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Tuesday, April 9, 2002

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Mac Clarification on Retail Tac Ops
8:53 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Earlier in the year, IMG brought you word on a very popular Unreal Tournament modification being made into a commercial product called Tac Ops: Assault on Terror. Unfortunately of late, the team has made it clear through a number of forum posts that the retail box will be Windows-only. Distressed Mac fans of the mod have emailed us looking for more information, but it seems it's really up to the publisher Infogrames at this point.

As you probably know, Infogrames is the owner of the MacSoft label, and could likely publish a retail Mac version through them. It's also very possible (and being expressed) that some intrepid fans could create a Mac installer based on the PC version to work with a normal Mac UT installation.

Monday evening, TacOps team leader Laurent "Shag" Delayen posted this to the official game forums, explaining the current situation:

Infogrames is discussing that Linux and Mac issue. Part of the deal regarding taking Tactical Ops retail is that Infogrames also has the rights to all versions/SKUs of TO. Infogrames is the group to make the call on these issues and they are in the process of figuring out what the best decision is.

Our problem is that our license of the Unreal Engine is for Windows only and no one wants troubles with EPIC.

We're aware of the importance of both Mac and Linux communities and you can be assured that we don't want to leave anyone out.

The Epic license is a vital piece, considering this isn't a mod anymore, but a standalone application which must license the engine as opposed to getting it for 'free'. In all likelyhood, there could be eventually end up being a fan-created unsupported installer for the PC version and/or a Mac retail SKU, depending on how what Infogrames decides. We'll keep you posted as any new information about a Mac version becomes available.

Tac Ops Mac Forum Thread
Tac Ops Goes Commercial
Infogrames Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror
Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror

ATI Releases Driver Update for Retail Cards
1:48 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

ATI's Chris Bentley informed IMG that they have released updated Mac OS 9 and X drivers for all their Radeon and Rage 128-based retail products. The web update contains many bug fixes, performance improvements, and additional features. There is now an OS X control panel to adjust your TV out settings and toggle adaptive-deinterlacing. A long requested feature, full-scene antialiasing (FSAA), has also been added.

Before installing the drivers, it is highly recommended that you read the included documentation which lists installation instructions and potential issues you might run into.

Although it is not mentioned in the documentation, the driver update will work with the Radeon 7500, but the ATI control panel will not recognize the card. Also, adaptive deinterlacing will not work in Mac OS X yet. It uses the same drivers as the 2001 Radeon, so any enhancements will carry over to the 7500 (such as FSAA).

Now stop reading and start downloading! If you have any questions, comments, issues, or feedback, please post in the IMG Hardware thread that is linked below.

March 2002 ATI Retail Update Download Page (6.6 MB)
March 2002 Web Update Release Notes
IMG Forums: March 2002 ATI Drive Update Released

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Details on EV: Nova 1.0.1 Patch
10:32 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A new update to the Ambrosia Software web progress logs for Escape Velocity: Nova show a massive list of changes for the game's upcoming 1.0.1 patch. This amazingly popular game from ATMOS and Matt Burch has garnered over 21 thousand downloads from Macgamefiles in the three weeks since its release, and a great number of player complaints seem to be addressed in the 1.0.1 patch's many gameplay and mission tweaks. The entire list is quite long (around 60 changes), so here are a selected few that might be of interest to Nova fans:

  • Added a reminder mission to let player know they need to register to go further in the storylines
  • 'Capture Vell-os' misn (id 183) now has its special ships appear in the correct system
  • Reduced the number of ships called in the 'Observe Bureau' so that the mission is a little easier to comprehend
  • 'Find Vell-os' misn is now more interesting
  • Made many more missions combat-centric
  • The generic rebel missions should now proceed a little quicker
  • The player now has a way out of the Vell-os storyline (into the Polaris one, but doesn't limit the players involvement in other storylines)
  • There are now 'Blow-Stuff-up' misns to occupy the player after completing the various storylines
  • A number of minor spelling and grammar fixes
For the complete list of fixes and updates, head over to the Ambrosia site now. There is no word yet on when the 1.0.1 patch will be released, but Ambrosia president Andrew Welch had this to say about it in the game's forum:
Just to let you folks know -- we have been carefully reading all of the bugs and complaints reported here, and have rolled them into EV Nova 1.0.1, which is currently in beta test.

It will be released as soon as it is ready (please don't ask for a date -- we don't know).

Stay tuned to IMG, as we'll keep you posted on as 1.0.1 nears release.

