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Heroes of Might and Magic V Enters Testing
6:57 AM | Anthony Wang | 1 comment

There's word over at Mac Centric that Heroes of Might and Magic V has entered the first round of "feature-complete" testing. This should be an indication that the long awaited turn-based RPG game Freeverse Software announced back in January will soon be released.

Today’s news from Colin Smith, venerable VP of Freeverse, is good. He let slip today that HOMMV for OSX has entered the first round of feature-complete testing! Congrats to Freeverse for achieving this huge milestone!

This announcement comes just three short weeks after Freeverse tantalized us with a shot of HOMMV running on a Mac of undisclosed CPU pedigree. Hopefully the testing will progress rapidly and we’ll all be able to enjoy an OSX version of HOMMV over the holidays. I’m also looking forward to finding out the fate of an OSX version of the Map Editor and whether player-made maps will be cross-platform. Not to mention which *Mac* platform this game will be running on.

Please follow the links below to learn more information.

Mac Centric: HoMM V Enteres Testing
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Ubisoft
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Macgamestore: Kult: Heretic Kingdoms Digital Download
2:23 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming's latest game, Kult Heretic Kingdoms is now available as a digital download purchase through Macgamestore.com.

Kult Heretic Kingdoms is an isometric computer RPG, combining 3D technologies with the intuitive environment of an isometric game. Developed by Slovakian studio 3D People, the game is built on cutting edge technology with a philosophy that balances ease of learning against depth of play.

Featuring an engaging storyline written by a script team lead by critically acclaimed game writer and designer Chris Bateman (Discworld Noir, Ghost Master) , and uniquely immersive game mechanics designed by Chris’ infamous International Hobo team, the game is certain to appeal to fans of RPGs and fantasy adventures.

Kult Heretic Kingdoms is available for $29.95. For more information, including screenshots, follow the link below.

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IMG Reviews Diner Dash 2
2:16 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Diner Dash 2, the sequel to the smash hit casual game by PlayFirst. Here's a clip from the review:

Diner Dash 2 is very entertaining. In each level, you are given simple objectives that get extremely complex as the game progresses. The main objective is to get each group seated and fed as fast as possible. This changes throughout the game as some wrinkles are added. Are your customers angry? If so, give them a tequila. Too many people to handle? If so, call in reinforcements. Not enough score to pass the level? If so, try your hardest to keep them happy and feed them dessert. By the fifteenth level, you'll find yourself losing quite often.
To check out the full review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Diner Dash 2
PlayFirst
Diner Dash 2
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Redline Updated To 1.0.1
7:00 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software has released Redline v1.0.1. This is the first update for Ambrosia's popular online racing game. Redline 1.0.1 features a slew of changes/enhancements in multiplayer, cars, graphics, and bug fixes. For a full list of updates in v1.0.1 and to learn more information, please follow the links below.

There are two ways to download this update. You can update Redline using the in game auto updater or you can download the full archive as a disk image from our sister website, Macgamefiles.com.

MGF: Redline 1.0.1
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WarCraft III Map Contest Winners
6:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recently announced the winners of the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Halloween Map Contest. The three winning maps (Hecklers Haunted House, Resurgence, and Candy Wizards of Halloween) are featured on battle.net, as are three honorable mentions.

All six maps are available for download at the link below. Head over to battle.net for more information.

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Blizzard Entertainment
WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne
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MacWorld: MacPro Video Cards
6:59 AM | Evan Holt | 1 comment

Peter Cohen and James Galbraith from MacWorld have written an in-depth article on the video cards available for the Mac Pro. It breaks down the options available and what to look for when buying a new Mac.

The available options for the Mac Pro are the Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT, the ATI Radeon X1900 XT and the Nvidia Quadro 4500 FX.

Unreal Tournament 2004, Doom, Nanosaur, and Quake 4 were used as benchmarks.

High-end games, such as Quake and Doom, rely less on a system’s CPU than on its GPU (graphical procession unit). Many of these power hungry games require the latest and greatest graphics engines just to run. That reliance becomes apparent when you look at our graphics test results. The 2.66GHz Mac Pro produced just as many frames per second as the stock 3GHz model, because they were using identical graphics cards. Installing the optional NVIDIA FX 4500 card boosted frame rates across the board, nearly doubling the amount of frames Doom could display per second and increasing the frame rates by 79 percent in Quake.
Follow the link below to learn more about the available video cards and to help decide which one is for you.

