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Thursday, October 31, 2002

Last Day for Golf Tourney Signups
9:01 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

The Mac-in-One Virtual Open, an online golf tournament benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation is almost here. The tournament begins on October 31st and entry donations are $25 for the Championship division and $15 for the Pro Division. All of the money will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

In addition to the donation, players will need the following to participate in the tournament: a copy of Bold's Links Championship Edition, a copy of Hotline Connect, and an understanding of the Links Golf Community rules.

Players will be eligible for some outstanding prizes. Prizes include the Adobe Web Collection, various flavors of ATI Radeons, Palm Handhelds, titles from Aspyr Media, Destineer Studios, Freeverse, and MacPlay, Kensington mice and more! There are roughly $5,000 in prizes, that's well worth the small entry donations.

Inside Mac Games and Michael Phillips, the tournament's coordinator, would like to thank the companies mentioned for their generous donations.

To sign-up for the tournament, head over to the Mac-in-One web site. Time's running out, so sign-up, help out a great cause and win some kickin' prizes! Prove that gamers CAN do a little good for society, SIGN-UP AND PLAY!

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Vektor3 Updated to 3.1.7
11:24 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Vektor3, the award-winning chess program exclusively for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 3.1.7. The new update includes Italian localization, fixes in scripting, as well as other various fixes and changes.

Here is a full list of fixes and changes, courtesy of MacGameFiles:


• Italian localization by Aldo Jun Manfroi
• the Forward button now uses a popup menu for variations
• replaying games now doesn't always jump to the beginning of the game so that replaying can be paused
• speaking annotations now skips comments inside variations
• fixed a problem with launching AppleScripts from within the Help in Mac OS X 10.2
• fixed a problem with the AutoPlay script

You can download the newest version of Vektor3 off MacGameFiles. You can find more information about the game on its official website.

Download Vektor3 3.1.7

Tivola Releases Chemicus
9:01 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Kid-friendly and Mac-friendly game maker Tivola has recently released their newest title, Chemicus. The game appears to be a graphical adventure game that tells the story of a young scientist who finds an amulet to unlock the doors to a forgotten land. Not long after, the scientist is captured by hooded men claiming he has disrupted the balance between our two worlds. Thus, the player is thrown into the world of Chemiscus to discover its mysteries and to find the scientist...

Here's a snippet from Tivola's press release:

Tivola Publishing released Chemicus: Journey to the Other Side as the first title under the new Tivola Entertainment label. “Chemicus is an adventure game and offers entertainment that will appeal to a broad segment of the gaming community.” Says CEO Carlo Voelker. He further comments, “Our aim is to offer challenging gameplay in a virtual world that players can feel immersed in.” Players must search, explore and experiment to move through various levels of gameplay. Knowledge chips hidden in the game offer facts that players will need in order to unlock the secrets of Chemicus.

Chemicus Features:
- Multiple levels of graphically stunning, fantasy environments to discover
- Hours of breathtaking 3D movies and original atmospheric music on 2 CD-ROMS
- Complex challenges in intriguing settings offer hours of meticulous exploration and gameplay

The Requirements for the Game are:
MAC: OS 8.1 or higher and at least 64mb of Ram
233 MHz Power PC, G3,50 MB free hard disk space,
32 bit color graphics card, CD-ROM drive 8x speed
Quicktime 5 (included)

For more information on Tivola and Chemicus, follow the link below to Tivola's Website.


MacExpo to Feature Games Zone
9:01 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Keeping up with a trend started by Apple at previous Macworld shows, next month's MaxExpo, which will be taking place in Islington, London, will feature an Apple-run gaming zone.

European gamers should be happy to hear that several A-list titles will be shown at the show, including Aliens vs Predator 2 and Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. Other titles include Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and Return to Castle Wolfenstein.

Macworld UK grabbed some quotes from show director Richard Hease, who states: "Looking at last year's visitor numbers and the impact the games zone had at AppleExpo Paris, we believe this area will be a massive hit with our visitors."

Those looking for more information on the upcoming MacExpo can find it all at the official website.

