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Diablo III Female Monk Website Update

February 10, 2010 6:00 AMBlizzard Entertainment has updated its Diablo III website with new information about the Monk class. The additions reveal the female monk with all new artwork and an in-game model. Diablo III will return players to the action RPG world of Sanctuary, once again imperiled by the forces of darkness.Without rising from his seat, the monk met the first man's lunging slash, grabbing his wrist and tossing him carelessly over his shoulder, throwing him into a table with a loud crash. The suddenness of the monk's attack momentarily stunned the men, and as they stood there, he rose. That was when chaos broke out. The monk was a fluid mass of restrained energy, meeting every attack with hardly a moment's distress. He fought with hands and feet in a way I had never seen before. In my days, I have witnessed my share of drunken bar brawls, but this was something else altogether. The sound of bones crunching with each of his strikes mixed with something I could not quite...

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Tasty Planet Sequel In The Works

February 10, 2010 6:00 AMIn a blog post from last month Dingo Games revealed that work has begun on a sequel to Tasty Planet. The game put players in the role of a grey glob of experimental bathroom cleaner that rolled over items and slowly increased its size until capable of devouring worlds. The blog update offers a few details about features in the sequel.Ive been working for a couple weeks on a sequel to Tasty Planet. We havent finalized the story or setting for the new game, but weve picked a general direction and things are moving along. Here are some features that we have in mind:

  • Larger scale in levels. We want the ability to go from really small to really large in a single level instead of spread across multiple levels.
  • Many more levels. Ive been working on tools to speed up our ability to generate content.
  • New physics system. This will make object interactions feel better.
  • 2-Player Cooperative play. Should be super fun for parents who...

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent Reaches Alpha

February 9, 2010 6:00 AMFrictional Games recently announced that Amnesia: The Dark Descent has reached the alpha stage. The upcoming new adventure horror title from the creators of the Penumbra series is described as a title which will take players on a "thrill-ride through the depths of madness and explore the dark side of human emotions." It follows the tale of a protagonist on the run from a horrifying foe.So what does this mean? In general terms it means that we now have a large chunk of the game done which we can evaluate and draw conclusions from. More specifically it means:

  • All code for tech, tools and game are done and what is left is basically polish. Note again that this is for all platforms! Sure, the polish is not an easy thing and can include plenty of smaller feature additions, but it is a road map that we can control and plan for.
  • We can now, for the first time in almost three years, test the game and see how it really plays like!
  • We now...

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Din's Curse Beta Updated

February 9, 2010 6:00 AMSoldak Entertainment has released an update for the beta version of its upcoming action RPG, Din's Curse. The beta version is available to testers and those who have pre-ordered the game. In addition to a variety of quests to complete and monsters to slay the final game will feature 6 characters classes with 18 specialties for a total of 141 possible character combinations.Din, champion of the gods, has cursed you into a second life of service because you selfishly squandered your first one while causing misfortune to those around you. To redeem yourself, you must impress Din by building a reputation for helping others. Travel the spacious western plains of Aleria and save desperate towns from the brink of annihilation. Until you're redeemed, you're doomed to wander the earth alone for all eternity. In Din's Curse, you will explore an extensive underground, slaying dangerous monsters, solving dynamic quests, dodging deadly traps, and in your spare time,...

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BioWare's Greg Zeschuk Discusses RPGs

February 9, 2010 6:00 AMA.V. Club has posted a new interview with BioWare cofounder Greg Zeschuk. The developer discussed the company's popular role playing game franchises including Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age, covering topics like cinematics, romance, dialog trees, and how the genre is evolving.AVC: Starting with Baldurs Gate II, your games have also become well-known for the romances that the player forms with other characters in the game. With Dragon Age, the gay sex scene made the news. People are scared that their kids will just all of a sudden end up in this situation in a tent with the bisexual elf, and thats not really at all how it works.GZ: No, not even remotely. [Laughs.] AVC: Do you think theres a better way to communicate that theres a whole context and a lengthy relationship leading up to these scenes? Or do you think these controversies just flare up and move on?GZ: On one hand, at a very high level, demographics are going to help us on this, because sooner or...

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Missions Of The Reliant OS X Version In Development

February 9, 2010 6:00 AMOrange River Studio's Michael Rubin has informed us that his Classic OS shareware game set in outer space, Missions of the Reliant, will be receiving an OS X version. Reliant fan and Mac Programmer Gwynne Raskind has started work on porting the game and will be offering progress updates on her blog.From The Monk's Brew:For those of you who dont know, I did write one other computer game in the past, The Missions of Starship Reliant (aka, Missions of the Reliant). I had always wanted to write and release a game throughout my childhood, but all I knew back in the 80s was BASIC, and that never got me very far. And so, at one point in my mid-twenties, and being a Mac fan and all, I decided to pick up some books and learn Pascal. In 1994, amid great imaginary fanfare and to much fictitious critical acclaim, the first version of Missions was released in all of its $20 shareware glory. (The sequel, Missions II, was released in 1996, but it was really just an...

