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Dragon Age II First Look, Hybrid Release Confirmed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 19 comments

Macworld has posted a new first look preview of the upcoming Dragon Age 2 from Bioware. Coming to Mac courtesy of TransGaming, the game puts players in the role of Hawke, a character destined to become a legend. Macworld's article includes comments from Bioware developers and confirms the retail release will include both Windows and Mac versions on the same disc.

“Dragon Age 2 is on the same disc as the PC [version]. You buy one version, you get both.” Lazin explained that this was a major effort by the Bioware community, as he personally was sick of having to buy games for multiple platforms. Developers like Blizzard have been launching their games simultaneously on both Mac and Windows using hybrid discs for years, but so far Blizzard been the exception, not the rule. It’s extremely encouraging that Bioware is beginning to follow suit. For those who don’t want to buy a physical copy and plan instead on downloading the game, there are Mac specific download sites that one can download the game from. Curiously, Lazin admits, “There is no Mac Steam version…yet.”

Why the love for the Mac this time around? “I have a Mac at home… There’s a lot of us [Mac users] at Bioware these days.” He and others “wanted to have Day One love for Mac fans.” He says its effectively “the same game” to look forward to. The specs for the game are also fairly reasonable, though slightly more demanding than last year’s game. Mac users will need a machine with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and at least a Nvidia 9400 graphics card. Lazin demonstrated the game on a new 13-inch MacBook Air, but also claims that a 2008 or 2009 Mac mini or MacBook would be sufficient. On the MacBook Air, there were some frame rate issues, but hey, the game was running. Still, he boasts, “Dragon Age II runs better on the Mac than Dragon Age: Origins.”
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Warhammer Online: Free Server Transfers Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Mythic Entertainment is now offering free server transfers for some of its Warhammer Online players. Players currently on the Iron Rock and Volkmar servers in North America, and on the Carroburg server in Germany, will have a three week period to take advantage of the free transfer before the servers are closed down.

As part of our ongoing efforts to maintain an active, competitive, and engaging experience in WAR we have decided to open free transfers for players to specific servers. WAR, more than many games, only gets better with more people. These transfers will enable players to experience more action during all hours whether fighting in scenarios or Open RvR.
Learn more at the site below.

Warhammer Herald: Free Transfers
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Chet Faliszek Discusses Portal 2
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Video Games Daily has posted a new interview with Valve Software's Chet Faliszek about the company's upcoming action puzzler, Portal 2. In the interview Faliszek discussed honoring the original Portal, co-op multiplayer dynamics, and puzzle difficulty.

I guess the more complicated puzzles will be in co-op.

It’s this weird thing – we bring in a lot of outside testers in to test, and it depends on the person. Some things people struggle on one person will get, some things that are super easy people will just flail at… And we try to make sure that if you know how to solve it, if you’ve figured the puzzle out, you can solve it. You don’t have this dexterity problem that you’re not going to be able to do it.

That was me a few minutes ago!

Right. And there’s a lot of “just shut up and listen – follow my way, this is the way to do it”. And you’ll have these situations where you’ll say “OK, that was one way to do it, but I bet we could have done it this way and I want to go back and play that puzzle”. There may be more complexity in co-op, but probably [the puzzles] are equally solvable because you have two people looking at it, and just having that one person help you break through when you get stuck.

Check out the rest of the interview at the site listed below.

Video Games Daily: Portal 2 Interview
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Twisted: A Haunted Carol Now Available
6:00 AM | IMG News | 2 comments has added another new title to its list of games available for purchase. Twisted: A Haunted Carol takes players through a warped re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic tale. Players follow Marley's ghost as he attempts to get revenge on Scrooge and undo the damage the miser has caused.

Teach Ebeneezer Scrooge a lesson in Twisted - A Haunted Carol, a warped re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic.

The traditional holiday tale takes a dark twist when Marley falls victim to a knife in his back courtesy of one old miser. Now, Marley’s ghost not only seeks vengeance against his crotchety former partner, but also tries to undo the damage that has befallen the town. With the assistance from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, he will travel back and forth through time to make things right.

Follow Marley on this strange journey to reveal the truth of his unfortunate passing. Search for thousands of hidden objects across 20 challenging levels detailed with beautiful Victorian scenes. Enjoy 20 interactive adventure puzzles and dozens of challenging mini-games. With unexpected twists, challenging tests, and an innovative new take on the classic tale, this is one humbug of an adventure.

  • Take a strange Hidden Object journey based on the classic Charles Dickens tale.
  • Follow the ghost of Marley seeking vengeance for his untimely passing at the hands of Scrooge.
  • Search for objects across 20 challenging levels detailed with beautiful Victorian scenes.
  • Enjoy 20 interactive adventure puzzles and dozens of challenging mini-games.
Twisted: A Haunted Carol is available to purchase now for $9.95 (USD). A trial version is also available.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Battlestations Pacific Released As Digital Download8:55 AM
A Valley Without Wind Announced6:00 AM
BlizzCon 2011 Coming October 216:00 AM
Dragon Age 2: Anders Returns6:00 AM
Salem Witch Trials CE, Caribbean Sea Fishes Now At MGS6:00 AM
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