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Thursday, October 20, 2005


Quad Power Mac G5, New PowerBooks Unveiled
8:07 AM | Andy Largent | 11 comments

Apple has announced the long-rumored release of the Power Mac G5 based on a dual-core CPU architecture. This means their professional line each now features a dual-core processor, with the top-end machine doubled to give the user "groundbreaking quad-core processing." Along with the tower upgrades, the PowerBook G4s have also gotten bumped with higher resolution screens.

Interestingly, all of the Power Mac G5s now feature Nvidia video cards exclusively, rangings from a GeForce 6600LE up to a Quadro FX 4500 with 512MB of VRAM (and a $1,650 bump over the regular 6600).

The entry-level Power Mac G5 gives you a dual-core running at 2GHz at starts at $1,999:

Dual-core 2GHz PowerPC G5 processor
1GHz frontside bus per processor
1MB L2 cache per core
512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200)
160GB Serial ATA hard drive
16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
Three open PCI-Express expansion slots
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE with 128MB GDDR SDRAM
The middle machine runs at 2.3GHz and retails for $2,499:
Dual-core 2.3GHz PowerPC G5 processor
1.15GHz frontside bus per processor
1MB L2 cache per core
512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200)
250GB Serial ATA hard drive
16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
Three open PCI-Express expansion slots
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB GDDR SDRAM
The high-end tower contains two dual-core 2.5GHz processors, coming to the $3,299 price point:
Two dual-core 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 processors
1.25GHz frontside bus per processor
1MB L2 cache per core
512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200)
250GB Serial ATA hard drive
16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
Three open PCI-Express expansion slots
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB GDDR SDRAM
Much more information on the Power Mac lineup can be found at Apple's site, including the only game-related reference to Halo running 90% faster on with a Quadro FX 4500 than the GeForce 6600.

The PowerBook G4 revisions leave both 15" and 17" models running at 1.67GHz, though each of the higher models can now support higher resolutions. The 15" PowerBook now runs at 1440x960, while the 17" has a screen resolution of 1680x1050. The graphics card for both of these is still the ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with 128MB of VRAM. Head over to Apple for more details.

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Power Mac G5
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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Hits Beta
11:12 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has announced that RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 for the Mac has hit beta status. The game, scheduled to ship in November, is licensed from Atari and under development for Mac by Aspyr Studios based on Frontier's original code.

For the first time on Mac: build, operate and experience the amusement park of your dreams in RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, where you can actually ride the rides!

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is the first in the highly successful Rollercoaster Tycoon series to come to Mac. The game features stunning 3D graphics, and the all-new CoasterCam, which allows players to see their park from the eyes of a guest and ride all the rides. Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 also features amazing crowd scenes with enhanced park guests and characters, more than 170 rides including new-to-the-franchise roller coaster types, realistic day and night cycles with superb lighting effects, extensive still-picture and movie-making capability, and the new Fireworks MixMaster, which allows players to create pyrotechnic masterpieces and synchronize them to music.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is available for pre-order through Macgamestore.com for $49.95.

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TNT Basic Released as Freeware
10:13 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

TNT Basic has been released as freeware, according to a posting at iDevGames. Currently listed at version 1.3, TNT Basic is a programming language that allows for the creation of 2D sprite-based games. Some of its features include hardware acceleration, TCP/IP networking, and a tile-based map editor.

New features to the latest version are as follows:

  • Now freeware and open source
  • New windowed graphics allowing you to make a game that doesn’t run fullscreen
  • Removal of 16Mb file size limit – allowing use of more graphics and larger music files Bug fixes:
  • Fixed option, control and command keys not working with the ‘pressed’ command under OS X
  • Fixed crash when loading 256 colour images
  • Fixed key release events being lost if released when a file open dialogue box was on screen (OS X)
  • Fixed ‘frame oval’ crash if using a transparent pen and drawing off the edge off a canvas
Those interested in downloading TNT Basic will find a download link at its site. Instructions, explanations, and examples can also be found there.

