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Apple Examines Zoo Tycoon
7:19 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Apple has posted a feature that takes a look at Zoo Tycoon. Ported by Westlake Interactive and published by Aspyr, the title puts players in charge of the building and administration a zoo. Players can start from the ground up, landscaping the environment and setting up exhibit areas before moving on to animal adoption and care.

Besides looking at Zoo Tycoon itself, the feature also takes a look at two upcoming expansion packs, Dino Digs and Marine Mania:

The same concerns about realism also played into the development of Marine Mania and Dino Digs, although the team decided this time to let guests get eaten by some animals.

“The guests can outrun most of the dinosaurs, but if a T. Rex grabs one,” says Shawn Stone, one of the expansion pack designers, “that guest will be dinner.”

Also included in the feature are a host of tips, tricks, and cheats for players looking for that extra edge.

Zoo Tycoon was announced as going into duplication earlier this month. Those interested in ordering it can do so through the IMG store at the price of $48.99, with a $5 discount for IMG Pro or Mac Games CD subscribers.

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IMG Store: Nolf 2, Warrior Kings, Enigmo, Diablo II
6:12 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has been updated today with a bevy of new titles. Both MacPlay's No One Lives Forever 2 and Feral's Warrior Kings are now available for pre-order.

No One Lives Forever 2 is available for pre-order for just $48.99. If you're a MacGames CD/IMG Pro subscriber, you can pre-book it for $42.99. This product will be shipping in August.

Warrior Kings is also available for pre-order for just $48.99. If you're a MacGames CD/IMG Pro subscriber, you can pre-book it for $43.99. This product will be shipping on August 15th.

Due to popular demand, we've added two new shipping products to the IMG Store. Pangea's Enigmo is available for $24 ($19 for subscribers) and the Diablo Battle Chest (which includes Diablo, Diablo II, and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Expansion Pack) is available for $34.95.

For more information on these and other titles, head over to the IMG Store.




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IMG Previews No One Lives Forever 2
2:00 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a hands-on preview of MacPlay's upcoming first-person shooter, No One Lives Forever 2. The highly anticipated sequel to the original game, No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way is a humorous story-driven first person shooter featuring deadly UNITY operative Cate Archer.

Here's a clip from Eddie Park's preview:

The story of NOLF2 takes place not too long after the first title. Still in the employ of the peace-loving organization known as UNITY, Cate Archer is now considered one of their top agents, and gets the respect afforded to one. The main director of UNITY has decided to take a much-needed vacation, leaving Cate's long-time mentor Bruno Lawrie as his stand in. This in itself leads to some laughs, with Bruno sending out memos pleading with fellow agents to stop addressing him as "Your Royal Highness" or "Most Exalted Leader.
Be sure to check out the entire preview by following the link below.

IMG Preview: No One Lives Forever 2
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No One Lives Forever 2
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Diablo II 1.10 Mac Beta Updated
11:34 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

In a post to the IMG forum, Blizzard's Rob Barris let our readers know that a new beta of Diablo II 1.10 was released late yesterday. According to Barris, the new beta, "offers noticeably improved performance in OpenGL mode, especially on OSX 10.2 with sufficient hardware."

Please note that the Diablo II BETA Patch 1.10 is playable ONLY in single-player mode and ONLY via TCP/IP for multiplayer. You cannot play this version on Battle.net.

To download the latest beta, head over to the link provided below.

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theDailyGrind Releases iPong 2
11:02 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

theDailyGrind today released a major revision of iPong, the company's combined media/pong player. iPong 2.0 now boasts scheduling software, allowing users to more effectively manage their pong-playing appointments.

Other improvements in iPong 2 include:

  • The computer now taunts you when you concede a point.
  • Improvement to the mousetracking code, removing the loss of mousemoved events bug.
  • Changes to the window buffer flushing code, reducing the incidence of ball kidnap by the GMC.
  • A preferences system to control the aggressively pongy sounds.

    To download iPong 2.0, head over to our sister site, Macgamefiles.com.

    MGF: iPong 2



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    Freeverse Announces Airburst Extreme
    10:50 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Freeverse Software has announced that it will be publishing the follow-up to Airburst, Airburst Extreme. The sequel will feature six new playable characters each with their own "Extreme Power", four story-games with animated cut-scenes, all new game modes including "Revolution" and "Balloon Racing", and new power-ups like "Spikes" and "Gravity".

    Here's more from the official PR:

    Aaron Fothergill, president and lead programmer of Strange Flavour has said... “Despite many distractions along the way, Airburst Extreme is looking like being our best game yet. We’re really excited to be working with Freeverse on this project and can’t wait to get it out into the hands of as many Mac (only) gamers as possible!”

    A newly built OpenGL engine adds speed and spectacular particle effects to Airburst Extreme, while the CD soundtrack will feature killer cuts from such notable bands as Deadbeat Radicals, Abdoujaparov, and Jaffa Mountain.

    Airburst Extreme will be OS X only and will be released sometime this fall.

