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Apple Games Features Enemy Territory Quake Wars
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games latest feature takes to the battlefield with an examination of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. The online multi-player, team-based shooter takes players back in time to the Strogg invasion of Earth, the catalyst for the Quake series. Apple's article features commentary from Splash Damage's Paul Wedgwood, a look at the game's maps and units, and a list of cheat codes.

“You can pick a combat role that fits your playing style,” Wedgwood observes. “When you pursue your objectives, you don’t have to fire a single shot and you can still be awarded best engineer, or best technician.“

He adds: “You can always run around and just shoot opponents, if you really want to, but you won’t gain many experience points, because the game won’t reward you for that.”

The experience points you accumulate translate into better weapons and equipment, as well as increased abilities, such as the skill to wield two pistols simultaneously or better endurance while running with heavy weapons. While these rewards carry over to the next battle, they only last through a three-map campaign session at the most.

Even in single-player mode, computer-controlled combatants “understand a large variety of objectives and know what they can earn when they achieve them,” Wedgwood explains. Those players, known as “bots,” even go so far as to bark out commands and warnings during a battle, making them more than the target practice bots served as in many previous games.

Wedgwood says: “They know how to best take advantage of what’s happening around them, and what to do when circumstances change. They understand the best ways to use the tools in the game. New players will learn a lot from the bots, who are capable of playing like a high-level clan.”
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Apple Games: Enemy Territory Quake Wars
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Blizzard Previews Fury Of The Sunwell
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has updated its website with a preview of Fury of the Sunwell, the next major content patch for the World of Warcraft MMO. The teaser includes a detailed preview, a new trailer, and some wallpaper.

Brace yourself for the Fury of the Sunwell, the next content patch for World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. You have traveled through the Dark Portal and braved the perils of Outland; you faced off against the might of the Burning Legion itself, and you prevailed. Now the journey that began with the arrival of the draenei on Azeroth and the blood elves' inclusion into the Horde is about to come full circle as a mighty army gathers to purge evil from one of Azeroth's most important loci of power: the ancient, magical Sunwell.

Explore the mystical grounds of the new 5-person dungeon, Magisters' Terrace, where one of the Burning Crusade's most notorious villains is preparing to make his desperate last stand. Lead your raid group straight into the heart of the Sunwell Plateau to confront the most terrifying and deadly agents of the Burning Legion. But beware, for your enemies will not go down without a fight. Expect the demons to send in their most ferocious, brutal, and powerful officers. Your greatest challenge yet awaits.

The new dungeon and raid content is not the only new addition of this upcoming patch. More than a dozen new daily quests will provide fresh new challenges, and a brand-new faction stands ready to reward you for your bravery and commitment. The call goes out to the strongest, most cunning, and bravest heroes to join the Shattered Sun Offensive in the battle to reclaim the Sunwell.
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WoW: Fury Of The Sunwell Preview
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The Sims 3 Announced For PC
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Work is officially underway forThe Sims 3, the third installment in the popular Sims series. The game will focus on offering a seamless environment largely devoid of load screens as well as a wealth of customization options for Sims creation and environment modification.

Features in The Sims 3:

New Seamless, Open Neighbourhood the Neighbourhood Freely.
See the sights with your Sims! The new seamless neighbourhood architecture allows your Sims to roam freely around the neighbourhood and visit their loved one and friends—or foes. Discovering other Sims homes and families, travelling around to new locations like City Hall or the local park will create a whole new way of life for your Sims. Storytelling options will multiply as your Sims stroll downtown to meet new acquaintances, head across town for lunch, spy on their neighbours and bump into the boss when they least expect it.

New Create A Sim—Create Any Sim You Can Imagine.
In addition to the open, living neighbourhood, the all-new Create-a-Sim interface will feature easy-to-use design tools that allow you to make truly detailed Sims that are more realistic than ever. Create-a-Sim gives you the incredible freedom to customize just about any Sim you can imagine. From thin to full-figured to muscular—everything in between and even the extreme! In addition to determining your Sims body shape and size, you will also be able to fine-tune every feature on their faces, customize their hair style and select their skin tone, all from a vast selection of options. With so many choices to choose from, it is fun to create more realistic characters that look like you, someone you want to look like, or even a famous personality.

New Realistic Personalities—Every Sim Is A Unique Person, With A Distinct Personality
With the innovative and proprietary Realistic Personality System in The Sims 3, you can attribute each character with five distinct personality traits, helping shape your Sims behaviour and how they interact with others and their surroundings. This new system will empower you to create extremely complex and diverse in-game personalities. Will you create the nosy, inappropriate, kleptomaniac grandmother who loves to meddle in other people’s business? Or the commitment-phobic, hot-headed punk rocker whose rude nature and childish disposition keeps him from scoring a date? In The Sims 3, Sims will go beyond the basic set of day-to-day needs to be distinct individuals with multifaceted personalities, who can focus both on short-term opportunities and long-term goals. With a wide selection of personality traits to mix and match, more than 700 million combinations of Sims await. You never know who’ll meet in The Sims 3!

New Unlimited Customization—Everyone Can Customize Everything!
New and accessible creativity tools in The Sims 3 make it simple for anyone to customize anything, anywhere! From floors to flowers, fashions to sofas, wallpaper to window shades and more, The Sims 3 gives you all the flexibility and options you need to be the architect of your dream house or explore your interior design skills to outfit your ultimate home. Your Sims can make home an ultra-deluxe mansion, a cool bachelor pad, family’s dream home or charming cottage. The choice is yours in The Sims 3.

The Sims 3 is scheduled for release on Windows machines in 2009. There is no official word yet on the possibility of a Mac version.

For more information about the game follow the link below.

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The Sims Bowling Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The iPod Observer recently published a new review of The Sims Bowling, one of the many games available for Apple iPods. The game allows players to create a Sim and travel to the bowling alley to compete in a selection of challenges. Playlist gave the game a score of 3 out of 5.

From the review:

The Sims Bowling turned out to be more fun than I expected. Among other things you can create your own Sim player and play a game within a game to try to make your Sim player the most popular Sim at the bowling alley

I spent about five minutes playing with those parts of the game, but I quickly grew bored with them. Fortunately, those parts of the game are the icing on the cake and The Sims Bowling is first and foremost an arcade-style bowling game. If you like that Sim stuff you may enjoy those parts of the game more than I did. But it only took me a few minutes to determine that I preferred the bowling aspect by a wide margin.
The full review is available at the link listed below.

iPod Observer: The Sims Bowling Review

Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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An Early Look At Spore6:00 AM
Madden NFL 08 Reviewed6:00 AM
RHEM Creator Interviewed6:00 AM
The History Channel's Lost Worlds Available For Mac6:00 AM
WWII Online: Battleground Europe Goes Universal6:00 AM
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