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World of Warcraft 1.4.2 Patch Released
8:53 AM | Jesse Brauning | Comment on this story

Over the weekend, Blizzard released a new World of Warcraft patch that fixes a crashing bug that was introduced with version 1.4.1. According to the notes on the World of Warcraft site, the new 1.4.2 patch will result in no downtime to apply the patch.

new, minor patch has been released to address a crash issue in 1.4.1. There will be no downtime to apply this patch, and players can begin playing as soon as their version of World of Warcraft has been updated. We greatly appreciate your patience during the time it took to get this patch to you. Thank you for bearing with us!
To apply this new patch to your copy of World of Warcraft, simply run the game and follow the instructions to apply the patch.

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IMG Announces Special Ad Pricing For Shareware Authors
11:45 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has announced a new sponsorship program dedicated to Mac shareware authors and companies. More than just "advertising", the sponsorship gives companies the flexibility they need to effectively market their product, services, and brand name. In addition to mainstream advertising, we work closely with our sponsors to provide them with hosting services, a broad range of advertising campaigns, and extensive support, all for a nominal flat fee.

Here are just some of the benefits of sponsoring Inside Mac Games:

Top Billing: Run ad campaings with no impression limits.
Flexibility: Run text ads, 728 x 90, 125 x 200, or 300 x 250 ads, depending on your budget.
Hosting: Host your software on our servers.
Relationship: Over the years we've built strong relationships with our sponsors.
Sponsor Listing: For long term contracts, your company would be listed as an official sponsor on ever page on IMG.
Extensive Statistics: Monitor your impressions and clickthrough data through a special login on our web site or have your stats sent via email.
Flat Fee: We keep it simple. A flat fee. No impression limits. You give, we serve, period.

IMG has a few sponsorship slots now available, so if you're interested in a sponsorship, please contact Tuncer Deniz for more information.

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Solitaire Till Dawn X 1.4.1 Released
11:43 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Semicolon Software today announced the release of version 1.4.1 of Solitaire Till Dawn X for Mac OS X. The latest version of this solitaire game introduces five new games and Mac OS 10.4 Tiger compatibility. Version 1.4.1 is a free upgrade from any earlier version of Solitaire Till Dawn X. All users are encouraged to upgrade to 1.4.1

Solitaire Till Dawn X is a collection of 90 different solitaire games. Like its popular predecessor for Classic Mac OS, Solitaire Till Dawn X combines attractive graphics, a smooth and simple user interface, and powerful features.

For more information on Solitaire Till Dawn X, follow the link below to the Semicolon web site.

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NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005 Goes Gold, Demo Released
10:51 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Sports Interactive has announced that NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005 has gone gold and is expected to ship in Europe on May 27th. A Mac demo of the game has been released and can be downloaded from Macgamefiles.com.

Here's a bit more information on the game:

Enter the world of professional Ice Hockey...Sports Interactive style. Selecting from over 20 leagues from all over the globe, including the vaunted NHL", you'll strive to become the greatest hockey manager of all time. Build a dynasty for the future as you scout, draft and sign up new talent. You'll also need to enter negotiations to trade players and strengthen your squad. Once you've assembled a winning combination it's time to select tactics and lead your team to victory!

A wealth of choice, with over 20 playable leagues from all over the world
A comprehensive database of over 3,000 real teams offering incredible depth and choice
In excess of 32,000 players and members of staff to work with
Updated rules and competition regulations guarantee a real management experience

To download the demo, head over to Macgamefiles.com. Pre-orders for NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005 are expected to begin on Macgamestore.com shortly.

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Football Manager 2006 Announced, Due Winter 2005
10:05 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Sega Europe today announced that Football Manager 2006 will be released later this year for both PC and Mac. The company announced the first set of new features planned for the popular soccer management game:

One of the many fan-inspired features to make it into FM 2006 will be that, for the first time, managers will be able to negotiate with their board of directors - not only for a better contract for themselves, but also for improved player wage budgets and increased transfer budgets or even stadium expansion. Be aware though, if you push too hard and don't reach the heights that the board specify, you'll soon be looking for a new job.

Half-time team talks add the ability to tell your players individually or collectively exactly what you thought of their first half performance, via the tactics screen. Will you be able to keep your players motivated, or will you cause a collapse in the second half?

Another welcome feature is the ability to manage players on a personal level. Unhappy players can cause huge morale problems for the whole squad and result in bad performances, so the new Player Interaction feature will help you to manage your team more closely.

A completely revamped training module simplifies training schedules and players' training progress, with your coaches becoming far more important members of backroom staff. New media items and expansion of the media module have been implemented, including but not limited to, cup draw news and man of the match news.

