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Armado For Mac Announced
8:09 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

A new software company, Tricky Software, today announced it is developing Armado for Macintosh and Windows computers. The game is an arcade-style game revolving around an Armadillo named Armado. He gets caught up in an adventure that will take him across his land through dense woodlands all the way to fiery volcanic mountains.

Here's more from the official web site:

Armado is a young armadillo who becomes an unsuspecting hero in an adventure that takes him from the sunny woodlands to snowy peaks, all the way to the firery volcanic mountains. As he makes his way up treacherous hills he'll have to be quick and think fast on his feet. Of course no adventure is complete without a host of obstacles and enemies, and he'll have plenty of those along the way.
Armado is currently scheduled to be released in October. head over to the official web site for more information.


Macgamestore: TriJinx Now Available
2:40 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

TriJinx: A Kristine Kross Mystery from PlayFirst is now available at for $19.95. A free demo is available for download on the web site.

It’s Egypt in 1935 and you are trapped in the tomb of TriClops! Can you outrun this triangle trap? Match triangles and clear colors as you help Kristine Kross on her quest to find her missing father and escape.

TriJinx combines classic gameplay mechanics with an elegant and dynamic rotating game board, evoking the hypnotic charm of Tetris or Collapse but adding action, speed and dynamic beauty. Enter this rotational riddle and you will find yourself immersed in an intriguing story as well!

TriJinx appeals to coffee breakers and competitive players alike. Even puzzle purists will get wrapped up in this game’s electrifying story twists.

To check out TriJinx: A Kristine Kross Mystery, follow the link below.

Macgamestore: TriJinx: A Kristine Kross Mystery

ATI Responds to nVidia Remarks
10:28 AM | Eddie Park | 6 comments

Shortly after the public announcement of the merger between ATI and AMD, nVidia's self-crowning response, which included unflattering comparisons to 3dfx, made its way with typical alacrity across the net. Following up on those remarks, Firing Squad has landed several counterremarks from ATI, including information on future development for Intel processors.

ATI had this to say regarding their views on nVidia:

Nvidia has seen the writing on the wall, and doesn't like what it's saying. The PC market is a tough place to be without any friends. ATI now has all the resources of AMD behind it, and will be producing faster, more compact GPUs and reaching the channel more effectively than ever before. Nvidia's words are bravado, designed to confuse the market while the company tries to find a way to compete now that it's standing alone.
As far as Intel goes, ATI has reaffirmed its commitment, along with AMD's CEO Hector Ruiz, that they are still firmly committed to creating GPUs for the Intel platform. In addition, they dismiss the rumor of Intel's pulling of ATI's chipset license as completely false.

Firing Squad - ATI Responds To AMD Post-Takeover Rumors

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Blizzard Bans More WoW Accounts
10:28 AM | Eddie Park | 3 comments

As they have many times in the past, Blizzard continues to police the servers of World of Warcraft with a near zero-tolerance policy. Recently announced in the WoW forums, Blizzard let it be known that another 59,000 accounts were banned during the month of June, as well as removed 22 million gold from servers across the realms.

While we regret having to take such extreme action, these accounts were participating in activities that directly violated World of Warcraft's Terms of Use, including the use of third-party programs to farm gold and items. Such behavior not only negatively impacts the economy of a realm, it diminishes the achievements of those who play legitimately. We will continue to aggressively monitor all World of Warcraft realms in order to protect the service and our players from the harmful effects of cheating.
As always, Blizzard thanks the community for assisting GMs with their reports, and encourages players to continue to report any suspicious behavior or activities via the usual channels.

WoW Forums - World of Warcraft Accounts Closed
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Game Addicts Clinic Swamped
10:28 AM | Eddie Park | 3 comments

Noted by Slashdot, an article in The Australian reports that the Smith & Jones Clinic, specializing in the treatment of videogame addicts, has been "overwhelmed with pleas for help from parents and children all over the world." Current clients come from a variety of locations, including the U.S., Britain, and Asia.

