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Wednesday, November 21, 2001


StarCraft & Brood War Updated for OS X
9:15 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Two files quietly appeared this morning that will certainly hearten Mac Blizzard fans. Only six weeks after the first announcement, Blizzard have released Mac OS X versions of their immensely popular real-time strategy game StarCraft and its expansion pack, Brood Wars. The files are relatively small at 3.2 MB each, making for an easy download for just about any StarCraft fan.


The files include a ReadMe which lists a number of outstanding issues still found in the Carbonized OS X applications. You will need to be running Mac OS X version 10.1 or higher, and a new form of UDP networking is implemented in the game. While this is different from the other types of non-Battle.net direct networking (like AppleTalk and IPX), updates to the Classic Mac OS and Windows versions of the game will also be released soon that add UDP.


Here's a full list of the issues surrounding the Carbon applications:

Starcraft for Mac OS X requires Mac OS X, version 10.1 or later.


Starcraft for Mac OS X should be installed on a hard drive that is formatted as Mac OS Extended. To find out how your hard drive is formatted, select your hard drive in the Finder and choose "Show Info" from the File menu.


For the best color quality, it is recommended that you run Mac OS X's Display Calibrator Assistant. You can find it by choosing Displays in System Prefs. Select the Color tab and click the Calibrate button. Then follow the on-screen instructions to calibrate your display.


Networking over IPX, AppleTalk, Serial and Direct Modem-Modem is not available in Starcraft for Mac OS X.


UDP Networking added. You can now play on your local TCP/IP based local network by choosing "Local Area Network (UDP/IP)" in the Multiplayer options screen. An upcoming release of the Classic Mac and Windows versions will also support this feature, allowing LAN play between these three versions.


If the computer goes to sleep while you're in the Battle.net chat screen, you may get disconnected from Battle.net. If this happens simply disconnect and then reconnect to Battle.net.


If music is turned off in the game, you may notice occasional pauses while the CD-ROM drive spins up. You may want to leave music turned on to avoid this.


Please do not lock any of the files in the Starcraft folder. This will prevent you from being able to connect to Battle.net.


If you have any problems installing Starcraft in Mac OS X's Classic environment, download StarCraft_Installer_1.05-b.sit from ftp://ftp.blizzard.com/pub/StarCraft/patches/. Run this program with the StarCraft CD in your CD-ROM drive. Should that fail, restart into Mac OS 9 and install from there.

Be sure to read the installation instructions that come with the patches.


We appreciate the excellent effort put out by the in-house Mac team at Blizzard, and we'll be taking feedback on how well the OS X patches work.


For those Mac gamers who still haven't tried out the excellent StarCraft series, Compuexpert has a great deal running on the games now, so check out our link below.

IMG Review: Brood War
IMG Review: StarCraft
MGF: Download Brood War for OS X Patch (3.2 MB)
MGF: Download StarCraft for OS X Patch (3.2 MB)
Blizzard: The World of StarCraft
Blizzard Entertainment
StarCraft



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Red Faction Mac Goes Gold
1:27 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

GraphSim's Jeff Morgan has told IMG that their upcoming sci-fi shooter, Red Faction, has gone gold and is expected in stores sometime next week. Red Faction for Mac will initially support Mac OS 9. Although the Mac OS X version is complete, GraphSim decided to delay it because of significant speed problems under OS X.


Here's what Morgan had to say to IMG:

Red Faction for the Mac has just gone gold and is on its way to duplication today. Right now we're shooting to release the game mid-next week. At this time, the OS X version is not in the GM. Due to some significant speed issues, we decided to yank the OS X version out of the initial shipping version. However, we will release an OS X version once we get all the issues ironed out.


We'll keep everyone posted on the progress of the OS X version of Red Faction.

Be sure to give our preview a look for more info. MacGames CD subscribers can also take advantage of IMG's amazing $35 pre-order price for the game in our store right now.

GraphSim: Red Faction
IMG Preview: Red Faction
GraphSim
Volition
Red Faction



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Sacrifice Reaches Beta
11:49 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

One week after announcing that Sacrifice would ship to distribution on December 7, MacPlay have announced that the game has reached beta.


Here are some details on the game from MacPlay's press release:

Sacrifice provides a truly fresh approach in the 3D RTS genre, allowing players to act as both commander and combatant over huge, real-time generated landscapes in single or multiplayer modes. Sacrifice serves up over 50 of the most fantastic creatures ever seen in interactive combat scenarios and offers versatile and imaginative spells that can be cast throughout the course of the game. The Windows version of Sacrifice received ratings of 9 out of 10 from Happy Puppy, as well as 4.5 out of 5 from PC Arena and 9.5 out of 10 from ign.pc.com. According to Apple.com, “The Stunning visuals and all-out action should keep you glued to your Mac.”


Boasting an impressive line-up of voice talent, Sacrifice features Tim Curry ("Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"), who plays Stratos, God of Air; Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond") as James, God of Earth; and Tony Jay ("Beauty and the Beast," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame") as Mithras the Sage. The rich musical score was composed and orchestrated by established film and game composer Kevin Manthei, whose recent work includes "Scream 3" and "Buffy The Vampire Slayer."


Developed by Shiny Entertainment, the team that has produced such highly acclaimed hits as Earthworm Jim, MDK, and Messiah, and converted to the Macintosh by MumboJumbo, developers of the recently released Myth III, Sacrifice opens up an entirely new experience for gamers.

