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Monday, July 14, 2003

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America's Army Mac Nears Completion
7:50 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Mac gamers awaiting the release of America's Army may not have much longer to wait. According to a recent news posting at the official America's Army site, the Mac version, typed at version 1.7, is nearly complete:

Since we announced the plan to port America's Army to the Mac, the response has been overwhelming! We are pleased to announce that the Mac port of AA v1.7 is nearly complete. And if this initial response is an indication of things to come, our community is about to double in size! So hold on tight, troops -- and get ready to welcome the Mac gaming community!
A first-person shooter at heart, America's Army simulates U.S. Army training and adventures, introducing players to specific roles and a strict set of rules to abide by. Ryan Gordon of Epic has been working on the Mac port of this title, and recently sent out a call for beta testers. Gamers looking to sample a little Army on their Macs may soon see their cravings fulfilled.

America's Army - Got Mac?
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America's Army: Special Forces 2.4

OWC Ships 800 MHz Mercury G4 Processor Upgrade
1:22 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Other World Computing has begun shipping its 800MHz Mercury Extreme G4 processor upgrade for $269.99. They are compatible with Power Mac G4 AGP-equipped models (350MHz to 1GHz) and can be used as replacements to the Apple G4 daughtercard.

The upgrades don't occupy a separate PCI or AGP slot and don't require enabling software. Included in each upgrade is a pre-installed heat sink and a cooling fan.

The Mercury Extreme G4 processor upgrades feature 256Kb of 1:1 L2 cache on-chip and 2MB of L3 cache and are Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X compatible.

OWC: Mercury Extreme CPU Upgrades

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IMG Previews America's Army: Operations
12:48 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has just posted a preview of America's Army: Operations, the new, upcoming, and free first person tactical shooter for Mac. In the preview, IMG News Editor Andy Largent offers readers a look at some of the various features in the game, including the game's training system, combat, and even graphics. Here's a sneak peak of what's inside:

Once in an online game, you'll need to quickly pick up some things the tutorials never taught you: strategy and teamwork. In America's Army: Operations, one shot can kill, and once you're dead, you are out for the rest of that round. This makes your life, and those of your teammates, very precious if you're going to accomplish your objectives.

There are mechanisms for team communication, and many teammates are willing to help show new players the ropes if you need some advice. Using cover to your advantage is highly recommended, and it's best to stick with one or two other players when navigating a map in case you get into a firefight. A round is done when a team is eliminated or all the objectives are completed. A variety of stats are kept to see how well you're stacking up against others on your side or that of your opponents.

For more, check out the full preview. Today, the developer's of America's Army announced that the Mac port is very close to completion, so expect a release sometime this week. We'll keep you posted.

IMG Preview: America's Army: Operations
America's Army: Special Forces 2.4
U.S Army

Jeff Wescott Returns to IMG as Senior Reviews Editor
9:29 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG is extremely pleased to announce that Jeff Wescott has returned to IMG as its new Senior Reviews Editor. Jeff was previously a senior editor for IMG back in 2000 and took a few years off to pursue other personal interests. As IMG's new Senior Reviews Editor, Jeff will be in charge of assigning, editing, and posting new reviews to the web site.

"I am very glad to once again play a role with Inside Mac Games", Wescott said. "Since I departed, I remained an avid Mac gamer and reader but definitely missed being part of the Mac game scene. I look forward to working with our staff to provide readers with more of the quality reviews that they have to come expect from IMG."

IMG's Publisher/Editor in Chief, Tuncer Deniz, had this to say about Wescott's return, "We're estatic to have Jeff back. He's the consumate professional and will help strengthen our reviews line-up."

The entire IMG staff would like to welcome Jeff back.

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Bill Roper Discusses Departure from Blizzard
7:50 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

On July 1, 2003, the video gaming world was shocked when Blizzard Entertainment vice president Bill Roper, along with three other co-founders, announced their leave from the company. Luckily, gaming publications since then have been trying hard to intercept Roper, hoping to gain some information about his decisions. Allen "Delsyn" Rausch of GameSpy got the chance to talk to Roper, and has posted an exclusive interview on the GameSpy website. The interview covers many topics, starting with Roper's history at Blizzard, his reasons for leaving, and even his plans for the future of game development. Here's an excerpt from the conversation:

GameSpy: What do you think you learned at Blizzard that will be helpful in your new endeavor.

Bill Roper: Teamwork. The team concept is something that has been very successful at Blizzard. We find we make better games when we have others to bounce ideas off of, gain a fresh perspective from, and argue our points with. The best part is, all four of us always do this with the game in mind and know it isn't personal. It is pretty freeing to be able to tell someone on the team that their idea is completely nuts, knowing that at the end of the day, you can both sit down and have a beer without any personal animosity because your end goals are the same.

