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TrueCombat Beta 1.0 Nears Release
7:13 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Fans of Quake III mods such as Urban Terror will probably be interested in an upcoming mod in the same vein. Enitled TrueCombat, it's described as a realism-based mod, this time with an even heavier emphasis on the realism factor, to the point of referring to itself as a "superreal conversion". Featuring a host of real world weapons and player models, the upcoming version beta 1.0 promises the following features:

  • Tactical mode wherein you aim using the iron sights of the actual gun; read: no crosshairs.
  • Two teams, different mission objectives, emphasising realistic team tactics.
  • Scriptable mission objectives in maps.
  • The ability for different weapons to penetrate different objects with varying degrees of success.
  • Realistic sounds for both enviroment and player.
  • The addition of C4 and smoke grenades to your arsenal.
  • New attachment system for weapon upgrades (scopes, silencers, laser sights, etc.).
  • Brand spankin' new models for the weapons and player.
  • A host of new animations for weapon reloads, player movement, etc.
  • Realistic lens flares, glare, and flash blend effects.
  • Voice commands for quick communication with teammates.
  • The choice between 4 different huds, including the old-school flavor from previous builds.
Beta 1.0 is currently scheduled to see release this Friday, June 13th. Those interested in seeing the title in action can find screenshots, weapon sight shots, and various animations at the official site, which can be accessed through the link below. The mod will be completely Mac-compatible, and according to TrueCombat's official forums a native installer is in the works.


One on One With Glenda Adams
12:47 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Exactly two years ago IMG got together with Westlake's Glenda Adams for a monthly feature called One on One with Glenda Adams. This popular feature has been a staple on IMG ever since. With her recent announcement that she would be joining Aspyr Media, we decided to give One on One a final send off with one final feature.
To check out the final One on One, please follow the link below.

IMG Feature: One on One with Glenda Adams

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 Goes Gold
9:47 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

Mac game porting house Westlake Interactive recently updated their news page revealing that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003, the next-generation golf simulation by EA Sports, has reached gold status.

This latest installment of the award-winning golf series offers no less than 12 PGA golf courses, 14 types of golf games and 15 pro golfers to choose from, including, of course, Tiger Woods himself.

Westlake Interactive's mac port of this title will be published by Aspyr Media and, according to their monthly newsletter, should be released soon. Also, we have confirmed with Westlake that a demo is in the works.

Here's a brief description of what this potential blockbuster has to offer, as quoted from Aspyr Media's web site:

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2003 brings golf to life on the computer in a completely 3-D world with a brand new course and PGA TOUR golfer lineup. Put every skill to the test on eight pro courses, including the exclusive St Andrews Golf Links and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Enhanced True Swing mouse swing delivers the most realistic feeling of swinging a golf club on the computer. Are you ready to become golf's most recognized golfer?
For more information on Tiger Woods 2003, head to IMG Eddie Park's preview through the link below. Also, don't forget to reserve your copy of this title at the IMG Store.

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Master of Orion III 1.2 Beta Patch Released
9:10 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

After a brief delay, the Macintosh version of the 1.2 beta patch for Master of Orion III has been released. In case you missed it, the beta patch was originally released on Friday, but due to problems with the installer, the beta was pulled.

The new patch is incompatible with the previous data patch that was released back in April. Furthermore, old saved games and all existing mods will be broken by this patch and will not work.

Here are some items included in this patch:

  • New History screen
  • Rewritten/expanded help text
  • Improved alt-tab behavior
  • Improved enemy AI behavior
  • UI - improved navigation and increased economic information
  • Compressed transmission of save games in multi-player

    The 5.1 patch is being hosted at our sister site, If you are an IMG Pro users, be sure to download it from your Hot Downloads files.

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    Gamespy Posts 25 Dumbest Moments in Gaming
    7:13 AM | Scott Turner | Comment on this story

    Blunders, foul-ups, visionaries with no vision... it's all covered in Gamespy's article about what they consider the 25 most collosal mistakes in the history of gaming, starting all the way back with the Atari and going up to the modern day. Many gamers who have been around for a while will probably remember some of these landmarks in poor thinking, such as the Atari game ET, coded, developed and launched in 5 weeks, or the epic .plan battles between game developers.

    Here's a clip from their flashback to the never released online connection protocol and gaming service, PowerPlay.

    So, in short, PowerPlay was supposed to make playing on the Internet -- even on a dial-up connection -- just as good as playing on a local area network. Gabe went on to boast that, "we had people on a LAN playing [TFC] against someone with a 1000 ping, and it was playable," and that PowerPlay dial-up service would begin in Q1 2000.

    Yes, PowerPlay was a truly magical thing that would eliminate lag forever, instantly banish all cheaters to a Scottish gulag, do your taxes, and boost your sex life to stratospheric new heights. It's no wonder so many different companies supported it! Oh wait, PowerPlay was never released, and all traces of its existence were swept under a huge rug.

    Gamespy is rolling out the article's top 25 moments in groups of 5, so check back every day as they get closer to unveiling the whole range of gaming dismal flops on Friday.

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    Lost Minds Releases Blobs 4.0
    7:13 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    Mac shareware developer Lost Minds has recently released an OS X version of Blobs for Mac users. Touted as version 4.0, this latest upgrade features vastly improved OpenGL graphics and the ability to quit the game at anytime and continue at a later date.

    As its name suggests, Blobs is a puzzle game where players must place blobs, but with the intent of keeping the playing area as clear as possible:

    A puzzle-game where you place blobs on a playingfield. The blobs have different colors and lines on them and by combining them well you can make them pop away, giving you points and preventing the board from filling up. The game is actually quite hard to explain, but don't despair, there's an ingame tutorial.
    A trial version, sized at 9.7MB, can be downloaded from the Lost Minds site, and later be unlocked by paying a $10 registration fee.

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    Mac Games News for Monday, June 9, 2003

    IMG Reviews Uplink1:37 PM
    Feral on Mac-specific Changes for Warrior Kings11:18 AM
    ATI Releases Remote Wonder10:54 AM
    Moofie Awards Announced10:34 AM
    Epic's Gordon Talks UT 2003 Mac9:01 AM
    Vendetta Update9:01 AM
    Voodoo Extreme Posts Elite Force II Interview9:01 AM
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