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Monday, February 10, 2003

IMG Celebrates Its 10th Birthday
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In February of 1993, Inside Mac Games was founded. Its very first issue was published on an 1.4 MB floppy disk and since then has evolved over the years from a floppy disk based magazine to a CD-ROM magazine and eventually, to the premier Macintosh gaming web site.

Today we celebrate IMG's 10th year with a very special interview with IMG's founder, Tuncer Deniz. In the interview you'll learn about how IMG got started, where the idea came from, and how IMG has prospered and changed over the years.

In addition, we're doing massive giveaways. Everyday, from now until the end of February, you can enter to win a free game. We'll be giving away two free games everyday. And when you enter the IMG 10th Anniversay giveaway, you'll also be automatically entered to win a brand new gaming system complete with a new Apple G4, speakers, joysticks, mice, game pads, and games. Prizes are courtesy of our friends at Aspyr Media, MacPlay, MacSoft, Feral Interactive, Freeverse Software, Ambrosia Software, Xgaming, and Altec Lansing.

Be sure to check out the interview with IMG's Tuncer Deniz, enter the giveaway, and visit our forum and let us know what you think of our first 10 years.

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Standalone Warcraft III Patches Available
12:28 PM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

The latest patches for Blizzard Entertainment's hit real-time strategy game, Warcraft III, which were releaed back to back, are now available for download as one patch from Blizzard's website. The patches can also be downloaded by simply connecting to Battle.net from within the game.

The 1.05 patch, along with the 1.04c patch which was released a day before, made a number of changes including:

- Fixed a problem with viewing certain replays.
- Dates now use the system date format.
- Fixed some issues related to IME text input.
- Fixed some minor text wrapping issues that were occurring with Asian languages.
- Fixed an issue that allowed players to keep Castles and Keeps alive for abnormal lengths of time while those buildings were under attack.
For more information, and to download the patch, follow the provided link below.

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Ambrosia Q&A
12:28 PM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Mac gaming site, Macinplay, recently did an interview with Tom Anthony of Ambrosia Software about some of the games they have in the works. The interview also talks about the porting of Escape Velocity: Nova and Deimos Rising to windows, along with giving some insight into how they got involved with publishing Uplink.

Here's a snippet of the interview:

macinplay.de: Let's kick off with Uplink. Ambrosia announced Uplink some time ago. It is about hacking into networks and accomplishing various missions. The port of this game was begun months ago by Contraband Entertainment and it is listed as being in 'beta'-stage for quite some time. Is it done by now?

Tom Anthony: Uplink is unlike the usual situation that we put ourselves in, it is the first time we are publishing a game ported from the PC to the Mac. Contraband Entertainment are handling the development, we are overseeing the testing and publishing. We have been doing internal testing so far, but we will soon be beginning the full beta test. As the game is a port we don't expect this beta test to take as long as most of our products.

macinplay.de: Will it be distributed as shareware or will Ambrosia actually go retail with this title?

Tom Anthony: We decided sometime ago to be an internet based company, and for now we have no plans to change this. We are dedicated to the idea of try before you buy.

macinplay.de: Do you have a release date yet?

Tom Anthony: Ambrosia has made a habit of not giving release dates, we don't want to be another company that misses date after date. We work hard to get products out the door without delay, but have no problem with holding something back until we think it is polished.

To read the full interview, or for more information on Ambrosia, follow the below links.

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GarageGames' Jeff Tunnell on The Gamesome Mac
12:28 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Tonight on The Gamesome Mac, the weekly Mac gaming radio program, hosts Sean Smith and Omaha Sternberg talk with Jeff Tunnell, founder and chief creative officer of GarageGames.

(Jeff had originally been scheduled to appear two weeks ago, but then couldn't get to a telephone.)

Before founding GarageGames, Tunnell founded Dynamix and designed, produced, or directed some 80 games, including such diverse and groundbreaking titles as Arctic Fox, The Incredible Machine, 3D Ultra Pinball, and Tribes.

Tunnell's GarageGames is set to reshape the independent game development and publishing landscape, licensing its cross-platform 3D game engine, Torque, the same engine used in Tribes 2, for only $100. Using the Torque engine enabled the company's own development studio to bring its just-released Marble Blast to the Mac with only a few weeks of additional effort.

Also tonight, on the tenth anniversary of Inside Mac Games, our own Tuncer Deniz talks about IMG Pro, IMG's new value-added subscription service.

Sean and Omaha will also offer Mac gaming news, commentary, and reviews, and together with their guests will take questions from listeners in The Gamesome Mac's live chat room and give away two copies of Marble Blast.

The Gamesome Mac can be heard on Mondays from 6 to 8 pm Pacific Time, 9 to 11 pm Eastern (Tuesdays at 0200 UTC) on MacRadio.com. You can tune in live at The Gamesome Mac's web page, where you'll also find complete archives of past broadcasts. QuickTime 5 or 6 and a 28 kbps or faster Internet connection are required.


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Neverwinter Fan Site Kit Available
12:28 PM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Fans of BioWare's D&D-based MMORPG Neverwinter Nights may be interested in acquiring the official Fan Site Kit. Recently made available at the official NWN site, the kit, which comes in both PC and Mac flavors, features backgrounds, buttons, images, game information, and pretty much anything else a person would need to create a NWN-themed fansite.

Those interested in acquiring a kit can download freely from the NWN site. The Mac kit is sized at around 13 MB.

In related news, another tiny update was recently made concerning the status of the Mac version of NWN:

Not much to report this week. Bug fixing continues, as well as integrating the code from the upcoming 1.28 patch.
We'll give out more updates regarding this upcoming title as we get them.

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Mac Games News for Friday, February 7, 2003

ATI Releases SMARTSHADER Demos for Mac4:29 PM
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Patch Due Soon4:01 PM
IMG Store: Payback, Wipeout 2097, & Kick Off 2002 Available12:32 PM
Apple Features The Feeble Files11:03 AM
Autokrator Alpha for OS X Released9:25 AM
Custer's Latest - Aliens vs. Predator 29:25 AM
PlayMyth Offers Myth III Alpha9:25 AM
PowerLogix Reduces Prices on CPU Upgrades9:25 AM
Soldier of Fortune II Server Downtime9:25 AM
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