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Wednesday, January 2, 2002

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Oni X Updated to 1.33
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The Mac OS X wizards at The Omni Group recently updated their Mac OS X port of Bungie's action title Oni, fixing several bugs:

  • Fixed texture rendering bugs on Nvidia cards (causing black heads for Konoko, Strikers, etc.)
  • Correctly restore mouse speed on exit
  • Only capture the active displays, working around a system bug where inactive displays would be captured but never released on exit, preventing subsequent play until a reboot
  • Fixed most reported crashes
    • The physics reflection code no longer tries to call a callback which was never initialized
    • When an AI enters combat when it has no knowledge of a target, it will try to find a target rather than crashing (and if it can't find one it won't enter target)
    • Implemented guard functions to make the sound code thread-safe, fixing lots of crashes in the sound code
The OS X port of Oni is a free download and requires only Mac OS X 10.1 and a retail copy of Oni. Those who wish to download it can find it at The Omni Group's web site.

IMG Review: Oni
Bungie Studios: Oni
The Omni Group: Oni for Mac OS X
Buy Oni Opens for Business
8:03 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Computer gaming industry veteran David Joost has announced the opening of his new independent freelance sales and marketing operation at Joost offers over sixteen years of experience in professional sales and a wealth of strategic alliances to offer a variety of services for computer and video game developers and publishers and other types of clients.

Some of the services Joost will provide include assistance with product placement and sales at retail and wholesale, marketing consultation, and press relations. In addition, Joost will act as a broker for a host of other vital services, such as retail box design and printing, manufacturing and fulfillment, retail display and imaging, trade show exhibit design and manufacturing, and web site design.

Developers and publishers can also look to for music and sound design for computer and video games and other software programs, including composition, programming, voice talent, sound effects, and access to a state-of-the-art multi-track recording facility.

Joost told IMG:

After eight exciting years in the entertainment software field, I'm thrilled to be "going solo." I like the idea of working with independent publishers and helping them reach a larger audience by placing their products with retailers like CompUSA and MicroCenter. In today's challenging economy, even though a company might have a great game, they may find it impractical to hire a complete sales and marketing staff. I'm hoping I can draw on my years of experience and the relationships I've developed to provide a solution.
As he begins his new venture, Joost's initial partners are the Bold brand by Destineer Studios, Freeverse Software, Andre's Imaging and Graphics, and Sound Creations.

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Tomb Raider: Chronicles Patch Problems
8:01 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A recent post to Usenet newsgroup suggests that the Tomb Raider: Chronicles 1.0.1 patch may have a few bugs still creeping around inside it.

Yesterday Westlake Interactive president Glenda Adams replied to the message, confirming this was indeed the case. It seems compiler issues introduced a few issues into the game, though she's already on the case and expects to have an updated patch released some time after the Macworld Expo craziness subsides:

The 1.0.1 update unfortunately introduced some new bugs because I had to use a newer version of CodeWarrior to do the build :( I'm working on tracking down what went wrong, so I can release a 1.0.2 that fixes the original bugs plus the new ones, but it's taking a bit of time (and between the holidays and Macworld, time is in short supply). Hopefully I'll fix these new bugs and get a new patch out shortly after Macworld.
We have supreme confidence these problems will be resolved as soon as possible, and it should be noted that not everyone playing the game has reported similar experiences.

IMG Review: Tomb Raider: Chronicles
Tomb Raider: Chronicles
Westlake Interactive
Buy Tomb Raider: Chronicles

One on One with Glenda Marie Adams
7:18 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Mac gamers around the world have come to know Mark Adams, the president of the popular porting house, Westlake Interactive. Easily one of the most popular gaming figures in the Mac gaming community, Mark Adams and his company have ported dozens of games to the Mac over the years.

As of January 1st, however, Mark Adams is no more. Today Inside Mac Games presents a very special One on One with Glenda Marie Adams, formerly known as Mark Adams. Here's a snippet from the article:

Tuncer: Please tell us about the exciting news you have for us.

