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StarCraft II Region Linking Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Blizzard Entertainment has announced an upcoming change to StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty multiplayer matchmaking. Region Linking will connect multiple Battle.net regions to each other for multiplayer matchmaking and communication, increasing the pool of players available.

We're pleased to announce StarCraft II region linking, an exciting upcoming change that will connect a number of StarCraft II communities around the world for multiplayer matchmaking and communication purposes. In conjunction with the start of Season 3, we’ll be linking the European and Russian StarCraft II communities together; North America and Latin America will also be linked together, as will Korea and Taiwan.

Region linking will benefit players in the connected regions in a number of ways. First and foremost, a linked community means a larger pool of players to improve our automated matchmaker. Whether you're an elite Grandmaster or a Bronze-league all-star, more players in the mix means that we'll be able to find you a matchup more quickly and more accurately. Players will also get access to a broader range of custom map games, which in turn means wider audiences for mapmakers. Those of you who have friends in the linked region will also be able to add them to your Battle.net friends lists once the region linking is complete.

For the vast majority of players, the process will be seamless. Just log in, play, and say hello to all of your new friends (with a sneaky drop in their mineral line).
Check out the link below to learn more about Region Linking in StarCraft II.

Battle.net: StarCraft II Region Linking
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Out Of The Park Baseball 12 Comes To Macgamestore
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Macgamestore.com has announced the addition of Out of the Park Developments' Out of the Park Baseball 12. The latest edition of the popular baseball simulation features 2011 rosters, a new financial system, enhanced online league play, and vastly improved AI.

Play with 2011 Major League rosters (including thousands of individually rated real players down to the low minor leagues), any historical replay season from 1871 to 2010, the complete history of baseball in career mode or simply a completely customizable fictional league, including great player photos utilizing the FaceGen engine!

In OOTP 12 you guide your team to glory. Set up your roster, trade players, draft the next superstar, negotiate with free agents, discover talent in the rule-5 draft, keep an eye on your minor leaguers, scout foreign countries or other leagues, it's all here. On top of the GM features, OOTP sports a great baseball simulation engine with stunning statistical accuracy and extensive play-by-play. It is widely regarded as the most realistic baseball game available, by far! You call all the shots from the dugout and see the game unfold before your eyes.

If you are a baseball fan, you owe it to yourself to play Out of the Park Baseball 12!

Features:

  • New financial system with recoded contract negotiations
  • Greatly enhanced online league play
  • Increased immersion through better news system and interactive storylines
  • Vastly improved AI throughout the game
Requirements:
  • Intel Processor
  • Mac OS 10.5 or later
  • 256MB RAM
Out of the Park Baseball 12 is now available for $39.95 (USD).

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Out Of The Park Baseball 12
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Electronic Arts Acquires PopCap Games
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 9 comments

Electronic Arts recently announced an agreement to acquire popular casual games developer PopCap Games, known for titles like Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled, and Zuma. EA will pay approximately $650 million in cash and $100 million in shares of EA common stock to purchase the company.

"EA and PopCap are a compelling combination," said EA CEO John Riccitiello. "PopCap's great studio talent and powerful IP add to EA's momentum and accelerate our drive towards a $1 billion digital business. EA's global studio and publishing network will help PopCap rapidly expand their business to more digital devices, more countries, and more channels."

"We picked EA because they have recast their culture around making great digital games," said David Roberts, CEO of PopCap. "By working with EA, we'll scale our games and services to deliver more social, mobile, casual fun to an even bigger, global audience."

"PopCap has a proven financial trajectory with sustained revenue growth and double-digit operating margins," said EA CFO Eric Brown. "On a non-GAAP basis, this deal is expected to be at least ten-cents accretive in fiscal year 2013."

From PopCap's letter to the fans:
It means PopCap will join forces with one of the world’s largest game publishers, giving us access to many more resources and a greatly expanded global audience. It doesn’t mean that PopCap is going away or changing what we do or how we do it. On the contrary, PopCap’s creative culture is the main reason EA was interested in us. We’re not changing our focus from creating awesome casual games everyone can enjoy.

Learn more at the links below.

Worthplaying: EA Buys PopCap
PopCap's Open Letter To Fans
Electronic Arts
PopCap Games


Mac Games News for Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cars 2: The Video Game Now Available At Macgamestore.com6:00 AM
Dragon Age 2: Legacy Trailer Released6:00 AM
Gratuitous Tank Battles Coming This Christmas6:00 AM
iGame Radio Reviews CreaVures and Portal 26:00 AM
IMG Reviews Cities In Motion6:00 AM
 
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