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Vera Blanc: Full Moon Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Winter Wolves has announced the release of Vera Blanc: Full Moon, the first installment in the Vera Blanc game series. In Full Moon players take the role of Vera Blanc, a young woman with the power to read minds, who must deal with a werewolf in a mysterious German town. Episodes in the series will follow Vera and Brandon, her paranormal detective partner, as they investigate cases involving supernatural creatures like werewolves, vampires, zombies, and ghosts.

“Vera Blanc is not the average blonde stereotype you find in most games or movies. She isn't the damsel in distress or the infallible femme fatale. Although she has the ability to read minds, she's still vulnerable like any other human. In this first installment, she'll face off against a werewolf. Even with a supernatural foe, you'll need cunning and common sense to find out the werewolf's true identity and how to deal with the beast” - said Celso Riva, game designer/programmer of the game.

Take on the role of Vera Blanc, a young and beautiful woman with an extraordinary power: the ability to read other people's minds! Daughter of Emmanuel Blanc, one of the richest people on Earth, she left her life of luxury to use her powers to work alongside paranormal detective Brandon Mackey.

In this first episode, our heroine travels to a mysterious town in Germany deep in the Black Forest. A serial killer is on the loose, and all leads point to a werewolf as the culprit!

The game plays like an adventure game or visual novel, but you'll have to make frequent choices and play several minigames that will influence the course of the story. The minigames range from the classic "spot the difference," to the more unique challenges like guessing a phrase in order to read someone's mind.
Vera Blanc: Full Moon requires Mac OS 10.4 or higher, a 1.2 Ghz CPU, and 256 MB RAM. The full version costs $19.99. A demo is available at the site below.

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WoW: Cataclysm Enters Closed Beta Testing Phase
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Blizzard Entertainment has announced that the closed beta test for Cataclysm, its upcoming new expansion for World of Warcraft, has begun. Cataclysm will allow players to adventure as two new playable races, bring their characters to level 85, take on challenging quests and dungeons in all-new zones, and experience dramatic changes to familiar aspects of the game in the wake of a world-shattering disaster.

"Our focus with Cataclysm has been to build on the knowledge we've gained through the previous expansions to deliver the best, most compelling World of Warcraft content for our players to date," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "Gathering focused feedback during the beta test will go a long way in helping us reach that goal when we launch Cataclysm later this year."

Cataclysm is the third expansion for World of Warcraft, the most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game in the world. The first two expansions, The Burning Crusade® and Wrath of the Lich King®, each shattered PC game sales records upon their release. In Cataclysm, the face of Azeroth will be forever altered by the return of the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing. Players will explore once-familiar areas of the world that have now been reshaped by the devastation and filled with new adventures. In an effort to survive the planet-shattering cataclysm, two new playable races -- worgen and goblins -- will join the struggle between the Alliance and the Horde. As players journey to the new level cap of 85, they'll discover newly revealed locations, acquire new levels of power, and come face to face with Deathwing in a battle to determine the fate of the world.
For more information on World of Warcraft: Cataclysm visit the links below.

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Apple Games Features OnLive
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Apple Games has posted a new feature article exploring OnLive, the new "cloud gaming" service which promises to do away with hardware upgrades and platform requirements for those with broadband internet connections. The article includes commentary from OnLive CEO Steve Perlman about the new service.

His team eventually figured out low latency video compression, but they had to add two tricks along the way, one high-tech and the other straight out of a psychology textbook. “The problem is, data on the Internet doesn’t always take the most direct route, which adds latency, so each of our data centers has lots of connections,” Perlman explains. “Then we figure out which one will deliver the data stream to you via the quickest, most direct route.”

He adds: “The thing we can’t control, though, is data packet loss. Unlike, say, streaming a movie trailer, we don’t get a second chance to grab a dropped data packet. So we’ve had to rely on some psychophysical tricks to conceal those errors so you don’t notice them.”

Each game added to OnLive also gets a final tune-up with algorithms adapted to its style of play — “A first-person shooter is much different from a driving game,” notes Perlman — and advice from outside the company. “We bring in experts,” Perlman says. “Sometimes, it’s members of the original development team, but often it’s simply someone who is really good at that game. They let us know if it plays the way it should.”
Visit the site below to read the full article.

Apple Games: OnLive

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Eschalon: Book II Last Basilisk Game To Support PPC
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

In a short post on the official forums Basilisk Games has announced that its recently released RPG, Eschalon: Book II will be the last of the company's games to support PowerPC based Macintosh computers. EB II is the second in a planned trilogy of role playing games inspired by classics in the genre.

Eschalon: Book II will be the last game we support on the PowerPC-based Macintosh. Sorry- some of the development software we use won't work with PPC anymore.
The company also recently released a Mac beta version of the 1.04 patch for EB II. Learn more about the game at the links below.

Basilisk Games: The End Is Nigh For PPC
Eschalon Book II 1.04 Beta Information
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Eschalon: Book II
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Aspyr Unveils $30 Family Fun Bundle, Jedi Joke Contest6:00 AM
Diablo II Turns Ten6:00 AM
Golden Trails: The New Western Rush Now Available6:00 AM
Nancy Drew: Trail Of The Twister Debuts6:00 AM
X3: Reunion OS X Native Port Released6:00 AM
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