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Monday, June 28, 2010


Macgamestore.com Announces 30% Off Sale On Over 1000 Games
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Macgamestore.com today announced it is offering a 30 percent off sale for virtually all Macintosh games through its store until July 1st. The popular Mac games web site also announced that it has surpassed over 1000 Macintosh digital download products available for purchase through its store.

"We're delighted to be offering so many Mac titles to Mac gamers," said Tuncer Deniz, CEO of Macgamestore.com. "We recently surpassed over 1000 Macintosh digital download games available through the store and we're adding new games on a daily basis (not a trickle like some others). In addition to surpassing 1000 digital download Mac games, we recently celebrated our 5th year anniversary and we've got a few exciting surprises up our sleeves. Stay tuned"

Recent popular additions to the store include Planet Horse, Ranch Rush 2: Premium Edition, Jewel Quest 4, Toki Tori, Jolly Rover, Eschalon Book II, Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove, Westward IV: All Aboard and Jewel Quest Mysteries 2.

Customers interested in taking advantage of the 30 percent off coupon should head to the Macgamestore.com web site. Then simply add items to the cart. Once in the cart, add coupon "THIRTYOFF" and the cart will deduct 30 percent off their purchase. The simply check out using a credit card or PayPal.

The coupon expires on July 1st, 2010. For more information, please visit Macgamestore.com online.

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IMG Reviews Jolly Rover
12:57 PM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Jolly Roverfrom Brawsome. The game is a high seas point-and-click experience which follows the adventures of Gaius James Rover, a dog who just wants to star in the circus like his dear old dad.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

Unlike many games in its price point, Jolly Rover gives you a good amount of play time for your twenty dollars. It can take 15-20 hours to finish, if you don't cheat and pick through everything. If you are looking for an adventure game, this is actually a decent value, not something you play for five hours and put down forever (not that you'll replay it, but a dollar an hour ain't bad).
Click over to the link below to read the full review.

IMG Reviews Jolly Rover
Brawsome
Jolly Rover
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Puzzle Agent Trailer Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Telltale Games recently released a new trailer for its upcoming new title, Puzzle Agent. The game challenges players to solve a variety of difficult puzzles as they work to unravel a mystery in the rural town of Scoggins, Minnesota.

Puzzle Agent is Telltale's first release under its new Pilot Program designed to "introduce new video game concepts, content and play designs that can then be migrated to the company's episodic gaming model."

FBI Special Agent Nelson Tethers will soon make his debut in Puzzle Agent, Telltale's new dark and twisted puzzler, recently garnering a "Best of E3" award from IGN. With an atmosphere from the world of Graham Annable's brilliant Grickle world, combined with gameplay inspired by the Professor Layton series, Puzzle Agent drops players off in snowy Scoggins, Minnesota. Help Agent Tethers uncover why the town's productivity has slowed to a crawl by solving a variety of confounding puzzles plaguing the townsfolk. There's something sinister going on under the surface...
Click over to the links below to learn more.

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Sam & Max Episode 2 Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Appletell has posted a new review of Telltale Games' Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak, the second episode in the duo's latest adventure. In The Devil's Playhouse Sam & Max face "a mysterious otherworldly power for controlling matter and space that calls to the strongest and strangest who might wield it - intergalactic warlords and eldritch gods, under-dwellers and scholars of the arcane." Appletell gave the episode a score of 4 out of 5.

From the review:

Your goal is to get your hands on the Devil’s Toy Box and comprehend some of the odd choices of some archaic language. The sad thing about this installment is that the focus on longer missions seems to have resulted in fewer jokes than in other Sam and Max titles. This is a shame, since those jokes are one of the key features in this series.

The graphics are exactly what you would expect; a bright and colorful menagerie of Nickelodion-style animation with some random violence thrown in to make it fun for us grown ups. It also has a fun vintage twist that is quite charming.

Sound in this game is really great. The music adds a real sense of period that helps to keep you interested. Gameplay is exactly what you would expect from a Sam & Max title. Nothing here is too new in that regard, which is probably a good thing considering how many other elements have been changed.
Head over to the link below to read more.

Appletell: Sam & Max Episode 2 Review
Telltale Games
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse
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Vendetta Online Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Guild Software has released a new patch for its massively-multiplayer online space strategy game, Vendetta Online. The latest update brings the game to version 1.8.131 and includes a variety of new updates, bug fixes, and content additions.

Changes offered in the updates:

  • Low-priced items that were previously useful for trade XP have been restored.
  • More lucrative trade routes added, particularly in grayspace and nation capitols.
  • Holders of Owner Keys of stations get notified when a conquerable station turret gets destroyed. The notification occurs no more than once per hour.
  • Added an optional 'Unload and Sell All' confirmation prompt.
  • Fixed a rendering bug for Vulturius Anniversary Edition and other ships.

Visit the links below for more information about Vendetta Online.

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Strategy First
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Civilization IV Dev Diary Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media's GameAgent NonBlog recently added a new developer diary focusing on the effort to bring Civilization IV to Macintosh computers. The article includes discussion of some of the unique challenges the developers encountered and lessons learned which will aid in the porting of future game titles.

The most challenging aspect of porting Civ IV was its reliance on the Direct3D Effects framework for managing shaders and pipeline states and choosing rendering techniques at runtime. Rendering techniques are all specified in a high level language in “FX” files, which are compiled by the D3DX effects compiler. Techniques encapsulate global variables, pipeline state, texture/sampler state, and shaders. Multiple techniques are specified for a given rendering task so that the game can select the most appropriate method at runtime for the current graphics hardware. For example, HLSL shaders may be used on the more advanced GPUs while earlier GPUs fall back to a fixed-function shader method. On the Mac we would be using OpenGL, which has no real equivalent to the effects framework.

Although we had experience translating Direct3D shaders written in shader model assembly code to a form that we could use with OpenGL, we had no compiler for turning FX files into something usable. We were able to solve this problem by taking the compiled (binary) form of the FX files and interpreting and translating them at runtime. The embedded shaders are translated to “ARB” vertex and fragment program assembly language. We interpreted the other information about techniques, passes, and state and implemented our own versions of the D3DX functions for applying and managing them.

Check out the full article at the site below.

GameAgent NonBlog: Civ IV Dev Diary
Aspyr Media
Civilization IV
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Mac Games News for Friday, June 25, 2010

Blizzard Entertainment Global Writing Contest 2010 Unveiled6:00 AM
Cataclysm: The Changing Face Of Azeroth6:00 AM
City of Heroes Super Booster V: Mutant Pack Now Available6:00 AM
EVE Online: New Primae Vessel Available For Free June 296:00 AM
 
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