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Mountain Tanks 1.5 Released
7:59 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Battery Acid Games today announced the release of Mountain Tanks 1.5, a major upgrade of the turn based tank battle game. In addition to a host of fixes the new version will include improvements to graphics, performance, and computer AI.

Here's a list of changes for version 1.5:

• online play with up to six human players (only the server needs a
registered copy for everyone to play together!)
• much improved graphics
• better performance
• better AI
• many gameplay tweaks such as the addition of a fence to bounce
grenades off of
• many other tweaks, fixes, and changes
Registered users can upgrade for free, while new users can pay $18 for the full version.

For more information, click on the links below.

Mountain Tanks
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Macgamestore: Postal 2 Series Available As Digital Download
2:09 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 9 comments

The popular Postal 2 series from Running With Scissors is now available as a digital download from Postal 2: Share The Pain and the expansion pack, Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend are available for $19.95 each.

To check out Postal 2 and the expansion pack, follow the links below.

Macgamestore: Postal 2: Share The Pain
Macgamestore: Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend
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IMG Previews Geneforge 4
1:41 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a preview of Geneforge 4, the upcoming RPG from Spiderweb Software. Here's a clip from the preview:

First off, Geneforge 4 completely departs from past games in the series by offering five classes to pick from (as opposed to the original three): Warrior (same as a Guardian), Infiltrator (Agent), Lifecrafter (Shaper), Shock Trooper, and Servile. That's right; at last you can truly represent those poor oppressed Serviles, funny nose and all.
To check out the full preview, please follow the link below.

IMG Preview: Geneforge 4
Spiderweb Software
Geneforge 4

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Minions of Mirth Univeral Binary Released
1:24 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Prairie Games, creators of the massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) Minions of Mirth announced the release of the Universal Binary version. Minions of Mirth now runs natively on PowerPC and Intel based Macintosh computers.

"The migration of Minions of Mirth to a Universal Binary reflects Prairie Games, Inc's ongoing commitment to the Mac community”, says Josh Ritter, President. “Our support for the new Intel-based Macs allows us to make specific enhancements beneficial to Mac players. There are significant performance gains and improved stability which greatly enhance the game.”

"Mac users are very loyal and we're proud to have a Universal Binary of Minions of Mirth available on the OSX platform. Mac players represent 30% of the Minions of Mirth community and they remain very important to us”, says Lara Engebretson, Vice President.

The Free Edition of Minions of Mirth for OSX and Windows can be downloaded from the Prairie Games web site. . The Free Edition includes both single player gameplay and access to MMORPG servers. Upgrade to the Premium Edition for a one-time-fee of $29.95 to unlock additional features:

• Unrestricted access to Premium servers with no monthly fee
• Multiclass characters to level 100/100/100
• Additional playable races and classes, including the Minions of Darkness realm
• Premium equipment, spells, skills, and advancements
• New powerful monster templates
• Join or create new player guilds
• Host your own persistent world

For more on Minions of Mirth, follow the link below.

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Prairie Games
Minions of Mirth

World of Warcraft Anniversary Contest
1:00 PM | David Chochla | 3 comments

Blizzard has announced a contest to celebrate the second anniversary of their wildly popular Massive Multiplayer Onlie Role Playing Game World of Warcraft.

To celebrate the second anniversary of the launch of World of Warcraft and to show our appreciation to our community, we will be awarding prizes over the next five weeks! Your support, enthusiasm and dedication have made us the #1 MMORPG in the world and we couldn't have done it without you!
For more, follow the link below.

World of Warcraft Anniversary Contest Homepage
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Halo Movie On Hold
8:20 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Wingnuts Films, the production company headed by Lord of The Rings director Peter Jackson, today announced that it has put the long-awaited Halo movie on hold. Earlier this month Universal and Fox withdrew from the project due to an due to an ever increasing budget that was rumored to be approaching $200 million.

