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Diablo III Launch Day Preparation Guide
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

In prepration for the release of the much anticipated action RPG sequel, Diablo III, Blizzard Entertainment has posted a new Launch Day Preparation guide. The guide includes information about launch dates, presale downloads, and early installation.

Regional Launch Times

As previously mentioned in the announcement of our midnight launch events, the launch time of the game is broken down by region.
The Americas (U.S., Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia) servers open at: 12:01 a.m. PDT, May 15

Digital Presale Download

If you’ve purchased a digital copy you can begin downloading your client right now, and we highly encourage you to do so. We also have a Diablo III presale visual guide available that may be helpful. As it may take you some time to download the full game, it’s best that you begin early. This may afford you additional time to troubleshoot any downloader or installer issues you may encounter.

Early Install

We will be unlocking the game's installer at 8:01 a.m. PDT on May 14. This will allow you to begin installing the game, troubleshoot any issues you run into, download and install the launch day 1.0.1 patch, and be ready to play as soon as the servers come online.

Global Play Launch Time

We’ll be turning on Global Play when the game has launched in all regions. This means that you will not be able to play in a region outside your home region until after the Americas’ midnight launch at 12:01 a.m. PDT on May 15. We’ll provide an update once Global Play is enabled, and you’ll then be able to change the region you connect to through the game’s options. Please note that characters, items, and friends lists do not transfer across regions and players who use Global Play to connect outside of their home region will only be able to access the gold-based auction house. More information can be found in our Global Play introduction article.

Launch Night Login

As we’ve unlocked the Diablo III installer early, many people will be ready to log in right when the servers go live at midnight, so we’re going to be closely monitoring the impact on the service. It’s possible we’ll need to adjust the rate at which we’re logging people in to ensure a stable experience, and if we do you may see a delay when attempting to login. Please be aware that a delay of up to 40 seconds is possible while the game attempts to connect you. If your connection doesn’t succeed in 40 seconds, you’ll be presented with an Error 37 message and asked to try again. If you see this error it does in fact mean that you should try again. We’ll be working around the clock to keep you informed of any issues that are occurring through the in-game breaking news window, as well as the official forums.

Read more at the page below.

Diablo III Launch Day Preparation Guide
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Name The Weapons Of Krater And End Up In The Credits
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Fatshark has announced a new weapon naming promotion for its upcoming squad based RPG Krater. Participants will submit their best name ideas for three weapons, and the winners will see their weapons in the game and their own names featured in the game's credits.

The top down RPG takes place inside a giant impact crater where the inhabitants live on in the aftermath of a bomb. Krater will be available for Windows PCs on June 12, while a Mac version will be available in July.

“We have three weapons that have one thing in common, besides being badass, and that thing is that they don’t have a name. There was some bad communications between the weapon designers and the name creators. And then Gunnar came up with naming them The Gunnernator I, II and III – that gave us all brain freeze.” says Martin Wahlund, CEO and Executive Producer, Fatshark. “Please help us out with naming these three weapons – or they might just end up being the Gunnernators!”

“The three best names will end up in the game, which means that anyone picking up the game will be able to use the weapon you named. And better yet, you will be in the official game credits under ‘Senior Lead Weapon Name Creator Director’ – or something shorter.” Says Victor Magnuson, Game Designer, Fatshark. “Now be creative and save us all from the Gunnernator!"

If you want to get your KRATER on, and save a few “whatever currency you have” while you’re at it, visit and pick up the game today and get instant access to the alpha build!

Follow the link below for more information.

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MacGameCasts 19 & 20 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The MacGameCast podcast crew has recently released two new episodes. This time the episodes include an interview with Binary Helix's Linh Ngo about Dangerous, discussion of the latest titles, and commentary on unstable game releases.

What's in the latest episodes:

Episode 19

Jon and Ted have a guest! Linh Ngo of Binary Helix joins the show to discuss the development and release of their epic space indie game Dangerous. We also cover sandbox gameplay and how well choices are implemented in games in general. (Note - I apologize for my fuzzy mic this episode, won't happen again! - Jon.)

Episode 20

The MGC crew discuss all the latest releases such as Serious Sam 3, Botanicula, The Walking Dead, The Darkness 2 and Deus Ex Human Revolution. Then we tackle future titles such as The Bards Tale, and the newly announced Elder Scrolls MMO. Also, what's up with all the new games being buggy, crashy and causing kernel panics? Aspyr starts to host community multi-player events, Kickstarter has a ton of cool games, and can the crowd sourced method of funding remain sustainable?

Head over to the links below to listen to the latest from the podcast crew.

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Syder Arcade Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Studio Evil recently released Syder Arcade. The side scrolling shooter drops players behind the controls of a spaceship and challenges them to defend the colony of Miza from alien attack. The DRM free game features six campaign levels, four difficulty levels, and three unique starships with different weapons.


Syder Arcade is a side scroller shoot 'em up set in a future not far away: the player is called to choose his spaceship and defend the human colony of Miza from an alien threat. Stunning 3D graphics and an electronic soundtrack carry the gamer into six different story levels, through the adventure for saving his planet. The quest can be played in four difficulty levels, trying all the different vintage mods inspired by the arcade gaming era.

Studio Evil first game is born from the team's gaming roots and is designed to provide intense bursts of furious arcade action, rewarding player skill and lightning refexes, just like the old times.


  • Stunning 3D realtime graphics
  • 6 ultra challenging campaing levels
  • 1 survival mode level
  • 3 different starships with different weapons
  • 4 Difficulty levels, from easy to impossible!
  • Huge capital ships! Protect Green Ray support ship, support Orinoco cruiser and fight against giant enemies
  • Online High Scores
  • 20 different retro graphic flavours. Choose among C64, ZX Spectrum, Amiga HAM and many others and dip into a full old school experience
  • DRM free
Syder Arcade is available now for $7.99.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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