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New Wrath Of The Lich King Faction Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has updated its Wrath of the Lich King website with information on a new faction to be introduced in the second expansion for the popular World of Warcraft. The update reveals the Tuskarr, a nomadic race that fights for survival against the hostile forces of Northrend.

Despite the absence of any records documenting the tuskarr's past, many significant facts have recently come to light.

The tuskarr are a kind-natured nomadic race that roams the southern coastlines of Northrend, guided by the carved cyclopean statues that mark their seasonal fishing routes. The tuskarr's tribal affiliation is evidenced by the sigils inscribed on their tusks, and although they are a peaceful race, they are constantly beset by taunka and local murlocs.

Yet even their enemies marvel at the tuskarr's prowess and fearlessness in catching some of the most dangerous creatures in Northrend's frigid waters, including whales and giant squid. Not even the unnamed leviathans that lurk in the ocean's depths are beyond the tuskarr's reach.

The tuskarr have seen their share of difficult times, but with the Horde's recent arrival they have found a new ally in the ongoing struggle against the hostile forces of Northrend.
Click over to the link below to learn more about the new faction.

Wrath of the Lich King: Tuskarr Faction
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

IMG Podcast Episode 36 Released
4:22 PM | Michael Yaroshinsky | Comment on this story

Welcome to the 36th edition of the Inside Mac Games Podcast, the official podcast of Mac gaming. Each week we'll be covering all the news in Mac gaming in one tight package. This week features Mike Yaroshinsky, Mike Burgess and Stefan Langford.

This Weeks News

  • Spore to be released in September simultaneously for Mac, Mobile Phones, DS, PC
  • TR:A, Demo Released
  • Freeverse releases neon Tango
  • The Demise of Myst Online
  • Blizzard Games that never were
  • Guitar Rising
  • Launches

    To listen to the Inside Mac Games Podcast, select your podcast flavor by clicking a button below.


    The Count Of Monte Cristo Released For Mac
    4:00 PM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story and today announced the release of The Count of Monte Cristo for the Mac. This mysterious hidden object game is based on the famous novel by Alexander Dumas and takes place in the 19th century.

    Edmond Dantes, a dashing young captain, has been betrayed by enemies who called themselves friends and is wrongly imprisoned. Many years have passed, then one day a monk and scholar enters his prison cell through an escape tunnel.

    They become fast friends and then Edmond finally escapes his lifelong prison. Help him find his offenders and get revenge once and for all. Find the cleverly hidden objects and solve the unique puzzles!

    Based on masterpiece novel by Alexander Dumas
    8 characters to investigate
    1000+ Hidden Objects
    20+ Scenes
    15+ Puzzles
    The Count of Monte Cristo requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and a PowerPC G4 or better. It is available exclusively through for $19.95. A free Universal Binary demo version of the game is available for download on the web page.

    Buy The Count Of Monte Cristo

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    Inside Mac Games Previews Neverwinter Nights 2
    11:09 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 13 comments

    Inside Mac Games has posted a hands-on preview of Aspyr's Neverwinter Nights 2. Here's a clip from the preview:

    Anyone looking to pick up a copy of Neverwinter Nights 2 won't require any experience with its predecessor. NWN2's story takes place in the Forgotten Realms of Dungeons & Dragons fame, particularly in and around the city of Neverwinter, but it is not a continuation of the original. NWN2 makes allusions to events in the first game, but direct knowledge of these events won't be necessary to new-comers. It should be noted that NWN2 will require an Intel-based Mac with ATI or NVIDIA video hardware, so MacBooks and adorable Mac minis will have to sit this adventure out. Sorry, kids.
    To check out the full preview, please follow the link below.

    Inside Mac Games Preview: Neverwinter Nights 2
    Aspyr Media
    Neverwinter Nights 2
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    Custer Heads Into The Night
    6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

    NeverWinter Nights 2 from Aspyr Media comes out next week and IMG's Brad Custer has created a new desktop to celebrate the release of the game.

