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Postal 1 Now Available, America's Army Status
9:29 AM | Anthony Wang | 9 comments

Ryan Gordon of Epic Games has announced that Postal, the prequel to Postal 2: Share the Pain, has been succesfully ported to Mac OS X. Originally released for the PC back in 1997, the game stirred quite a bit of controversey and was deemed very violent by some in the industry. Both games were developed by Running With Scissors. Currently, Postal is only available through the purchase of a special edition of the MacWorld magazine which went on sale on July 26, 2005.

Running With Scissors, myself, and the MacNinjas spent some time moving the original Postal to MacOS X. If you want it, the complete game is on the MacWorld "Total Tiger" disc, which hits newstands today, July 26th. Make sure you get the right magazine, since this is a special edition of MacWorld and not the usual issue.

This is currently the only place you can get a real MacOS X version of Postal 1, and it's the full single-player game, not a demo, so don't miss it!

In other news, Gordon hints that the Mac version of America's Army 2.4 is still on the way, despite the fact that it was released for the PC over three months ago. Gordon simply states, "Yeah, yeah, it's coming..."

Ryan Gordon: Postal 1 Available
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Readers Report Star Wars: Battlefront CD-Key Printing Error
2:00 PM | Blake Buck | 1 comment

IMG this afternoon has learned of a problem with many (possibly even all) CD-Keys for Aspyr's newest game, Star Wars: Battlefront. It appears that the last four digits of many, if not all, CD-Keys is truncated.

If you are experiencing this problem, please visit the link below, where you will be able to get the last four digits of the CD-Key.

Aspyr's CD-Key Fix
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IMG Interviews Postal's Vince Desi
11:39 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

As the original "bad boys" of game development, Running With Scissors (RWS) launched their Postal series with flaming marching bands and followed it with a sequel that features cat-based gun silencers and first person urination. A first person shooter dripping with mature situations and the potential for gore, it's not meant for everybody. But for the right mature audience, this "only as violent as you are" game delivers clever AI, raunchy humor and scathing satire with attitude and identity. And no one personifies those qualities more than RWS CEO Vince Desi. Check out IMG's interview, linked below.

IMG Interview: Vince Desi
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DOOM Movie Trailer Released
9:36 AM | Anthony Wang | 9 comments

The DOOM Movie trailer has been released. Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak, the movie stars Karl Urban as John Grim and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Sarge. Anyone who has played any of the DOOM games will enjoy this trailer (or hate it), as it has pulse pounding scenes and you get a glimpse of the monsters. Most of the movie is based on the video game DOOM 3, but there are new additions and parts from the other DOOM games. The DOOM movie is slated to be released on October 21, 2005.

The Doom movie, in case you've been gaming so intensely that you haven't heard, follows John Grimm (Karl Urban), a Marine nicknamed "Reaper," who travels with his squad to a Martian research facility where all hell is breaking loose.

Sarge, played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, leads the team to the facility, owned and operated by the Union Aerospace Corporation, where researchers have just discovered the final 10% of the human genome... but with unexpected side effects. Specifically, residents are turning up dead or missing, frayed and bloody lab coats are found, and severed limbs are discovered. It seems that the project has somehow unleashed monstrous, infernal beings and now it's up to John to destroy them and save the day.

To learn more information or to watch the trailer, follow the links below.

DOOM Movie Trailer
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Star Wars: Battlefront In A Store Near You
9:35 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Aspyr announced Tuesday that the Mac version of Star Wars: Battlefront is now in stores. Brought to the Mac by Beenox Studios, Battlefront gives players the opportunity to join up with any of a number of factions from the famous series including the Rebel Alliance, Imperial Army, and Clone Army. From a first person perspective players battle for control of 10 planets drawn from the well known locales Star Wars fans have come to love.

From Aspyr's Website:

Star Wars Battlefront™ 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.
Pick up a copy of Battlefront Macgamestore.com for $48.99. Check the links below for more information about the game.

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GameBanshee Previews Fable: The Lost Chapters
9:33 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

GameBanshee has posted a preview of Lionhead Studios' upcoming Fable: The Lost Chapters. Essentially a stand alone expansion pack for the original Fable, which debuted on the XBOX, Lionhead Studios has decided to make F:TLC available for PC users as well. While the core gameplay and storyline are the same, F:TLC adds the usual new missions, items, and monsters.

