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Cold War - Still Planned for Mac
8:54 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

IMG readers may remember a story published last summer regarding Cold War, a stealth/action game currently in development by Mindware. At the time of its announcement, Mindware noted that they would like to create a Mac and Linux version of Cold War as well, though nothing seemed set in stone.

In a recent interview with HomeLan, Mindware employee Karel Papik is asked about the planned Mac and Linux ports, and gives an affirmative answer regarding their development:

HomeLAN - Your press release states that in addition to the PC version, there are also Mac and Linux ports planned. Why did you choose to support these platforms?

Karel Papik - We would like to bring the game to the Linux and Mac communities. They tend to be neglected in the gaming field which I think is unfortunate. Thanks to the modular architecture of our Djinni engine, the development of the Linux version runs parallel with the Windows one without any extra costs, so it would be a mistake not to make use of it. Also, the e-mail messages we get primarily from Linux fans (thank you for your interest:) confirm that we are doing the right thing.

In a related question, Patrik Rak of Mindware adds that, due to the high portability of Cold War's Djinni engine, he's "pretty much convinced that the port to MacOS X would be fairly easy."

Cold War is a Metal Gear Solid-inspired title that emphasizes stealth-based gameplay and numerous enemies, each with a different strategy. The story features Chaser Jones, an investigative journalist that stumbles onto a plot much larger than originally thought. More information can be found at both HomeLan's interview and the official Cold War site.

HomeLan - Cold War Interview
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IMG Review's Logitech's Elite Keyboard
11:40 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Logitech's Elite Keyboard. The Elite is Logitech's premiere keyboard and sports all the latest features in keyboards; 13 programmable buttons, a scroll wheel, volume dial, media player buttons and a programmable F-key set.
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Here's a clip from the review:

The Elite is usable out of the box, without drivers, but the Mac drivers must be installed to access all the features of the keyboard. The driver package installs a preference pane into the System Preferences, which launches a configuration utility. Within the utility, almost all the unique buttons can be edited to perform tasks such as opening folders, URLs, or applications; ejecting a CD, changing the volume, and performing key combinations.

Unfortunately, the drivers lack the ability to create or save application specific profiles. A profile for a keyboard or mouse, for example, would allow the user to attach a configuration of buttons to an application. The profile is automatically loaded whenever the application is launched. Also notable, is the fact that the Logitech drivers cannot perform key functions that require more than one non-modifier key and the drivers lack any way to assign a function to the Window?s Start Menu key.

Be sure to check out the rest of the review.

IMG Review: Logitech Elite Keyboard
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Elite Keyboard



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Master of Orion III Goes Gold, Shipping March 25th
11:17 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft's Al Schilling emailed IMG this morning to let us know that the highly-anticipated space strategy game, Master of Orion III went gold on Monday and is currently in manufacturing . In early March, MacSoft announced in a press release that it expected to ship the game on March 19th. However, due to logistical issues, the game's release date has been moved to March 25th.

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
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Quicksilver Software
Master of Orion III
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Escape Velocity: Nova Updated to 1.04
11:10 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software has released a new version of their extremely popular game, Escape Velocity: Nova. The following changes has been made to the game engine;

  • hailing enemy mission ships no longer causes them to become escorts
  • corrected obscure problems involving multiple hypergates or wormholes in the same system
  • corrected cause of rare crash when capturing ships
  • corrected problems using multi-jump to travel through certain systems
  • corrected problems using map to explore certain systems
  • option-clicking on Buy button when purchasing fighters will display the correct default amount
  • corrected behavior of "run in a window" checkbox
  • There has also been a multitude of scenario changes, follow the link below to see the full list of changes. EV Nova 1.04 is available for download from Macgamefiles.com, both as an update for older versions and as a full version of the game. If you're an IMG Pro subscriber, the files are also available through your Hot Downloads page, linked below.

    IMG Reviews Escape Velocity: Nova
    Escape Velocity: Nova
    Ambrosia Software
    Escape Velocity: Nova 1.04; Changes from version 1.03
    MGF: Escape Velocity: Nova 1.04
    MGF: Escape Velocity: Nova 1.04 Update
    IMG Pro: Hot Downloads



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    Updated Virtual Grand Prix 2 Demo Released
    10:29 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    AlasSoft has once againupdated the demo of their upcoming title Virtual Grand Prix 2 to version 1.2. As you may recall, version 1.1 added full OS X compatibility and force-feedback support under OS X 10.2.3 or higher. The new demo now includes environment mapping under OSX and adds FSAA support (if graphics card supports it) under OSX.

    Virtual Grand Prix 2 is a racing title currently slated for publishing by Virtual Programming. It includes an OpenGL-based 3D engine, an advanced car dynamics model, and network support, as well as approval by real open-wheeled car racers.

    The new demo is currently available at our sister site, MacGameFiles.com. The demo is also available for IMG Pro users through their Hot Downloads page, linked below.

    Virtual Grand Prix 2
    MGF: Virtual Grand Prix 2 1.2 Demo
    IMG Pro: Hot Downloads



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    Dungeon Siege At Final Candidate
    9:17 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

    Among the updates on their secret projects the other day, Mac porting house Westlake Interactive also changed the status of the 3D roleplaying game Dungeon Siege to Final Candidate. This means that the beta testing is complete and that the game is awaiting final approvals before it can go Golden Master and be sent to duplication.

