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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Penny Arcade Adventures Papercraft Contest Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Hothead Games has announced the On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two Papercraft Contest. The company has partnered with to offer paper models of some of the characters, accessories and backdrops from the second episode of Penny Arcade Adventures. Entrants are encouraged to use the models to create a scene in one of three contest categories: Epic Battle, Humor, and Drama.

Were you always good with scissors? We’ve partnered with to offer you these fantabulous papercraft models, accessories and backdrops from Episode Two. You can cut and fold to your heart’s content, bringing a little piece of the Penny Arcade game to your desk or favorite window sill.

Better still, Hothead is sponsoring a Papercraft Contest! Create a scene using the Episode Two papercraft models and email a photograph of the tableau to our crack team of artsandcraftsologists at Entries should fall into one of three contest categories:
- Epic Battle
- Humor
- Drama
Prizes will be awarded to the judges’ favorites, with a first place winner and two runners-up in each category.

Simplified Rules:
- Contestants must use one or more of the On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two papercraft models supplied here or at to create a scene.
- Photographs of entries must be emailed to between 12:00pm October 1, 2008 and 11:59pm October 31, 2008 (Pacific Time).
- Limit one photograph per entry.
- Indicate in the subject line of the email which category the attached submission is for: “Epic Battle,” “Humor” or “Drama.”
- Contestants can submit multiple entries, both within a single category and across categories. However, contestants can only win one prize each.
- Only entries that can be publicly posted will be considered by the judges. Profanity-replacing characters (i.e., *#$%!) are permitted, within limitations. Any submission deemed to contain excessive profanity/mature content will be disqualified at Hothead’s sole discretion.
First place prize in each category:
- Digital copy of On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, - Episode Two (license key for Windows, Mac or Linux versions, and unlock code for Xbox LIVE® Arcade or PLAYSTATION®Network versions - please wait up to 4 weeks after announcement for PSN version)
- Episode Two poster signed by the Hothead team
- Episode Two t-shirt in small, medium, large or extra large
2 Runners-up prizes in each category:
- Episode Two t-shirt in small, medium, large or extra large
Winning entries will be announced and posted publicly in November. To learn more about the contest visit the site listed below.

Hothead Games: Rainslick Papercraft Contest
Hothead Games
Penny Arcade
Penny Arcade Adventures

Big Bang Board Games For iPhone Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Freeverse has announced that its iPhone games suite, Big Bang Board Games, has received a major update. The update adds the ability to play Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Mancala, and other board games against a human opponent, as well as against the computer.

What's New:
- 2 Player "hot seat" play, the most requested feature
- Improved contrast of pieces
- Improved localizations
-Various bugs squashed
Visually stunning and technically advanced, this Apple Design Award winning collection brings Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Reversi, 4-in-a-Row, Mancala and Tic Tac Toe to your iPhone or iPod touch. Featuring a full 3D environment, different piece sets, landscape and portrait mode, auto-saving, unlimited undo and animated talking opponents, the Big Bang Board Games packs a tremendous value into one App.
Big Bang Board Games is available for $4.99 on the iTunes App Store, and ships fully localized into French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian and Japanese.

Big Bang Board Games iPhone
iTunes App Store: Big Bang Board Games

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Apple Games Feature FlatOut 2
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games is on track with a new review of FlatOut 2, a racing title from Bugbear Entertainment and Virtual Programming. The game focuses on reckless driving and destruction, allowing players to ram enemy vehicles, smash objects in the environment, and engage in a variety mini-game stunts. Apple's feature article includes an overview of the game's features as well as a list of cheat codes.

This was just the first race in the Sunday Smash Derby cup, one of eight cups in the derby class, which is one of three classes in FlatOut 2. Once you master the derby class, you’ll move on to the race and street classes, where more cups await. The races become more difficult as you progress through a class, culminating in a final series of competitions where the rubber really hits the road. After you complete all three classes, six intense races comprise a grand final. In all, you’ll race on more than 40 tracks spread across urban and rural environments.

Between races, compete in stunts, free-for-all demolition derbies, and single races. The stunts consist of 12 mini-games in which you catapult your driver through the windshield at just the right angle to complete an objective, such as knocking down bowling pins or hitting the right playing cards to build the best straight flush possible. You can nudge his or her flight in mid-air, but doing so reduces airspeed. Each stunt consists of a certain number of attempts, with points earned per try. The driver with the most points at the end wins.
Head over to the link below to read the full article.

Apple Games: FlatOut 2
Virtual Programming
FlatOut 2

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John Riccitiello Discusses Spore DRM, EA's Future
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In a keynote address at Monday's Media & Money Conference in New York, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello discussed the present and future of his company. During his address Riccitiello mentioned the internet fervor surrounding the DRM scheme for the recently released Spore, saying those who complained were a vocal but very small percentage of the user base.

"There are more species in Spore today than there are species on the planet Earth," Riccitiello said of the game, in which players raise a creature from a one-cell being into an advanced society. "It's a staggering degree of diversity."

But in an ironic twist, Spore, as ground-breaking as it is in the entertainment world, has been plagued by complaints about the alleged backwardness of its digital rights management system (DRM). Riccitiello said that he personally isn't a fan of DRM, but that the technology isn't there yet to make a game piracy-proof without it. "We chose a particularly aggressive form of DRM, which 99.8 percent of consumers would never notice, but that two-tenths of one percent got incredibly focused and formed an online PR cabal," he claimed. "We can eliminate piracy by essentially blocking the online service from the pirate. That's the future of DRM. The present of DRM isn't quite there yet."

DRM or no DRM, Riccitiello said that Spore is the start of a revolution. "I ultimately believe that a consumer is going to want to be involved with a game that they help build rather than one that they just watch or experience," he said. "Spore is probably the industry's first big step in that direction, and I would encourage you to look out for The Sims 3, which comes out this spring and which is another big step in that direction."
Read all his comments at the page listed below.

CNET: EA's Riccitiello Sees Bright Skies
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World of Warcraft Echoes Of Doom Patch Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Echoes of Doom, the last major content patch for World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, was recently released by Blizzard Entertainment. It brings the game to version 3.0.2, adding a host of new features, changes, and improvements to World of Warcraft including an Achievements System, New Talent Trees, a Player Calendar, The New Inscription Profession, and Barbershops.

Here are a few of the updates in version 3.0.2:

• All players will have their talent points reimbursed and will have access to new talents throughout their trees; this includes the 51-point talents. Several new spells and abilities have been added for all classes. Players will need to visit their class trainer to learn new spells.
• The Kirin Tor have made their move and so has Dalaran.Please watch your step around the crater that has been left behind!
• The Barber Shop has been implemented and you can now visit one of the Barber Shops in the major cities to change your appearance. Be sure to get your Shave and a Haircut!
• The all new Achievement System has been implemented and the Achievement panel can be accessed via the interface. While many achievements are not retroactive, we have done our best to credit as many as possible. Gamemasters will not be able to grant achievements for past accomplishements.
• Stormwind Harbor is now open for business.
• New towers have been added outside Of Orgrimmar and in Tirisfal Glades. Crews are currently at work to establish a new Zeppelin route to Northrend for your travel pleasure. Please no /spit off of the towers.
Click over to the links below to learn more about the latest patch.

Echoes of Doom
WoW 3.0.2 Patch Notes
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, October 15, 2008

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BombSquad 3.2 Released6:00 AM
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Eschalon Book II: The Mire Troll6:00 AM
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Neverwinter Nights 2 Reviewed6:00 AM
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