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World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector's Edition Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has announced plans for a limited-release Collector's Edition of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the third expansion for the popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The special Collector's Edition package will only be available at retail stores and will include a book filled with the game's artwork, an exclusive in-game pet, a behind-the-scenes DVD, a soundtrack, a Deathwing mousepad, and cards from the WoW Trading Card game.

Cataclysm will allow players to adventure as two new playable races, bring their characters to level 85, take on challenging quests and dungeons in all-new zones, and experience dramatic changes to familiar aspects of the game in the wake of a world-shattering disaster.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector's Edition Features:
  • Art of the Cataclysm art book, featuring 176 pages of never-before-seen images from the archives of the Blizzard Entertainment cinematics department and the World of Warcraft development team, as well as progressive visuals from multiple stages of development.
  • Exclusive in-game pet: he may not be a breaker of worlds just yet, but Lil' Deathwing will still proudly accompany heroes on their struggle to save Azeroth from his much, much larger counterpart.
  • Behind-the-scenes DVD with over an hour of developer interviews and commentaries, as well as a special Warcraft® retrospective examining the rich gaming history of the Warcraft universe.
  • Soundtrack featuring 10 epic new tracks from Cataclysm, including exclusive bonus tracks.
  • Special-edition mouse pad depicting Deathwing menacing the ravaged continents of Azeroth.
  • World of Warcraft Trading Card Game cards, including a 60-card starter deck from the Wrathgate series, two extended-art cards, and two Collector's Edition-exclusive hero cards, marking the first appearance of goblin and worgen heroes in the TCG.
The first two World of Warcraft expansions, The Burning Crusade® and Wrath of the Lich King®, each shattered PC game sales records upon their release. In Cataclysm, the face of Azeroth will be forever altered by the return of the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing. Players will explore once-familiar areas of the world that have now been reshaped by the devastation and filled with new adventures. In an effort to survive the planet-shattering cataclysm, two new playable races -- worgen and goblins -- will join the struggle between the Alliance and the Horde. As players journey to the new level cap of 85, they'll discover newly revealed locations, acquire new levels of power, and come face to face with Deathwing in a battle to determine the fate of the world.

The beta test for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is currently underway. To set up a account and sign up for a chance to participate, please visit the official website at
The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector's Edition will be available on DVD-ROM for Mac and Windows PCs at a suggested retail price of $79.99. The release date and other details for the game will be announced in the months ahead.

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Aspyr Brings Tomb Raider Out Of Retirement
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Aspyr Media has announced the re-release of Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation and Tomb Raider: Chronicles through its Game Agent online store. For a limited time the boxed titles include discounted shipping for one game, or free shipping if the customer purchases both.

UPDATE: These Tomb Raider titles are from Aspyr's back catalog of PowerPC games. They are not supported on Intel Macs.

To celebrate the release of the new Tomb Raider game, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, we’ve brought a couple of our own Tomb Raider games out of retirement. Oldies, but goodies, you can now pick up Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (Mac) for only $4.99 and Tomb Raider: Chronicles (Mac) for only $9.99.

Of course, these are the boxed versions only, and we know it’s a pain to pay for shipping, but that’s why we’re implementing a very special shipping promo this week only! Between now and the end of the day (11:59 CDT) Friday, August 20, you can get fantastic shipping discounts on both Tomb Raider: Chronicles (Mac) and Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (Mac) (and potentially your whole order!). For each Tomb Raider game added to your cart, shipping will be discounted by $4.50, meaning that by adding both Tomb Raider games, you’ll be eligible for FREE SHIPPING!

Take advantage of these deals before these games return to their gaming tombs!

Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (Mac), $4.99 — Enemies, old and new, lurk at every turn, as Lara must overcome ingenious puzzles, the most infernal traps ever devised, and evil from beyond the grave. Experience heart-stopping action in your quest to guide Lara through her dazzling Egyptian adventure.

Tomb Raider: Chronicles (Mac), $9.99 — After the memorial service of Lara Croft, her friends gather at Croft castle to reminisce about her past exploits, providing new adventures.
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Criminal Minds Coming To Macs This December
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

A new Legacy Interactive developer post has revealed that Criminal Minds will be available for Mac and Windows PCs in December of this year. Based on the themes and characters in the popular television crime drama, the casual game will feature brand new cases and hidden object gameplay.

I admit it. I was late to the game. I never really started watching the Criminal Minds TV series until about a year ago when I caught a marathon of episodes late at night. I couldn’t tear myself away! Each episode was captivatingly creepy and refreshingly different from the vast majority of the other “cop” shows on television. Little did I know that six months later I’d be tapped as the designer and producer for a light adventure/casual game version of the Criminal Minds license. Obviously I was met immediately with a very unique set of challenges in trying to translate a show that revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze and hunt down the country’s most twisted criminal minds into something the intended audience of gamers would enjoy as much as I do. The show is darkly lit, contains disturbing themes, features a large cast of characters at different locations each episode, and plots that are driven primarily by very abstract psychological profiling. Where to begin?
Visit the page below to read the full article.

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Apple Games Features Going Rogue
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Apple Games has published a new feature article, this time exploring the gray areas offered by the City of Heroes expansion, Going Rogue. The expansion features a new alignment system, two new primary fictional characters, and the new threat of the parallel universe known as Praetoria. Apple's article includes a description of Going Rogue's new features, comments from Matt Miller, information about creating missions, and a history of Emperor Cole.

Fresh characters begin the game in Praetoria, a newly-added alternate utopian Earth. (Existing characters can travel there too.) They’re neutral, but they can align themselves with the Resistance (hero) or Loyalist (villain) elements in the city. They have plenty of opportunities to shift back and forth between the two, and when they reach the intermediate step of Vigilante or Rogue, they can visit the Rogue Isles or Paragon City, respectively.

“It’s all just shades of gray in Praetoria, which is totally cool from a role-playing perspective,” Miller observes. “You are constantly making tough moral choices that change the course of your character’s story.”

“This is an opportunity to introduce ourselves to new players with a shiny new universe as well as provide a clean slate for veteran players,” lead designer Melissa Bianco says. “Veterans may know our lore from Paragon City or Rogue Isles, but this is an entirely new adventure for them and an opportunity for us to impress and challenge them in new and interesting ways. It’s a completely original game experience, a new world, and a fresh way to experience it.”
Check out the full article at the page below.

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