TNT Basic
iDevGames - TNT BASIC 1.3 Released as Freeware



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iGuard Updated
8:07 AM | Anthony Wang | 1 comment

Staying one step ahead in the battle against cheaters, iGuard has been updated to version 2.1.0. This update fixes minor bugs and enhanced cheat protection. iGuard is an anti-cheat program for Raven Shield that is used by many servers and required by Macintosh gaming leagues.

iGuard 2.1 List of Changes
  • Extended Interaction Bot Detectors (checks all classes now)
  • Fixed Memory Leak
  • Various updated hack protections
  • You must have iGuard 2.0 installed before applying this latest update. Please follow the links below to download iGuard and to learn more information.

    Download iGuard 2.1 Update
    Download iGuard 2.0
    iGuard
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    Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield
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    Feyna's Quest Released
    8:07 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

    Eldwood Games has released Feyna's Quest, a platform game with role playing elements. Players take the role of a young dark elven sorceress on a quest to escape the humans assaulting her homeland.

    Some of the game's features:

    * An epic plot divided into 7 chapters.
    * Over 40 types of monsters, including 10 bosses.
    * Complete original soundtrack with over 20 pieces of music.
    * OpenGL and Direct3D supported but not required.
    For more information and a handful of screenshots check out FQ's website at the link below.

    Feyna's Quest
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    Rise of Legends Designer Diary
    8:07 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

    Gamespot recently posted a Designer Diary of Rise of Legends, the latest game by Big Huge Games. Rise of Legends is the sequel to the popular Rise of Nations, which Macsoft brought to the Mac last year. Rise of Legends takes the classic Rise of Nations formula and puts a fantasy spin on it. The Gamespot article explains:

    Whereas Rise of Nations was a historically inspired real-time strategy game that let you take command of one of the world's 18 nations and guide it from the beginning of time to the modern age, Rise of Legends is an original fantasy game that will let you take command of one of three unique races in the battle to dominate the game's fictional world. You'd think that with just three races (compared to 18 in the original) Rise of Legends would be an easier game for Big Huge Games to make, but that'd be a wrong assumption, as Big Huge Games explains in our latest designer diary.
    While Rise of Legends has not been announced for the Mac, given the popularity of the original, a Macsoft port is a definite possibility. To view the entire article, click the link below.

    Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends
    Gamespot Article - Rise of Legends Designer Diary


    The ButtKicker Gamer
    8:07 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

    Macworld's Game Room recently posted a review of the Buttkicker Gamer, a bass amplifier which attaches to the center post of a standard office chair. Designed by the Guitammer Company, the ButtKicker is intended to add a bit of rumble to your favorite games. The device managed a score of 3.5 out of 5 mice.

    From the review:

    If you have a strong enough signal, the rumble effect is remarkable. I tested it out with a few of my favorite movies, games, and audio tracks, and was pleased with the results. I could really feel the bass in a way unlike anything I’d experienced before—imagine sitting naked on subwoofers.

    One warning: the ButtKicker Gamer will rattle any loose plastic on your chair.

    To read the full review and learn more about the ButtKicker check out the following links.

    Macworld Game Room: ButtKicker Reviewed
    The ButtKicker Gamer


    Mac Games News for Wednesday, October 19, 2005

    Macgamestore: Buy Three Games, Get Homeworld 2 For Free2:21 PM
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    Apple Offers Newest Hot Deals10:11 AM
    Final System Requirements For Stubbs10:01 AM
    Apple Feature - Myst V7:58 AM
    Blizzard Halloween Contests7:58 AM
    Essential Facts About The Computer Game Industry7:58 AM
    Excalibur: Morgana's Revenge for AlephOne Near Beta7:58 AM
    iDevGames/Freeverse Start OMG Cup Contest7:58 AM
    More Realm Transfers For World Of Warcraft7:58 AM
     
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