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X3: Terran Conflict Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Virtual Programming has announced the release of X3: Terran Conflict. The final chapter in the X3 saga continues the story of human, alien, and machine interaction with a story that includes exploration of the once isolated Earth solar system. X3: Terran Conflict features a larger universe, the new Terran faction, and more than 100 new spaceships.

“X3: Terran Conflict is a rousing chapter in the X Universe story,” said Mark Hinton, Virtual Programming CEO. “Its rich storyline, immersive graphics, and dynamic audio create a compelling experience that draws players in and won’t let them go. We recommend reserving a healthy block of time to experience all it has to offer.”

“We sell you a universe. Do with it what you like,” said Bernd Lehahn, managing director at developer Egosoft. “We brought the storyline full circle, but we’ve also given players an even larger playground for exploration, trade, combat, and more. There are plenty of exciting secrets to discover, so fire up your ships’ engines!”

The X Universe story embarks on a thrilling final chapter with Virtual Programming, Ltd.’s release of X3: Terran Conflict for Mac OS X. A new standalone game that’s more expansive and open-ended than previous entries in the series, X3: Terran Conflict features stunning graphics and spine-tingling audio that make players feel as if they’re really exploring deep space. They’ll undertake dangerous missions, become economic powerhouses, and engage in conflicts ranging from dogfights between small spacecraft to massive battles involving fleets of ships.

X3: Terran Conflict continues the X Universe’s story of human, alien, and machine races vying for power — players choose between several different characters, with their selection slightly altering the plot. The X Universe has made contact with the Solar System, but Earth is a much different place than it was centuries ago, when a calamity cut the planet off from a small group of humans.

While exploring the newly rediscovered Solar System and investigating the robotic Xenon race’s odd behavior, players undertake a wide variety of missions or simply chart their own course. They can trade resources with some races, while others may attack players on sight. As they accumulate wealth, players can not only upgrade their spacecraft and buy new ones but also build factories, trading stations, weapon platforms, and a headquarter. The game’s persistent universe spins around them the entire time, creating an open-ended experience that continues after the story ends.

  • Largest X Universe ever

  • New faction: the Terrans – inhabitants of the Earth

  • More jobs and non-linear missions than ever before

  • More than 100 new spaceships, new ship classes and weapon systems

  • Re-designed user interface for comfortable control by mouse, keyboard and joystick

  • New group management tool

  • Large battleships can be boarded by an outside team


  • Mac OS X: 10.5.7 or higher

  • Intel CPU, 2.16 GHz or faster

  • 1 GB RAM

  • GeForce 8600, Radeon X1600 or newer 256MB

  • 7GB Hard Disk space

  • Internet connection for product registration

X3: Terran Conflict costs US$39.95, €34.95, £29.95. More information is available at the website below.

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Peter's Jigsaws Comes To Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Mulawa Dreaming has released a Mac version of Peter's Jigsaws. The subscription based digital jigsaw puzzle title gives players the chance to solve a new puzzle every week. Peter's Jigsaws features puzzles up to 300 pieces in size, fullscreen puzzles, and automatic edge find.

  • pick up and put down rather than dragging

  • each piece hand crafted

  • every piece different

  • up to 300 pieces

  • puzzles are fullscreen

  • pieces snap into position

  • PJ can find all the edge pieces for you

  • you can choose to work on a puzzle without seeing the picture first

  • the pieces are all rotated but you can have them all the right way up if you prefer

  • five sorting boxes
Peter's Jigsaws requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher and includes 2 free puzzles with the initial download. Mulawa is currently offering Mac users a free month's subscription. For $15 users can subscribe to a year's worth of jigsaw puzzles.

Click over to the links below to learn more about the game.

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Constellation 1.2.4 Released
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Paper Dragon Games has announced the release of Constellation 1.2.4. The title is an original space themed strategy board game designed for 2 to 4 human or AI players. Version 1.2.4 adds an atmospheric background soundtrack, volume controls for both background and effects, and an option to play the game full screen. The code has also been optimized to consume less processor when idling, and to play smoother on older hardware.

Constellation is a computerized strategy board game for 2 to 4 human or AI players. The combination of simple rules and complex strategy on randomly generated boards makes it infinitely replayable.

Its never the same game twice!

Constellation's gameplay is designed to be fast paced and simple to learn, but tricky to master. Randomly generated game boards make it infinitely replayable. Fans of the game have called Constellation addictive, and have compared it to such timeless games as Risk, Go, Othello, and Minesweeper.
Head over to the link below for more information.

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Diablo III: More About The Monk
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Diii.net recently posted more of an interview with Blizzard Entertainment's Jay Wilson about Diablo III, the upcoming continuation of its action RPG franchise. The Q&A focused on the recently announced Monk class. Diablo III will return the players to the world of Sanctuary, once again under threat from demonic powers.

Diii.net: We saw 8 Monk skills at BlizzCon (all detailed in Diablo Wiki). All were melee offensive or defensive. Can you give us some idea of what other skills the character will have at his disposal?
Jay Wilson: Most of the Monk’s skills will focus on combat skills and attacks, along with his various escape skills. And we talked at Blizzcon that we’re likely to put some defensive and supportive abilities on him. Possibly Auras. We’ve not done the next round of skills on him yet so we’re not exactly sure.

Diii.net: Really? That’s handy, since I was also going to ask if he’d have any co-op or party-boosting skills.
Jay Wilson: We definitely want to do that with one class. Whether or not it’s the Monk hasn’t yet been decided. The Monk does seem to be the logical choice. The only reason we might not do with him is that he’s too logical.

Diii.net: The Monk has a staff and the fist weapons. Will he have any weapon specific skills? Like dual wielding with just the fist weapons?
Jay Wilson: We’re talking about that. One of the things we’ve talked about with the Monk is that a lot of his skills don’t really use his weapons. So he’s doing melee skills with his weapons almost holstered. For instance, Debilitating ... I think it’s called Crippling Wave now. We change them a lot and I get mixed up on the titles. Anyway, the Crippling Wave skill seems like it should be a staff skill. It’s kind of AoE, he does it and affects a lot of guys around him. So it’s a possibility that we’ll do skills and redefine them based on combat styles and have those styles have a weapon preference.

Diii.net: That was a question that I saw in our forums, people were wondering how the monk could use heavy plate mail and still do all of his high motion combo attacks.
Jay Wilson: Well we do different versions of armor for every character. The Diablo II Sorceress could use heavy plate mail without actually looking like she was covered in heavy plate mail. For us, our focus is to make sure that every character has armor that they look cool in. So the Monk’s armor isn’t going to look like heavy plate armor. It’s going to look like a shirt, what our imagination of what the Monk’s armor could be. It’s definitely going to be equipment, but he’s not going to look like he’s covered in metal, like the barb is likely to look.
Visit the page below to read the full Q&A.

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Mac Games News for Friday, October 9, 2009

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