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City Of Heroes Hosts More Mission Architect Guest Authors
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Paragon Studios has announced the release of a second group of guest author missions for the super hero MMO, City of Heroes. This time the Mission Architect is made use of by Mercedes Lackey, Troy Hickman, and Austin Grossman. Just in time for the debut GamePro released a short Q&A session with each celebrity mission designer.

Mercedes Lackey -
"Mystery on the Boardwalk" (arc id:369275) - Unbelievable Man is stuck on the phone with his needy girlfriend, so the Heroic ATemps Temp Agency has sent you over to handle this. It's only a little haunting, how hard can it be?

Troy Hickman -
"A Little Night Music" (arc id:369271) - Citadel needs your assistance. The Fifth Column have resurrected the dreaded WWII villain Nachtmusik, and he in turn has kidnapped Jimmy Preston. Citadel needs you to enter the dreamworld and save his young friend...and hopefully the world. You say you're not afraid? You will be...

Austin Grossman -
"Return of the Crime Cabal" (arc id:369272) - A routine distress call leads you into the conspiracy between three oddly mismatched villains - a dark wizard, a technologically enhanced agent, and a brilliant scientist. They seek to mingle the forces of magic and science to gain control of an ancient god from deep beneath the Earth's crust. But to oppose the Cabal it is necessary to understand its story, the forces that gave three very different people their superpowers and turned them to evil. The things that brought them together, and the things tearing them apart.
From GamePro:
GamePro: We weren't aware you had any involvement with video games outside of the Wing Commander books. Have you worked on other projects?
Mercedes Lackey: To be honest, before I played the City Of games, I wasn't all that interested in PLAYING. Watching, yes, I am an avid audience, and I recall many enjoyable evenings watching my husband [Larry Dixon] and housemates scraping their faces along walls in Castle Wolfenstein, or fragging each other in Diablo or Halo. But the City of Games got me hooked, and honestly, I haven't found any other MMORPG that even compares.

GP: Got any plans to go farther into the field of game design or writing?
ML: I would LOVE to do game design or game writing. Larry and I really enjoy the storytelling aspect of gaming. We'd love to do something based on our books, or something entirely new. Steampunk! That would be awesome! Or fantasy steampunk! One of our favorite RPGs was Castle Falkenstein, which was fantasy steampunk; alas, we could never get a GM that knew it.
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BOH Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Independent developer Simone Bevilacqua has released an update for BOH. The retro action game of exploration challenges players to travel through trap filled corridors, solve puzzles, and defeat enemies as they quest to find and defeat the Evil Masters. BOH features 25 missions and 5 difficulty levels.

Today sees the release to update9, which:
  • adds secret missions, i.e. missions that remain hidden until one or more other missions are completed;
  • reworks hidden passages so that they follow the orientation of barriers and are / can be perfectly unified with them;
  • re-adds trembling to fixed lights;
  • improves video modes suggestions by indicating also the optimal zoom factors;
  • forces recalculation of global time also when 0:00;
  • retouches themes;
  • improves missions "getting started" and "unequal alternatives";
  • fixes mission "watch your step!" (it had been left in a test/altered state);
  • fixes pits near barriers (in some cases they may have looked weird);
  • adds two new missions;
  • adds the latest expansions;
  • updates the manuals;
  • applies various other changes.
The update can be downloaded for free from the DOWNLOADS page of the official website at www.bohthegame.com.
The demos have been updated to reflect the changes.

Please also note that, on this occasion, all the other update packages have been reworked: besides better installers/updaters, they now include also all the expansions, so that it is no longer necessary to install the latter manually.
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Telltale Games Confirmed For Macworld Expo 2010
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

In a recent posting Appletell noted that Telltale Games is now officially listed as an exhibitor at the upcoming Macworld Expo 2010 event. The listing lends credence to an earlier rumor that the company would be releasing its entire lineup for Mac users. The company's current game lineup includes the Sam & Max series, Tales of Monkey Island, Strong Badís Cool Game for Attractive People, Bone, and Wallace and Gromitís Grand Adventures.

Itís safe to assume at this point that Telltale will use Macworld as their platform for officially announcing some sort of Macintosh compatibility. Whether thatís their entire catalog remains to be seen, but even a game or two would be a great thing for the Macintosh (and the Expo). Major players such as Aspyr and Feral are sitting out this show, so any Mac gaming representation will be welcome. That itís a company with such high profile franchises as Sam & Max, Tales of Monkey Island, Wallace & Gromit and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is even better news. All of these tiles currently exist for PC and some are also available for Wii and/or Xbox 360.
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Appletell: Telltale Going To Macworld Expo
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Valve Looking For Mac And Linux Engineers
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 22 comments

A Linkedin profile from Valve Software's Chris Green reveals that the company is apparently "REALLY looking for senior Linux + Mac engineers." As of yet there has been no official announcement of any upcoming Mac related projects. Valve is known for its Half-Life series as well as its Steam digital download service.

Chris Greenís Summary

I work for Valve. You should work for Valve.

REALLY looking for senior Linux + Mac engineers.
Always hiring Senior Engineers, Artists, and Mappers
Check out the link below to read more.

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Linkedin: Chris Green Profile
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