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Geneforge 3 Goes Universal, Adds 32-bit Color
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software has announced the release of Version 1.1 of Geneforge 3, the third title in the fantasy RPG series chronicling the history of the Shapers and the Rebels. The latest patch is a Universal Binary version of the game and includes 32 bit color, giving modern Mac owners the chance to enjoy the series.

You have been chosen. You are one of the precious few who will be allowed to become a Shaper. You will be given the power to create life and mold it to serve your own needs. The whole world fears and respects the Shapers. Your secrets are many, and your power is absolute.

But then, the disaster happened. Your school was attacked and destroyed. Rebels and monsters begin roaming the lands, challenging the rule of the Shapers, bringing fire and destruction with them. On your own, in a foreign land, you will have to attain power, find allies, and discover a way to defeat the rebels.

Or perhaps, you will join the rebels instead. Because, for some reason, they seem very eager to recruit you ...
Visit the link below to download the latest version.

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Mac Games Arcade 1.1 Released, Offers Free Game
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Mac Games Arcade, the digital download application for Mac Games, has been updated to version 1.1. The new update includes a number of new features including the ability to pre-order games, sort games in the My Games window, queue downloads, auto-discounts to the cart system, and dozens of other fixes and changes.

Mac Games Arcade is a digital download application that allows you to download, purchase, and maintain your Macintosh games, all in an easy to use Mac-like interface. You download the application and run it on your Mac.

In addition, the company today announced it will be offering a free game a month via Mac Games Arcade. Users simply have to download Mac Games Arcade and then will find instructions on how to access the free game. This month the company is offering a free copy of Burger Shop. A new free game will be available on May 1st and other new games the following months.

Mac Games Arcade is available as a free download from the Mac Games Arcade web site. The application is just a 2 MB download. Mac Games Arcade requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later. For more information, please visit the Mac Games Arcade web site.

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Fallout Retrospective Features Developer Commentary
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Good Old Games has released a new retrospective article on the classic post apocalyptic RPG, Fallout. In addition to describing the gameplay and storyline which made the game a hit with fans, the article also features commentary from designers Tim Cain and Chris Taylor.

For a project as ambitious as Fallout, accidental vagueness is often a best-case scenario. The designers were often plagued by pre- and post-release flaws, many of which were quite humorous to behold.

"The first time I shot the rocket launcher, I used the wrong art for the missile," explains Cain, "and instead of a rocket shooting out and exploding, a man appeared in front of me, ran to my target, and blew up into tiny pieces. We laughed so much that I replaced the man with a dog so we had a puppy launcher."

Chris Taylor was eager to submit another Cain-induced folly. "Tim Cain implemented doors and was excited to show them off. We all gathered around his desk and he clicked on the door. It opened, then it closed, then it opened and then it closed and so on. Each time it opened and closed, it moved a few pixels to the right. Eventually, it moved off the screen and into random memory where it crashed the game."

"I imagine it’s still out there in the wasteland somewhere, headed up to the North Pole," Cain chimes in with a laugh.

"I have to admit that the quotes file was a guilty pleasure," continues Cain. "I would jot down comments from my co-workers during meetings or from conversations as I passed them in the hallways, and anything that sounded funny out-of-context would go into the file. Some of my guys were a bit over-represented in that file, but I think they just used ambiguous pronouns a bit too often for their own good."
To view the entire article follow the link below.

Good Old Games: Fallout Retrospective

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Savage 2: A Tortured Soul 2.0.0 Patch Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

S2 Games has released the 2.0.0 patch for Savage 2: A Tortured Soul, a game which combines elements of first person shooter, real-time strategy, and role playing games. The update includes a variety of bug fixes as well as the introduction of a new Team Manager panel and Voice over IP.

Here's a list of some of the changes in version 2.0.0:

Team Manager Panel (new):
The Team Manager panel allows commanders to more easily view the status of their team, and also provides some additional controls.
- Visible information: Squad (by color), class, health, mana, name, officer status, inventory items, gold, souls, level, buffs, and debuffs.
- Can select/move the camera to a player (same as the top-left squad displays).
- Player swap (can move players around from squad to squad and even promote/demote officers by moving players around).
- Can give teammates gold from the team gold pool (there will be limitations on this feature to prevent abuse, and they will be tweaked/modified as necessary to prevent abuse). Players are notified when the commander gives a player gold.

VOIP (new/complete overhaul):
- Configurable Features:
* Test mic level (with visual indicator).
* Voice chat volume (the volume of chat from other players)
* Microphone volume (your input/record volume for your mic)
* Auto sound dampen (automatically turn down other game sounds when someone is talking - can be turned off, or maxxed out for no sounds while people are talking)
* Microphone boost (toggle)
* Disable voice chat
* Push to talk/voice activation toggle
* Voice activation record sensitivity
* Mic off time - Used for voice activation: the amount of time that the voice level has to be below the activation level before it stops recording.
* Select input device
* Auto gain control - All voice chat volume is automatically adjusted (to a limited extent) to keep everyone around the same volume level
- Other notes:
* The voice chat currently is audible for all players on your team.
* Players can be selectively muted (players remain muted until you un-mute them or restart Savage 2).
For more information about the patch click over to the links below.

Savage 2 Patch Info
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World Of Warcraft 3.1.1 Update Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has released a new update for its popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. The patch brings the game to version 3.1.1 and fixes a variety of bugs including some issues related to the new talent dual spec implemented in the recent 3.1 patch.

In order to address issues with the dual talent specialization system, all players will have their talents points refunded. Players who have purchased dual talent specializations will have both specializations reset. Glyphs will not be affected by this reset.

Characters who are not of the same race or class are once again able to view each others’ professions linked in chat.
Fixed an issue in which player and pet nameplates were appearing larger than normal.
Thrall’;s throne has been adjusted back to its proper size and the base replaced. He will no longer need to defy gravity.
Fixed an issue with a display error on druid leather helms.
Corrected an issue for GeForce2/ATI 7 series card users that would result in critical errors for select actions in game. As a result certain projected textures, like spell effects and targeting circles, will no longer render on some terrain objects.
Corrected an issue preventing players from earning the achievement, “Storming Stormwind.” Players who were not properly awarded this achievement for completing the objective should retroactively be granted completion.

Click on the link below to read the full update list.

WoW Patch Notes
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, April 21, 2009

IMG Reviews Jeopardy! Super Deluxe11:50 AM
An Insider's View Of The Activision Blizzard Merger6:00 AM
City Of Heroes Fans Create Thousands Of Missions6:00 AM
Diablo II Ladder Reset, Patch 1.13 Coming Soon6:00 AM
Discussing EVE Online's Apocrypha6:00 AM
Using Social Networking to Promote Games6:00 AM
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