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Apple Upgrades PowerMac G5 Line
8:13 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Just when you think that computers can't get faster, they get faster. Apple has released a new line of G5s that boast speeds of up to 2.7 GHz. The computers have been released with Tiger, the latest upgrade to Mac OS X.

The lineup starts off with a 1.8GHz G5 tower available at the $1499 price point. From there, each of the towers features dual processor G5's with either the 128MB Radeon 9600 or the 256MB Radeon 9650:

The Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

  • Dual 2.0 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5;
  • 512MB 400 MHz DDR SDRAM (4GB maximum);
  • 160GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard drive;
  • AGP 8X Pro graphics slot;
  • ATI Radeon 9600 with 128MB DDR SDRAM;
  • 3 PCI slots (64-bit 33MHz); and
  • 16X SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±R/CD-RW).

    The Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

  • Dual 2.3 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5;
  • 512MB 400 MHz DDR SDRAM (8GB maximum);
  • 250GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard drive;
  • AGP 8X Pro graphics slot;
  • ATI Radeon 9600 with 128MB DDR SDRAM;
  • 3 PCI-X slots (one 64-bit 133 MHz, two 64-bit 100 MHz); and
  • 16X SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±R/CD-RW).

    The Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of $2,999 (US), includes:

  • Dual 2.7 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5;
  • 512MB 400 MHz DDR SDRAM (8GB maximum);
  • 250GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard drive;
  • AGP 8X Pro graphics slot;
  • ATI Radeon 9650 with 256MB DDR SDRAM and support for one 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display;
  • 3 PCI-X slots (one 64-bit 133 MHz, two 64-bit 100 MHz); and
  • 16X SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±R/CD-RW).
  • Consumers also have the option to purchase it with a newly priced set of flat panel displays. To read the details and perhaps purchase one of these new super-systems, visit the links section.

    PowerMac G5 Info
    Apple



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    GraphSim Announces Falcon 4 Allied Force
    11:10 AM | Tim Morgan | Comment on this story

    Falcon 4, the flight sim that just plain refuses to quit, is adding new chapters to its long and tumultuous history. A group of developers under the name Lead Pursuit have begun developing a sequel, to be published by Graphic Simulations.

    The good news is that the new version will incorporate the work that has been done (either legitimately or otherwise) on Falcon 4 ever since the source code was leaked, as well as new features not yet seen in any of the various Falcon 4 modifications. GraphSim boasts better graphics, better AI, better ATC, and other improvements over the original Falcon 4.

    The bad news is no Mac version has yet been announced. Westlake Interactive traditionally held the rights to produce a Mac version, but this contract has since expired. It is unusual that Atari, who in the past has been highly protective and stagnant about the rights to the Falcon 4 code (for PC), was willing to sign development and distribution rights over to other companies, and whether or not a Mac version is a possibility in this arrangement remains to be seen. It is likely that, if it were to happen, GraphSim would have to port the game to Mac all over again, without being allowed access to Westlake's work.

    If you hadn't guessed by now, Falcon 4's history on both the Mac and the PC has been long dramatic. With flashy beginnings at Microprose and a problematic but lovable port by Westlake, Falcon 4's future seemed secured. THe source code's acquisition by Atari ended active Falcon 4 development for the PC and the contract for Mac development lapsed, preventing Westlake from doing any more work. A leak of the PC code allowed development of the PC game to continue under the radar, until Atari put a halt to the underground, with the exception of a few programmers who were allowed to continue modifying the source code.

    Falcon 4 is the current benchmark of realistic combat flight simulation, putting the player at the controls of an F-16 Fighting Falcon in a fictional war in Korea. By offering unprecedented realism, battlefield immersion, and seemingly endless replayability, Falcon 4 has become a favorite of many Mac and PC combat flight simulation afficiandos.

    Falcon 4 Allied Force
    Lead Pursuit
    Atari



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    The Making of Black & White 2
    8:13 AM | Jesse Brauning | Comment on this story

    Black & White 2, Peter Molyneux's god game sequel, still has no release date. Nevertheless, those interested in this game would do well to head by the Lionhead webpage and check out an article about the making of the game. It's chock full of insight into what the game will be like, direct from those who are making it. Possibly the most intriguing words came from Adam Langridge, the lead programmer. He said this about miracles in the game:

    For the miracles we decided to go for the elements and offer players two different ways to use each of them, something they never saw in any other game before. Controlling fire for example works much better then yet another fireball. All six miracles can be used in two different ways; your hand can throw it (which is aggressive) or draw (which is defensive). In our example the element fire when thrown becomes a fireball, but when drawn with, becomes a wall of fire which is especially of use when defending against invading forces. The miracles can also respond to one another. So for example, when you draw with the element water, opposing forces will get stuck in the mud. Now throw with the element lighting and they’ll get fried to death in no time! There are no ‘resource spells’ (wood, food and ore), so no micromanagement anymore, Black&White 2 focuses on what’s fun and cool! And on top of those miracles, there’s also the Epic Miracles.
    Miracles were always an exciting part of the original Black & White. If the sequel delivers like the developers are saying, there will be a lot of happy gamers out there.

    Unfortunately, Lionhead has no plans for making a Mac version. Luckily for us, Feral Interactive ported the original game, and with all luck they might have the chance to bring us the sequel as well. Visit both Lionhead and Feral Interactive with the links below, and keep checking back here for any definite plans.

    Feral Interactive
    Lionhead Studios
    Black & White II
    The Making of B&W 2



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    WoW Makes it Big on Yahoo! Buzz Index
    8:13 AM | Jesse Brauning | Comment on this story

    Apparently, alot of people have been searching for Blizzard's World of Warcraft on Yahoo! lately. Enough, at least, so that the people at Yahoo! took interest, and wrote about it. Here's the scoop:

    World of Warcraft
    To laymen (like us), World of Warcraft looks like just another geeked-out computer game. But as anyone who follows the Buzz knows, its popularity in the Search box is nothing to scoff at. This massively multiplayer online role playing game (or "MMORPG") has been a Buzz mainstay for months -- and not just among those who believe ogres walk among us.
    What exactly are they insinuating about us who play WoW anyway? Anyway, check the whole article below.

    World of Warcraft
    Blizzard Entertainment
    Yahoo! Buzz Log - WoW
    Buy World of Warcraft



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    Savage Demo Patched
    8:13 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

    Savage - The Battle for Newerth, has been patched. The changes are "fixes for 10.2.8 and some general bug fixes."

    Savage is a new RTS multiplayer game where you either give orders, or take them in a large landscape full of possibilities. Mine for your commander, assault and control your enemy's mine, protect the base, scout out the enemy's base for an assault, there's always some form of battle going on.

    If you've been having trouble getting the demo working, just head on over to our sister site and download yourself the patched version.

    Virtual Programming
    S2Games
    Savage: The Battle for Newerth
    Savage Demo


    Mac Games News for Tuesday, April 26, 2005

    IMG Store: Buy Three Games, Get Jedi Knight II For Free12:55 PM
    IMG Reviews Bionicle12:52 PM
    Ubisoft Gives 15 Days to Past Shadowbane Subscribers12:47 PM
    Aspyr To Release Four New Battlefield 1942 Maps11:04 AM
    Aspyr Drops Prices On Games9:50 AM
    NVIDIA Sponsors World of Warcraft Contest9:50 AM
    Quake 2 Mod on Doom 39:50 AM
     
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