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PopCap Celebrates 10 Years Of Bejeweled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

PopCap Games has announced that it has begun a 10 month long celebration in honor of its long running Bejeweled franchise, which turns ten this year. The festivities for the popular and often imitated match-3 game will include unveilings of new installments in the series, a Bejeweled Blitz competition, and a variety of other promotional activities.

The company also announced that Bejeweled has now sold more than 50 million units, making it one of the top ten best-selling video games of all time. PopCap continues to sell a copy of Bejeweled every 4.3 seconds.

“Bejeweled has obviously succeeded beyond our wildest dreams,” said Jason Kapalka, co-creator of the game and co-founder and chief creative officer at PopCap. “When Brian Fiete, John Vechey and I built the game ten years ago, we had no grand aspirations for it or PopCap, we were trying to survive as a company during the depths of the dot-com collapse. Little did we know we'd still be selling copies of Bejeweled a decade later!”

Originally launched in the spring of 2000 as “Diamond Mine,” ten years and more than 350 million downloads later Bejeweled has won dozens of awards, has been localized for audiences around the world and has been adapted for more than a dozen different platforms from iPhone to Xbox and even airline seatbacks. The game has actually accelerated in popularity and now sells at a rate of one copy every 4.3 seconds somewhere in the world, and has just been named The Most Popular Puzzle Game Series of the Century by the Guinness World Records 2010 Video Games Edition. PopCap and its distribution partners have recently confirmed that more than 50 million units of Bejeweled, Bejeweled 2 and Bejeweled Twist have been sold, but the game's reach extends an order of magnitude further. Between free-to-play online versions across the internet, trial downloads, pre-installs and demo disks, an estimated half billion people have played Bejeweled in one form or another since its introduction.

Over the course of this calendar year, PopCap will introduce new installments in the Bejeweled franchise - including an all-new way to play Bejeweled Blitz, the 1-minute social adaptation of the game - as well as conducting numerous contests and promotions open to consumers of all stripes. A competition to identify and reward the very best Bejeweled Blitz players - the first such competition held around a social game - will commence later this spring. The “Show Your Bejeweled Love” contest kicking off next month will encourage fans of the game to celebrate their affinity for the original match-3 puzzler in various audio and video forms; there is no cost or obligation to enter, and details will be available as of early March.
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Apple Games Features The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff
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Apple Games has published a new article on High End Loft Stuff, a new item pack for The Sims 3. The pack adds a variety of new items to the popular sim title including three items returning from the previous two Sims titles: the heart-shaped vibrating bed, the electric guitar, and the aquarium.

Nothing beats relaxing in a well-furnished living room after a tough day at the Mad Scientist lab, and no Sim can go wrong with the aptly-named Cradle of Civilization, billed as “the most comfortable sofa in the entire world.” That’s right, not just in Sunset Valley or in Sim City: the entire world. Don’t be surprised if the neighbors start feeling a little jealous.

And you might have to start coming up with excuses for why they can’t drop by daily after they see your Sims’ MedeaMedia wall-mounted flat-screen TV, especially if it’s connected to a GUGA JoyToy 3 videogame console. Nothing beats an intense game of DeathSaga or Blood Buckets 7 in all its high-definition glory — hook up a BeoWuuf Stack sound system and prepare for your Sims’ ears to bleed too.

When your Sims are ready for a little “me time,” you can’t go wrong with a Retro Metro Chair parked next to a FormFunk B-Shelf (a perfect companion for a FormFunk G-Shelf, of course). Add Pambo Psimcasso’s famous “Scenic Circuits” abstract art piece — or perhaps French artiste Jerome’s “Rue de Rodiek,” which depicts his early years as a poor farm boy — to complete the room’s serene ambience.
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Apple Games: The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff
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The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff

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StarCraft II Beta Test Begins Later This Month
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

During Activision Blizzard's fourth quarter earnings conference call Mike Morehaime announced that the company plans to begin beta testing StarCraft II later this month. The company also revealed that both StarCraft II and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will be released this year.

Avarius: I know you are all very excited to hear the news about the StarCraft II beta coming soon. In order to help facilitate this discussion, please keep your comments about this announcement consolidated to this thread. Thanks! Emails to those who can participate in the beta will be sent out once it's ready to start.

1. You should be able to download it to your other computer, however, you must be logged into your battle.net account in order to play.

2. They will exist to give beta participants a place to discuss the beta and report any issues they may find. Only participants of the beta will be able to post, but the forums can be read by everyone.

For everyone asking, we are targeting a global release for the start of the beta.
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IncGamers: StarCraft II Beta Test Info
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City Of Heroes Issue 17 To Feature Improved Graphics
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NCSoft and Paragon Studios have revealed some new information about Issue 17: Dark Mirror, an upcoming update for the company's comic book hero themed MMO, City of Heroes. The patch will include a new Ultra Mode featuring improved graphics for Paragon City and the Rogue Isles, and offering an idea of the new visuals coming in the upcoming Going Rogue expansion.

A while ago, we announced Ultra Mode, a brand spanking new addition to the City of Heroes® universe that will bring Paragon City and the Rogue Isles to an even fresher and visually more pleasing level!

Ultra Mode will allow you (as long as your computer can handle it) to experience City of Heroes® in a completely different light...literally! You will rediscover places and landmarks in Paragon City and the Rogue Isles as if you'd never seen them before, and best of all, it will be in Issue 17: Dark Mirror, our next free expansion! And it is worth mentioning that once Going Rogue has released, you will experience even greater graphics since Praetoria was developed from the ground up with Ultra Mode in mind!

No more waiting in anticipation of this amazing new feature, for its availability is right around the corner! And to make it even more worth your while, here are some additional features you can expect to see in Issue 17: Dark Mirror:
  • New badges, new missions and new player emotes
  • Epic Archetypes now available at level 20
  • Improvements and additions to Mission Architect
  • Enhancements to UI and game systems
  • And more
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Diablo III Female Monk Website Update6:00 AM
Parallels Desktop And VMWare Fusion Compared6:00 AM
Tasty Planet Sequel In The Works6:00 AM
Warhammer Online: Night Of Murder Event Underway6:00 AM
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