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The Lore Of Starcraft
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

For those who weren't lucky enough to participate in Blizzard Entertainment's recent BlizzCon event SCLegacy has offered up an overview of the StarCraft II Lore Panel discussion. The article includes a transcript of a Q&A session between Blizzard representatives and the audience.

Q: What about the voice actors?

A: For the units - 50/50 because some of the units’ voices will be coming back - but because they’re coming back and they’ll look quite similar, we don’t want them to sound exactly the same so they’re the exact same unit. So there might be different voices or sounds to give them a fresh personality, but some of the actors will be returning. No final decisions have been made yet. For the characters - Here Metzen says that guy that did Zeratul and Duke’s voices is deceased - Jack Ritschel. Metzen emphasized that it has been almost ten years these roles were originally cast. Blizzard wants to make sure that the voice still fits with the Kerrigan. Metzen did say that Glynnis Talken had been back in the studio and that she sounded great (Glyniss actually confirmed on her blog that she would be reprising her role as Kerrigan). As for Raynor, while Robert Clotworthy (the original voice of Raynor) has said he’d love to do Raynor’s voice again, Metzen loves a new guy that has come in to the studio and read for Raynor. He says from his, a creative, perspective he wants to get the character right and that this new guy is much closer to what he had originally envisioned for the character. But he does realize that we, as fans, have an emotional attachment to the original voice and they haven’t quite decided what to do on that one. Recording the voices for many of the other characters has even started yet and Blizzard is still debating internally what they’d like to see whether it is a new voice or a returning one for an iconic character.

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SC Legacy: The Story Behind The Legacy
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StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
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Inside Mac Games Feature: Thirteen Years of Mac Gaming
1:32 PM | Marcus Albers | 6 comments

Inside Mac Games writer David Peck has penned a feature dealing with the history of gaming on the Mac, and in particular his personal history over the past thirteen years. Entitled Thirteen Years of Mac Gaming, it covers not only the history of video games on the Macintosh, but also what lies ahead:

So What About Native Mac Gaming?
It's been a perplexing issue that as Mac sales have risen, native Mac game sales have improved but not at the same pace. There has been speculation that the "Intel" boost and Boot Camp would push the Mac up towards the 10% market share threshold. And it's possible we are seeing a surge for Macs helped along by iPod and iPhone groupies and you-know-who's bungling of Vista, that other Operating System with it's performance, compatibility, and driver issues.
Follow the link below to read David's full article.

IMG Feature: Thirteen Years of Mac Gaming

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Macgamestore: Pre-Order Harry Potter & The Order of Phoenix
7:38 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 5 comments has begun to take pre-orders for the Mac version of Harry Potter & The Order of Phoenix. It is available for pre-order for $34.95. The game is expected to be in stock early next week.

Discover the real Hogwarts.

Harry’s fifth year at Hogwarts is shaping up to be his most dangerous yet. Fearing that Hogwarts’ venerable Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is lying about the return of Voldemort in order to undermine his power, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the students. But Professor Dolores Umbridge’s ministry-approved course leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared, so Hermione, Ron and Harry form “Dumbledore’s Army” with the goal of preparing themselves and other courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that looms against Voldemort™ and his Death Eaters.

Harry Potter & The Order of Phoenix will require an Intel Mac. Please note that at this time we do not know if it will run on MacBooks and MacMinis that have the Intel integrated graphics.

To pre-order your copy, follow the link below.

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Barefeats Benchmarks New iMac
6:00 AM | Evan Holt | 7 comments

Barefeats has been hard at work putting the brand new Aluminum 2.8GHz iMac against the previous generation of iMacs and the Mac Pro. The results are not complete and the page will be updated as the tests finish, but for now Prey, Quake 4 and Doom 3 have all been benchmarked.

The focus behind the tests was to see how well the Radeon HD 2600 Pro graphics chip faired compared to the previous generation GeForce 7600 GT.

For gaming on an iMac, the previous generation with the optional GeForce 7600 GT is MUCH faster than the fastest Aluminum iMac. Of course, for hard core Mac gamers, the Mac Pro with the Radeon X1900 XT is the ultimate -- for now.
For the full results that will be updated as the tests complete, follow the link below. CPU crunching results using Photoshop CS3, Aperture, Motion, and FCP Studio's Compressor will be added as well.

