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Aspyr Ships Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media and Activision Publishing have once again teamed up to bring computer gamers their rock fix with Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, which shipped to stores nationwide today. Featuring more than 40 new tracks for PC and Mac gamers to shred, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith includes songs from the GRAMMY winning band of Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer, and jams from renowned artists that have performed with Aerosmith or inspired the band in some way.

In addition to launching a stand-alone version of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith today, Aspyr will also ship a bundle pack that includes both Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and the 2007 smash hit Guitar Hero® III: Legends of Rock on November 3. The bundle will offer PC and Mac gamers more than 110 tracks to shred on their computers.

"PC and Mac gamers have truly embraced the Guitar Hero franchise on their platform and are screaming for more," said Ted Staloch, Executive Vice President, Publishing for Aspyr. "To be able to bring them more of the rock that they crave, and from one of the greatest bands of all time, is a great experience for Aspyr."

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith brings these quintessential rock legends to the interactive realm to create the ultimate gaming experience.  As fans progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores of Aerosmith's greatest hits including various tracks re-mastered by the legendary band for Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, as well as songs from celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way. Highlighting the list of celebrated artists is an in-game guest appearance from one of the pioneers of hip-hop and kings of rock, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels.  Venues from historical moments during the band¹s illustrious career offer the experience of "sweet emotion" and further capture the essence of the band¹s rise to fame.
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith for PC and Mac was developed by Aspyr Studios and is available for a SRP of $39.99. The Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock bundle will ship November 3 for a SRP of $79.99. Both games are rated T for Teen by the ESRB. For more information, please visit the site below.

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IMG Reviews Archibald's Adventures
10:40 AM | Marcus Albers | 4 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a review for the 2D platformer Archibald's Adventures, from indie publisher Rake In Grass. Here's an excerpt from the review:

There are so many different gameplay elements that it's no wonder the developers decided to include 114 levels in the full game. I was generally very impressed with the mechanics of the gameplay, though I was a bit disappointed with Archibald's inability to jump manually. Instead, you must make sure you have three spaces in front of you and ride across them. This will cause him to auto-jump off whichever ledge is in front. It feels a little restricted, but it works quite well as a gameplay mechanic as I soon came to realize.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Archibald's Adventures
Archibald's Adventures
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A Vampyre Story Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

A Vampyre Story is the latest new adventure game coming to the Mac from Virtual Programming. Developed by Autumn Moon Entertainment, the point and click adventure tells the tale of opera singer Mona De Lafitte who struggles with her new life after being turned into a vampire. Players help Mona in her quest to sing at the Paris Opera despite her creature of the night status.

Mark Hinton, CEO of Virtual Programming said "The game has been developed by Autumn Moon Entertainment, a company founded by ex-LucasArts employee Bill Tiller, who previously worked on adventure game classics The Curse of Monkey Island and Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine."

This new point and click adventure tells the tale of the beautiful, gifted opera singer Mona De Lafitte, whose life is brought to an abrupt end by the vampire baron, Shrowdy Von Kiefer. Trapped in Draxsylvania Castle and doomed to a miserable existence as a creature of the night, Mona decides to run away to fulfil her dream of singing at the Paris Opera.

A number of challenges await the elegant opera singer as she comes to terms with her new vampire nature and learns to harness the supernatural abilities she has acquired. Froderick, a witty and mischievous bat, joins Mona on the quest to realise her dream, helping unravel brain teasing puzzles and adding humour to the proceedings with a consistent flow of wise cracks and sinister jokes.

A Vampyre Story is a beautifully crafted game with great aesthetic value conveyed through a cast of wonderful characters and a creative storyline.
A Vampyre Story is on track for release later this year.

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3D Graphics Shootout: 2.7GHz MacBook Pro
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Barefeats has posted the results of another 3D Graphics Shootout, this one comparing the 15" 2.7GHz MacBook Pro (GeForce 9600M GT) with its 2.6GHz MacBook Pro (GeForce 8600M GT) predecessor, as well as the 3.06GHz iMac (GeForce 8800 GS), and the 3.2GHz Mac Pro (GeForce 8800 GT). Games used in the benchmarks include Enemy Territory Quake Wars 1.5 and Halo UB 2.03.

The "late 2008" 15" 2.8GHz MacBook Pro* is about 21% faster than its fastest predecessor (2.6GHz MBP) when it comes to 3D graphics benchmarks. However don't expect it to be faster than the fastest iMac or Mac Pro with roughly comparable graphics processors. A fast laptop Mac is not yet the equal of a fast desktop Mac.

Some of you have requested comparisions to various other Mac configurations. We will add more as we have a chance to retest them with the latest version of Mac OS X and 3D apps.
Visit the page linked below to view all the results.

Barefeats: 2.7GHz MacBook Pro

eRepublik Launches
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Republik Labs has announced the public availability of its first massively multiplayer online strategy game. The game, called eRepublik, is set in a mirror world where players, referred to as citizens, join in local and national politics, set economic policy, start businesses and wage wars with other countries. Version 1.0 offers an improved war module that lets citizens stage resistance wars, more sophisticated political and economic systems, and management of natural resources. Version 1.0 is available free of charge with no software to download.            

“A lot of companies think they are going to take over the world; eRepublik allows you to, virtually,” said Carla Thompson, senior analyst of Guidewire Group. “eRepublik has combined our favorite aspects of strategy games like Risk and Civilization and placed them in the social context of a massive multiplayer game. Countries rise and fall as they wage war, allocate resources and fund economies. It will be interesting to watch how the game resonates with players around the world and how those users will influence the evolution of a truly intriguing concept.”

“Whether it’s running a company or running a country, everyone has had the thought ‘I could do that better’,” said Alexis Bonte, CEO of eRepublik. “eRepublik allows people to pursue their dreams of dominating the world, feeding the hungry or creating peace in the Middle East. It’s all possible in eRepublik.”
The game is designed to take just 15 minutes per day to maintain an active citizen. eRepublik estimates that over 90% of the content in the game has been created by citizens, including thousands of newspapers, hundreds of political parties, and more than 2,900 companies that employ over 23,000 citizens. Citizens also provide national defense as soldiers and set foreign policy as presidents, congressmen and leaders of political parties.
Version 1.0 of the game builds on popular features including:
Resistance wars – countries that have been taken over or occupied can now stage resistance wars against the aggressing country
Raw materials – countries will now be able to exploit and trade raw materials such as oil, wood, grain and diamonds
Embargoes – presidents will be able to set economic embargoes against countries
Minimized corruption – a new system that reduces the ability of presidents to steal the assets of countries
New tools for Congress – ability to propose and debate laws and impeach the president
Improved media section – a completely new media section that allows media owners to better reach their subscribers
Version 1.0 of eRepublik is available free of charge with no software to download. Head over to the site below for more information.

eRepublik Feature List

Mac Games News for Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Blizzard CEO Discusses DRM, Mac Support, & The New MMO6:00 AM
Eschalon Book II: The Sentinel Stalk6:00 AM
Heileen Visual Novel Available For Download6:00 AM
Plank Released For iPhone6:00 AM
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