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Command & Conquer Zero Hour Goes Gold
8:12 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr this morning announced that Command & Conquer: Generals Zero Hour, the first expansion pack for the awared-winning Command & Conquer Generals, has gone gold and is nowscheduled to begin shipping to online and retail stores on Monday, February 21.

Here's more from the press release:

Even the most experienced Command & Conquer Generals veteran must learn new strategies and tactics to take full advantage of - and learn to defend against - the next generation of the world's most lethal weapons.

With new units, structures, and upgrades, as well as the all-new Generals Challenge Mode, Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour delivers all the firepower players need in the quest to become the ultimate modern warfare General. Unload on enemies with an all-new, hi-tech arsenal featuring 30 new units and 20 new upgrades from the Chinese ECM Tank to the United States Spectre Gunship. Fifteen new missions rattle veteran Generals as they set out to destroy the U.S. fleet in the Mediterranean, root out a splinter cell in Cairo and send in special operatives to capture weapons of mass destruction.

Be sure to check out IMG's sneak preview of the game by following the link below.

The IMG Store is currently taking pre-orders for the game. It is available for $29.95.

IMG Preview: Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour
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IMG Turns 12 Years Young
1:28 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

In February of 1993, Inside Mac Games was founded. IMG's began as a 1.4 MB floppy disk magazine and over the years evolved to a CD-ROM magazine and eventually into one of the most popular gaming web sites on the Net. Today IMG and its sister site, Macgamefiles.com, welcome over 40,000 visitors every single day (over 5 million pages a month).

IMG's Publisher Tuncer Deniz had this to say about IMG's birthday: "I wake up everyday and just can't wait to get to work. It's been an honor and a pleasure serving the Macintosh gaming crowd for all these years. I would personally like to thank everyone, including all the IMG writers and editors, who make IMG such a pleasure to work on day in and day out. Hats off to you."

Here's to the next 12 years! Cheers!

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Fansite WideloadGames.org Covers Stubbs
10:15 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Cross-platform game publishers Aspyr Media, and Wideload Games, the development team comprised of Alexander Seropian and former Bungie Studio employees, revealed Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel without a Pulse last October. Since then they have been working hard to bring the game to store shelves by the summer.

Stubbs the Zombie brings humor to a genre of game that usually involves scaring the player. You take the role of an undead Edward "Stubbs" Stubblefield in a late 1950's world.

From the official story page:

Stubbs doesn’t know who killed him or why he’s returned. All he knows is that this strange city of towering buildings, bright lights, and incredible machines wasn’t here before...and that eating somebody’s brains would make him feel better.
Since before Stubbs was announced the fansite WideloadGames.org has been reporting on Wideload Games' announcements and press releases. This .org offshoot hopes to build a community around Wideload Games, with Stubbs the Zombie and any future games that Wideload inevitably releases.

Of special note to IMG readers, WideloadGames.org recieved a new member to help keep the masses back; The Battle Cat. The IMG Forum moderator Gary Simmons will be helping out with news reports at the fansite in the future.

To read more about Stubbs the Zombie and Wideload Games, head over to the link below.

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Bubblomania Updated to v1.0.2
9:30 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Shareware developers SwordLord have released an update to their arcade game Bubblomania X. The update brings the version to 1.0.2, and includes the following updates:

[The update] fixes a bug which could crash the application when clicking the Buy Now button. The game also remembers the last entered name for the topscores now.
Bubblomania is a fast paced arcade game where you have to pop bubbles floating up the screen by moving a pin at the top. When popped, some bubble leave behind power-ups, such as lasers and bombs, or bonus points. Magic bubbles alter the gameplay when popped.

Bubblomania sports the following features:

Colorful and flashy background graphics, and 6 sets of bubbles.
Several difficulty settings, including 'Always Shaking', 'Difficult Game' and 'Fast As Lightning', which can even be combined!
The 'Extreme Action Mode', for when you just want to go wild and throw your ammo at those poor fragile bubbles!
Great soundtrack, featuring Aura - the source of trance, Chris J. Emanuel, Moonspider and nic.
A 30 day demo can be downloaded from Macgamefiles.com, and the full version ca be purchased for $15.

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Vega Strike Updated to 0.4.3
9:22 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Vega Strike has recently been updated to version 0.4.3. The update brings with it a number of bug fixes and gallery additions. Notable updates for Mac users include compatibility with more recent versions of OS X.

A partial list of changes is as follows:

• Added SPEC (Spacial Expansion/Compression Drive) for beautiful, graceful flight through the stars
• Added many new pieces of artwork and base art for indepth universe simulation
• Added the seeds of a vast storyline that will introduce the player to the universe after he talks to Jenek
• Added many new engine improvements
Vega Strike is a 3D space game that challenges players to make a living in the vast universe, whether it be through bounty hunting or trading. Fan mods allows players to model their own ships. Those interested in trying it out can download a copy from Macgamefiles.com. The title is sized at around 215 MB.

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Shadowbane Development Updates
9:16 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Ubisoft has updated the development section of the Shadowbane website, dedicated to Wolfpack Studios' MMORPG. They've split the section up into three different categories:

(1) In-Testing which denotes what is currently being evaluated on the Test Server, (2) In-Development which lays out what is currently being worked on by the Shadowbane Team, and (3) In-Concept which gives some information on possible future updates.
One of the items at the top of the "In-Development" section is Character Stat Refinement.
Allowing players to modify their attributes has been one of the most requested features from the community since the game's launch. The main goal behind Character Stat Refinement is to prevent players from having to restart their characters due to real or perceived mistakes in allocating Stat Points. The existing Refiner hireling will gain this ability.
Check out the new development section to see what's in store for Shadowbane players in the future.

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Apple Posts DOOM 3 Trailer
8:40 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Our friends at Apple have posted a QuickTime trailer of id Software's DOOM 3. The trailer shows off some of the gameplay aspects of the upcoming first-person shooter and gives you a glimpse of the beginning of the game. To check it out, follow the link below.

Due in March, DOOM 3 is currently available for pre-order from the IMG Store for $49.95.

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New Nexuiz Screenshots Posted
8:27 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The Nexuiz team has posted 14 new screenshots of this cross-platform freeware multiplayer shooter on their website. IMG first reported on the game last fall, which is based on the original open-sourced Quake engine.

The development team has been hard at work making some impressive modifications to the engine, including a new "bloom" effect now showcased in the screenshots. For more information on this Nexuiz, head over to their site now, and stay tuned to IMG for any information on a public release of the title.

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IMG News: Nexuiz Promises Cross-platform Action for Free


Mac Games News for Friday, February 11, 2005

IMG Posts New Close Combat Movie, Screenshots10:44 AM
Gordon on Feeding Frenzy, UT Patch Coming9:53 AM
European World of Warcraft Launches9:41 AM
MacSoft Ships Dora the Explorer Animal Adventures9:41 AM
Apple Highlights MacSoft Classics9:03 AM
Custer Enlists Another Desktop8:54 AM
IMG Ships MacGames DVD Volume 48:54 AM
iShock Driver Issues in 10.3.88:54 AM
 
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