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Star Wars Pinball: Balance Of The Force Coming This Fall
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Zen Studios recently announced three new tables for Star Wars Pinball will be released this fall. The Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force collection will offer table themes based on Return of the Jedi, Starfighter Assault, and everyone's favorite helmeted villain: Darth Vader.

Help the rebellion destroy the Sith and the fearsome Death Star in the Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi table. Aid Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, R2-D2, and C-3PO in their fight against the Sith in order to restore peace to the galaxy.

Pay tribute to the Dark Lord of the Sith in a table dedicated to Darth Vader. Use the dark side of the Force to mercilessly pursue the Jedi and Rebel Alliance and face off with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker.

Support the Rebel Alliance's Fleet or the Galactic Empire's Armada, as you lead your side to victory in Star Wars™: Starfighter Assault. The table features legendary Starfighters like the X-wing and TIE Fighter, and iconic vessels like the Millennium Falcon and the Death Star II.

The fate of the galaxy is in your hands! Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force will be available as DLC for existing Star Wars Pinball games and Zen Studios pinball platforms on digital stores including Xbox LIVE® Arcade, Steam, PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita, Nintendo Wii U eShop, Apple App® Store, Google Play™, Windows 8, Mac App® Store and Kindle Fire HD.

May the Force be with you!

Head over to the page below for more information and information.

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Frictional's Jens Nilsson Discusses A Machine For Pigs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Gamasutra has posted a new interview with Frictional Games' Jens Nilsson about the recently released Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs. The first person horror title, developed by The Chinese Room for Frictional Games, is not a direct sequel to Frictional's original game, but does exist in the same universe. It takes place on New Year's Day 1899 in London and follows the experiences of Oswald Mandus, a man struggling to save his children.

When I ask what exactly it was that The Chinese Room brought to Amnesia that made Frictional want the team onboard so badly, Nilsson answers, "What did they not bring?"

"There is so much to highlight as being really good stuff," he continues. "Quality of the art, the level design that is completely different from the original game, amazing sound, perfectly suited and completely different music, the writing... yeah, the writing!"

For the Frictional team, an Amnesia sequel couldn't capture the feel of the original any better -- and yet this is not the game that Nilsson himself would have created at all.

"I think and hope there is a good balance of meeting expectations of what an Amnesia game should be and at the same type not be too much of the same," he adds.

Read the full interview at the site linked below.

Gamasutra: A Machine For Pigs Interview
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Nibelungen Saga Seeking Kickstarter Funding
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The Games Foundation has announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to raise $60,000 for their upcoming action adventure game, Nibelungen Saga. Planned for release on Mac and Windows PCs, and eventually mobile devices and consoles, the action game follows the ancient Northern European saga. Players will take the role of Sigvard, a young warrior who must fight to save a queen threatened by the evil Fafnir.

As the name implies, the game’s storyline closely follows the Nibelungen saga, an ancient tale from Northern Europe. In the game, the player gets to relive the adventures of Sigvard, a young warrior who must fight to aid a young queen in peril. Her realm is threatened by Fafnir, an evil creature from the swamplands that is ravaging the lands of the Nibelungen tribe and brutally decimating her people. To stand a chance against this powerful enemy, Sigvard must find and salvage the sword Gram, a magical weapon that once belonged to his father. Also of significance is the Andvaranaut, a ring forged by dwarves that has shape-shifting and invisibility powers. The hero’s journey across the wilderness of the Northlands will be a long and dangerous one.

Over the centuries the Nibelungen saga has inspired many books, operas, graphic novels and other works of art. Artists like Richard Wagner and J.R.R. Tolkien used parts of it for their own works. This powerful legend is now retold in the form of an interactive game that aims to be as true as possible to the original source material it is based on, as well as the historical and cultural background of the epoch. The game allows the player to explore a wide range of environments set in Viking-age Scandinavia and Germany. Monsters, characters and locations in the game are rooted in Norse mythology, with the strict avoidance of clichéd “generic” fantasy creatures that would not match the game’s unique setting.

“Nibelungen Saga is an important piece of our cultural heritage, a remnant of a time long gone. It has been passed on to us from our ancestors, and we want to pass it on to future generations”, said the producer of the game, Gustaf Stechmann.“What better way is there for our generation to preserve and honor this ancient heritage, than to bring it back to life in the form of a top-notch digital game?”

Gameplay focusses on action-heavy sword combat. The player maintains a high degree of control over the moves of his game character, carrying out combat moves that are based on actual medieval sword-fencing techniques. The game developers are working closely with masters of the martial arts to create a true-to-life sword fencing experience, and are using motion capture technology for lifelike and dynamic animations. The game also features advanced physics and object tessellation technology that enables interactive and fully destructible environments. It also provides the ability to dissect limbs off enemies and monsters, and literally cut them to pieces.

The Nibelungen Saga Kickstarter campaign continues until November 8. Check out the sites below for more information.

Nibelungen Saga Kickstarter
Nibelungen Saga Website
The Games Foundation

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Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013 Now At MGS
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PISD's boxing simulation, Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013 is now available for download and purchase at Mac Game Store. TBCB features thousands of real boxers, with the ability to re-stage classic bouts or create "What if?" scenarios, such as pitting Sugar Ray Robinson against Marvin Hagler. TBCB can also be used to forecast upcoming fights.

Title Bout Championship Boxing (TBCB) 2013 is the ultimate boxing simulation, featuring thousands of real boxers, past and present. TBCB lets you re-stage classic bouts, such as Muhammad Ali's epic bouts against Joe Frazier, or create "What if?" scenarios, like a theoretical match-up between Ali and Mike Tyson. And since all relevant current boxers are included in the game, you can even forecast upcoming fights.

Title Bout Championship Boxing also features Top Ten lists, complete statistics, revised and multiple ranking systems, full editing capabilities, and much more. Real trainers, corner men, referees, and locations are all part of the simulation, adding an extra dimension of realism.


  • Enhanced radio-style commentary
  • More realistic crowd noises
  • Pseudo-animated fighters who throw punches, clinch, and get knocked down
  • Ring girls who parade between rounds
  • Organizational rankings
  • The ability to import multiple images of each fighter, as well as pictures of famous boxing venues
  • A revamped auto-scheduling tool
  • And much more
Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013 is available for $19.99 (USD).

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Mac Games News for Friday, September 13, 2013

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Wasteland 2 Previewed6:00 AM
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XCOM: Enemy Within Previewed6:00 AM
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