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Nine Years Of EVE Online
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

May 6th will mark the ninth anniversary of CCP Games's release of EVE Online. To celebrate the sci-fi MMO's birthday the company will be offering players a choice of gifts starting on May 4th and continuing until June 4th.

In much the same way as the 2011 Holiday Gift, we’ll be giving you a choice beginning May 4th, a couple days ahead of the May 6th 9-year-birthday of EVE Online.

Here’s all the options. In their own special way, they each celebrate changes that just came in the Escalation to Inferno patch.

    Fire All Lasers (with Dignity) - Omen and Maller (Cruisers) + Medium Energy Turret and Amarr Cruisers (Skill Books)
  • Duty, Honor, State (and Missiles) - Caracal and Moa (Cruisers) + Assault Missiles, Medium Hybrid Turret, Heavy Missiles, Caldari Cruiser (Skill Books)
  • Deadly Elegance (Drones Extra) - Vexor and Thorax (Cruisers) + Medium Hybrid Turret and Gallente Cruisers (Skill Books)
  • Heavy Iron (Rusted) - Stabber and Rupture (Cruisers) + Assault Missiles, Medium Projectile Turret, Heavy Missiles, Minmatar Cruiser (Skill Books)
  • Plug and Play - Full set of +2 Attribute Implants (Limited Ocular Filter Beta, Limited Neural Boost Beta...etc...)
  • Refine Your Skills - Memory Augmentation Standard and Cybernetic Subprocessor Standard (Implants) + Scrapmetal, Ice and all other ore Processing (Skillbooks)
  • Drill Bits - 10x each ore mining crystal I's (10x Arkonor Mining Crystal I, 10x Bistot Mining Crystal I...etc...10 x Veldspar Mining Crystal I)
  • A Paxist Treasure - Pax Ammaria - Collector's Item

The offer will go live on May 4th and be live until June 4th, 23:59:59 UTC.

As always, any exploits or gaming of the redemption system during this time will result in all exploited items being removed from accounts and those accounts being considered for bans. It's free stuff. Act nice :) Eligible pilots who do not select a gift during this time will receive the "Plug and Play" set by default at the end of the offer timeframe.

Head over to the page below to learn more.

Nine Glorious Years Of EVE Online
CCP Games
EVE Online

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Walking Dead Episode 2 Sneak Peek
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

IGN recently posted a sneak peek video of the upcoming second episode in Telltale Games' five part The Walking Dead saga. Based on the graphic novel by Robert Kirkman, the episodic survival adventure game gives players the difficult task of surviving in a world overrun by zombies.

The Walking Dead is a five-part game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series. Play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer him redemption in a world gone to hell.
A continuing story of adventure horror spanning across 5 episodes:
    Episode 1 – A New Day
    Episode 2 – Starved for Help
    Episode 3 – Long Road Ahead
    Episode 4 – Around Every Corner
    Episode 5 – No Time Left
  • Based on Robert Kirkman's Eisner-Award winning comic book series, The Walking Dead allows gamers to experience the true horror of the zombie apocalypse
  • A tailored game experience – Live with the profound and lasting consequences of the decisions that you make in each episode. Your actions and choices will affect how your story plays out across the entire series.
  • Experience events, meet people and visit locations that foreshadow the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes
  • Meet Glenn before he heads to Atlanta, explore Hershel’s farm before Rick and his group of survivors arrive and before the barn becomes a notorious location in Walking Dead lore
  • You'll be forced to make decisions that are not only difficult, but that will require you to make an almost immediate choice. There’s no time to ponder when the undead are pounding the door down!
  • An Adventure Horror game of 5 monthly episodes. Features meaningful decision-making, exploration, problem solving and a constant fight for survival in a world overrun by the undead
  • Artwork inspired by the original comic books
Check out the video at the link belowl

IGN: Walking Dead Episode 2 Teaser
Telltale Games
The Walking Dead
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Diablo III: Global Play, Auction House, Wizard Trailer
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

In the days leading up to the May 15 release of Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo III, the company has been releasing a variety of information about the action RPG sequel. This time Blizzard has unveiled a new trailer showcasing the Wizard class, information about Diablo III's auction house, and details about usiing Global Play to play on servers in other regions.

Wizard Class:

Finally, our in-depth look at each of the five heroes of Diablo III comes to a brilliant conclusion with the wizard. As we approach the worldwide release of Diablo III on May 15, we've featured every hero on our Diablo III launch site, and this week, you can take in a heap of information about these veritable thunderstorms of lethal power.

    Rumors from Caldeum detail the events surrounding a certain brash student of the sorcerous arts—a promising, even brilliant, pupil, but one whose unbridled ambitions have led to violence and disorder in the respected schools of that august city. This young woman was trained by some of the most skilled mages in the world, but rather than follow their guidance, she chose to display an uncooperative spirit, constantly pushing past their restrictions in pursuit of knowledge that they claimed she was not prepared for.

Auction House:

The gold-based auction house opens its doors worldwide on May 15 with the launch of Diablo III, and we plan to bring the real-money auction house online approximately one week after that. This is a new service that includes lots of complex elements, so we are going to take a little extra time to ensure the game gets off to a good start before we flip the switch and open the real-money auction house for business.

Global Play:

Diablo III's global game servers are grouped into three distinct game regions:

  • The Americas - For players in the US, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia.
  • Europe - For players in the European Union, Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa, and Middle Eastern countries such as Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Asia - For players in South Korea and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.
In general, players will create characters and play in their "home" region, which is determined by where they live (specifically, the country of residence registered to their account). Global Play gives players the ability to switch to any of the other game regions via the in-game options menu, either before or after they log in to the game.
For more information about all the new details head over to the pages listed below.

Diablo III Wizard Info
Diablo III Auction House
Diablo III Global Play
Blizzard Entertainment
Diablo III
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Gratuitous Tank Battles Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

StrategyCore has posted a new preview of Positech Games upcoming Gratuitous Tank Battles. The new title is described as a hybrid of real time strategy and tower defense, featuring online elements, customizable units, and a built-in map editor for custom creations.

The attacking forces enter the map through a single or multiple known locations, aiming to reach the exit points, and they will make their way through using the specified routes which can run parallel to each other or branch in a multitude of ways, creating interesting quandaries and some congenial firing arc overlaps here and there.

To make matters even more sporting there are sometimes adverse lighting conditions to take into account, for instance, in night-time missions, where, though you may know the routes, you may very well not see the sneaky enemies beyond range of your spotlights - unless, of course, you toggle on nightvision!

Fortunately you can speed up, slow down or pause the action at will, to move things along faster towards your deadly meat-grinders or to better keep pace with tricky situations that can let a dastardly foe slip through.
The full preview is available at the following link.

StrategyCore: Gratuitous Tank Battles Preview
Positech Games
Gratuitous Tank Battles
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, May 2, 2012

IMG Reviews Civilization V: Korea DLC6:00 AM
Loren: Amazon Princess Now Available6:00 AM
Portal 2: Perpetual Testing Initiative Trailer Unveiled6:00 AM
Quake Live Free Premium Week Showcases New Pro Content6:00 AM
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