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Aspyr Ships Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
1:17 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 30 comments

Aspyr Media has announced is has begun shipping id Software’s Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars for Mac. Built using id Software’s MegaTexture rendering technology, Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars features strategic team play, persistent character promotions, and powerful weapons and vehicles in heroic objective-based battles.

Battles rage on stunning battlefields
inspired by tropical, arctic, temperate, urban and desert locations both
online and offline against lethal A.I. combatants. With unmatched graphics,
physics, networking, and story-driven military missions, Enemy Territory:
QUAKE Wars transports players to the front lines of the ultimate war for

As the invasion begins, players choose to battle as one of five unique
classes in either the human Global Defense Force (GDF) or the barbaric
Strogg armies, each augmented with specialist weapons and combat hardware.
Troops utilize more than 40 conventional and futuristic vehicles, deployable
structures, and defense systems like quad-bikes, tanks, and alien walkers
for intense ground assaults; or helicopters and anti-gravity ships to lend
firepower from the air. Throughout each battle, teams establish bases,
deploy defense structures, artillery, radar, and advanced forward-command
systems into enemy territory while constructing and demolishing obstacles to
speed progress and gain a tactical advantage over the enemy.
Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars is available for pre-order from for $49.95.

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Inside Mac Games Reviews the Moshi PalmGuard
7:54 AM | Bryan Clodfelter | Comment on this story

For all of you Mac users that are looking for a way to protect your MacBook or MacBook Pro against accidental damage caused by jewelry or clothing, Inside Mac Games has released its review of the Moshi PalmGuard. Here's a clip from the review:

The concept is simple: if you want to to protect an object from the ravages of the outside world, one of the cheapest and most effective solutions is to wrap the device in a material that possesses an extremely high level of durability. Of course, that's not the end of the story--if it were, we'd be dumping our precious electronics into buckets of Lexan instead of pouring money into cases and extended warranties. As it stands, the reality is that protecting today's fragile electronics without making them an eyesore or a hassle to use is still something of an art.
To check out the rest of the review, follow the link below.

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Sherlock Holmes Joins The Cast Of Imagine Poker 3
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Candywriter has released version 3.2 of Imagine Poker, an offline Texas Hold 'Em Poker game. Players face off against 21 fully animated characters from history, mythology, and legend, each using an adaptive artificial intelligence. The latest version adds Sherlock Holmes to the list and allows players to choose one of the famous characters as their own in-game avatar.

Imagine Poker allows players to pit their wits against 21 infamous characters from history, mythology, and legend, including Cleopatra, Robin Hood, Abraham Lincoln, Dracula, Napoleon, the Grim Reaper, and many more. The game features fully animated opponents and an adaptive artificial intelligence engine.

Version 3.2 welcomes Sherlock Holmes to the game and includes the option to use one of the available 21 characters as an "avatar" at the table. What legendary figure best represents you?

Embedded within Imagine Poker is Candywriter's Poker Ghost software that provides detailed mathematical analysis of a poker hand at any given time.
For more information about the game follow the links below.

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The Sims Castaway Stories Ships For Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has announced that The Sims Castaway Stories for Mac, the third release in the product line The Sims Stories, has begun shipping to retail stores throughout North America. The Sims Castaway Stories, licensed by Electronic Arts, was developed for Mac by Aspyr Studios.

This time your Sims have washed up on a tropical island!

Help them make a new life in an unexplored paradise in this easy-to-play, laptop-friendly version of The Sims. The Sims Castaway Stories features two great ways to play. In the new and engaging directed Story mode, fulfill goals as you explore the island, build a shelter, learn to find food, and make your Sims¹ lives as fun and comfortable as possible. You even unlock rewards along the way as you achieve set goals.

In open-ended Free play mode, you create your Sims and determine how they¹ll evolve on their new island home. In an environment where anything-or anyone-can wash up on the beach, you decide how their stories unfold.
The Sims Castaway Stories is available now for $29.99. For more information check out Aspyr¹s website.

