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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

New Waterstorm Screenshots
9:22 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Rarebyte recently updated its developer's blog for Waterstorm, an upcoming 2D multiplayer submarine combat game, with a handful of new screenshots. The game will feature underwater scenarios, intuitive controls, and high-tech weapons.

It’s a great experience when a project that you’ve been working on for quite a while is unveiled. I think the most important thing at this point is the feedback you get, and I’d like to say that we welcome especially critical feedback, because we are always interested in improving our games.

We are working hard at the moment to get the beta of Waterstorm out the door - and it will happen very soon. We think that communication between the developers and the gamers is a very important aspect, not only during the beta phase, but also later on. We are very excited about getting in touch with the community and we will definitely reply to all questions, requests, bug reports and suggestions.
Catch a glimpse of the new screens at the link below.

Rarebyte Devblog: Waterstorm Screenshots

Apple Posts Latest Hot Deals
4:43 PM | Tuncer Deniz

AudioMIDI has deals on a variety of Mac compatible hardware and software products including: get miniTERA Soft Sythn from VirSyn free with any purchase; spend $89 or more and save $20 on your order!; Line 6 Variax 300 (Red) combines guitar craftsmanship with digital modeling technology for only $299!; Digimax FS and Firestudio bundle from PreSonus for only $1,099!; FireWire Audiophile compact audio/MIDI interface from M-Audio for only $130.42!; EZ Drummer drum sampler from ToonTracks for only $159!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

Ramjet has deals exclusive pricing on a variety of Mac memory upgrades including: 2GB upgrade kit for Mac Pro is still only $389!; 1GB module for MacBook Pro now only $94!; 2GB (2x1GB modules) upgrade kit for iMac G5 for only $192!; 2GB module for original iMac G5 w/iSight now only $242!; 2GB (2x1GB modules) upgrade kit for Intel-based iMac now only $192!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

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Apple Features Heroes Of Might And Magic V
9:22 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games' latest feature showcases the recently released Heroes of Might and Magic V, the continuation of the popular fantasy themed strategy series. The article features a review of the game with comments from the producer, a history of the entirely new gameworld, and a brief examination of the Cider technology bringing the game to Intel based Macs.

The strategy element comes into play as each hero gathers resources, including wood, gold, gems, crystals, ore, mercury, and sulfur, all of which you’ll need to improve your soldiers’ abilities, as well as construct new buildings in your towns. Those buildings include magic guilds, a marketplace for exchanging resources, a tavern where you can learn gossip and recruit additional heroes to help you, barracks and other structures where you can recruit more troops, and more. As you improve your towns, they become stronger and increase in levels — leaving garrisons behind to watch over them while you’re away also helps their defenses...

Strategy once again enters the scene when you engage in the turn-based combat that’s long been a staple of the Heroes series. “That battle system is the heart of the game, and we wanted to keep it,” explains producer Fabrice Cambounet. “The chess-like feeling of the battle is also the differentiating point of the series.” You can play the battles without a time limit, in the custom of the previous Heroes games, or with the new Dynamic Battle System, which gives you several seconds to make each move. You can also automate the combat, if you’d rather have the computer make your decisions.
TransGaming's Vikas Gupta also offered a few comments about the future of Cider, promising more Ciderized titles in 2007.
“With Macs transitioning to Intel,” explains TransGaming president Vikas Gupta, “we knew Cider would revolutionize gaming on the Mac platform. This was TransGaming’s opportunity to transform Macs into mainstream gaming machines and satiate the Mac community’s appetite for games.”

He adds: “Mac gamers can certainly expect to see more content more quickly. With Cider, it becomes extremely easy to deploy video games on the Mac platform and, thus, we fully expect that not only will there be more content than ever before but also simultaneous releases of games on PC and Mac by some of the most influential publishers in the world.” Gupta promises: “We fully expect that Cider will change the face of Mac gaming in 2007.”
To read more head over to the Apple Games site listed below.

