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Thursday, June 19, 2003

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Unreal Tournament 2003 Installation Fix
6:19 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Most of the Mac gaming community should be well aware by now that Unreal Tournament 2003 has been shipping to retail stores as of late. Unfortunately, some users have reported problems with the installer on the English version of UT2k3.

To address this, Ryan Gordon has posted a fix, complete with a download and instructions on how to apply it, at his finger info site. He also offers some insight as to why the crash happens:

The retail disc installer apparently calls CFRelease() on an invalid pointer (whoops), which has caused a most unsatisfying crash for a small percentage of people. We never saw this one, but those that trigger it seem to do so reliably. The French CDs have this fix already, so this is just for the English retail version that shipped on June 11th if you crash for no apparent reason after entering your CD key.
Those having trouble with their installers are encouraged to try out the fix. Ryan adds that the fix is untested, as he couldn't reproduce the error, but that success reports from Mac gamers are welcome.

Haven't gotten your copy of UT 2003 yet? It's now available through the IMG Store.

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IMG Feature: Ambrosia Software: Shareware of the Gods
1:50 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a feature "Ambrosia Software: Shareware of the Gods that takes a close look at the amazingly successful shareware company.

Here's a clip from the feature:

If you play Mac games, you've probably heard of Ambrosia Software. One of the Mac's premiere shareware developers and publishers, Ambrosia has been making games and utilities with the passionate zeal that comes from drinking the gods' nectar. And once IMG's crack news staff saw the writing on the lawn, we got the hint. It was time to do an article on them.
To check out the entire article, please follow the link below.

IMG Feature: Ambrosia Software: Shareware of the Gods
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Yet Another Quake 3 Build Posted
12:45 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

id Software's Graeme Devine has once again posted an update to Quake III: Arena. The fix was posted after several users reported problems with audio and mutiplayer crashes. Here's what Devine had to say about the latest update:

Let's try this again with a less buggy compiler... We've been battling gcc 3.1 to produce code that runs (no problems in 2.95). It's not weird C code, it doesn't get much cleaner than the Quake3 codebase. I love technology.
To download the latest patch, click on the download link below.

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Literal 'Fat Tax' Proposal for Video Games
10:34 AM | Scott Turner | Comment on this story

Due to increasing problems in obesity, a few lawmakers in the New York state Senate see the need to tax the items they feel create the problem. Included in this tax proposal are junk food, television commercials, and maybe not suprisingly, video games. While many may argue against the veracity of the arguments that by taxing items they can be eliminated, the move is likely just another way for New York State to pull itself out of its current deep budget crisis, and not a problem solver at all.

The chances of this proposal passing, according to's report on the legislation is 'slim' due to Senate Majority leader Joseph Bruno's outright opposition to the tax and the fact that the summer recess for the Senate begins on June 19th.

You can read a full summary of the proposal and related legislative ideas as of late at CNN's website at the link below. Reports on 'Fat Tax' Proposal

IGN Explores Fallout 3 Rumors
10:33 AM | Scott Turner | Comment on this story

Mac users have for a long time enjoyed the post-apocalyptic RPG game known as Fallout, and more recently its sequel, Fallout 2. Many anxious fans, however, have been awaiting for yet another title in the franchise, due to many rumblings and rumors coming from within developer Black Isle Studios' offices. IGN has explored some of this related mentions of a new game coming from the message boards from Black Isle employees on Interplay's message board (Black Isle is the RPG division of developer Interplay), and complies them in an easy to follow list.

Here's an example, with Black Isle's J.E. Sawyer commenting on their upcoming game and currently secret title named Van Buren.

However, at the beginning of Van Buren, we sat down for a few weeks and made outlines of the various areas you could explore in the game. It was pretty damned big. So, I went back and I looked at Fallout. Fallout only had 13 areas. Fallout 2 had 23 areas. Does Van Buren really need to have 23, or even 20 areas? Personally, I think it would be better off with 15-17 very good areas than 23 really rushed areas. And if, in those 15-17 areas, you can get better gameplay balance than you would have been able to in 23 areas, I think that's a good thing. I would rather have crazed lunatic people complain that 100 hours of gameplay isn't enough than have the majority of people quit the game because the first 10 of its 300 estimated hours just suck.
You can check out the compilation at the link below. If another Fallout adventure performs a suprise appearance from Black Isle's studios, you can be sure IMG will report on it and any possible Mac version. Keep checking in with IMG for more as this story develops.

Also note that you can purchase Fallout and Fallout 2 from the IMG store, with Fallout priced at $19, Fallout 2 at $29, or if you are interested in both games, a Fallout 1 and 2 bundle for $39. The games continue to be excellent examples of RPGs done right, and are certainly worth a look; you can buy them at the links below.

IGN Lists Fallout 3 Rumors and Speculations
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Lugaru: The Rabbit's Foot Announced
6:19 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Wolfire Software, responsible for titles such as Black Shades and GL Fighters, has announced an upcoming 3D action title. Named Lugaru, the game puts players in the oversized feet of Turner, an anthromorphic rabbit out for revenge against the wolves that killed his family.

Looking anything but cute, Lugaru features close range combat and some decidedly violent-looking moves. Some of its features include the following:

  • Fast terrain engine with texture blending, footprints, and transparent fog
  • Unique fast-paced combat system with weapons, attack reversals, and counter-reversals. Reminiscent of Oni on speed.
  • Fancy skeletal animation with rag-doll physics, hand and face expressions and lip-synching
  • Motion blur and other nifty render-to-texture effects.
More information and a bevy of screenshots can be found at the official Lugaru page.

Lugaru: The Rabbit's Foot

Mac Games News for Wednesday, June 18, 2003

GameSpy Talks Mac Gaming12:30 PM
IMG Reviews JBL INVADER Speakers12:20 PM
Altec Lansing Introduces VS4121 Speakers12:06 PM
NWN Tech Demo Release, Pre-Order Available12:00 PM
Shadowbane Character Quest Report12:00 PM
Tomb Raider Delays12:00 PM
Yet Another Elite Force II Q&A12:00 PM
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