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Echoes Of War: Music Of Blizzard Entertainment Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

The Eminence Symphony Orchestra, in association with Blizzard Entertainment, has announced Echoes of War: Music of Blizzard Entertainment, a 2-disc album and DVD package featuring a collection of orchestral themes spanning the Blizzard Entertainment universes.

The Echoes of War package will offer 70 minutes of music, featuring 15 unique arrangements from Blizzard's games. Several pieces of music will come from yet-to-be-released titles including World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, StarCraft II, and Diablo III.

“We are thrilled to be working with the creator of the Warcraft®, StarCraft® and Diablo® franchises to present the atmospheric and emotional themes from these iconic gaming universes for the enjoyment of players and music enthusiasts the world over,” commented Eminence founder and director, Hiroaki Yura.

Created specifically for active listening outside of the gaming experience, Echoes of War promises to breathe new life into the classical music world for a new generation, while highlighting the beauty and importance of music in games.

With over one hundred performers - including a number of international musicians - and even more people behind the scenes, Echoes of War is a fitting tribute to the epic legacy that Blizzard Entertainment has established with its music.

Eminence has been performing music from popular games and anime titles for five years, thrilling audiences around the globe with their passionate performances and unique takes on classic melodies. In teaming up with Blizzard Entertainment, Eminence hopes to bring this style of musical presentation to even more listeners throughout the world.

Sales will commence with a pre-release of both a limited edition “Legendary” CD/DVD compilation and a standard edition CD product, with pre-sales starting on October 27 and a full-scale launch on November 1, 2008.

The ”Legendary Edition” will be available only on a limited, first-print basis. In addition to the music CD, it will also include an Echoes of War DVD, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the recording sessions - held at Sydney’s FOX Studios EQ: Trackdown Scoring Stage - as well as interviews with the composers and a comprehensive 32-page commemorative tome filled with additional photos, artwork, and additional information.
Echoes of War is available for pre-order now. The standard edition will sell for $29.95 and be released on November 22nd, while the legendary edition will cost $49.95 and be available November 1st.

For more information follow the links below.

Echoes Of War
Blizzard Entertainment

CrossOver Products Free For Today
3:24 PM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

For today only CodeWeavers is offering its' CrossOver emulation products free of charge. Through virtualization the software allows users to run some Windows applications on their Intel Macs.

Full Version Downloads
For Tuesday, October 28, 2008 only, we are putting up fully unlocked builds.
• CrossOver Mac Pro
• CrossOver Games Mac
• CrossOver Linux Pro
• CrossOver Games Linux

About CodeWeavers
CodeWeavers' mission is to make Linux and Mac OS X fully Windows compatible operating systems. We do this through the power of Wine, which powers all of our CrossOver products. The CrossOver products make it possible to run Windows programs on Mac OS X and Linux without needing a copy or license for Windows itself.
To learn more follow the link below.

CodeWeavers October 28th Free Offer

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Eschalon Book II: The Brimstone Spider
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Basilisk Games has released its fourth creature feature, showcasing one frightening denizen of the world of Eschalon: Book II. Each week in October the company has unveiled a new creature, offering both concept artwork and a detailed description. The fourth creature showcased is the Brimstone Spider, a terrifying arachnid which uses flaming webbing to liquify the its prey.

The Brimstone Spider is a fierce predator that inhabits the desert and volcanic regions in the southern hemisphere of Eschalon. A noted feature of the Brimstone Spider is that since their bite lacks a venomous injection, the instead "flash cook" their prey in a sticky, burning mass of webbing. The quick, intense heat melts down body fat and releases fluids from the organs of their victim, which the spider can then drink.

Arachnids are fairly common across Eschalon and come in a wide variety of appearances and abilities. Every spider should be treated with caution as none are considered "safe". The toxicity of spider bites vary from species to species and may produce effects such as poisoning, paralysis or even instant death. Before you engage any spider in combat, ensure your resistance levels (elements, toxins, disease) are as high as possible

Click over to the site below to read more about the Brimstone Spider

Eschalon Book II: Brimstone Spider Feature
Basilisk Games
Eschalon: Book II
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Greenhouse Interactive's Nitrogen SDK Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Greenhouse Interactive has announced that the Nitrogen Software Development Kit is now available free of charge to independent developers seeking to enhance their games selected for the Greenhouse digital distribution service. Major tools offered in Nitrogen include the social networking functionalities of 'triumphs' and 'standings,' which will allow developers to reward players for their in-game accomplishments and then display them for the rest of the Greenhouse gaming community.

Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two, scheduled to launch this Wednesday for Mac, Windows and Linux, will be the first title on the service to implement the new Nitrogen SDK and offer gamers triumphs and standings to enhance their gameplay and Greenhouse community experience.

"We recognize that gamers expect these features in standard retail games, so why not in indie games as well?" said Greenhouse's Vlad Ceraldi. "But, in a crowded gaming world of achievements and trophies, it's inevitable that all of the good words are gone. We've just snatched the last few that make any sense, so 'good luck' to anyone else looking to offer something similar."

"To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time anyone's offered these kinds of in-game reward and integrated community features on the Mac and Linux platforms," added Greenhouse's Robert Khoo. "In fact, triumphs and standings are only the beginning. There's so much more in the works with Nitrogen that we just haven't found the vocabulary for yet. Stay tuned."
Developers interested in Nitrogen should contact Greenhouse business development manager Gregan Dunn.

Greenhouse Interactive

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EVE Online Buddy Program Giveaway In Progress
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

CCP Games has announced a Buddy Program Giveaway contest for current subscribers to its massively online multiplayer space game, EVE Online. Until November 6th players will compete to bring the largest number of new subscribers into the game. The winner will receive a Special Edition Commodore EVE Rig.

With FanFest only two weeks away and Quantum Rise bringing technology and content to new levels, now is a great time to be a part of the EVE community. We’re going that extra mile on all fronts, and the Buddy program is no exception. From today until the start of FanFest, CCP will be tracking all Buddy invites to see who locks down the highest number of Buddy conversions from invites sent during that time. The subscriber with the most conversions will become the proud owner of a massive Special Edition Commodore EVE Rig!

If you haven´t used the Buddy invite system before then now is a perfect time to check it out. Click a link and enter an email address – it’s that easy! Link, rules and specs of the machine are outlined below. Introduce friends to the most immersive MMO on the market and increase your chances to win an incredible gaming rig in the process!
Contest Rules:
1. Buddies invites that are converted to a subscriber from today (Oct 24th) until November 6th will be counted. Since trials are 14 days we will make the cutoff for conversions on Nov 20th to give your Buddies enough time to decide and enjoy their full trial time.
2. Participant must be a current subscriber.
3. Buddy invites must be sent out from the Buddy Invite Page so they can be tracked
4. Only conversions from invites sent during this promotion will be counted, conversions from invites sent before Oct 24nd will not count.
5. In the case that two or more Buddies are even as winners, then a drawing will determine the final winner.
Visit the page below to read more about the contest.

EVE Online Buddy Program Giveaway
CCP Games
EVE Online

Mac Games News for Monday, October 27, 2008

Diablo III Fansite Kit Released6:00 AM
Lineage Revitalized With Two New Expansions6:00 AM
Penny Arcade Adventures Discussed6:00 AM
Pirates Of The Caribbean Online Anniversary Celebration6:00 AM
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