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Wednesday, September 7, 2005

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iPod nano & iTunes Cellphone Announced
1:35 PM | Blake Buck | 22 comments

Today Apple announced two new products, the iPod nano and the Motorola ROKR E1 with iTunes compatibility. The iPod nano is essentially a replacement to the iPod mini with a color screen in half the physical size. From the Apple website:

Take everything you love about iPod and shrink it. Now shrink it again. With 2GB (500 songs) and 4GB (1,000 songs) models starting at $199, the pencil-thin iPod nano packs the entire iPod experience into an impossibly small design. So small, it will take your music places you never dreamed of.
Apple also announced Motorola's ROKR E1 will be shipping with iTunes integration. The ROKR will be exclusively carried by Cingular Wireless and the device will store up to 100 songs. From the Apple website:
With iTunes for your mobile phone, your songs live right alongside your contacts. Think of it as musical multitasking. Hear a selection of your favorite tunes while sending text messages, taking pictures or checking your email. Listen through the included headphones or out loud on the ROKR E1ís speakers. You can even pause the music when your phone rings, so you wonít miss incoming calls.
For more information, visit the Apple website by clicking the link below.


IMG Posts Inside Mac Freeware
11:16 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 4 comments

IMG has posted a new feature called Inside Mac Freeware. This feature will be spotlighting the great freeware games out there that normally don't get much press in mini-reviews.

Be sure to check it out by following the link below.

IMG Feature: Inside Mac Freeware

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Black and White 2 Preview
10:49 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Gamespot recently posted a new preview of Lionhead Studios' newest game, Black and White 2. The sequel to the popular god simulation game, Black and White, B&W 2 improves upon the original by adding more real-time strategy elements as well as a variety of other features. From the Gamespot article:

You'll discover that it's actually not that easy being a god in Black & White 2, because you have numerous duties and tasks that will keep you busy throughout the game. You must constantly address the needs of your people and answer the occasional prayer, so that they'll worship you. This is important for a variety of reasons. For one, having worshippers means that you get to perform miraculous deeds. Second, you want your people to multiply, which gives you more potential worshippers and enlarges your region of influence. This will also let you build up a mighty army so that you can go out and convert other cities to worshipping you, or, if you're more of a peaceful god, you can create such a magnificent civilization that neighboring peoples will drop their gods like a sack of potatoes and rush over to join your society.

Black & White 2 feels much more like a strategy game than its predecessor, but yet it's still fairly open-ended. There's a clear city-building mechanic that's incredibly easy to use. For example, if you want to build houses, just click on an existing structure, drag it onto an empty plot, and, voila, you've built a house. Or if you need to extend a road, just click and hold on a section of road and draw out the new section of road. With a little practice, it's easy to create a good-looking city that's well laid out. And, as with other city-building games, there's a certain strategy at work here. You need to provide housing and fields so citizens have shelter and food, and there are a slew of additional buildings, from armories to temples, that you can unlock and construct. Assigning citizens to various tasks is also simple, as you just have to pick them up and drop them over what you want them to do. Drop them on a tree, and they'll become a lumberjack, drop them on a field and they'll farm, and drop them on another citizen and they'll, well, breed.

The game is currently slated for a PC release on October 4th. While no Mac version has been announced, given the popularity of the original with the Mac community and Lionhead's support of Mac gaming, a port is likely. Stay tuned to IMG for more information. To view the article, click the link below.

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Gamespot Article - Black and White 2 Preview

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Arrr, Tropico 2: Pirate Cove Reviewed
10:48 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Applelinks recently reviewed Tropico 2: Pirate Cove. A sequel to the original Tropico, which allowed players to step into the shoes of a banana republic dictator, Pirate Cove steps back in time and drops players into the parrot toting role of a pirate king. Applelinks gave the game a cutlass swinging 4 out of 5.

From the review:

T2PC takes the basic mechanic of Tropico and puts a new spin on it. You no longer have to worry about keeping the workforce happy: your workforce is composed of slaves taken during raids. You don't need their cooperation: you need to keep them terrified! The group you're really beholden to is your mutinous crew. You've got to keep them happy with rum and brothels until you send them off to see to plunder and bring back a fair ("fair" being a relative term) share of the loot to you.

But let's take a step back. For all its trappings, T2PC is not a game about villainy on the bounding main. It's a game about town building. Every scenario has a set of goals (raise X amount of gold, build such-and-such a building), and while pursuing that goal, you have two basic things you have to do: keep the slaves scared, and keep the pirates happy.

To read the full review click the link below. If you missed it, check out IMG's review of Pirate Cove as well.

Applelinks: Pirate Cove Review
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New Stubbs The Zombie Screenshots
10:48 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments has posted a handful of Stubbs The Zombie screenshots for those who simply can't get enough of Stubbs' lovable brain eating antics. The screenshot page also includes a brief description of gameplay.As Stubbs, you can:

- Play as a Zombie and give those unpleasant, violent humans a piece of your eating theirs

- Destroy an entire city built with Bungieís Halo Engine

- Use Zombie Strength to smash down doors and maul a wide variety of citizens and armed defenders

- Spread Zombie Love by eating the brains of your enemies and adding them to your own personal zombie horde

- Possess unsuspecting humans and use their weapons against their friends

- Use Your Body as a Weapon in the deadliest offense ever: explosive gut grenades, zombie sputum, a severed hand that can crawl through tight spaces and possess the living, a head that doubles as an unholy bowling ball, and flatulence beyond the ken of mortal men.Wideload Games and Aspyr Media have scheduled Stubbs for an October release. Click the links below for the screenshots in all their gory splendor.

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INXS: Bang the Drum Available
10:48 AM | Eddie Park | 3 comments

Blockdot has recently made available a game titled INXS: Bang the Drum. Featuring one of INXS's most popular songs, "I Need You Tonight," this simple rhythm title tasks players with the duty of banging on a drum set within the tempo of the song.

No, INXS drummer John Farriss is not being replaced. However, the object of the game is for players to bang on the drums in time with the tempo of the song. The closer a player can hit the correct section of the drum kit to the beat of the song, the higher they will score.
This title is available for free both as a browser-based Flash title as well as an OS X download. Interested gamers can find it and other titles at, Blockdot's vehicle for launching their games.

INXS: Bang the Drum

Mac Games News for Tuesday, September 6, 2005

A Bone To Pick With TellTale8:46 AM
Bill Roper Offers Hellgate: London Info8:46 AM
Blades Of Avernum Scenario Contest Winners8:46 AM
Blizzard Wins bnetd Case Round 28:46 AM
Cyan Worlds Closing?8:46 AM
Darwinia Reviewed8:46 AM
Descent 2 OS X Update8:46 AM
Dr. Germ Infects OS X8:46 AM
Dragon Of Death Takes Flight8:46 AM
Inside The Doom Movie8:46 AM
Savage 2 Teaser Movie and Port News8:46 AM
Uwe Boll Interview8:46 AM
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