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse and infrared Apple Remote.
The new 20-inch 2.66 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:

20-inch widescreen LCD display;
2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 1066 MHz front-side bus;
2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 4GB;
320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
built-in iSight video camera;
built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse and infrared Apple Remote.

The new 24-inch 2.8 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), includes:

24-inch widescreen LCD display;
2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 1066 MHz front-side bus;
2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 4GB;
320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
built-in iSight video camera;
built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse and infrared Apple Remote.

Build-to-order options and accessories include: a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS with 512MB of video memory and up to a 1TB Serial ATA hard drive on the 24-inch iMac; up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM and up to 750GB Serial ATA hard drive on the 2.66 GHz 20-inch iMac; and up to 4GB of DDR2 SDRAM and up to 500GB Serial ATA hard drive on the 2.4 GHz 20-inch iMac. Additional options include: Apple Wireless Keyboard and Wireless Mighty Mouse; AirPort Express® and AirPort Extreme Base Station; the AppleCare Protection Plan; and pre-installed copies of iWork® ’08, Logic® Express 8, Final Cut® Express 4 and Aperture™ 2.

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IMG Reviews Cake Mania
7:08 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Cake Mania from Sandlot Games and Big Fish Games. Here's a clip from the review:

Now for the customers, some are reasonably patient, others are not. When their order is in, they have a heart gauge that essentially tells what kind of bonus you will receive. Ideally, make sure they lose no patience. Now some have gauges of a few hearts. Seriously now, a cake is being made from scratch and you only have patience for 20 minutes (in game time)? And you’re also the forth person in line? Oh, come on! So that is where the challenge really comes in.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Cake Mania
Cake Mania
Big Fish Games
Sandlot Games
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BOOM 1.6.2 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Factor Software recently updated BOOM, an arcade game in the tradition of Bomberman. The update brings the game to version 1.6.2 and introduces several updates and bug fixes to the game.

Updates in version 1.61:

• Fixed an issue that caused the monitor color depth not being properly restored after changing the option for setting the display to thousands of colors while in full screen.
• Fixed the URL for downloading the game when a new version is available.
• Improved error handling while purchasing the game via the Kagi Registration Module.
• The KRM has been reverted to version 1.0.6 due to unsolved problems with version 1.0.7.
• Updated Help.
Follow the links below for more information.

BOOM
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Spore Creature Creator Coming June 17
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 10 comments

Electronic Arts and Maxis have announced that a free downloadable demo, and complete retail version of the Spore Creature Creator will be available starting June 17, 2008. The Spore Creature Creator gives Spore fans, and those who are creatively curious, the first hands-on opportunity to design their own species and share it with their friends.

All creatures designed with the Spore Creature Creator can be imported into the full retail version of Spore for PC and Mac when it launches on September 5, 2008 in Europe and September 7, 2008 in North America.

“We are thrilled to finally be putting the creative tools of Spore into the hands of players around the world,” said Will Wright, chief designer, Maxis. “The amazing creations players design this summer will help populate the game universe we all enter when Spore ships this September, so in a sense, the Spore Creature Creator is the birth of Spore.”

The free demo version of the Spore Creature Creator will be available worldwide via download from www.spore.com. The demo lets players mold, shape, paint and play with an unlimited number of creatures, using 25 percent of the creature-making parts from Spore. Gamers can then share these creations with their friends, including seamless uploads to YouTube.

A complete retail version of the Spore Creature Creator will also be available in North America for $9.99 and most European territories for €9.99, which gives players access to all the creature-making parts in the game.
Head over to the site below for more information about the game.

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TransGaming
Spore
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2008 WoW Arena Tournament Beginner's Guide
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzplanet has created a Beginner's Guide to Blizzard's 2008 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament. The event allows players to compete for prizes and prestige against other WoW players from around the globe. Blizzplanet's guide gives an overview of what gamers can expect from the tournament setting.

Are you still undecided whether to spend $20 on the registration fee, because you don't know what you will find on the other side of the fence once you are in the Arena Tournament? Or do you fear it is unbalanced and have no chance at winning? I sincerely think you must read this article and give yourself a chance to win this tournament because in the few days I have been talking with Arena players the feedback has been, in a nutshell, they love how Blizzard has balanced this tournament. Skill is the main factor that decides who wins. Everyone has more or less the same gear.

Once you register with a $20 registration fee, your account will become flagged to join the Arena Tournament Realm List. You will find out by login into World of Warcraft, at the Character List. Click the CHANGE REALM button. You will see the typical realm list. At the bottom you will find three tabs titled as: United States, Oceania, and Arena Tournament. After choosing the Arena Tournament tab you are welcomed with the character list ... but surprise, your random character is level 70 and it is already geared up with the Merciless Gladiator Set ... ready to rumble. Choose the faction, race, and class you wish to play with. You are almost ready to go.
Click on the link below to read the rest of the guide.

Blizzplanet: WoW 2008 Arena Tournament Guide
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft
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Runes of Avalon 2 Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Hooked Gamers has published a new review of Runes of Avalon 2. The puzzle-driven game offers a unique combination of match-three and Tetris mechanics. It features over 100 challenging levels, 6 power-ups, 4 powerful spells, two minigames, and three game modes with many variations within a quest. Hooked Gamers gave RoA 2 a score of 6 out of 10.

From the review:

This is a fast-moving game. It starts out slow enough, but along about your eighth destination you'll find that you've become markedly twitchy. With each new rune-clump that appears, there IS an optimal placement - but you don't have the time to hunt that location down. You'll find yourself just randomly placing pieces on the board anywhere they fit. Then as the board is in danger of becoming so stuffed that the next piece can't be placed (thus ending the round with a YOU LOSE), you'll most likely use some spells to blow some board areas clear - and hope that the resulting explosion adds more to your reservoir marbles than what you spent on the spell. In this, I find a similarity to a pinball game where you really don't know what bumper combinations score what points; you just know that the longer you keep things going, you're "winning". (Until the ball drops out of play - which it inevitably will do.)

Runes of Avalon is probably more cerebral than pinball - after all, you do have to think about making tile-strings, and keep tabs of of how many open spaces remain. You may even be able to keep tabs of the Next-Piece-Coming window and actually plan one move ahead. But it's definitely more "twitchy" than games like Solitaire or Minesweeper. In other words, it will engage your adrenaline gland as well as your mind. Rounds go by quickly (provided you don't get stuck on just one location for too long), and you can easily stop a game and pick it up again later. This is to say that this is a not-bad solitaire diversion.
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To read the full review click over to the link below.

Hooked Gamers: Runes Of Avalon 2
Runes Of Avalon 2


Mac Games News for Friday, April 25, 2008

3D Game Shootout: Legacy GeForce 8800 GT vs. Others6:00 AM
EVE Online's Empyrean Age Expansion Discussed6:00 AM
Gathering Intel On StarCraft II6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Q&A Round 36, Screenshot Series6:00 AM
 
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