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Atari Announces Neverwinter Nights 2
8:15 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Atari Interactive has announced that a sequel to BioWare's highly popular role-playing game Neverwinter Nights is coming. The development of the game will be handled by Obsidian Entertainment, a company that contains several members from the now disbanded Black Isle Studios.

Neverwinter Nights is one of the most popular modern RPGs, due to the ease of which users can create and share their own modules. The Neverwinter Nights community has created over 4000 modules and several more are coming. Based on Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons and Dragons 3.0 core rules, Neverwinter Nights and its two expansions include a creative field of epic proportions for the fans to exploit.

Neverwinter Nights 2 is scheduled for release in 2006, and while no word is out on a Mac version, we can only cross our fingers hoping that this title will make it to our beloved platform.

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Aspyr Media's Spider-Man 2 Goes Gold
11:24 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has announced that their upcoming third person web-swinger Spider-Man 2: The Game has gone gold and will be shipping August 16.

From the Aspyr website:

Spider-Man 2™ The Game follows the same storyline as the blockbuster feature film, and places the gamer into the web-slinging, web-swinging world of the Manhattan metropolis. Gamers will visit locations and relive encounters taken directly from the film, from the Statue of Liberty to the Daily Bugle offices. It was only two years ago that shy Peter Parker discovered his super hero™, alter ego Spider-Man®. Now he’s in a fight for his life and will have to use his skills and wits to survive a new, formidable foe. Spider-Man 2: The Game follows the crime-fighter as he battles the villainous, multi-tentacled Doc Ock.
The system requirements for the game are:
  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later
  • PowerPC G3/G4/G5, 700 MHz or faster
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 1 GB free disk space
  • 3D Graphics Acceleration required (ATI Radeon 7500/nVidia GeForce 2 or better)
  • 32MB of VRAM
  • 8X CD-ROM
  • To find out more about the game, head over to Aspyr's mini site with help of the link below. Spider-Man 2: The Game will be available nation-wide by August 20 with a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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    M-Audio Releases Mac 5.1 Surround Sound Card
    10:38 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    Audio engineering firm M-Audio is bringing a new Mac-compatible 5.1 surround sound card to market.

    The Revolution 5.1, based on the award-winning Revolution 7.1, is a small PCI card sporting high definition 24-bit/192 kHz playback on up to 6 channels. Supporting PCM, AC-3 and DTS technologies, the card also features 24-bit/96 kHz microphone and line recording through ports on the back of the card. The card, which also handles music and DVDs, has been designed specifically for gaming.

    The audio card, which fully supports the mac OS X Core Audio libraries, has minimum system requirements of a 733 MHz G4, 256MB of RAM, and OS X 10.1.5 or later, or Classic Mac OS 9.2.2. And as an extra bonus, the card ships with a copy of the exclusive, M-Audio Surround Sound Edition of Aspyr Media's Wakeboarding Unleashed - the first game optimized for surround sound playback on the Mac.

    The card carries a MRSP of $99.95, and is available through the M-Audio webstore- click on the link below for more details.

    M-Audio: Revolution 5.1 for Mac

    Eidos Takeover Looming
    10:16 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    UK-based game publishing giant Eidos Interactive have confirmed rumors in the European press of preliminary talks with several different publishers regarding a possible takeover bid.

    Without naming the list of potential buyers for the publishing giant, Eidos executives confirmed the takeover rumors in a recent strategic review update:

    The Board of Eidos confirms that, whilst it continues to keep all options under review, it is in preliminary discussions with a small number of parties in relation to possible business combination.
    While the list of potential buyers has not been released to the public, word on the street has it that publishers Electronic Arts, Activision, and UbiSoft are on the shortlist of potential buyers, with Electronic Arts being perceived as the most likely purchaser.

    Eidos, publishers of the highly popular Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, and Championship Manager franchises, has seen a rise in the company's stock price in the last few days as a result of the takeover rumors, a sharp contrast to the stock collapse that occurred several weeks ago when a profits warning was issued by the company's CFO as it neared its fiscal year-end.

    Luckily for our readers, the possible Eidos takeover will most likely not have any negative effects for Mac gamers. Stay tuned to IMG as this story develops.

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    EdHeads Offer Up Virtual Knee Surgery Online Game
    9:44 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    Interested in trying your hand in the operating room? Then head over to educational game developer EdHeads.org and check out their Virtual Knee Surgery online game.

    Virtual Knee Surgery puts players in the blue medical booties of a surgeon and walks them through every step of performing a knee surgery on a 76-year-old man. Through the use of flash animation, players learn about each step required for the operation, as well as learning about the use of other surgery procedures, such as dressing wounds and the proper way to handle a scalpel. The game, created for students in grades 7-12, also has an option to view photos of a real knee surgery, which is not recommended for the faint of heart.

    If working on the body's largest joint doesn't sound that appealing, the non-profit game developers also offer a weather reporting and predicting game for grades 4-9, and a "Simple Machines" house tour for grades 2-6.

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    Sony Fixes Mac Everquest Bugs, More Fixes Coming
    9:13 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    Further to our article on Monday regarding Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming bug fixes for their massively multiplayer online role-playing game EverQuest, Sony's community relations manager Brenlo posted to the EQMac forum site this week with good news for fans of the game.

    According to Brenlo, the first of the bug fixes have been implemented, with more coming in the near future. From the post:

    We have a couple of fixes for our Mac players today. They are the first of many:

  • Samhain and the Turmoil Toads will no longer attack the Broken Golem, leaving him for all of you Wizards to take care of.
  • You will now be able to enter the Tier 2 Planes of Powers zones, provided you the correct flags or are above level 55.
  • The news of these bug fixes, with the promise of additional fixes in the works, will be a relief for Mac EverQuest players who may have been feeling a little disenfranchised lately by Sony's online gaming service.

    Readers interested in the online role-playing game should head over to the IMG Store, where they can pick up a copy for $49.95 USD - $47.95 for MacGames CD/IMG Pro Subscribers.

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    Mac Games News for Wednesday, August 4, 2004

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