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Wednesday, July 4, 2001

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Tomb Raider: Chronicles Demo Released
9:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Aspyr has sent word that a demo is now available for the Lara Croft saga Tomb Raider: Chronicles. The 15MB download is available now at Apple's download section and is Carbonized (just like the full game) to run on both OS 9 and OS X. While it features only a section of the Roman Colisseum level, it should give players a good idea of what to expect (and allow them to see how the game runs on their machine under OS X). Here's a clip from Aspyr's Amy Torres with more:

The demo is a 15 MB (stuffed download), featuring a portion of the third
level of TR Chronicles, The Roman Coliseum.

Players start out in the passages under the Coliseum, and must fight their
way through lions, gladiators, and solve some tricky puzzles.

Be sure to check out the demo this 4th of July!

Head over now and start downloading the demo if you don't already own Tomb Raider: Chronicles. And for more info on the just-released game, have a read through IMG's preview posted recently.

The Tomb Raider: Chronicles demo will also be featured on the new MacGames CD, scheduled to ship around July 15th.

Tomb Raider: Chronicles Demo at Apple (15MB)
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IMG Preview of Tomb Raider: Chronicles
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Diablo II: LoD Resources Appear
9:58 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

It has been less than a week since Blizzard's Diablo II: Lord of Destruction appeared on shelves, and already a tremendous wealth of information about this expansion has appeared online. From detailed lists of the new weapons and other objects you can now find to extensive catalogs of Rune combinations, these resources will have the answers you seek for almost any question. No doubt compiled during the extensive beta test period for this expansion, these resources can prove valuable for both beginners who just want to survive the game and for veterans who want to squeeze every last advantage out of the many changes made to gameplay.

One of the largest resources has been posted by Blizzard itself. Known as The Arreat Summit, this astoundingly in-depth resource starts with a FAQ and then proceeds to exhaustive lists of every new monster, weapon, quest, skill, item -- you get the idea. If you want a list of all Exceptional Necromancer Shrunken Heads, it is right here.

For those who don't want to be drowned in stats but who still want to dig into the new features of the game, PlanetDiablo has posted a page dedicated to Runes and their various combinations. Learn how to mix and match your Runes to create the ultimate weapon or shield -- or to avoid making a sword into the equivalent of a butter knife.

And finally, for those of you getting stymied by Act V, has posted a complete walkthrough for that new adventure in the Barbarian highlands. Check it out as a last resort if you have resolved to beat the game over the holiday weekend.

The Arreat Summit
Rune Gide at Planet Diablo
Diablo II: LOD Act V Walkthough at GBASE

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NWN Character Contest Winners
9:49 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The official Neverwinter Nights page has pointed out that the winner of their character creation contest has been chosen. Late last month the fan votes were tallied, and the three highest ranked were sent to Bioware to be chosen by the team. The final candidates were Fered Flintrock (with 27% of the total votes), Vlintz Vulst (with 12% of the total votes), and Daab Nore (with 10% of the total votes). Here's Bioware producer Trent Oster with their pick for the winner:

It was an exciting collection of knights and ne'er-do-wells but one has finally risen to the top to claim victory: the half-orc scoundrel and bounty hunter, Vlintz Vulst. While he may not be the most charming man in Luskan, this venerable old underdog is shrewder than he looks and persistent enough to get results. What I liked most about Vlintz was his simplicity - he was very human, if I can use the term. He has no superpowers, no equipment of note - just the street smarts that comes with being a needed man in Luskan. So Vlintz, step up to the podium and "Coom git yoor med'icin," indeed.
Looks like Vlintz will make it in the full version of Neverwinter Nights. Congratulations to all the finalists and other excellent entries. Check out the main Interplay page for links to the three finalists' character descriptions.

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Inside Mac Games Introduces the "MacGames CD"
9:24 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games began as a floppy disk sent first-class mail back in 1993; yes, 1.4 megs. In 1995 the floppy disk was replaced by a CD-ROM version. The impact of this change was dramatic: our subscriptions skyrocketed and it allowed us to grow as a company. A year later we successfully launched the Inside Mac Games web site and since then the web site has grown by leaps and bounds. In 2000 we also launched an extremely popular download site,, and also launched the IMG Network, featuring some of the finest Mac game-related content on the Internet.

As the IMG web site began to grow beyond our wildest imagination, we started to run into a problem. The IMG web site began competing with the CD-ROM magazine. At first we tried to hold off publishing articles on the IMG web site until they appeared on the CD-ROM magazine. The end result, however, was that by the time the reviews and features were finally published on the web site, months and months had gone by from the games' actual release dates. In order to compete with the other gaming web sites and to provide timely news, previews, reviews and more, we had to change our strategy. Slowly but surely we began to improve the timeliness of the articles on the web site by publishing them as soon as they were ready. And with that, the IMG web site began to grow and grow.

