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Not one to be left out of the limelight for too long, Canadian-based game developers Bioware have made three noteworthy appearances in gaming-related websites in the past week.

First off, the venerable game developers, creators of the AD&D-based Baldur's Gate, the old, MechWarrior-style Shattered Steel, and the recently-released role playing game Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic, have just opened their new online store.

The store's current offerings are a trio of expansion modules for their two and a half-year-old Neverwinter Nights, all complete with new storylines, voiceovers, music, and in-game content. The modules, which Bioware has confirmed with InsideMacGames are guaranteed to work on the Mac, retail for $7.99 and $4.99 USD.

Secondly, in conjunction with the store opening, the developers have gone on a bit of a media blitz, speaking on the new store and the content of the new modules. Here's Bioware's Tom Ohle, speaking with PC gaming website IGN:

IGNPC: So why is it you decided to keep supporting Neverwinter Nights?

Tom Ohle: The Neverwinter Nights community has been extremely active since the launch of the game, and we've been continually impressed with the rapid growth and dynamic nature of the community. We want to support this magnificent community by both providing brand new BioWare-developed content, as well as showcasing the efforts of top community talent. By offering these Premium Neverwinter Nights Modules for download through the BioWare Online Store, we're giving fans quick, affordable access to brand new Neverwinter Nights content that will greatly extend their gameplay experience with dedicated BioWare-developed and supported content.

To break this little on-message formula, it's kind of cool to note that the original Witch's Wake module (which has now been re-mastered with voice-over, some new subrace functionality, and other neat features) was downloaded more than half a million times. Who knew there was such a market for shorter downloadable adventures?

And finally, in Billboard's first annual nod to the digital entertainment industries, Bioware received the honour of being awarded the title of Game Developer Of The Year for 2004.

The Billboard Digital Entertainment Conference & Awards is a two-day event focusing on the art, science, and business of digital entertainment media in all its forms. The event, which culminated last Friday, featured over eighty speakers and industry dignitaries, including some of the top brass at Sony, Electronic Arts, and Microsoft.

While Apple wasn't included in the list of speakers, the Mac community was represented in the most illustrious way possible - Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple and Pixar, was honoured with the award of Visionary Of The Year. How d'you like them Apples?

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