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America's Army 2.6 Mac Client Coming
8:12 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A quick update to Ryan Gordon's .plan file notes that the recently released 2.6 version of America's Army will be coming to Mac OS X soon. This latest version of the Unreal Tournament-based freeware shooter features a new game browser, support for competitive gaming, and more multiplayer missions.

Here's a breakdown of one of the new missions, called "Border."

In the explosive action of the Border mission, America's Army players must infiltrate the base of operations of a small known terrorist cell. Intelligence reports confirm that the terrorists are planning synchronized bombing strikes at several different civilian landmarks and that high-level sensitive information (Precious Cargo) pertaining to these lethal strikes is being kept at this operations base. A squad from the 172nd Sep. Infantry BDE must secure the precious cargo located in this border village and then proceed safely to the extraction point.
For more America's Army information on version 2.6, check out their community site. IMG will post word when the official Mac client is available.

America's Army 2.6 Information
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Buy 3 Games, Jedi Academy or Homeworld 2 Free
1:50 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Our Buy 3 Games promotion has been so popular with customers, we've decided to update it once again. Back in May, introduced a popular promotion where you can get a free copy of Jedi Academy when you order 3 other games. We then updated the offer to include Homeworld 2 back in September. Today we're updating the promotion again.

Buy any 3 games from, and get Aspyr's Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy or Homeworld 2 for free (a $39.95 dollar value). Use coupon code jedi for Jedi Academy or homeworld2 for Homeworld 2. If you already own these games, then you can use coupon 10percentoff to get 10 percent off your order. The coupon can only be used for games. Hardware items cannot be used.

Shoppers will need to add three games to their cart, then apply the coupon code or else your order will not be processed. If you want to get Jedi Academy or Homeworld 2 for free, you'll need to also add that item to your cart.

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Legion Arena Hits Alpha Status
12:44 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Freeverse today announced that Legion Arena for the Mac has hit "Alpha" and is on schedule to ship this Spring. Here's a clip from the press release:

Ian Lynch Smith, President of Freeverse, using the latest build on the Mac said, "Argghhh!" as his loyal troops were decimated at the hands of the Roman Legions.

Legion Arena by Slitherine Software is a Role Playing Strategy game on a massive scale. Take control of a small band of warriors and train them to be the mightiest army in the world!

Buy equipment and choose from over 100 skills, personalize the appearance of your squads, earn experience and denari for your victories, Legion Arena takes the best elements of Role-Playing games and puts it in the context of an epic strategic struggle.

Play as either the Romans or the Gauls in over 100 scenarios and with over 20 unique units including Praetorians, Elephants, and Naked Fanatics. That's right, Naked Fanatics!

For more, head over to the Freeverse web site.

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Pixar Cars Game Announced For PC
8:12 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Recently THQ announced work on a game based on Pixar's next film, Cars. The movie features a collection of talking automobiles including the protagonist Lightning McQueen who learns a valuable lesson on his way to a big race. The game will allow players to drive ten vehicles in more than 50 races.

The game will appear on the GameCube, Xbox, PlayStation 2, PSP, Game Boy Advance, DS, and PC, and it's a story-driven racing adventure. Gamers will get behind the wheel of 10 playable characters in a free-roaming environment that features more than 50 races. The film's cast will reprise their roles as voices in the game.
While a Mac version is not mentioned, Cars is part of the same publishing agreement which resulted in Mac versions of the Finding Nemo and The Incredibles games. To learn more click on the link below.

Gamespot: Cars Game Announcement

Further iMac CD Benchmarks Updated
8:12 AM | Evan Holt | 4 comments

Barefeats recently posted benchmarks for Apple's new iMac Core Duo to show how well it performs at maximum resolution (1680x1050). They compared it to Macs using a 6800 Ultra, x800 and the x600 XT (which was used in the previous generation of iMacs).

Barefeats has now added benchmarks of other systems, including a Quad Core Power Mac with a GeForce 7800GT.

Follow the link below to see benchmarks of the new iMac in games such as Doom 3, Unreal Tournament 2004 and World of Warcraft.

Barefeats: iMac CD Benchmarks at High Resolution

Minor World of WarCraft Patch Released
8:12 AM | Anthony Wang | 2 comments

Blizzard released version 1.9.4 of World of WarCraft. This latest patch adds a guild recruitment channel and other minor fixes. The patch should be automatically updated in-game, however if there are problems, manual patches are available.

Click on the links below to learn more information.

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World of WarCraft Character Transfers
8:12 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Blizzard has announced that character transfers from the Dragonblight Bronzebeard realsm to the Eitrigg realm will close today, one day earlier than originally planned due to heavy response. On a related note, Blizzard also opened up a new PvE realm, Rexxar, which is open to character transfers as well. The deadline for character transfers to Rexxar from a number of realms is tomorrow.

Character transfers on the Eitrigg realm have gone better than we had hoped for, and as a result character transfers are closing one day early. We encourage players on Dragonblight and Bronzebeard who are interested, to do so before tomorrow, February 15 at 3:00 PM PST.

Dragonblight –> Eitrigg
Bronzebeard –> Eitrigg

We've opened a new PvE realm: Rexxar! Players with characters on the realms listed below will be able to transfer their characters to this new realm. The transfers will be available until 3:00 PM PST, Thursday February 16. During this time, standard character creation will not be possible.

Suramar–> Rexxar
Draenor–> Rexxar
Feathermoon–> Rexxar
Windrunner–> Rexxar

Please click on the links below to transfer your characters and to learn more information.

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Darwinia In Action
8:12 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Hooked Gamers recently posted a review of the PC version of Darwinia. Introversion Software's unique real time strategy game enlists players in the fight to save a virtual theme park world from the assault of a deadly computer virus. Hooked Gamers gave Darwinia a final score of 8 out of 10.

From the review:

Darwinia is a very interesting game with a fresh new concept and new gameplay mechanics for the Strategy genre. It finds inspiration from many other great games, mainly Tron and Uplink, but it also takes some things from games like Command & Conquer and Warcraft III. While it relies heavily on micromanagement, there's a lot of group control while moving the Darwinians. Unfortunately, many parts feel unpolished and I'm still wondering why are Darwinians so important for AI research if they are so stupid they can hardly move in a straight line. For every creative and interesting concept in the game you will find a frustrating issue that prevents you from enjoying it. If you liked Warcraft III's new focus on micromanagement you will find much more challenge in trying to handle your units and issuing orders without losing control of your squadrons. Either way, for its budget price you won't be able to find anything better. Props to Introversion Software, one of the last (if not the last) garage programmers, for making a very deep and creative game. It had the potential to be a hit but it makes a pretty good showing nonetheless.
To read the full review and check out a collection of screenshots follow the link below.

Hooked Gamers: Darwinia Review
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, February 14, 2006

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Eschalon: Book 1 Interview And Screenshots8:20 AM
HOMM V Developer Diary8:20 AM
Massive Nexuiz 1.5 Update Released8:20 AM
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