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Mac Pro Reviews, Benchmarks
8:21 AM | Andy Largent | 1 comment

Just days after Apple announced the new Intel-based Mac Pro towers, sites are now starting to report on the first round of reviews and benchmarks of the updated line of machines. Ars Technica has posted their full review of the tower, while Barefeats has taken a first spin at benchmarking the powerful machine.

Both compare the new "Quad" Xeon machines with the older PowerMac G5 towers, and with the exception of those applications not running natively on the Intel side of the house (like Photoshop, which isn't yet a Universal Binary), the newer towers seem to be a significant step-up in terms of performance. Be sure to check out both sites for the lowdown.

Additionally, PowerMax has taken some detailed screenshots of the new tower's internals. Have a look if you're curious to see how the Mac Pros look on the inside.

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Victora Patch Released, Digital Download on MGS
3:09 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming has released a patch for Victoria, bringing it in line with the PC version, which is currently at version 1.04. The update fixes several bugs in the game. The patch is available for download from Macgamefiles.com.

In related news, Victoria is now available for purchase through Macgamestore.com for $19.95. The full download, which is already patched to 1.04, is 496 MB in size. For more information, follow the links below.

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IMG Posts Classic Mac Gaming: Angband
2:17 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 8 comments

IMG has posted a new feature today called Classic Mac Gaming: Angband, which takes a look back at the classic Mac game. Here's a clip from the feature:

It was some time in the winter of 1992 when I was alleviating my boredom by scouring the Mac downloads of AOL's virtual cellar. I looked at all games but if a game had that particular magic word--FREEWARE--attached, it caught my immediate attention. Angband was one of those games.
To check out the full feature, follow the link below.

IMG Feature: Classic Mac Gaming: Angband


Phantasia Arcade Game Released
10:30 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 2 comments

Rake In Grass, makers of the wildly popular Jets'n'Guns arcade shooter, today announced the release of their third game for the Macintosh, Phantasia, an arcade game that features arcanoid-style action.

The cruel wizard used all his power and imprisoned all of the dwarves from a wonderfull forest called Phantasia, in his strange tower in the abandoned mountains. You are the only one who can rescue all of the dwarves from the wizard's tower.

Features:
- many adventures in 30 unique levels
- use different bonuses to save the dwarves
- collect coins and raise your score
- arcanoid style action
- colorful hand drawn graphics with monstrous effects and jokes
- original music
- and much more...

System Requirements:
- Mac OS X 10.2 or later
- 128 MB RAM
- Universal Binary

Phantasia is available as a Universal Binary for PowerPC and Intel Macs and is available through Macgamestore.com for $19.95. A free downloadable demo is available on the web page.

Macgamestore: Phantasia



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Are 40% Of WoW Players Addicted?
8:21 AM | Cord Kruse | 9 comments

Ars Technica recently examined the claims of Dr. Maressa Hecht Orzack, a clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts. The doctor asserts that up to 40% of World of Warcraft players are addicted to the game.

Dr. Orzack, who is the founder and coordinator of the Computer Addiction Service, told Ars in an e-mail that the 40 percent figure came from "a forum that Nick Yee runs" but did not reveal any additional methodology for arriving at this number. She added that "even if the percentage is 5 to 10 percent which is standard for most addictive behaviors, it is a huge number of people who are out of control." Orzack states that she has been studying the problem for the last 11 years. She claims to be swamped with people asking for her help, usually concerned parents, neglected spouses, and sometimes the players themselves...

Orzack feels that the games are at fault more than the players. "This isn't about willpower or restraint," she said in an interview. "These games are very elaborately designed to ease you in gently, entice you, and keep you there. And it's a cycle: people begin to spend too much time playing and their careers and personal relationships begin to deteriorate."

The rest of Dr. Orzack's comments, including her suggestion that MMORPGs be given warning labels, follow the link below.

Ars Technica: Doctor's WoW Addiction Claims
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Fifth 'View From The Bottom' Tackles Addiction
8:21 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb's Jeff Vogel has penned his fifth View From The Bottom, an ongoing series of commentaries focusing on various issues related to computer games. This time he examines MMO addiction and points out some of the less savory aspects of dealing with other humans in the online world.

If you ever feel like quitting, QUIT!

Seriously. Every once in a while, you'll start to lose your energy. You'll feel like taking a little break. Read books. Go out. Meet people. When that happens, when you get an itch to take a break, RUN WITH THAT!

Feeling like quitting one of these horrible games is the sweetest gift life can give you. You can shake the addiction and get all those hours back. It's like if you were a hopeless heroin addict, and one day, you woke up and said, "You know something? I don't feel like any heroin today. I'll go for a walk. See a movie. Get a job." Yes! Do that! You caught a lucky break. Run for your life!
The entire column can be found by clicking on the link below.

View From The Bottom: The Perils Of Online Gaming
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The Caverns Of Time Revealed
8:21 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Blizzard Entertainment has created a new page featuring The Caverns of Time. One of the new areas available in The Burning Crusade, the upcoming first expansion for World of Warcraft, the Caverns of Time will offer players the chance to participate in great events in Azeroth's history.

For the first time, adventurers will enter the domain of the Timeless One, where they will undertake missions to prevent the sabotage of three key historical events:

Young Thrall's escape from Durnholde Keep, the first step on the path to his ascension as the greatest warchief the orcs have ever known...

The momentous Battle of Mount Hyjal, where Jaina, Thrall, Tyrande, and Malfurion succeeded in turning the tide against the dreaded demon, Archimonde...

And the opening of the original Dark Portal by the crazed wizard Medivh an action that ushered in the First War and introduced the mighty orcs to the world of Azeroth.

Check out the Caverns by clicking on the link below.

WoW: The Caverns Of Time
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An Encore For Custer
8:21 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

With the success of the "You Name It. I Create It." month of desktops, IMG's Brad Custer has decided to commemorate the event with an encore of sorts and create a desktop for the ever popular, World of Warcraft.

Here's more from Brad on the subject:

This is probably the closest I can ever come to answering an "encore" for what I do. During last month's viewer designed desktops, I continued to receive steady requests for wallpapers for World of Warcraft and one featured a specific design so I figured why not do one more for the fans.

So, this time we return to the realm of World of Warcraft from Blizzard. This request was to simply feature a battle scene that captured the feel of the game. I was able to design this week's wallpaper with the help of Blizzard Entertainment and my trusty cable modem.

Visit Custer's Desktops to grab this image in the size you desire.

IMG Desktop: Clash
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Mac Games News for Thursday, August 10, 2006

Macgamestore: Legion Arena Digital Download3:56 PM
IMG Reviews WingNuts 23:01 PM
MacWorld: 2.66GHz MacPro Sets Speed Mark1:11 PM
IMG Podcast Episode 32 Released10:17 AM
New MontyMail Available9:55 AM
Apple Games Revs Up For Cars8:45 AM
Bullet Candy Updated8:45 AM
Halo Movie Gets A Director8:45 AM
MacWorld: The Mac Pro from a Gamer's Perspective8:45 AM
Spiderweb News: GeneForge 4 in Beta8:45 AM
 
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