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StarCraft II: Q&A Round 42, Mar Sara Bio, New Screens & Art
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The latest StarCraft II Q&A batch is now available on Blizzard Entertainment's official forums. The 42nd batch answers the usual set of five fan questions. Blizzard has also unveiled two new pieces of artwork, six screenshots, and a planet bio page for Mar Sara.

1. What was the main reasoning to shifting the Hydralisk backwards one technology level? How does this affect the Zerg early-game, especially since the Zerg will have absolutely no anti-air units before the Hydralisks?
Actually, the Hydralisk has been brought back down to Tier 1.5, giving Zerg early anti-air capabilities without upgrading their Hatchery to a Lair. The test originally was to put Hydralisks at a later tech and have Corruptors be buildable earlier without a prerequisite building other than upgrading to the Lair. To make this happen, the Corruptors had to be nerfed appropriately to fit that tech, which made it very weak and much less fun. Additionally, without a prerequisite building, opposing players could not scout the Zerg player to see when they were going air, which did not fit the gameplay style we were shooting for.

4. With the Battlecruiser's new ability dealing splash damage to lightly armored air units, you could fear that the Thor has once more fallen into a role void. Is this the case or are the Battlecruiser ability and the Thor's anti-air capabilities tactically different enough? The overlap is really no more different than a Siege Tank and the Yamato Gun ability or the Reaver and the Psi Storm from Brood War. The new ability helps the Battlecruiser against a specific group of units, which are units the Battlecruiser is already good against, rather than making it effective against all units. The last thing we wanted is for the Battlecruiser to kill groups of units that are supposedly effective at countering it, such as the Warp Ray.
Mar Sara Bio:
After Mar Sara's incineration by the protoss, the Sara system seemed to have little left to offer the terran race. The subsequent collapse of the Confederacy left the system entirely abandoned. Nevertheless, prospectors from the Kel-Morian Combine found that minerals on Mar Sara had acquired unique properties due to the protoss bombardment. Shortly thereafter, the Kel-Morian Combine staked a claim to mining and salvage rights over the Sara system. Independent and indentured contractors soon began strip-mining both planets of their resources.

The Terran Dominion has recently shown a renewed interest in the Sara system and established several outposts there. The Kel-Morian Combine claims that these outposts have been established at the Combine's invitation due to security issues with piracy and mining camp revolts. There have also been reports of zerg sightings on the planet. It is believed that these organisms reinfested the desolate world some time after the protoss bombardment.

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Ancient Quest Of Saqqarah Now Available
6:29 PM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Codeminion has announced the release of Ancient Quest of Saqqarah, a new matching puzzle game. In the game players restore mysterious powers of ancient Egypt with the help of Khufu the magical monkey. AQoS offers over 500 puzzles and 7 different game play types, colorful visuals, and professional voice acting.

Solve over 500 challenging and innovative matching puzzles spread across 7 different temples and restore mysterious powers of Egypt.

Once every thousand years a mysterious eclipse shrouds the ancient pyramid of Saqqarah. With help of Khufu - the Magical Monkey from the Underground Oasis, solve over 500 challenging puzzles spread across 7 different modes of gameplay and restore mysterious powers of ancient Egypt in this rich and original matching game.
Ancient Quest of Saqqarah costs $19.95. A 60 minute trial version of the game is available from the website below.

Ancient Quest Of Saqqarah

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Diablo III: New Visuals Added To Website
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has added several new visuals to its official Diablo III website. The much anticipated continuation of the popular Diablo franchise, D3 will return players to the demon infested world of Sanctuary for another battle against the forces of destruction. The update includes three new pieces of artwork, two new screenshots, and one new wallpaper.

