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Friday, October 28, 2005



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America's Army 2.5 Mac Released
11:03 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 8 comments

The long awaited Mac version of America's Army 2.5 is now available for download from Macgamefiles.com. The newest version of the popular free multiplayer game includes two new maps including Extraction and Dockside, a new training mission, tournament mode enhancements, enhanced map rotation, and much more.

America's Army 2.5 weighs in at just under 800 MB. There are two version available; a regular http download and a BitTorrent version for those who use BitTorrent.

If you're an IMG Pro user, be sure to log into your IMG Pro account on Macgamefiles.com to grab the file off of your exclusive download server.

A special thanks goes out to Ryan Gordon for his continued support of the Mac version of America's Army.

MGF: America's Army 2.5
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World of Warcraft Expansion Announced
2:16 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 8 comments

Blizzard Entertainment today announced the upcoming expansion pack for its award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Entitled, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade will take players to a new realm of adventure and will include new races to play, new lands to explore, and new levels of power for existing World of Warcraft characters.

"We're extremely proud of what we created with World of Warcraft, and we look forward to expanding the boundaries of the game with The Burning Crusade,” said Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "With all of the new content we have planned, the expansion set will offer something for every World of Warcraft player to explore and enjoy."

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade takes up where World of Warcraft left off, with the races of the Horde and the Alliance continuing to rebuild their lives among the shattered lands of Azeroth. Amid the fragile peace that exists between the factions come rumors that the Burning Legion’s age-old war against Azeroth – the so-called Burning Crusade – has been rekindled and threatens to consume the world in another firestorm of war and strife. Old allegiances fall and new ones rise as both the Horde and Alliance look to new friends in this time of need.

Building on the award-winning formula set forth in World of Warcraft, the expansion set adds even more rich content to an already massive game. Players can look forward to:

• New Player Races: New allies will join the game, expanding the story line and allowing players to develop powerful new characters within the world.
Higher Level Limit: The game’s level cap is being raised to 70, and every new level will offer meaningful spell, ability, and talent upgrades for each character class.

• New Lands and Battlegrounds: Explore the magical realms of the Blood Elves, journey through the Dark Portal into untamed Outland, and visit dungeons and battlefields previously inaccessible to players.

• Flying Mounts: In Outland, players will gain access to unique airborne mounts that will allow for smoother travel over some of that region’s more hazardous terrain.

• Jewelcrafting, Socketable Items, and More: Crafters will be pleased to know that the expansion adds an all-new profession to the game: Jewelcrafting. With Jewelcrafting comes the advent of socketable items in World of Warcraft, which will give players additional variety in how they can customize their gear. In addition, existing professions will be enhanced to take advantage of the increased character-level limit.

• New Quests, New Monsters, and New Challenges: As the boundaries of World of Warcraft are stretched farther than ever before, there will be exciting new quests for players to undertake and new monsters to confront. And with greater challenges come greater rewards….

The World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade web site has dozens of new screenshots, movies as well as a trailer teaser of the expansion pack. Be sure to check it out by following the link below.

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Apple Posts CompUSA Hot Deals
8:21 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

CompUSA has money saving deals on a bevy of Mac products, including the Kodak Professional 1400 Digital Photo Printer with $100 mail-in rebate, ViewSonic VX924 19" LCD Display with $50 mail-in rebate, Toshiba S25U Projector with $100 mail-in rebate, Acomdata 120GB External FireWire/USB 2.0 Hard Drive with $45 mail-in rebate, Logitech LX500 Cordless Keyboard and Mouse with $20 mail-in rebate, and much more.



Lego Digital Designer Updated
7:50 AM | Anthony Wang | 2 comments

Lego Digital Designer, the virtual brick builder has been updated to version 1.4. Developed by Lego themselves, this edutainment software seeks to promote creativity and fun with their famed bricks right on your Mac. One of the notable changes in version 1.4 is being able to print out your virtual creation and construct it alongside real Lego bricks.

