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Quake 4 Ships Out
8:15 AM | Andy Largent | 20 comments

Aspyr Media has updated their status page to show that Quake 4 has moved through the Gold Master stage and is now shipping out. This universal binary uses the Doom 3 engine and runs on either PowerPC or Intel-based Macs.

The game picks up where Quake 2 left off. You are still fighting the Strogg, but this time as a member of the military's elite Rhino Unit.

Here are the final system requirements:

System Requirements:
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
  • CPU Processor: PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel chipset
  • CPU Speed: 1.67 GHz or faster
  • Memory: 512 MB or higher
  • Hard Disk Space: 3.0 GB free disk space
  • Video Card (ATI): Radeon 9600 or better
  • Video Card (NVidia): GeForce 6600 or better
  • Video Memory (VRam): 64 MB or higher
  • Multiplayer: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported. Internet play requires broadband connection.
  • Media Required: DVD Drive
  • *Supported Video cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6600, 6800, 7800 ATI Radeon 9600, 9650, 9700, 9800, X600, X800, X850, X1600

    Recommended System Requirements:

  • Quake 4 runs best on a Power Mac G5 or Intel 2.0 GHz or faster
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later
  • CPU Processor: PowerPC G5 or Intel chipset
  • CPU Speed: 2.0 GHz or faster
  • Video RAM: 128 MB
  • For more on Quake 4, be sure to read through IMG's preview and get your order in now at the MacGameStore.

    Aspyr Media
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    IMG Podcast Episode 20 Released
    12:27 PM | Blake Buck | 4 comments

    Today IMG released the sixteenth 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, and David Rosen, the project leader of Wolfire Software.

    On the show this week's show:

    Weekly News
    • Stoked Rider PC Goes Gold, Mac Version Soon
    • Kill Monty Updated To 1.0.5
    • IMG Reviews A Tale in the Desert
    • Shadowbane Developer To Close Doors
    • Unity 1.2.2 Released
    • Tuncer's Blog: An Apple A Day For 30 Years
    • Feral on Universal Gaming
    • IMG Looking For New Writers and Reporters
    • Apple To Support Windows Virtualization?
    • The Sims 2: Nightlife Ships, Quake 4 Wednesday
    • OS X 10.4.6 Update Includes Game Fixes

    Weekly Features

    • Listener Emails
    • Contest
    • Stump Buck
    • Interview with David Rosen
    To download visit the IMG Podcast Homepage for instructions and shownotes by clicking the link below.

    IMG Podcast Episode 20


    White Elephant Announces RIP For Mac
    10:52 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    White Elephant Games announced today that it has begun development of the Macintosh version of RIP, an arcade shooter that has been popular on the PC side.

    For more on RIP, including screenshots, head over to the official web site.

    RIP


    Reflexive Seeks Mac Programmer
    10:44 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 3 comments

    Reflexive Entertainment, a developer of casual games, is looking for a Mac game programmer who will be instrumental in helping us expand our audience and business to the Mac market.

    Duties will include:

    - Merging our Macintosh and PC development efforts into a single code base to facilitate concurrent system deployment.
    - Completing the porting of the Reflexive Arcade DRM to Apple's Macintosh platform.
    - Becoming an important and vital part of the Reflexive team, contributing to the creation, design and programming of our current and future internally created titles.

    The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a passion for game development and an advanced knowledge of C++ game programming skills. The candidate will have relevant experience and a clear history demonstrating their love of game programming and programming in general.

    We are located in the heart of beautiful South Orange County California which is minutes from the beach, mountains, and the many other world famous attractions that living in Southern California offers.

    If you believe your skills and passion are in line with the job described, please contact us so we can discuss this opportunity in more detail.

    If you're interested, send a current resume and samples of your work to: employment@reflexive.com.




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    IMG Podcast Boot Camp Roundtable Released
    10:11 AM | Blake Buck | 4 comments

    Today IMG released a special 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, Justin Ficarrotta, author of Kill Monty, and Tuncer Deniz, the founder of the Inside Mac Games Network.

    On the show this week's show:

    Boot Camp Roundtable! The IMG Podcast crew offer's their take on the Boot Camp announcement, and discusses it with Bruce Morrsion of Freeverse Software, Steve Tze of Freeverse Software, and Peter Cohen of Macworld Magazine.
    To download visit the IMG Podcast Homepage for instructions and shownotes by clicking the link below.

    IMG Podcast Homepage



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    The Sims 2: University Trailer Posted
    9:56 AM | Anthony Wang | 3 comments

    Apple has posted The Sims 2: University game trailer. Developed by Maxis and published to Mac by Aspyr, University offers gamers the college life with ability to choose three universities, new young adult age group, new college town, new experiences and of course new items.

    Click on the links below to view the trailer and to learn more information.

    Apple: The Sims 2 University Trailer
    Aspyr Media
    Maxis
    The Sims 2: University
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    Enigmo 2 Reviewed
    9:56 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

    Applelinks today posted a review of the intricate puzzle game Enigmo 2 developed by Pangea Software. This review walks through solving one of the 50 levels in Enigmo 2 with commentary on the graphics, gameplay, and built-in editor. In the end, Applelinks gave Enigmo 2 a 3 out of 5.

    This is the essence of Enigmo 2; using a variety of devices (bouncing drums, slides, sponges, mirrors, etc.) to direct water drops, laser beams and plasma particles around a puzzle and through obstacles to the correct tank to complete each level. Sometimes you need to push a button with water in order to activate the laser emitter, and other times you'll need to use the walls of the puzzle to help aim the laser beams. The twist is that since the puzzle is 3-dimensional, you can rotate the puzzle and the devices, and place them anywhere you want.
    Click on the links below to read the review and to learn more information.

