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WoW: Parental Controls, Shifting Sands, Contest Winners
8:04 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Over the last few days Blizzard Entertainment has offered several World of Warcraft related announcements on the official site. One of the more interesting announcements is the introduction of parental control tools, perhaps as response to growing concern over online addiction. Parents will now be able to determine when a WoW account is accessible.

We are proud to unveil our new parental control system for World of Warcraft, which allows account owners to create play schedules for their accounts. With the parental control system, you can determine when your World of Warcraft account is accessible. This system can be used, for example, to ensure that your children only play during predetermined hours, such as after homework is done or on weekends.
To grow the anticipation for the upcoming release of the 1.9 patch Blizzard has released new details on The War of the Shifting Sands in the form of a brief history. New screenshots and wallpaper for The Gate of Ahn'Qiraj are also available, as are screens of new armor models for all nine classes.

In related news, those who enjoy the music of WoW may get the chance to hear it performed live next year. Blizzard has agreed to allow the game music to be featured as part of "Play! A Video Game Symphony" which will begin in North America in the spring of 2006 and tour through Europe, Asia, South America, Austrailia, and New Zealand.

Finally, Blizzard has announced the winners of the official BlizzCon World of Warcraft Movie Competition. Winners included Rise of the Living Dead III and Wish Upon a Paladin.

The movies can be found at the link below, along with information for the previous announcements.

Parental Controls
The War of the Shifting Sands
Ahn'Qiraj Wallpaper
Upcoming Armor
Play! A Video Game Symphony
BlizzCon Movie Contest Winners
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IMG Previews Avernum 4
12:44 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

After forays into the completely new world of Geneforge, Spiderweb Software is returning to the underground caverns of Avernum with the upcoming Avernum 4. Unlike its predecessors, however, Avernum 4 is a completely new game, and takes place after the end of the three previous Avernum games.

Check out IMG's preview of the game by following the link below.

IMG Preview: Avernum 4

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Blizzard Sued By Parents
8:04 AM | Cord Kruse | 25 comments

Blizzard Entertainment, the makers of the wildly successful MMORPG World of Warcraft, were recently sued by the parents of a 13-year-old gamer in China who jumped to his death last year from a 24 story building. The parents of the boy allege that obsessive playing of WoW led to their son "reenacting a scene from the game." Their lawyer, Zhang Chunliang, is active in the crusade to prevent internet game addiction and in addition to this case plans to file a class action lawsuit against the entire game industry on behalf of other parents.

To read more about the case check out the Joystiq link below.

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*DAMN Battle League Season 12 Begins
8:04 AM | Anthony Wang | 2 comments

The *DAMN Battle League season twelve is underway. There are several changes you may want to take note of including tweaks made in super finals and game specific constraints. Furthermore, two new Battle League administrators have been announced.

Beginning back in 2000, the *DAMN Battle League has offered competition in tactical Mac games. This season provides competition in Ghost Recon, America's Army, Raven Shield, Battlefield 1942, and Close Combat: First to Fight. Of these games, Ghost Recon features three ladders (Team, CQB, FFA), Raven Shield features two ladders (Team, FFA), while the remaining games consist of one ladder only.

Also, *DAMN Battle League requires clan battles to be played on GameRanger in order to count for leadder play. Please follow the links below to sign up your clan and let the games begin!

*DAMN Battle League

Mac Games News for Friday, November 18, 2005

Apple Posts Latest Hot Deals12:47 PM
IMG Reviews Bookworm Deluxe12:39 PM
Apple Previews The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer8:19 AM
BNES Emulator Released for OS X8:19 AM
Custer Travels To Khaz Modan8:19 AM
Gaming: A Digital Drug Addiction?8:19 AM
New Redline Screenshots8:19 AM
No Macs In A Galaxy Far, Far Away8:19 AM
Play Risk via Google Maps8:19 AM
RHEM 2 Demo Now Available8:19 AM
UT2007 Q&A8:19 AM
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