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Friday, July 26, 2002

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Cold War for Mac a Possibility
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

An IMG reader recently let us know about a new game currently in development that has a chance of making it to the Mac platform. Titled Cold War and currently in development by Mindware Studios, the game is strongly reminiscent of titles such as Metal Gear Solid and seems to feature gameplay centered around stealth, gadgets, and exploration.

Chaser Jones, the protagonist of the story, is an American journalist chasing stories in the USSR at the height of the Cold War. Stumbling across a plot to sabotage the Chernobyl nuclear plant, he eventually uncovers an even larger conspiracy.

Among its features are stealth-based play, various weapons, and an interactive environment that can offer several solutions to a single problem:

The player can use the surrounding environment to his advantage. If he doesn't succeed in slipping past security cameras, he has to try disabling them. If he has a pick, he can break a lock and open up a safer route for himself. If he knows that the enemy is approaching via elevator, he can attempt to block it. The player has the chance to look for alternative routes - by jumping across roofs, sneaking through ventilation shafts, or balancing on ledges.
While the primary platform is currently Windows-based PCs, the site notes that "thanks to its high portability, we intend to also support Linux and Mac OS X operating systems."

Those interested in screenshots as well as more information can find it at the official Cold War site.

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One on One with Glenda Adams (Part 10)
10:26 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted the tenth part in an ongoing conversation between old friends Glenda Adams, Mac gaming goddess and president of Westlake Interactive, and Tuncer Deniz, publisher and editor-in-chief of IMG.

Here an excerpt to whet your palate:

Tuncer: Jaguar is looking exceptionally good. What are your thoughts on Mac OS X 10.2? How will it benefit gamers?

Glenda: I think Jaguar will be a wonderful upgrade for gamers. It's going to make much of the system faster, and I wouldn't be surprised if people don't see better frame rates on some games simply by going from 10.1.x to 10.2. It also implements a whole bunch of new OpenGL technologies that are going to be absolutely essential for next generation games. Games like Halo and EverQuest are going have to have the 10.2 technology to even run on the Mac.

For the full chat, follow the link below.

One on One with Glenda Adams (Part 10)

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IMG Store: Pre-Order Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
10:15 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The upcoming third-person shooter, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon from Aspyr Media is now available for pre-order at the IMG Web Store. If you're a MacGames CD subscriber, you can pre-order for just $43. Non subscribers can pre-order the game for $49.

The amazing combat experience Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon and award-winning expansion pack, Desert Siege, come together to turn your Macintosh into a pivotal wartime control center. In Ghost Recon, Russia has fallen to ultra-nationalistic leaders driven to rebuild the Iron Curtain. In Desert Siege, 60-year conflict boils over as Ethiopia invades its smaller neighbor Eritrea, threatening the world's most vital shipping lanes in the Red Sea. Command this elite team of U.S. Army Green Berets through a series of demolitions, search and rescue missions and all-out fights for survival. Select, train and lead the offensive spearhead as the first team deployed and the last team to leave. Ghost Recon and the Desert Siege expansion pack put you in the deadly, realistic combat of tomorrow's battlefields like no other game. If you meet them in combat, you're already dead.

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Bugdom 2 Photo Contest Announced
8:48 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Pangea Software and Inside Mac Games have teamed up for a Bugdom 2 Photo Contest in which one lucky person will get their picture as a game element inside Bugdom 2 when it ships in November.

Bugdom 2 is the sequel to the very popular game Bugdom which shipped in 1999. In Bugdom 2, much of the action takes place inside of a house, and one of the 3D models is a picture frame. That picture frame is where the photo of the contest winner will be placed.

Full entry details are available on the Pangea Software web site or click on the link below to enter the contest. The winner will be chosen on August 26th.

Bugdom 2 Photo Contest
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Custer's Wild Cat Desktop
6:58 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Brad Custer has updated his section at IMG today with a great new desktop. This week's desktop focuses on Apple's upcoming Mac OS X update, Jaguar.

Here's an excerpt from Brad's update.

MWNY 2002, as always, was an eventful occasion. It was my second Macworld Expo in New York and fourth expo in a row. Seeing everyone in the industry again was great, but I spent most of my time in meetings. I also made sure to secure some artwork for the cornucopia of new games shown at the show. Hopefully, in the weeks to come I'll be able to feature some of them.

This week's desktop selection was inspired by the MWNY Expo. This tradition started last year at the expo. The feature of the keynote was the upcoming update to Mac OS X. Referred to by its code name, Jaguar, Mac OS X v10.2 is a different breed of operating system. Jaguar combines the rock-solid reliability of UNIX with the ease of use of Macintosh. This version of Mac OS X is as innovative as the computers that run it. Jaguar contains over 150 new features and provides significant enhancements to its modern, UNIX-based foundation. When the new Jaguar X was revealed, I knew I had to create a desktop for it.

Be sure to head over to Custer's Desktops to check out his latest creation.

Custer's Desktops

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Heroes IV Expansion Revealed for PC
6:00 AM | Daniel Krechmer | Comment on this story

Gamespot PC has released some scant details for Heroes of Might & Magic IV: The Gathering Storm, an expasion to the already released PC version of Heroes IV.

Here's the basics from the press release:

The expansion, which is scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2002, will feature more than 20 new single-player maps, six new campaigns, and four new creatures. In addition, it will contain 18 new artifacts, new campaign editor features, new heroes, and a new music track. The expansion will also include the Heroes of Might and Magic IV multiplayer update.
Heroes IV will be released for the Macintosh in Q4 of 2002 by Contraband Entertainment. Whether or not the Gathering Storm will also be released will have to be seen, but stay tuned to IMG for any new information.

