America's Army 2.40 In Beta
9:57 AM | Anthony Wang | 6 comments
Finally, some great news regarding America's Army version 2.40 from Ryan Gordon of Epic Games. America's Army 2.40 has now hit beta status and has been been given to a testing group called the "MacNinjas". The new version will have improved graphics with the Unreal Engine 2.5 and vehicle support to name a few.
In the upcoming America's Army: Special Forces (Q Course), you will endure a grueling training course to reach your goal of becoming a Green Beret in the Special Forces. The game itself features realistic weaponary, a variety of roles to choose from, simulate what is it like in the U.S Army, and much more. If you haven't played America's Army yet, the upcomng release could be a good time to try it out.
For more information, follow the links below.
Ryan Gordon: America's Army 2.40 Status
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Macgamestore Announces Winner of 60 GB iPod
4:14 PM | IMG News
Macgamestore.com has announced that Brian Jones of Columbus, Ohio has won a free 60 GB Color iPod. Brian entered the giveaway on the very last day of the last month's free ipod giveaway contest.
Macgamestore.com will be announcing another new contest shortly.
IMG Posts Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 Gameplay Movies
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Aspyr Media has sent us four new gameplay movies from the just gone gold Mac edition of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, which is scheduled to ship in mid-August. The new gameplay movies are straight from the Mac version. Be sure to check them out by following the link below.
IMG Feature: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 Gameplay Movies
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iGame Radio Talks With Sony Online Entertainment
12:21 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story
On tonight's broadcast of iGame Radio, the Mac gaming radio program, host Omaha Sternberg talks with Chris Kramer, Director of Corporate Communications of Sony Online Entertainment about the recently launched Station Exchange. Also, a review of Geneforge 3 by Spiderweb Software.
Recently, Sony Online Entertainment launched a new service called Station Exchange for Everquest II that would facilitate the buying and selling of in-game items. Considering that SOE has for years held a ban against this sort of thing, it's been quite a shock in the industry that they are now embracing it. With
other commercial sites around that are also in the economics of in-game item trade and recent studies done on the subject, what affect does this have on in-game play? Does it mean only the wealthy can have fun? And how will Station Exchange affect EQII? Join Chris Kramer and Omaha as they explore these answers and more.
Omaha will also offer Mac gaming news and commentary, and together with her guest will take questions live from listeners in the iGame Radio chat room (AIM/iChat room name "iGameRadio").
iGame Radio can be heard live on MacRadio from 6 to 7:30 pm Pacific Time, 9 to 10:30 pm Eastern (Tuesday from 0200 to 0330 UTC), and on demand thereafter. Listeners can tune in at iGame Radio web page where they'll also find archives of past broadcasts. QuickTime 5 or 6 and a 28 kbps or faster Internet connection are required.
World Of Warcraft Hunter Talent Preview
10:10 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story
For those curious about changes to Hunter talents in the upcoming update for World of Warcraft, Blizzard has provided some answers. At the WoW website an interactive preview of the changes is now available.
In this interactive preview of the changes, you can view the progression, read up on the new abilities and enhancements within the various trees, and experiment with new builds!The interactive preview is also a taste of more to come for all character classes. Soon players of any class will be able to use the new tool to plan out their character creation and save it for further perusal. Check out the links below for more details.
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Newsforge Highlights Lesser Known Open Source Games
10:10 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment
Recently Newsforge featured five open source games available for a variety of platforms including Mac OS X. While perhaps not as well known as open source titles such as Freeciv, Newsforge recommends gamers give these five titles a look.
Here's a description of the five games:
BOXit: BOXit is a simple Java-based puzzle game, where you have to remove tiles with the same color or value by dragging tiles one over another. The trick is that you can only remove tiles that are on the same row or column. The goal of the game is to remove as many tiles as possible. The game stops when you have no more moves left. The fewer tiles left on the board, the higher the score you get.For the entire feature and the games please follow the links below.
Newsforge: Five Open Source Games
StroQ: StroQ is another "simple" puzzle game, where you have to draw a single continuous line -- the stroke -- from one square to another. When you run the puzzle by pressing the F5 key, white and black squares along this line will flip over (white become black, and black become white). The puzzle is solved when all the tiles in each row have the same color.
