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Thursday, March 7, 2002


Bubble Trouble Coming to OS X
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software, makers of commercial-quality shareware games for the Mac, announced yesterday afternoon their intention to bring Bubble Trouble to Mac OS X. For those unfamiliar with the title, Bubble Trouble is an action game that sports cartoonish graphics and is described by Ambrosia rather interestingly:

An otherwise peaceful fish bowl has been filled with bubbles that are being tossed around in an enthralling game of "Squish the Fish!"
To help facilitate the transition to OS X, Ambrosia is asking for volunteers to help beta test this update to the arcade title:
If you'd like to participate in the beta test, you will be subscribed to a mailing list which will be used for the beta test — you'll receive a number of eMail messages from that list, so you need to be prepared for it (or have your mail filters set up). You'll also need to download beta versions of Bubble Trouble (we'll provide you with the download information at a later date, once the beta test is ready to go) and report to us any problems you have with the game on a regular basis.

If you're interested, send an eMail to bt_test@AmbrosiaSW.com with your full name, the eMail address you'd like subscribed to the mailing list, and your system configuration.

Once completed, Bubble Trouble X will be offered for the same price as its current Classic incarnation: $15. For those already registered, an upgrade fee of $5 will be required.

Those looking for more details on the beta testing or on Bubble Trouble itself can find them at Ambrosia's web site.

Ambrosia: Bubble Trouble
Ambrosia: Bubble Trouble for OS X — testers needed


IMG Reviews the Yamaha LightSpeed3 CRW3200FXZ
12:39 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review by Lucian Fong of the LightSpeed3 CRW3200FXZ CD-RW drive from Yamaha:

If you're wondering how a CD burner is related to Mac gaming, it could be infinitely handy in distributing large mods and demos to your modem-using friends. Truth be told, after we reviewed the CAVIT USB audio unit, Yamaha graciously asked us to review their newest FireWire CD-RW recorder, the LightSpeed 3 3200FXZ. It's not often that we have the opportunity to test out hardware before the rest of the world sees it, so it was a difficult proposition to resist.

Yamaha's 3200FXZ represents the third generation of its LightSpeed line of CD recorders. The 3200FXZ features a 24x write speed, 10x re-write speed, 40x read speed, 8 MB of cache, DAE (Digital Audio Extraction) at up to 40x, and Yamaha's SafeBurn, anti-buffer under run technology. This means that you'll be able to burn a 650 MB data CD or rip a 74 minute audio CD in under three minutes, all while multitasking.

For the rest of our review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: LightSpeed3 3200FXZ
Yamaha: CRW3200 CD-RW Drive



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MacGamer Reviews Geneforge
11:58 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

Our friends at MacGamer have posted a review by Susan Carver of Geneforge, the fantasy role-playing game from Spiderweb Software in which you shape your own creatures to help you in your quest.

Here are a couple of excerpts from Carver's review to whet your appetite:

If you've ever played a Role Playing Game (RPG) shareware on the Mac, chances are you've encountered Spiderweb Software, headed by Jeff Vogel, at some point. Their first game was Exile: Escape from the Pit, and they've been offering up immersive games ever since.

Their latest game is a single-player RPG called Geneforge. If you've played Spiderweb's other games, Geneforge will look, at least superficially, familiar to you. The game involves magic, spellcasting, and some fantastical creatures. Before you feel like you've seen it all before, though, you should get ready for some real changes. It's also got a hefty dose of modern day science, as seen through the eyes of about a 19th century mentality....

The storyline is incredibly detailed and well thought out. If you remember back to your youth, along with kickball and tag, you probably bought a few "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. Remember them? You read a part of the story, and at the bottom of the page, you're asked what you'll do next. If you choose one thing, go to page X. If you choose the other option, go to page Y. The book continues in that fashion until you reach one of many different possible endings. You can go back later, and make very different choices the next time you read it, and get a completely different story. Geneforge reminded me very strongly of those books. I got that same feeling of being at a crossroads, plotwise, many times while I was playing, and it's a testament to the strength of those many plots that I used up every one of the 15 available Save Game slots. At times, I even wished there were more, so I could test out other ways to play.