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The Rise And Fall Of The Lich King

February 8, 2010 6:00 AMBlizzard Entertainment has published an Insider interview with World of Warcraft Lead Encounter Designer Scott Mercer and Lead Systems Designer Greg Street. The developers discussed the Fall of the Lich King content update released with version 3.3 of World of Warcraft.Can you give us any teasers about the final Lich King encounter from a gameplay standpoint? How difficult will he be? Any insight into how his skills and powers from Warcraft III will carry over into the final Lich King raid event?Scott Mercer: We're going to keep those cards close to the vest, as players will be toe-to-toe with the Lich King soon enough, but I can say that he will pose the greatest challenge yet found in World of Warcraft. Beyond that, I can only share a few additional details. The battle against the Lich King takes place at the top of Icecrown Citadel where the Frozen Throne protrudes from the citadel's tallest tower. Throughout the fight, players will have an epic view of...

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City Of Heroes Secret Admirer Contest

February 8, 2010 6:00 AMNCSoft and Paragon Studios have announced a new contest for the super hero themed MMO, City of Heroes. Participants in the City of Heroes Secret Admirer contest will compete to offer the best Valentine's Day card to War Witch. Prizes for winning entrants include a Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset, a Razer Destructor Precision Gaming Surface, Hero and Villain Pins, 5 year anniversary T-shirt, and Projector Pens.At some point, we've all stood outside of War Witch's apartment and played the role of Secret Admirer. After all, who wouldn't be wild over a talented sorceress who possesses brains, beauty and brawn? We sure are big fans...and we're banking on the fact that you are too!So in honor of Valentine's Day being just around the corner, we've dreamt up a new way for you to express your love and admiration for this spiritual City of Heroes stunner!Introducing the City of Heroes Secret Admirer Contest where between Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 10:00 AM CST...

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Dragon Age: Origins Collectors Edition For Mac...

February 8, 2010 6:00 AMMacworld has posted a new review of the Mac version of Dragon Age: Origins Collector's Edition. Bioware's latest fantasy role playing epic challenges players to take on the role of a Grey Warden and defend the land of Fereldin from the monstrous Darkspawn. Macworld gave the game a score of 5 out of 5.From the review:On my MacBook Pro 2.66GHz running Mac OS 10.6, Dragon Age was stunning. From the fire effects of enemy spells to the gush of blood from a blade, the details were beautiful and realistic. Unlike some RPGs, there isnt a major drop off between cut scenes and combat; the shadows and shading were impressive in both. There are some moments of slow-down, particularly in the bigger environments, but on the whole I was impressed with my machines ability to handle this high-end game. While chaotic, battles are easy to manage thanks to the pause button and the ability to instantly order your party to change tactics.Combat isnt just about throwing the same...

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The Sims Franchise Turns Ten

February 8, 2010 6:00 AMThe EA Play Label of Electronic Arts recently announced the celebration of the ten year anniversary of The Sims, the popular game that allowed players to create and live a virtual, simulated life on a computer. Since the original The Sims debut on February 4, 2000, the franchise has produced three core games The Sims, The Sims 2, and The Sims 3 supported by dozens of expansion and stuff packs with lifetime unit sales eclipsing 125 million worldwide.As part of the celebration EA is offering several free items: Let there be Sims!, The Sims Strike Back and In the Dawn of Sims, as well as a 10% discount on all new items sets until February 14.The future of The Sims is going to be a lot of fun; it is rare for an entertainment franchise to be gaining momentum a decade after release, so this is a particularly pleasant moment for everyone who has worked on the games. The success of The Sims is something gamers and the gaming business as a whole can be proud of....

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Rome: Total War Gold Edition Available Today

February 5, 2010 6:00 AMFeral Interactive is scheduled to release Rome: Total War Gold Edition for Mac today. Originally developed by The Creative Assembly and published by SEGA, the game is released under the Feral Legends label.In Rome: Total War players take charge of one of three Roman families with the goal of increasing their family's power in Rome through diplomacy, economic skill, and war. The Gold Edition includes the original strategy title as well as the Barbarian Invasion expansion.The Total War series is one of the most-requested additions to Mac gaming, said Feral Interactives David Stephen. Its a game that is superbly suited to the platform and one that will be available to all Mac owners including those with Intel MacBooks and Mac minis. "The Creative Assembly is delighted that Mac users will now have the opportunity to experience Rome: Total War and Barbarian Invasion" says Mike Simpson, Creative Director at The Creative Assembly, "We hope that these players will...

