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Apple Games Features Peggle
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Apple Games' latest feature offers a look at Peggle, one of the latest releases for Mac computers and the iPod. The game combines elements of pinball, pachinko, and Breakout, challenging players to clear the screen of pegs with a skillfully aimed steel ball. The feature article includes a review of the game's features and some tips and tricks to give players an edge.

You eye a field full of pegs and blocks, all colored orange, blue, green, or purple. You possess 12 balls that you fire into the playing field one at a time, trying to light up and eliminate as many orange ones as possible; they’re the ones you must clear to advance to the next level. The blue ones simply get in your way, while the green ones provide power-ups and the purple ones grant score multipliers.

You choose an angle that works best and shoot the ball toward the pegs. It bounces among them, gravity taking it toward the bottom of the screen, where a ball bucket moves back and forth. If your shot ultimately finds the bucket, you’ll receive a free ball. When your ball hits the final orange peg, the bucket disappears, replaced by a series of buckets that offer final bonuses of 10,000, 50,000 or 100,000 points. As Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” plays, the ball lands in one of those buckets, producing a cascade of fireworks.
The full article is available at the link provided below.

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Apple Unveils New Mac Pro
1:53 PM | Eddie Park | 18 comments

Apple has announced the arrival of their latest desktop powerhouse, the new Mac Pro. Featuring a substantial upgrade in power, this latest model sports two of Intel's new 45 nanometer Quad-Core Xeon processors in its standard configuration, or as Apple likes to put it, it's an 8-core processor machine.

Also featuring a faster architecture, the new Mac Pro comes with dual-independent 1600MHz front side buses and supports up to 32GB of 800MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM memory, which Apple claims gives it a 61% boost in memory throughput compared to previous models.

The graphics front has also seen some changes. Now using a PCI-E 2.0 GPU slot, new Mac Pros come with the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB graphics card standard, with the option to upgrade to the Nvidia 8800GT 512MB card or Quadro FX 5600 1.5GB card. In addition, the Mac Pro supports up to four video cards, allowing it to drive up to eight 30-inch displays.

Rounding out the new desktop is its improved storage capacity, which allows for up to 4TB of storage space via four 1TB SATA drives.

The standard configuration, which includes two 2.8GHz Quad Cores, 2GB RAM, and the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT is currently retailing at $2799. BTO options are also available, including opting for a single Quad Core processor or ramping it up to two 3.2GHz Quad Cores.

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Expert Says iPhone Hurts Mobile Gaming
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Macworld has posted an article discussing comments made by Travis Boatman, vice president of world wide studios for EA's mobile division. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Boatman mentioned the potential for a slow down in the mobile games market in the short term due to the number of users purchasing iPhones, and the associated difficulty of transferring game titles to new platforms.

Apple’s iPhone is a capable phone that holds promise for the future of gaming, said Travis Boatman, vice president of worldwide studios for Electronic Arts’ mobile division, speaking during a panel session at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “But it’s a replacement for someone who had a Razr before. They still want their content but there’s no distribution platform in place so there’s a negative impact on the industry,” he said.

Because Apple so far hasn’t allowed iPhone users to download just anything, iPhone users may be giving up games that they played on a phone they previously owned, he said. “These devices are capable and powerful,” he said. “They’ll be great in the long term but it will take some time as people adapt to devices.”

The problem of transferring games to new phones has actually plagued the mobile gaming industry since its inception. When users upgrade to a new phone, they most often can’t bring a game that they bought for their old phone along with them.
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Macworld: iPhone Hurt Mobile Gaming, Expert Says

Flip Words 2 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Red Marble Games has announced the release of Flip Words 2 for Mac OS X. Flip Words 2 continues the word searching and phrase building action of the original. The game features three modes of play, the ability to download new phrases, and new hi-res graphics

Picking up where the original Flip Words left off, Flip Words 2 continues to provide endless word searching excitement, challenging the player to figure out popular phrases in the process. Flip Words 2 ups the ante by adding brand new game modes and visual themes, as well as a wider variety of phrase categories. Players can even let others share in the fun with the Party mode; up to four players play cooperatively across the Internet in a pursuit to attain the highest score and win medals in the process. And with the onboard Phrase Editor, players can even create their own phrases for other Flip Words 2 players to use and enjoy.

"We're thrilled to bring Flip Words 2 to Mac users around the world," said Mark Batten, founder and CEO of Red Marble Games. "Actually, it's quite amazing; Flip Words 2 provides even more addictive fun than the original Flip Words … which set a very high standard. Flip Words 2 is fantastic fun for the whole family, and educational at the same time."
Priced at $19.99 USD, Flip Words 2 is a Universal Mac OS X application that requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or better, and is available for download from Red Marble Games' website.

Flip Words 2
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Game Optimized Version Of CrossOver Coming Soon
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

MacWindows is reporting that CodeWeavers will be releasing a version of its CrossOver Mac virtualization software specifically designed for games. The gaming version will be able to run more Windows game titles than the current version of CrossOver.

CrossOver Gaming will be optimized for games and updated more frequently then the more traditional versions. CrossOver Mac is already compatible with hundreds of gaming titles including: Call of Duty 2; Half Life 2; Team Fortress 2; World of Warcraft; EVE Online; and Steam. The new application will offer a subscription model for users not wanting to commit to purchasing CrossOver Mac or CrossOver Linux Professional. The anticipated price should be around $5.00 per month. CodeWeavers is planning to release this version later this year.
Head over to the website linked below to read more.

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Mac Games News for Monday, January 7, 2008

Inside Mac Games Reviews the Zoom v29:05 AM
Peggle for iPod Reviewed6:00 AM
Quinn Updated6:00 AM
Swimming The Waters Of Aquaria6:00 AM
Wrath Of The Lich King Screenshots6:00 AM
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