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Lego Star Wars Demo Released
10:06 AM | Andy Largent | 9 comments

Aspyr has released a demo for the popular mash-up game which combines childhood favorites, Lego Star Wars. The demo lets gamers play through one full level of the game, giving an idea of the gameplay as well as the performace.

Here's more about Lego Star Wars:

For the first time ever, one of the world’s most successful film series meets one of the world’s favorite toys in an epic new video game. Play the whole story of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – three movies in one game!

From Anakin Skywalker and Yoda, to Darth Maul and General Grievous, control over 30 of your favorite characters.

For more information, be sure to read IMG's review of the game and also try out the 236MB demo of you have the bandwidth.

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IMG Review: Lego Star Wars
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IMG Posts Flight Sim Roundup 2006
11:42 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG presents a comprehensive summation of the current flight sim offerings for Mac: the Flight Sim Roundup 2006. Whether you are a hard-core flight sim fanatic, or just a casual arm-chair pilot looking for a quick dogfight before dinner, there is something here to help you scratch your flying itch.

To check out the feature, please follow the link below.

IMG Feature: Flight Sim Roundup 2006

Macgamestore: Postal 2 Expansion, COD Deluxe Pre-Order
11:35 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story has begun shipping the Postal 2 expansion pack, Apocalypse Weekend. The pack is available for $19.95. POSTAL 2: Apocalypse Weekend is an expansion to the POSTAL 2 single player experience.

Apocalypse Weekend Features:

• 20 New Maps - Visit all new areas of Paradise including the Elephant Preserve and the Taliban Training Camp.
• New Melee Weapons - Hack your enemies to meaty bits! Includes the amazing boomerang Machete, the Scythe and the head-popping Sledgehammer.
• New Characters - New enemies abound, including MadCow-infected Tourettes Zombies, Killer Attack Cats and suspiciously Gary Coleman-esque Demonic Midgets.
• Story Driven Gameplay - Amusing cinemas advance the "story". Look Ma, we made a game with a plot! Sort of.

Macgamestore has also begun taking pre-orders for the Call of Duty: Deluxe Edition for $59.95. The deluxe edition includes the original game and the United Offensive expansion pack. It is scheduled to ship next week.

MGS: POSTAL 2: Apocalypse Weekend
MGS: Call of Duty: Deluxe Edition

Apple Posts Latest Hot Deals
11:25 AM | Tuncer Deniz

J&R has great prices on top quality Mac products, including Vivendi World of Warcraft, Epson Stylus CX4200 All-in-One Printer with $20 mail-in rebate, Aspyr Media Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, M-Audio Black Box MIDI Interface, Midiman Delta 44 24/96 PCD Digital Recording Interface, Valuesoft Tune Transfer for iPod, Alsoft DiskWarrior for Mac OS X, and much more.

Small Dog Electronics has great prices on top quality Mac products, including Hippod iPod Case and Speaker, Klipsch iFi iPod Speaker System, Aspyr Media SimCity 4 Deluxe, Dymo Costar LabelWriter 400 Turbo USB Label Printer, Matias Tactile Pro USB Keyboard, Leister Reunion 8.0, Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical USB Rapid Charge Mouse, and much more.

B&H Photo and Video has fantastic prices of superb products for your Mac, including Canon XL-H1 3CCD Native High Definition 1080i Camcorder, Epson Stylus Photo RX700 All-in-One Printer, SanDisk 512MB Secure Digital (SD) Card, Hewlett Packard PhotoSmart 335 GoGo Photo Quality Inkjet Printer, JBL OnStage Speaker System for iPod, and much more.

Ramjet has super low prices on RAM upgrades for your Mac, including 2GB DDR Kit for Power Mac G5 for only $275, 512MB DDR for Power Mac G4 for only $48, 1GB DDR2 for Aluminum PowerBook G4 for only $117, 2GB DDR2 for Power Mac G5 for only $222, 1GB DDR DIMM for iMac G5 for only $136, 512MB Module for iBook G4 for only $63, and much more.

Publishing Perfection has great deals on a variety of design and print products for your Mac, including Alien Skin Eye Candy 5 Bundle, Eovia Carrara 3D Basics, Gluon ProPack, Logi Arts InDesign IdeaBook, LaserSoft SilverFast, Pacific Image PrimeFilm 1800 Silver Scanner, SoftPress Freeway 4 Pro, and much more.

Enjoying Busy Days In Deerfield Valley
10:06 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room has posted a review of Bold Games' Busy Days in Deerfield Valley, a colorful construction game aimed at younger children. The game allows children to assist vehicle characters such as Danny Dozer and Eddie Excavator in six construction themed activities. The Game Room gave Busy Days 3.5 out of 5 mice.

The game includes six separate activities: you can explore a map of Deerfield Valley, clicking on different areas to activate little animations; catch a raccoon that seems bent on trouble; or help Eddie Excavator and Danny Dozer lay pipe (you match the colored end of each pipe with a pipe that has the same color). You’ll help Luke Loader figure out how to put together pieces of a bridge, and help Danny Dozer clean up a construction site by pushing dirt, bricks and wood into waiting dump trucks. Unfortunately, the process of moving Danny Dozer around the site and operating his shovel isn’t as intuitive as it could have been.

