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Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Shadowbane to be Featured at MWNY
8:02 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Gamers lucky enough to be attending the upcoming Macworld Expo New York should be pleased to hear that Shadowbane, the MMORPG currently in development for both Mac and PC, will be a prominently featured title at the event. The SB crew plans on having dual G4s paired with Cinema displays running the current build in the Macintosh Gaming Arena.

Here's a clip from the press release with more info on the topic:

Shadowbane's Community Manager Chris "Vosx" Mancil will be on hand answering questions about the game, conducting demos, and showing off the new graphical upgrades to the Arcane 3D Engine. Both demo machines will be connected live to the Closed Beta test world. Several Closed Beta Testers from Shadowbane will also be in attendance.
For those unfamiliar with the title, Shadowbane is a guild-based MMORPG with the ambitious plan of centering its design philosophies around player vs. player combat, with city building and destroying taking center stage. More information can be found at the official Shadowbane site.

For all Mac gamers who were wondering if this title was really going to make it to the Mac, here's your chance to see it running on Mac hardware in person.

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IMG Posts pop-pop Review
8:43 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of pop-pop, scheduled to be released tomorrow at Macworld Expo New York. pop-pop is the latest offering from Ambrosia Software, already famous for classic games like Escape Velocity. pop-pop pays tribute to Ambrosia's roots of reconceiving classic arcade games, combining elements of various Pong-based games with themes and ideas from more competitive, comat-style games.

Here's a snippet from the review:

Nothing you do in the single-player game can prepare you for the thrill of playing pop-pop against another player, even if that player is just another computerized pop, which are the characters that players choose to become when playing a match game. In fact, I found the single player a tad boring after about 15 minutes of play. True, the focus in puzzle mode is less on speed and ruthlessness and more on style and accuracy, but there just seemed to be something missing. That something just so happens to be a little unhealthy competition, which is exactly where pop-pop begins to flex its gaming muscle. Competitive pop-pop is another game altogether and is what really makes your registration fee seem trifling.
Be sure to check out the rest of the review. pop-pop will be available for downlooad from our sister-site,, tomorrow.

IMG Review: pop-pop
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IMG Chat Updated to 1.01
8:02 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Budding programmer Mike Patton has released version 1.01 of IMG Chat, an easy to use IRC chat client for Mac OS X. Below are the changes made in this maintenence update:

• Added new news system
• Added IMG-themed icons (thanks to Chris Paretti)
• Added Dock menus
• Fixed preferences bug
In the near future, Patton plans to add time stamps, more refined icons, auto-update, and a more integrated news system. Be sure to drop by Wednesday morning (9 AM Eastern Time) to discuss what should be another another fun-filled MacWorld keynote.

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Soldier of Fortune II Available for Pre-Order
8:02 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

FPS fans who have been waiting to get their hands on MacPlay's upcoming title Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix should be pleased to hear that the title is now available for pre-order from the MacPlay website. Scheduled for a release on July 31, 2002, SoF2 brings detailed skeletal animations and damage maps to the FPS genre.

Mark Cottam, President of MacPlay, shares his thoughts concerning SoF2's impending release:

We are ecstatic to bring Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix to the Macintosh. With a rich history in action games and first person shooters, MacPlay understands exactly what the gamer wants… and Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix delivers the most powerful gaming experience yet.
Those who wish to pre-order this title can do so at MacPlay's website for the retail price of $49.99. As a special bonus, all pre-orders within the Continental U.S. receive free shipping.

Gamers waiting for this title only need to wait a few short weeks before it starts hitting store shelves. In the meantime, those seeking more information are encouraged to check out IMG's first look of SoF2.

SoF2 is available for pre-order from the MacPlay web site as well as the Inside Mac Games store.

IMG First Look: Soldier of Fortune II
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The Green Machine Game Development Kit Available
8:02 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Gamers who miss the good old days of sprite-based 2D gaming may be pleased to learn about the recent release of a game creator, developed by Sawblade Software, that caters to such needs. Titled The Green Machine, this program, which is built for OS X and takes its inspiration from the Neo Geo, allows gamers to create 2D side-scrolling action games.

Here's a clip from the recent press release detailing some of the features of The Green Machine:

The Green Machine proves that there's still a place for 2D action games in this modern age of gigahertz and gigabytes. Featuring non-tiled, non-repeating backgrounds and super accurate physics, The Green Machine provides you with the freedom to create games with huge, colorful sprites, multiple layers of parallax scrolling, animated cut screens, panning stereo sounds, and crazy particle effects. The game engine also includes support for such niceties as conversations with non-player characters, automatic resolution switching, gamma fading, and saved games.
Those intimidated by scripting and programming need not worry - The Green Machine uses a structured folder hierarchy, basic text files, and drop-and-drag animations to ease the creation of games.

To help give gamers an idea of its capabilities, The Green Machine comes with Greenland Invasion, where players control an Eskimo who must defend Greenland against an evil occupation force.

Those interested in more information, screenshots, and purchasing information can find all of these at Sawblade's website. The Green Machine currently runs for $15, and lists a G4, OS 10.1, and 256 MB RAM among its requirements.

Sawblade Software

McPC mimics G4 Tower design
8:02 AM | Tristan Kane | Comment on this story

Apple has built a reputation in recent years for the stylish design of its computers. This has been a major reason for its popularity among many users. The most striking example was the iMac with its distinctive colors and translucent plastics. For years we endured the many efforts of other companies to cash in on this design, with none so contentious as Sotec's e-one and eMachines' eOne computers which became the subject of legal battles around the world.
Apple has since moved on in design, but sadly PC manufacturers do not seem to have moved on in their tactics for making a quick buck, have unveiled what they call a "future product", nicknamed the McPC (MacPC). The McPC is a case design that is essentially a copy of Apple's G4 Tower, and made with apparently the exact same type of plastic. Here is an excerpt from their press release:

We are showing a case design that will be available from in late July. It's currently not available for ordering, yet. If there is enough interest in this product, we'll accept pre-orders.

This new PC case design will be sold at approximately $149 with 330W AMD-approved power supply. It will be available in three colors: blue, grey, and black. Blue and grey colors are shown.

Why such a high price? The plastic material for this design is the same as the Power Mac and very expensive.

Specs : Universal auto open/close door for CD-ROM, DVD, or CD-RW drives. Four external 5.25" bays. Two external 3.5" bays. Front USB ports optional.

The Directron site includes a link to a forum which invites comments on their new design, to access that site or the Hardware Unlimited preview of the McPC, please use the links below. press release
Hardware Unlimited preview

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IMG Heads to Macworld New York
8:02 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The Inside Mac Games crew is making their way today to New York for the Macworld Expo show that kicks off tomorrow with Steve Jobs' keynote. We'll be bringing you live updates from the show floor, so be sure to tune in starting tomorrow for our extensive Macworld Expo coverage.

MWNY 2002

Mac Games News for Monday, July 15, 2002

Solider of Fortune 2 Postmortem3:11 PM
Racer Preview (Alpha) Released2:35 PM
ATI Posts July Driver Update; Radeon PCI, 7000 Improvements1:51 PM
IMG Posts WarCraft III Review9:35 AM
GameRanger Preview 5 Released8:02 AM
Westlake: TR Chronicles Patch, V.A.S.T. at Macworld7:54 AM
The Gamesome Mac Talks with Corey Tamás7:41 AM
USA Today Compares Macs and PCs7:40 AM
Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin Date6:00 AM
Lineage: Episode 11 Release Wednesday6:00 AM
Medal of Honor Franchise Discussed6:00 AM
The Sims Vacation Goes Beta6:00 AM
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