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Wednesday, June 9, 2004


ATI Ships RADEON 9800 Special Edition
6:59 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

ATI today announced that is has begun shipping the RADEON 9800 PRO Mac Special Edition video card. First announced at Macworld Expo this past January, this impressive new card is the first 256MB retail card to hit the Mac market. The card features a 256-bit DDR memory interface and 8 pixel pipelines generate the power to deliver real-time, Hollywood calibre graphics for the most demanding next-generation games.

Here's more from the press release:

New and existing Power Mac G5 users can now upgrade to realize graphics performance improvements to meet the demanding requirements of high end applications on the Mac platform.

A first in the Mac market, the RADEON 9800 PRO Mac Special Edition has 256 MB of ultra fast DDR memory, with 680 MHZ data rate and a core engine speed of 380 MHZ. The RADEON 9800 PRO Mac Special Edition enables a direct connection with Apple branded displays through dual output ADC and DVI connectors.

The RADEON 9800 PRO Mac Special Edition will be available at www.ati.com and through standard Mac retail channels at an MRSP of $399.

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Radeon 9800 Pro Special Edition 256 MB



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IMG Posts Hands-On Preview of Battlefield 1942
10:48 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG today has posted a hands-on preview of Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition based on a recent beta. The long-awaited first-person WW II shooter from Aspyr Media is currently at the final candidate stage and should be going gold soon.

Here's a clip from the preview:.

And if you’re interested in checking out all the options available to you, the game utilizes an efficient interface utilizing tabs to navigate through the different menus. There are the typical choices of options and configurations: video, sound, network connection, controls, and so on. What is unique in BF1942’s case is that the developers have tossed aside technical jargon, it seems, for the sake of a more plain-English user experience. For example, in video options there are no labels like “trilinear filtering” or “FSAA shading.” This may not appeal to those who like to have access to the precise technical specifications in their games. But, again, for folks who like to have things broken down in plain English, BF1942 accommodates.
To check out the entire preview, please follow the link below.

The IMG Store is currently taking pre-orders for Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition. It is available for $48.99. If you are a MacGames DVD Subscriber or IMG Pro subscriber, you can pre-order it at a discount for $44.99.

IMG Preview: Battlefield 1942
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Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition
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MoH: Breakthrough Giveaway
8:35 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

P-Edge Media is currently hosting a drawing in which one winner will receive a copy of Medal of Honor: Breakthrough, an expansion set for the popular MoH:AA title. Entry is free and easy, only requiring the answering of a simple question.

Rules for the drawing are as follows:

  • On August 1st 2004, we will draw the prize winner.
  • Winner's name and City, Country will be published on this website.
  • Only one entry per email address is allowed.
  • Winner will receive a personal email from P-Edge media, and must reply stating his/her postal address within one week. If too late, a new winner will be drawn.
  • Dutch law applies. Anyone from any country can enter.
  • P-Edge media and Aspyr Media Inc. cannot be contacted about the draw or about the results.
  • This competition is run by P-Edge Media. Aspyr Media Inc. has nothing to do with it and cannot tell you anything about it.
P-Edge is the creator of Game Server Configulators, a series of applications that allow for the configuration of game servers for various titles. More information can be found at their site.

Win a free copy of MoH: Breakthrough


Blizzard Launches Fan Art Section
8:28 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

In response to customer requests, Blizzard has recently added a Fan Art section to its website. The section currently boasts five different pieces of art, including an interesting tattoo sent in by one fan.

In response to the many requests that have come in over the years, we've now launched a fan art section on our Web site. We already have some really great pieces of art from our fans up in the new section. You too can submit your own art to Blizzard for the chance to have it featured on our site!
Interested artists can find the submission form linked to the Fan Art section. Besides the usual disclaimers, the files themselves must be under 2MB and be in .jpg, .gif, or .bmp formats.

Blizzard Fan Art Program
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Barkanoid 2 Available for OS X
8:15 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

e.p.i.c. interactive recently announced the release of Barkanoid II for both Mac and Linux platforms. A take on the classic Breakout-style arcade game, Barkanoid II features various powerups and fields of tiles that must be broken to advance.

Some of the listed features are as follows:

  • 300 levels
  • over 50 extras to collect
  • 9 different bats and balls
  • Weather effects like snow, rain or fog
  • Different backgrounds
  • Editable bat behaviour
  • Different stages of difficulty
  • Many new animations and effects
  • Saveable passwordsystem for each level
  • Saveable highscores
e.p.i.c. is currently offering Barkanoid II through their online store for EUR 14,99. More information and screenshots can be found at their site.