Diablo III will feature a custom 3D-graphics engine to render lush indoor and outdoor areas of Sanctuary with a high level of detail and vivid special effects. The game’s physics-enhanced environments will be interactive and destructible, offering traps and obstacles that create added danger for players and monsters alike. These elements, along with a new quest system and random scripted events, will be integrated into the game’s random-level generator, giving Diablo III the ultimate combination of dynamic gameplay and replayability. Cooperative and competitive play will be available online through an upgraded version of Blizzard Entertainment’s renowned online gaming service,

Diablo III will pick up the story twenty years after the events of Diablo II. Mephisto, Diablo, and Baal have been defeated, but the Worldstone, which once shielded the inhabitants of the world of Sanctuary from the forces of both the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, has been destroyed, and evil once again stirs in Tristram. Playing as a hero from one of five distinct character classes, players will acquire powerful items, spells, and abilities as they explore new and familiar areas of Sanctuary and battle hordes of demons to safeguard the world from the horrors that have arisen.
Check out all the new eye candy at the link provided below.

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Imagine Poker 3.6 Adds Voices To Poker Players
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Candywriter today announced the release of Imagine Poker 3.6 for the Mac. Candywriter teamed up with Los Angeles-based Fearnot Music Studios to bring voices to all 21 Imagine Poker Mac characters as featured in the current iPhone/iPod Touch version of the game.

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 interactive opponents and an adaptive artificial intelligence engine.

Embedded within Imagine Poker is Candywriter's Poker Ghost software that provides detailed mathematical analysis of a poker hand at any given time.
Minimum Requirements:
• Mac OS X Version 10.3.9 or higher
• Universal Binary for PowerPC and Intel
• 78 MB of Hard Drive space
A fully functional free trial of Imagine Poker is available for download. The full version of the software can be unlocked for $19.95 USD.

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The Princess Bride Game Released For Macs
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The Princess Bride Game for Mac OS X is now complete, offering gamers the chance to aid Westley and Princess Buttercup in computer game form. Based on the characters and storyline from the original book and later movie adaptation, The Princess Bride Game drops players into the action to stop the evil schemes of the prince and fight for a happily ever after.

Help the Princess and her True Love manage life on the farm, defeat dastardly villains, survive the Fire Swamp, concoct miracle remedies, and vanquish the evil prince in order to live happily ever after. Along the way you play as and interact with a cast of your favorite characters including Buttercup, Westley, Inigo, Fezzik, Vizzini and Miracle Max.

Compete for high scores and advance through dozens of levels that are simple to start, addictive to play and challenging to master. Enjoy casual and narrative play modes with 5 games in 1 download!
Episode 1 – As You Wish -> Time / Click Management
Episode 2 – Battle of Wits -> Inconceivable Trivia Challenge
Episode 3 – The Fire Swamp -> Teamwork Puzzle Platformer
Episode 4 – Miracle Max -> Hidden Objects & Potion Mixing
Episode 5 – Storming the Castle -> Collect & Assemble Inventory

• 5 Games in 1 Download
• Original cast voices including Mandy Patinkin, Wally Shawn and Robin Wright Penn
• Dozens of Levels with Hours of Gameplay
• Spectacular Movie-Quality Animation
• Unique Inventory Collection System
• Try Before You Buy Mode
System Requirements:
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
Processor: G4 1GHz or faster
Memory: 512MB
Free Disk Space: 100MB

Operating System: Mac OS X 10.1
Processor: Mac G4 867MHz
Memory: 512MB
Free Disk Space: 100MB
Graphics: Integrated 3D with 64MB or higher RAM
(OpenGL/DirectX compatible)
To make up for the game's delayed release on the Mac the website is offering a 30% discount to Mac users through August 8th. Those interested can enter the code: PBG-MAC-700 during checkout.

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Mac Games News for Friday, July 25, 2008

SCRABBLE Journey Released12:23 PM
IMG Reviews Jeopardy! Deluxe10:31 AM
Aspyr Reveals Details About futureu SAT Game6:00 AM
Diablo III Preview Interview6:00 AM
Galder 1.2 Released6:00 AM
GarageGames Brings Torque Engine To iPhone6:00 AM
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