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IMG Reviews Rome Total War: Gold Edition
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Feral Interactive's Rome Total War: Gold Edition. In the game players take charge of one of three Roman families with the goal of increasing their family's power in Rome through diplomacy, economic skill, and war. The Gold Edition includes the original strategy title as well as the Barbarian Invasion expansion.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

On the graphical side, this is one of the best-looking strategy games out. The world map reflects the weather in different portions of the world, faction generals wear different garb depending on the faction and their rank within the faction, and each of your thousands of soldiers is a 3D model that animates independently of their neighbors. On the higher graphics settings you can even zoom in close and watch mini-duels going on throughout a skirmish. The greatest scene to enjoy has to be the sight of hundreds of archers raining fiery death down on densely-packed infantry, though. If you move the camera behind the target unit and rotate the camera to face where they're looking, you get to see a gorgeous rain of arrows that hits individual units and blows them off their feet. It's simply amazing to watch.
Read the full review at the link below.

IMG Review: Rome Total War Gold Edition
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Rome: Total War Gold Edition
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The Humble Frozenbyte Bundle Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Humble Bundle has unveiled The Humble Frozenbyte Bundle. As with the other Humble bundles, purchasers are asked to pay whatever price they feel is fair for the bundle, with some of the proceeds going to the Child's Play and EFF charities. This time the games in the collection include Trine, Shadowgrounds, and Shadowgrounds: Survivor as well as the upcoming Splot when it is released, and the canceled Jack Claw prototype.

Pay what you want. If you bought these four games separately, it would cost around $50 but we're letting you set the price!

All of the games work great on Mac, Windows, and Linux.

We don't use DRM. When you buy these games, they are yours. Feel free to play them without an internet connection, back them up, and install them on all of your Macs and PCs freely. There is no time-limit on your downloads.

You can support charity. Choose exactly how your purchase is divided: Between Frozenbyte, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or the Child's Play Charity. Also, if you like this deal, a tip to the Humble Bundle itself would be much appreciated!

Please note, while Trine, Shadowgrounds, and Shadowgrounds: Survivor are very polished games and ready to play on all platforms, the Splot and Jack Claw bonuses are different.

Splot is still under development and will be added to your bundle once it is completed. Jack Claw is a prototype of a game Frozenbyte was developing but canceled before completion.
Head over to the page below for more information.

The Humble Frozenbyte Bundle

Portal 2 'Boots' Trailer Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Valve has unveiled a new Portal 2 trailer promoting the upcoming release of the first person action puzzler. The video is the fourth and final movie in the "Product" trailer series for the game and features Chell and and her long-fall boots.

Valve, in partnership with Aperture Science dba Aperture Laboratories, announced today the release of "Boots", the fourth and final installment of the "Product" series of Aperture investment videos. Potential investors can learn more about the latest in momentum-resistant footwear, the Long Fall Boot, at

Aperture's documentary video game, Portal 2, will be available 7AM PST this coming Tuesday, April 19th, though savvy consumers still have a week to invest in game futures by pre-ordering Portal 2.
Check out the trailer at the link below. Portal 2 is scheduled for an April 19 release. It is currently available for pre-load.

YouTube: Portal 2 Trailer
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BlizzCon Tickets On Sale May 21 And May 25
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Blizzard Entertainment has announced that tickets for its sixth BlizzCon gaming convention will go on sale in two batches on Saturday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 25. In addition, a limited number of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County will go on sale Saturday, May 28.

BlizzCon is a celebration of the global communities surrounding Blizzard’s Warcraft®, Diablo®, and StarCraft® game universes. The event once again offers players a valid reason to skip work on a Friday when it returns to the Anaheim Convention Center this year on October 21 and 22. Gamers around the world will also have the option to enjoy BlizzCon from the comfort of their own home by ordering a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which offers comprehensive live coverage of the event streaming online and also on DIRECTV in the United States.

“We love being able to meet directly with our players, and since BlizzCon is one of the rare opportunities we get to do that, we always pack as much information and entertainment as we can into the show,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This year will be no different -- whether you're with us in Anaheim or joining from home, be prepared for two days of Blizzard gaming and good times with the most passionate community in the world.”

In addition to serving as a mutual stomping ground for the different Blizzard communities, BlizzCon will feature an array of activities, including discussion panels, hands-on playtime with current and upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games, professional and casual tournaments, contests, and much more. Blizzard is looking forward to learning more about its own games from Red Shirt Guy if he can make it to the show again this year.

Tickets to the convention will be priced at $175 USD each and will be available for purchase from the official BlizzCon website ( in two separate batches on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. Pacific time and Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. Pacific time.

Tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner, which include admission to BlizzCon, will be priced at $500 USD each, with proceeds going to Children's Hospital of Orange County. Taking place the evening of Thursday, October 20, this exclusive event offers guests an opportunity to rub elbows and trade war stories with Blizzard game developers and other employees before the show. Approximately 200 tickets to the benefit dinner will be available for purchase beginning Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

Gamers around the world will also have the option to purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket priced at $39.99 USD (pricing may vary by region). The Virtual Ticket grants access to comprehensive live HD coverage from the show floor on each day of the convention, including exclusive interviews, demos, and more. Virtual Ticket coverage will be available to viewers globally as a multichannel Internet stream and also via Pay-per-View on DIRECTV in the United States. DIRECTV customers who order the televised event will receive the multichannel Internet stream at no extra charge, allowing them to watch in the format of their choice. Those who order the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will also receive this year’s BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft® and StarCraft II in-game items (availability may vary by region), to be revealed at a later date. Limited streaming coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and certain BlizzCon tournaments will be available via the Internet for free.
For more information head over to the link below.

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Mac Games News for Monday, April 11, 2011

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