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Horse Racing Manager Now Available
8:06 AM | Anthony Wang

Virtual Programming has released Horse Racing Manager. In the game, you have the choice of five occupations, those being an owner, breeder, trainer, jockey or punter in the game. Each occupation has its own set of responsibilities and tasks.

Features:

• Breed and train your own horses
• Place bets on all races
• Full 3D engine when viewing a race
• Simulate, view and manually control your horse during races
• Real life race tracks and locations
• Hire and Fire staff for you stable
• Race your horse and place bets in online races
System Requirements:

Mac OS X 10.2 or later
500MHz G3 or faster
256MB Memory
OpenGL Video card

Horse Racing Manager is now available from Virtual Programming for £29.95 in a box or £24.95 as a digital download. The retail product will be available through Macgamestore.com next week.

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MacGames DVD Volume 5 Ships. Subscribe Today and Save!
11:01 AM | Tuncer Deniz

The fifth edition of the MacGames DVD subscription has begun shipping to subscribers. Included on the DVD are over a dozen new demos including Halo, Commandos 3, Savage, Tribal Trouble, KnightShift, and much more.

If you haven't subscribed to the MacGames DVD, now's your chance. Included with each DVD are dozens of new demos, hundreds of shareware games, and tons of updates, add-ons, movies, and more. Nearly 4.7 Gigabytes of Mac gaming on every DVD!

Subscriptions to the MacGames DVD start at just $49 for one year and include a free game. Subscribe for two years and get two free games. Here's a list of the games IMG is currently offering with a MacGames DVD subscription:

Age of Mythology
Dungeon Siege
James Bond 007: NightFire
MTX: Mototrax
SpyHunter
Star Trek: Elite Force II
Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness

Special Offer: Subscribe to the MacGames DVD today and we'll knock $10 off your subscription ($20 if you subscribe for two years). Plus we'll include a free one year subscription to IMG Pro, and a $5 coupon towards a future purchase through Macgamestore.com.

For more information on the MacGames DVD subscription, please visit the link below.

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IMG Reviews True Crime: Streets of L.A.
10:48 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of True Crime: Steets of L.A.. Here's a clip from the review:

In True Crime: Streets of L.A., you play as Nick Kang, a cop ostensibly driven by the murder of his father. This is, at least, the red herring delivered in the game's exposition by none other than Christopher Walken. As you jack cars, bust perps, and progress through the game's story chapter by chapter, that dark motivation looms further and further in your rear-view mirror.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: True Crime: Steets of L.A.
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True Crime: Streets of L.A.
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Macologist Releases Working Mods For Battlefield
9:22 AM | Tony Jones | Comment on this story

Yesterday Aspyr released a patch for Battlefield 1942, the patch gave support to many popular Battlefield mods. Mac users can now play Forgotten Hope .67, Desert Combat Extended, Eve Of Destruction, and many more, online and in fullscreen. Thanks to the hard work of the mod porters from Macologist.org we can now join the many Windows users in a feast for more battle. Visit Macologist now and download the mods to get the very best out of your Battlefield 1942 game.

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Blizzcon Tickets On Sale Now
9:21 AM | Tony Jones | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment is now selling tickets for its new convention BlizzCon. The 2005 BlizzCon will focus mostly on Blizzard's online hit World Of Warcraft, but there will be some hands-on gameplay for the upcoming StarCraft: Ghost

BlizzCon 2005 will spotlight World of Warcraft, but will also feature hands-on gameplay of StarCraft: Ghost and other Blizzard games. Some of the activities at BlizzCon will include:

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!

Tickets went on sale yesterday, so hurry and pick up yours before they're all sold out. For more information on BlizzCon, check out the links below.

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Custer Commits A Crime
8:13 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

Brad Custer has postedhis newest creation this week, it features the upcoming title, CSI: Dark Motives, from Aspyr Media. Fans of the TV series will definitely want to have a look at the very cool desktop. Here's a clip about his latest work:

Since the announcement of CSI: Dark Motives from Aspyr Media coming to the Mac, I've been receiving constant reminders that I've never ventured into this realm before. Today, I correct this oversight because I enjoy honoring all your requests. This is a great television show and it's obvious that the second game based on it is highly anticipated.
As always, it's available in a wide variety of resolutions for nearly any computer screen so head over to Custer's Desktops.

