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Monday, March 3, 2003

Aspyr: Sim City 4 Reqs, Spearhead Beta, More
9:04 AM | Scott Turner | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media, publisher of many exciting games for the Mac, has released their February newsletter to those on their mailing list. Including the usual status reports on all of their latest games, from Tiger Woods PGA Tour to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, it also brings news of new strategy guides, updates, and many tidbits on new games from the company.

Most interesting to Mac gamers might be the preliminary system requirements for the just-announced Sim City 4. Here's what Aspyr thinks you'll need to be able to run the game:

  • Mac OS X, version 10.2 or later
  • Power Mac G3/G4, iMac G4/eMac, PowerBook G4 (DVI model or better), iBook (32MB VRAM model only)
  • 500 MHz or faster
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 1 GB of free hard disk space available
  • Hardware 3D acceleration required: ATI Radeon or NVidia GeForce card (32 MB VRAM or better)
Other interesting news includes the fact that the expansion pack Medal of Honor Allied Assault Spearhead is now in beta testing and is expected for a May release.

Aspyr also explains the current situation with the sequel Star Trek: Elite Force II:

This month we also announced that Star Trek Voyager Elite Force II will be coming to the Mac. As the PC version has not gone Gold, the game has not begun development. However, as more details become available, we will get them to you.
For the rest of the information on all of these titles, head on over to Aspyr's website at the link below, and check out their February newsletter edition. To get the news even earlier, make sure you're a subscriber to the newsletter yourself.

Aspyr Newsletter Link
Aspyr Media

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M-Audio Responds to Revolution Feedback
1:53 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Jason Ivan of M-Audio made a post in the IMG forums to address the comments and criticisms made about the Revolution 7.1 consumer sound card. He reiterates that M-Audio is dedidated to the Mac and reminds people that they have already released several driver updates. Here is an excerpt from Ivan's post:

Likewise, our apologies for any bugs in the SW. Just realize how much new, and incredibly complex, technology is in this card and how well 99% of it "just works." Also, we've been really responsive to date in fixing issues. We've already posted a number of updates to our drivers (4 just for OS X since launch) and will have more. We're doing things never been done on the Mac before and finding not just our bugs, but other people's as we go forward. On that note, please realize that audio in Mac OS 9 is a challenge as it was somewhat problematic to begin with and Apple formally put OS 9 to death (on-stage coffin and all), so it's far easier to bump into audio OS limitations than on X.
He also comments on the driver issues and their work with the VLC player team. To read the complete post, follow the link below to part 2 of the Revolution feedback thread.

Revolution Feedback Thread Part 1
Revolution Feedback Thread Part 2
Revolution 7.1

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IMG Reviews Spaceward Ho! 5.0
1:23 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Delta Tao's Spaceward Ho! 5.0, the latest incarnation of this classic space-strategy game.

Here's a clip from the review:

The first incarnation of Spaceward Ho! came about in the early 1990s. The first version was released in 1991. For a game legacy to be continued for more than 10 years by the original producers is almost unheard of in the video game industry, and all the traditional sequel rules (movies or games) are thrown out the window by Spaceward Ho! 5. Delta Tao didn't seek to make the game more complex , they strived to keep it simplified and slip-streamed, a noble goal for a market dominated by the flashiest, newest and most complex features. Even within the realm of strategy games, the rule of thumb is the larger the instruction manual, the more enjoyable it is to play.
Be sure to check out the rest of the review.

IMG Review: Spaceward Ho! 5.0
Delta Tao
Spaceward Ho! 5

IMG 10th Anniversary Giveaway Concludes
1:19 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG's 10th Year Giveaway Celebration wrapped up Friday night and overall it was a tremendous success. We'd like to congratulate all the winners and those who participated in the giveaway.

We'd also like to congratulate Jason Lewis for winning the grand prize. Jason has won a brand-spanking new computer plus some cool new speakers, joysticks, game pads, mice, and hot new games.

And finally, we'd like to thank the companies that sponsored this awesome event including our friends at Aspyr Media, MacPlay, MacSoft, Feral Interactive, Freeverse Software, Ambrosia Software, Xgaming, Altec Lansing, Midiland, MacAlly, and Microsoft.

Here's the list of the final winners. Please note that all the winners will be contacted shortly and their prizes will be sent to them in the next few days.

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
Jason Lewis

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Shadowbane Centaur Class Info
9:04 AM | Zack Lipowski | Comment on this story

Shadowbane, a massively multiplayer role-playing game being developed by Wolfpack Studios, updated class info on the Centaur recently. Centaur players can look forward to 3 distinct base classes: Fighter, Healer, and Rogue. There are also numerous Professions your character can excel in, such as a priest or druid.

The article also tells of the Centaurs long idealistic journey through the ages, and the hardships they encountered with other races and within themselves. Here's an excerpt:

The tale is long, full of glory and despair, but it is the legacy of every Centaur to remember it, and keep the Watch. Without wisdom, how shall we know the Path? Without the examples of our Heroes, how shall we know Honor? Listen to me then, and learn of the Burden that Kenaryn our father placed upon us.
Shadowbane is set to be published by Ubi Soft for the Mac and PC on the 25th of this month.

