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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

IMG Interviews Worldwide Biggies' Blaine Graboyes
7:16 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted an interview with the Media Architect of Worldwide Biggies, Blaine Graboyes. Worldwide Biggies is the company responsible for the newly released Princess Bride Game, now available for the Macintosh. Here is an excerpt from the interview:

Marcus: Do you see this game as being a vehicle for introducing a new generation to The Princess Bride?

Blaine: Yes! This is one of the key ideas we had in mind while producing the game. Casual games seemed like a great space too, since parents could enjoy the game for themselves but also share the game with their children. In our playtesting, kids, tweens and teens loved the game so we knew we were on track in making something the whole family would love. That is the essence of The Princess Bride, that everyone can enjoy the story and characters on different levels – from kids to adults and all around the world.

Follow the link below to read the full interview with Blaine.

IMG Interview: Worldwide Biggies' Blaine Graboyes
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IMG Previews Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
7:24 AM | Marcus Albers | 3 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a preview of the upcoming shooter from Aspyr and Infinity Ward, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. COD4 is the latest sequel in the well known Call of Duty series, and the first to be set in an era other than World War II. Here is a excerpt from the preview:

Weapons in the game are also very realistic. The enemy is generally armed with AK-47s, since these are some of the easiest to obtain weapons in the world, while you as part of the modern military will have access to a range of modern weaponry, such as the MP5SD submachine gun, the M4A1 carbine fitted with the M203 grenade launcher, and the devastating FGM-148 Javelin portable anti-tank guided missile. The weapons are modeled with a high level of detail. During gameplay, they expend ammo just like their real-world counterparts, forcing you to conserve ammo, watch your shots, and scavenge for ammo and weapons from fallen comrades and enemies alike.
Follow the link below to read the full preview, and stay with IMG for a full review of the game after its release.

IMG Preview: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
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StarCraft II: 15 Minutes With The Zerg
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Kotaku has posted a hands-on preview of Zerg combat in Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming StarCraft II. The article is based on 15 minutes of play time with the game at the recent Leipzig Game Convention. StarCraft II will return players to the storyline several years after the conclusion of Brood War, and feature all new multiplayer mayhem for fans to enjoy.

What was kind of surprising was how far one had to progress to whip up a couple Hydralisks and make them useful. The unit had always felt a little overpowered in the original StarCraft, but Blizzard looks to be limiting their effectiveness by way of high cost, long tech progression and a more widely spread tech tree.

In fact, the entire tech tree feels that way, as upgrades for units are peppered throughout a wider range of structures and building upgrades. It's all going to take some time getting used to, as the Zerg felt much more straightforward in their previous incarnation.
Check out the full preview at the link below.

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Apple Games Features Chalkboard Sports Baseball
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Apple Games has posted a new feature article examining D2C Games' Chalkboard Sports Baseball for Apple's iPod. Developed exclusively for the iPod and its click wheel interface, the game features six ballparks, day and night games, personalized teams, and intelligent computer opponents. Apple Games' article includes an overview of the game's features as well as details on the included teams.

After the thrilling victory, you view your final point tally, which is based not only on your success at the plate and on the mound but also on your ability to hit outfield targets, such as bulls-eyes, a glove, a baseball, and other objects scattered throughout the game’s six ballparks. The stadiums are home to six teams each comprised of five SPOGS (Sports Player Object Gyros), unique circular athletes whose six feet propel them around the bases at top speed.

You can also create unique SPOGS and populate your own teams with them, developing prospects for Chalkboard Sports Baseball’s playoff mode, in which you guide one club through two best-of-three series before tackling the championship game. You can even stick your face, or any other image, on your custom SPOGS with D2C’s FaceMaker, which lets you quickly crop a picture and save it to the proper folder, where iTunes adds it to the game the next time you sync your iPod.

Success in playoff mode allows you to unlock three new pitches — change-up, screwball, and splitter — with which you’ll confound your opponents. Just make sure you mix up your pitches while facing each batter, because the game features I-Think AI, which lets computer-controlled players make smart decisions in the heat of the moment. A practice mode lets you get ready for the big game, while quick play gives you a chance to easily try out your strategies with a brief three-inning contest.
Head over to the link posted below to read the rest of the article.

Apple Games: iPod Chalkboard Sports Baseball
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Eschalon Book II: Gender Differences In Character Creation
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Basilisk Games continues work on Eschalon: Book II, the second in its "old school" RPG series which hearkens back to computer role playing games of yesteryear. A recent post on the official forums reveals that, in keeping with the old school theme, the game will offer different bonuses for male and female characters. Unlike the first game in the series Book II will allow players to create either a male or female protagonist.

While exceptions do exist, males are generally larger than females. With greater body mass, males on average tend to possess higher maximum strength than females. Selecting to play a male character grants you a +1 Strength bonus.

Females tend to be of smaller build than males. With less body mass and a slighter frame, females are often more nimble and graceful than males, resulting in a +1 Dexterity bonus.
Read more at the link below about the reasoning behind the decision to include gender differences in the game.

Basilisk Forum: Gender Differences In Book II
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Apeiron X & Bubble Trouble X Go Universal
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Ambrosia Software, has announced the release of updates to two of their popular games, Apeiron X 1.0.3 and Bubble Trouble X 1.1.0. These new releases are both Universal Binaries that run native on Intel Macs, and continue to work on any Mac running MacOS X 10.3.9 or later. In addition to the change to Universal Binaries, a few minor bugs were fixed, and features polished.

More about the games:
Welcome to the addiction of Apeiron X, an arcade game like no other. Don't let it's simple game play fool you, an easy game to play, but one hard to master. You are released into the mushroom patch where it's man vs insect, as you try to battle each wave of never ending bugs. Featuring an online ranking system, players are able to record their highest scores and see how they compare with other worldwide Apeiron fanatics.

Bubble Trouble's world is filled with lusciously-drawn cartoony critters who give that cranky crab from "The Little Mermaid" a run for his money. But money isn't what you'll be running from: an otherwise peaceful fish bowl has been filled with bubbles that are being tossed around in an enthralling game of "Squish the Fish!"Follow the links below to download the updates and learn more about the games.

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MGF: Apeiron X 1.0.3
MGF: Bubble Trouble X 1.1.0

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