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2006 Walk of Game Voting Open
11:53 AM | Eddie Park | 6 comments

Voting for the 2006 Walk of Game awards is currently open. Located inside Sony's Metreon, an entertainment complex located in San Francisco, the Walk of Game has been honoring noted figures, characters, and game titles with permanent steel stars, much like Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Every year, gamers worldwide cast their vote on to induct the next set of honorees to receive a permanent 24"x 24", customized steel star on the Walk of Game. From the list of nominees, the top four in the category of Games/Characters and the top two in Lifetime Achievement will be inducted. Inductees to date are: Nolan Bushnell, Shigeru Miyamoto, Halo, Link (The Legend of Zelda), Mario, and Sonic The Hedgehog.
Some of the current nominees are StarCraft, Myst, Quake, and The Sims. Lifetime achievement nominees include Sid Meier, Will Wright, and Toru Iwatani.

Interested voters must register with the site in order to submit a vote. However, nominees and current results can be viewed freely. Everquest is currently in the lead for the Games/Characters category, while John Carmack currently sits atop the Lifetime Achievement pile.

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A Review In Black & White
11:53 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gamezilla recently posted a brief review of Black & White 2, Lionhead Studio's sequel to the successful Peter Molyneux and Ron Miller godsim. Improving on the gameplay of the original, B&W 2 managed to receive a "Recommended Buy" from Gamezilla.

From the review:

Truth be told, the original Black & White didn't wear well on me. After the initial 'wow' factor wore off, I found it to be relatively duldrum, essentially an extremely simple and enjoyable game that had some discouraging flaws. As such, I was a bit hesitant to pickup the sequel, but fortunately, it has wound up being better than I could've imagined. From improved creature mechanics, to a much more RTS style gameplay, Lionhead gave this game a good scrubbing from top to bottom, and it isn't all that dirty anymore.
Feral Interactive recently announced it will be bringing B&W 2 to the Mac, possibly sometime early in 2006. Keep an eye on IMG for updates.

To read the full review click on the link below.

Gamezilla: Black & White 2 Review
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Stubbs Reviewed
11:53 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Another review of Stubbs the Zombie has clawed its way to the surface. This time Aspyr and Wideload's zombie extravaganza is reviewed by Games First. Citing the game's clever premise and well executed gameplay, Games First gives Stubbs four out of five stars.

From the review:

Built on the Halo engine, Stubbs is an amazing example of how much can be achieved with a good tool. Stubbs is, in many ways nothing at all like Halo, and in other ways, very much like Halo. Obviously, the hordes of zombies who follow you are very much like your squadmates in Halo. And by the massive humans versus zombies battle at the climax, the game takes on a decidedly battle-like vibe. But this is not a first-person shooter, and in many respects Wideload has made almost every possible diversion from the content or feel of Halo. In general, the engine brings to the game a high level of technical quality and well-working gameplay that gives Stubbs the Zombie a very polished and expert feel. Although I still can't get the hang of that wonky Halo vehicle control.
Stubbs and his zombie pals should be available on the Mac sometime in November. For the full review click on the link below.

Games First: Stubbs Review
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New Rise of Legends Screenshot
11:53 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Yesterday, Big Huge Games released a new screenshot of their latest game, Rise of Legends. Rise of Legends is the sequel to the popular RTS Rise of Nations, which was released for the Mac late last year by Macsoft. Rise of Legend takes a more fantasy-oriented approach and adds full 3D graphics. This week features tons of cool units fighting, so be sure to click on the image for a closer look.

To download a large version of the screenshot, or to visit the Rise of Legends website, click the links below.

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Shivering Kittens 1.4 Released
11:53 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Shareware title shivering kittens has recently been bumped up to version 1.4. Included in the update are a few gameplay tweaks, including the following:

  • To make it easier to tell which blocks are currently under your control,
    shadows are now projected behind the blocks
  • To make it easier to tell where the blocks will land if you press the 'fast drop' key, shaded blocks are now projected where the blocks will land.
shivering kittens is a falling block puzzle title that challenges players to rescue kittens by attempting to connect five or more, adding time to the clock with each success. A free demo can be downloaded at its site.

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Mac Games News for Monday, October 24, 2005

iGame Radio Show Tonite1:41 PM
IMG Podcast Episode 2 Released9:13 AM
Postal Goes Hollywood8:54 AM
The Doom-ed Movie?8:49 AM
Battleground Europe Previewed8:48 AM
Recruit A Friend Into World Of Warcraft8:48 AM
BBS Doc creator takes on Text Adventures8:47 AM
Rise of Legends Units Details8:47 AM
Feral To Publish Black & White 28:44 AM
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