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StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty Takes Flight Today
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the release of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the long awaited sequel to the still popular original. The real-time strategy game continues the story of the Terrans, Zerg, and Protoss with an expanded single player campaign, and features all new units and strategies for multiplayer fans to explore.

In the distant future, in the darkest reaches of space, the ghosts of the past whisper your name. You are Jim Raynor, a marshal-turned-rebel on a vigilante crusade to bring down the Dominion and its nefarious leader, Arcturus Mengsk. Haunted by betrayal and remorse, some believe you may have given up the fight. But you have promises to keep…and a need for vengeance that’s long overdue.

    Three Unique Races
    Whether you command the mysterious Protoss, the nomadic Terrans, or the ruthless Zerg, you must decide how to outwit or outgun the enemy in an unforgiving universe of intense strategic combat.
    New Units & Weapons
    Devise and deploy merciless strategies with over 30 new units and weapons at your command. Torch foes with the Hellion’s flamethrower, ambush adversaries with acid-spewing Banelings, or deploy the Void Ray’s prismatic beam to annihilate your enemies.
    Story Mode
    Lead Raynor’s Raiders in their quest for vengeance and glory as they burn a path across the galaxy. You choose which missions to take, which story lines to complete, and where to invest your hard-earned cash.
    Mega Multiplayer
    Wage unrelenting war on your friends and foes over the all-new Whether it’s your first time gaming online or you’re a multiplayer veteran,’s unrivaled AutoMatch technology makes sure it’s always a fair fight. The future of online social gaming
    Always Connected
    The new® is deeply integrated with StarCraft® II. Enjoy the benefits of connectivity as you create an online character, view detailed profiles, earn achievements, and much more. Unlock rewards to customize your experience on the battlefield.
    Competitive Arena
    Form up a party and experience our exclusive automatic matchmaking service, giving you a close match every time you play. Play solo or with friends, competitively or cooperatively, and get ranked in the all-new Leagues & Ladders system.
    Connecting The Community
    Set up your Blizzard social network on the new Connect with real-life friends, create your friends list, IM and voice chat inside and outside the game – even communicate cross-game with World of Warcraft® and future Blizzard titles!
Minimum System Requirements:
  • Mac® OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.2 or newer
  • Intel® Processor
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT or ATI Radeon® X1600 or better
  • 12 GB available HD space
  • 2 GB Ram
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Broadband Internet connection
  • 1024X720 minimum display resolution
Recommended Specifications:
  • Intel® Core 2 Duo processor
  • 4 GB system RAM
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600M GT or ATI Radeon® HD 4670 or better
StarCraft II: Wings of LIberty is available for $59.99. Follow the links below to learn more.

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StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
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Sanctioned Renegades Public Beta Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The independent development team behind Sanctioned Renegades recently announced the release of a new public beta version of the brower based multiplayer first person shooter. The game is designed for both Macs and Windows PCs and offers a destructible 3D world and a variety of weapons.

The game features state of the art graphics inside a fully destructible 3D world, with an array of semi-realistic weapons (including rifles, scopes, grenades and rocket-launchers) as well as the next generation of browser-based technology targeted towards modern Mac and PC computers.

As always, all of the games created by our team are completely FREE (even after they complete the public beta testing process). We are not looking to make any profit, but instead are interested in pushing the current gaming technology as far as it would go in order to set new standards in browser-based gaming.
Check out the link below for more information.

Sanctioned Renegades

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BlizzCast 14 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has released the fourteenth BlizzCast, a series of podcasts created by Blizzard's Community Team and focusing on the company's current and future game offerings. Number fourteen focuses on the release of StarCraft II with comments from Dustin Browder and Chris Sigaty.

Kevin Yu: Challenge mode is another new feature added to the game. [Editors' Note: Challenge mode is now called Challenge Missions.] Having challenge mode maps, what was the intention, the design goal for that, and how do you think that will play out in the community as far as helping people out.

Chris Sigaty: Challenge mode is something we've talked about in the past, but I think it's one of the most exciting features that we have in the game from my perspective because I feel like we've finally admitted that single player, the campaign itself, does not teach you how to play online, it does not teach you to be a good multiplayer player. And I think challenges are an attempt to bridge that gap and give players the opportunity to learn some of the things that they weren't paying very close attention to in the campaign. The campaign does teach you some basics, it teaches you that you have to build up units, that you have to acquire resources, but it doesn't tell you how to do that well. And in fact, we really tried to stay away from it because you're already overwhelmed. There's so much to learn there, we're throwing a lot at you with new things in the campaign, with a lot of player choice in there, so we don't want to get you caught up into these things like, “How many workers should you have harvesting minerals or gathering gas?”. In putting challenges in there, they start to get into the specifics and let people understand what they may want to be paying attention to when they get up into competitive play, so, super excited about seeing that do its job hopefully here after launch.

Dustin Browder: Right, yeah it definitely gives players an opportunity to learn the things they need to learn. So it gives them a chance to practice some of these things as well, but more importantly it exposes a wide group of players to some of the basics that maybe they didn't understand. The importance of resource gathering, how powerful it can be if you will use hotkeys. How much more dangerous you can be if you understand some of the basic unit counters in the game. It won't turn a brand new player into a diamond player by any stretch, that's not its goal, but it will give you a view into the world of competitive gaming and give you some ideas as to the kinds of skills that you need to work on and give you a chance to practice some of those skills. But it will give you a view of those types of skills and give you some practice with those skills to get you online so that you can one day become a much better player.
Check out the latest BlizzCast at the page below.

BlizzCast Episode 14
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The Sims 3: Ambitions Reviewed
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RealGamer has posted a new review of The Sims 3: Ambitions, the second expansion pack for The Sims 3. The add-on allows players to pursue a variety of paths and careers in their Sims’ lives that in turn "affect their overall gameplay experience and neighborhood." RealGamer gave the game a score of 7 out of 10.

From the review:

The Sims 3: Ambitions is centred around the world of work and offers a host of new careers such as Fire-fighter, Architect, Ghost-Hunter, Private Investigator, Stylist and Doctor and rather than just waving your Sims off to work each morning, you now get to go with them and control their actions throughout their working day.

Ambitions comes with a brand new neighbourhood (TwinBrook) so to test the new features, I created a new family here. Besides the usual addition of a few new clothes and hairstyles, Ambitions also brings with it a small collection of new character traits in which to bless/curse your Sim with, some of which relate to the new careers (for instance, the brave trait goes well with the fire-fighter profession whilst the “perceptive” trait fits in nicely with the private investigator career and others just add a little depth to the Sims characters such as “dramatic” and “eco-friendly”. Other traits include “savvy sculptor”, “born salesman/woman” and “eccentric.”

Besides the new careers, Ambitions also adds new skills and hobbies, including inventing, sculpting and tattooing and Sims skilled in these areas, as well as fishing, gardening, photography and writing can even take themselves down to the town hall and register themselves as self employed!
The full review is available from the website linked below.

RealGamer: The Sims 3 Ambitions Review
Electronic Arts
The Sims 3: Ambitions

Mac Games News for Monday, July 26, 2010

Assassin's Creed 2, Splinter Cell Conviction Coming To Macs6:00 AM
EU: Rome Gold, Hearts Of Iron III: Semper Fi Released Today6:00 AM
Gratuitous Space Battles For Mac Nearing Completion6:00 AM
Vera Blanc: Ghost In The Castle Officially Announced6:00 AM
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