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New Version Of America's Army On The March
7:54 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

As the end of August approaches, and the American public prepares for one final media onslaught by presidential hopefuls, Epic Games and the U.S. Army have announced that a new version of their first person tactical shooter is preparing for deployment.

America's Army version 2.2, which includes two new maps and multiple bug fixes, is in the final stages of testing, and is expected to be released in the next few weeks. The update to the free shooter is currently without a name, and the developers have asked fans of the recruitment tool to put forward their own ideas for the game's next moniker. Think you can do better than "AA:SF Seek and Hide" or "AA: SF Overkill"? Head over to the America's Army forums and submit your suggestion using the link below.

Meanwhile, readers who haven't had the chance to try the much talked-about title should head over to IMG's sister site MacGameFiles and download the free, Unreal Tournament-based game, and give it a whirl. Despite weighing in at a whopping 743MB, the game is one of the site's most popular titles, racking up an impressive 132,056 downloads as this article was written. Follow the links below to grab your own free copy.

America's Army v2.2 On The Way
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America's Army: Special Forces 2.4
Download America's Army v.2.1 (743MB)

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IMG Store: Pre-Order MTX: Mototrax
1:16 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has begun taking pre-orders for Aspyr's upcoming motocross game MTX: Mototrax. The game is scheduled to ship in September.

Accept the MTX: Mototrax challenge: beat the pros and become the ultimate MX athlete in the fastest, most complete motocross game offering a thrilling career mode to boost your fame, fortune and adrenaline! Earn more cold hard cash from contest wins and sponsorships. Use the money to modify your rider’s attributes, purchase equipment upgrades or buy access to freeride environments complete with new goals and objectives.

MTX: Mototrax is available for pre-order for $29.95 and just $27.95 if you're an IMG Pro or MacGames DVD subscriber.

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MTX: Mototrax
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Aspyr Seeking Battlefield 1942 Feedback
12:46 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

In a post today to IMG's forum, Aspyr's Glenda Adams is asking Mac gamers for help tracking down bugs for Battlefield 1942. According to Adams, specific bug reports have been dificult to track down.

Here's part of the post:

From our Support department the majority of issues we are getting from gamers are related to Punkbuster updates and firewall settings, not any specific bugs. I've seen mention of some mouse lag issues, but from all we can tell the performance is the same as the PC version, and this isn't something specifically wrong with the Mac. I've also seen talk about weapon switching bugs, and need to find out more about how those occur, whether they happen on the PC as well, and if they are dependent on a specific type of mouse.

Please post any info about bugs you are still having in BF1942 Mac, since right now we don't have any major issues logged to put into a patch. Until we can confirm Mac specific bugs that we can reproduce we won't have a patch in production.

To check out the entire post, please follow the link below and be sure to post any issues you're having with the game.

IMG Forum Post: BF1942 Mac patch needs
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Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition
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IMG Feature: New Dumb Letters to IMG
12:23 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Today IMG has posted a feature called "Dumb Letters to IMG". IMG gets bombarded with emails everyday. Usually the questions are your typicial, "When is this game coming out" or "Do you know if this game is coming out". But on occasion we get some wonderful, bizzarre, and yes, stupid emails we thought would be funny to share with our readers.

Be sure to check it out. We guarantee it'll put a smile on your face.

IMG Feature: Dumb Letters to IMG - Part IV

Mac Version of Doom 3 Sees Setback?
9:15 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Some information was uncovered at the recent Quakecon 2004 that could seem to spell trouble for the Mac version of Doom 3. According to a report at AMD Zone, when asked about the OS X version of Doom 3, the id folks being questioned responded that, due to optimization problems, Activision has no plans to publish the port themselves.

Here's a paraphrase of the answer from AMD Zone:

A Mac "gamer" asked about the port to OS X. Apparently there is no current time for the release of a port. The game runs, but there is a lot of optimization, and currently they feel the Mac platform can not yet offer the same experience as the PC. Activision will not publish the Mac version of Doom 3. There is no publisher set currently.
While this doesn't mean the port is dead, it does represent a setback for fans who were waiting for this one quickly. Since the game's PC release, an OS X version has been mentioned multiple times by id employees.

We have no official news yet on whether or not Activision is willing to deal with other publishers for the publishing rights, but rest assured that we'll report on it at the first opportunity.

[Update] Another report in the Quake3World forums from the Mac user who attended the conference and asked the question gives a slightly more optimistic view on the matter. His takeaway from the Q&A was that only lower-end machines needed optimization still, and that it is simply a matter of time before id finds a publisher besides Activision:

My question: Who took over the Mac programming when Graeme left?

