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Nexuiz 2.3 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 10 comments

Nexuiz, Alientrap's freeware FPS death match game project, has been updated to version 2.3, bringing a variety of changes to the game. The latest version offers significant speed increases, smoother netplay, new maps, rebalanced guns, and the introduction of the 'Keyhunt' play mode.

While Nexuiz has improved in all areas, it still stays true to its mission to bring deathmatch back to the basics, with perfect weapon balancing and fast paced action. The engine received a massive overhaul, resulting in a huge performance increase in the 50-500% range and much more smoother netplay. It runs faster, renders more beautiful, introduces sharper effects and brings you even closer to the action than ever before. Taking advantage of the improved engine, Alientrap and contributors added new maps, retouched and rebalanced the guns and reworked most texturing effects. The new maps, textures and general additions to Nexuiz have almost tripled the file size since 1.0 and almost doubled it since the last release 2.2.3.

Nexuix 2.3 brings along a new way for gamers to compete with each other and measure their skills: the new team mode 'Keyhunt'. Moreover, the online experience is enhanced by the new netcode, which also feels safer as 2.3 sports an anti-wallhack function. The offline single player campaign offers improved, more human-like bots while the new maps add a fresh thrill to both offline and online play. For a totally original way to experience Nexuiz we created 'Nexuiz Pro', a server side mod that drastically changes the physics and weapons. Do not shy away from its name: it's just as fun for the young and old, for the new and experienced players.
Available under GPL, Nexuiz is free to download. The Alientrap team accepts donations from those interested in supporting the project.

Follow the links below for more information.

Nexuiz Downloads

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The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff Now In Stores For Mac
5:58 PM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media today announced The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff has arrived in retail stores throughout North America for the Macintosh. Licensed from Electronic Arts, The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff was developed for Mac by Aspyr Studios, Aspyr's internal development team, and introduces 60 new items for Sims 2 players to enjoy.

Your Sims can now indulge in a glamorous life with this collection of luxurious furniture, fashionable clothing, and extravagant décor items. Create lavish homes furnished with the finest modern bedroom, living room, and dining room sets. Turn heads in the neighborhood as your Sims show off elegant gowns, red carpet formalwear, and cool casual styles at their next big soirée. Your Sims will live the high life with 60 new items including pop-art paintings, sectional sofas, a high-end stereo, fur coats, and more!
The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff is now available through Aspyr's website for only $24.99. For more information, fans can also visit the official Website at the link below.

Aspyr: The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff
The Sims 2 Glamour LIfe Stuff Official Site
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Inside Mac Games Reviews Virtual Villagers 2
2:56 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Virtual Villagers: The Lost Children, the sequel to the wildly popular Virtual Villagers game. Here's a clip from the review:

Like the first game, one must oversee a population of castaways on the island of Isola. They are responsible for assigning the inhabitants to routine tasks such as farming, building and researching, as well as not-so-routine tasks such as embracing, swimming, and reproducing. There are 48 unique items to collect and 16 puzzles to solve, which range in difficulty from inanely straightforward, to incoherently complex.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Virtual Villagers: The Lost Children
Big Fish Games
Virtual Villagers - The Lost Children
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Myth World Cup 2007 Site Launches
6:00 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

The Myth World Cup 2007 website has launched. Myth World Cup is an annual tournament where Myth gamers everyone return and battle each other in one of the Myth games, usually Myth II: Soulblighter. This year's MWC will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Myth: The Fallen Lords release way back in 1997 by Bungie Studios and will once again have prizes.

Please follow the links below to learn more information.

Myth World Cup
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Custer In Enemy Territory
6:00 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

IMG's resident desktop artist, Brad Custer, is back with an image inspired by Aspyr Media's upcoming title, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.

Here's what he had to say about his latest design:

With the recent annnouncement that Enemy Territory: Quake Wars from Aspyr Media would be coming to the Mac, my inbox has been flooded with the same topic. As always, I enjoy honoring your requests, so this week we go to war and I'm sure it won't be the last time either. I was able to create this week's wallpaper with the help of Aspyr Media. I simply entitled this selection, "Red Dust", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
Head over to Custer's Desktops to check out his latest creation.

Custer's Desktops

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Apple Games Features The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games has posted a new feature on The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff. The add-on introduces over 60 new items to spice up the atmosphere in the popular Sim game. The feature article examines one Sim's experience with some of the new items.

You appreciate the finer things in life, so why shouldn’t your Sims? The Glamour Life Stuff collection adds more than 60 objects that upgrade their fashions as well as their homes. Consider the situation faced by the dapper Consort Capp, who still grieves for his dead wife but is ready to move on.

Consort’s grandchildren weren’t surprised when he installed the Fountain of Opulence in his front yard. None of them had much interest in it — except Tybalt, who thought it was funny to add some soap to the water — nor did they care when Consort added the sculptures Morphic to the Maxx and The Ideal Sim to his collection.

A company CEO by day and an amateur painter at night, Consort also spent a few Simoleons on “Untitled,” a pop art print by well-known Sim artist Len Bledgemann. He hoped it would inspire his own painting, as would the Sim Noir print he placed on another wall.
Head over to the site below to read the rest.

Apple Games: The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff
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Parallels Adds 3D Graphics Support
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Parallels recently announced Parallels Desktop 3.0 for the Mac. The latest edition of the the Windows virtualization software will include support for 3D graphics, a welcome addition for gamers. Desktop 3.0 provides a variety of other improvements and additions as well.

Here's a list of some of the software's features:

• Cross OS File & App Integration
• Assign files to any application
• Set 'on the fly' or as a default

• Bulletproof your VM
• Store the VM state and custom intervals
• Rollback when needed

3D Graphics
• OpenGL and DirectX support
• Support for graphics hardware
• Vista Aero coming soon
Parallels costs $79.99, and when available the 3.0 version will be available for a $49.99 upgrade fee. Parallels is currently offering a special reduced $39.99 price for those who preorder the upgrade before June 6, 2007.

Click on the links below to learn more.

Parallels Desktop 3.0 For Mac
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John Carmack Developing New Game Engine
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 43 comments

In a recent interview with id Sofware's Todd Hollenshead revealed that John Carmack is working on an all new game engine for the company's upcoming new title. The beginning of a new franchise, the game will not be set in any of the company's previous game worlds, such as Quake or Doom.

"We are working on an all-new franchise: it's not Doom, it's not Quake, it's not Wolfenstein, it's not Enemy Territory, it's not even Commander Keen.

"It is a new id brand with an all-new John Carmack engine and I think that when we show it to people, once again they'll see, just like they saw when we first showed Doom 3, that John Carmack still has a lot of magic left."

Id's last major internally developed title was 2004's Doom 3, which utilised new technology created by Carmack. In the interim, id's technical director has been heavily involved in bringing games onto mobile, including Doom RPG and Orcs & Elves.

"Our first task at id is as a single studio developer," Hollenshead continued. "That's really where everything spawns from. Because John Carmack is a programming genius, who in my opinion is unequalled in video games today, he makes a great technology that we can use across a wide range of applications and different games within our suite of franchises.

"The new stuff that we're working on does have a brand new engine that John has been working on, actually is still working on today. We can’t really talk any details about it; we'll see about when the timing is right for an announcement. We like to be able to talk about stuff that we can show at the same time and it's not really ready to show yet."

Read the rest at the site listed below.

id Software

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