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Vendetta Online: Multiplayer Ships On The Horizon
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Guild Software has posted an update on the development blog for its massively-multiplayer online space strategy game, Vendetta Online. Current and future changes discussed in the entry include attempts to make the game more welcoming to new players, performance improvements, and an upcoming feature to make multiplayer starships a reality.

As a result, Ray is now working on making multi-player ships a reality in the near future. I can't say how near of a future, because we don't know yet; but if all goes well.. as early as this Friday, if not, then next week. This is a critical stepping-stone as we move towards the goal of Player Capships. In the near-term, you can expect some sort of small "heavy" that has the potential for turrets, such as a Behemoth. This functionality has been planned for a really, really long time, but there may still be some issues with the mechanics as we put this into place, so please have patience with any issues that crop up. Despite the possibility always being there, we've never actually done this before.. which is why dockable capships are always NPCs, and dev-flown capships have never been dockable. Of course, for the first version we'll just be focusing on smaller ships, as I said, where the owner of a given multi-player-capable ship may "invite" other players to join his vessel, while docked in a station. Dynamically joining and leaving these sorts of ships, outside of stations, will not be possible.. you'll have to wait for capships with docking bays for that to happen. Anyway, I think this'll be really cool, and open up a lot of potential for gameplay possibilities. As I said, the mechanics are still in flux, so things like grouping will have to be done independently of which players join which ships. If people want to take grouped missions as multi-player vessels, then they'll need to group themselves as a separate stage.
Read more at the page linked below about the changes planned for the game.

Vendetta Online News
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Flick NBA Basketball Released For iPhone & iPod Touch
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Freeverse has announced that Flick NBA Basketball, a new game created exclusively for the iPhone and iPod Touch, is available on the Apple App Store. Flick NBA Basketball allows gamers to choose their favorite NBA player and play mini-games such as 3Pt-Shootout and Longshot.

Flick NBA Basketball features dozens of players including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and more from all 30 NBA teams. Choose your favorite player and compete in multiple events against the computer or a friend.

Events include 3 Pt. Shootout, H.O.R.S.E., Hotshot Arcade, Long Shot, and even a fun Ball Spin mini game that utilizes the intuitive combination of the accelerometer and your own personal flick techniques, challenging you to keep the ball spinning as long as you can!

Realistic 3D models, great audio, true physics and a fun variety of games, makes Flick NBA Basketball the MVP of sports titles!
Flick NBA Basketball is available from Apple’s App Store at the link below.

iTunes App Store: Flick NBA Basketball

The Sims 3: New Screenshots Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Worthplaying recently posted a new collection of screenshots for The Sims 3, the upcoming continuation of the successful Sims franchise. The game will add new twists to the popular life sim formula with customizable personalities, goal oriented gameplay, movie creation and editing, and an online community.

The Sims 3 features a brand new engine that allows you to immerse your unique Sims in an open living neighborhood where they can roam and explore all new surroundings including the beach, mountains and town center. The neighborhood is alive and constantly evolving so what happens to a Sim on one side of the neighborhood could impact your Sims on the other side of town! If your Sims are in the right place at the right time, who knows what might happen? And now for the first time, your Sims have distinctive personalities thanks to a range of all-new personality traits. You have the option to select from dozens of personality traits such as brave, artistic, kleptomaniac, clumsy, paranoid and romantic. Combine up to five traits to create an endless number of truly diverse individuals.

The all-new Create-a-Sim allows you to completely customize your Sims' appearances making every Sim unique. The feature is easy-to-use and more powerful than ever, letting you fine-tune every aspect of your Sims face, customize their hair color, select the exact shade of their skin tone and determine much more to make lifelike Sims. It's never been easier to make Sims that are thin, full-figured or muscular and everything in between! In true The Sims fashion, you can customize everything. The Sims 3 allows for infinite possibilities to design the interior and exterior of your Sims surroundings.

Additionally, you can enjoy the challenge of short-term and long-term goals and then reap the rewards! Based on personality traits, skills and career choices, your Sims have short and long term Wishes that provide constant fun challenges, things to do and achieve. You have the ultimate freedom to choose whether to fulfill their destiny, giving them lifetime happiness and rewards or not! Will your Sim skyrocket from latrine cleaner to an astronaut, go from being a rabid fan to a sports legend or will you choose an alternate destiny? In The Sims 3, life is what you make it!
Click over to the link below to view the new screenshots.

Worthplaying: The Sims 3 Screenshots
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Diablo III: Dismemberment, Party Bonuses, Mana Regeneration
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In his most recent post on the official Diablo III forums, community manager Bashiok discussed death animations, dismemberment, party bonuses, and wizard mana regeneration. Diablo III is Blizzard Entertainment's long awaited return to the popular action RPG franchise.

On death animations and dismemberment:
We do have both havok based and hand-crafted animations, and which of these is used is generally dependent on which monster it is. We have a few in there, like the skeletal summoner and grotesque, that have hand-made death animations and those will play through every time. But most monster death is determined by how they died. Was it a critical, was it a critical from a type of elemental damage, was a specific ability used that maybe kills them in a specific way, etc. etc.
Does decapitation count?

On party bonuses:
I'm not sure that's the right way to go about it, but the cooperative game definitely centers on keeping players together. Encouraging them to stay near each other, and helping them get back together should they be separated. There are many ways to do both, not all of them are the right answer.

On mana regeneration:
Obviously it's just too early to say the wizard does or does not have mana issues, that all comes down to balancing and fine tuning, and ideally of course the goal is that each class is very playable and not frustrating. Especially at early levels.
Mana orbs are actually the product of a passive skill in the wizard's arcane tree. Since we can't guarantee people will get that skill I don't think it can ever really become the deciding factor in mana regen. It is an early skill in that tree though, easy to pick up, and sure to be helpful.
Head over to the GameBanshee site below to read more.

GameBanshee: Bashiok Diablo III Comments
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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