Here's the announcement:

As was previously confirmed, we deeply regret that both Universal and Fox did not choose to move forward with financing the Halo film under the original terms of the agreement. At this time Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, along with their partner, Microsoft, have mutually agreed to postpone making a feature film based on the Halo video game universe until we can fulfill the promise we made to millions of Halo fans throughout the world that we would settle for no less than bringing a first class film to the big screen. We are fully supportive of Director Neill Blomkamp's vision of the film. Neill is a tremendously gifted filmmaker and his preliminary work on Halo is truly awe-inspiring. While it will undoubtedly take a little longer for Halo to reach the big screen, we are confident that the final feature film will be well worth the wait.
For more on this developing story, follow the link below.

Halo: Combat Evolved
HALO a No-Go

Metal Angel Shooter Released
8:03 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 3 comments

Jadeware has released their latest game, Metal Angel, a 2d side-scrolling shooter for the Macintosh.

Metal Angel is an addictive space Shootem’up game in 2D featuring 3 starships, alien war and even scrolling star fields. At start you select your ship. Each ship has its own capabilities in term of speed, power and shot frequency. Then let the alien war begins over 30 levels of pure action along with many different background themes and aliens to shot. You will also fight many ends of level Bosses. Grab as many Items as you can to upgrade your fire power. Take some powerups to get bombs, it could help. The graphic art is pixel art. Along with the old-school graphics is a Heavy Metal guitar soundtrack that will in itself make you want to keep playing the game. Metal Angel is the kind of game everybody would like to play again and again without limits. Metal Angel is the real old-school shooter game along with Pixel Art graphics and Metal guitar soundtrack.
To check out a demo of Metal Angel, head over to

MGF: Metal Angel 1.0

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Burning Crusade Previewed
7:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Internode Games Network recently posted a short preview of The Burning Crusade, Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft. Crusade will increase the level cap for characters, introduce controllable flying mounts, and offer an entirely new land to explore.

The first area in the outlands is called Hellfire Peninsula (Levels 58-63). There are some great new quests in this zone and some nice new game mechanics. My favourite so far is the "bombing runs" on demon camps using wyverns.

In this quest chain you travel along a wyvern flight paths and drop bombs on to structures and demons below. The 1st of these quests has you destroy two cannons used by the Burning Legion, the follow up has you dropping several bombs on a throng of demons on a nearby peninsula.

Check out the preview at the link below.

Internode Game Network: Burning Crusade Preview
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World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
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The Sims 2: Pets Reviewed
7:59 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Games Radar has released a new review of The Sims 2: Pets, the latest expansion for The Sims 2. In addition to adding a variety of new pets for players to introduce into their games the expansion also offers new features like the Build-A-Pet option and pet career opportunities. Internode gave Pets a score of 8 out of 10.

From the review:

If you're a casual player just looking for some furry / feathery accessories to your Sim household, as well as the humorous new actions and animations that accompany them, you'll love this latest expansion pack. Golden retrievers, poodles, beagles... tabbies, calicos, tuxedos... parrots, cockatoos, macaws. Practically every breed of dog, cat and exotic bird you could ask for is here, realistically brought to life and available for immediate purchase or adoption. In a wink to the beloved guinea pig of the original Sims, you can even own a rodent-like Womrat.

Plus, the stuff you can do with your companion does not disappoint. Buy them toys like catnip mice and rubber bones, teach them commands like "play dead" and "shake hands," put them to work in security and showbiz careers, or simply sit back and watch them dig up your garden, scratch up your furniture and then chase a skunk around the driveway.

The constructionist Sims 2 fans - you know, the ones who spend more time building elaborate homes and designing elegant fashion than they do playing the main game - will also be happy with Pets. Cats and dogs are customizable to a seemingly infinite degree. You can adjust everything from ear length to snout size to tail fluffiness. Can't decide between blue or green eyes for your Persian? Give her one of each.

Development of the Mac version was recently completed at Aspyr Media and the game expansion will be available soon in November.

To check out the rest of the review click on the link below.

Games Radar: The Sims 2 Pets
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The Sims 2: Pets
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Mac Games News for Monday, October 30, 2006

Macgamestore: Ocean Express Now Available2:28 PM
Apple Posts New Hot Deals2:26 PM
First Look: The Burning Crusade8:36 AM
Multithreaded OpenGL Benchmarks with WoW8:36 AM
The Broken Hourglass: Lore Update & Sample Music8:36 AM
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