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Macgamestore Announces Feral Summer Sizzler Sale
6:00 AM | IMG News | 5 comments has announced the beginning of the Feral Summer Sizzler sale featuring Feral Interactive's entire Mac game catalog. Visit Macgamestore on August 17th to the 20th to take advantage of savings from 10% to 50% off some of the hottest Mac games.

Sale items include popular titles such as Batman: Arkham Asylum, BioShock, Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, Deus Ex Human Revolution - Ultimate Edition, and many more.

Here's a sample of the great deals available through Macgamestore's Feral Summer Sizzler:

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (30% Off)
  • Battlestations: Pacific (50% Off)
  • BioShock 2 (30% Off)
  • Borderlands (50% Off)
  • Brothers in Arms: Double Time (50% Off)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Ultimate Edition (20% Off)
  • DiRT 2 (50% Off)
  • LEGO Batman (50% Off)
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (50% Off)
  • Mafia II: Director's Cut (30% Off)
  • Puzzler World (50% Off)
  • Rome: Total War Gold Edition (30% Off)
  • Sid Meier's Pirates! (50% Off)
All prices are USD (equivalent amounts in other currencies.) carries over 2000 of the best Macintosh games on the planet. Be sure to visit for even more great deals!

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Diablo III Patch 1.04 Changes Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

As promised Blizzard Entertainment has released some blogs detailing features planned for the upcoming 1.04 patch for its action RPG, Diablo III. The blogs showcase changes to legendary items, and planned changes for the Wizard and Barbarian classes.

Legendary Items:

We used to reduce the value of certain affixes on Legendary items because we were concerned that having fixed affixes would make them unbalanced. What it actually did was make those items kind of crappy. For example, if the item's level (ilvl) was 50, the first affix would always roll at 50, then the next would roll at 47, and the next would roll at 43. This was done to offset the power of fixed affixes in a random world, but we've learned it's not necessary, and Legendary items being powerful is OK. So lesson learned, we no longer reduce the value of any of the fixed affixes on Legendary items. For example, if an ilvl 50 Legendary item had Strength as one of its fixed affixes, previously it may have rolled a range that you would have seen on a level 45 item, making it seem really underpowered, but now it will always roll within the range of a level 50 affix.

Barbarian Class:

From a design perspective, Bash should be the definitive choice when it comes to maximizing your Fury generation. That’s not currently the case, and given the current state of the game, this means attacking the problem from two sides. First, we need to make Fury a more attractive resource to build up (which also means making Fury Spenders more attractive, which I talk about below). Second, we’re going to increase the amount of Fury generated by Bash from 6 to 8, as well as the amount of weapon damage done by Bash from 150% to 165%. The goal is to make Bash not only a very compelling option if you decide you want to focus on Fury generation, but also an appealing single-target alternative to Frenzy if you don’t enjoy its mechanics (like having to manage Frenzy stacks). Currently, Frenzy surpasses Bash in single-target damage as soon as you have your third stack of Frenzy, and it feels like the breakpoint should be around the fourth stack instead. These changes should help better balance the appeal of the two skills.

Wizard Class:

To address these issues, we’ve decided to boost the damage of Lightning, Frost, Arcane, and Mammoth Hydra. Venom Hydra will remain the best against stationary targets, but if the targets are moving in any way, Lightning should be a clear winner. The range of Frost Hydra has been more than doubled as well, which should allow it to fill the intended role of snaring. Arcane Hydra will do less damage than Venom Hydra versus a single target, but rather than doing approximately 60% less damage, choosing it should only cause about a 15-20% DPS hit against single targets -- and you should be much better against groups. Mammoth Hydra will be getting a modest bump, but ultimately "good in hallways" just doesn't seem like a very good specialty. We're going to keep an eye on this one for now, but down the road we’d like to find something much cooler for the Mammoth Hydra -- like giving it the ability to move around the battlefield without needing to be recast (just as an example).

Read more from the latest blogs at the link below.

Legendary Items 1.04
Barbarian Class 1.04
Wizard Class 1.04
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Wasteland 2 Sample Music Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

inXile Entertainment has released some sample music from the upcoming Wasteland 2 RPG. A sequel to the classic post-apocalyptic RPG of the 80's, the game will be a top down, turn-based, tactical RPG that the developers promise will "stay true to its roots." The sample music was created by Mark Morgan and will be heard in the game's LA area.

Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to the first ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. The original Wasteland was the inspiration for the FALLOUT series of games, and the first RPG to allow players to split parties for tactical considerations, to face players with moral choices, and to make them deal with the consequences of their actions. It was the first to provide far more than the one-key-for-one-lock style of puzzle solving. It was groundbreaking, which is why IGN named it one of the top 25 PC games of all time, Computer Gaming World named it the Adventure Game of the year in 1988, and it was short-listed for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institution’s current “Art of the Computer Game” exhibition.

Wasteland was set in a dangerous, post-apocalyptic world in the American Southwest. Over the course of adventures rangers would receive promotions, acquire new skills and equipment, then face new challenges with outcomes that changed depending on the strategy used to defeat them. The game featured a strong storyline which required painful decisions by players; and a storyline that allowed for maximum re-playability. Wasteland 2, with your participation and insights, will recapture all that and provide more. It'll finally be the game worthy to be a Wasteland sequel, as challenging and rewarding as the original, with all added capacity and dazzle of games today.
Listen to the sample at the link below.

Wasteland 2 Mark Morgan Music
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PopCap Unveils Plants Vs. Zombies Store
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

PopCap Games has announced the opening of a new Plants vs. Zombies webstore. The new site features a variety of items related to the company's popular casual spin on the tower defense genre. Some of the items featured in the store include plush toys, clothing, posters, and mugs.

It’s been several months since we promised you PopCap merchandise. And we are very excited to finally announce our Plants vs. Zombies online store! The store is stocked full of apparel, posters, mugs and plushies — basically all the PvZ schwag you have ever wanted and wished for is available online NOW!
For more information follow the link below.

Plants Vs. Zombies Store
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Portal 2 Puzzle Maker Adds Co-Op Option
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Valve has announced the release of a free update to Portal 2's in-game puzzle maker, The Perpetual Testing Initiative. The update gives users the chance to design and publish co-op test chambers, for the first time allowing the community the chance to design puzzlers requiring two players.

Since its release on the PC and Mac in May, 2012, community map makers have used the Steam Workshop and Portal 2's in-game editor - called the Perpetual Testing Initiative - to create and share more than 170,000 single-player test chambers. With this update, the community will for the first time be able to design puzzles that require two players working cooperatively to solve.

This update also introduces a "Quick Play" feature, which allows players to quickly access the top-rated maps in various categories.

To help players find a co-op partner, Valve is giving every current owner of Portal 2 a Steam coupon for 75% off a copy of Portal 2, which can be given away to other Steam users.

Learn more at the links below.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, August 16, 2012

Diablo III Starter Edition Availability Expanded6:00 AM
LEGO Batman 2 Swings Into Action September 66:00 AM
Mists Of Pandaria New Previews Available6:00 AM
Shadowrun Online Reaches Kickstarter Target6:00 AM
SimCity Announced For Macs6:00 AM
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