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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Age Of Empires III: Asian Dynasties Goes Gold
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Destineers MacSoft unit has announced that Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties, the second expansion pack for Ensemble Studios award-winning strategy game, has gone gold and is headed to Macintosh computers with new playable Civilizations, new units, campaigns, game modes, and more.

More about the expansion:

Playable Asian Civilizations: Command one of three fierce Asian civilizations: the Indians, the Chinese or the Japanese. Each features its own unique armies led by special units like Monks, Daimyo, Mansabdars and more.
Exciting New Single Player Campaigns: Play through three new campaigns with original heroes and villains and relive both Asia's most pivotal historical events and all-new original stories.
New Ways to Play Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties adds a new layer of depth to the classic Age of Empires III gameplay with the addition of the new Expert resource and Wonders of the World! Challenge your opponents with new game modes like King of the Hill, Regicide, and Treaty No-Blockade.
An Immersive World: Featuring eleven new Random Maps and three new Home Cities, The Asian Dynasties immerses player in the exotic world of the Far East.
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is rated T for Teen and will be available as a Universal Binary on August 12 for an MSRP of $29.99.

Follow the links below for more information.

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NWN Universal Binary Patch Unlikely
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 16 comments

In a recent post on the Neverwinter Nights Mac forums BioWare's Craig Welburn clarified the status of the long awaited Universal Binary patch for the Forgotten Realms RPG title. Although preliminary work has been done on an update it isn't likely to be completed soon, if at all.

Owen did a lot of prelimary work in his spare time on getting a UB for Mac working.

However, he has been swamped with work and life and hasn't been able to get back to working on it for quite some time.

At this point in time, I'm not sure if a UB will ever happen and I wouldn't hold my breath waiting around for it.

It may still happen. If it did happen, it wouldn't be for a long time and we're not making any promises as this point.

Head over to the link below to read more.

Neverwinter Nights UB Patch Status
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Democracy 2 Released For Mac
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Mac-only game publisher, Red Marble Games, has announced the release of Positech Games' Democracy 2 for the Macintosh. In Democracy 2, players start as the elected head of a country of the player's choice. By making choices to resolve dilemmas and implementing various policies, players try to improve their countries' lot without angering enough voters to be turned out of office. Democracy 2 includes a more accurate simulation than in the original game, more policies from which to choose, and the addition of cabinet ministers.

The new game covers policy debates in more depth than the original Democracy game, ranging from stem cell research to school prayer to state health care. There are now far more policies to implement, a much more accurate simulation, and a selection of real-world statistics to compare to your own results.

Democracy 2 also adds cabinet ministers, each responsible for a different area of your country's policy. You'll need to monitor their loyalty and effectiveness, and help them to give you the political power you need to implement changes.
Priced at $22.95 (USD), Democracy 2 for the Mac is a Universal Mac OS X application that requires Mac OS X 10.4 or better, and is available for download from Red Marble Games' website at the link below.

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Martians Vs. Robots Dedicated Server Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Tommy Twisters, a developer of computer games and children's books, has released the Martians Vs. Robots Dedicated Server as a free download. Now available for all major operating systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux), the server allows users to setup their computer as the next battleground for the ongoing conflict between the secretive Martians and the genocidal Robots.

Martians Vs. Robots arcade takes the basic shoot'em up action of Asteroids and combines it with strategic planning and multiplayer options.Players can choose to play the side of the stealthy and technologically advanced Martians, or the Earthling-created Robots, guilty of wiping out the human race.

The dedicated server provides LAN and Internet gaming groups an opportunity for mass mayhem via random, prebuilt, or custom player scenarios. Setup your personal server with all of your favorite settings, including a real physics mode, gravity wells, massive numbers of asteroids, enemy turrets, and more! Play deathmatch, team deathmatch, gauntlet, or capture the core with your friends, or setup your server to rotate through all the possibilities!
Visit the Martians Vs. Robots game page linked below to download the free dedicated server.

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Cartoon Network's FusionFall MMO Coming This Fall
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Cartoon Network's first massively multi-player online game (MMOG), Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall, is set to land on both Windows and Macintosh computers this fall. It was created using the Unity 3D game development engine.

Produced in collaboration with Grigon Entertainment, FusionFall is an MMOG set in a re-imagined Cartoon Network universe. As a kid in this world, players will team up with other players and Cartoon Network characters to defend it from an alien invasion of epic proportions. The game is a mix of 3-D console platform game action with the customization, character development and open-ended world exploration of an MMORPG. In addition, small, super-deformed versions of Cartoon Network characters are collected along the way and travel with players, providing powers and abilities to assist during missions.

"Our current offering of online games continues to be the main driver of Cartoon Network New Media's success, and we've surpassed 2 billion game plays annually for the past three years. FusionFall fulfills our goal of increasing the range of game play we offer, and we expect it to significantly expand our audience," said Paul Condolora, senior vice president and general manager of Cartoon Network New Media.

"One of the things we're most excited about in FusionFall is the game play," said Chris Waldron, executive producer of FusionFall. "With our audience and Cartoon Network characters, we knew we wanted to create a new kind of MMOG and develop a game that takes all the great action of popular console games and merges it with all the elements of MMORPGs that are so enticing to players."

The development of FusionFall is a first for the industry. Created through a partnership with leading Korean MMOG developer, Grigon Entertainment, the game brings Cartoon Network's beloved characters and sensibility to the fast-growing online gaming realm with an "East-meets-West" creative approach. Grigon Entertainment is best known for successfully developing and launching several online games in Asia, including Seal Online, a light-hearted role-playing game (RPG) that took the online gaming world by surprise.
Click on the links below to learn more about the upcoming game.


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Age Of Empires III & WarChiefs Updated
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MacSoft recently released new updates for Age of Empire III and its expansion The WarChiefs. The patches bring the software to versions 1.0.4 and 1.0.2, respectively. In addition to a variety of bug fixes and improvements the updates also put the games in sync with the PC versions.

Changes in AoE IIIupdate:

Fixed a crash when switching the game to "Medium" quality shaders on NVIDIA graphics hardware.
Fixed problem with water occasionally drawing in the wrong color when using High level shaders on ATI hardware with PowerPC and Mac OS X Tiger.
Fixed an issue where GameRanger Clients were unable to create a new Home City during setup.
Fixed a rare problem with cinematic fullscreen fades not working on Intel Macs.
Fixed a memory trasher in the Home City edit dialog.
Improved save game compatibility between PowerPC and Intel Macs.
Fixed a rare Mac Multiplayer connection issue where the Host might hang when rejecting an unrecognized Client.
The Mac build is now in sync with version 1.12 of the PC Age 3 software.
Added custom online scenario support for multiplayer games (PC 1.12).
Fixed some out-of-sync bugs (PC 1.12).
Changes unique to WarChiefs:
The Mac build is now in sync with version 1.04 of the PC WarChiefs software.
Added custom online scenario support for multiplayer games (PC 1.04).
Fixed the Firepit bug and exploit (PC 1.04).
Fixed some out-of-sync bugs (PC 1.04).
Fixed the text of some cards, units and techs (PC 1.04).
For complete directions and download links head over to the link below.

Age of Empires III Updates
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Mac Games News for Monday, July 28, 2008

Ancient Quest Of Saqqarah Now Available6:29 PM
Diablo III: New Visuals Added To Website6:00 AM
Imagine Poker 3.6 Adds Voices To Poker Players6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Q&A Round 42, Mar Sara Bio, New Screens & Art6:00 AM
The Princess Bride Game Released For Macs6:00 AM
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