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Din's Curse Now Available For Preorder
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Soldak 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, dodging deadly traps, and in your spare time, plundering loot. Quell uprisings, flush out traitors, kill assassins, cure plagues, purge curses, end wars, and complete other dangerous quests or the danger WILL escalate. Not all is as it seems though, traitors will gladly stab you in the back, renegades can revolt against the town, spies can set up ambushes, and items might even curse or possess your friends.

Choose one of 141 class combinations and journey to an infinite number of dynamically generated towns with vastly different problems. Every game is a surprise! Your actions have real consequences in this dynamic, evolving world. Your choices actually matter!

Open the door to Din's Curse. Surprising adventures await!

  • Your choices truly impact the game
  • Surprising, emergent gameplay
  • New, random worlds each game with different monsters, items, quests, and even townspeople
  • Explore a dynamic, evolving, living world
  • Many hybrid classes to experience - 6 full classes, 18 specialties, 141 total combinations
  • Co-op multiplayer to adventure with friends
The pre-order price will last until the game is released in "about a month." Follow the links below for more information.

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Soldak Entertainment
Din's Curse
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Hive Media Games Formed, Angela's World Released
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Hive 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 offer unique game play and twists on familiar, fun game play styles.”. William expounded with, “All of our games will be polished upon release through community beta testing. We will not release a game until we see the goals are completed with perfection. We at Hive Media Games look forward to bringing joy to others through our casual game line-up for years to come.”

Hive Media Games’ first release was Angela’s World. This casual game takes place upon a small planet which you must dodge sparks and gather enchanted roses while surviving the various events that Angela’s World offers. While Hive Media Games offers a playable demo, the full version of the game has additional features such as achievements, additional game events; secret game mode; and the ability to post your high score to complete against others on the Hive Media Games website.

Future plans for Hive Media Games include developing a fun online community on which members may display their high scores; achievements; and many more features to come.

The initial price for Angela’s World is $3.80 USD for Mac and PC. The price for the upcoming iPhone version is $1.99 USD. A portion of the proceeds will go towards funding fun charitable projects.

Angela's World
Hive Media Games

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Apple Games Features Rome: Total War Gold Edition
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple 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, you’ll 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 — you’ll earn powerful empire-wide benefits.

“I split the early part of the campaign between capturing rebel settlements and building up my economy,” Simpson notes. “Once my economy is going strong, I can then fund enough armies to rapidly spread out across the map. I also use diplomacy to secure my borders while I’m off fighting elsewhere.”

“Learn to obey before you command,” the Athenian statesman known as Solon said during the sixth century BC. In the case of Simpson’s development team, they learned to obey their research before embarking on such an ambitious project. “We have an extensive library of books and DVDs and we always dive into them when working on a title, to fully immerse ourselves in the time period,” he explains.

For Rome: Total War, he says, “we also visited key locations, battlefields, and museums. It gave us a great excuse to watch ‘Gladiator’ multiple times.”
Read the full article at the page listed below.

Apple Games: Rome Total War Gold Edition
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Rome: Total War Gold Edition
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City Of Heroes Second Mission Architect Contest Underway
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NCSoft 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 powers.

Submissions for the arc can start NOW and will end on Wednesday, February 24th, 11:59 AM PST. You can only submit your own arcs. No submitting for shy people!

Winners will be announced on or around March 3rd 2010 on the Official City of Heroes Message Forums.

The grand prize winner will receive a permanent title on a character of their choice.

I feel like we've gotten to know each other really well over the past few months. So you know what, here's a tip, something for you all to keep in mind when you're trying to meet my high expectations.

An arc that meets these criteria is just the first step towards winning. Throwing in a surprise that you don't often see in levels 5-10 will help you stand out more in this challenge. I want to enjoy the times that have passed!
So, what are you waiting for? The contest starts now! Good luck!
Click over to the site links below for more information.

City Of Heroes Mission Architect Contest
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, February 3, 2010

City Of Heroes Spring Fling Event Celebrates Valentine's Day6:00 AM
Land Air Sea Warfare Coming Soon To Macs6:00 AM
The Sims 3: High End Loft Stuff Pack Now Available6:00 AM
World Of Warcraft Version 3.3.2 Released6:00 AM
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