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Feral on Universal Gaming
8:02 AM | Andy Largent | 21 comments

Feral Interactive, the UK-based Mac game publisher, has announced all of their future titles are going to be Universal Binaries, compatible with Intel Macs. Additionally, by the end of April they will have pinned down which of their previous apps will be converted as well.

Here's the update:

Also, many of our existing titles will be updated over the coming months to full Universal Applications. For those of you who have already made the switch to a shiny new Intel iMac, MacBook Pro or Mac Mini, the updates to our older titles will enable them to run with greater performance than is possible under Rosetta. Check back for more details of these updates towards the end of April.
Do you have a favorite Feral game you'd like to see ported to be a Universal Binary? Let them know in our forums. And stay tuned to IMG for the latest as specific game titles are announced by the company.

Feral Interactive


Macgamestore: Quake IV Shipping Wednesday, Collapse! Crunch
2:08 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Quake IV has gone gold and will be shipping from Macgamestore.com next Wednesday, April 5th. Be sure to get in your pre-order in today.

Take command of hover tanks and mechanized walkers as you engage in a heroic mission into the heart of the Strogg war machine. Survival will not be easy in this colossal war between worlds, the only way to defeat the Strogg is to become one of them. Battle through early missions as a deadly marine, then become a Strogg and discover the abilities needed to truly alter the course of the conflict.

Macgamestore.com also has a new digital download game, Collapse! Crunch, available through its store. Collapse like you've never collapsed! Four new Collapse! game modes to sink your mouse into. Crank out some clicks in CRUNCH, bust some blocks in BIG, zero in on the fun in ZIGZAG, and puzzle over PERPLEXOR.

Collapse! Crunch is available for $19.99. A free demo is also available.

Macgamestore: Quake IV
Macgamestore: Collapse! Crunch



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IMG Podcast Episode 19 Released
2:04 PM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Today IMG released the nineteenth edition of the Inside Mac Games Podcast, the official podcast of Mac gaming. Each week we'll be covering all the news in Mac gaming in one tight package. This week's show is a tour de' force of Mac gaming, featuring Blake Buck, a writer for IMG, William Miller, an artist for Freeverse Software, Tuncer Deniz, founder of the Inside Mac Games Network, and Peter Cohen, a newsreporter and Gamer Room columnist for the MacWorld website and magazine.

On the show this week's show:

Weekly News
  • Civilization IV First Look
  • Ageia Launches "PhysX" Physics Processor
  • MacWorld Posts Article Explaining Middleware
  • The Sims Complete Collection Ships
  • Dell Aquires Alienware
  • Adults Spend More Time Gaming than Teens
  • Aspyr's Oliver Talks Universal Binary Games
  • The Burning Crusade: Hellfire Citadel Revealed
  • Redline Development Update
  • SketchFighter 4000 Alpha Preview
  • WoW Patch 1.10: Weather, Armour, Gold for Exp
  • CoD2 Alpha, Civ4 First Playable, Q4 GM

Weekly Features

  • Listener Emails
  • Contest
  • Interview with Peter Cohen
To download visit the IMG Podcast Homepage for instructions and shownotes by clicking the link below.

IMG Podcast Homepage


Apple Updates Hot Deals
1:08 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Publishing Perfectionhas deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including; the ScanMaker i800 professional flatbedscanner from Microtek comes with film holders and many extras for only $359.95; Image Maker: The Designers Toolbox from Innovation Multimedia for only $99.95; InDesign CS2 Upgrade from Adobe for only $177.95!; need a logo? Get OCA Enterprise's 10th anniversary edition of Corporate Trademarks and Logo - all in vectorized EPS files for only $495.00; get three complete products for one low price with The Eye Candy 5 Texture/Nature/Impact bundle of photoshop plug-ins for only $198.95; automatically track time and expenses with Gluon's TaskCapture for only $$78.95; and much more.

Small Dog Electronicshas deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including; the LaCie Big Disk Extreme 800GB FW/800/400/USB 2.0 external hard drive for only $666.00; get freeshipping when you purchase the Radeon 9800 AGP video card with 256MB of VRAM from ATI for only $249!; get a Canon PowerShot S500 5-megapixel digital camera with a 256MB Kingston Compact Flash card for $439.00; accessorize our storage needs with the pink LaCie Skwarim 30GB USB 2.0 portable hard drive for $149.00; and much more.