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Civilization IV Digital Download Now Available

February 5, 2010 6:00 AMAspyr Media has announced the release of a digital download version of Civilization IV for Macs. The download is available exclusively from Aspyr's GameAgent store. The company has also opened up preorders for upcoming downloadable versions of the games two expansions: Warlords and Beyond the Sword, as well as Civilization III: Complete.Sid Meiers Civilization IV comes-to-life like never before in a beautifully detailed, living 3D world that expands the gameplay experience. This latest installment takes the franchise to new heights with the addition of new ways to play and win, new tools to manage and expand your civilization, all-new easy to use mod capabilities and various multiplayer modes and options.. With Sid Meiers Civilization IV, rule throughout time and create your own legacy as you guide your civilization from the dawn of man through the space age and beyond. Implement new technologies, conduct diplomacy or wage war to grow your society and become...

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Wacky Mini-Golf Update Adds Ghost Ship Theme

February 5, 2010 6:00 AMDanLabGames has announced the release of an update for its family-friendly hit title, Wacky Mini-Golf. The update brings the game to version 1.1and adds the new "spooky and humorous" Ghost Ship theme to the game. Wacky Mini-Golf features five original themes, 90 holes, 20 animated golf avatars, multiplayer vis hot seat mode.Wacky Mini-Golf is a best-selling Mac game that puts you on the links in exotic nature locales, now with 5 original themes and a total of 90 holes. Choose from 20 animated custom golfer avatars or use your iSight camera to edit your own pic into the game. Invite up to four players to take turns in "hot seat" mode and get started: Enjoy the awesome graphics, challenging courses, original soundtrack and family-friendly comic relief. 
See how you stack up against other players with the online leaderboard and submit your achievement photos to the online player gallery. Features:

  • Real-time 3D gameplay.
  • 5 themes and a total of...

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Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning Reviewed

February 5, 2010 6:00 AMMac|Life has posted a new review of the Mac version of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. The game features Realm vs Realm combat and allows players to enter a grim fantasy world where the armies of Order and Destruction collide to determine the fate of nations. Mac|Life gave Warhammer Online a score of 4 out of 5.From the review:Really, the expectation is that youve played this kind of game before and know the implications of your decisions, so anyone unfamiliar with the MMORPG universe will likely stumble through their first 10 levels or so. Fortunately, once you get the hang of it, the experience is rich and rewarding. You can embark on solo quests, start battles alongside other players, fight against other players, join guilds, start guilds, craft items, and explore the enormous (and beautiful) world. The games main focus is realm-versus-realm and player-versus-player combat, where the two factions square off for control over important locations and...

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City Of Heroes Second Mission Architect Contest...

February 4, 2010 6:00 AMNCSoft and Paragon Studios have announced a second Mission Architect contest for the company's super hero themed MMO, City of Heroes. Contest entrants are asked to write an arc for levels 5 to 10 with a story about a known hero or villain who loses their powers. The contest winner could receive a permanent title on a character of his or her choice, and a Developer's Choice for the mission arc.Sigh...you know, sometimes it's tough being the creator of so many great products, living the good life in the high tower with all these responsibilities. So many things to juggle...remember when it was easier? When you were still new and didn't have so many things to take care of? Back when you could...could just be yourself? I'm not crying! Ahem...I'm just...aha! Coming up with an idea for the next challenge! That's it...I know EXACTLY what it'll be! I challenge you all to write an arc for levels 5 to 10 with a story about a known hero or villain who loses their...

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Apple Games Features Rome: Total War Gold Edition

February 4, 2010 6:00 AMApple Games' latest feature article explores the historical combat in Feral Interactive's Rome: Total War Gold Edition for Mac. In the game players take charge of one of three Roman families with the goal of increasing their family's power in Rome through diplomacy, economic skill, and war. Apple's article includes an overview of the game, comments from developer Mike Simpson, a history of the Roman era, and a list of cheat codes.As your territory grows, youll also need to keep an eye on the home front. Citizens taxed too heavily may threaten to revolt, while poorly-maintained settlements are more susceptible to plague outbreaks that will decimate their population and reduce the amount of Denarii they contribute to your coffers. However, if you capture a settlement located in a province with a World Wonder such as the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Lighthouse of Alexandria youll earn powerful empire-wide benefits. I split the early part of the campaign...

