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The Sims 2: Nightlife Ships, Quake 4 Wednesday
6:50 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Aspyr Media has announced The Sims 2: Nightlife is shipping. The expansion pack for The Sims 2 adds a new downtown area for Sims to visit, new items to purchase including cars, and the chance for a Sim to join the ranks of the undead and become a vampire.

Here's a list of features from Aspyr's site:

- Determine The Fate Of Their Love Life
Your Sims romantic attraction is now based on personality, life aspiration and zodiac sign. Figure out their compatibility, then heat up their love life with new romantic social interactions including a longing gaze, slow dance or a dramatic dip kiss.
- Life Is All About Pleasure
Choose the all-new Pleasure Seeker life aspiration for your Sims. Delight these Sims in all the enjoyable sides of life; everything from great dates to crazy parties, fine dinners to hanging in the hot tub.
- Your Sims Own Cars
For the first time ever, your Sims will be able to buy their own cars and ditch the carpool to get to work or head downtown. Drive a pick-up truck downtown or cozy up in a zippy sports car for a little after-date romance.
- Send Your Sims Out On The Town
Whether it's girls night out, or a big date, it's time to get your Sims dolled up and head out for an epic night in the all-new downtown area. What are they in the mood for?
Nightlife requires the original game to play and is now available at Macgamestore.com for $34.99. For more information follow the links below.

In related news, Quake 4 will begin shipping from Macgamestore.com on Wednesday. Be sure to place your pre-order today by following the link below.

The Sims 2: Nightlife
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Macgamestore: Aloha TriPeaks Now Available
1:48 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Aloha TriPeaks is now available as a digital download from Macgamestore.com. The game is available for $19.99. A free demo is also available.

Take a balloon ride over the Hawai'ian Islands in Aloha TriPeaks. Relax and discover it all without leaving the comfort of your home.

Aloha TriPeaks can be played in two different modes, normal and hard. Power up cards will help you get to the next level, but use them wisely, as they are limited. Every level has a different challenge and a different look.

For more, follow the link below.

Macgamestore: Aloha TriPeaks

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IMG Posts Fable First Look
1:17 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 6 comments

IMG has posted a first look preview of Fable: The Lost Chapters, the upcoming RPG adventure game from Feral Interactive. Here's a clip from the preview:

It's rather difficult to describe Fable: TLC's basic premise. While there is certainly a central storyline, it's tricky to describe without major spoilers. In a way, the premise might be most accurately summed up in a simple imperative: go forth and make of yourself what you will.

Fable: TLC takes place in the kingdom of Albion, a relatively small kingdom but one with a rich history of heroes. Of course, none of this matters when you first start the game, because things start out quite small: you are a young boy, trying to find a way to buy his sister a birthday present.

To check out the entire preview, follow the link below.

IMG First Look: Fable: The Lost Chapters
Feral Interactive
Fable: The Lost Chapters
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OS X 10.4.6 Update Includes Game Fixes
11:00 AM | Evan Holt | 8 comments

Apple has released an update for Mac OS X to bring it to version 10.4.6.

This update brings many bug fixes including fixes pertaining to Mac games running on Intel Macs:

• Resolves an issue in which Blizzard World of Warcraft character graphics could be distorted on an Intel-based Mac with a built-in graphics processor when vertex shaders are enabled.

• Addresses an issue for Aspyr Media's True Crime: The Streets of LA game in which game movies are very dim on Intel-based Macs.

• Improves character graphics appearance for Aspyr Media's The Sims House Party when running with Rosetta on an Intel-based Mac.

You can obtain the update by running Software Update in System Preferences. Read the full changelog by following the link below.

OS X 10.4.6 Update Details

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UT 2004 TacOps Mod Availability Coming Soon
6:50 AM | Anthony Wang | 2 comments

Macologist has posted more information on the upcoming Mac release of the sequel to the popular Unreal Tournament mod, TacOps. Known as TacOps: Crossfire, this mod has been in development for over a year and will feature the same tactical shooter feeling of the original.

