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World Of Warcraft 3.1.3 Update Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Blizzard Entertainment has released a new update for its popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. The patch brings the game to version 3.1.3 and fixes a variety of bugs including several class changes, item adjustments, and changes to Mimiron dungeon.

Dungeons:
-Ulduar
--Mimiron
• The flight time of Rocket Strikes has been increased, and Rocket Strikes will try to prefer players at range.
• The Leviathan Mk II component of the V-07-TR-0N will become stunned during Phase 4 when the VX-001 component begins to cast the P3Wx2 Laser Barrage ability.
• Proximity mines now deal less damage and have a lower duration. A small arming time has also been added so proximity mines will not immediately detonate on creation.
Click on the link below to read the full update list.

WoW Patch Notes
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Plants Vs. Zombies Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Worthplaying recently published a new review of Plants Vs. Zombies, PopCap Games most recent entry in the casual games market. The tower defense title challenges players to make use of a variety of plants to defend their home, and their brain, from a horde of hungry zombies. Worthplaying gave the game a score of 9.1 out of 10.

From the review:

Adventure mode goes through five different stages, each with 10 levels. Each stage introduces a new element to the gameplay, such as needing to determine pot placement, swimming pools, the lack of sunlight, or some heavy fog that covers half of the stage and creates visibility issues. If you've ever played any games like this before, you'll find Plants vs. Zombies to be a bit on the easy side, as it doesn't present much of a challenge until the final few stages.

The other game modes are where you'll find most of the challenge and replay value. A more difficult version of the main adventure mode is available, but the main offering here are the new gameplay modes that you unlock as you play. The biggest and most original of these offerings is the Mini-games mode, where you'll find several twists on the original formula to keep things fresh. . My favorite one is where you're basically playing Bejeweled with your plants. Zombies are attacking and the plants attack back, but you will only win once you've made a certain number of combos. Making combos earns you money that you can spend to upgrade your plants or fill in holes created by zombies.

Puzzle mode hands you a set amount of resources and a very specific goal to accomplish. Some of these are OK, but the big draw here is that some of the puzzle stages have you taking on the role of the zombies and breaking through the defenses so you can munch on some brains. According to Crazy Dave, he was asked to help them train on invading homes.

After you beat the game, you'll probably end up spending most of your time in the Survival mode, where you'll be asked to survive for a certain amount of time on each of the maps. If you can pull it off, you'll unlock an endless mode, where the goal is to last as long as you can, which could keep you occupied for days, weeks, months ….
Read the full review at the link below.

WorthPlaying: Plants vs Zombies Review
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The Sims 3: New Screenshots & Trailer
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Worthplaying has posted a new collection of forty screenshots and a new trailer for The Sims 3, the recently released continuation of the successful Sims franchise. The game adds new twists to the popular life sim formula with customizable personalities, goal oriented gameplay, movie creation and editing, and an online community.

The Sims 3 features a brand new engine that allows you to immerse your unique Sims in an open living neighborhood where they can roam and explore all new surroundings including the beach, mountains and town center. The neighborhood is alive and constantly evolving so what happens to a Sim on one side of the neighborhood could impact your Sims on the other side of town! If your Sims are in the right place at the right time, who knows what might happen? And now for the first time, your Sims have distinctive personalities thanks to a range of all-new personality traits. You have the option to select from dozens of personality traits such as brave, artistic, kleptomaniac, clumsy, paranoid and romantic. Combine up to five traits to create an endless number of truly diverse individuals.

The all-new Create-a-Sim allows you to completely customize your Sims' appearances making every Sim unique. The feature is easy-to-use and more powerful than ever, letting you fine-tune every aspect of your Sims face, customize their hair color, select the exact shade of their skin tone and determine much more to make lifelike Sims. It's never been easier to make Sims that are thin, full-figured or muscular and everything in between! In true The Sims fashion, you can customize everything. The Sims 3 allows for infinite possibilities to design the interior and exterior of your Sims surroundings.

Additionally, you can enjoy the challenge of short-term and long-term goals and then reap the rewards! Based on personality traits, skills and career choices, your Sims have short and long term Wishes that provide constant fun challenges, things to do and achieve. You have the ultimate freedom to choose whether to fulfill their destiny, giving them lifetime happiness and rewards or not! Will your Sim skyrocket from latrine cleaner to an astronaut, go from being a rabid fan to a sports legend or will you choose an alternate destiny? In The Sims 3, life is what you make it!
Visit the page below to view the new screenshots and trailer.

Worthplaying: The Sims 3 Screens, Trailer
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Ambrosia Unveils New T-Shirts, Mousepads, Mugs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software has announced the opening of a new Zazzle store. The online storefront includes a variety of products featuring logos from some of the company's most popular products. Items available for sale include mugs, mousepads, and t-shirts.

While we’re all patiently waiting for our talented and dashing engineers to amaze us with the next bits of Ambrosia magic, we decided to whip out a bunch of t-shirts and other Ambrosia-branded gear, available today over at our new Zazzle store.

Yes, we know it’s like chumming the waters for you hungry software sharks, just making you want more, but come on - never before have you had the chance to wear your favorite pentipede pulling on a hookah while riding a magic mushroom? “It’s an ad for a GAME, mom. That’s ALL.”

Also present in the Zazzle store: Hector’s line of World Domination Wear™, the EV Nova Starbridge, and a range of iconic productivity and anti-productivity icons from Ambrosia’s vast catalog of goodness.
For more information follow the link listed below.

Ambrosia Zazzle Store
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Apple Games Features The Sims 36:00 AM
Diablo III: Rune Swapping6:00 AM
Gamer Psychology: Collecting Items And Achievements6:00 AM
Wandering Willows Reviewed6:00 AM
 
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