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Monday, February 3, 2003

Freeverse Board Games Released
8:44 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software recently released its anticipated Freeverse Board Games series for the Mac. The series offers a variety of well-known titles and game types, including the following:

  • 4 In A Row - race to light up four buttons in a row before your opponent.
  • 7th Fleet - hide your ships, and fire away! Destroy your opponent's fleet before you take a trip to Davey Jones' locker.
  • Draughts - known in the US as checkers, all your favorite double-jumping action is back. King me!
  • Chess - one of the world's most famous board games.
  • Go - conquer the board and surround your opponent's pieces in this classic game.
  • Mancala - the simple yet subtle African game of stones.
  • Reversi - Reversi makes its triumphant return. Flip over your opponent's pieces and go for those corners!
  • Tic Tac Toe - it's like being back in elementary school, only online!
All of the titles, which are free of charge and available for download, feature online play via Freeverse's GameSmith matching service. They also feature Emotidolls technology, through which players can express their feelings online via on-screen humanoid icons.

Those interested in downloading these new games can find them at Freeverse's site.

Freeverse Board Games
Freeverse Press Release - Freeverse Board Games at 1.0!

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M-Audio Revolution 7.1 Drivers Updated
5:28 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

M-Audio has posted new drivers for the Revolution 7.1their new consumer sound card. This update is recommended for all users and fixes all known installation and permission issues, including erroneous report that startup disk is too full, control panel bounces and quits immediately and permissions issues with multiple users. Also included is the addition of a launcher in the System Preferences for easy access to the control panel, as well as all previous SRS and input monitoring fixes.

You can download the new drivers from M-Audio's website or the mirror listed below.

Download Revolution 7.1 1.2.3 Drivers (3.8 MB)
Mirror: Revolution 7.1 1.2.3 Drivers (3.8 MB)
Revolution 7.1

IMG Interviews Destineer's Peter Tamte
11:52 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Last week Peter Tamte's Destineer Studios announced a blockbuster deal in which it had acquired MacSoft from Infogrames. Overall the deal has been met with great enthusiam within the Mac community. IMG recently caught up with Tamte to discuss the deal and its impact on the Macintosh market.
Here's a clip from the interview:

IMG: Can you explain to our readers how this deal came about and how long has this acquisition been in the works?

Tamte: We got serious about acquiring MacSoft in mid November. We tried hard to get the deal closed before Macworld Expo, so we could announce it at the show, but there were some last-minute approvals and legal issues that needed to be dealt with.

Be sure to check out the rest of the interview by following the link below.

IMG Feature: Peter Tamte Talks MacSoft Buyout
Destineer Studios

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Uplink Interview
8:44 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Gaming site Gamer's Hell recently conducted an interview with Thomas Arundel of Introversion Software, with the focus of the interview being on Introversion's first title, Uplink. This unique game puts gamers in the persona of a skilled hacker who accepts various jobs throughout his career, which eventually culminate into deciding the fate of the Internet itself.

For those wondering how the game itself plays, Arundel offers a description of a sample mission:

You connect by bouncing your signal off 15 other computers and, bang, you're in. But the trace tracker is beeping at you. You've got 30 seconds . . . 20 seconds and you've found the guy . . . 10 seconds and you've changed his criminal record - now he's doing life for murder . . . 5 seconds and you're deleting the log files, the trace tracker is frantically beeping at you, barely keeping up with your heart rate . . . your mouse is a blur as you scrabble to disconnect with half a second to spare. A minute later (having sped up game time) you check the news and your victim has been arrested. You check your bank and it's 5,000 credits up, it's time to buy some shares and tinker with the Stock Market before your next mission.
Interestingly enough, Arundel notes that Uplink has been complimented by IT professionals, hackers, and Linux users as well as gamers. However, he adds that the game offers a simplified overview of hacking, making it accessible to non-hackers as well.

The rest of the interview covers topics such as the ethics of hacking, released extensions, and more on the gameplay itself. Those interested can find the full read at Gamer's Hell.

As reported earlier this month by IMG, Ambrosia has announced its intentions to publish a Mac version of Uplink, which is currently in the works by Contraband. Contraband's site currently lists its status as "Very Soon."

