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Warcraft III System Specs
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

French Mac gaming site Mac4Gamer recently obtained the system specifications for the Mac version of Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming real-time strategy game, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, and were kind enough to e-mail IMG the complete rundown in English:

Computer: Warcraft III requires a 400 MHz G3 processor or better.

Operating System: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos requires Mac OS 9.0 or higher, or Mac OS X 10.1.3 or higher.

Memory: Warcraft III requires 128 MB of RAM. Virtual Memory must be enabled and set to Apple's recommended setting on computers running pre-Mac OS X versions of the Mac OS.

Controls: A keyboard and mouse are required. Joysticks, game pads, graphics tablets, and input devices other than a mouse and keyboard are not supported.

Drives: A hard drive with 700 MB of free space, and a CD-ROM drive are required for installation and play.

Video: A video card consisting of an ATI Technologies or nVidia chipset with at least 16 MB of memory is required.

Sound: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos will work with the "built in sound" features of the Mac OS.

Multiplayer Connectivity: Access to Blizzard Entertainment's online gaming service, Battle.net, requires a low-latency, active Internet connection, rated at 28.8 Kbps or faster. Multiplayer games played over a LAN require an active connection to a TCP/IP network.

As many posters have previously noted in the IMG Forums, suggested system requirements aren't necessarily the final word, and the experience of different users will vary. However, the requirements suggested above should at least give Mac gamers an idea of what kind of machine will be needed to run Warcraft III when it sees release.

IMG Preview: WarCraft III
IMG Preview: WarCraft III Multiplayer Beta
Mac4Gamer: Official WarCraft III Config... (via Babel Fish)
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IMG Previews Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
12:19 PM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a detailed preview by Andy Largent of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, the first-person game of tactical combat during Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy in the Second World War. Here's a brief excerpt:

I have to say there have been at least two dramatic episodes in Medal of Honor that changed the way I thought about the game. The first was playing through a shell of a town with maybe three or four companions as backup. After making it through this area of intense gunfighting, amazingly accurate snipers, and trying to help keep my fellows alive (which was very similar to the final scene in "Saving Private Ryan"), I actually needed a break to relax and take a little breather.

The Normandy beach scene only solidified this feeling. As you work your way up the beach and see the other Allieds doing the same with you, I gained a true sense of pride and accomplishment upon reaching the other side. Of course, that was only the beginning, but the pacing of the whole level was excellent. This could be about as realistic as I'd ever want a game to feel. I'm positive I don't want any more immersion into a war than this.

For the full text of our preview and a gallery of screen shots, follow the link below. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault was ported to the Mac by Westlake Interactive and is coming soon from Aspyr Media.

IMG Preview: Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
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Spiderweb Seeks Mac Avernum 3 Testers
11:14 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A new update on the Spiderweb Software web site brings word they are seeking Mac testers for Avernum 3. If you've been a beta tester before or are interested in Spiderweb's line of role-playing games, you might consider going over now and filling out an application.

Avernum 3 is the latest in Spiderweb's rethinking of their popular Exile series. The games are known for their open-ended gameplay in which players can choose from a variety of different tasks and missions (or choose the life of a shopkeeper).

The game is scheduled for release next month on the Mac, assuming no major bugs are found. Avernum 3 features very low system requirements:

  • 120 MHz PowerPC Macintosh
  • 12 MB free RAM
  • 20 MB hard drive space
  • 800x600 screen resolution, 16-bit color

Avernum 3 is $25, or $32 with a hint book. For more information or to sign up for the beta test, check out the Spiderweb site now.

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Spiderweb: Avernum 3 Beta Tester Application



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Freeverse's Arcane Arena 1.0 Released
10:48 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software announced today the release of version 1.0 of their 2D massive multiplayer online role-playing game Arcane Arena. The game has long been in public beta testing, so many gamers have had a glimpse of what the title is like.

Arcane Arena is free for characters up through level 3, then they must register. The fee is a very small $4.99 per month, or $29.99 for a full year of play. Here's a clip from the press release:

Using a unique battle-timer system in which individual speed characteristics affect the real-world rate at which you receive turns, Arcane Arena captures both the adrenaline rush of real time games and the complex, tactical satisfaction of turn-based play.

Arcane Arena runs in Mac OS 8.1 through 9.2.1 natively, and in the "Classic" environment under Mac OS X. Depending on customer feedback and support, an OS X native version is a strong possibility. So register if you want more!

