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More StarCraft II Questions Answered
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Another round of answers to fan questions about the upcoming StarCraft II has appeared on the Blizzard StarCraft forums. The sequel to the still popular original StarCraft, SC II will introduce new multiplayer action and pick up the Zerg, Terran, and Protoss storylines a few years after the end of BroodWar.

1)What is the role of heroes in StarCraft II? Will they be the same as in StarCraft?

StarCraft II campaign heroes will fulfill roles similar to what appeared in the original StarCraft single player experience, but they will have even more unique abilities from standard units, and will be more innovatively integrated into the story campaign. Heroes will not be buildable in multiplayer.

2)What is the max unit count population for each faction?

Unit population count for each faction will be very similar to the original StarCraft.

3)Will there be an in-game option to change hotkeys around?

Currently it is planned to have this feature, though much testing has yet to be done on it. We are looking into several innovative ways to make the UI customizable to players, to allow flexibility in their style of game play.
Head over to the links listed below to read more or submit your own question.

StarCraft Forums: SC 2 Q&A Batch 3
StarCraft Forums: Ask Your SC2 Questions Here
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Creating Joinable NPCs In The Broken Hourglass
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Many of the developers of Planewalker Games' upcoming RPG, The Broken Hourglass, started as NPC character modders, back when unraveling the technology behind a new character required months of research and the production of dedicated software tools. In this week's update to the Broken Hourglass site, Planewalker demonstrates how the game's WeiNGINE engine makes it possible for new joinable characters to be created in just a few lines of scripting with a simple text editor.

A variety of constraints force the developers of a party-based RPG to make certain difficult choices about the number and type of characters available as joinable NPCs. No matter the number (In The Broken Hourglass, we offer nine), some enterprising players will decide that a tenth character would really fit the bill. Adding a character to the game capable of joining the party requires very little in the way of extra preparation-at the most basic level, joining the party requires just a short, simple dialogue script action.
To read the rest head over to the site below.

The Broken Hourglass: Creating Joinable NPCs
The Broken Hourglass

Connect360 Brings Macs & Xboxes Together
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room has posted a review of Nullriver Software's Connect360, a software application which allows users to connect their Mac to an XBox 360 to stream videos, music, and photos to the console. The Game Room gave Connect360 a score of 4.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

All of the music, video, and photos you’re sharing on your Mac are streamed to the Xbox 360, similar to the way a guest Mac or PC works with the Apple TV. So none of your Xbox 360’s hard disk space is wasted storing these files. That means you’ll need a live connection to your Mac in order to use them, obviously—if the Mac goes to sleep or is shut down, you won’t have any luck playing your content.

Connect360 works with quite a few different audio and video formats (including WMV if you have Flip4Mac installed), but content encrypted with FairPlay Digital Rights Management (DRM) software is strictly verboten. For that, you’ll need an Apple TV. Attempting to play a protected audio or video track will pop up a message on the Xbox 360 that that file format isn’t supported.
Check out the rest of the review at the link below.

Macworld's Game Room: Connect360 Review
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Star Wars: Empire At War Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A new review of Star Wars: Empire at War is available on the Mac|Life website. The review examines the real time strategy game which allows players to join either the Rebellion or Empire in a no-holds-barred battle for control of the galaxy. Mac|Life gave the game a score of 3 out of 5.

From the review:

Battles in space can be epic, with agile Y-wing bombers taking on gigantic Star Destroyers. You'll need to refine your battle tactics to negotiate asteroid fields and skill-sapping nebulae. In Galactic Conquest mode (similar to the game Risk), you control the galaxy, moving your space fleet and land units to conquer planets. When combat begins, you then enter the land or space combat portion of the game with only the forces you have at the planet, so it's best to preplan your strategy.

Empire at War oozes the style of classic Star Wars. The Empire and the Rebellion duke it out in a galactic civil war that takes place during Episode IV: A New Hope. Luke sports an X-wing, and Darth Vader isn't some teenybopper heartthrob. The Empire is all about money and overwhelmingly massive battle forces, while the Rebellion relies on craftiness and skill by stealing technology and slipping small raiding parties past Imperial space fleets to fight planetside. You can purchase heroes such as Boba Fett and Han Solo from the movies, and even Mara Jade from the books, and they're devastating on the battlefield.
To read the rest of the review click on the link below.

Mac|Life: Star Wars Empire At War Review
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Star Wars: Empire at War
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Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix Screenshots
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Worthplaying has posted a collection of 50 new screenshots showcasing the upcoming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the latest in the Harry Potter game series. Order of the Phoenix follows the adventures of Harry and his friends as they struggle to train their allies in preparation for battle with the villainous Voldemort.

Professor Dolores Umbridge’s Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves “Dumbledore’s Army,” Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.
The Mac version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is one of the Ciderized titles recently announced by Electronic Arts.

Follow the link below for more information.

Worthplaying: Order of the Phoenix Screenshots
Electronic Arts
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
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Mac Games News for Monday, June 25, 2007

IMG Podcast Interviews TransGaming Technologies11:43 AM
Aquaria Editor Coming To Macs6:00 AM
Dofus Introduces The Beaches Of Amakna6:00 AM
Gaming With Parallels 36:00 AM
Mac GameTap Screenshots6:00 AM
pop-pop UB Update Status6:00 AM
Protoss Stargate Revealed For Starcraft II6:00 AM
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