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Guitar Hero Tournaments To Rock Apple Stores
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

On Friday Aspyr Media announced that Apple retail stores across the country will be holding tournaments for the recently released Mac version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Competitors participating in the tournaments compete for the chance to win prizes such as iTunes gift cards.

Competitors can sign up for each tournament on the days listed below at participating Apple retail stores. Winners will receive great prizes, including iTunes gift cards! Check with participating Apple stores for more details.

Check out the list below to see when tournaments are being offered in your area, and get ready to rock out.

• Mall of America (Bloomington, MN), 3/1 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• San Francisco (Stockton St.), 3/15 2 p.m – 4 p.m.
• Pasadena (Colorado Blvd.), 3/15 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
• International Plaza (Tampa, FL), 3/15 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
• Crossgates (Albany, NY), 3/15 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
• North Shore (Peabody, MA), 3/15 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
• Memorial City (Houston, TX), 3/15 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
• North Michigan Avenue (Chicago, IL), 3/22 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
• Third Street Promenade (Santa Monica, CA), 3/22 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
• Fifth Avenue (New York, NY), 3/22 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
• Soho (New York, NY), 4/1 or 4/2 6:30 p.m. TBD

To learn more follow the links below.

Apple Retail Stores
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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
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Inside Mac Games Reviews Chocolatier 2
2:14 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Chocolatier 2, the sequel to the popular puzzle game from PlayFirst, Inc. Here's a clip from the review:

Anyone who has played Chocolatier will know exactly what they're up against in the sequel. It is, essentially, the same game all over again, but with a different story and a few new features and refinements. Just like the original game, the story follows the fortunes of Baumeister Confections and its associated families; however, the sequel is set in the early twentieth century, a couple of generations after the original (the first game's youthful Evangeline Baumeister turns up here as an old woman).
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games Review: Chocolatier 2
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Nexuiz 2.4 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Nexuiz, Alientrap's freeware FPS death match game project, has been updated to version 2.4, bringing a variety of changes to the game. The latest version offers two additional maps, updated models, improved performance, improved bot AI, and a completely new menu design.

After over 1.5 million downloads since version 1.0, Nexuiz 2.4 has been released! This is a major update for the free open source deathmatch game. New features include:

    * Completely new menu design and UI graphics, allowing easier server browsing, player setup, and game creation options such as gametype and mutators
    * Two additional maps (Strength and BloodPrison CTF)
    * Updated models for several items and three weapons, new gibs, and many texture improvements throughout the game
    * Improved performance, networking, and memory usage
    * Graphical improvements including water reflections, completely new particle effects, and improved fog rendering
    * Improved bots, including AI improvements for CTF and Domination game modes
    * Improved map voting system

To download the latest version and learn more about the game follow the links below.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean Online Gets New Content
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

New content is available for Disney Online's Pirates of the Caribbean Online. The content introduces tattoo parlors, jewelry stores, and tailor shops to offer a variety of new character customization options to players. New additions to the game also include character emotes, an updated player matching system, and an improved quest tracking system.

Players can now further customize their avatar with new hairstyles, tattoos, jewelry, and clothing. To celebrate the launch of the new customization features, Disney Online is giving Unlimited Access Members an exclusive skull bandana. Players can pick up the bandana from any tailor before midnight on Sunday, March 2.

With the addition of emotes, players can now communicate with others through actions such as dancing, laughing, clapping, celebrating, crying, flexing, waving, and more. A new “Looking for Crew” (LFC) feature allows players to tell other Pirates that they are interested in crewing up by placing a “Looking for Crew” message above their avatar’s head.

Disney Online has additional content planned for 2008 including a new Black Pearl Boss Battle as well as the expansion of ship customization, extension of quest story lines, and the addition of more enemies and challenges.
Click over to the site below for more information.

Pirates of the Caribbean Online

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Return To Dark Castle Demo Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

A demo is now available for Return to Dark Castle, the third installment in the classic Dark Castle series. In development for several years at Z Sculpt Entertainment and published by Super Happy Fun Fun, the full game should be available "very, VERY soon."

Return to Dark Castle once again sends players, this time in the form of a new hero, into the Dark Castle to vanquish the Black Knight and his evil minions. The game will feature over 50 levels - including 30 remastered levels from Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle, both familiar and all new foes, new weapons, new powerups, random labyrinths and mazes, and customizable costumes.


Over 50 brand-new levels, including:
• All 30 classic, re-mastered levels from Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle integrated into a new, extensive quest!
• New Secret Rooms and Mini-games
• 25 orbs to collect (5 times that of BDC).
• All of the classic foes plus new monsters and bosses.
• New weapons, power ups, and secret items.
• Random labyrinths and mazes provide unique puzzles every time.
• Game recording and playback so users can share replays of their accomplishments.
• Customizable costumes to give each player a unique look.
• Support for most gamepads and joysticks.
• Please note that the game does not include a level editor as previously announced.
Head over to the site below to download the demo.

SHFF: Return To Dark Castle
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An Early Look At Neverwinter Nights 2
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Applelinks recently posted a preview of Neverwinter Nights 2, the sequel to the very successful original. The RPG once again returns players to the Forgotten Realms setting using the Dungeons & Dragons rule set. It features improved graphics, an epic storyline, the ability to control a party of up to four characters, and a host of monsters to slay.

The first thing fans of the original Neverwinter Nights will notice are the improved graphics. Pretty much everything is alive with movement in Neverwinter Nights 2, right down to the grass. Shadows, lighting, water and landscape animations, spellcasting effects; all come to life in a way never before seen in a Mac compatible RPG, making for a very immersive experience. The game is gorgeous...provided your system can handle it. My iMac just hit the processor minimum and doubled the RAM minimum, and I still had to dumb down the graphics to get acceptable performance.

After setting up your character (you can't import your character from Neverwinter Nights), the game begins with a quiet tutorial set at a local fair. Here, you'll learn to fight, cast spells, and generally interact with the environment (non-player characters, objects, etc.). You can skip this and get right to the action, but the tutorial is quick and does provide some background on your character. Of course, it's not long before the town is invaded, and you're sent out to discover why.

Unlike in Neverwinter Nights, the sequel doesn't confine you to hiring just one other character at a time to accompany you on your journey. Rather, various characters are introduced throughout the story, and you can decide to allow up to three others to tag along when dictated by the story. You get complete control over their actions while in your party, and, even better, over their inventory as well. In other words, your support characters can schlep around all those axes and thief toolkits you've found, and when you go to sell them to some merchant who apparently can never have enough thief toolkits, you get the cash. Controlling the inventory and behavior of four characters can be quite a chore sometimes, but the positives outweigh the negatives. In the original Neverwinter Nights, if you were a fighter, you'd generally want a magic user as your partner. Here, you can take along said magic user, but also throw in a thief to help you disarm traps and unlock chests, and a bard to help talk enemies out of fights or into revealing important secrets.
Check out the full preview at the link below.

Applelinks: NWN 2 Preview
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Neverwinter Nights 2
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