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X2: The Threat Demo Released
9:59 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 12 comments

Virtual Programming has released a demo of their popular space game, X2: The Threat, that puts players in the shoes of a convict fresh from a failed ship-stealing attempt. From there, players can choose multiple paths and engage in activities such as trading, mining, and pirating.

The demo weighs in at 155 MB and is available for download from A bittorrent link is also provided. IMG Pro users are encouraged to use their exclusive link as well to download from the IMG Pro server.

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Apple Updates Hot Deals
10:15 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The Apple Store Special Deals page has unbelievable deals on the hottest refurbished and new, unopened Apple products.Current offerings include the Mac mini 1.25GHz for only $399, PowerBook G4 15" 1.67GHz with SuperDrive for only $1,899, iMac 20" G5 with SuperDrive for only $1,349, iPod mini starting at only $159, and much more. But hurry; supplies are limited and sure to go fast.

AudioMIDI has fantastic deals on a wide range of audio products for your Mac, including Line 6 Toneport UX1 Recording and Modeling Interface, Camel Audio Cameleon Synthesizer, Antares AVOX Vocal Toolkit, IK Amplitude 2, M-Audio iControl, Bias Peak LE 4, and much more.

CDW|MacWarehouse has great deals on cool Mac products, including Hewlett Packard Photosmart 8750 Photo Printer, Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional, Extensis Portfolio 7, Hewlett Packard ScanJet 4670 Digital Flatbed Scanner, SimpleTech Bonzai Xpress 2GB Flash Drive, Adobe Photoshop Elements 3, Epson Stylus Photo R200 Photo Printer, and much more.

Small Dog Electronics has great prices on top quality Mac products, including SanDisk 512MB Ultra II CF Card with USB Card Reader, SDI iHome Clock Radio for iPod, Creative Labs I-Trigue L3200 2.1 3-piece Speaker System, Rain Design i360 iMac Turntable for iMac G5, Intelliscanner Collector USB Barcode Reader, Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical USB Rapid Charge Mouse, and much more. All details available at the following URL:

Publishing Perfection has great deals on a variety of design and print products for your Mac, including Adobe/total Training Bundle (includes Acrobat 7 Pro Upgrade and Acrobat 7.0 Training DVD), Alien Skin Eye Candy 5: Nature, Allume Systems Spring Cleaning 7 with $10 mail-in rebate, Logic Arts The InDesign IdeaBook, Pantone Essentials, TakeStock Far Out Effects Bundle, and much more.

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Myst V: End Of Ages Released
10:02 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Yesterday Ubisoft announced the release of Myst V: End of Ages, the grand finale of one of the best known adventure games of all time. It is shipping and should be arriving in U.S. stores this week. The release of the game coincides with the 12th anniversary of the franchise's debut. Sadly for fans, the release of Myst V also comes on the heels of Cyan Worlds closing.

Its bittersweet launching Myst V: End of Ages, the final chapter of the Myst story, says Tony Kee, vice president of marketing at Ubisoft. But we are also really excited about the innovation and new features of the game and cant wait until the fans get their hands on it. What better way to send off the greatest adventure game of all time than with the best installment of the series.
The final episode in the series is described as the most dramatic and immersive experience to date, with photorealistic 3D scenes, innovative new slate and in-game help systems, and intricate puzzles.

Myst V: End of Ages has an ESRB rating of E (Everyone) and a suggested retail price of $59.99 for the Limited Edition which contains the Mac version of the game. The game is currently available for pre-order from and should be shipping in a matter of days.

For more information follow the links below.

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Ambrosia Releases El Ballo
10:01 AM | Blake Buck | 14 comments

Yesterday, Ambrosia Software released El Ballo, developed by Pro Ratta Factor. El Ballo features laid back retro-style gameplay and some mature themes. From the Ambrosia website:

Today Ambrosia announced the release of a game that dances to the beat of a different drummer: el Ballo. This soon-to-be-hero jumps on the scene, naked and dirty. (Not dirty in the dirty way, but in the dirty way... Ahem.) On planet Testicular, where clothes are out of fashion and soap never was in, he is having a rough day. Entering the forest to find a gift for his girlfriend, the weather turns from a beautiful morning into a hailstorm of invasion. The evil Dr. Cough has other plans for today: a planet-wide hygiene operation.
The game costs $25 dollars to register, and the 83 meg demo can be downloaded from To download the demo, or to read more about El Ballo, click the links below.

MGF: El Ballo 1.0
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Emotional Impact Of Games
10:01 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

According to a recent study by Bowen Research, more than two thirds of all gamers feel that games either surpass or will soon equal the emotional impact of books, movies and music. Bowen Research studies consumer attitudes and behavior regarding electronics, software, and web sites. This new study may be indicative of the dramatic impact the computing revolution has had on entertainment.

"It is striking that young people today look at games as an entertainment medium that surpasses or will equal the more traditional things that touch us deeply, like books, movies, and music," says Hugh Bowen of Bowen Research. "Half of all gamers think conveying emotion is extremely or pretty important which suggests that games which can achieve more of this will be extremely popular."
Of the game types mentioned in the survey role playing games topped the list of emotionally evocative software, with single player RPGs delivering the greatest emotional impact. Trailing this genre were first person shooters and action games. Flight simulators, perhaps not surprsingly, ranked lowest.

"Competitiveness" was the most common feeling experienced by gamers, but "honor", "loyalty", "awe", and "delight" were also mentioned frequently by respondents.

For more information about the study click on the link below.

More information about the study can be found at the Brown Research web site.

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Macologist Reviews the Mighty Mouse
10:00 AM | Blake Buck | 5 comments

Macologist recently posted a review of the Apple Mighty Mouse. For those who don't know, the Apple Mighty Mouse is the first ever two button mouse made by Apple, and features a scroll ball for 360 degree scrollling. From the Macologist review:

Taking the Mighty Mouse for a spin in Unreal Tournament 2004 was a frustrating experience. The vertical scrolling through weapons was acceptable, but failures of tactile feedback on multiple levels had the result that one was never confident in which clicks would actually register with the game. Shock rifle combos and rocket launcher spreads were now a cause for stress, with the frequent result of a misfire, and being fragged a split second later by the opponent.
To read the review, or to read IMG's recent review of the Mighty Mouse, click the links below.

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Macologist Review - Apple Mighty Mouse
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, September 20, 2005

IMG Posts One On One With Glenda Adams12:33 PM
New publication from Apple Developer Connection10:47 AM
Black & White 2 Turns Into Gold8:38 AM
WarCraft III Patches8:37 AM
El Ballo Release Nearing?8:36 AM
Unity Dashboard Challenge Winners Revealed8:36 AM
DoomChronicles Releases Mac Patch8:35 AM
Littlewing Newsletter: A Chance To Win An Upcoming Title8:35 AM
Mini Stubbs the Zombie Interview8:34 AM
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 at Alpha8:34 AM
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