    Here's what Brad had to say about his latest desktop:

    With the announcement on Wednesday that NeverWinter Nights 2 from Aspyr Media would ship next week, my inbox has been flooded with requests. It seems you all would like a new desktop to decorate your screens with while enjoying this title. So, this week I head back into the night. This wallpaper features an epic clash between good and evil, but it's up to you to decide which is which. It was made possible with help from Aspyr Media and my cable modem.
    To check out his latest desktop, and many more, head over to Custer's Desktops.

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    Rob Pardo Discusses Multiplayer Game Design
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    WoWInsider has posted a detailed description of a speech given by Blizzard's Rob Pardo at the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco. The discussion covered the company's design philosophy for developing multiplayer titles, specifically their MMO juggernaut World of Warcraft.

    Q: What's your opinion on cross-server interaction?
    A: When we first developed WoW we wanted the realms to be communities in and of themselves. But it's something we've slowly been softening our stance for -- you can see this already in cross-realm battlegrounds. In the future we might consider doing cross-server chat.

    Q: You were saying about not letting super-weapons into the game...
    A: In a competitive player versus player game you want to avoid weapons, skills, tactics, that one player can get that the opposing player doesn't feel they can realistically stop. As an example, in Descent 2, they introduced powerful weapons -- a new player could pick up a power-weapon and one-shot you. You don't want that.

    Check out the full article at the link below.

    WoWInsider: GDC 08 Rob Pardo Presentation
    Blizzard Entertainment

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    Plant Tycoon Reviewed
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    Mac|Life has published a new review of Plant Tycoon. 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. Mac|Life gave the game a score of 4 out of 5.

    From the review:

    For many, spending time in a garden pruning, watering, and planting can be a serene and pleasing experience. But if youíre stuck inside or you just lack a green thumb, thereís Plant Tycoon. This game from Last Day of Work does a nice job of capturing the essence of gardening, without dirtying your hands.

    A tutorial starts you planting right away. You learn to pot and water your soil, plant your seeds, and prune dead material away. Beautifully composed New Age music accompanies your work. Only time will tell how well your plants will do, but you can set the speed yourself, so your plants can grow overnight if you wish. Your plants grow even when the game isnít running. Donít forget about them, because your inattentiveness can result in plants dead from age, disease, or pest infestation. A supply store is right around the corner to meet your needs with tool upgrades, various chemicals, and special seeds.
    Head over to the site below to read the rest of the review.

    Mac|Life: Plant Tycoon Review

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    A Closer Look At Peggle
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    Macworld's Game Room is now offering a new review of Peggle Deluxe. The game combines elements of pachinko, pinball, and even Breakout to create a unique mix of action and strategy. The Game Room gave Peggle a score of 4.5 out of 5 mice.

    From the review:

    Peggle Deluxe is a bizarre mixture of the Japanese pinball game Pachinko and Bust-A-Move, a popular color matching arcade game that goes back to the late 1980s. In Peggle, you have to make orange-colored pegs disappear by rebounding a ball that you fire out of a cannon. You donít have any direct control over how the ball falls; instead, you take careful aim with your cannon and hope that the ball will hit its intended target.

    Each new level reveals a new puzzle, and as you progress through the levels you meet new characters called Peggle Masters. Each Peggle Master has a special power. For example, one is a lobster and when you activate his powerups, youíll be able to use claws at the bottom of the screen like pinball flippers. The goal is to strike all of the colored pegs before you run out of balls, your supply of which replenishes with each new level. If youíre lucky enough to land your ball in a basket that caroms across the bottom of the screen, youíll keep that ball in play for another turn.
    To read the rest of the review follow the link provided below.

    Macworld's Game Room: Peggle Deluxe Review
    PopCap Games
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    Mac Games News for Thursday, February 21, 2008

    Blizzard Opens WoW Arena Tournament Page6:00 AM
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