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Aspyr Announces Indiana Jones Game
3:20 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media announced today that they will be publishing the popular action adventure game Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb for the Macintosh platform. While the official press release has yet to be released, Aspyr has already updated their homepage to reflect changes. Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, originally developed for the Xbox, PS2, and PC, features old-school adventuring with an action twist. Below is a brief description of the game from Aspyr's website:

Indy Returns for a Heart-Stopping New Adventure.

You're Indiana Jones. Legendary adventurer. Daring rogue. And the most butt-kicking archaeologist the world has ever seen. It's 1935 and this time you must prevent a powerful Chinese artifact from falling into evil hands. This globe-spanning adventure pits you against evil Nazis and the Asian underworld with a mysterious and alluring partner, Mei Ying. It'll take more than just a trusty whip and pistol to avoid deadly traps and navigate through all the dangerous environments. Do you have what it takes to possess the mysterious "Heart of the Dragon?"

Aspyr has also included a list of preliminary system requirements for those interested:
  • Mac OS X 10.2.6 or higher
  • 800 MHz PowerPC G4 or better (this may need to be revised up)
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 750 MB free on Disk
  • 32 MB Radeon 7500 / GeForce 2 class 3D hardware acceleration required
  • 64 MB Radeon 9000 / GeForce 4 Titanium or better recommended
  • 1 GB free on Hard Disk
  • Aspyr has noted that the game is now in the alpha stages and is expected for release sometime in September. They are currently accepting pre-orders for the game at their online store. For more info, be sure to check out the official homepage, and stay tuned to IMG as we keep you posted on the game's progress.

    Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb
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    ActionSoft Seeks Testers for Midnight Mansion
    3:58 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

    ActionSoft is looking for Mac gamers to help beta test its new side-scrolling action game, Midnight Mansion. The game stars fearless adventurer Jack Malone and you lead him through eight mansions, each filled with traps, puzzles, and secrets, all in search of legendary treasure. Those who are interested in beta testing should contact the developer, Vern Jensen. He encourages gamers with a G3 Mac and MacOS 8.6 or higher to apply.

    Jensen expects Midnight Mansion to be released in late August. For a sneak peak at the game, you can view the screenshots linked below.

    ActionSoft WebSite
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    The Omni Group Featured in Seattle Times
    2:19 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

    The Seattle Times Business and Technology section published a short interview with the president of The Omni Group, Wil Shipley. The interview discusses their origins and briefly touches on his "relationship" with Microsoft. Here, Shipley reminisces about the "golden years" at Omni:

    Living it up: Programming brought in "gobs of money" for Shipley and his friends in those early days, he said. They did what most twentysomethings would do: spent it — on a theater system, pinball machines, air-hockey tables, foosball tables and video-game systems, including the legendary Atari Jaguar. "Normal geek stuff," he said. The company still employs a chef who cooks lunch and dinner for the staff every workday.
    Of course, Mac gamers know Omni for porting many of their favorite games, most recently recently Aliens vs. Predator 2 and the upcoming No One Lives Forever 2.

    Seattle Times: Omni sees Macintosh future in Microsoft's back yard
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    Freeverse Ships Burning Monkey Solitaire 3
    9:21 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Freeverse Software today announced that Burning Monkey Solitaire 3 is now shipping to retail and available for purchase from the Freeverse Online Store. The new game features 16 monkeys, 26 games, over 200 megs of solitaire action, internet high scores, songs, jokes and, of course, flaming arrows.

    The game is also chock-full of easter eggs, the first three of which
    have been posted on Burning Monkey web site. For more information, be sure to check out the official web site.

    Burning Monkey Solitaire 3

    Web Game Developer Seeks Feedback
    9:20 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

    Web game developer canDo Interactive dropped by the IMG forum to announce that they have published a beta version of their latest title, 3D Stress Ball. The developer is seeking feedback from testers.

    From their website:

    We recently took the decision to allow open access to our game during it's development to get some feedback on it, and to allow access to the level editing facilities to see what crazy levels people can design and post to the 3D Stress Ball forum.
    3D Stress Ball is a Shockwave based marble game that will run on any PC/Mac with the latest Shockwave plugin installed for their web-browser. Please take your time to head over to the 3D Stress Ball site and try this game out and give some feedback to the developers so that they can get this promising title out for a full release soon.

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    DOOM 3 Playable at QuakeCon
    8:58 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Attendees to next month's QuakeCon will be in for a special treat. id Software and Activision have announced that DOOM 3 multiplayer will be featured at QuakeCon, the anual gathering of fans of id Software's games. Attendees will be able to play four-player deathmatch games on a level developed by id Software and Splash Damage.

    "What better way to celebrate QuakeCon than to unveil to our fans a preview of DOOM 3 multiplayer," said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. "While everyone knows that DOOM 3 is the most terrifying and scary single player experience ever created, multiplayer delivers the intense competitive action that our fans can count on. It's a natural to debut the DOOM 3 multiplayer experience at QuakeCon, the world's preeminent fan-based multiplayer gaming event."
    The annual multiplayer gaming event is being held at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Dallas from August 14-17. For more information, visit the official QuakeCon web site.

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    VendorNation Releases Descender
    8:50 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story has released Descender, a modern-day Tetris clone. The game features 1-player puzzle-crunching action, with an additional 2-player battle mode for heated versus showdowns. Watch out for the fluidly moving pieces, polished 16-bit graphics, and professionally recorded surf-rock soundtrack.

