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Hector: Episode 1 - We Negotiate With Terrorists Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Telltale Games has announced the release of the first installment of Detective Inspector Hector's adventures in Clapper's Wreake. Hector: Episode 1 - We Negotiate With Terrorists is now available for Mac. Players take the role of Hector as he deals with a hostage crisis.

Detective Inspector Hector – the hard-nosed, soft-bellied lawman of Clappers Wreake, a town that took the “Great” out of Britain. He’s violent, drunken, and has a taste for all things criminal, corrupt, or smothered in curry.

When a hostage crisis erupts in the centre of Clappers Wreake, Hector has to make a choice: carry out a terrorist’s demands, or let innocent hostages die. Hector’s still on the fence.


  • OS: Snow Leopard
  • Processor: 2.3 Ghz Intel or equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM Video Card: 512 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    Not recommended for Mac Minis or early-generation MacBooks
Hector: Episode 1 is available for $9.95.

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Portal 2 Q&A, DLC In The Works
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Fast Company has posted a new interview with Valve's Erik Wolpaw, Jeep Barnett, and Doug Lombardi about the recently released action puzzler Portal 2. The developers discussed the challenge of creating the game, storyline decisions, and upcoming DLC plans.

Fast Company: When the decision was made to go ahead with Portal 2, what was the first challenge you faced?
Erik: Probably the first challenge was, "What is Portal 2?" We actually went down this path in the very beginning where we thought that maybe Portal as a franchise is less about portals--which sounds crazy in retrospect--and more about introducing a new puzzle mechanic. And the common theme was Aperture Science, this kind of funhouse of science. We actually mocked up a version of Portal 2 that didn't actually have portals. But we quickly discovered through playtesting that people wanted portals in their Portal 2--and GlaDOS, and the whole vibe of the first game.

There is a comic online, but beyond that, is there more Portal coming?
Doug: We will be announcing some DLC for it, so folks can keep a look out for more content coming this summer. We'll be putting more details out about that in a week or so. We'll support that with more videos or more comics.
Read more at the link below. The Q&A may contain spoilers for those who haven't played Portal 2.

Fast Company: Portal 2 Interview
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Diablo III Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The New York Times has posted a new preview of Diablo III, the much anticipated next installment of the popular action RPG series from Blizzard Entertainment. The preview focuses on the game's randomized item creation and player trading.

Diablo’s main lure is randomization. Every time you step into a dungeon, it’s different. The layout has changed from the last time, and so have the monsters. Most important, though, each time you kill some slavering, otherworldly abomination, you never know what it may be carrying. Most likely, it will be garbage. But there is a slim chance that you’ll end up with an incredibly powerful relic that no other player in the world has seen. That’s because each piece of treasure is generated randomly.

Call it the slot-machine effect. Every time you pull that handle, you might, just might, hit the jackpot. You probably won’t, but the tantalizing possibility keeps you playing. (The human brain’s eager response to intermittent rewards is well known and explains much of the appeal of sports like golf, where the memory and feeling of one good shot maintains players’ interest even though they are hacking around dreadfully most of the time.)
Like a well-designed slot machine, a good action role-playing game also satisfies the brain’s craving for feedback by rewarding near-constant clicking of the mouse (or the pulling of the entirely cosmetic wooden handle) with a steady stream of little audio cues like chimes and bloops.

Visit the page below to read more/ Diablo III Preview
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Anomaly Warzone Earth Reviewed
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Hooked Gamers has posted a new review of 11 Bit Studios' Anomaly Warzone Earth. The strategy game puts players in charge of an army needing to get past powerful defense towers set up by alien invaders. Hooked Gamers gave Anomaly Warzone Earth a score of 7.6 out of 10.

From the review:

Although you do not get a mass of expendable units to send to their inevitable deaths, you do get a small convoy of mechanized, armored units. Each of these comes with their own special attributes that make them key when dealing with specific situations. They range from your standard heavily armored APC’s to your heavy damage dealing tanks. There are also more specialized units such as the shield-generating unit also known as a shield…the army is not exactly known for its originality.

Escorting your convoy is a single man that you control directly. He has the ability to call in additional reinforcements and use four different abilities. The repair ability can be called upon to repair damaged units, the smoke screen ability provides cover for your convoy, a decoy ability distracts fire away from your convoy, and the airstrike ability marks an enemy position for a single bomb dropped by air. Units are sparse and if one goes down it is expensive to replace. Due to this it is vital to configure your convoy to best fit the current situation while deploying your four special abilities when needed in order to keep them rolling.
Head over to the page below for more.

Hooked Gamers: Anomaly Warzone Earth Review
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy Manual Now Online6:00 AM
Dragon Age 2 Item Pack 1 Now Available6:00 AM
Major LEGO Universe Update Coming Next Week6:00 AM
World of Warcraft: Rise of the Zandalari Released6:00 AM
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