JDuplicate: If you want to play Scrabble on your computer, look no further than Java-based JDuplicate. Scrabble is a multi-player game, and JDuplicate allows you to connect to a JDuplicate server to play with other users and even chat with them. You can connect to the official server, which is provided as the default with the JDuplicate client, or you can set up your own server and play Scrabble on a local network. JDuplicate supports English, Russian, and French, and you can easily add other languages.
netPanzer: If you like fast-paced tactical battle games, try netPanzer. This multi-player game allows you to join one of the available servers, or set up your own. The main objective is to occupy outposts and destroy enemy tanks. Although your strategy for each game will vary, you can start by occupying outposts. Since the occupied outposts can act as production facilities, you can use them to produce tanks.
jRisk: As the name implies, jRisk is a Java-based computer version of the well-known turn-based strategy board game Risk, so if you've ever played conventional Risk, you already know the basics. However, jRisk adds a couple of additional tweaks to the original game. Notably, the application allows you to play three different types of games: Domination, Capital, and Secret Mission. Unlike conventional Risk, jRisk offers six map views; besides the familiar Continents view, you have Ownership, Border Threat, Card Ownership, Troop Strength, and Connected Empire. These views help you keep tabs on your empire, detect threats, and manage your troops more effectively.
GameRanger Updated to 4.1.1
10:09 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story
GameRanger, Scott Kevill's Mac friendly player matching service for a long list of games, has been updated to version 4.1.1. In addition to making the application more compatible with Tiger, compatibility with several games has also been improved.
Here is the list of changes:
• Added support for games that relaunch themselves (BF1942 family) For more information about the utility and the update follow the link below.
• Many minor enhancements for Premium in-game voice
• Better support for large America's Army servers
• Improvements for server lists
• Doom 3 and America's Army are now brought to front after launching
• More workarounds for Tiger bugs
Macworld Reviews BreakQuest
10:08 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story
The Macworld Game Room has posted a review of BreakQuest, a game based on the brick bashing concept popularized by classic titles like Breakout. To set itself apart from the many pretenders to the throne, BreakQuest makes use of physics and a variety of on screen obstacles. The ever popular "power ups" are in place as well.
Developed originally for the PC by Nurium Games and converted to Mac OS X by Red Marble Games, BreakQuest takes the brickbashing concept in a new direction by applying physical rules and principals to game play across each of the 100 levels. Bricks can be different shapes and sizes, and levels can feature springs, dampers and bumpers that will change how the ball reacts. What's more, BreakQuest ties in the Arkanoid-inspired idea of powerups that imbue you with special abilities - multiballs, for example, or laser beams that you can use to disintegrate bricks that are on screen. Some are "powerdowns," for all intents and purposes -- yummies that might speed up the ball, for example, or shrink the width of your paddle. Either way, it's additional challenge.Earning four mice from Macworld's Peter Cohen, BreakQuest may be a good game to try for both nostalgic gamers and those wishing to test their reflexes. Click on the links below to find out more. The latest version of BreakQuest can be found at Macgamefiles.com
Macworld Game Room: BreakQuest
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America's Army Interview
10:08 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story
GameDailybiz recently interviewed Major Christopher Chambers, Deputy Project Director for America's Army, about the success of America's Army as a game and as a recruitment tool. Celebrating its 3rd year this July, the game has become quite popular, boasting over 5 million registered users with over 100,000 more added every day.
GameDAILY BIZ: Now that America's Army is celebrating its third anniversary, how would you say the brand has evolved over the years?Major Chambers also discussed the Army's plans for future expansion of the brand including a console version of America's Army and a new program titled Real Heroes.
Major Chris Chambers: America's Army has earned its place as one of the U.S. Army's most recognized and meaningful brands. In fact, the brand became so powerful that 29% of young people in the U.S. not only recognize the brand, but claim that the America's Army game is their primary source of information about the Army. Overall penetration of the brand is deep across most demographics, bringing the Army's message to millions of households.
This year we are also looking to launch the America's Army Real Hero program. This program uses the powerful reach of America's Army brand to create a close-up look at the lives of heroic Soldiers from the Global War on Terror. We are featuring these Real Heroes as action figures, as well as in our game, and on special features on our website. On the topic of recruitment, Major Chambers said the game is meant only as a first step in giving out information and not as a tool for bringing in recruits.
Other brand expansions in the works include bringing America's Army to other platforms and the development of TV, film, and music products, and more extensive merchandise offerings.
