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Dragon Age Mac Pack Available For Limited Time
6:00 AM | IMG News | 5 comments

Only a few hours remain in which to purchase the Dragon Age Mac Pack from The compliation includes Bioware's Dragon Age: Ultimate Edition (which features the original Dragon Age: Orgins game plus the Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Expansion Pack) and Dragon Age 2 for just $19.95. That's a saving of $50 off the regular price.

Dragon Age: Origins
You are a Grey Warden, one of the last of this legendary order of guardians. With the return of mankind's ancient foe and the kingdom engulfed in civil war, you have been chosen by fate to unite the shattered lands and slay the archdemon once and for all. Explore a stunning world, make complex moral choices, and engage in bone-crushing combat against massive and terrifying creatures.

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Expansion Pack
The story of the Grey Wardens continues as you are named their commander. Fight new enemies, learn new skills and spells, and explore an all-new area of the world, Amaranthine.

All Nine Content Packs
Extend your adventure with The Stone Prisoner, Warden's Keep, Return to Ostagar, Feastday Gifts, The Darkspawn Chronicles, Feastday Pranks, Leliana's Song, The Golems of Amgarrak, and Witch Hunt. Collect new rewards, gain new party members, and more as you delve deeper into the Dragon Age storyline.

Dragon Age 2
Experience the epic sequel to the 2009 Game of the Year from the critically acclaimed makers of Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2. You are one of the few who escaped the destruction of your home. Now, forced to fight for survival in an ever-changing world, you must gather the deadliest of allies, amass fame and fortune, and seal your place in history. This is the story of how the world changed forever. The legend of your Rise to Power begins now.


  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard or greater
  • 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or better
  • MEMORY: 2 GB or greater
  • GRAPHICS: ATI HD2600, NVIDIA 9400, or better graphics card with at least 256 MB of dedicated VRAM
  • INPUT: Keyboard and mouse
  • Video cards not supported: Intel GMA series, Nvidia 7x00 series, AMD 1x00 series, AMD 2400, Intel HD 3000
The Dragon Age Mac Pack is available for $19.95 (USD).

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Using Religion And Espionage In Civilization V: Gods & Kings
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media's Game Agent has posted a new list of tips for success in the recently released Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings expansion. The new addition "takes players from founding the first Pantheon of the Gods and spreading religion across the world, to deploying spies in enemy cities to steal information and technology, and much more."

Welcome enthusiastic Civilization V: Gods & Kings players! We hope everyone’s been enjoying this rich and detailed expansion. If you’re outside of North America and shaking your fist, don’t worry, only a little while more to go, so chin up.

Whether it’s planning for your first game in the future or some insight into a current game, we’ve tried to dig in and give you some advice and tips that should help you in your quest to rule the new world of Gods & Kings. First some insight into the game’s two big new aspects, then some general advice for gameplay and strategy.

Read more at the link below.

Game Agent: Gods & Kings Tips
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Civilization V: Gods & Kings
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Battle Academy Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Slitherine and Matrix Games have announced the release of version 2.0.4 of the Battle Academy WWII turn-based strategy series. The new version includes a number of bug fixes and optimizations, as well as the addition of a 2D modding option for using unique unit graphics.

Matrix Games and Slitherine are excited to announce the newest update to the critically-acclaimed Battle Academy, which adds a host of new features and fixes, the biggest being the inclusion of the multiplayer force selection battles to make combat between human opponents a bit more interesting!

In the multiplayer force selection battles, players can choose from five new scenarios where they and their opponent can create their forces from a limited number of points. Want to go heavy on the infantry or outfit your force with more tanks? It is entirely up to you, but remember that your opponent will be doing the same, allowing for high replay values and adding an uncertainty to the battlefield.

The update also adds in a 2D modding option, for PC and Mac versions only, to use 2D unit graphics and objects for modded campaigns.

Click over to the page below for more information.

Battle Academy 2.0.4 Update
Battle Academy

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The 7 Day FPS Challenge Produces Intriguing Concept Games
6:00 AM | Andrew Lennox | Comment on this story

In the light of a revolution in independent games, there have been many individuals who have attempted to capitalize on this success. One example is The 7 Day FPS Challenge. Just as the title suggests it challenges developers to make a full, playable first person shooter in just 7 days - A massive feat for any independent developer. Despite the challenge, in the first round there have been a number of developers who have come up with innovative, new and simply fun gameplay mechanics. It’s hard to believe that people are able to come up with something playable in such a short period of time. The rules are simple:

  1. Make a game
  2. Have fun
Since the rules have kept the competition flexible, it allows developers a broad spectrum of possibilities from which to chose. And lucky for us Mac gamers, the experiments are supported on our platform as well.

With the competition concluding just over a week ago, we can now look at the full range of successful entries available. One attention grabber was Receiver. With the limitation of just one weapon, the player in this FPS must search through a hotel full of enemy robots and find tapes scattered around the sci-fi / Deus Ex styled environment. Receiver shows off a beautifully rendered world which is situated within a city hotel in the midst of the night. The environment combined with the “Film Noir” styled lighting creates eeriness as well as an inkling of fear within.

Another which must be noted is Timescale. In this game you are placed in a TRON styled area where you are a cube with a gun. You must fire this gun at attacking cubes and last as long as you can. Quite a simple concept but at the same time very effective. With this simplicity comes a high amount of difficulty. After 100 seconds in this black and white world, enemies seem to be coming from every direction.

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Overall, it's a great start to a competition which is bound to become a popular event in the years to come. Encouraging more people to make unique and great games is always a fantastic way to shake up the industry. It is also great to see a large amount of people having a go at making one of the hardest genres in video gaming. With initiatives like this, the days of FPS blandness may be numbered.

Check out all the games and support the people who made them at the 7 Day FPS Challenge website linked below.

The 7 Day FPS Challenge

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New Telepath Tactics Video Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Sinister Design has posted a new video showcasing development on the upcoming Telepath Tactics. Set in the world of the Telepath RPG universe, the turn-based multiplayer tactics game will feature support for up to six players in hotseat mode, a new art style, redesigned UI, and a new combat engine.

For those of you who don’t follow Sinister Design on Youtube, you may be surprised to know that I have been uploading regular teaser videos showing Telepath Tactics gameplay as development progresses.

Here is the latest of those teasers, in which I face off against the AI on a small, lava-filled map called River of Fire:

Head over to the link below to view the new video.

Telepath Tactics Teaser #5
Telepath Tactics

Mac Games News for Friday, June 22, 2012

Brave Now Available6:00 AM
Civilization V: Gods & Kings Reviewed6:00 AM
Feral To Bring SEGA Titles To Macs This Summer6:00 AM
Transcripted Announced6:00 AM
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