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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

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Mac Neverwinter Updated
8:22 AM | Andy Largent | 4 comments

A new beta of Neverwinter Nights for Mac OS X has been posted by Bioware. Version 1.67b4 fixes a large number of issues in the game, as well as adding new creatures and placeable objects.

Here's a snapshot of a few of the changes made in the patch:

  • Added a new setting to the nwnplayer.ini file under [Server Options] "Examine Effects On Creatures=1". If this option turned off then any magical effects on a creature will not appear in the creature description when you examine a creature in the game (Note: DMs will still see the effects on the creature).
  • Added a new setting to the nwnplayer.ini file under [Server Options] "Examine CR On Creatures=1". If this option turned off then the challenge rating of a creature will not appear in the creature description when you examine a creature in the game.
  • Added strings to bow models.
  • Expanded the number of color choices available for Armor, Cloth, Leather, Skin, Hair, Tattoos (affects both character generation and the toolset).
  • For the full details, or to download the update, head over to Bioware's site.

    NWN Mac 1.67b4 Release Notes
    Neverwinter Nights
    Buy Neverwinter Nights

    Macgamestore: Hearts of Iron 2, Huge Clearance Sale
    11:42 AM | Tuncer Deniz has begun taking pre-orders for boxed version of Hearts of Iron 2. The game is the sequel to the most appreciated World War II PC game of true Grand Strategic scope ever made. As in its forbear, the map spans the entire world and allows you to play one of over 175 countries during the course of World War II. The game is completely revised with an updated combat system, a new map, revised and easy-to-use interface, new technology tree and hundreds of other updates and improvements.

    Hearts of Iron 2 is available for pre-order for $39.95 and should ship by the end of this month. has announced a new clearnace sale! The following games are now on clearance to make way for new and exciting Mac games. Once they're gone, that's it, they’ll be gone forever!

    Bejeweled 2 (box) - $14.95 (was $19.95) (SOLD OUT)
    Big Kahuna Reef (box) - $14.95 (was $19.95)
    Tron 2.0 - $19.95 (was $39.95)
    Airburst Extreme - $9.95 (was $29.95) (SOLD OUT)
    Aliens vs Predator 2 - $14.95 (was $29.95) (SOLD OUT)
    Black & White: Creature Isle - $9.95 (was $19.95)
    Bionicle: The Game - $19.95 (was $39.95)
    Delta Force: Black Hawk Down - $14.95 (was $39.95) (SOLD OUT)
    Hard Rock Casino - $9.95 (was $19.95)
    Luxor - $9.95 (was $19.95)
    No One Lives Forever 2 - $19.95 (was $29.95) (SOLD OUT) Hearts of Iron 2

    Apple Posts New Hot Deals
    11:34 AM | Tuncer Deniz

    CDW Mac Warehouse has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including: a free Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 when you buy Adobe's Acrobat 7.0 Professional Upgrade from v.6.0 for only $149.00; Nikon Coolpix L1 6.2 mega-pixel digital camera for only $249.95 after $80 mail-in rebate! Hurry, offer ends 5/31; building a wireless network? Get the 3Com OfficeConnect 802.11a/b/g Access point. Cover all the bases for only $109.99 after $60 mail-in rebate. Offer ends 6/2; start creating great iMovies with the Sony HandyCam DCR-HC36 MiniDV Camcorder for only $399.99; Print, copy, scan and fax with the Epson Stylus CX5800F all-in-one for only $149.99 after $30.00 mail-in rebate; and much more.

    Small Dog Electronics has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including: Got backup? Get the LaCie Porsche Design 160GB P3 external FireWire hard drive for only $114.00; buy the LaCie 4GB Carte Orange USB 2.0 Key-Drive bundled with a .Mac Subscription for only $179.00!; get ready for summer vacation with a Canon camera/printer bundle: Canon Pixma iP1600 Color Photo Printer, Canon PowerShot A410 digital camera, Kingston 512MB SD card and Crumpler camera bag all for only $239.00!; CARTune FM Transmitter and iPod charger for dockable iPods for only $33.00; get an easy to use recording system for your Mac with the M-Audio Fast Track Studio bundle: USB Audio Interface; GT Player Express - guitar effects/practice software; and the SoundCheck dynamic vocal microphone all for only $139.00; and much more.

    Sweetwater Sound has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including: the M-Audio Podcast Factory which includes a USB Midi interface, microphone with desktop stand and recording/editing software all for only $149.97; Prophet V programmable analog synth w/vector synthesis textures from Arturia for only $199.97; lay down some great beats with the Korg padKONTROL Midi controller w/16-velocity sensitive pads for only $199.97; DJ mixers get the Native Instruments Traktor DJ Studio 3 for only $249.97; change your studio life with the Frontier Design TranzPort wireless remote digital audio workstation (DAW) with backlit LCD data display for only $199.97; recording on your Mac is a snap with the PreSonus Inspire 1394 FireWire audio interface w/two mic pre-amps, two hi-Z inputs and Cubase LE recording software for only $199.97!; and much more.

    Deliver2Mac Adds New Titles
    11:29 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 3 comments

    Deliver2Mac, a dedicated Mac digital download hub for games and applications, has added two more titles to their digital download offering including Postal 2 and its expansion pack.

    Postal 2 - Share The Pain - $19.95
    Forget what you know about first person shooters. Walk a week in the Postal Dude's shoes. Freely explore full 3-D open-ended environments. Interact with over 100 unique NPC's including Gary Coleman, marching bands, dogs, cats and elephants, protesters, policemen and civilians, with or without weapons. POSTAL 2 is all about choice; experiment with everyone and everything. And remember... it's only as violent as you are!