Barefeats: iMac 2.8GHz Aluminum versus Others

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The Sims Pool Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Playlist has crafted a new review of The Sims Pool, EA's latest game offering for Apple's fifth generation iPods. The Sims Pool allows players to create their own Sims and play pool in several modes such as 9-ball, 8-ball, or trick shot mode. Playlist gave the game a score of 4.5 out of 5.

From the review:

Most of the game itself takes place over the pool table. The Click Wheel-based interface for The Sims Pool is very intuitive, but it can be a bit challenging to line up just right—I can’t tell you how many times I’d line up the perfect shot only to see it slip a pixel or four as I moved my finger or thumb off the Click Wheel.

In addition to using the Click Wheel to aim your cue stick, you can use it to confirm spin position (or English) on the ball, to help with tricky shots, and set the power of your strike.

Eight ball, corner pocket The Sims Pool lets you play a very enjoyable and quite realistic game of pool on your fifth-generation iPod.

If you don’t want to engage in the lengthy experience of building up your Sims’ aspirations and life goals, a Play Pool option exists to get you into the thick of the action straightaway. What happens there won’t affect the rest of the game, so it’s a good way to take a break from the more elaborate Sims elements in the game.

For the full review head over to the link below.

Playlist: The Sims Pool Review

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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Q&A
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A new interview with Splash Damage's Paul Wedgewood is now available on the Eurogamer website. The Q&A features more information about the upcoming Enemy Territory: Quake Wars including a discussion of frame rates, and a glimpse of some of the new maps offered in the game.

Eurogamer : Could you give an overview of the new maps you're presenting?

Paul Wedgewood : Sure. In Quake 2 the retaliation against Stroggos is led because the humans have learnt how to use slipgate technology and the first map, Area 22, is really the telling of that battle. It's an arid-themed map. It has the Strogg attacking, initially to take the power out of a big EMP that the GDF have erected. When they take it down, the Strogg are able to deploy a mining laser from orbit. This blows the doors off a bunker and gets them into the final objective room which, just like every other map, is entirely unique. You've got the big slipgate with all of the lab equipment around it. You'd never confuse it with any other. Each map really works as a mnemonic.

Moving onto Ark, on the coast Norway - a kind of fjord coastal inlet, in arctic conditions - the interesting thing is that the objectives are the same as on Area 22. You have an EMP to attack, a mining laser in orbit, doors getting blown off and an underground objective at the end. But they play entirely differently.

What's going on the Quake universe, the GDF are a paramilitary organisation rather than a kind of organised military unit, and that's the reason they're still using projectile weapons and their vehicles are in poor condition. And it's good, because it gives us a nice asymmetry. If they were more futuristic - laser guns and stuff - it wouldn't be as fun to play against the Strogg. Anyway, because they are a paramilitary organisation, they've developed most of their presence as a rapid reaction force, because the Earth has been through a series of natural disasters and there isn't a ton of commercial research going on any more that's generally concerned with advancing Earth - it's mostly just about holding back the flood. The Ark is one of the few locations where a bunch of billionaire philanthropists have constructed a series of biodomes and they're doing something that's benevolent - storing strains of DNA for species of plants and animals that are becoming extinct.

Click over to the site below to read the rest of the interview.

Eurogamer: Splash Damage Q&A
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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (don't use)

Macgamestore: Slingo Quest Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has announced the availability of Slingo Quest on its web site. The game was developed by Funkitron and features a unique combination of Bingo and Slot Machine gameplay. Slingo Quest includes new games, new powerups, and a new Quest mode with over 50 levels to enjoy.

Are you ready for the next Slingo challenge? Slingo Quest takes your favorite Slingo game to the next level and introduces brand new fun ways to play! Get Super Slingos on the multi-card games. Check out the Bounce Slingos that rebound off of walls. Take on the Pirate in Pirate's Fortune. Slingo Quest has the classic Slingo fun you know and love, plus brand new ways to play!
Slingo Quest is available for $19.95 through and requires a Mac running OS 10.3.9 or greater. A free demo version of the game is available for download on the web page.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Inside Mac Games Reviews the Razer DeathAdder8:01 AM
Inside Mac Games Reviews Postal7:48 AM
Controversial Anti-Disney Video Game Gets Locked & Reloaded6:00 AM
id Software's Marty Stratton Discusses Quake Zero, Arena6:00 AM
Lights Off For Apple's iPhone6:00 AM
The Broken Hourglass: Fetish, Chapter 16:00 AM
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