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StarCraft II: Third Battle Report Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Blizzard Entertainment has released its promised third battle report for the upcoming StarCraft II. The new video features a battle between two game developers on a new 2 player map titled Scrapyard. The game showcases some of the units and abilities available to Zerg and Protoss players.

We have just released the third installment of our StarCraft II Battle Reports, a series of videos created for the official website in order to give you a closer look at the fast-paced, intense, and exciting-to-watch multiplayer matches of StarCraft II. In this latest battle report, youíll see two of Blizzard Entertainmentís best players go head-to-head as the zerg and protoss while our commentators, StarCraft II lead designer Dustin Browder and eSports team member Robert Simpson, dissect and analyze the on-screen action for you.
Click over to the Blizzplanet link below for more information about the battle report.

Blizzplanet: SC II Battle Report Three
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Constellation 1.2 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Paper Dragon Games has announced the release of Constellation 1.2. The game is an original space themed strategy board game designed for 2 to 4 human or AI players. Version 1.0 of the game took second place in the uDevGames competition earlier this year. Version 1.2 is the game's first release as a shareware title and features the addition of special planet types and series gameplay.

Constellation is a computerized strategy board game for 2 to 4 human or AI players. The combination of simple rules and complex strategy on randomly generated boards makes it infinitely replayable.

Its never the same game twice!

Constellation's gameplay is designed to be fast paced and simple to learn, but tricky to master. Randomly generated game boards make it infinitely replayable. Fans of the game have called Constellation addictive, and have compared it to such timeless games as Risk, Go, Othello, and Minesweeper.
Constellation is available for $6. Head over to the site below for more information.

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25 Free Cross-Platform Games
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Download Squad recently published a list of 25 free cross platform titles available for a variety of platforms including OS X. Some of the games included in the list are Battle for Wesnoth, FreeCiv, VDrift, Scourge, and Cube 2: Sauerbraten

Battle for Wesnoth - One of the best known open source games around, Wesnoth is an excellent fantasy-themed turn-based strategy game. There's plenty here to keep you busy - multiple campaigns and large maps, and online multiplayer for when you grow weary of playing on your own.

FreeCiv -Another cornerstone of open source gaming. Inspired by Sid Meier's classic series, FreeCiv challenges you to develop your civilization from primitive roots into a thriving, modern society. Multiplayer mode support up to 30 (yes, 30) players. With more than 100 playable nations and 29 translations, FreeCiv is a truly international Time Waster.

Scourge -Scourge bills their project as a "graphical Rogue-like game." If that's true, think of Rogue as the plate and Scourge as a multi-layer, fancily decorated cake piled atop it. It's packed with open source Dungeons and Dragons style action. The project has some ambitious goals and is looking for contributors - if you enjoy playing it and can offer your skills, find the team on the #scourge IRC channel on Freenode.

Check out the link below to view the full list.

Download Squad: 25 Awesome Cross-Platform Games You Can Download For Free

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince New Screens
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Worthplaying has posted a collection of new screenshots from the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The video game will follow the adventures of Harry in his sixth year at Hogwarts. It is scheduled to be released this summer at the same time as the film.

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemortís defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn't counted on Romilda Vaneís chocolates! And then thereís Hermione, simmering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

In the game of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, players will return to Hogwarts to help Harry survive a fraught sixth year. They will also have a chance to engage in exciting wizard duels, mix and brew magical ingredients in Potions class and take to the air to lead the Gryffindor Quidditch team to victory. Players may even get sidetracked by Ronís romantic entanglements as they journey towards a dramatic climax and discover the identity of the Half-Blood Prince.
Visit the page below to view the new screenshots.

Worthplaying: Harry Potter New Screens
Electronic Arts

Mac Games News for Monday, June 22, 2009

Black & White 2 Reviewed6:00 AM
City Of Heroes Trailer Available6:00 AM
Elven Legacy Examined6:00 AM
Introversion's Mark Morris And Chris Delay Interviewed6:00 AM
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