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Wednesday, November 8, 2006

MacBooks Receive Core 2 Duo Update
7:47 AM | IMG News | 1 comment

While not entirely unexpected, Apple has today announced a new generation of their consumer-level MacBook computers running on Intel Core 2 Duo processors. While the same clockspeeds as before (1.83 or 2.0GHz), Apple claims this latest revision of Intel processors result in a 25% performance improvement.

Most everything else appears to be the same about these notebooks. They still sport the Intel 950 graphics chipset and a glossy 13.3" screen. The 1.83GHz model has 2MB of shared L2 cache, while the 2.0GHz models feature 4MB, and all share a 667MHz front-side bus speed.

The MacBooks still sit at the $1,100, $1,300, and $1,500 price points. For much more on these new MacBooks, be sure to head over to Apple's site.

MacBook (13-inch)

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RocketBowl Plus For Mac Now Available
2:47 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story is proud to announce the availability of Large Animal's RocketBowl Plus for the Macintosh at the world's most popular Macintosh game store.

RocketBowl Plus puts a futuristic twist on the traditional bowling experience. Bowl across the rolling contours of the RocketBowl Dome at the 1958 Kalamazoo World's Fair. Use special rocket-powered bowling balls to curve, boost, and hop your way over hills, around water traps, across bridges, and through winding chutes, all at a fun and relaxing pace. Knock over special 'dollar pins', collect bonus coins, and wager on matches against local pros to fatten your wallet and buy more advanced RocketBowl balls.

With a classic 'atomic age' decor, 10 exciting courses, all-new whimsical characters, and myriad unique bowling balls, RocketBowl Plus offers countless hours of entertainment. The fully interactive soundtrack in RocketBowl Plus adjusts the intensity of the music to match your performance in the game. Download RocketBowl Plus and enjoy the utopian leisure sport of the!

RocketBowl Plus is available for $19.95. A free Universal Binary demo is available for download from

RocketBowl Plus
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MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo vs. Previous Gen MBP
2:39 PM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

For first-gen MacBook Pro owners, Apple's release of MBPs outfitted with the new Core 2 Duo Intel processors may have come as a bit of a hit. Looking to rub salt into already opened wounds, Bare Feats has posted the results of a shootout between 2 MBPs, one with the new Core 2 Duo and one with the original Core Duo processor.

The two laptops compared include a new 15" MBP 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo and a first-gen 17" MBP 2.16GHz Core Duo. A battery of the usual tests are run, including iTunes conversions, Photoshop jobs, and a few games. Bare Feats also takes into account the processor speed difference:

The MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo's advantage over the Core Duo version ranged from 9% to 75% depending on what app we ran. The faster core clock speed should provide an 8% advantage, so everything beyond that is "gravy." Most surprising were the significant gains with Aperture 1.5 and Photoshop CS2.
Those interested in the full results can find them at the Bare Feats writeup.

Bare Feats - Shootout: Two MacBook Pros

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OSX Skyfighters 1945 Updated
7:47 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

OSX SkyFighters 1945 was recently updated to version 1.01, fixing a variety of bugs and adding new features. SkyFighters is a World War II flight sim from Donald A. Hill Jr. which features online play and a mission builder.

Here's a list of the changes in version 1.01:

• Began adding roads to the Philippines
• Added a new mission that uses roads in the Philippines
• Added a quick load of the currently edited mission
• Added first half of a public network game listing feature
• Gave ground vehicles ability to follow roads in the Philippines
• Fixed some aircraft not getting repaired/refueled on the carriers
• Many minor fixes and tweaks throughout the program
To download the latest version of the game head over to

MGF: OSX SkyFighters 1945 1.01
OSX SkyFighters 1945

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The Broken Hourglass Lore Update
7:47 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Planewalker Games recently updated its website with new information about the company's upcoming RPG, The Broken Hourglass. The Broken Hourglass will feature a 2D isometric viewpoint, detailed character development, and a rich storyline.

This time readers are provided with a glimpse into the Mal Nassrin economy from the unpublished notes of Imperial economist Redethe Hektor.

* Met last evening w/weaver's guild rep. Smelled of dye and old curry. Made no eye contact worth speaking of. Have concluded that trade and light craft guilds are weak to laughable degree in MN—unsurprising w/stagnant growth and soft demand. Heavy craft guilds continue to ignore Imperial seal on summons. Keep hearing they hold significant influence but have seen little evidence. Also, difficult to believe. Most buildings here fall into three categories—shacks, old and crumbling, crumbling and old. If builder guilds so powerful/active, where are their new foundations and spires?
To check out all the notes and learn more about the game head over to the pages listed below.

The Broken Hourglass: Economy Notes
The Broken Hourglass

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Burning Crusade FAQ Updated
7:47 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has updated their Frequently Asked Questions page for The Burning Crusade, the upcoming first expansion for World of Warcraft. The FAQ offers a variety of details about the expansion ranging from the possibility of a downloadable version to Crusade's system requirements.

Here are a few selections from the updated FAQ:

Q: What content will be restricted to those without the expansion?
A: There will be a number of features in The Burning Crusade that will only be available to expansion owners. To name a few: the two new races, the ten new levels of experience (level 60-70), all of the new zones, and the new profession Jewelcrafting.

Q: Will you offer a downloadable option for The Burning Crusade or must you continue to purchase it in stores?
A: It's very possible that we will allow for a downloadable Burning Crusade at some point in the future, but at this time nothing is definite.

Q: Will the realms be upgraded in time to handle the new surge of players brought about by the expansion?
A: Yes, as a matter of fact retrofit hardware upgrades designed to improve stability and performance for all World of Warcraft realms will be completed by the time the expansion set ships.
Check out the link below for the full FAQ.

Burning Crusade FAQ
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World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
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Mahjong For iPod Reviewed
7:47 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Pocket Gamer recently released a review of Mahjong for iPod, one of several titles available for Apple's portable multimedia device. The popular tile matching game managed a score of 6 out of 10 from Pocket Gamer.

From the review:

It's well presented enough, with thought having gone into the different game modes. But where Mahjong falls down – for much the same reasons as iPod Bejeweled – is in the control mechanism. Where you'd prefer four-way digital movement, instead you have to use the scroll wheel, which jumps between selectable tiles as they appear on the board.

In other words, if you want to match two tiles at opposite corners, you have to scroll through every other selectable tile in between, which is tedious. Admittedly, leaving out the tiles that are blocked does make the game a bit easier for beginners, but whatever your level, you'll be biting your knuckles in frustration at the unwieldy controls all too soon.
The full review is available at the link provided below.

Pocket Gamer: Mahjong Review
Apple: iPod Games

Mac Games News for Tuesday, November 7, 2006

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THQ Plans Global Cross Platform Release of Ratatouille8:17 AM
Aspyr Ships The Sims 2: Pets8:16 AM
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