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ItzaBitza: Discussing Edutainment
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming's new blog has been updated with a new interview with Sabi Games' CEO and co-founder, Margaret Johnson. In the article the game developer discussed the creation of ItzaBitza, an edutainment title which allows children to bring their drawings to life and develop reading skills.

“We looked at Living Ink from the standpoint of ‘How do kids learn to draw?’ and started from there,” Johnson relates. “We also purposefully avoided school curricula. We worked with people like Dr. John Bransford, a University of Washington Professor of Education and Psychology, who helped us create a new learning model. We wanted to figure out how to change behavior so that learning is a byproduct of play.”
Check out the full article at the page linked below.

Virtual Programming Blog: Itza Bitza
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Aspyr Addresses Lion OS Game Incompatibilities
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 57 comments

Apple's recently released OS 10.7 Lion operating system no longer supports Rosetta, emulation which allowed Intel Macs to run older PowerPC applications. Aspyr Media has provided a list of its older game titles which will not run under Lion, and suggested that users create a partitioned drive with an earlier version of the Mac OS for the purposes of playing their older titles.

Titles that use Rosetta:
  • Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
  • Sid Meier's Alien Crossfire
  • Zoo Tycoon Complete Collection
  • Deus Ex
  • Mah Jong Parlour
  • Spongebob Squarepants The Movie
  • Medal of Honor: Allied Assault War Chest
  • Medal of Honor: Breakthrough Expansion
  • Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII
  • Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition
  • Homeworld 2
  • Clive Barker's Undying
  • Crac & Thog: Bonkheads Deluxe
  • Harry Potter Deluxe Edition
  • OttoMatic
  • Return to Castle Wolfenstein
  • Star Trek: Elite Force II
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Stubbs the Zombie
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005-
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon -
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
  • Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
  • Tomb Raider: Gold
  • Tomb Raider: II
  • Tomb Raider: III
  • Tomb Raider: Chronicles
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
Head over to the link below to read more.

Aspyr Support: PowerPC Games In Lion
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Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Now At MGS
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macgamestore.com has added Aspyr Media's Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy to its digital download titles available for purchase. In the game players take on the role of a new student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

Forge your weapon and follow the path of the Jedi.

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is the latest installment of the highly acclaimed Jedi Knight series. Take on the role of a new student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. Interact with famous Star Wars characters in many classic Star Wars locations as you face the ultimate choice: fight for good and freedom on the light side, or follow the path of power and evil to the dark side.

Features:

  • Customize your character by defining both look and gender before entering the Academy to learn the power and dangers of the Force.
  • Construct your own lightsaber from handle to blade. As you progress, discover the power of wielding two lightsabers or the ultimate double-bladed lightsaber made famous by Darth Maul.
  • Vehicles, weapons, Force powers and Star Wars locations.
  • Unique level selection system allows you to choose your own mission and adventures.
  • Six multiplayer modes including team-based siege mode and two-on-one power duel. Fight in 23 multiplayer arenas!
Requirements:
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Processor: Intel chipset
  • CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz or faster
  • Memory: 512 MB or higher
  • Hard Disk Space: 665 MB free disk space
  • Video Card (ATI): Radeon X1600
  • Video Card (NVidia): GeForce 7300
  • Video Memory (VRam): 128 MB
  • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard
  • Multiplayer Requirements: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported. Internet play requires broadband connection.
  • Supported Video cards: NVIDIA GeForce 7300, 7600, 7800, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120, Quadro FX 4500, ATI Radeon X1600, X1900, HD 2400, HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850
    NOTICE: Intel integrated video chipsets are not supported.
    NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
    NOTICE: Apple Intel Chipsets only. Power PC Processors (G4 and G5) are not supported
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is available for $19.99 (USD).

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Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast Comes To MGS
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast from Aspyr Media is now available for download and purchase from the Macgamestore.com. The game puts players in the role of rebel agent Kyle Katarn who must once again take up the mantle of Jedi to defend the galaxy from a menacing new threat.

In the tradition of the highly acclaimed Star Wars: Jedi Knight series, Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2, Jedi Outcast features rebel agent Kyle Katarn in exhilarating first-person action. Several years have passed since Kyle avenged his father's death and saved the Valley of the Jedi from Jerec and his band of Dark Jedi. Allowing his Force powers to languish for fear of falling to the dark side, Kyle entrusted his lightsaber to Luke Skywalker, vowing never to use it again. But when a new and menacing threat to the galaxy emerges, Kyle knows he must reclaim his past in order to save his future.

Explore breathtaking Star Wars locales such as Cloud City, the Jedi Academy on Yavin 4, Nar Shaddaa, and the smugglers' moon. Multiplayer options include deathmatch, saber-only deathmatch, and team capture the flag.

Features:

  • Expanded and enhanced use of the lightsaber features a slew of attack and defense moves
  • Tap into the powers of the Force including Jump, Push, Jedi Mind Tricks and more
  • Employ combat or stealth, depending on the situation. When a fight is necessary, be at the ready with an arsenal of weapons: stun baton, Bryar blast pistol and blaster rifle to name but a few
  • Two multiplayer modes: Jedi training and team-based play
Requirements:
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Processor: Intel chipset
  • CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz or faster
  • Memory: 512 MB or higher
  • Hard Disk Space: 665 MB free disk space
  • Video Card (ATI): Radeon X1600 | Video Card (NVidia): GeForce 7300
  • Video Memory (VRam): 128 MB
  • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard.
  • Multiplayer Requirements: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported. Internet play requires broadband connection.
  • Supported Video cards: NVIDIA GeForce® 7300, 7600, 7800, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120, Quadro FX 4500, ATI Radeon X1600, X1900, HD 2400, HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850
    NOTICE: Intel integrated video chipsets are not supported.
    NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
    NOTICE: Apple Intel Chipsets only. Power PC Processors (G4 and G5) are not supported
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is available now for $19.95 (USD).

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Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
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