Escape Velocity Nova Progress Log
EV Nova is 1.0.1 is in Beta Test Forum Thread
Ambrosia Software
Escape Velocity: Nova

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X-Plane Up to 6.12
8:53 AM | Tim Morgan | Comment on this story

Laminar Research introduced a small update to X-Plane, its modular general-aviation simulator, that brings it to version 6.12. The new update fixes a number of minor graphic bugs and introduces some long-wanted minor features, such as the ability to get out of "demo" mode in-game by inserting the X-Plane CD.

X-Plane is a highly-modifiable flight simulator allowing enthusiasts to fly a wide variety of aircraft on Earth and Mars, as well as design and test their own.

Download 6.12 Update (3.4MB)

Sixtyforce Updated for OS X
8:53 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

In a new post to his web site, Mac programmer Gerrit Goossen has released a new version of his powerful Nintendo 64 emulator Sixtyforce. Goossen is also wrapping up work on realMYST for MacPlay, so it's impressive that this side-project has received attention as well. The program is now headed firmly in the direction of OS X, though this version 0.6.2b1 might also run under OS 9. In his post, he notes what has changed in this version, as well as the future for the program:

What's new in sixtyforce 0.6.2b1?

There's support for OS X, lots of compatibility fixes and a number of speed improvements. There are also plenty of new bugs and graphical glitches. This release is a major overhaul with changes to just about everything. The benefits of many of the under the hood changes will become visible with future sixtyforce releases....

This version might look similar to older versions, but again I want to emphasize, much of sixtyforce has been completely rewritten. The interface is all new code. This was done fully support OS X and keep performance on OS X as close to OS 9 and possible. Believe it or not, sixtyforce in general is now faster on OS X than OS 9! (I think sixtyforce might be the first application to manage this ;)

For the full update, have a look at the Sixtyforce site, and be sure to give the small (167k) download a try. If you run into problems, try running the updated app from an older installation of Sixtyforce.

Download Sixtyforce 0.6.2b1

ATI 8500 Drivers Help Radeon 7000 Owners
8:53 AM | Richard Porcher | Comment on this story

Accelerate Your Macintosh is reporting that some owners of ATI's Radeon 7000 who have been having problems with dual-monitor support under OS9 using the old 7000 drivers, have found that the Radeon 8500 1.0 drivers eliminate that problem.

Here's what one happy Radeon 7000 user had to say:

Just installed the new Radeon 8500 Installer over the 7000 one and guess what? I now have the two VGA outputs on the 7000 working with a Sony 19" and an Applevision 750AV! I seriously hope this will help all 7000 owners! Thanks for your great useful website. Patrick S.
It should be noted that this report deals specifically with the OS9 8500 drivers, which also contains drivers for other cards.

Head over to the XLR8 Your Mac website to find out more about these drivers.

Accelerate Your Mac
Radeon 8500

MacGames CD 6 in Duplication
8:53 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

The sixth MacGames CD, a subscription-based CD full of great demos, shareware, updates, add-ons, trailers, and a whole bunch more, went to duplication this week and will be shipping sometime next week.

If you're already a subscriber to the MacGames CD, be on the look out for the new CD soon! If you haven't gotten a subscription yet, you can still subscribe be guaranteed to receive the fourth MacGames CD.

What's included in the MGCD? How about new demos of Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Escape Velocity: Nova, and more. Plus we've included the gigantic The Darkest Day mod for Baldur's Gate 2 (300 MB worth!), dozens of updates, shareware games, and much more.

As an added bonus, we're offering a FREE copy of MacPlay's Aliens vs Predator or Aspyr's Escape from Monkey Island, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, or Deus Ex with every new subscription (all you pay is the shipping and handling). These will also be mailed out with the new MGCD.

For more information, be sure to check out the IMG Store!

Mac Games News for Monday, April 8, 2002

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IMG Reviews Icewind Dale11:56 AM
MacGamer Interviews Peter Tamte11:47 AM
Quake 3 Fortress 2.0 Released, Mac Problems11:43 AM
Reckless Drivin' 1.4 Released11:35 AM
Hot New SimCity 4 Screenshots11:25 AM
IMG Store Taking Medal of Honor Pre-Orders11:05 AM
Game Doctor 1.3.4 Released8:59 AM
Abducted Site Update8:16 AM
Apple Launches Games 'Buzz'8:16 AM
Custer Survives8:16 AM
Master of Orion 3 Delays Explained8:16 AM
The Sims Online Going Beta This Summer8:16 AM
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