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Friday, December 21, 2001

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Civilization III is Gold
9:59 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

After MacSoft announced yesterday afternoon that Civilization III would be shown at Macworld Expo San Francisco, the publisher's Nate Birkholz revealed in the IMG Forum that the game has actually gone gold and will be for sale at the Expo in the second week of January:

Civ 3 for Macintosh went gold this week. Brad [Oliver] and John [Butler] did a fantastic job and managed to get it out in time to have it for sale at Macworld.

Happy Holidays everyone. Hope your stocking has some Civ money in it!

Civilization III, developed by Sid Meier's Firaxis Games and ported to the Mac by Westlake Interactive, is the latest in what is perhaps the most popular series of turn-based strategy games ever released on any platform.

IMG Forum: Civ 3 for Mac
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Happy Holidays from IMG
2:35 PM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games won't be published on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, so to those of you who celebrate it, we'd like to take the opportunity now to wish you a most joyous Christmas.

And to all our readers, whatever you celebrate, we wish you all the blessings of this season.

IMG will return on the second day of Christmas, December 26th.

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IMG Reviews Knights and Merchants
2:31 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Epic Interactive's medieval strategy game, Knights and Merchants:

Knights & Merchants takes you through a series of scenarios designed at conquering your little part of the world. Like Starcraft, Warcraft, and all other “crafts,” the scenarios and goals get increasingly difficult as time passes. Unfortunately, time passes VERY slowly.
Follow the link below for the rest of Adam Newman's review.

IMG Review: Knights and Merchants
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Black & White Pre-Order at IMG Web Store
1:43 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The upcoming epic god game, Black & White, is now available for pre-order at the IMG web store. If you're a MacGames CD subscriber, you can pre-order Black & White for just $39.

Black & White is a god game. Packed with strategy, it gives you control of the destiny of an entire world. You must use your godly powers to rule over and look after your people. As you do so, they pray to you and worship you more and more, and you use this power, this belief to carry out Miracles and to extend your influence over the world.

Black & White is scheduled to be released in January.

The MacGames CD is a CD-ROM subscription service featuring the best in Macintosh game demos, shareware, updates, add-ons, trailers, cheaters and much more. Get eight issues per year (delivered every six weeks) and save big bucks! For a limited time, when you subscribe to the MacGames CD, you can get a full version of Aliens vs Predator, Escape From Monkey Island, or Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation; all you pay is the shipping ($5 USA, $7 Canada, $12 International). Each subscription or renewal also includes free registration of the shareware game guide Game Doctor, plus great discounts from Mac game stores and publishers. For more information, please visit the IMG web store.

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MacGamer Returns to Castle Wolfentstein
11:45 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

Our friends at MacGamer posted a preview yesterday of the sequel to the legendary Wolfenstein 3D, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, a first-person shooter set in Germany in 1943:

Gray Matter Studios and Nerve Software are bringing all this to life using a heavily modified version of id Software’s robust Quake III: Team Arena engine. The versions we’ve played look phenomenal: maintaining the visual style of Nazi Germany but delivering it with smooth, highly detailed textures and models.

These improvements should help give extra life to RtCW’s seven missions, spread across 27 levels and including a number of varied objectives. Some indoor levels range from cramped tombs and crypts to massive, ornate castle chambers, while other missions take place entirely in expansive outdoor areas. There’s a multitude of tasks at hand; sneaking around bombed buildings in a ravaged German village, or treading through snow to a secret bio-robotic test lab in an abandoned Norwegian metropolis. Further locations include forests, Nazi camps, air bases, a secret weapons facilities, Himmler’s lair, and more.

For the full text of Lulio Vargas's preview and over 70 screenshots of Return to Castle Wolfenstein, head on over to MacGamer via the link below. The game is scheduled to come to the Mac in late January or early February from Aspyr Media.

IMG First Look: Return to Castle Wolfenstein
MacGamer: Return to Castle Wolfenstein Preview
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Mac Red Faction 1.20 Patch Soon
10:55 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Volition recently released a patch for the PC version of Red Faction, making some minor fixes to the first-person shooter set on Mars. Apparently there was a small bug in the code that let some less scrupulous players run cheats without telling anyone else. Version 1.20 puts a stop to this by being able to detect any mod-like changes made to the game.

While their Web site notes the Mac version of the patch should be out "soon," we went to GraphSim, the Mac publishers, for clarification. We asked their president, Jeff Morgan, if this patch would be rolled into the upcoming Mac OS X release that IMG reported earlier in the week. Here's what he had to say:

It is already being rolled into the OS X patch which we anticipate will be
ready next week.
This is great news for Mac Red Faction fans who are hankering to play under Mac OS X. GraphSim recently told IMG they had overcome a number of slowdowns under OS X and are getting very near to having something ready for gamers to download.

IMG News: Red Faction OS X Update, Review Posted
IMG Review: Red Faction
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Red Faction News

Custer's Latest: Combat Evolved
9:05 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

In a slight departure from the usual Monday release, the ever-creative Brad Custer has added yet another new creation to his growing list of desktop pictures. This latest desktop features Halo, the first-person shooter every computer gamer knows by heart but most likely has yet to play.

Last month Halo came out from Bungie Studios for the new gaming console, the Xbox. From what I've seen on the news and read on the Internet it's a captivating game that I can't wait to see someday on my Mac. So in keeping the hope alive that it will one day grace our screens I decided to dedicate a slow week to a desktop for this game. "Combat Evolved" was the logical title for this week's desktop. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
Those who want to add a little Halo to their holidays can download this latest creation at Custer's Desktops.

