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Din's Curse: New Creatures & Interview Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Soldak Entertainment has released more new information about the upcoming action RPG, Din's Curse. The latest update features three new additions to the creature list with the unveiling of the Creeping Brood, the Shadow, and the Naga.

Creeping Brood
These passive, invisible monsters rarely move, unless someone comes near. When approached all of the nearby Brood monsters gather for a massive and immediate ambush.

Slipping through volatile turmoil between dimensions, tiny demons infested the underworld. Almost imperceptible, these Shadows are a hidden hazard in the darkest of the dark places. The unseen kills before the danger is ever known.
Werit has also posted a new interview with Stephen Peeler about the game and the challenges faced by independent developers.
Werit: How much of the code Dins Curse is from Depths of Peril? It would seem that code reuse is crucial for a smaller game developer.
Steven: In general, Depths of Peril, Kiviís Underworld, and Dinís Curse all share the same code base. I have made lots of enhancements for each game though. For example, Kiviís Underworld has moddable classes and line of sight restrictions so that we could have real secrets. Kiviís expansion added multiplayer.

Dinís Curse adds a lot more interaction with the world, world modifiers, more randomization (in a good way), and way more dynamic quest stuff along with a lot of other things. As a really rough guess, I would say 80% of the code is from DoP, and 20% is newer.
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More Details Emerge About Telltale's Mac Plans
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Quoting a source at Telltale Games Mac|Life has confirmed that the adventure game developer will be demonstrating titles at the Macworld Expo on starting on February 11. Once Mac versions are available purchasers will be able to download both Mac and PC versions of the game for a single price. Tales of Monkey Island will be released first with other titles coming later.

Telltale Games is bringing Tales of Monkey Island, Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space, and nearly all of its other titles to the Mac. For a single price, gamers will be able to download both Mac and PC versions through the Telltale site.

The company confirmed plans to demonstrate titles at the San Francisco Macworld Expo beginning on February 11. Tales of Monkey Island will be released first, with the company planning on a February 8 release. Telltale will then follow with two seasons of Sam & Max, Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures, and Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People.

Telltale declined to officially explain the timing for most of the games, but a source within the company said that they would follow the previously mentioned order; Tales of Monkey Island will launch first, Sam & Max will launch in several weeks, and the others will be out in the next few months. Other than Bone and Texas Hold 'Em, the source confirmed that Telltale plans to port its entire catalog to OS X.
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Blizzard Confirms StarCraft II Mac/PC DVD Release
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

In a recent post on the official forums a Blizzard Entertainment representative confirmed that the upcoming StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty release will follow the company's tradition of including both Mac and PC versions on the DVD. Details about digitial download versions will be revealed closer to the release date.

Also the StarCraft II installation DVD will include both PC & Mac versions of the game. Further details on digital download possibilities will be released as we get closer to the ship date.
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World Of Warcraft Invincible Mount Revealed
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Blizzard Entertainment has revealed lore and animation for a new mount available to characters in its popular MMO, World of Warcraft. Invincible, the Lich King's undead steed, can be obtained by players who conquer Icecrown Citadel and face the Lich King on Heroic difficulty.

It was Invincible's unfaltering faith in his master that inevitably led to the stallion's death and unholy rebirth. On a cold winter afternoon as snow was blanketing the ground, Arthas was desperate to get away from the city even if it meant riding through harsh and unforgiving weather. Once outside, Arthas guided Invincible over a familiar jump, but the stallion slipped on slick ice, and the fall shattered his forelegs. With no way to save his companion, Arthas was forced to give Invincible a merciful death, and the prince carried that guilt with him for a very long time.

Years later, after the Lich King granted Arthas necromantic powers, Arthas returned to the grave where he had buried Invincible and raised his loyal servant into undeath. It was in this dark act that Arthas felt a sense of purpose. He believed that Invincible's death was not an accident; rather, it was essential to Arthas's destiny.
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Mac Games News for Thursday, January 28, 2010

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Deep Blue Sea 2 Coming In March6:00 AM
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