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OOTP Baseball Manager 2006 Released
6:58 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 6 comments

Sports Interactive, creators of the hit sim games such as Football Manager 2006 and NHL Eastside Hockey Manager have released the Mac version of Out Of The Park Baseball Manager 2006. A 28 MB Mac demo is being hosted on our sister site, Macgamefiles.com.

Here's a bit more info on the game:

Have you ever sat in a bar, with your friends, after a game and felt you could do better than the guy in charge? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to become a baseball manager? Out of the Park Baseball Manager 2006 from Sports Interactive, the sports management development specialists, gives you a chance to live out that dream.

Forget fantasy sports, settle down in the comfort of your own home and experience the ultimate in realism, playability and unparalleled customization. Create your own baseball universe using players of the past (via a direct link with the Baseball Archive), present or, for the ultimate challenge, using purely fictional players created by our award winning game engine.

Build your own dynasty by signing free agents, wheeling and dealing with other owners or by calling up that hot prospect from the minors. Watch your seasoned veteran’s skills slowly deteriorate and replace him with one of your top picks from the amateur draft. It’s your world and you can select to simply pit your wits against the computer AI, or for the ultimate experience against friends in a multiplayer online league. There’s even the chance to become commissioner and truly customize almost every aspect of the game.

OOTP Baseball is available for purchase from the official web site for $34.99. To download the demo, head over to Macgamefiles.com.

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OOTP Baseball 2006
MGF: OOTP Baseball Manager 2006 Demo 1.0.1


Macgamestore: Ricochet Lost Worlds, Free iPod Nano Giveaway
1:32 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Ricochet Lost Worlds is now available as a digital download from Macgamestore.com. The game is available for $19.95. A free demo is available on the web site.

With its stunning visuals and sound effects, gripping soundtrack and compelling level design, Ricochet Lost Worlds could quite possibly be the most addictive game ever made. This remarkable breakout action game will entertain your whole family for hours on end! Throw into the mix a slew of innovative power-ups, a new "Ring Game" and a level editor where you can make your own levels and you have an unbeatable combination. You just have to download this brick-busting game... it's a blast!

Macgamestore.com has also announced a monthly giveaway exclusively for Macgamestore newsletter subscribers. Simply subscribe to the newsletter, which is released weekly and features new releases announcements, specials, contests, and more, and you'll be entered once a month to win a free iPod Nano. One winner will be picked randomly each month. Winners must have a valid email address. Bounced emails will result in a new winner being randomly picked.

To subscribe to the Macgamestore newsletter, head over to the MGS home page and enter your email address in the newsletter subscribe area.

Macgamestore: Ricochet Lost Worlds
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IMG Posts Podcast Promo Video
12:51 PM | Blake Buck | 4 comments

Today IMG posted a promo video for the IMG Podcast. From the Podcast Promo page:

This video introduces a new segment on the IMG Podcast, but more importantly, it's June, and that means it's time for our Summer Time Promo Push! So be sure to send this video to all your friends (below are links to YouTube and Google Video) and vote for us at PodcastAlley.com.
To view the video, click the link below.

IMG Podcast Promo Video
YouTube.com - IMG Podcast Promo Video
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Feral Launches The Movies Mini Site
12:21 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

With completion of the Mac port of The Movies in sight, Feral Interactive today unveiled a new min-site for the upcoming game. The Movies puts you in charge of running a Hollywood motion picture studio and your challenge is to create a string of box office successes.

Based on an original idea from gaming legend Peter Molyneux, The Movies offers a unique combination of creativity, play and challenge. There are three parts to the game - running the studio, nurturing movie stars and making your own movies.

The mini-site also reveals a few Mac specific features in the game. First up is creating wmv movies from within the game. To share your creations with other fans of The Movies around the world, you need to upload your movie to The Movies Online website in WMV format, not QuickTime. To allow Mac users to do this, Feral will bundle Flip4Mac Studio for free with the game. With Flip4Mac Studio, you can create WMV movies with one simple mouse click from inside the Mac version of The Movies.

Support for iTunes has also been integrated into The Movies for Mac. This means that when you're editing the soundtrack in Post-Production, you can use any of the files from your iTunes Music Library to create a professional sounding score.

For more on The Movies, head over to the official web site. To check out a QuickTime HD trailer of The Movies, follow the link below.

The Movies is currently available for pre-order from Macgamestore.com for $49.95.

Feral Interactive
The Movies
MGF: 'The Movies' HD Trailer
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IMG Looking for New Feature Writers
10:58 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games is looking for a few dedicated writers work on the Inside Mac Games web site. Here's our current opening at IMG:

Feature Writers
Write different features such as editorials, head-to-heads, and interviews. If you're interested, please email blake@insidemacgames.com with a little bio of yourself and include writing samples (or URLs to writing samples).

