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Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Coming This Month
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Aspyr Media has announced work on Guitar Hero: Aerosmith for Mac, a stand alone musical rhythm game which lets players play as virtual versions of the band. It features over 40 songs including 25 Aerosmith master tracks.

GH: Aerosmith will initially be offered as a software only release, allowing Guitar Hero III owners to use their existing USB guitars. For those who haven't purchased GH III yet Aspyr plans to release a Guitar Hero bundle featuring Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, and one USB guitar.

Unleash Your Inner Rock Legend, The Aerosmith Way

Introducing for PC and Mac the first game built around the legendary music of America’s Greatest Rock ‘N Roll Band. Guitar Hero®: Aerosmith® lets gamers Rise to Rock Royalty and become the “Bad Boys of Boston” themselves. Light up the stage and jam with more than 40 of the best Rock tracks of all time, including Aerosmith’s greatest hits and chart-topping singles from some of the world’s best bands.
Features:
• More than 40 playable songs
• Shred 25 of Aerosmith’s master tracks
• Play as virtual versions of Joe Perry (guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), or Tom Hamilton (bass), along with vocalist Steven Tyler and drummer Joey Kramer, and experience Aerosmith’s rise to fame through venues from historical moments during the band’s illustrious career
• Perform songs from musical legends such as Lenny Kravitz, Run DMC and Stone Temple Pilots
• Rock out offline or shred with friends via the Internet
• Stand-alone game does not require the original Guitar Hero III game to play
System Requirements:
Minimum:
Operating System: 10.4.11 (Tiger), 10.5.4 (Leopard)
CPU Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
CPU Speed: 2.0 GHz
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 7.1 GB + 1 GB Swap File
Video Card (ATI): Radeon X1600
Video Card (NVidia): Geforce 7300
Video Memory (VRam): 128 MB
Media Required: DVD -ROM
Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard, Official Guitar Hero 3 X-plorer Guitar Controller

Multiplayer Requirements:
Internet (TCP/IP) or LAN (TCP/IP) play supported
Internet play requires broadband connection

Recommended:
CPU Speed: 2.33 GHz
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Video Memory (VRam): 256 MB
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is planned for release this month and will cost $39.99. The Guitar Hero bundle will sell for $79.99. Follow the links below for more information.

Macworld: Aspyr To Release Guitar Hero Aerosmith
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Guitar Hero: Aerosmith


Spiderweb October Sadness Sale Begins
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software, known for games such as the Geneforge and Avernum series, has announced the beginning of its annual October Sale. For the entire month every game and hint book book available from the Spiderweb store will sell at a ten percent discount.

With the coming of short days, long nights, and gruesome current events, we can't do much to cheer people up. But we can try to ease the pain by making all of our products 10% off for the entire month of October!
To learn more head over to Spiderweb's website at the link below.

Spiderweb October Sadness Sale
Spiderweb Software



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FlatOut 2 Released For Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 9 comments

Virtual Programming has released the Mac version of FlatOut 2, a racing title from Bugbear Entertainment. The game focuses on reckless driving and destruction, allowing players to ram enemy vehicles, smash objects in the environment, and engage in a variety mini-game stunts.

Experience the drive of your life as you throw yourself around on and off the track causing fences to shatter, tyre walls explode, water tanks and barrels fly across the track into other cars. And if anyone, including you, gets caught up in a big smash sit back and watch as the driver gets catapulted through the windscreen in spectacular effect. With over 5000 destructible objects on each track and 40 deformable pieces on every car sparks are guaranteed to fly increasing the mayhem with every lap! ? ?As the different races progress youíll recognise which of the AI characters are your closest rivals. How you decide to take them out is up to you, like slamming them into a bridge, stealing a lead through an alternate route or Nitro boosting your way past them in the final moments. ? ?And with the ever popular Rag Doll mini-games from the original FlatOut making a welcome return and better than ever with 12 Rag Doll events, a Rag Doll Championship as well as online support for Rag Dolls, FlatOut 2 is set to be the biggest, brashest and most destructive action racing game of 2008 on the Mac.
Features:
• The inclusion of an enhanced Championship Mode. Multiple cups across increasing difficultly levels, each cup contains a series of races that the player competes in for accumulated totals of money and points
• Online multiplayer modes up to 8 players on Mac and PC
• Improved physics engine for an even greater racing feel
• Drive at eye watering speeds on the fast tracks with extra nitro boost rewards
• Improved opponent AI. Each AI driver now has their own character, biography and individual driving personalities
• Unlockable bonus items for the first time including bonus cars, Championship Cups and Destruction Arenas
• Set in the US (the original was set in Europe)
• Thirtyfour vehicles as opposed to sixteen in the original game
• Additional car types including Muscle cars, Sports cars, Pickup Trucks and Compacts (the original only contained Muscle cars)
• The inclusion of a garage for the first time to allow the owning of multiple vehicles
• Increased number of race environments including Big City, LA Storm Drains, Rocky Mountain Forest, Corn Fields and Desert
• Sixty track combinations (thirty six in the original)
• Alternate track routes included for the first time and the AI uses them
• Twice as many Destruction Derby Arenas (six as opposed to three in the original)
• Twice as many Rag Doll Mini Games (Twelve compared to six in the original)
System Requirements:
• Mac OS X: 10.4.11 or higher
• Any Intel CPU
• 512 MB RAM
• GeForce 7300, Radeon X1600 or Intel GMA X3100 128MB
• 4GB Hard Disk space
• Broadband connection for Internet play & Product Registration
FlatOut 2 costs $39.99 and is available for download from the Deliver2Mac service. Head over to the links below to learn more.

Virtual Programming
FlatOut 2


Apple Games Features futureU
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Apple Games latest feature examines futureU, a new SAT prep video game from Aspyr Media and Kaplan. The game adapts Kaplan's test preparation material into a series of interactive games. Apple's article includes an overview of futureU's features as well as a brief history of the SAT.

The Reading area of the curriculum, which helps you prepare for the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT, is broken into two parts: Glyph and Predictions. The former breaks a word into two parts; drag the Glyph Stones representing their meanings to the correct spots in the answer. For example, the word “navigator” contains the roots “nau, nav” and “or.” What do they mean? If you answered “ship, sailor” and “partaker,” you would be correct.

In Predictions, read a passage and write the words that fill in the blanks. Then match those words to the best answer from a set of four choices. You complete five of them at a time, so remember the context of your guesses when perusing the answers. Predictions builds on your knowledge of such concepts as main idea, specific and implied information, technique, themes, and more.

The Writing part of your SAT prep class contains two types of games that help you practice for the Sentence and Paragraph Improvement portions of the SAT’s Writing section. In Ante Up Grade, you choose your challenge level — one, three, or five — and select the response that best fills the blank in a sentence. Decide how confident you are in your answer, on a scale from one to ten — if you’re correct, your point total equals your challenge level plus your confidence. You can only use confidence point values once each, however, so assign high numbers to questions that you’re the most confident about answering.
Check out the full article at the page linked below.

Apple Games: futureU
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, October 1, 2008

IMG Reviews Jewel Quest III7:46 AM
Diablo III: Guns, Level Caps, Weight, Death Mechanics6:00 AM
Guitar Praise Released For Mac6:00 AM
Mystic Mine Gameplay Video Available6:00 AM
The Spore Piracy Debate6:00 AM
 
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