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America's Army 1.9 Released
5:08 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The Army has released America's Army 1.9, a significant updated release to the freeware first-person shooter. The new version introduces the Combat Medic MOS and 4 new training maps; a new multi-player map; new higher-resolution character models; a brand-spanking-new interface (and theme song); new high-detailed textures; character shadows; lip syncing; new team selection pages; new scoreboard; PunkBuster anti-cheating software, and much more.

Here's are the system requirements:

Minimum Requirements:
• 700MHz G4 Processor
• 256 Megs of RAM
• 1 gigabyte of hard drive space
• GeForce2 or Radeon 7500

Recommended Requirements:
• 1.25GHz G4 Processor
• 512 megs of RAM
• 1 gigabyte of hard drive space
• GeForce4 or Radeon 8500

America's Army 1.9 weighs in at a whopping 504 MB and is currently available for download for our IMG Pro subscribers using their Hot Downloads page.

IMPORTANT: Our friends at VersionTracker have linked to MGF's ftp site prematurely. The file upload is not complete. The file is not 75 MB in size, but rather 504 MB. Again, do not attempt to download this file from VersionTracker. We will be posting the public links to MGF as soon as our ftp mirrors have the file.

U.S Army
Epic Games
America's Army: Special Forces 2.4


OWC Cuts Prices on Mercury Elite FireWire/USB 2.0 Drives
3:04 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Other World Computing has reduced its prices on its Mercury Elite FireWire/USB 2.0 7200 rpm hard drives. The drives include InTech Speed Tools for Mac and both FireWire and USB cables.

40GB 7200RPM 2MB was $149.99, now $139.99
60GB 7200RPM 2MB was $165.99, now $159.99
80GB 7200RPM 2MB was $179.99, -- $179.99
120GB 7200RPM 2MB was $199.99, now $195.99
120GB 7200RPM 8MB was $219.99, now $209.99
160GB 7200RPM 8MB was $259.99, now $249.99
180GB 7200RPM 8MB was $279.99, now $275.99
200GB 7200RPM 8MB was $339.99, now $299.99
250GB 7200RPM 8MB was $429.99, now $399.99
Other World Computing offers shipping for free on any order over $300. For more information, head over to the OWC website.

Mercury Elite FireWire/USB 2.0 Drives


The Gamesome Mac Talks with Freeverse Software
1:40 PM | 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 talk with Dan "Remy" Dickinson of Freeverse Software.

Freeverse's recently published titles include Legion, Solace, Burning Monkey Solitaire 3, and Xpression! and the company is on its way to releasing Burning Monkey Mah Jong Solitaire, Active Lancer, 3D Crazy Eights, and Airburst Extreme.

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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Blizzard Offers Support Job
11:12 AM | Johan Hansιn | Comment on this story

The Mac friendly game developer Blizzard Entertainment is looking for new employees. The creators of the Warcraft and Diablo game series needs a new Technical Support Representative. While it is not Macintosh Specific support, Strong knowledge of the Macintosh-based operating systems is mentioned as a plus in the requirement for the position.

A job description from Blizzard's website:

Blizzard is seeking computer-savvy individuals to provide assistance to our customers via telephone, e-mail, chat rooms, and Battle.net forums! This is a position for an experienced computer user with a strong background in technical computer matters.

Support Representatives MUST be able to work full-time at our headquarters in Irvine, California. This shift's typical hours are 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, but applicants must also be available to work other hours and/or weekends, when required. This is a temporary, full-time, entry-level position that is paid by the hour. Sorry, but there are no part-time or internship-level positions open at this time.

This is one of many job openings recently at Blizzard Entertainment. Among the other, positions as Game Master and Senior Game master for the upcoming MMORPG World of Warcraft is worth mentioning. Head over to the Blizzard Employment Opportunities webpage for more information.

Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard Entertainment: Employment Opportunities
Blizzard Entertainment: Technical Support Representative Wanted



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Redline Status Update
10:35 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software has updated the progress log for their upcoming 3D racing game, Redline, currently in development for the Mac. Redline is an all-new racing game that features impress graphics, a realistic physics engine, and net play.

changes:
• some network interface improvements
• added a "challenge" mode, in which the player has to try to drive around a course in a given par time.
• added the new city track model from marcus.
For more information on Redline, head over to the Ambrosia web site.

Ambrosia Software
Redline
Redline Progress Log


Bugatron Goes Gold, Release Set for August 31
10:13 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Red Marble Games today announced that their latest shareware game, Bugatron, has gone gold and is expected to be released on August 31st. Bugatron is an all-new reworking of the classic retro arcade action game, Galaxian. Bugatron features 3D graphics using OpenGL and creative level design.

A 16 level demo of Bugatron will be available at the Red Marble Games web site. The full version will have 88 levels and will be available for $19.99. For more information and screenshots, head over to the official web site.

