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Friday, May 14, 2004



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Epic Unveils Unreal Technology Site
7:47 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Epic has launched a new site dubbed Unreal Technology, which showcases in detail the power of their next-gen 3D rendering engine. The site highlights the current version of the engine, in use now for games like Unreal Tournament 2004, as well as the upcoming "Unreal Engine 3," supporting the next lineup of games over the coming years.

While the site is obviously pitched at those looking to license the engine for their games, the Unreal Engine 3 page provides an amazing glance at the kind of effects upcoming titles will be able to produce. Many impressive screenshots highlight features like soft shadows and volumetric fog.

Among the many technical features listed, cross-platform compatibility with the Mac OS is present to hopefully encourage game-makers to broaden their scope when developing new games. For an intriguing peek into the technology behind some of today's most popular games, check out the site.

In related news, Epic has also released at new patch for Unreal Tournament 2004 for Windows. No worries though, as the 3204 update does not break network compatibility with earlier versions of the game, and a Mac client update is expected out soon. Stay tuned to IMG for the latest on the patch.

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Subscribe To The MacGames DVD
4:28 PM | IMG News

Inside Mac Games has announced a new subscription service called the MacGames DVD. Delivered 8 times a year, the DVD will be featuring the best in Macintosh game demos, shareware, updates, add-ons, trailers, cheaters, and much more. Inside Mac Games' popular MacGames CD subscription service, first introduced in 1995, will be phased out over the coming year.

"It became clear that we needed to switch to DVD when there were 300 to 500 MB demos coming out and we couldn't fit any them on the CD-ROM version", said Inside Mac Games Publisher Tuncer Deniz. "The DVD version will allow us to include ALL the latest demos, hundreds of shareware games, dozens of game updates, and for the first time, dozens of QuickTime movies and trailers, hundreds of maps and mods for today's popular Mac games and much more. The DVD will allow us to put 4.7 Gigs worth of MacGaming on each DVD. That's over 7 times more data than a CD-ROM! We think the DVD version will be extremely popular."

The very first DVD version of the MacGames DVD has been mailed out. Subscribe today and get the first DVD issue!

Subscriptions to the MacGames DVD start at just $49 for one year and include a free game. Subscribe for two years and get two free games. Here's a list of the games IMG is currently offering with a MacGames DVD subscription:

• 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
• Freedom Force
• Baldur's Gate II

Current MacGames CD subscribers can easily upgrade to the MacGames DVD subscription. These subscribers can sign up for an upgrade to the DVD version and will be given credit for remaining issues under their MacGames CD subscription.

For more information on the MacGames DVD subscription, please visit the link below.

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Freeverse Releases Big Bang Chess Freeware
4:27 PM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

The friendly neighborhood game developer and publisher Freeverse Software has released a new game called Big Bang Chess. Besides being a visually stunning, OS X integrated application that cooperates with your favorite applications such as iChat, iTunes, Address Book, Mail and even boosts Rendezvous capability, the game is also completely free for downloading.

From the Big Bang Chess website

Big Bang Chess is the start of a whole new universe of casual gaming. Visually stunning and featuring incredibly tight integration with Apple technologies, Big Bang Chess lets you enjoy a casual game within the context of all the great iApps that make using Mac OS X such a pleasure
You can find more information as well as download links on the official site. Just follow the link provided below to get there.

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IMG's Dumb Letters Returns Once Again
12:25 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

It's been a while since we posted our popular Dumb Letters feature. In fact, the last one we posted was back in June of 2003, and the dumb letters haven't been coming in as fast as we would like them too. However, that doesn't mean we haven't received any. Be sure to follow the link below to check out this edition of Dumb Letters to IMG.

IMG Feature: Dumb Letters to IMG



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Feral: Worms 3D Ships, Republic & Enemy Engaged Updates
10:39 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Our friends at Feral Interactive have updated their news page with some updates on some of their upcoming games. First up is news that Worms 3D has begun shipping. The game should be available in retail and online stores (including IMG's own store) sometime next week.