For the full text of MacGamer's review, follow the link below, and if you haven't already, be sure to check out IMG's own preview of the game as well.

You can download Geneforge from our sister site, MacGameFiles.

IMG Preview: Geneforge
Geneforge
MacGamer: Geneforge Review
MGF: Geneforge 1.0.2 (12.3 MB)


Gateway Rescinds, Reoffers Radeon 8500 Deal
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

For those of you who may have missed the recent roller coaster, the Gateway Accessory Store recently sent out a wave of e-mails rescinding their previous offer of a brand-new ATI Radeon 8500 Mac Edition for a mere $207. Only hours after the news hit the web, however, Accelerate Your Mac! received a reader update that Gateway is now offering a way for those who placed pre-orders to take advantage of the deal still.

The rescinding of the deal prompted a rash of complaints that appear to have reached Gateway and changed their minds. A reader sent this response in to Accelerate Your Mac! at around 4 pm:

Hey everyone! I'm on the phone with Gateway right now and she said that they won't offer it on the website anymore, but if you call customer service and say you don't mind waiting until they get the shipment in, they'll reinstate your order with the discount! So call customer service now and get them to reinstate your order now. Warning, expect to be on hold before talking to a living being for over 30 minutes!
So while the offer is no longer available, at least those that managed to get their pre-orders in before its removal can still take advantage of it by contacting Gateway's customer service at (800) 961-9261, option 2. This is great news for those who were looking forward to landing a powerful graphics card for a low price.

IMG Feature: ATI Radeon 8500 in the Flesh
IMG Preview: Radeon 8500 AGP
Accelerate Your Mac!
Radeon 8500


Whong Itches to Test FPS Skills in Real World
6:00 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

Demonstrating his keen publicist's instincts, Jason Whong, former bug-eating PR representative for Ambrosia Software and MacPlay and star of Donkey Punch Software's immortal Escape from Jason Whong, has seized on a slow news week to inform IMG of his plans to take his first-person shooting skills and those of other Mac gamers, including IMG's own Chris Barylick, into the physical world.

The world of scenario paintball, that is:

Team MacFPS invites Mac gamers over 18 (and friends) to join our platoon. We're a casual group of gamers who want to have fun at paintball scenario events in the Northeast USA. We don't expect to win the Paintball World Cup, but we'd like to think that our years of playing first person shooters may have prepared us for our day in the sun.

Scenario Paintball brings first person shooters and roleplaying to life, while preserving the competitive aspects of a game. Hundreds of people show up at these games. We're looking for a dozen people that are looking for a few interesting weekends this year.

A FAQ at the Team MacFPS web site describes scenario paintball in more detail:
Scenario games are to paintball what Counter-Strike is to Half-Life. (not that such an analogy matters to Mac gamers...) Scenario games emphasize team play and completion of missions and objectives for points, instead of more simple games that end at elimination or when a flag is captured.

With several hundred people playing in a scenario game, concepts like personnel management and crisis management become more important as well, making the roleplaying experience more real than any current FPS is.

Of course, since the game is 26 hours long, it would not be fun if you were eliminated just at the opening whistle. To counter this, you can respawn every thirty minutes, so the longest you're out of the fight is a half hour. (or longer, if you sleep at night). You can also play as a common soldier, or take on more involved roles, and possibly use interesting weaponry.

The next event on Team MacFPS's calendar is the Ring of Fellowship on May 25-26 in New Milford, Pennsylvania. For more information, check out their web site at the link below.

Team MacFPS: Call for Players
Donkey Punch: Escape from Jason Whong!
MGF: Escape from Jason Whong 1.0 (348 KB)


Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 6, 2002

IMG Previews Icewind Dale11:59 AM
WarCraft III: Collector's Edition Revealed11:35 AM
3D Displays in Gaming's Near Future?11:04 AM
Escape Velocity: Nova Reaches FC29:40 AM
Freeverse Lists OS X Titles9:40 AM
WolfMP Discussion Forums Launched9:40 AM
 
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