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Apple Unveils Faster iMac G5
7:01 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Apple today unveiled a new line of iMac G5s with faster G5 processors, built-in Airport Extreme and Bluetooth, and Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Gamers will be especially pleased with the addition of faster graphics, , built-in Gigabit Ethernet for faster networking, and 512MB of memory across the line.

The new iMacs now feature an ATI Radeon 9600 graphics processor with 128MB of video ram, up from 64MB. Every new iMac G5 comes with iLife ‘05, Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications.

The new iMac G5, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), includes:

• 17-inch widescreen LCD with 1440-by-900 pixels;
• 1.8 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor;
• 512MB of 400 MHz DDR SDRAM;
• 24X Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive;
• ATI Radeon 9600 graphics processor with 128MB video memory;
• Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR;
• 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet networking, 56K V.92 Modem;
• 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
• Two FireWire 400, three USB 2.0, two USB 1.1 ports; and
• Built-in stereo speakers and microphone.
The new iMac G5, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:
• 17-inch widescreen LCD with 1440-by-900 pixels;
• 2.0 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor;
• 512MB of 400 MHz DDR SDRAM;
• 8X SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
• ATI Radeon 9600 graphics processor with 128MB video memory;
• Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR;
• 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet networking, 56K V.92 Modem;
• 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
• Two FireWire 400, three USB 2.0, two USB 1.1 ports; and
• Built-in stereo speakers and microphone.
The new iMac G5, for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), includes:
• 20-inch widescreen LCD with 1680-by-1050 pixels;
• 2.0 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor;
• 512MB of 400 MHz DDR SDRAM;
• 8X SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
• ATI Radeon 9600 graphics processor with 128MB video memory;
• Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR;
• 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet networking, 56K V.92 Modem;
• 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
• Two FireWire 400, three USB 2.0, two USB 1.1 ports; and
• Built-in stereo speakers and microphone.
The new iMac G5 is currently available for order through the Apple Store web site. Current shipping time estimates is 1 to 3 business days.

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IMG Reviews Atari Arcade Classics
11:11 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

If you're a fan of arcade classics such as Pong, Breakout, and Centipede, you'll want to check out IMG's review of Atari Arcade Classics, a compilation of these games that work under Mac OS X. To check out the review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Atari Arcade Classics
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New WC3 Map: Shrine of the Ancients
10:42 AM | Jesse Brauning | Comment on this story

Continuing their recent trend, Blizzard has released another bonus map for Warcraft III. With it comes another compelling description:

There once existed a shrine to the ancient gods of yore, but all that remains is a ruin of rubble, sand, and ore. Though legends persist of creatures from the sea, that have surfaced to guard the treasures of an era long before.
Follow the link below to download this new map.

Warcraft III Bonus Maps
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MacGames DVD Adds 8 New Games To 'Free' Offer!
10:42 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

From time to time we update the "free game" offer that comes with every subscription to the MacGames DVD. Today we've updated the free game offer with the addition of eight new games to the line-up:

• Age of Mythology (new)
• James Bond 007: NightFire (new)
• MTX: Mototrax (new)
• Space Colony (new)
• SpyHunter (new)
• The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (new)
• Tom Clancy's Raven Shield (new)
• Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (new)
• Dungeon Siege
• Star Trek: Elite Force II
• Star Wars: Jedi Knight II

The MacGames DVD is a subscription service featuring the best in Macintosh game demos, shareware, updates, add-ons, trailers, cheaters and much more. Get 8 issues per year (delivered about every 6-8 weeks) and save big bucks! For a limited time, when you subscribe to MacGames CD, you can get a full version of one of eight games; all you pay is the shipping ($5 USA, $10 Canada, $15 International). Each subscription or renewal also entitles you to a store-wide discount of 10% off any products through Macgamestore.com.

For more information, be sure to visit Macgamestore.com.

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Apple Unveils Faster eMacs
10:11 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Alongside the announcement of a new iMac G5, Apple unveiled a new eMac today. This update dispels fears that the eMac was due for discontinuation in face of competition from the Mac mini. Gamers will be pleased to note that the new eMac includes a Radeon 9600 with 64MB of VRAM, a substantial step-up from the Radeon 9200 in the previous model. This compares with the 128MB VRAM variety of the Radeon 9600 in the new iMac G5 and a 32MB VRAM Radeon 9200 in the Mac mini. The new eMac range comes in at $799 for a Combo drive model and $999 for a Superdrive model.

Full specifications are listed below:

Combo Drive eMac Suggested retail price, $799 (US)

• 17-inch flat CRT display
• 1.42GHz PowerPC G4
• 256MB DDR333 SDRAM
• 80GB Ultra ATA drive
• Combo drive
• ATI Radeon 9600
• 64MB video memory
• 56k internal modem

Superdrive eMac Suggested retail price, $999 (US)

• 17-inch flat CRT display
• 1.42GHz PowerPC G4
• 512MB DDR333 SDRAM
• 160GB Ultra ATA drive
• 8x SuperDrive (double-layer)
• ATI Radeon 9600
• 64MB video memory
• 56k internal modem

Discounts for students and teachers on the education store make these Macs even better value for money.

Follow the links below for more information.

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Brad Oliver on Xcode vs. CodeWarrior
10:10 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

A recent entry in Brad Oliver's blog "The Brad Hole" takes a look at comparing Xcode and CodeWarrior. More specifically, the comparison takes into account that Xcode features distributed compiling that takes advantage of multiple CPUs and computers, while the venerable CodeWarrior does not.

