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DOOM 3 Patch Later This Week
8:11 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has announced it will be releasing a free update to the English version of DOOM 3 for the Macintosh later this week. The patch, which will bring it up to version 1.3, will include a number of important updates including OpenAL audio support for 5.1 sound.

• Preview of OpenAL audio support for 5.1 sound
• Better handling of keypad keys
• Fixed crashes with some mods
• Fixed crash on vid_restart
• Added PunkBuster anti-cheat support to multiplayer
• Better support for mods
• various PC bug fixes
As always, expect the patch to be released on Macgamefiles.com shortly. Stay tuned to IMG for the release.

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Macgamestore: Salvo! Now Available
2:30 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Shrapnel Games' tactical naval combat game, Salvo!, is now available from Macgamestore.com. The game is set in the the Age of Sail era, from the 17th century until the 19th century.

All manner of engagements are represented, from duels involving just a few vessels to large scale clashes that would make Nelson proud. Salvo!, while designed for maximum playability, includes a great deal of features that help make it a true-to-life naval experience. Commanders will deal with shallow water, land masses, variable wind, boarding actions, and more. Plenty of chrome makes an appearance too, such as shore batteries and fire ships.

Featuring a wide range of combatants from the major seafaring powers of the time (including pirates), and branching campaigns for great replayability, Salvo! is a game that will keep the fight alive on your monitor. Speaking of fighting, thanks to Salvo!'s highly intuitive "Action Marker" and squadron control system gamers never have to fight the game itself to play, even when dealing with armadas of ships. With beautifully rendered 3D graphics that instantly communicate the state of the battle to you Salvo! is one of the easiest wargames to pick up and play.

The game is available for $38.88 from MGS.

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World of Warcraft 1.6 Patch Released
1:25 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Blizzard has released the latest patch for World of Warcraft, bringing the game up to version 1.6. Here's some of the highlights from the patch.

• Blackwing Lair - The new high level raid dungeon, and home of Nefarian the dragon.
• The Darkmoon Faire traveling carnival
• New Battlegrounds Battlemasters
• And much more!

To download the patch, simply log onto World of Warcraft.

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Black & White II Previewed
11:27 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Gamesradar.msn.co.uk has posted a preview of Black & White II. The preview goes over the two different campaign types, the new RTS style gameplay, and the new villager programs.

The RTS genre, explains Millar, has become too esoteric. "Lots of games," he continues, "are adding more units and better visuals, but that isn't adding to the gameplay. The way forward in terms of game depth is in simulation and physics, not complex controls."
Accordingly, Lionhead has dealt with the engine's increased versatility by simply extending the logical functionality of the player's ethereal hand.
Having units scale a wall, for example, simply requires the corresponding platoon flag to be picked up and planted atop it.
To read the complete preview or to watch movies of the gameplay, scroll down to the links section.

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BlizzCon Site Live
11:26 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blizzard has announced that the official site for the upcoming BlizzCon has gone live. A gaming convention centered around Blizzard's hugely popular Starcraft, Diablo, and Warcraft series, the convention will offer gamers a chance to participate in contests, talk to developers about current projects, and see previews of titles yet to be released.

Some of the major highlights are as follows:

  • Q&A panels with the World of Warcraft and StarCraft: Ghost developers
  • Playing World of Warcraft Battlegrounds live with friends
  • 1st public hands-on gameplay of StarCraft: Ghost
  • BlizzCon Invitational Tournament, featuring top Warcraft III and StarCraft professional gamers from around the world
  • A separate LAN area stocked with PCs for your gaming pleasure
  • Contests for die-hard gamers to compete in for great loot
  • Custom BlizzCon merchandise and other Blizzard merchandise in the BlizzCon store
  • A blowout closing night concert featuring a to-be-announced band – more details to come!
BlizzCon is currently scheduled to take place on October 28-29th in Anaheim, CA. Tickets will go on sale online at 8am PDT on July 21st. Blizzard adds that tickets are limited, and that no walk-up sales will be taking place during the convention.

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PlayMyth to Close?
8:15 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The folks at PlayMyth have recently issued an ultimatum regarding the continued running of their site. According to admin Blades, the amount of player abuse has reached a level where the admins are no longer willing to deal with it. Blades adds that, unless this changes, PlayMyth is officially going down on August 1st.

Sadly - it's come to this. Neither Alan, Bloo or I really have the time, or intestinal fortitude to deal with this anymore. The amount of stuff that unpaid administrators and other volunteers have to deal with has become so much and people have become so abusive toward the people who give their time to give you a place to play that we've decided that we're done doing it.
PlayMyth, for those unfamiliar with it, is currently one of the most active Myth sites running. It offers regular updates, ranking matches, and a host of downloads for the general Myth community.

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Rand Miller Talks Myst V
8:13 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Adventuregamers.com has posted an interview with Myst developer Rand Miller. The interview covers Myst V, End of Ages, and the changes that will come with the end of the series.

LM: Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. First, I have to ask the question on everyone's mind. Is this really the end of Myst?

Rand: We don't have any plans to make any further Myst games, although I don't know what the future holds. The story is tied up in a way that is satisfying from our point of view. It's not about the fireworks and fanfare; it's about the way we do things with Myst. Telling a great story in a subtle, quiet way and having substantial repercussions at the end to tie it all up, and this was a good time to wrap things up. This is a new beginning, really.

LM: Do you have any thoughts as to where you will take that new beginning?

Rand: We have a few ideas, but nothing concrete. Starting with a blank slate is refreshing. We will pursue whatever anyone will pay us to do. If they won't pay us to do anything, we won't do anything.

To view the complete interview, visit the links section.

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IMG Interviews MacSoft's Phil Sulak
8:11 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

One of the founding members of Westlake Interactive, Phil Sulak has been porting Macintosh games for almost a decade. Sulak, along with partner Ken Cobb, recently announced that they would be moving to MacSoft. IMG recently sat down with Sulak to talk about the move to MacSoft, OSX, Macs on Intel, and much more.

IMG Interview: MacSoft's Phil Sulak


Mac Games News for Monday, July 11, 2005

Trainz impressions, Mac News10:11 AM
Tiger 2005 at Final Candidate8:41 AM
Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Africa for the Mac8:41 AM
Audio Overload Updated8:06 AM
C&C Generals Mod Blitzkrieg 2 Released8:06 AM
Freeware Shooter Nexuiz 1.1 Released8:03 AM
Myst V Limited Edition Announced, Mac Reqs8:03 AM
 
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