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Wednesday, July 5, 2006

IMG Launches Mac Games Chat
6:51 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has launched a new feature-rich live chat for Mac gamers. To chat with fellow gamers, all you need is a java-capable browser such as Safari or Firefox. Simply head to the IMG Chat page and click on the "123 Flash Chat" logo to launch the chat page. After that you can register for an account and begin chatting with fellow Mac gamers.

IMG will be hosting special chats in the near future with guests from the gaming community. However, gamers are encouraged to chime in at anytime to chat with IMG staff members and fellow Mac gamers.

To check out the IMG Chat, follow the link below.

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Macgamestore: Disney/Pixar Collection In Stock
3:29 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The Disney/Pixar Collection is now available at Macgamestore.com for $29.95. An incredible value, the Disney/Pixar Collection gives you three must-have games for the price of one. The Incredibles, Finding Nemo and Finding Nemo: Nemo's Underwater World of Fun provide hours of adventure, games and fun.

For more on the Disney/Pixar Collection, follow the link below.

Macgamestore: Disney/Pixar Collection

iConquer Now Includes Graphs
2:15 PM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Kavasoft updated their Risk-type game iConquer to version 2.4 which now includes a guided tour, graphs and improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

When you first launch iConquer you will now be presented with a step by step walkthrough of iConquer's interface and what each button does. There is also a new 'graphs' feature that will give you a visual of who controls which countries, cards, armies, income, victories and defeats.

iConquer takes advantage of many OS X features (such as iChat and Bonjour) and features beautiful graphics, a map plug-ins section, Computer AI, network and internet play and the ability to make your own maps.

iConquer is a Universal Binary and is $19.99 U.S. to register. It requires OS X 10.3.9 or higher and may be played on a screen with a resolution of 800 * 600 or higher.

Visit Kavasoft's website using the link below to download a 10-launch demo and try iConquer for yourself.


The Sims 2: Open for Business At Alpha
2:15 PM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Aspyr, today updated The Sims 2: Open for Business to Alpha status. In the latest expansion pack for the hit Sims games to make it to the Mac, Open for Business lets your Sims be their own boss by creating and running their very own businesses. Also, gamers can hire staff to work in restaraunts to electronic stores to just about anything, whether it becomes a worldwide success or a financial collapse is up to you.

The Sims are getting down to business! In The Sims 2™ Open for Business
expansion pack, your Sims can create virtually any kind of business, from a
trendy clothing boutique, hip beauty salon, blooming floral shop, high-end
electronics store, or bustling restaurant chain. Hire staff as the business
grows and put talented Sims to work in a variety of different jobs, from
making toys and running the register, to crafting floral bouquets and
manufacturing robots. From clever tinkerer to master craftsman, develop your
Sim’s talents to best suit your business needs. Will they build a thriving
business empire or become eccentric entrepreneurs designing the next big
The Sims 2: Open for Business for Mac is scheduled to be released this coming fall. For more information, please click on the links below.

Aspyr: Sims 2 OFB Project Status
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SNES9X Now Available
7:27 AM | Anthony Wang | 4 comments

The latest game emultion software, SNES9X version 1.5 has been released for Mac as a Universal Binary. SNES9X allows Mac users to play classic game titles for the now defunct Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) on their Mac. This latest version adds numerous enhancements, bugfixes, and fixes compatibility issues.

Version 1.5 has the following changes:

• Added turbo speed up/down buttons to keyboard and controller maps.
• Autofire toggling is now independent for each controller button.
• Added Alt and TC buttons to keyboard and controller maps, and options to the Autofire dialog for toggling autofire in-game with Alt and restricting autofire to when TC is pressed.
• Keyboard button for pausing the emulation loop is now mappable.
• Made the game window, Cheat Finder and Cheat Entry resizable.
• Fixed flickering issue in OpenGL mode.
• Fixed some minor problems with Tiger...
For the full list of changes and to learn more information about SNES9X, please follow the links below. SNES9X is freeware and is available for download at our sister website, Macgamefiles.


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Wingnuts 2 Reviewed
6:51 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room has released a review of Freeverse Software's Wingnuts 2: Raina's Revenge. Sequel to the original Wingnuts, W2 continues the arcade shooter action which made the original popular, offering a variety of new play challenges as well as a level editor. Players fight against the forces of Baron von Schtopwatch across different geographical locations and time periods. The Game Room gave Wingnuts 2 a score of 4.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

Some levels are positively frustrating—you’ll have to shoot down hundreds of planes before you get to the Boss or to the end of the level. It’s occasionally a bit too frustrating, but fortunately, the game saves in between levels, so you can always return when you want. (You can also save at any point you want separately).

While the screenshots may give you the impression that WingNuts 2 is a graphically undemanding game, nothing could be further from the truth—the game makes extensive use of OpenGL to create really stunning particle and smoke effects. Just like the original, you’ll watch as the planes you shoot down crash into the land or sea and explode—but this time with even more pizzazz. Fortunately, you can dial back effects on slower hardware in case the default level is too much for your Mac to push without stuttering.

