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Friday, February 11, 2005

IMG Ships MacGames DVD Volume 4
8:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz

The fourth issue of the popular MacGames DVD has begun shipping to subscribers. MacGames DVD Volume 4 a dozen new demos including Homeworld 2, Battlefield 1942 MP, Postal 2, Monster Fair Pinball, X-Plane 8, and more. Plus over 150 new shareware games, dozens of game updates, cool new QuickTime movies and trailers. Also included are maps, mods, and add-ons for Rise of Nations and the award winning Red Orchestra (637 MB) mod for Unreal Tournament 2004. It has nearly 4.7 Gigabytes of Mac gaming goodness.

Subscriptions to the MacGames DVD start at just $49 for one year and include a free game. Subscribe for two years and get two free games. Here's a list of the games IMG is currently offering with a MacGames DVD subscription:

Dungeon Siege (new)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 (new)
Star Trek: Elite Force II (new)
Indiana Jones and the Emporer's Tomb (new)
Star Wars: Jedi Knight II (new)
Max Payne
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Baldur's Gate II

MacGames DVD Special Offer: Subscribe to the MacGames DVD today and we'll knock $10 off your subscription ($20 if you subscribe for two years). Plus we'll include a free IMG T-Shirt (specify your size in the comments field, while supplies last), and a $10 coupon towards a future purchase through the IMG Store. Please note that the $10 off (or $20 if you subscribe for two years) will be deducted when we process your order.

Please support Inside Mac Games with a subscription to the MacGames DVD. If you subscribe today, you will get the MacGames DVD Volume 4. For more information on the MacGames DVD subscription, please visit the link below.

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IMG Posts New Close Combat Movie, Screenshots
10:44 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

We continue Close Combat: First To Fight Friday this week with a new QuickTime movie plus two new screenshots courtesy of our friends at MacSoft.

In the QuickTime tutorial you'll see how much important development time the Destineer team put into one of the more overlooked modes of gameplay: co-operative. In Close Combat: First To Fight you and three other Mac and PC gamers will be able to play the game co-operatively via LAN or the Internet.

IMG: Close Combat: First To Fight Co-Operative Tutorial
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Gordon on Feeding Frenzy, UT Patch Coming
9:53 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Ryan Gordon has noted that Feeding Frenzy, under the GameHouse label, is now available for OS X. A title in which players must eat their way to the top of the food chain in a variety of underwater environments, Feeding Frenzy includes unlockable bonuses and various facts about underwater life.

Gordon has also posted an informal poll for those who use Linux:

I'm taking an informal poll; if you are a Linux user that has access to a Windows or Mac system to try the free demo, I'd be curious to know:
a) would you pay for a Linux version of this game and
b) how much would you be willing to pay

Just curious what Linux gamers think of the casual game market, if anything.

In other news, Gordon also acknowledges the upcoming patch for Unreal Tournament 2004, and notes that it will be available for all platforms.

Those interested in trying out Feeding Frenzy can download a free demo at GH's site. The registered version goes for $19.95.

GameHouse - Feeding Frenzy

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European World of Warcraft Launches
9:41 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The European portals for World of Warcraft have offically been launched. With different localized versions being released simultaneously, the WoW community has suddenly become much larger.

The European release offers different versions of World of Warcraft with fully localized games for the English, French, and German markets, as well as versions with localized Spanish and Italian boxes and manuals. All of us in North America and Korea would like to give a warm greeting to our European compatriots as they get set to embark on the shining shores of Azeroth for a lifetime of epic adventure! Welcome to the World of Warcraft!
As with the U.S. launch, some players may have had problems during the registration process. The WoW Europe site notes that, due to the heavy load on the system, the payment validation pages had to be temporarily taken down. Hopefully they'll have these up and running again soon, if they're not up already.

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MacSoft Ships Dora the Explorer Animal Adventures
9:41 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft today announced that Dora the Explorer Animal Adventures for Mac OS X has shipped from their warehouse and will be available in stores this week.

Join Dora, the bilingual heroine, and her play-along pals in exciting adventures that encourage and teach children valuable skills. Help Dora and her friends feed the animals, rescue Baby Jaguar, sing along with a familiar song, and learn Spanish! Clever and imaginative games will teach kids counting, matching, and memory concepts over three skill levels.

Suggested retail price of Dora the Explorer Animal Adventures is $19.99.


Apple Highlights MacSoft Classics
9:03 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Apple has posted a new feature on two recently-released game packs by MacSof. Atari Arcade Classics includes Atari's Centipede, Pong and Breakout- totally revamped with new graphics and challenges. Board Game Trio includes Atari's Risk II, Monopoly and Scrabble, and were created to take advantage of what your computer has to offer over the games' cardboard counterparts.

To check out Apple's feature follow the link below.

Apple: MacSoft Arcade Classics, Board Game Trio Feature
IMG Store: Board Game Trio
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iShock Driver Issues in 10.3.8
8:54 AM | Ben Edwards | Comment on this story

Apple released Mac OS X 10.3.8 yesterday. While the upgrade has gone smooth for most people, some users have reported issues with rapidly disappearing hard drive space. Apparently Macally's iShock II driver has been filing large system error logs, in some cases as large as eight gigabytes or more, while at the same time using up to 50% of available processing power. Aspyr's Brad Oliver has posted a blog article concerning the error and how to solve it on his website.

If you've got the iShock driver and are having this problem, you can find the driver in /Library/Application Support - just delete the "iShock*" files and you're good to go. Also, system.log lives in /var/log and your console.log file lives in /Library/Logs/Console/. If your log file is massive like mine was, don't try to view it in the Console app - it'll take forever - or at least longer than the minute or two I waited. ;-)
For more information, check out Apple's support discussion forums.

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Custer Enlists Another Desktop
8:54 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG's own Brad Custer has unleashed a new desktop today, this time featuring MacSoft's upcoming squad-based first-person shooter, Close Combat: First To Fight.

Here's a clip of what Brad had to say about his latest desktop:

Since IMG teamed up with MacSoft Games for First To Fight Fridays this game has been a steady request in my email. It seems like the perfect game to feature since my weekly desktop also comes out on Friday so this week I answer those requests. :) This wallpaper is based on the marine you've come accustomed to seeing with the game.
Readers interested in downloading his latest work in preparation for First To Fight's impending release can grab it at the usual place, Custer's Desktops.

Custer's Desktops
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Mac Games News for Thursday, February 10, 2005

Burning Monkey Mahjong Solitaire 2005 Goes Gold12:01 PM
IMG Previews KnightShift11:56 AM
id Software Confirms Next DOOM 3 Invasion8:17 AM
Dark Horizons: Lore Q&A8:16 AM
'Team[mac]' Gaming Clan Established8:15 AM
Aspyr Launches SW Battlefront Site8:15 AM
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