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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Aspyr Pulls Plug On Two Games
8:53 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 30 comments

Aspyr has pulled the plug on two ports, CSI: Dark Motives and Delta Force: Black Hawk Down: Team Sabre. According to Aspyr's Glenda Adams, CSI: Dark Motives was cancelled due to problems acquiring the source code from the PC developers. The decision to put Team Sabre on hold was more of a monetary decision. The original Delta Force: Black Hawk Down game did so poorly on the Mac, there simply was no way Aspyr could turn a profit on the expansion pack. Adams went on to say that Team Sabre has not been officially cancelled and may still be released at a future date. For now, though, the project is on indefinite hold.

Aspyr's Adams went on to tell IMG that they are still committed to bringing games to the Mac, but that their concentration will be focused on bring "A" titles to the Mac that have a high probability of turning a profit (such as The Sims 2, Star Wars Battlefront, etc).

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IMG Posts Chronic Logic Interview
10:58 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

IMG recently got the opportunity to chat with Alex Austin and Luke Hetherington from Chronic Logic. Chronic Logic is the developer behind several popular Mac games, including Bridge Construction Set, Triptych, and Gish. The interview covers several topics including mac game development, the Apple-Intel switch, and their latest game, Golf?.

To read the interview, click the link below.

IMG Interview with Chronic Logic

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Macgamestore: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 Ships
10:42 AM | Tuncer Deniz has begun shipping Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005. It is available for $39.95.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005 challenges you to take on the man who has changed golf forever – Tiger Woods. After making a name for yourself on the Tour, tee off against legends including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan to see how you stack up against the all-time greats.

The revolutionary new Tiger Proofing course alteration technology allows you to modify course dynamics and call out your PGA TOUR rivals by adding lengthier Tiger Tees, tighter fairways, dramatic undulations to greens, deeper bunkers, higher rough, and more. An enhanced Game Face featuring non-proportional bone scaling and texture blending creates incredibly realistic looks, right down to the bags under your eyes.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005 Features:
• ALL-NEW TIGER PROOFING - A revolutionary course-altering system lets you
increase the course's difficulty.
• LEGENDS TOUR - Take on all-time greats of golf including Arnold Palmer,
Jack Nicklaus, and Ben Hogan.
• EA SPORTS™ GAME FACE II - Infinite combinations of facial proportions and
features, and fully customizable body shape and tone.
• NEW COURSES - Eight new licensed courses plus two new fantasy courses join
the returning favorites.
• MORE PLAYERS- Use 15 PGA Tour players including Tiger Woods, John Daly,
Vijay Singh and more.
• PLAY A CAREER- Obtain sponsorships from real equipment manufacturers and
strive to surpass Tiger Woods on the overall money list.

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Age of Darkness - Official Site Launched
9:21 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Game-Arena Entertainment has launched their official site for Age of Darkness. An MMORPG-in-development that makes use of the Torque 3D Engine, AoD is currently planned for Mac, PC, and Linux platforms.

The new site includes a list of game features, an FAQ, developer logs, and various early development screenshots. Updates and new features have been promised on a weekly basis, slated for every Friday.

Besides the usual MMORPG trimmings, AoD plans on implementing an unusual death penalty scheme:

When you create your character you will be prompted as to whether you want he/she to be a 'Normal Character (NC)', or a 'Hardcore Character (HC)'. Should you chose to create a HC, you will enjoy several added perks such as extra skills and attributes, a slightly higher Exprience Point rate, the ability to command cities and tax inhabitants, the right to lead player guilds, and more. The downside is, if you are killed in combat, there is no coming back; your corpse can be completely looted and you will find yourself back at square one (in other words, 'Perma-death').
Those who opt for NC play will only suffer experience penalties and the loss of a random item, but will also find themselves generally outmatched in single combat versus an HC player.

AoD will be a free download that will include Ashbrook Prime, and carry a $10 a month playing fee. The current release date is set for the second quarter of 2006.

