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Friday, April 13, 2007

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DEFCON Reaches Final Candidate
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

A recent post on Ambrosia Software's progress log reveals that DEFCON for Mac has reached final candidate stage, bringing the strategy title one step closer to release. DEFCON is a multiplayer strategy game which sets two players against one another in a game of global thermonuclear war.

Final candidate release is out! Fixes problems with mods, mostly. We've also made a Mac version of Introversion's fantastic user manual, which is now bundled in the app.
DEFCON for Mac will be compatible with both Intel and PowerPC macs and will sell for $25 from Ambrosia's website.

To learn more about the game click on the links below.

Ambrosia: DEFCON Progress Log
Ambrosia Software

Custer's Celestial Reunion
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

This week, IMG's resident artist, Brad Custer, brings us a desktop picture for X3: Reunion, the upcoming space simulation from Virtual Programming.

Here's what he had to say:

The recent press release that Virtual Programming was bringing X3: Reunion to the Mac has a lot of you excited. I know this by the amount of email I've gotten from all of the aspiring space pirates out there. So this week we travel to a galaxy not so far away. This wallpaper was inspired by the great packaging, which many of you wanted to decorate your desktop with and made possible with the help of Virtual Programming.

For the latest monitor candy, head over to Custer's Desktops.

Inside Mac Games: Custer's Desktops

Blizzard Announces Second BlizzCon
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has announced plans for its second BlizzCon gaming convention. A celebration of the Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo franchises, the event will be open to gamers age 4 and older and will offer a wide variety of activities over the course of the two-day event.

Here are some of the planned activities:

- Discussion panels with Blizzard developers
- Artist and developer signings
- Competitive and casual tournaments for players to showcase their talents
- World of Warcraft® Trading Card Game tournaments and demos
- Costume, machinima, and character sound-alike contests with great prizes
- Commemorative merchandise and other products based on the Blizzard franchises
- A silent auction
- Live orchestral performances of music from Blizzard games
The event will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on August 3 and 4, 2007. Tickets for BlizzCon will go on sale in the next few months at a price of $100 USD per person. Blizzard will announce more information about the event as August draws closer.

Click on the links below for more information.

Blizzard Entertainment
BlizzCon Website

Magic: The Gathering Online Finally Coming To Macs?
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 12 comments

An update to the FAQ for Magic: The Gathering Online renews the possibility that the online version of the popular collectible card game might eventually reach the Mac as a native application. With the upcoming release of version 3.0 of MTGO the programming team will "revisit the Mac question."

Currently, the development team is working on version 3 of MTGO, and the architecture is being re-written to work first on Windows PCs.

Justin Ziran, the brand manager for MTGO, mentioned in a column on that:

Once we launch (version 3), we'll revisit the Mac question with the team. I know there are a lot of Mac users itching to play Magic Online on their machines. I would very much like to give them a Mac native version in the future. No promises, but we will look at it carefully.
The rest of the FAQ is available at the link below.

Magic: The Gathering Online FAQ
MTGO Website

DanLab: UB For Scruffy Gems, Wacky Mini Golf Nears Release
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

DanLab Games' latest newsletter reveals that the upcoming Wacky Mini-Golf is nearing Gold Master. Also, Scruffy Gems, a gem matching puzzle title, has received a Universal Binary update. Finally, version 1.55 of Mahjong Solitarus is available for download.

Wacky Mini-Golf nearing release date !
Our new mini-golf title is nearing Gold Master status.
Please, visit our new developer's blog and check the exclusive preview screenshots and behind-the-scenes entries.

Scruffy Gems 1.61 promoted to Universal Binary:
While attempting to fix a clogged pipe, Scruffy accidently locks himself in his flooding basement. The water level is rising menacingly, and there is only one way to save poor Scruffy from his doom: swap gems from a disorderly grid into tidy rows and columns of the same color. Hurry, Scruffy is counting on you!

Mahjong Solitarus was updated to version 1.55:
If you are a fan of Mahjong games, you've probably ran into this problem before: once you've completed all levels, you run out of fresh layouts to play. We at Danlabgames solved that problem in our best-selling game "Mahjong Solitarus": The game comes with a fully-working layout editor which allows players to share custom layouts over the Internet. The possibilities are virtually endless, and you’ll probably never run out of new levels to play.
For screenshots of Wacky Mini-Golf and more information about all the games follow the links below.

Dan's Blog: Wacky Mini-Golf
Scruffy Gems 1.61
MGF: Mahjong Solitarus 1.5.5
DanLab Games

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Dofus Update Introduces New Area
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Ankama Games recently released an update for its flash based MMORPG, Dofus. The update brings the game to version 1.18 and introduces the new area of Incarnam, an island completely dedicated to players with characters ranging from level one to 15. Version 1.18 also offers a variety of bug fixes and content additions.

Here's a bit more of what Dofus 1.18 includes:

• Incarnam: One step closer to the stars, a shimmering and ethereal island is waiting for you. Incarnam, the place where Heroes Incarnate themselves once again!
• Smart Boone will help you learn what you need to become a skilled adventurer.
• The Boone set, the Piwi set, the Snoowolf Dungeon, new items, new quests.
• New in-game help.
• New animations.
• Handymen can now draft dungeon keys.
Head over to the Dofus website to learn more.

MGF: Dofus 1.18
Dofus Official Site
Ankama Games

Mac Games News for Thursday, April 12, 2007

IMG Podcast Episode 15 Released4:33 PM
Macgamestore: Ankh Digital Download Available8:25 AM
Mod Launchers Released for C&C Generals6:16 AM
Big Bang Brain Games Examined6:00 AM
Call Of Duty 2 Reviewed6:00 AM
CaveDays Available For Mac6:00 AM
Game Developers Adapt To Multicore World6:00 AM
Macintosh Beta Testers Needed For Nethergate: Resurrection6:00 AM
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