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MacSoft to Deliver Halo Demo Soon
12:32 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

IMG got the scoop this afternoon from MacSoft that the company has plans to release a demo version of Halo: Combat Evolved within a week. This will finally give those who haven't yet tried out the popular first-person shooter a chance to see how it runs on their hardware.

Community manager Steven Charbonneau told IMG, "we anticipate releasing the Halo demo for Mac in about a week."

You can be sure the demo will be available on our sister-site Macgamefiles at the time of launch, though IMG Pro users also have the "Hot Downloads" option to grab it even faster. Stay tuned to IMG for the latest.

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IMG Store: Huge Aspyr Markdowns!
6:13 PM | IMG News

The IMG Store has reduced its price on a number of awesome Aspyr titles. They are as follows:

The Sims - $39.95 (was $44)
The Sims Hot Date - $19.95 (was $28)
The Sims: Vacation - $19.95 (was $28)
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - $39.95 (was $49.00)
Harry Potter & The Chamer of Secrets - $19.95 (was $39.95)
X2 - Wolverine's Revenge - $19.95 (was $39.95)
Indiana Jones & The Emporer's Tomb - $29.95 (was $39.99)
Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness - $29.95 (was $39.95)
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King - $39.95 (was $48.99)

For more information on these and other titles, head over to the IMG Store.

IMG Store: Call of Duty
IMG Store: The Sims
IMG Store: The Sims: Hot Date
IMG Store: The Sims: Vacation
IMG Store: Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
IMG Store: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
IMG Store: X2: Wolverine's Revenge
IMG Store: Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb
IMG Store: Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
IMG Store: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King



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World of Warcraft Quest Interview Posted
12:15 PM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Blizzard Insider has posted a long interview with Jeff Kaplan, one of the lead quest designers in Blizzard's upcoming MMORPG World of Warcraft (WoW). The interview goes into the who's, where's and why's on questing in WoW. For example, what they've seen in other MMORPGs that they would like to avoid.

From the interview:

We noticed in other MMOs, the quickest way to level up would be to find an area with an easy-to-kill monster with a fast respawn time. You find a good camp and you just farm it until the experience greens out [meaning you no longer get experience from the monsters]. We didn't want to do that.

Also, part of the way we want to entice people to accomplish quests in our game is through an experience reward. In an MMO, where everything boils down to time, the best reward you can give players is experience. Because the quests are non-repeatable, we can make the experience reward a very nice one. We don't have to worry about someone farming it over and over again and exploiting the quest. It's a one-time deal, so we can give that huge chunk of experience. It keeps people moving and it also makes it easier to level.

If you want more information on quests, head over to Blizzard insider with the help of the link provided below and read the full interview.

If you're not a subscriber to the Blizzard Insider newsletter, you might want to do so to get in on the other goodies they have for fans of the company.

Blizzard Insider: Questing in World of Warcraft
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SuperTux for OS X
9:10 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

A forum user by the name of kootenay has announced the availability of a preliminary build of SuperTux for OS X. An open source project, SuperTux models itself after classic 2D run-and-jump titles, featuring a penguin that must navigate various hazards.

Among other things, kootenay requests that folks test out and provide feedback on the current build:

Since I don't have any other Macs for testing the OS X package, I'd appreciate getting some feedback to see if it runs okay. Since I compiled this on Panther (gcc 3.3), I have no idea whether it runs on Jaguar systems or earlier. I am aware of an issue in OpenGL windowed mode, where mouse movement is reversed along the vertical axis (this seems to be a bug with the SDL libraries) - OpenGL fullscreen mode should work fine.
Appropriate links to related items, including the OS X package and the SuperTux project page.

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IMG Forums - SuperTux


Myst IV Revelation Previewed
9:09 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Fans of the ever popular and classic Myst series will be happy to hear that the fourth game in the series is in development and on its way, called Myst Revelation. A new preview at GameSpy gives new information on the still-mysterious title. Here's an excerpt:

Within the visually awe-inspiring world of Myst, a gripping family drama will slowly unfold. A little girl disappears, her two brothers are suspected, and it is clear that their story is far from over. Players will escape into the adventure as they attempt to solve the mystery and discover the fate of the two villainous brothers, Sirrus and Achenar. Understanding their motives is the key to the investigation which will lead to a true “revelation.”
Myst Revelation was last rumored to be headed towards a release this fall. A quick write-up of the game being shown running on Mac OS X at the recent E3 show is also available, courtesy of MacCentral's Peter Cohen. Stay tuned for any more information on Myst Revelation as it becomes available.

