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Wing Commander Privateer Now Available
9:12 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Wing Commander Privateer: Gemini Gold 1.0 has been released. The freeware game is a remake of the classic Privateer game that more closely resembles the original game. Known to some as the "purist" version, Gemini Gold removes the fan-made content of the original Privateer Remake. The gameplay and physics were also tweaked to more closely resemble the original.

Back in 1993 Privateer was released as part of the Wing Commander series and became a great success in the gaming industry. Over 10 years later a small group of privateer enthusiasts reintroduce the game with a new graphic engine and real 3d spaceflight.

As Grayson Burrows you inherited a small old scout class ship from your grandfather, to start over as a Privateer in a new and sparsely populated sector of the Confederation. Take your chance and become a pirate, merchant or hunter upgrade your ship and experience the hard truth in a border sector where noone has anything to give away...
To download the 190MB game, head over to Macgamefiles.com.

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Macgamestore: Star Wars Battlefront In Stock
1:12 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The much-anticipated Mac version of Star Wars Battlefront in now in stock at Macgamestore.com. Available for $48.99, the game is an action/shooter game that gives fans and gamers the opportunity to re-live and participate in all of the classic Star Wars battles like never before. Players can select one of a number of different soldier types, jump into any vehicle, man any turret on the battlefront and conquer the galaxy planet-by-planet online with their friends or offline in a variety of single-player modes. Single player modes include "Instant Action," "Galactic Conquest" and the story-based "Historical Campaigns" mode that lets gamers experience all of the epic battles from Episodes I-VI, fighting from the perspective of each of the four factions within the game.

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IMG Reviews Railroad Tycoon 3
12:58 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

IMG has posted a review of MacSoft's Railroad Tycoon 3. Here's a clip from the review:

For newcomers to the genre, though, there's a great deal to discover, and it will take time to get into the game (though its learning curve is commendably shallow, given the game's actual complexity, and there's a couple of very useful tutorials). See those two words in the title? Railroad and Tycoon? They give you (surprise, surprise) a pretty good indication of what the game's all about. Yes, the subject matter is choo-choo trains, but the business tycoon aspect is at least as important. You generally start with a small amount of capital and are expected to create a major working rail network over two or three decades of game-time, and personally get rich in the process if possible.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Railroad Tycoon 3
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FunPause Releases Atlantis for OS X
10:03 AM | Tony Jones | Comment on this story

FunPause released Atlantis for Mac OS X today. The puzzle game places you incharge of finding the lost city of Atlantis using nothing more then your brain power. You can pick up the demo at their site or purchase the full version for $19.95.

Atlantis takes you on a trip to the 19th century. As the head of an international team of skilled explorers on a classified mission, you unlock the secrets of the long-lost city in 81 challenging levels of pure fun. If you succeed, fame, fortune, and world-changing technology from Atlantis will be yours!
Go check out Atlantis at FunPause.com, or follow the links below for more information on the game.

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So You Wanna Be A Game Designer?
9:54 AM | Tony Jones | Comment on this story

Gamespot.com. recently posted a feature explaining what it means to be a game designer. The feature explains the hardships game designers face when creating a game. The feature interviews four of the industry's top game designers, Chris Avellone, Cliff Bleszinski, Ken Levine, Akira Yamaoka, and tells of how they became what they are now.

But how many of you actually know what being a game designer means? What does a game designer do on a day-to-day basis? Some of us might imagine that all it takes is vision or having great ideas. But it's much more than that. The days of just scribbling something on the back of a napkin are long gone, if they ever even existed. Today's game designers need to be multidimensional. Their job is to make great ideas become reality, and that involves working with many different people and understanding the different specialists who need to work together to create games. Coordination, cooperation, and compromise are the name of the game.
This feature gives ideas on how to get a career in game design started. For the full feature check out the links below.

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Delicious Monster Co-Founder Joins Apple
9:16 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Delicious Monster co-founder Mike Matas has decided to become a part of Apple. His job will be to design user interfaces and sketch icons for Mac OS X. Best of luck to him and his future ventures.

To read the entire article or to learn more information about Delicious Monster, follow the links below.

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World of Warcraft Launches in Singapore
9:16 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recently launched their popular MMORPG World of Warcraft to Singapore. Blizzard has selected iGames Asia as the exclusive distribution and marketing partner for the Singapore release. Mike Morhaime, Blizzard president and co-founder, had this to say on the subject:

"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. 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."
Singapore players will join the 3.5 million of World of Warcraft subscribers in North America, Europe, Korea, and China. IMG will continue to follow the ridiculous success of World of Warcraft as it continues to expand.

