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Wednesday, October 12, 2005


TeamSpeex for OS X Coming Soon
8:13 AM | Eddie Park | 30 comments

Mac users who have been waiting for a VoIP chat client may want to check out a program called TeamSpeex. Currently in beta testing, TeamSpeex allows OS X users to chat online via voice, and is in fact a TeamSpeak client for Mac gamers.

So I was tired of waiting and seeing Mac users being left in the dark and not supported by not having a client, up until now ofcourse because (you probably already guessed it) TeamSpeex is a TeamSpeak client for Mac OS X!
TeamSpeex uses the Speex codec and is fully compatible with existing TeamSpeak servers, meaning that Mac users should be able to chat alongside PC and Linux users. The TeamSpeex site notes that an open beta will soon be available for those interested in trying it out.

TeamSpeex


Apple Updates Hot Deals
8:40 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

ClubMac has great deals on essential Mac products, including LaCie Biggest F800 1.6TB USB 2.0/FireWire 800 External RAID Storage System, Epson CX4600 All-in-One Device, Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium Full Version, Quark QuarkXPress 6.5 for Mac, Xerox Phaser 8550/DP Solid-Ink Color Printer with $150 mail-in rebate and 1 FREE Rainbow Ink Pack, and much more.

Small Dog Electronics has great prices on top quality Mac products, including LaCie 8GB Carte Orange USB Key Drive, SDI iHome Clock Radio for iPod, IRIS IRISPen Executive Pen Scanner, Alsoft DiskWarrior, QuickerTek 27db Transceiver for AirPort Base Station, Canon ZR200 MiniDV Digital Video Camera Riverdeep Sponge Bob Typing, and much more. All details available at the following URL:

Ramjet has super low prices on RAM upgrades for your Mac, including 2GB DDR Kit for Power Mac G5 for only $275, 512MB DDR for Power Mac G4 for only $49, 512MB PC-2700 for Aluminum PowerBook G4 for only $65, 1GB PC-2700 for Aluminum PowerBook G4 for only $189, 512MB DDR DIMM for iMac G5 for only $49, and much more.




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IMG Reviews Midnight Mansion
8:31 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Midnight Mansion, the side-scrolling game by ActionSoft. Here's a clip from the review:

Midnight Mansion's hero is an intrepid adventurer named Jack Malone who has realized that the true path to getting stinking rich is not through wealthy relatives or blind luck on the stock market: it's by exploring trap- and ghost-ridden old mansions. However, Jack isn't exactly your typical video game adventurer. He's a little portly, gets winded sometimes from all the running about, and instead of carrying any firepower he has his trusty yo-yo, which he whips out during times of boredom.
Be sure to check out the entire review by following the link below.

IMG Review: Midnight Mansion
ActionSoft
Midnight Mansion



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Freeverse Announces The Best Of: Original Mac Games, Vol. 1
8:15 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

The week of announcements continue from Freeverse. Today they have announced the upcoming release of The Best Of: Original Mac Games, Vol. 1, a compilation of five action games created for Mac OS X.

Ian Lynch Smith, President of Freeverse said, "Individually, these games have earned rave reviews and represent some of the best original Mac development, together, and for under six bucks a game, this box is unstoppable."
The games featured on the CD are:
The deep sea adventure, Deep Trouble 2 from Code Blender Software.
The balloon-popping mayhem of Airburst Extreme from Strange Flavour.
The retro space action of Starbase Defender from Bigger Planet.
The shoot 'em up goodness of Active Lancer from de software.
And the adrenal-spanking Kill Monty from JustinFic.
To further sweeten the deal the compilation CD also includes a playable development level from the upcoming Wingnuts 2. The compilation will ship before the end of this month for $29.95 and is available for preorder at Freeverse.com.

For more information check out The Best Of: Original Mac Games, Vol. 1 website at the link below.

Original Mac Games, Vol. 1
Freeverse
CodeBlender
DeepTrouble 2
Strange Flavour
Airburst Extreme
Active Lancer
Kill Monty
Starbase Defender
Bigger Planet
Buy Airburst Extreme
Buy Active Lancer



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Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend Released for Mac
8:15 AM | Eddie Park | 10 comments

The good, wholesome folks at Running With Scissors have recently bestowed their latest gift on the Mac and Linux communities in the form of Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend. A single-player add-on for the original Postal 2, Apocalypse Weekend adds a wealth of new content for the discerning gamer, including new maps, weapons, enemies, and even the semblance of a plot.

