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Friday, February 28, 2003

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Armored Assault Open Beta Released
8:22 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The iEntertainment Network has released an open beta of Armored Assault for Mac OS X. Armored Assault puts you in the driver's seat of a powerful World War II tank where you can enjoy immersive offline missions or battle it out with hundreds of players from around the world in one of several online arenas.

In a post to IMG's Forum, iEN Game Designer Matt Davis details the open beta:

We're opening up the Armored Assault Arena for FREE this coming weekend ( Feb. 28 - Mar. 2 ). During this time all accounts, including FREE accounts will be able to fight in the arena.

We will be running special events and contests for free t-shirts, free online time and test qualifications for our proposed $5000 cash Tank Squadron tournament.

The arena will be set to FREE during this time so everyone can play. If you don't have a current account with iEN you can either create a FREE account here or try our new two week free offer.

If you are already a WarBirds or Armored Assault subscriber, or have created a free account in the past you are already able to play in this event. There is no need to create an additional account.
We were unable to find any system requirements for Armored Assault. The only thing that is mentioned is that it requries Mac OS X (sorry, no mentions of which versions of Mac OS X will work). Links to the sign-up page, information on Armored Assault, as well as the 115 MB download is available below.

If you do try out the Armored Assault beta, be sure to stop back in the IMG Forum to post your impressions of the game.

iEntertainment Network
Armored Assault
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Armored Assault Open Beta (115 MB)
IMG Forum: Armored Assault: Open Beta for Mac OS X

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Blah, Blah, Blah Mutant Storm
6:55 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah Pom Pom's shareware hit, Mutant Storm. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah 80s, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah Pom Pom's Mutant Storm. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah Williams' RoboTron, Smash TV, blah Jeff Minters Llamatron, Mutant Storm's blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah:

Mutant Storm's developer, Pom Pom, describes its product as "inspired by Williams classic RoboTron, Smash TV, and Jeff Minters fantastic Llamatron". For those who are not aware of these titles, let me give you the quick low down of Mutant Storm's general gameplay. You are placed into the cockpit of an advanced space craft with only one key objective: eliminate the enemy at all costs. Using two control schemes, one to move your ship, the other to control the direction of fire, you cruise around in a large shaped world, collecting power-ups and blasting the baddies with your dual lasers (as well as other weapons you can get your hands on), all while trying not to get blasted yourself.
Blah, blah, blah...blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...tgif...

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IMG Store: Pre-Order Dungeon Siege, 10 Percent Off Ending...
12:42 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

MacSoft's upcoming epic role-playing game, Dungeon Siege, is now available for pre-order through the IMG Store. If you're an IMG Pro/MacGames CD subscriber, you can pre-order it for $44, while non-subscribers can pick it up for $49.

Here's a bit more info on Dungeon Siege:

The entire world of Dungeon Siege has been created in full, magnificent 3D. Every player, creature, building, tree, and patch of land is a fully three-dimensional object that has been blended together to create an engrossing, lush, and realistic environment for your adventures.

Peering down from a ledge upon your enemies in the valley below, crossing a wooden bridge over a wide chasm, or climbing to the top of a ten story tower, the world of Dungeon Siege has been designed to truly extend in all dimensions, giving you strategic advantages of height and gorgeous views of the world that will keep you moving onwards to see what lies ahead.

Using the custom built Siege Engine continuous world technology the only loading screen you will ever see is when you load up the game. After that you can seamlessly travel all over the Kingdom of Ehb without waiting for a new area to load. This also includes traveling from the lush outdoors into the darkest dungeon, since as you enter the dungeon the outside will slowly fade away as the dungeon walls fade in, all in real time.
MacSoft has not published the official requirements for Dungeon Siege. We do know, however, that DS will be for Mac OS X only. When the official requirements are made available, we will let all those who pre-order the game know via e-mail what they are.

Ten Percent Off Ends Today: Don't forget that all orders through the IMG Store will get 10 percent off automatically (which drops the price to $39.60 and $44.10 for subscribers and non-subscribers, respectively). This offer ends today, so be sure to place your order today.

Westlake Interactive
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IMG 10th Anniversary: Giveaway Ends Today!
12:32 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG's 10th Year Giveaway Celebration wraps up tonight at midnight. We'll be giving away two free games everyday (You only need to enter the giveaway once. Not everyday).

Don't forget, when you enter the IMG 10th Anniversay giveaway, you'll also be automatically entered to win a brand new gaming system complete with a new Apple G4, speakers, joysticks, mice, game pads, and games.

