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Ragdoll Masters 3.0 Released
7:39 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Italian developer, Ragdoll Software recently released the third version of Ragdoll Masters. Version 3.0 adds music, anti-aliasing, enhanced effects, and a more polished interface. With techno music blasting, you control your 2D "stickman" figure using simple controls and attempt to get multiple hit combos, with an additional slow motion feature to give you a "Matrix movie" experience, that is if you can score a hit on your opponent first.

Ragdoll Masters is an experiment in the world of 2D beat 'em' ups with the use of ragdoll physics. In this game you control a stylized martial arts
master, making his way through stronger and stronger opponents with
spectacular moves and impressive blows. It features sophisticated physics
and plenty of other neat effects.
Ragdoll Masters 3.0 is a shareware game and costs $9.95 to purchase a serial that is reusable for all future updates. Please follow the links below to learn more information.

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IMG Posts One on One With Glenda Adams
11:33 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted the 27th part in an ongoing conversation between old friends Glenda Adams, Mac gaming goddess and Director of PC and Mac development at Aspyr Media, and Tuncer Deniz, publisher and editor-in-chief of IMG.

Topics covered this time around include Aspyr's upcoming releases including Civilization III and Civilization IV, the Apple switch to Intel, and more.

One on One With Glenda Adams (Part 27)

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World of Warcraft 1.9 Patch Released
10:29 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Blizzard has released the long-awaited 1.9 patch for World of Warcraft. The new patch includes dozens of content additions and fixes. Here's a list of some of the more important parts of the patch:

The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj
The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj will house two massive, unique dungeons -- the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj, a 20-man raid dungeon, and the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj, a 40-man raid dungeon. As players delve deeper into the mysteries of Ahn'Qiraj, they will discover revelations of the Silithid infestation and their shadowy masters, the Qiraji. Players will have to complete a world event of massive proportions before they can open the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj on their realm.

Linked Auction Houses
Players will now be able to buy and sell goods with greater effectiveness using the Linked Auction House system. Auction Houses in Orgrimmar, Undercity, and Thunder Bluff will now share the same pool of Horde player-created auctions, and Alliance players will find the same to be true when visiting Ironforge, Stormwind City, and Darnassus Auction Houses. This system has been expanded to support the neutral Auction Houses as well. Tanaris, Everlook, and Booty Bay will all be linked for players of both factions to access. In addition, the "Looking for Group" and "Trade" channels have been unified among the corresponding cities, meaning, for example, that you can trade your goods or look for groups in Ironforge while in Stormwind.

Multiple Battlegrounds Queues
Players will be able to enter multiple battleground queues. No longer must you make the hard decision of which queue to join -- when queued for all three, you can join the first one available or hold out for that particular battleground which you've really got your heart set on.

To update your copy of World of Warcraft, simply log into your game and await the patch.

To check out the full list of fixes and changes, follow the link below.

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World of Warcraft 1.9 Patch Notes
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Darwinia Reviewed
7:39 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

PCBurn recently reviewed the PC version of Darwinia, Introversion Software's unique real time strategy title. The game enlists players in the fight to save a virtual theme park world from the assault of a deadly computer virus. PCBurn appreciated Darwinia's innovative and quick gameplay, recommending it to both strategy and action fans.

From the review:

For such a visually different game there's definitely a well defined plot and story. Each section brings you closer to the goal of discovering what went wrong with the professors experiment and how the network came to be in its current state of disarray.
Cutscenes are carried out in-game, furthering Darwinia's immersive feel. The professors head pops up in video clips played on the bottom of the screen while the camera pans by the relevant parts of the maps illustrating his requests before each segment.
To read the full review click on the link below.

PCBurn: Darwinia Review
Ambrosia Software
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The Burning Crusade Discussed
7:39 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has posted a feature discussing the changes World of Warcraft's first expansion will bring to the game. The Burning Crusade will increase level limits, offer new areas to explore, and introduce new playable races. The MMORPG article ponders the impact these changes could have on gameplay.

The expansion will bring a new race to both the Horde and Alliance. The Blood Elves for the Horde have already been previewed. While I like the idea of adding new races to MMORPGs, they do not particularly have a huge impact on game play. Yes there are new zones to explore and it certainly adds a new look to the game.

The question is would the players like to see new classes? I think a new class would definitely change the game. Both factions would now have another option to boost their groups, raids, PvP strategy, and overall game-play. I have no doubt that adding a new class from a design and development perspective is a very difficult task. I think players would jump at the chance to try something new. I know everyone who has played Warcraft has tried each of the classes in one form or another, whether as a main or alt or a second level sixty.

To read the feature and learn more about The Burning Crusade follow the links listed below. Burning Crusade Feature
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
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World Of Warcraft Gift Card Giveaway
7:39 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

GamerGod is celebrating the new year with a random drawing each week of January. Eligible participants will have the chance to win a 60 day gift card for Blizzard's ever popular MMORPG World of Warcraft. Those interested in participating must register on GamerGod's forums and post in a designated topic on the WoW forum.

Contest winners will be chosen at random. For a chance to win a gift card follow the link below.

GamerGod: WoW Contest
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Stubbs The Zombie Review, Screenshots
7:39 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

That lovable zombie Stubbs has received another review, this time from Strategy Informer. Unleashed from the grave by Aspyr Media and Wideload Games, Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse follows the adventures of the angry undead protagonist as he vents his fury on the hapless denizens of Punchbowl. The game's visual flair and excellent sound managed to score 7.5 out of 10 from Strategy Informer.

From the review:

The intelligence of Stubbs' enemies ramps up as you progress though the game and is 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.
To check out the review and a handful of screenshots click on the link below.

Strategy Informer: Stubbs Review
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Mac Games News for Monday, January 2, 2006

Call of Duty 2 Coming Soon?10:04 AM
Sudoku Updated to 1.19:08 AM
Civ III: Complete at FC, Quake 4 in Alpha8:01 AM
Civilization IV Developer Chat8:01 AM
First Glimpse Of America's Army Sequel8:01 AM
Myst V Explored8:01 AM
Stubbs The Zombie Reviewed8:01 AM
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