So what did Lionhead Studios add for the expansion pack? This is a little more difficult for me to answer, since I didn’t play Fable, but according to the press release I received, there’s a little more of everything -- more spells, monsters, pieces of equipment, mini-games, fishing spots, demon doors, and places to explore.

About half of the new content is sprinkled throughout Fable’s original campaign. For example, when exploring the Darkwood, you’ll now find a bordello area, complete with a new demon door. The bordello has a quest-like activity that I couldn’t figure out (I’m not sure if it’s even working yet), but if you solve the demon door, you’ll earn your very own “pimp hat.”
F:TLC is coming to the Mac courtesy of Feral Interactive, so RPG fans on both sides of the computer fence have reason to celebrate. Click the links below for more information.

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Star Wars: Empire At War For PC Previewed
9:32 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

GameDaily.com has previewed the upcoming Star Wars real-time strategy game, Empire At War. The game, which is currently in development for the PC, will feature space and land battles on planets such as Hoth, Tatooine and Dagobah as well as all new locales. The game is set in the time between episodes III and IV and will detail the struggle between the fledgling Alliance and the newly created Empire. Players will be able to join either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire and their success or failure will determine the course of the game.

Here are a few excerpts from the preview:

There are over 40 battle locations in the game and about 20 of those are planets. The object is to capture a planet and then take advantage of its resources (each planet has one) and special bonus abilities that are earned once said planet is in your possession. You'll battle on the sands of Tatooine, on the extremely icy plains of Hoth, and in the forests of Yavin IV, among other locations, but before you can land you'll need to dispatch your enemies in a thrilling space battle.

...Now what's especially neat about destroying planets is the aftermath. Empire at War takes place in this persistent universe where actions taken in the last mission may seriously impact the gameplay. If you blow up a planet it may leave behind an asteroid field that'll always be there for the rest of your game, and with it comes an all new level of strategy. If you elect to go through it, all of your units will take damage, so if you want to preserve your energy you'll need to go around it. Not only will this take longer than if the field wasn't there, but you also risk being assaulted by an enemy that's decided to travel along the same side.

...Like in most of the Star Wars films, the idea is to weaken your opponent by taking down the shield generator(s), exposing their sorry butts, and then hitting them with everything you've got. To get an added boost, you'll be able to deploy hero characters, and while LucasArts has confirmed Darth Vader and Obi Wan Kenobi, I'm not sure if there will be others.

There's a lot more to these special characters than just using them to slaughter a few units. While Vader is more than capable of using the Force to take down vehicles and his light saber to cut through waves of enemies, you can increase the attack power of certain vehicles by placing him on board. It also appears that you can use him to counter an enemy's hero attack, so if Obi Wan is giving your guys a hard time, Vader will give him something to really worry about.

There is no word on the possibility of a Mac version of EAW, but IMG will keep you up to date on any developments. Check out the preview at the link below.

LucasArts
Gamedaily.com: Empire At War Preview


Bold Brings New John Deere Games To Kids
9:31 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Bold Games, a division of Destineer, is partnering with Gabriel Interactive to offer two new children John Deere games for Windows and Macintosh computers. Based on the Parachute Publishing books of the same names, Welcome to Merriweather Farm and Busy Days in Deerfield Valley follow the adventures of Johnny Tractor and Danny Dozer.

"Merriweather Farm and Deerfield Valley have all the John Deere characters and farming equipment kids love," said Paul Rinde, Chief Executive Officer of Bold Games. "These games help young players develop problem-solving and recognition skills, as they familiarize themselves with the world around them via a fun and interactive way."

Welcome to Merriweather Farm features Johnny Tractor, Allie Gator, and Corey Combine, and offers an abundance of interactive opportunities. Children and their parents can help plow the field, explore the barn, plant the garden, harvest crops, and bring their goods to the market.

Busy Days in Deerfield Valley challenges kids with a host of fun adventures and assembles the same popular group of characters from the John Deere children's book series. Whether helping Barney Backhoe fix the bridge, building a library with Luke Loader, or helping Danny Dozer find his way back to town, players will enjoy the wide array of scenarios over and over again.

"We are delighted to be working with Bold Games to bring our exciting John Deere characters and stories to life through an interactive format for lots of learning fun!" said Susan Knopf, Senior Vice President of Parachute Publishing.

