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Championship Manager 03/04 Demo Released
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

As promised, Mac developer and publisher Feral Interactive has released a free demo for the Mac version of Championship Manager 03/04. A download sized at around 25 MB, the demo allows gamers to experience a half-season of play, which Feral notes should tie fans over until the release of the final version.

Here's a brief excerpt on the game itself as quoted from Feral's site:

This year it's back in a new incarnation Championship Manager 4, which is the most emotionally involving and realistic football management game in history. The game offers more players, leagues and competitions than any other title. For the first time ever in the series, Championship Manager 4 features a 2D match engine enabling you to make tactical decisions as the action unfolds. Watch the whole game or choose to view the match highlights.
Feral currently has the release date for this one set at December 5th. Those interested in pre-ordering can do so at Feral's online store.

Feral Interactive


Aspyr Adds John Butler to Internal Dev Team
12:00 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Aspyr Studios, the internal development team for publisher Aspyr Media, continues to grow today with the hiring of John Butler. While Butler may not be a household name to Mac gamers, he has worked on many popular titles like The Sims, Civilization III, and MacMAME.

Butler joins other former Westlake Interactive employees Brad Oliver and Glenda Adams in Aspyr Studios. Here's a quote from the press release:

Butler's game resume includes popular titles such as The Sims, Dungeon Siege, Centipede and Civilization III. He also contributed to the Mac arcade emulator MacMAME.

"The work that John has done on the Mac in the past has proven that he is the type of quality programmer that we are looking for," Glenda Adams, Aspyr's Director of PC and Mac Development said.

According to the news, Butler is joining Oliver in working to get Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy through beta testing, along with other company projects.

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IMG News: Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Announced
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
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Apple Adds 20'' iMac, Dual 1.8GHz G5
11:10 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Today Apple added two impressive new machines to their already popular lineups of professional and consumer-level computers; the 20" iMac and the Dual 1.8GHz G5. Mac gamers looking to upgrade their machines just received two compelling new reasons to do so.

Like it's slightly smaller sibling, the 17" iMac, the new 20" iMac features a 1.25GHz G4 processor, a 64MB NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 chipset, and a 4x SuperDrive. The screen is an all-new high for iMac resolutions at a whopping 1680x1050 pixels, and the machine starts at $2,199 (or $1,999 for educational purchasers).

Seemingly due to the extreme popularity of the Dual 2.0GHz G5 Power Mac, Apple has decided to drop the price on their 1.6GHz and give the middle-ground 1.8GHz unit an extra G5 processor. The Dual 1.8GHz G5 still features a 900MHz frontside bus and comes with 512MB of 400MHz PC3200 RAM. The Dual 1.8GHz G5 starts at $2,499 and the 1.6GHz G5 now runs for $1,799.

See Apple's site for more technical information on both these new machines. Also be sure to read through IMG's recent review of the Dual 2.0GHz G5 Power Mac.

Apple 20'' iMac
Apple Dual 1.8GHz G5 Power Mac
IMG Review: Power Mac G5 Dual 2 GHz
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Savage Q&A Posted
7:01 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

ActionVault recently posted the second part of a Q&A with the developers at S2 Games regarding their genre mixing real time strategy shooter Savage: The Battle for Newerth. The interview is aiming on how the team itself prefers to play the game and what units they prefer.

Programmer Jason Morales on his favorite unit among the beasts:

Hands down, the Behemoth is the most exciting beast unit for me. Despite being super slow and only having a melee attack, his melee attack is a *tree*. Being more than twice the size of every other unit in the game doesn't hurt either. The pounding foot steps, the bulging muscles, everything about that guy just says he's raw power and you really feel it when you smack some little human with your uprooted tree trunk and see his broken body sail off over a hill.
The interviews gives some more insight in the unique gameplay of this game and people who wants to find out more about it is urged to check both parts of the interview out.

A Macintosh version of Savage has been confirmed and is well underway. While it only took a few days to get the game running on Mac OS X, the developers is working on optimizing performance and improving compatibility. We can hopefully join the ranks of beasts or men on the battlefields online real soon now. IMG will keep you posted as more information on the Macintosh version of Savage is revealed.

Savage: The Battle for Newerth
ActionVault: Savage Q&A Part 1
ActionVault: Savage Q&A Part 2



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Redline Progress Update
6:30 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

The well-known shareware developer Ambrosia Software has posted yet another status update on their upcoming racing game Redline. This is the second update in less than a week on this exciting-looking title.

Changes in the latest beta build:

  • Fixed a problem with ending network games
  • Internet High scores for challenges (anyone beat my time for the mountain challenge? :-) )
  • New time display for challenges
  • defaults for chat keys
  • swapping out of the game pauses automatically
  • multiplayer pause
  • restart option for single player games
  • To reach the Redline progress log, follow the link provided below.

    We still have to wait for a word on release for Redline, since it is at the moment scheduled to be released "when it's done". Fans of racing will have to stay on their toes a little while longer until they get to play this racing game developed from the ground up for Mac.

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    Redline
    Redline progress log


    Burning Monkey Casino Goes Gold
    6:09 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    Freeverse Software has announced that Burning Monkey Casino, the latest iteration of its famous Burning Monkey series, has gone gold. According to their news post, it has been shipped off to the duplicators and should be shipping in about 2 to 3 weeks.

