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Friday, August 16, 2002


WarCraft III 1.02 Update Released
9:48 AM | Tristan Kane | Comment on this story

Blizzard has produced a patch for their new title Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. The patch updates the game to version 1.02 and contains the following changes:

FIXES

  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to abuse dragons with Devour.
  • Fixed an issue with dragons that could cause them to divert attacks.

    BALANCE CHANGES

  • Necklace of Immunity, Tome of Greater Experience, and Goblin Land Mines no longer randomly drop in multiplayer games.
  • Scroll of Resurrection & Scroll of Animate Dead item level increased.
  • Bridges are no longer destroyable on the (6)Stromguarde.w3m map.

    NOTE: Replays are incompatible between major game revisions. (1.01 replays cannot be viewed with the 1.02 version of Warcraft III.)

  • At the moment the only way to obtain the patch is to log on to Battle.net but there is a promise to put it on the Blizzard ftp site as soon as possible. In further Blizzard news they have posted a number of Warcraft III wallpapers on their site and are advertising a position as “Game Master”. For more information on any of this please go to the Blizzard news page by using the link below.

    IMG Review: Warcraft III
    Blizzard Entertainment
    WarCraft III
    Buy WarCraft III


    IMG Reviews The Titanium PowerBook G4/800
    12:49 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

    Richard Hallas of the IMG crew has posted a rather lengthy review of the Titanium PowerBook G4/800. Six pages in length, this review offers information on virtually every aspect of the computer, from physical appearance to included hardware, and of course, gaming.

    Here is a sneak peak of what's inside:

    Make no mistake: this laptop is a tremendous gaming machine. It's a fast computer in itself, and its graphics card appears to be a pretty stunning performer too. The only pity is that, at present, very few games take advantage of its native screen resolution, so you'll probably find yourself playing most games at 1024*768 at best, scaled up to fill the screen (with black vertical bands). This is no real hardship, though, and the situation will presumably improve with future game releases.
    If you're interested in buying a new computer, or just want to see what Apple these days has to offer, be sure to check out the full review for more information.

    IMG Review: Titanium PowerBook G4/800
    Apple
    Titanium PowerBook G4/800



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    Sims Deluxe Edition Announced for PC
    12:29 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

    Popular gaming company EA, responsible for the award-winning The Sims franchise, has announced plans for The Sims: Deluxe Edition, their latest addition to the Sims family.

    The Sims: Deluxe will offer goodies both newcomers and hardcore fans will enjoy. A complete character editor (The Sims Creator), new objects and design sets, and The Sims: Livin' Large, are just a few of the many features The Sims: Deluxe Edition will have to offer.

    Here is an excerpt from the full press release:

    Also included exclusively in the The Sims Deluxe Edition is The Sims Creator, an all-new customization tool for creating Sim characters. Players can now recreate any Sim imaginable, right down to the smallest detail. Users can also select new clothes, design original attire, add logos to their clothing and accessorize their Sims with the belts, ties and jewelry. Players can even import their face into the program and put it directly on a Sim character.
    You can read more about The Sims: Deluxe Edition, in the full press release. A link has been attached to the bottom of the article.

    EA Announces Plans For The Sims Deluxe Edition
    IMG Review: The Sims
    The Sims
    Buy The Sims


    Help ATI Build A F.A.Q.
    11:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    This morning ATI's Eric, also known as QE Guy From ATI in the IMG forums, posted in our forums asking for help from IMG readers to help him build a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). Eric's goal is to eventually post the FAQ to help readers with ATI products.

    Here's a snippet from Eric's post:

    I am going to ask for a little help from all of you. Over the past few days I have been answering a lot of questions in these forums and all over the net. I don't mind doing this but after a while it does start to take up a lot of time . Especially when people keep asking the same question over again. So in order to facilitate matters and to keep me from getting grouchy and telling people to go use the search feature of the forum, I thought I would collect as many questions as I could that you guys have and assemble them into a FAQ that I could either post or just e-mail to you. So please start firing away with the questions or any suggestions that you may have for the FAQ . Please keep in mind though that I will not be answering these questions right away. I want to put together a clear and concise document and that will take a little time. Some of you may also ask some very hardcore technical questions that are over my little QE head so I will have to go beat the answers out of Chris Bentley and the rest of the Mac driver development team. With that I turn the microphone over to you.
    So if you have a question for ATI, be sure to stop by the forum post by clicking on the forum link below.

    ATI FAQ Requests
    ATI


    Custer Returns To The Chaos
    10:11 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    IMG's desktop guru Brad Custer has updated his section at IMG today with four new desktops from Blizzard's recently released epic strategy game, WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos, with each desktop featuring one of the four races in the game. Here's an excerpt from Brad's update:

    Since its release last month, Warcraft III has been the talk of the town. One of the unique features of the game was the packaging itself. It consists of four variant covers featuring each playable race in the realm. For the last month, email requests for desktops featuring these same images have been flowing in steadily. Of course, I love to supply all your wallpaper needs so this week I feature all 4 races in their own, unique desktop. Each one is simply named for the race it focuses on. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them. :)
    Head over to Custer's Desktops to take a peek at his latest creation.

