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Apple Games Features Flyboys Squadron & WarBirds 2007
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Apple Games latest feature examines air combat in both World War I and World War II with an examination of iEntertainment Network's FlyBoys Squadron and WarBirds 2007. The article includes commentary from IEntertainment's CEO, Lt. Colonel Bill Stealey, as well as a review of gameplay in both titles.

“We’ve done World War I simulations since 1989,” Stealey tells me as he hops out of his cockpit. “Having a movie tie-in with FlyBoys hasn’t hurt sales either. David Ellison, who’s a world acrobatic pilot champion, was an actor and pilot in the film. He’s flown with us a few times, and he had numerous improvements and suggestions for the game.”

Visually, FlyBoys is similar to WarBirds, and it offers online access to a World War I multi-player arena, where the action becomes just as heated as it does in WarBirds. The heart of the game is a series of 12 single-player missions that take you through a variety of scenarios, such as taking out enemy supply convoys, destroying a German zeppelin, and defeating the enemy’s top ace. You even get the chance to man a machine gun and attack incoming infantry trucks, sink ships trying to sneak up the river, and shoot planes out of the sky.

“The fight was much different in World War I compared to World War II,” Stealey observes. “It was primarily air-to-air, while World War II had more air-to-ground, including strategic bombing.”
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IMG First Look Preview: Wrath of the Lich King
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Today Inside Mac Games has posted a first look preview of Blizzard Entertainment's hotly anticipated second expansion to World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. Written by the long wayward Michael Phillips, this first look preview gives an early glimpse into what players can expect from Blizzard's upcoming MMORPG opus.

Here's a peek:

We currently know the most about Northrend, a continent about the same size of The Burning Crusade's Outland, featuring quests and dungeons that will ultimately raise players to the height of level 80. Northrend is home to the fallen Paladin turned Lich King, Arthas Menethil. Arthas, of course, betrayed his allies after taking up Frostmourn, a greatsword possessed by the soul of previous Lich King, Kel-Thuzad. Only the most daring and skilled players will face the sadistic Lich King in an epic battle for the choicest loot
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Mystery Of Shark Island Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gamers Info has posted a new review of Mystery of Shark Island, a casual scavenger hunt title from PlayFirst. To uncover the mystery, players must find items hidden in the sand before the timer runs out. GI recommends the game to fans of colorful puzzle titles.

From the review:

Mystery of Shark Island is a game in which the objective is to find clues and valuable objects off various beaches as you traverse through the Shark Islands. Each island has multiple beaches you must advance through, and each beach will have a different challenge, while containing a clue you need to uncover. Once you uncover all the clues, you'll be able to assemble a statue and hop over to the next island through an old portal system.

Finding statue pieces and assembling them isn't enough though; you must reach the number of points designated as a goal. If you are skilled, you can attempt to reach a higher point total for expert status. The earliest beaches are, of course, the easiest; they are often littered with the largest shells, and your goals are clearly displayed for you. As you progress, the goals will often become more difficult to recognize, and at some points, no visual clues at all are given.

Some beaches will have different types of shells; some may have a lot of clutter, a lot of sand or big rocks covering what you're looking for. At times, waves will crash quickly upon your area;at other times, you'll be required to reach a challenging high-point total. Surprisingly, for a single game type, an excellent job has been done providing diversity to the task, and never did I feel it overly repetitive or boring.
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Gamers Info: Mystery Of Shark Island Review
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Inside The ESRB Raings System
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A new interview from Gamasutra gives ESRB president Patricia E. Vance a chance to explain what it takes to rate games. The Q&A focuses on those who play and rate the games, touching on topics ranging from the qualifications of the raters to how disagreements between reviewers are handled.

The raters for a game collaboratively determine a proposed rating and set of descriptors. Tell us about how that process has generally worked. Is it typical that raters have the same rating in mind when they get together to discuss a game they're reviewing?
PV: At each scheduled rating session, raters will watch the DVD or videotape together and then each writes down the rating he or she believes to be appropriate, before any discussion takes place. Each will then disclose his or her rating to the group, and discussion will ensue. After discussion, each rater indicates his or her final rating recommendation. As I'm sure you would expect, some games are very easy to agree upon. For example, you typically won't find much disagreement about an E-rated puzzle game. There are, however, inevitably going to be some titles that are "borderline" between two rating categories, and these generate more discussion and require greater deliberation on the part of the raters.
Truth be told, though, I'm just not privy to the conversations that take place when the raters are doing their job. We take the integrity of the process extremely seriously, and nobody else is present in the viewing room when raters are reviewing and discussing content.

How are disagreements among the raters resolved?
PV: Usually through discourse. They express their opinions about the content and recommend ratings to the group that they think are most appropriate, and they'll deliberate together trying to find common ground. They may review submissions for similar games previously rated by ESRB to help with the parity aspect. But ultimately, ratings are based on the majority consensus of raters, not on unanimous agreement, so it's not essential that all the raters completely agree all the time.

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Gamasutra: Inside The ESRB Ratings System

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Macgamestore: Big Island Blends Digital Download Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has released Big Island Blends as a digital download. The colorful new puzzle title from GameHouse puts players in charge of concocting various flavors of smoothies to quench the thirsts of the inhabitants of Big Island. The game features many challenging levels, and immersive storyline, unique updates, and colorful full screen graphics.

More about the game.

Serve smoothies in paradise in this original challenge that's full of tropical fun! After arriving on Big Island you discover that the "fortune" you've just inherited is ... an orchard? Well, what better way to turn your fields into a real fortune than opening a smoothie stand? Serve your delicious fruit concoctions to the thirsty inhabitants of Big Island in level after level of fast-paced fun. Then, use your hard-earned money to purchase a wide variety of sparkling upgrades to make your smoothie stand the best on Big Island! Colorful, fast, and fun, try Big Island Blends for a unique taste of the tropics!
Big Island Blends requires a Mac running OS X 10.3.9 or higher and costs $19.95. A demo of the game is available from

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Unreal Tournament 3 Hands-On Preview6:07 AM
IBM, AMD, Nvidia, Intel Discuss Processors6:00 AM
Pirates Of The Caribbean Online Preorder Offers6:00 AM
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