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Stoked Rider Reaches Open Beta
7:24 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Austrian developer Bongfish Interactive Entertainment has announced the open-beta phase for their upcoming snowboarding title, Stoked Rider featuring Tommy Brunner. The game will offer a massive mountain environment, a realistic physics engine, and a unique collaborative multiplayer experience.

Some features of Stoked Rider:

* developed with the professional input of Quiksilver's freeriding legend Tommy Brunner
* massive anywhere-to-go-mountain world allowing to drop the rider anywhere-you-want
* presented in a fresh & unique rendering style
* never seen before physical game-play experience & dynamically responsive character animation made possible by AGEIA's Phys-X middleware.
* a filesize of just 30mb made realized by the use of procedural world-building technique and making this a perfect fit for electronic distribution
* innovative multiplayer approach letting players share their achieved height-meters in a collaborative enviroment
The game is scheduled for a mid-March release. For more information follow the link below.

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IMG Reviews DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold
12:43 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold, the latest game from Caravel Games. Here's a clip from the review:

Gaming in DROD is old school to the core. The action is top-down and movement is both grid and turn-based. Navigating using the keyboard, the gamer guides Beethro through rooms that are puzzlers disguised as combat scenarios with herds of nasty creatures. The game is turn-based, but not in the standard Final Fantasy-RPG style. It works this way: Beethro gets a chance to move, then ALL the bad guys move at once. While that may make things sound pretty much impossible, all the enemies have different rules to define their movements. I won't divulge too much of that info because the way many of the enemies move are puzzles in and of themselves, but some enemies will follow you no matter how you move, some will only move if you trigger their sight and some have trouble following certain types of movement. Combine keeping track of all that with endless room puzzles and DROD is one heck of a challenge.
Check out the entire review by following the link below.

IMG Review: DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold

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Relic Items in Upcoming WoW v1.10
7:24 AM | Evan Holt | 7 comments

In addition to weather being added in the upcoming World of Warcraft 1.10 patch, there are going to be some other exciting new changes.

As posted by Blizzard in their forums...

We're in the process of implementing a relic slot for the Paladin, Shaman and Druid. Ideally, this will be live upon the release of patch 1.10. Basically, this slot will allow these three classes to equip a relic item, since currently these classes are unable to reap the statistical benefits associated with equiping a ranged weapon...and we're tired of seeing you run around with Egan's Blaster. ;)

For example...

Idol of Rejuvination
Requires level 57
Equip: Increases the healing per 3 seconds on your Rejuvenation by up to 10

Totem of Rebirth
Requires level 57
Equip: Reduces the cooldown of your Reincarnation ability by 10 minutes.

Libram of Hope
Requires level 57
Equip: Reduces the mana cost of your Seal spells by 20

Exciting news indeed for the classes with limited range attacks. Read more about this change in links below.

Blizzard Forums: Relic Items Announcement
Blizzard Forums: Relic Examples
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Pac The Man X Reviewed
7:24 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room is featuring a review of Pac the Man X, McSebi's freeware homage to the classic ghost evading pellet gobbler. While not a direct copy of the original, PtMX follows the same theme. The game features support for the latest macs, a variety of levels, and a multiplayer mode allowing two players on one Mac. The Game Room gave Pac the Man X 4.5 mice out of 5.

From the review:

Thanks to an updated OpenGL graphics engine, the gameís animation effects are silky smooth and much improved. There are also stereo sound effects and multiple music themes; you can set the themes to play randomly or just choose the ones you like.

The latest version of the game (1.0.2) is Universal, so it should run well on a new iMac or MacBook Pro. But you donít need the latest hardware to play. The game requires a 500MHz G3 or faster Mac with an OpenGL-compatible graphics system and at least 16MB of VRAM.

A level editor is available for download from Stone Design. The game can be downloaded from

To read the entire review click on the link below.

Macworld Game Room: Pac the Man X Review
MGF: Pac the Man X 1.0.2
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Buy 3 Games, Jedi Academy or Homeworld 2 Free1:50 PM
Legion Arena Hits Alpha Status12:44 PM
America's Army 2.6 Mac Client Coming8:12 AM
Darwinia In Action8:12 AM
Further iMac CD Benchmarks Updated8:12 AM
Minor World of WarCraft Patch Released8:12 AM
Pixar Cars Game Announced For PC8:12 AM
World of WarCraft Character Transfers8:12 AM
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