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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Sims 3: Fast Lane Stuff Pack Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

EA has announced the upcoming release of the Fast Lane Stuff Pack for the company's popular The Sims 3. The new pack will include four different lifestyle options each with unique items for Sims including fashions, home furnishings, and vehicles. Players will also be able to create "the ultimate garage" for their new vehicles.

Buckle your seatbelts and take a ride with the windows down.

As the first stuff pack dedicated to vehicles and the fast-lane lifestyle, The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff pack allows you to choose from four different lifestyle options: racing, intrigue, rockabilly and classic luxury. Each one offers unique items to outfit your Sims with the newest fashions, home furnishings and vehicles. Now your Sim can create the ultimate garage where they can store their hot rod, professional racing car or even their motorcycle. For example you can give them a sponsor-laden racing jumpsuit, neon wall sign, trophy case, workbenches, tool boxes and loads more! Give them the ride they’ve always dreamed of, and the lifestyle to go along with it. With The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff pack, create the ultimate experience for the car enthusiast in you.

Features :
  • Create any Sims you can imagine! Design your ultimate Sim by choosing up to five traits and numerous body characteristics in the Create-a-Sim feature. Customize your Sims body type, facial features, hair styles, and more. Create an evil, handsome, ripped kleptomaniac that wreaks havoc on those around.
  • Control your Sims’ destinies. From a rock star or world leader to an expert thief, you choose whether or not to pursue the Lifetime Wish of your Sim. Choose whether to fulfill their destiny, giving them a lifetime of happiness and rewards—or not and be devious!
  • Customize everything! You are the designer! From clothing to houses, customize patterns, colors, or create any house you can imagine. Customize any aspect of your Sims' style…even down to the style and color of their shoes!
  • Be the Director of your Sims’ movies! Never before have you been able to make your own movie with a cast, a set, soundtrack, a story and editing without leaving the game. Make a movie with the Create-a-Movie tool and share it with the world!
  • Connect, Share and Shop! Register with The Sims 3 online community and receive a second town, as well as 1,000 SimPoints to be used at The Sims 3 Store. Show off your creations from Sims to houses. Download exclusive content and hear the latest news of The Sims 3 world first.
The Fast Lane Stuff Pack is scheduled to release this fall. Follow the links below to learn more.

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Portal 2 E3 Demo Footage Released This Week
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Valve Software has published the first part of demo footage from Portal 2 seen at this year's E3 event. The first installment introduces gamers to Wheatley, a Personality Sphere and a new character in the game. The full seven episode series will be released during this week.

Check out the new trailer at the link below.

Portal E3 Trailer Part 1
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StarCraft II: The Story
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gamasutra has posted a new interview with Blizzard Entertainment's Brian Kindregan about the company's upcoming sci-fi RTS sequel, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. The game's lead writer discussed his own history, the differences between Bioware and Blizzard, and the challenge to deliver a storyline fans of the StarCraft universe will enjoy.

StarCraft 2 will pick up a few years after the end of Broodwar and will follow the story of Jim Raynor and the Terrans.

Blizzard is one of the studios that is particularly notorious for doing really extensive playtesting to make sure mechanics are absolutely tuned. Is there any equivalent to that with writing? Writing is a much more amorphous skill than, for example playtest balance. How do you gauge what you've done at Blizzard?
BK: There are a number of checks and balances for that. The first is finding a group of people whose opinions and instincts you really respect. Certainly for me, working with Dustin Browder and Chris Metzen and a whole host of other really talented people is a really nice luxury because I can throw ideas at them, and they throw ideas back to me. If I throw a lame idea at them, I will definitely hear back that it's lame within about three seconds, which is good. So, you get that creative flow back and forth, and I think everything just gets better and better.

And then on top of that, Blizzard is a place where every voice matters. I certainly hear from everyone across the spectrum internally about what's working and what's not. It behooves everyone in the storytelling part of the team to consider every opinion.

How much are you thinking about the two further expansions, or sequels, or whatever they are?
BK: We're going full speed on them. We're talking about them, hammering out details, but really still looking at "big picture" stuff. It's exciting. [laughs]
Check out the page below to read the full Q&A.

Gamasutra: StarCraft II Lead Writer Q&A
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City Of Heroes: Going Rogue History
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

NCsoft and Paragon Studios have updated the website for Going Rogue, the upcoming expansion for its super hero themed MMO, City of Heroes. The update this time offers the history behind the mysterious Praetoria.

Praetoria, humankind's last and best chance for survival, shines like a beacon of hope across an embattled world. Emperor Cole established this stronghold to protect the lives of his people and to provide a safeguard in which to plan the defeat of humanity's greatest enemy. Though much was lost in the Hamidon Wars, both in lives and land, Emperor Cole built the capital of Praetoria into a safe haven where the citizens of the Empire can live in peace and prosperity. While the rest of the Empire struggles to meet its obligations to the Emperor for the safety he provides, the citizens of the capital city enjoy abundance, security, and opportunity so that their dreams, and the dreams of their Empire, can be realized.

Praetoria had its genesis in the ascension of Marcus Cole as the world's prime guardian. No one will ever forget how very close the human race came to annihilation in those dark years before Emperor Cole's rise to glory, or how the very earth itself turned against humanity at the command of the renegade scientist, Doctor Hamidon. The misguided leaders of the world sought to beat back the Devouring Earth with nuclear fire to no avail. Only through Emperor Cole's intervention was the world saved. In gratitude for his efforts, the people of the world chose him as their sole guardian, forever turning their backs on the archaic notions of nation-states or ethnic identities. From then on, they were citizens of the Empire--they were Praetorians.
Click over to the page linked below to read the rest.

Going Rogue: History of Praetoria
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Mac Games News for Monday, June 28, 2010

IMG Reviews Jolly Rover12:57 PM Announces 30% Off Sale On Over 1000 Games12:20 PM
Civilization IV Dev Diary Available6:00 AM
Puzzle Agent Trailer Released6:00 AM
Sam & Max Episode 2 Reviewed6:00 AM
Vendetta Online Updated6:00 AM
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