A sandbox mode lets you skip the planned activities and instead play with the vehicles to your heart’s content—digging holes and trenches, grading out rough spots, moving mounds of dirt and gravel from one location to the next, and more. There’s also a Pac Man-style maze game.

To read the entire review click on the link below.

Macworld Game Room: Busy Days In Deerfield Valley Review

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Term Papers From The University Of Azeroth
10:06 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

As part of an undergraduate ethnography class at San Antonio's Trinity University, students were required to write term papers based on observation and analysis of interactions in Blizzard Entertainment's MMORPG World of Warcraft. The class, titled Games for the Web: Ethnography of Massively Multiplayer On-line Games, produced a wide range of papers including discussions of sexism, customer service, gaming addiction, and colonialism.

From Sexism in World of Warcraft:

The world of any Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game is often an intimidating one for women. The gaming industry is still viewed as a primarily 'male' environment, and women are thought by many to be out of placeand even unwelcome in a MMO game. While the numbers of online gamers who are women are growing significantly, many players feel that the mindset of the industry as a whole has not caught up to the statistics, being that games are still designed and marketed almost entirely to men. Slightly over half of online gamers are women, and 20-30 percent of those gamers that play MMOs are women.
To check out all the term papers follow the link below.

Games For The Web: Term Papers
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Rise Of The Underminer Reviewed
10:06 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

IGN has posted a review of The Incredibles: Rise Of The Underminer, THQ's sequel to the original Incredibles movie and game. Taking place directly after the ending of the movie, RotU follows Mr. Incredible and his ally Frozone as they attempt to prevent the Underminer and his legion of robot minions from polluting the major cities of the world. RotU only received a passable 6 out of 10 from IGN.

As for puzzles and obstacles, there's a decent mix as long as you keep in mind that Rise of the Underminer is a kid's game. Most of them only require you to stand on a specific part of the floor and press one or two buttons. Others will have you take control of Frozone and create ice bridges or freeze pillars so Mr. Incredible can smash them. And then there are the few times when a puzzle requires you to switch between the two heroes to unlock and destroy barriers. These puzzles offer some pretty cool animations when executed, but they're not very engaging. Again, like the action, it's something that younger gamers will enjoy. Older gamers, however, not so much.
For the entire review and a few screenshots check out the IGN site listed below.

IGN: Rise of the Underminer Review
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Manual Install with WoW Holiday Patch
10:06 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Blizzard has released a 1.8.4 manual patch for those having trouble updating automatically while playing World of WarCraft. This latest patch fixes bugs and adds content for upcoming holiday festivities in Azeroth, in addition to the looming 1.9 patch.

Please follow the links below to download the 1.8.4 patch.

Worthplaying-Manual Install of WoW 1.8.4 patch
World of WarCraft 1.8.4 patch Information
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Civilization IV Analyzed
10:06 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Gamers Temple recently offered a glowing review of Civilization IV, Firaxis' latest in the legendary turn based strategy series. Civ IV sports a new 3D graphics engine, the inclusion of religion for the first time in the series, and a variety other goodies for fans to enjoy. Gamers Temple gave Civ IV a final score of 95%.

From the review:

On the whole Civilization IV is a lot slicker and faster playing than its predecessors. This is not to say that it is a shallower game – the opposite is probably true. Rather, the interface has been streamlined and the dead time spent waiting for the computer-controlled civilizations to make their moves has been reduced. The move to true 3D graphics has helped with empire management by making it possible to zoom in on your cities or pull the camera all the way back to view your empire from space – not even to mention how good everything looks on the colorful and animated world map. You can manage your cities’ production queues right from the world map, and icons on the map let you see the status of your cities at a glance. When an event occurs in one of your cities that is currently offscreen, an icon appears on the edge of the screen to let you where to quickly find the event if you need to respond to it. All of this means less time spent popping in and out of detail and graph screens and more time spent planning your strategies. The detail and graph screens are there if you need them, but you only have to visit them if you really want to do so.
For the review in its entirety, follow the link below.

Gamers Temple: Civ IV Review
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Macgamestore Begins Offering Digital Downloads2:47 PM
IMG Podcast Episode 7 Released10:27 AM
Dofus Wrap Up Report8:51 AM
Stubbs The Zombie Examined8:50 AM
WoW: Holiday Patch Coming Today8:50 AM
Fairies Reviewed8:49 AM
A Free Christmas Crisis For Everyone8:43 AM
Blizzard Holiday Contests8:40 AM
Solitaire Forever Updated to v1.1.28:36 AM
The Sims Joins List of Greatest Games of All Time8:36 AM
World of WarCraft Walkthrough, Fan Movies8:36 AM
One Step Closer to The Sims 2 University8:35 AM
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