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Shadowbane Patch Screen Shots
6:32 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

UbiSoft has released some preview screenshots of an upcoming patch for their MMORPG Shadowbane. The patch is significant in that it introduces new features that have been high on the list of player requests for quite some time.

Among the new features demonstrated are the new friends list, a new fast junk management window, and the Refiner. The Refiner in particular should come as a boon to players, as this character allows one to untrain skills and powers to recover points that may have been better spent elsewhere. The new friends list should also make it easier to keep track of online friends.

Those interested in taking a look at the screenshots can find them at the official SB site.

Shadowbane - New Patch Screenshots!
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Wolfpack Studios
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Norbyte Releases Downfall X 2.0.4
12:26 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Mac shareware game developer Norbyte has released an update to their popular puzzle game Downfall, bringing the current version to 2.0.4. The latest version adds in more options for the user interface, and also fixes some problems encountered at the game's opening screen. Below is a full list of changes:

  • New option added. You can now choose to view the main menu as "full" (standard look) or "slim" (with a few buttons removed).
  • A bug that could cause the game to freeze (after the "Norbyte presents" screen) on some Windows setups, has been fixed.

For more information, including a download link for the latest update, check out the links below.

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New Q3-Based Game Underway
12:25 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Independent game developer BroadCraft Interactive Studios has announced a new project in the making; a Quake 3: Arena based mod with a heavy emphasis on singleplayer as well as multiplayer. While is the game is currently untitled, the developers have provided a substancial amount of information, including details on character classes, multiplayer modes, and even screenshots. Here's the full announcement:

We, at BroadCraft Studios, have been working on an intense First Person Action Game for a little over a year now. Using the Quake3 Arena Technology we are creating an alien based hardcore action game with some Role Playing elements. This game is not to be related or compared to the Alien movie franchise. The single player portion of the game will take the player on an unique and instensive story driven adventure. The very immerse story was written by Chris and Andreas.
The game will also include a Mutliplayer portion with some very unique multiplayer game modes not forgeting the classics, Free For All and Capture the Flag.
While no Mac version of the game has yet been mentioned, given the number of Quake 3 titles ported to the Mac, we consider the possibility much greater because of the nature of the engine. Be sure to check out the projects page for more information and screenshots.

BroadCraft Studios News
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Blizzard Posts Warcraft III Clan FAQ
12:17 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Battle.net has posted a FAQ on their website regarding the newly instated clan feature in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. The FAQ offers newcomers to the expansion a wide range of information, including how to join a clan, how to create a clan, how many users can be in a clan, and much, much more. Here's an excerpt from the FAQ:

What is clan upkeep?
Clan upkeep is simply the activity requirement that Battle.net imposes on clans. Battle.net will automatically disband clans it considers to be inactive. To be considered an active clan and prevent the clan from being deleted for inactivity, the chieftain must log in at least once every 28 days. In addition, at least 10 clan members (including the chieftain) must log in once every 28 days.
For more information, be sure to check out the official FAQ. If you would like to purchase Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, you can do at the IMG Store for the low price of $34.95. Note that a full version of Warcraft III is required to play.

Frozen Throne Clan F.A.Q.
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Epsilon Tahari Updated To 1.0.1
11:59 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Epsilon Tahari, a recently released action-based flight sim from Code Blenders, has been updated to version 1.0.1. The new version adds a much requested Reverse Throttle checkbox, and also fixes a problem with input settings. Here's a full list of changes:

Added a Reverse Throttle checkbox. Fixed a problem with the fire key when keyboard is selected as input device.
You can download the update/demo for yourself at our sister site, MacGameFiles. For more information, be sure to check out the links below.

Download Epsilon Tahari 1.0.1
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IMG Review: Epsilon Tahari


IMG Reviews Midiland IRS-F1 Wireless Headphones
11:48 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Midiland's IRS-F1 wireless headphones boasts an integrated battery charger, analog and S/PDIF inputs, 1/4-inch headphone jack, and "virtual" 5.1 processing — all at a competitive price point, but does it have sound quality to match? Greg Gant puts this pair of headphones to the test. Here is an excerpt from the review:

The most interesting feature of the Midiland headphones is "virtual 5.1 surround sound". Headphones cannot physically contain five speakers so surround sound ‘phones must emulate multi-channel audio on two speakers. I assumed that the headphones supported Dolby Digital because the receiver sported an optical port, but I noticed the manual had no mention of Dolby Digital or even Dolby ProLogic support. A quick test confirmed that the receiver indeed did not support Dolby Digital. The optical port only supports standard PCM audio so if it’s connected directly to a DVD player, it might require some configuration in the DVD player’s hardware settings.
For more information on the IRS-F1, read the rest of the review.

IMG Review: Midiland IRS-F1
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PlayMyth Status On Various Myth Updates
10:55 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The PlayMyth web site has recently been updated with news of new upcoming builds of all three Myth games by Bungie Software. Here's the updates on all three products:

Myth II: v1.4.1 Beta Testing
A new beta of Myth II v1.4.1 will be released within the coming days. This will feature some more bug fixes, some performance (FPS) enhancements and some overall improvements. This will be available for download right here on PlayMyth.net and MythDev.com. We'll have another announcement when this is ready to be released. We're working to be sure the bugs are gone, the features are back and that everything is rock-solid and stable before we release. The last thing anyone here wants is another bug-riddled game.

