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Myst IV Revelation Released
7:54 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

European game publishing giant Ubi Soft has announced that the latest addition to the best-selling graphical adventure game franchise of all time - Myst IV: Revelation - has been released.

Developed by the publisher's Montreal studio, the new title further explores the relationship between Atrus, the creator of the game's many different worlds, his sons Sirrus and Achenar, and Atrus' young daughter Yeesha, who goes missing early on in the game. Players are immersed in the legendary series' traditional mix of solving elaborate puzzles while surrounded by lush and visually ornate environments in an attempt to discover what happened to Atrus' daughter.

The new title takes the award-winning series to the next step by bringing the games' usually flat and mostly still images to life by incorporating real-time animations, organic movement, and dynamic lighting effects in the gameplay. The new sequel also features a lush soundtrack from famed composers Jack Wall and Peter Gabriel, who also contributes his vocal talents to the effort.

The game, which ships on a hybrid Mac/PC DVD combo, requires a 700MHz G4 CPU running OS X 10.2.8, and powered by an ATI Radeon 7500 or Nvidia Geforce2 MX or better graphics card and 3 GB of hard drive space. While the full version of the game can be ordered for $39.95 USD from the IMG Store, the 142 MB demo of the title is available for download over at IMG's sister site MacGameFiles.

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Myst IV Revelation
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IMG Store: Myst IV, SimCity 4: Rush Hour In Stock
3:49 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store today began shipping Myst IV Revelation and SimCity 4: Rush Hour.

Journey into a world of mystery and beauty as you piece together the secrets of a shattered past. In Myst IV Revelation, the next chapter in the greatest adventure saga of all time, you'll travel through environments pulsing with life to unearth a treacherous scheme involving two of Myst's most sinister villains. Myst IV Revelation is available for $39.95.

in SimCity 4: Rush Hour your City is on the move! Take complete control of your city's transportation system including roads, rail, air, and waterways. Watch you approval rating skyrocket as you get your Sims on the go. Test your nerves with a new UFO disaster, snarl traffic with car accidents, and wreak havoc with train derailments. Seize control of vehicles and complete the all-new U-Drive-It Missions to improve your Mayor rating, unlock new buildings, and earn other rewards. Name streets, neighborhoods, mountains, and bodies of water to personalize your city. SimCity 4: Rush Hour is available for $29.95.

For more information on these titles please follow these links below.

IMG Store: Myst IV: Revelation
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Inside Aspyr: Bringing Games To Mac
11:51 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Aspyr is a new and unique IMG column that is penned by Aspyr employees. Our goal with this column is to bring readers interesting tidbits and insights that come from within the culture at Aspyr.

The first column is authored by Karri Scott, the new Public Relations Manager at Aspyr Media and delves into the realm of how Aspyr is able to bring one great Mac title after another onto the platform.

To check out the feature, please follow the link below.

Inside Aspyr: Bringing Games To Mac
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New WoW Patch Available
7:54 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blizzard has recently released a new patch for the ongoing beta test of World of Warcraft. Termed the Beta 6 build, this latest patch introduces several notable changes, including a new model/animation system, and new talents for the Warlock class.

There have been extensive changes made to the model and animation system in order to increase performance while playing in densely populated areas (such as cities and PvP encounters). Specifically, we have added hardware vertex shader support and a hardware cursor for those cards that support it.
The third notable addition includes some interesting new looting options, including a "Need Before Greed" option that causes players who cannot use a given item to automatically pass on it.

A host of other minor changes have also been implemented. The full list can be found at Blizzard's World of Warcraft Community site.

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Bridge Construction Set Available For OS X
7:54 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Offering something a little different, GarageGames has announced the availability of Bridge Construction Set for OS X. As the title suggests, BCS challenges players to design bridges that can withstand the rigors of travel.

In the Bridge Construction Set you design and build bridges and then stress test them to see how your creations hold up under pressure. If when test vehicles pass over your bridge they make it safely across you know you´ve succeeded. If they plummet into the river you know you need to go back to the drawing board.
BCS also allows players to view their creations from any angle, including a first-person perspective. A variety of vehicles and levels are also included, as well as a level editor.

Both the demo and the full version are available from GarageGames' site.

GarageGames - So You Got a Mac, but Are You a Bridge Constructing Genius?
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Custer Joins the Battle Against Terrorism
7:54 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

In a nod to the upcoming title, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword from Aspyr Media, IMG's Brad Custer's latest effort focuses on a member of Team Rainbow, the world's most elite force of multinational counter-terrorist operatives. Titled "Counter Terror," the desktop depicts the cold stare of a team member with an action sequence behind him.

Here's a clip from Custer himself on his work:

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword from Aspyr Media just went Beta this week and will be shipping in November and this is evident by the requests in my mailbox for a desktop from it. As always I love to honor all requests. :) In this week's feature I wanted to create a desktop based on the elite forces of the game and I also wanted to tie it in with some of the official offerings for the series.
To check out the desktop, head over to Custer's Desktops and grab the size you need.

IMG Desktops: Counter Terror


Bannister Updates Gameboy, 'Enhancer' Emulators
7:54 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Mac emulator programmer Richard Bannister has recently updated two of his emulation utilities, and has made them available to the public.

KiGB, Bannister's Nintendo Gameboy emulator, has been updated to version 1.6.9a. The new version brings the Mac OS version of the poplar utility up to date with the latest Windows version of the same title, which was released Thursday.

Furthermore, Bannister has released version 1.5.2 of his Emulator Enhancer, the application designed to add a number of additional features to all of Bannister's emulators. Included in this new version:

  • Aspect ratio correction
  • Bilinear Filtering
  • Full screen mode
  • Network game play (preliminary)
  • Screen Curvature
  • USB Gamepad and Joystick support
  • VBL Synchronised Video
  • Emulation fans should head over to Bannister's site and download the updated utilities through the links below:

    Richard Bannister's Emulation Enhancer
    KiGB v1.6.9a


    Mac Games News for Thursday, September 30, 2004

    IMG Store: Splinter Cell, Massive Assault Now Available1:47 PM
    Massive Assault Demo Released10:20 AM
    Close Combat: First to Fight Q&A Session9:05 AM
    New Unreal Tournament 2004 Demo Features New Maps & More9:05 AM
    Pow Pow to Include Free Game Pad9:05 AM
    Shadowbane: Throne Of Oblivion Beta Begins9:04 AM
     
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