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Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Aspyr to Publish Midway's SpyHunter
1:19 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media today announced that they will be publishing the PC and Mac versions of Midway's next-generation version of the popular 1980s action-racing game, SpyHunter. The game will ship simultaneously on both platforms in April. The announcement also marks a strategic move by Aspyr as it delves into the PC publishing business. Expect Aspyr to announce more cross-platform games soon.

Here's more info about SpyHunter:

Get behind the wheel of the G-6155 Interceptor for high-speed, mission-based racing in exotic locales.

While operating your SpyHunter Interceptor, you are relentlessly pursued by hordes of air, ground and water enemies as you battle to accomplish your missions and save the world from the mind of a madman.

A remake of the arcade classic, SpyHunter boasts ultra-realistic 3D graphics, real-world locales and the only vehicle capable of morphing into a boat, jet ski or motorcycle.

Explosive weaponry and impressive defensive mechanisms combine with intense speed and strategy to distinguish SpyHunter from routine combat racers and traditional action racing games.

Aspyr has also posted preliminary system requirements for SpyHunter:
  • OS 9.0 or higher/ Mac OS X 10.1.3 or higher
  • 400 MHz G3 processor
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • 16 MB 3D video card
  • 700 MB HD space
  • 4xCD-ROM drive
  • Recommended 600 MHz processor
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 32 MB video card


  • Low latency, active internet connection rated at 28.8Kbps or faster
  • LAN play requires TCP/IP connection

    When released in April, SpyHunter will be available for $29.95. More information as well as a trailer of the game will be released in the coming weeks.

    Aspyr Media

    Portable Gaming: The Right Mouse
    11:30 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Inside Mac Games' Chris Morin has written up an article for those Mac gamers who use their laptops for gaming. Entitled "Portable Gaming: The Right Mouse", the feature checks out some new portable mice that will work well with gaming.

    Here's a clip from the review:

    Mac gamers who tote Apple's iBook or PowerBook laptops have a limited choice of portable input devices. Many desktop mice are too large to carry in a slim laptop bag, and until recently, there were not many choices for small, portable mice. We've compared the newest offerings from Kensington, Logitech, and Microsoft.
    Be sure to check out the rest of the article by following the link below.

    Portable Gaming: The Right Mouse

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    Medal Of Honor Sequel Info
    9:20 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

    Yesterday Electronic Arts unveiled new information about the future of their popular series of World War II shooter, Medal of Honor. The games began on the console systems, moved to the PC and Mac with Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and extended this with the Spearhead expansion pack (due out for the Mac this spring from Aspyr).

    Now it seems EA is looking to move the series into the Pacific Theater, according to a report on the press event posted at HomeLan Fed. While the first part of the article only deals with the console versions, they also reveal a second expansion pack for Allied Assault will be coming to the PC this summer, which will take place in Italy and Africa. Here's a bit from the article:

    While details are still a bit sketchy we do know that an external developer will be handling the chores for this expansion (we can't reveal which developer just yet) and that it will focus on the African and Italian campaigns during WWII. Powers said that the game will be a longer experience in single player than the recently released expansion Spearhead and that they will also add another new (as yet unrevealed) multiplayer gameplay mode to the expansion.
    Along with the expansion, a full sequel is also in the works called Pacific Assault for release early next year.

    According to the report, Pacific Assault will again use the Quake III engine, making it another likely candidate for a Mac port. Here's more information:

    Like Allied Assault, Pacific Assault will not be a port of a console Medal of Honor title (although they will use a couple of the same locations and battles from Pacific Sun such as the Pearl Harbor attack) and will have its own separate storyline and characters. Powers said that the game will once again use the Quake III engine as its base, but added that Pacific Assault will have a large number of graphical improvements such as dynamic lighting, higher detailed character models and an all new terrain engine. Powers also said that the game will have at least one new multiplayer gameplay mode.
    Check out the article for a full report, along with some early screenshots from the new Medal of Honor games. Also stay tuned to IMG for more word on the possibility of seeing these titles on the Mac.

    IMG Review: Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
    Medal of Honor Press Report
    Aspyr Media
    Westlake Interactive
    Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
    Buy Medal of Honor: Allied Assault

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    Blizzard Posts New World of Warcraft Trailer
    8:50 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Blizzard has posted an impressive new trailer of World of Warcraft, the company's upcoming MMORPG set in the Warcraft world. World of Warcraft allows thousands of players to interact within the same world. Whether adventuring together or fighting against each other in epic battles, players will form friendships, forge alliances, and compete with enemies for power and glory.

    The 3 minute trailer provides amazing new footage of World of Warcraft with jaw-dropping visuals and fast-paced action. The movie weighs in at just over 23 MB and requires that Mac DivX be installed in order to view it. Both files are linked below.