Bugatron web site


NWN: Shadows of Undrentide Unofficial Installation Guide
8:36 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Mac gamers hoping for Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide, the official expansion pack to hit Neverwinter Nights, to arrive on their platform of choice need wait no longer. An ambitious Macintosh gamer has recently made a post on the official Bioware forums detailing a do-it -yourself guide to installing the expansion pack on a Mac.

With a legal copy of Neverwinter Nights for Mac and the Windows or Linux version of Shadows of Undrentide, users can experience all the benefits of the PC-exclusive expansion pack in just 10 steps:

If you legally own Mac NWN and a copy of SoU, you are going to be just fine since you aren't hacking any files - unless you call "extracting from a .zip" hacking. But then you would be laughed at.

1. Install Mac NWN

2. Buy SoU for Windows/Linux.

3. Open up the "Data_Shared.zip" file on the SoU CD.

4. Extract all the files. If you use StuffIt, it will put the files in a new folder in some stupid place. Move the files into their appropriate dirs on your Mac NWN install.

5. Open up the "Language_data.zip" file on the SoU CD.

6. Extract all the files. If you use StuffIt, it will put the files in a new folder in some stupid place. Move the files into their appropriate dirs on your Mac NWN install.

7. Open up the "Language_update.zip" file on the SoU CD.

8. Extract "dialog.tlk" into your NWN dir and overwrite the existing one.
9. Run Neverwinter Nights.

10. Neverwinter Nights will prompt you for your SoU CD Key. Enter your SoU CD Key, located on a red piece of paper, lost somewhere inside the box due to Atari bungling the packaging.

11. Blow yer load as you go online and start playing on SoU modules on servers with your Mac.

As with all unofficial "hacks", Bioware nor MacSoft cannot offer any support for users attempting to install the expansion through the workaround, and the procedure should be attempted at the user's own risk. For more information, you can check out the official forum thread through the link below.

HOWTO: Install Windows SoU on your Mac
Shadows of Undrentide
Neverwinter Nights
Buy Neverwinter Nights



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Custer's Desktops: BloodRayne
8:36 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

This week, Brad Custer has decided to focus on the supernatural by providing some art based on the vampire action title BloodRayne. A game that allows players to try on the fangs of a half-vampire, BloodRayne features firearms, waves of cannon fodder, and plenty of bloodsucking.

The desktop itself features BloodRayne straddling a hapless soldier while firing her pistol at another target:

Our recent review of BloodRayne brought a request from a faithful viewer for another desktop from this game. Of course I enjoy honoring all requests. In this week's wallpaper I wanted to capture the feel of the gameplay of BloodRayne. So, with the help of Aspyr Media and the internet, I was able to create this desktop. I simply entitled this week's feature, "Carnage", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
As always, those interested in checking out Custer's latest can find links to various picture sizes at Custer's Desktops. Brad also notes that, during the next few weeks, new desktops will come out on Mondays for the time being.

Custer's Desktops
Aspyr Media
BloodRayne



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HomeLAN Previews Republic: The Revolution
8:36 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

With the occasion of Republic: The Revolution's imminent release for the PC platform, gaming network HomeLAN updated their preview of the title with the impressions gathered from the latest beta disclosed by Elixir Studios.

Among the changes featured in the latest beta are the addition of in-depth tutorials and many performance improvements. Here is what HomeLAN has to say about the former:

This beta build pretty much reinforces our views of the game from the earlier version we played: Republic is a very deep and involving title. In our earlier version we wondered how hard it would be to get into the game. However that problem has been solved for our near final build. We were very glad to see that Elixir had put in tutorials in the game. If you ask for them, the tutorials take you out of the game world for a bit to show you around the many varied menus and parts of the user interface that will enable you to start your revolution. However, there is still a bit of a learning curve to the game even with the help you receive and as such this may not be the game for everyone.
A Mac version of this political uprising simulator has already been confirmed by Feral Interactive, and while no solid release date has been confirmed, it is expected to hit the shelves shortly after the PC version, which is scheduled to be released later this month.

For more information on Republic, be sure to check its official web page through the link provided below. Also, head to HomeLAN Federation for a hands-on preview of the title.

Feral Interactive
Elixir
Republic: The Revolution
Buy Republic: The Revolution


Mac Games News for Friday, August 22, 2003

IMG Store: Five New Pre-Orders, Tony Hawk 4 Ships1:39 PM
IMG Reviews MacSoft's Neverwinter Nights12:42 PM
America's Army 1.9 Release Imminent11:02 AM
Shadowbane Patch Notes6:32 AM
The Fool And His Money Release Date Delayed6:32 AM
WWIIOnline v1.10 Preview Posted6:32 AM
 
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