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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Windows XP Boots On Intel Mac
7:33 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 10 comments

The contest to get Windows to boot into Windows XP on an Intel Mac has been won by a pair of hackers, according to official website. A pair of hackers have won the $14,000 cash prize for offering the first solution to get Windows XP to boot on an Intel Mac.

The contest was subject to three restrictions:

1) Instructions must boot Windows XP (at least), not Vista or any other version of Windows.

2) Windows must be able to coexist with Mac OS X and each system may not interfere with the operation of the other (basically a traditional dual boot system where one OS is running at a time)

3) Your method, upon starting the computer, must offer the user to boot either OS X or Windows XP (hint: GRUB / LILO)

The solution has been successfully tested and verified by several Intel Mac owners and will be posted on the Internet shortly.

At press time, one major obstacle remains in order to get games running on Intel Macs under Windows XP (with full 3D acceleration). So far a graphics driver that will work on the Intel Mac hardware under Windows XP has not been found. ATI at Macworld told IMG that the video chipsets in the Intel Macs use Mac firmware and are not designed to work under Windows. A plausible solution would be to flash the video card's firmware everytime you booted into Windows, but that would be extremely risky since it could render the video card useless if something went wrong during the flash. To boot back into your Mac, you would have to reflash the video card again back to the Mac version.

We'll post more information as it becomes available.


MacGames DVD 6 Begins Shipping
11:56 AM | Tuncer Deniz

The sixth edition of the popular MacGames DVD has begun shipping to subscribers. Included on the DVD are over a dozen new demos including DOOM 3, Lego Star Wars, Stubbs The Zombie, and much more. Plus hundreds of shareware games, updates, movies, and more.

If you haven't subscribed to the MacGames DVD, now's your chance. Included with each DVD are dozens of new demos, hundreds of shareware games, and tons of updates, add-ons, movies, and more. Nearly 4.7 Gigabytes of Mac gaming on every DVD!

Subscriptions to the MacGames DVD start at just $49 for 8 DVD's and include a free game. Subscribe for 16 DVD's and get two free games. Here's a list of the games IMG is currently offering with a MacGames DVD subscription:

Railroad Tycoon 3
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Homeworld 2
Age of Mythology
James Bond 007: NightFire
MTX: Mototrax
Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness

For more, head over to Macgamestore.com.

MacGames DVD Subscription Information
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IMG Posts The Movies First Look Preview
11:50 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

One of the more exciting announcement last month came when Feral Interactive announced The Movies for the Macintosh. IMG has posted a first look preview of The Movies for those not familiar with this awesome game.

Here's a clip:

One of the biggest management hurdles you will have to deal with is transforming actors off the street into stars worthy of the adoration of millions (and all the revenue that goes with it). Unlike some tycoon games, which are largely strategic endeavors based on money-management, The Movies implicates the very human aspect of keeping often finicky stars happy enough to provide the performances that will bring the public flocking to box offices.
To check out the full preview, follow the link below.

IMG First Look: The Movies
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The Movies
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Barefeats MacBook Pro Benchmarks Updated
9:56 AM | Evan Holt | 1 comment

Barefeats have updated their benchmarks of Apple's new MacBook Pro to include the popular game Halo.

This benchmark compares the new MacBookPro with the Radeon X1600 Mobility GPU (256MB VRAM) against a Dual Core G5, an iMac CD and a Powerbook G4 that has been upgraded to 2GHz.

The new Halo benchmark shows that the MacBookPro does well, however not as well as the PowerMac G5 and sadly not as well as an upgraded Powerbook G4 (by 4 FPS).

For the full comparison, follow the link below to Barefeats' analysis.

Barefeats:MacBook Pro Benchmarks

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Shadowbane Now Free
9:55 AM | Evan Holt | 15 comments

As noted on the UbiSoft web page, Shadowbane is now changing billing to allow players to play for free.

There will be a more in-depth announcement coming soon but, in the meanwhile, I wanted to let our community know that this is not an error. Existing users can now open up their Account Manager and their accounts will now be working, allowing them to play Shadowbane for free! This does include those who had previously canceled accounts!

In addition, those who wish to try out Shadowbane for the first time will also be able to. All you have to do is create a new ubi.com account and then click on Add a Subscription, and you will have free access to the lands of Aerynth! This is not a Free-Trial subscription and it will not run out in 15-days. This is completely free!

Shadowbane is a Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG) and was given a review of 6.75 by Inside Mac Games.

