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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

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Sims 2: Open for Business Goes Gold
8:30 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Aspyr has just announced their next expansion pack for the best-selling series The Sims 2, Open for Business has gone gold master. This translates to the game being through approvals and ready for duplication, and the company expects to start shipping next week.

In case you haven't heard about this latest add-on for The Sims 2, here's the scoop on what you can expect as a new business owner:

Now your Sims can create their own businesses. They can design their own clothing boutique, beauty salon, florist, high-end electronics shop, bustling restaurant chain, or virtually any other type of business. Hire your staff as the business grows and put talented Sims to work making toys, running the register, crafting floral bouquets, giving sales pitches, or manufacturing robots. But watch out for slacker employees and be prepared to fire them on the spot. From clever tinkerer to master craftsman, develop your Sim's talents to best suit your business needs. Will they build a thriving business empire or become eccentric entrepreneurs designing the next big thing?
For more information, be sure to have a look at Aspyr's mini-site, and get in your pre-order now at the MacGameStore.

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IMG Chat Tonight With Aspyr's Glenda Adams
10:30 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 17 comments

Inside Mac Games will be holding a live chat event with Aspyr's Glenda Adams on Tuesday, August 15th, 2006, at 10 PM Eastern/7 PM Pacific. The chat will be held in our very own IMG Chat, so be sure to stop by then and have your questions for Glenda Adams ready!

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Façade Available for the Mac
10:30 AM | Eddie Park | 12 comments

Thanks to the efforts of Ryan Gordon, Façade has been recently made available for the Mac. Created by Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern, Façade is described as a "an artificial intelligence-based art/research experiment in electronic narrative – an attempt to move beyond traditional branching or hyper-linked narrative to create a fully-realized, one-act interactive drama."

You, the player, using your own name and gender, play the character of a longtime friend of Grace and Trip, an attractive and materially successful couple in their early thirties. During an evening get-together at their apartment that quickly turns ugly, you become entangled in the high-conflict dissolution of Grace and Trip’s marriage. No one is safe as the accusations fly, sides are taken and irreversible decisions are forced to be made. By the end of this intense one-act play you will have changed the course of Grace and Trip’s lives – motivating you to re-play the drama to find out how your interaction could make things turn out differently the next time.
Façade has been highly lauded by a number of news sources, with Gamasutra hailing it as "one of the most important games ever created," though as Ryan Gordon points out at, folks may find it either brilliant or frustrating.

Façade is free of charge to download and play, though Gordon warns that the system requirements are very high. Said requirements include a 2.0 GHz G4/G5 or higher, and OS 10.3 or higher, with 10.4 being strongly recommended. An additional warning notes that the game will not run properly on slower Macs, though Gordon adds that a dual processor system with speeds as low as 1.0 GHz should be able to run it.

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Blizzard President Interviewed
8:30 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In an interview with Mercury News, Blizzard Entertainment's President Mike Morhaime talked about the company's overwhelming success with World of Warcraft. The interview covers a mix of topics including reasons behind WoW's dominance, and the creation of a Warcraft movie.

Q: Are you going to do a movie with the Warcraft universe?
A: Yes, we are. It’s something we have been wanting to do from the beginning. We have always thought the universe was rich enough to make a great movie. Really we are taking a time to find a great partner. Anyone who has seen movies based on games knows that it’s pretty easy to have them come out not right. We wanted to have a partner with the same vision of how epic and cool this could really be. We are thrilled to have found Legendary. They share a lot of our philosophies. They don’t do a lot of projects. They try to make sure that the projects they take on are really big. Batman Begins is a great example where you had a series of Batman movies. A lot of people agree that it’s by far the best Batman movie. They are really excited. They are going to put some serious resources behind it.
Click on the link below to read the full interview.

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A Tale In The Desert 3 Reviewed
8:30 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A new review from Games Xtreme treks into the sandy realm of A Tale in the Desert 3, a unique non violent MMORPG from eGenesis. The Egyptian themed game encourages players to cooperate as they work to solve a variety of puzzles. Games Xtreme gave A Tale in the Desert a score of 7 out of 10.

From the review:

There is no combat in ATITD, instead the game is focused on social interaction. A good example of this is law making. A citizen can go to the University of Leadership, write a petition and if it gathers enough signatures the developers will consider this Law. This allows for a single person to significantly change how the game plays out. This is quite good as it can allow players to prevent activities that they see as cheating or exploiting.

You can develop your character in many ways and specialise in various crafting or collecting disciplines. If you have the time you can get involved with all of the games disciplines.

The full review is available at the Games Xtreme website linked below.

Games Xtreme: A Tale In The Desert 3 Review
A Tale in the Desert

Mac Games News for Monday, August 14, 2006

Tuncer's Blog: Multi-Threaded OpenGL On The Way3:03 PM
Apple II: The Greatest PC Of All Time8:22 AM
Halo Director Interviewed8:22 AM
Jeff Kaplan Discusses The Burning Crusade8:22 AM
Lugaru 2 Development Update8:22 AM
Major PvP and Raid Changes for WoW8:22 AM
Stubbs Postmortem8:22 AM
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