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Aspyr Announces New Sims Expansion Pack
7:05 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Hot on the heels of this week's announcement of Battlefield 1942, Aspyr Media revealed today that they will be developing and publishing a brand new Sims expansion for both Mac and PC. The farm-related expansion, titled The Sims: Milkin' It!, adds hundreds of new objects and activities to The Sims and is scheduled to hit the shelves this summer.

Here's more from the press release:

"Frankly, we were disappointed when Electronic Arts announced that Makin' Magic would be the final Sims expansion for PC. We saw no reason to cut short the all-time best-selling series of computer games," said Glenda Adams, Director of PC & Mac Development at Aspyr. "That's when we began talking to Electronic Arts about acquiring the rights. And with The Sims 2 delayed until fall, our timing couldn't have been better."

Milkin' It!, which will feature the same graphical interface and isometric view the series is known for, adds a new "Farming Zone." For the first time ever, players can take their Sims back to basics, far from the suburbia theme the series is well known for. "I'm a small town cowgirl at heart myself, so I couldn't be happier with the new direction the series is taking," said Glenda.

Players can manage a multitude of different farms such as Amish, organic, and even a large-scale "agri-business" complete with slaughterhouse and meat-rendering plant. Hundreds of unique chores await eager players, including harvesting crops, milking cows, slaughtering chickens and collecting their eggs. At the end of the year, take your pumpkins and pigs to compete in the Country Fair and maybe your Sims will take home a blue ribbon!

"Our expansion is true to the Sims legacy," Glenda Adams explained. "Your sims' farm is only as strong as the relationships between the various sims: the farmer, his wife, migrant workers, even the stableboy and the farmer's daughter. Manage the relationships well, and your farm will prosper-- God willin' and the creek don't rise!"

Aspyr has not ruled out future expansions if this one sells well. "Now that the Sims are no longer trapped in suburbia there are endless possibilities," Glenda explained to IMG in an exclusive interview this morning. "Like a 'Sims: Survivor' reality show. Or maybe we'll try to interest hardcore gamers with a World War II expansion, or explore the criminal element with 'The Sims: Underground.' Farms are just the beginning."

The tentative system requirements for the Mac version are:

• Mac OS X 10.2 or later
• a PowerPC G4 or G5, 700 MHz or faster (1 GHz recommended)
• 384 MB RAM
• 1.3 GB free disk space
• 8MB of VRAM (16MB recommended)

Tune in to IMG tomorrow for screenshots and an exclusive hands-on preview of this exciting game!

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Cliff Johnson's 2nd Annual April Fool's Puzzle
12:44 PM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Puzzle creator, trickster, and self-taught programmer Cliff Johnson is hosting his second annual April Fool's contest.

Dubbed The Second Annual April Fool's Day Treasure Hunt Errand, the word-puzzle contest revolves around an intricate story of how the puzzle came together, and features the irreverent humour and stylised artwork that Cliff's works are reknown for.

Cliff, the author of the highly-original and popular metapuzzle game The Fool's Errand, took time off from his busy schedule designing his next game to come up with the April Fool's Day contest. The hotly-awaited sequel, The Fool And His Money, is expected to be completed and released by this Halloween.

Head over to the website by clicking on the link below. The first gamer to figure out the solution to the puzzle gets a lifetime's supply of games and puzzles designed by the author for free!

Cliff Johnson's 2nd Annual April Fool's Puzzle
The Fool And His Money

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IMG Store: UT 2004 & Return of the King Shipping
12:13 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has begun shipping Unreal Tournament 2004 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

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. Unreal Tournament 2004 is available for $39.95. IMG Pro or MacGames DVD subscribers can pick it up for $37.95.

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. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is available for $48.95. IMG Pro or MacGames DVD can order it for $44.95.

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Apple Accepting WWDC Annual Design Award Entries
11:39 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Apple is now accepting entries for the the Ninth Annual Apple Design Awards, which recognizes technical excellence and outstanding achievement in Application Software, QuickTime Content, and new for 2004 — Performance Demos. The Apple Design Awards are presented annually at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, where the Mac technical community gathers to hone skills and learn best practices for delivering outstanding products with Apple technologies.

If you have worked hard to create a best of class product that showcases Apple’s platform and technologies, don’t miss this opportunity to be recognized by Apple in front of your peers and the press.

In addition to the new Performance Demo contest, this year there are new categories in both the QuickTime Content and Application Software contests, an expanded list of countries eligible to enter, and the option to submit electronically. And best of all, for the first time ever, winners in all categories, except the Student category, get to choose their own prize; either the stunning 17-inch PowerBook G4 or the groundbreaking 64-bit Power Mac G5.

For more information on WWDC, please follow the link below.

WWDC 2004

Subscribe to the MacGames DVD, Get IMG Pro For $9.95
7:06 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games is please to announce a new bundle offer featuring the MacGames DVD and IMG Pro. Subscribe today to the MacGames DVD subscription, and get IMG Pro for just $9.95. That's $10 off the regular IMG Pro subscription price of $19.95. Plus, when you subscribe to both the MacGames DVD and IMG Pro, you can get two of the following free games:

• Max Payne
• Myth III
• Tropico
• Master of Orion III
• Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
• Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003
• Return to Castle Wolfenstein
• Nascar Racing 2003
• Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force II
• Freedom Force
• Baldur's Gate II
Subscribe for 2 years to the MacGames DVD and IMG Pro and get 4 free games!

IMG Pro is a subscriber version of the Inside Mac Games website that allows you to turn off all advertisements, customize the homepage, features a choice of themes, and a new QuickSearch feature, and download demos at blazing speeds. Best of all, an IMG Pro subscription gives you access to the same discounts as MacGames DVD subscribers.

The MacGames DVD subscription is an exciting new DVD subscription service featuring the best in Macintosh game demos, shareware, updates, add-ons, trailers, cheaters, and much more. That's almost 4.7 gigs worth of Mac gaming on every DVD!

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 31, 2004

IMG Reviews ViewSonic VP171b LCD11:07 AM
Apple Features Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King10:29 AM
April Fools Day on Cosmic Encounter Online10:08 AM
Battlefield 1942 Q&A With Aspyr9:39 AM
CodeBlender Updates Rally Shift to v1.1.19:39 AM
Full Versions of Star Conquest, Surrender Available9:39 AM
PureBasic Being Developed for OS X9:39 AM
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