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New UT 2004 Patch in the Works
8:14 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

A new patch for Unreal Tournament 2004 is currently undergoing beta-testing. Set at version 3353, the latest patch includes a number of changes that affect various aspects, such as bugs, networking fixes, engine enchancements, and menus.

The current list of changes is as follows:

General Gameplay:

- Fixed stuttering/snagging/sinking into static meshes in some places on clients in net games
- Improved getting out of water
- Fixed FaceClassic teleporter exploit
- The Cicada hud indicators should now show up in all game modes.
- Fixed SPMA causing damage at world origin.

Networking:
- Server performance improvements
- Cheating detection improvements, with shorter time for master server band detection
- Integration of UTAN bans with UT2004 master server. Admins can opt out by adding bIgnoreUTANBans=true to [IpDrv.MasterServerUplink]
- Fixed potential garbage collection crash when changing levels during network games
- Improved caching of server data for when you can't connect to the master server.
- UTV updated (netspeed fix).
- Better Client->Server->MS Error Messages

Engine:
- Improved level loading speed, especially on network clients
- Fixed calling SetBase(NULL) on all attached actors when an actor is destroyed

Editor:
- Fix for importing static meshes

Menus:
- Model select page now properly selects the current char when you open it.
- Updated Korean localization

An official release date for this patch has yet to be announced.

Beyond Undreal - Beta Patch 3353 in Testing
Digital Extremes
MacSoft
Epic Games
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IMG Store: Pre-Order Command & Conquer: Generals: Zero Hour
12:01 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has begun taking pre-orders for Command & Conquer: Generals: Zero Hour, the upcoming expansion pack for the popular real-time strategy game.

The first expansion pack for the critically acclaimed Command & Conquer Generals challenges players to square off against the worldís most elite commanders for battlefield domination. Even the most experienced C&C Generals veteran must learn new strategies and tactics to take full advantage of -- and learn to defend against -- the next generation of the worldís most lethal weapons.

Command & Conquer: Generals: Zero Hour is available for pre-order for $29.95 and is scheduled to ship in late February.

Aspyr Media
Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour
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IMG Reviews Tournament Poker
11:43 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Tournament Poker: No Limits Texas Hold'em. Here's a clip from the review written by Mark Sabbatini:

Itís a near certainty poker experts will recommend this program to novices wanting to learn the game. Just remember the advice comes from the competition. As the saying goes, if you donít know who the fish is at the table, itís you.

Not that D.D. Tournament Poker by Donahoe Digital is bad. Itís a competent Texas Hold íEm simulator in a small Mac field and enjoyable enough to justify its $25 price, although competing programs are a better bet for many. What pros relish is newbies rushing out to buy poker software, especially consumer titles like this, hoping to become a winner at the tables. Itís as close to guaranteed money as veterans get.

To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: D.D. Tournament Poker
Donohoe Digital
D.D. Tournament Poker
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Airburst Extreme Music Now On CD
9:36 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Abdoujaparov, the band that wrote and performed the track Pop Pop Pop on Airburst Extreme, have released a new EP which includes a new mix of Pop Pop Pop as one of the tracks.

To check out previews of the new mix of Pop Pop Pop and other great Abdoujaparov songs, head over to their official site.

Due to a minor glitch on the original version of Airburst Extreme, Pop Pop Pop ended up playing nearly all the time in the game, so most Airburst Extreme players will probably still have the original version of the song popping around in their heads. The update to Airburst Extreme that helps restore your sanity can be downloaded from the Strange Flavour website

Abdoujaparov
Freeverse
Strange Flavour
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OS X Skyfighters 1945 Updated
8:15 AM | Ben Edwards | Comment on this story

Donsgames has released an update for their popular flight sim OS X Skyfighters 1945. Skyfighters is an OS X native World War II flight sim with free online play and an included map and mission editor. Here's a snippet detailing some of the capabilities of OS X Skyfighters:

This new incarnation of SF1945 is designed around a Mission Builder, allowing you to design and create your own missions. Starting with a toolkit of worlds, objects, and aircraft, you can easily set the world to use, add objects like buildings, ground vehicles, targets, set where each aircraft begins the mission, and finally set up the victory conditions for your mission.
To download OS X Skyfighters, please head over to Macgamefiles.com. To register a copy, check out Donsgames' website.

Donsgames Skyfighters Site
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Torque Engine Adds Flash Support
8:14 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Looking to shake things up a bit on the ever-growing Torque engine, a new GUI component that embeds a Flash player has been added to the platform. Based on GameSWF, the component includes support for most Flash 6 and a few Flah 7 features, and will allow users to apply these to menus, GUIs, and in-game movies.

Thomas "Man of Ice" Lund and Brian Richardson have been working hard on getting Flash working within Torque. The new Flash GUI component has support for animations, text and most flash 6 things as well as some features in flash 7. Game developers will now be able to use Flash to spice up menus, add extra eye candy to GUIs and create interesting intros and cut-scenes.
A resource allowing users to add this component has been put up at the Resources page at the GarageGames site. Those who wish to see a demo can also download a sample movie.

GarageGames - Torque GUI Flashes World
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Mac Games News for Monday, February 7, 2005

Battlefield 1942 Star Wars Mod Updated12:57 PM
Apple Posts Command & Conquer General: Zero Hour Trailer7:39 AM
Apple Goes Bionicle7:34 AM
Blizzard Releases New Warcraft III Bonus Map7:34 AM
NeverEdit NWN Utilily Updated7:34 AM
 
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