Sweetwater Soundhas deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including; M-Audio's iControl w/control parameters for GarageBand or Audio Unit instrument and effect plug-ins for only $149.97!; get your DJ on with Numark's iDJ that allows you to control two iPods at once for only $199.97; Novation ReMOTE SL 25 25-key USB MIDI controller w/2 backlit displays and more for only $399.97!; Digidesign's Music Production Toolkit: Pro Tools LE/Pro Tools M-Powered Plug-in bundle w/soft Synth/Convolution Reverb and more for only $495.00!; and much more.

Apple Store Special Dealshas great deals on a wide variety of Mac products including; Apple Certified Refurbished 20GB iPod with color display for only $199.00!; Apple Certified Refurbished 4GB Silver iPod mini for only $159.00!; Apple Certified Refurbished 1.9GHz 17" iMac G5 w/built-in iSight and SuperDrive for only $1099.00!;Apple Certified Refurbished 1.67GHz 17" PowerBook G4 w/512MB SDRAM and Super Drive for only $1849.00!;and much more.

audioMIDIhas deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including; Oxygen 8 v2 25-note velocity-sensitive synth-action keyboard w/USB interface from M-Audio for only $139.00!; Traktor Studio 3 Build your own Controller and Headphones Bundle starting at $199.00; Take control of your digital audio workstation (DAW) with Frontier Design Group's wireless DAW controller for only $195.00 and get the Tranzport Gig Bag free!; Rapture synthesis ignited virtual synthesizer from Cakewalk for only $199.00; Sennheiser CXE Ear Monitors for only $69.99; and much more.

J&R Computerworldhas deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including; Blue Microphones' Snowball Professional USB 2.0 microphone for only $149.99!; Samson Audio's C01U USB Studio Condenser Microphone for only $79.00!; Audio Technica ATH-PRO5MS camouflage-look stereo headphones for only $47.99!; Edirol's UA-25 USB audio and MIDI interface for music recording for only $234.99; Podcast Factory from M-Audio includes professional audio interface, microphone and headphones for only $134.99; and much more.

Ramjethas Hot Deals exclusivepricing on a wide variety of Mac compatible RAM including; 1GB DDR SDRAM kit for the PowerMac G4 DDR (Mirror Drive Door) for only $96; 2GB DDR2-533 PC2-4200 for the iMac G5 w/iSight for only $283; 2GB SO-DIMM PC2-5300 kit for the new Mac Mini w/Intel Core Duo for only $252!; 1GB DDR2 PC2-5300 module for the MacBook Pro for only $129!; and much more.



Vindico Launches Deliver2Mac.com
12:54 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 14 comments

Vindico Technologies Ltd has announced the launch of its new digital delivery technology for the Mac. The online hub has been designed to deliver applications at high speed direct to your desktop and boasts the following features:

Customer accounts with purchase history
Highly secure payment system via ProtX merchant services
Clear and easy to navigate layout
100% Mac only software

For more, head over to the official web site.

Deliver2mac.com


The Smiley Puzzle Project
8:02 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Dark Moon Software has announced work on a new game. Currently under the title of The Smiley Puzzle Project, the game is a complete remake of Enigmatic Movements, an earlier tile matching puzzle title. The new game will feature both gameplay and graphical improvements and will be coded in Java.

From the Dark Moon blog:

I have 3 good reasons for going the java route:

-- Ive been coding in java for more than 7 years now, so I have plenty of experience using both the language, and the necessary tools. I expect this will speed up the development of the game considerably!
-- Cross platform!!! Since Im a long-time mac user, and I dont even have a Windows machine at home, using java will definitely be the easiest solution for going cross-platform. In the beginning, I will probably keep concentrating on the mac market. But expanding my audience with millions of windows users cant hurt. And it will be necessary if I want to get this game on any portals!
-- Ultratron and Titan Attacks! These fun and cool looking games by PuppyGames are also written in java and LWJGL, and are a great inspiration! This blog post about Titan Attacks is also an interesting read. Another full 3D game written in java and LWJGL is Tribal Trouble by Oddlabs. Check out the amazing screenshots! These games clearly show that java has become a valid alternative to C and C++ for game development.

