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Mariusnet Celebrates One Year Anniversary
9:10 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Gamers still waging war on either Myth: The Fallen Lords or Myth II: Soulblighter may be interested in an upcoming net party. Hosting the event will be Mariusnet, which is celebrating its one year anniversary this Friday, August 16th, with a series of competitions and door prizes guaranteed to delight even the most hardcore Myth fan.

The two main competitions are as follows:

Also, there is a day long contest, starting at 7am eastern Friday and running until 3am eastern (Saturday morning if you want to call it that). What is the contest? Your mission, if you wish to accept it, is to beat as many different Bungie solo maps (you can play them solo or cooperative, your choice) on legendary difficulty. The person winning the most different TFL maps and the most different SB maps will each receive a prize. If you want to participate in this contest, the games *must* be played in a tracked room (tourney rooms are tracked) and you may be asked to verify your wins, so save the films!

Prizes for the Coop Challenge - you get to have an easter egg command of your choice added to the Mariusnet Server (it does have to be in line with the mariusnet user agreement rules of course). The TFL winner will also receive an Autographed (by those Bungie employees still at Bungie who worked on the game) TFL v1.0 CD, suitable for framing. The SB winner will receive a Soulblighter miniature. If there is a tie for the most different maps won, then the person who got the most different maps won earlier in the day will be the winner.

Door prizes, which include wine crate press kits, posters, soundtracks, and T-shirts will also be awarded throughout the day to active members.

Interested gamers must have a Mariusnet account in order to participate in the events. Those who wish to register can do so at Mariusnet.com.

For those unfamiliar with the service, Mariusnet is a 3rd party server that hosts both Myth and Myth II online gaming services, similar to the folks at PlayMyth.net, who do the same with Myth II and hopefully Myth: TFL and Myth III: The Wolf Age soon.

Mariusnet - Mariusnet One Year Anniversary Celebration...
Bungie Studios
Myth II: Soulblighter
Myth: The Total Codex

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IMG Reviews Fallout
1:35 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Fallout, the classic RPG brought back to life by MacPlay. Now available for Mac OS X, in Fallout, the world has been blown into a permanent nuclear winter following World War III. Survivors live in underground concrete vaults - safe from the radiation which still infects the planet. The H2O system, however, is in danger of contamination and now someone needs to venture out from Vault 13.

Here's a snippet from the review:

This is an RPG in the true spirit of the term. You have virtually no real game-bound ethical or moral limits with concern to the character itself, you can choose just how evil or heroic your character is and ou pick stats, have percentages and numbers, modifiers and derived statistics and a simulated "roll of the dice," as it were. While you don't actually ever deal with dice, even when gambling in the game, it's obvious that much of the game is based simply on random chance, filtered through your basic stats.
Be sure to check out the rest of the review. Fallout and Fallout 2 are available for order from MacPlay as well as the IMG web store.

IMG Review: Fallout
Omni Group
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Fallout 2 Survival Kit Saved Game Editor
12:23 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Fallout 2 Survival Kit, a saved game editor for the soon-to-be released Fallout 2 (although lucky some gamers were able to purchase copies at Mac World New York), has been updated to version 1.0.5. This saved game editor offers many bells and whistles to satisfy the hardcore Fallout fan. Automatic backups, stats editing, personal traits editing, and more:

The Fallout 2 Survival Kit includes everything you'll ever need to survive in the wastelands, in MacPlay's new smash hit, Fallout 2. If you want to give your character a little edge over the competition, or just want to custom a character with lower or higher than normal stats, this handy little tool includes everything you'll ever need! Not only can you change your characters core statistics, you can also modify the current date, your character's name and age, experience, and current Hit Points! Another thing that makes the Kit great is that it automatically backs up files whenever you save! Just in case something goes wrong, we'll have you up and running in two clicks. Also, if you can't recall where you were in a particular game from just your statistics, the Kit will load in the picture of the screen kept with each saved game. The editor has support for save games on different users on one computer, as well! Note - Fallout 2 was available for purchase at Mac World New York. It will be available for purchase in the near future from MacPlay.
Here is the list of changes from previous versions:
  • Corrected multiple errors which arose when folders were misplaced
  • Further improved ability to successfully save files
  • You can download Fallout 2 Survival Kit today, at Mac Game Files. A copy of Fallout 2 and OS X are required.

    Fallout 2 Survival Kit 1.0.5
    Fallout 2
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    Sims Online Preview
    12:18 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

    The Sims Online, the upcoming online version to the already top-selling Sims franchise, has been previewed at GameSpy. This exclusive sneak peak at what's sure to be a great game tells gamers just what they'll be able to do in the online world that awaits:

    Based on The Sims, which has now displaced Myst as the best-selling game of all time, The Sims Online is a massively multiplayer persistent world where you can be anyone, meet anyone, and do just about anything. Players can build their character / avatar from a hearty menu of body types, skin tones, hairstyles, and outfits. Players can also choose where they live, and whom they live with. But all of this is pretty standard stuff for fans of The Sims series. What makes The Sims Online different is the fact that when I, DJ Blister, finally gets up the nerve to strip down to my skivvies and soak in the hot tub with the pretty girl, there's actually another human controlling that player I'm splashing around with.
    Be sure to read the full preview for more details and screenshots.