Feral has also posted some news on their upcoming shooter, Republic including a new trailer and minisite dedicated to the game:

Things are stirring in the Republic of Novistrana. We have just received this news dispatch from our correspondent in the capital city of Berezina. After many months of hard toil, discontent among the brain workers known as "programmers" is close to boiling point. Their demand? "Ship the game!". Patience comrades, your political education is just beginning...for further indoctrination in the ideology of this revolutionary game of political strategy take a look at the Republic propaganda trailer and then proceed directly to the Republic minisite.
And finally, Feral has also posted an update on one of their other projects, Enemy Engaged, a combat helicopter simulation. Included with the update are new screenshots from the game as well as a new flash trailer.

To check out Feral's news, please follow the link below.

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Aspyr: Call of Duty in Stores, MoH: Breakthrough at GM
8:31 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Aspyr today sent IMG a double-helping of great gaming news. Not only is the hit WW2 shooter Call of Duty in stores, but the latest expansion to Medal of Honor: Breakthrough is at Gold Master and expected to ship on May 28th.

For those unfamiliar with the game, here's a little info on it:

In Call of Duty™, you get to fight alongside your brothers-in-arms as history comes alive. In momentous battles from D-Day to Stalingrad, you’ll find yourself in incredibly real terrain, caught in breathtaking life and death combat. You’ll fight as American and British paratroopers and as a young Russian soldier conscripted into the Soviet Army. Whether cut off in a village in Normandy, battling to re-take Red Square, boarding and sinking a German battleship, speeding down German-held roads or rescuing Allied officers from a German stronghold, the dangers are more than any one soldier can overcome. To make it through, you’ll need your buddies around you, and they’ll need you. That’s what war is about, and it’s what Call of Duty™ is all about.
If you want even more WW2 action, here's the scoop on MoH:Breakthrough:
In Medal of Honor Allied Assault Breakthrough you take the role of Sergeant John Baker, a tough-as-nails infantryman in the 34th “Red Bull” Division. Baker’s ready attitude and extraordinary composure under fire got him “volunteered” for many extraordinary missions. His skills and battlefield wits got him through them, even when losses in his company were catastrophic. As Baker, you’ll join the American push across the deserts of Northern Africa and through the central mountains of Italy toward Rome. You’ll find yourself in the path of Germany’s famed Afrika Korps Panzers, under fire on the beach at Sicily, and hammering your way into the natural fortress of Monte Cassino. Few paths in history have been so hard to follow. You’ll cross uncharted battlefields and encounter an all-new range of enemies and weapons. Also, a new multiplayer game mode awaits, complete with new soldier classes.
For more information on either game, please follow the links provided below. If you'd like to order/pre-order either game, both are available from the IMG Store.

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Sims Sequel Due this Fall for PC
8:30 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Sims fans eagerly awaiting news on the sequel may be happy to hear that a release date has been set for the PC version. Set to be released this September, The Sims 2 features a brand new 3D engine and a slew of other new goodies.

Here's the news from PC.IGN:

Today at E3 we confirmed with Maxis that The Sims 2 has at last received an official release date: September 17, 2004. Yes, that's right: a mere four months until we're hit with the sequel to the most popular PC game ever.

If for some reason you've ducked all the Sims 2 details we've had so far, the sequel enhances just about every element that made the original title so successful. The Sims 2 will feature a new 3D graphics engine, detailed animations, entirely new roles and materials, plus the addition of lifespans and progeny to your Sims.

Though there is no official news yet on a Mac version of the game, given the success of the first game on the platform, it seems highly likely we will see a port. For more information, follow the links provided below.

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Q3: Loki's Revenge 1.0 Available
7:47 AM | Chris Stein | Comment on this story

Version 1.0 of the Quake 3 mod Loki's Revenge has been unleashed by the add-on's development team. Loki's Revenge features a new variation of Capture the Flag gameplay, involving new weapons and grappling hook equipment.