Glenda: Well, it's exciting for me, although I hope it really doesn't affect Mac gamers in anything but a positive way. It's a bit odd talking about it in a public forum since it's more related to me personally than it is about the gaming business. But I want to be up front about it, since it's something everyone will eventually know about. If you aren't interested in my personal life, skip ahead to where we talk about games in this One on One.

For a long time I've dealt with a condition known as Gender Dysphoria. When I was born, my body's outward gender appearance didn't match my internal gender identity. Over a the last few years I've been under treatments to bring my outside and inside congruent. Today I'm completing a major step in the process by beginning to live full time outwardly as a woman, including legally changing my name to Glenda Marie Adams.

For more, be sure to check out the rest of this very special One on One with Glenda Marie Adams.

IMG: One on One with Glenda Marie Adams
Westlake Interactive

Beta 3 of dimension3 Released
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A recent update to the iDevGames web site gives word that the third beta of the Mac OS X-only 3D engine dimension3 has been released. A number of changes have been made since the Beta 2 update, including new weapons, better documentation, and easier-to-understand example scripts. Would-be game developers are free to use dim3 as a base for their titles.

Here's a clip with details on Beta 3:

dim3 Beta 3 has been released. Getting close to locking down the object model and XML formats. An open-source copy of dim3 Animator will follow in a little while (the one there now, while labeled beta 3, is old).

Feel free to check it out; for those that haven't heard about it yet, it's a totally free 3D "game without content," an engine built specifically for content creators to make 3D games, using JavaScript as its scripting engine. OS X only.

Be sure to check out the developer diary being updated at iDevGames for more information, and download dim3 from the author's iDisk.

iDevGames: dimension3 Developer Diary
Download dimension3 Beta 3 (2.6 MB)

Cave Dig 3 Released
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Shareware maker Foxchange Software yesterday announced the addition of a new title to their lineup of games, Cave Dig 3. This seemingly simple arcade puzzler features impressive sprite graphics and reasonable system requirements. In the game, you take the role of a fox named Simon. He has been transported into an underground world, and you must help him dig his way out.

Here's a rundown of Cave Dig 3's relatively light system requirements:

  • Mac OS 8 or better on any Power Macintosh 200 MHz or faster (G3 recommended). Cave Dig 3 is a classic application and should function normally under Mac OS X.
  • 10 MB of RAM.
  • 10 MB of storage space.
  • 640x480 screen or larger, supporting 256, thousands, or millions of colors.
  • DrawSprocket and QuickTime 3 or better.
Head over to MacGameFiles to download Cave Dig 3 now. Also check out the Foxchange web site to register the full version or get more information.

Cave Dig 3
MGF: Cave Dig 3 Demo (6.9 MB)

Apple on Blender
6:00 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

Apple's Games web site has posted an article examining Not a Number's free 3D creation suite, Blender Creator, and their inexpensive Blender Publisher, now available in a public beta for Mac OS X.

Here's an excerpt to whet your appetite:

Like iMovie and iDVD, which brought filmmaking and DVD authoring tools to consumers who couldnít afford (and usually didnít need) high-end applications, Blender brings videogame creation to anyone who has an idea for a game but not the capital to buy the necessary tools. And the games you create can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their computerís operating system.
Well, not quite: Blender does not support Mac OS 9 or earlier. But if you're interested in getting started with making 3D videogames for Mac OS X, you might want to check out Apple's article and Blender's web site.

Apple: Making Games on the Mac with Blender
Blender for Mac OS X

Mac Games News for Monday, December 31, 2001

Happy New Year from IMG2:19 PM
Myth Fan Needs Help2:07 PM
OS X Elite Force Awaits Icons1:53 PM
Airburst Updated to 1.036:00 AM
Classic Maps Available for Myth III6:00 AM
Mutation Runs Rampant6:00 AM
Neverwinter Nights Preview6:00 AM
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