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Spiderweb: Universal Updates, Geneforge 4 Coming Soon
7:06 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software's latest newsletter reveals the company's plans to release Universal Binary versions of some of its popular shareware titles, and a possible November release date for Geneforge 4: Rebellion.

Geneforge 4: Rebellion Out Soon

Development of Geneforge 4: Rebellion is proceeding swiftly. It appears that the game will be out for the Macintosh in November, 2006, and out for Windows 2-3 months after that. Of course, the flu, earthquakes, and other disasters can happen, but that's what we're shooting for.

Macintosh Universal Plans

We've been getting reports of our games sometimes playing slowly on Macintoshes with the fancy, new Intel chips. We are working on isolating which games have problems and getting Universal versions of them out in early 2007.

To learn more about Spiderweb Software and its products follow the links below.

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Macgamestore: Around The World Now Available
2:56 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Around The World is now available as a digital download purchase from for $19.95. A free demo of the game is available for download from the web site.

Prepare yourself for a trip Around the World with this original block-matching puzzle game! During your tour, progressively discover wonders of ten cities by completing the levels on time! Around the World features 100 levels organized in 20 different layouts with many powerful power-ups. You will gather up to 18 awards by performing matches and combos!

To check out Around The World, follow the link below.

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IMG Reviews Pangea Arcade
2:53 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Pangea Software's latest game, Pangea Arcade. Here's a clip from the review:

Pangea Arcade, like most old-school compilations being released today, contains almost none of the factors that come standard in today's titles. There is nary a polygon in sight, an opening movie does not greet the player upon bootup, and each game lacks even the semblance of a background story, let alone a true ending. Rather, each of the games contained within is distilled down to the simple tasks of achieving the highest scores and reaching the highest levels that one can, with repeated games bringing the promise of surpassing the mark set by a previous playthrough.
To check out the full review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Pangea Arcade
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Entertainment Consumers Association Launched
10:25 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

GamePolitics has noted the recent launch of the Entertainment Consumers Association. Unlike most game-related organizations, which focus on the creators, the ECA's objective is to serve as a platform for those who play games, and will seek to advocate on their behalf for various rights, public policy concerns, and anti-games legislation.

The ECA is headed up by Hal Halpin, the individual behind the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association. He had this statement to say regarding the founding of the ECA:

The ECA was created to fill a void that needed to be paid attention to… arguably the most important group within the interactive entertainment industry, the consumers. These individuals are the life-blood to this multibillion dollar industry yet they have been unrepresented, until now, which is exciting for myself and the rest of the ECA team as we are the organization that now allows their voices to be heard.
A non-profit organization, yearly dues are set at $20. Membership benefits include exposure to game-related job and educational opportunities, magazine discounts, and full access to the ECA community. More information can be found at the official ECA website.

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GamePolitics - Hal Halpin Launches New Consumer Group for Video Gamers

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Civilization IV: Warlords Reviewed
7:06 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Game Industry News recently reviewed the PC version of Civilization IV: Warlords, the first expansion for the popular world building strategy game. Along with the new warlord units, the game introduces ten new leaders, six new playable civilizations, and three new wonders. Game Industry News gave Civ IV: Warlords a score of 4.5 out of 5.

From the review:

A new great leader, the Great General rears its head in C4W. He isn’t like the other great leaders in two major ways. One, while all of the others’ appearances are determined by each city’s great person point accumulation, the Great General waits for a certain amount of experience to be earned by any of your units before arising. This total increases with every new General. Second, a Great General can never contribute to starting a golden age. You can spend your General to become a military leader (giving each unit produced in that city 2 free experience points), or start a military academy (+25 percent bonus to military unit production).

But the third thing you can do with him is probably the thing you will do the most often: turn him into a Warlord. A Warlord attaches himself to a single unit, making available special promotions to that unit. In addition, he gives a one-time gift of 20 experience points that is divided amongst all of the units in the stack he is in when he turns into a Warlord. Also, the unit he is attached to can upgrade for free when the next tech advance makes it possible. But of course if that unit is destroyed, the Warlord dies with it.

The full review is available at the link below.

Game Industry: Civilization IV Warlords
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Macgamestore: Dominions 3: The Awakening In Stock3:14 PM
Apple Posts New Hot Deals3:12 PM
Burning Crusade: Hunter Talents & Spells Preview8:01 AM
Sid Meier Talks Civilization8:01 AM
The Quantum Leap Awards Honor RPGs8:01 AM
Vortex For iPod Reviewed8:01 AM
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