For more information about Sacrifice, be sure to check out IMG's preview at the link below.

MacPlay: Sacrifice
IMG Preview: Sacrifice
IMG News: Sacrifice to Ship on December 7
MacPlay
Shiny Entertainment
Sacrifice
Pre-Order Sacrifice



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IMG Previews Survivor
11:28 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Yesterday, IMG reported that Survivor: The Interactive Game has gone gold and will ship to retailers in December. Today we bring you a preview of this MacSoft game based on the popular television series:

In the world of television, the immense popularity of reality-based TV can be attributed to one show… Survivor. Week after week, Americans across the country have anxiously been watching this modern-day, survival of the fittest show. With powerful elements such as alliances, treachery, cunning, deceit, will power, and strength packed into each episode, Survivor has become a phenomenon.


So it should come as no surprise that it would be only a matter of time before someone tried to make an interactive game out of Survivor. That task has fallen on developer Magic Lantern Playware to make a game where you can outwit, outplay, and outlast right on your computer.

For the rest of the preview, follow the link below.

MacSoft: Survivor
IMG Preview: Survivor


This Week's Otto Matic Quiz
11:13 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Each week until the release of Otto Matic, their upcoming game of interstellar robotic adventure, Aspyr Media is holding a contest based on the ten sci-fi movies that Brian Greenstone, the game's creator, has said most influenced its design.


This week's questions are about the atomic fallout terror, Them!

1. What were Them!?

2. Which government department is summoned to stop Them!?

3. How long is the movie?


That last question was weak, but what can you do. I was hurting for trivia.

The first person to correctly answer all three questions before Friday will receive an "Otto Matic prize (to be determined)." Submit your answers to newsletter@aspyr.com.


The winner of last week's quiz was Bill Newton, who won a Blockbuster Video gift certificate by correctly answering these three questions about Buck Rogers:

Q: In what year did the original Buck Rogers wake up?

A: 2430.


Q: Who was hotter than Erin Gray?

A: NOBODY!


Q: What connection does Bugs Bunny have with Buck Rogers?

A: Mel Blanc was the voice of Bugs and of Twiki.

Congratulations to Mr Newton, and the best of luck to this week's contestants!

Submit Answers to the Otto Matic Movie Quiz
Aspyr: Otto Matic
IMG Preview: Otto Matic
Pangea Software
Otto Matic



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Apple Talks Simulation
9:51 AM | Noah Brimhall | Comment on this story

On the Games section of its web site, Apple has posted a good introduction to simulation games for those who may be new to the genre. Author Chris McVeigh explains this game type and emphasizes the wealth of sim titles available for the Mac.

It is time-consuming and expensive to become a pilot. It’s equally costly to run your own island. And it’s hard to imagine the resources you might need to exercise godly control over your neighborhood. Yet these are all things you can accomplish with clever simulation games for your Macintosh.
Head on over to Apple.com to read about the exciting simulation games available for the Mac.

Apple - Games - Simulation
Aspyr Media
Maxis
Westlake Interactive
The Sims: Livin' Large


Heineman Says Myth III Nearly Done
8:41 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

Bill Heineman, once again with Contraband Entertainment, updated his .plan file yesterday with the news that the Mac version of Myth III: The Wolf Age, to be published by MacSoft, is nearing completion. Here's the update in full:

Myth III for Mac OS is coming along nicely.
Just 1 more OS X compatibility issue
(Networking) and it looks good to go. Of
course the MacSoft playtesters will
probably break it somehow. :)
This is sure to be welcome news to fans of the Myth series who have been troubled by the recent layoffs at Myth III developer MumboJumbo.


For more information on this eagerly-anticipated game, be sure to read IMG's preview at the link below.

MacSoft - Myth III: The Wolf Age
IMG Preview - Myth III: The Wolf Age
Webdog - Bill Heineman's .plan
MacSoft



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Oni Editor Open-Sourced
8:13 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

Tobias Opfermann has released the source code to his Oni Save Game Editor in the hope that it will continue to be developed as an open source project.


The good people at iDevGames are hosting the source; here is their description:

This is the REALBasic 3 source code to the Oni Saved Game Editor. Its developer, Tobias Opfermann, has been unable to personally continue development on the program but would like to see its development continued since it has a number of users (downloads total 15,000) some of who have reported problems with the program. The code is for version 1.5 of the editor which has not been fully released yet. This is a great opportunity for REALBasic developers to work on a solid Open Source project that really needs a developer or developers.
Oni is the anime-style action game released by Bungie Studios early this year.

Bungie Studios: Oni
Oni Save Game Editor
IMG Review: Oni
iDevGames: Oni Save Game Editor Source (754 KB)
Bungie Studios
Gathering of Developers
Oni
Buy Oni


Mac Games News for Tuesday, November 20, 2001

IMG's Tuncer Gets Married5:46 PM
Survivor Goes Gold11:16 AM
MacGamer Talks with Bill Heineman10:35 AM
Gamespot Australia Interviews id's Hollenshead10:07 AM
Harpoon3 Docs & Updates9:37 AM
IMG Reviews Giants: Citizen Kabuto9:29 AM
Moon Lander 1.1 Released9:02 AM
Emu Updates Abound8:57 AM
Aleph One Call for Voodoo Help6:00 AM
MacGamer Reviews Aliens vs Predator6:00 AM
MJ Addresses Myth III Moves6:00 AM
 
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