MWSF Recap, More Updates Soon
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IMG continues our second day of coverage of the Macworld Expo San Francisco from a gamer's perspective. Although many gamers are still basking in the glow of Jobs' announcement of NVIDIA hardware in upcoming Macs, we expect still more good news for gamers to be discovered today...
However, those reports are still coming in, so here is a recap of yesterday's events.
Our coverage of the Keynote discusses the new hardware, software and of course the biggest news for gamers -- the long-promised emergence of graphics hardware from NVIDIA in the form of a BTO option for a GeForce 2 MX 32 MB AGP card. While this low-cost card may not be able to catch the ATI Radeon (which is also available as a BTO option on all the new Macs) it signals that we may expect future NVIDIA chips to appear on our platform; there is no word as of yet on third-party NVIDIA cards for PCI users or those with existing AGP systems.
We've received word from the show floor that Creative Labs is showing, but not shipping, their Sound Blaster Live! cards for the Mac OS. Supposedly some last-minute bugs in the software that ships with this card were discovered, and this will delay the actual ship date by several weeks.
Creative Labs assured us that the card is "95% there," with printed boxes, manuals and etc. ready to go. One item that may be of interest to gamers: The card ships with a full version of Aspyr's Deus Ex, presumably supporting EAX (positional audio).
Charting a new course in the nearly-nonexistent genre of sports games on the Mac OS, Aspyr Media will publish Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 to the Mac OS, a PlayStation and PC title which features tons of realtime 3D skating action. This Activision game has been Westlake Interactive's "Rad" project for quite some time, but now the secret is out. There is no projected release date for this title.
Our report from the show floor continues with news from MacSoft, one of the oldest and most successful Mac games publishers. They were showing Driver and Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear of course, as well as the Hasbro updating of Pong and Monopoly Casino.
They also had a new title to announce: MacSoft will be publishing the Mac OS version of Master of Orion III, a much-anticipated sequel to this space exploration and conquest series. While a Mac OS version of this game has been considered a good possibility for quite some time, this is confirmation of its existence, and good news for strategy gamers.
When GraphSim lost the rights to the Baldur's Gate sequel and expansion pack to MacPlay, many were worried Mac gaming mainstay would fall on hard times. However, they have found a winning strategy to get back up there with the 'big dogs,' as they have become the Mac publishers for Volition and THQ's upcoming titles Summoner and Red Faction.
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Stay tuned for more coverage from the Expo floor!
MWSF: Summoner, Red Faction from GraphSim!
MWSF: Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 is Coming!
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