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New Oni Images, Interview
9:08 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Harry Al-Shakarchi, the ultra-fan who runs the number one Oni fan page Oni Central , managed to score 16 exclusive screen shots and an in-depth interview with artist Lorraine Reyes, creator of the 'anime' box art and in-game art for Oni. The interview discusses her background and her thoughts on a number of subjects including: Amanda Winn-Lee (the voice actress behind the game's main character Konoko), AIC (The company doing cell animation cutscenes for Oni), Konoko's character and the future.


In the interview Lorraine also mentions that she is working as part of the Phoenix team, now that Oni is virtually finished. Reportedly, the Phoenix team is working on an unannounced strategy game based on the Halo engine, which will not be Myth III.


Besides the interview, the 16 new screen shots are probably some of the nicest we've seen so far. Oni recently went gold on the PC and should be hitting gold on the Mac very soon. It will be released by publisher Gathering of Developers January 29th, to capitalize on the media blitz for the PlayStation 2 version, which is expected to be a big hit.

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Mac Gaming Sites Roundup
2:06 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

MacGamer has an interview with Tony Barnes and Douglas Hare of The Collective, Simon and Schuster's in-house Mac development team. They are currently working on the Macintosh port of the Star Trek action/adventure game, Deep Space 9: The Fallen. Here, Doug explains why the decision was made to port the game themselves instead of contracting it out:

A lot of folks send their games out to porting houses to get the Mac version made. Why did you decide to keep it in-house?


Doug: We're working from the Mac Unreal Tournament code base which is maintained by the good folks over Westlake so we got a big leg-up with that but as we've modified the UT engine we just felt more comfortable doing it ourselves to ensure that the same dedication and quality given to the PC-product was bestowed upon the Mac version.

Deep Space 9: The Fallen has just been released for the PC and should be making its way to the Mac OS in December.


In hardware news, MacNN has posted a review of 3dfx' Voodoo4 4500 PCI. Aimed at the casual gamer and graphics professionals, the Voodoo4 garners praise for its great price/performance ratio.

The 3D performance of the Voodoo4 exceeded our expectations and really makes this graphics card an excellent option at its price point for the budget-minded Mac user. Despite an apparent drop in framerates as resolutions increased, the Voodoo4 performed more than adequately with many graphics options turned on at 640 x 480 and 800 x 600.


If you are in the market for a new mouse, MacNN has also posted a roundup of 10 USB optical mice. Ever since Microsoft released it's sleek IntelliMouse Explorer, they have become very popular because of their light weight and pin-point precision. Now, nearly every major peripherals manufacturer has their own incarnation of the optical mouse. Gamers be warned: The cameras used to track movements in optical mice have known to become "confused" if the mouse is flicked extremely fast. Under normal use or high sensivity settings, though, this should not be a problem.

3dfx Drops Voodoo5 MSRP to $229.99
Optical Mouse Roundup at MacNN
Voodoo4 4500 PCI Review at MacNN
The Collective Interview at MacGamer


Elite Force & Livin' Large Giveaway!
1:56 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, we thought it was time to give our readers a big thanks for making IMG the most popular Mac gaming site on the web. Aspyr and IMG are teaming up once again for another fantastic giveaway...this time featuring the just-released Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and The Sims: Livin' Large Expansion Pack (don't worry, if you don't have a copy of The Sims, we'll throw that in as well!).



Be sure to register today. We'll be announcing the four winners of the giveaway come Monday.

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Update on Rogue Spear, Driver
9:47 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG spoke briefly with Al Schilling of MacSoft, a Mac porting house and publisher which does not intend to be left out of the huge slew of Fall and Winter Mac game releases. According to Al the long-awaited (and long-delayed) 70s-style racing game Driver should be declared 'golden master' any day now. Supposedly the only thing between this game and the boxed version are a few minor installer issues. Driver is a racing title which was a big hit on the Playstation, and puts you behind the wheel as an undercover cop acting as a 'wheelman' for the Mafia. Yes, a racing game with a plot, and an intriguing one at that.


We also checked up on the status of Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear, the sequel to the popular ultra-realistic squad-based shooter from Tom Clancy's Red Storm. Currently, this game is in original publisher Activision's Q&A testing, and should also be declared Gold Master in the next few weeks. MacSoft is anticipating an early December release for both titles, just in time to put them on your Christmas list. The Mac version of Rogue Spear will include the expansion pack "Urban Operations" for free.


There will be demos released for both titles after they have shipped; we're suspicious you will be able to find them at Macgamefiles.com.

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G.O.D's Sanford May on Mac Games
9:31 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Sanford May, content guru from the Gathering of Developers' web site, has posted an insightful article on the current state of Mac gaming. In the article, May talks about the virtues of being a Mac developer as well as being a fan of the platform. Here's a sample from the article:

Support from game developers and publishers is the last and inarguably the most important link in the Mac gaming chain. Without new games that flaunt the latest technology, there will be no advance in Mac gaming. At Gathering of Developers, the developing and publishing efforts are dedicated to making exceptional games available to those who will get excited about them and those who will play the hell out of them, regardless of their choice in computing platform. Chief executive officer Mike Wilson summarizes the Mac attitude at Gathering well in saying, "We are lucky enough to work with some of the best game developers in the world, and those developers almost universally want to support the Mac platform. Our goal at Gathering is to bring this amazing content to as many audiences as possible."
Be sure the check out the rest of the article by visiting the Gathering of Developers web site. GoD has already brought 4x4 Evolution and Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2 to the Mac OS, and will be publishing Rune, Oni and Tropico in the future.

