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S2 Games Launches New HoN Tournament Series
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

S2 Games has announced the launch of HoN Tour—a new tournament series for the multiplayer online battle arena title, Heroes of Newerth. The developers promise that the eSports events in the tournament will provide an opportunity for players of all skill levels to compete.

HoN Tour is a multi-event tournament series with a season one cash prize pool of over $333,000. Running from October 2012 to April 2013, HoN Tour begins with a Qualifier to seed players into one of four Divisions. Registration for HoN Tour Qualifiers is now open and individual players or teams of five or more can sign up at HoNTour.com.

Following the Qualifiers, the Tour will continue with eight Event Cycles occurring every two weeks, with the exception of holidays and other major HoN events. Once registered and competing, participants will automatically find themselves moving through each division based on their HoN Tour Rank as determined by their placement at the end of each Event Cycle.

“The community is always our focus with Heroes of Newerth, and we wanted HoN Tour to be a tournament series that offers players at all levels a chance to win,” said S2 Games co-founder and CEO, Marc DeForest. “HoN Tour revolutionizes eSports by providing competitive gamers of every skill level with consistent and frequent events that automatically place players in appropriate skill divisions.”

HoN Tour features four Divisions of play: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond. At the end of each Event Cycle, 112 teams across the four Divisions will win their share of a $32,950 cash prize pool. To conclude the Tour, the top four teams will compete head-to-head in a live Grand Finals playoff event at a currently undisclosed location, featuring another $60,000 in prizing. More details about rankings and prizing can be found at HoNTour.com.

“With this tournament structure, even beginner teams have a chance to win part of the HoN Tour prize pool,” said Sam Braithwaite, HoN Competitive Commissioner. “This is a great opportunity for new competitors to establish themselves in eSports, and we’re really excited to see what new teams and personalities emerge.”

Fans of HoN can also expect to find the latest and greatest coverage of the Tour courtesy of the new and improved shoutcasting crew from Honcast. With a new studio at their disposal, Honcast is set to take HoN eSports coverage to the next level. S2 Games acquired Honcast in anticipation for HoN Tour with the goal of providing consistent, high-caliber HoN eSports coverage. Viewers will be able to follow all the drama, and the highs and lows of the competition unfold on Honcast.com all season long.

Head over to the page below to learn more.

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Desert Stormfront Now At MGS
6:00 AM | IMG News | 3 comments

Noble Master Games' Desert Stormfront is now available for purchase from Mac Game Store. The real-time strategy title offers retro real time strategy gameplay in a desert setting. The game features both single and multiplayer action, multiple mission types, and a variety of nations to choose.

Desert Stormfront is a retro real-time strategy (RTS) game situated in the Middle East. The game is inspired by the "Classic Empire" game and designed towards casual players. Units at your disposal include Humvees, Tanks, Artillery, Mechanics, Helicopters, Planes, Ships and Submarines amongst others. Desert Stormfront supports multiplayer games over LAN and internet including co-op multiplayer.


  • Real-Time Strategy (RTS) in the Middle East.
  • Single player and cross-platform multiplayer (over the LAN and Internet).
  • Team-Play (Single Player and Multiplayer).
  • Mission Types: Attack, Defense, Capture the Flag, Convoy Missions.
  • Nations: USA, England, France, Italy, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Rebels.
Desert Stormfront is available now for $9.95 (USD). Check out the site below to learn more about the game, and try out the demo.

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The TimeBuilders Pyramid Rising Available At Mac Game Store
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The TimeBuilders - Pyramid Rising from Anuman Interactive is now available for purchase from Mac Game Store. The game gives players the chance to take the role of Royal architect Senmut, who must bring hope to Egypt by reconstructing villages.

Bring hope to the people of Egypt in The Timebuilders: Pyramid Rising, an exciting Time Management game! Assistant to the Royal architect Senmut, you have been appointed the daunting task of reconstructing villages and bringing hope to the people of Egypt.

Only you can save the people of Egypt condemned by the Gods! Travel in time and help a royal architect in his reconstruction work. Hire workers, manage resources, build structures and gather stone all while fending off alligator attacks!

Race the clock to earn golden scarabs and take advantage of numerous upgrades to build the most beautiful pyramids ever made.


  • Fantastic gameplay
  • Awesome upgrades
  • Bring hope to Egypt!
The TimeBuilders - Pyramid Rising requires an Intel Mac and Mac OS X 10.5 or later. It is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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First Gameplay Footage For SimCity Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Electronic Arts has released a new video featuring the first gameplay footage from the upcoming SimCity. Scheduled for an early 2013 release, development of the latest incarnation of the popular city building sim is being led by Maxis. SimCity Mac will once again give players the chance to construct and manage a thriving city.

Gameplay Strategy Video #1

Watch the first look at gameplay as producer Stone Librande walks through the basic strategies and simulation of SimCity! SimCity is about endless choices. Ultimately you can do whatever you want, focus on growing your population, increasing wealth or even build a city that looks like your hometown. Whatever your motivation, you have to the power to experiment with a number of different strategies. How you choose to play will influence your city, the neighbouring cities and the lives of all the Sims across the region.


The defining city simulation is back! Create the city you desire and make the choices that shape your city and power the Sims within it. Every decision, big or small, has real consequences. Invest in heavy industry and your economy will soar—but at the expense of your Sims’ health as pollution spreads. Implement green technology and improve your Sims’ lives while risking higher taxes and unemployment. Team up with your friends to solve global challenges: launch a space shuttle, reduce carbon emissions, or build magnificent wonders. Compete on global and regional leaderboards to be the richest, the dirtiest, the happiest or the best place to visit!


  • Constructible Worlds — Creative and customizable world that offers unique gameplay benefits, all with a fun tactile interface.
  • Sims Matter — The Sims in your city speak to you directly and it’s up to you to respond to their needs. Will you listen and be the toast of the town? Or abuse your power for fame and fortune
  • Specialize in What You Love — Mold your city as a casino resort, manufacturing hub, educational enclave, and more, and then watch as a unique look and feel spread throughout your city.
  • Multiplayer — Build a region with friends for the first time! Collaborate or compete in regional and global challenges and make decisions that impact the greater SimCity World.
  • GlassBox Engine — SimCity introduces GlassBox, the revolutionary simulation technology that gives you the power to impact individual Sims lives, manage city level simulation, and balance multiple city simulations at once.
Limited Edition Bonus Content
    New Characters - Protector of SimCity™ MaxisMan vs. The Evil Dr. Vu and his henchman.
    Crime Waves - The EvilDr. Vu is loose and will create havoc in your city. Normal police have their hands full against this Super Villain. The Evil Dr. Vu will solicit Sims to become his henchmen and carry out his dastardly deeds.
    Super Hero HQ - Place MaxisMan’s headquarters in your city to combat crime and keep your Sims safe. Upgrade with the Turbo Machine garage and The Reticulator landing pad.
    Evil Villain Lair - Place Dr. Vu’s Lair in your city to unleash a crime wave. As The Evil Dr. Vu commits more crimes, upgrade his lair with a special laboratory and a garage for the Evil VuMobile.
Check out the video at the page linked below.

YouTube: SimCity Gameplay Footage
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Mac Games News for Friday, October 5, 2012

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