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Mac Shogo Released
12:17 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Despite a number of delays, Titan Computer has announced the Macintosh version of Shogo: Mobile Armor Division is now completed and shipping. A demo was released quite a while ago, so if haven't already tried it out be sure to do so. Shogo is an anime-style FPS which uses an early version of Monolith's LithTech engine. Here's more info on the game from Titan's web site:

Shogo: Mobile Armor Division" is a first-person shooter with a difference. It draws its inspiration from such anime classics (Japanese animation) as "Macross" (aka "Battletech") and "Gundam", not only because it allows you to do battle in a 10 meters tall robot but also because the game actually has a credible plot that unfolds as you progress in the game.

In Shogo you play Sanjuro, a hotshot commander caught in the middle of a war against a terrorist organisation that cost him his family and his girl-friend. As the plot develops, you will find out that not everything is as you thought it was. But make no mistake: Shogo is all about furious 3D action.

Hopefully now that some of it has been ported to the Mac, we might see other Lithtech-based games ported to the Mac OS as well (such No One Lives Forever, fingers crossed!). One question about Shogo's release is whether Titan, a German company, will be able to distrubute the game in North America. We've contacted them for details and will let you know what we discover.

Download Shogo: MAD Demo at Macgamefiles
Titan Computer's Shogo: MAD Web Site
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Shogo: MAD

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Guide To Majesty's Barbarians
4:20 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Excellent fan site Majesty - Dragon has produced a detailed guide to the Barbarian, one of the types of heroes you can recruit and send into battle in Majesty, the real-time strategy game just released by MacPlay. While this guide is a bit esoteric to those new to this game, it does cover many available strategies of solo and online play, and a dedicated reader can learn a great deal in a short period of time.

The Majesty Demo is currently enjoying a four-joystick rating on Macgamefiles.com; if you haven't taken this unusual and attractive title for a spin, be sure and download it.

Here's an excerpt from the guide:

Barbarians, the worshippers of Krolm, are reviled in Ardania. And I don’t just mean in the world of the game. I also mean among the multi-player community. Barbarians are banned from gameplay more often than someone with a 2000 ms ping or a propensity to quit 4 days into a game. The problem is that the merely adequate Barbarian player can roll over even an expert at Dauros/Agrela or Krypta/Fervus in only a few game days, even on a map designed to keep the players apart for a while. If you level the playing field and lower the starting money, the Krolm option seems fruitless. With no Sovereign Spells, especially Healing, beyond those from the Wizards, and no way to resurrect the fallen, no sensible Majesty player wants to enter a long-term game with the Barbarians as his main force. Well, who needs sense when they can have the Rage of Krolm!?!?
Trust us, this will make a lot more sense after a few days playing the full game. With a few more shopping days to go, Majesty will be a well-appreciated gift for any fan of this style of game. For more details on the game itself, be sure to read our preview.

Majesty Demo (32.2 MB)
Majesty Preview
Barbarian Strategy Guide at Majesty - Dragon

NVIDIA Looks for Mac Driver Tester
1:07 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

PC graphics chip maker NVIDIA, who has long promised to enter the Mac OS market to some degree, has posted a job listing on the Mac-oriented iDevGames web site. This full-time position is for an End User Support Engineer, and requires a move to Santa Clara, CA. Here is the listing in full:

Job Description

Work closely with End Users, software, hardware, test, sales and marketing to verify, log and track customer reported issues in a highly innovative 3D graphics environment. Provide timely and professional communication to customers. Test customer specific configurations to ensure compatibility with standard and high-end GUI applications, games, TV output, and video.

Required Skills

Solid understanding of PC's at the component level. Experience installing, configuring and troubleshooting device drivers (especially graphics) on Win9x, NT, 2000, Linux or Mac. Good communications skills are essential. 2+ years customer support or software test experience desirable. Knowledge of or interest in 3D, OpenGL, and DirectX technologies a plus.

Job Location

Santa Clara, CA

Position Type


We've known for some time that NVIDIA has been quietly acquiring Mac-savvy staff members, and this is not the first job posting we have seen listed. However, none of the Mac engineers from the recently-disbanded driver team at 3dfx have had offers as of yet. In any case, NVIDIA's movement onto the Mac platform seems inevitable at this point. The only question is when -- and we are fairly sure that this question will be answered in just a few weeks, at Macworld Expo San Francisco.

NVIDIA Job Listing at iDevGames

3dfx Voodoo Drivers 1.1.3b Leaked
12:15 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Late last week the news that graphics card and chip maker 3dfx was selling its core technology assets to rival NVIDIA and closing its doors rocked the gaming community; indeed Mac users were hit far harder than the PC crowd, as we don't currently have NVIDIA to fall back on, so to speak. Soon after this development IMG learned that the Mac driver team from 3dfx has indeed already been disbanded, and all driver development has ceased. From what we can determine, all tech support itself for 3dfx products may also be discontinued in the near future.

Just a few days later, a notice appeared on the Mac boards at 3dfxgamers.com; post your e-mail address and you will receive access to the final beta version of the drivers under development, 1.1.3b. Over 200 people quickly followed the instructions and grabbed the archive.