To read more about the project check out the Dark Moon blog at the link below.

Dark Moon Software Blog: Smiley Puzzle Project
Enigmatic Movements
Dark Moon Software



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The Movies Interview
8:02 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Computer and Video Games recently interviewed Peter Molyneux and Mark Webley about Lionhead's The Movies, a movie industry sim game. Popular as much for its computer generated movie making tools as for its gameplay, The Movies drops players into the role of a would-be movie mogul struggling to bring his or her studio to the top of the heap. The interview discusses the game's beginnings and some of the issues involved with its creation.

Molyneux: We didn't want The Movies to be an exact simulation of what the movie industry is - we wanted it to be what you and I think the movie industry is about. We did do some research and I spent some time with people in Hollywood, and I came away realising that it's an incredibly complicated, amazingly mixed-up industry, and how any film gets launched is amazing. It's about who you know, who knows you, where you have a cappuccino and whether you're successful that sees which films get made.

Webley: It's not a true simulation of what Hollywood is like - there's no stuff like gaffers or Best Boys. People don't know what these things are and don't really care, so we had to pull back on a lot of things just to get the game done." Molyneux: "Yes, we decided that this would be more of a simulation of what the movies were like in the '30s and '40s, which was much more about, "Hey, let's make a movie about this book. You go write the script, I'll think about who should star in it, we'll meet next week and shoot it the week after."

Feral Interactive is currently working on the Mac version of The Movies. To read the rest of the interview click on the link below.

Computer and Video Games: The Movies Review
Feral Interactive
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WoW: Four New Realms
8:02 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Blizzard has opened yet another four new realms for the very popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game World of Warcraft. As an added bonus, these new realms are on new hardware.

The following realms will open on March 31 at 12:00 PM PST:

Ysera - PVE
Dentarg - PVP
Andorhal - PVP
Executus - PVP
Fore more information about World of Warcraft, visit the official site below and if you don't have the latest 1.10 patch, you can download it from MacGameFiles using the following link.

World of Warcraft
MGF: WoW 1.1.0 Patch
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Custer Leads Us To Another Desktop
8:02 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

Titled "Leadership," this week's desktop celebrates Sid Meier's upcoming triumph: Civilization IV, a turn-based strategy game that has been well received by PC gamers and being ported to the Mac by Aspyr Media.

Here's a clip from Brad Custer on his latest:

Our first look of Civilization IV from Aspyr Media last week has a lot of you interested in the title and there's proof in my inbox. Unless you've been living under a rock, then you know I enjoy honoring all your requests. So, I was able to make this week's wallpaper with the help of Aspyr Media and my trusty cable modem.
As always, those interested in downloading his creations can find them at Custer's Desktops. Don't forget to check out IMG's recent first look of Civilization IV as well for more information on this title.

IMG Desktop: Leadership
Aspyr Media
Civilization IV
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Fool's Errand Sequel Delayed Again
8:02 AM | Matt Diamond | 1 comment

Cliff Johnson, the award-winning author of the Mac games Fool's Errand and 3 in Three, has bad news in his latest newsletter. The release of the long-awaited sequel, The Fool and His Money, has been delayed yet again. Cliff's exact quote:

The game ships, August 7th, 2006, a week before my birthday, or else I eat a bug.
This is just the latest of many "final" release dates announced by Cliff Johnson. But fans seem to be giving him the benefit of the doubt, if the pre-orders for Fool and His Money are any indication.

Details about The Fool and His Money and Cliff's previous Mac games are available on his website, not to mention other witty inventions.

The Fool And His Money
Fool's Errand


Mac Games News for Thursday, March 30, 2006

Macgamestore: Rally Shift Now Available2:30 PM
Tuncer's Blog: An Apple A Day For 30 Years2:28 PM
Galactica A.D. 3 Goes Gold10:57 AM
Unity 1.2.2 Released9:55 AM
Apple Games Features The Sims 2: Nightlife7:41 AM
Quake 4 Reviewed7:41 AM
Shadowbane Developer To Close Doors7:41 AM
 
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