We're looking for dedicated people only, who can write well and commit some of their time to a cool web site. If you don't think you'll have the time or energy, please don't e-mail us. But if you love Macintosh games and love writing, then by all means, let us know!




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IMG Posts Interview with Rake in Grass
9:29 AM | Blake Buck | 3 comments

Today IMG posted an interview of Rake in Grass, the developers behind Jets 'n' Guns. After just one month of developing Mac Games, Rake in Grass has become one of the most talked about developers in the industry. The Czech Republic-based developer has recieved universal critical acclaim. IMG recently got a chance to chat with Pavel Tovarys, the Marketing Manager at Rake in Grass.

IMG: Word has it that and expansion, dubbed Jets 'n' Guns Gold, is in the works. What can you tell me about it? Any secret's you'd like to reveal?

Pavel: Yes, it's true. The expansion is under development and hopefully we will start betatesting soon. What can we let out... We'd like to double the play time of one round of the campaign (no promises). We also have working space ship shopping, higher resolution, and heaps of minor changes.

IMG: Being a cross platform developer, what are the differences between the PC and Mac market? Has the Mac been as profitable as the PC for you?

Pavel: Yes, the Mac market looks very interesting for us. The PC market ir really overflowing and it is very hard to expand there. It is also occupied by several big online distributors and developers who dictate many aspects of the games. The Mac market is not as big, but it looks like there's a significant demand for games not so 'casual' as regular omnipresent 'time wasters'.

To read the interview, click the link below.

IMG Interview Rake in Grass
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Battery Acid Games Releases Mountain Tanks
8:58 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Battery Acid Games has released Mountain Tanks, a tank game that puts you in the gunner's seat of a powerful tank. In the game you are the lone defender of an embattled city and at your disposal have a selection of destructive and defensive weapons. Taking turns with human or computer-controlled opponents, you must aim to maximize damage and finish off your enemies before they do the same to you.

A free demo of Mountain Tanks is available for download from Macgamefiles.com.

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MGF: Mountain Tanks 1.0
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New Intel Cores Coming
8:50 AM | Anthony Wang | 12 comments

Recently, The Tech Report posted an article on Intel's plans for its Core Duo processors. With the unveiling of the Mac Pro, Apple's professional desktops, expected at the next WWDC Event, Apple may be using the new Intel Core chips to power them.

In addition to the chipset announcements, Intel reiterated its schedule for Core-based processors. The company still plans to ship new Core-based "Woodcrest" workstation chips in June, with the desktop Core 2 lineup to follow in July and the mobile Core 2 Duos to come in August. The company also said the top-end desktop Core 2 Extreme would launch at "2.93 megahertz" before being upgraded to "3.2 megahertz" later this year. Either this confirms earlier mention of successive 2.93 GHz and 3.2 GHz clock speeds for the chip, or the Core 2 Extreme will really be a souped-up 8080.
Please follow the links below to learn more information.

Tech Report: New Intel Core Duo



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Fish Tycoon Now Available
7:09 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 10 comments

LDW Software's Fish Tycoon is now available at Macgametore.com as a digital download for $19.95. A free demo is available on the web site.

Fish Tycoon is a fish breeding sim game where you breed and care for exotic fish in a true real-time virtual aquarium.

The object of this tycoon game is to discover the 7 MAGIC FISH of ISOLA and solve the genetic puzzle. You start with a small selection of fish, some money and a tank. You must breed your fish, care for them, help them grow, and cure them if they get sick. Along the way you can buy supplies, medicine and special chemicals; you can research technologies or invest in advertisement. All of this will be financed by selling exotic hybrids in your shop.

The game runs in TRUE REAL-TIME, so that if your computer is turned off or you exit the game, hours later small fish will have grown larger and new surprises await you.

Fish Tycoon
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Custer Ponders Good Vs. Evil
7:01 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG's resident desktop master Brad Custer is back with two images inspired by Freeverse's upcoming title, Heroes of Might and Magic V.

Here's what Brad had to say about his latest desktops:

Since my last visit to the realm of Heroes of Might and Magic V from Freeverse, I've been getting a steady stream of requests for another desktop for the game. I figured my return this week would be the perfect opportunity to honor them. However, I couldn't decide to go good or evil this week so you have lucked out with 2 desktops this week. I was able to design this week's wallpapers with the help of Freeverse and my trusty cable modem.
Head over to Custer's Desktops to check out his latest creations.

IMG: Custer's Desktops


Lugaru 2: PhoenixUI Prototype Released
6:59 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

The Wolfire development blog has released PhoenixUI prototype, which is an early version of Lugaru 2's user interface. According to the blog, the goal is to create a unique user interface similar to the one used in computers today, such as Windows or Mac OS X, to enhance gaming experience.

