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OOTP Baseball 13 Real-Time Simulation Mode Explained
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Out of the Park Developments recently released another article focusing on new features in the upcoming Out of the Park Baseball 13. The article offers insight into Real-Time Simulation Mode. The latest edition of the popular baseball simulation features 2012 rosters, real-time simulation mode, interactive storylines, league assocations, expanded playoff modes, improved online league play, a redesigned interface, and core engine improvements.

With Real-Time Simulation (RTS), you can watch the events of each day unfold in actual real-time. Or, if you wish, you can increase the speed of the day by factors of 2, 5, 10, 20, 60, 120, or 300. During RTS, you have the entire universe at your fingertips. You can look through any part of your league or association while the day plays out. But don't worry about missing events as they happen: the RTS Live Update Bar, positioned atop the screen, gives you all scoring updates, as well as news of special events in the making. You also have the option of speeding up or slowing down your day, as well as pausing the action.

With Real-Time Simulation, you don't have to let your world zoom by. You can stop to smell the roses and watch the action unfold before your very eyes. On one day, there were several games with severe playoff implications, along with comebacks, no-hit bids, the kind of clutch hitting you would want from your MVP candidates, and the types of moments that make us all baseball fans.

Check out the link below to read more.

OOTP Baseball 13: The Road To Release, Part 2
OOTP Developments
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iGame Radio Reviews LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Game Review Cast 63 of Omaha Sternberg's iGame Radio podcast is now available for listening. The podcast features a review of Feral Interactive's LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. The game is the latest in the line of LEGO titles to be brought to the Mac by Feral.

Game Review Cast 59:

A review of LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, published by Feral Interactive. This is the latest LEGO game in the series featuring the Star Wars universe, and surprised our cynical reviewer with its depth of story, humor, and fun all wrapped into one.
Follow the link below to listen to the podcast.

iGame Radio: Game Review Cast 63
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LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
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WoW Developers Reveal More About Mists Of Pandaria
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Wowhead has posted a series of interviews with Blizzard Entertainment developers about the upcoming Mists of Pandaria expansion coming to the company's fantasy MMO World of Warcraft. The interviews include discussions with Cory Stockton, Tom Chilton, J. Allen Back, and Greg Street about a variety of topics related to the panda themed expansion.

Q: Bit about mounts--everyone loves them, and I liked hearing about the Wintersaber-esque Cloud Serpents today. Will there be more PvP mounts besides the Gladiator ones? Also, when I interviewed Dave Kosak back in October, he talked about a potential quest to modify your mount's appearance--any updates on that? What cool mounts are in the works in general?

Cory Stockton:
Yeah, if you like the Wintersaber mounts, you'll really like the Cloud Serpents.

We have a ton of mounts that we're planning to give out--more than in Cataclysm as far as what we can give out across the game. There's mounts from rares, achievements, and dungeon bosses. One thing we're adding is world bosses--raid bosses--we're bringing that back, and one plan for the rewards is that each boss will have a unique mount in their loot table.

However, mounts are sacred--one of the only things left that's visual prestige. So we do want to make sure we give them out for the right things, like the Challenge Mode achievements Tom spoke about. That's one we think will look super epic and cool and we want to make sure it stays just for that--you can't get that look anywhere else in the game.

Read more at the page below.

Wowhead: Mists of Pandaria Q&As
Blizzard Entertainment
World Of Warcraft: Mists Of Pandaria

Brian Fargo Discusses Wasteland 2 Kickstarter Success
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Digital Trends has posted a short new interview with inXile CEO Brian Fargo about the success of its Kickstarter campaign to crowd fund a sequel to the classic Wasteland. In just seven days Wasteland 2 has received over 1.4 million in pledges. In the article Fargo discussed some of his plans for the money collected in excess of the 900,000 the developer originally sought.

With just about one and a half times the necessary funding for the game already promised through Kickstarter, Fargo is already planning how that extra money is going to be used. “Having more money means the writers will get to make the game broader and deeper. The bigger music and sound budget means more great music from Mark Morgan. It also allows for more varied environments, more character portraits and interesting effects like having radiation clouds that float move over areas.”

“In addition to more locations, we’ll have the manpower to create more layered effects based on what the player is up to. Cause and effect is everything in a good RPG so triggering based off more variables makes for a better world. This can range from having hundreds of different NPC dialogue remarks based on who is in the party, encounters that react to what you look like, scenes that open up based on how violent you were or perhaps how low your intelligence is. This kind of depth is what made Wasteland 1 so good.”

Prior to the Kickstarter campaign, InXile believed it would take around eighteen months to finish Wasteland 2. The studio remains committed to that deadline, but mod tools for the game may not be available right when it releases according to Fargo.
If the project reaches at least 1.5 million in funding inXile has promised to create a Mac version of the game. Currently the total is less than 23,000 away from that target.

Click over to the page below for the full interview.

Digital Trends: Brian Fargo On Wasteland 2 Kickstarter Success
Wasteland 2
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy Offers Updated Demo6:00 AM
Darth Maul Returns In Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures6:00 AM
The Banner Saga Announced6:00 AM
The Future Of The Dragon Age Saga6:00 AM
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