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Friday, September 13, 2002

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Dungeon Siege Preview; Current Status
9:20 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Today IMG posted a first look preview of Dungeon Siege, the action-oriented 3D RPG created by Gas Powered Games and coming to the Mac via Destineer's Bold label.

In case you haven't heard much about the game yet, the preview will give you a quick overview of its gameplay, characters, and graphics engine. Following is an excerpt:

Where Dungeon Siege begins to really break away from the standard RPG formula is how your skills are improved. Fighting and magic skills are broken down into four basic categories; melee weapons, range weapons, offensive and defensive magic (called Combat and Nature magic). Instead of gaining experience points, leveling up, and putting a few new points into whichever categories you want, Dungeon Siege takes an arguably more realistic approach.

Want to be the ultimate swordsman? Then you better practice with melee weapons, because only by using one of these four techniques will you improve it.

Check out the rest of the preview for much more information on the game.

Westlake Interactive is already working on the port, and IMG also received a quick update from president Glenda Adams yesterday on their current status.

It's still in early development- it's a VERY big project, with a lot of technical challenges. We've been making good progress, but the initial work to get something up and playable is definitely a challenge on this one.
Bold hopes to have the game done sometime early next year, and IMG will definitely keep you posted on its status in the coming months.

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New Ghost Recon Screenshots Posted
2:32 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has sent IMG five new screenshots from the upcoming action-thriller, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon. Aspyr's Chris Silman explains the new shots:

This week's mission is #4 - Black Needle. Your team is going in to rescue two UN peacekeepers that got cut off by the Russian advance. They are holed up in a ruined building. You have to secure a crossroads, and leave part of your team as rearguard there to stop the Russian reinforcements. The UN troops are under heavy attack, so you can't waste time getting to them.
Tune in next Friday for some more shots from Ghost Recon. Be on the lookout for an extensive sneak preview on IMG soon.

IMG First Look: Ghost Recon
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Warbirds III 09.09.02 Update
2:22 PM | Tim Morgan | Comment on this story

Total Sims, owners of the massively-multiplayer flight simulator Warbirds III, has recently upgraded the game to version 09.09.02. The mandatory upgrade includes a host of new features, as reported by the Warbirds III web site:

  • Aircraft & cockpits added: Ki-61, P39-D, P39-Q
  • Aircraft and cockpits fixed: P47-C, F4F3, F6F5, P51-B, P40-B, P40-E, Yak3, Yak 9, Opel Truck, MC205, Mosquito IV, Mosquito VI, CV6 USS Enterprise
  • Night lighting effects fixed
  • Opel Truck loadout with paratroopers fixed
  • Country color shown using flag button art
  • .speed climbpseed setting will not reset between flights
  • Invisible stationary object (trucks) fixed
  • Shadow models should now show correctly for damaged vehicles
  • Crash bug with roads not being cleared when switching terrains fixed
  • Guncam now hides some 'cheat info' when running
  • AI no longer continues to fire on a base it just closed
  • Terrain lighting adjusted
  • Weird, glowing roads fixed
  • Trees should not be collidable outside of their model anymore
  • P39's added to .offrps offline play
  • Shadows for everything in the world now
  • Fixed most of the 'flying roads' instances
  • All three flak and explosion sounds are used again
  • Game honors the no cockpit selection offline
  • Carrier takeoff and landing groundspeed/airspeed discrepancy fixed
  • Tonnage on Target now resets after a .load is done in an arena
  • Drone (including wingmen) launched paratroopers will now count towards field capture
  • Issue with the field data not being relaoded when you are in the spawnpoint selection area and you change the terrain fixed
  • Bug fixed where if a non-player-mission .off file (like the 1v1,2v2 air attack off files) were loaded and issued .fly command the settings in the off file (such as #wingmen, #enemies) were not being honored
  • Drone Wingees as follows: SBD and JU87 (non-bombay-doored planes) should now drop bombs, salvo settings now honored, Gunners will not fire if player's plane is on ground, less likely to oscillate in formation, and now possible to customize which planes can and can't have wingmen by a host setting

In addition to the 09.09.02 update, an additional (optional) add-on file has been released. The update contains template skins for the Ki-61 and Ki-43 and also includes an adjusted loadout for the Opel Truck.

Warbirds III is a massively-multiplayer World War II simulation focusing on the air war and taking place over Western Europe. Although the service is pay-for-play only, subscribers get unlimited free access to the new Combat Arena, where budding pilots can test their skills.

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IMG Store: Pre-Order The MacGames DVD
1:24 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games is now taking pre-orders for the MacGames DVD, a special one-time DVD featuring the best of the MacGames CD from Volume 1 through Volume 8. The DVD will include a year's worth of the best Macintosh game demos, shareware, updaters, trailers, add-ons, and more. In all, the MacGames DVD comes jam-packed with nearly 5 gigabytes worth of Macintosh gaming!

You must have a Macintosh with a DVD drive to read the DVD. The MacGames DVD will ship on September 30th and is available for pre-order for just $19. To pre-order your copy, visit the IMG Store.

