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Monday, May 11, 2009

The Sims 3 Goes Gold
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

The EA Sims Studio has announced that The Sims 3, the next incarnation of the best-selling PC franchise, The Sims, has gone gold for Intel Mac and Windows computers. The game will hit retail in 60 countries on June 2, 2009.

In The Sims 3, you have more options than ever before to create and play with unique, life-like Sims. Customize your Sims’ appearances and choose up to five traits to create individual personalities. New goal-oriented game-play enables you to choose which short or long-term objectives you want your Sims to pursue. You can choose to make them happy or not! You can also create and edit your own movies by capturing game-play moments or selecting from a library of clips. Then join The Sims 3 online community where you can show off all your creations, get free bonus content, hear the latest news and more!
The Sims 3 Collector’s Edition, available at select retailers for $69.99, will include the full game along with an additional collectable 2GB The Sims Plumbob USB drive, tips and hints guide, and a bonus in-game European-styled sports car unavailable elsewhere. The standard Sims 3 will be available for purchase at retail and online through digital distribution for $49.99 starting June 2.

Visit the sites below to view screenshots and videos of the new game's content.

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IMG Reviews Open Fire Gold
9:12 AM | Marcus Albers | 2 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the Unity-based shooter Open Fire Gold from BlueGill Studios. Fire you missiles and mines at and ever increasing onslaught of jeeps and tanks, trying to take out as many as possible. Here's and excerpt from the review:

This package offers two versions of destroy-the-tanks type shooters. First there is Open Fire Classic. In this game you have 110 seconds to shoot as many tanks as you can. The tanks roll from top to bottom and bottom to top of the screen. The other game version is called “Stop the Huns!” This is not a timed game. Here you destroy lots and lots of tanks as they move from right to left across the screen. You loose health as tanks make it off the left side of the screen. You continue until your health goes away.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Open Fire Gold
Open Fire Gold
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baKno Launches Monthly Game Subscription Service
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

baKno recently announced a new monthly subscription service offering "unlimited functionality" for all 15 of its Mac and Windows games. Those who subscribe receive a personal key code that unlocks the games for one month on a single computer. baKno's catalog of games includes Space Pig, MacPool, MacPinball, and Kasino.

baKno, a game development studio offering fun and challenging online games for all ages and every computer, announces a new way for gamers to enjoy unlimited play of its games for Mac and Windows.

With its fixed price for unlimited functionality play of all games, baKno's new Subscription Service provides a low-cost, recession-busting alternative to purchasing multiple Licenses or Game Coins for individual games. Subscription Service is ideal for beginners and serious gamers alike, and can also be purchased as a gift.
baKno's new subscription service costs $19.99 per month. The new addition joins the company's conventional game license and pay-per-play game coins purchase options. To learn more follow the link below.

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Vendetta Online Update Adds Multiplayer Ships
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Guild Software has released a new patch for its massively-multiplayer online space strategy game, Vendetta Online. The latest update introduces a major addition to the game with the option of multiplayer compatible ships. Players can now bring along up to three friends to man the turrets and defend a ship from hostile attackers.

As of today's release, Multi-player ships are now available. Pilots of Behemoth and Atlas class vessels (except the Behemoth XC) may now invite other players to join their vessels and help defend via turrets. Certain ship variants have up to three turrets, allowing four players to cooperatively defend a single ship. Pilots must all be docked at the same station to initially join, and be invited by the pilot of a given ship via new "/gunner" commands. More elaborate GUI interfaces, features and weapon options will become available as we move forward.
Head over to the links below for more information.

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Cocoa Touch: Graveyard Marbles Released, Game Updates
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Cocoa Touch Games has announced the release of its seventh iPhone game title, Graveyard Marbles, on Apple's App Store. The goal in the game is to twist and rotate as many of the black skulls around the graveyard and into the grave within 60 seconds. As players clear off one level of skulls, more appear, and the graveyard starts to generate impassable obstacles such as dead trees and tombstones. Success also requires keeping the white skull from falling into the grave. Orange- and blue-eyed "bonus" skulls provide additional time and score.

