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Monday, July 18, 2005



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Lugaru 2 Announced, Help Wanted
7:47 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Wolfire Software has announced the development of a sequel for Lugaru: The Rabbit's Foot, a shareware third-person fighting game. Dubbed Lugaru 2 for now, planned features include a new graphics engine, character details, enhanced Mod support, and water effects. In addition, David Rosen of Wolfire Software is seeking a Sound Designer and Modeller to help in the development of Lugaru 2.

Here is a look at the storyline:

Lugaru 2 takes place where Lugaru left off; Turner the warrior rabbit has overthrown the corrupt monarchy, and beaten the wolves into submission. However, after killing everyone responsible for the death of his family, he no longer even has his anger to guide him, and wanders the island of Lugaru in search of a cause to restore meaning to his shattered life.
Expect to hear more about Lugaru 2 soon. In the meantime, follow the links below for more information.

Lugaru 2
Lugaru 2 - Help Wanted
Wolfire Software
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IMG Reviews Commandos Battle Pack
10:21 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Feral's Commandos Battle Pack. Here's a clip from the review:

Missions in both games are well laid out and have a wide range of objectives, from simple elimination of enemies to rescuing imprisoned personnel to demolition. At the beginning of each mission, you are given a detailed briefing covering all primary objectives. Each mission has secondary objectives that can make completing the primary objectives much easier, such as taking out gun placements or neutralizing enemy personnel. While early missions can often be completed fairly easily with only a couple of tries, later missions become quite complex and difficult to complete, often requiring precise timing between your squad members, and numerous retries to get right. With some games this would be a strike against it, and with some people it still might be. But I like the idea that it will often take more than an itchy trigger finger to get your men through a mission.
To check out the entire review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Commandos Battle Pack
Feral Interactive
Commandos Battle Pack
Buy Commandos Battle Pack


New Gaming Site PoBros.com Launches
8:39 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

PoBros.com is open for business. The PoBros website is intended for anyone "interested in wireless, Windows, and Mac OS X games." Currently the site only has one Mac compatible game available, Word Em, but more are in the works.

In addition, PoBros.com also offers:

There are resources for gamers wishing to find or share current gaming news on the mobile or PC platforms. Anyone can register to receive regular newsletters. We've spent months developing our web site and hope you'll take the time to drop by.
The PoBros website includes information on games such as WordEm, Kronar, Pop-Em! and Halatafl. There is also an online forum available where gamers can talk about the games and ask questions. The actual game designers will respond.
WordEm is described as an "arcade style word puzzler" that "tests your speed and dexterity while challenging your vocabulary and thinking skills."
(In Wordem) each face of the 3 dimensional game cube contains a unique letter. Rotate the cube to select the letter you want, then position it to create high scoring 3 to 9 letter words using high point value letters. Create a WordEm on each of 6 tricky levels to advance, & to ultimately prove your skill as the fastest wordsmith around! There are over 79,000 words in the WordEm dictionary!
For those interested in the website or the games available try the links below.

Press Release
PoBros.com
WordEm 1.0



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Shadowbane's Lead Designer Interviewed
8:39 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

MMORPG.COM has posted the results of a short interview with Sara "Lietgardis" Jensen, Lead Designer and Data Manager for the PvP-based MMORPG Shadowbane. The interview is fairly general, covering how Jensen acquired her current position, her views on women working in gaming, and the more challenging portions of her duties.

One aspect aspiring game industry workers may want to note is the ladder Jensen had to climb to get where she is, starting with working data entry jobs while doing a lot of volunteer writing for various game-related websites.

After a short stint as a web developer, I moved to Austin and saw a Ubisoft ad on Gamasutra.com for a data entry monkey at an Austin MMO studio. Hey, I have data entry experience AND I love MMOs! I got the job four months before Shadowbane shipped, and I moved up to a real design position shortly after launch. It's all been upwards from there.
She also notes she believes that the challenges women used to face in the industry are fading fast, and encourages them to pursue game development as a career.