Heres more from the Loki's Revenge website:

Based upon the Quake III Alliance code base, Loki's Revenge CTF is an Offhand Grapple All-Weapons Capture The Flag modification for Quake III Arena made as a tribute to the immensely popular Quake 2 CTF mod Loki's Minions Capture The Flag. Featuring 22 time-tested CTF maps and 11 top-tier FFA maps upon release, Loki's Revenge brings back many of the popular features of Q2 LMCTF while taking the default Quake III weapons and physics into account in order to provide a superbly-balanced offhand grapple CTF experience for Quake III Arena.
Loki's Revenge will work on any computer that has Quake 3. Check out the official site for more information or to download the mod.

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Custer Encrypts Another Desktop
7:47 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

IMG's Brad Custer has once again updated his own desktop section, this week featuring Aspyr's upcoming release, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.

Here's a clip from the update:

With Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell slated for release this month by Aspyr Media, I've been receiving constant reminders that I haven't made a desktop for the game yet. That's all about to change this week. :) With a vast amount of artwork to choose from I still think this picture really captures the essence of the game. In this week's offering I wanted create a desktop that would fit into the style of the official ones. So, with the help of Aspyr Media and Ubisoft, I was able to create this wallpaper. I simply entitled it, "Secrecy", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
Head over to Custer's Desktops to check out the latest creation and download it in a variety of resolutions.

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E3: Saitek Showcases X52
7:47 AM | Tim Morgan | Comment on this story

Prolific peripheral manufacturer Saitek Corp. wowed attendees at this year's E3 convention with their new high-end HOTAS, the X52. Borrowing a lot from the design of its predecessor, the X45, the X52 shares the same coldly high-tech appearance, but there are plenty of new features to keep gamers drooling until the release.

The first thing one will probably notice is the large LCD screen on the base of the throttle. According to Saitek's press release, the so-called Multi-Function display indicates "profile selection, Mode, control Shift state, as well as time; flight time, standard time, destination time, and set up moves." In addition to the MFD, the X52 offers many other high-end features for demanding flight sim enthusiasts:

Joystick:

  • Precision centering mechanism, non-contact technology on X and Y axes and constant spring force reduce free play, improve control and increase durability

  • 2-stage metal trigger; 2 primary buttons in 1 convenient position

  • 4 fire buttons including missile launcher with spring-loaded safety cover for instant access

  • Conveniently positioned metal pinkie switch provides shift functionality to double up on programmable commands

  • 2 X 8-way Hat Switches

  • 3D rudder twist

  • 3-position rotary mode selector switch with LED indicators

  • 3 spring-loaded, base-mounted toggle switches for up to 6 programmable flight commands

  • 5-position handle adjustment system to suit all hand sizes

Throttle:

  • Progressive throttle with tension adjustment, detents for afterburner and idle

  • 2 fire buttons

  • Scroll wheel with built-in button

  • Mouse controller / hat switch with left mouse button

  • 8-way hat switch

  • 2 x rotary controls

  • Smooth-action slider control

  • Clutch button initiates ‘safe mode’ to allow on-the-fly profile selection, or to display button functionality without activating

In addition, the entire unit will be partly constructed of metal, with illuminated buttons and displays. A large number of software features will be available, but their functionality on the Mac has yet to be determined.

In addition, Saitek was showing two other joysticks, both based on the Cyborg Evo; one was a wireless version of the Evo, the other, force-feedback enabled. Both joysticks retain the Cyborg Evo's ability to reconfigure its shape and size to suit many gamers.

Saitek offers a large range of USB gaming peripherals for Macintosh and PC. The X52's lineage includes the X45 and X36, both HOTAS systems that are very competitive with much more expensive alternatives. A price for the X52, however, has not yet been announced.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, May 13, 2004

WWDC Early Registration Ends Friday2:03 PM
IMG Poll: Do You Own A Console Gaming Machine?10:11 AM
Logitech Intros Three New Game Controllers9:48 AM
Excalibur: Morgana's Revenge in Beta for OS X8:38 AM
id to Start New Game Soon8:38 AM
Moofie Mac Game Award Voting Begins8:38 AM
Myth II Mod: The Fallen's Vengeance Demo8:38 AM
 
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