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Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Sims 3 Outdoor Stuff Pack Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

EA recently announced the release of the Outdoor Living Stuff Pack for the company's popular The Sims 3. The new pack includes new items, new furniture, new hair, and new clothing options for those looking to jazz up their Sim's outdoor lifestyle.

For the first time ever, your Sims can get the best in outdoor luxury for their homes. Whether they're decorating the perfect patio, setting the mood with a cool new hot tub, or firing up a state-of-the-art grill for the ultimate BBQ, your Sims' outdoor decor is getting a boost. Give your Sims everything they need for a stylish and comfortable outdoor living space with The Sims 3 Outdoor Living!
  • Build the perfect al fresco setting for your Sims with stylish furnishings, outdoor electronics, and cosy fire pits and fireplaces.
  • Give your Sims several uniquely styled hot tubs where they can relax with friends or get romantic with someone special.
  • Turn up the heat with an all-new built-in countertop grill as part of your Sims’ outdoor kitchen and take their cooking to a whole new level.
  • Choose from two new styles. "Garden Terrace" features elegant wrought-iron pieces, while "Sunset on the Veranda" embraces the warmth of outdoors.
  • Dress your Sims in an array of chic but casual attire for a great day in the sun or a relaxing evening under the stars.
The Outdoor Stuff Pack costs $19.99. The Sims 3 and its expansion packs come to Mac users via TransGaming's Cider Portability Engine. Head over to the links below for more information.

The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff Pack
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Avadon: The Black Fortress Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Appletell has posted a new preview of Avadon: The Black Fortress, the upcoming new RPG from indie developer Spiderweb Software. Avadon is described as an epic adventure in a strange and dangerous world in which players take the role of a spy and warrior who must fight the enemies of his homeland. Avadon: The Black Fortress will feature four different character classes, dozens of sidequests, hundreds of items to discover, and many different possible endings.

Avadon: The Black Fortress takes place shortly after a brutal civil war which nearly brought the country's ruin. It was then decided there had to be a way to make sure both external and internal enemies were destroyed before they could do any harm. That’s when Avadon was created, an organization with the power and resources to keep the peace no matter what. You, as a Hand of Avadon, will be responsible for making sure that all threats are eliminated before they become too much of a danger.
Check out the full preview at the link below.

Appletell: Avadon Preview
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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell System Requirements Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 13 comments

System requirements for Ubisoft's upcoming Mac version of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction are now available. The game is scheduled for release on February 17 and will come in both standard and deluxe editions. The Insurgency Pack add-on for the game will also be released on the 17th.

An investigation into his daughter's death unwittingly leads former agent Sam Fisher to discover he's been betrayed by his prior agency, the Third Echelon. Now a renegade, Fisher finds himself in a race against time to thwart a deadly terrorist plot that threatens millions.

Uniting revolutionary gameplay enhancements with a high-octane, no-holds-barred storyline, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction arms you to the teeth with all the high-tech weaponry and lethal skills of an elite operative and invites you to enter a dangerous world where justice means making your own rules.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction will come in two skus: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction Deluxe Edition, which includes the standard version plus Infiltration Mode and 3 bonus weapons, is available for pre-order for $24.99 (USD). Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction Standard Edition is available for pre-order for $19.99.

Insurgency Pack:
The Insurgency Pack ($9.99) delivers brand-new missions for Archer and Kestrel on four additional maps for Deniable Ops modes. Take on challenges in Hunter, Face Off, Infiltration or Last Stand to unlock new achievements and play in settings from the docks of San Francisco to a New Orleans cemetery, a prison in Portland to a hidden research complex in Salt Lake City.

System Requirements:

  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
  • CPU: Intel Core2 Duo (Intel Core i7 recommended)
  • RAM: 2 GB (3 GB recommended)
  • Video Card: 512 MB video card (see supported list*)
  • HDD Space: 10 GB
  • Peripherals: keyboard, mouse
  • Internet Connection: Broadband Internet connection with 128 kbps upstream or faster
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 8800 series or higher, ATI Radeon HD 2600 series or higher
    Notebook versions of these cards may work but are NOT supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game.
Splinter Cell Conviction and the Insurgency Pack are available for pre-order. For more information, including screenshots and video trailers, please visit the home page.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction
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Life As A Female Gamer
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 8 comments

Aspyr's GameAgent NonBlog has posted several articles recently dealing with how different groups deal with gaming culture. The latest article examines the experiences of a female gamer in the male dominated gaming world.

Entering any video game store as an unaccompanied woman can lead to a barrage of sexist reactions (“Excuse me miss, who are you buying for today?”) and unwanted attention. But, as a female gamer, entering game stores has been a necessity since I saved up for my first console (an N64) when I was nine. Twelve years later, I have my PS3, my Xbox 360, and my Mac all stowed away in my college apartment room to satisfy my gaming needs. I am a female gamer.

If I identify myself as a woman while co-oping, there seems to be only three ways male gamers respond:
  1. “Are you hot?”
  2. “Let me show you how it’s done, sweetheart.”
  3. “Shouldn’t you be making me a sandwich?”
Visit the page below to read more.

GameAgent NonBlog: Life As A Female Gamer Part 1

Mac Games News for Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Dustin Browder Disccuses StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty6:00 AM
More New Rage Screenshots Unveiled6:00 AM
Tidalis Comes To Macgamestore6:00 AM
Unlikely Suspects Now Available6:00 AM
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