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Accelerate Your Mac received a reader submission from Macworld, discussing
some information about Creative's upcoming Mac Soundblaster Live! cards.
More than just gaming topics are covered, including some bits about audio/music
features of the add-on. While it's been noted the cards will come with a version
of Deus Ex, apparently UT has already had some modifications to support the new
surround sound features as well (which makes sense, since Deus Ex is based on UT).
Here's an excerpt from the report:
On to gaming. Brian had a version of UT with an unreleased patch that used OpenAL for surround sound. He showed me a demo where he was firing some weapon that shot round razor blades (the ripper?) inside a building, and the surround sound just worked. You could hear the blades bounce around from side to side AND front to back - very cool, assuming you have your Mac set up where you can place speakers behind you. (I don't.) The patch should be made public about the time the card ships. Head over and read the rest of the report now if you're interested. Unfortunately,
Several other game companies had "Creative SoundBlaster Live!" logos in their booth, so I expect a bunch of new games that fully support the card to come out soon. There was a version of Escape From Monkey Island being shown in the gaming area that supports the card already.
the cards have been delayed for at least two months, though we'll be sure to let
you know about any release date changes as well.
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