    Applelinks: Enigmo 2 Review
    Pangea Software
    Enigmo 2
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    Tribal Trouble Reviewed
    8:15 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

    Macworld's Game Room is offering a new game review, this time focusing on Tribal Trouble. The unique real time strategy game from Oddlabs takes a light hearted approach to the popular genre with a tale of Vikings versus islanders. The Game Room gives Tribal Trouble 4 out of 5 mice.

    From the review:

    There are a few other key differences between Tribal Trouble and your run-of-the-mill real time strategy game: For example, Tribal Trouble is funny. Gone are the ultra-serious humans-against-things-from-space or east-against-west motifs so common to the RTS genre. Instead, this game pits red-nosed Vikings against native islanders in grass skirts and Tiki masks. The Vikings, we soon learn, have gotten shipwrecked after tippling a bit too much during a post-plundering celebration. They’ve decided that the best way to get rid of their nasty hangovers is to go a-pillaging. The natives don’t take too kindly to this sort of thing, with obvious results.

    Another major difference between Tribal Trouble and other RTS games is its platform-agnosticism. Amazingly, Oddlabs has produced this game for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux operating systems—one registration code lets you play the game on whichever platform you like.

    To read the rest of the review head over to The Game Room at the link below.

    Macworld Game Room: Tribal Trouble Review
    Tribal Trouble
    Buy Tribal Trouble



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    WoW: 1.11 Preview, Cenarion Reputation, Comic Contest
    8:15 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    Over the past few days Blizzard Entertainment has released more World of Warcraft related news. The first piece of news is a bit of information about patch 1.11, the next planned update to the game. Mages will be the next class to benefit from talent tree adjustments and players will have the chance to adventure in Naxxramas, a new 40-man raid dungeon promising epic challenge.

    Floating above the Plaguelands, the necropolis known as Naxxramas serves as the seat of one of the Lich King's most powerful officers, the dreaded lich Kel'Thuzad. Horrors of the past and new terrors yet to be unleashed are gathering inside the necropolis as the Lich King's servants prepare their assault. Soon the Scourge will march again...
    Next is updated information on the Cenarion Circle faction and the rewards available to characters who gain its favor.
    War is brewing in the distant lands of Silithus. All over the world, men and women are gearing up for one final push into the heart of the Qiraji empire to end the threat which has been lying in wait, barely contained behind the barrier erected by the Night Elven druids and the mighty dragon Anachronos during the climactic battle at the end of the War of the Shifting Sands. Ever since that fateful day, the members of the Cenarion Circle have kept a close watch on the wastes from their base at Cenarion Hold at the center of northern Silithus. There, the Night Elven and Tauren disciples of the magnificent demigod Cenarius have been waiting for the time when a hero would step forward to unleash the might of all the mortal races against the sinister Qiraji and their innumerable legions of Silithid minions. But the druids have not been idle during their long watch; they have crafted formidable weapons, armors and enchanted ornaments to assist all those who will brave the terrors of Ahn'Qiraj. Adventurers who have proven their worth in battle against the Qiraji forces beyond the Scarab Wall will be granted access to the ancient order's arsenal.
    Finally, Blizzard is looking for creative individuals to share their skills in a year long comic contest. Participants will submit their best WoW related comic and compete for prize packages granted to one lucky winner each month.
    All year long, a jury will judge the submissions on a quest to find the most original, authentic or just plain funny World of Warcraft comics. This jury will announce one winner each month who will receive a Blizzard Edition iPod Nano and a copy of the first two volumes of Warcraft: the Sunwell Trilogy.
    To learn more about all the latest World of Warcraft news click on the links below.

    WoW: Patch 1.11 Info
    WoW: Cenarion Circle Faction Rewards
    WoW: Comic Contest Rules
    WoW: Comic Submission Form
    Blizzard Entertainment
    World of Warcraft
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    Custer Creates Another Fabled Desktop
    8:15 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

    The first look of Fable: The Lost Chapters last week inspired IMG's Brad Custer to created a new desktop for the game. Here's what Brad had to say about his desktop, titled "Consequence":

    With our first look last week into Fable: The Lost Chapters from Feral Interactive it was made apparent by the mail in my inbox how many of you are looking forward to this game. I will admit that I also share your enthusiasm for game so I was more than willing to create another desktop for the upcoming title. I was able to design this week's wallpaper with the help of Feral Interactive and my trusty cable modem.
    To check out his latest desktop, and many more, head over to Custer's Desktops.

    IMG: Custer's Desktops
    Feral Interactive
    Fable: The Lost Chapters
    Buy Fable: The Lost Chapters


    Mac Games News for Thursday, April 13, 2006

    Macgamestore: Two New MacPlay Titles In Stock11:54 AM
    Apple Updates Hot Deals11:18 AM
    IMG Reviews the MacBook Pro11:18 AM
    CG_01 Arcade Shooter Beta Released10:54 AM
    Duke Nukem Forever Status Check9:49 AM
    World of Warcraft Accounts Banned, Professions Guide Page Up9:49 AM
    Battle for Wesnoth Featured in Online Magazine8:09 AM
    Heroes Of Might And Magic V Previewed8:09 AM
    Islands Mini Golf Reviewed8:09 AM
    The Sims 2 Universal Binary Patch Released8:09 AM
     
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