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Westlake: EQ Nears Alpha, More...
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Macintosh game porting house Westlake Interactive has updated their game status page with news on the many projects in development. As noted in IMG's One on One with Westlake president Glenda Adams Friday, massively multiplayer online RPG EverQuest is very close to being deemed alpha. Reaching this state means the game is playable and most of the major features are implemented. EverQuest is currently set for a Mac OS X release sometime next year, though a public beta may be made available earlier than that.

In other Westlake news, two other projects which have yet to be announced have also made progress recently. "The Chosen One" has been declared First Playable, while "Finest Hour" is now in Alpha. Both games are set to support OS 9 as well as OS X.

IMG One on One with Glenda Adams
Westlake Project Status Page
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IMG Previews Bugdom 2
11:34 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a preview of Pangea Software's upcoming action-adventure game, Bugdom 2. According to Pangea's Brian Greenstone, Bugdom 2 went GM last night and should be released shortly.

Here's a snippet from the Bugdom 2 preview:

Bugdom 2 is a title of the action/arcade persuasion, and like all good examples of the genre, itís incredibly easy to jump into. Thanks to the fact that heís a grasshopper, Skipís powerful legs allow him to run in any direction and jump fairly high. In addition, he can also fly by double-tapping the jump button, a feature that players will have to master in order to get past certain areas. Skip canít fly forever, however, and must replenish his flight meter periodically by finding purple berries.

Skip can also pick up and carry objects around when necessary, an element that becomes integral to puzzle solving. Early in the game, Skip will encounter various friends, including Sam the Snail and Sally the Chipmunk, both of which will pose tasks to Skip. While Sally is normally content with acorns, Sam will often request various items and tasks from Skip, including finding and placing the head of a scarecrow back on its body or finding a lost shell.

Pricing for the online downloadable version of Bugdom 2 has been set at $30, while the boxed CD version will be at $34.95. The online version should be released within the next few days. In the meantime, be sure to check out our preview.

IMG Preview: Bugdom 2
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Bugdom 2
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Bioware Posts Neverwinter Nights Mac Page, Screenshots
11:01 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Bioware, the company behind the popular RPG, Neverwinter Nights, has created a page on its web site dedicated to the Mac version. Along with three screenshots from the Mac version of NWN, Bioware has posted an update on the game:

[Oct 11 2002] Mac development is progressing, and the posted screenshots show the main menu and character selection screens. The Mac server screenshot is from a previous site update, earlier this month. This week several GUI display and mouse input issues were resolved. We are continuing to move forward integrating more recent changes to the game and bringing our Mac code up to Mac OS X standards.
Although the web site doesn't mention any release dates, the site does mention that a press release from MacSoft, the publisher of the Mac version, regarding release dates and system requirements should be coming soon.

Bioware's NWN Mac Status Page
Neverwinter Nights
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Clone Campaigns Goes GM
10:14 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr's Chris Silman sent IMG a note this morning to let us know that Clone Campaigns, the expansion pack for Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds, has gone Golden Master. The expansion pack is now headed to duplication and will be available within the next few days.

Clone Campaigns allows players to choose to play as the breakaway Confederacy of Independent Systems or the Galactic Republic in 14 new missions based around characters, vehicles and locations from Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. You'll also be able to replay the original campaigns from Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds with air cruisers, power droids, and all the new upgrades and effects from the Clone Campaigns expansion pack.

Clone Campaigns requires the original Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds game. Both are available for order through the IMG web store.

IMG Preview: Clone Campaigns
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SWGB: Clone Campaigns

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New Master of Orion III Screens Released
10:06 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Game developer Quicksilver has just released 6 brand new, high resolution screenshots of their upcoming galactic diplomacy game, Master of Orion III. The screenshots feature 4 shots of the Foreign Office interface, one shot of the new game options menu, as well as an unexpected surprise.

You can check out the brand new screenshots from Quicksilver's official website. Master of Orion III is expected to be released sometime in Autumn 2002 for both Mac and PC. MacSoft will be covering the Mac version of the game.

More Screenshots and a Surprise
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The Gamesome Mac Talks with Mark Szymczyk
6:00 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

On tonight's broadcast of The Gamesome Mac, the weekly Mac gaming radio program, hosts Sean Smith and Omaha Sternberg talk with Mark Szymczyk, founder of Black Apple Software and author of the recently published book Mac Game Programming.

Sean and Omaha will also offer Mac gaming news, commentary, and reviews, and together with their guest will take questions from listeners and give away an autographed copy of Mark's book in The Gamesome Mac's live chat room.

The Gamesome Mac can be heard on Mondays from 6 to 8 pm Pacific Time, 9 to 11 pm Eastern (Tuesdays at 01:00 UTC) on You can tune in live at The Gamesome Mac's web page, linked below, where you'll also find complete archives of past broadcasts. QuickTime 5 or 6 and a 28 kbps or faster Internet connection are required.

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Mac Enemy Engaged in Beta
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A recent post to the IMG forums confirms the helicopter flight simulator Enemy Engaged: Comanche vs. Hokum is still underway for the Mac and, in fact, in beta testing now. Nicholas Shanks, programmer for Feral Interactive, notes that despite the long development cycle, they are making progress. There is still no definite release date, though:

It's currently in beta, though there's no ETA on a release date at the moment. The game has not been canned.
If you're curious about Enemy Engaged, be sure to have a look at the Feral web site, which contains screen shots, features and more.

IMG Forum: Enemy Engaged Status
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Mac Q3A v1.32 Test 4 Released
6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

id Software programmer/designer Grame Devine has released the newest point release of Quake 3: Arena for Mac. He notes that that the update is for testing purposes only, and only updates the input timing for slower computers:

I've put another update executable (the .sit file) up there for testing (update 4).

+ The only change here is an update to the input timing system for slower CPUs. DOOM3 stuff today however rocked.


If you own the full version of Quake 3: Arena, and would lke to give this latest update a try, you can download it off of id's official website.

Download: Q3A Mac 1.32 Test 4
Mac Point Release 1.32 Test 4 Released
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Kick Off 2002 v1.1 Released
6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Kick Off 2002, the soccer simulation game for the Mac has been updated to version 1.1 by publisher Virtual Programming and developer Coderus. The patch fixes numerous problems the previous version, including better support for gamepads and joysticks when using OS X 10.2. Here is a full list of changes:

Fixed that custom .wav files can be played.

Fixed a problem which effected some users, when trying to save highlights to the golden goals.

Fixes to joystick code for 10.2
Tested Joysticks.
Gravis Gamepad
MacAlly IShock II
Sateik P750 †(10.2 onwards only)
LogiTech Driving Force Steer wheel
ThrustMast Fox-2-Pro Joystick
Logitech Wingman Extreme joystick
Logitech Wingman Attack 2
Thrustmaster wheel.

You can download the latest version from the official website. A full version of KickOff 2002 is required.

Download: KickOff 2002 Patch 1.1
KickOff 2002

Mac Games News for Friday, October 11, 2002

MacPlay Releases New Patch for Fallout 23:56 PM
Study Finds On-Line Gaming Promotes Community Values3:50 PM
MacPlay to Distribute Feral Products in North America12:48 PM
One on One With Glenda Adams12:42 PM
Custer Seizes A New Desktop10:27 AM
.Mac Offers Alchemy Deluxe & Bejeweled9:55 AM
Dragon's Lair 3D Q&A9:55 AM
Mini Combat II Site Opens9:55 AM
Standalone Warcraft III 1.03 Patch Available9:55 AM
Vendetta Test 3.0.7 Released9:55 AM
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