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Apple Announces New iPods, Games
3:51 PM | Eddie Park | 9 comments

Dropping the iPod bomb today that news sites have been speculating on for the past week, Apple unveiled a completely new iPod as well as two major revisions to the existing lineup. The new iPods include a revamped iPod nano, iPod classic, and the new iPod touch, all of which introduce a clutch of new features to the venerable portable music player series.

The new iPod nano features a new 320x240 display that is also 65% brighter than the previous model and seemingly tailored for video playback. It also now makes use of the Cover Flow interface and comes in the standard sizes of 4 or 8GB, priced at $149 and $199, respectively.

The new iPod classic bumps the storage size yet again, and is offered in both 80 and 160GB configurations, or as Apple likes to put it, up to 40,000 songs. It also sports a new all-metal casing and an enhanced interface. The 80 and 160GB models go for $249 and $349, respectively.

The iPod touch is perhaps the most striking addition to the iPod family, looking and acting very much like the iPhone, only without all the cellphone-related features. Like the iPhone, it sports a touchscreen interface and includes web browsing via Safari in addition to music and video playing. It also takes advantage of Apple's new iTunes Wi-Fi Store for those looking to add to their media libraries.

"The iPod touch is a landmark iPod, ushering in a whole new generation of features based on its revolutionary multi-touch interface and built-in Wi-Fi wireless networking," said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. "People are going to be amazed at how thin it is and how much it does."
Both the iPod nano and iPod classic also come pre-loaded with 3 games: iQuiz, Vortex, and Klondike. In addition, Apple promises that more games will be available in the future for purchase via the iTunes store, including Tetris, Sudoku, and Ms. Pac-Man. No mention of gaming was made in relation to the iPod touch.

Those looking for pics of the new iPods can find plenty at Apple's site. Those looking to buy directly from the source, however, may find themselves waiting for a while, as Apple's online store seems to be bogged down at the moment.

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The Sims 2: Happy Holiday Stuff Pack Ships
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Aspyr Media has announced that The Sims 2 Happy Holiday Stuff has begun shipping to retail stores in North America for Mac. This stuff pack for The Sims 2 spices up the holidays with an updated collection of 60 seasonal items, outfits, and décor. Players can deck out their sims' homes with traditional holiday items from around the globe including mistletoe, reindeer lawn ornaments, and an all new European style Father Christmas.


- Holiday Home Décor ­ Light up candles to add a warm holiday glow with this traditional European candle arch.
- The Holiday Lumberjack Statuette ­ Spice up your Sims¹ holidays with this traditional German holiday gnome, complete with sturdy boots and trusty hiking staff.
- Huge Tree Extravaganza ­ Size matters. Get your holiday on in a big way with this tree to top all trees, a tribute to the famous tree from Rio.
- Ski Jump Frosty ­ It¹s hard to stay balanced when you¹re built like Frosty, but that doesn¹t stop him from showing his ski jumping skills.
- Holiday PJs ­ Before they nestle into bed to dream of sugarplums, tuck Sim toddlers into a seasonal sleeper.
- Cheongsam ­ Enjoy the Chinese Fall Festival with Sims wearing this traditional attire.
- Arctic Santa ­ Even when the temperature drops, this European-style Father Christmas is guaranteed to bring good tidings.
The Sims 2 Happy Holiday 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.

The Sims 2: Happy Holiday Stuff
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Lego Star Wars II Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room has posted a new review of Lego Star Wars II, the second game which melds the Star Wars universe with the world famous interlocking plastic blocks. LSW II makes use of the storyline and characters of the original movie trilogy, allowing players to take the roles of iconic figures from the films. The Game Room gave the game a score of 4 out of 5 mice.

Gameplay itself is pretty straightforward platform-style action—you, assuming the role of the Star Wars characters you play, need to complete scenes from the movies. You’ll go on a mission like trying to save the Rebel base on Hoth from the elephantine AT-AT walkers, using grappling hooks on the backs of snowspeeders just like Luke Skywalker did. Or you might find yourself in the tree villages of the Ewoks on the forest moon of Endor, readying troops to battle for control of the Imperial shield generator that protects the second Death Star while it’s under construction. There are puzzles to solve and battles to win, but it’s all pretty straightforward and approachable, and quite “linear,” as they say in game reviews—meaning each level has a specific start point and end point that makes sense as you’re traipsing through it. The game follows the original movie scripts closely: You’ll have to destroy the Death Star, train with Yoda and fight Darth Vader, and then pilot the Millennium Falcon into the new Death Star, blast its reactor core and escape.

Because the game combines Legos and Star Wars, there’s plenty of action, but there’s little in the way of actual violence (unless you consider a Lego Chewbacca tearing the limbs off a Lego Stormtrooper to be violent). It’s more funny, than anything.
To read the full review head over to the site below.

Macworld's Game Room: Lego Star Wars II Review
Feral Interactive
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Space Trader Available For OS X
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 13 comments

Hermit Works recently released Space Trader, a fast paced 3D action/trading game in a futuristic setting. Players must struggle to make their fortune through trade and combat. The game featurs 40 commodities with fluctuating prices, over 100 characters to interact with, and the ability for up to 8 players to challenge each other over LAN connection.

In the far future humanity is ruled by 'The Ministry of Accounts', an oppressive bureaucracy that tracks, records and taxes every transaction of daily life. From the depths of Red Tape a new breed of marketeer arises to challenge the authority and make a profit: the Space Trader is born!
Become a Space Trader, amass a fortune beyond your wildest dreams. Travel the solar system in search of the best deals from iron ore to organs. Suit up to hunt down dangerous fugitives with the latest in combat equipment and defend your hard earned profits from the Ministry of Accounts.
Space Trader is a fast paced action trading game in full 3D. Players compete to make money by buying and selling commodities, capturing fugitives and collecting stash. Challenge yourself, your friends, and your foes in a bid to become the wealthiest Trader in space!
Space Trader's Features:
- 3 unique Challenges offering hours of replay value
- 40 price-fluctuating commodities to trade
- Over 100 characters to be found
- 8 player multiplayer LAN support
- Visit seven planet locations, their moons and stops along the way
- Defend your money against MOA boardings for maximum profits!
Space Trader is available for Windows and Mac OS X. It is a Universal Binary application.

A playable preview of Space Trader is available at the website listed below. The full version of Space Trader can be purchased for $19.95.

Space Trader
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Macgamestore: Wedding Dash Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has announced the availability of Wedding Dash on its website. The PlayFirst title tasks players with assisting couples in setting up a wedding and surviving the celebration party. The game features 2 play modes, 50 levels, 10 different party guests, and 9 wedding mishaps to overcome.

Help Quinn make wedding bells ring! Assist couples in selecting all the details - from tasty cakes to gorgeous flowers - but once they've tied the knot, look out for obstacles preventing the perfect party, such as tipsy guests, falling cakes, and catty bridesmaids. Can you keep the bride and groom happy and Quinn's business afloat?
Wedding Dash Requirements:
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or newer
G4 800 MHz or faster, or G5 or Intel processor
800 x 600 minimum screen resolution
25 MB available disk space
Head over to to download the demo or to to purchase the full game.

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