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Myth Revisited
7:58 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Many Mac gamers have fond memories of armored knights battling for their lives against legions of thrall, or tales of frustration related to errant dwarven explosives blasting allies into small chunky bits. With the help of a few dedicated fans such memories continue to be made as the Myth series lives on into the era of OS X.

The Slacker's Guide examines the efforts of the Project Magma team to continue updating the Myth games. With an emphasis on the series' sometimes turbulent journey to a fan updated property, the guide delves into Myth's past, present, and future.

Politics aside, if a game is meant to survive, it will, even if through unconventional methods. To this end, the lads at Project Magma have stepped forward to pick up the reins.

Take Two, despite owning the rights to the game, no longer actually sells the title, the "Buy Now" link on their web site linking to eBay for sales of the game. Not the best support in the world, but still a chance to buy a great title dirt cheap.

Officially unsupported, in relative limbo and with a code base that's become open source, Project Magma has created Mac OS X-native versions of the program that serve to make Myth: The Fallen Lords and Myth II: Soulblighter operational under the current operating system.

In a related article, Gamasutra takes an in-depth look at the effort the all volunteer Project Magma expended in updating a commercial title like Myth II. Everything from the difficulties with operating in a cross platform environment to making the game functional on today's hardware is discussed in detail.
Our core programming team for 1.5 and 1.5.1 consisted of three individuals, each from a different part of the world: the United States, Australia, and Canada. In addition to our core programming team, about half a dozen or more other very important contributors helped with various aspects of our updates, such as handling our website, doing promotional art, and creating installers, as well as the numerous beta testers and the Myth community who assisted in reporting bugs and providing us with feedback.
To read the articles and try the updates follow the links below.

The Slacker's Guide: Project Magma
Gamasutra: Postmortem Myth II 1.5 and 1.5.1
Project Magma
Bungie Studios
Take 2 Interactive

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