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Hive Media Games Formed, Angela's World Released

February 4, 2010 6:00 AMHive Media has announced the acquisition of Windmill Games and the creation of Hive Media Games. HMG's first release is Angela's World an action game which challenges players to gather enchanted roses while dodging sparks and other hazards on a small planet.William Weaver, President and CEO of Hive Media, Inc. stated, I am proud that Hive Media has had the opportunity to form Hive Media Games with Sven Paroth as Senior Programmer. Hive Media is comprised of extremely talented professional artists, audio engineers and programmers. Through our team and a large business network, I am sure that many people will be enjoying our games for years to come. Sven Paroth, ex-owner of Windmill Games stated, After review, I welcomed the opportunity to become a part of Hive Media and help build Hive Media Games. Working as one entity, we are excited to bring a varied number of qualitative games on multiple platforms in the coming months. William Weaver added, We promise to...

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Din's Curse Now Available For Preorder

February 4, 2010 6:00 AMSoldak Entertainment has announced that its upcoming action RPG title, Din's Curse, is available for pre-order. Those who purchase early will receive full access to the latest beta build, a reduced pre-order price of only $19.99, single player and co-op multiplayer (both LAN and internet), the opportunity to give Soldak feedback on the official forums, and the final game version when it becomes available.Din's Curse:Din, champion of the gods, has cursed you into a second life of service because you selfishly squandered your first one while causing misfortune to those around you. To redeem yourself, you must impress Din by building a reputation for helping others. Travel the spacious western plains of Aleria and save desperate towns from the brink of annihilation. Until you're redeemed, you're doomed to wander the earth alone for all eternity. In Din's Curse, you will explore an extensive underground, slaying dangerous monsters, solving dynamic quests,...

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The Sims 3: High End Loft Stuff Pack Now Available

February 3, 2010 6:00 AMElectronic Arts has announced the release of The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff pack for The Sims 3. The pack adds a variety of new items to the popular sim title including three items returning from the previous two Sims titles: the heart-shaped vibrating bed, the electric guitar, and the aquarium.Create The Ultimate High-End Loft Lifestyle For Your SimsTransform your Sims' homes into sleek, edgy apartments with The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff. There's a host of new items for your most lived-in rooms, including slick gadgets for your high-tech study, a next-gen gaming system for the killer game room and modern furniture for the most contemporary living room. Now your Sims can give their homes an ultra-modern makeover!Features:

  • Add a sleek, high-end, tech-inspired look to your Sims bedroom, living room, bathroom, office and den.
  • Upgrade your Sims' wardrobes with forward looking apparel, tailored suits and sophisticated outerwear....

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Land Air Sea Warfare Coming Soon To Macs

February 3, 2010 6:00 AMIsotope 244 recently announced work on a Mac version of the recently released Land Air Sea Warfare, a new game from the developers of Machines at War. The strategy war game features 70 new types of units, new technologies, and six "gigantic mega units" for players to control.After two years of development I have finally completed my next game! It builds on my previous real time strategy game Machines at War and takes it in a different direction. Battles are now a rich mix of different types of units and your headquarters can even be in the sea! There are over 70 new types of units, new technologies, and six gigantic mega units which are awesome in battle! I would list all of the changes, but looking at my work log there are over 800 of them! I will be working on the Mac version next and am still developing the game every day, so if you have any suggestions for the game please let me know. - James BryantLand Air Sea Warfare:Command a force of thousands of...

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World Of Warcraft Version 3.3.2 Released

February 3, 2010 6:00 AMBlizzard Entertainment has announced the release of the version 3.3.2 update for its popular MMO, World of Warcraft. Among other things the patch gives players a new cinematic once they've defeated the Lich King Arthas as well as a variety of Mac specific bug fixes.Frostwing Halls, a chilling place containing the final obstacles between your raid and the Lich King himself, is now open. You can expect to uncover disturbing and horrific phenomena taking place against the Green Dragonflight before finding Sindragosa hovering above you. Should you have what it takes to destroy the Lich King's most prized frost wyrm, as well as having already conquered the Plaguewerks and Crimson Hall areas of Icecrown Citadel, you'll have your chance to follow Tirion Fordring to the Frozen Throne, a chilling pedestal atop which the Lich King has reigned unchallenged for years. The time has come, brave adventurers, for him to fall! Click over to the links below for more...

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City Of Heroes Spring Fling Event Celebrates...

