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Thursday, November 27, 2008

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Exclusive New Vendetta Online Screenshots
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Guild Software has unveiled several new screenshots showcasing "Very High" resolution textures and bumpmaps for asteroids in its sci-fi MMO, Vendetta Online. Part of an upcoming "universe redux" the textures are designed for users with videocards with 256MB or more of onboard memory.

Vendetta Online is a 3D space combat MMORPG for Windows, Mac and Linux. This MMO permits thousands of players to interact as the pilots of spaceships in a vast universe. Users may build their characters in any direction they desire, becoming rich captains of industry, military heroes, or outlaws. A fast-paced, realtime "twitch" style combat model gives intense action, coupled with the backdrop of RPG gameplay in a massive online galaxy. Three major player factions form a delicate balance of power, with several NPC sub-factions creating situations of economic struggle, political intrigue and conflict. The completely persistent universe and detailed storyline add to the depth of immersion, resulting in a unique online experience.
Check out the IMG exclusive screenshots at the links below.

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Freeverse Updates Flick Fishing For iPhone And iPod Touch
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Freeverse has announced that Flick Fishing, currently the #1 selling game in the Apple iTunes App Store, is set to receive a major update in the next few days. The Flick Fishing update to version 1.2, already submitted to Apple for approval, adds a variety of new features including a new Quest Mode and an unlockable eXtreme Fishing mode.

More about Flick Fishing 1.2:

New to this version of Flick Fishing is the ability to play in 'Quest' Mode, where you must help the Old Guy in the Lighthouse with his new job running the Island's virtual aquarium by catching fish. There is also an unlockable 'eXtreme Fishing' Mode, where you can hook much bigger fish, but with more skill required to reel them in.

Other changes include:
• Unlockable new fishing location: Night Fishing
• 4 New fish: Brown Trout, Bream, Wahoo and a new 'named' fish
• Lures and Spinners now work without floats and add a different fishing action
• Various secret 'power-ups' that can be unlocked to help catch bigger fish
• 3,5 and 10 minute tournament length options
• Ducks re-tuned
• CPU player re-educated in tournament ethics
• Various bug fixes, tune ups and improvements

Flick Fishing is available at the link below for $0.99 from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch.

iPhone App Store: Flick Fishing
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Aspyr Announces GameAgent Weekend Sale
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Aspyr Media has announced a weekend sale for games sold from its new GameAgent digitial download store. Those who purchase any Mac or PC game from Game Agent through December 1st will receive 25% off the retail price. The site currently offers Mac users Call Of Duty 4: Modern Combat and futureU.

For Mac:
Call of Duty 4™: Modern Warfare
Regularly $54.99, now $40.99

Regularly $39.99, now $29.99
For more information follow the links below.

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StarCraft Updated To Version 1.16
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has once again updated StarCraft, the company's popular sci-fi RTS. In addition to bug fixes Version 1.15 introduces recording of in-game chat for replays, and a new "/reply" command for quickly responding to whispers from other players.

Here is the list of changes in version 1.16:

Feature Changes:
- In-game chat is now saved in replays. Note: whispers are not saved.
- Hitting the Escape key while in the chat room will clear your typed text.
- "/reply" (or just "/r") will send a whisper to person who most recently whispered you.

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed localization issues with "from" and "to" in whispers.
- Starcraft now only uses as much CPU as it needs to run smoothly.

- Fixed an exploit which allowed Zerg players to gain minerals through mutations.
- Fixed an exploit which allowed Zerg players to recycle an upgrading building.
- Fixed an exploit which allowed Zerg players to extend their creep with a drone.
- Fixed an exploit which allowed Zerg players to move Drones over impassable terrain.
- Fixed an exploit which allowed Terran players to drop a nuke anywhere on the map.
- Fixed an exploit which allowed players to pause the game while in the pre-game lobby.
More patch information is available from Blizzard's site at the link below.

StarCraft 1.16 Patch Notes
Blizzard Entertainment

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Diablo II X3100 Graphics Beta Patch Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has released a new Diablo II for Mac OS X beta patch. The release addresses an issue with the Intel 965/GMX 3100 chipset which prevented Leopard OS users from playing the game due to a lack of support for Diablo II's 256 color display mode.

More about the patch:

This is a beta release of Diablo II (Carbon) for Mac OS X, which should run correctly on machines with the Intel 965 / GMX 3100 chipset, under all versions of Leopard OS.

As you may know, support for 256-color display mode was removed from the X3100 drivers in mid 2008 and this made Diablo II incompatible. This beta has new code which addresses that conflict.

If you have a machine that is currently running Diablo II correctly, this build will have no additional value for you, and you should continue using your existing copy as-is.

Since this release is a beta edition and has not been made into a finalized patch, please note these issues and limitations.

a) do not replace your existing Diablo II (Carbon) with this application. Just drop this BETA application as-is into your Diablo II folder and run it instead of the original. You will need the original still in place when the patch ships.

b) the BETA version should be able to support single player mode, but due to its pre-release form will not sign on to, or be able to patch itself. LAN play has not been fully tested and may work correctly for you, but may have bugs - please keep in mind that this is beta software and we would appreciate any feedback that you have.

c) when the next Diablo II patch is released, you can delete the BETA version, then run the original version and it will be patched.
Click over to the link below to learn more about the update.

MGF: Diablo II X3100 Beta Patch
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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Wolfire Releases Overgrowth Alpha6:00 AM
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