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Friday, November 3, 2000

Heroes III Complete Coming to the Mac
11:46 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The resident Heroes of Might and Magic III expert, Rocco "rogue27" Carello, has written to inform us of a new repackaging of the game should be headed to the Mac in the near future. You may recall Carello interviewing the John Morris, the programmer behind the Mac port of the Heroes III, on his web site a while back. Now it seems Morris is working on porting the expansion pack plus some extra goodies for a new, 'complete' version of the game. There's even a hint that the level editor might make it to the Mac platform now. Here's a bit more info:

For those that don't know, Heroes III Complete contains:
  • Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia
  • Heroes of Might and Magic III: Armageddon's Blade (expansion)
  • Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death

    I don't know when it will be available, but this is what John Morris said about it, "It is official...and almost finished." He did not specifically say that the Map Editor will be included, but one would assume that it will be there.

  • There's no official announcement on 3DO's site, but this seems like a credible store. We'll be sure to let you know of any confirmations we receive. Heroes 3 is likely one of the most underrated strategy games available for the Mac, so read our review if you're curious about it. Also check out the official sites of the expansion packs for even more info.

    Heroes 3: The Shadow of Death Web Site
    IMG Review of Heroes of Might and Magic III
    Heroes 3: Armageddon's Blade Web Site
    Official Heroes 3 Web Site
    Rogue 27 Heroes 3 Fan Site

    Lieberman Talks to Stomped
    3:52 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

    Our CGA partner Stomped has scored a great new interview with Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman, just days before the presidential election. Since it was announced he would be running on the ticket with Al Gore, Senator Lieberman has been getting a lot of attention from the video game industry becuase of his position on ratings and violence in games. The Q&A at Stomped is quick, but covers the main issues. Here's a clip:

    Stomped: Earlier this year you and a number of other U.S. senators sent out a letter to several large retailers asking them to no longer sell "M" rated video games or at least keep them from being sold to children. Both Sears and Wards stopped the practice and now KMart has said it will begin "carding" people who buy "M" rated games. Why do you feel this kind of practice is necessary, even with the rating system and the fact that studies show that 9 out of 10 games are bought by people over 18 years of age?

    Lieberman: For the ESRB's rating system to be effective, it must be enforced. The recent FTC report on the marketing of violence to children, however, showed most retailers outlets are not meeting that responsibility. In fact, a sting operation found that underage teens were successful in buying M-rated games 85 percent of the time. To correct this problem, we are asking retail and rental outlets to simply abide by the same common-sense standard that the nation's movie theater owners have followed for years ? if a game is not appropriate to children, it should not be sold to children, at least not without their parents' supervision.

    Seems like a fairly reasonable request. Self-regulation is certainly better than anything the government might impose itself. Read the rest of the interview for more, and if you feel the need to comment in our forums, please keep it clean.

    Lieberman Interview at Stomped

    Kawasaki Jet Ski Release Date Set
    3:24 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Monkey Byte Development today announced that Kawasaki JET SKI watercraft will be available for purchase over the Internet
    beginning December 15th at the Monkey Byte eCommerce web site. Monkey Byte will have exclusive Online sales for Christmas. Encore Software will be publishing the title through retail channels.

    Kawasaki JET SKI will feature:

  • 10 unique levels, like Venice, Bahamas, the Nile, Hong Kong docks, and
  • 50 courses to race
  • 5 different racing modes
  • 5 unique JET SKIŽ watercraft to choose from

    For more on Kawasaki JET SKI, head over to the Monkey Byte web site.

    New Tame the Game at Mac Gamer
    2:46 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Our friends at Mac Gamer have posted a new installment of "Tame The Game" written by Westlake's very own, Mark Adams. In the new column, Adams answers questions posed to him by the Mac gaming community.

    Here's an excerpt:

    What is your favorite game at the moment and why?

    I haven't found anything recently thats cracked my list of favorites, I suppose the last game I really got hooked on was Deus Ex. I loved playing it because I was always a fan of the System Shock series and it feels a lot like that. I also like a game that doesn't have just one way to win- Deus Ex lets you solve missions in several ways, which gives it a much more open ended feel.
    To read the rest of the article, check out

    Tame the Game

    Mac Deus Ex Joins the IMG Network
    1:50 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    We're proud to announce that Mac Deus Ex, the web site dedicated to the Macintosh version of Deus Ex, has joined the IMG Network. The completely redesigned web site features information, features, screenshots, downloads, forums, and much more.

    Today Mac Deus Ex is featuring a Deus Ex throbber for web browsers plus a lengthly cheat tutorial for the Macintosh version of Deus Ex. Be sure to stop on by and check out the sleek new site.

    Mac Deus Ex

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    F.A.K.K. 2 Reaches Mac Gamers
    1:41 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    We've gotten several reports from IMG readers who have received Ritual's Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K 2 via online retailer, F.A.K.K. 2 is availabe through Outpost for $39, which includes free shipping.

    Featuring artwork and themes from the Heavy Metal 2000 movie, the game is set in the Melting Pot Universe thirty years after the movie leaves off. The player controls Julie as she fights to defend her homeworld Eden from the marauding Gith Industries despoilers. Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.2 combines exploration and puzzles with a unique fighting-game style combat system for an original hybrid gaming experience.

    A demo of F.A.K.K. 2 should be released shortly. Be sure to stay tuned to for further details!
    Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2
    IMG's F.A.K.K. 2 Preview
    Gathering of Developers
    Ritual Entertainment
    Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2

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    Spider Web's November Sadness
    11:51 AM | Charles George | Comment on this story

    Today Spider Web Software , the makers of the esteemed Exile series, announced two major happenings. First of all they announced Their "November Sadness Sale". I'll let Spider Web explain it,

    "November is the saddest month at Spiderweb Software.