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Stupor 1.0 Released
8:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

JeffScott Development recently released the puzzle game Stupor. As with many puzzle games Stupor arises from a simple concept, which in this case involves clicking numbered tiles on a board with the goal of setting all the numbers to zero.

Stupor 1.0 is freeware and available for download from the site below.

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Lux Reviewed
8:58 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macteens has posted a review of Sillysoft's Lux: The Game Of Universal Domination. Based on the classic board game Risk, Lux features online competition, a plethora of maps, and a variety of new game play styles.

The best part of the game, in my opinion, is the maps: many, many, many maps, many different kinds, styles, sizes, and flavors. Ok, maybe not flavors, but if you lick your monitor there’s a chance it could taste good. Go ahead, try it. You know you want to. Anyway, there are over 300 downloadable maps as of right now, and more are added each week. There are even variations on RISK with themes such as castles, states, and even baseball stadiums. Why say, “I want to control the world!” when you can say, “I want to control Canada, eh!” And, if you can’t find a map that you enjoy, you can go suck an, uh, I mean you can make your own map, or you can use a map randomizer which creates a random map specifically for your personal use. There is a great, easy-to-follow guide to map-making on the sillysoft website.
Macteens gave the game 4 out of 5 stars. For the full review click the link below. To learn more about Lux, head on over to Sillysoft's website. The demo can be downloaded from

Macteens: Lux Review
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Fable: The Lost Chapters For PC Goes Gold
8:58 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Microsoft Game Studios announced yesterday that Fable: The Lost Chapters for Windows has gone gold and will appear in stores on September 23. F:TC builds upon the original Fable's gameplay with the addition of spectacular new spells, devastating weapons, and stout new armor. All these additions will be needed if players hope to contend with the new monsters and other threats in the treacherous Snowy Wastes.

In this groundbreaking role-playing adventure game from Lionhead Studios one can grow from an inexperienced child into the most powerful being in the world, spoken of by all and immortalised in legend. Your actions will shape your character's skills, appearance and morality as your character's life story is created from childhood through adulthood and on to old age. Will you choose the path of righteousness or a life of evil? Your character will transform to reflect every decision and action, scarring in battle and wisening with age in the world of Fable: The Lost Chapters.
As has been reported previously on IMG, Feral Interactive is bringing F:TC to the Mac platform sometime soon after the PC release. For more information about the game follow the links below.

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Stubbs The Zombie Previewed, Six New Screenshots
8:57 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Yesterday Gamespot posted a preview of Wideload Games' upcoming undead action game Stubbs The Zombie. The preview explores the increasingly polished graphical look of the game as well as gameplay features such as the new ability to harm enemies by tossing Stubbs' head like a bowling ball.

Here's a bit from the preview:

We had the chance to try out the post zombie invasion Punchbowl level and were pleased by how the game handled. Stubbs was surprisingly responsive and spry for an undead creature. Using his detachable hand to possess enemies or pitch his head for bowling down foes handled well. Better still was managing your undead minions who'll tag along and help spread the insanity. We were especially pleased to see that, if you possessed the right soldier, you'll basically have access to any of the firearms in the game. The other sweet new element in the game that we were able to try, albeit in an early state, was the two player co-op mode that lets you and a friend tear it up through the game's story. The only catch is that, unlike other games, you won't be able to swap between the single and two player experiences on the fly.
Stubbs should be shambling into a store near you this fall. Follow the links below for the entire preview and six new screenshots.

Gamespot: Stubbs Previewed
Gamespot: Stubbs Screenshots
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Sixteen New Myst V: End Of Ages Screenshots
8:57 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has released a set of 16 new screenshots of the upcoming Ubisoft title, Myst V: End of Ages. Myst V is the final installment in the legendary Myst series. Featuring 3D gameplay, never before seen puzzles, a help system, and richer game environments, Myst V offers more of what Myst fans have come to expect.