Myth III: v1.2
We hope to have another Myth III build by the end of the weekend for both Windows and Macintosh. This will feature some improvements and the windows version will actually work this time! :) Some compiler issues caused problems with the previous Myth III build for windows. Some of the enhancements coming include an added preference for control bars, some general screen bug fixes and a fix to the problem with reverting to a saved game vs. restarting a level on the solo game.

Myth TFL
PlayMyth is now working feverishly to support Myth TFL. We hope to have support for TFL as soon as this weekend. There are two scenarios currently playing out for TFL support. One is a temporary measure until we have the permanent measures in place and another is just waiting for the permanent measures. One way or another - TFL play is coming - and coming fast. We have some other exciting news about TFL but we're not quite ready to let that cat out of the bag as of yet.

There are currently two versions of Myth II and Myth III already on the PlayMyth web site. To download them, and for more news on these updates, head over to the PlayMyth web site.

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EA Reveals 7th Expansion Pack For The Sims
10:40 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Electronic Arts today announced the 7th and final expansion pack for the best-selling game of all time, The Sims. Here's more from the official announcement:

Brace Yourselves! The Sims are Makin' Magic! In this expansion pack finale for The Sims original series, your Sims can cast magic spells to improve their love life, wreak havoc on visiting neighbors, or put an end to their tedious chores. An all-new magical carnival-themed destination, exciting new gameplay, and a whole new cast of quirky characters await you in this powerful pack of magical high jinx. Send your Sims to Magic Town to perform mind-boggling tricks and discover secret recipes for spells and charms. Back home, transform everyday objects into helpful minions, hypnotize your so-called friends, or turn that annoying neighbor into a frog. Watch out, spells go haywire if your Sims lack that magic something. See what happens when you challenge the fate of your Sims as you concoct and cast magic spells with good or bad intentions. In The Sims Makin' Magic, expect the unexpected.
Aspyr has so far ported five of the expansion packs to the Mac. The Sims Superstar, the sixth expansion pack for the Mac, hasn't been announced for the Mac just yet, but given the trend, it's more than likely this and Makin' Magic will eventually make their way to the Mac.

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Westlake Interactive
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Delta Tao Releases New Eric's Solitaire X Alpha
9:24 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Despite it being over 10 years old now, Eric's Ultimate Solitaire continues to be a favorite among computer solitaire players. Delta Tao has recently released an alpha version of Eric's Ultimate Solitaire for Mac OS X that features a slew of new games and enhanced graphics.

Eric's Ultimate Solitaire includes over 23 Games including Klondike, Pyramid, FreeCell, Spider, Casino Klondike, Forty Thieves, Montana, Baker's Dozen and more. To download the alpha, head over to the Delta Tao web site.

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Quake Expo 2003 Underway
6:32 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

For all your Quake 1 fans out there, Quake Expo 2003 is now underway! Quake Expo is a sort of virtual expo in which Quake 1 coders, artists, map makers, etc. meet to share work, collaborate, and just play some Quake. Here's how their website describes the event:

Qexpo is to Quake 1 what a meeting like E3 is to game developers. It's a chance for all Quake 1 coders, mappers, skinners and modelers to get together during a limited period of time (6th to 13th of July) to show their skills. Unlike E3, Qexpo is a virtual meeting, that is, the meeting place is a site(http://www.qexpo.com/) and not a "real" place. However, much like E3, Qexpo also offers booths (even if virtual) and many opportunities for Quake 1 fans to get together, during IRC and QuakeWorld parties.
The Expo runs until the 13th, so be sure to head on over to the website and check out some of the events.

Quake Expo 2003 underway
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uDevGame 2003 Call to Sponsors
6:32 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Carlos Camacho of iDevGames has posted an editorial calling for sponsors to support the upcoming uDevGame 2003 event. Founded in 1998, the uDevGame event has called on independent Mac game developers to submit their entries in a yearly contest. Designed to promote the independent community as well as Mac gaming in general, the event has grown considerably in the past couple of years.

Sponsors, which should be Mac-related vendors, need only donate one prize in order to qualify for benefits, which include the following:

  • Sponsors are entitled to a free web banner on the iDevGames site for a six month period
  • Sponsors are listed along with their company PR in the contest "Sponsors" page
  • Prizes donated feature links and product PR in the contest "Prizes" page
  • Sponsors are listed in all uDevGame press releases to the media
Those interested in more information, including how to apply for sponsorship, can find it at the iDevGames site.

uDevGame 2003: Calling Mac Software and Hardware Vendors


Mac Games News for Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Dungeon Siege #1-Selling Mac Game12:50 PM
IMG Reviews Epsilon Tahari12:20 PM
Europa Universalis II Version 1.0.2.2 Released11:22 AM
Free Sims or Everquest With .Mac Renewal11:14 AM
Apple Features Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne6:49 AM
Hugo - Create Your Own Text Adventures6:49 AM
New Worms 3D Shots6:49 AM
Sun on Java and Games6:49 AM
 
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