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Blizzard Updates WoW, Bans More Accounts
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

World of Warcraft has been updated to version 2.1.2, introducing a variety of bug fixes, balance changes, and content additions. The patch contains all new arena and honor rewards in preparation for Arena Season 2, as well as new art for many raid-level items.

Also, In Blizzard Entertainment's continuing efforts to maintain control of its MMORPG, the company recently announced the banning of thousands of WoW accounts making use of "bots" to automate in-game functions like killing monsters and looting.

In the US and Europe, we recently banned several thousand accounts associated with the use of botting programs that fully automate player actions, such as killing and looting monsters. We take these attempts to bypass the rules and standards of the game extremely seriously, and we will continue to aggressively monitor all World of Warcraft realms in order to protect the service and its players from the negative effects of cheating.
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IMG Podcast Episode 24 Released
11:05 AM | Michael Yaroshinsky | 20 comments

Welcome to the 24th edition of the Inside Mac Games Podcast, the official podcast of Mac gaming. Each week we'll be covering all the news in Mac gaming in one tight package. This week features Mike Yaroshinsky, Mike Burgess and Inside Mac Games Senior Hardware Editor, Bryan Clodfelter.

This Weeks News

  • Did Apple Lie To Mac Gamers?
  • 3D Game Shootout: 17" MacBook Pro "Santa Rosa" vs Others
  • Does More VRAM help? (discussion with Bryan Clodfelter)

    To listen to the Inside Mac Games Podcast, select your podcast flavor by clicking a button below.


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    Eschalon: Book 1 Mac Hardware Poll
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

    Basilisk Games has posted a new hardware poll on the official Eschalon: Book 1 forums. The poll asks Mac users whether they own PowerPC powered machines or the newer Intel computers.

    E:B1 is an RPG in the turn-based tradition of classics of the genre such as the Ultima, Might & Magic, and Wizardry series. The first in a trilogy, E:B1 will send players into massive outdoor environments and plunge them into dozens of sprawling dungeons as they quest to uncover the mystery of their character's origins.

    Those interested in the upcoming RPG can check out the harware poll at the link below.

    Basilisk Forum: Eschalon Mac Hardware Poll
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    Deluxe PocMon Comes To OS X
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

    EMV Software has released a Mac OS X version of Deluxe PocMon, a recreation of an older Amiga title. The game puts players in the familiar maze environs of PacMan but introduces a variety of powerups including guns, lasers, and bombs. Deluxe PocMon features over 100 levels, several play modes, and the chance to play as a Ghost in multiplayer mode.

    This game is made with 3 goals in mind. Great playability, a high level of addictiveness and most of all, great fun. Run through 100 levels of action while using the bonuses and tricks you learn to aid you. Bonuses such as guns, lasers, glue, speedups, bombs, ice, dynamite, score multipliers, presents and extra lives are all available and the list doesn't end there! There are also bonus rounds, secrets to learn, great vocals and pretty graphics with cool effects and plenty of options to play with.

    But whats new? Have you wondered what it would be like to actually be the ghost? Well now you can in the new Duel Mode! Up to 4 players can battle it out for supremacy while using all the above bonuses against each other. If you are out of the game, you become a ghost and can run round to get your revenge! Race your Poc to that powerpill, pinch that X from player 2 and drop bombs in their paths to reign supreme. Theres also teamplay too. Team up in a group of up to 3 players and help each other out on the way through the levels. And still theres more... You can also have team duels! 2 versus 2 mode can be great fun for the whole family.
    Deluxe PocMon is a Universal Binary application and costs $20. Head over to the website below for more information.

    Deluxe PocMon

    Ricardo Sanchez Discusses GameTap For Macs
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 15 comments

    Macworld's Game Room has posted a new article on the upcoming GameTap service for Macs. VP of Content Ricardo Sanchez offers some specifics about the what Mac users can expect from the service. Set to launch June 28, GameTap will offer Mac gamers a list of "hundreds" of titles from which to choose. The service will be powered by TransGaming's Cider emulation technology and thus will only be available to Intel Mac owners.

    Sanchez notes that Cider imposes some performance limitations compared to a truly “native” Mac OS X version of GameTap, but said it shouldn’t be an issue. “The Intel Macs are already so powerful that the emulation layer doesn’t have any impact on performance,” he added.

    While final system requirements are yet to be determined, GameTap for Mac should run on any Intel-based Mac, according to Sanchez, including MacBooks and Mac minis.

    Mac users won’t get quite the same experience as their PC counterparts. Recently, GameTap has begun to offer Windows games for play, as well — everything from Tomb Raider to Far Cry, and more.

    Those games won’t be accessible to Mac users, though Mac users will have access to all of GameTap’s arcade games and older PC games that were developed to run on DOS. And when the Deluxe version launches later this summer, Mac users will also have access to titles originally developed to run on Sega’s Saturn and Dreamcast consoles. Ultimately, Mac users will be able to count the number of games they’ll have access to in the hundreds, said Sanchez — more than 500, in fact.

    “That subscription fee [for Deluxe] will also provide access to ‘Challenge’ games,” said Sanchez. Challenge games enable GameTap users to play online against each other, in games that support multiplayer. And as Cider is being used to enable Mac gamers to play with GameTap, they’ll be able to take on PC gamers in online challenges as well.
    Check out the rest of the article at the link below.

    Macworld's Game Room: GameTap Brings Classic Gaming To Macs

    Getting Back Into Macs, EA's Return
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is one of the latest news outlets to examine Electronic Arts announcement of new Mac game titles on the way courtesy of TransGaming's Cider technology. The PI's article covers the highlights of the announcement and includes comments from EA's Bing Gordon as well as others knowledgable about Mac gaming.

    EA's move to publish directly for Macs is "all about Apple's extraordinary transition to Intel processors," said Bing Gordon, EA's chief creative officer, in an e-mail . "It just took us this long to get comfortable with the notion that Mac is really back, for gamers."

    The hope is "to make gaming on the Mac much more mainstream than it ever has been before," said Vikas Gupta, chief executive of Toronto-based TransGaming...

    On stage at the Apple event, EA's Gordon cited the popularity of Macs inside the company. Afterward, he explained via e-mail that one reason for the decision was that "we just didn't want to shop at our favorite Apple stores this holiday season without seeing the latest EA games."

    To read the full article head over to the link provided below.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Getting Mac Back Into The Game
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    Mac Games News for Tuesday, June 19, 2007

    Inside Mac Games Posts Battlefield 2142 First Look2:00 PM
    Age of Empires III 1.0.2 Released9:08 AM
    MacSoft Ships Age of Empires III: The Warchiefs8:57 AM
    Apple Games Features Lost For iPod6:00 AM
    Dodge That Anvil! Reviewed6:00 AM
    Roman Battles Lux Expansion Pack Released6:00 AM
    StarCraft II Q&A6:00 AM
    The Broken Hourglass: Player Spell Customization6:00 AM
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