Want to know how many yellow cards the ref looking after your Saturday match has given in the last few matches? Now you can, with referee profiles and league tables, which add an extra element to tactics of the game. Maybe hard tackling is not a good idea for this Saturday's match!

Also adding an extra tactical element to FM 2006, the player positions feature has been taken one step further. A player position indicator will not only show you the best positions for your player and where to play on the pitch, it will also show player preferred moves for those players in your team. As well as this, the Player Positions display format has been upgraded, making it easier for the manger to pick the team.

Sega has also released a QuickTime movie introducing the new game. To check it out, follow the link below.

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Game Server Configurators Updated
9:54 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

P-Edge Media has recently updated their entire line of Game Server Configurators. The updates are said to contain small bug fixes as well as stability enhancements.

In addition, specific updates have been added to Call of Duty and United Offensive:

Updates for GSC Call of Duty and United Offensive also offer support for the Tigertown map and use "dedicated 2" variables to ensure internet users can find your server more easily.
All of the configurators have been tested on and should work in Tiger. They are also available as free downloads, and include support for titles such as Jedi Academy and the Medal of Honor series.

P-Edge - Updates for all Game Server Configulators


Crossfire Seeks Mac Testers
9:54 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Macologist has noted that the Crossfire team is is currently looking for 2 Mac OSX beta testers for their current mod-in-development. Testers must be fluent in English, dedicated, and be flexible.

Crossfire is an Unreal Tournament 2004 mod. Inspired by and being a sequel to the TacOps mod, Crossfire looks to bring a new level of tactical squad action to the multiplayer circuit:

Facing the choice of bringing terror to the world or fighting it, you will be part of decisive battles at locations you will not forget. Rescue hostages, blow up a building, gain information, assassinate a target - there is a vast variety of possibilities to decide a battle! And thus the assault continues ...
Those interested in applying for the beta testing positions can find a job application form at the official Crossfire site.

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Macologist - TO: Crossfire looking for testers


Macgamestore.com: Eight New Hot Deals!
8:53 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Macgamestore.com has announced eight new hot deals for this week. They include the following games:

Age of Mythology - $18.85 (was $19.95)
Railroad Tycoon 3 - $18.85 (was $19.95)
KnightShift - $29.95 (was $39.95)
Project Nomads - $24.95 (was $29.95)
Board Game Trio - $34.00 (was $38.00)
Halo - $40.00 (was $44.95)
Unreal Tournament 2004 - $34.88 (was $39.95)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 - $24.95 (was $29.95)

Be sure to place your order now. These hot deals end May 16th, 2005.

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Next Unreal Tournament Game Named
8:53 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

BeyondUnreal.com has revealed that Epic Games has titled its new Unreal Tournament game, Unreal Tournament 2007.. Epic had previously code-named the game "Envy". The new game, not due until next year, has many differences from the Unreal Tournaments of the past.

The double-jump is back.

The game will focus on AI, specifically voice-controlled AI.

As with many UT2004 levels, the layout of maps in the next UT is being finalized before artwork is incorporated.

The game will feature a global ratings system that will allow clans to compare scores.

Gametypes include Onslaught, DM, TDM, CTF, and the all-new Conquest mode. It appears that Assault, Bombing Run and Domination have been dropped.

Classic map Deck 17 returns in UT2007! -- "The level we brought in first is called Deck 17 [...] because we knew if we made changes and tweaked the movement, everyone would be able to see the difference and the improvement because they knew what the level felt like before." - Jim Brown

"We're not trying to make a prettier UT2K4. We're really trying to make a very new game." - Steve Polge

Epic aims to correct the steep learning curve seen in UT2003/4, making the game enjoyable for newbies and veteran players alike, hence the ability to use your stats to find similarly-skilled opponents.
To view the post or view the detailed new "Unreal Tournament 2007 Preview Page," visit the links section.

Unreal Tournament 2007 Post
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Mac Games News for Friday, May 6, 2005

Aspyr Posts The Sims 2 Developer Journal2:23 PM
Aspyr Releases Call of Duty: United Offensive Map Pack1:17 PM
IMG Posts State of the Game - Wreaking Havok Feature11:31 AM
Commandos Battle Pack Goes Gold10:16 AM
MacMAME Update Released9:52 AM
HaloUT Mod Gets Go-Ahead9:38 AM
Blizzard Releases WoW Honor System FAQ7:24 AM
Custer Takes The KnightShift7:24 AM
Destineer Acquires Atomic Games7:24 AM
 
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