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One Step Closer to The Sims 2 University
8:35 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Aspyr has announced that The Sims 2 University has been updated to beta status. The Sims 2 University is the first Sims 2 expansion pack for the Mac and first of seven expansions promised by the Sims developers.

Your Sims are now young adults leaving home to live the ultimate college fantasy. Immerse them in college life as they become the Big Sim on Campus. They'll relish their new-found freedom as they party with friends, join fraternities and sororities and pull outrageous pranks. Your Sims will explore all the campus hot-spots as they frequent lounges, gyms, coffee houses and more. Help them fulfill new lifetime goals to unlock more rewards and reap all of the benefits of their university years.
The Sims 2 University is scheduled to ship sometime this month just in time for the holidays. Also, this expansion requires the original Sims 2 to play.

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Macgamestore Begins Offering Digital Downloads
2:47 PM | IMG News | 6 comments

Macgamestore.com today began selling digital download products, offering top notch downloadable Mac games through its store. The very first product being offered through the store is Oddlabs' Tribal Trouble.

"Digital downloads is an exciting way for Mac gamers to purchase and download outstanding Mac games in an easy, fast, and safe way", says Tuncer Deniz, owner of Macgamestore.com. "We're thrilled to be partnering with Oddlabs to offer Tribal Trouble as the first digital download through Macgamestore.com."

Macgamestore.com is also making a call out to top shareware and publishers in the Mac game community. If you're interested in having Macgamestore.com carry your downloadable or retail product, please contact Tuncer Deniz at tuncer@insidemacgames.com.

Macgamestore plans on offering dozens of the very best in downloadable Macintosh games in the coming weeks. For more, head over to Macgamestore.com.




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IMG Podcast Episode 7 Released
10:27 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Today IMG released the seventh 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 Justin Ficarrotta, author of Kill Monty.

On the show this week, the IMG podcast guys talk about the OMG Cup Judging, Java Quake 2 release, a Gamer Earns Six Figures in Second Life, and Tuncer Deniz Soundalike Guillermo Del Toro to Direct the Halo Movie. The crew also talks about their favorite OMG Cup games, listener emails, Stump Buck, and an unusual IMG Podcast Contest.

To download visit the IMG Podcast Homepage for instructions and shownotes by clicking the link below.

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Dofus Wrap Up Report
8:51 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

IGN has a wrap-up report of the vividly colorful fantasy MMORPG, Dofus. This feature talks with the creators about development, obstacles, marketing, and everything in between on bringing Dofus to the public.

Created by a small team using Flash technology, the game is bright and colorful, with cartoon-like art direction. It takes place in a world with locations ranging from the tropical Moon Island to the strange Darkness Forest, the arid Barrens of Sidimote and more. In these areas, travelers will encounter a wide variety of creatures to battle as they seek the lost eggs. Of course, there's treasure to be found too, as well as various materials that can be used to craft various items. With the international version having launched, we were interested to learn more about the project. The three co-founders of Ankama who filled us in are Artistic Director and Game Designer Anthony "Tot" Roux, Lead Programmer Camille "Kam" Chafer and Sales and Marketing Director Emmanuel "Manu" Darras, with Level Designer Mathieu "Lichen" Bourgain also adding some comments.
Dofus is available for the Mac for free with limited options, you'll need to purchase a key for full access.

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WoW: Holiday Patch Coming Today
8:50 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

During regularly scheduled maintenance between the hours of 3 AM PST and 11 AM PST today, Blizzard Entertainment will be installing patch version 1.8.4 for World of Warcraft. This patch will include new additions for the planned holiday festivities in the land of Azeroth.

Here's a list of what 1.8.4 will include:

Battlegrounds
- Battles must now last at least ten minutes after the start of the battle in order for the losing team to receive a Mark of Honor.