Underdog Day Afternoon Article at G.O.D.


Giants Site Updated
8:49 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Interplay's official web site for the upcoming title Giants: Citizen Kabuto has had a major facelift recently. This change brings a whole new look to the site, plus a lot of new information. There are also two new gameplay movies available, though at 10 and 15MB, they're not small downloads unless you have some decent bandwidth. Here's an excerpt from the information page, describing this unusual title:

Giants is a revolutionary new style of action game combining RTS elements like base building and resource management in a simple and easy to understand way that has never been seen before. The game requires strategic thinking to exploit the enemies' weaknesses and manipulate your opponents against one another for control. The frenzied action ensues once your enemies' weaknesses are determined. For example, Kabuto depends on the Vimps for a food source to keep up his strength. The Sea Reaper can call in a tornado to sweep the Vimps away, leaving Kabuto hungry, weak and open for attack.
Take a look through the site, and be sure to check out IMG's own preview of the game. MacPlay will be bringing Giants to the Mac OS sometime next year; it should be out for PC within the next few weeks.

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Unreal Fortress Build 199 Released
8:14 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Unreal Fortress, the team-based Unreal Tournament mod, has been updated to Build 199 and includes a host of fixes, enhancements, and a new map. Changes/fixes include:



Gameplay

Ammo handling tidied up

Metal for armourer is now an ammo typee

New KeyBinds system written

Grenade Spam Fix

Can no longer set yourself alight

Can no longer infect yourself

Various Access None fixes

Team Size added to HUD Team Score

Spy disguise HUD info fixed (we think)

HUD Team symbols force to transparency

New parameter for DisguiseAsTeam (auto selects enemy team)



Weapons

Sniper rifle firing/zoom mechanism altered

Melee weapons range increased

Minigun power and accuracy tweaked



Grenades

Tripmine Alignment fix

Frag grenade scaled up

Emp grenades now disable mortars



Equipment

Sentry completely re-written (remove gun feature not yet working and hence has been disabled)

Scaling of sentry fire fixed

Scanner fixed

Sentry and Dispenser can now be dismantled



The mod weighs in at 26.3 MB and is available for download from Macgamefiles.com.

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Voodoo 4/5 Drivers Updated
7:30 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Last night, 3dfx released version 1.1.2 of their driver package for their Voodoo4 4500 and Voodoo5 5500 3D accelerator cards. This update is a maintenance release, so don't expect any frame rate increases (or decreases). Users are reporting that more screen resolutions and refresh rates are available now for some monitor/system configurations. Also fixed is a bug which caused banners in GameRanger and Sherlock to be displayed at a 45-degree angle. Here is a list of changes in this update from 3dfx' website:

  • 4-bit color lookup tables supported.

  • Exponential fog and exp2 fog now working

  • More resolutions supported, including >85Hz

  • Multiple video streams can now be scaled

  • Numerous bug fixes
  • You can download the drivers from Macgamefiles.com or through the auto-update feature in the 3dfx MacTools control panel.

    Download Voodoo 4/5 1.1.2 Drivers (1.3 MB)


    GameSpy previews Oni
    6:26 AM | Tom Bridge | Comment on this story

    While Oni's seems to have been in developement since before the dawn of time, it looks like things are finally coming to a head over at Bungie West. GameSpy has produced a hands-on preview of Oni, giving us a unique point of view. Here's a brief excerpt:

    On Jan. 29, gamers who like their action titles brimming with special moves, lengthy level investigations, and wide-eyed children getting electrocuted by evil spiky-haired henchmen, are likely to gravitate towards the simultaneous launch of all three Oni games - most likely identical versions on the PC, Mac, and PS2, and all of them starring the new first lady of action adventure, Konoko.


    As she commences her 14-level mission on a search and rescue sortie to bring back her android sidekick (yes, this is set in the future), Oni displays not only a rock-solid 3D engine, but also a charismatic heroine without gargantuan oversized breasts and penchant for catacombs. Lara Croft is so 1990s, and Bungie are hoping Konoko is the face of the future.

    Bungie has outdone themselves with this fanstatic three-platform simultaneous release, creating what seems to be a cinematic world that leaves poor Lara Croft out of a job. While we may have to wait until early 2001, a few more months seems a small pause compared to a long history of painful waiting.

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    Oni Preview at GameSpy



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    F.A.K.K. 2 for $24.90!
    6:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Following the fantastic deal for 4x4 EVO last week for a mere $19.90, online retailer CompuExpert has slashed the price for the recently released Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2 to just $24.90. That's $15.00 off the regular CompuExpert price of $39.90.



    There's no indication on how long this low price will last, so savvy consumers should place their orders soon. Also, be aware that CompuExpert has a one copy per customer limit. If you haven't tried the demo of this game, be sure to grab it from Macgamefiles now!

    Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2 Demo at MGF
    Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2 Sneak Preview
    FAKK 2 Deal at CompuExpert
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    Mac Games News for Monday, November 20, 2000

    Mac Gamer Goes Comdex7:21 PM
    Cro-Mag Rally Editor Coming Soon7:11 PM
    Yiminee Cribbage 1.0.1 Released12:40 PM
    Age of Empires II: Conquerors for Mac?12:22 PM
    Work on BG Multiplayer, ToSC Continues10:22 AM
    The Fallen for Mac Still Coming9:47 AM
    Help Re-Texture Marathon9:35 AM
    More World War II Online Details9:33 AM
    Oni Is Gold For PC, Mac Soon9:24 AM
    Tropico Hands-On Preview9:04 AM
    Aspyr Ships Elite Force and Livin' Large8:53 AM
     
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