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EVE Online Mac Announced
7:25 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 5 comments

CCP Games today announced it has partnered with TransGaming Inc to bring the former's popular massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), EVE Online, to Mac and Linux. The Mac version will use TransGaming Cider technology, a portability engine that speeds up the process of bring PC titles to the Mac with the need for a traditional line by line code port.

The game is set in a science-fiction based, persistent world. Players take the role of spaceship pilots seeking fame, fortune, and adventure in a huge, complex, exciting, and sometimes hostile galaxy.

“We’re pleased to extend our relationship with TransGaming, as the company’s expertise allows us to deliver the most innovative MMOG to more platforms,” said Halldor Fannar, CTO of CCP Games. “By integrating TransGaming’s excellent technology, we are able to keep our laser-focus on evolving EVE Online, while simultaneously expanding the EVE universe to even more players.”

“EVE Online has always ranked highly with our Linux users and there is significant demand for it among other platforms, including the rapidly growing Mac base,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO of TransGaming Technologies. “As EVE takes place within a single-server persistent universe, it’s vital that the game is identical in every way across different platforms. This challenge is what makes the partnership with CCP both important and rewarding.”

EVE Online for the Mac and Linux are both expected to be released later this year.

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Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space Patch Status
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Shrapnel Games latest newsletter includes a brief status update on a patch for the Mac version of Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space. After a delay, work on the Mac update has resumed. No specific release date has yet been set.

Mac Weird Worlds fans will be happy to know that work has picked up on patching the Mac version.  No ETA on the patch, but it has not been forgotten.  You can check in on how it goes by visiting the Weird Worlds forum.
A post on the official forums explains why a Universal Binary version of the game is likely to be delayed even longer than this patch:
To be specific, the problem is that Apple has taken over the OpenAL implementation on the Mac, and rewritten it substantially, but in the process, they have changed something about how it deals with larger numbers of sounds that made it much less efficient. I have a full universal binary version running, but the sounds don't play properly because the sound takes up most of the CPU. I've reported a detailed bug to Apple, but no response. So, my options are to try to build a Universal binary of an older version of OpenAL, try to fix OpenAL myself, or try to find a Universal binary version of older OpenAL that doesn't have this problem. As Fingers says, it's going to be a bit before I can get to that (and he may beat me to it with his work ripping out OpenAL).
Head over to the Weird World forums at the link below to read more.

Weird World Forums: Mac OS X Patch For Testing
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Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space

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Minions of Mirth: Patch 1.25, New Website, Halloween Contest
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Prairie Games has announced several updates related to its single and multiplayer online RPG, Minions of Mirth. In addition to the game's update to version 1.25, Prairie Games has also unveiled a new and improved website for the game, and announced a Halloween Raffle Contest.

+ New Minions of Mirth Website, featuring community blogs, picture galleries, integrated game encyclopedia, server status, and more!

+ Patch 1.25 is live with tons of new content and enhancements.  A full list of the patch features can be found on our new web site!

+ Prairie Games is giving eligible Minions of Mirth players a chance to win a XBox 360 Elite, Sony PS3, Nintendo DS, and Playstation PSP! The contest is open to Minions of Mirth players who are at least 13 years of age or older and are residents of the United States of America.
The raffle will be held on October 31st, 2007 and winners will be announced at that time.
A raffle ticket is awarded for every new primary, secondary, and tertiary level gained per account during the contest. The maximum available raffle tickets available per Free Edition account is 21. The maximum available raffle tickets available per Premium Edition account is 300. The more raffle tickets you have, the greater your chances of winning!

Head over to the links below to check out the new features and updates.

Minions of Mirth Update Info
Minions of Mirth Halloween Raffle
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The Sims Pet Stories Ships For Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has announced that The Sims Pet Stories for Mac has begun shipping to retail outlets in North America. Licensed from Electronic Arts, The Sims Pet Stories was developed for Mac by Aspyr Studios, Aspyr¹s internal development team.

The Sims Pet Stories is the latest in the new Sims Stories series which started with The Sims Life Stories. The game is laptop friendly and focuses on engaging characters and easy to play storylines. Pet Stories introduces two new storylines which revolve around dealing with a new pet's impact on a household.

