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Burning Crusade Shatters Sales Record
7:25 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment's highly anticipated expansion for World of Warcraft broke the day one sales record for computer games with nearly 2.4 million copies of The Burning Crusade sold. Some of the expansion's notable features include a higher level cap, controllable flying mounts, and a new continent to explore.

Day-one sales totals on both continents were similar, with an estimated total of nearly 1.2 million copies sold on the first day in North America and an estimated total of more than 1.1 million copies sold in Europe within the first 24 hours of launch.* By the end of the first day of availability on both continents, a total of more than 1.7 million players had already logged in and upgraded World of Warcraft to play The Burning Crusade.

"The Burning Crusade has already exceeded even our most ambitious expectations," said Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We're pleased that so many players are eager to see all of the new content that the expansion has to offer, and we look forward to seeing everyone online as additional players continue to upgrade in the days ahead."

"The immediate popularity of The Burning Crusade once again shows that Blizzard consistently delivers what gamers want," said Robert McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop Corp. "In addition to setting a new day-one PC-game sales record at our GameStop and EB Games stores, the expansion garnered more online pre-orders than any other PC game in our company’s history."

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Sweetopia For Mac Released
2:53 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story is proud to announce the availability of Sweetopia, a brand new game for the Macintosh, at the world's most popular Macintosh game store.

Enter Sweetopia to experience a sugar rush – if you can avoid the sugar shock! Master ricochets, multiple launchers, and strange sweet treats as you go deeper into the mysterious factory floor.

Something in the candy factory has gone dreadfully awry. The latest batch of sweets on the conveyor belts has explosive potential and it's up to you and Kate to return the factory to the Sweetopia it once was. Simply stop the Sherbet Sizzlers from colliding before you enter a sugar shock!

System Requirements:
- Mac OS X 10.3.9 or newer.
-G4 800 Mhz or faster or G5 or Intel.
-Universal (PowerPC/Intel)

Sweetopia is available for $19.95. A free demo is available for download from Sweetopia
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Apple Posts New Hot Deals
2:52 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

CDW Macwarehouse has deals on a variety of Mac compatible products including: BookEndz Docking Station for the MacBook Pro for only $299.95; Microsoft Office 2004 Pro for only $469!; Nikon Coolpix S7c 7.1-megapixel compact digital camera for only $349.95!; NEC MultiSync 20-inch LCD display for only $489.99!; Lexmark C522 color laser printer for only $299.99!; Epson GT 2500 document imaging color scanner for only $599.99!; TechTool Protege complete package from MicroMat for only $246.99; TurboTax Deluxe Deduction Maximizer 2006 complete package from Intuit for only $43.99; EMC Retrospect Desktop back-up software for only $95.99; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

ClubMac has deals on a variety of Mac compatible products including: AudioStation for iPod from Logitech for only $299.99!; iStopMotion 2D animation software from Graphic Sim for only $37.99; USB-powered notebook cooler from Micropac for only $14.99; Inspire T3030 2.1 multimedia speaker system from Creative for only $51!; VG730m 17-inch LCD display from Viewsonic for only $209.99!; ScanMaker S400 high-resolution flatbed slide/film scanner from Microtek for only $99.99 after mail-in rebate!; Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Warlords expansion pack from Asypr for only $29.99!; Pixma MP810 Photo All-in-One wireless BlueTooth printer w/color display from Canon for only $299!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

MacMall has deals on a variety of Mac compatible products including: EOS 30D Digital SLR kit w/17-85mm lens from Canon for only $1,472.99 after mail-in rebate! 120GB Titanium II external hard drive from Fantom w/FireWire/USB 2.0 interface for only $49.99!; Video-55 protable audio/video player w/7-inch screen for iPod w/video from Sonic Impact for only $189.99!; My Book Essential external hard drive w/FireWire/USB 2.0 interface from Western Digital for only $89.99; iGroove HG all-in-one speaker solution for iPod from Klipsch for only $194.99!; Perfection V350 flatbed photo scanner from Espon for only $149.99!; Toast Titanium 8 w/Blu-ray support from Roxio for only $58.48!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

Ramjet has Hot Deals exclusive pricing on Mac compatible memory upgrades including: 2GB memory upgrade kit for the (Intel-based) iMac for only $248!; 2GB memory upgrade kit for the original iMac G5 w/iSight for only$282!; 1GB memory upgrade kit for (Intel-based) Mac mini for only $256!; 1GB memory upgrade kit for the PowerMac G4 (w/Mirror Drive Doors) for only $71!; 2GB memory upgrade kit for the PowerMac G5 for only $257! ; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

WoW Interview Mentions Next MMO
7:25 AM | Anthony Wang | 8 comments

In an interview with Empire Vice President of Development Itzik Ben Bassat, talks about the popularity of World of WarCraft, a movie in the works, and the things to come.

How do you imagine you'll be able to top Warcraft in the future?
When we announce our next MMORPG it’s not going to be another WoW - we’re not a company that tends to tread the same ground. It’ll be something innovative and new that really brings entertainment to another level.
Please follow the links below to learn more information.

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Aliens, John Woo, and Stargate: How To Research A Game
7:25 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In a recent guest blog post for Game Tycoon game designer Chris Avellone offered his unique insight into the process of researching a new computer game. With equal doses of humor and stick figures, Avellone encouraged those seeking a job in the game industry to immerse themselves in comics, movies, and games.

So my advice for any aspiring members of game development is pretty simple. If you’re a nerd, keep being a nerd.

Watch trashy sci-fi movies. Read comics. Watch the entire run of Stargate. Be able to quote lines from Doctor Who until your friends want to murder you. Immerse yourself in the book and movie versions of Lord of the Rings. Study the Matrix. James Bond. The whole range of John Woo movies. Be able to explain the mathematical underpinnings of gun-kata in Equilibrium.

Have fun as your eyes take it all in, but in the storage bin in the back of your brain, record all the details of the construction and history of those franchises. Because chances are, one day you’ll be called upon to use it. Maybe even get paid for it.

The next part is probably going to make mothers across the world cringe, but for future game developers - watching TV is good for you. So are movies. Watch a lot of those. Watch the making-of sections, too. Argue about it with your friends if you want - you may learn even more.
Known for his work on famous RPGs such as Fallout 2 and Icewind Dale, Avellone is one the founding officers of Obsidian Entertainment.

Follow the link below to read the rest of his thoughts.

Game Tycoon: Game Design Research, ala Avellone

Mac Games News for Tuesday, January 23, 2007

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