Keith Bakker, the director of the clinic, calls the response amazing:

It's amazing, I've never seen anything like it. The phone has been ringing constantly. Computer game addiction is obviously an even greater problem than we imagined.
Current therapy includes meditation, groups sessions, and fitness training, which is supervised by addiction specialists. The article also notes some fairly extreme examples of reported addicts, including shut-ins and two cases of fatalities.

The Australian - Clinic for game addicts swamped

IMG's Top Ten Casual Games for the Mac
8:44 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 17 comments

Over the last year, casual games have become extremely popular thanks to games like Bejeweled 2, Zuma Deluxe, and Diner Dash. If you're a fan of casual games, you'll want to check out IMG's Top Ten Casual Gams for the Mac. Here's a clip from the feature:

Casual gaming, and the casual gamer, are relatively new concepts in the world of video games. As the industry slowly realizes that not everyone has the time, skill, or desire to go on massive missions with other avatars from around the world, or take days and weeks to conquer the Roman Empire, or walk the dark corridors of an abandoned space station and blow up anything that moves, we are seeing a new type of game evolve. And its popularity is gaining in leaps and bounds.
To check out the feature, please follow the link below.

IMG Feature: Top Ten Casual Games for the Mac

GameRanger Updated
8:10 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

GameRanger, the Macintosh online gaming multiplayer service has been updated to version 4.5.2. This latest update adds Aspry's recently released Civilization IV, and enhances network connectivity.

List of changes:

• Added Civilization IV

• Much faster connection/login and switching rooms

• Added a better way of seeing what games a person has installed
- Instead of a submenu, a new window is used
- Games that you also have are shown in bold
- Works from any room (unlike the submenu)

• Reduced lag in Ghost Recon

Please follow the link below to learn more information.


VDrift Reviewed
8:10 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Slacker's Guide from The Mac Observer has posted a review of VDrift, a cross platform open source racing game. Still a work in progress, VDrift allows players to drive 19 different cars on 12 tracks either alone or in multiplayer mode. The game also features realistic physics and focuses on driving realism.

From the review:

With realistic gameplay comes a fairly realistic effort that has to go into each session. The cars themselves are typically European builds, each possessing unique strengths and weaknesses. Without automatic transmissions, the player must listen to the engine and climb the ladder via the keyboard, downshifting for sharp corners to avoid going off the road and following a realistic set of physics to play by. Nice touches like a fuel gauge, a limited supply of gas and gas stations to use for refills during long races help round the title out.

It's this challenge and realism that makes the game as fun as 4x4 Evo used to be. Drift racing itself (the mysteries of which can only be explained by a single, solitary astoundingly stupid movie ), remains difficult, as it should be. The trick is almost impossible to pull off in real life and there's no simple means of execution in the game. To the winner go the spoils and there's a certain intrinsic joy in finally mastering this, especially after dozens of failed attempts that have you flinging the car off the road and into gravelly patches.

The rest of the review can be found at the link provided below.

The Slacker's Guide: VDrift Review

MacBornes Beta Adds New Features
8:09 AM | Evan Holt | 1 comment

MacBornes is a 2-player car driving card game that is based on the game Mille Bornes. MacBornes 1.0 beta 9 was released which add numerous features:

• Animation of cards totally rewritten.
• Sets of cards and sounds are now packages.
• More easy way to add new set of cards and sounds.
• Background controller totally rewritten.
• A default background has been added.
• Better looking cards illustrations.
• Self Update Added using Sparkle.
• Preferences Panel rearranged.
• Fix a rare bug in the AI.
• Some minor GUI improvements.
• Some minor bugs fixed.
MacBornes was an entry in to the iDevGames OMG Cup 2005 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It is a free download which you can find following the link below.


Mac Games News for Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Apple Posts Latest Hot Deals10:58 AM
Apple II Game Server Brings Floppyless Play To Old Macs9:07 AM
Legion Arena Reviewed9:07 AM
Macologist: ATI Silencer on a G5 Radeon X8009:07 AM
ZDNet Blog: Will Apple dump ATI for nVidia?9:07 AM
Cold War Demo Released9:06 AM
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