Train, play with, and care for your Sims cats and dogs, and do your best to keep them happy. Count on many unexpected twists and turns in this easy-to-play, laptop-friendly version of The Sims. Choose from two different stories in the directed Story mode, taking on a variety of challenges as you compete in a local pet show and learn that even pets have their own personalities. Unlock rewards as you achieve set goals for your Sims and their pets. In open-ended Freeplay mode, create your Sims and their pets, design their homes, and teach your pets tricks. You decide how their stories unfold.

- Two Complete Stories in Directed Story Mode ­ Play as Alice, who needs to win the Dog Show Competition or as Stephen, a chef who has chaotic cat-sitting adventures.
- The Brand-New Pet Show ­ Train your Sims pets to strut their stuff.
- Open-Ended Freeplay Mode ­ Over 70 dog and 30 cat breeds!
- Laptop-Friendly Gameplay ­ Featuring simple shortcuts and an all-new auto-pause.
- Be Creative While Staying Connected ­ Stay in touch with your friends by using your own IM and email with playing the game in its own window.
- Part of a Fun New Product Line ­ The Sims Stories also includes The Sims Life Stories and the upcoming The Sims Castaway Stories!
For more information, fans can also visit Aspyr's website at the link bel.wo

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The Sims Pet Stories

Apple Games Features The Sims Pet Stories
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games has posted a new review of The Sims Pet Stories. Created by Aspyr Media, the laptop friendly Sims spin off is the latest in a new series offering compelling storylines and a more user friendly experience. Apple's article offers a review of the game and a list of cheat codes for those needing a helping hand.

Like their owners, Sim pets can embark on careers that earn not only Simoleons but also gift codes that unlock all kinds of goodies. Those items can be shared with characters in The Sims 2, if you have that game’s Pets expansion pack. Pets can also produce offspring, another ability they share with their owners.

When Sims and their pets get tired of hanging around the house, they can look for fun elsewhere. Garden Heights and Mesa Flats, along with a third neighborhood called Arbor Falls, feature community lots with stores, pet training facilities, restaurants, parks, and more. Sims can travel there alone or with companions, meeting others during their trips and forging new relationships. They can buy new stuff at the stores, but don’t forget that you can also download bonus items at the Pet Stories Web site.
Click over to the link below to read the rest of the feature.

Apple Games: The Sims Pet Stories
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Plant Tycoon Available For OS X
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Last Day of Work, an independent game studio specializing in sophisticated casual games for the mainstream player, recently announced the release of Plant Tycoon for Windows and Mac OS X. The Mac version should be available for download beginning today, September 11th.

The gardening simulation lets players breed and crossbreed plants while they search for the six Magic Plants of the island of Isola and build a simple backyard garden into a lavish nursery empire. Players begin Plant Tycoon with just soil, water, and a handful of seeds. As they carefully tend to their virtual plants, they're rewarded with an array of exotic blooms. Part of the fun and mystery of Plant Tycoon is that gameplay is in real-time, so plants grow even when players aren't at their computers playing. This allows for new surprises every time the game is turned back on.

"We've been having fun creating Plant Tycoon, and we're delighted that there is so much excitement surrounding its launch" said Arthur Humphrey, CEO and Lead Designer of LDW. "We tried to create a casual game that is not just gardening-themed, but that has a core gameplay element really about gardening."

Plant Tycoon features include:
Over 400 different species of plants to discover. Introducing pruning to customize the look of your creations. Dozens of exotic seed varieties, to plant and breed A wide variety of collectible butterflies, spiders and other bugs. Gorgeous, all new artwork with detailed dynamically-generated plants. A well-stocked gardening lab offers new chemicals for fun experimentation. Numerous purchasable items allow players to customize their nursery with fountains, statuettes, and more. Original soundtracks and ambient sound effects.

Plant Tycoon carries a retail price of $19.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later, 96 MB of RAM, and 32 MB of VRAM. A free trial is available for download at the official site at the link below.

Plant Tycoon
Last Day of Work

Mac Games News for Monday, September 10, 2007

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