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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Mistborn: Birthright RPG Announced For 2013
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Little Orbit has announced it will be bringing Mistborn: Birthright to a variety of platforms, including Mac, in 2013. Based on the best-selling fantasy novels of Brandon Sanderson, the upcoming role playing game will feature an original story from the author set hundreds of years before the first novel. Players will take the role of a young nobleman struggling to master his new found magic powers as he battles those seeking to destroy his family.

Mistborn is set in a dark world of ash, mist, and gothic fantasy creatures, dominated by a seemingly immortal villain known as the Lord Ruler. It also follows individuals who use a powerful rule-based magic system known as Allomancy that allows them to temporarily enhance their physical and mental abilities by ingesting and "burning" flakes of metal. Those who have the ability to burn a single metal are called Mistings, and those who can burn all metals are known as Mistborn.

The upcoming RPG video game will feature an original storyline created by Sanderson, set several hundreds of years before the first Mistborn novel, and will focus on a unique combat system that puts Allomancy into the hands of gamers. Players will suit up as Fendin "Fiddle" Fathvell, an arrogant young nobleman who must quickly master his newfound Allomantic abilities before forces at work can destroy his entire family.

"I'm a huge fan of the series, and I cannot wait to get this into the hands of gamers," said Matthew Scott, CEO of Little Orbit. "Between the distinctive magic system, the story twists Brandon has planned for the game, and the rich depth of character skills, we're creating something very unique for players to enjoy."

Sanderson is no stranger to video games. He recently completed story development on the Infinity Blade II video game including the accompanying Infinity Blade: Awakening novella. In between writing his popular Mistborn and Stormlight novels, he is also finishing work on the final novel in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Sanderson has been labeled "one of the most popular new fantasy writers to emerge in the last ten years."

"As an avid gamer, I'm extremely excited by this opportunity," said Sanderson. "The chance to write the story for a Mistborn game while working with a team of talented developers is, quite literally, living a dream."

For more information about the game visit the links below.

Little Orbit
Mistborn: Birthright

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New Vacation Quest, Mystery P.I. Titles At MGS
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story has added two new PopCap Game titles to its growing list of game titles available for download and purchase. The new additions are Vacation Quest - Australia and Mystery P.I. - The Curious Case of Conterfeit Cove. Both casual puzzlers challenge players to find hidden objects and solve puzzles in a variety of colorful locations.

Vacation Quest - Australia:

Grab your passport for an exotic seek and find adventure! Take a trip Down Under as you search for hidden clues to unlock new adventures and extend your stay. It's your own relaxing getaway!

Explore 28 scenes across Australia in search of over 2,200 hidden objects. Track down boomerangs in each location to tour new sites and earn a Perfect Score. Fill your vacation journal with your achievements and discover cool facts. Relax in untimed Vacation mode or compete against the clock. Either way, you'll never want it to end!


  • Find over 2,200 hidden objects
  • Explore 28 Australian settings
  • Play three game modes: Vacation Quest plus two bonus game modes
  • Solve 7 unique mini-games: Jigsaw, Match-3, Mahjong and more
  • Locate hidden boomerangs to unlock new scenes and extend your vacation!
  • Explore your vacation journal and discover Australian trivia and local lingo
  • Choose Vacation mode for a relaxing break or compete against the clock
Mystery P.I. - The Curious Case of Conterfeit Cove:

The picturesque New England village of Whaler's Cove is preparing for the fall tourism season, but counterfeit bills are popping up all around the seaside settlement. You've been hired by the town elders to track down the counterfeiting ring before the fake bills ruin the local economy.

Visit 25 charming seaside locations as you search for more than 2,200 hidden objects. Explore more than 100 levels and find hidden lobsters and keys to unlock 2 bonus game modes. Solve 6 unique mini-game puzzles. Go for a Perfect Search and earn speed bonuses to beat your high score.


  • Find over 2,200 cleverly hidden objects
  • Explore 25 amazing seaside locations
  • Play 3 game modes: Locate the Counterfeit Ring, Unlimited Seek & Find and a bonus mystery game
  • Solve 6 unique mini-games including Mahjong, Match-3 and Jigsaw
  • Locate 50 hidden lobsters and keys to unlock two bonus game modes
  • Go for a Perfect Search and earn speed bonuses to beat your high score
The PopCap titles require Intel Macs running OS X 10.5 or later and are avaiable now for $9.95 (USD) each.

Vacation Quest - Australia
Mystery P.I. - The Curious Case of Counterfeit Cove
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Buy Mystery P.I. - The Curious Case of Counterfeit Cove

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Mists Of Pandaria Q&A
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In a new interview with Computers and Video Games, Blizzard Entertainment's COO Paul Sams discussed the upcoming Mists of Pandaria expansion for the company's fantasy MMO, World of Warcraft. The developer covered a variety of topics related to the expansion including attempts to attract new players, Monk martial arts styles, and the future of the franchise.

Can you see room to build on WOW beyond the new expansion? Is there still potential for growth there in say, another expansion?

Absolutely, because I know what the next one is. (laughs) So, that being said, I think there's a lot of opportunity. I got the pitch from Chris Metzen last Friday of what they plan for 6.0 and I'm pretty geeked up about it. They already know what they're going to be doing for multiple expansions ahead. They have an idea - a general framework. They're these lore creators. They're the ones who drive what the world looks like today and what it'll like tomorrow and beyond.

I think the future of World Of Warcraft continues to be bright and I think MOP is going to breath huge life into what I believe is the best MMO out there. I think the number of people we have playing and the level of enthusiasm they have for the game suggests that to be the case. This is the next of many ways in which we're going to grow and improve and evolve this game.

Read more at the page below.

CVG: Mists Of Pandaria Q&A
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World Of Warcraft: Mists Of Pandaria

Auditorium Duet Kickstarter Campaign Ending Soon
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Cipher Prime has announced that its Kickstarter campaign to fund the follow up to Auditorium will end on March 30, with funding currently at 80% of the $60,000 goal. As in the original game, players of Auditorium Duet will bend rivers of light and color through puzzles to create music, but this time the focus will be on cooperative play. A single player mode will also be available.

In Auditorium Duet, players will team up with friends for the first time.  To solve puzzles, they will need to coordinate with a partner to guide the luminous motes to their proper destinations. Auditorium Duet will be an intense experience where participants must lean on each other’s intuition and skills to create a vividly pulsing colorscape.  Auditorium Duet will also include a single player mode which goes above and beyond the first Auditorium.
Rewards for project supporters at the lower levels include a FREE copy of Cipher Prime’s Fractal for all backers at any level ($1 or more), game solution guides, recognition and thanks in credits, access to regular project update reports and copies of the game.  Rewards at higher levels include special exclusive game levels, soundtracks (with accompanying sheet music), framed prints, and more!  With contributions that exceed the $60,000 goal, funding will contribute towards additional game improvements – such as creative flourishes, game depth and additional platforms.
Check out the link to learn more.

Auditorium Duet
Cipher Prime

Mac Games News for Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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