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Shadowbane Private Screening
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Despite the conflict in terminology, Wolfpack has extended an invitation to the public to attend a Shadowbane Private Screening in Austin next month. Ubi Soft is hosting the event for those around the Texas town to come, drink, and of course check out the latest beta of this massively-multiplayer online RPG. Here's the low-down from the Shadowbane site:

Wolfpack Studios and many members of the Ubi Soft Shadowbane team will be in attendance to answer questions, and have a good time! We will demo the latest version of Shadowbane, drink lots of beer, play pool, and spend some quality time with the fans. But the best part of it all, other than seeing Shadowbane, is that the food and drinks are on Ubi Soft!
Sounds like a great proposition for those in the Austin area. You do need to make some reservations before crashing the party, though, so head over to their site for details.

Shadowbane is currently moving through its third major beta testing phase, and more is expected around May of next year. The game should be made available for both Mac and PC, though exact details are uncertain at this point.

Shadowbane News Page
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Mac Myth III is Gold; Demo Released
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

As IMG reported yesterday, Myth III developer MumboJumbo said it would release today a combined single-player and multi-player demo of the Mac version of Myth III: The Wolf Age, which went gold yesterday.

The company had since released an updated PC demo along with the long-awaited PC patch to version 1.02, which fixes a host of bugs in the original game. The Mac version should include these fixes out of the box. For more details on what problems Mac users won't have to worry about, check out the long list of changes on MumboJumbo's site.

MumboJumbo also released a PC version of Vengeance, the Myth III editor. While the unsupported map-making program was originally planned for the Mac as well, MacSoft, the publisher of the Mac version, has let us know it is now very out of date. Unfortunately, resource restrictions made it impossible to keep things up to speed on both platforms. The good news is that the program's full source code has been released as well, so any entrepreneurial Mac programmer can try to pick up where MumboJumbo left off.

Update: The Myth III Demo for the Mac is available now at our sister site, MacGameFiles. Go, go!

IMG News: Mac Myth III Ships at Macworld SF
IMG Preview: Myth III: The Wolf Age
MumboJumbo: Myth III 1.0.2 Read Me
MacGameFiles: Myth III Demo (97 MB)
MumboJumbo: Vengeance Source Code

Contraband Redesign
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

It appears the Contraband Entertainment folks are still working on a redesign of their main Web site. While the site was updated a few weeks ago as many of the members moved back from MumboJumbo, it now has completely new graphics as well. The company now consists of six members, including well-known Mac names like "Burger" Bill Heineman and Chris Jacobson.

While Contraband is known for its work on big titles like Myth III: The Wolf Age, the company also works on smaller-scale programs like Monster Hunter (available now from MonkeyByte). Contraband is experienced in more than just Mac and PC development and plans to branch out on next-generation consoles as well. Take a stroll through the new site and stay tuned for more information soon.

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New Wolf Demo Map Soon
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

GameSpot is reporting a new map will soon be released for Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Called "Trench Toast," the new map will be available for users with the full retail version and the PC demo. We've already put some questions to Westlake Interactive and Aspyr Media about the feasibility of a Mac version of the updated demo, and we'll bring you more info as soon as we receive it.

With the full Mac retail version not due until next month, an updated demo would surely be appreciated by Mac gamers over the holiday. but it may be too late for anyone to do anything before vacations begin. Trench Toast does sound fun, though, according to GameSpot's report:

Trench Toast is a terrain-based map that features lots of fortifications and sniper positions, as well as a number of canals and trenches for players to use as cover. The new map supports far more players—up to 32—than the original checkpoint map included in Wolfenstein, and it features lots of hidden areas and a wide-open style rather than the streets featured in the other checkpoint map.
We'll keep you updated with any word we hear about the possibility of a Mac version, so stay tuned.

GameSpot: New Wolfenstein demo, map
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PC Q3A Updated to 1.31; Mac Update in January
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A new version 1.31 of Quake III: Arena and Quake III: Team Arena has been released by for the PC, and while there is no new Mac application available yet, we're sure Graeme Devine will be on the case very soon.

Update: Graeme Devine this morning told IMG:

Q3A 1.31 should be out around Macworld timeframe.
Here is the full list of fixes and changes in the new version:
  • Fixed Doppler effect
  • Changed protocol from 66 to 67
  • Fixed simple developer 1 cvar cheat hack
  • Changed a few warnings to developer warnings
  • rcon commands no longer fragment, sent buffered to the rcon client
  • Fixed connection issues / broken userinfo
  • Only printing R_AddPolyToScene warnings with +set developer 1
  • Various dedicated server issues fixed
Check our sister site MacGameFiles for the latest version of the Quake III app, likely to appear sometime around Macworld Expo San Francisco in the second week of January.

IMG Review: Quake III Arena
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Quake III Arena

Mac Games News for Thursday, December 20, 2001

Mac Myth III Ships at Macworld SF3:07 PM
Must-Have Mac OS X Games12:42 PM
Final Week of the Otto Matic Giveaway11:52 AM
Gettysburg Released for Mac11:37 AM
Combat Mission 2 Interview11:22 AM
Game TV Talks11:12 AM
Mac Myth III & PC Patch Soon11:12 AM
More Info on BioWare/Interplay Split11:12 AM
Westlake Looks Forward and Back11:12 AM
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