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Battlefield 1942 Deluxe Edition Goes Gold
11:55 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr today announced that the long-awaited Macintosh version of Battlefield 1942 Deluxe Edition has gone gold and will be making its way to duplication. The World War II game is expected to ship on June 28th and arrive in stores nationwide on July 2nd.

Here are the final system requirements:

• Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later
• PowerPC G4/G5, 867 MHz or faster
• 256 MB of RAM
• 1.6 GB free disk space
• 3D Graphics Acceleration required (ATI Radeon 7500/nVidia GeForce 2 or
better)
• 32MB of VRAM
• DVD drive required to install and play

Multiplayer Requirements
• Internet and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported
• Internet play requires a 56Kbps or faster connection
For more on Battlefield 1942 Deluxe Edition, be sure to check out our in-depth preview of the game.

The IMG Store is currently taking pre-orders for the game. To place your pre-order, please follow the link below.

IMG Preview: Battlefield 1942 Deluxe Edition
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Call of Duty 1.4 Beta Released, Raven Shield Updated
5:54 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr has released two patches today. The first one is a beta test patch for Call of Duty, bringing it up to version 1.4. Here's more on the patch:

This is a public beta and is not the official final 1.4 Mac patch. While it has been fully tested, it may still contain minor bugs.

This update adds compatibility with PC 1.4 network play, including PunkBuster support. It also includes optimizations for ATI Radeon 7500/8500/9000 video cards. This update is only intended for the English version of Call of Duty Macintosh.

The second patch is for Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield. The patch includes a number of bug fixes and changes.

Both files can be downloaded from our sister site, Macgamefiles.com.

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Feral Friday: XIII Demo, Worms 3D Patch
12:10 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive has posted their now legendary Friday news update with news on the recently released XIII demo as well as a new patch for Worms 3D.

In case you missed it yesterday, Feral released a demo of XIII. Here's what Feral had to say about the demo:

The demo contains 2 levels from the full game; the first "The Beach" is also the first level in the full game, where you wake up wondering who, what and where you are, who you were with last night and can you have another one of those drinks.The second "The Military Base" is further on in the full game and in it you have to free General Carrington; the man with the key to your past needs you to find the key to his cell.
Feral has also released an update for Worms 3D, bringing the game up to version 1.0.1. Here's the list of fixes:
2993 Fixed - Network game random landscapes sync issue
2880 Fixed - LAN games require Internet connection
2977 Fixed - Crash playing movies
2378 Fixed - Turn-End Validation Error
For more, be sure to head over to Feral's web site.

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The Force Is Strong In Custer's Desktops
8:02 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG's resident desktop master Brad Custer is back with two images inspired by Aspyr Media's upcoming rpg title, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Here's what Brad had to say about his latest desktop:

Since my first exclusive exposure to Stars Wars: Knights of the Old Republic at E3 a few years ago, I've patiently awaited the chance to do a desktop for this title. So, this week I am honoring my own personal request. And several of your requests too. ;) Of course the best aspect of the game to me is being able to choose your path and see how it the game unfolds around it. So, I am featuring 2 desktops this week to allow your desktop to reflect the way your wield the force. So, with the help of Aspyr Media and LucasArts, I was able to create this wallpaper. I simply entitled them, "Light Side" and "Dark Side", and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them.
Head over to Custer's Desktops to check out his latest creation.

Custer's Desktops
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New Secret Westlake Project Added
8:02 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Continuing the grand tradition of infuriating code names for upcoming projects, Westlake Interactive has recently updated their projects page with yet another mystery title. The newly added game currently goes by the name of Corey, and currently does not have a publisher listed.

Corey joins two other mystery titles, Liver and Onions, which are both currently listed in Final Candidate status.

As always, feel free to let speculation run rampant in our forums.

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European World of Warcraft Beta Soon
8:02 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

The good folks of Blizzard Entertainment brought exciting news to their European fans today when they announced that sign ups for the beta test of their upcoming online roleplaying game, World of Warcraft, will begin shortly in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. From the official website:

Following the announcement of the European World of Warcraft team, we are pleased to report that the sign-up period for the European Beta Test will soon begin.

A link to the European beta test application will be provided at http://www.blizzard.co.uk/ (English), http://www.blizzard.de/ (German), http://www.blizzard.fr/ (French). If you live in Europe and you’re interested in applying to join the European Beta Test for World of Warcraft, please stay tuned to one of those Web sites for more information.

World of Warcraft is currently in beta phase in the United States. If you would like more about signups in Europe, or just want to more information on the game itself, be sure to check out the links below.

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Radeon Enabler 1.1 Released
8:02 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Bruce Luckcuck has released Radeon Enabler 1.1, a patch that enables ATI's Radeon Display to work with OEM versions (from Apple) of video cards The 1.1 patch now supports a larger number of ATI chipsets. The list below in bold are the new video chips that 1.1 now supports:

OEM Radeon 9800 Pro
OEM Radeon 9700 Pro
OEM Radeon 9600 Pro
OEM Radeon 9000 Pro
Prototype Retail Radeon 9800 Pro Special Edition (ATY,Elan)
OEM Radeon 8500
OEM Radeon 7500
eMac Radeon 9200 graphics
eMac Radeon 7500 graphics
Radeon 9700 Mobility (Powerbook)
Radeon 9600 Mobility (Powerbook)
Radeon 9200 Mobility (iBook)
Radeon 9000 Mobility (Powerbook)
Radeon 7500 Mobility (Powerbook/iBook)
Radeon Mobility (Powerbook)

Please note that the patch does not "flash" or "hack" your card in any way, but simply updates the ATI Displays application.

Once the Radeon Enabler is run, users can turn on features only retail version of these cards enjoyed, such as enabling FSAA in games that don't natively support the function.

Radeon Enabler


Final Weekend To Vote For Applelinks Moofie Gaming Awards
8:02 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

This is the final weekend to place your vote in this year's Moofie Gaming Awards at Applelinks. The voting, which was originally scheduled to end June 11th, has been extended until June 20th.

Here's more from the official PR:

In an ironic turn of events, the number of votes cast for the Fifth Annual Moofie Gaming Awards here at Applelinks is moving right along, and yet the number of voters entering the giveaway is down. Because we want to give more people a chance to win the great games from Aspyr, Feral, Freeverse, MacPlay and MacSoft, and because we want to anger those who have entered, we're extending the voting period until June 20th.

For the remainder of the weekend, game players will have the chance to cast their votes for their favorite Mac games of 2003 in Academy Awards type categories: Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Short Film, etc. Voters can then enter to win games such as Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, ToySight and Unreal Tournament 2004.

As with each previous year, Applelinks is offering prizes to those who enter the giveaway. Five winners will be randomly selected from those who enter, each of whom will receive a collection of games from either Aspyr, Feral Interactive, Freeverse, MacPlay or MacSoft, as well as a $10 gift certificate for the Think Different Store.

Moofie Award and contest winners will be announced shortly after the June 20th voting deadline. To cast your vote and enter the giveaway, visit the Applelinks web site.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, June 17, 2004

IMG Store: XIII In Stock10:41 AM
EQMac Posts Potential Mac Everquest Sound Fix10:17 AM
MacSoft Announces Rise of Nations8:46 AM
Shrek 2 Reaches Gold Master8:45 AM
Apple Features Battlefield 1942 Deluxe Edition7:43 AM
New Unreal Tournament 2004 Patch Released6:56 AM
Feral's XIII Demo Released6:39 AM
 
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