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Aspyr Announces Homeworld 2 for the Mac
8:08 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media this morning announced Homeworld 2 is on its way to the Macintosh this Summer, courtesy of porting house Beenox. This highly acclaimed space strategy series has been sought-after by many Mac gamers over the years due to its mix of impressive real-time strategy gameplay with beautiful graphics and rich story.

While the original garnered many game-of-the-year awards in 1999, the sequel was released late last year to similar accolades. Here's some of the back story from Sierra's site:

Homeworld 2 continues the epic struggle of the Hiigarans and their leader Karan S'jet. Many thought their hardships would end when they returned to Hiigara, yet fate has not been so kind to the Exiles. Now the Hiigarans face a new and bitter enemy, a renegade clan from the eastern fringes of the galaxy, who wield the power of the ancients. Homeworld 2 chronicles the valiant journey of the Mothership and its crew into the oldest regions of the galaxy to confront their new foe and discover the truth behind their exile.
Have a look at the official Homeworld 2 website for more info and screenshots of the game. Also stay tuned to IMG for details as the Mac version nears release in the coming month.

IMG has posted a screenshot gallery of Homeworld 2. To check it out, follow the link below.

IMG Feature: Homeworld 2 Screenshot Gallery
Aspyr Media
Beenox
Homeworld 2
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The Gamesome Mac Talks Lore with Max Gaming
11:53 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

On tonight's broadcast of The Gamesome Mac, the Mac gaming radio program, hosts Sean Smith and Omaha Sternberg talk with Edward Gardner, vice president of product development at Max Gaming Technologies, about Dark Horizons: Lore.

Dark Horizons: Lore is the new, cross-platform, multiplayer mech combat shooter set in the Dark Horizons universe. Developed by Max Gaming Technologies upon the Torque Game Engine, the game is distributed by GarageGames.

Sean and Omaha will also offer Mac gaming news, reviews, and commentary, and together with their guest will take questions live from listeners in The Gamesome Mac's chat room.

The Gamesome Mac can be heard live on MacRadio from 6 to 8 pm Pacific Time, 9 to 11 pm Eastern (Tuesday from 0100 to 0300 UTC), and on demand thereafter. You can tune in at The Gamesome Mac's web page, where you'll also find archives of past broadcasts. QuickTime 5 or 6 and a 28 kbps or faster Internet connection are required.

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Dark Horizons: Lore
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Shadowbane PvP Guide
8:08 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Fans and players of Ubisoft's hit MMORPG, Shadowbane, may be happy to see the latest guide to the game posted by Ubisoft. Designed to help out players with the Player vs. Player aspect of the game, the extensive guide goes through all the steps needed to start up a group and begin to wage war. Here’s a snippet:

Forming a PvP group is the first step in PvP. In SB, there are currently no fast ways to travel, and until this changes, summoners are your only practical means of cross continent travel. (Note: Inter-nation travel is now in development. This will greatly speed up traveling between nation cities in and only in your nation.) Thus, whoever forms a PvP group will let others know her intentions by asking in "/nation" or another relevant chat medium (guild, city, voice-over programs, etc.).

If there is favorable response, that person is usually the default leader until further notice. Questions about the group and its formation location should be directed to that person. The next step is to clear chat, including voice chat, of all nonessential noise so the PvP group can form and communicate. If you will be using voice-over programs, you can move from nation to the voice channel after the group is formed. However, some people will not have access to voice type programs, so some form of typed chat will usually be needed. This is especially true in siege situations where there are numerous groups.

For more information, or to check out the full guide, follow the links provided below.

Shadowbane PvP Guide
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Wolfpack Studios
Shadowbane



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Warcraft III Beta Competition Starts Today
8:08 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

In connection with the beta patch for WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne, Blizzard Entertainment is holding a Beta Competition where 50 happy people will win a spot in the World of Warcraft beta. To participate in the beta competition you have to connect to the Westfall beta server, download the 1.15 beta patch for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne and play ranked games on the Westfall server. In connection with the start of the competition today, the Westfall ladders are reset.

From battle.net:

Win a spot in the World of Warcraft Beta by becoming a winner in the Warcraft III Beta Competition. The competition will start this Monday, April 26 at 6:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and will end the following Monday, May 3 at 6:00 PM PDT. At the competition's start time, the beta ladders will be reset in order to level the playing field.
To find more information on the beta competition, follow the links below.

Blizzard Entertainment
WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne
Battle.net: Warcraft III Beta Competition -- This Monday!
Battle.net: Official Competition Rules
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Freeverse Updates MMORPG Arcane Arena
8:08 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software has released a major update to their 2D massively multilplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Arcane Arena, bringing the title to version 1.1 and adding a number of new features. The game, which has no monthly fee beyond the initial $30 price tag, now includes a long list of gameplay tweaks and even bug fixes.

Here's a small sampling from the 1.1 update change log

Chat text and battle messages are color coded for faster parsing.
Arrow keys allow movement while chatting, like when you end up in battle or have to run away in the middle of a conversation.
New Viewplugins with Anti-Lag and Show-Me-Everything features for slow modem players and high level characters in gigantic battles - control graphics shadowing and spell effects based on the number of characters on screen.
Powerful new moderator commands to help locate, rescue, assist, punish and destroy players in need or those unwisely making trouble.
New weapon and armor items some with lower strength requirements for newbies, some just for fun - you may need to browse around quite a bit to find the rarer selections.
Boss monsters are smarter, can dig though walls, change targets, use spells more wisely - all more challenge for you higher ups.
You can download the update for either OS X or Classic versions of Arcane Arena now, or check out the full 42MB demo if you're curious about the title.

Arcane Arena Update to 1.1
Freeverse
Arcane Arena


Mac Games News for Friday, April 23, 2004

IMG Ships First Issue Of The MacGames DVD2:29 PM
IMG Posts World of Warcraft Journal Part 21:51 PM
Feral Friday: XIII Demo Close, Making Of Movie10:07 AM
Call of Duty Goes Gold9:18 AM
Blades of Avernum Update8:51 AM
Everquest Mac Contacts Clarified8:50 AM
Custer Has Worms8:07 AM
Myst Revelation Coming in September?8:07 AM
 
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