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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

UNO Released For iPod
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple has released UNO, another new game title available for owners of iPod multimedia devices. The game features the classic card game fun of the original along with new additions like adjustable difficulty levels and a Career mode. iPod UNO is compatible with 3rd generation nanos, iPod classics, and 5th generation iPods.

UNO is the classic card game that's No. 1 for family fun. Compete against the AI or against friends on the same iPod to match colors and numbers. Go crazy with Action Cards such as Skip and Reverse, and be the first to get rid of all your cards. Choose your favorite way to play with nine customizable rules, including 7-0 and Jump-In. Challenge yourself with increasingly difficult games in Career Mode. Race to get rid of all your cards before your opponents do and remember to call "UNO!" when you're down to one card.

• UNO on iPod reproduces the classic card game with its easy-to-understand rules that challenge and excite all
• Use your Action Cards wisely and don't forget to call "UNO!" when you have only one card left
• All your favorite Action Cards are here: Wild, Reverse, Draw 2, and more
• Customize your game with nine different rules to play your way including 7-0 and Jump-IN
• Progress through the increasingly difficult challenges in Career Mode to collect prizes
• Play against the AI or your friends on one iPod in Multiplayer Mode
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UNO for iPod

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IMG Previews Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties
10:59 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a preview of the new Age of Empires III expansion, The Asian Empires from publisher MacSoft. Here's a clip from the preview:

Back in the not too distant day, I did the Warchiefs review here at IMG. Warchiefs was an interesting expansion pack. While it did add new factions to play, the European powers had to have some tweaking to balance gameplay out. Not so in The Asian Dynasties. In fact, the early game seems biased slightly against the European powers, but not so horribly that it’s not fun to play the Europeans anymore. Reading between the lines here, there’s nothing in this expansion that changes how the European powers play. This isn’t a problem, I don’t think, as the variety of the new powers offsets that. Playing an Asian power is different than playing a Native power which is different than playing a European power. This is how it should be.
Follow the link below to read the full preview, and stay with IMG for a full review of the expansion upon release.

IMG Preview: AoE III: The Asian Dynasties
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BlizzCon Tickets Available For Purchase August 11
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that tickets for its third BlizzCon gaming convention will go on sale August 11 and that live coverage of the event will be available as an exclusive DIRECTV pay per view event. BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard's Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft game universes. The event will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on October 10 and 11.

"Meeting and interacting with our players at BlizzCon is always a great experience for us," stated Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We're also pleased to be working with DIRECTV this year to bring the show, for the first time, to those players who are unable to attend."

In addition to serving as a gathering place for the different Blizzard Entertainment gaming communities, BlizzCon will offer an array of activities, including discussion panels, hands-on playtime with upcoming games, tournaments, contests, and more. .

The pay per view event will deliver a minimum of eight hours of live HD coverage from the show floor on each day of the convention, including exclusive interviews, demos, and more. Beginning in August, DIRECTV will run a promotion offering the BlizzCon pay per view event free to new DIRECTV subscribers. Pricing for existing DIRECTV customers and programming details will be available in the coming weeks from Blizzard Entertainment and DIRECTV.

"BlizzCon is one of the most highly anticipated gaming conventions of the year, and we are excited to partner with Blizzard Entertainment to deliver coverage of the show to gamers nationwide," said Steven Roberts, senior vice president, new media and business development, DIRECTV. "With our BlizzCon pay per view package, members of Blizzard's gaming communities who are not attending the event can now experience it in crystal-clear HD."

Further details will be announced later this year. Tickets to the convention will be priced at $100 USD each, and will be available for purchase directly from the official BlizzCon website at the link below.

BlizzCon 2008
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New Wakfu Screenshots Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Ankama recently made several new screenshots available for Wakfu, an upcoming tactical MMORPG from the creators of Dofus. Taking place in the same world of the flash based Dofus, although far in the future from the events of the original game, Wakfu will feature a cartoon based visual style and an environment which responds to player actions.

The story of Wakfu takes place a long time after that of DOFUS. An ogre named Ogrest gathered all the six Dofus and gained boundless powers. The ogre offered his beloved the dragon eggs. But she turned down the present though worthy of the gods themselves, and Ogrest started shedding tears of rage and pique. The tears of the ogre made the ocean level increase so much that parts of the World are now submerged to the inhabitants' great displeasure. Now gods and heroes of the World are starting a new adventure before reaching Ogrest and confront him in an ultimate fight!
Check out the new visuals at the link below.

Worthplaying: Wakfu Screenshots

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Depths Of Peril Beta Patch Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Soldak Entertainment has released beta patch 1.012 for the Mac version of the action RPG, Depths of Peril. The updated includes a variety of updates and bug fixes including some specific to the Mac version.

In the game players take the role of a faction leader engaged in defending the barbarian city of Jorvik. Along the way players venture forth to complete quests and fight monsters while at the same time preparing to defeat rival factions in the race to rule the city.

Here are a few of the changes in the latest patch:

• removed an assert that was causing problems on Mac
• added Mac min/recommended specs to manual
game will no longer crash if MaxRecruits is modded
• fixed game when minimized on Mac still running at full speed
• increased difficulty of champion, elite, and legendary difficulty modes
• increased monster resistance enhancements
• made rogue and warrior wandering vendors carry better items
• decreased attribute bonuses on magic items slightly
• revenge quests now automatically get deleted if monster can't be spawned
• reworked how allied victory works a bit to make a little more sense
now can move to the next difficulty if you have beaten the story line in the previous difficulty
Head over to the page below for more information.

Depths of Peril Beta Patch
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Privateering Comes To Pirates Of The Caribbean Online
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

New content is available for Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Online. Now players can gain "pirate licenses" and engage in privateering on the high seas, taking part in new quests and gaining gold, reputation, and even special tattoos. The new content also includes an enhanced crew interface.

Disney Online has added Privateering to Pirates of the Caribbean Online! Players must side with the Frenchman Pierre by setting sail from the privateering port of Ile D’Etable De Porc – or side with the Spaniard Garcia by departing from Isla De La Avaricia. Then, with a “private license” in hand and able crew in tow, players can set off for some pillaging and plundering on the high seas!

Both Basic and Unlimited Access players can engage in Privateering. Pirate "Lords" on both islands will additionally challenge players with quests that, upon completion, will gain players gold and reputation points - not to mention a special Spanish or French tattoo! For background information on Privateering, players can check out the new Lore Journal “The Rise of the Privateer,” on the game’s website.

In addition to Privateering, Disney Online has made a number of enhancements to the Crew Interface, making it easier for players to gauge their Crewmember’s health, bonuses, and overall status.
Pirates of the Caribbean Online is rated E10+ and is available for both Mac and Windows systems. Check out the links below for more information.

The Rise Of The Privateer
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Age Of Empires III & WarChiefs Updated6:00 AM
Age Of Empires III: Asian Dynasties Goes Gold6:00 AM
Cartoon Network's FusionFall MMO Coming This Fall6:00 AM
Democracy 2 Released For Mac6:00 AM
Martians Vs. Robots Dedicated Server Available6:00 AM
NWN Universal Binary Patch Unlikely6:00 AM
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