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Friday, June 24, 2005

Final System Requirements For Tiger Woods
9:45 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media today has announced that it has set the final system requirements for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005. Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005 challenges you to take on the man who has changed golf forever - Tiger Woods. After making a name for yourself on the Tour, tee off against legends including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan to see how you stack up against the all-time greats.

Here's a peek at the final system requirements:

• OS - Mac OS X 10.3.8 or later
• CPU - PowerPC G4/G5
• CPU Speed - 1.2 GHz or faster
• Memory - 256MB
• Hard Drive - 2.5 GB free disk space
• Video - ATI Radeon 9000 or better, NVIDIA GeForce FX5200 or better
• Video RAM - 32MB
• Disc Drive - DVD Drive required to install and play

• Internet (2-4 players) and LAN (2-8 players) play supported
• Internet play requires a broadband connection
• Internet and LAN play Mac to Mac only, via GameRanger

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 2005 is rated "E" for "Everyone" by the ESRB and is available for pre-order through Macgamestore.com. The game is expected to be released in July.

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IMG Forum: Hot Topics of the Week
3:18 PM | Jesse Brauning | Comment on this story

Forum talk is a precious part of the online universe. It is the foundation of any online community and as such, YOU are expected to participate. Unfortunately, forums can take hours of your precious time to wade through. Never fear however! Here is a convenient list of what topics have been popular this week, so that you don't have to find them yourself:

  • Why are they anti-gaming?

  • Civilization IV

  • Sims 2 Uncensored, work for anyone? Game Freezes.

  • If sequel to your favorite game was Intel Mac only

  • An entire thread about crackers

  • Dumb Letters haHA

    Here's a link to the forum below.

    IMG Forum

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    Dungeon Siege Movie Coming
    9:51 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

    Brightlight Pictures has announced that they are making a movie based on the popular role-playing game Dungeon Siege. The plot is based loosely on that of the game and is being directed by Tony Ching.

    Vancouver, British Columbia (June 23, 2005) - Renowned action director and choreographer Tony Ching--best known for his work on House of Flying Daggers and Hero--has signed on to helm the action sequences for director, executive producer Uwe Boll's Dungeon Siege, it was announced today by producer Shawn Williamson of Brightlight Pictures.
    To view the complete announcement, scroll down to the links section.

    Movie Announcement
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    Dungeon Siege
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    IGN Previews Civilization IV
    9:49 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

    Ign.com has posted a preview of Civilization IV. The preview covers the basic abilities and looks of each ruler, the new interface, and a few of the additions and changes from the Civilizations of the past.

    While the basic premise of the game is largely unchanged, the designers wanted to question some basic assumptions about how the game works and break free of some of the series' bad habits. As a result, the new game seems much more streamlined and full of personality. Combat animations are specific to the units involved in the fighting, the diplomatic screen shows lively and expressive opponents, and short movies once again announce the completion of specific wonders. Gamers who have been turned off by the drier presentation of previous versions are likely to find Civilization IV to be much more engaging this time around.
    The game has not yet been announced for the Mac, but has a high probability of being released for the Macintosh since most of the previous incarnations of the game have made it to the Mac. Stay tuned.

    To view the complete preview, click on the appropriate link below.

    Civilization IV Preview
    Civilization III
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    Custer Digs Up A New Desktop
    9:47 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

    IMG's Brad Custer has uploaded a new desktop for the week, looking ahead to the release from Aspyr Media and Wideload, Stubbs the Zombie. Titled "Game of the Undead," the image is a tribute to the zombie movie also being released this week, Land of the Dead.

    Here's the scoop from Custer:

    Since Stubbs the Zombie from Wideload and Aspyr Media was announced for the Mac, I've been wanting to make a desktop for the game. Why you ask? Because I am a huge fan of zombie movies. And with that in mind, this week was the perfect time to release a desktop for Stubbs the Zombie and use it to pay homage to the latest in undead genre, Land of the Dead. So, with the help of Aspyr Media and Wideload I was able to create this week's wallpaper.
    If you're a zombie fan, be sure to head over now and grab this newest creation.

    IMG: Custer's Desktops

    Are Games Too Complex?
    9:45 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

    Clayton, a blogger over at the gaming site The Game Chair has posted a musing entitled "Games Are Supposed To Be Fun, Right?". In the post, Clayton talks about the complexity of today's games, and the criticisms being leveled at Nintendo for continuing to take a stance of keeping game concepts simple and accessible to the masses, instead of developing complex gaming concepts.

    First hand experiences lead Clayton to believe that games like Halo 2 and Grand Theft Auto, while very popular games, can have a tendency to turn non-gamers away with their complexities:

    Just a week ago my wife and I had our friend Jesse over. She was marveling at my video game collection, looking at all the old NES and Nintendo 64 games, and reminiscing about the few games that she had played when she was a kid. She noticed Halo and Grand Theft Auto and said that she had seen her college buddies playing them, but that she had never felt interest in playing them herself. We had no better luck convincing her to play them with us. Her response was, “I tried once and I just got my *** kicked.”
    So, is simpler better? Head over to The Game Chair and post your comments, or head to our very own game boards and discuss it.

    The Game Chair: Games Are Supposed To Be Fun, Right?

    CodeWeavers Announces Support For Intel-based Macs
    9:45 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    CodeWeavers has announced its intention to support Intel-based Macs in the future. Best known for their Windows-to-Linux development, CodeWeavers plans on expanding their line to Macs, with applications like CrossOver providing the means to run Windows applications.

    A recent MacWorld article notes CrossOver's underpinnings:

    CodeWeavers is a corporate backer of Wine, open source software that lets Windows applications run on Linux systems not through emulation, but by implementing a compatibility layer that provides implementations of the Dynamically Linked Libraries (DLLs) Windows application depend on. (Wine itself is a recursive acronym that stands for "Wine Is Not an Emulator.") CrossOver is a proprietary version of Wine.
    While not entirely game-relevant, moves like this show the possibilities that have been speculated on ever since the announcement of Intel-based Macs. Whether the shift will prove beneficial or harmful to the Mac gaming market remains to be seen.

    CodeWeavers PR - CodeWeaversTM Expands Developer Services
    MacWorld - CodeWeavers CrossOver to support Intel-based Macs

    Mac Games News for Thursday, June 23, 2005

    IMG Reviews Tribal Trouble12:52 PM
    Star Wars: Battlefront II Q&A9:56 AM
    Jeff Morris Interviewed on UT20079:49 AM
    WoW Weapon Honor Rewards Updated9:49 AM
    Lego Star Wars Hits Beta9:48 AM
    Violent Games Prime Aggressive Brain Patterns?9:48 AM
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