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realMYST Demo Released
6:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacPlay has released a demo of realMYST, the realtime 3D version of Cyan's best-selling MYST. RealMyst features special 3D effects and animations such as day and night changes, dynamic lighting, weather effects, as well as interactive effects.The demo is being hosted by our sister site, and weighs it at a little over 95 MB.

Here's a brief description of realMYST:

Turn off the lights. Turn up your speakers.
You're about to experience what no one has ever experienced - the totally immersive, surreal, and beautiful adventure of Myst in realtime 3D. realMYST creates a living, breathing world that will truly become your own - and one you will never forget.

realMYST is the version of Myst that Cyan and the world-famous Miller brothers always wanted to make, but the technology wasn't ready - until now. Experience a fully immersive, dynamic world that you can wander through and interact with.

realMYST requires a Power Macintosh G3 300MHz or better, 64 MB RAM under Mac OS 8.6 or later, 128 MB RAM under OS 10.1 or later, and a 3D Video Card with 16MB VRAM.

To download the demo, be sure to head over to

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New Mac Hall Comic Posted on IMG
12:14 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

This week's Mac Hall comic features Bioware's Neverwinter Nights. Although originally slated to be released simultaneously, a few weeks ago MacSoft announced that it would be publishing the game this fall, to the disdain of some Mac gamers, including Anthony from Mac Hall.
Mac Hall's Anthony explains the latest comic:

Neverwinter Nights has stripped me of this patience. They've hit me in a chink in the armor- tabletop gaming. Anyone who combines my rabid enthusiasm for 3rd edition D&D with my general zeal for video games will understand where I'm coming from. Unfortunately, every PC boy with similar interests seems to want to tell me about the game in great detail.

I'll be waiting, having little other option. If the delay starts to bother you too much, do what I do- don't think of the PC people as blessed for getting games sooner than we do. Think of them as millions of playtesters, ensuring that what reaches us is a better product. Or hurt them. I find that helps, too.

Be sure to check out the latest Mac Hall comic by clicking on the link below.

Mac Hall Comic: One Way To Kill a Geek

Get Your IMG Chat On
10:34 AM | Daniel Bogan | Comment on this story

Those of you looking for a friendly place to chat about the latest Mac games (and anything else) need look no further than IMG's very own IRC channel.

Simply point your IRC client to, and join #img - staffers will be lurking around the channel sporting "IMG" in their names, and everyone is welcome to join in and hang out.

Depending on your client, joining the channel should be as easy as typing in "/join #img". We've also provided you with a list of popular Mac IRC clients to check out, if you don't already have one.

Versiontracker: Snak
Versiontracker: MacIRC
Versiontracker: Ircle
Versiontracker: Ircle (Carbon)
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Quake III Connect Tweaks Guide
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Accelerate Your Mac has noted the posting of a link in their forums that points to a Quake III connection tweaks guide. Currently posted at, the guide contains in-depth terminology and explanations concerning the tweaking of various connection settings in order to maximize gameplay during Quake III sessions.

Here's a clip concerning the cg_smoothclients setting:

This setting helps smooth out movement when other players have packet loss, very low rate or low cl_maxpackets. Normally you would see them stutter or warp on your screen in multiplayer. Setting this cvar to "1" adds extra prediction code for such clients and their movements as seen by you should be less erractic. One side effect of enabling this option is that prediction errors can occur. Do not use cg_smoothclients if you are using a negative cl_timenudge.
For those that don't wish to wade through terminology, the guide also lists suggested settings for various methods of connection such as LAN, ASDL, and ISDN. Be sure to check it out if you're into Quake III! - Quake3 Connection Tweaks
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Warcraft III Released, Mac Patch Available
6:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

On Wednesday we weren't able to publish any news thanks to the release of WarCraft III. Why, you ask? Well, over the last two days we've been working hard trying to ship all the WarCraft III pre-orders we've received. The good news is that almost all pre-orders have now been sent out.

But for those who haven't heard the news, on Wednesday Blizzard announced the official release of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, the highly anticipated sequel to the company's best-selling PC game series. With over 4.5 million copies of initial orders, the release represents the biggest worldwide launch in PC-gaming history.

