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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Football Manager 2013 Pre-Order Beta Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Sports Interactive and SEGA have announced the release of a single player beta version of Football Manager 2013 to those who pre-order the soccer management sim. Scheduled for a November 2 launch, FM2013 includes a new Classic Mode for time conscious players, a Challenge Mode to test the skills of would be managers, unlockable game aids, and a variety of other improvements and enhancements.

“We had an idea that this pre-order promotion was going to be popular, but nothing prepared us for the wave of enthusiasm that we were hit with when we announced it last month,” says Sports Interactive’s Studio Director Miles Jacobson. “If you’ve already pre-ordered your copy, then you can start playing the Beta version right now – and if you haven’t then there’s still time, as this offer will stay good right up until the day of release.”

The single-player Beta version of Football Manager 13 gives access to most of the forthcoming game’s features, including the all-new Football Manager Classic mode and the short-term Challenges (for more information, go to Details of participating retailers can be found at

The Beta version will remain fully functional until Monday, November 5th, after which it will no longer be playable. However, the player will be able to continue their career without interruption, as the Beta version will be fully compatible with the final release, so none of the player’s progress over the pre-release period will be lost.

Check out the links below to learn more about the game and the beta version.

Football Manager 2013 Pre-Order FAQ
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IMG: Crossing Over Blood 2 & Alpha Centauri, EB Expo Wrap Up
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Inside Mac Games has posted two new articles in Justin Ancheta's continuing series of guides for running Windows versions of game titles which either never made it to Macs, or have Mac versions incompatible with recent OS releases. This week Justin turned his attention to Blood 2: The Chosen, and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. IMG has also released Andrew Lennox's EB Expo wrap up article exploring his thoughts on the status of Mac gaming in light of his recent visit to the gaming event.

Here's an excerpt from Crossing Over Alpha Centauri:

New elements introduced into the game built upon familiar aspects of Civilization II; Wonders of the World were replaced by Secret Projects, with many of them touching upon themes of transhumanism, technological convergence, and ecological sustainability. Players menaced by roving bands of Barbarians in Civ II would find the mindworms of Planet to be just as familiar...and just as deadly. Terraforming was a key gameplay element, building upon the ability of settlers and engineers to improve land squares in Civ II. The tech tree was massively updated and expanded, and to go with it was a Design Workshop - that felt like it was almost taken straight out of Warzone 2100 - which gave players a dizzying amount of choices and possibilities for new units. Turn your transport ships into aircraft carriers. Upgrade your colony pods to allow them to make orbital insertions. The only limit, it seemed, to what you could build was your imagination - and your present tech level, of course. To drive home the point of the consequences of WMDs, use of the Planet Buster missile, Alpha Centauri's answer to Civ II's mighty Nuclear Missile, carried grave consequences. Not only would every other Faction in the game declare war on you, but the immense ecological damage would cause Planet itself to attack you with hoards of powerful mind worms and other native life forms. To match the ambition and grandiosity of the most epic endgame of Civ II - construction of the colony ship to Alpha Centauri - the team at Firaxis brought in the concept of Transcendance, the unification of humanity's collective digital and biological consciousness with that of Planet, thus bringing about humanity's conversion into Godhood. However, simply building the requisite Secret Project and acquiring the necessary research breakthroughs wasn't enough; once its accompanying Secret Project was completed, players had to act fast, lest a competing Faction attain Transcendance first.
Read more at the links below.

Crossing Over: Blood 2 The Chosen
Crossing Over: Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
EB Games Expo Wrap Up: iOS And Mac Gaming's Future

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The Sims 3 Weather Stone Revealed
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Electronic Arts has released a new screenshot showcasing an item from the upcoming The Sims 3 Seasons. In interaction with the currently available The Sims 3 Supernatural, The Weather Stone will allow vampire Sims to generate a fog capable of turning other sims into creatures of the night. Featuring elements for every season, The Sims 3 Seasons introduces all-new activities, seasonal festivals and celebrations, and dramatic weather effects.

For the first time in The Sims PC/Mac franchise, players can take their Sims for a swim in the ocean, exploring a previously unreachable part of the world as they cool down on a hot summer day or take the polar bear plunge by venturing into wintry waters. Sims can also build skills by scoring a winning goal during a soccer shoot-out or catching some air on the half pipe during a snowboarding session.Whether taking a plunge from the diving board, setting off dazzling fireworks, carving a jack-o’-lantern or building an intimate igloo, players will find an abundance of activities to keep them engaged throughout the year.

Players will revel in the spirit of each season with unique seasonal celebrations and events that bring Sims together. Sims can snuggle up with their crush and get crowned the king or queen of the spring dance, visit the face-painting booth at the summer festival, bob for apples beside a pumpkin patch at the fall festival or head to the snowball fight arena for an epic wintertime battle. The Sims 3 Seasons also introduces new food, fashions and décor items such as French fries, a tanning booth, mistletoe, umbrellas, snow boots and wetsuits, further enhancing the experience and fun of each season.

In The Sims 3 Seasons, transformative weather effects will capture the beauty and power of nature, from blooming flowers and fresh spring rain to changing autumn leaves and snowstorms that will turn the world into a winter wonderland. Sims will react to the changes in climate and weather in surprising and hilarious ways, whether getting a zebra-striped tan, catching a cold or getting struck by lightning

Head over to the links below for more information.

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BVS Solitaire Collection Deals A Winning Hand At MGS
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Mac Game Store has added BVS Development's BVS Solitaire Collection to its growing collection of game titles available for download and purchase. The compliation of 450 solitaire card game variants includes classics like Spider Solitaire and Freecell, as well as original variations not seen in other titles.

BVS Solitaire Collection is a set of 450 solitaire card games. It features all the old-time favorites like Spider Solitaire, FreeCell, Golf, Monte Carlo, Klondike, Scorpion, and a lot of original variations not found elsewhere. Modify rules of almost any of the included games and create your own solitaire game variations.

The whole design of the games can be customized, including card sets, card backs and backgrounds. The unlimited "Undo" function and "You are stuck" feature will help you to come back and try another approach.

Use the plethora of statistical and scoring screens to track your performance and progress in playing solitaire.

If you're tired of Klondike, check out this unique collection. Even if you've played a lot of solitaire these games will definitely be new to you.


  • 450 Solitaire Card Games. All your favorite solitaire games are included: Spider Solitaire, Freecell, Pyramid, Klondike, Scorpion, Russian Solitaire, Seahaven Towers, Yukon etc.
  • over 100 original variations not found elsewhere.
  • user customizable rules of almost any of the included games
  • smoothly resizable playing cards
  • more than 4 billion possible starting positions for each game
  • "You Are Stuck" feature lets you know if there are no more legal moves to be made
  • "Show Next Move" command allows to check available moves to make
  • support for both Drag-and-Drop and Point-and-Click methods to move cards
BVS Solitaire Collection requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and is available now for $19.99 (USD).

BVS Solitaire Collection
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Mac Games News for Monday, October 22, 2012

Cyberpunk 2077 Website, Details Unveiled6:00 AM
The Walking Dead Episode 4 Reviewed6:00 AM
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition Released6:00 AM
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut Now At MGS6:00 AM
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