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Feral Ships Rayman 3 Worldwide
6:58 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

European game publishers Feral Interactive updated their website late yesterday with the news that their latest title - the highly-anticipated adventure game Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc - is now shipping around the world.

Hoodlum Havoc, the third installment in the popular Rayman franchise, puts players in charge of the unlikely hero as he journeys through the most unlikely of locations - his best friend's stomach:

Rayman, the only gaming hero with no arms, no legs, helicopter hair, and brand new powers, is heading to the Mac! Save Globox, defeat the Lord of the Dark Lums… The crusades of this legendary, limbless hero are praised throughout the land of the Teensies and beyond. Rayman’s tireless quest to defend the World from evil in all its dastardly forms continues against the Hoodlums, a fanatical army that would like nothing more than to see Rayman on the business end of a Hoodmonger’s Boomstick rifle. Thrust into the most harrowing challenge of his adventuring career, Rayman must explore strange, uncharted realms in search of clues to defeating the unruly Hoodlum horde.
While the franchise has proven to be highly-successful - over 11 million copies have been sold to date - Hoodlum Havoc marks the first time the popular series makes an appearance on the Mac. Bucking the recent trend of new games demanding a high performance Mac, Rayman 3's minimum system requirements are surprisingly low - a 500 MHz G3 or G4, equipped with a 16 MB video card, and either OS 9.1 or 10.1.3 or later.

Players curious about the new game should head over to IMG's siste site and download the game's 121 meg demo. Better yet, why not swing over to the IMG Store and order your own copy for $44.95 USD.

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Custer Desktops: Jedi Academy
7:12 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Following the recent review of Jedi Academy, IMG's desktop Jedi master Brad Custer has created a stellar desktop for everybody to download.

Brad elaborates:

I'm really excited that Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy from Aspyr Media is now available for the Mac. I can't wait to have a few free moments to try it out. In this week's feature I wanted to create a wallpaper that capture the feel of the tagline featured in it. So, with the help of LucasArts, the internet and my trusty cable modem, I was able to create this desktop. I simply entitled it, "Academic", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
To get the new desktop, head over to Custer's Desktops and choose your size for download.

You can order your copy of Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy from the IMG Store for $48.99 ($44.99 for MacGames CD/IMG Pro Subscribers).

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Aspyr Wants to Know - Games on DVD?
7:02 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Glenda Adams, Aspyr Media's director of PC and Mac Development, has taken to the IMG forums in an attempt to garner customer feedback over an issue regarding the distribution of her company's future titles.

Aspyr is currently looking at the possibility of shipping titles requiring large amounts of data on DVD media rather than on multiple CD-ROMs. From her post:

What are your opinions on Mac games shipping on DVD? Aspyr has released one game so far (Medal of Honor Deluxe) on DVD, and I haven't seen any positive or negative response online.

We're looking at moving more games to DVD in the future, as Apple has shipped almost all their machines with either combo drives or Superdrives for a couple years now, so the installed base is pretty large. On big games like Lord of the Rings: Return of the King that might take 3-4 CD's, it not only makes installation simpler (no more swapping CD's), but gives us plenty of room to try to add some cool extras, like demos, mods, etc.

IMG readers are encouraged to head over to the IMG forum and volunteer their opinions. Click on the link below to put in your two cents' worth and potentially help shape the next step in Mac game publishing.

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Black & White 2 Development Diary
7:00 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

PC Gaming website GameSpy has recently posted part four of their on-going Black & White 2 Developer Diary series.

In this entry, John McLean-Foreman, story writer for developer Lionhead Studios, briefly discusses some the technical challenges faced by game designers when creating a new graphics engine. From the article -

Another aspect that I would never have thought of, but have learned is also vitally important, is the design of the art tools. As David puts it, you can have a great 3D engine, but if you have crap artwork, or no way to properly transfer beautiful artwork into the game, then the final product is still crap. With that in mind, he and the 3D team have worked very hard to create a toolset that is not only easy to use, but allows the artists the flexibility to be inventive within their area of expertise.
While the issues covered in the diary may be old hat to experienced game developes, the article should be of interest to new game creators out there looking for advice on creating their first title. The diaries also give a unique insight into the creation, execution, and gameplay of the upcoming sequel.

Black & White 2 is the sequel to Peter Molyneux's highly-acclaimed god sim, first released on the PC in early 2000. Building on the previous game's strengths and bypassing its weaknesses, the new title promises to enhance the playing experience by minimizing the micro-management aspect of the game, and encouraging players to "be involved in events deserving of a god's attention". Gameplay is rumored to take more of a real time strategy slant, with Creatures leading huge armies into battles of the kind of scope seen in the Lord Of The Rings movies.

Black & White 2 is currently listed as being in development, and is expected to be released for the PC in October 2004. While no plans to port the tite to the Mac have officially been announced, gamers eager to get their hands on the title should look to Great Britain as gaming publishing powerhouse Feral Interactive have expressed interest in licensing the title. Anyone curious about what this game is all about should head over to the IMG Store, where the Black & White Platinum Pack can be ordered for $39 USD ($34 for IMG Pro and MacGamesCD subscribers).

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Mac Games News for Thursday, February 5, 2004

The Slacker's Guide to Shareware Returns3:26 PM
Combat Mission: Afrika Korps Patched12:00 PM
World of Warcraft Open Beta Planned10:45 AM
Apple Features Republic: The Revolution9:28 AM
Pre-Order The MacGames DVD Volume 28:14 AM
Neverwinter Nights Beta Patch Released7:44 AM
New Redline Progress Update7:44 AM
World of Warcraft Beta Signups Closed7:44 AM
Half-Life 2 By This Summer?7:43 AM
Uru Live Dead, Mac Version Officially Announced7:43 AM
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