Prizes are courtesy of our friends at Aspyr Media, MacPlay, MacSoft, Feral Interactive, Freeverse Software, Ambrosia Software, Xgaming, Altec Lansing, Midiland, MacAlly, and Microsoft.

The enter the giveaway, head over to the IMG giveaway page below.

Here's a list of the winners so far:

February 11th - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
Wil Caine and Eric Rirmer

February 12th - Soldier of Fortune II
Erik Thiessen and Erik Loyer

February 13th - F1 Champsionship Season 2000
Teagon Murrary and Peter Gallo

February 14th - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Trevor Buchanan and Elam Birnbaum

February 15th - Dungeon Siege
Scot Ohl and Ken Sharp

February 16th - Payback
Thomas Matthews and Timothy Neville

February 17th - Escape Velocty: Nova
Matthew Green and Todd Weaver

February 18th - No One Lives Forever
Wes Ringquist and Eric Mayou

February 19th - Black & White Platinum Pack
Frank Johnson and J.R. Melvin

February 20th - Master of Orion III
Jeff Hegedus and Jean M. Feuillet

February 21st - Nascar Racing 2002
Alex Mambach and Philip Routley

February 22nd - Bugdom 2
Chris Winckler and John Riemer

February 23rd - Wipeout 2097
Evan Warner and Eugene Ashton-Gonzalez

February 24th - Jedi Knight II
Alex Herbstritt and Eric Golbek

February 25th - Bugdom 2
Kevin Goetz and Tom Metallo

February 26th - Links Championship Edition
Jonathan Howe and Yen Lee

February 27th - Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003
John Dimock and Brian Check

February 28th - Super Computer Bundle
Will be announced Monday

IMG 10th Anniversary Giveaway

Freeverse Posts Updated Versions of Board Games
11:20 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software, publisher of many quality shareware titles, recently released updates for their line of freely downloadable board games. The board games include such classics as Chess, Tic Tac Toe, Reversi, Draughts (checkers), along with 4 in a Row, 7th Fleet, Go, and Mancala. The games have been updated to work with GameSmith 3.3, along with making a number of small bug fixes.

Here's a snippet from the official announcement:

Freeverse Software today posted updated versions of the Freeverse Board Games series for Apple Macintosh computers. The games, which are offered as freeware, offer online play and ranking via the recently released GameSmith 3.3 multiplayer network libraries.

"We're excited about bringing Gamesmith 3.3 to the Freeverse Board Games," said Ian Lynch Smith, President of Freeverse. "Now gamers can experience the power of the new GameSmith with these classics that have been taking the Mac gaming community by storm."

Freeverse Board Games are the first to feature Freeverse's new Emotidolls technology, which allows users to express emotions across the network online via aquafied on-screen dolls. The new features introduced in GameSmith 3.3 include LAN play (Zero-Config), chat coloring, more powerful preference settings, AFK feature, many community-demanded features and numerous bug fixes.

For more information on the board games, or to read the full announcement, follow the links below.

Freeverse Posts Updated Versions of Freeverse Board Games
Freeverse Board Games

Gamespot Posts Master Of Orion III Impression
8:03 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

PC gaming mega-site Gamespot has recently posted a hands-on impression of the high-profile strategy game following it's PC release last Tuesday. The article goes to great lengths explaining the appeal of this sequel, and highlights the progress made between this and the previous instalment of the franchise:

The appeal of Master of Orion III is that it puts the player in control of a space-faring empire with the ambition to become the dominant force in the galaxy. Quicksilver put a lot of effort into creating extensive AI automation to reduce micromanagement, and allow you to focus on high-level decisions and ship movements. As a result, the game features an incredible level of economic detail that you don't really have to deal with, and many turns can be ended without intervening at all... Master of Orion III distinguishes itself from its predecessors in more ways than just this automation system, and certainly the scale of the game is larger than ever. Despite the presence of a "quick game" option in the main menu, there is no such thing as a short game of Master of Orion III--the quick game button just skips the not-terribly complicated game setup screen.
The Mac port, published by marketing veterans MacSoft, is expected to be released shortly. Stay tuned to IMG as more news on this exiting new title develops.

IMG Preview: Master of Orion III
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Fool's Errand Sequel Update; New April Fool's Treasure Hunt
8:03 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Puzzle-meister, game designer, and all-around wacky guy Cliff Johnson has released the second issue of The Fool's Gold, a monthly newsletter charting the progress of his upcoming sequel to one of the most original puzzle games ever to grace our platform: The Fool's Errand.

