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Friday, April 4, 2008

Penny Arcade Announces Greenhouse Game Download Portal
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Penny Arcade and Hothead Games recently unveiled Greenhouse. The new "platform agnostic" download portal will host the upcoming Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice Of Darkness, and eventually other indie titles as well.

I'd like to introduce you all to Greenhouse. We developed Greenhouse along with Hothead originally because we needed a way to deliver our game to you guys. what we needed was a platform agnostic digital distibution portal. Once it was done we realised that it could actually be super useful to other independent developers. At first Greenhouse will be the place to get our game but eventually we'd like to use it as a way of promoting great independent games that might otherwise slide under the radar. Like PAX and Child's Play and all the other stuff we do we're starting out simple. We've got big ideas though and I'm excited about building Greenhouse into something really special.
The site is in beta now and we could actually use your help to test it. Tycho and I recorded a podcast about our experience making the game and we purposefully left it uncompressed in order to mimic the file size of our game. We'd like you guys to head over there and download it so that when we send you over for the actual game we don't destroy the hardware. This is a test of the equipment so please even if you don't care about the podcast so much we'd like for you to try and pull it down. If you encounter any problems with the downloader please fire off an email to Thanks for your help with this.
The first episode of Penny Arcade Adventures is "content complete" and is going through a bug test phase. It will sell for $19.95 and should be available this Spring for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Head over to the link below to check out Greenhouse and help test the service.

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Custer Takes On The Enemy
6:00 AM | IMG News | 1 comment

IMG's resident desktop guru, Brad Custer, is back with another image inspired by Aspyr Media's recent release, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.

Here's what he had to say about his latest creation:

With the recent release of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars from Aspyr Media, my inbox has been flooded with emails asking me to return to this game realm. As always, I enjoy honoring your requests, so this week we go back to war. I was able to create this week's wallpaper with the help of Aspyr Media and it was designed per the guidelines sent in by a regular viewer of my section.
Head over to Custer's Desktops to check out this wallpaper and all his other offerings.

Custer's Corner

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Avernum 5 Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

RPGDot has posted a new review of Avernum 5. The latest installment in the long running RPG series takes a new direction with the story, allowing players to explore as a group of soldiers from the above ground world of the Empire. RPGDot gave the game a score of 7.5 out of 10.

From the review:

In truth we’d still have written the game off as being an unwanted relic of a bygone era were it not for the fact that the descriptive writing and branching story is of the highest quality, drawing you into Spiderweb’s world of monsters and intrigue in spite of whatever reservations you might have. A limber brain muscle is definitely required to get the most out of it, though, if not for the strategic combat then for the visualisations, which require you to look past some very dated and bland environments.

Here’s something to think about: if Avernum 5 was created as a big budget game using the latest technology, then it would probably be hailed as an outstanding RPG for the masses; but then again, if it had been, would the story and gameplay have survived the development process intact? Who knows. All we can say is that this certainly ought to please hardcore RPG players and veteran nostalgists alike.
Click over to the site below to read the rest of the review.

RPGDot: Avernum 5 Review
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Avernum 5
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Apple Adds Neverwinter Nights 2 Game Trailer
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple has added Neverwinter Nights 2 as the latest addition to the game trailer section of its website. 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.

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.
To view the trailer click the link below.

Apple Game Trailers: Neverwinter Nights 2
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Neverwinter Nights 2
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Mac Games News for Thursday, April 3, 2008

Inside Mac Games Reviews the Rain Design mStand2:20 PM
Apple Games Features Fable The Lost Chapters6:00 AM
Avatars Planned For EVE Online6:00 AM
Chopper 1.2 Released6:00 AM
Software Update Feature Comes To Aspyr's Game Agent6:00 AM
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