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Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning Coming To Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Mythic Entertainment has announced that its battle filled MMO Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is coming to Intel Macs. The Mac version of WAR is schedule for release in the fall of 2009 and will allow Windows and OS X players to battle and quest together on the same servers.

The beta of the Mac version of Warhammer Online is available now and will allow current players to download a client to their Mac computers and play with their live game accounts. Players who do not have an existing live account, but are interested in playing WAR on the Mac, will be able to participate in the beta version of WAR on Mac by downloading a 10-day beta trial account. As part of the WAR Mac beta event, players who participate will receive an exclusive title and trophy reward for their characters within the game. The Mac version is courtesy of TransGaming's Cider emulation technology.

“The MMORPG audience continues to expand, and that means gamers eager to experience WAR aren’t all playing on a PC,” said Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. “We want as many players as possible to experience the glory of Realm vs. Realm combat, and bringing WAR to the Mac makes this an exciting reality.”

“The availability of WAR on Mac is an outstanding example of the caliber of games being deployed for the Mac gaming community,” commented Vikas Gupta, CEO & President of TransGaming. “Mythic Entertainment has created an incredible game and TransGaming is thrilled they have chosen our advanced Cider technology to launch WAR for the Mac.”

WAR for the Mac is made possible using the Cider Portability Engine from TransGaming that acts as a "wrapper" around the game software, enabling it to run seamlessly on Intel-based Macs. TransGaming's Cider technology allows Mythic Entertainment to rapidly enable and deploy WAR for the Mac, providing a new high quality gaming experience to the ever-growing Mac gaming community.

More about Warhammer Online:
War is everywhere in Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning® (WAR), the new fantasy MMORPG from Mythic Entertainment, the creators of Dark Age of Camelot™. WAR features next generation Realm vs. Realm™ gameplay that will immerse you in a world of perpetual conflict for years to come.

Experience the glory of Realm vs. Realm! Declare your allegiance and join hundreds of thousands of mighty heroes on the battlefields of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning to experience the epic nature of war. Enter a grim fantasy world where the armies of Order (Dwarfs, High Elves, and Empire) and Destruction (Greenskins, Dark Elves, and Chaos) collide to determine the fate of nations. Invade enemy lands, besiege imposing fortresses, and sack sprawling capital cities for the glory of your Realm. Wield devastating magic and deadly weapons, battle monstrous creatures, and join your brothers-in-arms in epic Public Quests™. Climb the Bastion Stair, carry your Guild Banner into battle, and unlock the secrets of the Tome of Knowledge as you travel the world. Sharpen your blade and prepare to unleash your inner mutation-the Age of Reckoning has begun and WAR IS EVERYWHERE!

Key Features:
• Realm vs. Realm (RvR) gameplay means you will never fight alone, but as part of an army of allied players sworn to defend your homeland and conquer enemy Realms. Your every action-every quest completed, every battle fought-contributes to the war effort and can turn the tide of battle, bringing victory to your Realm!
• Experience the camaraderie of fighting side-by-side with allied players against otherwise insurmountable odds in groundbreaking Public Quests. These cooperative PvE encounters unfold across multiple stages and allow solo players to experience the glory of RvR.
• Embark on the endless quest to complete the Tome of Knowledge and unlock Warhammer lore, detailed monster information, new abilities and rewards, and major story plotlines. The Tome is also the story of your life in the game, tracking your achievements to share and compare with others.
• Explore massive Living Cities that become more or less prosperous based on a Realms overall performance in the ongoing war. Navigate a maze of twisting streets, visit the local tavern, explore a dark under-city, and meet colorful personalities in a city full of adventure.
• Advanced guild features give unprecedented control to leaders and members, and make guilds an integral part of the war efforts. Guilds can create unique heraldry, capture and claim keeps, and earn Guild Tactics as they grow in power along with their members.
Drawing from a quarter century of highly detailed source material, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning brings Games Workshop's fantasy world to life in a way that will allow players to create characters destined for great deeds and glory on the field of battle.

Minimum System Requirements:
• Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
• Intel Core Duo Processor
• 2 Gigabyte RAM
• ATI X1600 or NVidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM
• At least 15 GB of hard drive space for installation.
• This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac).
• Supported Video Cards:
--- ATI Radeon(TM) series
--- X1600, X1900, HD 2400, HD 2600, 3870
--- ATI/AMD: HD 4850, HD 4870
--- NVIDIA GeForce series
--- 7300, 7600, 8600, 8800
--- NVidia: 9400, 9600, GT120, GT130
--- This game will not run on the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.
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Spore Galactic Adventures Missions Top 100K
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Electronic Arts has announced that Spore Galactic Adventures, the recent expansion for Will Wright's evolutionary god sim, has accumulated over 100,000 player made missions since its release. Galactic Adventures offers players the ability to beam down to planets, an equipment editor, and an Adventure Creator that will give gamers the chance to create their own missions and share them with others.

It’s only been a month since the launch of Spore Galactic Adventures and already EA’s Maxis studio has hit a major milestone with more than 100,000 user-created adventures! Spore fans have taken creativity to new heights, creating imaginative, wacky and fun missions with the game’s easy-to-use Adventure Creator. Dive in today and play various imaginative and epic Adventures such as “The Silent Beacon,” “Valley of a Thousand Deaths” and “The Fog” by visiting the game’s Sporepedia at
Head over to the links below for more information about the game.

