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LEGO Universe Released Today
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The LEGO Group will release LEGO Universe today. The MMO will allow players to create their own custom LEGO minifigure and venture forth to combat the Maelstrom, join with friends to complete missions, and collect bricks to build imaginative creations. The Mac version is powered by TransGaming's Cider Portability Engine.

LEGO Universe brings the LEGO play experience online in the first MMOG – massively-multiplayer online game – created for LEGO fans of all ages. In LEGO Universe you will discover a world that sparks the imagination, full of opportunities to build, play and interact with LEGO fans from all over the globe. Build anything you can dream up, and help shape the constantly evolving LEGO Universe through adventure, exploration and battle in an original storyline.

As always, safety for children is the LEGO Group’s top priority. LEGO Universe is a great way for families to play together in a safe online environment, and is designed to foster creativity and social interaction in young children and veteran gamers alike.

LEGO Universe represents a collaboration between the LEGO Group and fans, who have been called upon to help shape the game world - from testing and contributing ideas, to building actual game content alongside professional developers.

Key Features:
In LEGO Universe, players can build, explore, battle, make friends and express their creativity – all in an exciting online world of LEGO past, present and future. The game features several ways to utilize the iconic brick, from simple, gameplay-oriented building challenges to complex creative designs.
  • Customize – Players customize their own Minifigure avatar to explore the LEGO Universe, expressing their personality or becoming someone entirely new. Numerous customization options allow for creativity and individuality.
  • Socialize – Interact with LEGO fans from all over the world through in-depth community and social features, designed with children’s safety in mind.
  • Play – LEGO Universe features a deep original storyline for players to explore, encountering new worlds and collaborating with other players to complete quests and achieve common goals.
  • Build – The physical brick-building experience moves online with LEGO Universe. Exercising their creativity with LEGO bricks, players can bring their wildest creations to life with a user-friendly programming language
LEGO Universe costs $39.99. Click over to the pages linked below to learn more.

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum Coming This Year
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Aspyr Media has announced that RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum is coming to the Mac this holiday season. Licensed from Atari Interactive the Platinum collection includes RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked, and for the first time on the Mac, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild for the Mac gives you the ability to add animal exhibitions, enclosures and animal viewing galleries to your RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 amusement parks. Train your lions and tigers to perform in choreographed shows. Pamper your animal pairs and they might breed! Be sure to maintain your animal enclosures to prevent escapes, and whatever you do, please don’t mix the predators with the prey! RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild! also contains twelve Wild!-themed scenarios, two new wild design themes, dozens of additional rides and coasters, and the ability to create safari expeditions to make your guests roar with delight. In addition, we have added challenges to the scenarios and several novel scenery elements to give you more ways to play RollerCoaster Tycoon 3.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! Mac brings a range of options to the RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 series as players select form more than 50 new rides and coasters, and use the Swimming Pool and Waterfall Designers to easily create shimmering pools, waterfalls, whirlpools and wave machines. Careen down a gigantic water slide to a thrilling splashdown in an Olympic size pool; or hang ten in a halfpipe as you surf through the wave simulator. Choreograph your very own laser light and dancing water shows; or add performing killer whales to entertain your park guests. Treat your guests (and yourself!) to the latest rides and coasters, including the wet and wild RollerSoaker!
RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3 Mac is the third installment of the world’s greatest tycoon game. Featuring incredible 3D graphics and the exclusive  CoasterCam™, you can now see your park from any angle and ride what you build. From street level to blimp, feel your park pulse with fun and excitement like never before.
For more information follow the links below.

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The Sims 3 Late Night Available Today
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Today is the scheduled release date for EA Play's The Sims 3 Late Night expansion pack. The latest expansion to The Sims 3 gives players "all-access" and "lets them loose on a vibrant, active downtown scene where they’ll rub elbows with celebrities at the hottest parties, hit the local bar after work, tour the scene with their Sims’ band, kick back in a plush hot tub, and discover what’s lurking as the lights go out and adventure begins after dark."

“The community has been very vocal about unleashing their Sims in more interesting and unpredictable social situations,” said Scott Evans, General Manager of The Sims Studio at EA.“The Sims 3 Late Night is full of ways to approach a rich, new life beyond a Sims’ normal day, such as schmoozing with celebrities on the rooftop of a skyscraper, wooing the crowd with your Sim’s band, or being the best bartender in town at the hottest new lounge.”

Players will be able to take their Sims into the bustling urban setting where they’ll be able to become a local celebrity, member of a music band, mixologist, director, and more. To gain entrance into the most elite clubs in town, players need to keep their attitude in check otherwise they’ll be given the cold shoulder by tough bouncers or find another way onto the list. If chilling is the player’s forte, their Sims can lounge at a chic club or dive bar or if they like to live on the edge, they can discover the secret of becoming a vampire.

Whether embarking on a new career, painting the town red, or throwing a party on the rooftop of a penthouse, it’s always up to the player to tell their unique stories with The Sims 3. What will happen when the lights go out and Sims get all access?

• Unleash your Sims in more interesting and unpredictable social situations! Schmooze with celebrities on the rooftop of a skyscraper, woo the crowd with your Sims’s band, or be the best bartender in town at the hottest new lounge.
• Hang out at the hippest spots in town, from dive bars to dance clubs to chic lounges, complete with bouncers.
• Gain fame and fortune as a member of a music band, mixologist, director, or local celebrity.
• Wander into a certain part of town and your Sims just might uncover the secret to becoming a vampire.
• Gain excess to exclusive areas and enjoy celebrity perks like penthouse living, luxury hot tubs and cars.
The Sims 3 and its expansion packs come to Mac users via TransGaming's Cider Portability Engine. Head over to the links below for more information.

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Telltale Unveils Back To The Future Website
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Telltale Games has unveiled a new webpage for the upcoming Back to the Future game, based on the classic films. The title is the first of several games to arrive as part of a deal with NBC Universal to develop games based on the media company's properties.

We've just launched our official Back to the Future: The Game site. Check out new concept art and stay up to date on all the information you need about the game. We've also unleashed three behind-the-scenes videos that include interviews with Back to the Future writer Bob Gale; and Doc Brown himself, the irrepressible Christopher Lloyd. It's also your first opportunity to hear A.J. Locascio as the voice of Marty McFly.
Visit the page below to check out the new site.

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Mac Games News for Monday, October 25, 2010

Diablo III Demon Hunter And PvP Revealed6:00 AM
Midnight Mansion 2 Updated6:00 AM
Telltale Reveals Voice Of Back To The Future's Marty McFly6:00 AM
World Of Warcraft To Receive Fourth Expansion6:00 AM
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