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DOOM 3 Movie Interview
9:16 AM | Anthony Wang | 2 comments

Ain't It Cool has posted an interview with actor Karl Urban about the upcoming DOOM movie. Karl Urban plays the main character "John Grimm", a special-ops marine. The interview focuses on the movie content, clearing up misconceptions about the movie such as the setting, and everything else in between.

KARL URBAN: I just saw the film today for the first time and it is awesome. It's like a rollercoaster. Once it grabs you it just grabs you by the nuts and doesn't let go.
Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak, the DOOM Movie is slated to be released on October 21, 2005. To read the entire interview, follow the link below.

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FreeCiv Updated to 2.0.3
9:15 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Freeciv has been updated to 2.0.3. An open source game similar to the Civilization series, Freeciv is a turn based multiplayer strategy game which allows players to lead their civilization to dominance.

Here are a few of the changes and fixes in this latest update:

• Fix some bugs that show up on 64-bit machines.
• Fix some bugs with future techs in some situations.
• Fix some bugs that allowed naval units onto land.
• Fix a bug that could crash the server when a player picked their nation.
• Fix a bug with player info not being updated after an alliance is broken.
• Fix a bug with happiness of a unit's home city when borders change.
• Fix a bug with happiness of a unit's home city when the unit moves.
• Fix some bugs with nation starting positions in scenarios.
• Fix a bug when running the server without stdin input.
• Don't allow teams to be changed when loading a game.
• Don't allow observers to vote.
• Fix a bug with the fallback when generator 3, startpos 3 fails.
• Fix a crash in the help dialog (when looking at Engineers).
• Don't popup the caravan dialogs when in observer mode.
• Fix a crash in goto mode when the mouse is near the map overview window.
• Fix a bug when a diplomat is killed while the diplomat dialog window is in the process of opening.
• Fix a bug with the diplomat dialog window for spies when you don't have an embassy.
As the name implies, Freeciv is free. It requires Mac OS 10.3 or higher and the X11 optional install for users of Panther. Click over to Macgamesfiles.com and begin your quest for dominance.

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More on Civilization IV Religions
9:15 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

New information has been revealed about the Religion system in the upcoming Firaxis game, Civilization IV. In a recent Gamespot article, the designers gave us a peek into the new system and how it will impact game play.

If you are the first to discover the technology associated with a religion, the religion is founded in one of your cities. Religion can spread passively throughout your cities and even into neighboring cities belonging to your opponents. Establishing trade routes can help spread your religion faster and farther. Certain religious buildings can also help this passive spread. But if you want to move the process along, you will want to create missionaries. Missionaries are units that you can move to another city (your own or an opponent's) and attempt to directly convert that city to your religion.

In addition, having cities that have converted to your state religion can give you monetary and happiness bonuses. You can also get some line-of-sight benefits and provide yet another interesting decision in a game already filled with interesting decisions.

As reporterd earlier on IMG, there is no word yet on the possibility of a Mac version of Civilization IV. For the entire Gamespot article, click the link below.

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The Sims 2 Content Similar To Hot Coffee?
9:14 AM | Anthony Wang | 2 comments

Gamespot is reporting that a Miami attorney by the name of Jack Thompson has set his eyes on Electronics Arts The Sims 2 video game for content similar to that of the "Hot Coffee" modification. The "Hot Coffee" modification unlocked inappropriate sexual content in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Things are likely to heat up for gaming industry and Jack Thompson as he pursues his latest endeavor.

Here is a glance at the article:

Thompson doesn't seem to care. He cites a cheat code that can remove the blur that covers the nether regions. "The nudity placed there by the publisher/maker, Electronic Arts, is accessed by the use of a simple code that removes what is called 'the blur' which obscures the genital areas. In other words, the game was released to the public by the manufacturer knowing that the full frontal nudity was resident on the game and would be accessed by use of a simple code widely provided on the Internet."
Electronics Arts' argument is that the Sims 2 is basically a life simulator. The game's focus is to try to accurately imitate real life as much as possible even if it means partial nudity blurred when going to the restroom for example.
There is no content inappropriate for a teen audience. Players never see a nude sim. If someone with an extreme amount of expertise and time were to remove the pixels, they would see that the sims have no genitals. They appear like Ken and Barbie."
This content that Jack Thompson accuses The Sims 2 of having isn't directly in the game like "Hot Coffee" was. However, the Sims 2 modding community has created modifications that show more of the Sims than it was ever intended to by the game's developers.