Fixes/Changes

• Version 1.4 has increased stability and a brand new set of LEGO elements for you to build with. You can also print out an inventory of your creation and take it to any LEGOLAND theme park or LEGO Store and purchase the pieces you need to turn your virtual model into a reality.

Please follow the links below to learn more information.

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Q&A With Cyan's Tim Larkin
7:50 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Next Generation recently posted an interview with Cyan Worlds' Audio Director Tim Larkin about the future of audio in games. The interview focuses on the impact of more licensed music finding its way into games and the ways in which technology is allowing sound effects and music to become interactive elements of the gaming experience.

"Right now I think interactivity with the music in the game good, but sometimes level-based and only transition music, instead of truly interactive music. While this won't happen immediately, what will eventually open up for music is more of the music itself will be generated more on the fly, it will be more interactive and there might even have to be some sort of AI associated with the score so that it can read more of what the player is doing and involve the music more in the action. Today, music is more reactive than it will be in the future.
Well known for his work with the Myst series, Tim Larkin is also involved in other projects including an as-yet-unannounced title from Blizzard Entertainment. For the full interview click on the following link.

Next Generation: The Future Of Game Audio
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New Avernum 4 Screenshot
7:50 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software has added another image to the screenshot page for the upcoming RPG Avernum 4. The first new title in the Exile/Avernum series in several years, the game will place players in the familiar underground surroundings of Avernum. Gameplay will focus on the quest to uncover mysterious forces causing evil creatures to flood the land and normally peaceful citizens to turn paranoid and violent. In addition to the main storyline Avernum 4 will also feature an abundance of side quests to keep things interesting.

From the website:

Life in Avernum just became a lot more dangerous. All at once, everything has gone wrong. The savages and dark creatures of the lower tunnels, once beaten into submission, have returned. Gigantic beasts, shielded by powerful magic, have taken up residence in the cities, wandering and killing at random. And normally peaceful citizens have been afflicted by a strange, overwhelming paranoia, making even regular townsfolk unpredictable and dangerous.

Nobody knows why these disasters have occurred. But you, through good luck (or bad), have stumbled upon a clue. And thus, you become involved in a shadowy war and a deadly struggle, which will take you through strange lands, bandit cities, and the darkest depths of the underworld. Your mission: discover who has attacked your homeland, and stop them. Before everything falls apart.

To check out the screenshots head on over to Spiderweb's site at the link below.

Avernum 4 Screenshots
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Luxtoberfest 2005 Charges to an End
7:50 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | 2 comments

Luxtoberfest 2005, SillySoft Games' yearly Lux competition, is hosting its final matches and awards ceremony this weekend.

The month-long event pits the highest-ranking Lux players against each other in a variety of internet matches. Tournament games take place every Saturday and Sunday at 8 PM GMT in the month of October, and by the end of the month, players with the best rankings are declared the contest winners. Awards are also given out for best user-created map, best AI, and a number of other titles.

Of the hundreds of players involved, over sixty players from all over the world have ranked in this year's competition. This year's prizes include a collection Mac and PC software donated to the event, including shareware utilities Audio Hijack, BBEdit, and Chronic Logic's award-wining platformer Gish.

Lux is a Risk-inspired strategy and domination game. Players move their armies across vast landscapes in an attempt to conquer and hold strategic countries around the map. The game is won when all the countries on the map are conquered by a single player. Lux features over a hundred different maps, a superior computer AI, network play, and an internet player ranking board. Registration for the shareware title, available for the Mac, PC, and Linux platforms, is $24.95 USD.

