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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

OMG Cup Judging Begins, Downloads Available
7:49 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Judging for the Original Mac Games Cup, a game programming contest established by iDevGames in connection with Freeverse Software, will begin on December 1st and continue until the 15th. The public is encouraged to download the free entries now and vote during that time period. Three finalists of the OMG Cup will be announced on January 12, 2006 at Macworld 2006.

PureStatic, iDevGames' preferred on demand high volume file hosting partner, will be offering the six top finalists free hosting time in the following increments: 1st place – 1 year, 2nd place – 10 months, 3rd place – 8 months, 4th place – 6 months, 5th place – 4 months, 6th place – 60 days.

“The developers who participate in our contests produce some of the best original Mac games for our platform and are the key to the future of Mac gaming. Since PureStatic is built from the ground up for heavy loads, their support will be vital in giving the Finalist the ability to meet the expected rush for the games”, said Carlos Camacho, Editor-in-Chief of iDevGames.
For more information about the OMG Cup, the sponsors, and the games entered in the contest follow the links below.

OMG Cup Game Downloads
OMG Cup Voting
OMG Cup Contest Information
PureStatic Prizes

Apple Updates Hot Deals
12:21 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacZone has fantastic prices on essential Mac products, including Xerox Phaser 8500N Color Laser Printer with $100 mail-in rebate, LG Flatron 19" LCD Display with FREE Shipping, Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Pro Upgrade with FREE 128MB Flash Drive, Intuit Quicken 2006 Basic with $20 mail-in rebate, Microsoft Office 2004 Professional Upgrade with Toast 7 Titanium, and much more.

CDW|MacWarehouse has great deals on cool Mac products, including Sony Microvault Pro 5GB External High-Speed USB Drive, Canon PowerShot S60 5MP Digital Camera, Canon ZR100 MiniDV Camcorder with 20X Optical Zoom, Hewlett Packard DesignJet 30 Wide Format Color Inkjet Printer, Creative SBS 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System, and much more.

Small Dog Electronics has great prices on top quality Mac products, including Hippod iPod Case with Speaker, iCarrier 3-way Speaker System for iPod, Leister Reunion 8.0, SwissBit 512MB USB Flash Drive and Swiss Army Knife, KidzMouse Rugrats USB Mouse, Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical USB Rapid Charge Mouse, and much more.

Mac Game Store has great deals on the hottest games for the Mac, including MacSoft Tropico 2.0: Pirate Cove, Aspyr Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse, Sega Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006, THQ The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer, Got Game Entertainment RHEM 2 Aspyr SimCity 4 Virtual Programming Gangland, and more.

IMG Feature: The MMO Lull
12:17 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 7 comments

IMG has posted a new feature entitled, The MMO Lull by Ryan Fritsch. Here's a clip from the feature:

Looking back over my play of MMOs from the last couple of years, what hasn't killed my interest in a particular MMO are the things traditionally discussed as flaws in the genre. "The grind" can be fun and relaxing; repetitive gameplay can be mitigated by rare and unique loot drops; ugly graphics are often forgivable as "style;" and the morons who inhabit the server are half the fun (or, at the very least, we've all been the moron once or twice). Instead, what has always killed my interest in an MMO is "the Lull."
To check out the full feature, follow the link below.

IMG Feature: The MMO Lull

Hyboreal Games Formed
7:49 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Yet another new game company has arisen from the creative minds of former Blizzard employees. Hyboreal Games was recently founded by several veterans of the Diablo 1 and 2 team. Gamecloud had the chance to interview Hyboreal's co-founder Eric Sexton about the new company and its first title Starfall.

Gamecloud - Other than the title of your first game, Starfall and some sci-fi looking artwork, the company has revealed little about your first game. Can you give us any more hints about what Starfall will be about?

Eric Sexton - Starfall is a 3D, Science-Fiction, Action RPG. It's Halo meets Diablo with all the fast visceral game play of third person shooter merged with the character advancement and item collection of a role playing game. You can explore the planets of the Starfall galaxy, customize your space ship and choose the path of your character while deciding the fate of the galaxy.

Although Starfall is still in the conceptual stages Sexton's comments may offer hope to Mac gamers curious about the possibility of a version compatible with their favorite platform.
Gamecloud - What platforms will your first game show up on?

Eric Sexton - We are a PC game developer, but we will be negotiating with publishers and 3rd party developers to carry our game to other platforms.

Gamecloud - What are the company founder's current opinions on the state of the video/PC game industry? Is it healthy or are there problems that need to be addressed?

Eric Sexton - The game industry has been focused on Next Generation Consoles to the detriment of the PC games. We will be focusing on the rich and largely untapped PC market.

For the entire interview and more information check out the links below.

Hyboreal Games
Gamecloud: Hyboreal Interview

Mac Games News for Tuesday, November 29, 2005

IMG Reviews Victoria12:51 PM
Weird Worlds for PC Released, Mac Version "Likely"12:50 PM
Macgamestore: Stubbs The Zombie In Stock9:40 AM
Civilization IV Reviewed By gameSlave7:50 AM
Magic Stones Updated, Expansions On The Way7:50 AM
PC GameWorld Reviews RHEM 27:50 AM
Privateer Gemini Patched to 1.017:50 AM
Star Wars Battlefront On Your Mobile Phone7:50 AM
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