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Monday, June 8, 2009

New Demo For The Path Features Never Before Seen Chapter
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Tale of Tales has released a demo for The Path, a unique game title recently released for Intel Macs. The demo version features an all new chapter not included in the retail version of the game. Based on the path taken to grandmother's house by Little Red Ridinghood in the classic tale, the experimental game attempts to remove some of the goal oriented focus of other titles to delve into what happens between the beginning and end of a frightening story.

Instead of extracting part of The Path and releasing it as a free trial, we made a brand new chapter, similar to parts of the game, but not the same. It should give you a free taste of the atmosphere of the game and be a good test for your computer’s ability to handle our technology.

In The Path - Prologue, you control the mysterious Girl in White. There’s a not a lot of gameplay in this demo. This should inform players looking for that sort of thing that The Path is perhaps not for them. It’s just about exploring the forest and pondering the sights.

Something strange seems to have happened. Did it really happen before the Red Girls visited the forest? How is that possible?
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iGame Radio Logo Contest Winner Announced
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iGame Radio recently announced the winner of the iGame Radio Logo Contest. Started in February, the contest called for artists and designers to create a logo for the iGame Radio podcast. After a one week public vote, Thomas Filipiak was declared the winner.

“I can’t thank everyone who participated in the contest enough,” said host Omaha Sternberg, “from the contestants to the sponsors to the public who voted. The logo of Thomas and his team will make a great addition to the iGame Radio design.”

"We’ve had much fun participating in the contest as a team,” said Thomas Filipiak, “and are very proud that our submission will be a part of something now even more cool to visit."

Thomas Filipiak and his team took first place for his submission #15. In second place was Jack Shiels for his submission #18, and Lincoln Green took third place for his submission #23. In a change to the original rules, the three top winners will share the prize package. All contestants will receive a free iGame Radio t-shirt from the iGame Radio Café Press store.

The logo contest brought together seven sponsors, twelve contestants, twenty-four logo submissions, and a prize package worth $770. The prize package features donations from sponsors MusicSkins, PopCap Games, Howling Moon Software, Creaceed, Griffin Technology, Codeweavers, and Omni Group. All submissions can be seen on the iGame Radio flickr site, accessible via the iGame Radio website.
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World Of Warcraft, StarCraft Receive Guinness World Records
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Representatives of the Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer’s Edition recently handed out awards at the E3 Expo, honoring gaming publishers which have set new records with their products. Blizzard Entertainment received two awards: Most Popular MMORPG for World of Warcraft's 11.6 million subscriber milestone, and Best Selling Strategy Game for StarCraft which has sold 9.5 million copies worldwide.

Guinness World Record recipients included Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Wii Sports, who received the record for the Best Selling Video Game with sales of 45.7 million to date.

Major Nelson and Mark Whitten from XBOX LIVE received the award for the Most Popular Online Console Gaming Service during Monday night’s Microsoft party. Xbox Live serves 20 million active subscribers to date, representing 67% of the total install base as of May 2009.

Blizzard Entertainment’s Mike Morhaime and Paul Sams accepted the records for World of Warcraft for the Most Popular MMORPG with a total of 11.6 million subscribers and Starcraft for being the Best Selling Strategy Game for a PC, selling 9.5 million copies worldwide.

Bethesda Softworks’ Lead Designer Todd Howard was awarded with the record for the Fastest-selling Multi Platform RPG after Fallout 3 sold over 4.7 million copies in its first week on sale from October 28th to November 4th 2008.

The entire Infinity Ward team were officially presented with the record for the Most Played Online Video Game as Call of Duty 4 has an excess of 15 million minutes played daily and the up and coming US band The Dares performed the First concert to Take Place Simultaneously in the Real and Virtual Worlds in SOE’s new massively multiplayer game Free Realms

In addition Charles and Kai Huang of Red Octane received the accolade for the Best-selling Rhythm Game Series for Guitar Hero’s sales of in excess of 25 million copies.

An honorable mention goes out to Steve Wiebe who unsuccessfully tried to win back his Donkey Kong crown from Billy Mitchell. Guinness World Records and Twin Galaxies were on hand to witness the potential new record. Wiebe’s final score of 989, 400 points fell short of the 1,050,200 score achieved by Mitchell in 2007.

All of the publishers validated at this year’s show will make their mark on history and will be featured in the Guinness World Records 2010 Gamers Edition which will launch early next year. The book itself contains a comprehensive guide to gaming and will feature the latest gaming records, the history behind gaming, and interviews with key figures in the industry.
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The Sims 3 Reviewed
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Hooked Gamers has posted a new review of the recently released The Sims 3. The game adds customizable personalities, goal oriented gameplay, movie creation and editing, and an online community to the familiar lifesim formula. Hooked Gamers gave The Sims 3 a score of 8 out of 10.

From the review

The Sims 3’s biggest feature is the ability to walk about town freely without any load times. You can make friends with other Sims, go see a movie, eat at a restaurant, visit the ghosts at the cemetery, and work out at the gym without encountering a single load screen. This is an excellent new feature, which adds variety to the gameplay and makes your town feel like a living, breathing place rather than a bunch of broken up sections. It makes you look forward to going out, rather than fearing it. It comes at a price, though. The frame rate stutters a lot when you zoom out too far and when there is a lot going on it takes over 20 seconds just to save your game, no matter how few the changes you have made since you last did.

Character customization is mostly the same as before, but you have a lot more control over your character’s muscles and weight, as well as their clothes. You can now customize colors for your Sim’s hair and clothes, and even add textures, then edit them as well. It adds a lot of freedom and room for creativity, and it is really easy and fun to use. The main new feature with The Sims 3’s character creator is the aforementioned trait system, which allows you to choose five unique traits for your Sim, then choose a lifetime want. For example, you can make them a natural born cook, or a bookworm, or a great kisser. But because The Sims isn’t about winning, but rather about writing an interesting story, you can also give your Sim negative traits, like clumsy, or unlucky. The trait system allows you to create completely unique Sims, and because of the endless possibilities, it is what will keep you coming back again and again.
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Mac Games News for Friday, June 5, 2009

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