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The Sims 3: Showtime & Katy Perry Edition Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Maxis has announced the release of the The Sims 3: Showtime expansion pack, as well as the the The Sims 3: Showtime Katy Perry Collector's Edition of the expansion pack. The new add-on for the popular life sim allows players to live the rags to riches story with their Sims and share these experiences with their friends. The collector's edition includes Katy Perry themed outfits, props and objects.

“The Sims is the world’s most popular life simulation game. It allows you to create and control just about every aspect of life,” says Scott Evans, General Manager of The Sims Studio. He continues, “With every game that we build in The Sims Studio, we want to empower players to explore, create, and share their own stories with the world. We believe that The Sims 3 Showtime truly evokes new ways to play with life.”

The Sims 3 Showtime is the newest expansion pack to the wildly popular The Sims 3 and gives players a new outlet to play with life in the glamorous world of Starlight Shores. Also available today is the much anticipated The Sims 3 Showtime Katy Perry Collector’s Edition Expansion pack, featuring in-game Katy Perry-themed outfits, props and objects. Sims (characters unique to The Sims) will make their rise to fame in The Sims 3 Showtime as a singer, magician, acrobat or DJ, and build skills necessary to put on a showstopping performance. Honing talents, acquiring crowd approval and showcasing unique skills are just the beginning steps to becoming a mega-star. Sims will also need to navigate the town’s proprietors by auditioning to prove their talents are worthy of the stage. Successful auditions will lead to larger and grander performance venues, where Sims will showcase their skills and ultimately fulfill their fantasies of achieving superstardom.

The Sims 3 Showtime offers more fun for everyone. New to the game is the option for players to fully customize their own performance stages. Fog machines, spotlights and confetti are just a few of the stage props available for players to enhance their Sims’ performance stages. New, extensive areas are ready to explore in the town of Starlight Shores, where players can watch their Sims succeed or epically fail as they transition from one venue to the next. Using new on-stage objects, players are able to further experiment within the performance careers to catapult their Sims to success or bestow the deadly grim reaper upon their fate.

For the first time ever, The Sims 3 introduces connected features into the game. Players will be given the option to log in and connect using their ‘My Page’ account information from By logging in, players will be able to view their player profile and wall, as well as access various other connected features such as messages to friends, friend requests and an all-new feature, SimPort. The innovative SimPort feature will now enable players to send their Sims on tour to one another’s games. SimPort makes storytelling and sharing experiences with friends simple and fun. The use of SimPort leads to greater rewards, including stamps, simoleans, lifetime happiness and exclusive in-game content.

The Sims 3: Showtime comes to Macs courtesty of TransGaming and is available now for $49.95 (USD), while the Showtime Katy Perry Collector's Edition costs $59.95 (USD).

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Combat Mission BFN: Commonwealth Forces Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment recently announced the release of Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy - Commonwealth Forces. The first module for the World War II ground warfare tactical simulation is available for Snow Leopard 10.6 or later, and is also fully compatible with Lion.

"Commonwealth Forces", the first module to the Wargame of the Year 2011 ( Community Award) "Combat Mission> Battle for Normandy" tactical WW2 ground warfare simulation, and includes all new, meticulously researched and historically accurate UK, Canadian and Polish Free Forces units and formations, dozens of new scenarios and QuickBattle maps and two in-depth campaigns. The full range of Commonwealth weaponry is brought to life with the same amazing level of detail and simulation fidelity found in the previous Combat Mission titles.

This module also brings you new German formations, such as the "Waffen SS" and the Luftwaffe Field Divisions. Several variants of the iconic Churchill tank, the Cromwell, Stuart and Firefly are included along with many other new units. The Germans see the mighty King Tiger and the Jagdpanther in their arsenal among several other additions.

Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy - Commonwealth Forces requires the original game to play and is available now for $35. A demo version will be released soon.

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Dungeonland Announced
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Paradox Interactive has announced Dungeonland, an upcoming cooperative action game scheduled for release sometime this year. In the game players take control of a group of adventurers in their visit to a crazy and dangerous medieval theme park, where they will face off against the Evil Lord Dungeon Master.

The Evil Lord Dungeon Master, tired of seeing his Grand Plan for World Domination™ constantly being thwarted by nosy, big-chinned heroes, is scheming to stop them once and for all!

With the aid of a considerable loan from the Evil Overlord Foundation™, Dungeon Master has laboriously built a nefarious theme park, tempting adventurers with a chance to explore the most dangerous and exotic places, fight the most powerful monsters and possess the most wondrous magical items.

To this most unlikely place, he gave the name… Dungeonland.

Playing as The Rogue, The Warrior or The Mage, players will loot, level up, customize their hero and acquire new skills as they work their way through waves of monsters and traps leading all the way through deadly dungeons. From deadly jungles, to lush magical gardens and a dragon's lair, players will adventure through meticulously crafted themed environments all the way up to the tower of Dungeon Master himself.


  • Cooperative/single player hack & slash action.
  • Gear – Equip your character with items found in-game or bought with gold.
  • Simultaneous local and online multiplayer
  • Multiplayer with a twist – Dungeon Master Mode.
  • Replayability - Dungeon Master AI randomizes monsters, treasures and dangers each session to create a unique experience; player choice in equipping items creates endless combinations for more variety.
  • Colorful game world – three different theme park environments to explore.
  • Dozens of enemies, items, abilities and mini-bosses.
Click over to the links below for screenshots, a trailer, and more information.

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The Showdown Effect Coming This Year
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Paradox Interactive has announced The Showdown Effect, a 2.5D multiplayer action game inspired by 80’s and 90’s action movies "where champions from different eras of time fight to the death, for fun, for glory and for awesome." In the game players will battle for the upper hand using a variety of different weapons. The Showdown Effect will feature a multiplayer mode for up to 8 participants, multiple game modes, numerous heroes, and dynamic environments.

The focus of The Showdown Effect is in recreating the outrageous action found in classic action movies and taking them one step further. Players can pick weaponry from the silver screen's unparallelled arsenal, including shotguns, frying pans, lightsabers, assault rifles, grenades, katanas, gauss guns and anything in between. No explosion is too loud and no bullet dodge is implausible – The Showdown Effect is all about impaling your friend with nearby broomstick and dropping a “Stick around”-taunt as you jetpack heroically off to the next enemy.

Beneath all of this The Showdown Effect is heavily invested in the fundamentals of platforming, providing controls that are responsive and satisfying when it comes to simply running and jumping. Likewise, as a multiplayer game The Showdown Effect will offer all the progressive rewards and unlocks that players have come to love and to cherish.


  • Up to 8 player fast paced cinematic multiplayer action
  • Rich, detailed audiovisual feedback
  • Context-sensitive movement and combat
  • Progress your character and unlock new customization options
  • Multiple game modes
  • Re-experience the action of your childhood movies across different environments.
  • Numerous heroes, dozens of weapons, hundreds of moves - infinite fun.
Head over to the page below for a trailer, screenshots, and more information.

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 7, 2012

City Of Heroes Producer Discusses Upcoming Changes6:00 AM
MacGameCast 16 Released6:00 AM
Photon Cloud Unveiled6:00 AM
The Sims 3: Showtime Behind The Scenes Video Revealed6:00 AM
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