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New Text Adventure Game Available For Many Platforms
8:11 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

For anyone seeking a bit of nostalgic gaming Howard Sherman will be releasing The First Mile, an interactive fiction game similar to the classic text adventures released by Infocom in the days before polygons and shaders stole the scene.

The First Mile pits you in the center of a horror story where you must fight to stay alive. Fight your fears or you will be consumed by them. There is only one way out of town but several different ways to get there.
With nearly 250 areas to explore, a wide array of weapons, devious puzzles, and multiple endings The First Mile may be just the thing fans of text adventures have been craving. The game will be available for download soon and is compatible with any iPod, Personal Computer, Laptop, PocketPC or Palm OS handheld as well as with certain cell phones.

For more information about The First Mile and Sherman's other text based games, check out the site below.

The First Mile
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New US Realms Available For World Of Warcraft
8:10 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

On Thursday Blizzard announced the launch of two new US realms for World of Warcraft, Moonrunner and Kelecgos. Moonrunner is a Player vs Environment (PvE) server and Kelecgos is a Player vs Player (PvP) server. These additions increase the total number of US realms to 99. On the realm selection list the new realms will be tagged with a special label to make them easier to find.

Visit the WoW site at the link below.

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World Of Warcraft Launches In Singapore
8:10 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard has announced the release of World of Warcraft in the island republic of Singapore. It has been met with some excitement on the island where the Warcraft series is one of the biggest selling PC gaming brands. For this venture Blizzard chose iGames Asia as their exclusive distribution and marketing partner.

The island republic will join Korea and China as the third territory in Asia to support World of Warcraft. On a worldwide stage it will become the sixth overall territory for the increasingly popular game. Players from Singapore will join gamers from North America, Australia, and New Zealand on U.S. servers.

"Gamers in Singapore have always shown tremendous enthusiasm for Blizzard games, so we're thrilled to be teaming up with iGames Asia and releasing World of Warcraft there," stated Mike Morhaime, Blizzard Entertainment president and co-founder. "One of our goals has been to make World of Warcraft available to gamers around the world as quickly as possible, and today's announcement is another great step in achieving that goal."
This latest announcement only adds to WoW's status as one of the most popular MMORPGS in the world, with three and a half million subscribers populating servers across the globe. Venture forth into the links below and explore the growing World of Warcraft.

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Tune From Warcraft Soundtrack Available For Download
8:10 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

If you're a fan of Warcraftmusic then you're in for a treat. Blizzard has released a selection from the Warcraft soundtrack. Titled Intro War II, the song is available at the link below.

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Intro War II



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Blizzard Teams Up With Coca Cola
8:09 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard entertainment has joined forces with iCoke, Coca Cola's brand name in China, to create a televised commercial featuring both World of Warcraft and the popular soft drink. The commercial will feature Chinese pop star SHE and Blizzard cinematics.

Check out the video at the link below.

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Delicious Monster Interview
8:09 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Yesterday, DrunkenBlog posted an interview with Wil Shipley, the co-founder of Delicious Monster, maker of Delicious Library. Delicious Library is a media cataloging application that allows users to enter and organize their books, music, movies, and video games. The application has become quite popular since it' release, and many Mac gamers (myself included) use Delicious Library to organize their Mac game collections.

The interview addresses a range of areas, from future versions of Delicious Library to Mac software development. Shipley even commented on the effects the Intel switch will have on Mac gaming:

Q: If memory serves, the last time you were here they stopped making hardware... so let's skip to the present. Yes, you can play games on your main machine without having to wait for versions for the Mac, and Apple's marketshare may well double or even triple, but does that mean Mac OS X share will do the same?

I.E., what if people stop booting into the Mac once they're done playing, don't want to deal with dual-booting at all, or developers of larger software start telling Mac users to just boot into Windows (or boot up an emulator) to save costs?

A: They're not going to reboot to Windows. Windows sucks dogs and everyone knows it. I don't even have to quote the stories of Windows machines getting viruses after 10 seconds any more, because everyone has had it happen to them or someone they love.

They're going to use Wine (or something a lot like it) to play games. It's a perfect technology for this at a perfect time. Windows programs (or a subset of them) will run in a virtual environment on Mac OS X just as Java, Mac Classic, and X11 programs do right now.