Here's more on WarCraft III:

In Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, players revisit the war-torn world of Azeroth a generation after the end of the Second War between the Orcs and the Humans. The fragile peace that had since settled over the land is now on the verge of being shattered, for a dark power has returned after thousands of years to carry out its nefarious plans. Two new races - the Undead Scourge and the Night Elves - emerge to join the fray, as players follow a single epic storyline through four successive campaigns. Players can also take the battle into their own hands in an enhanced multiplayer mode, playable on local area networks and exclusively over the Internet on, the largest online service of its kind in the world.

A focus on concentrated battles between groups of mighty warriors brings an exciting new blend of action to the franchise. In the single-player game, players follow the adventures of Legendary Heroes, who grow more formidable with experience. As the game progresses, these Heroes are able to learn spells and special abilities and acquire powerful magic items. Heroes advance even faster in multiplayer games, adding to the intensity of strategic combat between rival powers. Expanded multiplayer options include the ability to share units and resources with allies and to compete anonymously against other players of similar skill levels. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos also includes the most powerful and full-featured World Editor ever released for a Blizzard game. The World Editor puts the same tools used by Blizzard's designers into the hands of players, enabling them to create 3D maps and unique missions, with scripts for units, spells, and action-packed events. Players will also be able to produce their own in-game cinematics, using flexible camera controls and incorporating .mp3-based sound files.

On Thursday, Blizzard released a downloadable patch of WarCraft III, bringing it to version 1.0.1. The patch contains various fixes for and also includes some balance changes. To download the patch, simply connect to, or head over to to download the standalone patch.

Be sure to also visit our forums, as people are engaging in heavy discussions about WarCraft III.

WarCraft III Is available for sale through the IMG Store for $59.99. A review of WarCraft III will be posted soon.

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Avernum 3 1.0.1 Patch Released
6:00 AM | Daniel Krechmer | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software recently released a 1.0.1 patch for Avernum 3 that squashes some bugs from the initial release. Here's more information on the patch:

A patch is now out to update Avernum 3 for Mac to v1.0.1. This patch fixes a number of small, irritating bugs.

  • Certain magic items no longer lose double charges when used.
  • Radiant Shield no longer hurts you.
  • Some items and item augmenters rebalanced.
  • Shayder is now properly angered when you rob the Anama.
  • Leaving the Anama works now.
  • Many typos fixed.
  • A bunch of other small fixes.
  • Avernum 3 is the "massive epic conclusion" to the popular Avernum trilogy. It currently runs in Classic, but later this summer a Mac OS X compatible version will be released.

    Be on the lookout for IMG's review of Avernum 3 soon.

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    New Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin Screenshots
    6:00 AM | Daniel Meissner | Comment on this story has posted new screen shots of Combat Mission;Barbarossa to Berlin. The screen shots highlight several graphical improvements over their smash hit, Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord. Improvements include better facial models, allowing defined features to the faces, and more realistic headgear. Also included is unit insignia on both vehicles and soldiers alike. The screen shots also showcase the improved textures on several tanks, an example of the revamped damage model for vehicles, and the new building transparencies.

    Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin is the upcoming sequel to Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord. No realese date has been set , but Q3 of this year has been mentioned. Like the original, CMBB will be released for Macintosh and PC simultaneously. A demo will be released as soon as the code is finalized. is a internet only company and its games are only available for order from their web site.
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    Custer's Reign of Chaos
    6:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    IMG's desktop guru Brad Custer has updated his section at IMG today with a new desktop from Blizzard's just released epic strategy game, WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos. Here's an excerpt from Brad's update with more on the game itself:

    At E3 last year I had my first exposure to Warcraft III. The long wait is over for the release from Blizzard. On Wednesday, July 3rd, Warcraft III became available for purchase. This week's selection was created in honor of it's release and is titled, "Chaos Reigns". I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
    Head over to Custer's Desktops to take a peek at his latest creation.

