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Din's Curse Preorders Selling Well, Beta Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A new blog post from Soldak Entertainment's Steven Peeler provides an update on the status of Din's Curse, the company's next action RPG. The post covers testing progress and preorder sales. A 4th patch was also recently released for beta testers.

Today, I released our 4th patch. In those four patches, I have made 309 changes. Well over half of those are changes directly from gamer feedback. There are still many changes coming that I haven't gotten to though. Right now my todo list has 241 items on it. One of these days I will get this back down to zero.

A quick sales note, so far this is our fastest selling game ever. I'm really hoping it stays this way. :) If it doesn't, I might start taking some contracting work, which would slow down Soldak development. :( The sales so far is actually interesting to me. On one hand we don't have a finished product, just a beta, and not even a demo yet. Yet the beta is selling quicker than our previous two games. This is kind of strange. On the other hand, we have an established fan base, we've talked a lot more about this game than probably both our other games combined, and I'm still convinced this is our best game ever. So it's strange and not a big surprise at the same time.l game. And by final, I mean the patches might slow down, not really final. :)
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Apple Games Features Tales Of Monkey Island
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Apple Games has posted a new article, this one featuring Telltale Games' recently released Tales of Monkey Island. In the adventure game players must help Guybrush Threepwood as he confronts a variety of amusing puzzles in his quest to defeat his arch-nemesis LeChuck. Apple's article includes an overview of the game and a brief history of the Monkey Island series.

And thus begins Guybrush’s latest misadventures. During the course of escaping from Flotsam Island, he learns that the only way to reverse the voodoo infestation is to find La Esponja Grande, a voodoo sea sponge that can soak up the pox. He also meets the Marquis de Singe, who believes Guybrush’s infected hand is the key to eternal life; Guybrush would prefer to keep as many of his preferably pox-free appendages as possible, thank you very much.

Of course, sailing away from Flotsam Island is simply your first step into the never-before-seen Gulf of Melange, where more islands and characters wait. As in the previous Monkey Island games, you’ll need to collect items and solve puzzles along the way — don’t forget that many objects can be combined with each other, or used with people or things in the environment. And make sure you talk with everyone you meet: not only are the conversations amusing, but many characters drop useful hints, particularly if you talk to them again after solving a puzzle or causing something to happen.
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Apple Games: Tales Of Monkey Island
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PopCap Survey Studies Social Gamers
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PopCap Games has released the results of a new survey of gamers who play games on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. The survey of 5,000 respondents found that 24% regularly played social games, and that the average social gamer is a 43 year old woman.

From IndustryGamers:

The survey was conducted for both Americans and Brits; in the U.S., 55 percent of all social gamers are female and 45 percent are male, with the U.K. disparity growing to 58 percent to 42 percent. In age matters, social gamers in the U.S. are on average 48 years old compared to 38 for those based in the U.K. while 46 percent of American social gamers are 50 or older, contrasting to to just 23 percent in the U.K. Social gamers that are age 21 or younger only make up six percent of the total social gamer population.
From Gamasutra:
"While still in its infancy compared to the traditional video game industry, the social games sector represents a huge opportunity to reach hundreds of millions of consumers who historically have not played video games," says PopCap, pointing out that the sector is its own audience with unique interests and needs.

And developers and publishers would be served learning to address those needs, PopCap says, citing analyst and researcher data that projects $1 billion in revenue for social games in the year to come.

Much of these revenues will likely come from virtual currency: a little more than half, or 53 percent, of PopCap's survey group have earned or spent virtual currency in a game.
Head over to the links below to read more.

IndustryGamers: PopCap Social Gaming Survey
Gamasutra: PopCap Social Gaming Survey
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The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff Reviewed
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IGN has published a new review of 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.

The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff is the first Stuff Pack for the newest sequel of the franchise, and it makes an impact as far as décor and objects are concerned. There are a couple dozen new objects on the disc, which, if you bought them a la carte on the Sims Store, would run you a couple bucks EACH. In that, the Stuff Pack is a nice quantity discount at only $20 for the whole package.

As the title may tell you, all the new objects in the Stuff Pack are for the wealthier Sims of your neighborhood. (Nothing says "I'm rich" more than when you contemplate life on a $1200 Flushmaster Hi-Def!) Of course, the downside to this is that most of your newer families will not see any of these objects for awhile unless you outright cheat. The Stuff Pack therefore is really best for those of you who have rich Sims already and just want to deck them out in the latest fashions and objects to set them apart from the rest.
Visit the page below to read the full review.

IGN: The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff Review
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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