Shadowbane Centaur Article
Wolfpack Studios

Championship Manager 4 Mac Demo Released
9:04 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Sports Interactive's staff has posted to their community forums, announcing the release of a Mac demo for Championship Manager 4. This popular soccer management simulation series involves you in every aspect of the game, and the demo gives you a taste of what the full thing will be like. The Mac version of Championship Manager 4 will be published by Feral once it's ready.

The included ReadMe explains how to tweak the game if you find yourself having problems. They also list the recommended and minimum system requirements:

The minimum requirements for running the CM 4 demo are:
  • Mac OS 9.2.2/ 0SX 10.2
  • 333 Mhz PowerPC G3
  • 64 Mb RAM (with virtual memory set to at least 196Mb)
  • 800x600 monitor
  • 200Mb free disc space
  • Latest version of CarbonLib

The recommended system requirements for running CM 4 demo are:

  • MacOS 9.2.2/ OSX 10.2
  • 500 Mhz Power PC G3 or G4 (or better)
  • 256 Mb RAM or higher
  • Latest version of CarbonLib
The demo weighs in at around 25MB and will be mirrored on Macgamefiles very soon. The Sports Interactive sites seems to be having some connectivity issues at the moment, so be prepared for slow downloads.

Download Championship Manager 4 Demo (25MB)
Sports Interactive - Championship Mangager 4 Mac Demo

Freeverse Newsletter Released, Updates Noted
9:04 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software has released issue #3 of MontyMail, their official newsletter. Besides the usual recipie, jokes, and Monty posturing, this month's issue has some information regarding two upcoming titles, though Freeverse is quick to point out that their mystery title "Again?" is not included in the list:

Freeverse has got some tricks up its sleeve this year, and one of them is this game which we're not going to assign a codename to, because it's one that's already listed at our European partner, Virtual Programming's website. Legion, the strategic game of Roman Empire conquest makes you the Emperor, tasked with expanding the empire while other tribes are attempting to do the same with their own empires. This game should be coming to North America for Macintosh very soon. And, if you're wondering, it's not the same game as "Again?", which we announced last issue. We've also got another game, which we're not going to announce a code name for. Until we do (or we announce a real name), it's just a secret. :)
In other news, Freeverse has also updated several demos, including Payback and Wingnuts, which come with minor updates such as improved OpenGL compatibility. Those interested in downloading the demos can find them at MacGameFiles.

Virtual Programming
Apex Designs
MGF - Payback Demo
MGF - Wingnuts Demo

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Shadowbane War Journal
9:04 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

The latest War Journal for the upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Shadowbane, is now online. Like previous War Journals, this latest journal showcases one of the most unique features of the game, that being player controlled cities and wars. The latest journal chronicles the bitter war between the DeathHead Legion and the Covenant of Swords, two longtime enemies.

Here's a sample of the journal:

Over time, the DeathHead Legion and the Covenant of Swords have become the most bitter of enemies. The recent hostilities between these two guilds just proved this to be all the more true. Another trend that has been seen before is the war between these two guilds pulling more than just their own nations into the conflict.
Shadowbane is currently in late beta stages, and is slated to be published for both Mac and PC by Ubi Soft. For more information, or to read the full war journal, follow the links below.

Shadowbane War Journal
Wolfpack Studios

Sonnet Drops Prices on Encore/ST G4 Upgrade
9:04 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Sonnet Technologies recently reduced the prices on the Encore/ST G4, their line of processor upgrades for Power Mac G4 computers. Below is the new pricing structure:

Encore/ST G4 800 Mhz $369.95 (was: $399.95)
Encore/ST G4 1.0 Ghz $569.95 (was: $599.95)
Encore/ST G4 1.2 Ghz $669.95 (was: $799.95)
For more information on the Encore/ST G4, please read out CPU Upgrade Shootout, in which the Sonnet upgrades are thoroughly tested.

Press Release: Sonnet Drops Prices on Encore/ST G4 Upgrade
IMG Feature: CPU Upgrade Shootout

Mac Games News for Friday, February 28, 2003

Blah, Blah, Blah Mutant Storm6:55 PM
IMG Store: Pre-Order Dungeon Siege, 10 Percent Off Ending...12:42 PM
IMG 10th Anniversary: Giveaway Ends Today!12:32 PM
Freeverse Posts Updated Versions of Board Games11:20 AM
Armored Assault Open Beta Released8:22 AM
Fool's Errand Sequel Update; New April Fool's Treasure Hunt8:03 AM
Gamespot Posts Master Of Orion III Impression8:03 AM
Aspyr's Tiger Woods 2003 Official Web Page Up6:00 AM
Custer's Throne Freezes Over6:00 AM
Revolution Drivers Updated to 1.2.46:00 AM
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