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The Elder Scrolls Online Beta FAQ Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Online Studios have released a new list of answers to frequently asked questions about beta testing for The Elder Scrolls Online. In development for Mac and Windows PCs, the MMO will be the first Elder Scrolls game to allow gamers to explore the world of the fantasy series with others.

When does testing start?

We held our first small friends-and-family test on February 28th. Invitations to the general public for the first round of beta events will be sent around the end of March. We’ll post notifications on our website and social media channels whenever we send a batch of invitations. When we do, check the e-mail address you used to register for the beta. If you’ve been selected, you’ll receive an invitation with instructions.

What is a beta event?

In the beginning of the beta program, invitations will be for scheduled play sessions. This means that the game will only be available for play during specific times (provided in the invitation). Every beta event will have a clear focus; our developers will be looking for feedback on specific areas, features, or other gameplay elements.

How long are beta events and when are they held?

At first, beta events will generally be held on the weekends, and each test will have limited windows of access to the game. You’ll receive your invitation in advance so you can make time to participate. While there will only be a few events per month early on, they will be held more frequently as we approach launch. As we progress through testing, we’ll also begin scheduling longer tests that allow testers to provide more detailed feedback on topics like progression.

Learn more at the links below.

Elder Scrolls Online Beta Test FAQ
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Torment: Tides Of Numenera Kickstarter Begins March 6
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

inXile Entertainment has announced that a Kickstarter campaign will begin on March 6 for Torment: Tides of Numenera, a spiritual successor to the classic Planescape: Torment fantasy RPG. Set in the world of Monte Cook's Numenara role playing setting, the game will focus on the elements "that made people appreciate PST so much."

Here's some info about the game from IGN:

Players will build their own character using an adaptation of the Numenera tabletop rules, which include three different class types: the warrior-like Glaive, the wizard-esque Nanos, or hybrid types called Jacks (as in ‘of all trades’). According to the tabletop game, Glaives can come light or heavy depending on your preference between speed and strength. Nanos harness the Numenera to work miracles, which are called Esoteries. Jacks have a lot of tricks that make them good at many things, but masters of none.

There will also be two sets of modifiers: descriptors and focus, which will grant bonuses in a variety of categories. Some descriptors (again, from the tabletop game) are Clever, Tough, Strongwilled or Mystical. Focus varies from crafting illusions to becoming a master of a single weapon.

Saunders explains it like this: “You are this specific character, but we will give you flexibility in terms of what class and descriptors and focus that you have. That will evolve throughout the game.”

Read the full interview at the link below.

Torment: Tides Of Numenera
IGN: The Strange New World Of Torment



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Jump Birdy Jump Now At MGS
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Ovogame's Jump Birdy Jump is now available for download and purchase from Mac Game Store the physics based arcade action title challenges players to help two love birds navigate dangerous obstacles to be together.

Help unite two love birds in the addicting physics-based Action/Arcade game, Jump Birdy Jump! In this seemingly cruel world that they live in, there are many dangerous obstacles standing in their way. Jump from wire to wire avoiding spikes and dangerous pitfalls. Collect as many stars as you can to unlock new levels and bring the two together!

Features:

  • Exciting game-play.
  • Adorable artwork.
  • Challenging levels.
Jump Birdy Jump is available now for $3.99 (USD).

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Drox Operative Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gaming Trend has posted a new review of Soldak Entertainment's starship action RPG, Drox Operative. The game puts players in the role of an elite starship captain and features warring alien races, fierce space battles, a dynamic and evolving galaxy, and co-op multiplayer.

If there’s a crowning achievement of Drox Operative, it’s in the replay value possibilities. First off, like other Soldak Games, there is a variety of settings you can use when generating a new game for yourself. Four levels of difficulty, a ‘starting monster level’ that scales from 0 to 100, sector size, pacing, race number and your choice of sector settlement. On top of this there are additional challenges you can pursue, achievements to unlock, and a hardcore mode. A multiplayer mode is also available, but I wasn’t able to try this out – no players were around at the times I was available to play. Maybe I missed them, or maybe they simply aren’t there. Even if the multiplayer side of things is dead, it hardly matters: if you enjoy the gameplay on offer here, you’re going to be able to go back again and again for newer and more demanding challenges. Whether you win or lose a game, you can bring your ship over to a fresh game with all the loot and levels you’ve accumulated – and there’s even a shared loot stash in case you want to start a brand new ship out from close to ‘scratch’.
Check out the page below for the full review.

Gaming Trend
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Drox Operative (add to watch list)
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Early Access For Insurgency Pre-Purchasers6:00 AM
IMG Reviews LEGO Lord Of The Rings6:00 AM
League Of Legends Mac Beta Client Available6:00 AM
Star Wars Pinball Released6:00 AM
 
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