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Mac EverQuest Trial Now a Free Download
7:38 AM | Andy Largent | 11 comments

The Mac OS X version of the ground-breaking MMORPG EverQuest is now available as a free trial download from Sony. This download requires broadband, as it needs over 2GB of hard drive space in order to play properly (the Mac Edition contains the original game plus four expansion packs).

Previously, those wanting to try out the game were required to find an increasingly rare boxed copy of the game and then manually obtain a key from the Mac EverQuest developer, Hobart.

This is seen as a bitter-sweet token from Hobart, who also announced recently he is moving on from his current position at the company. While the future of the Mac version is "up in the air," he notes he is working to help ensure someone can fill his role in the future. Hobart also makes the call out to any developers familiar with the game:

If anyone here has any development experience with Mac and are extremely familiar with EQ and might be interested in helping whoever takes over EQMac, please send me an e-mail with your experiences. I'll be sure to gather this information so it can be passed along.
For more information, head over to the EQMac forum thread. Also be sure to login to Sony's page to download your demo copy of EverQuest if you haven't already.

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IMG Posts Star Wars Battlefront Review, Video Review
1:28 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 5 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Star Wars Battlefront, published by the Mac by Aspyr Media. The written review is also accompanied by our very first video review (QuickTime 7 required).

Here's a clip from the review:

lefront is an action game featuring both single-player and multiplayer. Single player is just you as a member of one of two opposing teams, with all other units controlled by the computer. Multiplayer involves two teams of up to 32 total human players, possibly with additional units controlled by the computer to fill out the teams. (I'll have more to say about the computer controlled units in a bit.) Either way, your team must capture and hold command posts around the map to give the enemy fewer places to drop reinforcements.
To check out the review and video review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Star Wars Battlefront
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Racer Updated for Mac OS X
7:38 AM | Anthony Wang | 2 comments

After a two-year hiatus from the Mac, the racing sim Racer has again been updated to version 0.5.0. Racer is the free, cross-platform brainchild of Dutch programmer Ruud van Gaal. This new version features a new user interface, new reflections, lens flare, race against up to 5 computer controlled opponents, and much more. The download weighs in at about 24MB.

You can download racer from the author's website or to learn more information, follow the links below.

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World Of Warcraft Zul'Gurub Sneak Preview
7:38 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Blizzard offered a preview yesterday of Zul' Gurub, an upcoming dungeon for their popular online role playing game World of Warcraft. The new dungeon will be a 20 man raid instance located in the northeastern portion of Stranglethorn Vale. It will feature over 120 new epic and superior items including a new five piece set for each character class.

Here are a few planned features:

- Players can build up their reputation with the new Zandalar Tribe faction in order to gain a variety of rewards!
- Tons of Zul'Gurub quests available at the new base in Yojamba Isle!
- Highly scripted boss encounters unlike any you've experienced before!
For more information about the new dungeon check out the links below.

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Second Life Trailer Released At Apple.com
7:38 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Apple.com has posted a new trailer for Second Life, Linden Lab's online role playing game with a unique twist. Nearly everything in the game, from buildings to character avatars, is built by players themselves.

Second Life isnít a game so much as itís a tool for building anything you want: vehicles, avatars, clothes, buildings, funky sculptures. You can even build your own games and host them inside the world, pulling in other players to participate. You own everything you create in the game, including the land you purchase for your buildings, and can sell it for real world money. Welcome to your second life.
Follow the links below to find the new trailer and more information about Second Life.

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Play Doom On Your iPod
7:38 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

The iPod Observer is reporting that the creative folks at iPodLinux Project have made it possible to play the original Doom on an iPod Photo. It requires an install of podzilla to allow users to boot into Linux in order to run the game.

Playing Doom on your iPod requires running podzilla on your iPod, though 4th generation color screen iPods are not (yet) actually supported by the iPodLinux Project. Such is the nature of an open source project where users are free to take whatever risks they wish, and there are images of the game being played.
Check out the links below for more information.

iPod Observer: Doom on an iPod
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Crystal Cave Gold Released For Mac
7:38 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

300AD has released a Mac port of their bestselling game Crystal Cave Gold. The puzzle game spans 100 levels and tasks players with recovering lost crystals from ancient tombs. Including both logical riddles and action elements players use items in the game environment to help them collect the gems and evade monsters.

Search long-lost treasures in pitch black caves, pyramids and dark tombs of ancient temples. Huge gemstones were sheltered from the sunshine for eons of time waiting for those who are brave. You as an intrepid tomb seeker must resolve puzzles of pharaohs, aztecs, fight kings and show courage in many adventures to get them all.
Check out 300AD's site for more information and download the demo from Macgamefiles.com.

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Lux 5.1 Released by SillySoft
7:38 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Multi-platform developer Sillysoft has released an update for Lux, a network-enabled strategy game based on the popular board game Risk. A list of changes were included in the company's press release:

This update changes the multiplayer ranking system so that each registration can only have 1 name in the rankings. This change comes after some extensive discussion about it in the Lux Forums.

Version 5.1 also includes support for international characters (including Japanese and other unicode letters) in ranking system nicknames and in Lux map files.

The download is free for previous registered users and can be obtained from the link below.

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