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City Of Heroes Developers Discuss Power Customization
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Ten Ton Hammer recently posted a new interview with NCSoft's Matt Miller and Joe Morrissey about their future plans for the comic book themed MMO, City of Heroes. The discussion covered a variety of topics related to the game including power customization in the Issue 16: Power Spectrum update and plans for the Going Rogue expansion.

Ten Ton Hammer: What can you tell our readers about Issue 16: Power Spectrum?
Matt Miller: Y'know, we took a look at everything - and it was all great - but the original way we did the editor didn't quite work with customizing powers, going back to the custom, switching to different parts, etc. We needed a less linear way to do it, so we built this functionality at the top of the editor where you can jump around to any place in the customization process.

Customizing the powers is pretty simple. You can select from two different primary colors, and on top of that you can select a variety of different options for the theme of power you want to see. For each power you can choose from three different styles to choose from: the default, bright, and dark. The way the powers are set up is through additive or subtractive color palletes. So if you select bright, all of your color options are going to be bright and if you select dark, they'll all be dark.

At level one, you'll be able to see every single power in your particular power set and can customize those powers at level one during character creation. This way you get a bit of a preview of what your higher end powers are going to look like. For example, you might get Power Push at level 25, and think, "Wow...that doesn't look very good." So once you get to that level you could either not take the power or you could pick a different power set to play with. Now you can do that without having to level up to 25 and finding out that you don't really like the latest power.

Ten Ton Hammer: What about animations?
Matt: That's something else that we did in this Issue... we've customized the animations for certain power sets, most specifically martial arts. The players that used martial arts felt that most of the power set just involved kicking and there wasn't enough punching. So now we've changed it so that the different powers in the set can use a secondary animation instead of their primary version.
Read the full Q&A at the page linked below.

Ten Ton Hammer: City Of Heroes Dev Q&A
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EVE³: The EVE Online Fanfest 2009 PvP Tournament Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

CCP Games has announced EVE³ a PvP tournament for The EVE Online Fanfest 2009. The tournament will consist of a series of battles between two teams, with each team piloting three Strategic Cruisers in a 3v3 Tech 3 contest. The event will be held in Iceland at CCP Games' EVE Fanfest PvP room. Winners will receive prizes from the EVE Online store. Those interested in one of the 64 available team slots can either sign up at the Fanfest or go to the tournament website to pre-register and guarantee a slot.

It is with much yarr in my heart that I bring tidings of yet another excellent EVE Online tournament. Another chance to blow your friends and enemies to smithereens. Another chance to test your leet spaceship skillz. Another chance to fight for glory under the exacting gaze of your esteemed peers.

The tournament will take place in the fabulous and famous EVE Fanfest PvP room, this year new and improved (I didn’t think it was possible either, but CCP Tyr is pretty epic) with even more awesome sound and lighting. Battle your foes in an awesome atmosphere while the CCP dev team looks on, or take a seat in the battle gallery and watch the fights on the screens!

EVE³: The EVE Online Fanfest 2009 tournament will consist of a series of fights between two teams, with each team piloting three Strategic Cruisers to victory or death in some explosive EVE PvP action. Yep, that's 3v3 Tech 3.

Strategic Cruisers are the most flexible-role EVE Online ships to date, and as such this tournament really requires players to think seriously when making their setup decisions. Should you fit for all out annihilation and take the fight to the enemy? Will you field enhanced electronic warfare ability? Will speed be your ally? Or will you choose to roll up to the arena like a mobile brick of armour? All of these decisions must be carefully weighed to ensure success!

The top four teams in the tournament will fight for ultimate victory on the main auditorium stage in front of the entire population of Fanfest as well as those sitting at home across the internet. The glorious victory of the winners will be immortalised in our memories. And there are prizes too.....including awesome goodies from the EVE Online store and more!

There will be 64 team slots available for the Fanfest tournament; signups will be taken at the Fanfest. However, if you wish to pre-register and guarantee your team a slot, head on over to the signup page and sign your team up now! Whilst only three players may compete in a match, your team is free to switch members between games. Full rules for the tournament will be announced closer to the event.

That’s it from me y’all! I look forward to seeing you all at Fanfest, and in particular seeing you at the tournament – and of course, the Party at the Top of the World, during which we will celebrate PvP victories, commiserate PvP losers, and undoubtedly debate the nature of existence beer.
Check out the pages below to learn more about Fanfest 2009.

EVE Fanfest 2009 PvP Tournament Page
EVE Fanfest 2009
CCP Games
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IMG Reviews Luxor 3
6:00 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the latest sequel to the popular Luxor series of games, Luxor 3, from MumboJumbo. It's more colored ball-matching action as you make your way through the Egyptian-themed game. Here's an excerpt from the review:

However, this basic form of Luxor is now called Classic mode and is now only one of six types of gameplay you can encounter in any given level. In addition to Classic, you will now also be able to play in Survival, Onslaught, Crossing the Nile, Puzzle, and Treasure Hunter modes. As in previous versions of the game, there are also Adventure and Free Play modes. The Adventure mode takes you through a series of 25 maps in an Egyptian-themed storyline that centers around the lives of ancient deities. The Free Play mode allows you to replay any of the 25 maps for practice and challenge. New to Luxor 3 is Puzzle mode, where you can replay any of the puzzles you already solved in Adventure mode.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Luxor 3
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