    There are no smiles. Our basement offices, normally warm and cozy, are
    chill and damp. There is no singing of happy shareware-making songs.

    The reason? Sales always hit the toilet in the month of November. Why is
    that? Perhaps people are too busy planning their turkey purchases. Perhaps their fingers have frozen up, and they can't quite get their credit cards out of their wallets.

    And maybe no parent wants to buy presents for their kids in November, whenChristmas is just around the corner. Could be.

    But we are not passive here. We are not ones to give into despair. That's
    why we are throwing our second annual November Sadness Sale! For the whole
    month of November, our most popular products are all %10 off. Avernum.
    Nethergate. The Exile Trilogy CD. Blades of Exile. All cheaper!"

    10% off makes Spider web games even more of a steal! Besides the Sale Spiderweb also announced the final release date for their upcoming RPG, Avernum 2. Of course that release date is only the Mac OS version, they had this to say about the Windows version,
    "Sadly, the Windows version of Avernum 2 will not be ready until February or March. We'll do the best we can."
    Sweet revenge :-). Avernum 2 is a remake of one of the greatest RPG's ever, Exile 2: the crystal souls. Besides the release date Spiderweb also released a slew of new screenshots to feast one's eyes upon. Apparently Spider Web also needs Beta testers, you can apply at their webpage.

    Avernum 2 hompage
    Spiderweb software
    Spiderweb Software
    Avernum 2
    Buy Avernum 2

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    Sacrifice Updates Galore
    11:48 AM | Charles George | Comment on this story

    If you wanted to know anything at all about Shiny's upcoming Sacrifice today is the day. A movie, interview and diary have all been posted recently. The movie is provided courtesy of German gaming page Kickstart. While the page may be in German the movie speaks a far deeper language. Unfortunately the movie is in ASF format so you will need a copy of Windows Media Player to view it (there is a mac version).

    The interview comes courtesy of Game Loft UK and Shiny founder Dave Perry. It focusses less on minute details and more on general gameplay ideas. Like this quote,

    "So what makes it a unique gaming experience?

    It's like Quake III meets Warcraft meets Myth. It's amazingly fast intense gameplay, set in an RPG world. (Not a game for the faint hearted, it's extremely aggressive.) "

    What do you get when you combine three of the best games to hit the mac? Apparently Sacrifice. The final bit, a Diary entry from Shiny Comes courtesy of Gamespy . Since the game recently went gold the journal mainly deals with post release plans, like this comment,
    "Interplay is setting up a community site for Sacrifice (Look for details on this at in the coming weeks). The Sacrifice area of the site will host space for user created levels and new levels from Shiny. There will also be options for players to rate maps. We'll likely have prizes for the creators of the top rated maps. Also, we'll likely have a forum or chat area to converse about every crazy little Sacrifice thing."
    It's great to see a gaming company support their game after release to this degree. Macplay announced that they would be bringing Sacrifice to the Mac sometime soon, hopefully very soon.

    Sacrifice movie on KickStart (7 megs)
    Windows Media Player
    Gameloft interview
    Gamespy developer Diary
    Shiny Entertainment
    Pre-Order Sacrifice

    Quake 3: Fortress Updated
    7:35 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

    The official Quake 3: Fortress page has been updated with word of the release of Beta 1G of the popular Q3A mod. There are a number of fixes to the previous recent 1F version of the mod, and the team has given special thanks to the Mac irc crew for their testing help. Here's a clip from the site explaining what has changed:

    Features and Commands

    Added recompiled version of q3f_forts which reverts to normal backpacks and the 1e version of the flag take alert sound effect

    Added 'g_banRules' to provide server administrators with better control over banning on their servers

    Added new skin for Pulse Grenade (missing from 1F)


    1. Fixed bug where DeathCleanup wasn't called on a respawn by a target_respawn

    2. Q3CTF Emulation cappoint now gives a teamscore of 10.

    Miscellaneous Adjustments

    Grayed-out the 'Add Bot' option in ingame esc menu (there are no bots in 1f or 1G)

    Stopped grenades bouncing straight up when a client dropped them when killed and had a primed grenade

    3. Updated q3f_gotduck.mpi file (suggested team sizes)


    Fixed bug in crc code that caused a different crc value to be returned from Apple Macs (resulted in a ban when connecting to server)

    Stopped spectators being able to access commands not meant for spectator use (such as \special)

    3. Fixed a bug causing mass disconnects when a player changed his userinfo while in chase or follow spectator mode

    Fixed bug in authentication code that resulted in an auth timeout (client would get banned shortly after map start)

    Fixed bug that stopped two player sounds for medium classes from being played

    Fixed bug that where a client would join an invalid team when the player had been a member of a team on a previous map that no loger exists

    Fixed bug where you got hurt when shooting a corpse when mirrordamage was enabled

    8. Fixed bug where you couldn't gib a corpse when mirrordamage was enabled

    9. Fixed bug where 'cg_ScoreSnapshot' took the screenshot before the scoreboard was drawn at times

    The update is under 3MB, so be sure to grab it and then start playing away at this popular version of the Team Fortress gamestyle.

    Download Beta1G (2.4MB) - requires all previous betas to be installed
    Quake 3: Fortress Web Site

    Mac Games News for Thursday, November 2, 2000

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    DS9 Deluge Redux1:23 PM
    Weapon Factory Arena 2.112:38 PM
    Giants Preview12:36 PM
    Tropico Q&A11:59 AM
    Hoyle Casino 2001 Demo Released9:03 AM
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