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NASCAR Racing 2003 Track Pack Released
9:19 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media today released a cool new track pack for NASCAR Racing 2003. The track pack adds three new fantasy tracks including Eight Bowl Superspeedway, Hillside International Speedway, and Papyrus Motorsports Park. The track pack is available for download from

Here's more on the tracks included:

Eight Bowl Superspeedway - A 2.5-mile figure-eight superspeedway with 31 degrees of banking.

Hillside International Speedway - A 1-mile speedway with 36 degrees of banking.

Papyrus Motorsports Park - A 3.77-mile high speed 7 turn road course.

To install the pack, you'll need to do the following:

1. Uncompress the stuffed file.

2. Place the 3 folders within the compressed file into the NASCAR® Racing 2003 Season "tracks" folder.

Head over to to download the track pack. Don't have NASCAR Racing 2003 yet? The IMG Store now has the game in stock. Be sure to place your order today.

MGF: Nascar Racing 2003 Track Pack
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IMG Store: Spyhunter & Nascar Racing 2003 Now Shipping
12:00 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store is now shipping two new Aspyr titles including Spyhunter and Nascar Racing 2003. Spyhunter is available for $29.95. If you are a MacGames CD/IMG Pro subscriber, you can purchase it for just $27.95. Nascar Racing 2003 is available for $39.95 while subscribers can pick it up for just $36.95.

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. 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.

Nascar Racing 2003
Legendary authenticity. Unparalleled racing. Battle your way to the lead of the pack in the most immersive racing game of the season! Go bumper-to-bumper against all of your 2003 favorites on all 23 real-life tracks, or draft to gain speed and blow right past them at 200 mph. Take the checkered flag and experience the thrill that only NASCAR can deliver.

To place your order, head over to the IMG Store.

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Shacknews Posts Halo PC Interview
10:43 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

As the PC/Mac versions of Halo near completion, a stream of previews continue to appear in their wake. One of the latest ones, offered by Shacknews, contains its share of interesting information, particularly concerning multiplayer capabilities and new weapons.

One question addressed concerns the ability to set up a dedicated public server. Randy Pitchford, the president of Gearbox Software, notes that the PC version will have the capability, though other platforms will most likely not have the capability at launch time. Multiplayer in general, however, will see a host of new features, including new game types, weapons, and maps.

One of the new weapons, dubbed the Fuel Rod, should be of interest to those who have played through the single-player verison of Halo before:

It's called the Fuel Rod gun, but I just call it a Mortar. It's based off a weapon that was used by the enemy near the end of the single player game, but the weapon was never usable by Master Chief. We took the idea and ran with it when we added it to multiplayer. It's essentially like hand carried artillery weapon that fires huge, nasty plasma shells in an arc - it's great for attacking the enemy bases from afar or other indirect fire applications.
Pitchford also notes the addition of a flamethrower, which he describes as "horribly effective in King of the Hill or Capture the Flag."

The Mac port of Halo, currently being worked on by Westlake Interactive, has been reported as being just a few steps behind its PC counterpart. Interestingly enough, Pitchford is quoted in the interview as saying that the plan is to release the Mac version at the same time as the PC version.

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New Classes Added To World of Warcraft
10:42 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Blizzard has taken the wraps off of three new World of Warcraft classes which include the Warlock, Hunter, and Druid. After deciding what race to play, each character will choose one of several classes. Each race has its own list of class options available to it.

Here's a description of the Hunter class:

Azeroth is home to a wide variety of beasts. From the new world of Lordaeron to the old world of Kalimdor, all manner of creatures can be found. Some are friendly, some are ferocious and aggressive - yet they all have one thing in common. Each creature shares a special connection with Hunters. Hunters track, tame and slay all manner of animals and beasts found in the wilds. Whether they rely on bows or firearms, Hunters consider their weapons and pets to be their only true friends.
To learn more about each new class and to check out some impressive new screenshots of World of Warcraft, follow the link below.

World of Warcraft is a massive multiplayer online game being developed simultaneously for the Mac and PC. A release date has not been announced yet.

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Marathon: Aleph One Updates Released
10:15 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Marathon: Aleph One, the open source project for Marathon, has released a new update that features Internet play. A screenshot on the Aelph One page depicts a successful seven player Internet game.

