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Friday, March 12, 2010

The Secret Of Monkey Island: SE Pre-Order Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Aspyr Media has added Lucasarts' The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition for Mac to GameAgent, its digital download store. Currently available for pre-order the game is a "reimagining" of the original 1990 game, updated with contemporary art, remastered music, full voiceover, and a new hint system.

The Secret of Monkey Island™: Special Edition faithfully re-imagines the internationally-acclaimed classic game (originally released in 1990) for original and new audiences alike. The game is brought into the modern era with an all new re-imagined contemporary art style, a re-mastered musical score, full voiceover, and an in-depth hint system to help players through the game’s side-splitting puzzles. Purists will also delight in the ability to seamlessly switch between the updated hand-drawn re-imagining and the original classic version.

The game's twisty plot leads our naive hero on a hilarious, swash-buckling search for the fabled secret of Monkey Island. Tales of pirate wealth lure him to the port of Mêlée with high hopes, no money, and insatiable curiosity. If clever enough, he will win the confidence of Mêlée's pirates and find himself blown by the winds of fate toward the terrifying and legendary Monkey Island -- an adventure that would chill the bones of even the most bloodthirsty buccaneer.

Relive the swashbuckling humorous misadventures of the wannabe pirate Guybrush Threepwood

  • Go on a daring adventure in your attempt to become the most infamous pirate in the Caribbean
  • Win the heart of the beautiful governor, Elaine Marley
  • Along the way, confront the evil ghost pirate, LeChuck
Play it again for the first time
  • All new re-imagined contemporary art style, hand-drawn to feature animation quality
  • Re-mastered music score presented in full orchestrated detail
  • Complete voice over using the original Monkey Island™ franchise cast brings the story and characters of the original adventures to life like never before
  • Scene-for-scene hot swap allows for seamless transition between special edition and classic modes anywhere and at any time
Includes all new features
  • All new intuitive game interface and controls provide a more interactive gameplay experience
  • In-game puzzle hint system keeps the puzzles fresh and fun
Minimum System Requirements:
    Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard) | Processor: Intel chipset | CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz or faster | Memory: 512 MB or higher | Hard Disk Space: 2 GB free disk space | Video Card (ATI): Radeon X1600 | Video Card (NVidia): GeForce 7300 | Video Memory (VRam): 128 MB | Media Required: DVD Drive | Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard or Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller.
    Supported Video cards: NVIDIA GeForce® 7300, 7600, 7800, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120, Quadro FX 4500, ATI Radeon X1600, X1900, HD 2400, HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850
    NOTICE: Intel® integrated video chipsets are not supported.
    NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
    NOTICE: Apple Intel® Chipsets only. Power PC Processors (G4 and G5) are not supported
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition for Mac is scheduled to release this Spring and costs $9.99 to pre-order. Click over to the links below to learn more.

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WarBirds: Dogfights Digital Download Available
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story has announced the digital download release of Warbirds: Dogfights for the Macintosh. The game is an action-air combat game that puts players in the cockpit of the greatest World War II air combat planes during the pivotal battles of the war. The game was developed and published by iEntertainment Network.

The game features the ability to engage in dogfights as a member of either the Allies or Axis powers, more than 100 realistically modeled WWII aircraft and realistic game environments from both the European and Pacific battle theaters of WWII. In addition, players can expect constant diversity in mission play and deep replay value via a dynamic game engine and access to one-month of free playing time for the classic massive multiplayer online game, WarBirds.

In WarBirds: Dogfights players can take to the air as a member of either the Allies or Axis powers in the historic air battles in both the European and Pacific theaters of WWII. Once ready to log some time in live fire combat scenarios they choose one of three levels of pilot expertise: Rookie, Pilot, or the highly skilled Ace, as they take off in one of more than 100 historically accurate aircraft. Gameplay environments included in the game are historical recreations of WWII areas of England, Europe, and North Africa, including cities like London, Paris, and Berlin.

Also present are areas representing Pacific battle campaigns, the battle for the Philippines, Midway and more. The game features more than 40 base combat missions, as well as dynamic mission generation functionality which ensures virtually unlimited mission play options in single player mode. In each battle the player can score points, build rank, and acquire medals to compete for the coveted title of WGFP - Worlds' Greatest Fighter Pilot in the air battles of WWII.

