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Thursday, August 3, 2006

TransGaming Announces Cider
7:31 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 70 comments

TransGaming today announced Cider, a software portability engine for Apple’s Intel based Macs that the company promises will change the landscape of Mac gaming. With Cider, video game developers and publishers can deploy their Windows-based titles on Apple’s new Intel Mac - quickly, easily, and without the need for traditional porting.

Here's more from the press release:

TransGaming’s Cider portability engine will serve as a tremendous asset to video game developers and publishers by allowing them to release a Windows and Mac version of their titles simultaneously, eliminating the need for time consuming and expensive porting. Cider represents a huge win-win for Mac gamers and developers/publishers: it quenches the thirst for more games on Mac and increases the revenue opportunities for publishers through the increased distribution of their titles on the rapidly growing Intel Mac platform.

“TransGaming’s Cider product will change the landscape of the Mac gaming market. Mac gamers have always patiently waited many months for access to only a handful of titles. With Cider, game developers and publishers can easily extend their triple A portfolio to Intel Mac without any effort or delay which means that avid Mac gamers will have access to triple A video games coincidental with the Windows release”, said Vikas Gupta, President and CEO of TransGaming.

The Cider portability engine is targeted at video game developers and publishers and TransGaming already has agreements in place with a number of the top tier video game publishers to bring their titles to the Intel Mac. Mac gamers can expect the release of these titles in the next few months.

Here's a bit more info about how Cider works:
Cider is a sophisticated portability engine that allows Windows games to be run on Intel Macs without any modifications to the original game source code. Cider works by directly loading a Windows program into memory on an Intel-Mac and linking it to an optimized version of the Win32 APIs. Games are simply wrapped up in the Cider engine and they work on the Mac. This means developers only have one code base to maintain while keeping the ability to target multiple platforms. Cider powered games use the same copy protection, lobbies, game matching and connectivity as the original. All this means less work and lower costs. Cider is targeted at game developers and publishers and, unlike Cedega, is not an end user product.
Could the end of porting be really at hand? We'll have more on Cider in the coming days. Until then, check out official Cider web site below.

TransGaming's Cider

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Macgamestore: Legion Arena In Stock
4:46 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The boxed version of Freeverse's strategy game, Legion Arena, is now available at for $39.95.

Fans of Roman history, fans of role-playing and strategy games, fans of Naked Fanatics, will be thrilled with this exciting and incredibly well-researched game.

Legion Arena was designed to maximize fun and minimize micro-management. The player can jump right in and start training legions to strike fear into the hearts of his enemies. With a shallow learning-curve and deep strategy and tactics, Legion Arena is the ideal game for novice or experienced wargamers.

Legion Arena is a Role Playing Strategy game on a massive scale. Take control of a small band of warriors and train them to be the mightiest army in the world!

Buy equipment and choose from over 100 skills, personalize the appearance of your squads, earn experience and denari for your victories, Legion Arena takes the best elements of Role-Playing games and puts it in the context of an epic strategic struggle.

Play as either the Romans or the Gauls in over 100 scenarios and with over 20 unique units including Praetorians, Elephants, and Naked Fanatics. That's right, Naked Fanatics!

Buy Legion Arena

Blizzard Looking For Experienced RTS Level Builder
11:53 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Another job opportunity from Blizzard Entertainment has sparked fan speculation. The company recently announced it is looking for an experienced level designer well versed in real time strategy games. Whether or not this new job opening offers any hint of future projects remains to be seen. Blizzard and Vivendi have yet to offer any comment on the issue.

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a talented level designer with experience building levels using any popular 3D Real-Time Strategy game toolset (Warcraft 3, Rise of Legends, Command and Conquer, etc). The ideal candidate has industry experience on a shipping game, or has created and distributed levels in the fan/mod community. Level designers need to be able to create fun and interesting environments that look and play great. Samples of your work should be submitted along with a resume and cover letter. Please include a breakdown for each level that describes what you did (layout, modeling, textures, lighting, triggers, etc.). If you do not have existing work, you will be required to create a level using the Warcraft 3 World Editor.
To read more about the job head over to the Blizzard page listed below.

Blizzard: RTS Level Designer Job Opportunity
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Minions of Mirth Updated
7:58 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Prairie Games has once again updated Minions of Mirth, its single and multiplayer role playing game. Version 1.02 adds a variety of new content and fixes a large number of bugs.

Here's a partial list of the changes in the new update:

* Added the Shroom model, thanks to Magnus Blikstad of WIT Entertainment.
* Druids can now summon a dual classed Shroomish Pet at level 30.
* Fixed the message on Druid's Master “Inferior” Animal spell line.
* Fixed the giants' spawngroup in Talrim Hills so Jashaut will now spawn.
* Fixed a hole in the terrain in Anidaen Forest
* Single Player worlds are now backed up at load time to a "world.db.good" file
* Rangers now receive mana
* Paladins mana calculations were changed to reflect Presence adjustments
Read about the rest of the changes in the update at the page listed below.

Prairie Games
Minions of Mirth

Lego Mindstorms NXT Available For Mac
7:58 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

LEGO has offered a new MindStorms robotic toy compatible with Mac computers. The MindStorms NXT robotic toolkit features an all-new NXT Intelligent Brick with 32-bit microprocessor (which can be programmed using a Mac or PC), 3 Interactive Servo motors, a sound sensor, an ultrasonic visual sensor, an improved touch sensor, and an improved light sensor. The kit also includes over 500 pieces for constructing one of a variety of robot forms.

Here are the Mac system requirements:

PowerPC® G3, G4, G5 processor, 600 MHz minimum

Apple MacOS X v. 10.3.9 or 10.4

256MB of RAM minimum

Up to 300MB of available hard disk space

XGA display (1024x768)

1 available USB port

CD-ROM drive

Compatible Bluetooth adapter (optional)*

For more on this Mac friendly new toy click on the link below.

LEGO MindStorms NXT

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DropTeam Reviewed
7:58 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Slacker's Guide has posted a review of DropTeam, the mechanized combat title from The game allows players to battle it out with others online in Sci-Fi themed armored vehicle combat.

From the review:

There are no super-vehicles to be had here or ultimate weapons to be fired. Like anything, there are strengths and weaknesses to each vehicle, players fighting with machine guns, artillery rounds and lasers while maneuvering across variable terrain (trees, small ditches and hills make all the difference). Combine this with realistic physics, cool sound work and graphics/terrain that are on par with some of the best titles out there and you have a compelling real time military strategy title.

Military titles are nothing without tactics and DropTeam actually has some extremely interesting functions that can be performed. In addition to strictly combat units, reconnaissance, command and defensive units can be called in. Players can help hold a line by planting automated turrets and land mines while a clever mix of vehicles such as long-range artillery and fast, short-range vehicles can help slow an enemy advance and achieve long term goals. It's finding the right blend that proves to be fun and this could turn into an extremely fun title for network play wherein two teams collaborate closely with each other.

The full review is available at the link below.

Mac Games News for Wednesday, August 2, 2006

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