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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 Demo Released
12:11 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media today released a demo version of their upcoming golf simulation, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003. The demo allows you to play four holes from the Sahalee Country Club, holes 10 through 13. The 60 MB demo is available for download through If you're an IMG Pro user, be sure to download it thorugh your Hot Downloads page for faster downloads.

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. New in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2003 is a Career Mode that completely immerses the player into a rags to riches, struggle to the top game; players can create their own custom golfer and develop their skills through competitions and challenges against amateur and PGA TOUR opponents. New rendering effects allow the grass to grow around your feet, making the rough rougher; weather effects let you "feel" the sun, the wind and the chill asthe fog rolls in. Are you ready to become Golf's most recognized golfer?

Aspyr Media also announced that they have begun shipping Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 to retailers. The IMG Store will have stock of this game sometime early next week.

The Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 demo will be included on MacGames CD Volume 13, due to be released in early July. If you're not into downloading big demos, be sure to subscribe today.

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IMG Store: Pre-Order Neverwinter Nights
5:10 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store is now taking pre-orders for MacSoft's upcoming RPG, Neverwinter Nights. The game is available for pre-order for $48.99. If you are a MacGames CD/IMG Pro subscriber, you can pick it up for just $42.99. Shipping starts at $5 for US Priority (2-4 days) and $6.99 for 2nd Day Fed Ex.

A hideous evil has awoken in the Forgotten Realms. Now, in order to save the inhabitants of the town of Neverwinter you must uncover a sinister conspiracy, unmask your mysterious betrayer and complete an epic struggle to defeat the powerful forces that look to halt your quest and unleash an evil your people would surely never survive. BioWare Corp. and MacSoft present the most revolutionary PC gaming experience to date.

Dare to sleep through Neverwinter Nights. Experience the magic of the legendary Dungeon & Dragons on your computer with the new role-playing game, Neverwinter Nights. The developers of hugely popular Baldur's Gate series have created a remarkable 60-hour single-player adventure in addition to the multiplayer experience of a lifetime.

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

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Geneforge 2 Closer to Shipping, New Screenshots
12:49 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Jeff Vogel of Spiderweb Software let IMG know that Geneforge 2, the sequel to the popular shareware RPG game, will be shipping in late July. The company has also posted new screenshots of the game.

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.

Geneforge 2 will be $25, or $32 with a hint book. Geneforge 2 will be available for both Windows and Macintosh and should be released in late July.

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Ambrosia Releases EV: Nova 1.0.6
11:13 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software today released an update to Escape Velocity: Nova, the third game in the Escape Velocity series. The latest version, 1.0.6, includes a number of bug fixes and changes, listed below:

- corrected operation of mission briefing SRK and PRK tags
- corrected hang on startup when using plugins that feature recursive submunitions
- briefing text is correctly shown when mission cargo pickup mode is zero
- fixed display of ship sprites loaded from PICT resources
- AI ships no longer launch fighters whose weapon resource is marked "AI ships won't use"
- added debuglog warning when opening pilot files that refer to missing resources
- keyboard shortcuts work properly in bar when caps lock is on
- repeated keystrokes are recognized to buy and sell items in the outfit dialog
- corrected various issues related to the ammunition loadouts of captured or plundered ships
- corrected deceleration of intertialess ships that enter from hyperspace
- corrected deceleration of player ship when hit by weapon impacts while using afterburner
- fleet generation takes into account ship resource AppearOn fields for AI fleet escort ships
- locked plugin and data files are correctly opened
- added keyboard shortcuts to escort communication and hiring dialog
To download the latest patch, weighing in at 23 MB, is available for download from our sister site, A link to the full version is also available.

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Quake III Patched Again
9:47 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Yet another test-patch for the classic FPS Quake III was released today by id Software. The latest update apparently just adds some more performance improvements to the mix. For those who missed the news on the last test-patch, here's what the patch fixes:

There's a new build of Quake III for Mac OS X on the id ftp server. This is for 10.2 or later only. This version fixes support for certain add in audio sound cards, adds a brand new ppc QVM compiler, and "tada" adds Altivec code to aid MD3 rendering.
This is not a required patch for the game, as it is still version 1.32. For more information on the patch, or to download it, follow the provided links.

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CNN Money Reports on 'The Return of Shareware'
8:37 AM | Scott Turner | Comment on this story

The idea of shareware has been around since the first well known computer hit, Doom, and is an excellent form of distribution for many companies lacking the resources to package their games and place them on store shelves like traditional games.

At, an article has been posted about how the ever-developing internet is now fostering and encouraging more shareware developers than ever, and may soon return shareware to its peak state of a few years ago. The ability to easily pay quickly online, a great increase in casual gaming, more open engines to license and small start-up companies to develop may all help fuel the speculated 'shareware comeback.'

You can read the full article on shareware's development at the link below. Money Article on Shareware Gaming

Solace Now Shipping
8:37 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Freeverse has released an announcement heralding the arrival of its latest title Solace. A board game inspired by classics such as Risk and Axis & Allies, Solace features turn-based gameplay that focuses on strategy and warfare, with support for solo games, network play, and a play-by-email system allowing up to six players.

Here's a snip from Freeverse's announcement:

SOLACE places you in command of a nation locked in a death-struggle with rival empires. Commanding frigates and catapults, archers and cavalry, you must out-think and out-fight your rivals to emerge victorious.

Conceived and coded by Rocco Bowling, SOLACE delivers pure old-school strategy gaming with smooth OpenGL graphics. If your brother needs a little humbling, (and whose doesn't), this might be just the game.

Solace is shipping for both Macs and PCs, so Mac gamers should be able to trounce their PC friends in the battlefield. More information, as well as a demo, is available at Freeverse's Solace page.

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Custer's Desktops: Unreal Tournament 2003
8:37 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

As if the game needed any more hype, this week's desktop, courtesy as always of Brad Custer, features Unreal Tournament 2003. Released recently for the Mac, this highly-anticipated first-person shooter features several species, slick graphics and multiplayer modes familiar to just about any self-styled fragger out there.

Just returning from your alien abduction? Then do I have news for you. Unreal Tournament 2003 was recently released by MacSoft for the Mac. Needless to say, my mailbox has been overflowing with requests for another Unreal Tournament 2003 desktop. So, with the help of Epic Games, MacSoft and the handy dandy internet I was able to create this week's wallpaper. I simply entitled this selection, "Warriors", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
As always, those interested in grabbing this classy desktop image will find it in a variety of sizes at Custer's Desktops.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, June 19, 2003

IMG Feature: Ambrosia Software: Shareware of the Gods1:50 PM
Yet Another Quake 3 Build Posted12:45 PM
Literal 'Fat Tax' Proposal for Video Games10:34 AM
IGN Explores Fallout 3 Rumors10:33 AM
Lugaru: The Rabbit's Foot Announced6:19 AM
Unreal Tournament 2003 Installation Fix6:19 AM
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