As far as the future of Shadowbane goes, Jensen states that they are committed to delivering quality PvP play, with improved social systems and PvP ranking systems currently being in the works.

MMORPG.COM - Dev Profile: Sara Jensen
Wolfpack Studios
Ubisoft
Shadowbane: The Rise of Chaos


Littlewing Updates Pinball Games To OS X
8:38 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

LittleWing, developer of such titles as Jinni Zeala and Monster Fair, has updated another of its pinball games, Angel Egg, to OS X. Now users of 10.1 and up can enjoy this game.

This update comes on the heels of the release of an OS X version of Golden Logres, the sequel to Crystal Caliburn. The Arthurian themed "Role Playing Pinball" game is also now available to users of OS 10.1 and higher.

For more information about the games, and links to the latest demos, take a look at the LittleWing site.

LittleWing
LittleWing Downloads
MacPlay


Grubby Games Releases Fizzwizzle
8:38 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

New developer Grubby Games has released its first title, Professor Fizzwizzle. The puzzle-based game has players attempting to help the Professor find his way across the playfield to reach the exit on the other side of a variety of brain teasing obstacles.

The game is intended for the whole family and offers a variety of difficulties spanning over 200 levels of gameplay. In addition to kids, normal and advanced modes the game includes a "Kids Alphabet" mode designed to "teach letter and words through pictures in the game". Grubby Games promises that the more difficult modes will prove a challenge to adults as well as children.

In Professor Fizzwizzle you must use cunning to solve puzzles and reach the exit teleportation pad. Blocking your path will be many obstacles, which you'll have to use a variety of items to overcome. For example rolling a barrel, pushing a crate, using magnets, pressing buttons, and opening gates are some of the many activities you'll be performing. It will take all the problem solving skills you can muster to predict and plan your moves. However, should you not be able to overcome a level you can refer to a built-in problem solver that will show you the solution that you seek. In Professor Fizzwizzle you will always be challenged and never be stuck.
Professor Fizzwizzle includes a level editor for the more creative gamers out there. Grubby Games encourages players to share their creations with friends or post them online for others to download.

Users of just about any platform can test their puzzle solving skills as Professor Fizzwizzle is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. For more information click on over to the Grubby Games website. You can download the demo from the Macgamefiles link below.

Grubby Games
Press Release
Professor Fizzwizzle Demo


Myth II: Blue & Grey Tournament
8:03 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Presenting to you, the Civil War World Cup tournament for Myth II: Soulbighter. The Civil War World Cup will use the Blue and Grey plugin created by ProjectMagma. Blue and Grey is a Civil War total conversion mod for Myth II:Soulbighter.

Hello, alot of you have heard of the 3v3 Blue and Grey tournament. Well Registration ends on July 20th and the tourny will start this saturday(July 23rd) at 1 PM central(cst) were doing this to avoid conflict with MWC. I have someone working on the brackets right now I'm almost positive this will be a double elimination tourny but not 100% sure. To check out all current and upcoming news on the tourny check out these official 3v3 Blue and Grey tournament forums. Everyone is welcome !
Best of luck to all the teams involved. For more, head over to the official web site.

Civil War World Cup
PlayMyth
Project Magma
Download Blue & Grey


ControllerMate v3.0 Now Available
8:02 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Orderbytes LLC has updated their ControllerMate utility program. ControllerMate allows you to use joysticks, gamepads, trackballs, and other gaming devices to perform keyboard and mouse actions. It uses a graphic interface and drag-and-drop function to program complex keyboard sequences with ease.