While the popularity of the CD-ROM magazine continued at a steady pace, it was obvious we need to do something. After much deliberation, we’ve decided to discontinue publishing the CD-ROM magazine. The doesn’t mean, however, that we will discontinue publishing on CD.

Today we’re introducing the MacGames CD, a brand new subscription-based CD-ROM service delivered 8 times a year (every six weeks). What is it? In short, it’s an exciting CD-ROM that will feature the best in Macintosh game demos, shareware, updates, add-ons, trailers, cheaters, and much more. And for those who don’t frequent the IMG web site, the MacGames CD will feature select previews, reviews, and features from our content.

A subscription to the MacGames CD doesn’t stop with just the CD’s you’ll be receiving. In addition, new subscribers and renewals will receive a free registration to Game Doctor, specials discounts on Macintosh games via a web page created just for subscribers, and a free copy of either GraphSim’s Descent 3 or MacPlay’s Sin as a bonus (all you pay is for the shipping and handling).

So what will be included on the MacGames CD? Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect each issue:

Demos: The hottest new demos. Each CD-ROM will feature great new demos from the leading Mac game publishers. With some of these demos now beginning to top 60-80 MB, this is a vital resource for those with limited bandwidth.

Shareware and Freeware: Some of the hottest games out there are shareware and freeware games. Each MacGames CD will feature dozens of high quality games for you to try out and register.

Updates: Included in each CD will the latest patches, bug fixes, and updates to keep your current games up-to-date. Some of these patches are monster downloads as well!

Add-ons: MacGames CD’s will include some of the hottest maps, mods, scenario packs, and more. For example, the first CD includes the gigantic Strike Force 1.60 mod that weighs in at nearly 300 MB! We’ll be included mods and maps from Unreal Tournament, The Sims, Deus Ex, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, and much more!

Trailers: Great trailers of upcoming games.

And More: System updates, game tools, editors, emulators, and more.

IMG: Each CD-ROM will feature the best of the Inside Mac Games web site with hot previews, great reviews, and cool features.
So what happens to current IMG subscribers? Current IMG subscribers will automatically be transferred to the MacGames CD subscription. However, if you are a current IMG subscriber, you can renew your subscription right now to take advantage of the Descent 3/Sin/Game Doctor offer.

In the past few weeks we’ve been working hard on making the MacGames CD for Macintosh gamers and we’re extremely excited about it. While we’re saddened that after 6 years of publishing the IMG CD-ROM magazine we have to shut it down, we think the MacGames CD will provide our customers with a fantastic product with content specifically tailored for Mac gamers delivered in a timely fashion.

So why should you subscribe to the MacGames CD? In addition to getting a jam-packed CD full of goodies, you’ll be getting great discounts from Mac game stores and Mac game publishers, a free registration to Game Doctor, and a free copy of Descent 3 or Sin. In addition, your subscription will help support Inside Mac Games, and all of our network sites.

Subscriptions to the MacGames CD start at just $29 with the first CD shipping on July 15th (it just went to duplication) so be sure to subscribe today. For more information and to subscribe, visit the IMG web store.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the MacGames CD, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at

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X-Words, Meet OS X
9:09 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Freeverse has announced that their word puzzle game X-Words is now Carbonized for Mac OS X. Similar to a classic board game you may remember from your youth, this challenging title features the slick graphics and animated opponents you have come to expect from Freeverse titles. Here are details on the new version:

In an excessive use of the letter "X" Freeverse Software has announced that
the popular and fully customizable game, X-Words Deluxe, is now native for
Mac OS X.

X-Words Deluxe 2.0 is a fun and educational board game that allows you to
place double, and triple multiplier squares, and to custom edit wordlists.
The game comes with wordlists for kids, for adults and a special Shakespeare
wordlist that only contains words found in the Bard's plays and sonnets!

Play against a friend or one of the computer characters featuring ten levels
of difficulty ranging from Beginner to Lexicographer.

X-Words Deluxe 2.0 is US$19.95 shareware and $29.95 for a CD-ROM version
that includes additional computer opponents, wordlists and boards.

You can download a demo of the game from the Freeverse web site.

X-words Deluxe 2.0

Mac Games News for Tuesday, July 3, 2001

MacMAME Arcade '84 Challenge Begins4:33 PM
Space Tripper Updated to 1.54:06 PM
Interview With Phil Saunders on Myst III: Exile2:39 PM
Alien Nations Set for September Release11:29 AM
New Halo Footage Released, Seropian Interview10:37 AM
Mac WWII Online Delayed One Week10:11 AM
Mac Rune: Halls of Valhalla Finds Publisher9:55 AM
Apple's Adventures in Wonderland9:07 AM
Quick EV: Nova Update9:01 AM
EightBall 1.2 Available8:23 AM
Interview with Shadowbane Artist8:17 AM
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