The Windows user experience is so much worse than Mac OS X that I can't imagine anyone thinking it wasn't worth it to boot back. It's like saying, "Hey, it's too much trouble to leave the video arcade and go back to our office and get some work done... let's just stay here and sit on the sticky chairs, surrounded by 14-year-old skateboarders."

Delicious Library is available to download from the Delicious Monster Website. To see the entire interview, or visit the website, click the links below.

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A Vision Of The Ultimate MMORPG
8:08 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

MMORPG.com has posted a feature about one man's vision of the perfect MMORPG or Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. The article focuses on Jeremy Starley's comparisons of features in different MMORPG games such as World of Warcraft. He compares Character customization, combat system, crafting, player housing, cities, quests, spawns, character skills and class.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

What I want to know: where is the “ultimate” MMORPG? I have read about the new games on the horizon, and they seem to all have one thing in common: They focus on a few key features, and leave out brilliant concepts that have already made it in to modern games. That means that in order for the players to get all the features they enjoy in a game, they would have to play more than one MMORPG, if not many MMORPGs. I do not know about you, but I struggle with playing one at a time.
First, he emphasizes on the importance of Character customization because it can make your character powerful and unique in its own ways.
Character customization is so high on so many peoples lists for a reason: People want their characters to appear unique. The better the customization scheme is, the more unique I can make my character. The more unique I can make my character, the happier I am right at the start of the game. What better way to draw in customers than to start them off happy?
Another important part of an MMORPG is the Combat system where you can gain experience and receieve new items.
The problem is, most MMORPGs use the common “auto attack key” method, which is dated and – to put it bluntly – boring. The solution? Combine twitch and character skill based systems.
Crafting is where a player creates new weapons, armor, or other items.
Ah, crafting. Some people love it, some people hate it. Regardless of your personal feelings on crafting, there is no doubt that player crafted items and the economy they generate play a major role in the modern MMORPG. So, if they play such a huge role in the game, why do most developers find a way to make it an exceedingly boring time sink?
Player Housing and cities is where you can interact with other players and store your items.
Player housing is another key factor in the modern MMORPG, albeit another debated one. Is it really necessary to have...
There are a number of MMORPGs available for the Macintosh, including World of Warcraft and Shadowbane which are discussed in this article.

To read the full article, follow the link below.

MMORPG.com: Article


Mario On Your iPod?
8:07 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

If you've ever thought it would be fun to see Mario or Link running across your iPod screen then the efforts of a few dedicated individuals might bring your fevered dreams to life. According to the The Unofficial Apple Weblog, some daring hackers have made use of the open source iPod Linux Project to run a Linux based Gameboy emulator on the iPod.

Although the emulator isn't yet available, gameplay movies for Legend of Zelda and Mario can be found on the ipodlinux.org forums. TUAW reports that the intrepid folks behind this mad scheme have Mario running at "close to full speed."

To check out the information for yourself, click on over to the links listed below.

Gameboy Emulator for your iPod?
Linux On iPod Forum Topic


Mac Wins Computer Chess Tournament
8:07 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

For the first time ever, a Macintosh computer (Dual 2.7ghz Power Mac G5) was the winning canidate in the fifth International Dutch Computer Chess Championships. The Macintosh computer used a Mac OS X version of Shredder Chess, a computer chess-playing software developed by Stefan Meyer-Kahlen. There will be a Macintosh version of Shredder Chess available to the public this summer.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

It's not the first win for Shredder. The software has now won nine titles as World Computer Chess Champion - but it's the first win for the Mac version of the application. Computer played against computer in the Dutch competition.
The fifth International Dutch Computer Championships was held June 3-5th in Lieden, Netherlands.

To read the full article or to learn more about Shredder Chess, follow the links below.

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Shredder Chess


Mac Games News for Thursday, July 21, 2005

Macgamestore: X2 - The Threat In Stock12:23 PM
True Combat: Elite Mod Coming Soon7:43 AM
Winners Announced for BCS Contest 267:42 AM
1UP.com Previews Bone: Out From Boneville7:41 AM
ESRB Changes San Andreas Rating To Adults Only7:40 AM
Battlefield 1942 Patch Released7:39 AM
World of Warcraft Reaches 1.5 Million Chinese Customers7:39 AM
 
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