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City Of Heroes: Going Rogue Reactivation Weekend October 7
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NCSoft and Paragon Studios have announced an Account Reactivation weekend for the super hero themed MMO, City of Heroes. Starting on October 7, and continuing through October 10, NCSoft will allow gamers with inactive accounts to rejoin the game for the duration of the weekend event and enjoy the new features offered by the Going Rogue expansion.

It's time for another City of Heroes® Reactivation Weekend and this one is going to be better than ever! Why, you ask? Because old and new players alike will get a preview of the new content in City of Heroes Going Rogue™! For everyone's gaming pleasure, Praetoria will be accessible to ALL accounts in good standing whether they are brand new, have been reactivated or have remained active!

If you've let your City of Heroes account lapse, but would like to see what Going Rogue is like, we will reactivate your account for FREE. Because there is so much new content to explore, you're getting almost FIVE full days to experience it all!

Active and reactivated account holders will be able to try out our newest and most visually captivating power sets while discovering a brand new parallel world and the intestine struggle ripping apart its denizens behind those sterile Praetorian walls!
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City Of Heroes Account Reactivation Event
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Spiderweb Software Celebrates 15 Years Of Indie Gaming
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Spiderweb Software has announced that October marks the fifteenth anniversary of the indie game developer. Known for long running RPG series such as Avernum and Geneforge, the company recently revealed work has begun on an all new title, Avadon: The Black Fortress. To celebrate the anniversary Spiderweb is offering 25% off the price of its game collections and 10% off the price of everything else.

It was fifteen years ago that fledgling Indie game developer Spiderweb Software released its first game out into the wild. This was, by game industry standards, a long time ago. Back then, small developers sold something called "shareware." The World Wide Web barely existed. People took photographs on "film." Cell phones were the size of loaves of bread. Also, dinosaurs ruled the Earth.

Yes, the past millennium was a dark and confusing time. And yet, we prevailed, making many fine Retro fantasy role-playing games for Windows and Macintosh. Now we invite all to celebrate our continued survival by offering hefty discounts on the fruits of our labors. For the whole month of October, all collections of our games are 25% off, and everything else we sell is 10% off. CDs containing three or five deep, full-length RPGs, already sold at a discount, are now even cheaper!

Whether you need a big pile of distractions from the recession and the cold and dark of winter, or you need a nice CD to give as a gift to a gamer friend, or you just like collecting shiny discs, we are eager to help.

And here's hoping for another fifteen years. With any luck, our 30th birthday e-mail will be sent out from inside our Pleasure Pod and will celebrate flying cars and the Cure For Death.
Check out the links below to learn more.

Spiderweb Software

Team Fortress 2 Update Adds Mann-Conomy
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 11 comments

Valve Software recently announced the release of a new update for Team Fortress 2. The game update makes use of the new Steam Wallet feature to allow players to purchase TF2 items from within the game itself. the Mann Co. Store will initally offer 65 new items including five new Class Weapon kits, 18 new hats, and a new way to engage in fights during an existing battle: dueling pistols.

Mann Co., the industry leader in selling products and getting in fights, today announced the deployment of the Mann-Conomy initiative to the warring mercenary factions in the ongoing global war between Builders League United (BLU) and Reliable Excavation Demolition (RED). The Mann-Conomy initiative represents the largest introduction of new items in the company's history, available for immediate trading, use, and sale.

"This brutal, endless war between BLU and RED is, of course, lamentable," said C.P. Bidwell, assistant to Mann Co. CEO Saxton Hale. "So if letting mercenaries buy, trade and sell Mann Co. products helps make this ongoing tragedy more enjoyable for both sides, then we've done our part. The Mann-Conomy initiative is, at the end of the day, a humanitarian effort."

The Mann-Conomy initiative will allow BLU and RED mercenaries to finally trade items with each other, escalating hostilities further through emotionally wrenching haggling sessions over hats.

Mercenaries who purchase items through the Mann Co. Store will not have an advantage over their rivals. "We want to make sure that our customers still have a terrific experience on the battlefield whether they buy anything or not," says Bidwell. "All the existing ways they were able to get their hands on weaponry still exist without them having to spend any money."

"Steam", a revolutionary Mann Co. technology developed in cooperation with Newell & Sons (a small Bellevue, WA based company specializing in hat-themed war simulation), utilizes a global network of pneumatic tubes that will allow mercenaries to equip themselves instantly without leaving the heat of battle. Mann Co. is currently accepting Euros, United States Dollars, and British Pounds, as all of these currencies will fit in the tubes.
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Feral Interactive Looking For Beta Testers
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As revealed on the company's Facebook page, Feral Interactive is seeking beta testers for two unnamed upcoming games, one a first person shooter and the other a platformer. Those chosen to participate will be asked to sign a non disclosure agreement.

Feral have a couple of games entering beta and we are opening up beta signups to interested Mac gamers who would like to help playtest some of this years biggest Mac titles. We cannot mention the games by name as they are still unannounced, however they are from the first person shooter and platformer genres.

What am I expected to do if I sign up?

You need to have time free to be able to play new versions of the game and log any issues you find in our bug tracker. You also will be asked to confirm that bugs you have reported are fixed in newer versions. People who are able to play about 10 hours or more a week are preferred.

Beta versions of the games are quite large, so you will need to have high speed broadband to download and activate them. You'll also be required to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA), agreeing not to talk about the games in public.

How do I sign up?

You need to send an email containing your full name, address and the spec of the Mac(s) you own to this address:

beta -at- feralinteractive -dot- com

In the event you are selected to participate in a beta test, you will receive an e-mail informing you and directing you to our NDA sign-up page. You can then complete the sign up process and join the Feral beta team.

Head over to the link below for more information.

Feral Interactive Beta Information
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Mac Games News for Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ambrosia Asks For Mondo Solitaire Beta Testers6:00 AM
Apple Games Features Supreme Commander 26:00 AM
Battlestations: Pacific Announced6:00 AM
Nancy Drew: Shadow At The Water's Edge Preorder Available6:00 AM
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