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Neverwinter Nights 2 Ships
1:59 PM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Aspyr Media announced today that Neverwinter Nights 2 for Mac has begun shipping to retail stores in North America. The computer role-playing game set in the fantasy world of the Forgotten Realms, one of the popular campaign settings of Dungeons and Dragons, was licensed from Atari and developed for Mac by Aspyr Studios.

Rise from a peasant to a full-fledged hero as you defend the Realms against one of the greatest threats of the age!

Build a character that suits your style of play - good or evil, chaotic or lawful, with any number of skills, feats and professions available at the click of a button. Whether lobbing fireballs and researching forgotten spells as a powerful Wizard, hacking a trail through legions of orcs as a Fighter armed only with a battle axe and your courage, or taking on the role of a Rogue that can slip into the shadows at a moment's notice, the choice is yours. Choose your alignment, your allies, your companions, and how you want your character to develop... design the character you want, role-play the way you want, and carry the battle to the enemy.
Neverwinter Nights 2 is now available through Aspyr's website for $49.99. For more information check out the website below.

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MacBook, MacBook Pro Models Updated
1:59 PM | Eddie Park | 10 comments

Apple's laptop line has once again seen a refresh, with faster processors and a few other interesting features now being made available for consumption. The most notable upgrade comes in the form of Intel Penryn processors now being used in the new MacBook Pros, which now clock in to a maximum of 2.5GHz.

Also receiving a bump in the MBP line is the GPU. The Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT is the new standard and comes in both 256MB and 512MB flavors. In addition, the MBP now features Apple's Multi-Touch Trackpad technology, the pinch/rotate/swipe interface that iPhone users are already familiar with.

The MacBook line has also gotten faster, featuring faster processors and larger hard drive options:

Featuring a gorgeous 13-inch glossy widescreen display, and with prices still starting at just $1,099, the new MacBook lineup comes in three models and includes faster processors and larger hard drives across the line; sleek white 2.1 GHz and 2.4 GHz models with 120GB or 160GB 5400 rpm hard drives and a stunning black 2.4 GHz model with a massive 250GB 5400 rpm hard drive, previously only available as an option. The 2.4 GHz MacBook models ship with 2GB of memory standard, expandable up to 4GB across the line.
Unfortunately, in terms of gaming, the MBs are still using the Intel Graphics Media Accelerators.

All models are available as of today. More information can be found at Apple's site.

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MacPool 9.0 Released For Mac
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

baKno has announced the release of MacPool 9.0, a computer simulation of the popular 9-ball, 8-ball and 14:1 pool games. Snooker and 3-balls billiards are also included as add-ons. The game offers realistic physics and online gaming.

Version 9.0 adds a new online game mode called "deferred match mode" which allows to play remotely against any person with an email address. Matches are accessed via a simple URL, they are updated as the gamer plays, and they are easy to share using the same URL.

Minimum Requirements:
* Mac OS X Version 10.2 or higher
* Universal Binary for PowerPC and Intel
* 6.8 MB Hard Drive space

MacPool is available for Mac OS X as well as Windows and both versions are compatible when playing online. Gamers may also save their shots and post them into baKno's best shots gallery to show off their skills.
A full-featured demo version is available for download from the baKno website. Single seat licenses are priced at $19.95 USD. There is also a promotional two-seat license available for $29.95 USD.

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Apple Games Features iPod Yahtzee
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games has posted a new feature article showcasing the recently released Yahtzee, a new title for Apple's iPod device. The game brings the classic dice rolling of Hasbro's family game to the iPod with the addition of unlockable levels, multiple game modes, and mutiplayer action. The article includes a review of the game as well as a history of Yahtzee.

Yahtzee on the iPod offers a twist on the traditional game by introducing a “rainbow rules” option. In this one, you also roll red and blue dice, giving you the ability to create combinations based on color, such as two pairs of the same color or a standard full house where all of the dice are the same color. Since each die you roll randomly comes out white, red, or blue, this is a variant that’s possible only in the digital realm.

You can play classic and rainbow rules solo, against a friend by passing your iPod back and forth, or against the computer, with three levels of difficulty available. A third gameplay variant, “duplicate rules,” is two-player (against a human or the computer) only — it opens each turn by rolling 15 dice and challenging you and your opponent to put together the best combinations possible from just those results.

No matter which gameplay option you choose, competitive Yahtzee matches end after each player has put together all of the possible combinations. The winner is the one with the most points. The game tracks your historical best scores in all three modes, as well as the awards you’ve won, such as racking up 400 points in rainbow rules or rolling ten Yahtzees during your career.

Check out the full article at the link provided below.

Apple Games: Yahtzee For iPod

Bubble Bash Released For iPod
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple recently released Bubble Bash for iPod, one of the many new titles making their way to Apple's portable multimedia devices. Bubble Bash offers a colorful take on the popular match three puzzle genre with 100 levels, several types of challenges, and a variety of power ups.

Take off for Bubble Island!
Join Malia and Kale in their quest for treasure in an island paradise. Explore this colorful tropical island, from the beach to the rainforest, in this entertaining puzzle game. Have a blast tossing multi-colored bubbles into the sky to pop three or more of the same color - simply aim and fire into the cluster before it drops and time runs out. Advance through 100 levels to discover the hidden treasure, but beware - obstacles like angry monkeys, spiders, and parrots will do their best to stop you.

• A fun and entertaining puzzle game featuring a huge variety of power-uos and bubbles and 100 levels for hours of fun
• Colorful graphics evoke a tropical island setting
• Evolving levels and seven types of challenges really put your skills to the test
• Easy enough for anyone to enjoy, but getting to the end is challenging and requires skill
• 17 different bubbles include an explosive bomb bubble and strategic chameleon bubble
• Defy gravity by moving bunches of bubbles attached to helium ballons.
The game is compatible with 3rd generation iPod nanos, iPod classics, and 5th generation iPods. It is available for $4.99 from the iTunes store.

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New Website For Nexuiz Project Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Nexuiz, Alientrap's freeware FPS death match game project, now has a new website featuring a new media page and video showing off the soon to be released version 2.4. The next version of the game will include an entirely new menu system, three new weapons models, two new maps, and a variety of optimizations and improvements.

Thanks to -z- the Nexuiz project now has a new website, along with a new media page and video showing off the next release.

Scheduled to be released in the next few weeks, Nexuiz 2.4 will include an entirely new menu system, new content such as three new weapons models and two maps, and new effects for explosions and water/slime reflections. The release's memory usage has been reduced, and numerous optimizations and new features have been added.
Available under GPL, Nexuiz is free to download. The Alientrap team accepts donations from those interested in supporting the project.

Follow the links below for more information.


Mac Games News for Monday, February 25, 2008

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