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The Lore Of Warcraft
9:03 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Gamespy recently released an article covering the extensive background story of Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft series. Centering around comments made at the recent BlizzCon, the article examines some of the new elements The Burning Crusade expansion will be adding to World of Warcraft and the storyline.

Metzen wanted to go big, to kick off a huge story arc that would span years. He wanted to take the conflict to cosmic porportions.

Thus, Burning Crusade allows players to go to The Outland, the remains of the Orc homeworld Draenor. Draenor was ripped apart in Warcraft II because too many portals were opened between it and other worlds, and only the self-sacrificing actions of a few heroes (those characters you see immortalized as giant statues outside of Stormwind) saved Azeroth from being torn apart as well. In Warcraft III, the fallen Night Elf (and half-demon) Illidan discovered The Outland and made it his home, closing all of the other portals. Follow all of this so far?

Good, because in the expansion, heroes can open up portals and take the fight to The Outland. Yes, you'll come toe to toe with Illidan and his minions, and you'll try to take him down. More importantly, from The Outland, characters will be able to open portals to other worlds that need help fighting the Burning Legion.

For the entire article check out the link below.

Gamespy: Warcraft Lore
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IMG Podcast Episode 4 Released
1:22 PM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Today IMG released the fourth episode of the Inside Mac Games Podcast, the official podcast of Mac gaming. Each week the IMG Podcast will be covering all the news in Mac gaming in one tight package. This week's show features Blake Buck, a writer for IMG, William Miller, an artist for Freeverse Software, and Tuncer Deniz, founder of the Inside Mac Games Network.

On the show this week, the IMG podcast guys talk about the Call of Duty Deluxe Edition Release, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Reaching Final Candidate, Spongebob Suqrepants Movie Game Announcement, America's Army Success, RHEM 2 Shipping, and Zoo Tycoon 2 Announcement. Be sure to toon in next week for an interview with Brad Oliver and another big suprise!

To download, click a podcast flavor above, or visit the IMG Podcast Homepage for instructions and shownotes by clicking the link below.

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Penny Arcade's Child's Play Charity
11:30 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The folks behind the popular webcomic Penny Arcade have started up this year's Child's Play charity fundraiser. Described as a way for gamers to give to the general community, Child's Play allows for both cash donations as well as various game-related purchases by region through Amazon.

For the past three years, gamers and geeks around the world have raised nearly a million dollars in toys, games and cash for sick kids in Children's Hospitals across the globe through a grassroots charity called Child's Play.

Created by Penny Arcade, no "Administrative Fees" or other nonsense is collected; all gifts and donations go directly to the hospitals for distribution to sick kids.

Interested donators can find both a PayPal link and a physical address for straight cash donations. A map with clickable locations is also available for those who wish to make game-related donations to the area of their choice.

Child's Play Charity

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Virtual Programming Offers Download Discounts
9:37 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming is currently offering discounts on selected Mac titles for those that purchase them as straight downloads. The titles include X2: The Threat, KnightShift, Gangland, and Massive Assault. Those who purchase these as direct downloads are entitled to a £10.00 discount.

Virtual Programming announce further discounts on selected digital download products! We are pleased to announce £10.00 discounts on the following digital download products:
Interested buyers can check out prices and details at VP's site.

Virtual Programming
X2 - The Threat
Massive Assault
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Buy KnightShift
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UT2007 PC System Requirements
9:03 AM | Marcus Albers | 19 comments

Unreal mega-fansite BeyondUnreal has posted some recent discussion about the system requirements for the PC version of the upcoming FPS Unreal Tournament 2007. To say that the initial requirements are daunting is an understatement.

• required hardware for highest in-game detail including 4x FSAA and 8:1 AF: 3-4GHz, 1Gb Ram, Nvidia 6800GT/ultra or 7800GT/GTX SLI

• Improvements with the 64 Bit version: Possibility to address more textures, vertices and levels

The specs are as reported in an article from PC Game Hardware, and not official specs from Epic. Thilo Bayer, Editor-in-Chief PCG Hardware, adds:
[A]s I clarified in a seperate e-mail with Mark Rein, we have some misunderstanding in the term "minimum specs". We mean "minimum specs for high in game detail" which is not the same as bare "minimum specs" so that the game runs at all.
Head over to BeyondUnreal and check out all of the UT2007 discussion and news.

BeyondUnreal - UT2007 Hardware Requirements Revisited
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New Civilization IV Reviews
9:03 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Wondering if Civilization IV will be right for you? A set of Civilization IV reviews courtesy of 1UP, Actiontrip, and 2024 and Gamesradar may help you make that decision. All four reviews praise the game as yet another Sid Meier classic.

From 1UP Review (9.0 out of 10.0):

And therein lies the crown jewel of Civ 4: the new combat mechanics. Instead of providing straight attack/defense values for your units, the game relies on a deeper RPG-style experience system. Your units can specialize and improve in all sorts of tasks as they level up, such as the amount of collateral damage they inflict and bonuses they receive when fighting in specific environmental conditions. This system conveys a real sense of attachment to your units; you'll definitely feel...
From Actiontrip (93 out of 100):
The great thing about Civ 4 is that in addition to looking great, the interface is extremely intuitive and easy to use (that being its primary purpose), so really, the game lets you be as detailed or as superficial as you choose. Everything can be automated and yet if you want to truly master the craft of playing this game...
From 2024 (9.5 out of 10.0):
To begin with, the most immediately noticeable change is in the graphics engine. Being no longer isometric, CivIV features smoothly-scrolling and -zooming 3D game maps. The units and buildings all look great and fit on the map appropriately--something that is usually missing from other games. As your cities grow and expand, you will see the improvements on the game map. Not only is this wonderful eye candy...
From Gamesradar (92 out of 100)
Nintendo has Mario, PlayStation has Tomb Raider and PC has Civilization. It's a platform mascot, the one title that keeps coming back again and again in subtly different forms, yet retains its essential Civilization-ness, even 14 years after it first appeared.
Please follow the links below to read the reviews.

1UP-Civilization IV Review
Actiontrip-Civilization IV Review
2024-Civilization IV Review
Civilization IV
GamesRadar-Civilization IV Review
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World Of Warcraft Conquers More Of Asia
9:03 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Blizzard Entertainment yesterday announced that World of Warcraft, their immensely popular fantasy MMORPG, has officially launched in the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Players in those areas will now be able to share in the Warcraft experience along with legions of other gamers in the world. This release follows a succesful open beta period in which more than 800,000 players participated.

"Gamers in these regions have always shown great support for Blizzard games, so it was important to us to launch World of Warcraft there as quickly as possible," said Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment®. "We're now looking forward to seeing all of our newest players online and providing them with an unsurpassed gaming experience."
Blizzard will be partnering with Soft-World, and its subsidiary Game First International, to lead the operation and management of World of Warcraft in the new areas. For more information about the game follow the links below.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Macgamestore: The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer10:44 AM
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Goes Gold, IMG Preview10:25 AM
Zymotic FPS in Dev, Based on Nexuiz9:39 AM
Dual-core G5 Benchmarks9:38 AM
Blizzard Looks Toward The Future7:30 AM
Mac Airline Tycoon At Final Candidate7:30 AM
Second Annual Luxtoberfest Results7:30 AM
Take 2 Interactive Takes Over Civilization7:30 AM
VDrift Released For OS X7:30 AM
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