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Pangea Releases Bugdom 2
1:15 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Pangea Software today announced the release of their newest all-ages adventure title, Bugdom 2. More than just a sequel, Bugdom 2 introduces many new characters, more gameplay styles, and a new hero in the grasshopper Skip.

A demo is now available on Macgamefiles, while the full version (weighing in at 120MB) can also be downloaded for those with a fast connection. The downloaded version costs $30 while the CD-ROM version will be availalbe on November 15 for $35. Schools will also be able to take advantage of the free site licenses made available for past Pangea titles (see their site for details).

Here are the system requirements for Bugdom 2:

    iMac DV/400 or PowerMac G3/266
    128MB RAM
    ATI Rage 128 video accelerator with at least 8MB of VRAM.
    Mac OS 9, Mac OS 10.1, or higher.
Be sure to head over to Macgamefiles now and grab the 31.3MB demo. Be sure to read through IMG's preview of the game just posted this week for more details on what Bugdom 2 is all about and look for a full review very soon.

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NCSoft Interview
1:15 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Online gaming community has just posted an exclusive interview with NCSoft's very own Richard Garriot and Starr Long. In the exclusive interview Garriot and Long give readers an inside scoop at their history at NCSoft: how they started out, what it's like to be a game developer, and more. Also covered is an in depth look at the history of MOGs (Massive Online Games), what has gone and past, what's still alive and kicking, and what the future holds for online gaming.

Here's an excerpt from the interview:

Lineage: The Bloodpledge is an international phenomenon. CNN just named Korea the bandwidth capital of the world, and online gaming as one of the reasons that the Koreans need that kind of access. How well is the popularity for Lineage translating to our "there are still some people out there with 14.4 modems" shores?

(Richard Garriot): When it comes to the web, I am often in awe of Korea, and disappointed in the US. After years of the US leading in computer games development and in market size, we are now way behind in both for Online games. The Korean government's investment in infrastructure, and the simultaneous immergence of Lineage and Internet game rooms, has driven them well ahead. Frankly the US shows only weak signs of even trying to close the gap.

Be sure to check out the full interview for more information, insights, and maybe even a few laughs.

Interview with Richard Garriott and Starr Long

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Civ 3 Add-On Previewed
1:15 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Popular video gaming website GameSpot has posted an exclusive preview on Firaxis Games's upcoming expansion pack to the popular Civilization III, Civilization III: Play The World.

The preview discusses many new features Play The World will feature. Multiplayer in general, diplomacy, the various new game play modes, and a whole lot more.

Here's a sneak peak of what's inside:

Play the World's revolutionary turnless mode adds quick, intense multiplayer to Civilization III.

The revolutionary new turnless multiplayer mode is arguably Play the World's biggest attraction, as it creates what is in essence a real-time multiplayer mode in a turn-based game. Turnless mode accomplishes this feat by using a turn clock, which tracks the progression of time through a timed cycle. After you move a unit, you must wait for the turn clock to return to the same point in the cycle before you can move your unit again. But because you are moving units at any point in the cycle and then returning to them one revolution later, it's actually very fluid.

You can find out a whole lot more in the full preview. Civilization III: Play the World is scheduled for release in the US October 2002 for PCs. While no Mac version is planned at the moment, you can find out more information about the original Civilization III by checking out MacSoft's website, or IMG's very own review. We'll keep you posted on any further news.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, October 15, 2002

IMG Moving Today, Slight Down Time9:50 AM
MacGames CD 9 In Duplication9:47 AM
Apple Hosts Pop-Pop Trailer6:00 AM
F1 Championship Due November 86:00 AM
New Abducted Q&A Posted6:00 AM
Quake X 1.0.9 Update6:00 AM
Shadowbane Team Discusses Feature Characters6:00 AM
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