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Mac Stubbs at Final Candidate
7:59 AM | Andy Largent | 8 comments

Aspyr Media has updated their status page to reflect the fact that the Mac and PC versions of Stubbs the Zombie have moving past testing and into the Final Candidate stage. This means the game is off for approvals and should be heading to duplication soon.

The Xbox version of the game is already garnering very positive reviews, so this is seen as great news for Mac fans. In case you're wondering what kind of machine Aspyr recommends for Stubbs, here are the official system requirements for the game:

Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later (10.4.2 recommended)
CPU Processor: PowerPC G4/G5 or later
CPU Speed: 1.2GHz or faster (1.5GHz recommended)
Memory: 256 MB or higher (512 MB recommended)
Hard Disk Space: 4.0 GB free disk space
Video Card (ATI): Radeon 9500 or better
Video Card (NVidia): GeForce FX5200 or better
Video Memory (VRam): 64 MB or higher
Media Required: DVD Drive
Be sure to get your pre-order in at the MacGameStore if you haven't already.

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Big Kahuna Reef, Ricochet Lost Worlds for OS X
8:51 AM | Eddie Park | 2 comments

Reflexive Entertainment has recently brought two of its more successful titles over to the Mac. Titled Big Kahuna Reef and Ricochet Lost Worlds, these are classified as games for casual players and feature simple pick-up gameplay for those looking for a quick fix.

Ricochet Lost Worlds sits firmly in the Breakout category, featuring powerups, a "ring game," and a level editor. Big Kahuna Reef is an underwater matching game that features multiplayer as well as its own level editor:

Big Kahuna Reef is a gorgeous underwater adventure! Discover Sea Turtles and other aquatic life as you break open boxes in this classic style matching game, questing for the Mask of the Tiki. Using the revolutionary Mouse Party, you can play with multiple players on the same computer through an almost infinite number of levels, thanks to the included level editor.
Both titles are available for download at their respective sites. User-created levels are also available for those looking to expand their options.

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New World Of Warcraft Realms
7:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In an effort to accomodate the increasing population in World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment has announced the creation of several new realms.

Four of the new realms:

Azshara (PvP)
Agamaggan (PvP)
Lightninghoof (RP-PvP)
Malfurion (PvE)
For those living in Oceania Blizzard has created two new realms with realm time set to GMT +11. Blizzard hopes this will now allow those who have been unable to attend time sensitive world events to participate at a more reasonable hour. The servers are located in the US and are subject to the usual maintenance times.

New Oceania realms:

Frostmourne (PvP, Oceania-preferred)
Khaz'goroth (PvE, Oceania-preferred)
For more information check out the World of Warcraft website at the link below.

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Q&A With Myst Creator Rand Miller
7:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Peter Cohen recently had the opportunity to interview Rand Miller, one of the creators of the well known Myst series. The interview follows the path of Cyan from the early days to its recent struggle to stay in business. Through it all Miller has remained an avid Mac supporter.

Myst got its start on the Mac platform, and Miller himself hasn’t strayed. He said that he’s got a house full of Macs.

“When we were developing Uru,” said Miller, referring to the one Myst installment that didn’t make it to the Mac, “I just took a PC home from the office to play it. I refused to spend my hard-earned money [on a PC].”

Miller described the ease with which his Macs have been able to work together. “I’ve had to become an IT guy at home,” he said, thanks to the myriad computer he has. “Just getting the PC on the network was asking for trouble.”

Miller also mentioned that the possibility of a Mac version of their next game is a strong likelihood. For the entire interview follow the link below.

Macworld Game Room: Rand Miller Interview

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Apple Features AGON and RHEM 2
7:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple recently featured AGON and RHEM 2, two lush puzzle adventure titles in the tradition of Myst. AGON, from Private Moon Studios, drops players into the role of a professor in England at the turn of the 20th century who must unravel the mystery of a collection of artifacts. RHEM 2, from Got Game Entertainment, enlists players in aiding the brothers Zetais and Kales in their efforts to explore the rooms and tunnels beneath the world of RHEM they discovered in the first game.

From the AGON feature:

Professor Hunt finds his world turned upside down. Compelled to act, he decides to learn more about the mysterious artifacts in the museum. Solving that riddle, however, is merely the first step in a journey that will take him around the world, from the polar circle to Madasgascar, to the Spanish city of Toledo and beyond. In fact, the professor has been tasked with traveling to 12 corners of the world to complete his quest.

AGON is broken into chapters, with each installment available from the game’s Web site. Eventually, there will be 14 in all, each more difficult and challenging than the previous one. By the end, Professor Hunt will have, hopefully, not only discovered the lost board games but safely recovered them and brought them back to the museum for display.

From the RHEM 2 feature:
Brothers Zetais and Kales are back for this story. Kales has left you a message saying that he has left the caves, but the first of three parts of a key with Zetais. By finding the other two pieces, you can unlock a deeper part of the cave system, where a mysterious artifact lies hidden. Discover it and snap a photo to prove your achievement.

