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EVE Online Full Length HD Trailer Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

CCP Games has released a full length HD trailer for Tyrannis, its next free expansion for the popular sci-fi MMO, EVE Online. The expansion will feature the ability to harvest minerals from planets, updates to its EVE Gate (previously called COSMOS) social networking elements, and a variety of optimizations and improvements.

Tyrannis expands the universe of EVE Online in ways never before imaginable. Within New Eden, pilots will now be able to descend on planets, construct colonies and harvest their hidden treasures. Beyond New Eden lies EVE Gate, a central portal for the EVE community to interact, organize and communicate even when they are not in game. Tyrannis introduces new platforms and new technology, setting the stage for even bigger things to come.


Planetary Interaction:

    The claws of industry have reached in every direction, and for far too long the planets have escaped their grasp. No longer. The ability to harvest the lucrative resources that EVE Online's planets have to offer is now yours, giving fuel to the aspirations of industrialists and combat pilots alike.
EVE Gate:
    Interact with contacts and manage characters from virtually any computer with an internet connection! EVE Gate is a web-based collaboration and networking portal that allows players of EVE Online to engage in communication, management and social activities even when they are not in game.

Graphic Upgrades:
    Scorpion-class battleships, forever the testbed for prototyping and cutting edge technology, have returned to the shipyards for a structural overhaul. Improved quality textures, unique detailing for each model and a new symmetrical body make for some rather lethal looking battleships coming your way this May.

Event Landmarks:
    Hundreds of new landmarks have begun to appear throughout New Eden, immortalizing the events that have shaped our universe. Landmarks now show in the overview, making them more apparent and accessible than before.
Click on the link below to view the new trailer.

EVE Online Tyrannis Feature Page
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Spiderweb's Jeff Vogel Interviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Captain D's PC Gaming Blog has posted a new interview with Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel. The veteran RPG game developer discussed his own history, why the role playing game genre appeals to him, and which games are his personal favorites.

1/ Did you ever imagine when you were young that you'd one day be making a living creating computer games?
Absolutely. All I did during my adolescence was dream about the day when I would design computer games. I spent so much time with my AppleII+, writing games in Basic. No surprises there.

2/ Why the traditional CRPG genre in particular? Was it a love for the game / aptitude for programming that style?
It's hard to say. I have a passion for all sorts of games. But I think it's the RPG's way of lending itself to telling a story that really drew me in.

8/ What would you say are the major influences on the games you make (whether other games / paper-based AD&D / films / books / whatever)?
The most important thing I do is think about what sort of game I feel like playing. Then I write that. That's where all my energy will be.
Visit the page below to read the rest of the interview.

Captain D's PC Gaming Blog: Jeff Vogel Interview
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Aspyr's Game Agent Launches New Blog Site
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Aspyr Media has announced the release of the NonBlog for its Game Agent digitial download service. The NonBlog site will feature content such as developer diaries, hardware reviews, and insider tips. The site currently offers several customer reviews, a game tip, and a developer diary.

We proudly announce the newest gameagent.com feature, the GameAgent NonBlog. The NonBlog will feature content such as Developer Diaries, Hardware Reviews, Customer Game Reviews, Exclusive Deals, Insider Tips and more. This is a great way for our fans and customers to learn more about our content and our company. Check out the GameAgent NonBlog now and learn more about your favorite games.
Check out the Game Agent NonBlog at the link below.

The Game Agent NonBlog
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id's Tim Willits Previews Rage
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The Escapist has posted a new preview of Rage, id Software's upcoming combination of first person shooter and action racing title. The preview provides comments from id's Tim Willits about the game's post-apocalyptic setting and action elements.

What's most striking about Rage is not necessarily the technology behind it, which, admittedly is pretty impressive. According to id, their "Tech 5" allows them to hand-draw entirely customized worlds and present them at insane framerates. But what's most arresting about Rage isn't the evolution of the technology, it's the evolution of the genre. Rage isn't the kind of shooter one would expect from id. It has NPCs, dialogue trees, an explorable world, vehicles, custom ammunition - all the trappings of an RPG. Rage is the most un-shootery shooter id has ever made - which may be just what the doctor ordered.

"One of the great things about Rage is that any way you want to play the game - you can take as much time as you want exploring the wasteland," says Willits. "You can explore different corners, you can find bandits, there's lots of unique things to do around the wasteland. But if you're the type of player that just wants to move through the narrative and complete all the missions, you're more than welcome to do that. There's a lot of replayability and areas to explore within the Rage universe."
Read more at the page linked below.

The Escapist: Rage Preview/Interview
id Software
Rage: Campaign Edition
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Blizzard Plans Facebook Integration For Battle.net
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Blizzard Entertainment has announced that its Battle.net gaming service will integrate with Facebook, linking the online gaming platform with the popular social platform. The first step in the integration will enable StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty players to quickly add Blizzard gamers who are friends on Facebook to their Battle.net friend lists.

"We're pleased to be working with Facebook to integrate their platform with Battle.net to enhance the social-entertainment experience for our players," said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. "This new functionality will make it easier than ever to connect with friends on Battle.net and play StarCraft II and future Blizzard Entertainment games together."

The new Facebook functionality in Battle.net will be tested in the near future via the ongoing StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty beta test and will be available to all StarCraft II players when the game ships later this year. Information about other Facebook-related features on Battle.net will be announced at a later date.
Visit the links below for more information.

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StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Aspyr Lowers Prices On Civilization Titles6:00 AM
IMG Reviews Dragon Age: Origins6:00 AM
Nelson Tethers: Puzzle Agent Coming In June6:00 AM
The Humble Indie Bundle: Get 5 Games For A Price You Choose6:00 AM
Two Worlds II To Be Released In September6:00 AM
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