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Monday, July 28, 2003

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Pangea Software Releases Billy Frontier
9:30 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Pangea Software has released its latest shareware title, Billy Frontier. The game is described as an arcade-style action game where you play a space cowboy. Billy Frontier is made up of four different mini games including Duels, Shootouts, Stampedes, and Target Practices.

Here's a bit more on Billy Frontier:

There’s no overall plot in this game, instead, it’s all about having fun and shooting everything in sight! It’s the kind of game you pick up when you need a break and just want to blast stuff. When you play a new game you have access to all of the missions (except if you’re in demo mode), so you can play whatever part of Billy Frontier you want at any time. However, to play a new mission you first must win a duel against one to three of the enemies. Once you have won the duel you will be let into the mission. There are ranges of difficulty in the duels and their subsequent missions.
  • MacOS 10.2 or later
  • 256MB RAM
  • Rage 128 video acceleration with at least 8MB VRAM

    Our sister site,, is hosting Billy Frontier. The game will run in a limited demo mode until it expires or you enter a serial number to unlock the full game. To download the 92 MB file, head over to MGF.

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    IMG Posts uDevGame 2003 Interview
    1:08 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

    Matt Diamond, resident writer at Inside Mac Games, recently conducted an interview with Carlos Camacho, founder and creator of independent game developing website iDevGames, concerning this year's upcoming independent Mac gaming competition uDevGame 2003. The interview covers a wide range of information, including an estimated launch date for the competition, what sort of changes are in store this year, and much, much more. Below is an excerpt from the article:

    IMG: What kind of turnout from sponsors and developers are you expecting this year?

    Carlos: With the success we had in 2002, I was really hoping to meet or beat our figures from last year. I started to contact sponsors early this year, so that has helped. Unfortunately, with the global economy as it is, some of my contacts have either moved on, or were "down-sized." So, this has meant starting from step one for many past sponsors when dealing with their new representative. The first month, response was luke warm, but about a month ago things started to pick up. My list of contacts is pretty long and reads like a who's who of the Mac world. It's great to have sponsors join us and say that they really believe in what we are doing. I hope that your readers will look at the final list of sponsors, and do business with them, because it is those companies that care about the Mac platform and Mac gaming!

    My forecast is that we will have more sponsors than uDevGame 2002, and we should either hit, or beat the prize pool from last year as well. If I could get Adobe's or Alias' attention, then things would really heat up! Still, we have some big names and many fantastic prizes -- so much that I want to turn over my Editorial job to someone so I can join the contest this year!

    The interview has been posted and can be found at the link below. Be sure to check it out for more.

    IMG Feature: uDevGame 2003 Interview
    uDevGame 2003

    Ms. QuakeCon Tournament Announced
    12:47 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

    On Friday, the organizers for this year's QuakeCon 2003 show/expo, announced a new, official tournament that will be held at the convention's BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) area. The tournament, titled MsQuakeCon 2003, is a gender exclusive event, where female Quake gamers worldwide get a chance to compete with one another for great prizes. Here's the official announcement:

    The Organizers of MsQuakeCon would like to invite all quake'ing females attending QuakeCon 2003 to sign up for our tournament. This long desired event will be for women only!!! and will be held on Friday, August 15 2003 in the BYOC area. If a player doesn't have a machine of her own to play on, she can either borrow a friend's or ask a MsQuakeCon administrator, who will do her best to find one. Please see the official rules and settings for all the details.
    Also, make sure to come back to this page for updates on prises and sponsors.
    The tournament is female exclusive, and will be held at the official QuakCon 2003 at Adam's Mark Hotel in Dallas, Texas, on August 15th. For more information about attending QuakeCon, and signing up to the MsQuakeCon tournament, check out the links below.

    Ms. QuakeCon 2003
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    Custer's Desktops: Neverwinter Nights
    12:09 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    With the impending release of Neverwinter Nights just a few days away, IMG's Brad Custer has created a new desktop to celebrate the upcoming release of the game. Here's what Brad had to say about his NWN desktop:

    MacSoft has NeverWinter Nights slated for release by the end of this month and that just happens to be next week. So, I figured that if my desktop last week could help along with the official release of a game then maybe I could go 2 for 2. ;) Plus, everyone is always asking for another Neverwinter Nights desktop. I was happy to oblige. In this week's wallpaper I wanted to capture the look and feel of one of my previous desktops for this game. So, with the help of BioWare's generous supply of art, I was able to create this week's feature. I simply entitled this selection, "Turbulent", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
    To check out his latest desktop, and many more, head over to Custer's Desktops.

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    Neverwinter Nights
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    iConquer Update Released
    11:21 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

    The latest version of the Mac OS X only Risk clone, iConquer, is now available. The newest version adds new features, including better plug-in support, and more foreign language support. Here's the full new feature list:

    • Solar System
    • Lower 48 United States
    • Improved support for downloading plug-ins.
    • Player types can now be selected at random.
    • Randomly selected player types can also be kept secret.
    • The number of available local servers is now displayed in the toolbar.
    • The name of the iConquer server can be customized.
    • The number of armies available can now be displayed in Roman, Western, or Japanese numerals.
    • The turn number is now shown at the bottom of the Statistics window.
    • Help is now available in Japanese (thanks to Chuck Douglas).
    • Improved the help in German (thanks to Martin Kerz).
    • Added Danish language support (thanks to David Munch).
    To download the latest version, head on over to by following the below link.

    iConquer Update

    Spiderweb & Geneforge 2 on The Gamesome Mac
    11:19 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

    On tonight's broadcast of The Gamesome Mac, the weekly Mac gaming radio program, hosts Sean Smith and Omaha Sternberg welcome back Jeff Vogel of Spiderweb Software to talk about his company's latest Mac-first fantasy role-playing game, Geneforge 2.