The developer has also announced updates for five of its other iPhone games, introducing a variety of changes and additions including new game levels, updated physics, new levels of difficulty, and OpenFeint networking for some of the titles.

Graveyard Marbles was based on our popular game Garden Marbles and incorporates the widely reviewed OpenFeint social platform, along with improved physics, a new scoring algorithm, and updated gameplay. The producer, creative director and programmer for Graveyard Marbles was David Janik-Jones. The superbly atmospheric graphics were created, and generously made available to game designers, by Daniel Cook of

Your score in Graveyard Marbles is determined by how many cleared levels of black skulls you've tipped into the grave before your time runs out. At the end of game your score is saved locally, but can also be submitted to the Graveyard Marbles online server (WiFi or cellular connection required) where your score will be added to the ranks of other players around the world. You can review your own scores and those of the top 100 players around the world with the click of a button.

Cocoa Touch Games is also pleased to announce major updates to our other five games available in the App Store. The popular OpenFeint social platform has been added to an additional four of our game titles: Cloud Girls, Bug Bounce, Garden Marbles and Dessert Dilemma. We’ve added Flurry mobile analytics to all our games to better all us to understand how players use our games and to make improvements more efficiently. An the individual games have also been improved as follows:

Cloud Girls now includes five difficulty levels and scoring multipliers based on difficulty, additional play levels, updated physics and coding, and a new online high score server. We lowered the Garden Marbles pricing to $1.99, improved the game’s physics and collisions, updated the online high score server and code. Dessert Dilemma has had some puzzles tweaked to make them easier. The popular Bug Bounce has had the physics and scoring code updated. Finally, our game of identifying archaic words, Dead Words has had some final spelling errors fixed, and we’ve improved some graphics and coding.
Graveyard Marbles is available now through the iPhone App Store and iTunes for $1.99. Check out the links below for more information.

iPhone App Store: Graveyard Marbles
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Shaun White Snowboarding Update Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

TransGaming recently announced a new update for Shaun White Snowboarding. Among other things the patch offers optimizations and performance improvements. The game, developed in collaboration with Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, allows players to experience a variety of snowboarding action.

Enter a snowboarding world of total freedom. You can create your own experience in this game, and choose when, where, how and with whom you want to ride.
Developed in close collaboration with Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White - the most successful snowboarder in the history of the sport - Shaun White Snowboarding is the next-gen game that redefines the action sports genre.
Shaun White Snowboarding Download Features:
• Open-World Mountains - Choose how you ride in open-world mountains across the world: Conquer the extreme peak conditions, create your own paths in the back country or compete with fellow riders in the terrain parks.
• Your Friends Are Always Around - Play in a world where your friends are always around. Do your own runs on mountains populated by real gamers, or join your friends for a quick session from anywhere in the mountains.
• More than Just Snowboarding - Have fun with your friends on and off the board: Throw snowballs, hike to access secret spots, film your friends doing ripping tricks. You can also upload your videos online to share with the world.
• Ride Your Way - Express yourself through tricks, riding styles and highly customizable avatars - both in single-player and in the online world. Use the intuitive dual analog control to pull off a huge variety of tricks that express your style.
• Next-Gen Technology - Built on the Assassin's Creed™ engine, this game creates a massive world with gorgeous visuals and realistic NPC interaction. This is also the first time a snowboarding game is completely driven by physics instead of animation.
• Authentic Snowboarding - Ubisoft has worked closely with Shaun White to infuse the gaming experience with authenticity, personality and humor. Shaun is a friend and mentor in the game, and will help you with your skills. And if you are deemed worthy, you may even be able to play as Shaun in the game...
Read more about the game at the page listed below.

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Mac Games News for Friday, May 8, 2009

Apple Games Features CSI: NY6:00 AM
EVE Online Celebrates 300,000 Members On Sixth Anniversary6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Beta Keys, New Interview, Screenshots6:00 AM
The Path Horror Title Released For Intel Macs6:00 AM
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