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Apple Opens Business with Sims 2 Expansion
9:48 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In its latest feature Apple Games turns the spotlight on The Sim 2: Open For Business, an expansion pack which opens up the exciting world of small business ownership to players. In addition to the business content the expansion also features over a hundred new items to enjoy.

Once you’ve decided on your Sim’s business, you’ll want to hire employees and give them tasks to perform. As in any other relationship, the way you treat them dictates how hard they work. Pay them well, give them adequate breaks, and make assignments according to their skill levels, or you may find yourself with disgruntled workers who start slacking off and take too many sick days. They might even quit. Employees who gain enough skills can become managers, enabling your Sim to stay home and just check in on the business occasionally, or start a new enterprise.

Customer relationships are also key, of course, and you’ll want to make sure your Sim stays on top of those too. Positive experiences, such as not waiting too long at the cash register or feeling like they’ve paid fair prices for your wares, build customer loyalty, which in turn increases the store’s rank. Each rank achieved gives your Sim one point to spend on a business perk, such as the ability to assess customers’ moods or discounts on objects purchased for resale. You can even earn the coveted Will Wright Grant, a 50,000 Simoleon bonus named after the creator of The Sims.

For the rest of the feature click on over to Apple's site.

Apple Games: Sims 2 Open For Business Feature
The Sims 2: Open for Business
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IMG Posts SixtyForce Emulation Feature
1:34 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 9 comments

IMG has posted a feature on one of the more popular emulators available for the Mac today, Sixtyforce, a Nintendo 64 emulator that allows you to play N64 console games on your Mac. Here's a clip from the feature:

The original N64 ran at a maximum of 640x480 resolution with millions of colours. Sixtyforce can not only handle this; but provided you have a fast enough computer and the latest version of sixtyforce you can run N64 games at your screen's native resolution. N64 games run at 1440x1280 look like they were released yesterday. Even at lower resolutions games still look the part. Though some tweaking to get the right balance between graphics quality and speed is necessary even an older Mac can get good results.
To check out the entire feature, please follow the link below.

Mac Emulation: Sixtyforce, The N64 Emulator

In The Groove Dance Simulation Game Ships
1:07 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Roxor Games sent IMG an email that the company has begun shipping In The Groove, dance simulation game, for the Macintosh. Here's a bit more info from the web site:

In The Groove has more songs and more features than ever before! ITG for PC/Mac is the perfect machine dance game for new players and expert players alike, with five difficulty levels, a fitness mode, and popular music by signed artists and rising music groups from around the world. The game is easy to learn, totally addictive, great exercise, and fun for all ages.

In The Groove features:

• Over 80 songs: more than two hours of great dance music
• Over 100 unlocks: try to unlock all of the songs, courses, modifiers, and step charts
• 5 levels of play: perfect for novices, experts, and everyone inbetween
• 1000s of modifier combos: make the arrows scroll exactly how you want
• Full motion video backgrounds

For more information on In The Groove, follow the link below.

In The Groove Web Site

A Contest of Technical Difficulties By iGame Radio
12:59 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

On August 14, Omaha Sternberg, host of iGame Radio, issued a challenge…can you guess how many technical difficulties she’ll have on her show before the end of the year? Guess right, and you could win a prize package likely to be worth over $250.

Though in the past iGame Radio has suffered from technical problems at times, Omaha is betting that won’t happen any more. All you have to do to enter the contest is send in your guess of how many technical difficulties iGame Radio will have between now and December 10. And what’s more, you’ll benefit from every broadcast that has no technical difficulties, as she’ll add a prize to the package, which currently consists of a copy of Aspyr Media’s Call of Duty 2 and an iGame Radio t-shirt.

To find out more information about the contest and entry rules visit the contest site at Contest ends on December 10, and the winner will be announced on the December 11 show.

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Dominions III Goes Gold
12:58 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Dominions 3: The Awakening for the Mac, PC, and Linux has gone gold and is expected to ship on October 2nd, according to a press release by publisher Shrapnel Games.

