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Tuesday, October 22, 2002

GameRanger 3.01 Released
8:59 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Scott Kevill has released an update to his popular online gaming service, GameRanger. The new version, bringing it to version 3.01, includes various fixes and changes. In order to grab the update, you must log onto GamerRanger to install the update. At this time there was no seperate download available to grab 3.01.

Here's a list of bug fixes and changes included in the 3.01 update:

  • Added type-selection to all list views
  • Increased voice chat limit to 20 seconds instead of 10
  • Added support for Page Up/Page Down/Home/End keys in icon views
  • Added support for Home and End keys for chat text view
  • Fixed buddy list occasionally starting hidden on launch
  • Worked around a bug in UT's server code
  • "Search Results" caption uses a smaller font now
  • Changed scrollwheel behaviour to accommodate 10.2's scrollwheel preferences
  • Main window can't be brought to front now after a connect-failed alert appears
  • List of online buddies wasn't updated occasionally when returning from a game
  • Unload all plug-ins before an auto-update
  • Chat entry field wasn't always highlighted after launching
  • Fixed End key not updating list views
  • Fixed warning that would sometimes occur changing sort column for game list view
  • Fixed crash from clicking a contextual menu on an empty chat text field
  • Fixed sorting by player name for server info view
  • GameRanger is a completely customized Macintosh-friendly environment for players to meet worthy opponents, organize and play games, discuss strategies, and exchange tricks and ideas. Persistent player accounts, profiles, chat rooms, game rooms, audio voice chat, paging, server lists and powerful filtering are just a handful of the features GameRanger offers.


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    IMG Chats With Cornered Rat Software
    12:40 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    In preparation for the retail Mac release of World War II Online next month, IMG chatted with Cornered Rat Software about this massively multiplayer online war sim. Producer Chris "Mo" Sherland answers questions about the gameplay specifics, future plans for the title, as well as the Mac version specifically.

    Here's a clip from the interview:

    IMG: How has the current Mac beta been progressing? Are you happy with the feedback you've been getting from OS X testers?

    Chris Sherland: The testing is going well, there are a few outstanding issues that are fairly trivial, but overall we are "ready to ship" WWIIOL as it stands. The Mac gaming community is clearly hungry for this title, and they show that in the beta by being very helpful and cooperative, it's been a very positive test overall.

    If you're unfamiliar with WWII Online, check out our extensive preview of this title. And don't forget to also check out the interview, also linked below.

    IMG Feature: World War II Online Interview
    IMG Preview: World War II Online
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    World War II Online

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    GameSpy Previews Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin
    9:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    GameSpy has posted a preview (note: the game was released in early October) of Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin. The sequel to the award winning Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord game, CMBB is a 1 or 2 player, hybrid turn-based/realtime 3D simulation of WWII tactical warfare on the Eastern Front, taking place from June 1941 through May 1945.

    Here's a snippet from the article:

    As with the original title, the game is centered on small unit tactics at the squad level. Like Close Combat or even the board game Advanced Squad Leader, the role you take in the game is about small engagements, and your successes or failures will have little to do with the overall success of your armies. But campaigns will once again play a role in the forces you'll carry over from mission to mission. Individual soldiers don't really win or lose wars; they fight to stay alive, and the game certainly conveys that message.
    If you're into tacticle war games, be sure to check the preview out. IMG will be posting a review of Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin shortly.
    Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin
    GameSpy Preview: Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin

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    IMG Store: Clone Campaigns Now Available
    9:41 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Clone Campaigns, the expansion pack to the popular strategy game from Aspyr Media, is now shipping from the IMG Store.

    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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    Apple Goes On A Sims Vacation
    9:34 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Our friends at the Apple games web site have posted a new feature on The Sims: Vacation, the recently-released expansion pack for Aspyr's The Sims. The expansion pack features fully customizable destinations such as Vacation Island's serene tropical beach resort, rustic woodland hideaway or the cool winter wonderland. The Sims can also interact with over 125 new items including the Snowman and the Camping Tent.

    Here's a clip from the article:

    Vacation gives your Sims six new interests — exercise, food, parties, style, Hollywood, technology, and romance — as well as over 40 new ways to interact, including the flying hug. If you send a family on vacation, watch the kids’ behavior; they may become more unruly than usual, which will cause the resort staff to complain to their parents.
    The Apple articles also includes some tips taken from Prima's offical strategy guide to The Sims: Vacation.

    Be sure to check out the article as well as IMG's review of the expansion pack by click on the links below.

    IMG Review: The Sims: Vacation
    Aspyr Media
    Westlake Interactive
    The Sims: Vacation
    Apple Feature: The Sims: Vacation
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    More Myst Online Details Revealed
    8:59 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    Gaming site Blue's News has noted the recent posting of a piece focusing on the upcoming Myst Online by The next evolution in the popular Myst series, Myst Online is focusing on providing a persistent online world set firmly in the Myst mythos that has become a trademark staple in the adventure gaming world.

    Interestingly enough, Myst Online's focus will be on a friendly, interactive world with a lack of competition, player killing, or gaining levels, something that places it firmly out of the realm of today's traditional MMORPGs. Instead, the developers plan on offering a series of ever-changing worlds to keep people interested:

    With the focus on discovery of new people and new worlds, Cyan have made the decision to keep the game fresh with constantly evolving worlds – new content updates for players to explore. As Rand Miller points out, "People want fresh content and new things every night." Just like TV networks offer their viewers, it is this philosophy which Cyan hope will give this game mass appeal. "I think to have mass-market appeal, you can't require the level of attention a lot of these online games demand," commented Miller. "Most people don't want to hang around with a thousand other people. They want to explore interesting places with a few of their friends."
    The preview further goes into detail regarding Cyan's plan, including daily updates, a new Age introduced every month, and Cities and Neighborhoods inhabitited by like-minded people. Also discussed are the inclusion of puzzles and mini-games for players to occupy themselves with. Those interested in futher details can find the full read at Ferrago.

    As for a Mac version, we have yet to hear any word of one. However, we've seen plenty of Myst titles make it to the Mac in the past, so we're hoping for good news on this one sometime in the future. - Myst Online Preview
    Myst Online: Uru Live

    Mac Games News for Monday, October 21, 2002

    IMG Reviews KickOff 20022:34 PM
    Jedi Knight II Goes GM, Shipping Soon11:20 AM
    Pangea's Brian Greenstone on The Gamesome Mac9:25 AM
    Arcane Arena Introduces Unlimited Access Account6:00 AM
    iMac FPS for WWIIOnline Sought6:00 AM
    Mac NWN 'Playable', New Screens6:00 AM
    Possible Elite Force Downtime6:00 AM
    Radeon 7000 Benchmarks Posted6:00 AM
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