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Wednesday, July 31, 2002

New Doom III Screens
6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

In a recent UK-based press event, Activision issued two new, high-resolution screenshots of id Software's upcoming first-person shooter, Doom III.

This sequel of a sequel, Doom III takes place sometime during the original Doom. It features incredibely detailed graphics, revamped gameplay, and frightening new elements that put the gamer on the edge of their seat. For more information about Doom III, check out The Daily Telefrag's in-depth preview. A link is provided at the bottom of the article.

In the first screenshot, we are given a dark and cold interior of some sort of cargo ship as a setting. A close up of a soldier's face is shown giving a questionable look at a passing scientist, who returns with a nervous glance. Another soldier can be seen in the background.

The second picture is quite a different story. The setting is within some sort of underground tunnel, where two zombies, a slender one in front, a plumper one in back, don't seem very happy.

Use the links below to view both shots in detail, though be warned that at 1600x1200, both are very high resolution. Since the screenshots are so big, our suggestion would be to save the screenshots to your Mac and use a graphic editor such as Photoshop or Graphic Converter to view them.

New Doom III - Shot 1
New Doom III - Shot 2
id Software
Daily Telefrag - E3: Doom III preview
Past Articles on Doom III
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Medal Of Honor Expansion Pack Previewed
6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, created by EA and published for the Mac courtesy of Aspyr, features an ultra-realistic World War II setting where you must relive the terrifying experiences of the Allied forces. In addition, MOH:AA also boasts a powerful multiplayer support, making the fun virtually unlimited.

Yet there is always room for improvement, and EA has demonstrated this rule once by announcing the release of an expansion pack filled with extra levels, weapons, and goodies. Currently untitled, this new expansion pack is sure to offer many new thrills for fans of the multiplayer and singeplayer modes.

In fact, in a preview at GameSpy, EA boasts that the new expansion will offer an entirely new, professionally crafted singeplayer scenario:

While initial reports of the expansion portrayed it as multiplayer-focused, the add-on will actually contain 9 new single-player levels set across three missions, placing you in the boots of a new hero -- Sergeant Jack Barnes. You'll once again visit the classic Omaha Beach level, but this time you'll be parachuting in behind enemy lines, attempting to clear the way for the assault on D-Day. In another mission, you'll take part in the famous Battle of the Bulge, and the final set of levels will have you assaulting Germany as you attempt to bring about the fall of Berlin.
More importantly for most fans of the game are the added multiplayer features:
In addition to the single-player missions, a number of new multiplayer maps will ship with the expansion pack, featuring noted locales from WWII Europe, such as Berlin and the Arnhem Bridge. Maps will support all the current gametypes, from deathmatch to the popular objective-based levels. Around 12 maps are being created specifically for the add-on, and about 5 user-created maps (winners of an Allied Assault mapping contest) should be included with the package as well. In fact, EA mentioned that a full SDK should be available shortly after the pack's release this November, to go along with the map editor that's already available to the community.
For more information and some screenshots, check out the full preview at Gamespy. The expansion pack is due on shelves this November for the PC. A Mac version has yet to be announced, but we'll keep you posted on any new information about the possibility.

IMG Review: Medal of Honor
GameSpy Preview: Medal Of Honor Expansion Pack (PC)
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
Electronic Arts
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Neverwinter Nights: Mods Aplenty
6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

While Mac users wait eagerly for MacSoft's port of the critically acclaimed Neverwinter Nights, developed by Bioware, PC users are already jumping into the immersive world. One of the most unique and arguably most rewarding features Neverwinter Nights has to offer is its complex adventure editor, where you, the gamer, can create your own world right from your own computer. After creating an adventure, you can post it all over the Internet, and challenge other gamers to your creation. According to a Bioware press release, over 500 of these adventure modules exist, just waiting for fans to pick them up and give them a go.

BioWare will also be considering partnership with several high-profile fan communities:

To be able to maintain and grow this type of community support, the Official BioWare Neverwinter Nights community site is partnering with various high-profile fan and computer gaming sites.

"Together, we're managing the vast, head-detonating amount of new content that's out there", said Jay Watamaniuk, BioWare's Community Manager. "Each of these sites bring their strengths to the Neverwinter Nights community and together, the Neverwinter Nights community is an incredible resource for all Neverwinter Nights gamers", he concluded.

Neverwinter Nights won't be out on the Mac until early Fall 2002, but you'll be able to play any of these 500+ modules once you pick up a copy. For more information, and even Bioware staff insights, check out the full press release.