    The Sims Online Preview
    The Sims Online

    IMG And Westlake Announce Secret Project Contest
    11:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Westlake Interactive, the Mac gaming porting company, and Inside Mac Games are teaming up for a unique contest. Dubbed the "Westlake Secret Project Contest", contestants have the opportunity to enter the contest by trying to guess the "real name" of the game of Westlake's secret project code name.

    If you're not familiar with Westlake's secret projects, the company is known for its difficult and often ambiguous code name's it assigns to Mac game projects that have to remain secret until they are officially announced by the publisher. When Westlake announces a new secret project, our IMG forums gets flooded with people trying to decipher the code name. So, the brilliant minds here at IMG thought....hey, let's turn this into a contest!

    There are currently three Westlake secret projects: Finest Hour, The Chosen One, and Genie No. 2. The first three contestants who correctly guess the real names of the Mac game being ported by Westlake will win a copy of the game when it ships. You are only allowed to enter once, so be sure to take your time and make a wise guess. Multiple entries by the same person will be eliminated.

    Westlake Secret Project Contest
    Westlake Interactive

    Gravitass Released for OS 9, X
    10:45 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

    UK Mac shareware developer Forever Games has released another title for OS 9 and OS X called Gravitass. The tongue-in-cheek title is a 3D racing/rescue game in which you, as a member of an elite order of nuns, must control a vehicle while trying to rescue space station inhabitants. Here's a clip with more from the game's site:

    You are equiped with a mysterious alien time travelling device which allows you to send small vehicles back to a time immediately before the catastrophic explosions occurred, from there you must fly or drive through the cavernous, labyrinthine interiors of the stricken vessels picking up all the people living there, and then find your way back to the time machine before the explosions destroy them, you and everything else on board!
    Forever Games recommends having a G3 processor running at 266MHz, some sort of 3D accelerator, and CarbonLib 1.5 if running under OS 9. To download from Macgamefiles, use the link below.

    The company also noted they recently Carbonized another of their games called Tactical Air Combat Simulator (or TACS) to run in OS X, so give that a look as well if you're interested.

    Download Gravitass 1.0
    Gravitass Web Site
    TACS Web Site

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    Wipeout 1.2 Patch Released
    10:03 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Virtual Publishing Ltd. has released a patch for Wipeout 2097, bringing it to version 1.2 and includes the following fixes:

  • Now using Apple's new packaging system and have added language support for English, French, German and Swedish.
  • Intro movie now plays with QuickTime 6.
  • Network options now use OpenPlay instead of NetSprocket
  • Pointer is now hidden during the game.
  • Fixes to Sound volume control.
  • Wipeout 2097, more widely known as Wipeout XL when it was first released for the PlayStation game console a few years ago was widely regarded as the best of the franchise. In Wipeout XL players control several different futuristic racing vehicles which hover on a variety of different tracks, while collecting powerups like weapons and shields as they battle to get the best time.

    Wipeout 2097 on the Mac also features online multiplayer support. It also runs natively in Mac OS X. Wipeout 2097 is available from Freeverse's web site store for $29.95.

    IMG Review: WipeOut 2097
    WipeOut 1.2
    Virtual Programming
    WipeOut 2097

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    Dargon's Lair 3D Trailer
    9:10 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

    A brand new trailer movie to the upcoming Dragon's Lair 3D has been posted on IGN, and fans of the series are sure to be pleased. This trailer, about 2 minutes long, shows off some of the gameplay Dragon's Lair 3D will have to offer. There is even a theatrical-esque narration. To view the trailer, click on the link provided at the bottom of this article.

    Dragon's Lair 3D Trailer (30.9MB)
    Blue Byte
    Dragon's Lair 3D

    GarageGames' Torque First Year
    9:10 AM | Tristan Kane | Comment on this story

    It has now been a year since the Torque Game Engine was released and GameDev.com has posted an article about the success of the GarageGames developer community.

    "New ventures are always evaluated on the quality of their teams" says Jeff Tunnell, GarageGames founder and Chief Creative Office, "and GarageGames is no different. It's no longer about four guys in a garage." Today, GarageGames has over 10,000 members in their developer community who are building 100's of games. "We're all about independent developers innovating great games with a cutting-edge game engine. Thousands of developers are now working in teams with a state-of-the-art engine to build incredible games."
    The article features quotes from a number of developers praising the quality of both the Torque engine itself and the GarageGames development community at large. In doing this the article also gives an idea of the stuff being produced. Apparently there are hundreds of Torque games in progress, including a paintball game, a strange ball game called grav, and the more well known Event Alpha, as well as the released but still in progress, Dog of Prey. To check out the article or the developers of these games please use the links below.

    GameDev.net on GarageGames 1st year

    Mac Games News for Wednesday, August 14, 2002

    Civilization III 1.21g Patch Available6:00 AM
    Dragon's Lair 3D Developer Diary6:00 AM
    MindRover for Mac6:00 AM
    Neverwinter Nights Q&A6:00 AM
    The History of id6:00 AM
    X-Plane Combat Announced6:00 AM
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