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Ubi Soft Offers Free Shadowbane Trial
7:31 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Ubi Soft recently posted an official press release on their website, detailing a new free trial offer for the company's growingly popular MMORPG Shadowbane. The offer will give non-subscribers Shadowbane 10 free days of play, while subscribers can win more free game time just for referring it to others. Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world's top game publishers, announced today a free trial offer to experience Shadowbane for 10 days.  Players who have yet to experience the intense online role-playing of Shadowbane can now spend 10 days exploring the massive landscape of this critically acclaimed massively-multiplayer online (MMO) game on either PC or Macintosh.

"We're thrilled to offer the Shadowbane free trial to gamers who have yet to experience the unique world of Shadowbane," said Jason Rubinstein, general manager of  "Shadowbane continues to offer a unique and immersive role-playing experience where they control all aspects of strategic city management, army creation, siege warfare and economic development."

Players can visit to download the software for the free trial.  Existing subscribers can visit the official Shadowbane community site, The Chornicle of Strife, at, to find out more about how they can win free game time and more by referring their friends to the free trial program.

The free trial is valid for both the Mac and PC versions of the game. For more details about this free offer, including links to download the free client and sign up for a trial account, check out the items below.

[Update]: It seems the Mac download is unavailable at the moment. We'll report any status change as it occurs.

Try Shadowbane Today for Free: 10 Day Membership Into The Online Beta

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First PlaneShift OS X Test Round Done
12:17 PM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

The first round of testing for a Mac OS X version of the open-source MMORPG PlaneShift has been completed, according to an update on the game's official web site. While the initial results were described as "not good," many improvements are planned for the next round of testing to start to get the Mac client on-par with the other versions.

Here's the news:

It's running too slow and we are working to improve it. We will post news as soon as we have a new version to test. Thanks to all testers. The ones that did not had the chance to participate to this testing session will be part of the next one, we have your email addresses.
For more information on the testing, along with details on PlaneShift, follow the link below.


Myth II 1.4.2 Patch Complete
7:31 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The team at Playmyth has recently announced the finalization of the 1.4.2 update for Myth II: Soulblighter. Hot on the heels of the 1.4.1 patch, version 1.4.2 addresses some issues that the previous patch may have caused as well as a few lingering issues with an earlier version of the latest patch.

The updates include the following:

1. Installer now works on all versions of Mac OS 7.5 or higher.
2. Installer installs classic application for users of Mac OS 7,8 and 9. Carbon application is installed for users of Mac OS X.
3. InterfaceLib issues with Classic Build have been completely resolved.
Those interested in downloading the latest patch can find links at Playmyth as well as at MacGameFiles. The patch is sized at around 14.4MB.

Playmyth - Myth II Updates for Mac and PC
MGF - Myth II Update 1.4.2

VMScumm OS X Walkthrough
7:31 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

IMG's own Greg Gant has posted a walkthrough for OS X users wishing to get some mileage out of the ScummVM project. Titled "How to Rescumm for Dummies!," the walkthrough includes step by step instructions that involve use of the Terminal as well as line examples for people to follow.

ScummVM is a freeware project designed to allow players access to older
adventure games that make use of S.C.U.M.M. technology:

ScummVM is a 'virtual machine' for several classic graphical point-and-click adventure games. It is designed to run Adventure Soft's Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2, Revolution's Beneath A Steel Sky, and games based on LucasArts' S.C.U.M.M (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) system. S.C.U.M.M is used for many games, including Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max and more.
Those interested in downloading ScummVM can find it at MGF. The download is sized at around 1.1 MB.

How to Rescumm for Dummies!
MGF - ScummVM 0.5.1

Mac Games News for Monday, August 11, 2003

Radeon 9800 Pro Driver Update Adds FSAA, AF2:29 PM
IMG Reviews Tiger Woods PGA Tour 200312:58 PM
Escape Velocity and EV:Override Released for OS X10:51 AM
Blizzard Talks World of Warcraft10:42 AM
Aspyr: EF2, X2, Kelly Slater at Final Candidate9:16 AM
Graeme Devine Departs from id9:16 AM
Westlake on Age of Mythology Status9:16 AM
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