    Sean and Omaha will also offer Mac gaming news, reviews, and commentary, and together with their guest will take questions live from listeners in The Gamesome Mac's chat room.

    The Gamesome Mac can be heard live on MacRadio from 6 to 8 pm Pacific Time, 9 to 11 pm Eastern (Tuesday from 0100 to 0300 UTC), and on demand thereafter. You can tune in at The Gamesome Mac's web page, where you'll also find archives of past broadcasts. QuickTime 5 or 6 and a 28 kbps or faster Internet connection are required.

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    New Gameplay Modes in Unreal Tournament 2004
    11:01 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

    Fans of the Unreal Tournament series will be happy to hear that two new game modes will be included in Unreal Tournament 2004. The new modes include Onslaught, along with the return of the classic assault mode. Here's more detailed descriptions of the modes courtesy of Epic's Mark Rein:

    Assault Mode - The much heralded single-player oriented gametype returns with all-out battles with land, space and air-based vehicles on the home worlds of various Unreal Tournament 2004 combatants. In one scenario, players will experience the adrenaline rush of space-based battle while attacking or defending a Skaarj mother ship. Another scenario takes place on Xan Kriegor's mechanical home world where players attack or defend a robot construction factory. There are currently six Assault scenarios planned to ship with the game.
    Onslaught Mode - New multi-player oriented combat game type on custom-built large-scale maps featuring awesome new weapons and land- and air-based vehicles. From the lethal bomber to the nefarious spider mines - players will work as teams to control map points and win the conflict. There are currently nine Onslaught maps planned to ship with the game.
    For more info on these modes and on UT2004, head on over to PlanetUnreal.

    New Gameplay Modes in UT2004
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    Buy Unreal Tournament 2003 Adds Third Mirror
    10:43 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story has added a third ftp mirror to its downloads. The new mirror is courtesy of the wondeful folks at the Western Australian Macintosh User Group (WAMUG). The crew at IMG would like to give a big thanks to WAMUG and especially Matt Healey for his help in setting up the mirror.

    Since its launch in May of 2000, MGF has served over 6 million downloads. If you're interested in becoming an official MGF ftp mirror, please contact

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    rRootage for OS X
    9:49 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

    For all those 2D space shooter fans out there, you'll be pleased to here that the latest version of the freeware rRootage is now available for MacOS X. rRootage offers multiple different modes of play, along with varying difficulty levels, to provide hours of fun. The latest version adds:

    In sync with the PC version:
    "The old bomb expanded from you in a giant circle, the new one expands out to a preset size and then travels up the screen, making a nice umbrella and doing damage to the boss if it hits."
    For more info on the game, and to download it, follow the link below.

    rRootage for OSX

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    X-Plane 7.0 Released
    9:30 AM | Tim Morgan | Comment on this story

    After a beta period spanning over a month, Laminar Research has declared version 7.0 of X-Plane, its flagship flight simulator, fit for release. Release candidate four (RC-4) has been chosen as the release version, so those who have already downloaded it will not be needing an update.

    X-Plane 7 introduces a spade of new features, from volumetric clouds to enhanced flight modeling and graphics improvements. The entire list can be found on X-Plane's demo/order web page. The demo allows six minutes of flight, and those who enjoy the game can purchase the full version, as well as scenery packs covering Earth and Mars.

    X-Plane is an incredibly versatile flight simulator allowing owners to fly aircraft ranging from the docile to the exotic in situations other flight simulators never touch. Laminar Research's trademark product is known for its accurate simulation of the X-15 and other experimental aircraft, as well as its unique outer-space and Mars flight modeling.

    Laminar Research
    X-Plane 7
    X-Plane 7.0 Demo/Update (140 MB)
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    Blizzard Posts New Frozen Throne Wallpaper
    9:30 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

    Blizzard Entertainment recently updated their web site with a brand new wallpaper of The Frozen Throne, the official expansion for the third installment of the staggeringly popular Warcraft series. The wallpaper, which features the Night Elf campaign, comes in two formats and five different sizes ready to fit the desktop of any fan of the real-time strategy saga.

    The image is available for download at Blizzard Entertainment's official web site and can be reached through the link below.

    Blizzard Entertainment
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    Night Elf Campaign Wallpaper
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    Mac Games News for Friday, July 25, 2003

    Linden Lab Announces Second Life for Mac OS X1:30 PM
    IMG Reviews EverQuest11:21 AM
    PlanetDiablo Interviews Bill Roper11:21 AM
    America's Army Server, Revolution 7.1 Notes10:59 AM
    Blizzard Unveils New WoW Region, Screenshots9:45 AM
    GameRanger Adds Warrior Kings, America's Army9:17 AM
    Spiderweb Releases Geneforge 29:17 AM
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