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e.p.i.c. - Barkanoid II



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Apple Intros New Liquid-Cooled Power Mac G5
6:59 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Apple today updated its entire line of Power Mac G5 desktops with faster processors, higher front-side buses, and for the first time ever, liquid cooling. The top model, featuring two 2.5 GHz processors, the industry’s fastest front-side bus running at 1.25 GHz per processor, and advanced liquid cooling starts at $2,999. The entry model, featuring dual 1.8 GHz processors, starts at just $1,999.

Here's more from the official press release:

Powered by the PowerPC G5 processor, the Power Mac G5 utilizes 64-bit processing technology for memory expansion up to 8GB, and advanced 64-bit computation while running existing 32-bit applications natively. The top of the line Power Mac G5 now offers dual 2.5 GHz PowerPC G5 processors, each with an independent 1.25 GHz front-side bus for an astounding bandwidth of up to 20 GBps. All Power Mac G5 systems ship with Mac OS® X version 10.3 “Panther," which in combination with the Power Mac G5 provides creative professionals and scientists with computational power never before realized on a desktop system.

The Power Mac G5 outperforms competing desktops on the market today and ran significantly faster than 3.4 GHz Pentium 4 systems on performance tests of the most popular applications for creative professionals and scientists, including:

On a test of 45 commonly used actions, Adobe Photoshop ran almost twice as fast on a dual 2.5 GHz Power Mac G5 than on a 3.4 GHz Pentium 4-based PC;

Logic Pro 6 on the dual 2.5 GHz Power Mac G5 played up to 138 more tracks with reverbs (over four times more) than with Cubase SX on a 3.4 GHz Pentium 4-based PC; and

Final Cut Pro® HD running on a 2.5 GHz Power Mac G5 can run eight streams of 8-bit SD video versus five streams on a dual 3.06 GHz Xeon-based Avid workstation.

The Power Mac G5 line offers leading-edge expansion with dual 1.5 Gbps serial ATA interfaces, the industry’s fastest PCI-X interface technology and AGP 8X Pro graphics. The Power Mac G5 comes standard with either the NVIDIA GeForceFX 5200 Ultra or the ATI Radeon 9600 XT graphics card; the ATI Radeon 9800 XT high-performance graphics card is available as a build-to-order option for incredible 3D design, visualization and gaming. All Power Mac G5 desktops deliver industry-leading connectivity and high-performance I/O, including Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire® 800 and FireWire 400 ports, three USB 2.0 ports, optical digital audio input and output, built-in support for 54 Mbps AirPort® Extreme wireless networking and an optional Bluetooth module.

Pricing & Availability
The dual 1.8 GHz and dual 2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 models are available now, and the dual 2.5 GHz Power Mac G5 model is expected to be available in July through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

• Dual 1.8 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5;
• 256MB 400 MHz 128-bit DDR SDRAM (4GB maximum);
• 80GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard drive;
• AGP 8X Pro graphics slot;
• NVIDIA GeForceFX 5200 Ultra with 64MB DDR SDRAM;
• 3 PCI slots (64-bit, 33 MHz); and
• 8x SuperDrive™ (DVD-R/CD-RW).
The Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:
• Dual 2.0 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5;
• 512MB 400 MHz 128-bit DDR SDRAM (8GB maximum);
• 160GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard drive;
• AGP 8X Pro graphics slot;
• NVIDIA GeForceFX 5200 Ultra with 64MB DDR SDRAM;
• 3 PCI-X slots (one 64-bit 133 MHz, two 64-bit 100 MHz); and
• 8x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW).
The Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of $2,999 (US), includes:
• Dual 2.5 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5;
• 512MB 400 MHz 128-bit DDR SDRAM (8GB maximum);
• 160GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard drive;
• AGP 8X Pro graphics slot;
• ATI RADEON 9600 XT with 128MB DDR SDRAM;
• 3 PCI-X slots (one 64-bit 133 MHz, two 64-bit 100 MHz); and
• 8x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW).
Apple also announced today that the company has discontinued its line of Power Mac G4 desktops. For more information, please visit the Apple web site.

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Power Mac G5


Mac Games News for Tuesday, June 8, 2004

IMG Reviews PowerBook G4 1.33 GHz (15 Inch)1:20 PM
Apple To Host Max OS X Game Discusson At WWDC8:52 AM
Aspyr Offers Money Saving Tips8:45 AM
SimCity/Rush Hour Mac Requests8:32 AM
EQMac SOE Recap: Mac EQ Support Coming?8:01 AM
Harry Potter Bundle Ships8:01 AM
 
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