Gaming News April 2006

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Border Regions Mod

Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Landscape LOD Texture Replacement Description: This modification replaces the original 1024×1024 landscape LOD textures with improved 2048×2048 textures. It also makes the far-off terrain look much less blurry.

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Legendary Legions Full Game Download
Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Description: Its turn-based strategy with fantasy theme and rpg-elements (e.g. leveling the units, and skills which you could raise). Your mission is to destroy enemys castle. You can be on good or evil side.

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Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War Demo
Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Description: In this demo you play as the Egyptians.

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Battlefield 2 Force10 Map Pack 1
Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Description: This is custom Map pack for Battlefield 2.

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X-Men: The Official Movie Game
Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Description: This is the movie that introduces Iceman to X-Men: The Official Movie Game fans.

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Virtual Pool 3 Patch 3.2.2.5
Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Description: This is the latest patch for Virtual Pool 3 bringing the game to version 3.2.2.5.

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America’s Army Cans Linux/Macintosh Clients
Phoronix :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Summary: “Ryan C Gordon, or also known as Icculus, has just updated his finger with some very jaw-dropping information. It seems as though the Macintosh and Linux client ports for America’s Army (the popular free FPS game based upon the Unreal engine and is supported by the US Army) is a drowning matter…”

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Serious Sam 2 Patch 2.070
Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Description: The patch brings the game to version 2.070, and in addition to various bug fixes it includes the Serious Editor, allowing brand new content to be created.

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The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff Patch 1.4
Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Description: This is the first patch to be released for The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff. The patch fixes two issues that where found.

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Galactic Civilizations II: Dreadlords 1.1 Patch
Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Description: This is the latest patch for Galactic Civilizations II: Dreadlords bringing the game to version 1.1. The patch fixes a ton of bugs and adds many changes.

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StarShift: The Zaran Legacy Demo
Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Description: StarShift is a turn-based online strategy game taking place in a fictional universe, and where you can back-stab your allies, corrupt your enemies and mess with everybody else!

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BlueTake iPhono Plus Bluetooth Stereo Headset
LAN Addict :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
BlueTake\’s iPhono Plus is a pretty decent headset, especially for a wireless device. The sound that you get is much better than I thought possible from such small speakers. One thing that will factor into your enjoyment of the iPhono Plus will be your PC\’s ability to multitask. I found that the PC I use at work is not very good at streaming audio while I was trying to do anything else. If I just play music or work, everything was fine.

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Diver: Deep Water Adventures Interview
Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
You see I am a PADI Rescue Diver myself. Occasionally, when I went on a diving resort in Hurghada,

almost whole future team of “Diver” developers roomed numbers in one hotel… And so the story began.

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Heroes of Might and Magic V Developer Diary
Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Description: This is a Developer Diary with Fabrice, producer of HOMMV, where he talks about managing your heroes and your armies in battle to ensure they’re as effective as you can make them.

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New Oblivion Content: “The Wizard’s Tower” Impressions (360)
Think Computers :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Quote: “The Wizard’s Tower downloadable content is now available on the Xbox 360 Marketplace for 150 points. This download is 7.52MB and features many useful items for mages and other magic based characters. Bethesda’s first two outings into the downloadable content realm were somewhat lackluster, so let’s see if the third time’s a charm.”

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Game: Alliance: Future Combat
Strategy Informer :: Thursday, April 20, 2006

Description: 4 new exclusive screenshots have been added for Alliance: Future Combat.

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Mushkin EM3200 DDR 2x 1GB DC Review
NGOHQ :: Thursday, April 20, 2006

Quote: Today, we’re introducing a 2 GB dual channel memory kit by Mushkin to you. Mushkin, mostly recognized in the overclocker’s scene for high-speed memory modules like the “HighPerformance Level II” series, offers various memory kits for different target groups. With the “Redline” series, Mushkin targets the more average user – who still requests good performance and high stability, but without any need for extreme overclocking. We’ve had such a kit, the Mushkin EM3200 DDR 2x 1GB DC, at our hands for testing. Read on to see how it performed.

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Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Video Game Review
Gamer’s Hell :: Tuesday, April 18, 2006
“Oh no,” I thought. It’s a film tie-in. It’s a platform game and it features mini-games. Should I drill holes in it? Should I grind it into powder and offer it to the next strong breeze? Should I just stack it with all those free CDs I get with the newspaper and for some reason never throw away? In the end I gave it a chance and fortunately, it’s not that bad.

The ice age is coming to an end. The glaciers are melting, which means that soon the valley’s going to be flooded. You play the game as Scrat, a saber-toothed squirrel, accompanying the other animals from the film as they try and cross the valley to safety.

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Quake 4 v1.2 SDK
Gamer’s Hell :: Tuesday, April 18, 2006

id Software have released an updated SDK for Quake IV, the first-person shooter sequel developed by Raven Software. It contains the full public game source code, and map, mod and art samples.

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New Oblivion Content “The Orrery” Impressions (360)
Think Computers :: Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Quote: “New downloadable Oblivion content has arrived on the Xbox 360 Marketplace called “The Orrery.” The new content can be purchased for 150 points and is a 9.83MB download. The previously released Horse Armor pack was received with an uneven response from gamers due to the cost for a few pieces of armor. So, is the new quest and reward worth the price?”

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FW: ForceWare 84 Series Roundup
NGOHQ :: Thursday, April 13, 2006
Quote: “The software always had a great influence over our hardware. We always like to see the manufactures keep updating their software and to solve bugs and to introduce new features. But it’s not the case with NVIDIA, in every week we see many leaked versions of their driver and we can never know what’s new in these drivers. We already have eight builds of the ForceWare 84 series so far. Today we’re going to test all the ForceWare 84 Series in both performance and image quality fields. We spent the entire weekend making this juicy roundup for your viewing pleasure; so which driver is the fastest? And which one is providing the best image quality? Read on to find out.”

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URBAN CHAOS: Riot Response
Strategy Informer :: Thursday, April 13, 2006
Description: This is the intro movie for URBAN CHAOS: Riot Response. Showing a news headline about a riot!

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ETROM: The Astral Essence (PC)
Strategy Informer :: Tuesday, April 11, 2006

One of the most important things a game maker can do is to ensure that a game works. When I say works, I mean does not crash randomly every so often. There is nothing more irritating than games that do this. Etrom: The Astral Essence crashed more times than a drunk driver on crack, and it made for a very disappointing experience indeed.

In short, this game needs to be taken back home by its ear and given a good spanking. It has potential, but it was not ready to be released by a long shot.

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Call of Duty 2 Patch
Strategy Informer :: Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Description: This Call of Duty® 2 Multiplayer 1.2 Upgrade will bring all supported versions of Call of Duty® 2 up to version 1.2, and includes the multi-core processor optimizations contained in the 1.01 upgrade.

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