The answer: Tim Willits, lead designer. He's also the one handling the Linux port. He said the Mac port was playable, but was still in need of optimizations, especially for the lower-end systems. He said he was working directly with Apple to address the issue.

What was most intriguing of all was that they stated that the Mac version would NOT be published by Activision as previously assumed. Instead id would have to shop around for a new publisher. The bright side of this is that they MUST be putting out a retail version, otherwise they wouldn't be needing a publisher at all.

Stay tuned to IMG for the latest.

Quake3World Forums: Quakecon 2K4 Report
AMD Zone - Quakecon 2004 id Software Keynote Coverage
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Mac Radeon 9200 PCI Announced
8:56 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

ATI has recently updated their site with information on the Radeon 9200 Mac Edition. A PCI graphics card designed for use with legacy OS 9 Macs as well as OS X, the 9200 sports 128MB of DDR Memory, along with ATI's Smartshader and Smoothvision technologies.

Some of its listed features include:

  • Designed for OS X and legacy OS 9 systems for the widest support of Mac systems
  • Flexible dual display configurations that reach resolutions up to 2048x1536
  • Use VERSAVISION™ to enable hardware accelerated display rotation – up to 180 degrees
  • 128MB of DDR memory ensures stunning graphics for next-generation and legacy games and applications
More information on the 9200 can be found at ATI's site.

Radeon 9200 Mac Edition

Create Panoramic Games With Pipmak Engine
8:31 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Fans of the legendary Myst series of games wishing to create their own adventures now have a powerful tool to help them. Called the Pipmak Engine, this new open-source tool will make it extremely easy to make these kinds of games. Here's a full description of the engine:

The Pipmak Game Engine allows you to make panoramic adventure games, in a style similar to that of the Myst game series. You can use static images or 360° panoramic views, allowing you to make game like any of the Myst series. It uses Lua for scripting, meaning you can make games using a powerful yet easy to learn language. Pipmak is available under the GPL licence. It is currently in a very early stage of development.
For more information, follow the link provided below.

Create Panoramic Games With Pipmak Engine

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'Classic' Unreal Tournament Maps Updated
8:31 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Unreal Tournament 2004 mapmaker and Atari Community forum contributor Yourman2000 has released a collection of nine "classic" maps from the original Unreal Tournament first person shooter.

While paying homage to some of the original game's best-loved arenas, the newly released maps include updated, high-resolution textures, and adjustments to the original maps' geometry to complement gameplay changes, like quad-jumping, that have been incorporated in the game since the original version's release.

The classic collection of maps, including some Deathmatch, Domination, and Capture The Flag varieties, includes the map titles:

  • DM-1on1-Oblivion2k4
  • DM-Gothic2k4
  • DM-Arcane Temple2k4
  • DM-Malevolence2k4
  • DM-Grinder2k4
  • DM-Shrapnel][2k4
  • DOM-Cinder2k4
  • DOM-Cidom2k4
  • CTF-EpicBoy2k4

    Click on the link below to grab your copy of the collection.

    'Classic" UT Map Pack Re-released
    Digital Extremes
    Epic Games
    Unreal Tournament 2004
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    Worms 3D Demo Passes 50,000 Downloads
    7:54 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    Prolific game developers Feral Interactive announced last week that the demo for their popular turn-based strategy game Worms 3D has been downloaded over 50,000 times since its release this spring.

    The multiplayer strategy game pits earth-chewing Oligochaeta (look it up) against each other in a battle to the death through the use of a wide variety of unlikely weapons. Featuring a dark sense of humour, exploding sheep, and turn-based gameplay comprised of both action and strategy elements, the family-oriented game rewards whichever team has any players left standing by the time the dust settles.

    Players interested in checking out the title should head over to IMG's sister site MacGameFiles, which, so far, accounts for over ninety percent of the game's downloads, and grab the 207 MB file for themselves. Players interested in purchasing the full version of the game should follow the links to the IMG Store, where the title can be purchased for $29.95 USD.

    Feral Interactive: Worms 3D demo at 50,000 and counting
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    Mac Games News for Monday, August 16, 2004

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    Warcraft III Beta Patch Adds New Heroes10:56 AM
    Aspyr: Four Titles Reach Final Candidate10:21 AM
    Aspyr Ships Spider-Man 28:47 AM
    Robin Hood Steals to the Mac on e.p.i.c. Deal8:47 AM
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