    Freeverse
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    Aspyr Posts Kelly Slater Trailer
    10:34 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Aspyr has posted a QuickTime trailer of Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer, its upcoming surfing simulation. The movie comes in two flavor, 16.5 MB and 2.3 MB and shows off some of the awesome gameplay, dude.

    Here's a bit more info about the game:

    In Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer, players experience an all-out adrenaline rush as they drop down huge wave faces, pull into barreling tube rides and pull off hundreds of massive trick combinations and signature pro moves. Players choose their own path as they interact with famous surfers, sponsors, magazines and photographers. Exotic real world locations and events including full beach environments with real landmarks and hazards lend authenticity to the game. Multiple modes of play let gamers choose from Career Mode, Free Surf and multiplayer games and each mode unlocks new riders, boards, events, videos and secret breaks.
    To check out the trailer, be sure to head over to Macgamefiles.com. IMG also recently posted a hands-on preview of the game, be sure to check it out if you haven't already done so, dude.

    IMG Preview: Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer
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    Beenox
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    MGF: Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer
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    Unreal Contest Phase One Round-Up Posted
    7:19 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

    Phase One of the Make Something Unreal contest, an event where modification developers for the popular Unreal Tournament 2003 compete at creating the best mod ever, is finally complete, and the good folks at PlanetUnreal have taken the liberty of posting an exclusive article highlighting just a few of the contest's many entrants. Featured modifications include Jungle Warfare, ChaosUT: Evolution, Troopers: Dawn of Destiny, and more. Here's what the contest holders had to say:

    Phase one of the Make Something Unreal contest is over, so we thought we'd do a quick round-up of just a few of the recently released or updated mods to hit the UT2003 scene these past couple days (in alphabetical order).
    To check out the competition, be sure to read the full article. Note that you will need a full version of UT2003 in order to try out any of the mods. Check out the links below for more information.

    Make Something Unreal Contest: Phase One Round-Up
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    Shadowbane Fixes, Test Server, Patch Updates
    7:19 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    UbiSoft has posted the latest iteration of The State of Shadowbane, which takes a look at issues and plans for both past and present. As many of the players of SB know, the game has not been without its share of troubles, and the team at Wolfpack seems to have been working furiously to address such inconveniences.

    Besides the ongoing battle to clear up login server and lag problems, they note that the duplication exploit is currently being addressed. They're currently suspending serious offenders and removing illegally obtained gold from the bank vaults.

    Also mentioned is the public test server, which will be put into use in order to test upcoming patches. Players who volunteer to use the server will gain a host of benefits, including accelerated leveling up, five extra character slots and a dedicated forum. However, they also note that, due to the server being a testing ground, performance may be sporadic, and information may be periodically erased.

    Of course, there are also details on the upcoming 1.0.8.7 patch, which will include the following features:

    • New higher-level adventure zones: We have added some higher level hunting grounds that include more rank 4 Mobs.
    • Retraining through the Refiner hireling: Ever spend training points you wish you could take back? Utilizing the new Refiner hireling, you can now remove previously invested skill or power points—all for a fee, of course.
    • Friends list: Now you can track the offline and online status of your friends and fellow adventurers.
    • Performance monitor utility: This new utility will allow you to automatically maintain a given frame rate by disabling engine features when the frame rate falls under your desired preset.
    Those interested in more information can find the full read at the official SB website.

    Shadowbane - The State of Shadowbane
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    Custer's Desktops: Aliens vs. Predator 2
    7:19 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    This week's desktop, courtesy as always of IMG's own Brad Custer, focuses on the upcoming FPS Aliens vs. Predator 2. A followup to the original AvP, this title allows players to mix it up as a speedy Alien, powerful Predator, or a well-armed Marine. Featuring vastly improved graphics and several multiplayer games, AvP2 has been greatly anticipated by many in the Mac gaming community.

    The desktop features decidedly alien-looking artwork:

    Last Friday MacPlay announced that Aliens vs. Predator 2 was gold and would start shipping this week. Since then my email has been filled with requests for another desktop for this highly anticipated release. I was happy to oblige. In this week's wallpaper I wanted to capture the feel and look of the cover of the game. So, with the help of MacPlay's generous supply of art, I was able to create this week's feature. I simply entitled this selection, "Victorious", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
    Custer's latest is available in a variety of sizes at Custer's Desktops. Those who wish to preorder AvP2 can do so at IMG's store.

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    Hyperion Entertainment
    Aliens vs. Predator 2
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    Mac Games News for Thursday, July 17, 2003

    Battle.net Connection Troubles1:07 PM
    Halo Audio Q&A, Plus Video1:06 PM
    IMG Reviews Logitech MOMO Racing Wheel12:18 PM
    MacSoft Announces NWN Ship Date11:31 AM
    Amercia's Army Released for the Mac [Updated]10:39 AM
    Mac Games Market Editorial8:07 AM
    Northland Nearing Completion for Mac8:07 AM
    Unreal Tournament 2004 Details8:07 AM
     
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