The cheat code that removes the blur hasn't been reported to work on the Macintosh version of The Sims 2. Until further notice, The Sims 2 is still rated Teen and can be purchased from the Mac Game Store (MGS) for $48.95. Stay tuned to IMG for futher news regarding this developing story.

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Department of Defense Creates Games Developers' Community
9:14 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

The Department of Defense has recently created the Games Developers' Community in an effort to combine all military related game creation under one umbrella. Developers eligible to be a part of the community include those working directly with the military on "recruiting titles", and those whose games are either used as training tools or have benefitted from military consultation in the games' creation.

A website provides a complete list of games created by the Developers' Community. In addition to first person shooters used as training tools, the list included one of Blizzard's more popular titles. Starcraft is apparently being used by the Air Force in an unknown capacity.

For more on the GDC and games being used by the military check the links below.

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Mercenaries Cash For Art Program
9:13 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Anyone looking to create 3D objects for video games and earn money should check out S2 Games: Mercenaries Cash for Art Program. Currently they offer two cash for art programs, foilage and rocks. There have already been some impressive submissions by various 3D artists. Cash considerations range from $50-$300 dollars for qualifying foilage and rocks objects.

Welcome all,

I've set this site up as a way to organize and control our outsourcing requirements. The Cash for Art program is open to anyone who has access to these forums. You can find out easily what art assets we are looking for at any given time. If you see something you think you can create feel free give it a shot. If it meets our standards and needs we'll pay you for it. If not well, what can i say practice makes perfect. If you create something we like, we'll name our price. The S2 Cash for Art Program is a great way for both new 3dartists to get their foot in the door and for seasoned professionals to make a little extra cash.

S2 Games also developed the Real-Time Strategy Shooter (RTSS) game, Savage: The Battle for Newerth. The game is available for the Macintosh through Virtual Programming.

Follow the links below for more details.

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BF 1942: Desert Combat Realism 1.0 for Mac Soon
9:12 AM | John Telthorst | Comment on this story

In the wake of the new Battlefield 1942 compatibility patch the Desert Combat Realism (DCR) team has released version 1.0 of their modification. DCR is an effort to produce a more realistic mod for Battlefield 1942 that brings gameplay closer to how real equipment behaves. DCR is not intended to rival the Desert Combat team, but instead “appeal to hard-liners and prior service, or just players looking for greater levels of realism and a sterner approach to game balance.” Macologist.org has announced that they will be handling the file conversion for Mac gamers and that it will available within the next few days.

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Last Man Standing Mod For Doom 3 Available
9:12 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

If you're looking for more chances to fight for your life against the denizens of hell, then look no further. A new Last Man Standing Mod has been released for Doom 3, giving both single player and multiplayer minded gamers more chances to turn Mars even redder with the blood of their enemies.

Last Man Standing Coop Mod is a Doom 3 Single Player and Multiplayer modification that aims to bring back the classic Doom experience. Our LMS Mod gametype is survival in nature where you face swarms of attacking monsters to the adrenaline pumping energy of heavy metal soundtracks. We also fully support Single Player Cooperative play through the SP Coop gametype. The monsters keep coming, and the bullets keep flying. Let the terror begin...
Click the link below, if you dare.

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Mac Games News for Friday, July 22, 2005

MacGames DVD Volume 5 Ships. Subscribe Today and Save!11:01 AM
IMG Reviews True Crime: Streets of L.A.10:48 AM
Macologist Releases Working Mods For Battlefield9:22 AM
Blizzcon Tickets On Sale Now9:21 AM
Custer Commits A Crime8:13 AM
New Text Adventure Game Available For Many Platforms8:11 AM
New US Realms Available For World Of Warcraft8:10 AM
Tune From Warcraft Soundtrack Available For Download8:10 AM
World Of Warcraft Launches In Singapore8:10 AM
Blizzard Teams Up With Coca Cola8:09 AM
Delicious Monster Interview8:09 AM
A Vision Of The Ultimate MMORPG8:08 AM
Mac Wins Computer Chess Tournament8:07 AM
Mario On Your iPod?8:07 AM
Horse Racing Manager Now Available8:06 AM
 
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