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Feral Moves Chessmaster 9000 into Beta
7:57 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive has updated their news page today, noting the advancement of Chessmaster 9000 into beta testing. The UK-based team hints that, while the game's development cycle has been longer than normal, they are again hoping to provide Mac-specific improvements to the port of this title. They also note Chessmaster 9000 should be available sometime this fall.

Here's a clip from the posting:

Anyway, the good news is that it has now reached beta and is running pretty well. We are in the process of macifying the interface! While it will not look like a perfect aqua version of the game, we are aiming to make Mac players feel far more at home than they might with a straight port of the PC version.
Have a look at the Feral mini-site for the game if you're curious for more information.

In other news, Feral is planning to attend the Paris MacExpo late this month. They are hoping to show a few in-development games, so those attending should get a good sneak peak of their upcoming wares.

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IMG Posts Interview With iDevGames' Carlos Camacho
10:01 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

IMG's resident indie game developer Matt Diamond has posted a two-page, in-depth interview with iDevGames' webmaster and game development guru Carlos Camacho.

In the interview, Carlos talks on the challenges his game development website faced over the last year, and speaks on Carlos' intentions for his website's annual UDevGames contest -

IMG: What would you say is the main thing you are trying to accomplish with the uDevGames contest? How will you know if you've achieved it?

Carlos: uDevGames (and iDevGames) mission is to educate, elevate, and expand Mac gaming. I think on all three points, we are meeting our objectives and doing something special for Mac gaming, but from my view, we are starting at the bottom and working our way up. I've always felt that this was the best approach, and now, thanks to uDevGames, I can see that we have accomplished a lot in the past three years. For example, in terms of "elevating", some members of our community have moved into more professional development level positions, and no doubt, more will follow because they have a great deal of talent. On the educational front, we have a huge library of source code which upcoming developers can learn from. I should also add that the experience itself (in uDevGames) is educational in its own right. As for "expanding" -- I would say that forty or so free games, many of which could easily sell as shareware is great proof. Another way to look at "expanding" is by the increased participation from non-Mac developers. This is very encouraging because it is helping to break the myth that creating games for the Mac is difficult, or that Mac users are not gamers.

Click on the link to head over to the article, and stay tuned to IMG for further announcements on this year's uDevGames game development contest.

IMG Interviews Carlos Camacho
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More Warcraft III Accounts Closed
9:21 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

In an effort to curb players relying on hacks and cheats in online play, reknown RPG-makers Blizzard Entertainment have announced that an additional 18,000 Warcraft III accounts have been permanently closed.

The move is consistent with the developer's strong stance against hacking and cheating. Last October, Blizzard permanently closed the accounts of over 400,000 cheaters playing the company's popular Starcraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo 2 titles. From the website:

A number of additional accounts and CD keys have been tied to the use of a hack or cheat program while playing Warcraft III on In keeping with our aggressive stance against cheating, we have permanently closed 18,000 Warcraft III accounts. 7,600 of the Warcraft III CD keys used with the now-closed accounts have been banned from ladder play for one month, and 1,400 more have been banned from ladder play permanently. Repeat offenders risk having their CD keys disabled, which will result in the permanent removal of their copies of Warcraft III from
Players interested in playing the vast, massively-multiplayer online role playing game without cheating should head over to the IMG Store and pick up a copy of the game. The Warcraft III Battle Chest, which contains the original Warcraft III: The Reign Of Chaos game, the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne expansion set, and strategy games for both games from publishers Brady Games, retails for $44.95 USD. More Warcraft III accounts closed
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9:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story has posted an interview with Chris Vrenna, former Nine Inch Nails member and creator of music for titles such as Quake, American McGee's Alice, and Doom 3.

The scope of the interview covers Vrenna's work, including various aspects of teamwork and duties he specifically performed for Doom 3. He also notes plans to release a related mini-album:

[This is] the only [soundtrack] that we've released as an album. Sometimes we post them up on, but game-score albums will become more relevant as games become bigger and bigger. For Doom, we're going to make a little collectible seven-inch--and I don't even own anything that plays vinyl.
Vrenna's future projects include Midway and Tabula Rasa. He also notes that his band, Tweaker, will be releasing a 5.1 version of one of their albums.

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Angel Frog Games Seeks Beta Testers
9:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Angel Frog Games is seeking volunteer beta testers for a game currently in development. Titled aquadot!red, the game features a dot and maze mechanic that should remind folks of Pac-Man, but contains a few new twists to the old forumula:

  • touching an enemy does not kill you instantly!
  • There are 10 types of powerups, both good and bad
  • Power meters that tell you how much life, special power or munch-time you have left
  • Each enemy colour has a distinct method of attack
  • Doing special things each level can earn you Secret Skill points and dramatically increase your score
aquadot!red is currently slated for an August release. Those interested in helping to beta test this title can sign up at Angel Frog's site.

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Apple Goes Behind the Scenes of CSI
8:58 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Apple's Game Website is featuring a new in-depth look at Aspyr Media's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

The TV-show based game, the second to be released by media moguls Aspyr this year, puts players in the midst of the hit TV series, working along characters Gil Grissom, Catharine Willows, Warrick Brown, and the other stars of the show. Tasked with solving five increasingly difficult murder cases in the streets of Las Vegas, this point-and-click puzzler tracks player's success and rewards their performance with behind-the-scenes looks of the CBS television show.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is currently listed as being in Beta, and is expected to be released in the fall. Click on the link below to check out the feature, and head over to the Aspyr webstore to pre-order your copy.

Apple's CSI: Crime Scene Invertigation Feature
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Custer Swings In With A New Desktop
7:57 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Resident pixel pusher Brad Custer has updated Custer's Desktops with yet another gaming-themed piece of monitor candy. Here's his description of this work:

Spider-Man 2 from Aspyr Media went gold yesterday, but it's been a solid request in my email since the release of the movie. I finally had all the artwork this week to complete this highly anticipated desktop. Personally, I'm looking forward to the game because I like the ability to go wherever I want in a game. That's probably why I am a fan of True Crime: Streets of LA because it has this same style of play. Explore at your leisure and proceed with the game as you see fit. This week's desktop is inspired by the box art and the series of official movie desktops available.
Grab that desktop and anticipate the release of this game, which will be here soon.

IMG Desktops: Web-Slinger
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Mac Games News for Thursday, August 5, 2004

Aspyr Media's Spider-Man 2 Goes Gold11:24 AM
M-Audio Releases Mac 5.1 Surround Sound Card10:38 AM
Eidos Takeover Looming10:16 AM
EdHeads Offer Up Virtual Knee Surgery Online Game9:44 AM
Sony Fixes Mac Everquest Bugs, More Fixes Coming9:13 AM
Atari Announces Neverwinter Nights 28:15 AM
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