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Friday, November 3, 2006

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Ambrosia To Publish Mac Defcon
10:57 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 19 comments

Ambrosia Software today announced that it will be publishing the Mac version of Defcon. The company hopes to ship the game before the end of the year.

DEFCON is an online, competitive, multiplayer strategy game based around the theme of global thermonuclear war. The game, inspired by the 1983 cult-classic Wargames, superbly evokes the tension, paranoia and suspicion surrounding the Cold War era. The player assumes the role of a General hidden deep within an underground bunker, his mission being to successfully exterminate the enemy's civilian population whilst simultaneously disabling the enemy's ability to retaliate. Desperate attempts must be made to form fast, tactical alliances - alliances that may at any moment break-down to become treacherous and very deadly betrayals.

A progress log update on Defcon Mac was recently posted on Ambrosia's forum:

The alpha version shown in the screenshots plays a fine game of single-user Defcon, but there's still a bit more work left to make it a fully functional and polished Mac application. For instance, where the Windows version uses the system tray for status, we animate our Dock icon (which looks very cool, I have to say). In the mean time, Introversion will be working on enabling cross-platform multiplayer and fixing some internal bugs.

We're holding off on doing a beta until all the work is done, and then we'll try to beta-test in parallel with Introversion's next Windows update. While a November release looks unlikely, the actually gameplay has already been tested to death on the Windows side, so we should be able to get it through beta much faster than usual.

For more on Defcon Mac, follow the links below.

Ambrosia Software
Defcon Progress Log

Tuncer's Blog: Hands-On With Cider
2:55 PM | IMG News | 1 comment

Tuncer Deniz, the founder and publisher of Inside Mac Games, has updated his blog with his thoughts on Cider, which he recently got a chance to try out.

Here's a clip from the blog:

It's been a full three months since TransGaming announced Cider, the software portability engine for Intel based Macs that allows PC games to run on Intel Macs without the need for porting. Since then there's been absolutely no news on Cider and no sign of the promised "six titles" TransGaming said would be coming out in October. Well, it's November and guess what, no Ciderized games have been announced.
To check out the full blog entry, follow the link below.

Tuncer's Blog: Hands-On With Cider

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IMG Reviews Mah Jong Quest
2:05 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Mah Jong Quest. Here's a clip from the review:

Mahjong has come a long way since Confucius allegedly invented the game in the 1st Century B.C., as legend would have it. Whereas Mahjong is traditionally played competitively as a multiplayer game, much like a hybrid of rummy and dominoes, in computer gaming one mainly associates Mahjong with solitaire games of tile matching. Mahjong Quest enters a playing field choked with the latter, many of which can be played online for no charge. So does Mahjong Quest offer game play compelling enough to validate plunking down the cold cash?
To check out the full review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Mah Jong Quest
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New MacBook Pro Compared to Previous Revision
7:33 AM | David Chochla | 3 comments

Macs Only have posted a hands on review of the most recent revision of Apple's MacBook Pro. The update to the Core 2 Duo chip has shown significant performance increases, particularly in 3D gaming.

Particularly pleasing is the greatly improved graphics performance, especially in 3D games of 22-45%. This performance is partly due to the faster CPU, partly due to the ATI Radeon X1600 graphics chip possibly being revved up a bit and partly due to the Core 2 Duo's better OpenGL performance.
Improvements in 3D gaming tests ranged from 22% to 45%. Other good news from the review is that the new laptops also run noticably cooler than the previous revision, though I still wouldn't try to do any serious work or play with one on my lap.

Link to MacsOnly Hands On Report
Apple's MacBook Pro Homepage

GameRanger 4.6 Coming Soon
7:33 AM | Anthony Wang | 3 comments

In a recent news update, GameRanger announced the next version of the popular Mac-only online match making service will be released soon as Universal Binary. This upcoming update will require Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.

GameRanger 4.6 is almost ready and is due soon. It is a Universal Binary that natively supports PowerPC and Intel Macs.

Although it was previously announced that GameRanger would no longer run in Mac OS 9, unfortunately, GameRanger will have to require Mac OS X Panther 10.3.9 or later...

...I really wanted to support all versions of Mac OS X, but realistically, it will be too difficult to support the new Intel Macs and newer games without dropping Mac OS X 10.0 - 10.2.

Please follow the link below to learn more information.


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WoW: The Burning Crusade Preview
7:33 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Pro-G has posted a hands-on preview of Blizzard's upcoming World of WarCraft: The Burning Crusade expansion pack. WoW: TBC will feature two new races, Outlands realm, artifacts, weapons, dungeons, etc.

So that's that then. Time to start the Draenei vs. BE debate. But dig a little deeper and it may not matter. The thing about TBC's new races is that they're really only new up to about level 20, and then you grow too powerful for the starting areas and migrate to the all too familiar areas of Azeroth where you've levelled with the existing races. Ultimately, neither the Draenei nor the BEs change anything about playing Warcraft. And the two cities, Exodar and Silvermoon, will no doubt become deserted as players migrate to Ironforge or Orgrimmar. Another thing that might have helped is the inclusion of five-man dungeons in the Draenei and BE starting areas. It's perhaps something that would further compel players who have existing high level characters to try the new races.
Please follow the links below to learn more information.

