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Friday, March 21, 2003

Mac OS X Panther To Be Revealed
9:12 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Apple today announced that it has rescheduled its 2003 Worldwide Developers Conference in order to provide developers with a more complete preview release of the next version of Mac OS X, code named "Panther." Originally scheduled for May 19-23 in San Jose, the conference will now be held June 23-27 at San Francisco's Moscone Center.

"Our annual Worldwide Developers Conference provides our developers an in-depth look at the future of the Mac platform, and giving everyone a preview release of Panther is the best way to do that," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Moving to June ensures that every developer will leave the event with a copy of Panther in their hands."

The Early Bird registration discount scheduled to end on April 18, 2003 has been extended to May 23, 2003. For more information on Mac OS X Panther and WWDC, follow the link below.

Mac OS X Panther & WWDC 2003

Giga Designs Announces, Ships New G4 Upgrades
4:42 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

The budding CPU upgrade company, Giga Desings, has announced and begun shipping their new line of G4 processor upgrades for AGP Power Macs. The G-celerator line now tops out at 1.25 GHz, while the 800 MHz (no L3 cache) and 1 GHz (2 MB DDR L3 cache) upgrades have been replaced by models with 2 MB of synchronous pipeline burst (SPB) L3 cache. Below is a summary of the revised product lineup:

G-celerator 1.25 GHz with 2 MB DDR L3 cache - $599
G-celerator 1 GHz with 2 MB SPB L3 cache - $466
G-celerator 800 MHz with 2 MB SPB L3 cache - $299
The G-celerator is currently available from Other World Computing only. IMG will have a review of the 1.25 GHz model in the near future.

Giga Designs G-celerator at OWC
Giga Designs

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PlayNet and IMG Team Up for WWII Online Free Trial
1:14 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Thanks to a special arrangement with the developers and publishers of the massively multiplayer online game, World War II Online, we are offering an exclusive free trial to our readers.

Starting March 21st you can download WWII Online from and create a trial subscription that will let you play for 2 weeks for FREE. Once your two weeks are up you can convert your trial subscription and keep your game name and rank by purchasing a copy of the game at a local Macintosh software retailer or online store.

Here's more from the official press release:

"We are really excited to have Inside Mac Games as a partner," says Al Corey, Marketing Manager at Playnet. "The Mac release of the game brought many new players to the virtual battlefield and we want to be sure all Mac gamers have a chance to check it out."

"Mac gamers have been itching to play World War II Online since it was released on the PC." says Tuncer Deniz, Publisher of Inside Mac Games. "And now Mac gamers have a chance to try out this impressive game for free. We're extremely excited to be working with Playnet on this special promotion."

WWII Online is still the first and only massively multiplayer first-person virtual battlefield that covers a _ scale map of Europe with accurate terrain modeling. It allows thousands of players to fight 24/7 in a persistent world in which character advancement and career paths provide a rich RPG layer, and strategic systems are driven by player missions and command structures. Players from around the world can take part in creating new history while fighting on the battlefields and skies of Europe.

For information on how to download the free trial be sure to visit the link below.

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World War II Online
MGF Download: WW II Online Free Trial

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New Warrior Kings Screenshots, Final CM4 Demo
12:55 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive has sent us the first-ever screenshots of the Mac version of Warrior Kings. The game is currently in beta-testing and should be released sometime in the 2nd Quarter.

Warrior Kings is an epic real-time strategy game that propels you into a living, breathing and fascinating medieval fantasy world. In the game you can build up your economic and military power base, research new technologies, and employ spies, mercenaries, priests and merchants to enhance your strength. The game also features a massive campaign through 22 extraordinary levels made up of over 80 unique quests.

Be sure to check out the 6 exclusive screenshots below.

In addition, Feral has also released the final demo of Championship Mananger 4. It is currently being hosting at our sister site,

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Warrior Kings
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IMG Posts Ask Feral - Volume 1
11:38 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted Ask Feral - Volume 1. A few weeks ago we asked IMG readers to send in questions for Feral Interactive for a feature called Ask Feral. Our friends at Feral took the time to answer the numerous questions.

Here's a clip from the feature:

Question: What has been Feral's most successful product? - Jason Lerner

Answer: Championship Manager series has been a very good seller, this soccer management simulation is very popular in Europe and the game is so addictive we get really good feedback. The new episode (Championship Manager 4) will be out on April 4th. We were also very successful with Black & White. The concept of this game keeps players addicted forever and they are now upgrading to the brand new expansion pack ?Creature Island? for those who don?t have the game yet, we have a ?Platinum Pack? with both game and expansion pack.

Be sure to check out the rest of the article by following the link below

IMG Feature: Ask Feral - Volume 1
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MacMAME Updated
10:51 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

The popular arcade emulator, MacMame, has been updated to version 0.66. The latest version brings MacMame up to speed with the PC version of Mame 0.66, along with making a few Mac specific fixes. Along with this new release, the developers of MacMame have noted that starting with 0.67, Mac OS X will be required.

Here's a list of fixes in the latest version:

-In sync with the Win32 0.66 build. There are many changes and bugfixes to the Mac code as part of this process. Note also that starting with MacMAME 0.67, support for the classic MacOS will be dropped. [Raphael Nabet, Brad Oliver]
-Preliminary support for HID devices that report themselves as "hatswitches" under OSX. [Joe Strout]
To download the latest version of MacMame, or for more information on it, follow the link provided below to the MacMame page.


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Final Myth III Beta this Weekend
10:08 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

MythDevelopers continue their work to improve the real-time strategy game Myth III: The Wolf Age. They have posted an update at saying that we can look forward to a final Myth III beta patch this weekend. The patch will include a number of improvements.