World
- New quests for the Feast of Winter Veil have been added! See your Smokywood Pastures customer service representative in Ironforge and Orgrimmar for more details!
- The level of many of last year's Feast of Winter Veil quests have been adjusted so that reputation rewards are available in their full amount for players of all levels able to do them.
- Fixed a bug with both versions of the quest "A Smokywood Pastures' Thank You!" that was sending mail out immediately rather than on the intended delay.
- In a startling discovery, Mistletoe sold on last year's vendors is now named "Fake Mistletoe". A Smokywood Pastures spokesman was quoted as saying, "Sorry, no refunds."
- Some of the Southsea Dock Workers that were working under the boat should now be much more accessible to players.
- Andre Firebeard no longer has a chance of dropping a Wastewander Water Pouch.
- All OOX Distress Beacons are now multi-drop; everyone in a group should be able to receive one if it drops.
- Fixed a bug with Oglethorpe Obnoticus' gossip where he was being much more familiar with strangers than he should have been.

General
- Various preparations added to the client for Patch 1.9.

For more information about World of Warcraft follow the links below.

WoW: Patch Notes
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Stubbs The Zombie Examined
8:50 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

IGN recently reviewed the PC version of Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse, the zombie action game from Wideload Games and Aspyr Media. Stubbs puts players in the role of a disgruntled zombie bent on destroying the hapless denizens of Punchbowl. Although the lack of cooperative multiplayer hurt the final score, the game's undead theme and sense of humor still managed 7.5 out of 10 from IGN.

The intelligence of Stubbs' enemies ramps up as you progress though the game and based on what level of difficulty you've set before you begin. Your zombie horde can be controlled through some rudimentary commands like whistling and shoving, but generally they'll do their own thing, and they prove to be pretty effective. However, your undead pals will start getting wiped out faster and faster as the enemy weapons improve, putting more of the onus of progress on yourself. Given your speed limitations and dependence on brain eating for special move charges, this can become frustrating. Thankfully, one meal of brain results in a fully charged hand icon.
The entire review, a collection of screenshots, and more information about Stubbs can be found at the links below.

IGN: Stubbs Review
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Fairies Reviewed
8:49 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Applelinks recently posted a review of Funpause's color matching game Fairies. The puzzle game follows the theme of many similar title but distinguishes itself with a polished look and enjoyable gameplay. Fairies' well implemented fun resulted in 4 out of 5 stars from Applelinks.

The gameplay in Fairies is good enough. It's what you'd expect from such a game. Where Fairies distinguishes itself is in its design, which is meticulous in its detail. The animated fairies within the jars provide an extra degree of movement, but don't distract from the action of the game. Nor do all the sprite effects, which add a good deal of flair and a great deal of color. The backdrops are like nice matte paintings in old movies, and the illustrations you get as rewards for clearing levels are very well done...if you're into fairy artwork that didn't directly inspire a great Queen song.
To read the entire review follow the link below.

Applelinks: Fairies Review
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A Free Christmas Crisis For Everyone
8:43 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Doing their part to give for the holiday season, Applelinks reports that Koingo Software is giving away Christmas Crisis as a free download. Christmas Crisis is an arcade style game about saving Christmas when Santa Claus falls ill.

Christmas Crisis is the name, and saving Christmas is the game. Santa's fallen ill, and won't be able to make all of his deliveries without your help. It's your duty to deliver at least 70% of your present quota to each town. Avoid aircraft and deliver presents in the race against time. Completely free! No cost.
Christmas Crisis is available in Mac OS X and Windows XP.

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Blizzard Holiday Contests
8:40 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment is celebrating the holiday season by giving gamers a chance to win a Nintendo DS and a copy of The Lost Vikings for the Gameboy Advance. The first is a screenshot contest. Players of the MMORPG World of Warcraft are asked to send in shots of in-game holiday celebrations. The second is a cookie contest, with the decorated edible depicting something related to Blizzard's three gaming franchises: Warcraft, Diablo, or Starcraft.

