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Wednesday, April 5, 2006


Apple Releases Boot Camp
7:41 AM | Evan Holt | 66 comments

In a stunning turn of events, Apple has released a public beta of Boot Camp which allows you to install Microsoft Windows on an Intel Mac. This is a technology preview of an upcoming feature in 10.5 Leopard.

The set-up looks to be simple, as Boot Camp burns a CD with the drivers needed for the Mac hardware (such as Video, Airport, Bluetooth, Networking and Audio) and the software walks you through setting up hard drive space for the Windows install. After the installation you can hold down the 'Option' key to choose to boot either OS X or your Windows install.

Requirements:

• Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.6 (check Software Update)
• The latest Firmware update (check Support Downloads)
• 10GB free hard disk space
• An Intel-based Mac
• A blank recordable CD
• A printer for the instructions (You’ll want to print them before installing Windows, really.)
• A bona fide installation disc for Microsoft Windows XP, Service Pack 2, Home or Professional (No multi-disc, upgrade or Media Center versions.)
Visit the link at Apple's site below to read more and download the beta.

We would like your thoughts on the subject? Now that Apple has made it relatively easy to install Windows on an Intel Mac, are you going to install Windows on your Intel Mac? Take our poll and let us know.

If you try out Boot Camp, be sure to visit our forum to post your findings.

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Developers React To Apple's Boot Camp
11:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 35 comments

Today's release of Boot Camp has thrown one of the biggest monkey wrench the Mac games market has ever seen. How it will impact Mac game developers is the hot topic of the morning. We asked a few Mac developers what they thought about Apple released software that makes it so easy to install Windows on an Intel Mac.

Peter Tamte of MacSoft:

The market of Mac game players is going to explode if consumers can play the entire library of Windows games plus the entire library of Mac games on their Macs. Most of these users are going to want to spend as much of their time in MacOS, rather than Windows. Destineer/MacSoft's plans, first and foremost, are to release Mac versions of Destineer's internally developed games simultaneously with other platforms and also to continue releasing conversions of Windows games on an opportunistic basis where we believe we can serve users who prefer not to run Windows on their Macs.
Glenda Adams of Aspyr Media:
It's an interesting move on Apple's part. I hope that Mac users will continue to support Mac specific software in the future, and not turn their shiny new Intel Macs into dumbed down Windows machines just to play games. Of course Aspyr also publishes some PC only games like Dreamfall and Spellforce 2, so if the mac game market shrinks, something like Boot Camp may be the only way to play those on the Mac. We'd much rather have a healthy, growing Mac game market that made it viable for us to make Mac specific versions of those kinds of games though.
Ian Lynch Smith of Freeverse Software:
Great news for Mac Users! As usual, game makers are on the bleeding edge of the latest technology, emphasis this time on the bleeding :)

We always figured it would happen, but we thought if Heroes was out in 06, what with intel tech adoption, and obvious headaches in duel booting etc, we'd have a good year before the landscape totally changed. But Apple is pushing the intel roll out very aggressively, and now aggressively pushing dual boot (and virtualization eventually from someone). We live in interesting times.

Andrew Welch of Ambrosia Software:
I'd say the same thing that I said before re: this issue, which is that Apple is clearly doing this because they believe it will help sell more computers Whenever Apple sells more computers, it is good for us -- people will get sick of dual-booting, and would prefer to run native games, just like Linux users prefer native games

I don't view it as a threat at all... but then again, we're not in the porting business for the most part, that may affect my opinion. I know a lot of people who have been thinking of a new iMac, switching over from Windows
If you can tell them that they can boot into Windows too, if they want to.... instant sale, IMHO. People "need" Windows less than they think they do. I hope WINE gets ported soon, so people can run the vertical software they need to.

Brad Oliver of Aspyr Media:
From a business standpoint, I suspect Aspyr is, in the short term, going to continue releasing Mac ports as before and see where the market takes us. If Mac sales tank, we've got enough revenue coming in from PC and console ports that it probably won't hurt the company too much and we'd just focus on the other platforms. It's possible that the Mac market share could increase so dramatically that the demand for Mac games increases enough to offset the costs of the loss of sales to dual-booting, but I'm not so optimistic about that. From a personal standpoint, it probably means the end of my current job, but I'm going to ride it out to the end and see where that takes me. I love doing Mac game ports, so in a way I wish I were strictly a Mac user now and didn't have a job that is in total collision with this new development.