    Postal 2 - Apocalypse Weekend - $19.95
    Apocalypse Weekend is an expansion to the POSTAL 2 single player
    experience.20 New Maps, New Melee Weapons, New Characters, New enemies and more....!

    For more, head over to Deliver2Mac.


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    IMG Reviews Bricks of Atlantis
    11:21 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    IMG has posted a review of Bricks of Atlantis, a break-out type game from Mac Joy. Here's a clip from the review:

    The game doesn't let you down if you are looking for a new and enjoyable way to spend a few afternoons or kill some time. With over 120 levels contained in ten level packs, including a bonus level pack that will be unlocked when you complete the first ten packs, it should take a while to complete the game. That's not including the fact that all of the level packs have three difficulty levels to master.
    To check out the full review, follow the link below.

    IMG Review: Bricks of Atlantis
    Mac Joy
    Bricks of Atlantis

    Hearts of Iron 2, Europa Universalis 2 Updated
    10:25 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Virtual Programming has updated two of their Mac products today with patch releases for Hearts of Iron 2 and Europa Universalis 2.

    Hearts of Iron 2: New version 1.3b1 fixes reported issues with Mac program crashes. Adds all the latest AI enhancements, bug fixes and brings the game up
    to date with the PC release.

    Europa Universalis 2: New version 1.09 brings the game up to the latest PC release. This provides many game balance fixes, bug fixes, AI changes,
    scenario updates and more....

    Both patches are available for download at

    MGF: Hearts of Iron 2 1.3b1 Patch
    MGF: Europa Universalis II 1.0.9 Patch

    True Combat Mac Version Announced
    10:12 AM | Eddie Park | 4 comments

    Macologist has noted the impending release of the next update to True Combat: Elite. A modification for Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, the next upcoming iteration, set at version .49, includes the promised Mac support that the TC:E dev team noted last year was coming.

    The update also brings a slew of other features, including realistic lighting and textures for maps, new gameplay types, and both widescreen and letterboxed modes.

    The current status on TCE is as follows: we have been working on Release Candidate #2 (RC2) since the end of March. The team is hard at work tweaking details to produce the best looking game imaginable on the Enemy Territory engine (not to mention fun, too!)
    More information and screenshots can be found at the official TC:E site.

    Macologist - True Combat: Elite Status Update, Mac version coming
    True Combat: Elite

    Apple Features MMORPGs
    10:12 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

    Apple has posted a nice little round up of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (or MMORPGs for short) available for the Mac. This feature convers such games as World of Warcraft, World War II Online: Battleground Europe, Second Life and A Tale in the Desert II.

    This is a great article for those that are curious as to what a MMORPG is and what it entails:

    Massively multiplayer online role-playing games let you play with and against hundreds or even thousands of other players over the Internet, engaging in activities that even a solo, offline experience can’t match, since live human beings are more unpredictable than computer-controlled characters. And, as our introduction demonstrates, MMORPGs take place in a wide variety of settings, enabling you to participate no matter what type of game world interests you.
    Visit Apple's page using the link below to read the full two page feature.

    Apple Features MMORPGs

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    Burning Crusade Bestiary Updated
    8:22 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    Blizzard Entertainment has updated the bestiary page for The Burning Crusade, the eagerly awaited first expansion for the overwhelmingly successful World of Warcraft. Two new creatures have found their way into the bestiary giving gamers the chance to learn about The Broken, loyal servants of Illidan the Betrayer, and the Rock Flayers, murderous creatures which stalk the Blade's Edge Mountains of Outland.

    The orcs of Outland were not the only ones to suffer the Burning Legion's demonic corruption. The Broken, led by the great Akama, fell prey to the demons' sinister influence, and just like the orcs, they too were changed by the corruption. Though they lost some of their former powers, the Broken still present a clear danger to all of Illidan's enemies throughout Outland. It almost seems like a miracle that the Broken somehow managed to preserve their shamanistic heritage, yet no one can say for sure how many of their traditions are still intact. From the safety of the fortified villages the Broken hold in Outland, they lord over their lesser cousins, the wretched Lost Ones.
    Check out the bestiary at the link below to learn more.

    WoW: Burning Crusade Bestiary
    Blizzard Entertainment
    World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
    Buy World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

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    DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold Reviewed
    8:22 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    Macworld's Game Room has posted a new review of DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold, a turn based puzzle adventure in which players must help the heroic Beethro find his lost nephew Halph. For Beethro to succeed players must find a way to conquer the 350+ rooms in the game. The Game Room gave DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold 4 out of 5 mice.

    From the review:

    Movement in DROD is purely turn-based—each time you hit a directional button on the keyboard, Beethro will move one step. Beethro comes armed with a nasty sword, which is quite helpful, as there are lots of bad guys to smite along the way—he is a smitemaster, after all. There are also traps that he needs to set off using his sword.

    One movement or action equals one tick of the clock. So if Beethro squares off against a bad guy and you move him one step forward, the bad guy can also move one step. By the time Beethro is standing face to face with him, you’ll want to swing the sword in the bad guy’s direction, otherwise Beethro is likely to fall in place. There are no hit points or strength points to keep track of—as soon as Beethro makes contact with a baddie or a deadly trap, he's toast.

    Fortunately, the game is very forgiving each time Beethro croaks. It’s willing to put you right back where you started when you first entered—after all, this is a puzzle game, not an RPG or an action title. That’s for the better because the puzzles and traps can send you back to square one in a heartbeat—you’ll find that you have to replay certain rooms over and over again until you can find the right combination of moves to get out alive.

    To read the rest of the review click on the link below.

    Macworld Game Room: DROD: JtRH Review
    Caravel Games
    DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold

    Mac Games News for Tuesday, April 18, 2006

    Pangea Offers Free Scholastic Site License8:05 AM
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