Used in the comparison are both the debug and release versions of Knights of the Old Republic, and a spread of figures are generated using a variety of Macs, from G5s to an iBook G3. The end result:

Bottom-line, Xcode's distributed compiling option can beat CodeWarrior in release builds if you have a decent dual-CPU Mac sitting around to throw at things. Although I didn't do tests with the distributed compiler and the debug builds in Xcode, if the times hold fairly closely to the optimized builds, then you'll have to add more CPUs than I had available to approach CodeWarrior's performance. Most of our development turn-around is with the debug builds, and right now, CodeWarrior retains the edge.
As far as actual game performance goes, Oliver notes that it's a dead heat, with a rough 1-2 fps advantage for CodeWarrior. He also expects to test again using gcc 4.0/XCode 2.0, which accompany the recently released Tiger, but doesn't expect compile times to significantly improve.

The Brad Hole - Distributed compiling in Xcode 1.5


Freeverse Adds Solitaire Mods to BMS 05
10:09 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Freeverse has added some new games to the current iteration in its solitaire series, Burning Monkey Solitaire 2005. Now sitting at version 3.1.1, the update includes new Spider and Tri-Towers gametypes, bringing the total number available to 32.

With online statistics, - (congrats to RuthW who is currently ranked #1 in Klondike with 45,542 games played) - a casino scoring option, unlimited undo's, dozens of decks and backgrounds, and the world's most extensive cheating mode for the morally bankrupt, Burning Monkey Solitaire is everything you're looking for in a solitaire collection... Well, everything plus apes.
The free update is available for registered users of BMS05. Those interested in trying the actual app out can download a free demo directly from Freeverse.

Freeverse - Burning Monkey Solitaire Re-Ignited!
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DanLab Releases Jammin' Racer
8:49 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

DanLabGames has released a new shareware game entitled Jammin' Racer is a fast-paced arcade racing game with an interesting twist. If you want realism, this isn't the game for you. On the other hand, if you don't mind having a car with jet engines, be sure to check it out.

The $25 Shareware game offers:

• Cool 32-bit animated graphics.
• Full version with 6 cups, each in a different terrain.
• A total of 24 challenging tracks.
• State-of-the-art OpenGL hardware accelerated full-blown 3D engine.
• Performance enhancing bonuses.
• Extremely addictive action.
• Original soundtrack.
• Gamepad and steering wheel support.
• Force-feedback support (rumble).
• Single-player and 2-player racing and training modes.
To try it out, visit the links section below.

MGF: Jammin' Racer 1.0


Tim Willits Talks Quake IV
7:01 AM | Drew Pauley | Comment on this story

In the three and a half years since Quake IV was announced at QuakeCon 2001, few details have emerged about this highly anticipated sequel to 1997's Quake II. id Software is developing the storyline-focused FPS with Raven Software, using a tweaked version of id’s own Doom III engine.

Recently the folks at IGN caught up with Tim Willits, Lead Designer at id Software, while he was supervising performances at a voiceover session for Quake IV in Los Angeles. One of the interesting topics covered in the interview concerns the shift in focus from the somewhat claustrophobic solo gameplay of the previous Quake and Doom games to more of a wide-ranging team-based experience:

Doom 3 was much more of a solitary experience where you were alone, whereas Quake 4 is much more of a war experience with buddies and additional forces around you. There are a number of outdoor environments, plenty of vehicles to fight in and around, and a definite mix of levels between indoor and outdoor levels. For instance, you may have to go inside a structure to perform a task, then return outside to be retrieved. Thanks to Raven's level design, there are a number of indoor levels that are so detailed they make Doom 3's graphics look plain.
While a Mac version of Quake IV has yet to be announced, the popularity of the previous games in the franchise, as well as Aspyr’s recent release of Doom III, make the chances of seeing this highly anticipated sequel on your favorite platform a fairly good bet.

To read the rest of the interview, follow the link below.

IGN Quake IV Feature
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HellGate To Use Havok...Wither Mac Version?
7:01 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

About a month ago IMG brought you news of Flagship Studios' Hellgate: London, an RPG that is being created by former Blizzard North employees such as Bill Roper. A PC Gamer article a month ago made mention that the game will "most-likely be available on both PC/Mac computers."

The company's own FAQ states:

Will your game be available for the Macintosh?

We are currently focusing all of our energies on creating a great game for the PC and have not yet discussed our long-range plans for support on the Macintosh. We do come from a tradition of supporting the Mac with our games, and we will certainly be keeping such a great, passionate base of gamers in our thoughts as the game progresses.

Today, however, we learned through an IGN preview of the game that Flagship has licensed the one piece of software that will make this game virtually impossible to port to the Mac: the dreaded Havok physics engine that is used in games like Half-Life 2 and Halo 2. This fact alone may kill any chance of this game ever reaching Mac users.

IMG fired off an email to Flagship's Bill Roper, who had this to say:

We are aware of the current lack of Havok support for the Mac, and obviously if we decide to move forward with a Macintosh version of the game, this will be an issue we will need to address.
We'll be sure to keep you posted on any further developments.



Mac Games News for Monday, May 2, 2005

Macgamestore.com Lowers Pre-Order Price on Commandos Pack11:03 AM
CSI: Dark Motives Coming To Mac10:40 AM
Classic Doom 3 Promo Video Released9:47 AM
Steve Jobs To Kick Off WWDC 20059:47 AM
Classic Domination for UT2004 Updated8:19 AM
OS X Tiger Boosts Game Performance?8:19 AM
Tom Chilton Explains WoW Honor System8:19 AM
Torque Game 10.4 Dashboard Widget8:19 AM
Uplink Updated to 1.3.48:19 AM
 
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