Myst IV Preview at GameSpy
MacCentral E3 Report on Myst IV
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Myst IV Revelation
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Aspyr Offers Harry Potter Deluxe Bundle
7:27 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Harry Potter fans who have yet to buy either of the two games for the Mac should take notice of the latest bundle released by Aspyr. The Harry Potter Deluxe Bundle contains the full versions of both Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Here's a list of features of both games:

The adventure begins a at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Be Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, learning to master all things magical in a world filled with wizardry, fun, and danger. Explore Hogwarts while solving puzzles, casting spells, battling foes and uncovring secrets. Journey from Privet Drive to Hogwarts and sneak, climb, and jump as you explore 3D environments. Harry is back in The Chamber of Secrets! Be Harry Potter and unlock the mystery at the heart of the Chamber of Secrets. With dire warnings from strange quarters and dark schemes afoot, Harry's second adventure will be every bit as magical and dangerous as his first. But this time the spells are more potent, the foes are more fearsome, and Harry's friends are more important than ever.

Features:
• Go deeper into Harry's world... explore rich environments from the Great Hall to the dark reaches of the Forbidden Forest™
• Battle evil creatures using all of Harry's abilities. Learn to fly on a broomstick and play fast-paced,arcade-style Quidditch™.
• Uncover special items including the Invisibility Cloak, wizard sweets, potion ingredients, Chocolate Frog Famous Wizard Cards, and broomsticks.
• Take the flying car to Hogwarts™ and master new second-year spells, including Skurge, Diffindo, and Spongify
• Overcome dangerous foes from Aragog to the deadly Basilisk
• Test your skills in Quidditch™ and Wizard Duel leagues
• Interact with new characters from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, including Dobby™, Lockhart, and Ginny Weasley™

The bundle is now available for pre-order from Aspyr's website for $39.99. For more information, follow the links below.

Aspyr Offers Harry Potter Deluxe Bundle
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Aspyr Media
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Halo 1.05 Patch Released
6:49 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft today announced that they have released a patch for their hit game, Halo. Users wishing to apply the patch (v1.05) must already have Halo v1.04 installed. This patch is for the English retail version of Halo only. It does not provide support for Halo CE. MacSoft is currently evaluating the CE code.

The 1.05 patch addresses the following:

• Additional functionality which provides reflective surfaces for objects and vehicles on some NVIDIA hardware has been added to the NV Shaders
rasterizer.

• A Model Reflections option has been added to the Halo Graphics Settings window. This option is only available in the ATI Pixel Shader and NVIDIA NV shader modes. We strongly recommend disabling this option on lower-end video hardware.

• A PC game bug which prevented eMacs and other analog monitors with high refresh rates from syncing to 640x480 resolution has been fixed.

• Some issues with hardware fogging when using the Vertex Shaders rasterizer have been addressed.

To download the patch, head over to Macgamefiles.com

MacSoft
Bungie Studios
Westlake Interactive
Halo: Combat Evolved
MGF: Halo 1.05


Nvidia MXM to Make Mobile Video Chips Replaceable?
6:00 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Mobile users, after years of not being able to swap-out graphics chips, may finally have their answer on the way. Graphics card maker Nvidia recently announced a new specification, designed to allow mobile users to switch graphics cards as easily as desktop users do.

Here's the full info:

Nvidia today rolled out its Mobile PCI Express Module (MXM) specification, a move it hopes will one day see notebook users swapping out old graphics chips for new ones as easily as desktops users do today.
MXM details three module formats, each designed to meet the demands and operating envelopes of the key notebook market segments. MXM I is geared toward thin'n'light laptops, MXM II to mainstream machines and MXM III is intended for desktop replacements.

Nvidia said it was opening up the MXM spec. to allow other chip vendors and any number of notebook vendors to support the initiative. Beyond the association with Nvidia, it's hard to see why they wouldn't. Notebooks are taking an ever greater share of the PC market, and without MXM or something like it, there's unlikely ever to be much in the way of a mobile graphics after-market.

Of course, even assuming the specification was to be accepted and begin to catch-on, the situation on the Mac notebook side of the fence is much different than for PC users. The video chipsets and drivers Apple uses are all customized for OS X specifically, but here's to hoping Apple, Nvidia, and other manufacturers can work out a solution as well.

Nvidia MXM to Make Mobile Video Chips Replaceable?
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Diablo II OS X Installer Available
6:00 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Blizzard wrote IMG recently to announce a native Mac OS X installer for Diablo II is now available to download. This new Cocoa-based package should provide OS X users with a much easier way to install the classic action RPG.

Rob Barris from Blizzard was kind enough to pass along the news:

This installer alllows one to install Diablo II and the Lord of Destruction expansion pack from the original CD-ROM media, on an OS X system without any OS9 or Classic support installed.
For more information, or to download the installer, follow the links below. A related thread is also up in the IMG forums for discussion now.

Diablo II: OS X native installer available online
Blizzard Entertainment
Diablo II
Download Diablo II OS X Installer
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Sweeney Talks Next Unreal Engine8:26 AM
BF1942 in Beta, Other Aspyr Updates8:10 AM
Doom 3 Trailer from E38:10 AM
Shadowbane In-Development Updates8:10 AM
 
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