Decide the fate of a civilization in this triumphant final chapter to the Myst saga. Embark on an epic journey into the heart of a shattered empire as the only explorer who can still save it – or destroy it with the wrong choices. Your final choice is clouded by the counsel of those who tried and failed.

After generations of pain, the legacy of Myst and the burden that one family has shared comes to a final judgment.

Check out the new screenshots at the link below. A demo of Myst V can be downloaded from The full game is scheduled for release sometime this fall. The limited edition Mac version of Myst V: End of Ages is available for pre-order through for $59.95.

Worthplaying: Myst V Screenshots
MGF: Myst V: End of Ages Demo 1.0
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MacPoker101 Launches
8:56 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Fans of the card game Poker may want to check out the recently launched MacPoker 101 site. Taking note of the recent popularity surge in online poker, MacPoker 101 provides a wealth of Mac-specific information and links, giving Mac users easy access to various online games.

Online poker games that have been established as Mac-friendly include the Java-based Poker Room, Pacific Poker, and Bugsy's Club, which features a downloadable Mac version. In addition, MacPoker 101 also covers other options, including use of an OS X app titled PC Emulator in order to access the PC-only Party Poker:

Party Poker, the world's most popular poker room, currently doesn't offer a no download Java applet, let alone a Mac version, but Mac users can crash the party with the help of a PC emulator.
Also listed on the site are links to Poker-related blogs, tracking tools, and even movies and art. Fans of Poker are highly encouraged to check out this extremely thorough site.

MacPoker 101

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Ambrosia Releases Easy Envelopes
8:54 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software recently released its first widget, EasyEnvelopes. EasyEnvelopes is an envelope design utility that allows users to create envelopes in a variety of sizes and styles. Easy Envelopes also fully integrates with Address Book to manage contacts. From the Ambrosia website:

You can use EasyEnvelopes to quickly print a one-off envelope, or utilize its tight integration with Address Book which allows you to quickly find a person's address to print an envelope for. It handles USPS bar codes for both 5 and 9 digit bar codes, and boasts many time-saving nicities.

EasyEnvelopes works with any country's addressing format, and is fully international-friendly and localizable. It lets you control the size of your envelope, the formatting for the return address and mailing address, and much more. Print envelopes the quick and easy way with EasyEnvelopes!

EasyEnvelopes is avaiable as a free download from Ambrosia's website. To visit the website, click the link below.

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Ambrosia Website - EasyEnvelopes Homepage

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Darwinia Received EIEF Award, Beta Testing Started
8:53 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The folks at Introversion have recently received an award for Darwinia. Given by the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival, they overcame the likes of titles such as Half Life 2 and Rome: Total War to win this year's "People's Choice Award," apparently by a fairly significant margin.

In related news, beta testing for the revamped demo has currently begun. Besides implementing a new control scheme, the demo also includes a number of cutscenes and custom buildings that help flesh out its self-contained mini-story.

The new demo is still very rough around the edges - it's what we call "Minimum Quality" at Introversion, which means there are still a lot of placeholders. All of the new buildings are in placeholder form, and there are no new sounds or music yet. These things will be added during the beta phase.
As reported a few months ago, Darwinia is currently undergoing major revisions. Introversion plans on updating and revising portions of the game based on player feedback, and is currently at work on a brand new demo.

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Mac Games News for Monday, August 22, 2005

Aspyr Ships Lego Star Wars for Mac OS X9:25 AM
Burning Monkey Solitaire 2005 Reviewed9:02 AM
Civilization IV Q&A, New Screenshots9:02 AM
Dofus Artbook Announced9:02 AM
Gun Roar Released9:02 AM
Quake 3 Source Now Available9:02 AM
Six New Screenshots from Incredibles Sequel9:02 AM
The Mac Commandos Battlepack Examined9:02 AM
The Slacker's Guide on Marathon9:02 AM
Warcraft, A Game That Changed The World9:02 AM
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