ControllerMate v3 includes a number of additions and improvements. The additions include:

• Added mouse control building blocks. ControllerMate actions may now position the cursor on the screen and create simulated mouse clicks and scroll wheel events.
• Added basic combinational logic building blocks. Elaborate button combinations are now possible by using blocks which represent AND, NOT, OR, and XOR logic functions.
• Added a Value Selector building block. A Value Selector is similar in function to a Range block, but it is a more natural match for hatswitch building blocks.
• Added a Safety building block. Since it is now possible to use ControllerMate to create elaborate repeating mouse and keyboard actions, it is becoming easier to create an inadertent situation where the actual mouse and keyboard may be overwhelmed by ControllerMate's programming. The Safety block allows the user to setup a particular controller button (or button combination) which will stop all ControllerMate output.
• Added a Finder Item building block. ControllerMate can now be used to instruct the Finder to open a particular item. Although any item can be specified, the most useful items are probably Automator workflows and AppleScript scripts.

Improvements in version 3 include:

• Added power and screen brightness keys to the Keystrokes Palette window.
• Added an indicator on axis, button, and hatswitch building blocks which shows the current state of that block's modifiers.
• Normally, the ControllerMate Helper application runs in the background to handle controller events when the ControllerMate application is not running. A preference item has been added to disable this behavior and require the ControllerMate application to be running in order to handle controller events.
• When a group is selected in the main editor window, previews of the pages that are contained in that group are shown in the workspace area.
• Building blocks on disabled pages will now update their values when controller buttons are presesd, but will still not produce any sort of output. This is useful for debugging the logic of complex actions, without having to deal with the output that ControllerMate would normally produce.

The download weighs in at 3.3mb and since the utility is shareware, it costs$10. To learn more about ControllerMate or to give it a try, follow the links below.

ControllerMate
OrderedBytes LLC
MGF: Download ControllerMate v3.0



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Chronic Logic Announces Golf?
8:01 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Chronic Logic recently announced Golf?, a unique real-time, first-person, multiplayer golf game. The game features a distinct visual style, an advanced physics engine, and fast paced real-time golf gameplay. The game is currently available as an open beta for Windows users only, but Chronic logic pledges OS X and Linux support in the final release.

For more information and screenshots, visit Chronic Logic's website.

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Chronic Logic Website
Golf? Website


Cricket updated to 10.2
8:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

G.E. Randall has released an update to his cricket game which is aptly named Cricket. Version 10.2 is now fully compatible with OS X Tiger.

The very latest version of Cricket for the Macintosh is now available and has a completely new set of stunning graphics as the Mac tries to bat against your bowling attack. When you have taken all the wickets, it's your chance to bat and hit all those boundaries and quick singles. Play against the full range of international teams facing up to fast, medium, off-spin and leg-spin bowling from all the world class bowlers.
For more information about the game check out the website below. The demo can be downloaded from Macgamefiles.com.

Cricket Website
Cricket 10.2


Myst's Rand Miller Video Interviews
7:59 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Myst Worlds recently released a pair of short video interviews with Myst series creator Rand Miller. The first interview adresses rumors surrounding Cyan's next game, while the second interview discusses Miller's beliefs on paralell universes, a classic motif of all Myst games.

To download the interviews, click the links below.

Cyan
Myst V: End of Ages
Myst Worlds
Video Interview 1
Video Interview 2
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New Warcraft III Bonus Map Released
7:58 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Blizzard recently released a new bonus map for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne named Dustorm. Duststorm is a medium sized map using the barrens tileset suggested for 2 vs 2 or 3 vs 3 games. It features 6 starting positions, 12 mines, and a centrally located tavern.

Duststorm
These barren wastes hold nothing for the living, harboring only the bones of those who have fallen to the sun bleached land. The dusty earth thus serves as a savage battleground where armies can unleash their full might unhindered.
To download the map, click the Bonus Maps link below.

Blizzard Entertainment
WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne
Blizzard Entertainment
Warcraft III Bonus Maps
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Mac Joy Releases Eight OS X games
7:57 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Swedish developer Mac Joy has released eight titles for OS X users. Ranging from classic puzzle style games to platformers, the family friendly selections include Bricks of Camelot, Spin & Win, Bricks of Egypt, Pirates of Treasure Island, Funny Faces, Gold Miner Joe, Digi Pool, and Superstar Chefs.

