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Ambrosia Posts Gooball Trailers
6:35 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

For those who'd like to see one of Ambrosia's upcoming titles in action, movies of Gooball have been posted at their site for folks to view. The movies, titled "Gooball gameplay" and "Gooball worlds," show off various levels and gameplay facets.

You are the Goober, encased in your gooey yet oddly alluring Gooball. Together, you'll roll, jump, and slime your way through a bevy of surrealistic and psychedelic worlds that are unlike anything you've ever seen before. The brainchild of Over the Edge Entertainment, Gooball will challenge, entertain, and thrill you like no game you've experienced.
Both QT-format movies are sized at 9MB, and can be downloaded directly from Ambrosia's site. Gooball should be arriving for Macs any day now, and more information can be found at IMG's preview.

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IMG Reviews Command & Conquer Expansion Pack
9:21 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Command & Conquer: Generals Zero Hour, the latest expansion pack for the popular RTS from Aspyr Media. Here's a clip from Michael Phillips' review:

Each of the game's 3 factions gets a 5 mission long campaign, for a total of 15 new single-player missions. Each campaign expands on the ongoing war between the forces of the USA, China and the terrorists known as the Global Liberation Army (GLA). The GLA: Liberating the world through terror since 1994. Once again, the game’s story unfolds via in-engine cutscenes, as well as newly added video news reports from each faction’s prevailing news network
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Command & Conquer: General Zero HOur
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Aspyr & CompUSA Drop Prices
8:41 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr and CompUSA are teaming up for some price cuts on some of the Mac publisher's games. They include:

Now $9.99
Indiana Jones Emperor
Medal of Honor Allied Assault Breakthrough (expansion)
MTX: Mototrax
Star Trek: Elite Force II

Now $19.99
Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of World War II (expansion)
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down
SimCity 4 Rush Hour (expansion)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield

These special offers are only available at CompUSA retail outlets.

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Quick DOOM 3 Add-on Preview
7:40 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Computer gaming site FiringSquad has posted a preview of the upcoming PC expansion for Doom 3, Resurrection of Evil.

The short preview talks briefly about the storyline for the expansion, the new weapons and creatures, and a new element of the game: the artifact. The artifact is demonic, and is something that Dr. Betruger want's in his hands very badly. When you gain the artifact, you will be able to collect powers to use during the game.

The artifact gains power in two ways. First, it needs an ability to use. These are gained by defeating the three special Hunters (read: boss characters) Bertruger sends after you. The first ability is Hell Time, not unlike bullet time from Max Payne. The next Hunter, once defeated, gives berserker rage, and the last gives invulnerability. Obviously these abilities are time-limited, but the artifact also needs to be recharged by grabbing the souls from corpses. In an interesting twist, id doesn't force the player to choose which ability is used - all available powers are activated when the artifact is turned on.
While the expansion has not been announced for the Macintosh, we can only hope that Aspyr is hard at work on it right now. Head over to FiringSquad's website to read the full preview and check out some new screenshots of the expansion, and stay with IMG for further Doom 3 news.

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New Warcraft III Bonus Map
6:36 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

The team at Blizzard Entertainment has released a new multiplayer map for their award-winning RTS, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne with the appropriate title of "Worm War". Here's the short but sweet description from Blizzard:

Every baby worm dreams of being a gladiator in the worm arena, where burly worms battle it out to eat sheep, grow, and squish their adversaries.
You must have a copy of Warcraft III and its expansion pack The Frozen Throne in order to use the new level. You can download "Worm War" and other Blizzard-crafted maps from the link below.

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Mark Rein Talks Unreal Engine 3
6:35 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Computer Games Magazine has posted an interview with Mark Rein of Epic Games about their upcoming next generation Unreal Engine 3.

Mark covers the presentation and reception of tech demos given at last year's GDC, the importance of the PC platform along side consoles, and target dates and specifications.

Mark gave some information about what to expect from Epic at this year's GDC:

We'll be demoing support for seamless worlds and our fantastic UnrealKismet visual scripting system along with a ton of improvements all around the engine and toolset including some really cool physics, lighting, and particle demos.
Earlier last year, programmer Ryan Gordon mentioned that he was working on the OS X port of Unreal Engine 3, so we can hope to see game based on the technology make it to the Macintosh. Stay with IMG for future information on the next generation engine.

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Ponere 2.0 Puzzler Released
6:35 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Puzzlers Degana Games have released a new title for the Macintosh, called Ponere. Ponere is the Latin verb meaning to put or to place.

The purpose of the game is similar to the old sliding puzzle games. Using controls on the edge of the play field, the player slide tiles around to create complete rings. Ponere features the following:

• Relaxing fun without timers or fast keyboard action
• Suitable for all ages
• 80 levels that can be played in any order
• Player profiles to track personal scores and level completion for each person in the home
A demo of the game can be downloaded from Degana's website. The full version costs $19.95 and can be purchased from their website, as well.

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WoW Test Realsm, New Dungeon Overview
6:35 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blizzard is planning on opening up two public test servers for World of Warcraft in the near future. The servers will be used to test upcoming systems and features, allowing Blizzard to solidify its work on patches.

Initial eligibility requirements will be limited to players between levels 55-60, and email invitations have been sent to randomly selected players who meet them. Blizzard adds that all players who have a WoW account will be eligible to participate in future testing.

The goal of the public test realms is to facilitate the introduction of any game changes to a live environment. This will allow us to test, analyze, and present new content to players on a regular basis with the shortest delay possible.
A list of upcoming changes with the next patch and an FAQ regarding the test servers have been posted for interested players.

In related news, a preview of an upcoming new dungeon has also been posted. Named "Dire Maul," this high level area has been overrun with Ogres, Highborn ghosts, and demons.

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Mac Games News for Monday, March 7, 2005

IMG Previews True Crime, Pre-Order Begins12:30 PM
The Gamesome Mac Talks Second Life with Philip Rosedale12:23 PM
Introduction to World of Warcraft10:43 AM
Darwinia Q&A with Lead Developer10:42 AM
Little Wing Releases New Monster Fair Demo7:37 AM
Wing Commander: Privateer Remake for OS X7:37 AM
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