Dominions 3: The Awakening, developed by Illwinter Games and published by Shrapnel Games, is a multi-OS (supporting Windows, Mac, and Linux) turn-based strategy game set in a world of epic struggle between men, monsters, and gods. This isn't a game merely about conquering stone keeps and collecting golden booty; no, in Dominions 3 true victory comes not from shiny baubles and real estate, but true godhood!

Lead one of over fifty nations in three different Ages, against up to twenty other players (AI or human), in the ultimate struggle of sword and steel for the right to claim dominion over all. Simultaneous turn structuring keeps the massive number of players thoroughly involved in the game, without downtime, and with the incredible number of options available to players each turn, gameplay is always tense and exciting.

Just as NetHack, with its seemingly endless catalog of creatures and items is considered by many to be the ultimate Rogue experience, Dominions 3: The Awakening strives to achieve the same status in the world of 4X strategy gaming. Featuring more than 1500 troop types, 600+ spells, and 300+ magic items, it will take players an epoch to merely see everything Dominions 3 has to offer. Yet, that day never has to come. Dominions 3 has been built with the mod-maker in mind, allowing players to easily add new items into the game. Mod-making can be as simple as you like, such as easily importing new maps into the game, or more complex, such as creating new items.

While for many the true thrill of Dominions comes with playing against others, the single-player experience has been enhanced in Dominions 3: The Awakening with the oft-requested random map feature. An endless supply of maps to wage celestial war on at the click of the mouse! Other improvements over previous titles in the series includes less micromanagement, transparent mechanics, overhauled graphics, a streamlined interface, rebalanced gameplay elements, map filters, an autotax ability, a thick tome of a manual by Bruce Geryk, and much more. Fans of the series will find the core gameplay that is so addictive hasn't been changed, but the entire experience has been made cleaner, and less threatening to newcomers.

For more on Dominions III, follow the official link below.

Shrapnel Games
Dominions III: The Awakening
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RuneSoft at German Games Con
9:48 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Those attending the Leipzig Games Convention in Germany may want to drop by the RuneSoft exhibit. Located in the booth of their partner company Magnussoft (Exhibition centre 3, Booth B26), RuneSoft will be showing off a variety of Mac titles at the show from today through the 27th of August.

Mac Gamers will be able to relive the area of the "Cold War" on a set of Intel iMacs. "Cold War" allows you to sneak around the former Soviet Union and visit famous locations such as Lenins Mausoleum or Chernobyl and lets you play around with nice little gadgets such as the X-Ray camera. Casual gamers can take a first look at the Macversion to the nations latest brain teaser game: "Buku Kakuro" will put your brain to a real test.
RuneSoft provides the Mac platform with a variety of titles, including RHEM 2 and The Feeble Files. More information on their titles can be found at their site.

RuneSoft - Runesoft at Games Convention

Spiderweb's Vogel Interviewed
9:48 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel, the man behind games such as the Avernum saga and Geneforge series, was recently interviewd by The interview covers a variety of topics including marketing shareware games, dealing with piracy, and making the decision to go cross platform.

F13: Spiderweb has been a dual-platform developer from the beginning; what has that experience taught you?

JV: Support multiple platforms if you can. It's free money.

F13: Do you feel that targeting alternative platforms in your release strategy has made significant contributions to your success in the epic RPG niche?

JV: Supporting both Windows and Mac made me a lot more money, enabling my business to exist.

F13: Finally, what sort of lessons have you learned over the years as a veteran shareware developer, with respect to product distribution and marketing?

JV: Do as much marketing as you can stand.
The rest of Vogel's comments are available at the link below. Jeff Vogel Interviewed
Spiderweb Software

Mac Games News for Wednesday, August 23, 2006

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IMG Reviews Civilization IV11:33 AM
Burning Crusade Q&A10:12 AM
Nearly Ten Years Later Fallout Still Entertains10:12 AM
Prairie Games Gets A New Partner10:12 AM
SketchFighter 4000 Alpha Status10:12 AM
Valor: Myth II Team Tournament10:12 AM
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