    Custer's Desktops



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    Cro-Mag Rally 2.1 Released
    10:05 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Pangea Software recently updated their popular 3D prehistoric racer Cro-Mag Rally. The update brings the game to version 2.1 and should be downloaded by anyone playing the title. The update includes the following fixes/changes:

    Maintenance update. New automatic online version checking so you know you always have the latest version.
    An update to version 2.1 is available at our sister site, MacGameFiles. A new version of the Cro-Mag Rally demo will be uploaded shortly. If you haven't tried out the big-head racer yet, be sure to grab the demo and check out our review via the links below.

    Pangea Software
    Cro-Mag Rally
    MGF: Cro-Mag Rally 2.1 Update
    IMG Review: Cro-Mag Rally



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    'Racer' Adding Wheel Support
    9:48 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

    Ruud van Gaal, creator of the racing simulator simply dubbed Racer recently made a post to the IMG reader reviews regarding wheel support in his title. Racer has been available for OS X in early development form for a few weeks, and now it seems he is working to let owners of wheels like the Thrustmaster 360 Modena Pro to his title. Here's part of his reader review of the Modena wheel:

    I'll do my best to support this wheel for Racer (well, as it's the only wheel I have it should be able to be the best supported). Don't know yet if I can use HID Manager or must resort back to InputSprocket (or even support both?).

    Hopefully Racer can boost racing games and wheels on the Mac a bit, since it's a shame that the market is so niche.

    He also notes that if there were ever to be an API for true force-feedback on Mac OS X, his app would support it. Stay tuned to IMG for more progress on Racer, and be sure to give it a download if you're unafraid of beta-level software.

    360 Modena Pro Racing Wheel Reader Reviews
    Racer
    Download Racer 0.5b4


    Looking at Nvidia's 'NV30' Hardware
    9:48 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

    Two new articles have been recently posted which look at the upcoming hardware offering from 3D chip maker Nvidia, codenamed "NV30." Considered competition with ATI's recent Radeon 9700 offering, the NV30 promises more speed and features than ever before, all while using a smaller 0.13-micron process. While many specifics about the new cards are still under NDA contracts, one thing that has been public is the fact that because the company's use of cutting-edge technology, the product is feeling some lag in getting to market.

    A new article at Anandtech considers whether it's valid to call the NV30 "late" and what the chipset may offer over the current hardware if it becomes available in time for the all-important holiday season. Here's a clip with more:

    Based on NVIDIA's original launch schedule for NV30, the GPU was allotted between 3 and 4 months for qualification before final production silicon would be ready. This is an important figure to keep in mind because based on these estimates it will be 90 - 120 days from NV30's tape-out until final silicon can ship to retail shelves.

    NVIDIA's revised schedule for NV30's release called for the GPU to be shipping to retailers in November, with availability shortly thereafter. With the chip having taped-out last week, being in stores in November will definitely be a best case scenario for the chip. So although NV30 was delayed once already, it is possible for NVIDIA to deliver the chip on-time according to their revised schedule by the end of this year.

    For a more technical look at the NV30 hardware itself, VoodooExtreme has posted a preview of the "CineFX" architecture which is based on the NV30 core. It shows how cards are now branching away from simply pushing pixels faster to being more flexible CPUs unto themselves. With many more vertex and pixel processors as well as higher precision floating point numbers, this next generation of hardware promises to be more flexible for developers than ever.

    One interesting point to remember is that no Nvidia aftermarket retail cards have yet appeared on the Mac. Since Nvidia just makes the chipsets, it's up to other companies to make the video cards themselves, and currently all development of drivers is worked out between Nvidia and Apple for their OEM cards. Unless this trend changes with the NV30, Mac gamers will continue to look towards ATI for aftermarket solutions for their video cards.

    Nvidia CineFX Preview at VoodooExtreme
    Anandtech: NV30- Where are you?
    NVIDIA


    Mac Games News for Thursday, August 15, 2002

    IMG Reviews Fallout1:35 PM
    Fallout 2 Survival Kit Saved Game Editor12:23 PM
    Sims Online Preview12:18 PM
    IMG And Westlake Announce Secret Project Contest11:00 AM
    Gravitass Released for OS 9, X10:45 AM
    Wipeout 1.2 Patch Released10:03 AM
    Dargon's Lair 3D Trailer9:10 AM
    GarageGames' Torque First Year9:10 AM
    Mariusnet Celebrates One Year Anniversary9:10 AM
     
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