Soon afterwards, all message board on 3dfxgamers.com were shut down.

Now, these drivers have surfaced at online file archives (including Macgamefiles.com). It is important to note that they are not an official release from 3dfx, by any means; they may have been intentionally leaked by someone at 3dfx, but they have not been tested or approved for release. Their source is unknown, and if new bugs are introduced by these drivers they are unlikely to be fixed. If the current drivers are working well for you, we do not recommend you install this beta version.

In our limited experience with these new drivers, little seems to have changed. There is no change in overall speed or quality. Screen shots now work in many games (Glide and OpenGL) but the screen shot quality is very poor, producing dark, banded images that don't match the actual game screens.

As for the resolution/refresh rate issues introduced in the 1.1.2 drivers, we must unfortunately say that they still remain in many cases; many functional settings remain missing with some monitors, and many of the available options are physically impossible to use (illegal sync rates or impossible resolutions). With an Apple 17" monitor (blue and white) all 85 Hz resolutions are now missing from the recommended list and 3 of the 8 listed resolutions exceed the hardware specs of the monitor. However, this is an improvement from the bizarre default settings seen with the previous drivers.

This unified driver release also supports Voodoo4 and Voodoo3 cards; it seemed to have no effect on the V3, in our experience.

In any case, as this may be the last driver version we ever see from 3dfx, we encourage you to report your experiences with it in our troubleshooting forums. Perhaps if NVIDIA has no future plans for VSA-100 based hardware (and they have said as much in their interviews) they will one day open-source the 3dfx drivers so that enterprising programmers can fix and improve them for legacy card owners.

IMG Troubleshooting Forums
Mac Voodoo Drivers 1.1.3b (1.35 MB)

Solitaire Till Dawn 4.0 Released
11:43 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Semicolon Software has announced the release of version 4.0 of their shareware title Solitaire Till Dawn. As you might expect judging from the name of this game, this extensive card game simulator has everything a fan of card games could possibly desire. This new version adds many features, as well as new games and artwork. Here's the press release:

Semicolon Software
today announced the release of version 4.0 of Solitaire Till Dawn,
its popular shareware card game collection. This release adds
improved graphics, larger cards, new features, and still more games.

Solitaire Till Dawn combines attractive graphics, a smooth and simple
user interface, and powerful features in a package that wins rave
reviews. Its 40 different games range from the simple to the complex,
and from the familiar to the exotic. Rated "Freakin' Awesome!" by
MacAddict magazine, this is a package that every Mac gamer should

What is new in Solitaire Till Dawn 4.0?

  • New large card size takes advantage of today's larger monitors.
  • Six new games!
  • New royalty card artwork.
  • Special "Decors" in iMac colors.
  • Improved sound effects for high-fidelity sound.
  • Highlight movable cards by holding down the Shift or Shift-lock key.
No mere time-waster, this card game seems to have the whole genre in the bag. Be sure and check it out today.

Semicolon Software
Download Solitaire Till Dawn 4.0

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Bungie Chat Transcript Posted
11:31 AM | Charles George | Comment on this story

Last night the X-box dedicated web site, IGN X-Box conducted a chat with every Mac users favorite Microsoft gaming studio, Bungie. That chat mainly focused on their hotly-anticipated game of squad combat, Halo. While only a few of the questions gave any relevant info, the ones that did were very informative. Take this question and answer about how the computer and console versions will interact,

"[kosmo] Will all the Xbox, Mac and pc users be able to play together?

[BungieMatt] It's really hard to say at this point one way or another, but if I had to bet I'd say no. PC/Mac netplay is a more likely proposition, if you catch my drift."

The transcript contains a few other interesting tidbits so be sure to check it out.

X-Box.ign chat transcript
Mac Halo
Bungie Studios
Halo: Combat Evolved

Monkey Shines 2 Demo Released
11:27 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Flying Mikros Interactive and Fantasoft have released the public beta demo of Gorilla Warfare. The game is a sequel to the award winning game Monkey Shines. This time around you play Darwin, Bonzo's nephew, and there's quite a few new surprises. Darwin travels through time finding pieces of the map of Simian City so he can rescue it from the evil robots that have overtaken it.

Features include:

• Multiple layer parallax scrolling

• 16 bit colour

• Smooth 30 frames per second

Head over to Macgamefiles.com to grab the demo.
• A new hero, Darwin, with a lot of new tricks

• Ballistic bananas to take out your enemies

• And much much more!

Monkey Shines 2: Gorilla Warfare (8.6 MB)
Gorilla Warfare web site

Mac Games News for Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Ask Maxis at SNG3:29 PM
Mac Oni Demo Update3:05 PM
Mike Wilson on a Dismal 20002:19 PM
Portable Nvidia Chips for Mac?11:19 AM
FAKK2 Postmortem11:10 AM
4x4 Update Coming, 'Treasure' Maps10:54 AM
Mac Combat Mission Mod Manager 1.59:28 AM
New Combat Mission 1.1 Beta9:19 AM
F.A.K.K. 2 1.02c Patch Released9:18 AM
Diablo 2 1.04 Available, Major Bugs Fixed9:13 AM
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