February 3, 2010 6:00 AMParagon Studios has announced the beginning of the Spring Fling in-game event for its super hero themed MMO, City of Heroes. The event, which began on February 2 and continues through March 2, features a variety of Valentine's Day themed missions and unlockable content.Ganymede, Scratch, and DJ Zero are once again flinging out the fun and creating seasonal harmony from that jumpin-est of joints, Pocket D. Blue side and Red side have another chance to join forces and Snap some Teeth. This popular event is back with the potential to earn unlockable costume pieces and badges. Brave the Well of the Furies, find Aphrodite's Girdle, and take down that mischievous Red Cap, Snaptooth. Don't forget the exciting temporary powers available only from this event...confound your enemies with the Nectar of the gods and enemies become allies with the crossover Dimension Drop buff. Starts: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 8:59 a.m. PST (11:59 a.m. EST)Ends: Tuesday, March 2,...

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Todd Hollenshead Discusses id's Merger With...

February 2, 2010 6:00 AMEdge Online recently published a brief interview with id Software's Todd Hollenshead. The game developer discussed the company's merger with Bethesda Softworks parent company Zenimax Media.Of course, everyone looks at it as, Well, id was purchased by Zenimax! but I think its just as true that we acquired an internal publishing capacity, said Todd Hollenshead. Thats really what the relationship is. As much as we have valued our publishing relationships with other thirdparty publishers in the past, there is a difference, because we were separate companies. Although we were trying to work together, ultimately there is an idea that we have divergent goals. Its actually worked out really well. They value development for its own sake, rather than just trying to put something in a box and relying on marketing for sales, said Hollenshead. They believe in the quality of the product you put in and the value of the entertainment the consumer gets out as what ultimately...

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iGame Radio Episode 91 Features Bioshock Review

February 2, 2010 6:00 AMEpisode 91 of Omaha Sternberg's iGame Radio podcast is now available for listening. The podcast features a review of Feral Interactive's Bioshock for Mac as well as reviews of Crush the Castle and Groovin' Blocks for iPhone and iPod Touch.Episode 91:

  • A review of the long awaited Bioshock, by Feral Interactive, the FPS that pits you against the insane inhabitants of the underwater city of Rapture, and their Little Sisters.
  • Plus, a review of Crush the Castle, a strategy shooter of sorts for the iPhone. See yon castle fair? Now go beat it down with thy trebuchet in tiny bits!
  • Finally, a review of Groovin Blocks, a musical puzzler that brings new life to old Tetris-clones worldwide. Bring em down to the beat, and multiply your score. Because I love my C64. Well, that should have been one of the lyrics to the song, I think.

Check out the podcast at the web page linked below....

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Exploring The MMO World Of Onverse

February 2, 2010 6:00 AMMacworld has posted a new article examining Onverse, a title which fuses social networking with an online virtual world. Onverse allows users to combine 2D features of sites like Facebook and MySpace with the 3D virtual experience of MMOs. The game is free to join, with microtransactions for premium items available from the Onverse store.Released on November 25th, the latest update added a third world that augments the real estate available to new users. The Hub is Onverses main drag, with a few high-rise apartment buildings, a casino, a nightclub, an amphitheater, and plenty of stores to shop in. Meanwhile, Volcano Island and Ancient Moon are home to themed housing communities as well as a few outdoor sites to spend time in. All of these worlds are scattered with points that players can collect to use as currency to buy things like furniture, clothing, and tools. For those willing to spend some actual money, Cash Coins can be purchased through the Onverse...

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Ten New Diablo III Screenshots Unveiled

February 2, 2010 6:00 AMBlizzard Entertainment recently posted ten new screenshots from Diablo III, the game company's eagerly anticipated return to the action RPG franchise. The game will allow players to revisit the world of Sanctuary where they must once again take up arms against the demonic forces threatening humanity.Diablo III will pick up the story twenty years after the events of Diablo II. Mephisto, Diablo, and Baal have been defeated, but the Worldstone, which once shielded the inhabitants of the world of Sanctuary from the forces of both the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, has been destroyed, and evil once again stirs in Tristram. Playing as a hero from one of five distinct character classes, players will acquire powerful items, spells, and abilities as they explore new and familiar areas of Sanctuary and battle hordes of demons to safeguard the world from the horrors that have arisen. Diablo III will feature a custom 3D-graphics engine to render lush indoor and...

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Vendetta Online Adds Station Conquest

February 1, 2010 6:00 AMGuild Software has added a new feature for its massively-multiplayer online space strategy game, Vendetta Online. Station Conquest gives groups of players the chance to attack a space station and take control of it. Planned updates for the new feature include holding territory around the station and manufacture of automated drones for mining.This new gameplay mechanic allows groups of players to coordinate their attacks on a particular station, seizing control of it through the disabling of defense turrets, and taking direct ownership via a new "key" based hierarchical authentication system. Owner keys may then be distributed to other leaders, while various User keys may be generated and given to those needing only more limited types of access. The entire conquest system will be expanded over the coming months to allow surrounding territory to be held for the benefit of the station, while automated drones may be manufactured to mine ores and minerals within...

