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Borderlands: Game Of The Year Edition Coming To Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 28 comments

Gearbox Software and Feral Interactive today announced that the Mac edition of Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, the unique role-playing shooter from Gearbox Software, will be hitting stores on December 3rd. The Borderlands Game of the Year package comes complete with the best-selling Borderlands stand-alone game, its entire game add-on library, and a bonus fold out map of Pandora.

Borderlands has been a runaway commercial and critical hit since its release last year. Players are able to take on one of four bounty hunters, each with unique skills and weapon proficiencies, as they take quest for information and valuable alien artifacts rumored to reside in ‘The Vault’. Players have only their wits and whatever weapons they can find to face off against the numerous enemies they encounter while searching for the Vault.

“Borderlands represents a brave, new take on the role playing shooter game on the Mac,” said Feral Interactive managing director David Stephen. “It thoroughly deserves the critical and commercial success it has enjoyed and we are honored to be publishing it on the Mac.”

Borderlands sports a unique combination of features that make it a gaming experience unlike anything else on the Mac. Prime among these are a groundbreaking content-generation system that provides a nearly endless variety of weapons, robust four-player co-op support that makes for a compelling multiplayer experience, RPG-style character progression allied to an FPS-style game mechanics and a super sharp visual style that gives the game a highly distinctive comic book look.

Mac customers will also receive all four frenzied add-on adventures included with the Borderlands Game of the Year edition including The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, latest new adventure – Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution – where players will join forces in an attempt to suppress the infamous Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Mac gamers will now be able to join in on the world of Pandora in Borderlands.” said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software. “The best part is that every Mac gamer gets to experience the game plus all the ass-kicking add-on packs for Borderlands! They are getting the full complete package, and this is the best way to enjoy such an extravasplosive game like Borderlands.”

Minimum system requirements call for a 1.8 GHz Intel Mac with at least 2 GB RAM, 128 MB or better graphics card, DVD drive, and Mac OS X v10.6.4 or later. The following cards are NOT supported: ATI X1xxx series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and Intel GMA series.
Borderlands Game of the Year Edition for Mac will retail in North America for US$49.95, £34.95 (inc. VAT) in the UK and €39.95 (inc. VAT) throughout Europe. Learn more at the link below.

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Borderlands: Game Of The Year Edition
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The Asskickers To Target White Collar Corruption
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

AGO Games released some new information about The Asskickers, a new 2D "beat'em up" inspired by classic arcade action games of the 90's. The company's debut project will feature three heroes on a mission to punish white collar criminals. The game will include heroes with different fighting styles, pencil drawn sprites, over seven levels, and the option of two player cooperative action.

The white-collar threat
In 2010, the real menace to society is not the punk who’s going to steal grandma’s purse to pay for his next fix, but the unscrupulous banker who encourages his clients place their money in high-risk investments, just so that he’ll get his big year-end bonus.

The Asskickers targets this new “white-collar” menace, portrayed by
  • irresponsible traders who have destroyed jobs, pension plans and homes by losing billions in shady business deals
  • greedy managers who played blind to these practices and who tried to hide the reality of the situation and its consequences from their clients
  • crooked politicians who pretend to serve the greater good while supporting the massive lobbies which financed their campaigns
  • Daddy’s little boys and girls who think that their social status and parents’ connections give them the right to do anything they like
Well, AGO Games has bad news for them and all those who play their game: The Asskickers are here to take names and kick some asses!

Who are The Asskickers?
From the imagination of Stanislas Berton, The Asskickers are three heroes linked by a common practice of martial arts, who will use their combat skills to defend their innocence and freedom by kicking the corrupted asses of all those who get in their way. With the help of these three heroes, you will be able to confront the white-collar menace and pay them back hit for hit in a game that literally pulls no punches and has its tongue firmly in cheek.

“Now, you know which asses you are going to kick!”
Asskickers is scheduled for release in early 2011. Follow the links below to learn more.