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Q&A, New Screenshots for Torque-Based Games
9:20 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The Gamers' Press has posted a short Q&A that focuses on GarageGames and the Torque engine, a contribution aimed at providing a powerful gaming engine to smaller devleopers at a low cost, in effect leveling the playing field a bit.

The questions themselves are of a general nature, with interviewee Jay Moore talking about everything from Torque's 300,000 lines of C++ to his belief that even smaller devleopers can make big games:

GP: A lot of people have been saying that it's now impossible for small, low budget development teams to make a big hit game these days. Call me crazy, but I'm going to bet that you disagree.

JM: Calling you crazy[sic]... hasn't that already been done? Before we started GarageGames yes it was nearly impossible, today no. That is exactly what GarageGames is all about, giving programmers and artists with the passion to make great games the tools that will allow them to compete. The technology and the marketing suits shouldn't be what dictates what games get created or who can build them, talent and teams with the passion will drive a much more vibrant industry. Our community project, RealmWars, is a great example of a MMORPG that couldn't be created by a small team, but is looking very promising with the contributions being made by our community team.

Posted along the Q&A session are newly released screenshots of several upcoming Torque-based games, including Chain Reaction, Marble Blast, and Realm Wars. Those interested in viewing the pics or the session can find both at The Gamers' Press.

The Gamers' Press - Seven Questions with Jay Moore of GarageGames

Squish! Goes Beta
9:20 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Monkey Byte Development recently announced that a beta version of their online game, Squish, is now available. The game is being produced in a partnership with and will be released shortly.

Here's a bit more info on Squish:

Hidden behind an innocent smile and tasty color lies a mixture of pure evil and a little food coloring. Reproducing at an alarming rate, these monsters waste no time in overwhelming their victims. Fortunately they are unstable in numbers so they can be neutralized. However if they sense danger, they will reproduce more quickly and eventually take over... it's just a matter of time.

Squish is a simple game of foresight and finger speed. Colored drops of toxic waste will fall from the spawning bar located at the top of the play area. These drops will begin to accumulate at the bottom and continue to grow in numbers unless you neutralize them.

Monkey Byte is encouraging Mac gamers to head over to their web site to try out the pre-release beta of Squish.

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Civ III Chat Today
9:20 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Apolyton sends word they are hosted in chat this afternoon with Firaxis to discuss Civilization III and the game's upcoming multiplayer expansion, Play the World. If you have an IRC client or browser with Java support you can join in on the conversation, here are the details from Apolyton:

- Date: Friday, September 20th, 2002
- Time: 16:00 Apolyton Time (that's est, 21:00gmt)
- Location: #Apolyton channel, DALnet network
- Access via: any irc client(like mIRC) or java applet at
Also be sure to have a look at the Play the World box art just recently posted at Apolyton as well. There has yet to be any official announcement of Play the World yet for the Mac, but we're hoping MacSoft, publisher of the original, will be able to bring the add-on as well. Stay tuned to IMG for any new information on the possibility.

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Custer Remembers
9:20 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

It's Friday and IMG's desktop guru, Brad Custer, is back with another new creation. This week's desktop pays homage to the events of September 11th, 2001. Here's a word from Brad on the subject:

I knew this week I wanted to pay tribute on the year anniversary with another desktop dedicated to the remembrance of every last person lost. I've entitled it "Remember" and it's a montage of american pride. Please download this desktop and pass it along to a friend.
Be sure to stop buy Custer's Desktop to check out the new desktop.

Custer's Desktops

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Master of Orion 3 Development Update
9:20 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Having been in development for over two years now, Master of Orion 3 is finally nearing completition and should be released sometime this winter. Adrenaline Vault recently spoke to Infogrames senior producer, Constantine Hantzopoulos, to get a status update on the game. According to the producer, the game is fast approaching the alpha stage:

When asked how much of MOO3 was done, Hantzopoulos said the game is approaching the alpha stage of development, which he defines as "feature complete" and when a project is "playable from start to finish." Although it's surprising that MOO3 hasn't reached alpha after 27 months of work, the senior producer says Infogrames and Quicksilver are still aiming for a Quarter 4 2002 release for the PC version. "Fans will be playing MOO3 during the holidays," he said.

This will give the publisher and creator about two months to balance and play test the product before it hits stores. Look up the word "crunch" in Webster's dictionary, and you might see a picture of the MOO3 team, which Hantzopoulos said is busy locking up the game's final features. The last items to be completed: The laws for the Orion Senate. These will allow players to bend or break MOO3's rules for a certain amount of time. After that comes extensive and highly scrutinous play balancing.

For more info, be sure and check out the rest of the story at the Adrenaline Vault. Master of Orion 3 will be published for the Mac by MacSoft.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, September 12, 2002

Destineer Announces Dungeon Siege1:06 PM
IMG Store: Free Unreal Tournament With MGCD Subscription9:36 AM
Jinni Zeala 1.1.7 Released9:15 AM
Atari's Adventure Coming for Quake III9:08 AM
Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin Preview9:08 AM
Jeux Mac Interviews Peter Tamte9:08 AM
Mac Jedi Knight II & Mods9:08 AM
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