Here's an excerpt:

The goal behind “PhoenixUI” is to have interface elements that behave exactly like your operating system. That is, you’ll be able to press tab to switch between controls, double click a word to select it, have multiple redo/undo states in text fields, and so on. This way when you are creating a map in the map editor, typing in the chatroom before a multiplayer game begins, or using the extensive wolfireNET feature to download maps and mods or check rankings and such (more on this in another post someday), you won’t have to fight the interface to get it to do what you want it to.

So please try out this prototype of PhoenixUI and let me know if you find anything that doesn’t behave properly according to Mac OS X’s interface. A few things to note: if this runs slow on your computer, don’t worry. When it is implemented inside of Lugaru 2, it will barely use any CPU time - this is just a prototype. Also, the OS X theme is temporary and will be changed to an original theme to avoid the wrath of Apple legal.

Please click on the links below to learn more information.

Wolfire Blog



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Games Which Stand The Test Of Time
6:59 AM | Cord Kruse | 10 comments

In a recent article 1UP.com examined games which have maintained loyal followings despite the passage of time and the appearance of newer games in their genres. 1UP studied at games like Starcraft, Sim City, and Tetris to see what magic ingredients managed to keep players coming back for more years after they were initially released.

Examining Starcraft:

While some players still prefer to take on Starcraft's AI by themselves, the game's continuing popularity is due almost entirely to its online multiplayer capabilities. Starcraft's online culture is huge thanks to Blizzard's pioneering Battle.net , where enthusiasts can play against opponents for no charge aside from the cost of the game and their own internet access fees. Starcraft also includes its own free campaign and map editor, "StarEdit." Players can use StarEdit to make changes to a map's workings and create custom scenarios for other players to challenge.

It's these endless map alterations that make each campaign a fresh one for Alan and other fans. "Even the slightest change in a map, like one square of water in front of your troops, can affect your strategy," he says.

The rest of the article can be read at the link listed below.

1UP.com: Time Tested
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Worms 3D Reviewed
6:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

About This Particular Macintosh has posted a review of Worms 3D, a whimsical turn based war game featuring cartoonish invertebrate warriors. Using weapons ranging from bazookas to exploding sheep, players must out maneuver their enemies and be the first to strike. ATPM gave Worms 3D a rating of "Good."

From the review:

Worms 3D originally came out a couple of years ago, so the graphics won’t blow away any fans of current PC games or gaming consoles. However, they’re clear, colorful, and appropriate to the cartoon-like action of the game. You’re free to rotate and spin the perspective of each worm or look at the island from an overhead viewpoint (which helps for launching wide-area attacks such as the Air Strike).

An entertaining part of the game is the behavior of the worms themselves. They taunt one another with a variety of in-game comments, telling the enemy worms how bad their aim is or saying something pitiful just before they expire. Note: a dying worm explodes, taking out some nearby land with him.

To read the rest of the review click on the link below.

About This Particular Macintosh: Worms 3D Review
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Intel on Possible ATI/AMD Merger
6:59 AM | Eddie Park | 1 comment

Reporting from Computex 2006, hardware site TweakTown has posted an article on a possible stance by Intel concerning rumblings of a possible future merger between graphics chip maker ATI and proccessor maker AMD. Citing a "trusted and reliable anonymous source," TweakTown notes that Intel is in discussions about the merger, and considers it to be a very real possibility.

The article also lists some possible effects of such a merger, including pressure on nVidia's chipset line:

For starters, the newly formed company would have the expertise to create (better) chipset platforms for AMD processors and we imagine nVidia would find themselves getting much less engineer design support from AMD than they do now when it comes to creating new AMD processor based chipsets. This could result in things such as nVidia chipsets coming out after AMD / ATI’s own chipset or the newly formed company being less willing to help nVidia create the caliber of nForce chipsets which we are use to seeing these days.
The article also notes current caveats, including the fact that nVidia currently manufactures noted AMD processor-based chipsets as well as Intel's upcoming line of Conroe processors.

TweakTown - Intel considers AMD and ATI merger likely


Mac Games News for Thursday, June 8, 2006

IMG Interviews Peter Tamte12:38 PM
Civilization IV Hits Beta, Late June Release11:57 AM
Football Manager 2007 Announced8:22 AM
Apple Features Call of Duty 27:19 AM
Blizzard's Rise To Power7:19 AM
Jeff Vogel's Fourth 'View From The Bottom'7:19 AM
Kaijin Reviewed7:19 AM
WarBirds 2006 Available For Download7:19 AM
 
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