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Thursday, February 6, 2003

Inside Mac Games Launches IMG Pro
9:08 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games today announced the launch of IMG Pro, a new subscriber version of the Inside Mac Games website. IMG Pro allows subscribers to turn off all advertisements, customize the homepage to show only the items you want, and set up a custom Watch List to notify you when new articles have been posted about items you're interested in. IMG Pro also features a choice of themes, and a new QuickSearch feature that lets you find what you're looking for, faster and easier. Best of all, an IMG Pro subscription gives you access to the same discounts as MacGames CD subscribers, and includes a free game with the purchase of a subscription.

"IMG Pro is something our readers have been dying for. The customizable home page, a brand new theme, the ability to turn off ads, and being able to order games through the popular IMG Store at a discount are just some of the cool features of IMG Pro", said Tuncer Deniz, the Publisher of Inside Mac Games. "And we've got even more great stuff planned for IMG Pro, such as hot downloads, more themes, and much more."

So does this mean that Inside Mac Games is taking away features and content from the free version of the site? Absolutely not. Unlike other subscriber sites, our goal with IMG Pro was not to take away content from our loyal readers, but to give "value-added" services to those who are interested.

Here's a listing of what IMG Pro includes:

  • Customizable Homepage
  • Custom Watch List (coming in a few days)
  • QuickSearch
  • Turn On/Off Advertisements
  • Cool New Themes
  • A Free Registration to Game Doctor
  • Discounts On Hot Games
  • A Free Game

Can I try it before I sign up?
Yes. You can get a one-week trial account starting today. Just head over the IMG Store and sign up for a trial subscription. You will need a credit card to sign up for a trial account; your credit card will be charged after a week, but you are free to cancel anytime before that at no charge.

How much does it cost?
An IMG Pro subscription costs $29/year. There is also a MacGames CD & IMG Pro bundle for $48. IMG Pro users have access to the same discounts in the IMG Store as MacGames CD subscribers.

What if I'm already a MacGames CD subscriber?
MacGames CD subscribers can sign up for IMG Pro for $19/year -- $10 off the regular price.

To learn more about IMG Pro, be sure to visit the IMG Pro page by following the link below.

Inside Mac Games

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IMG Reviews Logitech Z-340 Speakers
2:05 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Logitech has built up an impressive speaker lineup over the past few years. For the gamer whose budget is restricted to less than $100, they can choose from the Z-340 (2.1), Z-540 (4.1), and Z-640 (5.1). Moving up one tier gives you the 400 watt, THX-certified, Z-560 4.1 system. Logitech's latest and greatest system is the Z-680, which you can have for a cool $400 (twice the price of the Z-560). Today, Logitech's most humble speakers, the Z-340, will be put under the microscope. Here is an excerpt from the review:

I was surprised at the responsiveness of the speakers to the Japanese pop (Utada Hikaru) and rock music (U2, Live, The Cure) I played. For instance, while listening to Utada Hikaru the midrange and high end are fairly clear and crisp, which was accentuated by electric guitars and violins or a high pitch note held by the female performer. At higher volumes, these notes can be almost piercing, but the details in some recordings were lost due to the single small driver.
For more information on the Z-340, read the rest of the review.

IMG Review: Logitech Z-340

CrystalSpace Named Project of the Month
11:15 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story, the open source developemnt web site, has named CrystalSpace its Project of the Month for the month of February. CrystalSpace is a free 3D game engine that runs on multiple platforms including MacOS X, Linux, and Windows.

Jorrit Tyberghein began developing the engine back in 1997 and since then has garnered quite a following with over 600 people subscribing to its mailing list.

Jorrit explains how he got started in the project:

I started out of frustration :-) I saw Doom and then I saw Quake. And I couldn't understand how they managed to do that. So I started researching on the Internet, I guess you could say Crystal Space is born out of that research. On August 1997 the project was first published on the Internet. I started conceptual work about 8 months prior to that and started actually developing on Crystal Space around June of 1997.
To learn more about this interesting game engine, head over to the SourceForge web site.