Freeverse’s trademark humor is present throughout—the bad guys are chock-full of cheesy, occasionally pun-laden, and (in the case of the Baron) downright weird dialogue. Commander Jen occasionally pops up in humorous interstitial bits. The soundtrack and sound effects are great—the soundtrack was done by frequent Freeverse collaborator Andrew “Digital Droo” Tokuda. Even here the humor comes through: WingNuts 2’s main theme is a valentine to Top Gun anthem guitarist and frequent Billy Idol collaborator Steve Stevens.

To read the full review head over to the Macworld site at the link below.

Macworld Game Room: Wingnuts 2 Review
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Easter Eggs In World Of Warcraft
6:51 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzplanet offers a collection of easter eggs to be found in Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft. The extensive list of easter eggs features NPC names, quest names, locations, quotes, and pop culture references.

Go to menu and choose Sounds. Turn off music and set ambience sounds to max. Go to Undercity by the fallen bell and you will hear the bells playing. The next hallway you listen to people cheering. Enter the Throne room.

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos -- you will listen to the faint ghostly sounds of when Arthas enters the Throne room and kills his father King Terenas. In the throne you can listen King Terenas talking to Arthas. It seems there are also voices of when Medivh came to warn King Terenas.

Right at the start of Naxxramas instance, there's a little siamese cat lvl 5 running around, named Mr. Bigglesworth

Austin Powers - that's the name of Dr.Evil's cat

Note: If you attack this little fellow and do not kill him in one hit, he will attack you and make loud hissing roars at you (Try punching him with no weapons equipped, it's fun. If you kill him, Kel'Thuzad yells: No!!! A curse upon you, interlopers! The armies of the Lich King will hunt you down. You will not escape your fate...)

To check out the full list follow the link below.

Blizzplanet: WoW Easter Eggs
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WoW: Rogue Talent Review
6:51 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A recent post on the World of Warcraft forums offers a first glimpse of the upcoming changes to Rogue talents in the next patch. The topic examines some of the changes currently in consideration, including the removal of some skills and the addition of others.

Here are a few of the potential changes in Rogue talents:

- The following talents have been removed: Improved Deadly Poison, Improved Distract, Throwing Weapon Specialization, Improved Vanish, and Rapid Concealment.

-Rapid Concealment has been merged with Camouflage, by combining these talents you not only get a great talent to start off the tree, but obviously it frees up a number of points to be spent elsewhere.

-Improved Sprint has been changed, and will instead have a 50/100% chance to remove all movement impairing effects when you activate your Sprint ability. This talent no longer reduces the cooldown of Sprint.

-New talent Weapon Expertise in the Combat tree, increases your weapon skill with all melee weapons. The recovery of damage with an increased weapon skill should be a good boost to overall output.

To read more about the changes to the Rogue class follow the link below.

WoW Forums: Rogue Talent Review First Glimpse
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Bug Hunting In Apeiron X
6:51 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

MacNN recently reviewed Apeiron X from Ambrosia Software. An OS X friendly update of the original shareware classic, the game gives players the chance to blast bugs in true Centipede style. MacNN gave Apeiron X a score of 4.5 out of 5.

Apeiron is simply a straight up shoot em down game. I love this game because I don't have to remember mouse button settings, I just need a good mouse with one button. I admit, I've broken more than one old mouse playing this game, the trick is to just hold the button down to preserve your mouse. The little diamond-shaped crystal blaster sits on the bottom third of your screen and you move it back and forth to obliterate the screen encroaching centipede, called Cheech the Pentipede, as its segments move down the screen. The crystal movement is smooth, but limited, so you have to practice hitting moving targets. You start the game with four shooters in your arsenal.

In the first few levels each hit on Pentipede section is worth 100 points. As you hit a segment, a little mushroom takes it place as an obstacle on the playing board and it takes five hits to totally remove one. The mushrooms are only worth 1-point to remove. After you extinguish the whole caterpillar, a new level appears with a new game field with backgrounds in a variety of pleasing colors. After Level 1 other obstacles fall down and leave more mushroom droppings. Around level 15, which I rarely hit these days, the game actually shoots back at you with either lethal popping mushrooms or little red pellets.

The full review can be found at the MacNN site listed below.

MacNN: Apeiron X Review
Apeiron X
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Mac Games News for Monday, July 3, 2006

IMG Posts Classic Mac Gaming: Total Annihilation3:27 PM
New Drop Team Demo Released12:56 PM
Controllermate Now Universal Binary8:36 AM
CrossOver: Run PC Apps Without Windows8:36 AM
Monkey Island's Ron Gilbert Interviewed8:36 AM
Ricochet: Lost Worlds Reviewed8:36 AM
WoW: More Realms Eligible For Paid Transfer8:36 AM
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