    Custer's Desktops

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    Test Drive Warcraft III on Mac OS X
    6:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Apple and Blizzard Entertainment are sponsoring a super cool "test drive" that will allow gamers to try out the just-released epic strategy game, WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos. Whether your tastes run toward dwarven steam tanks or undead meat wagons, you'll find something to your liking at one of the Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos test drive events. Grab the opportunity to try out the game, participate in multi-player warfare, and see how a Mac handles the action.

    The test drives will be available at the following locations, dates, and times. Don't miss your opportunity to take part in one of these exciting weekends of fun.

    J&R ComputerWorld
    Park Row, New York City (across from City Hall Park) 212-238-9000
    Wednesday, July 17, 1pm-6pm
    Thursday, July 18, 1pm-6pm
    Friday, July 19, 1pm-pm (During Macworld New York)

    Fry’s Electronics
    All locations (except Manhattan Beach, CA and Campbell, CA)
    Check out Fry’s website at for the location nearest you
    Saturday, July 20, 11am-4pm
    Sunday, July 21, Noon to 5pm

    Micro Center – all Locations
    Check out Micro Center’s website at for the location nearest you.
    Saturday, July 27, 11am to 4pm
    Sunday, July 28, Noon to 5pm

    Nebraska Furniture Mart
    700 South 72nd Street, Omaha, NE; 402-397-6100
    Saturday & Sunday, July 20-21
    10am to 6pm

    Apple and Blizzard representatives will be on hand to answer questions, and Warcraft III posters, shirts, and games (in select locations) will be raffled off during these special events (you must be 18 years or older to participate in drawings for prizes).

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    Avalanche And Dragon Alpha Updated
    6:00 AM | Daniel Bogan | Comment on this story

    Shareware developer Dracosoft has updated two of their titles, bringing Avalanche to v1.0.1 and Dragon Alpha to v1.1.2.

    Avalanche is an addictive puzzle/arcade game, the aim of which is to destroy a rapidly approaching Avalanche using variously colored bombs. The update includes the following changes:

    -!!Warning!! Old Top Scores are not compatible with version 1.0.1.
    -Moved preferences into the preferences folder
    -Replaced Pascal strings with C strings
    -Added anti-aliasing to Game Over graphic
    -Updated for CarbonLib 1.6
    -Added FAQ to Read Me
    Dragon Alpha is an adventure game set in a fantasy world overrun with dragons, who your hero must defeat. The updated game sports the following changes:
    -Changed price to $12.99
    -Updated for CarbonLib 1.6
    -Minor Fixes and Speed improvements
    -Last update until game changes to Dragon Arcadia
    More information on both games, including demos, is available from Dracosoft's website.

    Dracosoft: Avalanche
    Dracosoft: Dragon Alpha

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    Gamespot Reviews Warcraft III
    6:00 AM | Daniel Bogan | Comment on this story

    Gamespot has written up a full review of the just-released strategy game, Warcraft III: Reign Of Chaos, dismissing the game as a "role playing strategy" and instead seeing it as a pure sequel to Warcraft II with extra niceties.

    Make no mistake: Warcraft III is a real-time strategy game. Originally announced back in 1999 as a hybrid strategic role-playing game, over the course of its development, Warcraft III shed many of its role-playing pretensions and became what by all means is a true sequel to its predecessor. The game relies on many of the real-time strategy conventions you're probably familiar with by now. The goal of a typical skirmish is to start gathering resources (gold and wood), build up a base, build up a force of various units, and use that force to destroy the enemy's base and to repel any attacks against your position.
    The reviewer goes on to give the game 9.3 out of 10, and has included a swag of nice screenshots to salivate over while you wait for your copy in the mail.

    Be on the lookout for IMG's very own review soon. WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos is available for purchase from the IMG Store.

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    Mac Games News for Tuesday, July 2, 2002

    Dialup Version Of Myst Online?3:49 PM
    GameRanger 3.0 Preview 4 Released3:46 PM
    Elite Force 2 Preview at Gamers.com10:17 AM
    Apple's Checks Out Max Payne6:00 AM
    BongoBoogie Announced for Mac6:00 AM
    DOWN Sees Release6:00 AM
    MacPlay Reveals Fallout 26:00 AM
    New Bugdom 2 Shots Posted6:00 AM
    pop-pop Goes Gold Master6:00 AM
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