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WoW: New Realms, Reputation Rewards Preview
7:53 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Blizzard Entertainment recently announced the opening of four new realms for their successful MMORPG World of Warcraft. Additionally, a preview of new Reputation Rewards for players aligned with the Timbermaw Hold Faction was made available. These new rewards are part of the new content upcoming in the 1.9 patch.

Here's a list of the new realms:

Aegwynn PVP
Akama PVP
Chromaggus PVP
Draka PVE
To learn more about the additional realms and new reputation rewards follow the links below.

WoW: Reputation Rewards Preview
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IMG Reviews OSX SkyFighters 1945
12:23 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of OSX SkyFighers 1945. Here's a clip from the review:

OSX Sky Fighters 1954 with Mission Builder is a WWII era combat flight sim that allows you to pit your aerial combat skills against those of your computer, or other players on your LAN or the Internet. OSX SkyFighters' hallmark features are fluid graphics even on low-end systems, a selection of different planes, mixed computer/human network play, and an integrated mission editor that allows you to roll your own missions.
To check out the entire review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: OSX SkyFighters 1945

MacWorld Game Hall of Fame 2005
7:53 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

MacWorld has unveiled its annual Game Hall of Fame inductees. Every year MacWorld decides to add creativity and a game-related title in their categories, while stepping away from the category norms such as Best Shooter and Best Simulator, etc. This year includes a range of games from a wide range of companies including Most likely to cause nightmare's Aspyr's Doom 3 to Best use of a steering wheel's DanLab Games Jammin Racer.

If there’s one word you can use to describe Mac gaming in 2005, it’s diversity. There was a little something for everyone this year, from strategy games to first person shooters, excellent shareware titles, massively multiplayer online games and more. Just consider the 2005 inductees to Macworld’s Game Hall of Fame as an example of the depth and breadth of Mac gaming this past year.
This year's inductees represent the arcade, adventure, mmorpg, simulation, and shooter areas of Mac gaming well. However, some may have noted the absence of a true strategy inductee, because of the lack of quality games released in that genre this year.

MacWorld GHOF2005: Part One
MacWorld GHOF2005: Part Two

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Myst V Reviewed
7:53 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Gameroom recently posted a review of Cyan Worlds' Myst V: End of Ages. The final installment in the Myst series, End of Ages continues in the puzzle themed footsteps of its predecessors while adding the new twist of fully 3D environments. This marriage of new and old inspired a rating of 4.5 out of 5 mice from the Gameroom.

From the review:

Myst V is the most technically sophisticated game in the series, employing a real-time environment, gorgeous graphical effects, a stunning soundtrack, and mind-blowing attention to detail, right down to the leaves on the trees and the blades of grass in the fields. Whereas previous versions of Myst let you interact with live actors who were composited into 3-D environments—a sometimes disjointed affair—Myst V maps the actors’ faces onto 3-D characters. The net effect is uncanny—the characters aren’t entirely lifelike, but are much better integrated into the game.
To read the entire review follow the link listed below.

Macworld Game Room: Myst V Review
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A Second Look At The Sims 2
7:53 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Earlier this week Macworld's Game Room offered a follow up review to an original early look at The Sims 2. Brought to the Mac by Aspyr Media, The Sims 2 continues the addictive gameplay of the original by allowing players to control the lives of simulated people. New additions and improved graphics helped to give the game 4 out of 5 mice from the Gameroom.

From the review:

All told, The Sims 2 is a technically impressive game that adds many new features to an already proven formula. And believe it or not, The Sims 2 uses some of the most sophisticated and demanding 3-D graphics ever seen in a Mac game. A 1.2GHz or faster machine is absolutely mandatory. Owners of ATI graphics cards will want to update their cards with the latest drivers and firmware from ATI—this made a big difference with my X800 card.
For the full review and more information about the game follow the links below.

Macworld Game Room: The Sims 2 Review
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Earning Six Figures In A Second Life
7:53 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

In another example of the increasing real world value of intangible virtual world items, Business 2.0 has revealed the six figure salary earned by one member of Linden Lab's Second Life online community. Anshe Chung, a virtual real estate tycoon, buys land and shapes it into appealing environments using Photoshop and other tools before selling it back to her fellow Second Life players. Linden Lab estimates that Chung pulls in around $150,000 per year for her efforts.

She has many schemes, but here’s one basic play: Anshe buys up Second Life land, paying Linden Lab roughly $200 a month for each 16-acre plot, plus a one-time fee of $1,250. Then she develops the land, using Photoshop to add rivers, mountains, and forests. Sometimes she hires subcontractors to improve the acreage by designing or building houses. Then she sells or rents to other Second Lifers, who pay good money to inhabit her creations. As in the real world, prices vary by location. But often someone will pay Anshe $100 up front to buy a one-acre plot, plus $20 a month in land tax. In a case like that, Anshe makes $112 in her first year. She’s done more than 10,000 various real estate deals. “I’m like Wal-Mart,” she says. “The margins are small, but the volume isn’t.”
To read the entire article check out the link below.

Business 2.0: The Virtual Rockefeller
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Custer Goes For A Ride
7:53 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

IMG's desktop guru, Brad Custer, has posted his latest creation. This week's desktop features RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, the recent release by Aspyr Media.

Here's what Brad had to say about his latest desktop:

First, let me say I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend. I'm returning this week with a trip to RolleCoaster Tycoon 3 from Aspyr Media. Since our preview there's been a lot of interest in this game and having a desktop related to it. Of course I am more than happy to honor all your requests. I decided to create a wallpaper based on the design of the packaging and was able to make this week's feature with the help of Aspyr Media.
Head over to Custer's Desktops to check out the latest desktop.

IMG Desktops: Amusements
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Mac Games News for Thursday, December 1, 2005

Aspyr Adds CoD:Deluxe and Civ3:Complete Pages9:37 AM
D2X-XL (Descent 2) Available for Mac9:37 AM
Macgamestore Adds Gift Certificates7:59 AM
Apple Previews RollerCoaster Tycoon 37:53 AM
Audio Overload Updated7:53 AM
DropTeam Screenshots, HDR Info7:53 AM
Electronic Distribution On The Rise7:53 AM
MacGlide Updated7:53 AM
New Beta PC Patch for UT20047:53 AM
Rock'n'Roll 2004: Return Of The King Released For OS X7:53 AM
Sid Meier Interviewed7:53 AM
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