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New WoW: Ahn'Qiraj Gameplay Footage
8:09 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Blizzard Entertainment has posted a new gameplay trailer for World of Warcraft, featuring the opening of the gates of Ahn'Qiraj. The trailer reveals an enormous group of heroes, from both the Alliance and Horde, gathering to face the unknown dangers dwelling within the gates of the ancient fortress city.

Something sinister dwells within Ahn'Qiraj, something that gave even the mighty dragons pause when they led the night elven forces into the heart of the qiraji empire during the War of the Shifting Sands. For a thousand years, the magical barrier around the ancient fortress city has contained this threat; now, the fate of Kalimdor and all of Azeroth lies in the hands of the mortal races. Watch an enormous group of heroes from both the Alliance and the Horde gather before the Scarab Wall to face the coming darkness as one in this new gameplay trailer, which features footage of the gates of Ahn'Qiraj as they are reopened at last.
The trailer can be downloaded at the movie page below.

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Macgamestore: C&C Generals Deluxe, GameHouse Sudoku!
2:03 PM | Tuncer Deniz today began shipping Command & Conquer: Generals Deluxe Edition. The deluxe pack, which includes the original game and the Zero Hour expansion pack, is available for $59.95. also has a new digital download game, GameHouse Sudoku!, available for sale for $19.99. GameHouse Sudoku is a simple, addictive game of logic that will leave you begging for mercy! Solve the mystery of the number grid with reasoning and patience (no math required). There is only one rule: Fill in the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains all digits 1-9 only once. A free demo is available available.

Macgamestore: GameHouse Sudoku!
Macgamestore: Command & Conquer: Generals Deluxe Edition

Apple Posts Latest Hot Deals
1:08 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Apple Store Special Deals has posted new prices on Apple Certified refurbished 20GB iPod w/Click Wheel for only $169.00!; Apple Certified refurbished 20GB iPod w/color display for only $199.00!; and much more.

J&R Computerworld has deals on a wide variety of Mac products including; Podcasting Pocket Guide from O'Reilly Media for only $9.95; M-Audio Black Box USB audio Recording Interface with 12 virtual amps; 43 beat-synced effects; 99 drum patterns and built-in guitar tuner for only $179.99!; SmartDisk PhotoCute 20GB USB Photo Storage Drive for $149.99; Samsung SyncMaster 930B 19" LCD Display for only $309.99 after $50 mail-in rebate; M-Audio FireWire Audiophile Audio/MIDI Interface for $139.99; LaCie 160GB Porsche Design FireWire external hard drive for only $129.99!; and more.

MacZone has deals on a wide variety of Mac products including; Hewlett Packard 3600DN Color LaserJet Printer for only $848.98; Sony DSC-N1 8.i megapixel digital camera for only $473.98!; from Symantec, Norton Internet Security 3.0 for $84.98; Hewlett Packard 4250n LaserJet Printer for only $1248.88; Hewlett Packard 4250TN B/W Laser Printer for $1498.98; and more.

Tuncer's Blog: Don't Fear The Reaper
12:11 PM | IMG News | 1 comment

IMG Founder and Publisher, Tuncer Deniz, has updated his blog with a new entry. This week Tuncer covers the decline in PC gaming and its affect on Mac gaming. Plus some interesting news about an SMP version of Quake 4. And finally, Tuncer checks out the amazing new video of Will Wright's Spore.

To check out the blog, follow the link below.

Tuncer's Blog: Don't Fear The Reaper

MacWorld reviews Intel Mac Mini
11:48 AM | Evan Holt | 6 comments

MacWorld has reviewed the Intel Mac Mini and compared it to the previous generation as well as other Intel Macs.

Both the Core Solo/1.5 GHz and the Core Duo/1.66GHz faired very well and both received a four out of five. The Core Solo is said to under-perform, but still is an excellent entry-level Mac.

From a games standpoint, the benchmarks show that the new Mac Minis did better than the previous generation in Nanosaur 2 (increased by roughly 33 percent) but not Unreal Tournament 2004. MacWorld also found that resizing QuickTime and DVD Player windows was much smoother than on the G4 Mac Minis.

To see how well the new Mac Minis performed, click the link below.

MacWorld: Intel Mac Mini review

Blue Takes You To School: A Review
8:09 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room is offering a review of the kid friendly Blue Takes You To School. The game follows the adventures of Blue, the famous cartoon canine from the Blue's Clues television show, as the helpful pup leads children through a variety of activities. The Game Room gave Blue Takes You To School 4 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

The game is set in Miss Marigold’s classroom as characters participate in a variety of activities. In Music Time, for example, you have to match rhythms played by Blue and her friends. In Art Time you get to make works of art that can be shared with friends. You can play with virtual stickers, a coloring book, and a variety of colors, brushes, and other tools, including a spray can and eraser. Once you’re done, you can print your masterpieces.

Class Pet Playtime lets you feed and care for Giggles, the class pet—an adorable bunny in a cage. Water Table Time, on the other hand, gives you the chance to play with toy motor boats (you direct a boat around obstacles by setting up angled blocks). In the Nature Discovery Garden, you’ll join Miss Marigold and Magenta as they collect photographs of bugs, plants, minerals and other natural objects. Miss Marigold offers fun facts along the way—for example, the snail is a close relative of oysters and clams.

To read the entire review click on the link below.

Macworld Game Room: Blue Takes You To School Review

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Minions of Mirth Q&A
8:09 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

RPG Vault has posted the first part of an interview with Josh Ritter of Prairie Games about the company's RPG, Minions of Mirth. The game is a unique combination of single player adventuring and massively multiplayer online gaming. The interview covers a short history of Prairie Games, the Minions of Mirth storyline, and a variety of gameplay related issues.

From the Q&A:

Jonric: What's the story behind the project? Who is Prairie Games, where did your funding come from, and did any other parties participate in development?

Josh Ritter: Prairie Games, Inc. has a development staff of two people, Josh Ritter and Lara Engebretson. I am an industry veteran with over 10 shipped retail titles and a number of engines. Minions of Mirth is Lara's first experience with game development.

Lara and I were self-funded for a portion of Minions of Mirth's development. We took everything we had, including credit cards, and maxed ourselves out. We moved to a remote town in North Dakota to minimize our cost of living. In 2005, we found a partner to assist with the funding. In short, we all took a tremendous risk.

We contracted for some of the game's artwork. Magnus Blikstad of WiT Entertainment single-handedly modeled, textured and animated every character in the game. Minions of Mirth features two hours of original score by Ronald van Deurzen. Christophe Canon of Frogames created clothing and armor textures as well as the world map. Additionally, unlike other games, we roll community modifications into the official version. In fact, Kevin Brown, who was playtesting the OSX version, wrote most of the game's world lore.
To read the full interview head over to RPGVault at the link below.

RPG Vault: Minions of Mirth Interview Part 1
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Macgamestore: Acropolis Now Available As Universal Binary2:44 PM
IMG Reviews Star Chamber: The Harbinger Saga12:48 PM
A-OK! The Wings of Mercury 3.6 Released7:37 AM
HoMM V: Inferno Heroes Previewed7:37 AM
Minions of Mirth Reviewed7:37 AM
Second Gadgetzan Times Hot Off The Presses7:37 AM
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