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Quake Live Update Adds Premium Maps
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

id Software recently announced a new update for Quake Live, the company's browser based first person shooter. Among other things the update includes 2 new premium arena maps, 20 new premium awards, and the first of many planned advanced server options.. Based on the Quake III engine, the game challenges players to master their shooting and dodging skills as they battle with others.

Premium Maps Added:
  • Evolution (Small CA):
    This small Rocket Arena 3 level crafted by Till Merker, author of Thunderstruck and Theatre of Pain, is an instant classic. Two open platforms at the top level provide light cover from direct fire, while a teleporter at the bottom of the map allows quick access to high ground. If you get caught at the bottom, you can attempt to make an escape toward the tunnels in the back of the map, but be careful that your opponent does not get the drop on you through the jumppad shaft in the back. Evolution is best played in Small Clan Arena, with up to 4 players.

  • Three Story (Small CA):
    This small Rocket Arena 3 level crafted by Mike Burbidge, author of Japanese Castles, has received a fresh coat of paint, and looks better than ever. A large building houses two jump pads to bring you up to the synonymous third story of the level. Here you are connected to perilous catwalks, which are especially dangerous with our new Premium Damage Through Floors match setting enabled. If the enemy has taken the high-ground, don't give up yet, as a tunnel wraps around the outer edge of the arena, leading into a building and up a level giving you position to mount an attack on any fortified position. Like Evolution, Three Story is best played in small Clan Arena matches.
Web Updates:
  • New advanced server launch features: Customize your premium match in more ways than before. Toggle power-ups, runes, damage through floors, ramp jumping, change gravity, weapon switch speed, and quad damage factor. More server settings will be available in future updates.
  • 20 New Premium Awards: Premium and Pro users now have 20 new awards to set their sights on.
  • Added Awards to Recognize Past Events: QuakeCon 2008, 2009, 2010; DreamHack Summer 2010; IEM5 NA, IEM5 Gamescom
  • New employee awards for playing alongside the Quake Live staff.
  • Fixed Default Values: Found and resolved the issue that was causing some default values to be improperly set. New users or existing users who use the 'Reset Settings Defaults' will now have the correct default values for: autoswitch, color1, color2, forceEnemyModel, fov, hitbeep, sensitivity, and rate.
  • Changed training process: The once-mandatory match against Crash has been completely removed. New players are now placed in an assessment period before skill matching begins to take place.
  • Various back-end changes to improve search-engine visibility and optimizations. This will eventually allow Google and other search engines to index the whole site, including player profiles.
Visit the link below to read more about the update.

Quake Live Premium Pak 4 Update
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Aspyr Asks For Comments On Civilization V SteamPlay
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

On its Game Agent NonBlog Aspyr Media has requested customer feedback on the upcoming Mac release of Civilization V. The company is interested in what potential purchasers of the game expect in terms of SteamPlay support when the game is released.

Since the Civilization V Mac announcement, we’ve been trying hard to field the mountain of questions we’ve received about the game, and while we’ve been able to answer most of them, we’ve so far avoided definitive answers on the full integration with Steam, particularly SteamPlay. First, we apologize for not addressing these concerns sooner; however, we are still in intense, internal discussions about the pros and cons of utilizing the system.

As some of you may be aware, we recently started a discussion in the comments of our most recent Civ V Mac FAQs post regarding the use of SteamPlay and buyer expectations. As a result, we’ve received some awesome feedback from some of our readers and fans, and thus have decided to more formally invite others to comment on the situation by creating a dedicated post to the discussion.
Check out the posting below to learn more.

Game Agent NonBlog: Civ V SteamPlay Discussion
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Age Of Conquest III Comes To Macs6:00 AM
IMG Reviews The Settlers 7: Paths To A Kingdom6:00 AM
King's Smith 2 Now Available6:00 AM
Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim Released6:00 AM
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