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Thursday, February 5, 2004

Uru Live Dead, Mac Version Officially Announced
7:43 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

In a letter posted on their website, Cyan has announced some good and bad news concerning Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, the latest game in the legendary Myst series. The bad news is that the interest for Uru Live, the massive multiplayer aspect of the new game, has been way to small to be able to keep it alive. To compensate for this Cyan brings us two excellent announcements instead; the new content planned for Uru Live will be released as expansion packs, of which the first will be free, but more important: Uru: Ages Beyond Myst is officially coming to the Mac.

From the letter:

The soul of Uru Live came in two parts: the community and the content. Both will live on. Nothing can kill the community - it has a life of its own. The Call and the Gathering of the community will continue. And the content - what can I say? We have it, large amounts of it, ready to expand the world of Uru. In the past weeks we've been hard at work packaging that content in a different, more inclusive form - expansion packs - the first of which will be available in a month or two. Even better, the first expansion pack, To D'ni, is free. And there's more good news on inclusivity. I'm pleased to officially announce that the Mac version of Uru is finally under way.
To read the full letter, follow the link provided below.

There is no word on who will publish the Mac version or any indication as to when it will be released, but we will keep you informed as details are revealed.

Myst Online: Uru Live
Cyan Worlds: Good News and Bad News

The Slacker's Guide to Shareware Returns
3:26 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The new Slacker is back with another horde of shareware to check out. This month's theme is war games and covers some outstanding shareware titles such as Goban, Solace, and more. Be sure to check out this month's installment.

The Slacker's Guide To Shareware - Part 9

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Combat Mission: Afrika Korps Patched
12:00 PM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Battlefront.com has released a patch to Combat Mission: Afrika Korps, their latest hybrid turn-based/realtime 3D simulation of WWII tactical warfare. The patch, which brings the game to v1.01 contains several fixes and changes to the game. People playing together will all have to upgrade at once, since games saved with the new version can't be opened with the release version of the game.

From the download page:

Games saved in v1.01 can't be loaded in by the older version. If you are playing others by email or TCP/IP, make sure you all upgrade to v1.01. If you have ongoing PBEM battles, you must do the following BEFORE you apply the v1.01 patch!
You can find the patch at the download page linked below. To read the full list of changes in the new version, head over to the ReadMe.

Combat Mission: Afrika Korps
Combat Mission: Afrika Korps Download Page
Combat Mission: Afrika Korps v1.01 ReadMe
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World of Warcraft Open Beta Planned
10:45 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

In a forum topic on the Battle.net forums, a Blizzard employee confirms that there is an open beta planned for the upcoming MMORPG World of Warcraft. This should mean that besides the closed public beta for which the signup period just ended, there will also come an open beta that anybody will be able to download and test.

No additional information on the open beta has been revealed though. It would be probable that the beta will open by the end of the testing period in order to stress test the servers with a larger population.

We will keep you informed as additional information about the World of Warcraft beta is revealed, so stay tuned to our new page.

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Battle.net forum: Will there be an open Beta?
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Apple Features Republic: The Revolution
9:28 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Apple has posted a new feature on Feral's upcoming Repuplic: The Revolution. Following the fall of the mighty Soviet Union, the Republic of Novistrana verges on collapse, and numerous factions struggle for power. Starting with nothing more than a small base of local support, you must challenge the state and build a nationwide faction powerful enough to oust the President and enforce a new Republic.

Here's a clip from the article:

The characters who join your faction are just a few of the literally thousands of characters running around Novistrana. You start the game in a provincial city called Ekaterine and hold some political clout in just one of its districts, but it’s enough to get you started. You direct your character to engage in actions, such as recruiting new members or gaining knowledge of certain areas, and as new members join your faction you can direct them to undertake tasks too. To build power, you must keep your underlings happy while weakening other factions’ influence throughout the city.
The game is currently being ported to the Mac by Zonic and will be published later this year by Feral Interactive. To check out the entire feature, please follow the link below.

Feral Interactive
Republic: The Revolution
Apple Feature: Republic: The Revolution
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Pre-Order The MacGames DVD Volume 2
8:14 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

About a year ago IMG released a wildly-popular DVD called the MacGames DVD Volume 1. It's now 2004 and dozens of new demos, and hundreds of new shareware games and updates have been released. We're now putting the finishing touches on Volume 2 of the MacGames DVD and it will be released on February 15th. IMG is currently taking pre-orders for just $19.

