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Feral Updates CM4 for OS X
9:31 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

As promised earlier in the week, Feral has today released a Mac version of an "Enhancement Pack" for the football (soccer) management simulator, Championship Manager 4.

This update brings the Mac version of the game up-to-date with its Windows counterpart, though the 4.0.4 patch is only available for OS X at the moment. The UK-based company expects to have users of the OS 9 version of the game updated sometime early next week.

For those curious, the pack includes a great number of fixes and additional tweaks to the title. Here are a few of the things changed in the patch:

  • Fixed crash where players are called up to a non existant U23 team.
  • Fixed incompatibility between mac & pc versions causing different match results
  • Fixed crash coming back from tactics screen pressing space bar more than once (dialog showing).
  • MLS Ground Maintainance reduced
  • Monthly installment payments now get paid to the correct team.
  • CPU Player wage bug fixed
  • Loaning promising youngsters made easier
  • Value of non-old firm players in Scotland lowered
  • Player screen now remembers its section when moving between player screens
  • Sudden drop in player morale after winning cup fixed
Head over and grab the 6.5MB update from Macgamefiles now. Also be on the lookout for an OS 9 update sometime next week from Feral.

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War of Infamy Ghost Recon Mod Released
11:14 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Jason Tree has released the Mac version of War of Infamy 2.1, a total converion for Aspyr's Ghost Recon set in World War II. The total conversion allows players to select from British, Canadian, American, or German troops and do battle in World War II era missions. War of Infamy 2.1 includes dozens of new characters, weapons, sound effects, and vehicles.

In order to play, you'll need the full version of Ghost Recon, updated to version 1.4. Follow the link below to download the total conversion.

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MacPlay Releases April Newsletter
10:53 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacPlay has released Volume 2 of their Inside MacPlay newsletter. The newsletter provides details on shipping and upcoming games, savings on some of MacPlay's value titles, and the ever-popular "Ask The Angry Man" feature.

The newsletter also has news that Lane Rothe has recently been hired:

We'd like to introduce the latest addition to the MacPlay team: Lane Roathe, our new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Lane brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the games business, including stints as co-founder of Contraband Entertainment, id Software, and three other companies. We hope the initiation paddling didn't hurt too much, Lane.
Be sure to head over to the MacPlay web site to check out the entire newsletter.

Inside MacPlay - Issue 2

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Official Elite Force II Site Launched
10:39 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The official Star Trek: Elite Force II web site has been launched. The new site, which makes heavy use of Macromedia's Flash, offers tons of information on the game including the story, characters, weapons, and more. The site also includes screenshots, desktop to download, as well as a FAQ.

Star Trek: Elite Force II is set in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe, players can expect to face off against classic Star Trek antagonists such as the Borg, Klingons and Romulans. Players will also fight several never before seen alien species including a mysterious nightmare race.

Back in February, Aspyr officially confirmed the Macintosh version of Star Trek: Elite Force II. Star Trek: Elite Force II is being developed by Ritual Entertainment, and the Macintosh conversion is being done by Westlake Interactive. It is scheduled to be released in June.

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Age of Mythology a Mac Possibility?
9:47 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

On yesterday evening's internet radio broadcast of This Mac Life, Al Schilling of the newly revived MacSoft discusses that state of the company's many AAA gaming titles, including the possibility of seeing Age of Mythology at some point down the road.

In the interview, Peter Cohen of MacCentral talks to Schilling about a variety of games, getting updates on the status of Unreal Tournament 2003 and Neverwinter Nights. Schilling recognized fans of both games are anxiously awaiting their release, but states that they have been undergoing optimizations over the past few weeks. This hard work, along with Apple's release of OS X 10.2.5, has resulted in great strides being made in terms of performance, and both titles will require this lastest OS X update in order to play at all.

In regards to Age of Mythology, the acclaimed strategy title from Ensemble Studios and Microsoft, Schilling had this to say:

"I'm not sure if it's on our official release schedule yet, but it's certainly one we're interested in."
Stay tuned to IMG for any other info about MacSoft's increasingly impressive lineup, and check out the rest of This Mac Life's broadcast yesterday for more from Schilling.

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Wired Posts Impressions of Doom III
9:31 AM | Scott Turner | Comment on this story

Doom III, one of the most hotly anticipated gaming titles currently in development and headed up by id Software, is tantalizing fans of id and the Doom series as more screenshots and behind-the-scenes looks are given.

One of the latest previews of this eagerly awaited game has been posted online by Wired Magazine, authored by David Kushner. While more of a quick review of id history and a peek at the offices of the most talented employees at id Software, Kushner offers some insight into the development process, whether it be fueled by creativity, or in some cases brownies and coffee.

These days, the game is also the harbinger of all-nighters. During slow times, Carmack, who builds high-powered rockets with pet project Armadillo Aerospace in his spare time, leaves at 2 am (he usually arrives around noon). The hard work is paying off. A mere demo was Best of Show at last year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. Rumors abound that this could be Carmack's last major work. Doom III, says Matt Helgeson, senior editor of Game Informer, "has slightly lower expectations around it than the second coming of Jesus."
Click on the link below to read the full interview at Wired. Also, for those of you that haven't heard, this latest incarnation of the Doom series has been guarenteed by John Carmack himself for the Mac, and is currently being developed in-house for OSX with a planned "fall" 2003 release.

Wired Sneak Peek at Doom III
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Blizzard Closes Hacked Beta Accounts
9:31 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recently announced that they have closed a number of Warcraft III: Frozen Throne beta accounts which were observed to be using hacks. The corresponding base Warcraft III CD-keys have been disabled as well.
Blizzard's official announcement:

We have identified a small number of accounts and CD keys with which a hack or cheat program has been used while playing the beta of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne on In keeping with our aggressive stance against hacks and cheats, the following actions have been taken:

-The identified beta accounts have been permanently closed.
-The beta CD keys and Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos CD keys associated with these accounts have been permanently banned from the beta realms (if two players shared a beta CD key and one cheated, both players were effectively banned).
-Any additional CD keys that had been used to access along with the banned keys mentioned above have also been banned from the beta realms. For instance, if the beta was installed with two different copies of Reign of Chaos, the beta CD key and the CD keys for BOTH copies of Reign of Chaos have been banned.

Running the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne beta test allows us to fine-tune the game experience; cheating during the test can severely hinder our efforts. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter. If you would like to report additional instances of hacking or cheating, please contact us at Thank you again for your continued support.

For more information on this announcement, or for more information on Blizzard's strong anti-hack polocies, follow the links provided below.

Blizzard Closes hacked beta accounts
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, April 16, 2003

IMG Store: Max Payne for $19.953:41 PM
IMG Interviews CoreComputers' John Fraser11:08 AM
Mumbo Jumbo Ships Power Chips & High Roller9:28 AM
Apple Looks at The Sims: Unleashed6:00 AM
Myth III Weekend Party6:00 AM
Starscape Coming to OS X [Updated]6:00 AM
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