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Kivi's Underworld Goes Multiplayer
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Soldak Entertainment has announced a multiplayer expansion for the casual action RPG, Kivi's Underworld. The expansion allows players to join with others either online or over a LAN connection. Set in the same world as Depths of Peril, Kivi's Underworld challenges players to adventure as one of 20 unlockable character classes against a variety of dangerous foes.

It all starts after a mining expedition, led by Kivi (a young lumen warrior), ventured into unknown territory, and opened a pathway to a deadly race. Dark elves decimated them. Kivi is the lone survivor, yet no one believes him about the new threat, since dark elves are just a myth. Kivi was there; he saw. The dark elves are real and his people are in great danger. Reluctantly, Kivi realizes that it is up to him.
Playing as Kivi or any of his companions, you leave the safety of the protected, underground cities to rebuild the lost city of Defiance, recruit more lumen to your cause, and defeat this growing dark elf threat, before they destroy your homeland and all of your kind. The fate of the lumen is in your hands. Can you save the lumen people?
Although very easy to learn, mastering Kivi's Underworld is a different matter. With a fast pace, twenty playable characters, tons of powerups, many monsters using unique tactics and skills, numerous deadly traps, and multiple difficulty levels, even an expert player will be challenged.
System Requirements For The Multiplayer Expansion:
Mac Minimum specs:
• OS X 10.4 or 10.5
• 1.2 GHz processor (PowerPC or Intel)
• 128MB RAM
• GeForce 2 (or other equivalent)
• 100MB of hard drive space
• DSL or better internet connection (for internet games)

Mac Recommended specs:
• 2.0 GHz processor (PowerPC or Intel)
• 256MB RAM
• GeForce 3 or better (or other equivalent)
The Kivi's Underworld Multiplayer expansion costs $9.99. For more information about the game follow the link below.

Kivi's Underworld Multiplayer Expansion
Soldak Entertainment
Kivi's Underworld

Apple Games Features Out Of The Park Baseball X
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games latest feature takes a swing at Out of the Park Baseball X, the latest incarnation in the sports series. The article includes a sample game season showcasing the game's features, a list of what's new in the latest version, and a rundown of historical seasons players might want to try.

Out of the Park Baseball X allows you to easily import leagues from OOTP 9 and versions 6.5 or 6.12. (To import files from other versions, use the demo version of OOTP 9 to convert a file to that format, and then import that file into version X.) Improvements found in the latest edition lead off with revamped artificial intelligence and even better play-by-play, complete with thousands of new lines of play description.

Next up is a redesigned pitching system that features individual pitch ratings and a reworked endurance system. Now pitchers can improve certain pitches or lose effectiveness with others, forcing you to modify their approach. Injuries are also more realistic, with the possibility that players will suffer setbacks during their recovery, and each minor league team now has its own disabled list too.

During games, you can customize what you see by activating the widgets option and moving the information boxes around the screen. Between games and seasons, salary arbitration and free agent compensation have been adjusted so they more closely parallel what happens in real life, where players can make salary demands and teams can agree to the terms or ask an arbitrator to make a decision. Free agency can complicate those situations, and that’s reflected in OOTP X too.

There’s plenty more for baseball aficionados to enjoy, including the ability to enter player statistics and automatically convert them into ratings, improvements to the look and feel of the interface, performance enhancements to the game speed, and more.
Head over to the page below to read the full article.

Apple Games: Out Of The Park Baseball X
Out Of The Park Baseball X
OOTP Developments
Out Of The Park Baseball X

Vogel Continues Discussion Of Addiction Based Game Design
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Jeff Vogel has released a second part to his recent View From The Bottom developer column. The article continues his discussion of the methods game developers use to tap into the addictive tendencies of players, and whether or not such addictive gameplay is truly evil.

And, now that I've done as well as I can illustrating this aspect of game design, I have to ask the big question: Is it bad? Is it something that "good" designers resist?

No. We should understand what is going on and notice it when it's happening, but trying to addict your players is not inherently a bad thing. In moderation, the grind/reward cycle is like alcohol ... Pleasant, in moderation. The sense of achievement when gaining a level, or, you know, an Achievement, is real. It is odd that it's so satisfying, but it is satisfying, and we designer would be foolish to ignore it. Heck, I write role-playing games, a genre that is almost entirely founded on the grind/reward cycle.

But, like Spider-Man, we should use our powers for good and not for evil. If we want to write innovative games that further the genre and take it more in the direction of an art form, we have to make games that are more than just examples of some experiment where a mouse hits a lever and makes food pellets fall out. In my ideal world, it would be one color in our palette, nothing more.
Visit the page below to read more.

The Bottom Feeder: Addiction Based Game Design 2
Spiderweb Software

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Tribal Trouble 2 Launched
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Oddlabs has announced that Tribal Trouble 2, the web based sequel to the company's real time strategy game of Vikings versus Islanders, is now out of beta. TT 2 allows gamers to play directly from the website and features a sales model designed "to fit pockets of all sizes."

Tribal Trouble 2 is a fast-paced realtime strategy game set in the wacky Viking age where pillaging and plundering were everyone's favorite pastimes! Create you own Viking chieftain (or chieftess), sail quests to foreign places, challenge other online players to battle and then go spend your loot on more Viking gear!
Learn more about the game at the website linked below.

Tribal Trouble 2

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