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Monday, August 11, 2008

MacRaider, Kerrie Reay Passes Away
9:03 AM | Marcus Albers | 9 comments

Many a Macintosh owner playing a game from the Tomb Raider series has found themselves stuck at one particular place or another in the games. Their next step was probably to head over to the MacRaider website, an impressive repository of detailed walk-throughs, tips and tricks, and other resources for Macintosh Tomb Raider players. The site's founder and proprietor, Kerrie Reay, saved many a frustrated player, and probably a few mice and controllers in the process.

Unfortunately, Inside Mac Games has received word that Kerrie Reay has passed away. Her daugher, Ceinwen Price, forwarded this note:

Unfortunately, Kerrie has passed away. She had been sick for a few weeks with a couple of viral infections, and it seems that there may have been more to her illness than she realised. The coroner thinks that she had a heart attack and died very quickly and peacefully.

[...]I am not sure what will become of MacRaider the website[...]

Kind Regards,
Ceinwen Price

We here at Inside Mac Games extend our deepest condolences to Ceinwen and the rest of Kerrie's family and friends.

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Reel Deal Casino: Gold Rush Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming has announced the release in digital download format of Reel Deal Casino: Gold Rush. The game gives players a variety of casino style games including the new Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em, Bad Beat Texas Hold 'Em and Black Jack Press. Gold Rush also features 11 new slot machines and a new tournament/trial structure.

More about Gold Rush:

Introducing the first, the only, casino, race, and sports book PC game.

With Reel Deal Casino "Gold Rush" you get the widest variety of casino style games! We’ve also added three new Shuffle Master Games to the line up - Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em™, Bad Beat Texas Hold ‘Em™ and Black Jack Press™.

Additionally, in keeping with our Old West theme, this year touts the addition of an Old West favorite card game called Faro.

Also featured are 11 ALL NEW slot machines and an ALL NEW Tournament/Trial structure. Gaining reputation and passing Mini-Trials help lead to the most exciting Grand Master tournament yet!

Don’t miss casino gaming brought to you by the #1 casino game publisher in the country.

• New Table and background options
• 7 Poker games
• Huge variety of card games
• New Sports Book and Race Book!
• 11 New Slot Machines

• OS X 10.3.9 or higher
• 1 GHz G4 PPC or any Intel CPU
• GeForce2MX/Radeon
• 7500/GMA950 or better
• 512 MB RAM
• 3 GB free disk space
• 128Mb RAM
Reel Deal Casino: Gold Rush costs $19.95. Head over to the links below for more information.

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Vendetta Online Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Guild Software has released a new patch for its massively-multiplayer online space strategy game, Vendetta Online. The latest update brings the game to version 1.8.30 and includes two new weapons in addition to bug fixes.

Changes in 1.8.30:

- New weapon: Plasma Eliminator, requires level 2 "Heavy Weapons" skill
- New weapon: Plasma Annihilator, requires level 7 "Heavy Weapons" and the "Hive Queen Hunter II" accomplishment.
- Modified a few item prices.
- Fixed other server-side bugs.
Click over to the link below for more information.

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BlizzCon 2008 Website Opens
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has unveiled the official website for its BlizzCon 2008 event. Scheduled to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on October 10 and 11, the event is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard’s Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises.

We just released the official BlizzCon 2008 website. You can now find new information about this year's panels, contests, and tournaments, and you can also learn more about DIRECTV's special BlizzCon promotion. Make sure to check back regularly as the site will be updated with new event information such as event schedules, floor plans, store info, and much, much more.
Head over to the link below to visit the new site.

BlizzCon 2008
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Diablo III: Beta Keys, Achievements, Cow Level Failure
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Diablo III Community Manager Bashiok has offered a few more tidbits of information about the upcoming action RPG sequel. This time the comments cover the possibility of DIII beta keys in the BlizzCon goody bag, the differences between Blizzard's achievement system and Steam's, and finally Bashiok's unfavorable opinion of Diablo 2's secret cow level.

Why Diablo II's secret cow level was a failure:
Yeah, who doesn't like fighting cows running around with halberds?

I disliked the secret cow level from a design standpoint though. It actually angered me that it existed at one point, maybe it kind of still does.

I'm not a designer, at all, but in my opinion and from a design standpoint I think the secret cow level was a failure. For a long time it was one of the most lucrative ways to level, and one of the best places to MF. For an easter egg, something fun and whimsical, to overshadow the entire rest of the game was a huge problem, and one that existed for far too long. It was a fun idea, a cool nod to the rumors that spawned it, but in execution it was just... game breaking in some ways.
To read the rest follow the link below.

GameBanshee: Diablo III Forum Roundup
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Eschalon Book II: Mac Requirements
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Basilisk Games has released the seventh in its weekly Q&A series featuring answers to fan questions about the upcoming Eschalon: Book II, the second in the company's "old school" RPG series. This latest answer addresses whether or not the low end requirements for Mac users will change for the next installment in the series.

Question #7: [Jude]Will the Mac version still work on a Power Mac G4 running OS X 10.3.9?

As of right now, yes it will. We are at the mercy of the company who develops the compiler, meaning if they change their baseline requirements for the Mac then so must we, but right now a G4 running 10.3.9 is still the current low-end Mac requirement.
Read the entire Q&A list at the link provided below.

Basilisk Forum: Eschalon Book II Question Of The Week
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Mac Games News for Friday, August 8, 2008

Blood Ties Released For Mac OS X2:09 PM
Depths Of Peril Creator Discusses Indie Gaming6:00 AM
Diablo III: Art Director Departs, Possible Cow Level6:00 AM
Eschalon: Book I Reviewed6:00 AM
GameTap Up For Sale6:00 AM
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