The MacGames DVD Volume 2 contains all the best of MacGames CD from 2003 to the to early 2004. This 4.7 gigabyte DVD features the best in Macintosh game demos, shareware, updates, add-ons, trailers, cheaters, and more. That's right, 4.7 gigabyte's worth of Mac games! You must have a Macintosh with a DVD drive to read the DVD.

For a complete list of all the demos includes on the DVD, please follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games
IMG Store: Pre-Order The MacGames DVD Volume 2

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World of Warcraft Beta Signups Closed
7:44 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

The week-long beta signup period for Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming MMORPG World of Warcraft is now over. Blizzard has posted a message on Battle.net, thanking everybody for their application.

Here is the full message:

We thank everyone for participating in our World of Warcraft beta test signups. We’re now reviewing the applications and will notify selected testers by email before the start of each beta phase. If you are not selected you will not receive an email.

Please note that we can neither accept any additional applications nor make any changes to the information on anyone’s current application. Also note that we are unable to comment on the status of any application prior to the email announcements going out, so please refrain from contacting us regarding your application.

We’re looking forward to an extremely productive beta test; please visit our Web site regularly for extensive coverage after the beta test goes live!

We wish all the applicants the best of luck.

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World of Warcraft
Battle.net: World of Warcraft Beta Signups Closed
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Neverwinter Nights Beta Patch Released
7:44 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

The RPG developer BioWare has released a beta version of the upcoming 1.62 patch for their epic role-playing game Neverwinter Nights. The 82MB large patch adds some new content and fixes various bugs from the previous version.

Release Notes:

  • Added the Sea Hag to game resources.
  • Added the Stormy Sky skybox to game resources.
  • Custom talk tables now work in multiplayer games.
  • various bug fixes
  • If you want to download the beta patch, follow the link provided below.

    Please note that this is a beta version and because of that not supported by either BioWare or the Mac publisher MacSoft. Those who want to play it safe should wait for the official release.

    Neverwinter Nights
    Neverwinter Nights: Mac Beta Patches
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    New Redline Progress Update
    7:44 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

    Mac-focused game developers Ambrosia Software have posted a new status update on their upcoming 3D racing game Redline. This post lists the changes in the latest build of the game.

    Changes in the latest build:

  • rendezvous support
  • road sign reflection effect
  • option to disable wheel motion blur for graphic cards not supporting that option
  • fixed corner guide signs
    ..and much more i probably forgot about
  • Redline is still in development and no firm date for release is set. To read the full progress history, follow the link to the progress log below.

    Ambrosia Software
    Redline Progress Log

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    Half-Life 2 By This Summer?
    7:43 AM | Chris Stein | Comment on this story

    If all goes well at Valve Software this summer will be characterized by gamers everywhere forsaking the sunny suburbs for the dark alien worlds of Half-Life 2. An article at CNN Money features a quote from Valve's marketing director stating that Half-Life 2 will be released for PC this summer. Originally slated for release last October, the game was delayed due to the source code being stolen by hackers off of Valve's network. Valve's publisher, Vivendi Universal Games, slated the game to be delayed until April of this year.

    Here is a quote from the article at CNN Money:

    While still shying away from giving a firm date, Doug Lombardi, Valve's director of marketing, told me the company "is currently targeting this summer for the completion of Half-Life 2".

    Valve does not plan to reveal any additional information until the time surrounding the E3 trade show, where the game will once again be shown this year. E3 will be held in Los Angeles May 12-14.

    Half-Life 2 is the sequel to the popular first-person shooter Half-Life, released in 1999. Half-Life 2 has not been confirmed for Mac, but we'll keep you posted on any announcements in that direction.

    CNN Money: Half-Life 2 Sets a Date
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    Mac Games News for Wednesday, February 4, 2004

    Codeblender Announces Rally Shift10:13 AM
    IMG Reviews Logitech Z-3 Speakers10:07 AM
    ATI Radeon 9700 Mobility Previewed8:22 AM
    Shadowbane 1.5 Patch Preview7:56 AM
    Freeverse Updates Word Games7:55 AM
    Blizzard Preps European World of Warcraft Team7:46 AM
    Call of Duty Audio Interview Posted7:46 AM
    Marble Blast Community Maps Reach 1007:46 AM
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