Among the new weapons are boomerang machetes, scythes, and the sledgehammer, all of which can be used on new enemies that include MadCow-infected Tourettes Zombies, Attack Cats, and Demon Midgets.

Asked whether he hesitated to launch on these benign platforms because of the sudden controversy swirling around video and computer games, Running With Scissors ringleader Vince Desi didn't blink. "Our Mac and Linux fans were hot as a cup of McDonald's coffee for the final installment in the POSTAL2 series. For us and our fans, the recipe has always remained the same: a twist of humor, several buckets of the old ultra-violence and a base of solid game play, served with an inevitable side order of controversy."
Apocalypse Weekend is currently available for order on a hybrid disc that includes Mac, Linux, and PC versions. The full version of Postal 2 or Postal 2: Share the Pain is needed in order to play.

Running With Scissors
Postal 2
Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend
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Another Stubbs Preview
8:14 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

As Stubbs The Zombie shuffles even closer to release the previews continue to crawl into view. One of the latest is from Gamedaily.com which takes a look at the title's ability to avoid stale gameplay. The option to turn enemies into shambling allies is just one of the unique features which keeps the game fresh.

From the preview:

To their credit, the developers have tried to keep things varied and therefore interesting. Everyone you bite/scratch (and since when does a zombie scratch turn you into the undead?) will transform the unfortunate victim into a zombie and he or she will fight alongside you against the small armies of cops that want nothing more than to place a toe tag on Stubb's feet and shove him into a wood chipper. This means you can have a small army of like, ten or more rotting corpses fighting alongside you, and you can push them in a direction or whistle to get their attention. Trust me, they come in handier than, well...an extra hand. Not only will they do the dirty work for you, but they act as major distractions. Want to get the cops off your back? Divert their attention by sending a zombie horde into their stupid faces!
Aspyr and Wideload plan to release Stubbs for the Mac sometime in November. For the full preview follow the link below.

Gamedaily: Stubbs Preview
Aspyr Media
Wideload
Stubbs the Zombie
Buy Stubbs the Zombie



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New World of Warcraft Content Patch
8:14 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Yesterday, Blizzard Entertainment released the World of Warcraft 1.8 content patch. The latest patch adds a variety of gameplay changes and content updates. From the Blizzard website:

  • Silithus - Totally revamped zone for level 60 solo players and 5-man parties.
  • Four Dragons - The four corrupted dragons from the Emerald Dream
  • Druid Talent update
  • And much more!
To download the latest patch, simply login to World of Warcraft or visit the Blizzard website. To view the entire patch notes, click the link below.

Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft
Blizzard Website - WOW 1.8 Patch Notes
Buy World of Warcraft


Doukutsu Monogatari Freeware Available
8:14 AM | Eddie Park | 4 comments

A reader recently pointed us to an interesting bit of freeware gaming that folks may want to investigate. Titled Doukutsu Monogatari, which translates into Cave Story, this game is the creation of a Japanese developer named StudioPixel that took over 5 years to create what is described as an action/platformer in the vein of titles such as Castlevania and Metroid.

Dokutsu Monogatari is heavily lauded for its polished feel, engaging storyline, and compelling artwork. It was so well-received that folks took the trouble to translate it into English.

Cave Story is really one of those games that can be considered a masterpiece of game design. There are so many wonderful and classic gaming elements, that I cannot even begin to describe just one quality well enough to say "It is for this one reason alone that Cave Story is a great game." There is just so much effort, originality and ingenuity behind this game and it really shows more and more as you play through it.
The folks behind the English translation of this title have both Mac and PC versions available for download, with separate English patches available for folks that need the additional help. In addition, extensive FAQs, character guides, and miscellaneous info on Doukutsu Monogatari can be found at their site as well.

Cave Story - Doukutsu Monogatari


Mac Games News for Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Macgamestore: Horse Racing Manager Now Available11:18 AM
Zebulon, Reckless Driving Updated10:18 AM
25% Off Everything At Freeverse.com7:17 AM
Freeverse Unveils Sound Studio 37:17 AM
Aspyr To Publish JoWood Titles7:16 AM
New Rise of Legends Screenshot7:15 AM
Darwinia Examined7:14 AM
Midnight Mansion Updated to 1.0.37:14 AM
Xbox Stubbs at GM, Sims 2 Expansion in Alpha7:13 AM
 
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