Both games are scheduled for release in September and will sell for around $19.99.

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (PC & Console) Release Date
9:30 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Yesterday, Gamespot posted an article with new details on Star Wars: Battlefront 2. The game will be released for PC and consoles on November 1st, and an Xbox Demo can be found on the DVD of Star Wars: Episode III, which launches at the same time. From the Gamespot article:

Battlefront II is the sequel to 2004's Star Wars: Battlefront, which let large-scale battles take place in the Star Wars universe with gameplay reminiscent of another battle-heavy franchise, Digital Illusions' Battlefield series. Battlefront II continues the sci-fi shooting of its predecessor, featuring a host of new locales, controllable vehicles, and popular characters from the storied films.
While no Mac version has been announced, with any luck the game will be picked up by Aspyr Media in the coming months. If so, Battlefront 2 could likely be released this time next year, as Battlefront 1 is just now being released from a November 2004 PC and console launch.

Stay tuned to IMG for any new developments.

Gamespot Article - Battlefront 2 Dated



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Apple Updates iBook and Mac mini
9:24 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Apple has updated their iBook and Mac mini product lines. Gamers on the go will be delighted that the new iBook sports a faster G4 processor, 512MB of standard memory, improved graphics card, built-in wireless, sudden motion sensor, and a new trackpad. For gamers who are on a budget and lack space, Apple has added more bang for your buck in the Mac mini. Now featuring three models, 1.25Ghz Mac mini, 1.42Ghz Mac mini, and 1.42Ghz Mac mini with a Superdrive. Also, they all come standard with 512MB of memory. Besides that, the top two models also have built-in wireless. For a list of specifications, see below.

iBook G4 12-Inch, suggested retail price, $999 (US)

•1.33Ghz PowerPC G4
•512MB DDR333 SFRAM
•40GB Ultra ATA hard drive
•Combo Drive
•ATI Mobility Radeon 9550
•32MB DDR video memory
•Built-In Airport Extreme
•Built-In Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
•Scrolling Trackpad
•Sudden Motion Sensor

iBook G4 14-Inch, suggested retail price, $1,299 (US)

•1.42Ghz PowerPC G4
•512MB DDR333 SFRAM
•60GB Ultra ATA hard drive
•SuperDrive
•ATI Mobility Radeon 9550
•32MB DDR video memory
•Built-In Airport Extreme
•Built-In Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
•Scrolling Trackpad
•Sudden Motion Sensor

Mac mini, suggested retail price, $499 (US)

•1.25GHz PowerPC G4
•512MB DDR333 SDRAM
•40GB Ultra ATA hard drive
•Combo drive
•ATI Radeon 9200
•32MB DDR video memory
•56k Internal Modem

Mac mini, suggested retail price, $599 (US)

•1.42GHz PowerPC G4
•512MB DDR333 SDRAM
•80GB Ultra ATA hard drive
•Combo drive
•ATI Radeon 9200
•32MB DDR video memory
•Built-in Airport Extreme
•Built-in Bluetooth 2.0

Mac mini, suggested retail price, $699 (US)

•1.42GHz PowerPC G4
•512MB DDR333 SDRAM
•80GB Ultra ATA hard drive
•Superdrive
•ATI Radeon 9200
•32MB DDR video memory
•Built-in Airport Extreme
•Built-in Bluetooth 2.0

The new iBook and Mac mini are currently available through the Apple Store with free shipping included. Current shipping times for the new iBook is 3-5 days, and the current shipping times for the new Mac mini is 1-2 days. For more information, follow the links below.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Apple Store Mac Gaming Event in Phoenix9:10 AM
TV-Like Ads In Video Games?9:09 AM
Walker Games Releases RockSlide9:09 AM
House Backs FTC Investigation Of Take Two, Rockstar9:08 AM
Power Game Factory Updated To 1.0.49:08 AM
Illinois To Fine Retailers For Selling Mature Games To Kids9:07 AM
U.S. Navy Launches Free Game9:07 AM
More Rand Miller Video Interviews9:05 AM
Starcraft Map Contest9:05 AM
Word Of Mouse Games Releases Snood Solitaire9:05 AM
Hellgate: London Development Diary9:04 AM
Widget Monkeys Releases Monkey Marbles9:03 AM
 
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