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Links Community Announces TW 2003 Support
8:28 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The largest Macintosh online golf group, the Links Golf Community, has added active ladder support for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003. Gamers can now report their wins and losses on the LGC web site and check out their ranking against other computer golfers on the web site.

In addition to an active ladder, the LGC will be conducting Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 tournaments beginning in September. Signing up for the ladder and tournaments is completely free. If you're interested in joining, be sure to head over to the LGC web site for more information.

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IMG Previews Neverwinter Nights
1:11 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a preview of the upcoming roleplaying game Neverwinter Nights based on the full version of the game. The article starts off with a brief overview of the game and its Forgotten Realms setting, and then continues with more core elements, such as graphics, sound, and of course, gameplay. Here's a sneak peak of what's inside:

Weapons and gear in NWN also are much more detailed, and not only in their appearance. There are many, many incredible weapons to find in the various dungeons and keeps. Of course, you are limited on the amount of weight your character can carry, so inventory management is crucial. It is further complicated by the fact that you cannot pass inventory items off to your henchman. This means you will be forced to part with some treasure at various times in the game. How many times have you played an RPG game and realized, too late, that you dropped an important plot item to make room for that +3 broadsword? In NWN, you can get those items back, but it will cost you some of your hard-earned gold to retrieve the item.
Be sure to check out our preview for more. Neverwinter Nights is currently slated for a release sometime this month, and is available for Pre-order at our online IMG Store for $48.99 (Non-Subscriber Price), or $42.99( MacGames CD/IMG Pro Subscriber Price). We'll keep you posted on any changes in the game's progress.

IMG Preview: Neverwinter Nights
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Republic Nears GM for PC
11:31 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

In a news article at Strategy Planet that the adventure/strategy game, The Republic: The Revolution has effectively reached the Gold Master state is to be expected to ship sometime in September. While the game's publisher, Eidos Interactive, has not officially made this announcement, the article notes that the code sent to the publisher was proclaimed final, so an official announcement is expected sometime soon. Here's more from the article:

Well... in a matter of speaking, anyhow. Demis Hassabis, one of the top bods at Elixir, has emailed me a short explanation of why the release dates continue to be pushed back. In it, he explains that "the game is done and the Gold Master candidate submitted [to Eidos] (in 6 languages!). It's now up to Eidos how fast they want to turn the manufacturing and distribution process around. It's possible to do this turnaround in two weeks but they've decided to delay that to September to ensure a simultaneous worldwide release."

Well - it's far from an ideal set of circumstances, but it is good to know the game has been done. The game is due out some time in September now.

I would like to also point out (as there has been a lot of interest in this news post from external news sites) that Eidos have not *officially* announced Republic as "gold". It is my understanding, however, that the code they currently have will be the final one to be delivered from Elixir and therefore the announcement from Eidos is only a matter of time.

Republic for Mac will be published by Feral Interactive. Be sure to check out the links below for further information.

Republic (effectively) goes 'gold'
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Shadowbane Test Server Launched
10:44 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

For all the Shadowbane players out there looking to take a peek at future features/fixes, you'll now have your chance to not only see them, but try them out as well. A new Shadowbane test server is now available to give feedback to developers. To join the server you'll need to be an active subscriber in good standing. Here's the full announcement:

The Shadowbane team is pleased to announce the official public launch of the Test Server. This server will allow us to fully test future game features and fixes before they are patched to the Live Server Worlds.

The test server will offer five new character slots, a bonus of 5X extra experience and gold, and the chance to possibly have your way with a few roaming Shadowbane developers. You must be an active Shadowbane subscriber in good standing to gain entry to the Test server.

For more information on the server, including instructions on how to gain access, follow the link below.

Shadowbane Test Server Launched
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id Warns Media Over Leaked Quake IV Concept Art
9:41 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

id Software has sent out a warning to print and online media that it will refuse to work with any publication that posts a number of leaked images of Quake IV. According to various news post, the concept art images and renders were allegedly taken from id's server on Friday by a hacker and then leaked to a few Internet web sites.

Here's more on the officlal statement by id Software:

"We do not know the source of these leaked assets. Please be warned that id Software has instructed Activision that we are not to work with any magazine which uses any of these assets. If any magazine does so, id Software will not allow any assets for id games to be sent to these magazines in the future."
Quake IV is currently being developed by Raven Software and is not expected to be released until sometime in 2004.

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DOOM3 PC Requirements Posted
8:28 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Those looking forward to the release of DOOM 3, but still wondering of their machines will be capable of handling the game might want to check out a recent news post at 3D Action Planet. The post contains information, straight from id Software's John Carmack, of the PC version's current minimum specs. Here's the info:

GF1 or Radeon 7xxx series card
As always, Mac and PC requirements will vary, with the Mac version usually leaning towards the higher end. Carmack notes that the specs below are the bare minimum, and that graphical features like bump mapping will be sacrificed for playability. For more info, check out the news article.

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More Details on Airburst Extreme
8:28 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Aaron Fothergill of Strange Flavour has recently updated his development diary concerning Airburst Extreme. Hosted at iDevGames, the latest entry in the diary reveals many details about the upcoming sequel, including gameplay features, release date, and price.

Some of the features listed include the following:

  • The same chaotic addictive award winning gameplay as Airburst, but now more extreme!
  • CD Soundtrack including tracks by Deadbeat Radicals, Abdoujaparov and of course Jaffa Mountain!
  • 6 new playable characters, plus meet the boss of the Mars Media Megacorporation!
  • 4 story games, with actual animation and stuff!
  • A lot more new game modes, including “Revolution”, “Balloon Racing” and Play By Mail modes!
  • Spiffy new graphics using shiny OpenGL effects!
Other notable features include widescreen support, extra features for registered users, and the inclusion of several new powerups. The current release date is set for November 11th of 2003, with Freeverse to handle the publishing. The price is currently set at $19.99.

Also included with the latest entry are some screenshots and other bits of info, including the fact that Amazon already has AE available for preorder.

iDevGames - Diaries: Airburst Extreme
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New Possible Mac VoIP App?
8:28 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

A IMG forum user recently started a thread concerning the possible porting of a voice over IP application for the Mac. Named Ventrilo, the application is described as a "scalable Voice over IP (VoIP) communications system that solves a lot of the problems associated with network latency, packet loss, uptime and administration."

While a client program has yet to be released, an OS X Ventrilo server was recently released and is available for download. Here's part of the message that ended up in our forums:

Go now and show some support!!! I posted this thread on their forum and in less than 2 weeks (I believe) the developer already has a mac server for download. Only one problem though.. It's just the server, so that means no talkie or hearie just yet. But he's gonna do it!!
Those looking to provide a little encouragement can also visit the Ventrilo forums and add their thoughts. More information on Ventrilo itself can be found at its official site.

IMG Forums - Ventrilo for os X? They're working on it...
Ventrilo Support Forum - OS X Version?

Mac Games News for Monday, July 21, 2003

IMG Store: Zoo Tycoon In Stock3:03 PM
IMG Reviews Unreal Tournament 20031:58 PM
Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword Interview at GameSpot12:17 PM
Logitech MOMO Racing Wheel Review Updated11:05 AM
OIDS For Mac OS X Now Available9:44 AM
Warrior Kings Goes Gold9:26 AM
Master of Orion III 1.2.5 Patch Available9:18 AM
The Sims 2 Designer Diary9:18 AM
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