Entitled The Fool And His Money, the new version will continue the story of the wandering fool as he travels through the countryside, trying desperately to rid himself of a deck of magic (or... cursed?) tarot cards. The new puzzles will continue along the style set by the original game over fifteen years ago, promising to be just as diabolical as they were the first time around. The sequel, expected to be released Halloween Night on both the Mac and PC platforms, can be pre-ordered for $25 US from the game's website.

Also in the newsletter, Cliff has announced The First Annual April Fool's Day Treasure Hunt Errand. Starting on the Ides of March (that's March 15th for the rest of us), Cliff will be dropping clues to the treasure hunt on his website. The contest, which ends on April Fool's Day, has a grand reward: free Cliff Johnson games for the rest of his (Cliff's) life.

Stay tuned to IMG for more info on this long-awaited sequel. In the meantime, click on the links below for access to The Fool's Gold website, or for free downloads of three of Cliff Johnson's previous games.

Careful, however; the latest beta of Safari seems to have some difficulties in displaying the site.

Fool's Errand Sequel Announced
The Fool And His Money
Cliff Johnson's Fool's Errand Website
Games Downloads: The Fool's Errand, 3 in Three, At The Carnival

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Aspyr's Tiger Woods 2003 Official Web Page Up
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Aspyr has recently posted an official page for the Mac version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003. Officially announced back in January, this golf title features a wealth of real-life golf courses and pro golfers, including Ty Tryon, Jesper Parnevik, and Tiger Woods himself.

Here's a clip from the new mini-site detailing the new Career Mode:

New in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2003 is a Career Mode that completely immerses the player into a rags to riches, struggle to the top game; players can create their own custom golfer and develop their skills through competitions and challenges against amateur and PGA TOUR opponents. New rendering effects allow the grass to grow around your feet, making the rough rougher; weather effects let you feel the sun, the wind and the chill as the fog rolls in. Are you ready to become golf's most recognized golfer?
We don't have an official release date nailed down yet, but we do have our hands on a beta. Look to IMG for a preview of this title sometime in the near future.

And don't forget that you can pre-order Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 through the IMG Store.

Aspyr Media
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Revolution Drivers Updated to 1.2.4
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

M-Audio has updated their driver package for the Revolution 7.1 sound card. The update, which brings it up to version 1.2.4, addresses several issues, including the kernel panic brought about by simultaneous-source digital output.

The release notes list the following fixes:

  • [Driver] Fix kernel panics with simultaneous-source digital output.
  • [Decoders] Avoid -6 dB level drop when bass management is disabled.
  • [Control Panel] Overhauled VU metering. Meters are more responsive; values are now pre-fader; meter graphics use less memory; values accurately reflect dB levels.
In addition, M-Audio also acknowledges issues with games using the Quake engine and analog sound mode.

Those interested in downloading the latest drivers can find them at M-Audio's support site. Don't forget to check out the forum thread as well for feedback on user experiences.

Revolution 7.1
Mini Revolution 7.1 Review
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Custer's Throne Freezes Over
6:00 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Those of us living on the West Coast have had such a mild winter this year that the word "frozen" has lost almost all meaning. Leave it to IMG's Brad Custer, however, to cool our hearts with a chilly update to his regular feature Custer's Desktops.

Picking up on the news, announced just over a month ago, that Blizzard Entertainment was working on an expansion set for their highly acclaimed Warcraft III RPG game, graphic design guru Custer shoveled the snow off his Mac and scraped the ice off his computer screen in order to grace our desktops with another highly-polished piece of artwork, this time commemorating the upcoming Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne:

Well, this week living in the Mid-Atlantic region snow has been on my mind. So, it's not surprising that a desktop from Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne was the topic for this update. I decided to create a desktop to go along with my "face" series based on the variant box covers since that was a very popular series. The folks at Blizzard supplied the artwork that I was able to create this week's wallpaper with. I simply entitled it "Frozen" and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
Go pay Brad a visit and be prepared for a chill down your spine.

IMG: Custer's Desktops

Mac Games News for Thursday, February 27, 2003

IMG Posts Elite Force II First Look12:31 PM
Terminus for Mac OS X Coming Soon11:51 AM
GameRanger 3.2.1 Update Released11:37 AM
Aspyr Announces SimCity 410:57 AM
Tropico 2 Interview10:25 AM
'Mysterium' Convention Info8:58 AM
New Master of Orion III Interview8:58 AM
WC3 Expansion Beta Info8:58 AM
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