    Here is a short descripton of the game from the official site:

    Dungeon Siege is an action Fantasy Role Playing Game (FRPG) that takes place in a continuous and gigantic fully 3D world. The design philosophy is to combine the immersive qualities of a FRPG model with over-the-top combat and non-stop action. Starting with a single character, the player adventures throughout the world, adding as many as 7 additional characters to their party along the journey and developing their skills in any way they see fit.
    Dungeon Siege was originally developed by Gas Powered Games and published for PC by Microsoft. The Macintosh version will be published under Destineer's newly aquired MacSoft label. You can pre-order Dungeon Siege from the IMG store for or $49 (or $44 for IMG CD/Pro subscribers). Don't forget to read our first look preview of the game, just follow the link provided below.

    Westlake Interactive
    Dungeon Siege
    IMG previews Dungeon Siege
    IMG Store: Pre-Order Dungeon Siege
    Buy Dungeon Siege


    Mac Gamers: Important Macintosh Game Survey!
    9:16 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Our friends at MacSoft are asking Mac gamers for their help. The company, as well as other Mac game publishers, are now making decisions about which games to bring to the Mac -- and the system requirements for these games. IMG and MacSoft are teaming up for an extremely important survey. We're asking everyone to please fill out the survey.

    As an added incentive, MacSoft will be giving five randomly-selected winners any one of the following games for free: Civilization III, Max Payne, Tropico.

    To participate in the survey, please follow the link below. MacSoft and IMG would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation.

    Macintosh Game Survey


    Super GameHouse Collection Ships
    8:56 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

    MacPlay and Mumbo Jumbo recently announced that the Super GameHouse Collection is now shipping. This is the first product from the two companies partnership with GameHouse. The collection includes the 3 games Super Collapse, Super Glinx and Super Nisqually.

    Below is a small description of the titles:

    Super Collapse
    Click groups of three or more blocks to clear them from the board. Act fast! Clear the blocks before they reach the top of the screen!

    Super Glinx
    Link similar shapes in rows and columns of two or more. Clear all the shapes before time runs out!

    Super Nisqually
    Click blocks to arrange them in rows or columns of three or more blocks of the same color. When at least three blocks of the same color line up, they disappear and the blocks above them fall down in their place. Try to remove at least the number of blocks required for each level to move on to the next one.

    Super GameHouse Collection is being published by MacPlay for the Mac and Mumbo Jumbo for the PC. It is available to order from MacPlay's internet store and should hit the retail shelves soon.

    MacPlay
    GameHouse


    Westlake Announces New Project
    8:54 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    Famed Macintosh porting house Westlake Interactive updated their project status page Monday with word of a new project. In regular Westlake fashion, however, the hard-working programming team have dubbed the project with a secret codename.

    Project codename Renee is unusual in that it's the only codename to date to be printed in multicolored letters. The project, which appears to be Mac OS X-only, is listed as being in the early stages of development.

    The other codename projects on the company's status page, projects Cellar and Zoot Suit, which were announced in mid-January, are reported to be at the alpha and beta stages of development, respectively. The third secret project announced in January, project Leading Light, was recently uncovered to be Medal Of Honor Allied Assault: Spearhead, also listed as being in beta.

    As with previous secret titles, conjecture on the title's meaning has already started - IMG's forum readers have already started the ball rolling with some pretty interesting guesses. Click on the links at the bottom of this page to find out.

    IMG Forums: Westlake's Project Renee
    Westlake Interactive
    Westlake Interactive: Project Status Page


    There Coming to the Mac?
    8:54 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    A project by the interesting name of There has recently come to our attention. Looking like something angling to challenge a genre that The Sims Online currently has locked up, There describes itself as an online getaway that allows players to interact naturally with other users, participating in events and making friends online. Some of the features include the ability to shop, explore, and participate in games such as trivia contests, scavenger hunts, and buggy races.

    Though the work on There is currently focusing on the Windows platform, a Mac version is probable, though not guaranteed at this point:

    We hope to come out with a MacOS version in 2004. Please sign up for our MacOS mailing list WantMacThere@there.com if you're interested.
    There looks interesting, and would definitely broaden the current Mac market. Those interested in more information can find it at the official There site.

    There.com


    Mac Games News for Tuesday, March 11, 2003

    Medal of Honor Update Adds SMP, FSAA Support5:02 PM
    IMG Posts Uplink Preview12:46 PM
    Send In Your 'Ask Feral' Questions12:33 PM
    Blizzard Expands Frozen Throne Beta Test10:24 AM
    Uplink, Redline Progress Updates10:15 AM
    Quake III Level Editor Seeks OS X Developers8:49 AM
    Republic & B&W 2 Preview, Graeme Devine Talks at Gamespy8:46 AM
    Worms Blast Released, CM4 Just Around The Corner8:44 AM
    Apple Previews Shadowbane6:00 AM
    New Myth 2/3 Updates6:00 AM
    PlaneShift Coming to Mac [Update]6:00 AM
     
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