Requirements:

  • Mac OS 8.1 or later
  • 30 Megabytes of Free RAM
  • 60 Megabytes of Hard Disk Space
If you haven't yet tried out Arcane Arena, head over to the games web site and download it now.

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Freeverse: Arcane Arena 1.0 Released!
MGF: Arcane Arena 1.0 (40 MB)


Avalanche 1.0 Released
10:45 AM | Vern Xiong | Comment on this story

Dracosoft has announced the release of Avalanche, described by the company as an extremely addictive arcade and puzzle game.

Here's a brief description from Dracosoft:

As the Avalanche rapidly approaches, you must destroy it as quickly as possible. Use bombs and combine bonuses for increased enjoyment.

Click on three or more matching blocks to destroy portions of the Avalanche. The more blocks destroyed the more points earned. Beware; the Avalanche is quickly gaining speed. Used color bombs to destroy similar colored portions of the Avalanche and black bombs to destroy giant areas. Add point bonuses and the ability to build them up and you have one super addictive game.

Avalanche has an asking price of $9.99 and is available for download for both Classic Mac OS and Mac OS X from Macgamefiles.com.

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MGF: Avalanche 1.0 (1.1 MB)


New Mac-O-Rama Site Design
6:00 AM | Vern Xiong | Comment on this story

Mac-O-Rama, the popular Mac-only online store, has been updated to a new site design to better serve its customers. Mac-O-Rama has been serving the Mac community by stocking out-of-print and hard-to-find software.

Part owner Jason Dietrich, self proclaimed CEO, explains:

The navigation is greatly improved. We wanted to let customers browse and not get lost. So we created a standard menu that maintains the product group that they are in. For example, from the home page, you click on the games and entertainment link. You go to our games home page and see featured products, a top ten, pre-orders and such. The menu breaks out the categories of games and if you click on the category it brings up a list of titles in that category, plus the menu maintains that you are in the games section.
Plans for online order tracking and inventory are also being worked on.

Dietrich happily adds:

We're Mac users dedicated to providing a constantly growing offering of products and services that will help other Mac users have a better computing experience.
Be sure to check out the new site design over at Mac-O-Rama.




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Escape Velocity Nova T-Shirts Available
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Mac gamers who just can't get enough Escape Velocity Nova in their lives should be pleased to hear that Ambrosia Software is now offering official EV Nova T-shirts to all interested buyers. These black cotton T-shirts come with the EV Nova logo on the front, Ambrosia's logo on the side, and the URL to the EV Nova web page on the back.

Ambrosia also throws in a little guarantee for free:

They come with a 100% geek-free guarantee — Ambrosia certifies that you will never get your ass kicked for wearing this stylish t-shirt.
The shirts come in two sizes, Large and Extra-Large, and are currently going for $19 each plus $3 shipping and handling. Those interested in ordering or seeing pictures of the shirts should check out Ambrosia's web site for more information.

Now EV Nova fans can play their game and wear it too.

IMG Review: Escape Velocity Nova
Escape Velocity: Nova
MGF: Escape Velocity Nova 1.0 (75 MB)



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SimCity 4 Screenshots
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Italian Mac gaming site Games4Mac has posted some screenshots from SimCity 4, the next sequel in the popular, long-running city management series by Maxis.

The shots show some amazing-looking footage. Besides the usual streets, houses, and skyscrapers that fans of the series are familiar with, a natural disaster in the form of a volcano is also shown in what appears to be several stages, starting with its formation and ending with a huge lava flow working its way through a city. Another shot shows a series of fires in progress, with miniature firemen rushing to the scene.

Details on SimCity 4 have been scarce, though a debut at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo is more than likely. In the meantime, interested gamers should definitely give the screens at Games4Mac a look.

Games4Mac: SimCity 4 Screenshots
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Mac Games News for Thursday, May 9, 2002

News from the Worldwide Developers Conference12:44 PM
Kick Off 2002 Coming in June12:01 PM
Master of Orion III Preview at GameSpot10:37 AM
Lineage II Interview8:14 AM
Dog of Prey Preview8:12 AM
GamePad Companion Updated to 2.0.37:48 AM
More Unreal Tournament 2003 Info7:48 AM
Secret New Ambrosia Game Shots Released7:48 AM
 
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