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New Star Tennis Now Available

February 1, 2010 6:00 AMNew Star Games has announced the release of New Star Tennis, its newest sport title. The game features a full tennis tour with 66 tournaments, a variety of court styles, training challenges, and a detailed career mode spanning 15 tournaments.New Star Tennis Features:

  • Exciting GameplayExperience thrilling rallies as you compete against the world's elite. An intuitive control system allows you to put the ball anywhere on the court, but you will need some slick skills to become number one.
  • Intense TrainingTo beat the best you will need to train hard and increase your abilities. There are 5 skills to master, Serve, Forehand, Backhand, Volley and Spin. You will also need to work in the gym to build up your Speed and Stamina. Now, get down and give me twenty!
  • The NSG World TourThere are 66 tournaments on the NSG World tour in which you can earn points to improve your ranking. You will need to decide when to train, when to rest and when...

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The Flower Shop Released

February 1, 2010 6:00 AMWinterwolves Software has announced the release of The Flower Shop. The new game, described as a dating and farming simulation, puts players in the role of college student Steve as he works to keep his farm running while pursuing relationship opportunities. The Flower Shop features nine unique endings."I wanted to create a story with universal appeal, with strong romantic elements and enchanting artwork. Life, love, and family are something we all deal with, and all the characters are connected. The decisions of player affect not only his or her relationships, but the way the characters interact with each other." - said Celso Riva, game designer/programmer of the game. The game takes place in Fairbrook, a small farming community in northern California. Steve is a college freshman with relationship troubles. His girlfriend just dumped him, and his father is angry at him for his poor grades. As punishment, Steve is sent to work on his uncle's farm for the...

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Two Worlds II Newsletter Features Game Info, Cloak...

February 1, 2010 6:00 AMTopWare Interactive and Reality Pump recently released a new Two Worlds II newsletter. The thirteenth edition of the newsletter includes information about the game's cave and mine system, a developer Q&A, a description of the Droser monster, and details on a new contest. Two Worlds II will send players to the unexplored land of Eastern Antaloor and will feature detailed graphics, an active combat system, and a complex storyline.INTO THE DEPTHS ON A CAVE ADVENTUREA truly first-class RPG has cave systems full of twisting paths, hidden crannies and hair-raising dungeon labyrinths - and TW2 really comes up trumps in this dark world. The games designers describe it as being a very extensive cave and mine system and we AP editors were at last allowed to experience the legendary underworld of Antaloor for ourselves! Reality Pump invited us to visit one of the vast mines near Hatmandor. This is where the mysterious and magical raw material Verita is mined - by...

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Update: WebCrusher 1.7

Rage Software's web page optimizer improves optimization speed for iWeb sites, publishes optimized websites to FTP servers and MobileMe more quickly, and fixes problems with optimizing PNG files.

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Update: SEEdit Pro 3.1.0

The XHTML editor adds keyboard navigation for its new tabbed interface.

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Update: RAW Developer 1.8.8

Iridient Digital's raw image conversion program adds support for the Canon 1D Mark IV and Fuji S200EXR, an improved profile for the Canon 1D Mark III, and a fix for an issue with the Canon 20D model ID and associated profile.

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Apple: iPhone SDK 3.2 beta

This release of the SDK includes a simulator for the new iPad and tools for building iPad applications.

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Update: KiBiz 5.5

The multi-user business management and accounting system gains auto-screen stretching that expands the workspace to fit the current monitor, custom menus by role, quick search on all fields without entering Find mode, faster navigation, and more.

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Update: KnowledgeMiner (yX) for Excel 2.1

This release of the data mining tool brings more accurate predictions when using Similar Patterns modeling, improved export to Excel for regression models, and a new prediction project.

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Apple: iPad

Apple introduces an oversized iPod Touch with iWork and iBooks apps, plus optional 3G data support via ATT at $14.99 or $29.99 per month. Hardware pricing starts at $499 and ends at $830 for the top model with 64 GB of memory. First shipments of the non-3G model are due in 60 days with 3G models due the following month. (Neither is available yet for ordering.)

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Update: LiveQuartz 1.9

Rhapsoft's image editor adds flip transformations, a shadow effect, an option to import images from other devices (including iPhones, scanners, and cameras), improved accuracy when working at the pixel level, enhancements for drawing tools, and more.

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Update: Sample Manager 3.2

Audiofile Engineering's batch audio processor adds full Snow Leopard compatibility, Audio File First Aid for diagnosing problem files, native support for VST plugins in the Process with Effect action, and other improvements.