Holiday Screenshot Contest:

As of December 2, the 2005 Holiday Screenshot Contest, sponsored by Intel, has begun! It's that time of year again, and everyone's getting into the holiday spirit. In the world of Azeroth, celebrations are the light in the darkness of a world torn by war. This time, the Royal Photographic Society of Azeroth is looking for your best depictions of holiday celebrations in the World of Warcraft. The bigger the party, the better! The five finest entries will receive a Nintendo DS and a copy of The Lost Vikings Game Boy Advance cartridge! This contest ends on December 25, so don't hesitate -- get those entries in!
Holiday Cookie Contest:
The baking hats are on as of December 2nd! Pull out the flour, bring out the mixers, and preheat the oven -- now is the time for our bakers to shine! We want to see our worlds come alive... in cookie form! Any recognizable bit of the Warcraft, Starcraft, or Diablo universes will do, but the important part is its existence as a cookie. Snap a photograph of your baked goods and send it in. The five best cookies will be awarded a Nintendo DS and a copy of The Lost Vikings Game Boy Advance cartridge for their baking prowess! Get out the mixer; now's the time to level your real life cooking skill to 300! This contest will end on December 25, so submit your entries as soon as you can.
To learn more about the contests follow the links below.

Holiday Screenshot Contest
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Holiday Cookie Contest
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World of WarCraft Walkthrough, Fan Movies
8:36 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Blizzplanet recently posted a walkthrough in one of the areas in World of WarCraft. This particular walkthrough covers the ancient city of Ahn'Qiraji and gives tips to take down bosses and direction. Additionaly, there are short clips illustrating what to do and where to go.

If you watch our movie, you will notice that our first attempt at this boss was both hilarious and sad. The 20-players lasted barely one minute or so. Believe it or not ... our lovely Ossirian was literally beating the snot out of us. Ossirian killed a player by 8k, 12k, 13,068, 14,246 damage. Whoa? You heard right, and that was only normal hits. His crushing ability did 19,681 damage. Everyone was jaw-dropped as Ossirian kept yelling: "You are terminated.". And indeed -- this guy is a Terminator that has nothing to be jealous of Arnold.
This walkthrough may also aid new gamers trying out instances in World of WarCraft for the first time as it gives some pointers.


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Solitaire Forever Updated to v1.1.2
8:36 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Solitare Forever has been updated to version 1.2. This classic card game features over 100 solitaire games in 3D, graphic interface, visual and textual rules of the game, and many more options to enhance gameplay. In version 1.1.2, the changes were related to bug fixes, in addition to improvements.

fixed bad camera positioning introduced in v1.1
added animation options to the settings interface
added a menu option to remove the animating "fireflies"
freed up a bit of CPU time when running in the background
Solitaire Forever is available in Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X for $25. It also requires CarbonLib, and an OpenGL compatible video card with 16mb or more video memory.

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The Sims Joins List of Greatest Games of All Time
8:36 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Gamespot is featuring The Sims as one of the greatest games of all time. Besides being the best-selling game ever and defining the virtual simulator genre, the Sims gave gamers endless possibilities and creativity. In this feature, Gamespot takes a look into why The Sims is an instant classic and how it revolutioned the gaming industry.

Sims wasn't just any old strategy game--it took a more personal look at "a day in the life" and set new boundaries in terms of sales, in terms of reach, in terms of personality, in terms of everything. Released at the beginning of 2000, out of the mind of legendary designer Will Wright, The Sims was an easy game to look at, to pick up and play, and to get addicted to, and it's responsible not only for fostering a rabid addiction, but also for bringing the genre to a much wider audience than such games had typically received in the past.
The Sims also ushered in many expansion packs that widended the scope of virtual life simulator and brought different aspects of life to the franchise such as the The Sims Vacation and The Sims House Party, among others.

Gamespot-The Greatest Games of All Time: The Sims
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Mac Games News for Monday, December 5, 2005

The Sims 2 University Goes Beta, Pre-Order Available12:34 PM
Apple Offers New Stubbs Trailer8:20 AM
El Ballo Reviewed8:20 AM
Extreme Review of Civilization IV8:20 AM
Mac Patch For UT2004 Released8:20 AM
Redline Status Update8:20 AM
 
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