From the update:

This beta will introduce the unit updates and balance tweeks that people have been requesting. Also included are code updates to allow for a complete "Stampede" and "Hunting" game developments.

There are also numerous other bug fixes and tweeks.
MythDevelopers also announced an option for the people who don't want to dowlnoad the 35MB update and the Classic Map packs (for a total of about 100MB). You can get a free CD with the final (non-beta) patch when it comes on April 15th, together with the map packs and some other goodies. You only have to pay for the shipping and a blank CD-R. Head over to PlayMyth now to read how to get it.

PlayMyth: Myth III Update & Update Program

Brian Hook Interviewed
8:52 AM | Scott Turner | Comment on this story

Brian Hook, former developer for id Software, Sony Online Entertainment and now the president of Pyrogon Games, has taken some time to sit down with the Curmudgeon Gamer and answer a few questions. The lengthy interview covers a wide variety of topics concerning his time in the industry, where it's going, and supporting other platforms like he plans to do with Pyrogon titles.

jvm: I reviewed Pyrogon's Candy Cruncher on Linux, but it's been ported to several platforms. Could you give us an idea of how well has each platform's version sold?

Hook: All combined platforms other than Windows maybe account for 5% of our sales, if that. Part of that is simply because we have much broader distribution of Candy Cruncher on Windows via RealArcade and GameHouse. But even with our OS X ports, we're seeing maybe 1-3% of the sales on those platforms.

It's hard to judge the biggest success, but probably the least successful has been the Zaurus port, because that's such a small market. The Linux and OS X ports are successful for different reasons. The Linux version really got us some mindshare with people who would normally never even think of buying this kind of game.

Supporting Linux is a "right" thing to do technically, and I think the Linux crowd respects that. We even price it a little lower for Linux. Another thing we like is that we've partnered with Linux Game Publishing, and they're doing actual physical copies of our games -- a feature that isn't even available on our Windows versions! This is a nice feeling because we have a DVD case version of Candy Cruncher, which is cool.

The OS X version probably got us more exposure than anything else, because we supported OS X early in its release. We're big proponents of OS X and think it's a great operating system and platform, and we like to think that we might be able to be a big fish in a small pond with it.

I'd also like to give props to SDL, the Simple DirectMedia Library, which has made porting to these other platforms almost trivial and is a great example of what open source can do for you.

Click the link below for the full Q&A, or visit Pyrogon's website for more on the company.

Curmudgeon Gamer's Q&A

Geneforge 2 Announced
8:52 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software, best known for their series of old-school RPGs, has officially announced their next upcoming title: Geneforge 2. The sequel to the original Geneforge, GF2 once again puts players in the shoes of a Shaper, one who can craft obedient mutant monsters who will serve and fight for their creator.

The storyline of GF2 starts players out as an apprentice Shaper who gets caught up in a conspiracy, complete with backstabbing former allies and strange disappearances. All of this points to an attempt to overthrow Shaper rule. Many factions will vie for the player's allegiance, creating many opportunites for branching story paths:

Geneforge 2 has a huge and open storyline. You can join with any of several factions and reach dozens of different endings. When you finish the game, start over, join a different group, and experience a completely different game. No matter what you choose, Geneforge 2 offers an enormous adventure with plenty of replay value.
GF2 will be priced at $25, or $32 with a hint book. The planned release date is set for this summer. Those interested in more information, including screenshots and some creature info, can find it at Spiderweb's site.

Spiderweb Software - Geneforge 2
Spiderweb Software

Custer Looks at BloodRayne
8:52 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

IMG's Desktop Wizard Brad Custer has posted another of his masterpieces. This week the desktop goes in the colors of red and, quite frankly, red. Featuring the upcoming title BloodRayne from Aspyr, there isn't much more to expect.

Custer's word on this piece of art:

With the recent announcement of BloodRayne coming to the Mac from Aspyr Media there has been an overwhelming demand for a desktop for this game already. So, when you make a request I try to answer it as soon as possible. I took art supplied by Aspyr Media and tried to capture the feel of official desktops offered on the BloodRayne web site. I was quiet pleased with the end result. I simply entitled it "Dhampir" and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
To download the desktop, head over to Custer's Desktops and choose the resolution you want. Be sure to check out his other desktops as well, in case you've missed any of his masterpieces.

Custer's Desktops

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Dungeon Siege Nears GM
8:52 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Action role-playing game fans have been long awaiting the Mac version of Dungeon Siege from Destineer/MacSoft. This 3D RPG won much acclaim for its combination of impressive graphics, fast-paced gameplay, and even options like multiplayer cooperative play.

IMG recently chatted with Destineer's head-man Peter Tamte to get a quick update on how this large port, being done by the capable hands of Westlake Interactive, is progresing. Here's what he had to say:

Westlake is putting the final touches on the Gold Master candidate. We expect the game to be available in April.
This is great news for those looking forward to Dungeon Siege. Once a game is officially Gold Master, it must just go through the duplication/production rounds before it hits store shelves. For more information on the game, be sure to check out IMG's preview of the new MacSoft web site. Also be sure to get your order in at IMG's store.

Dungeon Siege can be pre-ordered now at the IMG store.

IMG Preview: Dungeon Siege
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Mac Games News for Thursday, March 20, 2003

IMG Reviews MacAlly's iceKey1:38 PM
e.p.i.c. Progress Update On Earth 21501:35 PM
More 'High Rollers' Info from MacPlay12:15 PM
March Madness Sale: Nascar Racing 2002 for $2910:20 AM
Al Gore Joins Apple's Board Of Directors8:31 AM
More Frozen Throne Impressions8:31 AM
WWIIOnline Receives Major Update8:31 AM
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