Pro-G: WoW: TBC Preview
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The Warcraft Encyclopedia Now Available
7:33 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the release of The Warcraft Encyclopedia, a one stop online source for all things Warcraft. While this early release of the encyclopedia focuses mostly on the elves of Azeroth, it will eventually contain information about all the major races, factions, and characters. Blizzard plans to update the Encyclopedia several times a year with new information.

Since the release of the first Warcraft game, the lore of the Warcraft universe has been evolving and expanding at an incredible rate. Today, Warcraft lore is spread across four games and three expansions as well as a number of novels, a pen-and-paper roleplaying game, and even a manga series. Now you can find all there is to know about Warcraft in one official source of all things Warcraft: The Warcraft Encyclopedia.

The Encyclopedia will contain information about all major races, factions, and characters, and you will also learn interesting new things about the different worlds that make up the Warcraft universe. The first release of the Encyclopedia focuses mostly on the elves of Azeroth: night elves, high elves, and blood elves, and their relation to each other. You might also want to take this opportunity to brush up on your Darnassian and Thalassian, and if you ever plan to visit the Emerald Dream, it would be best if you read up about it in advance.

This collection of Warcraft lore will be updated several times a year with significant volumes of new information, and in time, it will grow to be the ultimate resource for all your Warcraft story and lore needs.

Read the rest of the information at the link below.

The Warcraft Encyclopedia
Blizzard Entertainment

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Win A Burning Crusade Beta Key
7:33 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

WoW Stratics, in association with Blizzard Entertainment, is conducting a contest for the opportunity to win one of fifty beta keys for The Burning Crusade, the first expansion for World of Warcraft. Those interested in winning must submit a guide dealing with some aspect of WoW such as raiding, low level questing, or class talent strategies. Entries will be evaluated based on length, writing quality, and originality.

Are you all excited about the Burning Crusade?? Are you ready to enter and get your beta key??

If so then all you have to do is submit YOUR guide to us! It has to be your guide though, we will not accept any entries which have been taken from another site and claimed as your own.

Your guide can be anything World of Warcraft related, from low level questing to successfully leading a raid through high level instances. If you are an excellent Warrior, maybe a talent guide would be up your alley. Or maybe you are an expert on gaining reputation, show us!
The contest, which started on November 2nd, will continue to November 10th. Winners will be announced on the WoW Stratics site.

Click on the link below for contest rules and specific guidelines for contest submissions.

WoW Stratics: Burning Crusade Beta Key Contest
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
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The Sims 2: Pets Reviewed
7:33 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Hooked Gamers recently posted a review of The Sims 2: Pets, the animal focused expansion for the popular Sims title. In addition to adopting pets players can make use of Build-A-Pet options, buy new pet related objects, and even set their new pets on career paths. Hooked Gamers gave Pets a score of 8 out of 10.

From the review:

Yup - Pets can get mini-jobs, like Sim teenagers. The job trees are relatively short, and smart dogs that are around Sims with a decent amount of free time should have no trouble learning the commands needed to launch them to the top of their career. Sims also have training related Wants, much like parent Sims wanting to teach child Sims. And that is yet another similarity between younger Sims and Pets. Heck, Pets have personalities too! There are three levels of Intelligence, Energy, Socialization, Behavior Towards Others, and Cleanliness. They even socialize like Sims, making friends and knowing who their relatives are. With so much being the same, you might begin to wonder what's different.
Aspyr Media has completed development of The Sims 2: Pets for Mac and it should be available this month.

To read the full review head over to the site listed below.

Hooked Gamers: The Sims 2 Pets Review
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A Slice Of Pizza Panic
7:33 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Applelinks' ShareAware column recently offered a review of Mac Joy's Pizza Panic, an action platformer for the whole family. In the game players must help their skateboarding character deliver pizzas and collect cash while avoiding obstacles and enemies. The game features over 62 levels of pizza delivering fun.

From the review:

Pizza Panic is a fairly simple game, designed for the whole family to play. Although you may lose a few coins as you proceed through the levels, there's not much chance for even some beginning gamers to actually lose a life (yes, hitting obstacles hurts you, too, not just your wallet). The challenge isn't in surviving, it's in collecting as many coins and bonuses as possible. In fact, there are even bonus levels which you race through at a pre-set speed, controlling only the ability to jump so you can grab as many bonuses as possible. The bonus levels run at a breakneck pace that would be fun to see in the normal levels, as well, ala Sonic the Hedgehog.
The full review can be found by clicking on the link provided below.

ShareAware: Pizza Panic Review
MGF: Pizza Panic
Mac Joy

Mac Games News for Thursday, November 2, 2006

Apple Games Features Pangea Arcade8:39 AM
Black & White Platinum Pack Reviewed8:39 AM
Burning Crusade Previewed8:39 AM
Dofex Allows Dofus Play Sans Browser8:39 AM
Star Wars: Empire at War Announced for OS X8:39 AM
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