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GSC: United Offensive Released
9:05 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

P-Edge Media has releases Game Server Configulator for Aspyr's Call of Duty: United Offensive or GSC: United Offensive for short. The tool allows gamers to set up, run, and monitor a dedicated or non-dedicated United Offensive server. The server can submit itself to online gaming services, such as GameSpy and P-Edge media's GSC serverlist.

Here's more from the press release:

Apart from setting over 40 options that offer more functions than the in-game server setup menu, the GSC allows broadcasting of server messages, automatic leading player messages as well as auto-kick and banning of players that misbehave. A list of banned IP addresses can easily be edited and saved along with the server setup.
GSC United Offensive is available now from . It is free to download and use with no limitations, but a $1.50 PayPal donation is encouraged.

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Project Magma Releases New Myth Betas
1:38 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Project Magma has announced the release of a Myth II 1.5.1 Public Beta and Myth: TFL 1.5 public beta, along with two contests to help the web site promote the Myth games to the outside world. The web site has also released a new carbonized version of Loathing map editor.

Here's more from the web site:

Myth II 1.5.1 Public Beta
The Myth II 1.5.1 Public Beta is the latest and most advanced version of Myth II. Some highlights include a new ‘autohost’ feature enabling a computer to host a list of games without a person being present, OpenGL rendering with the Windows operating system, and numerous bug fixes.

Myth: TFL 1.5 Public Beta
The Myth: TFL 1.5 Public Beta features OpenGL rendering for OSX, and 1.3 film playback, among other changes.

Beta Testing
Project Magma wants to have these updates tested thoroughly to make sure there are no bugs present when the final versions are released. We truly appreciate the help of the Myth community with this critical process. To report problems with the Public Betas, please use the Bug Tracker located on each project's page.

Press Release Contest
Project Magma is planning a big PR push to accompany the final release of Myth II 1.5.1, and we need some great films of Gimble in the Wabe and screenshots of Myth II in general. Check out our contest page for details.

For more, be sure to check out the Project Magma web site.

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IMG Debuts New Features, Posts First To Fight Trailer
12:13 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Today Inside Mac Games debuted a new feature to the website in the form of QuickTime movies. Gameplay movies and trailers have become extremely popular in that they allow gamers to check out the action from a game. We think it will be an extremely popular feature and we hope Mac gamers enjoy them.

Where will you find these movies? If you head to some of our previews and reviews (an example is linked below) you'll see an entirely new "bar" in the article that provides links to the preview, review, movies, screenshots, demo, patches, and more for that particular product. For example, in the Call of Duty: United Offensive preview you'll find four QuickTime movies when you click on the Movies button. In the future we'll be linking to more gameplay movies and trailers in new previews and reviews.

The first movie we are presenting is the official Mac trailer for Close Combat: First To Fight. Three sizes of the trailer are available including an Extra Large version that weighs in at 128 MB. To check them out, follow the link below.

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Feral Friday: New Commandos Movies & More
10:19 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Our friends at Feral Interactive have post a couple of news stories on their web site this morning with news that Chessmaster 9000 is now shipping in French and more new information and trailers on upcoming battle pack Commandos 2 and 3 has also been posted on the web site.

Here's the news clip of the Commandos Battle Pack:

With victory in the porting process drawing ever closer to hand, Commandos HQ has issued its final film reel, showcasing the expertise of Thomas “Inferno” Hancock, aka the Sapper. This explosive character is sure to make a devastating impact on any amassed opposing troops, check out his singularly destructive talents by downloading the trailer.

The Commandos mini-site has also been updated, with new sections and expanded information now ready for inspection. Head on over for a sneak peek at a few of the weapons and vehicles you will utilise throughout your tour of duty, as well as some of the tactics best employed when on covert operations behind enemy lines.

For more, be sure to head over to Feral's web site.

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Custer Travels To A Galaxy Far, Far Away
9:06 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

IMG's resident desktop artist Brad Custer is back with an image inspired by Aspyr Media's upcoming title, Star Wars Battlefront. Here's a snippet of what he had to say about his latest offering:

This year's MWSF had a lot of great announcements, but when Aspyr Media released the news that Star Wars Battlefront would be ported to the Mac my inbox reflected this release. As always I'm not one to shy away from a request. I decided that my first effort should be dedicated to the great box art.
Head over to Custer's Desktops to check out his latest creation.

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Blizzard Interviewed
9:05 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story has posted the first part of an interview with two key personnel at Blizzard. Creative Director Chris Metzen and VP of Business Operations Paul Sams answer a variety of questions involving various aspects of Blizzard as a company, including its strategies and history.

The first part of the interview asks some tough questions, including how the leaving of several key individuals in the past have affected the company.

The people that are running the company, as an example... The person with the shortest amount of tenure has, I think, seven or eight years. Two of the three people that are leading the company are founders, and the other two - Chris and I - both have over ten years. So we've been with the company for a long time, the core leadership still remains, and many of the people that have helped create these worlds, and helped create the visuals associated with these worlds, are still there.
The bulk of the first part of the interview focuses on World of Warcraft, with emphasis on its development. Metzen notes, in one example, that it was a first for Blizzard to develop a game that has no development end. Sams also discusses the business end, including the staffing difficulties and task assignments.

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StarCraft Patch on the Way
9:05 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Diehard fans of StarCraft should be pleased to hear that a new patch is currently on the way. Focusing mainly on multiplayer aspects, the patch includes multiple enhancements to the interface that should make for enhanced online gaming.

Some of the upcoming features are as follows:

  • The multiplayer chat screen will now show a preview of the map you will play on.
  • The creator of a private game can now make the game public under the creator’s name in the multiplayer chat screen.
  • A Friends List will be added to the game to keep track of your friends on
  • Friend mail will be added to the game to let you email members of your Friends List.
  • A password-recovery and email-registration function will be added to allow you to recover your password via email.
  • A minimap ping will be added to the game to allow you to ping a location on the map.
  • It will now be easier to set building rally points.
  • We will include updated versions of three of the most popular ladder maps – Lost Temple, Dire Straits, and Rivalry – in order to better suit the newer style of ladder play.
A release date for the patch has yet to be announced, though Blizzard notes that it should be available in the next few weeks.

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Warcraft III Accounts Closed
9:05 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Blizzard posted to the Warcraft III Strategy Guide section of the website, saying that they had closed a number of Warcraft III accounts and banned CD keys linked to the use of hacking and cheating programs on the servers.

Here are the details of the bannings:

In keeping with our aggressive stance against cheating, we have permanently closed 12,000 Warcraft III accounts. 6,000 of the Warcraft III CD keys used with the now-closed accounts have been banned from ladder play for one month, and 1,000 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
Blizzard has been very serious in cracking down on cheaters and hackers on their servers in an attempt to keep their games as fair and fun as possible for all involved. Head over to the website for more information.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, January 20, 2005

IMG Store: 8th Wonder of the World In Stock1:20 PM
IMG Reviews Enemy Engaged: Comanche vs. Hokum10:37 AM
Battlefield 1942 Multiplayer Demo Released9:43 AM
Neverwinter Nights Sequel Q&A8:26 AM
Team 17 Talks Worms8:26 AM
World of Warcraft Player Limit?8:26 AM
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