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City Of Heroes Going Rogue Today
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

NCSoft and Paragon Studios is scheduled to release City of Heroes: Going Rogue today. The second paid expansion for the super hero themed MMO franchise features a new alignment system which will allow heroes and villains the chance to switch sides, two new primary fictional characters, and the new threat of the parallel universe known as Praetoria.

City of Heroes Going Rogue:

Walk the Line Between Good and Evil. Or Cross It.
What forges character? What shines in the heart of a Hero or lurks in the mind of a Villain?

City of Heroes® Going Rogue™, the first City of Heroes® expansion since the launch of City of Villains®, opens the mirror universe of Praetoria, whose bright utopian façade hides dark secrets. As you investigate this brave new world, searching for the truth behind Emperor Cole and his Praetorian guard, brutal foes and fierce allies emerge, turning this illusory paradise into an urban battlefield.

City of Heroes® Going Rogue™ adds the Rogue and Vigilante game alignments so that you can explore the shades of gray between Hero and Villain. For the first time in any super-powered MMO, your character's moral choices affect gameplay experience and determine your character's ultimate destiny.

Features:

Stunning World of Praetoria
Explore the new alternate universe of Praetoria with content spanning new zones, new missions that reveal hidden secrets, and new villain groups to battle. Praetoria was built from the ground up to support Ultra Mode graphics that create a heightened level of detail in lighting, reflections, shadows, and water effects.

Moral Alignment System
Change alignment from Hero to Villain or Villain to Hero based on your moral decisions. Heroes can now cross over to the Rogue Isles, and Villains can experience Paragon City™ for the first time.

Immersive New Starting Experience
Start as a Praetorian and decide to follow the Loyalists or join the Resistance. Evolve into a Hero or a Villain based on your moral choices.

Spectacular Power Sets
Choose from exciting new power sets, including Dual Pistols and Demon Summoning.

New Costume Sets
Pick from numerous new Praetorian-themed costume pieces.

And Much More
Collect new badges, experience new additions to the Mission Architect system, enjoy additional free character slots, and more.

Mac System Requirements:

Recommended:

  • Mac® OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard (or higher)
  • Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor (or higher)
  • 1 GB RAM or more
  • NVIDIA® 7300 GT (or higher) or ATI® X1600 (or higher)
  • 5 GB available hard disk space
  • Broadband Internet Connection
  • Keyboard and mouse
Recommended Mac Ultra Mode Requirements
  • Mac® OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard (or higher)
  • Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor (or higher)
  • 3GB RAM or more
  • NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8800 Series (or higher) or ATI® Radeon® 3870 (or higher)
  • 5 GB available hard disk space
  • Broadband Internet Connection
  • Keyboard and mouse
City of Heroes: Going Rogue costs $29.99. For more information follow the links below.

City of Heroes: Going Rogue
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TransGaming
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Instant Jam Debuts For Windows, Mac Version Soon
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

InstantAction has unveiled Instant Jam, a free to play online music-rhythm game. The game is embeddable anywhere online, and playable along with thousands of songs consumers own in their music libraries. Instant Jam is currently available in a Facebook Beta Program and is being shown this week at gamescom. The Instant Jam Beta Program will be open to the public in subsequent weeks through the game's site and embedded versions throughout the web.

The first original game from InstantAction's Vegas-based games studio, Instant Jam delivers a core game experience with high quality 3D graphics through the browser and popular features of social games. InstantAction's embeddable platform enables Instant Jam to be played anytime, anywhere - including on Facebook, www.instantjam.com, editorial sites, blogs and more. All that's required is an Internet connection.

Untethered from any console, players can jam along to their music library with support for thousands of the world's most popular songs by tapping their computer keyboards or playing with their favorite USB guitar controllers. Players can challenge their friends, earn or purchase virtual goods that enhance their game play, gift items, and even share the game online as easily as they would a YouTube video.

"We created Instant Jam because we believe people should be able to play along to any song from any band or genre they like, rather than be confined to a handful of pre-set songs chosen for the game they're playing," said Louis Castle, CEO of InstantAction. "We also strongly believe that games - like other forms of entertainment media - should be easier for consumers to discover, try, enjoy and share. Instant Jam embodies all of this and provides music lovers with a powerful new way to interact while experiencing their music."

Instant Jam launches with thousands of note charts supporting the world's most popular songs - more than all other console music-rhythm game franchises combined - with support for dozens of songs being added each week. Each note chart is designed by an experienced game design team to provide an immersivegaming experience that really makes you feel like you are playing a guitar; Instant Jam does not simply track song beats as some algorithmically generated programs do.

"The best part of working on a AAA game that lives online is that, unlike a boxed product, we're not done when the game goes live; we're just getting started," said Amir Rahimi, Executive Producer of Instant Jam. "Currently, Instant Jam has all of the game play people have come to expect from premium rhythm games on consoles. We'll be continually adding support for new songs, major features such as fully customizable avatars, and more social elements based on feedback from our community."