Key Game Features:
  • Aerial combat simulation featuring all the great dogfighting battles of World War II
  • Dynamic mission generator in single player, ensuring that no two missions are ever the same
  • Over 100 realistically modeled World War II aircraft and the ability to fly for the Axis or Allies in a full campaign for victory
  • Every mission is scored for kills and mission success, allowing players to win rank and medals in a quest to be the World's Greatest Fighter Pilot (WGFP)
  • Unlock bonus missions by racking up successful mission accomplishments, and enjoy new bonus missions downloadable every 120 days
  • The single player campaign can also be used as a gateway to the world famous massively multiplayer online game WarBirds through the free month's worth of playing time included
System Requirements:
  • Mac OS X version 10.4.11 or later
  • 1GHz PowerPC G4 or Intel processor
  • 256MB of RAM (512MB recommended)
  • 128MB video RAM
Warbirds: Dogfights is available immediately as a digital download purchase through and Mac Games Arcade. The full version costs $29.95 (USD).

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Razer Committed To Mac Users
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

At this year's Game Developers Conference, Razer, a manufacturer of high-end precision gaming and lifestyle peripherals, announced an effort to increase support for Mac users by issuing driver support for all upcoming Razer products, including the Razer StarCraft II peripheral suite.

“I’m very proud to say that at Razer, we are committed to supporting both Mac and PC gamers,” said Robert “Razerguy” Krakoff, president, Razer USA. “We are constantly working to increase driver support for Mac with our existing Razer products and have plans to release all of our new products with dedicated Mac and PC drivers. This is a really exciting opportunity to expand the gaming industry and make it more inclusive for Mac users by providing the same level of support that we give to our PC users.”

In April of 2008, the Razer DeathAdder™ for Mac was revealed, crafted specifically to provide Max OS X users with the same legendary ergonomic form factor and precision enjoyed by the PC gaming community. Complete with lunar white accents to accentuate the crisp, clean lines customary to Apple® products, the Razer DeathAdder for Mac is loaded with 1000Hz Ultrapolling™ technology and five independently programmable Razer Hyperesponse™ buttons.

Today, Razer is proud to offer several options for the Mac gaming community, providing full Mac support for the Razer Naga™, the world’s best selling MMO gaming mouse, as well as the Razer DeathAdder, a cult favorite among the right-handed gaming community. Razer is completely committed to supporting Mac users and will be releasing drivers to equip existing products with Mac compatibility. Basic Mac support is already available for the Razer Orochi™, Razer Mamba™ and Razer Imperator™, with further updates scheduled for later this year.
Follow the links below for more information.

DeathAdder - Mac Edition

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Namco Unveils UniteSDK Crossplatform Tech
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Namco Networks has announced the launch of Pool Pro Online 3, the first of a series of games using UniteSDK, Namco’s proprietary technology that provides cross-platform play. PPO3 and some future Namco titles will allow gamers to connect with players on a variety of platforms.

According to Jonathan Kromrey, general manager of apple games for Namco Networks, “This is only the beginning of where we are going as a company. Over the next several months, we will roll out a series of other features and games that are powered by UniteSDK, including tournaments for Pool Pro Online 3.”

“Allowing gamers with the option to play anywhere, anytime and on multiple platforms will be a true milestone for Namco Networks—wanting to play a friend that has an iPhone when someone only has a PC will no longer be a prohibiting factor,” stated Kirby Fong, executive producer of web development and online gaming community at Namco Networks. “UniteSDK allows Namco and in the near future, external developers, to create games that provide cross platform and cross game social community.”

Pool Pro Online 3 gives pool fans an opportunity to play friends online anywhere in the world in 8-ball, 9-ball and Snooker. In this 3D game, individuals can make in-game wagers against their opponent and use the winnings to purchase table felts, cue sticks and new pool halls. The iPhone and iPod touch version offers simple and intuitive controls allowing players to set up shots quickly, easily and precisely. Through the power of UniteSDK, players log-in using their device and receive instant access to multiple online features, including:

· Friends list to make it easy to find and challenge friends
· Global Leaderboards to share scores with people around the world
· Achievements to track accomplishments and share them with friends on Facebook
· Chat with opponents in real time
Pool Pro Online 3 will be available for PC, iPad, Mac, Android, Java, BREW, RIM and Windows Mobile in the coming months. Other iPhone and iPod touch games that are powered by UniteSDK and coming out this month include PAC-MAN and Ms. PAC-MAN.

Learn more about Namco and UniteSDK at the links below.

Namco Games

Mac Games News for Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fallen Earth Mac Beta Announced, xScape Platform Unveiled6:00 AM
Gas Powered Games' Future Mac Development Plans6:00 AM
New Diablo III Screenshots Available6:00 AM
Team Fortress 2 Mac Q&A6:00 AM
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