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C&C 3: Tiberium Wars Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room recently published a new review of Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. One of several Electronic Arts titles brought to Intel Mac owners courtesy of Cider emulation software, C&C 3: TW continues the award winning RTS series. The Game Room gave the C&C 3 a score of 4 out of 5 mice.

If you’re into complex technology development “trees” like the ones you find in Civilization, you’re going to be a bit disappointed. Command & Conquer 3 employs a flat production and development system that only takes about 15 or 20 minutes to understand and master. But that’s good, because there’s tons of action, and Command & Conquer gets you right into the midst of it after a very brief (albeit complete) tutorial mode.

Command & Conquer 3 does have one big surprise: a new faction, an alien race called the Scrin. It’s quite a change to play as the Scrin, especially once you’re familiar with Brotherhood and GDI forces, which are really two sides of the same coin. All three factions are fairly well balanced, but the Scrin employ different technology and a different method of production and resource management than you’ll have become accustomed to.

Production quality in Command & Conquer 3 is fantastic. Ample cinematic cut-scenes are employed throughout, featuring actors who any science fiction fan worth their salt will recognize immediately, such as Michael Ironside, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Billy Dee Williams, and Josh Holloway all make appearances. Joe Kucan, who may not be familiar to Command & Conquer fans, reprises his role as Kane, the megalomaniacal leader of the Brotherhood. The soundtrack sounds like it’s from a movie, and the sound effects are equally cinematic.
Click over to the site below to read the rest of the review.

Macworld's Game Room: C&C 3 Tiberium Wars Review
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Blizzard Unveils Frostmourne Replica Blade
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Blizzard Entertainment, in partnernship with EPIC Weapons, recently unveiled a limited edition replica of Frostmourne, the runeblade wielded by Warcraft's infamous Lich King. The 47 inch weapon weighs in at 16 pounds and is now available for preorder.

The legendary rune blade Frostmourne was immortalized in Warcraft III, in which it was taken up by Prince Arthas Menethil, corrupting him and leading to his transformation into the Lich King. We've partnered with EPIC Weapons to create a limited edition replica of the blade in all its horrific glory. This artifact of ancient evil is over 47" long and 12.5" wide, weighing a massive 16 lbs., and is now available for pre-order.

• 47" Overall Length with 28" Stainless Steel Blade
• Genuine Leather Wrapped Grip
• Limited Edition Sword
• Embedded with Patented G2G Authenticity Microchip

Also Included in the box with Frostmourne:
• Collector's Display Mount
• Limited Edition Poster
• Certificate of Authenticity
• Game 2 Gear Handheld Authenticity Reader
The basic limited edition blade will cost $400 with shipping, while the first 99 blades released will cost more. Follow the links below for more information.

Epic Weapons - Frostmourne
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Prey 2 Announced For PC
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 11 comments

Radar Group has announced its official public launch, coinciding with the launch of its website, and the announcement of its first three game projects, one of which is Prey 2. The game will continue Tommy's tale after the events surrounding the alien invasion in the first game.

Founded in June 2007, Radar Group "co-creates original IP, designed from the ground up, for successful leveraging in game and film markets."

The follow up to “Action Game of the Year” (PC Gamer), reprise your role as Tommy, the native warrior who saved Earth from alien invasion in Prey. This time, abandoned and framed for the disappearance of his family and girlfriend, Tommy escapes an Earth that no longer wants him for a future that cannot survive without him. Building on the mind-bending portal and gravity-defying gameplay of the original with several innovative new twists, Prey 2 promises to once again take players into a compelling science-fiction world with breathtaking visuals and adrenaline-pumping action gameplay. Prey 2 is currently being developed in cooperation with Human Head studios and slated for Xbox 360 and PC platforms.
The original Prey was brought to the Mac by Aspyr Media. There is no word yet on the possibility of a Mac version of Prey 2. Click on the link below to read more.

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Mac Games News for Monday, March 17, 2008

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Exploring The Dragonblight In Wrath Of The Lich King6:00 AM
Hordes Of Orcs Reviewed6:00 AM
Return To Dark Castle Now Available6:00 AM
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