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Battle for Wesnoth Update
11:32 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

The freeware strategy game Battle for Wesnoth has recently received an update, providing fixes for many small bugs in the game. This turn-based strategy game is set in a fantasy world which is open source and available for a large variety of platforms, including Mac OS X.

Here's an update on the latest revision:

Wesnoth 1.2.2 has been released. The most impressive changes are the speed improvements maxy did implement. Especially in the mp-lobby and when showing animations the game should be a whole lot faster. Savegames were cleaned up to be a little smaller. Because of this only beginning of scenario saves will work as expected, others may have problems with the recall list.
For more info, check out the game's website. An updated demo is available at Macgamefiles as well.

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Inside Mac Games Reviews the Wireless Laser Desktop 6000
2:38 PM | Bryan Clodfelter | 8 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a review for Microsoft's Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 keyboard and mouse package. Here's a clip from the review:

While it's a well-known fact that Apple has taken more shots about its mice than Kobe Bryant, Apple's other input device gets very little attention. True, there's nothing blatantly wrong with it, and to be honest, a lot of PC users would be thankful to have Apple's keyboard instead of the spongy OEM chiclet that shipped standard with their machines. However, for a company that professes to "Think Different," the Apple Keyboard is about as dreary and conventional as a college thesis on Hemingway. Fortunately, there are a lot of options out there, and today, we'll be looking at the Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000, which compensates for its hilariously verbose name by showing up the standard Apple Keyboard in a few fundamental ways.
To check out the review, follow the link below.

IMG Review of the Wireless Laser Desktop 6000
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Dofus 1.17 Released
1:33 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

An update to the flash based MMORPG, Dofus, has been released. Created by French developer Ankama Studio, the game offers players a colorful world to explore and a strategic turn-based battle system.

Here's a list of fixes:

• You’ll live incisive and stinky adventures in five new dungeons! The Rat Dungeons of Bonta and Brakmar will open the gate of the Rat Dungeon of the Castle of Amakna.
• A new tab for advanced characteristics
• Ab avatar and equipment viewer
• New items and gears
• A total makeover of the village of Amakna!
To download the latest version of Dofus, follow the link below.

Macgamefiles: Dofus 1.17

Apple Posts New Hot Deals
1:23 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

ClubMac has deals on a variety of Mac compatible hardware and software products including: Macintosh Board Game Trio - includes digital versions of Scrabble, Monopoly and Risk II from MacSoft for only $35.99; learn to speed read with AceReader Pro from StepWare for only $44.99!; Gorilla 4 Standard Edition - for independent movie producers from Jungle Software for only $268.99!; Diskwarrior 4.0 from Alsoft for only $94.99!; iRemember digital scrapbooking software from MacScrapbook for only $99.99!; Canon Pixma MP960 Photo All-In-One printer for only $389.99!; Micromemo turns your iPod nano into a recording studio from XtremeMac for only $49.99!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

MacMall has deals on a variety of Mac compatible hardware and software products including: LaCie Porsche Design 250GB external FireWire hard drive for only $117.95!; 4GB DataTravel USB 2.0 flash drive from Kensington for only $45.99!; HP PhotoSmart D5069 Photo Inkjet printer for only $69.99!; Sony CyberShot DSC-W50 6-megapixel digital camera for only $209.99!; 17" TFT LCD display from 3G Technology for only $69.99 after mail-in rebate!; My Book Essential 500GB USB external hard drive for only $189.99!; SPK-VELO-001 wireless speakers with remote from Cables to Go for only $121.99!; portable notebook combination lock from Kensington for only $16.99!; Corel Painter X for only $393.93!; Maya Complete 8.5 from Autodesk for $1,999; ; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

PowerMax has deals on a variety of Mac compatible hardware and software products including: World of Warcraft from Blizzard Entertainment for only $36.88; RoadShow car audio/video cable for 5th gen. iPod, from XtremeMac for only $28.88; Microtek Scanmaker i800 professional flatbed scanner for only $339!; 200GB MobileStor internal SATA hard drive for MacBook and Mac mini only $248.88!; Data Rescue II data and file recovery software from Prosoft Engineering for only $85!; Shure E4c earphones for only $198.88!; Klipsch iGroove HG iPod speaker system for only $189.99!; Intuit QuickBooks Pro 2007 for only $179.88!; Intuos3 9"x12" USB tablet with wireless mouse and pen from Wacom for only $393.88!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

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The Sims Life Stories Reviewed
11:32 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story recently posted a review of The Sims Life Stories for PC, the first in a new series of Sims titles developed by Aspyr Media. Designed with laptop computer users in mind the game introduces a unique romantic storyline, streamlined controls, and unlockable content. gave the game a score of 72%

From the review:

Since Life Stories plays like a stripped-down version of The Sims 2 (graphics 'n' all if you so choose), some of the frantic elements of micromanagement have been removed in order that the game plods along at a steady pace. This is to say that while the relationship, work and exercise needs of your chosen Sim still need tending to, requirements like having to leg it the toilet before they relieve themselves inappropriately have been cut out. So to has the need to stay near to home in anticipation of an important phone call. The inclusion of a mobile phone (first included in the Sims 2 University pack) makes important messages a lot easier to respond to in that respect. In addition, keyboard shortcuts have been included to deal with the most frequent of tasks.

Even the neurotic juggling needed to build and maintain relationships has been tweaked for Life Stories. In this edition of The Sims they're a lot simpler to form and develop. And, while any veterans of the series might even begrudge the newly forgiving game play mechanics which evidently lower the title's difficulty level, it does mean that newcomers and those after an experience they can dip in and out of with ease can do so, chapter by chapter, without the fear of returning to a messy domestic situation and an irreparable social mess.

Linked to this in another of EA's ploys to lure in the casual PC gamer is the ability to multitask while playing Life Stories. The title's 'laptop friendly' support (a version of the game that relies less heavily on the computer's RAM and video card) means that players are able to keep their game running in a separate window while they tend to unchecked e-mails and instant messenger in the real world - or just fancy a break from the constant oral jibber-jabbering of their troubled Sim. That said, the game runs splendidly in whichever option you choose.
The Mac version of the game should be available to gamers in March. Click on the link below to read more. The Sims Life Stories Review
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Lord British Discusses MMOs
11:32 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter legendary game designer Richard "Lord British" Garriot discussed the past, present, and future of Massively Multiplayer Online Games. Calling games like World of Warcraft "first generation", Garriot speculated that newer MMOs will attempt to step beyond the level grind conventions of the current crop.

THR: Can you peek for a second into the Richard Garriott crystal ball and predict where MMOs are headed? We mentioned the fact that WoW appeals to the mass market and not just the hardcore gamer. Is that the direction future MMOs will take?
Garriott: I believe that MMOGs are still in their infancy ... that WoW is still in the first generation of MMOG. I love the game and have nothing but compliments for it. But it is also extremely derivative of the other online games that have come before it. They all fall into a very similar mold in terms of the way your life unfolds inside these virtual worlds. What we haven't seen, for example, are real-time strategy MMOGs or first-person shooter-style MMOGs. The cycle time to build an MMOG is three to six years, so I think that changes will come slowly. But they are starting even now. We've talked to practically all the MMOG developers either for spy reasons or to discuss potential partnerships. And I believe that almost every MMOG now in development is trying to get out of the first-generation mold of repetitive level grinding that we discussed. The winner in the competition for the next-generation MMOG will be the developer who can create a game with the same real tension and excitement that solo-player games offer.
Follow the link below to read the rest of the interview.

Hollywood Reporter: Richard Garriot Interview

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