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Gemini Wars To Be Released In 2012
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Iceberg Interactive and Camel 101 have announced a deal to publish Gemini Wars for Mac and Windows PC to gamers worldwide. The sci-fi strategy game, currently in development and scheduled for a first quarter release in 2012, puts players in the role of a fleet commander engaged in an "epic war across the stars."

“As fans of strategy games we are more than delighted to bring Gemini Wars to retail and online stores. In the role of an independent game studio, Camel 101 did an excellent job on development so far and we are confident that “Gemini Wars” will set a new benchmark for the space real-time strategy genre in 2012,” said Raymond Snippe, Business Development Director at Iceberg Interactive,

“We are very happy to work with an experienced and skilled team like Iceberg Interactive. These guys have an extensive knowledge about the strategy games market, and it’s been really cool to cooperate with them. With Iceberg’s help, Gemini Wars will surely have the success it deserves,” said Bruno Cesteiro Co-Owner & Producer Camel 101.

About Gemini Wars:
Decades have passed since war erupted between the United Space Federation and the Alliance of Free Worlds. A bloody conflict that seemed to have reached a stalemate is now about to change, when a third faction suddenly appears. Take control of a fleet commander returned from exile, rise through the ranks of the United Space Federation forces and join an epic war across the stars.
Start with a small group of frigates, and climb your way to controlling battleships, carriers and planetary bases, in huge space battles and boarding actions. Build space stations and orbital facilities to fortify your position, build your fleet, extract minerals and research upgrades. Execute boarding actions using marine special forces, and bombard your enemies with orbital long range cannons.
Join the interstellar conflict in the Gemini Sector in Q1 2012.

Key Features:

  • 3 unique factions, with different units and strategies.
  • Epic single player campaign.
  • Ability to control fleets of starships, space stations and planets.
  • Research tree leading to powerful units and upgrades.
  • Cinematic battle camera.
  • Multiplayer action providing endless re-playability.
  • Unique gameplay providing a refreshing twist to the RTS genre.
Learn more about the game and view a gameplay trailer at the link below.

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Diablo III: Shared Stash, Nephalem Cube, Cauldron of Jordan
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recently released some new information about the upcoming action RPG sequel, Diablo III. This time the company revealed details about the shared stash feature, and the Nephalem Cube and Cauldron of Jordan items obtained during some of the game's quests.

Shared Inventory
In addition to a character's personal inventory, players in Diablo III will also have access to a shared stash, a new storage option which can be used by all characters on a Diablo III account. Accessible from each major town at the beginning of every act, the shared stash will give you an unprecedented amount of storage space, more flexibility when it comes to inventory management, and -- perhaps most importantly -- the ability to share the items you collect (or create) with whichever of your characters need them most.

While players will start out with only a single tab in their shared stash with a limited number of slots, upgrades in the form of additional slots and tabs can be purchased for gold by any character you create. You'll be able to buy up to 5 tabs, each containing 70 slots of space, for a total of 350 slots of shared storage! Once bought, the upgraded storage space will be available to every character on your Diablo III account.

Read more at the pages linked below.

Diablo III: The Shared Stash
Diablo III: Quest Items Described
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Football Manager 2012 Coming To Europe October 21
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Sports Interactive and SEGA Europe recently announced that Football Manager 2012 for PC and Mac, will be available to European gamers on October 21st, 2011. Football Manager 2012 will once again allow players to take charge of their favorite team and put their managerial skills to the test.

The release date has been confirmed in the first in a series of blogs available, talking about the new features and improvements for Football Manager™ 2012. Miles Jacobson’s blog, which features exclusive content, screens and videos, will deliver all the information you need for the new Football Manager™ season. In addition to this, a demo of the game will also be made available closer to launch to whet every FM fans appetite, with the option to continue their saved game when they buy the full version of Football Manager™ 2012.

Key new & improved features for Football Manager 2012:

  • Transfers & Contracts – significant changes to the transfer and contract systems, including loyalty bonuses, better implementation of amateur and youth contracts, an improved transfer centre and the ability to lock areas of the contract negotiation when you aren't prepared to budge. This helps you to manage your budgets and gives you flexibility in what you offer money hungry players, or agents, as incentives.
  • Scouting improvements – using several real life scouting reports, a new in-game report has been devised which includes squad analysis, tactics information and information about goals scored and conceded alongside lots of other scouting improvements, giving you all the information you need to prepare before kick-off and throughout the season.
  • 3D Match Improvements – new animations, a whole new crowd system, improved weather system, more stadiums, plus two brand new cameras - "Behind Goal" and "Director Cam" as well as all other camera angles being reversible - meaning you can watch and analyse every aspect of every game.
  • Manage Anywhere, Anytime – the ability to add or take away playable nations in your saved game as often as you want. Manage in that country at the start of the next season- meaning you don’t have to stay in the nations which are chosen by you to be playable at the start of your career.
  • Tone – a whole new level has been added to team talks and conversations, with the new tone system, which allows you to specify the way you want to say things – be as cool as a cucumber by saying things calmly or throw tea cups around by saying things with passion. There are 6 different tones to choose from with specific comments per tone.
  • Intelligent Interface – a new adaptive layout system, which means the higher your screen resolution, the more info is easily at your fingertips. The new interface also contains new filters, customisable columns, a new tactics screen, and lots of new overview screens.
  • Brand New Tutorial – standing separate from the main game, a mode to help new players find their way around the game easily, whilst also offering tips to experienced managers on how to get the most out of the game, as well as a new in-game “how to” system.
Learn more at the link below.

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Blizzard Showcases Game Tunes With New Music Site
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has added a new Blizzard Music Section to its website. The update includes information and iTunes store links for the soundtracks to its popular Diablo, StarCraft, Warcraft, and World of Warcraft franchises.

Check out some of your favorite musical numbers from Diablo, StarCraft, Warcraft, and World of Warcraft. With quick-and-easy access to the iTunes store, it has never been easier to browse our music, create your own playlist, and listen to the tunes you want, anytime, anywhere! Also, all you audiophiles out there, be sure to read the track notes straight from Blizzard’s sound team!
Head over to the page below for more information.

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City Of Heroes Freedom VIP Head Start Begins
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Paragon Studios has announced that VIP players will now have exclusive access to City of Heroes Freedom and Issue 21: Convergence. Freedom introduces a hybrid of free-to-play and subscription models, featuring a new microtransaction friendly in-game store.

If your account subscription is active on September 13, you will automatically become a VIP player and you will be able to log into our live servers and enjoy City of Heroes Freedom! This includes Issue 21: Convergence, the Paragon Rewards ™ program and all of the services and items available through the Paragon Market™!

We are also having a plethora of activities to make the VIP Head Start truly amazing and to welcome you into a new era!

And if that wasn't enough, all our VIP players will receive:

    A Respec Token per existing character (make sure you've used up your free Respec token if you already had one, they don't stack!)
    A Tailor Token per unlocked costume slot
    A Global Handle Rename Token per account
    The "Door Buster" badge, celebrating the VIP Head Start!

Read on for a schedule of all the fun we have in store for you!

Paragon Market Head Start Sales!
We have treats a-plenty for all our VIP players during Head Start! Use the brand new Paragon Market easy access in game button to get the following discounts during the first two weeks!

    50% off the Restore Power
    50% off the Revive Power
    50%off Enhancement Unslotters
    20% off of Beam Rifle.
And for the first week ONLY, you'll be able to get:
    6 Character Transfers for 480 Paragon Points or $6! (one time purchase)
In Game Giveaways
Members of the Paragon Studios Community team will be giving away in game items randomly on the Exalted server during the first week! All you need to do is be on Exalted and you may be one of the lucky winners!

Play the new Sewer Trial and Underground Incarnate Trial with the Team
Throughout the day during the first week of the VIP Head Start, members of the Paragon Studios Development and Community teams will be jumping onto the Exalted server to team up with randomly selected players and play through the brand new Sewer Trial and the Underground Incarnate Trial! For the latter, make sure your Level 50 characters are up for the challenge and show us your worth!

Costume Contests
Join us on Exalted for Costume Contests judged by the Paragon Studios™ team and showcase your creativity by crafting a costume corresponding to a different theme each day!

In Game Praetorian Invasion Part II
Log in on certain days and not only will you get to fight for your life and that of the citizens of Paragon City and the Rogue Isles, but you will also get the "Defender of Primal Earth" badge!

Exalted Low Level Invasion!
Only on September 15 and 16, create brand a new character on Exalted and join us in a low level fight for survival in Atlas Park and Mercy Island!

For more information head over to the website below.

City Of Heroes Freedom VIP Head Start
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Big Brain Wolf Now Available At Macgamestore6:00 AM
Feral To Bring Deus Ex: Human Revolution To Macs6:00 AM
IMG: Aspyr's Upcoming Games And Lion Update Plans6:00 AM
Vendetta Online 1.8.188 Released6:00 AM
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