During your journey, you manipulate strange machines to solve the puzzles that unlock secrets and move you one step closer to your goal. Strange vehicles and odd devices offer assistance along the way. Take whatever help you can get, for no one wants to be lost in the caves beneath RHEM.

The feature also offers links to walkthroughs of RHEM 2 and the first three chapters of AGON. To read both articles follow the link below.

Apple: AGON And RHEM 2 Feature
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The Movies Reviewed
7:59 AM | Blake Buck | 3 comments

Gamespot recently posted a review of Lionhead Studios' latest game, The Movies. The Movies is a "tycoon-style" game the puts players in the roles of studio heads as well as filmmakers. Similar to the recently announced Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, The Movies allows for resource management gameplay through studio development (like the park creation in RCT3), and creative gameplay through filmmaking (like the rollercoaster construction of RCT3). From the Gamespot article:

This is a game of high quality, and it shows in virtually every aspect of its execution. But all told, The Movies comes just shy of its lofty ambitions. Being a movie studio boss is completely absorbing, and there is really no other game, or, really, any piece of software that makes it as easy to build your own little movies. But the connection between these concepts is tenuous at best. Thankfully, its best qualities shine through more than enough to make The Movies a game well worth playing.
While The Movies has not been announced on the Mac, given the strong relationship between Lionhead Studios and Feral Interactive, as well as the success of "tycoon-style" games on the Mac, a port seems likely.

To view the entire review, click the link below.

Gamespot Review - The Movies

EA Secures Exclusive Simpsons License
7:59 AM | Blake Buck | 19 comments

Gamespot recently posted an article annoucing EA Games has secured the exclusive rights to The Simpsons license. The Simpsons is a long-running popular animated sitcom on the Fox network. The licensing deal means that EA Gameswill be the only company allowed to publish Simpsons video games. From the Gamespot article:

EA says it will work closely with Fox's licensing and marketing department, as well as the production company and writers of the show. EA staffers told GameSpot that the show's cast will provide the voice acting in its upcoming games, just as they did in The Simpsons Hit & Run and The Simpsons Road Rage.
To view the entire article, click the link below.

Gamespot Article - EA Secures Simpsons

Jack Thompson Withdraws from GTA Case
7:59 AM | Blake Buck | 9 comments

IGN recently posted an article about Jack Thompson, the infamously vocal lawyer involved with the Devin Moore / Grand Theft Auto case. In the latest hijinks, Thompson was forced to withraw from the Grand Theft Auto case after "attacking and threatening" the defense attorneys. From the IGN article:

When Judge Moore asked Thompson to explain some of the statements made in the press releases, Thompson replied, "I'm not pretending I'm not a nice guy. I'm not pretending I don't have a temper."

The exchange between Judge Moore and Thompson continued when the judge asked the attorney why he was engaging in such public behavior against the defendents' law firm. In Thompson replied that after the criminal trial, Judge Moore indicated that he could "have at it." The judge retorted that "your [meaning Thompson's] 'have at it' and my 'have at it' are not the same." It should be noted that Judge Moore had imposed a "gag order" on both sides in the case since the conclusion of the criminal trial last August.

At the conclusion of last Thursday's proceedings, Judge Thompson stated that he would take Blank Rome's motion to revoke Thompson's license under advisement and is also considering a motion to have the entire suit dismissed via summary judgment because it violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Judge Moore scheduled no further court dates for the case at the conclusion of last Thursday's proceedings.

What will that wiley Jack Thompson do next? Stay tuned to IMG for more...

Click the link below to view the entire article.

IGN Article - Jack Thompson Withdraws

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New Burning Crusade Screenshots
7:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Worthplaying is featuring ten new screenshots of The Burning Crusade, Blizzard's upcoming World of Warcraft expansion. Among other things Crusade will increase the level cap for WoW to 70.

Here is just a partial list of what you can expect from the World of Warcraft expansion:

-An increase in the level cap to 70
-Two new playable races, including the magical Blood Elves
-New starting zones in Quel'Thalas and beyond
-The entire new continent of Outland, reachable through the Dark Portal
-Many new high-level dungeons to explore in Azeroth, Outland, and elsewhere
-New flying mounts in Outland
-Many new and dangerous monsters, including epic world bosses
-Hundreds of new quests
-Hundreds of new items
-A new profession: Jewelcrafting
-Socketed items

To view the new screenshots click on the link below. Be sure to check out the official Burning Crusade website for even more screenshots.

Worthplaying: Burning Crusade Screenshots
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, November 9, 2005

IMG Podcast Episode 4 Released1:22 PM
Penny Arcade's Child's Play Charity11:30 AM
Virtual Programming Offers Download Discounts9:37 AM
New Civilization IV Reviews9:03 AM
The Lore Of Warcraft9:03 AM
UT2007 PC System Requirements9:03 AM
World Of Warcraft Conquers More Of Asia9:03 AM
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