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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Voting Begins on Unity Widget Challenge
9:12 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Over The Edge's Unity Dashboard Widget Challenge has finished accepting all their entrants, and is currently calling on folks to try out all thirteen entries. Created in just two weeks by OTE's Unity 3D game editor, each entry runs as a Dashboard widget under OS X.

Titles include All Around the Wall, Banana Warehouse, Isle of the Towerguard, and WidgetHack. Six of the entries have even been made open-source for those looking to get more insight on their workings.

Created by 13 individuals and small teams with many different skills and backgrounds, there are action games, puzzle games, puzzling games, polished games, cool gameplay ideas, remakes, each Widget game quite quite dazzling.

Everyone who likes small and free games is encouraged to come over and try out as many as will tempt them. Afterwards you can head over to the forum to throw your Ballot on the Widget you love the most.

Voting is currently underway via a forum poll at the official Unity forums. Those who try the games are encouraged to run them in fullscreen mode (Cmd-F) in order to avoid slowdown.

Voting ends Monday, September 5th, so be sure to get your input in as soon as possible!

OTEE: The Unity Dashboard Widget Challenge
Unity Technologies

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The Sims 2 Nightlife Preview
9:16 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

IGN recently posted a preview for the latest expansion pack for The Sims 2, Nightlife. Developed by Maxis and published by Aspyr Media, Nightlife updates the extremely popular Sims 2 series with new 'dating gameplay' and allows your sims to spend a night on the town. While suspiciously similar to the original Sims expansion, Hot Date, the game does promise some new twists. From the IGN article:

Dating is an interesting proposition. The guys at Maxis have made it much easier for the average Joe to score in Nightlife so that your lonely sims might finally have a chance at happiness. Dating is much like the Greek House experience from University. Once a date starts, sims will have a certain amount of time to reach as high a score as possible by impressing their heart's desire. A meter with several levels pops up when a date begins to show the progression without any embarrassing mixed signals. If your sims says or does something to make the date happy, the meter goes up. Say or do something bad, the meter goes down. However, if the meter goes up enough to reach a new level, more time is added to the date. Should the date reach "Perfect" status, your sim is likely in for a good night.

Making the dating easier is a new attraction system. Not only is it good for finding people to date, but it also works very well for hitting the right buttons when talking to them. A little lightning bolt will show up in any options that another sim would be likely to react well to.

The Sims 2: Nightlife has recently gone gold, and is scheduled for a September 13th PC release. While no official announcement has been made, Aspyr Media has already released The Sims 2 for the Mac and recently announced they will be releasing the first expansion, The Sims 2: University in November. And since The Sims 2 is such as successful franchise, Mac Sims fans can rest assured that a Mac release of Nightlife is very likely.

To view the article, or see The Sims 2: University announcement, click the links below.

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IGN Article - The Sims 2: Nightlife Preview
IMG Article - The Sims 2: University announced
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Mysterious New Title In The Works For S2 Games
9:16 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments is reporting that S2 Games, the developer of the groundbreaking Savage: Battle for Newerth, is working on a new project. Little is known about the title other than it will "present an even more compelling game experience" than in Savage.

In a move reminiscent of Blizzard's efforts to build anticipation for upcoming titles, S2 Games has left this cryptic message, above an image of an old tome, on its website:

What lies inside? What perils? What adventures to be had? Soon you shall know...
But consider this... Both GOOD and EVIL things come to those who wait...
The developer plans to make an another announcement to reveal the new title very soon. Click on the links below for more information.

Teaser Page For Unknown Game
Virtual Programming
Savage: The Battle for Newerth

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Nexuiz Updated
9:15 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Nexuiz, a popular open source shooter has been updated to version 1.2. This new version bids the arrival of new game modes, performance enhancements, and numerous bug fixes. Below is a list of specific changes.

