Apple Features Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
6:49 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story
The Apple Games section at Apple.com, known for its in-depth articles on today's hottest Mac games, has been updated once again. This time, Apple takes a look at the latest expansion for the award-winning strategy title, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. The article discusses the various improvements in the expansion, and offers detailed information on the four new heroes introduced. Here's a snip from the feature:
On the multiplayer front, you have a variety of new maps to choose from when conducting Warcraft III wars online; Battle.net supports clans that can include up to 100 players, in addition to automated tournaments that run on a regular basis. And if you enjoy building your own maps and trading them with friends, you?ll discover a variety of improvements in the World Editor, including the ability to create custom campaigns that feature cutscenes and voice-overs.Be sure to check out the full article at Apple.com for more. To order Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, don't forget checking the IMG Store, where you can grab a copy for $34.95.
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Dungeon Siege #1-Selling Mac Game
12:50 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story
MacSoft today announced that Dungeon Siege was the best-selling Macintosh game during its first full month of availability in North America. The figures, provided by NPD, was ranked #1 in dollars sold in the Mac games category during the month of May.
Dungeon Siege is a Fantasy Role-Playing game with an emphasis on combat and action. It is set in a gigantic, continuous, fully 3D world that truly extends in all directions. Players peer down from ledges on enemies in valleys below. They cross chasms over wooden bridges and climb to the top of ten-story towers. Players journey from secret underground lairs to towering mountains without ever stopping to watch a loading screen.
Haven't checked out Dungeon Siege? Be sure to read IMG's review of the game. Dungeon Siege is also available for order through the IMG Store.
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IMG Reviews Epsilon Tahari
12:20 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story
Game developer Code Blender's action flight sim Epsilon Tahari: Reign of the Machines is finally out, and IMG's got the final verdict. Here's a sneak peak of what's inside:
However, there are some truly admirable feats that Code Blender managed to pull off. For one, Epsilon Tahari has FSAA (full screen anti-aliasing) for video cards that support it. Even more importantly, ET's graphics can be totally customizable, anywhere from resolution to detail levels, allowing those with older, dated Macs to still join in on the fun - something that all shareware developers need to consider when creating a game.If you are interesting in purchasing Epsilon Tahari, be sure to check out the full review. For more information, follow the links below.
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Europa Universalis II Version 18.104.22.168 Released
11:22 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story
The folks at Virtual Programming have been busy the last few weeks squashing bugs for their recently released historical strategy game, Europa Universalis II. The latest update brings the game up to version 22.214.171.124 and includes the following list of bug fixes:Command-Q works while both paused and not paused
Pausing always goes back to the resolution when launched
Period and comma now go to chat window when it is open
Corrected 'Panic' bug in combat
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Completely new CoreGraphics-using monitor management layer for OS X in the MacDX library.
Checks vertical as well as horizontal availability of possible screen resolutions, should not crash on TiBooks trying for 1024x768 now.
Added fix from for QuickTime complaining about the port it plays startup movies in.
Fixed byte order of pixel aliasing, ledger graph colours match legend now.
Key additions to accommodate people without convenient keypads or function keys: Pause is now '/' key as well as the Pause (F15) key, Map zoom can be increased with '=' and decreased with '-' as well as keypad +/- , Game speed can be increased with '.' and decreased with ',' as well as control +/-
Command-Tab pauses MacDX, uncaptures screen, and brings up resume dialog.
Support for custom scenario folders -- place in "EUII Data Files" and type name in startup dialog.
Made bzip compression and saved file transfer work
Input validation in CEUUnit::SetMorale() and combat/naval/land script reading set NaN morale to 0
Changed UpdateMorale() to never assign NaN (problem appears to be SplitFleet() updates while it has nothing transferred yet)
Cleaned up all MacDX accesses with macAccess->Release();
Fixed delete/ mismatches at autosave, loading MP saves, compressing files Fixes problem with loading saved games.
Fixes problem with loading saved games.
The patch is being hosted at Macgamefiles.com. Be sure to head over to the site to grab it.
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Free Sims or Everquest With .Mac Renewal
11:14 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story
Apple is offering a free copy of Aspyr's The Sims or Sony's Everquest when you renew your membership to .Mac. If either of those games don't entice you, Apple is offering a $20 discount from the online Apple store.
Here's more on the promotion:
The #1 selling computer game of all time, The Sims™ (US$49.95 retail value)
Create and control your own simulated people! Choose careers, make friends, fall in love, argue with the neighbors, or shoot hoops in the backyard.
Exchange photo albums and family stories with gamers from around the world. Take care of your Sims—or they'll fend for themselves! Offer includes up to US$15 rebate on The Sims expansion packs. (Macintosh version).
The world's #1 multi-player game, EverQuest® (US$49.95 retail value)
Journey to the world of Norrath, a living, breathing fantasy world that continuously evolves. Join thousands of people online to create alliances, enemies and friendships in your quest for dominance and survival. Customize your characters by choosing class, race, religion and appearance. Arm yourself with incredible magic spells and weaponry. Then, prepare yourself for an epic adventure like no other. (Macintosh edition on DVD).
For more information, head over to .Mac.
Hugo - Create Your Own Text Adventures
6:49 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story
Anyone who remembers logging countless hours on text adventure games may be interested in a creation tool named Hugo. Dubbed an Interactive Fiction Design System, Hugo allows users not only to create their own text adventures, but to incorporate graphics and sound as well.
A rundown of Hugo's fundamental components is as follows:
The complete Hugo system consists of several parts, the most important of which are the Hugo Compiler and the Hugo Engine?the former takes text-format source code and turns it into a playable format understood by the latter. The Hugo language itself is an easy to learn, highly object-oriented language which (the author hopes) encompasses the best elements of elegance, simplicity, clarity, and power of modern programming languages. Also available is the Hugo Library: a collection of common routines, objects, etc. that are responsible for managing many of the "physical universe" aspects of the game. (And the sophisticated Hugo Debugger allows a Hugo programmer to examine every aspect of a game at runtime.)Hugo is completely free, and is available for a variety of platforms, including the Mac. Download links, Hugo communities, and game examples can be found at the official Hugo website.
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New Worms 3D Shots
6:49 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story
The PC section at IGN.com has posted brand new screenshots on their website of Worms 3D, the upcoming turn-based action game from Team 17. The new screenshots show off the game's graphics, and feature its various environments and battle-based elements.
To check out the screenshots for yourself, go to the link below. Worms 3D is currently slated for a Mac release sometime this year.
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Sun on Java and Games
6:49 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story
HomeLan has conducted an interview with the recently formed Game Technologies Group of Sun Microsystems. Being the inventors of the Java programming language, Sun has formed the group with the interest of pushing Java as a primary gaming platform.
One of the main points stressed repeatedly in the interview is Java's ability to cater to massively multiplayer online games, including secure and stable connections:
Java technology provides key developer productivity benefits already demonstrated in enterprise and consumer applications and proven network computing scalability and security features required for massively multiplayer on-line games. This works both ways -- not only is Java a valuable technology for game developers complete with a community of 3 million plus Java developers to work with, but the Java developer will have the ability apply their network expertise and software development skills to tap into the rapidly growing multiplayer games market.Also noted is the possibility of the simultaneous connection of consoles, PCs, and cellphones. Juan Carlos Soto, Business and Engineering Manager, also notes that Java has already seen extensive use in several forms of gaming.
Those interested in the full read can find it at HomeLan.
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