Apple Games: Heroes Of Might And Magic V
Heroes of Might & Magic V
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Latest iTunes Release Hints At Apple TV Gaming Future?
9:22 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

As reported on several Mac websites, the recently released iTunes 7.1 apparently includes localized text strings referring to games and the Apple TV media device. The strings reference a variety of game management activities including syncing and removing unwanted games.

From AppleInsider:

What Apple has not yet said, but is quite apparent from Monday's iTunes release, is that Apple TV will also sport some rudimentary gaming capabilities. "Are you sure you want to sync games? All existing games on the Apple TV," reads a localized string file hidden in the software. Another reads, "Some of the games in your iTunes library were not copied to the Apple TV [...] because they cannot be played on this Apple TV."

In total, iTunes 7.1 includes a little over a dozen text strings relating to game management on the new Apple device. In addition to syncing, the strings offer user prompts for various other operations such as removing games, preventing unauthorized games from making the sync, and warning users when their Apple TV can no longer accept new games due to a lack of space.
MacUser offered a different view of the text strings:
The string in question reads: “Are you sure you want to sync games? All existing games on the Apple TV “^1” will be replaced with games from this iTunes library.” Smoking gun? Not hardly. If you take a look at the file (/Applications/, you’ll find that the section of strings that applies to the Apple TV is pretty much identical to the section of strings for the iPod (with, of course, all instances of “iPod” replaced with “Apple TV”)...

Furthermore, section 4301, which applies to mobile phones (presumably of the ROKR variety and not the iPhone variety) has the same strings...

Really, the only thing this proves is that the developer in charge of updating the strings knows how to use copy/paste and find/replace. Sure, Apple might decide to bring games to the Apple TV someday, but when that day comes, they’ll be shouting that feature from the rooftops, not hiding it in a text file.
Follow the links below to learn more.

AppleInsider: Apple TV to dual as casual gaming device?
MacUser: Busting the Apple TV games rumor

NoteNiks: Respect Our Earth Games CD Goes Gold
9:22 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

MonkeyByte and VendorNation have announced the gold release of the all new NoteNiks: Respect Our Earth Games CD. Targeted toward children from 5 to 10 years of age, the collection of 8 games teaches children the importance of protecting the earth through specific lessons which include recycling, smart energy usage, and protecting endangered species.

Here are a few of the collection's features:

- Curriculum Included!
ROE comes to you wrapped in a 19 page supplemental curriculum that provides fun new lesson plans as well as all new activity pages you can print for you class (or family) to enjoy, or save to disk to share with future classes.

- Editable & Printable Certificates
ROE is the first NoteNiks games CD to offer editable certificates that allow parents, teachers, and kids to print and share their game play successes. Certificates that can be shared with friends and family in full color! Game wide scoring (detailed below) allows players to receive three possible certificate levels (blue, silver, gold), enter their names and edit the certificate message as well!

- Built-in Web Browser ROE extends its' reach on to the Internet by offering a built-in web browser that connects parents and teachers with regular updates, support tools, interactive forums, and registration information. The ROE browser also provides a 'closed loop' web experience. With no links to external (or public) portions of the web. Keeping it kid safe and family friendly.

Respect Our Earth comes on a hybrid CD offering both Mac OS X and Windows versions of the games and requires Mac OS X, 290Mb of HD space, 128Mb RAM, and a CD-ROM player. It sells for $19.95.

Click over to the sites below for more information.

NoteNiks: Respect Our Earth Games CD

Mac Games News for Tuesday, March 6, 2007

IMG Podcast Episode 12 Released6:13 PM
Inside Mac Games Reviews Connect Four Cities2:54 PM
Armado Gets A Small Update2:38 PM
Ambrosia Updates SketchFighter 4000 Alpha2:15 PM
Healing For Profit In The Broken Hourglass8:49 AM
The Burning Crusade Reviewed8:49 AM
Wakfu History, Screenshots Posted8:49 AM
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