Since our game is played anonymously, we do not know how many of our players have gone on to join the Army. However, we are certain that we are inspiring and providing information through the game to a growing number of young people who might not have received it otherwise. Survey results find America's Army to be the Army's most effective sponsorship effort for reaching young Americans. Twenty-nine percent of young Americans ages 16 to 24 reported that the America's Army game is one of their leading sources of positive awareness about the Army. For the entire interview head on over to GameDailybiz. To download America's Army go to Macgamefiles.com.
Recruiters report that the game is a valuable communications tool in connecting with young Americans. It has become a great "ice breaker" to start up conversations with young people. Many recruiters are using the popularity and exploratory value of the game to create their own local recruiting events - essentially LAN parties.
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Screen Actors Guild Approves Game Voiceover Contract
10:06 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments
Gamasutra is reporting that the Screen Actor's Guild has overwhelmingly approved a new contract governing the work of voice actors in the gaming industry. Although the contract does not include residuals, as some voice actors had hoped, it could do much to lessen the tensions between the gaming industry and SAG over the issue of just compensation for voice talent.
The contract goes into effect Friday, July 29, 2005, and runs through December 31, 2008. Voice-over and other performers will receive a 36% boost in wages, beginning with an immediate 25% hike—daily earnings for a four-hour voice-over session will be $759. Actors will also receive increases in benefits, greater work protection, and double-time paid after six hours instead of after 10. An increase in contributions to the unions’ benefit plan sets contributions at 14.3%, while the unions also made 15%-25% gains in rates for remote delivery and integration.For the complete article click the link below.
Affirmation of the contract comes after SAG members rejected a contract approved in June by a slim majority of SAG’s national executive committee, despite the membership vote and the recommendation of the guild’s negotiating committee that it be approved. SAG held a strike referendum on game concerns in May but failed to garner support from members for a strike over residuals.
Myst V Slate De-Mystified
10:06 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story
Myst Worlds recently posted a video detailing slate gameplay in Myst V: End of Ages. After hearing rumors of writing-based gameplay, Rand Miller, creator of Myst, shows off some of the new mechanics.
Players will be able to draw symbols on a magical slate that will allow for interaction with the game environment, such as for communication with creatures. While the full possibilities of the Slate are yet to be determined, expect more information as the game nears its release of September 20th.
To see the video, click the link below.
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New Bonus Map for WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne
10:03 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story
Blizzard has released yet another bonus map, Skibi's Castle TD, for WarCaft III: The Frozen Throne. Skibi's Castle TD is an official Blizzard version of the popular Tower Defense map, hence the TD, with an added mini-game twist. It is a medium sized map using the Cityscape tileset. You can either take on the horde of enemies solo or hop in one of the two teams with up to five players each.
To download Skibi's Castle TD or to learn more information follow the links below.
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No More CodeWarrior For Mac
9:58 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story
In an e-mail recently posted on the Carbon Developer's mailing list, Metrowerks has decided to drop out of the Macintosh market after the upcoming release of CodeWarrior 10. The most obvious reason is because of Apple's switch to Intel. based processors, another market Metrowerks left. Codewarrior is a popular developer software, used to compile code in games and other applications.
From the e-mail:
For those of you who prefer closure and official statements, according to what I read, Metrowerks has announced the following today at AdHoc:To learn more information, follow the links below.
- CW Pro 10 will be released in the fall.
- It will probably be download only, at a low price.
- It will be the last release of CW.
- It will not, obviously, compile for Intel.
- E-mail support will only be available through the end of the year.
- MWRon will cease providing online support on Aug. 1.
- There will be another patch for CW 9.
There were other details and minor announcements, but they kind of dwarf in
significance after these IMO.
E-Mail: No More CodeWarrior For Mac
Diablo II 1.11 Patch Teaser
9:57 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story
Blizzard Entertainment recently posted a teaser for the new Diablo II 1.11 patch. While no details were released, Blizzard posted the follwing message:
A Call to Heroes!The post also shows several screenshots of heros battling Diablo in a town resembling Tristram, as well as a new Super Unique Monster named Lilith. To see the post and images, click the Blizzard link below.
Great evil has returned to the world of Diablo 2. Will you answer the call to save Sanctuary?
Patch 1.11 is coming....
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