Gamer's Hell - Uplink Interview
Contraband Entertainment
Ambrosia Software

MacSoft & Immersion on The Gamesome Mac
8:44 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

Tonight on The Gamesome Mac, the weekly Mac gaming radio program, hosts Sean Smith and Omaha Sternberg talk with Al Schilling, senior product manager of MacSoft, about the Mac publishing label's acquisition by Destineer Studios.

Schilling has been with MacSoft since shortly after its founding a decade ago by Mac gaming magnate Peter Tamte. Over much of the past ten years, MacSoft reigned supreme as the foremost publisher of Mac gaming software, releasing such blockbusters as Duke Nukem 3D, Quake, and the Civilization series.

MacSoft was acquired by Infogrames in 1999, and in difficult financial circumstances last year, Infogrames retrenched, focusing on its Windows and console markets and neglecting the Mac. In the meantime, Tamte went on to found Destineer, which had been publishing Mac games under its Bold label, and last week he announced that his company has purchased MacSoft from Infogrames.

MacSoft is now poised to release a string of impressive titles in 2003: Unreal Tournament 2003, Master of Orion III, Neverwinter Nights, Dungeon Siege, and Halo, along with five more unannounced games.

Also tonight, Sean and Omaha talk with Dr Dean Chang, chief technology officer of Immersion, about the inclusion in Mac OS X Jaguar of his company's TouchSense force feedback technology, announced by Steve Jobs at last month's Macworld Expo.

Sean and Omaha will also offer Mac gaming news, commentary, and reviews, and together with their guest will take questions from listeners in The Gamesome Mac's live chat room and give away some great games.

The Gamesome Mac can be heard on Mondays from 6 to 8 pm Pacific Time, 9 to 11 pm Eastern (Tuesdays at 0200 UTC) on You can tune in live at The Gamesome Mac's web page, 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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IMG News: Destineer Acquires MacSoft

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Mac NWN Progress
8:44 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

BioWare recently made a small update to their Neverwinter Nights Mac status page. The update notes that they are currently putting the finishing touches on some video issues.

Here's the full update:

[Jan 31 2003] With most of the video driver issues resolved, we are now working with Apple to finalize these fixes. We are testing out the current developer's seed and things look promising. Aside from these developments, bug fixing continues in ernest.
For those unfamiliar with Neverwinter Nights, it is BioWare's latest Dungeons & Dragons-based Role-Playing Game, featuring a brand new 3D engine along with an immersive story and extensive multiplayer options. Neverwinter Nights is currently in full development for the Mac and will be published by MacSoft. Although no definite release date is set, stay tuned to IMG for more info as Neverwinter Nights nears completion.

Mac NWN Progress
Neverwinter Nights
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Omni Group Updates Oni X
8:44 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

The Omni Group has posted a new version of their Mac OS X port of Oni, which finally fixes the long standing "freezing" bug. Version 1.36 also resets the mouse speed to the original value after quitting and helps with sound skipping in-game. Here are the details from Omni's Oni page:

  • Fixed bug #6131: Oni hangs or "freezes" (due to audio threads).
  • You can now configure the SoundChannelProcessorTimeoutInterval setting in defaults, which should let people tune that interval to eliminate skips. For now, changed the default value of that setting to 1/100th of a second rather than 1/20th, since bug #6980 says that sound stutters with the 1/20th second timeout.
  • Fixed bug #3080: Mouse speed not reset to original value after playing game. (This also affected the user's keyboard repeat settings.)
For more information on Oni or to grab the latest download, check out the Omni Group game page.

Omni Group Oni Page
Download Oni 1.0 v1.36 (1.8 MB)
Bungie Studios
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Mac Games News for Friday, January 31, 2003

Rolling Marbles Released9:10 AM
Red Line NASCAR Racing League Starts Up9:03 AM
Custer's Off to the Races8:55 AM
Apolyton's Master of Orion III Preview, Part 48:31 AM
Apple Takes a Look at Sheep8:31 AM
Aspyr January Newsletter Released8:31 AM
Destineer Acquires MacSoft8:31 AM
Freeverse Software Ships Payback in North America8:31 AM
Lucas Consolidates8:31 AM
Warcraft III Updates Available8:31 AM
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