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Tuesday, July 13, 2004


NeverEdit 0.7 Released
9:18 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The folks at Open Knights continue to work on Neveredit, and have recently made available build version 0.7. Intended for use with Neverwinter Nights, Neveredit's goal is to allow Mac and Linux users to edit NWN files, and ultimately edit NWN much like the Windows toolset already allows.

Changes in the latest version are as follows:

Major new features:
* tiled opengl map display with placeables, creatures and doors
* new integrated script editor and script compiler with syntax highlighting,
block collapsing, error highlighting
* linked help viewer containing the nwn lexicon (http://nwnlexicon.com), automatic
lookup of definitions from script editor

Improvements and Fixes:
* sped up file reading
* store inventories now saved properly
* visual cleanup of property lists
* other visual cleanups, especially on linux
* many smaller fixes

Those interested in trying it out can find a download at MGF. Open Knights also asks users to submit any bug reports at their SourceForge site.

Project: OpenKnights: Release Notes
NeverEdit 0.7
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Dracosoft Back In Business
11:01 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Dracosoft, the shareware company that brought us hit shareware games such as Burst and Avalanche today announced its return to the Macintosh platform. The company announced that after being away for over a year, it will be dedicating itself to creating high quality games for the Mac.

Here's more from their press release:

Dracosoft had recently created a partnership with Arcade Monkey. However, a variety of reasons have caused us to separate. The main reason being that Arcade Monkey’s main developers have taken jobs elsewhere and Arcade Monkey is closing their doors.

With all these changes Dracosoft has been busy with a handful of updates. And although new titles are in the works, no announcements will be made until the products are released.

Dracosoft has updated all is current shareware games. To check them out, head over to the company's web site.

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GigaDesigns Unveils New G4 Upgrades
10:13 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Giga Designs has begun shipping the fastest (1.4 GHz) G4 dual processor upgrades available for Apple Power Macintosh AGP Graphics (Sawtooth) and Gigabit Ethernet models. The new M Series Dual processor family also includes a 1.33GHz model for Digital Audio, Quicksilver 2001, and Quicksilver 2002 Power Macs; and features a multi-voltage power sharing architecture.

This new power sharing architecture uses both the 12v and 5v/3.3v outputs of the Power Mac's power supply, allowing greater flexibility for other upgrade products requiring the 5 volt or 3.3volt outputs. The M Series upgrades also feature user adjustable speed and processor voltage settings, and use two Free Scale (Motorola) 7455B processors; each with 2M of L3 cache. A larger copper heat sink and two very quiet 50mm fans provide improved cooling, and the upgrades requires no drivers or software enablers. All G-celerator M Series Dual processor G4 upgrades carry a three year warranty.

IMG sponsor OWC is now selling these upgrade cards. For more information and pricing, please follow the link below.

Giga Designs
OWC: Giga Designs Upgrade Cards



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World of Warcraft Preview Talks Talents
10:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Gamespot has posted an updated preview of World of Warcraft that discusses some of the major and minor changes made to the most recent beta of upcoming massive multiplayer online game. The preview concentrates on the addition of talents and auction houses to the game.

Here's a clip from the preview:

One of the more significant new features recently introduced to the game is auction houses, which have a very user-friendly, eBay-style interface. Auction houses seem to draw inspiration both from the auction houses of Square Enix's Final Fantasy XI and from the bazaar terminals of Star Wars Galaxies. You can list an item at auction for a nominal fee (based on how long you want the auction to last). Also like on eBay, you can set a buyout price if an impatient buyer wants the item immediately. You can even search for auctioned items using a host of parameters (such as category, level, and name) to find exactly what you're looking for. Once the auction is over, the winning bidders receive their bounty in the recently added in-game mailbox system.
Be sure to check out the entire preview by following the link below.

Gamespot Preview: The Talent System Returns
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Fallout 3 Announced for PC
9:18 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The demise of Black Isle Studios left many questions in the minds of Fallout fans as to whether or not their beloved series would ever see another iteration. After much speculation and a few veiled hints, Bethesda Softworks has announced that they will be both developing and publishing a PC version of Fallout 3.

"We’re extremely excited about this opportunity and what it means both for Bethesda and for Fallout fans around the world," said Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks. "Fallout is one the great RPG franchises. Millions of Fallout games have been sold worldwide, and fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of a Fallout 3 title."
Bethesda also holds exclusive rights to the Fallout series across all platforms, and has the option to develop and publish additional sequels as they see fit.

While it's too early to confirm a Mac porting house picking this one up, it does confirm that the series is far from dead, and given the popularity of the series, a future port is highly likely.

Bethesda Softworks to Develop and Publish Fallout 3


uDevGames Call for Sponsors
9:18 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

iDevGames, the site dedicated to supporting independent Mac game creators, has announced a call for sponsors for their 2004 uDevGames programming contest. After experiencing a number of outages of the past year due to server attacks and hardware failures, the site is back up and working to build their community again.

Here is the details for those who might consider pitching in to help out uDevGames this year:

Since 2001, an annual contest to encourage independent game developers to create an original Mac game has been held by iDevGames. The contest is called uDevGames, and in 2004, it awarded over $25,000 in prizes, including software, hardware, and books, to the winning developers. These prizes, generously donated by the sponsors of uDevGames, are utilized by the winning developers to further their Mac game development, and help to make the Macintosh an even better gaming platform. The uDevGames Contest benefits not only the winning developers but also the entire developer community through the release of all participants’ source code at the end of the contest. This year’s contest is slated to begin in August, and iDevGames is currently seeking sponsors to donate prizes. Questions, inquiries, or comments should be directed to Carlos Camacho, Editor-in-Chief (editor@idevgames.com)
For more information on uDevGames, check out the iDevGames site now.

iDevGames


Mac Games News for Monday, July 12, 2004

Sky Captain Game Creators Interviewed9:14 AM
iDevGames 'Vectorized' Winners9:06 AM
IMG Previews Homeworld 29:06 AM
TacOps 4 v4.05APu Patch Released9:06 AM
 
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