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Tuesday, September 3, 2002

Two New Omni Group Games Underway
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The Omni Group updated their games page recently with word that two new, unannounced projects are now in the works at the OS X development house. The latest games from the company include many titles for publisher MacPlay, including Fallout, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Incoming, and Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix, which was just recently announced as going gold master and being sent to duplication.

Also still in the works at the Omni Group is Freedom Force, the superhero strategy title which uses the NetImmerse 3D engine, created by NDL. As with other engines like Quake and Unreal, getting an up-to-date Mac port eases the transition of porting any other NetImmerse titles to the Mac as well (which include popular PC games like Morrowind and Dark Ages of Camelot). Keep in mind this in no way guarantees any such ports, instead just making it easier since the baseline technology is already running on the platform.

For more information on these titles and how they are progressing, keep an eye on the Omni Group page. If you have any guesses as to what the two new games could be, be sure to throw them out in the IMG forums.

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IMG Reviews Fallout 2
12:57 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of MacPlay's Fallout 2. In July, MacPlay released the classic RPG, Fallout and followed up that release with Fallout 2 in late August.

Here's a snippet from the review:

Just like Fallout, Fallout 2 employs a character creation engine, and with the exception of a few different traits and many more perks, the engines are exactly the same. You create your own character by the distribution of points on stats, like strength, agility and intelligence, which derive stats that define your character's strengths and weaknesses; effectively how he or she will interact with the outside world. Then, you can opt to choose two traits, certain modifiers that alter your character in a specific manner. 'Perks' act like traits, only you're allowed only one, every three levels. Some have degrees of selection (you can select a few several different times, layering the effect), and all have their own hidden stat and level requirements; some you won't even see because something is too low.
Be sure to check out the rest of the review by click on the link below.

IMG Review: Fallout 2
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Monkey Byte Web Games Testers Needed
9:22 AM | Vern Xiong | Comment on this story

Monkey Byte Games has begun development on several Shockwave games for use on, and are in need of Alpha and Beta testers for these games.

All you need is a browser. High scores will be recorded and they will also have prizes that will be announced next week. Monkey Byte Games says multiplayer games will also be in development, and will keep us posted on their developments.

If you're interested, the testing has already started, so jump on over to their newsletter site, Vendornation, to find out more.


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Unreal Tournament 2003 'Likely' for OS X
8:07 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

[Article reposted from Monday's news for those who enjoyed a Labor Day break. -ED] A number of readers and forum posters wrote in excitedly over the weekend about a post made by Epic Games' vice president Mark Rein concerning the possibility of seeing Unreal Tournament 2003 on the Mac. In a recent thread on the Epic messageboards concerning joystick support, Rein also addresses a question about the Mac. Here's his first post on the matter:

Nothing is set in stone but it looks like we will likely do a Mac (OS X only) port. I have no idea whether joysticks and/or gamepads will be supported on Mac or not.
Rein can't be too specific one way or another, since no official announcement about any port has been made. Later in the thread he also confirms that any Mac version would be able to play with PC users as well:
Yes Mac and PC would be network compatible. No point doing versions that couldn't coexist on the net or on LAN.
The popularity of the original Unreal Tournament, which was published by Infogrames' label MacSoft, would seem to make Unreal Tournament 2003 a safe bet. Keep in mind though that much of the underlying technology of the game has changed in the years since the first game.

Unreal Tournament 2003 looks to bring much-improved graphics, more modes of gameplay, as well as even better network play than the original. Infogrames reportedly hopes to make develop the titles into a regular franchise, akin to yearly sports titles. Even better news for Mac gamers is that, if the base engine is again updated on the Mac, then other titles using that engine are much more likely candidates for Mac versions as well (Lineage II, Deus Ex 2, Thief 3, etc).

You can be sure IMG will stay on the story and let you know of any new information about the possibility of a Mac version. The title is expected to ship for the PC later this year, with a demo due out sometime in the near future.

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AstroSquid Released by LostMinds
6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Lost Minds has released its newest game, AstroSquid to the public for download. AstroSquid pays tribute to the old-school sidescrolling space shooters with tons of enemies and weapons of mass destruction. Here's a brief description from the official website:

Take the role of a purple alien thing that kinda looks like a squid and pilot your way towards Earth in a quest to destroy mankind. Causing lots of destruction along the way is of course a way to make the trip less dull.

You pilot your purple jelly craft in a classic sidscrolling space shooter, destroying enemy crafts and scenery as well as picking up weapon power-ups and extra lives along the way.

You can download AstroSquid off MacGameFiles right now. Just follow the link attached to the bottom of this article.

AstroSquid is a participant in the Dev Game 2002 competition. You can check out uDev's official website to take a look at the other participants and vote for your favorite.

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Geneforge OS X Beta Updated
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software recently updated the Carbonized beta of their role-playing game Geneforge. According to Spiderweb's Jeff Vogel, this 1.1 version of the title should now have more fixes, including support for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. While Vogel is seeking comments on the application's stability under OS X, he also wants to make sure it's still working for users of older OS's, and it should run on systems with OS 8.1 or above. Here's a post from the Spiderweb forums:

If you try out the Geneforge OS X beta, could you drop me a line ot let me know how it works? E-mail If it works correctly (or not) I'd love to hear about it.

Also, don't feel you have to have OS X to try it out. I also need to hear how it works on Classic systems...

Today (8/30/02), we updated the Geneforge OS X public beta, fixing a few bugs and making it not fall apart on OS X 10.2. Comments are still highly welcome (including the ever desired "Tried it. it worked.").

If you're interested in trying out Geneforge on OS X, head over to Spiderweb now and grab the latest beta. The download weighs in at 12.5MB.

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Links Golf Community Second Season Info
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The Links Golf Community web site recently sent out information regarding the second season of their popular online golf tournaments. It seems Bold Games' recent release of Links Championship Edition has been met with open arms by the group's members, and they plan to move forward with the title for season two. Here are more details on what they have planned so far:

We will be playing a wide variety of both real and fantasy courses, many designed on the Arnold Palmer Course Designer (APCD). We will be playing 13 TOURNAMENTS this season with FOUR MAJORS.

Those Majors have been set and are:
* November 10, 2002 - LGC U.S. OPEN at Bethpage Black
* January 12, 2003 - LGC BRITISH OPEN at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's
* April 6, 2003 - LGC MASTERS at Augusta National 2001
* June 8, 2003 - LGC PLAYER'S CHAMPIONSHIP at Sawgrass Stadium Course

We will be starting the season on September 8, 2002 with the
LGC CE INAUGURAL at Four Seasons Resort Aviara.

Fans of Links Championship Edition should certainly have a look at the group's web site for more information on the schedule and how to participate.

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Mac Games News for Monday, September 2, 2002

Have A Happy and Safe Labor Day2:03 PM
Shadowbane Q&A with Sean Dahlberg12:46 PM
iff Taxi Updated12:34 PM
Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin Demo Released6:00 AM
Non-Mandatory Warbirds III Update6:00 AM
WWIIOnline Monthly Fees Increased6:00 AM
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