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Apple: Aluminum Keyboard Firmware Update 1.1

The keyboard update "improves battery performance of the 2007 aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard when used in combination with other bluetooth devices (eg. Magic Mouse, some bluetooth headsets)" and also addresses an issue with key repeats.

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Apple: Quarterly Financial Report

"The Company posted revenue of $15.68 billion and a net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share."

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Security: Adobe Shockwave

"While all the world is still talking about holes in Internet Explorer and Flash, Adobe has casually closed two critical security holes in Shockwave that allow attackers to inject and execute code."

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New: Symbo 1.0

Symbo from Corner-A is designed to make it easier for developers to work with crash reports and crash dumps.

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Update: WebYep 1.4.5

Objective Development's content management system for web sites adds CKEditor support, improvements in supported server configurations, better PHP 5.3 support, a fix for a problem with borders in the Gallery and Loop Elements, and other changes.

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Update: NimbleKit 1.6.5

VolnaTech's software development kit for the iPhone platform adds new classes (NKModalWindow and NKLabel), enables NKNavigationController to preload pages, supports Unicode strings in the JSON encoder/decoder, and makes other changes.

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New: BusinessMan

BusinessMan is a modular, FileMaker-based customer relationship management (CRM) system that includes integrated email and communications, document management, quote generation, order processing, and more.

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Update: Firefox 3.6

The latest Firefox includes a new type of theme that enables single-click appearance changes, protection from out-of-date plug-ins, fullscreen support for native video, better JavaScript performance, support for new CSS attributes, and more.

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Amazon Update

Get TurboTax on sale now at Amazon (or the new version of TaxCut).

Save a bunch on MobileMe renewals, too.

Amazon has discounts on the brand-new Mac Mini models
plus the new iMacs and new MacBook, not to mention the iPod Touch.

Amazon also saves you money on the MacBook Pro, Mac Pro and MacBook Air
and offers deep discounts on Snow Leopard.

Check the great selection of DRM-free MP3 music at very competitive prices (including free downloads!).

Digital cameras and HDTV's get outstanding discounts, as well.

*And*, while you're saving yourself money, you're also providing critical MacInTouch support just by clicking through any of our links to purchase!

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Report: iPad

Jef Raskin's vision, GPS, electronic books, data storage, historical precedents, camera support, desktop integration, telephony, networking, education, multitasking, applications, computing trends, features and much more

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Report: Security

privacy protection techniques for travelling

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Report: Backup

Time Machine troubleshooting

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Report: Digitizing Video

8mm Film

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Report: Firefox

standards testing, Version 3.6 issues and support

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Report: Help Please

online meeting application needed

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Report: iPhone/Touch Platform

timezones, sync

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Report: Snow Leopard

home theater problem

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Report: Tax Software

bad Dell experience

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Security: Google Chrome

"Attackers can exploit these issues to bypass certain security checks, execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser, and cause denial-of-service conditions; other attacks are also possible."

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New: Etchasoft Reports 1.0

Etchasoft Reports is an Interface Builder 3 plug-in that enables developers to create PDF reports directly within Interface Builder.

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New: MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 Controller Card

MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 Controller Card adds two 6GB/second eSATA ports to any Mac Pro (or PC) with an available PCIe 2.0 slot.

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Update: TwistedWave 1.8

The multi-channel audio editor and recorder adds a 64-bit version, the ability to automatically split a sound file by detecting silences, export to iPhone ringtone files, and other changes.

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Review: AirPort 802.11n Base Station

We have added a few more notes on Ethernet and Airport Disk performance to our comprehensive examination of Apple's new wireless base station (complete with benchmark test results.

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Review: EFi-X PC Kit

This unique hardware module creates an EFI boot environment for Mac OS X on cost-effective, high-performance PC hardware. (Includes performance benchmarks and links to additional information.)

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Review: Flip MinoHD

Like an iPod for video recording, the MinoHD combines friendly simplicity with effective media processing in a remarkably tiny device at an attractive price.
[Includes HD video sample.]

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Review: Aluminum MacBook

We have added photos and discussion about a matte screen film to our detailed review of the new, aluminum MacBook, which covers design, features, issues, performance, pros and cons, with links for more info, and a gallery of photos.

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Review: iPhone 3G

Robert Mohns's review of Apple's new iPhone 3G offers comparisons with the first iPhone, discussion of new features and enterprise support, a look at the new "ecosystem" Apple has built around the device, a screenshot and sample photo gallery and links for more information.

