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World of WarCraft Account Closings
9:57 AM | Anthony Wang | 4 comments

Blizzard announced they have closed over 18,000 World of Warcraft accounts for cheating and malicious behavior over the past three months. According to the news post, most of the accounts banned were using third-party software to harvest gold and items. Gold farming has been a recent controversy, especially in MMORPGS, and has led to varied developments.

In keeping with Blizzard's aggressive stance against cheating in World of Warcraft, we have permanently closed more than 18,000 accounts over the past three months for participating in activities that violate the game's Terms of Use.

A majority of these accounts were found to be using third-party programs to farm gold and items. Such actions can severely impact the economy of a realm and the overall game enjoyment for all players

Please follow the links below to read the announcement.

Blizzard: World of WarCraft Account Closings
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IMG Podcast Episode 9 Released
4:32 PM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Today IMG released the ninth 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, Justin Ficarrotta, author of Kill Monty, and Dennis Piatkowski, a Mac porter of DrakkenWulf Enterprises.

On the show this week's show:

bh>Weekly News
  • UT2004 Megapack Released
  • Independent Games Festival Winners Announced
  • Civilization III: Complete Now Beta
  • Aspyr Announced Quake 4
  • OMG Cup Finalists Announced

Weekly Features

  • Listener Emails
  • Stump Buck
  • IMG Podcast Contest
  • Interview with Dennis Piatkowski
To download visit the IMG Podcast Homepage for instructions and shownotes by clicking the link below.

IMG Podcast Homepage

IMG Posts Inside Mac Shareware - December
11:30 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted the sixth edition of Inside Macintosh Shareware, a bi-monthly guide that showcases some new and not-so-new shareware and freeware games for the Mac. The feature covers various shareware games available for the Mac.

To check out the feature, follow the link below.

IMG Feature: Inside Mac Shareware - December

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Sims 2: Open for Business Development Update
10:01 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

The Sims Zone has posted a development update of The Sims 2: Open for Business, the latest announced expansion pack for the best-selling virtual life simulator. This update offers a movie, two new screenshots, and a developer email with possible features in the game.

Things are really crazy around here. We just hit a major milestone with The Sims 2: Open for Business. There is a tremendous amount of tuning, polishing, and most importantly gameplaying going on. Everyone is talking about how fun and different the gameplay is from anything we've done before. I honestly can't wait to see the kind of businesses you guys end up building. It's really incredible to see your Sims running a business, waiting on customers, and managing a staff of employees.
The Sims 2: Open for Business expansion pack has not been announced for the Macintosh yet. However, thanks to Aspyr Media for porting a majority of The Sims expansion packs and the first of the Sims 2 expansion packs, it is almost certain that this latest extension of the Sims universe will reach our Macs in the future.

The Sims Zone: Sims 2 Open for Business Development Update
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iGame Radio Holiday Games Blast, Feral Questions
10:00 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

The iGame Radio Newsletter is reminding everyone of the special Holiday Games Blast iGame Radio show hosted by Omaha Sternberg at 5pm PST on December 29, 2005. Several guests from around the Mac industry will be on the show to answer your questions live through the VoIP client, Skype, or by email. However, one of the guests will not be able to show up for the scheduled air time, so a request has been made on the behalf of iGame Radio to submit your questions regarding Feral Interactive by email.

Unfortunately, one of my guests, David Stephen of Feral Interactive, won't be able to make the live show. But I want your Feral questions
answered. So, I've scheduled a special taping of the David Stephen
interview early next week...I will make sure to include them in my list of
questions to be asked. Also, let me know if you want your name
associated with the question in the interview. If you don't mention
that in your email, I'll assume you don't...So, don't forget, to get your Feral questions answered, email them to me by December 26th at 7 pm PST.
Be sure to tune in on December 29, 2005 for a winter blast of Mac gaming radio. Please follow the links below for more information.

MacRadio: iGame Radio
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Introversion To Release DEFCON
9:59 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Introversion Software, maker of such titles as Uplink and Darwinia, is working on a new title called DEFCON. According to a post on Evil Avatar the latest edition of PC Gamer UK offers a few details about the upcoming game.

The new game, titled DEFCON, is a multiplayer strategy which pitches two players against one another in a game of Global Thermonuclear War.

In DEFCON a player must manage their launch silos in an attempt to defend their major cities against nuclear attack while simultaneously launching their own attacks against the other player.

Nuclear subs, bombers, radar sites, the possibility of 8 hour marathon games played in real time in the background while at work and the typical Introversion style mean that DEFCON is shaping up to be another classic.
Ambrosia Software brought Introversion's previous two titles to the Mac platform. There is no word yet on the possibility of DEFCON taking the same path.

Click on the links below for more information.

Evil Avatar: PC Gamer UK Features DEFCON
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SpongeBob Reviewed
9:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room has posted a review of SpongeBob Squarepants: The Movie, an adventure title targeted at younger gamers. Loosely following the plot of the movie, the game allows players to take on the roles of characters from the cartoon and work to save Mr. Krabs and all of Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob and his pals managed to get 3 out of 5 mice from the Game Room.

From the review:

Most of the game takes place in static scenes. By exploring the environment and interacting with the characters you can find what you need to get to the next step. For example, when SpongeBob needs to borrow Mr. Krabs’ car, he has to first find the passkey to Mr. Krabs’ secret garage, which involves providing a character he meets along the way with fried ice cream. You can solve most problems pretty quickly using basic deduction and an understanding of where things are located in the game—though you may have to retrace your steps or repeatedly visit the same locations. Sophisticated gamers won’t find much challenge here.
To read the entire review follow the link below.

Macworld Game Room: SpongeBob Squarepants Review
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Redline Update With New Car Screenshots
9:58 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software has once again added new content to their Redline progress forum thread. Redline is a racing game that has been in development for a few years now and just recently showing signs of life. Among the new content are screenshots of a Porsche, Corvette, and the installer background image.

Working on the Maserati 3200GT now, the model is finished and I am in the middle of the arranging the UVs for texturing. This is my last car for the game! wØØt!
Please follow the links below view the new content and to learn more information.

Ambrosia Software: Redline Progress
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Freespace 2 Now Available
9:57 AM | Anthony Wang | 7 comments

Macologist today announced they are hosting the first Mac OS X version of Freespace 2, an open source space game with elements of simulation, shooter, and adventure. Developed by Volition Inc and kudos to a community gamer for bringing the Freespace 2 to the Mac.

An OS X distribution of the game Freespace 2 is now available for download at Macologist. Freespace 2 is an open source game originally developed by Volition, and has received praise as an extraordinary space simulator, shooter, and adventure.

Some users have managed to get the Linux distro working in OS X, but as it's a difficult process for most gamers, community gamer JXSelf has put together a ready-compiled distribution for OS X. His version was originally made available as a bittorrent at his site, and now we are proud to make it available as a download here at Macologist.

The download for Freespace 2 weighs in at 1.46 GB, so a broadband connection is recommended. Please follow the links below to download and to learn more information.

Macologist: Freespace 2 OS X Download
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Macgamestore: 4 New Mac Games In Stock10:36 AM
Ambrosia Releases EV Nova 1.0.910:34 AM
IMG Reviews Fairies10:26 AM
GarageGames Website Makeover9:04 AM
More Background For Littlewing's Fairy Tower9:04 AM
New Blizzard Merchandise On Sale9:04 AM
World Of Warcraft Q&A9:04 AM
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