Fore more information, follow the link below to UbiSoft.

UbiSoft: Become a Hero... for Free!!!
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IMG: Shadowbane Review

Toybox Games Updates Titles
7:35 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Toybox Games updated all of their shareware games (demo versions only, not the full versions) to version 1.1.1 to fix a problem with the registration.

Ancient Hearts and Spades four player card game

Ancient Spiders Solitaire addictive version of spider solitaire game

Ancient SuDoKu version of Sodoku, a logic puzzle game

Ancient Tri-Jong games fuses tripeaks and mahjong

Ancient Tripeaks addictive card game

The minimum requirements for these games are simply running OS X. Each of these shareware games are $19.99 U.S. each and can be purchased through the MacGameStore.

MGF: Ancient Hearts & Spades
MGF: Ancient Spiders Solitaire
MGF: Ancient SuDoKu
MGF: Ancient Tri-Jong
MGF: Ancient Tripeaks

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Black & White 2 Expansion Announced For PC
7:33 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Lionhead Studios has announced the release of the PC version of Battle of the Gods, an expansion pack for the popular god sim Black & White 2. The expansion returns players to the conquered Eden where a new, more powerful, god has arisen to challenge them for rulership of the world. BotG will feature a brand new creature, two new lands, four new miracles, and six fresh challenges for players to overcome.

The war between the Aztecs and the allies was over. The Aztecs, crazed with dreams of ruling the planet, had come up against the steely resolve of the stronger, cleverer Greeks. And, most importantly of all, they'd come up against the Greek god.

The graves of the Aztec army covered the lands, but one band of survivors would not accept the defeat, the death of their nation. Over many months they built Totems. Shrines to the thousands of slain Aztec warriors. Then, slowly, they started pulling the bodies from the ground. They dragged them to the Totems and sacrificed them, chanting mindlessly to the skies. For a long time nothing happened. The survivors dug and pulled and dragged and hundreds of bodies went into the Totems. Yet nothing happened. As every believer knows, sacrifices must be living to bring forth a response.

Then the incredible happened. As more bodies piled into the Totems, without warning the sky split with a flash. The accumulated dead had been enough and a god had been summoned. Born of an army of the slain, this was no ordinary god. This was a god never seen before. For the first time in this world there was a god of the Undead. And the ground began to shake. This Aztec deity was raising an entire corpse army. Death was coming to the world on a massive scale.
You’ve conquered Eden and its tribes but in Battle of The Gods you return to Eden to find an even more powerful foe – a rival god who is determined to convert your subjects and become the ruler of Eden .
Feral Interactive is currently working on the Mac version of Black & White 2. There is no word yet on the possibility of the expansion making it's way to the platform as well.

To check out a few screenshots of the upcoming expansion head over to the 3DGamers link below.

3DGamers: B&W 2 Expansion Screenshots
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Legion Arena Reviewed
7:33 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Armchair General recently posted a review of the PC version of Legion Arena, a role playing strategy game set in the time of the Romans. The game puts players in command of a small army which they must train to become a force powerful enough to defeat all opposition. Armchair General gave Legion Arena a score of 75%

From the review:

Once you have your army ready to fight, you proceed to the setup screen where you see the enemy deployment and arrange your units in formations to counterpunch. Depending on the scenario, you may have to defend for a certain amount of time, attack and route the enemy as quickly as possible, or simply be the last man standing. The comparison to Chess (or maybe Archon) is natural because each unit has its strengths and weaknesses on the battlefield and how you deploy and use your men is the key to victory. Once the pieces are set in motion, it is up to you to control your often unwieldy army as it runs head-on into the foe on the opposite end. This aspect of the game can be a lot of fun and even re-doing battles isn’t as bad as you might think since they normally only take a few minutes of real-time from start to finish. 
The Mac version of Legion Arena, in progress at Freeverse Software, has reached Alpha and should ship this Spring.

To read the entire review follow the link below.

Armchair General: Legion Arena Review
Legion Arena
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Video of Windows XP on a Mac?11:32 AM
Kitty Spangles Solitaire 2 Released11:14 AM
IMG Reviews Enigmo 210:38 AM
Family Fun Pack 2 Reviewed7:31 AM
Lugaru 2 Water Leads To Distortion7:31 AM
New Ghost Recon Maps Released7:31 AM
Sid Meier Interview7:31 AM
StarCraft Board Game Unveiled7:31 AM
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