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EVE Online Reaches 45,186 Concurrent Users
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 8 comments

CCP Games recently announced a peak usage milestone of 45,186 concurrent users for its space based MMO, EVE: Online. The sci-fi game plunges players into the immense void of space where they contend with thousands of others trying to succeed in the game's vast universe.

What a great way to start out 2009--a new PCU (Peak Concurrent User) record of 45,186! While we've made tremendous serverside changes in the EVE Online infrastructure with the EVE64 and StacklessIO initiatives, it is truly a testament to our loyal fans that 5 years into EVE's existence we are still breaking records and more people are flying in New Eden than ever before.

We know we'll be trying to find leftover champagne from New Year's EVE to celebrate. When we do, we'll toast to you!
To learn more about the game click over to the sites listed below.

EVE Online Blog
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EVE Online

IMG Interviews Transgaming on GameTree Online
8:07 AM | Marcus Albers | 12 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted an interview with Transgaming's Vikas Gupta about their newest venture, the digital distribution service GameTree Online. Here's and excerpt from the interview:

IMG - You have quite a few exclusive titles available, such as Rayman: Raving Rabbids and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones. How do you go about securing these games? Are companies willing to have their games ported to Mac OS X?

Vikas - TransGaming is the leader in Mac games enablement, and has secured several agreements with leading publishers such as EA, Ubisoft, Bioware, NCsoft, and more. The list of publishers who are leveraging the power of Cider to enable their games for the Mac gaming community continues to grow. An exciting list of games is planned for 2009 from a variety of publishers and developers. The Mac gaming community will continue to find exclusive releases at in the months ahead.

Follow the link below to read the full interview.

IMG Interview: Transgaming on GameTree Online

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Illuminations & Opacity Released For iPhone
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Two new games have been added to the growing list of titles available for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Killer Robots has announced the release of Illuminations, a fireworks-based action game that challenges players to shoot the rising rocket flares to create a fireworks show. Atomic Powered has also unveiled a new puzzle title, Opacity. In the game players must use beams to find four randomly hidden balls on an eight-by-eight grid.

More information about Illuminations:

Illuminations is an action game centered around fireworks. Keep the crowd entertained with your light show, but watch out for the relentless enemies sent to stop you. Featuring hundreds of levels, six enemy types, and five weapons, Illuminations is easy to learn, but hard to master.

Easy to pick up and play at any moment, Illuminations is a perfect fit for the iPhone and iPod touch. Featuring spectacular 3D graphics and sound effects, Illuminations also takes advantage of iPhone features like the accelerometer and touch screen for intuitive gameplay.

Illuminations was originally developed for the OMG Cup 2005 game development contest, where it became a fan favorite for its fun and originality. It was improved and upgraded over the years before finally landing on the iPhone.
More information about Opacity:
Opacity is a puzzle game played on an eight-by-eight grid. Four balls are randomly hidden somewhere on this grid, and it's your job to find them. Your only tools are beams that you can fire into the grid. These beams interact with the balls hidden on the grid, and you must determine where these balls are hidden using only the information about the beams' interactions. The rules are actually pretty simple, but the results can be very complex! The fewer beams you use, the better your score. But remember, it's not just about speed. The most important goal is to find all of the hidden balls every time you play a game. That can be the real a challenge! Opacity is based on the board game Black Box published by Waddingtons and Parker Brothers.

• Simple rules which result in complex interactions
• Challenging game play with almost infinite possibilities; every game is different
• Saves games in progress so you can play any time
• Tracks the number of games you completed, the number of games you abandoned and the total time you spent playing
• Records information about the game with your best score and the game you completed in the shortest amount of time
• Built-in instructions to get you started quickly
Illuminations is available on Apple's App Store for $3.99. Opacity is available from the App Store for $1.99.

Follow the links below for more information.