Bricks of Camelot:

An action packed brick buster with amazing power-ups and special effects. Collect treasures, armor, and gold as you travel through the King's castles, the dark dungeons, the Sherwood forest, and other exciting places.

Spin & Win:

Get the Las Vegas feeling in your own living room. Spin the wheel and play classic favorites such as Slots, Dice, Wheel of Fortune, Horse Racing, and Scratch Lottery in this charming game of chance.

Bricks of Egypt:

Classic brick breaking fun, spiced up with an exciting theme. Embark on a journey through an undiscovered Egyptian world of traps, lasers, fire-balls, gems, and hieroglyphs.

Pirates of Treasure Island:

Here is a unique combination of a puzzle game and a pirate adventure. Enjoy beautiful graphics and catchy pirate music, while you help Captain Gingerbeard and his crew find the legendary fortunes of Treasure Island.

Funny Faces:

Pop balls, twist faces, make pairs, and score points in this colorful puzzler. The game includes four different game modes to give both beginners and advanced players a challenging gameplay.

Gold Miner Joe:

Help Joe explore gold mines in this cartoon-style jump n' run game. Collect gold nuggets, and avoid the sneaky Kentucky brothers who won't hesitate to fire your rump full of salt.

Digi Pool:

This arcade puzzler will set your mind at ease with its relaxing game play and funky soundtrack. Make same-colored balls collide with each other, aim at targets and keep special items like fans and magnets in your calculations.

Superstar Chefs:

This is a colorful jump n' stomp game with cartoon style graphics. Help the chefs to find recipes, grab fruit and avoid comical baddies. Play by yourself, or team up with a friend in the two-player mode.

For more information and downloadable demos check out the links below.

Press Release
Mac Joy


Game Makers On Transition To Intel Chips
7:56 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In a Mac Observer article recently, several Mac game makers spoke about the impact of a switch to Intel processors on Mac gaming. While the potential for a Macintosh machine capable of booting into both Windows and OS X might impact the interest of hardcore Mac gamers in Mac native applications, Aspyr's Glenda Adams indicated that more casual gamers would be less likely to want the hassle of configuring a dual boot system.

"the existing WINE and dual boot solutions for Linux don't seem nearly as clean and wonderful as some people portray it. A lot of people talk about running games okay in WINE, but only after tweaking a lot of drivers, downloading updates, etc. It's definitely not the easy drop-in experience that 90% of end users want. I think most people just want to buy a box at the Apple store, take it home, install it and play. They don't want to restart their Macs, subscribe to a monthly fee for an emulator or have to keep track of emulator updates.

"So there will continue to be a market for OS X native games," she continued. "It just may skew more towards casual gamers and not such much to hardcore gamers who might put up with extra work to get a Windows game running."

While the game makers seemed cautiously optimistic, Aaron Fothergill of Strange Flavour had a bleaker view of an easy to use dual booting macintosh.
the "Mac games market is pretty much a goner" if Windows turns out to be easy to install and run on the new Macs, but "it'll take a while for the Intelitoshes to gain a sizeable chunk of the Mac gaming market anyway, so whatever happens, we've probably got a couple years to adjust."
Peter Tamte of Destineer said the change will be a positive thing for mac gamers, noting that the company already has Intel-based machines and is finding the process of porting PowerPC apps to the new systems "surprisingly painless."
"Anything that grows the Mac market is great for Destineer," he added. "Anything that lets Mac users run more games is great for Mac users."

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Aspyr
Strange Flavour Games
Destineer


Doom 3 Map and Mod Collections Released
7:55 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

With Aspyr's recent release of the Doom 3 1.3 patch, Macologist has compiled collections of maps and mods available for download. The map collection consists of 35 maps and weighs in at 299 MB, while the mod collection consists of 21 mods and weighs in at 356 MB. The complete list of maps and mods can be found at the Macologist website.

