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World of Warcraft Reaches 2 Million Subscribers
12:57 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment today announced that World of Warcraft has surpassed two million paying subscribers worldwide. As the game’s worldwide population continues to grow, so does the game itself: Blizzard recently introduced the highly anticipated player-vs.-player (PvP) Honor System and the game’s first two Battlegrounds, Alterac Valley and Warsong Gulch. These new PvP battlefields offer a variety of fast-paced combat and some of the most valuable rewards yet seen in the game.

Here's more from the press release:

“World of Warcraft continues to surpass all expectations as gamers around the world embrace it with overwhelming support,” said Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We want to thank our players for their incredible response, and we promise to continue supporting World of Warcraft with more updates and content. The new Battlegrounds are just the beginning of greater enhancements to come.”

World of Warcraft recently surpassed the two million mark for paying subscribers. Already the largest MMO in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, Blizzard expects to see even greater growth with the recent commercial launch in China on June 7, 2005. Anticipation for World of Warcraft was already at an all-time high in China, with peak concurrency during the open beta test topping 500,000 players, nearly equal to World of Warcraft’s peak concurrency in all three current markets combined. Blizzard expects to see the new mark of two million subscribers shattered quickly with the arrival of players from China in the coming weeks.
Later in the year, World of Warcraft will also launch in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

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MacPlay Releases Luxor
1:03 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacPlay has released a retail version of Gamehouse's popular action-puzzle game, Luxor. A unique take on the match three style puzzle, Luxor challenges you to think quickly and aim carefully as you explore the path of the Nile.

Here's a brief description of the game:

As addictive as it is exciting, Luxor is an action-puzzle game that takes you on a thrilling adventure across the lands of Ancient Egypt. The mysterious goddess, Isis, has enlisted you to battle Set and his evil minions. With 88 mind-blowing levels, the challenge will not be an easy one. You must use your mystical winged scarab to shoot magical spheres and destroy the approaching colored spheres by making matches of three or more. Stop them all before they can reach the pyramids at the ends of the paths… or all of Egypt is doomed!

To aid in your quest, unleash the awesome powers of Isis by catching the various falling power-up talismans, such as explosive Fireballs, thundering Lightning Bolts or magical Multi-Color Spheres that make matches of any spheres. Eliminate an entire chain of spheres to destroy the scarab minion pushing them and collect the sparkling bonus gem hidden within. You can even earn an extra life by collecting 30 golden Ankh coins.

Luxor is available for $19.95 through the MacPlay web site. will be begin shipping the game later this week.

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Pack of 13 Myth III Maps
12:57 PM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

PlayMyth is hosting the download for a recently released mappack for Myth III. Created by Idiot Studios, the pack is titled the Idiot Myth III Mappack, and includes 13 different meshes for use with the popular RTS title.

Some of the maps and descriptions are as follows:

Cutthroat: Three Player Cuthroate in the deep jungle!
Grassy Groves: A simple small FFA Map
Rocky Heights: Giant's Beautiful mountain desert map.
Suburn: A port of our very own Demosthenes first map, by Giant.
Tien H'sia: A 6 team ffa with a 'pit' hill.
Til The River Runs Dry: A Port of Qui Gon Gandalfs hit Myth II mesh
TimberGames: I'm A Lumberjack and I'm OK.
Whispers in the Dark : A Dark and Creepy 4 team Dungeon featuring a new unit.
The mappack is sized at around 28 MB, and is available for download directly from PlayMyth.

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Mac Games News for Monday, June 13, 2005

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IMG Announces New Editor-in-Chief1:09 PM Features A Tale in the Desert9:59 AM
UT2004 Mod Air Buccaneers Updated9:58 AM
Aspyr Launches Lego Star Wars Page, Pre-orders9:57 AM
Carmack on Mac Gaming & Doom 39:57 AM
Macologist Celebrates 1 Year9:57 AM
Phoronix Interviews Ryan Gordon9:57 AM
Ryan Gordon has Macintel UT2004 Running, More9:57 AM
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