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Monday, May 10, 2010

Review An Aspyr Title, Get A Free Game
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Aspyr Media recently announced the release of The NonBlog for its Game Agent digital download service. In an effort to encourage readers to submit game reviews for its Mac titles the company is offering a free game for submissions. The NonBlog site features content such as developer diaries, hardware reviews, and insider tips.

The intent of the Mac Game Review portion of our NonBlog is to provide gamer feedback on any and all Mac games. Old, new, independent or studio developed, the only requirement is that it must be a Mac game. We’ll do our best not to censor as long as you do your best to write like your momma’ raised you to (you know what I’m saying – no potty mouth).

If you’re a Mac gamer and you’re ready to review there are a few things to keep in mind.
  1. Keep it simple. The most important thing is to have fun!
  2. NO SPOILERS. Remember, no matter how old the game, there are still folks who haven’t played it yet and may be thinking of playing.
  3. The review must be a .doc (word) file. If you cannot provide a .doc file, then just copy and paste your review in to the body of your email upon submission.
  4. We like screen shots that coincide with reviews but they are not required. If you choose to provide screen shots they must be a jpeg. A maximum of 3 screen shots can be used.
  5. Great reviews will be selected as our featured review and as thanks you’ll get a Mac game of your choice from
  6. We’re not going to post anything that’ll get us sued
Check out the page below for more information.

The Game Agent NonBlog: Games For Reviews
Aspyr Media

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Din's Curse Mod SDK Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Soldak Entertainment has released a software development kit (SDK) for the Mac version of the company's action RPG, Din's Curse. The release gives interested gamers the chance to produce mods for the game. Din's Curse features 141 possible class combinations, an infinite number of dynamically generated towns, and a game world directly impacted by player choices.

We encourage anyone that wants to make mods for Din's Curse to go right ahead. If your mod is good enough, we will even link over to it from this page. We just have a few simple ground rules:
  • The mod cannot contain any of the material from the game or demo (this means no material from the game or demo can be distributed with the mod)
  • Cannot claim to be official content
  • Cannot be sold or used for any other commercial purpose
  • Cannot be specifically made to work with the demo or a pirated copy of the game
  • Link back to our website (
  • Soldak Entertainment, Inc. still owns all rights to Din's Curse properties
  • We reserve the right to take back these rights at any time if we feel that you are abusing our properties
Read more at the link below.

Din's Curse Mod SDK
Soldak Entertainment
Din's Curse
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WoW: Cataclysm Halls Of Origination Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has updated its official World of Warcraft: Cataclysm website with a preview of The Halls of Origination, a level-85 five-player dungeon set to debut with the release of the expansion. The new content includes new lore and artwork from the area.

As with Uldaman and Ulduar, Uldum houses one of only a few of the known titan constructions, the existence of which predates that of mortal life on Azeroth. For years historians have explored southern Kalimdor for a means of entry into this ancient titan land, searching for more evidence of Azeroth's origins. But the Cataclysm will change everything, for the façade behind which Uldum has been tucked for millennia will be ruptured, leaving powerful mysteries vulnerable to discovery by the bravest, smartest, or perhaps even most brutal explorers.

The Halls of Origination in Uldum is a level-85 five-player dungeon available in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, featuring an unparalleled journey through the timeless titan construction and seven unique boss fights. Hidden deep within its halls lies an ancient treasure that, if placed in the wrong hands, could endanger all life on Azeroth. Should players survive the perils of Uldum, they will be called to help Brann Bronzebeard unlock the mysteries within these treacherous titan halls and protect the titans' ancient secrets.
Visit the page below to read more.

WoW Cataclysm: Halls of Origination
Blizzard Entertainment
World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm

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Playing Team Fortress 2 And Portal On A Mac
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 10 comments

AppleInsider recently posted a preview of Team Fortress 2 and Portal, two games which will be available for Mac users from Valve Software's Steam gaming service once it is released on May 12th. The preview includes some screenshots of the games, as well as discussion of system requirements.

Just two titles are currently available on Steam for Mac, but luckily they are two of the most popular and best-reviewed titles available for the PC. Both Portal and Team Fortress 2 were originally released as part of Valve's bundle package, dubbed "The Orange Box," in 2007. Though they are more than two-and-a-half years old, the games are still graphic-intensive first-person titles that are still frequently played to this day.

On a 2008 MacBook Pro with a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM and a 512MB GeForce 8600M GT, both Source-based titles run well at a recommended 1152x720 pixel 16:10 widescreen resolution. With most textures and details on high and 2x antialiasing, both titles maintained steady framerates with only the occasional stutter, even on an older notebook.

Portal is a mind-melting puzzle title, in which the player uses a gun to open blue and orange portals that connect to one another. The portals have both a physical and visual connection between them, and users must strategically place these portals to overcome a series of obstacles, divided into a series of levels. The game also has an initially sparse story that gradually expands over the length of the game with a few twists and turns along the way. Though the game is short and can be completed in just a few hours, it's a rewarding and innovative title that earned many "Game of the Year" accolades soon after its initial release.
Head over to the site below to read more.

AppleInsider: Team Fortress 2 & Portal First Look
Valve Software

Mac Games News for Friday, May 7, 2010

Mishap: An Accidental Haunting Released4:01 PM
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse Ep. 2 Coming In A Few Weeks6:00 AM
Three New Din's Curse Monsters Added To Bestiary6:00 AM
Tripwire Shooters Coming To Macs Via Steam6:00 AM
Virtual Programming Bringing Supreme Commander 2 To Macs6:00 AM
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