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Avernum 5, Savage 2 & Kivi's Underworld In Game Tunnel Top 5
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Game Tunnel recently released its list of the best computer role playing games of 2008. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th place winners were Spiderweb Software's Avernum 5, S2 Games' Savage 2: A Tortured Soul, and Soldak Entertainment's Kivi's Underworld.

Avernum 5:

The Avernum series is a throw-back to the time when games were about the experience and the story and not the graphics and the tech that drives them. You won't be blown away by flashy graphics and expensive cinematics, but you'll get a novel's worth of plot and interaction with a very tangible world. Battle is turn-based and varied, with lots of spells and skills and a plethora of enemy tactics to struggle against. While the storyline is mostly linear, there's a variety of ways to solve any problem and the choices you make will most certainly affect your play later on.

Avernum is gaming done right. Fans of the series are no doubt already happily engrossed in the game, but fans of the RPG genre owe it to themselves to try the game out. Spiderweb Software is confident enough in their product that even the demo of the game will give literally hours of play-time.
Savage 2:
Savage 2 is one of the more unique game experiences you can find. It's an on-line game that pitches two teams against one-another. With character classes adapted from the world of high-fantasy, players will engage in player versus player direct combat, and this is where the RPG element is strongest in game. As players battle one another, they collect souls, which are used to upgrade attributes as they fight.

However, combat is fast and furious, with players battling more to buy their team leader the time to construct buildings and gather resources and research skills that can be used to augment the fighters in the field.
Kivi's Underworld:
The big "problem" with many RPGs is the investment that they involve. There are in-depth stories and in-depth rules. A standard RPG is not the kind of game that opens its arms to gamers far and wide. They're like an exclusive club: great rewards, high dues.

Kivi's Underworld aims to solve this problem and break the doors of the RPG world wide open to the masses. Instead of playing a dense, time-intensive experience, Kivi offers quick, casual RPG action. Based in the world of Depths of Peril, with all its rich backstory, Kivi's Underworld is a simple game with RPG roots. Each mission has its backstory and its theme, but is designed to be played and solved in about 15 to 30 minutes. There are stat upgrades to collect and power-ups to collect and use, but they're temporary for the level you're on, and not something to lose any sleep over.
Read more about the Game Tunnel's choices at the link listed below.

Game Tunnel: 2008 RPG Game Of The Year
Spiderweb Software
Avernum 5
Savage 2
Soldak Entertainment
Kivi's Underworld
Buy Avernum 5

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StarCraft II: New Screenshots
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has updated the StarCraft II website with several new screenshots showcasing action from the upcoming continuation of the popular real time strategy series. StarCraft II will return players to the storyline five years after the end of BroodWar. The game will include an epic single player campaign, improved multiplayer action, and a new editor for players who want to design their own StarCraft creations.

StarCraft II is the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game, and the sequel to the hit original, StarCraft. The game will include three completely distinct and balanced races, the protoss, terran, and zerg, which have been overhauled and re-imagined with a number of new units for each, as well as new tricks for some of the classic units that are returning.

The StarCraft II Trilogy consists of the base StarCraft II game and two subsequent expansion sets. StarCraft II is subtitled Wings of Liberty (working title) and will include a lengthy single-player campaign that focuses on the terrans and puts players in the role of Jim Raynor, one of the series' main heroes. The first expansion set, Heart of the Swarm (working title), will follow later and include a single-player campaign focusing on the zerg and Kerrigan, Queen of Blades. The second expansion set, Legacy of the Void (working title), will continue the story experience with a single-player campaign centered on the protoss.
Check out the link below to view the new screenshots.

StarCraft II Screenshots
Blizzard Entertainment
StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
Buy StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty

Mac Games News for Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Coladia To Bring Point-And-Click Adventures To Mac & iPhone6:00 AM
Eschalon Book II: Planned Features & Changes6:00 AM
Mystic Mine Coming To Macs In February6:00 AM
Platinum Arts Sandbox Updated6:00 AM
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