    Blizzard Entertainment
    World of Warcraft
    World of Warcraft Trailer
    Mac DivX
    Buy World of Warcraft

    Flarestorm PlayStation Emulator Updated
    7:51 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

    Flarestorm, a Sony PlayStation emulator written in Cocoa for OS X, recently received an update. Although Flarestorm had an OS 9 version, the Mac OS X version was written from the ground up. And although it doesn't have the combat ability of Virtual Game Station, it is certainly showing some good progress.

    Here;s a list of the fixes in the patch:

  • Fixed the plug-in manager.
  • Fixed the renderer for 'Gouraud shading textured polygon'.
  • Fixed a bug that some informations of serial ports are not saved to freeze file.
  • Added a feature to eject CD-ROM when CD-ROM cache miss is occurred.
  • Fixed freezing and resetting from the full-screen menu.
  • To use the emulator you'll need a Playstation Bios Rom file (meaning you need to own a Playstation), along with Mac OS 10.0 or higher. To download the update, follow the link below.

    Flarestorm Update

    Master of Orion III Release On March 19th
    7:50 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    MacSoft today announced that the long-awaited Master Of Orion III for the Macintosh will be shipping on or around March 19th, a mere three weeks after the Windows version hit the retail shelves.

    Here's more from the official press release:

    "The Windows version of Master of Orion III just launched and is selling spectacularly well," according to MacSoft general manager Al Schilling. "We're also thrilled to see this same level of excitement for the Mac version, as one of the best games ever available for the Macintosh gets its long-awaited sequel."

    Master of Orion III is the sequel to one of the best-loved space strategy games ever. In Master of Orion III, players become the controlling power behind an entire galactic civilization and use dictators, presidents, councils, and overlords in their quest to become the Master of Orion.

    Master of Orion III is a turn-based strategy game with real-time space battles. Players gather resources as they explore solar systems, complete with jump lanes, worm-holes and hostile alien races. They will research and design their own ships and weapons and interact with 16 different races. Players can use espionage to spy on their enemies, incite revolts, and assassinate leaders. And, they'll wage massive wars among the galaxies.

    Master of Orion III offers both single-player and multiplayer games. The multiplayer game offers simultaneous turn-based moves for up to 8 players. Macintosh players can play against opponents using either Macintosh computers or Windows computers.

    Master of Orion III will require a Macintosh computer with a 350MHz or faster G3/G4 processor, 128MB RAM (256MB recommended), OS 9.1 or OSX v10.1.5 or higher, a monitor with support for 800x600 at Thousands of Colors, and 400MB of hard drive space.

    Be sure to check out our preview of Master of Orion III. And don't forget that the IMG Store is now taking pre-orders for Master of Orion III. IMG Pro/MacGames CD subscribers can order it for $39 while non-subscribers can pick it up for $49.

    IMG Preview: Master of Orion III
    Quicksilver Software
    Master of Orion III
    Buy Master of Orion III

    March Madness Sale: $5 off IMG Pro
    7:50 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    The IMG Store is kicking off the month with a March Madness Sale on IMG Pro subscriptions. Sign up now and save $5 off the regular subscription price of $29. If you are a MacGames CD subscriber, you can sign up for IMG Pro for just $14 (regularly priced at $19).

    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.

    For more information on IMG Pro, head over to the officlal IMG Pro page linked below.

    IMG Pro

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    Legion/Europa Universalis II Update
    7:50 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

    Colin Lynch Smith from Freeverse recently made a post to the IMG forum giving everyone an update on two games they will be publishing, Europa Universalis II and Legion. Both of these games are historical turn-based strategy games currently being ported to the Mac by Virtual Programming.

    Here's the update from Colin:

    According to the latest from Virtual Programming, the game itself is done, its just the networking that's been holding it up.

    Shouldn't be much longer.

    Europa is certainly the Main Course, but we've got a nice appetizer for you in the meantime...

    LEGION, like EUII, is a turn-based strategy game from Paradox Entertainment. I've been playing this a bunch and its a lot of fun when I'm in the mood for a lite game. I didn't have the manual but still picked the game up pretty quickly.

    I think you'll be pleased with the pricing too. The Legion page on our website should be live this week, (if we can get Remy off the DanceDanceRevolution machine long enough to put it togehter), and the game itself should ship in the next couple of weeks.

    To learn more about the games, follow the links below. Be sure to stay tuned to IMG for more info on the games as they near release.

    Ledion/EU2 Update
    Virtual Programming
    Europa Universalis II
    Buy Europa Universalis II

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    SimCity 4, Spearhead Trailers Available
    7:50 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    News site ExtremeSIMS has obtained trailers for both SimCity 4 and Medal of Honor Allied Assault Spearhead, courtesy of Aspyr Media. For those unfamiliar with the titles, SimCity 4 is the sequel in a line of famous city management games, and Spearhead is an expansion pack to the popular first-person shooter Medal of Honor Allied Assault.

    The SimCity 4 trailer shows off the graphical prowess of SimCity 4. Included in the trailer are some impressive fireworks displays, the formation of land and cities, and a variety of Sim management situations, including following individuals around. In a quirky twist, a giant robot is also shown taking off from a city near the end of the trailer.

