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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Photon Cloud Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Exit Games recently unveiled Photon Cloud, a hosted network engine for the development of real-time multiplayer games for Mac, Windows PC, browser, and mobile platforms. The service promises to give developers the chance to add online gaming features "easily and without any server-hassle in a fraction of the time."

“Photon Cloud allows developers to build fantastic multiplayer games without any server-hassle, without having concerns of how to globally scale and operate the game as we are taking care of this,” says Christof Wegmann, CTO of Exit Games.

He adds: ”With Photon Cloud is has never been so easy and affordable to build an online game. Photon Cloud starts at just US$9 per month so even a small indie can now build a stunning multiplayer experience for a global audience. We think this is a real deal.”

Since the service’s initial launch 4 months ago, over 4,500 developers have chosen to run their app in the Photon Cloud to take advantage of its benefits:

  • Software as a Service: no server setup or server maintenance needed. Photon Cloud is fully managed by the experts from Exit Games
  • Automatic Load Scaling: Photon Cloud automatically scales with the actual application usage
  • Cross-platform: Photon Cloud is offered for a variety of platforms such as Unity, iOS, Android, Windows, Windows Phone, Mac, Flash, HTML5 and more
  • Photon Unity Networking: combines the ease-of-use of Unity Networking with the performance and reliability of Photon Cloud
  • Competitive Pricing: Photon Cloud is offered in different packages starting at incredible US$ 9 per month. Upgrading, downgrading and cancelling is possible at any time. The detailed pricing is available at http://cloud.exitgames.com/pricing
For more information follow the links below.

Photon Cloud
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iGame Radio: Photon Cloud Brings Light To Multiplayer

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MacGameCast 16 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games' podcast crew has released episode sixteen of the MacGameCast. IMG's Jon Carr, Ted Bade, and Franklin Pride discussed a variety of topics including Company of Heroes, the Tropico 3 demo release, and an announcement of a fantasy RPG title in development for Mac.

What's in this episode:

The MacGameCast Crew discuss all the latest games like Company of Heroes, BioShock 2 and Kung Fu Killforce. Also: Tropico 3 Demo, convergence of mobile and desktop operating systems, the state of mac game news, community and press and lastly Ted has a surprising announcement about an epic RPG that should be coming to Mac.
Listen to the full podcast at the link below.

MacGameCast 16

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The Sims 3: Showtime Behind The Scenes Video Revealed
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Electronic Arts has revealed a new behind the scenes video for the upcoming The Sims 3: Showtime expansion pack. The video features singer Katy Perry. The latest expansion pack from The Sims Studio, brought to Mac by TransGaming, allows players to live the rags to riches story with their Sims and share these experiences with their friends. The expansion features new social features such as individual in-game news feeds and live updates.

The Sims 3 Showtime allows players to connect and share with their friends and fellow fans of The Sims without ever leaving the game. Players will venture into a new world and live the dream as singers, acrobats, magicians and DJs. Using the all-new SimPort feature, players can send their Sim into a friend’s game to perform in their world, book gigs in their friends’ town, go on tour, and be reviewed. Along the way, players can earn rewards for achieving goals and accomplishing special challenges that can be tracked and shared via in-game social wall posts. Players have the opportunity to post their Sims’ successes, share gameplay techniques, create wishlists and send gifts, search for new friends and share memories through their in-game news feeds and as e-cards.

Players who enjoy building can customise their Sims’ stages using props and special effects to create unique venues such as a swanky concert hall, a massive stadium or an indie club. How the stage is built will directly influence a player’s Sim’s performance and career progression. For players who love a challenge, they can earn in-game rewards and accomplish goals such as performing a legendary show in a high-level venue. For players who enjoy experimenting, an endless amount of gameplay opportunities and choices within the game provide a vast array of situations for cause-and-effect play and hilarity to ensue.

The Sims 3 Showtime is currently available for pre-order. Those who pre-order now will be automatically upgraded to a special Limited Edition version, which features the Ultimate Stage venue. Players can place this fully customisable venue in their world and will be able to use it as an additional stage for their Sims to perform on, complete with in-game props, backgrounds, lights and special effects. This bonus venue is available through pre-order and while supplies last.

Check out the video at the page below.

The Sims 3 Showtime Behind The Scenes Video
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The Sims 3: Showtime
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City Of Heroes Producer Discusses Upcoming Changes
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

NCSoft and Paragon Studios have posted a new producer's letter detailing plans for super hero themed MMO, City of Heroes. The letter included discussion of Issue 22, items coming to the Paragon Market, and plans for the future of the MMO.

Issue 22: Death Incarnate has plenty of exciting (or dark, depending on how you look at it) content coming your way from the newly updated Dark Astoria that is now in Incarnate Zone and Trial, to the Drowning in Blood Trial, new missions in Cap au Diable and Steel Canyon, to a bunch of quality of life fixes. That's just the tip of the iceberg and I could regurgitate it for you, but it's all on the website and with far more flowery language than I could produce so I'd like to focus on what is coming up for the game after that. By the way, I want to give a shout out of thanks to the players who have been giving us great feedback on the Beta boards. It's been really helpful, so keep it coming.

I don't want to be too sales-y on this, but since we're talking about the Paragon Market, it's kind of a given. March is going to have some cool stuff so l'll break it down briefly. There's the Flying Disc which is a fun temp power that allows you to, well, toss a disc back and forth. Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, there is a Leprechaun pet that follows you about spreading the luck of the Irish, a rainbow, a few four-leaf clovers, and a nice buff. But I'm sure all you Masterminds are just waiting on the Beast Mastery Power Set, which will include the ability to master the wolves of the wild to enforce your bidding. Finally, we round out the month with the final chapter of the Signature Story Arc in the Who Will Die series. With so many twists and turns so far, what could possibly be left to reveal? You'll see.
There's another Double XP weekend coming up on the weekend of Friday, March 16th, too, so if you've got some characters you want to level up, that's the time to do it.

Read more at the site below.

City Of Heroes: Issue 22 Producer's Letter
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Valley Without Wind Enters Final Beta Phase6:00 AM
Dragon Age II Version 1.04 Released For Mac6:00 AM
IMG Reviews Airport Madness 46:00 AM
Mists Of Pandaria Stat Changes Explained6:00 AM
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