Project of the Month: Crystal Space

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Warbirds Updated to 02.04.03
9:08 AM | Tim Morgan | Comment on this story

Developer iEntertainment updated its popular massively-multiplayer flight sim, Warbirds II, bringing it to version 02.04.03. The new version fixes a number of bugs in the World War II-era online simulation, as detailed by the installer's Read Me file:

  • Skin limit viewable on PDC dropdown box now set to 200

  • PDC Skin list now alphabetized

  • Number of Wingmen may now be specified for both offline and online separately

  • UI reflects offline # when offline/online # when online

  • ACMcam CTD when starting cam fixed

  • Problem with UI mapper not displaying 'Flight' info

  • Armored Assault GV physics and damage behaviour folded in

  • ARENAFLAGS bit 1 now controls whether drones have a '*' in their icon

  • WarBirds scripting language for mission editor files

  • Misc ME script fixes

  • .mbl paths should now work correctly regardless of directory delimiter

Warbirds III allows players to battle each other over Western Europe in a persistent online environment set during World War II. The prolific pay-for-play simulation also has growing support for land and sea battles.

iEntertainment Network
WarBirds III
Warbirds III 02.04.03 Update

IMG Web Server Issues Resolved
9:08 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Late yesterday the IMG web server suddenly became unreachable. After some digging, we found out that our ISP had changed their IP address blocks, but failed to notify us beforehand that we needed to change our IP address. In any case, we've now updated to our new IP address and slowly people will be able to reach the IMG and MGF web sites again as their ISP DNS entries are updated (this usually takes about 24 hours).

We'd like to apologize for this rather abrupt inconvenience. Our ISP promises to never do that again without letting us know ;)

GameRanger 3.1.2 Update Released
9:08 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Late yesterday, Scott Kevill updated his popular online gaming service, GameRanger to version 3.1.2. The latest update includes automatic game detection under Mac OS X as well as a number of other fixes and updates.

Here's a complete list of what's included in 3.1.2:

  • Game detection is now automatic under Mac OS X. "Scan for Games" removed
  • Validates expired e-mail addresses so users will update them
  • Chat sounds are now muted while chat view is collapsed
  • Tweaked some font heights in Mac OS 9
  • Dock is now restarted to eliminate duplicate GR icons during auto-update
  • Fixed some Extra Options for hosting with SiN and Wages of SiN
  • Fixed Team FFA for Jedi Knight II
  • Fixed Quake 3 joining GameRanger games on Mac OS 9
  • Fixed problems with FutureCop and Civ II Gold
  • To get the latest GameRanger update, simply log on to the service and GameRanger will automatically download and install the latest update.


    Virtual Grand Prix 2, Player Manager 2003 Announced
    9:08 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

    A quick note from Virtual Programming brings news that the company's main website has been updated recently with a new look. Unfortunately, non-IE browser users may be out of luck at the moment, because the updated site doesn't seem to support Safari or Gecko-based browsers. The good news is that they are announcing two new games this month: Virtual Grand Prix 2 and Player Manager 2003.

    Virtual Grand Prix 2 is a Formula One racing simulator, presumably based on the original game for the Amiga system. According to Virtual Programming's site, it features an advanced car dynamics model as well as arcade and multiplayer modes. For more information or some early screenshots, have a look at their mini-site. According to the company, Virtual Grand Prix 2 will be released later this month for Mac OS X.

    Player Manager 2003 is a brand-new title from football (soccer) game-makers, Anco (known for their KickOff series of games). This title puts players in the role of manager, making major decisions for their club. It's not strictly a text game, though. Anco has rolled the same 3D engine from the KickOff series into the Player Manger 2003, so managers will have to watch each move in the match very carefully to see how their players are reacting.

    Here's a list of features with more:

    • Manage any team in any of the four English divisions
    • All teams have three squads: First, reserve and Youth teams
    • Interact with your players; view statistics and performance information
    • See coach reports, scout players, negotiate contracts ans see what your own fans think of your players
    • Buy, sell and loan players from around the world
    • Compete in up to six cup competitions including the FA and League cups and the European competitions
    • Each player has physical and personality statistics and attributes
    • Experience, confidence, morale and fitness all affect performance
    • Actually SEE the changes you make in the stunning 3D match engine
    No release date has yet been announced for Player Manager 2003. Stay tuned to IMG for more on both of these new titles as Virtual Programming moves into 2003.

    Virtual Programming
    Player Manager 2003

    Mac Games News for Wednesday, February 5, 2003

    IMG Reviews CPU Upgrades from Giga Designs, Sonnet12:25 PM
    Phelios Releases Androkids9:29 AM
    Apple Examines Bugdom 29:17 AM
    Gamespy Q&As Warren Spector7:57 AM
    Shadowbane War Journal7:57 AM
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