At launch, Instant Jam will include the following key features:

  • Your Music.Instant Jam automatically checks your music library to match your songs to suggested note charts so you can play right away with your music - be it a legendary rock classic or an emerging indie band. Or you can play your songs with any note chart you wish.
  • More Music. If you see something on the playlist you don't own, simply purchase new songs from Amazon or iTunes through the game and get in-game value in excess of the cost of the song. Purchased songs are added to your music library and yours to use anywhere you play your music.
  • Your Game. Instant Jam is free to play via social features as you earn fans, plays and new virtual items for bragging rights. Level up and earn new items, or quickly purchase them with micro-transactions to enhance game play.
  • Console-Quality Game play. With game play consistent with the best music games on the market, Instant Jam is playable from within any browser without long, annoying download wait times.
  • Share with Friends. Instant Jam can be embedded anywhere on the Web. Simply copy and paste the embed URL into your blog or website. Share the game with your social network and challenge friends to see who jams best.
  • Universal Play. Instant Jam is launching with thousands of note charts supporting the world's most popular songs - more than all other console rhythm-music games combined. Support for dozens of new songs in a variety of genres from around the globe will be added each week. The possibilities are endless!
  • Your Style. You can play Instant Jam with standard USB guitar controllers already in the market or tap away on your keyboard.
  • Coming Soon. The InstantJam team will be adding new items and features on an ongoing basis based on community feedback.
"Instant Jam gives consumers a powerful new way to engage with the artists and bands they love; it actually encourages and rewards them for purchasing music they can then play anywhere," said Jed Weitzman, Head of Business Development for InstantAction. "Instant Jam is more than a game - it's an open platform for discovering and experiencing music with friends through the power of social media. It has incredible potential to help artists showcase and sell their music by engaging fans in a genuine and impactful way."
Instant Jam will be available initially on Windows PCs, with Macintosh and Flash versions to follow shortly. To learn more about Instant Jam, or for an opportunity to access the Beta Program, check out the sites below.

Instant Jam
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GameAgent Star Wars Deals Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Aspyr Media's GameAgent store has announced two new Star Wars related promotions. First, any time a customer purchases a boxed version of a Star Wars game at the store they will be eligible to receive $10 off any other boxed Star Wars title. Second, those who purchase Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition for Mac or Windows PCs will be able to buy the alternate platform version of the game for $1.

First off, we’re kicking a new program into gear that will net you $10 in savings on any boxed Star Wars game at GameAgent! Starting today and moving well past the foreseeable future, any time you buy a boxed Star Wars game, you will then be eligible for $10 off any other boxed Star Wars game. The list of eligible games includes:
  • Star Wars®: Battlefront™ (Mac)
  • Star Wars®: Empire at War™ (Mac)
  • Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic® (Mac)
  • Star Wars® Mac Pack (Mac) — Includes Empire at War™ and Knights of the Old Republic®
  • Star Wars®: Jedi Knight®: Jedi Academy™ (Mac)
  • Star Wars® Jedi Knight™ Gold Pack (Mac) — Includes Jedi Knight®: Jedi Academy™ and Jedi Knight® II: Jedi Outcast™
  • Star Wars®The Force Unleashed™: Ultimate Sith Edition (Mac)
  • Star Wars®The Force Unleashed™: Ultimate Sith Edition (PC)

Second, we’re going all multi-platform on you! Any time you buy the boxed version of Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition, you’ll be eligible to pick up the game on the opposite platform for only $1! For example, when buying the game for the Mac, you can then also buy the game for PC for only $1! This is great for gamers who want to play on both their Macs and PCs.

We hope these are the deals you are looking for, and may The Force be with you in your gaming endeavors!
Check out the link below to learn more.

GameAgent: Star Wars Deals
Aspyr Media



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IMG Reviews Bob Came In Pieces
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Bob Came in Pieces from Ludosity Interactive. The game puts players in the role of Bob who must search a strange planet to rebuild his crashed ship. The game features physics based puzzles, a variety of parts and tools to find, and 14 chapters to solve.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

The game progresses in chapters with typewriter-like notes of Bob's thoughts on each loading screen. The goal of each level is to make it to the portal at the end while collecting as many parts as possible along the way. Naturally this starts out simple as you go through the tutorial levels, but later becomes more difficult as you progress. Some of the levels also feature a theme such as using a specific type of ship part to solve most of the puzzles, breaking objects, or moving items around.

You control your ship entirely with the arrow keys which is good at first, but leads to some control annoyances later on. You can also remap any ship thruster or beam to whatever key you want by landing on conveniently located ship pads. This is something you will have to do to solve some of the puzzles as you rearrange your ship in interesting, but often simple ways. The game's premise is built upon physics puzzles, and while they are interesting and fun you certainly won't be cracking your head to solve them either. Many involve pushing or pulling an object, burning a barrier in the way (by giving your ship an extended arm with a burner at the end, for example), or pulling around rocks and boxes to put weight on a certain spot or object so you can progress. Aside from puzzles there are pieces of Bob's ship scattered around levels for you to find. Some are obvious, and some are hidden, while others require getting through a tricky puzzle to obtain them.
Visit the link below to read the full article.

IMG Reviews Bob Came In Pieces
Ludosity Interactive
Bob Came In Pieces
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Mac Games News for Monday, August 16, 2010

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IMG Reviews Max & The Magic Marker6:00 AM
Majesty 2: Requirements, Pricing, Kingmaker Expansion6:00 AM
Rage: September 2011 Release Date Announced6:00 AM
 
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