    Descender is $12 shareware and runs natively in both MacOS 9 and MacOS X. A demo is available at the VendorNation web site.


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    Vendetta Test Updated
    8:42 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

    Guild Software has released a small update to their MMO Space Shooter/RPG Vendetta Test. The update to version 3.2.12 corrects some bugs that some people will be relieved to be rid of.

    From Guild Software's site:

    Bugfix release. Added the do_extensions and do_env_combine parameters to the config.ini, to selectively disable the env_combine OpenGL extension, or all extensions entirely. Fixed a number of server bugs and crashes. Fixed an OpenGL bug causing crashes with Voodoo drivers in Linux. Fixed station/ship buyback bug. Possibly fixed docking-while-dying bug. Changed font so some characters don't look quite so similar. Joysticks that have over 32 buttons will only use the first 32 (temporary). Other minor changes and fixes.
    To download the update, just launch the Vendetta Test application to automatically start the download and installation process.

    Vendetta Test is an engine in developed for future use in a full scale space MMORPG, currently in development by Guild Software under the working title Vendetta. They are using the test version to gain useful insight in server and gameplay technologies to incorporate in the full game. For more information about Vendetta Test and the future MMORPG, head over to Guild Software's website.

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    IMG Store: Pre-Order F/A-18 Operation Iraqi Freedom
    8:42 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    The IMG Store is now taking pre-orders for GraphSim's upcoming flight combat simulation, F/A-18 Operation Iraqi Freedom. The game is available for pre-order for $29.95. If you're an IMG Pro or MacGames CD subscriber, you can pre-order it for just $27.95.

    Jump through your television directly into the cockpit of the Navy/Marine workhorse fighting machine-the F/A-18 Hornet. Now you can fly the most prolific carrier-based aircraft in the Coalition arsenal. Load up with precision guided munitions and bring the forces of freedom to bear on the Iraqi regime of terror.  Fly above thousands of square miles of stunning satellite image-based terrain. Look through your canopy and see the same environment that Coalition fighter pilots navigated during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    For more information on F/A-18 Operation Iraqi Freedom and to place your pre-order, be sure to follow the link below.

    F/A-18 Operation Iraqi Freedom
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    MacMame Released
    8:30 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    MacMAME, the Mac port to the popular MAME arcade emulator has reached version The update adds a few minor features and fixes several bugs.

    Here is a complete list of changes from the official website:

  • Updated code to match the PC 0.71u2 + quickfix stuff, thus the clumsy Mac
    version number.
  • Fixed crash when running games using the 340x0 CPUs in the Mach-O build.
  • Fixed launch issue under 10.1. Also cleaned up build procedure so that you
    can compile it (more or less) under 10.1 as well.
  • Cleaned up some formatting problems with the "Game ROMs" report.
  • MacMAME once again creates files in the proper location.
  • Fixed several screenshot issues - rotation and screen size should be
    accounted for when pressing Command-G. Taking screenshots when paused should
    no longer result in a dimmed screenshot.
  • In some cases, MacMAME would not cover the entire desktop when switching
    from windowed to full-screen modes.
  • Fixed issue with contextual menus displaying a mangled zip name.
  • For more information and downloads, you can follow the links below.


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    Shadowbane Patch Coming Today
    8:25 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Wolfpack Studios will be releasing a major update to Shadowbane today forcing the company to shut down its servers while it deploys the patch. The servers will be down from 8 AM EST to 10 AM EST to bring them up to version

    In addition to minor bug fixes, the new client update includes a new NPC called the Refiner, which will help users reclaim training points they have misspent. The patch will also be introducing a new performance utility to improve client playability in siege situations. The performance monitor will disable engine features in order to maintain a given frame rate.

    The new patch also has a friends list capability so users can track the online and offline status of favorite fellow adventurers.

    For more information on the patch, be sure to follow the link below.

    Wolfpack Studios
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    Blizzard Posts Frozen Throne Release Party Feature
    8:25 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Blizzard has posted a feature detailing the release parties that took place on July 1st, the day the company shipped its expansion pack, The Frozen Throne, for Warcraft III. The release party took place two Fry's stores in California.

    Here's a clip from the feature:

    At both locations, customers started lining up early, and there was quite a line by 11:30 p.m. on Monday night. The lines were several persons wide and went all the way around the building! The parking lot at the Fountain Valley store was full and some people had to park down the street (it's a HUGE parking lot too). When the doors opened, customers started forming lines (filling up the aisles) to purchase Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard had signings at the same locations last year for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, and this time there were even more people! At 12:00 a.m. the registers were opened and people began buying games and accessories. The first 500 people (while supplies lasted) also received a free Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne T-shirt. After making their purchases, customers could then line up for autographs.
    To check out the entire feature, please follow the link below. Wacraft III: The Frozen Throne is available through the IMG Store for $34.95.

    Mac Games News for Wednesday, July 23, 2003

    Apple Features Neverwinter Nights12:40 PM
    IMG Reviews Logitech MX300 Mouse12:04 PM
    MacPlay Ships Aliens vs Predator 210:46 AM
    Halo Interviews on IGN10:37 AM
    Splinter Cell for Mac?10:28 AM
    Blizzard Posts New World of Warcraft Desktop9:42 AM
    QuakeCon Update9:28 AM
    Warrior Kings Demo Due Soon9:12 AM
    No DOOM III This Year9:11 AM
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