To learn more about the competition, or to try out a free demo of the game, head on over to Sillysoft's official Lux website:

Luxtoberfest 2005
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Civilization IV Review
7:50 AM | Blake Buck | 3 comments

Gamespot recently posted a review of Civilization IV, the latest release by Firaxis Games. The fourth installment of the legendary Civilization series, Civilization IV takes the classic series formula and expands it with new multiplayer modes and unlimited customization through moddable content. From the Gamespot review:

You don't have to be a history buff to enjoy Civilization IV, though that would help...and so would previous experience with other Civ games. Beginners will find Civ IV to be a complex strategy game with something of a learning curve, but with worthwhile rewards waiting for them once they start figuring things out. Experts will find Civ IV to be the proverbial better mousetrap: adjusted, tweaked, and sometimes completely changed. But it's still a Civ game, and with Civ IV, the series is even more engaging and addictive than ever. If you have even a passing interest in strategy games, world history, or getting less sleep at night, you owe it to yourself to give Civilization IV a try. And if you're already a fan of the series, then what are you waiting for? You should already be playing this game.
Just yesterday Civilization IV was announced for the Mac by Aspyr Media. While no release date was mentioned, an early 2006 launch is likely.

To view the entire review, click the link below.

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Gamespot Review - Civilization IV
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Peter Jackson Unhappy with Lord of the Rings Games
7:50 AM | Blake Buck | 6 comments

Gamespot recently posted an article about Peter Jackson, director of the famous Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy, and his displeasure in the LOTR games. Jackson, who is rumored to be an avid gamer, recently switched developers from EA Games to Ubisoft for his latest game King Kong. From the gamespot article:

That said, an article in Monday's edition of the New York Times (subscription required) said Jackson had another motivation for going with Ubisoft: Namely, he didn't like working with EA. The article, which dealt with how filmmakers are becoming increasingly enmeshed in game development, said that Jackson "chafed at his dealings with the industry heavyweight."

The article also quoted Ken Kamins, Jackson's manager, as saying that "Electronic Arts was not interested in input from the filmmaker" but had no problem marketing the games as though he was closely involved in their making.

As videogames and films become more closely linked, will conflicts between directors and developers such as this become more frequent?

Tell us what you think about the merging of films and videogames by clicking the comment link above.

To view the entire Gamespot article, click the link below.

Gamespot Article - Peter Jackson and LOTR Games
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BlizzCon Opening Today
7:50 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Today marks the opening of Blizzard Entertainment's first gaming convention, Blizzcon. Blizzcon is a convention about all things Blizzard related, from Diablo to Warcraft and even The Lost Vikings.

This year Blizzard plans to unveil the first World of Warcraft expansion pack, as well as some details on the new 1.9 content patch. It's also rumored that Blizzard might offer some more info on the fledgeling Starcraft Ghost game, which has been in development for several years now. Perhaps Blizzard might even announce a brand new game...

The convention, located in Anaheim California, starts at around 10:30 Friday morning. Stay tuned to Inside Mac Games for the latest news on the convention.

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Custer Needs an Antihero
7:50 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

IMG's Brad Custer has uploaded a new desktop for the week, looking ahead to the release from Aspyr Media and Wideload next month, Stubbs the Zombie.

Here's the scoop from Custer:

It's Halloween weekend and I like to find a title to feature that definitely has a Hallowween/horror feel to it. This year was an easy decision. Stubbs the Zombie from Aspyr Media has been on a lot of people's mind since its announcement. Like most of you, I'm very excited for its pending release next month. I wanted to feature the great art that graces the box of this game. So, with the help of Aspyr Media I was able to create this week's wallpaper.
Dress your desktop up for Halloween by grabbing this newest creation from Custer's Desktops.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, October 27, 2005

Macgamestore: SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition Now Available11:28 AM
IMG Podcast Special Edition With Tuncer Deniz10:22 AM
iDice Released for the Mac9:59 AM
Civ IV, Civ III: Complete Announced for the Mac8:45 AM
BioWare Named One Of Canada's Top Employers7:22 AM
Killer Bee Releases Galacticards Demo7:22 AM
More Call of Duty 2 Reviews7:22 AM
New Hellgate: London Screenshot7:22 AM
New Neverwinter Nights 2 Screenshots7:22 AM
World Of Warcraft Updated to 1.8.17:22 AM
 
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