    The Spearhead trailer shows exciting scenes that should be familiar to players of MoH:AA, but throws in some new twists. Most noticeable are the variety of new weapons in action, including an Enfield rifle and a Webley Revolver. Some new vehicles and controllable gun turrets are also shown.

    Both trailers, which are in QuickTime format, are available at Extreme SIMS. The Simcity 4 trailer is sized at 19 MB, and the Spearhead trailer weighs in at 12 MB.

    ExtremeSIMS - SimCity 4 Trailer (and Spearhead, too!)
    Aspyr Media
    Westlake Interactive
    Medal of Honor: Spearhead
    Buy SimCity 4
    Buy Medal of Honor: Spearhead

    Microsoft Leaves OpenGL Board
    7:50 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    In a bit of news sure to raise a few eyebrows in the computer graphics community, Microsoft Corp. has left its seat from the OpenGL Architecture Review Board. According to news site The Register, Microsoft's reason for leaving was to "focus our energies on improving and evolving our own Windows graphics platform," which The Register suggests indicates their intention to pursue their Direct3D graphics technology.

    In a curious twist, however, a recent job posting by Microsoft asks for a programmer with solid OpenGL API skills:

    Candidates must have solid understanding of the OpenGL API, strong system software and kernel development experience, a solid and robust coding style, solid kernel debugging skills, and at least 2 years of system software experience using C/C++.
    The Register speculates that, given that OpenGL is a widespread standard, Microsoft will continue to support for the time being.

    Those interested in the full read can follow the link below to The Register's article.

    The Register - Microsoft quits OpenGL board

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    Black & White 2 Preview Posted at Gamespot
    7:50 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    PC Gaming hotbed of activity Gamespot has just posted an in-depth preview of the hotly-anticipated sequel to one of the most highly-praised God games of the century, Black & White.

    The sequel, blandly-codenamed Black & White 2, promises to raise the bar on the first successful episode of the new franchise by pushing way beyond the premise of the original game, all the while dazzling fans with a brand-new graphics engine:

    To a god looking down from the heavens, the land could hardly look more beautiful. Fields of wheat and grass sway gently in the breeze, and the clear blue waters of the ocean caress the sun-drenched shoreline. As the camera moves closer, though, it becomes obvious that all is not as idyllic as it first seems. This green and pleasant land is in fact a battlefield on which entire civilizations are at war with one another, fighting for their beliefs in a bloodthirsty conflict that will ultimately see the gods themselves entering the fray.

    That is Peter Molyneux's vision for the sequel to Black & White, a vision we were afforded a brief glimpse of on a recent visit to the UK offices of Lionhead and Black & White studios. Of course the game is still a long way from completion--long enough, in fact, that even Molyneux himself couldn't be persuaded to give us any indication of when he hopes to have it finished.

    The four-page article goes to great lengths describing for all avid gamers what to expect from the master game designer, from gameplay issues to fundamental character traits:
    It's not yet clear exactly how many creatures there will be in the game, but we did get to see some artwork of a friendly-looking lion before we were confronted by an ape that looked far more evil--and detailed--than anything from the first game. The ape in question had a muscular physique, a shaved head, and black fur that--in addition to looking wholly believable--will apparently serve as a good indicator of a creature's health in the finished game.
    Hmmm. Sounds like some friends of mine. Click on the links below to find out more.

    Gamespot: Black & White 2 Preview
    Feral Interactive
    Lionhead Studios
    Black & White
    Black & White: Creature Isle

    Ritual & Elite Force II on The Gamesome Mac
    7:50 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

    Last night on The Gamesome Mac, the weekly Mac gaming radio program, hosts Sean Smith and Omaha Sternberg talked with Benson Russell, lead level designer on Star Trek Elite Force II, the first-person shooter in development at Ritual Entertainment.

    Topics covered included an introduction to the single-player story, new multiplayer game types, commercially acceptable violence, Ritual's "Uber" toolset, and the level design process.

    Sean and Omaha also offered Mac gaming news and commentary and reviewed Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds from Aspyr Media and Sloppy Sokoban from SloppyDisk Software.

    The archive of last night's broadcast can be heard on demand at The Gamesome Mac's web page on QuickTime 5 or 6 and a 28 kbps or faster Internet connection are required.

    Elite Force II will be published for the Mac by Aspyr Media.

    Aspyr Media
    Star Trek Elite Force II
    Buy Star Trek Elite Force II

    Mac Games News for Monday, March 3, 2003

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    IMG 10th Anniversary Giveaway Concludes1:19 PM
    Aspyr: Sim City 4 Reqs, Spearhead Beta, More9:04 AM
    Championship Manager 4 Mac Demo Released9:04 AM
    Freeverse Newsletter Released, Updates Noted9:04 AM
    Shadowbane Centaur Class Info9:04 AM
    Shadowbane War Journal9:04 AM
    Sonnet Drops Prices on Encore/ST G4 Upgrade9:04 AM
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