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Friday, June 10, 2005


Macgamestore Begins Sales Of Peripherals
10:10 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Macgamestore.com (MGS) today announced that it has begun selling Mac gaming peripherals such as mice, joysticks, gamepads, video cards, speakers and head sets, due to popular demand.

"When we launched Macgamestore.com we immediately started getting emails from Mac gamers who wanted us to carry gaming peripherals. It's great to offer these products to hungry Mac gamers." said Tuncer Deniz, owner of Macgamestore.com.

MGS currently carries over a dozen Mac gaming peripherals and will be adding dozens more in the coming weeks.

Macgamestore.com has also announced that the store has sold over 2500 Macintosh games in its first six weeks of operation.

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Macgamestore: The Sims 2 Now Available
2:35 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Macgamestore.com has begun shipping The Sims 2. The game is available for order for $49.95. All pre-orders have been processed and shipped.

In The Sims 2, players pick one of five aspirations that will take them through an entire lifetime, from the cradle to the grave. Players will be able to choose from Popularity, Fortune, Family, Knowledge and Romance which will determine how each Sim will lead their life. With these aspirations, players can fulfill their Sims’ wants while avoiding their worst fears. Every choice that is made has a relevant and dramatic effect on the life of a Sim.

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World of Warcraft Vintage Poster Winners Announced
10:49 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Blizzard has posted the five winners of the World of Warcraft vintage poster contest. The winning posters feature the "Nogger Fogger" elixir, Rune Portal, Mechanical Squirrel, Pirate Tournament, and Gnomish X-Ray Specs.

To view the winning posters, visit the links section.

Winning Posters
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft
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Custer Threatens A New Desktop
10:48 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

This week, IMG's resident artist, Brad Custer, brings us a desktop picture for X2 - The Threat, the upcoming space simulation from Virtual Programming and Freeverse.

Here's what he had to say:

With our recent preview of X2 - The Threat from Virtual Programming and Freeverse and it's pending release my mail has had a similar theme. Yes, you guessed it. Everyone would like to see a desktop from this space odyssey. So, this week I soared towards the heavens to create this week's selection with a lot of help from the guys at Freeverse.
For the latest monitor candy, head over to Custer's Desktops.

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New Mac Neverwinter Beta Patch
10:11 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Bioware has released another beta patch for Neverwinter Nights. It addresses severals bugs and changes the scripts for a few NPCs. Do not use the patched toolset without patching your game, however. You will be unable to use the non-updated game with an updated toolset.

• Official Campaign: Chapter 2E - Made Voleron's OnDeath script a bit more robust.

• HotU: Chapter 2 - Fixed an issue that could sometimes occur during the battle in the Environs near the end of Chapter 2. You should no longer get stuck and be unable to move if the Battle Herald does not approach you and initiate a conversation with you (this fix will retroactively fix saved games exhibiting this issue, but only if you load a saved game from before you entered the Environs).

• Added a new command line parameter for automatically loading a module in single player. This will cause the module to be loaded and takes the player to the premade character select screen.

• +LoadNewModule "module name that needs quotes if it contains spaces"
To take a look at the four pages of changes, scroll your way to the links section.

Beta Patch Notes
BioWare
MacSoft
Neverwinter Nights
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Aspyr & MacSoft Release Patches
10:10 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr and MacSoft this morning released two important patches for gamers who own Command & Conquer: Generals: Zero Hour and Dungeon Siege. The Zero Hour patch includes a number of fixes for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Dungeon Siege 1.2, meanwhile, introduces Japanese international support and a number of bug fixes.

Here's a list of fixes in Zero Hour:

• Fixed GLA disguised bomb truck crash.
• Fixed custom resolution pop-up menu for French and German languages.
• Fixed text truncation problems on Mac OS X 10.4.
• Fixed non-functioning hot keys on Mac OS X 10.4.
• Incorporates 1.0.3 and 1.0.4 PC Zero Hour changes.
Here's the bug fix list from Dungeon Siege 1.2:
• Japanese international support has been added.
• Map loading has been optimized; walking through the world is now much smoother in many areas.
• A crash related to playing sounds has been fixed.
• Random crashes near Hiroth Castle in the French and German builds have been fixed.
• Option+Key commands (particularly Opt+E, Opt+U, Opt+I, and Opt+N) now function better. Labels should no longer toggle on and off when using Option+Key commands.
• Critical Section threading is a bit more robust.
• A memory calculation bug in Macs with greater than 4GB of RAM has been fixed.
• A bug with calculating the true frequency (ie, speed) of the CPU has been fixed.
• GameRanger games now properly respect the player limit setting.
• New games now default to a resolution setting of 800x600.
• Savegame names are now correctly limited to 23 characters (previously save names with more than 23 characters would fail).
• New unsupported feature: Screen resolutions up to 1920x1200.
Both files are hosted on our sister site, Macgamefiles.com. To download the patches, please follow the links below.

Aspyr Media
Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour
MacSoft
Dungeon Siege
MGF: Dungeon Siege 1.2
MGF: Command & Conquer: Zero Hour 1.2
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Mac Games News for Thursday, June 9, 2005

Apple Posts The Sims 2 Feature2:13 PM
PlayFirst Releases Diner Dash1:37 PM
Aspyrations Contest Ends Friday12:53 PM
IMG Feature: State of the Game12:47 PM
Macgamestore: The Sims 2 Shipping Friday9:16 AM
Audio Overload Updated8:27 AM
Gordon Talks America's Army, Intel Move8:27 AM
New Blades of Avernum Scenarios8:27 AM
Shadowbane Test Patch Info8:27 AM
 
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