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The Sims Complete Collection Ships
8:02 AM | Evan Holt | 9 comments

Aspyr has announced that The Sims: Complete Collection is shipping. This box set allows Mac gamers to enjoy the entire Sims series release including all seven expansion packs including Hot Date, House Party, Livin’ Large, Makin’ Magic, Superstar, Unleashed, and Vacation.

The Sims puts you in charge of creating a "Sim" (Choosing from various personality traits) and keeping it happy through social, material and other aspects.

The Sims: Complete Collection requires:

Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later (10.4 recommended)
CPU Processor: PowerPC G3 or later
CPU Speed: 500MHz or faster
Memory: 256 MB or higher
Hard Disk Space: 3.5 GB free disk space
Video Memory (VRam): 4 MB or higher
Media Required: DVD Drive
It is available for sale for 49.99 U.S. The Sims and expansion packs have been reviewed here on Inside Mac Games with an average rating of 8/10.

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Macgamestore: Poker Academy Now Available, Save 10 Percent!
12:17 PM | Tuncer Deniz has announced that of the best poker software in the world, Poker Academy Standard and Poker Academy Pro, is now available as a digital download purchase. Regularly available for $29 and $129 respectively, each game game be purchased for 10 percent off or $26 and $116 respectively, exclusively through

A free demo of both versions are also available.

Poker Academy: Texas Hold'em version is the world's best poker software. It utilizes world renowned Artificial Intelligence research developed over more than 10 years. Poker Academy software will assist you in taking your poker game to the next level.

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Preview of Bang! Howdy
8:02 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

GamersInfo has posted a preview of a new game in development called Bang! Howdy. Being a fan of bugs, the creator is creating a new arcade game based on gold, cows and lots of “varmints” and “Yeehaws!”.

It’s a turn-based tactical game with a twist (we’ll get to the twist part in a bit – it’s the part that Michael envisioned for the bugs). It’s in full 3D with a wonderful art style – rather steam punk. It will, of course, be available for PC, Mac and Linux. It’s full of mini-games with 2-4 people but will eventually scale to 8-16 people. It’s funny. Michael’s favorite word is kooky – he uses it often. It’s free to play, mostly. The game also has the wonderful chat filters found in Three Rings previous game so expect lots of “varmints” and “Yeehaws!” Enough ambiguity.
Three game-types exist so far (with more to come):
• Claim Jumping – On the board there will be gold nuggets. You and your opponents will battle to get the gold nuggets back to your claim first. If you kill an opponents unit along the way, they’ll drop their nugget, leaving you the chance to pick it up.

• Cattle Rustling – Get your Big Shot next to a cow and brand the cow. The one who brands the most cows wins.

• Gold Rush – On one side of the board are gold nuggets; on the other are the players. You must rush to the other side and claim as many nuggets as possible.

For the full preview and a further description of game play, follow the link below.

GamersInfo: Preview of Bang! Howdy

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The Burning Crusade: Hellfire Citadel Revealed
8:02 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

New information has surfaced about Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming The Burning Crusade, the first expansion pack for the immensely successful World of Warcraft. The new details reveal more about the Hellfire Citadel, a nearly impenetrable Outland Horde bastion which survived the First and Second Wars. Now inhabited by a savage new breed of orcs, the Citadel will test the mettle of adventures in the new expansion.

Whatever authority these orcs answer to is unknown, although it is a strongly held belief that they are not working for the Burning Legion.

Perhaps the most unsettling news to come from Outland are the accounts of thunderous, savage cries issuing from somewhere deep beneath the citadel. Many have begun to wonder if these unearthly outbursts are somehow connected to the corrupted fel orcs and their growing numbers. Unfortunately those questions will have to remain unanswered.
Blizzard has yet to set a firm release date for The Burning Crusade. To read more about Hellfire Citadel follow the link below.

Gamecloud: New Burning Crusade Details
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Legion Arena Q&A
8:02 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Armchair General has posted an interview with Slitherine's development director about Legion Arena, their unique Roman themed real time strategy role playing game. Legion Arena focuses on battles, allowing players to leap into the action to forge their novice recruits into elite veterans. The interview delves into the game's mechanics and discusses the behind the scenes design decisions.

ACG: After having made it through the entire game, I have to admit I was surprised I didn’t see any heavy weapons such as chariots, ballistae, or any sort of siege craft [a sharp observer may note British chariots are featured on the game’s CD].  While this game is clearly focused on open engagements where such weapons would have been less important, they do seem conspicuous by their absence.  Will we see such weapons down the road?

Iain McNeil: We are planning to allow for larger units in the future, but there are significant technical and gameplay issues that we need to resolve first. We wanted to make sure we released a polished game that worked well without any crash bugs and this is what we did. Now we have the engine up and running we’ll work on adding new features such as larger units.

Freeverse Software will be bringing Legion Arena to a Mac near you in the immediate future. To read the rest of the interview click on the link below.

Armchair General: Legion Arena Q&A
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Apple Games Features Quake 4
8:02 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Apple's game section now features a new article exploring Quake 4 from Aspyr. The latest in the Quake first person shooter series details the exploits of Matthew Kane as he battles against the vicious Strogg.

In addition to the single player storyline, the Mac version of the game will feature cross platform multiplayer support, up to 16 players, and a dedicated server allowing Mac users to host their own games.


Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
CPU Processor: PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel chipset
CPU Speed: 1.67 GHz or faster
Memory: 512 MB or higher
Hard Disk Space: 3 GB free disk space
Video Card (ATI): Radeon 9600 or better*
Video Card (NVidia): GeForce 6600 or better*
Video Memory (VRam): 64 MB or higher
Media Required: DVD Drive
Multiplayer: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported. Internet
play requires broadband connection.
* Supported Video cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6600, 6800, 7800, ATI Radeon 9600, 9650, 9700, 9800, X600, X800, X850, X1600
QUAKE 4 is set to ship shortly and is currently available for pre-order at

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Dell Aquires Alienware
8:02 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Dell has acquired high-end gaming and multimedia PC systems Alienware which has finally put to end weeks of speculation. Alienware will still continue to operate as an independent subsidiary.

What makes this purchase more interesting is the media attention that Dell is receiving. They believe that Dell has made this move to differentiate themselves since Apple's recent decision to move into the Intel market.

With the recent Intel/Apple relationship it’s clear that 15% (or whatever) of the consumer space for Dell may not be enough. Apple is likely to go to 8% with the help of Intel over the next year or so. The PC gaming market is threatening Dell’s “perceived technology leadership” – and ultimately the consumer space. The Alienware brand is cooler than Dell, and perhaps a likely candidate for Dell to take over based on size alone.
For more information on the new acquistion, read Yahoo's coverage and VoodooPC's blog on why Apple prompted this move.

Yahoo News: Dell Aquires Alienware
Voodoo PC Blog: Dellienware: Will Aliens get abducted?

Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Macgamestore: Super GameHouse Solitaire Vol. 111:44 AM
MacWorld Posts Article Explaining Middleware11:40 AM
IMG Posts Civilization IV First Look11:36 AM
Apple Updates Hot Deals11:33 AM
Help Beta Test Fish Tycoon11:00 AM
Ageia Launches "PhysX" Physics Processor8:04 AM
More New Servers For World of Warcraft8:04 AM
More on Lugaru 2 Graphics8:04 AM
World Of Warcraft Reviewed8:04 AM
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