MacWorld: Inside the Mac Pro: Graphics cards


ATI X1900 for G5 at AMD.com
6:59 AM | Evan Holt | 1 comment

The Ati X1900 is a video card that is available from Apple as a build-to-order configuration for all new Mac Pros. Although Apple later offered the video card for purchase separately from their online store, it was still only compatible with the Mac Pro. This left G5 owners with no upgrade path.

Recently on Ati's website a new page was added detailing a X1900 exclusively for G5s. Although it is not available on their online store yet, hopefully it will only be a matter of time.

System requirements are an Apple Power Mac G5 PCI Express based system
512MB of system memory and Mac OS X 10.4.7 or higher. The card has a Radeon X1900 GT chipset with 256MB of GDDR3 memory and a dual integrated dual-link DVI for high-resolution digital displays.

Follow the link below to find more details on the video card.

ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition
ATI


ScummVM Updated to v0.9.1
6:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Version 0.9.1 of ScummVM has been released. ScummVM is a program which allows users to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games on a variety of platforms. Supported games include Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, and Beneath A Steel Sky. Version 0.9.1 introduces a variety of improvements and bug fixes.

Some of the most significant bugfixes are:
- Many fixes for Humongous Entertainment games and better support for international versions of the games
- Improved detection of the FM-TOWNS version of Indy3
- Several fixes for The Feeble Files and more non-English versions are supported now
- Some parts of the Kyrandia engine were rewritten so the game needs less CPU power now, and thus works better on lower-end devices
For more information head over to the ScummVM website at the link provided below.

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Sixth 'View From The Bottom' Available
6:58 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel has released his sixth View From The Bottom, a series of editorials hosted by RPG Vault which cover everything from independent game development to MMORPG addiction. His latest View offers a humorous guide to newcomers entering the massively multiplayer world of online games such as World of Warcraft.

In the beginning, you will be a noob - alone, shivering and afraid, with no armor or weapons to speak of. You will be quarantined in a beginner's area, where you will slap haplessly at your keyboard, drool on yourself, and kill wimpy monsters that you can handle. You will get and complete quests to kill 10 goblin toddlers or gather 70 bricks and take them to Farmer Joe so he can complete his pile of bricks.

As time goes on, you may notice that other people are around, beating up the same toddlers and grabbing the same bricks. You may team up with them, in quivering little groups of two and three. You will start learning about the other sorts of characters and their capabilities. You will learn the chat shortcuts and acronyms (like LOL = Laugh Out Loud and NOOB = you). You will learn not to get up to go get a Coke in the middle of a fight, FOR GOD'S SAKE.

Check out the full article at the link below.

RPG Vault: View From The Bottom #6
Spiderweb Software



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Peter Molyneux: Lionhead's Future Plays Havok
6:58 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Gamasutra has posted an interview with legendary game developer Peter Molyneux, known for titles such as Populous and Fable. The interview covers a variety of topics including his views on the gaming industry, troubles with the press, and Lionhead Studio's future projects under the Microsoft banner.

The interview also touches on Lionhead's use of middleware such as the Havok physics engine in the creation of upcoming titles. This is unwelcome news to Mac users who may have hoped XBox 360 titles such as Fable 2 might eventually make their way to the Apple platform.

GS: Is Lionhead using middleware to help it make next-generation titles, then?

PM: Absolutely – I’m absolutely passionate about that. We’re using quite a lot of stuff – we’re using Havok for physics, we’re using Kynapse for navigation. It’s such a mundane task, but we as a developer have been constrained by navigation for decades. ‘You can’t have the character go up there because we don’t have a navigation map for it.’

We’re also using things like Anark for our user interface. Being able to be dynamic with these things is vital. You would think that moving a health bar from the left hand side of the screen to the right hand should be a 10-minute piece of work. And it normally takes about a week to do [laughs]. It helps to use a third-party tool that allows me as a designer to move things dynamically. We’ll use as much of this stuff as we possibly can.

Two of Lionhead's earlier projects, The Movies and Fable: The Lost Chapters, are on their way to the Mac courtesy of Feral Interactive.

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

Gamasutra: Being Peter Molyneux
Feral Interactive
Fable: The Lost Chapters
The Movies
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Buy The Movies


Mac Games News for Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Macgamestore: Postal 2 Series Available As Digital Download2:09 PM
IMG Previews Geneforge 41:41 PM
Minions of Mirth Univeral Binary Released1:24 PM
World of Warcraft Anniversary Contest1:00 PM
Halo Movie On Hold8:20 AM
Metal Angel Shooter Released8:03 AM
Burning Crusade Previewed7:59 AM
Mountain Tanks 1.5 Released7:59 AM
The Sims 2: Pets Reviewed7:59 AM
 
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