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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Reel Deal Slots: Ghost Town Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Virtual Programming has announced the release in digital download format of Reel Deal Slots: Ghost Town. Developed by Phantom EFX the game gives players a variety of new slot machines to enjoy. Ghost Town features a choice of "real world" or "dream world" odds, 27 new slot machines each with its own unique minigame, and a variety of new multiplayer offerings.

From VP's site:

Get ready for the BEST slot machine experience from Phantom EFX yet…and that’s saying a lot!

This year, we take you on a spine-tingling journey as you immerse yourself in Phantom EFX’s new haunted lobby within Reel Deal Slots “Ghost Town!”

Ghost Town is jam-packed with all new slot machines that are unrivaled in concept. As you’ve come to expect from Phantom, the design, sound, art and authenticity will make you ooh and aah, not to mention give you a little fright!

The all new Prize Vault takes you to the Old West where you can unlock new hysterical prizes and spooky surprises. Prepare yourself for a ghostly adventure, experiencing the many hidden secrets of Reel Deal Slots “Ghost Town.”

• Your choice of 'Real World' or 'Dream World' odds
• All new 'Shooting Gallery' prize vault
• Tons of new Online Multiplayer offerings!
• 27 Brand New slot machines and Video Poker!
• Each slot has it's own unique bonus game or feature!
• Single player or online multi-player
• 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
• QuickTime 7
• 128Mb RAM
Reel Deal Slots: Ghost Town costs $19.95 (£14.95, €19.95) and is available from the page linked below.

Reel Deal Slots: Ghost Town
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Jade Empire: Special Edition Comes To Intel Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 10 comments

TransGaming today announced an agreement with video game developer BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts, to bring the award-winning title, Jade Empire: Special Edition, to the Mac. TransGaming’s digital distribution portal, GameTree Online, has made the title available immediately to the Mac community for purchase via direct download.

More about the game:

Jade Empire Special Edition is set in an ancient and mysterious world where players can choose to act as a noble hero or treacherous villain by following the path of the ‘Open Palm’ or the ‘Closed Fist’.  Players will face powerful human and supernatural foes, learn magical martial arts and weapons styles, and discover the darkest secrets of the world. Jade Empire Special Edition engages users with its rich story line and optimizes the gaming experience with graphical upgrades, enhanced resolution and exclusive content.  Jade Empire™ has won numerous awards including Game of the Year, RPG of the Year, Best Story, Best Sound and Best Original Soundtrack.

Jade Empire Special Edition for Mac was made possible using TransGaming's Cider TM Portability Engine, that acts as a "wrapper" around the game software, enabling it to run seamlessly on Intel-based Macs.  The partnership extends TransGaming's publishing and developer network and offers both parties a revenue-sharing model related to Mac game sales.

“The addition of Jade Empire Special Edition to GameTree Online illustrates the commitment TransGaming and leading developers like BioWare have in serving the Mac gaming community with high quality games,” commented Vikas Gupta, CEO & President of TransGaming.  “Our Cider technology allows us to rapidly enable and deploy high quality games and Jade Empire Special Edition is another example of the exceptional calibre of games we are pleased to be delivering to the ever growing Mac gaming community.”
System Requirements:
• OS: Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger / Mac OS X 10.5.4 Leopard
• CPU: Intel Core Duo Processor
• RAM: 1024 MB
• Video: ATI X1600, NVidia 7300 GT, or X3100 Intel integrated graphics chip (Intel GMA950 not supported)
• Hard Drive: 4.8GB
• Keyboard and mouse
Jade Empire: Special Edition is rated "M" for Mature and costs $39.95. Follow the links below for more information.

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Obscura Nomen To Be Showcased At This Year's GDC
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Brainstem Games, an indie game development company based in Eureka Springs, AR, will be showcasing its first title at this year's Austin Game Developers' Conference.

The game, ON Chapter 1: Obscura Nomen, is a 3D multiplayer space shooter. Up to 32 players can take on the role of pilots for either the horse-like Mhori or the cat-like Mentki in a series of space battles. Each battle takes place on a unique map tailored for a specific mode of play. Players can participate in a soccer-like match, join with other players as a team to destroy the opposing team's base, or fight against all other players in a free-for-all competition for the highest score.

"We've created a really unique game that brings together players on three different PC platforms to share in the same online multiplayer experience," said Patrick Wilkinson, President of Brainstem Games.  "We've targeted a middle system spec requirement, so you won't need to upgrade or purchase a new system to run our game.  We've noticed a trend of gamers that have been limited to older first-person shooter (FPS) games simply because their systems can't run newer and more hardware demanding titles. Our game fills the need for new FPS games on aging hardware."
Brainstem Games plans to release Obscura Nomen later this year. The game will be available as a digital download for Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms.

Head over to the links below for more information.

ON Chapter 1: Obscura Nomen
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StarCraft II: Q&A Round 43, Zerg vs Zerg
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Episode 43 of the StarCraft II Q&A batches is now available on Blizzard Entertainment's official forums. This time the Q&A includes a detailed examination of Zerg vs Zerg combat in the current build of the game. StarCraft II will continue the storyline of the popular franchise and give multiplayer fans new challenges to enjoy.

5) How do Zerg vs Zerg games play out in SC2? Is it still mostly a battle of mutalisks and zerglings or have the new units changed things around?
ZvZ (Zerg vesus Zerg)matchup usually opens up in 2 different ways, Zerglings or Roaches. Aggressive players can use Zerglings mobility to take control of the early game, whereas going Roaches is more of a defensive strategy. Zergling vs. Roach relationship is such that for cost, Zerglings wins out in the open, Roaches win at chokes, but in mid/late games when numbers are greater, Roaches can stand up to or even beat Zerglings for cost out in the open. Hydralisks dont have much use in ZvZ early game, as they are more of an anti air unit in StarCraft II.

The tier 2 battle continues with Banelings that can dominate Zerglings, but with micro, Zerglings can actually come out ahead in Zergling vs. Baneling battles. Similarly, Lurkers counter Roaches for cost, but Roaches have the mobility advantage. Mutaliks counter Zerglings/Roaches since these units cant hit air. Whats different in StarCraft II is that Hydralisks counter Mutalisks extremely well, meaning something like Roach/Hydralisk combo can stand up to the classic Zergling/Mutalisk combo. Also, another great way to fight vs. mass Mutalisks is to tech to infestation pit (same tech level as the Spire), and make Corruptors or Infestors. Infestors have the disease ability that is great for fighting vs. units that clump really well such as the Mutalisk, and Corruptors are Zergs anti air air unit.

Due to the fast pace of the ZvZ game, most games dont end up in tier 3, but ultralisks, with their cleave attack, or swarm guardians that use swarms to soak up a lot of ground vs. ground damage are great options if the game does happen to go into tier 3.

Overall, StarCraft II has a variety of options even in a mirror match such as Zerg vs. Zerg. Players can use different unit compositions to counter the classic Zergling/Mutalisk strategy that is a still powerful but not the only option.
Read the rest of the information by visiting the pages linked below.

StarCraft Forums: SC 2 Q&A Batch 43
StarCraft Forums: Ask Your SC 2 Questions Here
StarCraft Forums: Q&A Archive
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Mac Games News for Monday, August 18, 2008

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