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Monday, September 8, 2008


Spore Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 9 comments

Spore, Will Wright's latest universe spanning god sim, is now available for purchase. The game gives players the chance to create and evolved life, establish tribes, build civilizations, sculpt entire worlds and explore a universe filled with creations made by other gamers. To accomplish the task the game gives a variety of tools for customizing creatures, vehicles, buildings, and spaceships.

“Spanning hundreds of millions of years, Spore ’s scope is unprecedented in gaming. It has been a long time in the making and the team at Maxis is excited to finally share the game with the world, ”said Will Wright, chief designer at Maxis. “We can ’t wait to see the amazing worlds that our fans build, as they tell their own stories with the game. ”

“Spore is an outstanding achievement, ”said Frank Gibeau, President of the EA Games Label. “The blending of gameplay, editors and online community through pollinated content came together to deliver on Will Wright ’s big idea –to create and control your own personal universe. The team at Maxis has built an extraordinary game that has the potential to become a platform for creativity, and innovation for years to come. ”
Minimum Requirements:
• Mac OS X 10.5.3 Leopard or higher
• 4.7GB Hard Drive Space
• Intel Core Duo Processor
• 1024 MB RAM
• ATI X1600 or NVidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100
Spore is rated E10+ by the ESRB, and retails for $49.99. The collectable Spore Galactic Edition is also available for $79.99, and includes “The Making of Spore ”DVD, a hardback art book, fold-out poster, 100-page Galactic Handbook and the National Geographic Channel documentary “How to Build a Better Being ”DVD.

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Apple Games Features Spore
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games latest feature turns the microscope on Spore, Will Wright's recently released god-sim. In the game players help a lifeform evolve from the primordial muck to the depths of outer space. Apple's article includes commentary from Will Wright and Lucy Bradshaw, an in-depth look at the game's five stages, and a list of tips and tricks for success.

SPORE includes not only the Creature Creator, which was released before the main game, but also Cell, Building, and Vehicle Creators. In addition to designing unique cells and creatures, you can build and paint city halls, houses, factories, entertainment centers, land, sea, and air vehicles, and starships. You can even create a national anthem that plays during the Civilization stage. Through the SPOREpedia, you can subscribe to your friends’ content as well as create and subscribe to SPOREcasts, which filter out content based on specific criteria, such as all ships inspired by certain science-fiction movies.

“A recent favorite of mine was a creature that looked like a Viking longboat, complete with an oarsman and sails,” says Wright. “It crawled around as the oars paddled.”

Bradshaw adds: “One of our testers created an entire series of creatures that looked like letters of the alphabet. I got chased by the letter R and it took me out! I also allied with another alien race whose spaceship looked like a four-poster bed.”

The ability to share all of those wondrous creations with others will remain a focal point of the game for a long time. “That really is the magic of SPORE,” says Bradshaw. “It is just amazing, stunning, and downright silly at times to see what you encounter in the game. It is always surprising.”
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Blizzard Invades iTunes
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Blizzard Entertainment last week announced that a wide selection of music from its popular games has been added to Apple's iTunes store. Much of this music was originally available only in collector’s editions of the games, or at special events such as the company’s BlizzCon gaming convention.

The albums have been placed on a new Blizzard Entertainment hub page within the iTunes store. This page also hosts content such as the BlizzCast podcast and trailers and gameplay footage from upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games, with more material to be added in the months ahead.

Here is a list of the currently available soundtracks:

StarCraft ®Original Soundtrack
Diablo ®II Original Soundtrack
Warcraft ®III: Reign of Chaos ®Original Soundtrack
World of Warcraft ®Original Soundtrack
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade ®Original Soundtrack
World of Warcraft: Taverns of Azeroth Original Soundtrack
Each album sells for the usual price of $9.99, with individual tracks available for 99 cents. Head over to the links below for more information.

iTunes Store: Blizzard Entertainment Page
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Eschalon Book II: The Proper Application Of Explosives
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Basilisk Games has released its ninth Q&A update featuring answers to one or two questions from forum members about the upcoming Eschalon: Book II, the next title in the company's old school RPG series. This time the Q&A deals with the potential destructive power of powder kegs.

Question #9 [randomizer] In one of the screen shots it mentions in the text below that you pick up a powder keg. Will you now be able to place objects on the floor instead of just containers? If you can place objects on the floor this would make it possible to place a powder keg and retreat to a safe distance so you can detonate the powder keg as your enemies approach it (watch them die as it explodes). Also if you are hit with a powder keg in inventory, will it detonate?
No, we will still make most items disappear forever if dropped on to the floor; powder kegs are considered special items. At this point I don't know if we will have any other special items that can be dropped. You still detonate kegs the same as in Book I by shooting them or hitting them. I've never thought about getting hit while holding a powder keg, but it certainly would add to the danger of hauling one around! That's a pretty cool idea actually....

[Asgard The Elder] How about placing the powder keg next to a pesky treasure chest or door you can't open? will it help?
Of course! 2 or 3 kegs should be enough to blow nearly any door off it's hinges!

Read more about Eschalon Book II at the links provided below.

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Mac Games News for Friday, September 5, 2008

Call Of Duty 4 Shipping September 15th10:56 AM
Diablo III: Timeline, Expanded RPG Elements, iTunes D3 Music6:00 AM
futureU SAT Prep Game Released6:00 AM
Redline Updated6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Mutas Nerfed, Interviews, Hand-On Preview6:00 AM
Will Wright Discusses Intelligent Design6:00 AM
 
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