CTF, Domination and Teamplay gamemodes now are fully supported
completely new Runematch gamemode
reduced falldamage due to popular demand
two new maps (for the CTF game mode)
fixed nexdm17 to look like intended
selecting gamemodes now works by selecting a map
many other things
Released back in May, Nexuiz is an ongoing volunteer project focused on bringing back the basics in deathmatch gameplay. The game uses a modified Quake 1 engine, named Darkplaces, so a high-end machine is not needed to try this out. Since Nexuiz is under the GPL, the game and all updates can be modified. In addition, all distribution of Nexuiz is done through the Internet.

Please follow the links below to download the Nexuiz update which weighs in at 12MB, or to learn more information.

Nexuiz Downloads Page

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World of Warcraft Conquers The World
9:15 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Blizzard announced yesterday that its immensely popular MMORPG World of Warcraft reached the milestone of more than one million paying customers in North America. This brings the total population of the game to more than four million, making World of Warcraft the largest MMORPG in the world.

"It's very rewarding to see so many new and returning players logging in to play World of Warcraft daily," said Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "With the continued support of our retail partners, World of Warcraft has reached more than one million paying customers in North America well before its one-year anniversary in November. We would like to express our appreciation to both the players and our retail and license partners for helping us make World of Warcraft one of the most popular online games in the world."
WoW has been the number one selling MMORPG in North America since its launch in November 2004. Steadily growing in popularity, the game has expanded to Europe, Austrailia, New Zealand, Korea, China, and most recently to Singapore. It is scheduled to launch in Taiwan later this year.

For more information about the game follow the links below.

Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft
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Imperial Glory Reviewed, New Screenshots
9:13 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

In a recent review Develz Online delved into the 3D strategy war game Imperial Glory. Set during the Napoleonic era, the game features land and sea battles as well as economic and diplomatic elements. The Develz review gave the game an overall score of 8.3 out of 10.

From the review:

The interface is quite friendly and yet again similar to Rome: Total War, but we have 2 types of maps, a war map where we can plan the movement of our troops and an economic map where we can see the economic routes and other details.

Other options of the interface are the Technology Tree, Quests, Diplomacy and others. In the Technology Tree, you can see all the technologies of your current era and you have to choose one of them so your scientists can get researching.

At Quests, in time and as you research new technologies, some missions will be made available that ask only for a sum of currency or raw material or population or other things. As a reward, in your territories, different buildings will be built for free.

Finally, in the Diplomacy screen, you can declare war, make peace, exchange resources, form a coalition or other options that will be made available during the game and depending on your discoveries.

Imperial Glory is on its way to the Mac courtesy of Feral Interactive and should be available sometime later this year. For the entire Develz review, along with over forty screenshots, click the link below.

Develz: Imperial Glory Review
Feral Interactive
Imperial Glory
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Galactica Anno Dominari Needs Beta Testers
9:12 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Monkey Byte and VendorNation are currently looking for volunteer beta testers for the latest version of Galactica Anno Dominari. A game of galactic warfare, GAD allows players to build starships in order to colonize galaxies, protect territories, and wage war on opposing players.

The latest version includes a Fog of War feature, obscuring a player's movements from his opponent's view.

"This latest Beta is a huge step in the evolution of Galactica Anno
Dominari.", boasts GAD front man, Nicholas Murphy". In this latest version we are introducing Fog of War; a setting which will hide enemy systems, fleets, courses, and other sensitive info from other players. It adds an extra dimension to the game that never before existed."
Interested testers can make inquiries at the official GAD online community. VN is looking for 5-10 serious testers able to play in a series of 4-hour tournament games. A free demo is also available for download for those looking to try out the current version.

Galactica Beta Signup
Monkey Byte
Galactica A.D.

Mac Games News for Monday, August 29, 2005

IMG Reviews Big Bang Board Games11:21 AM
IMG Posts Vendetta Online Beginner's Guide11:11 AM
Exploring Midnight Mansion7:58 AM
Making of Myst V Trailer7:58 AM
Myst V Article Trilogy7:58 AM
Myth Revisited7:58 AM
Star Wars Battlefront Reviewed7:58 AM
WarCraft III Frozen Throne Bonus Map7:58 AM
World of Warcraft Movie Contest7:58 AM
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