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Diablo III Beta Testing To Begin This Summer
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Blizzard Entertainment's Mike Morhaime announced during the company's first quarter conference call that the long awaited Diablo III will enter beta testing this summer. Community Manager Bashiok later offered more specifics on Blizzard's forums, revealing that the beta would begin "between July 1st and September 30th."

Morhaime: “On the Diablo III front, I’m pleased to report that we began internal company live testing last week. The game is looking great, and we are currently targeting a Q3 Launch for external beta testing. The development team is working hard to try and launch Diablo III this year. But I want to be clear that we do not have an official release date or window yet. As always we won’t compromise the quality of the game in order to hit a window.”

Bashiok: "The 3rd quarter reference in the earning's call today was a calendar quarter, meaning that we're aiming to launch the Diablo III beta between July 1st and September 30th. Keep in mind that it's our current goal, and of course that can change as development continues."
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Blizzplanet: Diablo III Beta This Summer
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The Significance Of Doom
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

In a new GameAgent blog post Aspyr Media's Michael Sampson discussed the significance of Doom, id Software's classic first person shooter. The article includes discussion of the game's innovations, as well as an examination of its successor, Doom 3.

Differences in Doom compared to other FPS games offered at the time are probably most noticeable when compared to Wolfenstein 3D, its direct predecessor. In this comparison, it becomes very easy to note several advancements. Doom’s chief programmer, John Carmack, wanted Doom to run well on computers back in 1993, when hardware was fairly limiting. One of the largest advancements in Doom was the use of binary search partitioning (BSP). Without getting reasonably technical, BSP allowed the game engine to render only the sections of the game that were within the player’s viewpoint. This saved an immense amount of computation time that would have otherwise hampered the games performance significantly, and allowed Doom to use very realistic 3D graphics (for the time, which is hard to imagine by today’s standards, of course).
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GameAgent: The Significance Of Doom
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EVE Online Developers Solicit Player Questions
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

CCP Games has opened a new thread on its forums for players of its sci-fi based MMO, EVE Online. Those interested are encouraged to post any questions they mave have about the game on the thread, where the questions will be answered by developers. The thread will be open until May 11.

Check out the link below to learn more.

EVE Online Player Questions Thread
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EVE Online

The Sims 3 Generations Screenshots Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

New screenshots are now available for Electronic Arts' upcoming The Sims 3: Generations expansion pack. Players will be able to "take the reins and act out life’s most humorous and memorable moments from childhood to teenage years to adulthood" in the new expansion pack.

From new celebrations to dramatic life events, The Sims 3 Generations offers gamers all-new ways to express their Sims’, characters unique to The Sims, creativity. Players will be able to capture and keep track of their Sims’ life moments with in-game cameras and upload and share their Sims’ memories and Facebook via the new memory system. Players start off in the imagination-fuelled world of childhood, where they can take dance classes, misbehave with their imaginary friend or goof around in one of three themed tree houses; space rocket, wooden shack or princess. Players may then move on to embrace the drama of the teen years by pulling elaborate pranks such as exploding toilets, color dye in the shower or ding dong ditch, become prom king or queen, or forget the school dance and throw a raging party at their parents’ house. There will be even more creative options to explore with a brand new chemistry set, but they’ll need to use caution, or their Sims might turn themselves into a ghost. As adult Sims, players ride the wave of freedom. They can attend or plan bachelor and bachelorette parties, throw lavish weddings, and go through a mid-life crisis where they may change their hair, style, and more. With a wealth of new options and activities, Sims’ lives are sure to be more interesting in The Sims 3 Generations.

Key Features:

  • New Activities: Sims of every age can have fun! Kids can attend ballet class, hang out in tree houses, or have fun on new playground equipment. Teens can host raging parties, pull pranks, and attend school dances. Adults can suffer midlife crises, and those who engage in extra-marital affairs will face the rumor mill. And so much more!
  • New Celebrations: Whether it’s a hilariously out-of-control bachelorette party, an all-teen party while the parents are out, or a high school graduation, new ways to celebrate life will make every age more fun!
  • New Drama Unfolds: From snubbing school peers to being the focus of neighborhood gossip and even bachelor party hi-jinks, hilarity will ensue when life goes off the beaten path.
  • Find new ways to be creative: Sims will be able to tinkerwith chemistry sets, play in forts, and record with video cameras. Additionally, the new memories system allows players to build a scrapbook and post their memories on Facebook for all of their friends to see.
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Worthplaying: The Sims 3 Screenshots
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Mac Games News for Monday, May 9, 2011

Blizzard Releases New Diablo III Facebook Screenshots6:00 AM
Din's Curse Updated6:00 AM
Eschalon: Book II Reviewed6:00 AM
First Runespell: Overture Screenshots Available6:00 AM
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