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Monday, January 11, 2010

New Items Sets Available For The Sims 3
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

An update on The Sims 3 website has revealed the release of new items for sale in The Sims store. The new sets are Gothique, Old Town: Starter Kit, Fancifcul Fashions & Hairstyles, Lunar New Year, and a free Valentine's Day themed set.

What better way to begin the new year than with EXCLUSIVE new sets for your Sims! Check out the latest sets - Gothique, Old Town: Starter Kit, Fanciful Fashions & Hairstyles, Lunar New Year, and FREE Happy Valentines presents!

Old Town: Starter Kit
The notes of a saxophonist might be heard spicing up Old Town amongst buildings that reference the colonial architecture of New Orleans. The Sims Historical Preservation Society (SHPS) is proud to restore these much-loved classics so that future generations can enjoy them.

Fanciful Fashion & Hairstyles
For those who want to be out all night or just love the night these head-to-toe ensembles are perfect for every fantastic occasion.

Year of the Tiger
Celebrate the beginning of a Lunar New Year with this set of auspicious objet d'arts.

Eye of the Bolder Ď10"
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder but there is so much to behold and so much to love in celebrating Valentines Day in Sims style.
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The Sims 3 Item Sets
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The Sims 3 World Adventures Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld has posted a new review of The Sims 3:World Adventures expansion for the popular sim game. WA gives players the chance to take their sims to a variety of exotic locales around the world where they can engage in a number of life changing adventures. Macworld gave the expansion a score of 3.5 out of 5.

From the review:

Going into the crypt was fun the first time and really shows off the tools that have been created to build a fully interactive world. The dungeons are far from scary and are only rarely dangerous, but the customization and ability to create clever puzzles puts the tools on par with some fantasy RPGs. Iím sure there are people already out there who are creating Dungeons and Dragons maps using these tools.

Still, the dungeons are pretty generic looking, are often tiny, and donít provide much in the way of challenge. Youíll have to dig through bones to get a key, or swim into a pool to obtain it, or stand on a certain panel to unlock a door-pretty standard stuff. The ďmoving an objectĒ puzzle is common too, but not easily executed thanks to some awkward controls. I wanted to move a large statue to the left in order for it to cover the block I needed, but routinely the Sim was only given the object of moving it the opposite directions of where I wanted to go. The small yellow directional indicator that appears during this movement interface needs to be overhauled.
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Macworld: The Sims 3 World Adventures Review
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Exploring City Of Heroes' Mission Architect Tools
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Escapist has posted a new article on the Mission Architect, a feature of NCSoft and Paragon Studio's superhero themed MMO, City of Heroes. The article offers comments from developers and players on the impact the tools have had on the game.

The Mission Architect tools are both robust and user-friendly, with the ability to add customized heroes as NPCs, choose from different settings like office buildings or caves and even instruct NPCs to call people out by name. For a storyteller/roleplayer who started out having to juggle playing multiple parts in a single evening and recruiting friends when she couldn't be in two places at once, this sort of automation is refreshing. Even better, once you publish a mission, it's available 24/7 all around the world, flatly resolving the common complaint of missed events due to time zone differences.

Authors not only use the Mission Architect to tell isolated stories, but flesh out and advance the backgrounds of characters or supergroups. Eric "Arch Mage" Recla, for example, creates weekly stories for his super group but still manages to sneak a bit of personal storytelling into his busy schedule.

"I have a villain that I try to tailor my missions around to make him seem larger than he actually is," says Recla. "It's hard to take over the world in this game, but it's easier to at least give the impression you're trying."
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Telltale Games May Release Entire Collection For Mac
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 10 comments

Citing a "very reliable confidential source," Gamertell recently revealed that Telltale Games may release its entire collection of game titles for Mac users this year, possibly as early as February. The company's current game lineup includes the Sam & Max series, Tales of Monkey Island, Strong Badís Cool Game for Attractive People, Bone, and Wallace and Gromitís Grand Adventures.

We have it from a very reliable, confidential source that Telltale Games may be planning to release its entire lineup of games to Macintosh very soon, possibly next month (February 2010).

The timing is perfect to coincide with the upcoming MacWord 2010, taking place February 9 through 13, 2010, at the Moscone Center in in San Francisco, CA (USA). An official announcement likely wonít be made until then.
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Mac Games News for Friday, January 8, 2010

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