Over 500 New Neverwinter Nights Adventures Available
Neverwinter Nights
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Arcane Arena 1.02 Update, OS X Soon
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Mac game creators Freeverse Software recently sent word of an update to Arcane Arena, bringing the title up to version 1.02. The update brings with it a number of bug fixes and improved stability.

Freeverse also notes that the much-requested Carbon version of Arcane Arena should also be arriving in a few weeks, allowing gamers to smash their opponents under OS X.

In the meantime, those who wish to download the latest version of Arcane Arena can both the updater and the full version af Freeverse's site.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Arcane Arena is a MMORPG that features a persistent world and a battle system that features a turn-based system that simulates character speed through an active timer. More information on this game can be found at Freeverse's official Arcane Arena site.

Freeverse - Arcane Arena 1.02 Updater
Freeverse - Arcane Arena 1.02 Full Download
Arcane Arena

Aspyr Updates Hot Date, Medal of Honor
6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Well-known Mac gaming company Aspyr has released updates for two of their more popular games, The Sims: Hot Date, and Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. Complete changes are as follows (courtesy of Mac Game Files):

Medal of Honor 1.12 includes the following fixes:

  • Fixes an intermittent crash when loading new levels, and another condition where the game would intermittently quit when running on dual-processor computers.
  • Improves performance in Mac OS X.
  • Updates the Miles sound sub-system, restoring the 3D sound functionality (disabled in original release).

The Sims: Hot Date 2.3.1 includes the following fixes:

  • In certain circumstances (usually when running under Mac OS 8.6), the game would always erroneously ask for "The Sims" CD at startup or report a -43 error.
  • The preferred memory partition size (applicable in Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9) has increased from 130MB to 200MB. This means that the application will request 200MB of memory at launch time. If less memory is available, it will use the largest amount of memory available between 130MB and 200MB. The application will not run if less than 130MB is available. Although not necessary, you may wish to increase your virtual memory settings, or better yet, install more physical RAM to accommodate this change.
  • Occasionally, the Room mood bar was overdrawing to the left, most notably in a pool house room.
  • At the end of the install process, when the user is asked to insert one of their previous expansion pack CDs, the Hot Date CD was not always being ejected.
  • Fixed an OS9 crash associated with the Repo Man and Clown Catcher.
  • Reduced CPU usage while the game is paused.
Be sure to download the updates if you own any or both of these games.

IMG Review: The Sims: Hot Date
IMG Review: Medal of Honor
The Sims: Hot Date 2.3.1
Medal of Honor 1.12
Aspyr Media

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GarageGames Audio Interview
6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Xtreme Gaming Radio, has posted an audio interview with Jeff Tunnel of GarageGames, concerning a wide array of topics both gamers and developers alike will enjoy. GarageGames is the company licensing their powerful, cross-platform 3D Torque engine. Tunnell discusses the games spawning from Torque, including their first in-house title, Realm Wars.

Jeff Tunnell is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer for Garage Games. They are makers of the upcoming game, Realm Wars. But Garage Games is much more than that - it's place for game developers to create free of most of the usual limitations of gaming-making.

I had a chance to sit down with Jeff and here are some of the topics we covered:

  • Jeff's background in gaming including formation of Dynamix
  • Thoughts on the gaming industry
  • Working on Tribes
  • The new Torque Engine
  • Realm Wars
  • Garage Games other projects including Chain Reaction
  • Much, much more!
  • The actual interview is in .mp3 format, divided into five different parts. You will find the link to the interview at the bottom of the page.

    The Jeff Tunnel Interview

    GameRanger 3.0 b7 Released
    6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

    The latest update to the GameRanger OS X Preview, beta 7, has been released to the general public.

    GameRanger is the popular internet gaming utility for the Mac, created by Scott Kevil. Users of GameRanger can meet up with fellow gamers from around the globe to play just about any multiplayer game out there.

    This new update fixes some remaining bugs and performance issues. Grab it at Macgamefiles if you haven't already.

    GameRanger 3.0 Preview 7

    Mac Games News for Tuesday, July 30, 2002

    MGD Interviews Freeverse1:02 PM
    IMG Reviews the Kensington Optical Elite Mouse12:45 PM
    Quake 3 Point Release Soon10:47 AM
    Apple Looks At Soldier of Fortune II6:00 AM
    ATI Radeon 9700 First Look6:00 AM
    Shadowbane Preview6:00 AM
    UbiSoft Announces Shadowbane Pre-Order6:00 AM
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