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Tuesday, August 8, 2006


Apple Adds ATI X1900 XT to Online Store
6:38 AM | Evan Holt | 11 comments

Following Apple's announcement of the Mac Pro, the ATI X1900 XT has been added to the online store as an upgrade kit. Having an upgrade path for their video card was a common request from many PowerMac G5 owners.

Those who purchased a G5 Tower ran in to the problem that they could not purchase a better video card because they were only offered as 'build to order' with a new Mac.

ATI Radeon X1900 XT with 512MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory provides an ideal solution for motion graphics, animation, or 3D design and visualization. It offers two dual-link DVI ports that can simultaneously support two 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Displays for an incredibly large widescreen workspace.
The ATI Radeon X1900 XT Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro retails for $499 US and currently has a 3 to 5 week wait until it ships. Take note that it only costs $350 to add when building your own Mac Pro vs. the $499 as an upgrade kit.

Currently the nVidia Quadro FX 4500 isn't being offered as an upgrade kit.

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IMG Reviews Legion Arena
2:49 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Legion Arena. Here's a clip from the review:

Legion Arena begins with a comprehensive tutorial campaign that should give even the most novice strategy gamers a quick handle on things. After said intro campaign, players then tackle the full-fledged Roman and Celtic campaigns. The game’s “story” unfolds by way of well-voiced narrated clips set against a world map and various still images of ancient Rome. The story is basically a history lesson, placing the player in the role of an up and coming general in the midst of the ancient world’s greatest military conflicts. While interesting and often informative, I never felt compelled to keep playing simply because I couldn’t wait to see where the story might go next. Legion Arena isn’t that sort of game, it’s not the next WarCraft. In Legion Arena, gameplay takes precedence over creative single-player story-telling. Personally, I play games to forget about reality, if only for a few hours. Still, history buffs should be pleased with Legion Arena’s single-player framework.
To check out the entire review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Legion Arena
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Macgamestore & Virtual Programming Sign Distribution Deal
12:21 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 11 comments

Macgamestore.com, the only online store dedicated to Macintosh gamers, and Virtual Programming, a leading software publisher of Macintosh games, have announced a new distribution partnership in which Virtual Programming's boxed and digital download titles will be available through Macgamestore. The agreement allows Virtual Programming's products to be available to North American customers from a US-based distributor.

"We're extremely excited to be offering our customers Virtual Programming's titles in both boxed and digital formats to Mac gamers", said Tuncer Deniz, Owner of Macgamestore.com. "With this agreement, Mac gamers now have a choice whether to buy the download version or get the boxed game through Macgamestore.com."

"Virtual Programming Ltd are pleased to be working with Macgamestore.com to widen the digital distribution and boxed product availability of our games in the USA", said Paul Lesurf, Director of VP. "The association will benefit Mac users greatly and we look forward to adding more VP games in the future."

Currently Hearts of Iron 2 is available as a digital download purchase through Macgamestore.com. Many more Virtual Programming titles, both in boxed and digital formats, will be available in the coming weeks.

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Neverwinter Nights Beta Patch Released
10:57 AM | Eddie Park | 3 comments

BioWare and MacSoft have released a new patch for their D&D-based RPG Neverwinter Nights. Still considered to be in beta status at version 1.68 Beta 2, the patch fixes a few bugs as well as adds new functionalities for scripting and custom content.

A few of the additions are as follows:

  • Added visible cloaks to the game.
  • Fixed an issue with the Monk's Perfect Self feat not correctly reporting that the monk was immune when making saving throws against mind-affecting spells (was making Phantasmal Killer work on monks if they failed their saving throws).
  • Fixed an issue with the sleep spell not being counted as a hostile action when cast (nw_s0_sleep.nss).
  • Fixed range issue in spell "Mestil's Acid Breath" (X2_S0_AcidBrth.nss).
BioWare cautions users that any modules created under the 1.68 version will not run on earlier versions. For those that wish to roll their versions back, a 1.68 to 1.67 patch tool is also available.

The 1.68 beta patch is available both from BioWare and MacGameFiles.

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Microsoft Drops VirtualPC for Mac
6:38 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Microsoft has announced that it will not be bringing VirtualPC to Intel Macs, although it will continue to support existing versions of the Windows emulation software. In light of Apple's release of Boot Camp, and the third party virtualization options now available, this move will likely come as no surprise to many Mac users.

"Developing a high-quality virtualization solution, such as Virtual PC, for the Intel-based Mac is similar to creating a version 1.0 release due to how closely the product integrates with Mac hardware," Microsoft said. "[Microsoft] still recognizes that customers continue to need access to Windows applications from their Intel-based Macs, and feels confident that alternative solutions offered by Apple and other vendors, combined with a fully packaged retail copy of Windows, will satisfy this need."

Similarly, Microsoft said it will be discontinuing support of Visual Basic scripting in the next version of Office for Mac, but is working hard to increase support for standard Mac scripting methods such as AppleScript and Automator.

"As always, cross-platform compatibility remains a top priority. As we develop the next version of Office for Mac, the files will continue to be compatible across platforms, including 2007 Microsoft Office system for Windows," the company said. "Although VB macros within files will not be accessible and cannot be viewed or modified, the files themselves can be edited without affecting or changing the macros."
Check out the link below for more information.

Appleinsider: Microsoft Axes VPC


VMWare Virtualization For Mac OS X
6:38 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Yesterday VMWare Inc. announced the upcoming release of a Mac OS X version of its virtualization technology. Intel powered Macs will be able to run a variety of PC operating systems, including Windows and Linux, at the same time as OS X. Switching between virtual OS environments will be as simple as selecting one from the a tabbed list, and files will be movable by drag and drop.

“We are excited to bring our desktop platform product to Apple Macs. The demand for this has been unbelievable and it is clearly front and center for Mac users,” said Diane Greene, president of VMware. “VMware is in the business of providing the most advanced and robust virtualization platforms as well as phenomenal add-on functionality that leverages our virtualization platform. This announcement brings our desktop platform and add-on capabilities to Mac users, and it will allow them to run a wide variety of operating systems without rebooting. Mac users who also use the PC will be able to use this product to consolidate onto the Mac.”

The new Mac product is based on VMware’s robust and advanced virtualization technology, shipping for more than seven years and used by more than four million people today. Moving forward, virtual machines created with any of VMware’s products will run on Intel-based Macs and, similarly, non-Mac OS X virtual machines created with the new product will run on the latest versions of other VMware platform products.

In addition, Mac users will be able to leverage more than 250 virtual appliances for solutions such as security, load balancing, collaboration, databases, development, communications and business applications that are available for download from VMware Technology Network (VMTN) at www.vmtn.net. Virtual appliances are pre-built, pre-configured and ready-to-run software applications, all packaged within virtual machines that can be run using VMware virtualization products, including VMware Player and VMware Server which are both available for free download at www.vmware.com/download/

Head over to VMWare's site at the link below to learn more.

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Mac Games News for Monday, August 7, 2006

Macgamestore: WingNuts 2 Boxed Version Available5:43 PM
Apple Previews Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard12:03 PM
Apple Unveils Mac Pro Desktop11:52 AM
CityScape For Mac Announced, Trailer Released7:43 AM
Tennis Elbow Released for Mac7:19 AM
Dylo's Adventure for Mac Released6:56 AM
Apple Games Features DropTeam6:38 AM
Carmack QuakeCon Comments6:30 AM
Germs Reviewed6:30 AM
MacFun Gaming Web Site Launches6:29 AM
The State Of Shadowbane6:25 AM
IMG's WWDC 2006 Chat (Updated Live)6:00 AM
 
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