The Tactical Ops: Crossfire team project leader, Christoph 'MadOnion' Fauss, announced that April 28 will be the release date of the first public version of the mod for Unreal Tournament 2004. This announcment comes exactly one year after their '05 April 1 proclamation of their intentions update the mod for UT2004.
TacOps: Crossfire is scheduled to be released later this month. More information can be found by clicking on the links below.

Macologist: UT2004 TacOps Mod Intel
Tactical Ops: Crossfire
Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror

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Ultima V: Lazarus 1.2 Released
6:50 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Version 1.2 of Ultima V: Lazarus has been released for the PC, with a Mac version available soon. UV: L is a fan-made Dungeon Siege mod and complete remake of Origin's Ultima V. This latest update fixes bugs, adds new content, balances combat, and introduces a new level.

This is it, folks--we've fixed the bugs, we've added lots of new cool stuff, we've shuffled around secrets so that the game will still be fresh for those of you who already played 1.0 or 1.1, and we've added a shiny new level of polish and combat balance tweaks across the whole world.

We've fixed every problem that we (and our army of hired guns) could find, and we've added a ton of new content that I'm sure you're going to love. :)

You'll notice that only the PC English version is currently available. The Mac English version should follow in about a week, and the German and French translations are coming along nicely, though they'll likely be another 2-3 months.

UV: L requires a copy of Dungeon Siege to play. To learn more head over to the official Ultima V: Lazarus site at the link below.

Ultima V: Lazarus
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Educating Civilization
6:50 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Planet Civilization has posted a short article covering the educational value of Firaxis' Civilization series. Many teachers have found the game's interactivity motivates students to learn more about the history surrounding the governments represented in the game. This positive response from educators recently prompted Firaxis to open a Teacher Features webpage on their site to allow teachers to discuss the impact of games on learning.

At the 2005 Games in Education Conference, Civilization was one of the main examples for the educational use of games. Games improve learning not only because they are fun, but also because they allow the gamer to make decisions and see what happens."When you are the decision-maker in history, you propel yourself to higher levels of learning," says Deb Briggs of Firaxis Games. Civilization, in particular, is good at this. The player makes decisions for a whole civilization and sees the results.

Unlike the average American textbook, the game is not Euro-centric: "Why I prefer Civilization is because it cuts a much broader swath of history than do the texts," says Pat Seed of Rice University. Rice was also amazed by earlier Sid Meier titles such as Colonization, which offers the player to colonize by using different methods, depending on the nation chosen.

To read the rest of the article and check out the Teacher Features page follow the links below.

Planet Civilization: Civilized Education
Firaxis Games: Teacher Features
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New Burning Crusade Screenshots
6:50 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A handful of new screenshots have surfaced for Blizzard Entertainment's The Burning Crusade, the eagerly anticipated first expansion for World of Warcraft. Among other things the new expansion will increase the level cap to level 70, add two new playable races, and introduce the new continent of Outland.

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade takes up where World of Warcraft left off, with the races of the Horde and the Alliance continuing to rebuild their lives among the shattered lands of Azeroth. Amid the fragile peace that exists between the factions come rumors that the Burning Legion’s age-old war against Azeroth – the so-called Burning Crusade – has been rekindled and threatens to consume the world in another firestorm of war and strife. Old allegiances fall and new ones rise as both the Horde and Alliance look to new friends in this time of need.
To view the new screenshots check out the link below.

Worthplaying: Burning Crusade Screenshots
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
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Mac Games News for Monday, April 3, 2006

Apple To Support Windows Virtualization?8:25 AM
Avernum 4 Wrap Report8:25 AM
Exploring Mythic Adventure8:25 AM
HoMM V: The Music8:25 AM
Otto Matic Switches to Intel CPUs8:25 AM
Pondering The Future of Myth8:25 AM
Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Africa Reviewed8:25 AM
WoW: Burning Crusade Interview8:25 AM
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