For more information, head to the link below to check out the full interview.

Bill Roper -- Exodus from Blizzard North (Interview)
Blizzard Entertainment

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New Tenebrae Release for PC
7:50 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Tenebrae Quake, an open source project geared towards giving the original Quake a more modern look and feel, has been updated once again, bringing the current version to 1.04. Here's a list of major changes from the official website:

-Fixed network play
-Plays old demo's/unmodified mods
-Multisurface md3's
-Check the readme for a more complete list.
A Mac vesion of Tenebrae Quake 1.04 is currently unavailable, but expect a release soon from Fruitz of Dojo. Be sure to check out the links below for more information.

Download TenebraeQuake 1.0.3
Tenebrae Quake
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Germs 1.0.0 Released
7:50 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Mac shareware distributor Factor Software has announced the release of its newest title, Germs. A puzzle game in the same vein as titles such as Pipe Dream, Germs challenges players by having them place various germ sprites on a board, grouping them by color in order to make them vanish:

As the player advances through the levels, the patterns become more complex, the germs become more plentiful, and the danger skyrockets through the roof. But a savvy hand can seize advantageous powerups and spare seconds to create killer combos that keep the threat at bay for the next few seconds—and also rack up a heckuva lotta points.
Some additional features include 35 levels, an interactive tutorial, and the ability to customize the soundtrack with mp3s. Germs also runs under both OS 9 and X.

Those interested in more information or download links can find them at Factor Software's site.

Factor Software - Germs

New Lead of Blizzard North Named
7:50 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

While the net has been aflame with posts discussing the announcement of several key members of Blizzard quitting the company, speculation has also run on who might take up the reins. According to an article by Yahoo Finance, former lead programmer Rick Seis has been picked as the new development team lead for Blizzard North.

Seis's past credits include being the senior programmer on Diablo, the lead programmer for Diablo II, and the company's director of technology. Mike Morhaime, current President of Blizzard, heartily endorses Seis as a good choice:

"Rick was the natural choice to take over the reins as development team lead for Blizzard North," stated Mike Morhaime, Blizzard Entertainment president and co-founder. "He has been a driving force from day one, and because of his history with us and his experience as a lead programmer on the Diablo® series, we feel he's the right person to build on the successes of Blizzard North and to help shape the team's future direction."
While Blizzard has lost some good people, the company is far from finished, with the recent release of the Warcraft III expansion Frozen Throne doing quite well in sales. Hopefully, the new management will be able to maintain the same high standards that Blizzard has stood for in the past.

Yahoo Finance - Diablo Veteran to Lead Blizzard North Development Team
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Abuse Released for OS X
7:50 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Fans of the classic Bungie side-scroller Abuse may be interested to know that an open-source development team has released a Mac OS X version of the game, free of charge. Here's the news post from the team's website:

Added a binary package for MacOS X. It incldues the datafiles, so there's no need to download them as well.
Thanks to Julian Mayer.
In order to run Abuse for OS X, you will need to download the SDL library if you already do not have it. Links can be found at the bottom of this article.

Download SDL 1.25

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Zodiac Part 2 Mod Released for Deus Ex
7:50 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

The second part of Zodiac, a user-created modification for sci-fi action title Deus Ex, has been released, and is available for both PC and Mac at the creator's website. Here's the official news post:

ZODIAC, Part 2 has been released. Go to the Download section for links - there are a few options, including an upgrade from Part 1 and a Mac-friendly manual version.

I'm currently having a bit of a problem uploading the "full" version. I'll post an update when it's available. I'll also be posting updated screen shots to replace a few of the "in progress" ones.

You can download Part 2 of Zodiac from the link below. Note that you will need to have a full version of Deus Ex, and Zodiac Part 1 installed in order to play Part 2. More information about Zodiac can be found at its official homepage.

Deus Ex Zodiac
Download Deus Ex Zodiacs Parts 1 and 2
Deus Ex

Mac Games News for Friday, July 11, 2003

IMG Store: Pre-Order Halo: Combat Evolved4:57 PM
IMG Posts State of the Game4:56 PM
Factor Software Releases Germs 1.0.04:54 PM
Burning Monkey Solitaire 3 to Debut at MacWorld CreativePro1:19 PM
AVP 2 Goes Gold, Ships Next Week12:41 PM
Billy Frontier Nears Alpha, Shipping Date12:19 PM
Custer's Desktops: Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer12:02 PM
Diablo II Patch 1.10 Beta Test Patch Available7:01 AM
KQ Lives for OS X7:01 AM
LGC Adds Tiger Woods 2003 Ladder7:01 AM
PlayMyth Adds Support for Myth: TFL7:01 AM
RHEM Now Shipping7:01 AM
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