To download, visit the Macologist website by clicking the link below.

id Software
Aspyr Media
DOOM 3
Macologist: Doom 3 Downloads
Macologist Website
Buy DOOM 3


Unity Updated To 1.04
7:53 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Over The Edge Entertainment has released an update to its game development toolkit, Unity. The software has been updated to version 1.04.

Version 1.0.4 is a hot-fix update that makes installation of Widgets created with Unity more stable. It contains no other changes, so unless you are distributing Widgets it's necessary to upgrade. If you already shipped Widgets built with Unity 1.0.3, please rebuild them with 1.0.4.
Unity is perhaps best known for its use in the creation of Ambrosia's GooBall. It is an OS X exclusive utility intended to provide an easy to use environment for the creation of Mac games and OS X Tiger dashboard Widgets. In addition to its other features, Unity makes use of the Novodex physics engine.

Currently two versions of Unity are available. Unity Indie is targeted at "developers on a budget", while Unity Pro provides a larger set of features for professional game developers. Unity Pro will eventually include support for "publish-to-PC" and other "collaboration features."

Unity Updated
Over The Edge Entertainment



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Lionhead Interviewed On Black & White 2
7:49 AM | Tony Jones | Comment on this story

Computer And Video Games interviewed Lionhead Studios today on their new game titled Black & White 2. Black & White took the genre of RTS to a new level when it allowed players to choose to raise their minions in a peaceful era, or torture them under a cruel reign. Black & White 2 promises all that and more.

Here’s what you can expect:

“Can you tell us a bit about your aim and ambitions for B&W2?

Peter Molyneux: Well the ambition has always been to create a game that anybody can play and you can play it in a nurturing role looking after your people and your creature. You can be all cute and fluffy and build your people, cities and playgrounds and gardens. It's a very female, nurturing growing thing. Or you can create [censored] great armies and go and destroy the entire earth. Combining those two things together makes a very new and interesting game. We've had the whole studio play and if you're female it's a very nurturing experience. If you're a guy, it's much more about going out to destroy!

So the clue's pretty much in the title? But how does the back story tie it all together?

Peter Molyneux: We wanted to give the player absolute power to go and do anything they want. So we put them in a story and the story is your Greek people are about to be wiped out by these all powerful Aztecs. As their god, you've got to take your Greek people back to controlling the world through either evil warmongering or peaceful means. You can build the most wonderful spectacular cities, or the most awesome powerful armies. That's the concept, you go through the story and you play all these different lands in any way you want to play them.

How it's changed from the original B&W - especially in the last year?
Peter Molyneux: What we did about a year ago - and obviously Ron's [Ron Millar, lead designer] got huge experience in RTS games - is create a blend between an RTS game and a god game and bring them both together. It's a lot funkier than B&W 1, which didn't have any RTS elements in it at all. B&W didn't really have any city building or the migration of peoples. It might seem like it's quite a lot the same, but there's a huge amount more mechanics blended together in B&W2.”

For the full interview checkout computerandvideogames.com and expect to see Black & White 2 hit the shelves sometime this year for the PC. No word yet on a Mac version, but Feral recently announced a new relationship with Lionhead to bring more of their games to the Mac. For more information on Black & White 2 check out the links below.

The Interview
Computer And Video Games
Lionhead Studios
Black & White 2


Mac Games News for Friday, July 15, 2005

Macgamestore: Win A Free 60GB Color iPod!6:24 PM
Strike Force Interview1:30 PM
Red Orchestra, Summer Offensive Map Pack Coming Soon12:53 PM
IMG Forum: Hot Topics of the Week12:09 PM
Halo Demo Finally Released!11:56 AM
Destineer's Tamte Talks CIA Work11:00 AM
KnightShift Tiger, Performance Patch Released10:52 AM
Apple Posts Second Life Feature10:32 AM
Custer Takes A Vacation10:32 AM
 
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