Macworld UK - MacExpo boss reveals games zone

Logitech Announces New THX Speakers
9:01 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Mac gamers out there who demand excellent sound while playing will be happy to know that computer peripheral maker Logitech has released a new set of speakers, called the Z-680, to be its flagship system in their award-winning Z-Series. It boasts such impressive features as realistic 5.1 surround sound and ability to easily connect to any audio device. One of the most interesting features is the THX-certifications. THX is a standard devised by LucasFilms in the 80s for movie theaters' sound systems and audiophiles' home theatres, but now the same quality can be had on the consumer level.

Here's an excerpt of the press release:

The Z-680 is a THX-certified, 5.1-surround sound system with 450 watts of RMS power.  Its high-end features include:
* Eight-inch, long throw subwoofer driver with a flared bass port for powerful, distortion-free bass.
* Dolby® Pro Logic II for creating realistic 5.1 surround sound from stereo music, movies and games.
* Digital optical and coaxial inputs, as well as six channel analog inputs, for simple connection to nearly any audio device
* Digital SoundTouch™ Control Center with a wireless remote, for easy adjustment of the speaker controls from anywhere in the room. 

“Last year, with the introduction of the Z-Series speakers, Logitech established itself as a top player in the multimedia speaker market,” said Bob Wick, senior vice president and general manager of Logitech´s Audio Division.  “This year we plan to raise the bar for high-end multimedia speakers, with the introduction of the Z-680.  This 5.1 system will surpass the competition by offering a single system that is THX-certified, includes Dolby Digital and DTS hardware decoding, and simultaneously connects to four different audio sources.  The extraordinary power this system brings to both the desktop and the living room will revolutionize the multimedia speaker market.”

THX certification involves rigorous testing of sound performance, user interface and construction. With the launch of its second THX-certified speaker, Logitech is underscoring its commitment to providing superior clarity and power in a multimedia sound system.   “We are extremely pleased with Logitech´s entry into the 5.1 speaker market with the Z-680 speaker system,” said Mark Paddack, director of sales for THX. “All speakers that receive THX certification must meet stringent performance parameters, including: bandwidth, frequency balance, peak sound pressure levels and the ability to play up to their rated output level. The Z-680 exceeded all requirements, and has received the THX seal of approval.”

Such a powerful system would easily greatly enhance the experience of any Mac gamer. For more information on Logitech , or to read the press release, follow the links below.

Logitech Releases the Z-680

Only Mortal 2.0b4 Released
9:01 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Only Mortal, the popular game server browser tool for Mac, has been updated to version 2.0b4, adding many new features as well as various improvements. Some of the changes include support for Aspyr's newly released Jedi Knight 2, improved launching times, support for the Punkbuster filter in Quake 3, and more. Here is a full list of changes, courtesy of VersionTracker:


What's new in this version:

* Added Jedi Knight 2.
* Added check for operating system as OM requires 10.2.
* Added column re-ordering in the document tables.
* Updated Quake 3 preferences to make 1.32 (protocol 68) the default.
* Added punk buster filter to Quake 3.
* Improved string matching for map and player name filters.
* Improved launching times for the application.
* Added "Select" button to allow selection of games using open panel in preferences.
* Added "hide", "quit" and "do nothing" to on launching game preferences.
* Included developer SDK for Carbon games.

To download Only Mortal 2.0b4, follow the link attached to this article. Note that Apple's newest OS, Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar is required to run the latest version of Only Mortal. Users of Mac OS X 10.1 can download an earlier version of the software. For more information about OM, you can check out the official homepage.

Download Only Mortal 2.0b4
Download Only Mortal 1.08 (for 10.1.x)
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, October 30, 2002

MacGames CD 9 Ships1:55 PM
Developers On Mac Demos12:36 PM
Aspyr Newsletter: Ghost Recon Shipping11:00 AM
Unofficial MacPlay Progress Report10:37 AM
Aleph One Carbon Update with TCP/IP Support9:35 AM
NVIDIA Attending IndieGamesCon9:35 AM
ATI Releases Updated October Drivers6:00 AM
ChickenShoot Announced for the Mac6:00 AM
EverQuest At Alpha; Two New Westlake Secrets6:00 AM
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