IMG Forum: Intel Macs



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Macgamestore: QUAKE 4 Now Shipping
8:53 AM | Tuncer Deniz

Macgamestore.com has begun shipping QUAKE 4 for the Macintosh. The game is available for $49.99.

Your skills are desperately needed and you must battle both alone and in tandem with your squad to achieve success against the Strogg. Take command of hover tanks and mechanized walkers as you engage in a heroic mission into the heart of the Strogg war machine.

For more, follow the link below.

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Create Games With Dim3 For Free
7:45 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Klink Software has updated its development tool or "3D game without content", Dim3 to version 1.5. Dim3 is an open source game engine that allows users to create their own type of game, modmakers to expand their creations, and coders to customize their games all for free. Also, this latest version supports Windows XP for the first time to allow users to create games for both Mac and Windows platforms.

• added map movements
• doubled the maximum number of segments
• interface changes
• added fps="true" to setting tag for text for using hud text as automatic fps counter
• if script debug is turned off, then console text isn't written to stdout
• player spawn is now called before map start events
• story page counts are now determined dynamically
• added ability to launch story elements from map opens
• changed the sky globe orientation
• bug fixes
Please follow the links below to learn more information.

iDev Games: Dim3 Updated to 1.5 and download
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New Heroes Of Might And Magic V Screenshots
7:44 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A large collection of new screenshots are available for the upcoming Heroes of Might and Magic V, the latest in the long running turn based strategy series. The screenshots reveal more in-game footage as well as a few glimpses of cutscenes.

We're proud to announce the release of a series of screenshots taken from cutscenes within Heroes of Might and Magic V, showing Academy, Dungeon, Haven, Inferno, and more! Click the following images to see the cutscenes:
Freeverse Software will be bringing the Mac version of HoMM V to a computer near you sometime after the release of the PC version. Feast your eyes upon all the new eye candy at the links below.

Worthplaying: HoMM V Screenshots
HoMM V Website
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Ventrilo 2.3.2p9 released
7:43 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Ventrilo, a Voice-Over-IP program that allows users to chat was recently updated to version 2.3.2 prototype 9. The Mac version is slowly getting closer in features to the PC version, and this update adds the following.

2.3.2.Prototype.9:

1) Universal Binary support allowing native execution on both PowerPC and Intel based architectures. Previous versions that did not support Universal Binary worked perfectly on the Intel architectures via the Rosetta emulator but at a performance cost when transmitting a voice stream. With Universal Binary support the Intel based Mac's can now run at optimum performance.

2) Text-to-speech (TTS) support.

3) Wave file playback support.

4) Full featured Bindings editor.

5) Full featured sound events supports.

6) More architectural changes for better stability.

The Macintosh client requires that any server you connect to be configured to use the Speex codec for all voice communication.

Requirements:
Operating System: OSX 10.3 or higher.
Platform: PowerPC or Intel.
Processor: 1.0 GHz or higher.
Sound Input and Output device.
Amplified Microphone or USB Microphone

Visit the links below for more information and to download the latest version.

Ventrilo: Mac Info
Ventrilo: Download



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Win A Year Of World Of Warcraft
7:43 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

MMO Portal is offering World of Warcraft players the chance to win a full year of Blizzard Entertainment's world conquering MMORPG. Those interested in participating must sign up for a forum account at MMO Portal and post in a specified topic.

More about the contest:

- You must be a registered member of MMO Portal to enter.

- Each site member may only enter the contest once.

- The drawing will be held on April 15th at 6pm CST with an official announcement of the winner made immediately following.

- The prize will be distributed as four 90 day gametime cards for WoW.

- The winner will be required to provide us with a physical mailing address that can accept registered mail to receive the prize.

Click on over to MMO Portal for more information.

MMO Portal: Contest Information
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WoW: The Latest In High Level Raid Armor Now On Display
7:43 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has updated its World of Warcraft High Level Armor Sets web page with new information about Tier 1 and 2 Raid Armor Sets. The page allows players to view all the item stats for each piece of equipment as well as preview the armor's visual appearance on valid race, class, and gender combination.

To view the new armor click on the link below.

WoW: High Level Armor Page
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Macgamestore: Aloha TriPeaks Now Available1:48 PM
IMG Posts Fable First Look1:17 PM
OS X 10.4.6 Update Includes Game Fixes11:00 AM
Educating Civilization6:50 AM
New Burning Crusade Screenshots6:50 AM
The Sims 2: Nightlife Ships, Quake 4 Wednesday6:50 AM
Ultima V: Lazarus 1.2 Released6:50 AM
UT 2004 TacOps Mod Availability Coming Soon6:50 AM
 
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