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One of the most exciting developments of this year's E3 in LA was the news that Gathering of Developers is getting behind the Mac platform, in a very big way, bringing four huge titles to the Mac OS in the next eight months. As expected, they were showing Rune, Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2, 4x4 Evolution and Oni.

All the games were running on 3dfx Voodoo5 5500 boards, and looked absolutely spectacular. The third-person Viking combat title Rune was playable, an amazing feat for Westlake Interactive as they have only had the code to work on for a month or so. Tropico was looking excellent, as expected; this 'virtual dictator' sim isn't due until next year, but is already well along.

The off-road racing sim 4x4 Evolution is almost complete, and looked simply amazing. We were quite impressed with this game at E3, and we can't wait to get our hands on it - rumor has it that a demo version of this game may be available within weeks. The realistic physics and authentically duplicated vehicles of this game make it a blast to play, and the fact that it will ship for Mac, PC and Dreamcast simultaneously - and be able to network across all three - is remarkable. 4x4 Evolution is being developed by Terminal Reality, the company which made the excellent civilian flight sim Fly!.

Rune wowed everyone with an impressive display of Viking melee combat. This title looks just plain gorgeous. Extensions to the already impressive Unreal Tournament engine have allowed for skeletal animation, true light-sourced soft shadows, flickering torchlight, natural caverns and crumbing buildings. This game isn't just hack-and-slash; it is full of puzzle solving, traps, and an involved plot. Rune is due in November for Mac and PC, and should be near-simultaneous.

We'll have images and screen shots for you soon, so come back often!

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