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WWIIOnline Receives Major Update
8:31 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A huge new update has been released for the massively multiplayer online war sim World War II Online, bringing the game up to version 1.80 and making a large number of enhancements. Like many other patches for the game, v1.80 updates a large number of gameplay issues like new vehicle improvements, tweaked game rules, and more detailed in-game terrain.

In addition to these changes, the new update also puts in a place a new system for receiving more dynamic updates in the future. Cornered Rat's post explains it as being able to update parts of the game without having to reset servers. Here's more from the initial post:

The new version features a brand new update system that increased the update rate to what players should anticipate seeing in the near future with a new dynamic update system. 3D models and previous in-game animations have all been redone for this new version -- without a doubt they all look a lot better. Players will also notice some new sounds and lighting/smoke effects for explosions and the like.

Version 1.80 also marks the introduction of the "1941" vehicle set, including the Panzer IIIH, Spitfire Vb, Bf-109F4 and other vehicles and aircraft.

For much more information on what's new in v1.80, check out both the news and ReadMe posts on the World War II Online site. An updater from v1.77 is available along with a 120MB full update download.

In addition, Inside Mac Games is proud to be partnering with Strategy First and Cornered Rat Software on an upcoming demo trial for the OS X version of World War II Online. More details should be avaiable very soon, but for those who have been wondering whether to make the plunge into the game, soon you'll have a great way to find out.

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IMG Reviews MacAlly's iceKey
1:38 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the MacAlly iceKey. Here's a clip from review:

Instead of using conventional keys, the iceKey features scissor keys, the same keys found in iBooks and PowerBooks. Any Apple laptop user will tell you that their keyboard is superior in every way to normal desktop keyboards. After spending some time with a friend's Titanium PowerBook a few years ago, I would have to agree. The thought of using scissor keys in a desktop keyboard never crossed my mind, as if there was some unspoken law that forbade them from being used in regular keyboards. When I discovered the iceKey, I knew I had to have it.
Be sure to check out the rest of the review.

IMG Review: iceKey

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e.p.i.c. Progress Update On Earth 2150
1:35 PM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

Thomas Steiding from e.p.i.c. interactive has posted an update on the status of the upcoming real-time strategy game Earth 2150: Escape from the Blue Planet in the IMG forums. The game has been delayed for a while now and his post explains why:

Earth 2150 has not been cancelled. But it is an extremely tough port. The whole code is so dependent on special features of Visual Studio 6 that it is far from easy to bring it to a different compiler (even on the PC) and even more tricky to bring it to another platform-. In addition E2150 makes heavy use of its very own internal compiler system which is used for scripts. We are still working on it; once its finished quite a few games would be ready for the Mac (and MorphOS) such as Lost Souls or World War III.
So we can still look forward to play Earth 2150 on the Mac. For more information about the game, please visit the official site. To read the update follow the link to the forum thread below, you have to scroll down a bit on the page to find it.

We will keep you informed as soon as any major new information about the Mac version of Earth 2150 is revealed.

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More 'High Rollers' Info from MacPlay
12:15 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Yesterday IMG reported on a mysterious new title appearing on MacPlay's game status page called High Rollers & Power Chips. With little information available on it, except for a status of being "Gold Master," we contacted MacPlay's PR-man, Henry Price, for the scoop.

According to Price, High Rollers & Power Chips is another in-house title from MacPlay's own group of developers. Already recognized for their addictive, penguin-filled game Snowball Run, the MacPlay developers are now working on High Rollers & Power Chips as a puzzle game, and they promise it will be just as much fun.

More on the title should be available very soon, as Price expects to have it available in a matter of days. Stay tuned to IMG for the latest.

IMG News: MacPlay Bringing 'High Roller & Power Chips'

March Madness Sale: Nascar Racing 2002 for $29
10:20 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG's March Madness sale continues with a special offer on Aspyr's Nascar Racing 2002. Until March 21st, you can order this fantastic racing game for just $29. That's $8 off our already low-price of $37.

Get behind the wheel of a 750 horsepower stock car and battle for the championship on real-life tracks. Get under the hood to fine-tune your car or just jump in and race against the best in Arcade Mode. Feel car vibrations, hear the roar of the engines, and sweat it out racing fender to fender at 180 miles per hour.

Head over to the IMG Store to place your order.

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Al Gore Joins Apple's Board Of Directors
8:31 AM | Jefferson Regan | Comment on this story

Apple Computer Inc, in a completely unexpected decision, announced that Albert Gore Jr., former Vice President of the United States, has joined Apple's board of directors.

Al brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and wisdom to Apple from having helped run the largest organization in the world - the United States government - as a Congressman, Senator and our 45th Vice President. Al is also an avid Mac user and does his own video editing in Final Cut Pro," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Al is going to be a terrific Director and we're excited and honored that he has chosen Apple as his first private sector board to serve on.
While Apple announced that it was planning to appoint new board members in the wake of both Larry Ellison's decision to resign, and BusinessWeek's reports that Apple's board is among the worst in the technology industry, the decision has come as big suprise to many.
Steve and his team have done an incredible job in making Apple once again the very best in the world," said former Vice President Al Gore. "I have been particularly impressed with the new Mac OS X operating system and the company's commitment to the open source movement. And I am especially looking forward to working with and learning from the great board members who have guided this legendary company's inspiring resurgence.
There's no word yet concerned Al Gore's stance towards Mac gaming, but we'll be sure to keep on the story and bring you any relevant information that becomes available.

Apple PR: Former Vice President Al Gore Joins Apple's Board of Directors

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More Frozen Throne Impressions
8:31 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

In what is doubtless far from the last preview of The Frozen Throne, gaming site Firing Squad has posted an in-depth view of the current build. The upcoming expansion pack for Blizzard Entertainment's popular RTS Warcraft III, The Frozen Throne has already generated a huge buzz in gaming fandom.

What sets the Firing Squad's preview apart from others we've seen is the in-depth look it takes at the game. Not only does it list the new additions, such as units and unit changes, but it also examines the strategy changes for each race forced by the new elements, as well as what appears to be a large shift of general tactics:

Perhaps the most interesting characteristic of The Frozen Throne is its vehemently anti-spellcaster bent. In the original Warcraft III, many one-on-one and team player games would devolve down to massing Priests, Sorceresses, Shaman, Witch Doctors, Necromancers, and various Druids. With units such as the Faerie Dragon and Spell Breakers, Blizzard seems to have executed a U-turn and is now endorsing a gameplay sentiment quite the opposite of what players are accustomed to. It's especially interesting to see the heightened importance of heroes, especially the Blood Mage and Warden, boasting massive, independently offensive capabilities.
For those who weren't lucky enough to get into the beta test, the Firing Squad's preview provides some insights into strategies you can expect to see from each race. Those interested in the full read need only follow the link below.

Firing Squad - Warcraft III: Frozen Throne Preview
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 19, 2003

IMG Interviews Aspyr's Amy Torres1:24 PM
Samurai: Strategy Board Game for the Mac10:45 AM
Ambrosia Interview Discusses Windows Port8:51 AM
BombSquad Released for Mac8:51 AM
Divine Divinity Coming to OS X8:51 AM
MacPlay Bringing 'High Roller & Power Chips'8:51 AM
PlayStation Emulator FlareStorm Updated8:51 AM
Redline Progress Update8:51 AM
X-Plane 6 Updated to 6.60 RC-18:51 AM
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