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WAKFU, Dofus Arena, Expansion at E3
7:02 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Ankama Studio, maker of the flash-based fantasy MMORPG Dofus, has announced it will be unveiling three new titles at the E3 event in May. The first is an entirely new MMORPG titled WAKFU. Players of the new game will not only fight using the traditional skills and abilities, they will also build cities and have a direct impact on the game universe.

WAKFU is the upcoming massively multiplayer video game of Ankama Studio. While Dofus keeps on gathering more and more players, Ankama Studio is already working on the development of a new Massive Multiplayer Online Game. In WAKFU, players will not only have to use the skills of their characters to fight a fierce fauna and flora using magic, martial arts or new technologies. They will also have to build cities in a virgin universe while preserving nature from destruction. Thanks to a universal and intuitive language, players will interact to create alliances or to take part in fights that will have a direct influence upon the universe.
Another new title is Dofus Arena, which takes the Dofus fighting engine and adapts it for player vs player arena combat. Participants choose a team of characters, arm them with spells and items, and then battle against other players for victory.
Dofus-Arena is currently under Beta test. It is based on the Dofus fighting system and is adapted to suit a 100%-PvP-tactical videogame. Each player must create a team made of characters armed with spells, weapons and items before they can face opponents in a 1vs1 or 2vs2 mode in the arenas which hide many surprises. The final goal: to become one of the greatest masters of Amakna. During the E3 2006, Ankama Studio will present the GOLD version before its official release.
The final announced title is the upcoming expansion for Dofus. The interestingly named Riders of the Dragoturkey will introduce mounts, breeding professions, and an expanded free play zone.
DOFUS is a remarkable MMORPG. With a cartoon-like universe, a tactical turn-based gameplay during fights, a devastating humor and a free version with no time restriction, DOFUS became in less than a year a real phenomenon (800,000 registered players including 50,000 subscribers)
Ankama Studio announces the release of the much expected extension "Riders of the Dragoturkey" for June 2006. In this extension, new things will appear such as mounts, breeding professions, new functionalities of communications and exchange in between players as well as the enlargement of the free zone.
To learn more about Ankama and its products click on the links below.

Worthplaying: Ankama's E3 Lineup
Dofus Official Site
Ankama Studio

Pangea Offers Free Scholastic Site License
8:05 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Educators may be interested in a recent update to Pangea Software's policy on sitewide licenses for any of its games. Previously, Pangea allowed any K-12 public school to freely install any game on as many machines as were available to the school, with the stipulation that the school own at least one legitimate copy of that game.

The policy has now changed, and schools no longer have to purchase any copies. Instead, Pangea is offering free serial numbers for all their titles to public schools in the U.S. These titles include Bugdom, Nansosaur, Enigmo, Billy Frontier, Otto Matic, Bugdom 2, Nanosaur 2, Enigmo 2, and Cro-Mag Rally.

To request a serial number, schools must file a written request on the school's letterhead that lists the requested game titles and a .k12 email address to which the serial numbers will be set. The letter must also be signed by the school's principal.

Those seeking more information related to this new policy are encouraged to contact Brian Greenstone at

Pangea Software - Free Site License Policy
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Joystiq Reviews X-Plane 8
7:56 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Joystiq has posted a review by Conrad Quilty-Harper of X-Plane 8. A title constantly in the making by Austin Meyer, X-Plane's strenghts lie in its realistic flight mechanics and wide variety of flying machines.

The main scope of the review focuses on the question of X-Plane's accessibility to both newcomers and hardcore flight sim fans. One point of note is its realism:

While the game lacks the range of preset situations that its main competitor (MSFS 2004) features, if you can do it in real life, you can do it in X-Plane. Anything from a full shuttle approach from orbit to a mid-air launch of the X-15 Mach 6 experimental plane is possible with X-Plane.
The full review can be found at Joystiq.

Joystiq - X-Plane 8 Review
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Bannister Updates Emulators for Intel Macs
7:02 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Richard Bannister has released Universal Binary versions of 25 of his emulator programs. These Intel Mac friendly versions are the result of disappointing performace seen when running older versions under Rosetta. Some of the emulators receiving the universal treatment include BSNES, Frodo, and Genesis Plus.

Here's a partial list of some issues these updates resolve:

- Fixed an issue where keyboard configuration could occasionally get confused during an emulator upgrade. In this situation, the keys are now reset to their defaults.
- Internal code now uses FSRef instead of FSSpec.
- Placard drawing ("Emulation Reset" etc) now uses CoreGraphics instead of QuickDraw.
- Fixed an issue where Close menu item was not disabled when no ROM was open in some emulators.
- Removed some obsolete code that was slowing down overall performance.
- Fixed several memory leaks.
To learn more about the new emulator versions head over to Bannister's website at the link below. Software

Mac Games News for Monday, April 17, 2006

IMG Reviews Hearts of Iron 211:44 AM
Apple Updates Hot Deals9:39 AM
Tribal Trouble Universal Binary Released8:24 AM
Enigmo 1.3.2 Update7:49 AM
Fairy Tower Nearing Release, Music Download7:49 AM
Seven Days In Boot Camp7:49 AM
Spiderweb's Vogel on Indie Games7:49 AM
Tuning into Game Music7:49 AM
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