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Founders Feast Announced for Pirates of the Caribbean Online
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Disney Online has announced the 1st Annual Pirates of the Caribbean Online Founders Feast, a special in-game event held for players in celebration of Thanksgiving. A Limited Edition in-game item will be awarded to players surrounding the event. In addition, Disney Online has issued a final call for entry in the Live the Pirate's Life Anniversary Contest which ends on January 2nd.

First Annual Founders Feast Announced for Pirates of the Caribbean Online:
In honor of the fall harvest and a year of good fortune, Disney Online has announced the First Annual Pirates of the Caribbean Online Founders Feast , an in-game event held to honor the Pirates of the Caribbean Online Founders, a proud bunch, that were the earliest members of the game.

Hosted by our GMs (Game Masters) and Founders, The Founders Feast will take place on the beaches of Tortuga starting on November 27 and the celebration will continue each day until November 30. Players will get a chance to meet the GMs as they share stories of treasure and adventure! Pirates will enjoy dancing, music, and other traditions that date back to the European harvest festivals of old – there will also be a special surprise for ALL the Pirates that join Disney Online for the event.

Disney Online Awarding Free In-Game Gift to Unlimited Access Members:
Starting on November 27 th through the 30 th , Disney Online will give thanks to Pirates of the Caribbean Online Unlimited Access Members for their support with a free in-game gift – a genuine limited edition Pirate bandana!

To pick-up their gift, Unlimited Access Members must visit a tailor shop on any island in the game – then they’ll be on the way to being one of the most fashionable Pirates on the high seas!

Pirates of the Caribbean Online “Live the Pirates Life Anniversary Contest” Entry Deadline Quickly Approaching
Disney Online is welcoming video submissions from Pirates of the Caribbean Online fans in the “Live the Pirates Life Anniversary Contest” until January 2, 2009.

Do you dress like a Pirate at work or school? Would you stand at the corner of a busy street in your neighborhood telling the world how much you love Pirates Online? Then show us! Enter the Live the Pirates Life Contest, and you could win a MacBook, a trip to the Disneyland Resort with a stay in the Pirates of the Caribbean suite at the Disneyland Hotel and much, much more!

To enter, shoot a video of yourself (with your Pirate effects) telling the world (or your neighborhood) why you love Pirates of the Caribbean Online.

For more information about the events and contest follow the links provided below.

Disney Online
Pirates of the Caribbean Online

IMG Features
6:23 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a feature on Garage Games' online gaming service, Made available to Intel Mac users in October, the service offers high-quality, browser-based gaming with an online community. Here's an excerpt from the feature:

Instantaction is in a sense a gaming network, much like Xbox Live or the Playstation Network. This is not to say it is as advanced or feature-filled, but it works on the same concept. Once you have created a username and signed in you can add friends, join games, and send messages, much like the above mentioned. Your screen name stays the same no matter what game you choose, so it comes across as highly integrated.

All the games are supplied by Garage Games, an indie developer that specializes in game engine creation and casual action titles. Unfortunately none of the games are new (though one or two are modified a bit), so you are highly likely to have played them before. If names like Think Tanks or Marble Blast ring a bell, you'll get the picture.

Follow the link below to read the full article.

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Wolfire Releases Overgrowth Alpha
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Wolfire Games has released an official alpha for its new game Overgrowth. The sequel to Lugaru will inherit the original game's fighting system and will also offer features made available by Wolfire's new Phoenix Engine. The Overgrowth alpha includes the beginnings of Overgrowth's map editor and showcases the game's terrain with effects like multi-sampled HDR framebuffer objects, dynamic blurred cube maps for ambient lighting, object and tangent space normal maps, and atmospheric haze.

Hey guys, we are going to be trying something new: weekly alphas! No exceptions.

Every week, we are going to release a new build to SPF. Whether it’s ready or not. We feel that this open development is a great way to smooth out compatibility issues early on, get feedback to make the game as good as possible, and let fans build mods and other content before the game is even publicly available!

Sure, some of the builds are going to be rough, but that’s expected in an alpha. We are going to release “blessed” builds every once in a while that are particularly polished and noteworthy, so that the hardcore fans can play the cutting edge, while everyone else can wait for blessed releases.
The alpha release is available for those who have preordered the game. Head over to the links below for more information.

Wolfire Software
Wolfire Blog

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Win A Chance To Meet Will Wright
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Spike TV and Electronic Arts are sponsoring a new Spore themed contest to celebrate the awarding of the first Spike VGA Gamer God Award to game designer Will Wright. Using the tools available in Spore or the Spore Creature Creator participants will create a 60 second movie and submit it to The creator of the best entry will win a trip for two to the 2008 Spike Video Game Awards in December as well as the chance to meet Wright himself.

This year, video game Designer Will Wright will be honored with the first ever Spike VGA "Gamer God" award. As a part of the celebration, Spike and EA celebrate the SPORE user community with "The Wright Stuff SPORE UGC"; a contest that gives YOU the chance to come out to this year's VGAs as a VIP and meet the legendary designer himself! Using the in game tools, or the free Creature Creator program, upload your most creative, entertaining, weird, and fun 60 second movie to A panel of judges including game creator Will Wright will select the best of the best!

Grand Prize:
Round Trip Airfare, 2 Nights Hotel, and Ground Transportation for Winner and 1 Eligible Guest to the 2008 Spike Video Game Awards on Sunday December 14th in Culver City, California.
The contest ends on December 2nd. The winner will be announced on the 4th. Follow the link below for more information.

The Wright Stuff SPORE UGC
Electronic Arts
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Kivi's Underworld: Monsters, Character Profiles, SDK
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Soldak Entertainment has updated its website with several new offerings for Kivi's Underworld, the recently released casual action RPG title. Soldak is now offering a software developer kit for those interesting in creating mods for the game, two new creatures for the game's bestiary page, and two more entries for the character page.

From the bestiary:

Most creatures die before coming close to molten lava, but not the Fury. They were born from it. These four-armed, red giants have pushed deeper into the underworld, perhaps from war or overpopulation. It is unknown. They are a danger to dark elf and lumen alike.

Fire Thrower
Not even the dark elves know the origins of the Fire Throwers. These rat-faced men were not one of the dark elves experiments gone awry. Some is known of these creatures, though. They love fire, especially the exploding thrown variety.
Click over to the pages below to read more.

Kivi's Underworld Character Page
Kivi's Underworld Monster Page
Kivi's Underworld Mod Page
Soldak Entertainment
Kivi's Underworld

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