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Review: Time Capsule

Our detailed Time Capsule review includes a "Best Practices" section and lots of other tips, plus performance benchmarks, feature analysis and more.

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Review: MacBook Air

Our MacBook Air review digs into details of its design, features, performance, compatibility and suitability for various customers. Includes benchmark test results.

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Review: Office 2008

Robert Mohns examines features, performance, compatibility and more in his detailed review.

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Leopard: FAQ

essential info, including data-loss bugs

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Leopard: Finder Data-Loss Bug

Updated with new notes on possible locations for the bug (and consequent implications), plus warning about potential for problems in Finder automation scripts.

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Review: SoftRAID

We dig into the technology and benefits of RAID storage systems, along with a number of issues involved, as we review SoftRAID, the leading application for configuring these systems on the Mac.

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Review: VMware Fusion

We delve into the details of VMware's new virtualization system for the Mac with some hands-on testing.

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Review: MacBook Pro 15" (LED)

We've added some benchmark results charts (with more to come later) in a thorough review of Apple's latest laptop from Robert Mohns, covering technical advances, the overall experience, and an audio quality issue.

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Review: Apple TV

We have updated our in-depth Apple TV review from Robert Mohns, who covers set-up, features, performance, compatibility, omissions, hacking, competition and the overall experience and value, with links to more resources.

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Review: iLife '09

We examine fancy new features in Apple's latest creative-consumer software suite, as well as its user interface elements and its misfeatures/bugs.)

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Review: FireKing MediaVault HD

Robert Mohns examines a unique storage system that protects your data in the event of a fire.

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Review: iPod Shuffle 3G

The new Shuffle has just one button: off/play. Everything else is controlled by earbuds, proprietary Apple controller chips and synthesized voices....

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Update: Digital Performer 7.1

MOTU's audio/MIDI workstation software gains a new Tuner plug-in that can be used to tune a guitar or other pitched instrument, new preferences for Auto-Save actions, four new power amp models, dozens of guitar tone presets, and more.

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Update: AccountEdge 2010

Acclivity's small business management and accounting package adds integration with Enstore web store software, tracking of additional item information, a Show Profit Analysis function (gross profit, margin, and cost for each item and for the entire invoice), and other improvements.

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Snow Leopard Compatibility List

Dec. 19: Covering more than 1400 items, our searchable, sortable list gets 38 additions and updates today, including Pro Tools, Perian, MacPractice, TapDex, miXscope, Back-In-Time, CSSEdit, Vienna, Raw Photo Processor, MultiLedger, SousChef, and Volocity.

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Mini Server Review

We've added an addendum to cover some tips and questions brought up by readers in response to our in-depth review, which examines the $999 Mini Server product product from Apple, which combines a dual-hard-drive Mac Mini with a full version of Snow Leopard Server (unlimited client license). We look at everything from web services to performance, along with security, installation, admin utilities and more.

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Snow Leopard Review

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in-depth review: 11,000 words on migration and installation; the new Finder and QuickTime X; additional features and refinements; security and technology; and our conclusions; plus links for additional information.

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Snow Leopard FAQ

[Expanded Sept. 12] - answers to questions about pre-requisites, installation, security, QuickTime, Rosetta, 64-bit operation, networking, compatibility and much more...

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Review: iPod Nano 2009

We review the newest Nano, which brings the surprising additions of a video camera and microphone, an FM Radio (complete with "Live Pause"), and a pedometer, among other nifty features in the tiny device, priced the same as before. We include video samples for comparison (Nano 5G, iPhone 3GS and Flip MinoHD).

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Special Report: iPhone FAQ

reviews, basics, availability and pricing, networks and carriers, features, sync with iTunes, Internet, apps, widgets, tech specs, jailbreaking and unlocking, misc.

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Review: iPhone 3GS

In this detailed review of the new iPhone 3GS, Robert Mohns covers everything from hardware chips to pricing, performance to photographic capability, features, issues and everything in between. The review includes visual tests and samples, a long list of related links, and much more.

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Review: iPod Touch (2G)

Robert Mohns reviews the second-generation iPod Touch, covering its fast hardware, OS 2 software, App Store, compatibility issues, applications and much more.

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Voyager Q Review

Robert Mohns examines the quad-port SATA hard drive dock, with detailed performance benchmarks across FireWire 400/800, USB 2 and eSATA on a Mac Pro, finding it fast and effective for backup, testing and many other storage tasks.

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Review: Kindle 2

Kindle 2 improves on the highly successful original version of the wireless media reader, bringing faster performance, better grayscale imaging, speech synthesis, and Apple-like design improvements. We also include audio samples, screen shots, comparison photos and lots of links to more info.

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Review: Fastmac iV

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