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The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Sign-Ups Begin, New Trailer
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Online Studios have announced that beta signups are now open for The Elder Scrolls Online. Interested gamers simply have to go to the website and register for a chance to play. Selected beta registrants will be granted early access to beta test the game. Timing and details of the start of playtests will be provided at a later date to those who register. To celebrate the news the company also released a new cinematic trailer.

“We’re really excited to get the game into players’ hands,” said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. “We receive invaluable feedback through the beta process, and that helps us ensure that the game will be one of the best online gaming experiences ever offered -- one worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise.”

The Elder Scrolls Online brings the award-winning Elder Scrolls experience online for the first time. Using ZeniMax Online’s Megaserver technology, players will join one connected world with a built in social network that lets them stay up-to-date with everything their friends are doing. Megaserver technology avoids the hassle of shard selection and makes The Elder Scrolls Online one of the most socially enabled games ever created. Whether playing alone, or with hundreds of friends, players can develop their own style of play as they embark upon an epic quest across Tamriel.

I use a Mac operating system. Can I participate in The Elder Scrolls Online beta?

Yes. We do plan on inviting people who use Mac operating systems into beta events for The Elder Scrolls Online.

Learn more at the links below.

The Elder Scrolls Online Trailer
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The Sims 3: 70's, 80's, & 90's Stuff Pack Released
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Electronic Arts recently released a new stuff pack for The Sims 3. The Sims 3: 70's, 80's, and 90's Stuff Pack includes a variety of fashions from the selected eras, as well as home furnishings, and new hair styles for the popular life simulation game.

Give your Sims the hottest looks and coolest décor from yesteryear with The Sims 3 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff. Rock all-new outfits, crazy hairstyles, and facial hair. Sport a 70s disco look with a wide-collared suit and bell-bottom pants, go 80s glam with shoulder pads and bangle earrings, or throw on a rumpled flannel shirt for a wild 90s grunge look. And don’t forget to redecorate your Sims’ homes to suit the decade! The Starlight Party Ball or the Neonis Foosball Table will totally give your Sims’ homes that perfect flashback touch. Bring back all the crazy trends, from feathered hair to parachute pants to console stereos as your Sims warp back in time.

The Groovy 70s Fashion — Pump the tunes on your Sims’ stereo system and show off their moves—and their righteous threads. From flared jeans and bellbottoms to halter top catsuits and platforms shoes, your Sims are ready to boogie the night away in style!

    Décor — Add some righteous décor to your Sims’ home with a console stereo system, minimalist furnishings, a far out disco ball, and more. Can you dig it?
The Awesome 80s Fashion — Don some legwarmers, a leotard, and a headband and your Sim is ready to get physical—at the gym, that is! Outfitted in a vibrant structured suit with shoulder pads, they’re set to bound up the career ladder. Whatever their activity, with the awesome 80s attire, they’re dressed for success, for sure!
    Décor — Set your Sims up with radical pinup wall art, tubular arcade games, and a, like totally slick entertainment system—and let the shimmies start shaking!
The Grunge 90s Fashion — Whether your Sims are sporting the anti-fashion grunge look in tattered jeans and layered tops or a casual-chic outfit featuring an asymmetrical handkerchief hemline skirt, they’re sure to get mad props for their 90s fashion sense.
    Décor — Drag out the distressed furniture for an industrial metal look that says you don’t care about the establishment—even if secretly you do.
New hairstyles and facial hair — Complete your Sims’ flashback look with new hairstyles from their favorite decade, from the feathered look of the 70s to the poofed tease of the 80s to a lank grunge ‘do of the 90s and more.
The Sims 3: 70's, 80's, and 90's Stuff Pack requires The Sims 3 to play and is available now for $19.95 (USD).

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Boutique Boulevard Opens At Mac Game Store
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Fugazo's Boutique Boulevard is now available for download and purchase at Mac Game Store. The game challenges players to manage a clothing boutique and eventually restore all the stores on the boulevard.

Restore life to a once-bustling street in Boutique Boulevard, a fantastic fashion challenge.

Boutique Boulevard was once a fashion center full of hustle and bustle. With the economic downturn however, it took quite a hit with slower customer traffic, causing a number of the stores to close down. Now, only one remains and it's up to you to keep it going and growing in these hard times.

Hire staff, pick the clothes, and decorate your store to impress customers and keep them coming back for more. As you succeed, you will be able to restore all of the other boutiques on the street. Experiment with fabric and colors to discover new clothing. Train your staff to improve their skills in greeting, sales, and more. Personalize your store with hundreds of decorations. Will you succeed?

  • Bring Boutique Boulevard back from the brink in this Time Management endeavor.
  • Restore six boutiques with international clothing styles.
  • Hire store staff, pick the right clothes, and decorate the walls.
  • Experiment with designs and discover 72 outfits to sell.
  • Upgrade the stores and staff to bring back customers.
Boutique Boulevard requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later and is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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Project Eternity Game Mechanics Update
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Obsidian Entertainment has released another new early development blog post focusing on the creation of its upcoming Project Eternity RPG. The post reveals details about a variety of elements currently in progress including details about non-core classes, use of cooldowns in the game, attack resolution, updates about the armor system, and a tileset test render image.

Non-Core Classes
We've previously discussed the design of our "core four" classes: fighter, priest, rogue, and wizard. The non-core classes are the other seven: barbarian, paladin, ranger, druid, monk, chanter, and cipher. Like the core four classes, the non-core classes all start the game with two active or modal abilities and one passive ability.

When it comes to the balance of active/modal and passive options, the classes generally reflect their D&D counterparts, with spellcasters having more active use abilities and weapon-based classes being oriented toward more passive or modal abilities. Even so, it will be possible to push a spellcaster toward more passive talents and to optionally buy more active/modal abilities for traditionally low-maintenance characters. While all classes will have many more abilities as they advance, here are some basic elements for each of the seven classes.

  • Barbarians can use Wild Sprint a limited number of times per day, allowing them to rapidly rush across the battlefield to a distant target while ignoring hazards along the way.
  • Paladins have limited healing capabilities, but their Revive command allows them to instantly snap an unconscious ally awake with a large Stamina boost.
  • Rangers' animal companions are so closely bonded to their masters that they share Stamina and Health pools, which can be both a blessing and a curse.
  • Druids can Shapeshift into animal forms, gaining natural -- and some supernatural -- abilities associated with those creatures.
  • Monks absorb a portion of incoming damage and convert it into a Wounds resource they can use to power their soul-based abilities (such as Stunning Blows) through any weapons they use, including unarmed strikes.
  • Chanters begin the game with a number of phrases they can arrange to form songs with different effects. Aefyllath Ues Mith Fyr is a phrase that causes allies' weapons to emit magical flames.
  • Cipher powers often gain intensity as they maintain focus. Their basic Mind Jab starts as a minor irritant but can build to inflict devastating damage.
Read more at the page listed below.

Project Eternity Update 39
Pillars Of Eternity (add to watch list)


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