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Monday, July 10, 2006

Aspyr Announces Digital Download Game Store
1:34 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 43 comments

Aspyr Media today announced the development of a new game application, The Gamerhood, that will allow a user to purchase and download a game directly to their Macintosh using a standard Internet connection. A wide range of Mac games, from very casual titles to some of Aspyr’s AAA titles, will be made available through The Gamerhood.

Over the next few months, Aspyr will release more specific information on The Gamerhood’s capabilities and a list of titles, which will be immediately available upon the application’s launch. A broad range of features already being implemented in The Gamerhood are listed below.

Aspyr’s The Gamerhood Features:

• Purchase games and download them online
• Play games without physical CD/DVD media
• Check user compatibility by comparing machine’s hardware against a game’s
minimum system requirements before purchase
• Alert users to current Aspyr projects and new games
• Allow users to register games online
• Alert users to game updates and provide installs for updates
• Provide a user-friendly interface and convenient way to organize personal
gaming catalogue
• Allow parents to restrict game play and online game store material based
on ESRB ratings
• Provide users opportunity to take advantage of special offers
Downloading The Gamerhood will be free to all Mac users. Look for more details about The Gamerhood from Aspyr in the Fall 2006.

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WoW Insider #8
1:35 PM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has released its latest World of Warcraft Insider. Issue #8 highlights recent WoW related updates including the revamped website and forums, the paid character transfer service, and a sneak peek at Jewelcrafting from the upcoming Burning Crusade expansion.

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade will introduce a lot of new features to expand the game in many interesting and fun ways. One of these additions is the introduction of a new profession: jewelcrafting. We have just released a brand-new page where you can get detailed information on the jewelcrafting profession and a first look at a related feature that will be introduced in The Burning Crusade: socketed items.

Jewelcrafters learn the art of creating beautiful jewelry and trinkets from metals and rare gems. By processing the raw ore mined from the various deposits and mineral veins, jewelcrafters can extract gems from the ore to use for their craft. Although miners sometimes find gems while gathering ore, jewelcrafters mostly rely on their prospecting skills to get more of the precious stones.

To read more about jewelcrafting, and everything else WoW related, click on the links below.

WoW: Burning Crusade Jewelcrafting
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Flow in Games - A Thesis
1:34 PM | Eddie Park | 1 comment

An interesting project recently brought to our attention centers around an MFA thesis that seeks to apply Flow Theory to game design. Currently displayed in a site named Flow in Games by researcher Jenova Chen, the thesis attempts to, among other things, demonstrate that Flow Theory can be applied to games to create experiences for a wide range of gamers as well as non-gamers.

The goal for this site and Jenova Chen's MFA thesis research is to explore and develop different design techniques to enhance the Flow experience in video games. It includes genetic Flow design theories & processes, analysis of the existing games' Flow system and examples of how to implement Flow with these techniques.
Along with an explanation on Flow Theory as well as exposition on the thesis, the Flow in Games site features a web-based game titled flOw that implements Flow Theory, giving players an interesting experience:
As part of Jenova Chen's thesis research, flOw inherits an embedded design of active DDA (dynamic difficulty adjustment), players with differing skill levels can intuitively customize their experiences in the zone and enjoy the game at their own pace. "Addicting" is the most common word its fans use to describe it.
flOw has already won a few accolades, including Edge magazine's Internet Game of the Month for May 06 as well as a spot in the Experimental Gameplay Workshop at this year's Game Developer's Conference. Readers are highly encouraged to check out the unique experience it offers.

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Quake 4 Mac Trailer Released
1:34 PM | Anthony Wang | 1 comment

Aspyr has posted a trailer for their recently released, Quake 4 action game. Developed by Raven Software, Quake 4 is the sequel to Quake II and continues its story of marines in a deadly struggle against the Strogg alien race.

Please follow the links below to view the trailer and to learn more information.

Apple: Quake 4 Trailer
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Burning Crusade Preview
1:34 PM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Actiontrip recently posted a detailed preview of The Burning Crusade, Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming first expansion for World of Warcraft. The eagerly awaited Crusade will offer an increased level cap, two new playable races, and the addition of the entirely new continent of Outworld to explore.

We know that the upcoming content patch 1.12 has been dubbed the PVP patch. Blizzard is already promising improved world PVP, multi-realm Battlegrounds and other enhancements, but what the Burning Crusade expansion clearly needs to concentrate on is to better define the structure of PVP combat. The direction of the next content update shows that Blizzard is listening to their vocal community after all, at least to a degree. Likely, they are paying close attention to what Mythic is talking about implementing in WAR, PVP-wise. Here’s what World of Warcraft lead designer Jeff Kaplan had to say on the subject to Gamespot: “We're building a PVP objective into every new Outland zone for outdoor world PVP. They're different for each zone. Hellfire Peninsula actually has three objectives that are very close to each other. Picture an outdoor Arathi Basin that's always ongoing. We're going to have some other big announcements that have to do with the PVP system, but that will be closer to launch, so we're not ready to talk about that yet.”
To read the rest of the preview head over to the site listed below.

Actiontrip: WoW Preview
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Mac Games News for Friday, July 7, 2006

Macgamestore: Cars The Video Game, Elythril Now Available4:01 PM
Apple Posts Newest Hot Deals3:57 PM
IMG Reviews The Sims 2 Nightlife7:51 AM
Custer Takes Requests7:01 AM
Heroes of Might and Magic V Reviewed6:56 AM
Mac Soccer Games6:55 AM
Civilization IV Retrospective6:54 AM
Conquering Worlds In DropTeam6:54 AM
Legion Arena Demo Released6:54 AM
IMG Podcast LIVE! Today6:00 AM
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