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More Deus Ex 2 Info
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Gaming site Belgisch Gaming Nieuws, in the search for more information on Ion Storm's upcoming title Deus Ex 2: Invisible War, recently conducted an interview with several team members currently working on the project. While the interview rehashes information reported on in the past, it also contains some interesting tidbits concerning new equipment as well as a modification to the skills system used in the original Deus Ex.

One of the new tools remarked on is the stealth microphone, which will allow players to hear conversations from a distance. Though no specifics are given, also mentioned is the fact that many new weapons will be appearing in Deus Ex 2 as well.

The original skill system, which included hacking and lockpicking, has been merged with the biomod system in order to eliminate redundancies:

To get away from hidden math and number balancing and redundancy/overlap (should I increase my Swim Skill or install the Aqualung biomod?), we took all of the skill system functionality and moved it into the biomod system. For example, computer hacking is now done via the Neural Interface Biomod, so instead of increasing your Computer Hacking Skill you just upgrade your Neural Interface Biomod. This allows us to have a more accessible, unified system.
The rest of the interview covers topics such as the licensing of the Havok physics engine for use in Deus Ex 2, the possibility of future Deus Ex titles, and the ability to circumvent killing altogether during gameplay. Those interested in more can find the whole interview at Belgisch Gaming Nieuws. While no Mac version of Deus Ex 2 has yet been announced, we'll keep you posted on any new information about a possible port.

Belgisch Gaming Nieuws - Deus Ex 2 Interview

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Unreal Tournament 2003 First Impressions
6:00 AM | Seth Scott | Comment on this story

The Adrenaline Vault has posted impressions of Unreal Tournament 2003 from the Cyberathlete's Professional League's 2002 championship. The newest installment in the familiar FPS series is due from Epic Games later in the year.

In gameplay terms, the title looks similar to the 1999 release, Unreal Tournament, with single-player deathmatch modes, tournament mode, LAN and Internet play. As you might expect, there are improvements -- in graphics (higher polygon counts), AI, and even in "death physics," which allows fragged players to take realistic tumbles down stairwells rather than just lying on a step and protruding out into space.

The graphics look most impressive, and they are put to good use in this "98 percent code-complete version," as written in this snippet of the article:

Visually, the game is stunning, due in part to the new engine's ability to render many, many more polygons per scene. This has allowed the designers to pump an impressive amount of detail into the maps. Our favorites are an outerspace level surrounded by an asteroid belt and topped with detailed communications equipment, and a map that can only be described as a Dante-esque rendering of hell. Digital Extremes and Epic Games actually out-id id Software with a devilish castle outlined with skulls out of which lava pours. The thing that caused our jaws to hit the floor, however, was the towering wall of fire surrounding the entire map, creating a palpable sense of dread. Also impressive are the castle's walls, which are not flat textures but appear to be large, individual stones laid on top of each other and jutting out from the surface. The map flows extremely well and supports different play styles, from tight passageways for close encouters to plenty of opportunities for long distance exchanges.
The article also states that Epic Games seems interested in licensing its engine -- good news for those of us who have enjoyed other UT-based games such as Deus Ex, although there is no announcement as yet if there will be a Macintosh version.

Adrenaline Vault: Unreal Tournament 2003 Preview
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Possible B&W Patch Issue?
6:00 AM | Seth Scott | Comment on this story

Gamers experiencing issues with the recent patch for Feral Interactive's Black & White might be interested in Dair Grant of Zonic's recent posting to the newsgroup. He responds to a poster complaining of unpredictable pauses in the game:

We've had one other report of this so far, but we're not seeing it here.

Can I ask you a)check the Console application and see if any log
messages are appearing and b)let me know (at - remove NOSPAM) what your network connection is (modem, Airport, ADSL, etc).

Something to try in the mean time is to put a file called "commandline" in the application folder, with a line "-noinetconn" in it. This should turn off any network code which might be getting activated - right now that's our best guess as to the cause.

Black & White is an immersive and graphically rich "god-game" brought to us by the creator of the classic Populous. The new patch adds Gameranger support, improves GeForce video performance, and fixes multiple bugs, including a previous freeze issue. Follow the link below to view the thread via Google Groups, which as of this writing has no further listings of this issue.

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Google Groups: Re: Black & White 1.1.6: Pauses?

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Elite Force 2 Impressions
6:00 AM | Seth Scott | Comment on this story

The Adrenaline Vault has posted brief impressions of a demo of Ritual Entertainment's upcoming sequel to Star Trek: Elite Force. Based on the Quake III Arena engine, this first-person shooter again places you in the shoes of Hazard Team chief Alex Munro.

This demo was shown off at the CPL Championship 2002 Event. Here is a bit of what they had to say:

Although the short demo once again shows the Borg lumbering through their ship - a location all-too familiar from the first title - the amount of graphical detail and level interactivity is impressive. The most visually stunning moment has the game's male lead stumbling upon a full-scale Voyager - which the Borg are holding in the grip of a massive force field. Ritual is certainly doing impressive things with the QUAKE III Arena engine - their take on the Borg is creepily reminiscent of character art from Heavy Metal magazine - even if the demo's gameplay and setting are immediately familiar.
Note that this sequel is being developed by Ritual and not by Raven Software, with a scheduled release date in the second quarter of 2003 for PC (no Mac version has yet been announced). See the links below for the full article, and for a link to a full preview (with screenshots) courtesy of

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Mac Games News for Thursday, July 25, 2002

Max Payne Now Shipping from IMG Store2:02 PM
The Slackerís Guide to Shareware - Part 412:46 PM
Blizzard's Bill Roper Interview9:14 AM
GameRanger 3 Preview 6 Released9:14 AM
The Green Machine Demo Released9:14 AM
Unreal Tournament 2003 Q&A and Trailer9:14 AM
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