Here's what included in the new Mac OS X and Windows builds:

  • A new scripting system based on the language Lua ( It already supports most Pfhortran features. Pfhortran will remain in the builds, but is deprecated.
  • A new star-topology multiplayer system. We have been able to play 7-player games across the US with good results using this.
  • The network microphone is now compressed using the open-source codex Speex (
  • The HUD can now be drawn in OpenGL without "Pipe 2D Graphics through OpenGL", but you will need to edit the preferences file to enable it (add 3032 to "ogl_flags" in "graphics").
  • OpenGL now supports anisotropic rendering, but you will also need to edit the preferences to use it (change "anisotropy_level" in "graphics" to 16.0).
  • To download the lastest version of Marathon: Aleph One, head over to the official web site.

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    Study Reveals Software Piracy Down
    9:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    The piracy rate for commercial software has decreased 10 percent worldwide over the last eight years, according to a new study by the the Business Software Alliance. The BSA says that continued education efforts are critical to shrinking the piracy problem even further.

    Here's more from the study:

    BSA, the Washington, DC-based international association representing the world?s leading software publishers, today announced that the global software piracy rate declined to 39% in 2002, below its 1994 all-time high of 49%.

    Worldwide, every country except Zimbabwe has reduced its rate of piracy since 1994, the year in which the study was first commissioned.   The U.S. piracy rate hit an all-time low of 23%, currently the lowest piracy rate in the world.

    ?It is welcoming news to learn that the worldwide software piracy problem has improved significantly since the release of the first study,? said Robert Holleyman, president and CEO of BSA.   ?We attribute this trend to the industry?s success in implementing educational programs, working with governments to strengthen copyright laws and emphasizing good software asset management businesses practices that contribute to a safe and legal digital world."

    However, it?s critical to recognize that the industry is facing a spiraling Internet piracy problem.   In the future, if the industry is to continue its success in reducing the problem further, then clearly, more robust education and advocacy initiatives will be required.?

    To read more on the topic, please follow the link below.

    Study Reveals Significant Decline in World Software Piracy Since 1994

    MacGames CD 12 Ships Today!
    9:19 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    The latest edition of the MacGames CD will begin shipping today. What's included on Volume 12 of the MGCD? Hot new demos of Unreal Tournament 2003, Medal of Honor: Spearhead, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Think Tanks, Uplink, Orbz 2.0, Virtual Grand Prix 2, and much more. Plus we've included dozens of new updates, shareware games, and much more.

    If you haven't subscribed to the MacGames CD yet, there's still plenty of time. As an added bonus, we're offering a FREE copy of one of the following game(s) with every new subscription or renewal:

    ? 4x4 Evolution 2
    ? Fallout
    ? Unreal Tournament
    ? Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
    ? Jinni Zeala Pinball
    ? American McGee's Alice and Cliver Barker's Undying
    ? Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and Elite Force Expansion Pack
    ? Giants: Citizen Kabuto
    ? Escape from Monkey Island and iPuppet Cards
    ? Tomb Raider: Chronicles and Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation

    Be sure to visit our IMG Web Store for more details on ordering a subscription and exclusive special deals just for subscribers.

    GameRanger Adds NASCAR Racing 2003
    9:19 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    GameRanger today announced the addition of Aspyr's just released NASCAR Racing 2003 to the Macintosh online gaming service. This marks the 119 title that can be played online over GameRanger.

    Here's more from the official press release:

    NASCAR Racing 2003: Legendary authenticity. Unparalleled racing. Battle your way to the lead of the pack in the most immersive racing game of the season! Go bumper-to-bumper against all of your 2003 favorites on all 23 real-life tracks, or draft to gain speed and blow right past them at 200 mph. Take the checkered flag and experience the thrill that only NASCAR can deliver.

    GameRanger provides hours of entertainment for interactive game players around the world, supporting online multiplayer gameplay for over 100 game titles, with highlights including Age of Empires II, Dungeon Siege, Ghost Recon, Jedi Knight II, Links CE 2002, Risk II, Scrabble, and Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds.

    Introduced over three years ago, the GameRanger community is now home to over 120,000 registered members playing more than 100 popular game titles spanning classic, action, strategy and simulation. For more information, follow the link below to GameRanger.


    Mac Games News for Tuesday, June 3, 2003

    Giga Designs Ships 1.4 GHz G4 Upgrade2:34 PM
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    Myth II v.1.4 Released12:46 PM
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    Elite Force 2 Hands-On Preview6:31 AM
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