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Command & Conquer: Generals Goes Gold
6:13 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr has announced that Command & Conquer: Generals for the Macintosh has reached Golden Master and is off to duplication. The game is expected to ship on April 16th. Command & Conquer Generals puts players' trigger fingers on the pulse of modern warfare as they become a powerful general and control massive armies of bleeding-edge military weaponry across a globe teetering on the brink of Armageddon. Players can annihilate the opposition in the 22-mission single-player campaign or dish out the damage in global multiplayer mayhem.

Here are the final system requirements:

• Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later
• PowerPC G4/G5, 1GHz or faster
• 256MB RAM
• 1.6GB free disk space
• 3D Graphics Acceleration required (ATI Radeon 7500/nVidia GeForce 2 or better, 32MB of VRAM)
• DVD drive required to install and play
• Network play Mac to Mac only, GameRanger supported
IMG will be posting a hands-on preview of Command & Conquer: Generals later today, so be sure to be on the lookout for it.

The IMG Store is currently taking pre-orders for the game. It is available for $48.99 and just $43.99 for either IMG Pro or MacGames DVD Subscribers.

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IMG Store Now Accepting Paypal, Checks
10:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Due to popular demand, we have now added the ability for customers to pay for their purchases through the IMG Store using Paypal. Simply place your order and instead of filling out your credit card info, select Paypal as the form of payment. Once the payment is received, we'll ship you the products.

Customers have also emailed us about being able to pay with checks. Now customers can complete their order online through the IMG Store and select "check" for payment. After you receive your confirmation email receipt, simply print it out and mail it in along with your check to the address on the form. Please be aware that there may be a hold on personal checks of up to 10 days. For speedier service, please send a money order or cashier's check.

For more information, please head over to the IMG Store.

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IMG Previews Command & Conquer: Generals
10:48 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG's D.G. Chichester recently got his hands on a beta of Command & Conquer: Generals and has written up an extensive hands-on preview of the game. C&C: Generals was declared gold today by Aspyr Media and will ship on April 16th.

Here's a clip from the preview:

Command & Conquer: Generals (or simply Generals for our time together here) is the latest real-time strategy blitzkrieg in the C&C series. In real-time strategy (RTS) games such as Generals, you command multiple military units — from individual soldiers to squadrons of attack helicopters — in mission-based objectives; at the same time, your opponent(s) unleash their war machines with the goal of wiping you off the virtual Earth. Blizzard has been phenomenally successful with raising the bar in this genre with their Starcraft and Warcraft series of games — but many will have ordered their first troop movements in the original C&C.

C&C has long been missing from the Mac scene, and those looking for a fix of the series’ trademark, over-the-top weaponry and military melodrama have had to resort to awkward Playstation ports or envious looks over the shoulder of our PC brethren. Aspyr is seeking to rectify all that with the fast approaching release of Generals on the Mac. I’ve been embedded with a beta preview of the title, and I’ve just returned from the front to tell you this is a game with serious firepower. But like in any war, there’s a price to pay for victory.

To check out the preview, including some in-game movies, please follow the link below.

IMG Preview: Command & Conquer: Generals
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Blockdot Releases White House Joust
9:55 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

A recent press release from game developer Blockdot has revealed that the company's latest product, White House Joust, a quirky, political sparring game, is now available. A parody of sorts, players will be able to play the roles of either Senator John Kerry or President George Bush, whom will then control their chosen candidate as they fly over the White House, flinging humorous audio clips at one another until one is defeated. Below is an excerpt from the press release:

Election time is upon us and the two top candidates are in for the fight of their lives. White House Joust is a new online game that pokes fun at the cast of characters involved in this year’s election.

Players can select to play President George Bush or Senator John Kerry. According to the game you control these candidates with your keyboard, unlike Washington Lobbyists, who control their political figures with money.

“The game is bi-partisan,” says Dan Ferguson, Creative Director and co-founder of Blockdot. “It doesn’t matter which side of the political fence you are on. We poke fun at everyone equally.”

Winged politicians and celebrities with oversized heads, fly back and forth in front of the White house, releasing a barrage of humorous audio clips while attempting to joust one another. Some audio clips are obviously spoofs, but the real audio clips from some of President Bush’s speeches will make anyone laugh.

While the game is humorous, it does send an important message to Americans to exercise their rights and let their voices be heard.

“Millions of people play our games every day at work, and this gives us an opportunity to tell them that after goofing off, go vote,” says Ferguson. “Our system is hanging chad error free!”

