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Ambrosia's Redline Inches Towards Release
8:44 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 6 comments

Ambrosia's long-awaited Redline is inching towards completion, according to a new form post on Ambrosia's Software. Now at beta 12, the arcade racing game has been in beta for a while now but is now just a matter of days or a few weeks from being released.

Here's the update log:

-network data compression, for a lower bandwidth footprint
-indicator who is leading the race
-indicator how many people are waiting in lobby to join a game
-auto-update capability
-all changes in b11r2-r4
-many minor fixes and changes

This is likely going to be the last major beta release we see a final release. It looks quite solid at this point.

Click on the links below to learn more information on Redline. Be on the lookout for an IMG preview shortly.

Ambrosia Software
Redline


Gamehouse Releases Caribbean Mah Jong
9:26 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Gamehouse has released Caribbean Mah Jong, a new tropical treat from the makers of Aloha Solitaire. Take a fabulous Luxury Cruise and visit 12 exotic islands while collecting attractive keepsakes and quirky postcards. Or be footloose and fancy free, and Island Hop to any layout with no commitments. No matter how you tailor your island experience, it will be a luscious treat for your eyes!

Tile layouts range from easy, to multi-layered monstrosities of 15 layers! But you can breeze through them with powerups like Trade Winds, and use the unique Tile Focusing feature to find matches quickly. So, join the fun and take a Caribbean vacation today!

Features:

• Visit 12 Caribbean Islands with 96 unique layouts
• Collect Souvenirs on the Luxury Cruise
• Visit any Island Layout via the Island Hopping Mode
• Five amazingly detailed and beautiful tile sets
• Funky non-repeating Calypso music
• 12 full screen richly detailed island scenes
Caribbean Mah Jong is available from Macgamestore.com for $19.95. A free trial demo is available for download on the site.

Macgamestore: Caribbean Mah Jong


Starcraft And Diablo To Follow In WoW's Footsteps?
8:45 AM | Cord Kruse | 16 comments

According to a report on F13.net Vivendi Universal, parent company of Blizzard Entertainment, announced that "all Blizzard franchises" would become Massively Multiplayer Online games. The rumored announcement is said to have been made during a recent financial presentation given on Wall Street.

The Cesspit posted what are apparently the slides from the presentation, and likely the genesis of the rumor. The majority of the slides deal with the economics of MMOs, but the final slide lists Diablo and Starcraft as "potential" areas for MMO development.

On the World of Warcraft forums a Blizzard representative officially denied the rumor, and a Shacknews followup with a Vivendi spokesperson yielded a similar answer from the parent company.

From the WoW forums:

Nothing in that rumor is true in regards to Blizzard. If I had to guess, there was some confusion between what Vivendi has planned for its game division versus what Blizzard has planned. While Blizzard is owned by Vivendi, their game division operates seperately from Blizzard.
To follow the rise and fall of an internet rumor check out the links below.

F13.net: Blizzard Franchises To Become MMOGs
The Cesspit: MMO Presentation
WoW Forums: MMO Response
Shacknews: Blizz MMOs
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Doom 3 For Mac Reviewed
8:45 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Macteens has posted a review of id Software's Doom 3, a modern day interpretation of the original Doom first person shooter. Cloaked in dark shadows and cutting edge graphics, Doom 3 puts players in the boots of a lone marine facing off against a horde of evil creatures from the pits of hell. Macteens gave the game a score of 2.5 out of 5.

From the review:

Throughout the game you have a chance to download data from your recently deceased coworkers, ostensibly to flesh out the inadequacies of the back-story provided, but these end up falling flat. The sample conversations and emails could possibly be summarized as “umm, guys there’s weird noises coming from the lower levels. Its really creepy man. I hope everything turns out okay right.” To add salt to your wounds, you are forced to listen to these if you want to find out the combinations to certain weapon and ammo lockers, a poorly designed way to “integrate” the player with the game, which gets really annoying soon and probably won’t be duplicated for the inevitable Doom 4: Murder Simulator Xtreme. About the only thing worse than the story is the game play, which is akin to, but not as fun as compulsively starting and shutting off your car for hours at a time.
The rest of the review, and more information about game, can be found at the links below.

Macteens: Doom 3 Review
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Aspyr Media
DOOM 3
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Macgamestore: Big Kahuna Reef Now Available2:41 PM
Apple Posts New Hot Deals2:39 PM
PlayFirst Releases More Mac Titles1:28 PM
IMG Posts EyeTV EZ Review7:38 AM
Bullet Candy Update Released7:20 AM
Mountain Tanks 1.1 Released7:08 AM
Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space Reviewed6:54 AM
World of Warcraft Map Poster Available6:54 AM
Freeverse Releases WingNuts 26:51 AM
 
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