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OOTP Developments Announces Hockey Management Simulation
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

In a recent blog post OOTP Developments, developers of the Out of the Park Baseball management sim series, have announced work on a new project. Given the working title Hockey Project, the new sim will delve into the management challenges of the sport, and will give players a wide range of areas to control.

He shoots! He scores! And the crowd goes wild! That was a top shelf goal, folks!

Love hockey? We do too, and that's why we brought our deep experience developing sport management sims to the sport with the newest game we're adding to our lineup. As in OOTP, our upcoming hockey game will let you take over a team and make all the decisions: hire and fire coaches; sign, release, and trade players; oversee financials; and dictate game-time strategy, including when to pull your goalie, which lines to use when, and more.

We know you're anxious to learn more, so here's a rundown to get you started:

1. What exactly is the Hockey Project?
The Hockey Project is a career hockey text sim game for PC and Mac, similar to OOTP, FM and EHM.

2. You're calling it the Hockey Project?
No, that's just our placeholder name until we come up with the final one.

3. When will the Hockey Project be released?
The release is planned for late 2012 (Q4).

5. Who will work on the project?
My friend Malte will join OOTP Developments and works full-time on the project. I will support him as coder, designer and community manager, but only in times I have no work to do for iOOTP or other OOTP products. Markus and Andreas will not be involved with any work on the project. They will only help out with some design decisions and general experience. So Markus and Andreas will not lose any time for OOTP 13 development and I will not lose any time for iOOTP 2012 development.

6. How close will the Hockey Project be to OOTP Baseball?
We aim for a similar look and feel as OOTP 13 so everyone who likes OOTP and hockey will feel at home. Additionally, we have a lot of influences from European games like FM, EHM and some old German manager games. OOTP and the Hockey Project will share some source code in the future (wherever it makes sense).

For more information check out the site below.

OOTP Goes Hockey
OOTP Developments
Out Of The Park Baseball 12
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StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Teaser Trailer, Q&A Panel
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

A new teaser trailer is now available for Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming Heart of the Swarm expansion for the sci-fi RTS, StarCraft II. The company also released a recap of a recent Art and Technology panel at BlizzCon 2011.

3D Artist Steve Provost then talked about how the team built the various environments under development for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, demonstrating the range of possible landscapes with a comparison of color palettes. New and improved lighting and shading effects allow the StarCraft II development team to realize more complicated animations and deliver a stunning player experience when moving from one position to the next. Lead Graphics Engineer Dominic Filion looked back at the evolution of StarCraft II graphics with a video that included sample footage from way back in June 2005, and displayed examples of the game’s style and overall progression from one iteration to the next over a six-year span.
Check out the new trailer and read more of the recap at the links below.

StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Preview
StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Art & Tech Panel
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StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
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Buy Roads Of Rome 2 At Macgamestore
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story has once again announced a new addition to its current lineup of digital download titles available for purchase. This time the store added Realore Studios' Roads of Rome 2. The game combines elements of strategy and time management titles, challenging players to build roads to the kingom of the Gods in an effort to find a potion capable of saving the poisoned Caesar's life.

Take up new tricky tasks and overcome dangerous challenges in Roads of Rome 2, an addictive game that successfully combines strategy and time management features!

Caesar, the governor of Rome, has been poisoned, and there's no potion strong enough in the world of mortals that can cure him of his terrible disease. Caesar's daughter Julia is in despair and Victorius, an honorable general, sets out on a long journey to the kingdom of the Gods. The lands of barbarians are full of dangers, so be careful! Clear up your way and build roads, leave gifts and offerings on the Gods' altars and help Victorius find the magic potion that will save Caesar's life. Your quest will be long and difficult, but if you succeed, the Gods are sure to smile down on the citizens of Rome!

Shatter the peace and quiet of the Gods' kingdom and help Victorius accomplish lots of challenging tasks on his way. Glory to the brave warrior!


  • Work your way towards the Gods to obtain Caesar's cure in this Resource Management journey.
  • Command workers to construct roads, build structures, establish towns, and more.
  • Gather resources such as wood, stone, and food in 41 challenging levels.
  • Travel through strange environments, overcome disasters, and appease the Gods.
  • Keep an eye out for dangerous barbarians and deadly creatures.
Roads of Rome 2 requires and Intel Mac and OS X 10.4 or later. It is available now for $6.99 (USD).

Roads Of Rome 2
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Free Portal 2 Update To Include Map Editor
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Valve recently announced the second game add-on for Portal 2 is in development and targeted for release early next year. The major update will feature an easy-to-use in-game map editor that will let users design, build and share their own single-player and co-op test chambers with the community, who will be able to view, play and vote on them with a simple click.

A hilariously mind-bending adventure that challenges you to use wits over weaponry in a funhouse of diabolical science, Portal 2 features expansive single and cooperative multiplayer game modes. For more information on Portal 2 and its downloadable content, please visit
Head over to the links below for more.

Valve Software
Portal 2
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Mac Games News for Monday, October 24, 2011

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Two Worlds II Game Of The Year Edition Available Now At MGS6:00 AM
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