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CSI: Dark Motives Coming To Mac
10:40 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media today announced it will be publishing the Mac version of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Dark Motives. Set for release in Summer 2005, Dark Motives features the entire cast of CSI plus a new, improved crime lab to track down the truth in five complex new crimes.

The game is being licensed to Aspyr by Ubisoft and will be developed for the Mac by Critical Path Software. The title will be available for $29.95 when released.

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Macgamestore.com Lowers Pre-Order Price on Commandos Pack
11:03 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

The recently launched Inside Mac Games sister site, Macgamestore.com has lowered its pre-order price of Feral's upcoming strategy game pack, Commandos Battle Pack, from $49.95 to $39.95. The title is expected to be released sometime in May.

All previous pre-order will be charged the new price of $39.95 once the game becomes available. Haven't pre-ordered your copy yet? Follow the link below to pre-order it today.

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Classic Doom 3 Promo Video Released
9:47 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

The Mod developer Flaming Sheep Productions has released a promotional video for their main effort, Classic Doom 3. The video features the many ways they have modified Doom 3 to match the original Doom in maps, weapons, and enemies.

The movie comes in high and low resolution, and can be found through the links section.

Classic Doom Homepage
id Software
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Steve Jobs To Kick Off WWDC 2005
9:47 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Apple today announced that CEO Steve Jobs will be kicking off its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC 2005) with a special keynote on Monday, June 6th, 2005, starting at 10:00 AM at San Francisco's Moscone West.

WWDC 2005, which runs from June 6-10, will host more than 140 technical sessions with new content designed to serve a wide range of Mac developers, including tracks for making the most of Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger," hands-on labs with the latest Mac systems and an opportunity to work developer-to-developer with the Apple engineers who created Tiger.

Apple recently extended the early registration period and is offering some great discounts on Tiger Early Start Kits and WWDC 2005 registrations that will be coming to an end soon. Until May 6h, you can register for a WWDC 2005 E-ticket and save $300 off the regular price.

For more on WWDC 2005, follow the link below to the official web site.

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Classic Domination for UT2004 Updated
8:19 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Macologist has noted a recent update to the Classic Domination mod for Unreal Tournament 2004. Bumped up to version 2.0.9, the mod allows UT2004 players to experience Domination as it was played in the original UT, complete with classic maps and unlimited use of the translocator.

The new version adds the Condemned map as well as support for Double Domination maps and a few other additions:

This upgrade of Classic Domination includes new support for Double Domination maps, by default list Classic Domination internet servers in the Double Domination servers list. Fixed the bugs and yeilds better performance then the prior version of Classic Domination. The BotAI has had a major overhaul.
Those interested in the mod can download it directly from its official site. The file is in zip format and is sized at 138MB. Macologist notes that they may provide a Mac installer sometime in the future.

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Uplink Updated to 1.3.4
8:19 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Ambrosia has recently released an update for its cyber-hacking title Uplink. Now at version 1.3.4, the latest patch addresses a few bugs and crash issues.

-- Fixed crashing bug in IRC interface due to incompatible libraries.
-- Fixed formatting bugs in IRC display.
-- Updated to the latest Ambrosia libraries.
Both the update, sized at 1.9MB, and the full updated version, at 21MB, are available for download from MacGameFiles. More information on Uplink itself can be found at Ambrosia's site.

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OS X Tiger Boosts Game Performance?
8:19 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Recent purchasers of Mac OS X 10.4 may have some unexpected good news awaiting them. BareFeats has compared perfomance of OS X 10.4 "Tiger" and OS X 10.3 "Panther," and the conclusion is that Tiger is faster for programs using system math functions.

In particular, Doom 3 had a large speed boost, gaining a frames-per-second boost of over 10%. Halo was also tested, and gained a more conservative performance upgrade. You can reach the full article from the link below for more information.

SHOOTOUT: Panther versus Tiger
id Software
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Tom Chilton Explains WoW Honor System
8:19 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

The World of Warcraft team has released an interview with one of their designers, Tom Chilton. The interview covers the intentions behind the Honor System and answers to a few of the most common questions on the WoW forums.

Why was it decided to not include penalties for higher level players that gank players of a lower level?

Ensuring that penalties for this kind of behavior are warranted complicate the system tremendously. Some examples...

What happens if a high level player is attacked by a low-level player? Do we have to start tracking who "started" the fight? How does the player see that in their interface? More target colors? More UI flags?

What happens if a high level player is healing a low level player that kills another low level player? Does that warrant dishonor? What happens if the high level player didn't even realize that lower level player was engaged with another low level player (i.e. the enemy player had run around a corner and all the high level player saw was an injured low-level teammate, so he heals)?

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg, and the number of gray areas leading to players seeing "Dishonorable Kill!" messages without even understanding why it happened can easily get to the point where the system does more harm than good. Players are far more sensitive to being punished when they don't feel they should have been punished compared to being rewarded when they perhaps shouldn't have been rewarded.

As such, we didn't feel as though the dishonor aspect of the design was up to snuff yet. So, since we're pretty certain that simply rewarding players for fighting other players of a reasonable level will reduce the amount of "lowbie killing" by some amount, it seems prudent for us to see just how necessary dishonor is after the honor system is implemented, and make decisions from there as to how to how dishonor needs to work.

To read the full interview, just head on over to the links section.

Honor System Interview
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Torque Game 10.4 Dashboard Widget
8:19 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

In a creative integration with OS X 10.4's new Dashboard feature, GarageGames has posted information on a new Torque game status widget available now for download. The widget displays currently available multiplayer games of Orbz, ThinkTanks and Dark Horizons: Lore - Invasion.

Creators Dave Wyand and Alex Swanson used Wynad's existing server status site as the basis for the widget, which is available now from Apple's own Dashboard site. If you managed to pick up 10.4 over the weekend, head over and download it now.

Torque Game Status Monitor Widget on Apple OS X
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Mac Games News for Friday, April 29, 2005

Aspyr Posts New The Sims 2 Developer Journal2:51 PM
Aspyr Releases Battlefield 1942 Map Pack2:17 PM
IMG Posts Inside Macintosh Shareware - April 200512:58 PM
Custer Tames Tiger8:00 AM
Mac Patch for Darwinia Coming Soon8:00 AM
Two WoW Servers Released8:00 AM
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