    A collection of five different casino games, Burning Monkey Casino offers slots, blackjack, and other diversions. Gamers can also expect plenty of the zany easter eggs that have become a staple of the Burning Monkey titles.

    Want more games? Follow the elusive Queen in 3 Card Monty, or try your luck with a Scratch-Off Lottery Ticket from the gift shop. Burning Monkey Casino gives you the absolute best casino gaming experience for the Mac!
    Look to IMG for a full review as soon as we get our hands on a copy.

    Freeverse News - Burning Monkey Casino Gold
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    Aspyr Releases MoH Deluxe Edition, Two More Combo Packs
    6:08 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    Just in time for the Christmas shopping season, Macintosh game publishers Aspyr Media Inc. is releasing three new game compilations for gamers looking for more bang for their buck.

    Medal Of Honor Allied Assault™ Deluxe Edition combines both the original Medal Of Honor Allied Assault WWII-based first-person shooter and its expansion pack, Medal Of Honor Allied Assault: Spearhead into a single, beefy package. Featuring over 20 objective-based single player levels and even more multiplayer maps, the combination of the highly-rated shooter and its expansion pack, available for $59.99 USD from the Aspyr online store, is worth checking out for anyone who hasn't already played through the games.

    Also released this week, Aspyr's Extreme Fun Compilation packages a mix of five popular games - Neversoft's revolutionary sports game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, LucasArts RPG Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds and its expansion pack Clone Campaigns, Terminal Reality's off-road racing game 4x4 Evo, and Freeverse Software's card game compilation iPuppets: Colin's Classic Cards. The compilation is now available for $39.99 USD from the Aspyr store.

    Also to be released in November, Aspyr is packaging their top three-selling horror-based titles into a new, Leave The Lights On Compilation. The new package combines the chilling spookiness of Clive Baker's Undying, the quirkiness of American McGee's Alice, and the bloodlust of Terminal Reality's Bloodrayne into a dark, blood-dripping horror trio. Aspyr is currently taking pre-orders for this new combo for $29.99 USD from their online store. Click on the links below for more info.

    Aspyr: Medal Of Honor Allied Assault Deluxe Edition
    Aspyr: Extreme Fun Compilation
    Aspyr: Leave The Lights On Combo
    Aspyr Media



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    Northland Patched
    6:07 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

    Epic Interactive recently announced that the long-awaited patch for the real-time strategy (RTS) game Northland has been released and is now available for download at their web site.

    The patch fixes two annoying bugs that had been haunting the Northland community since the release of the title:

    • Intro anmimation is now played
    • The crash in the merchants tutorial and when trading within its own village has been fixed.
    For more information on Northland or to download the new update patch, be sure to check Epic Interactive's web site through the link provided below.

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    Northland
    Download Northland 1.1 Patch



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    New UT2004 Vehicle Movie
    6:06 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    Since today was originally slated as Unreal Tournament 2004's official release date, we thought readers would be interested in a movie featuring the game's most exciting new features: vehicles.

    Gaming fansite 3DGamers.com has recently posted a new movie featuring the upcoming first person shooter's new land, air and space vehicles. The three minute movie, weighing in at a solid 52 megs, amply demonstrates the extra power and added fun of manning some of the game's driving and flying arsenal:

    Reload, rev up and ride out. The new Tournament is faster, higher and meaner. Land and air based vehicles take combat to a new level; while an arsenal of new weaponry, daunting arenas and battlefields and the challenge of the Assault and Onslaught modes make the gladiator blood sport of the future a brand new experience. Buckle up; it's gonna be one hell of a ride!
    Originally slated for a November release, the PC version of Epic's third installation of their popular Unreal Tournament franchise has been delayed until February 2004. According to unofficial reports from MacSoft, the Mac version of the multiplayer first person shooter is expected to become available "at approximately the same time".

    The full-screen movie requires the Windows Media Player for viewing. Click on the link below to download the game for yourself, and, as usual, stay tuned to IMG as further news about the highly anticipated triquel develops.

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    ATI Updates Radeon 9800 Pro Software for Panther, Jaguar
    6:00 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

    Yesterday, ATI released two updates for the retail Radeon 9800 Pro graphics card. The Panther-specific update contains an updated ATI Displays control panel (version 4.1.1) that re-enables the 3D Overrides in Apple's new operating system. The Jaguar-specific update contains bug fixes that were rolled into Panther.

    For those who might have downloaded the update yesterday morning, it is highly recommended that you re-download the update. The original installer contained a bug that would delete all of the user's third-party preference panes. This bug has since been resolved. Before installing the software, please read the release notes that are included in the driver download.

    For more information on the Radeon 9800 Pro, read IMG's review in-depth review. You can find out how it performs in Apple's dual 2 GHz Power Mac G5 in IMG's review, which contains plenty of benchmarks.

    ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Display Utilities for 10.3 (2.3 MB)
    ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Update for 10.2.8 (3 MB)
    IMG Review: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
    IMG Review: Apple Power Mac G5 Dual 2 GHz
    ATI
    Radeon 9800 Pro


    Mac Games News for Monday, November 17, 2003

    IMG Interviews Andrew Welch12:48 PM
    Throne of Bhaal Set To Ship November 21st12:17 PM
    Law & Order Moves to Final Candidate10:02 AM
    GarageGames Signs Dark Horizons as First 'Core' Title10:01 AM
    Deus Ex: Invisible War Preview and Interview10:00 AM
    Dominions II Shipping10:00 AM
     
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