When players post their scores to a world wide leader board, a “vote” is added to a candidate’s poll. Players can see which candidate is more popular than the other.

White House Joust is available for both Mac and PC, and can be downloaded from the link below.

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Red Marble Games Announces RatMaster
8:50 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Red Marble Games has recently released a new title for OS X users. Titled RatMaster, this puzzle game features a rat in a maze trying to get to a piece of cheese. Rather than control the rat, however, players must instead control the board, moving various pieces of each maze in order to clear a successful path.

Challenges increase. Puzzles start with simply moving pieces of the maze, but in later levels the player will have to avoid snakes and electric fences, find keys to unlock doors, navigate rotating paths and gates, and more.
RatMaster features over 72 levels and keeps track of best times. A free demo is available for download at the Red Marble site.


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Aspyr Ships The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
8:50 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media announced that it has begun shipping The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King to stores and should be available in online and retail stores later this week. The conversion to Macintosh was completed by Beenox.

Here's more from the official press release:

Based on New Line Cinema and Peter Jackson’s Academy Award winning film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King video game will once again put the fate of Middle-earth™ in the hands of gamers as they become the hero in a cinematic action adventure of epic scale. Players must destroy the One Ring by casting it into the Crack of Doom, freeing Middle-earth from the clutches of the Dark Lord Sauron.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King game allows players to journey through multiple gameplay paths, taking control of the motion picture’s heroes. Defend the walls of Minas Tirith as Gandalf, raise the Army of the Dead as Aragorn, Legolas, or Gimli, and with Frodo and Sam, deliver the ring to the fiery depths of Mount Doom.

IMG recently posted a hands-on preview of the game. Be sure to check it out by following the link below.

The IMG Store is currently taking pre-order for the game and will be shipping them later this week.

IMG Preview: The Lords of the Rings: The Return of the King
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'21 Days Later: Vectorized' Programming Mini-Contest Opens
8:41 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Carlos Camacho of iDevGames has started a new contest in the interest of motivating interested Mac game programmers. Called 21 Days Later, the contest challenges programmers to create a game within 21 days and also asks that contestants stick to a certain theme.

The first theme for the contest is called "Vectorized," and as the title suggests, is asking programmers to create a game that uses vector graphics:

From Asteroids to Vectrex (GCE's system), vector graphics have a special place in the history of gaming. First pioneered by Cinematronics in the 1977 game "Space Wars", the method of drawing sharp geometric shapes with straight lines harks back to the days when "simplicity and intense gameplay" were the mantra of game players and developers. For the next 21 days, iDevGames invites Mac developers to go retro by developing a game that captures the glory and spirit of vector graphic gaming.
Other qualifications for entry include a file size of no more than 2.1 MiB and that it run natively under OS X. The contest runs from March 30th through April 20th.

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MacSoft Ships Unreal Tournament 2004
6:13 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

In an announcement early Monday afternoon, MacSoft's Al Schilling confirmed that Destineer's Macintosh gaming unit has started shipping Epic Game's highly-anticipated Unreal Tournament 2004 to retailers and is expected in online and retaile stores by the end of this week.

This year's version of the gladiator-style first person shooter, featuring land and air vehicles, dozens of new weapons, new maps and a new Onslaught gaming mode, is shipping nearly simultaneously with the PC version, as promised by MacSoft president Peter Tamte.

Shipping with 95 high quality maps, the game, whose minimum requirements are listed as a 933 MHz G4 with a 32MB AGP Video Card and OS X 10.2.8, will be shipping on DVD only, and carries a retail price of $39.95. As an added bonus to loyal customers, owners of Unreal Tournament 2003 will be eligible for a $10 mail-in rebate from MacSoft.

Head over to the IMG Store to order your own copy of the hot new first person shooter. Readers who have previously put in orders should expect to see their copies arrive once they ship out of the IMG Store Wednesday.

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Mac Games News for Monday, March 29, 2004

Apple Posts Dark Horizons: Lore Trailer12:05 PM
XO Play Releases Bum: Rags to Riches iPod Game12:04 PM
Apple Officially Endorses OpenAL11:02 AM
IMG Previews The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King9:55 AM
Aspyr & Battlefield 1942 on The Gamesome Mac9:50 AM
CodeBlender Releases Rally Shift 1.19:44 AM
Mac Alida Coming to Europe8:25 AM
Call of Duty Hits Beta7:46 AM
Freeverse Ships X-Words Deluxe7:46 AM
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