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WWIIOnline Server Fixes Coming
9:56 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Players of World War II Online, the massively multiplayer online war simulation, who have suffered significant performance degradation recently should soon have an answer in sight. Cornered Rat is currently testing out a solution to the issues on their beta servers and plan to roll out a fix in the near future.

For more of an update on their status, here's an excerpt from a recent news post:

v1.98 beta testing is resolving itself into it's final testing phase, should no glaring issues come to light we will be able to fix most if not all of the performance degradation you have had to endure after the code snafu that produced the stutter bug and spawn in lag, in addition to rectifying the memory bloat of those recent patches. Further optimization over time will also continue, our focus at the moment is to get you a smooth and stable client with improved video consistency.
For more info on what went wrong, check out their news page.

V 1.98 server woes and beta
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Burning Monkey Mahjong Solitaire Goes Gold
12:05 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software today announced that it's latest solitaire game, Burning Monkey Mahjong Solitaire has gone gold and is currently in duplication. Burning Monkey Mahjong Solitaire features 35 different layouts, numerous tile sets, gorgeous backgrounds, a flying springroll, flatulent monkeys, classical music, and even fortune cookies.

The game will be Mac OS X only and should be shipping shortly. For more information on the game, head over to the Freeverse website.

Freeverse


LOTR Online Trading Card Game To Be OS X Compatible
11:50 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy will be delighted to know that the upcoming release of the Lord of the Rings Online Trading Card Game will be available for Mac OS X. The website is now taking registrations for an open beta, which is currently slated for this fall. On the website, you'll also find an alpha version of the Colleciton Manager, which will help you catalog and track your card collection - both online and offline - as well as assist in building decks.

Here's a bit more info on the Trading Card Game:

While most card games have just one deck that never changes, a trading card game (or TCG) works differently. In a TCG, you personalize your playing deck using any of the hundreds of cards in the total set. A wide variety of cards lets you build a deck that reflects your playing style, as well as ensures that each game is different.

In The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game, each card represents a companion, minion, ally, possession, event or condition from the story. It is either a Fellowship card, meaning it represents something that will help the fellowship reach its goal, or a Shadow card, meaning it represents something that is intended to prevent the fellowship from reaching its goal.

Once you've built a deck, you sit down to play a turn-based strategy game with one or more opponents, re-enacting the same challenges that Frodo Baggins faced on his fateful quest to destroy the One Ring - elude Sauron's minions and the treachery of Saruman, while taking the Ring from Hobbiton to Mount Doom to be destroyed.

For more information on the LOTR: Online Trading Card Game, head over to the official website.

The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game


NingPo Mah Jong for Mac OS X Released
10:04 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Pyrogon recently released NingPo Mah Jong, a variation on the classic tile-matching solitaire game. A sharware version is available for download through our sister-site, Macgamefiles.com.

Here's a description of the game:

Pyrogon delivers its take on the classic tile-matching solitaire game! Don't be fooled into thinking that this is "just another clone", because it's far more than that! NingPo Mah Jong provides outstanding art work, great music, and awesome game play while still retaining the elements that make this game so great - simplicity and fun!
The full version of NingPo Mah Jong is available for $19.95. Be sure to check out the shareware version if you're into games like Mah Jong.

Pyrogon
NingPo Mah Jong 1.0


Red Marble Releases Bugatron
9:59 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Red Marble Games has released Bugatron, a Galaga-like 3D shooter. A shareware version is available for download at Macgamefiles.com. Here's a brief description of the game:

Bugatron is the ultimate arcade combination: it starts with classic retro arcade fun and then takes it into a new dimension -- literally! Bugatron is an all-3D arcade shooter that sets itself apart from all the clones with creative level design that completely reinvents the genre. You don't just blast diving, swooping enemies.
To check it out, head over to Macgamefiles.com to download the shareware demo.

Red Marble Games
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Romero Talks DOOM
9:56 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

DOOM 3 fansite Doom3.cz recently got to chat with legendary former id Software employee John Romero about the history of the game. The interview also covers some of Romero's current and past exploits. Here's a snippet from the article:

Your and John Carmack's decisions (back in Doom days) made technically easier to mod your games. Do you think it was right decision?

JR: Of course it was! The proof is all over the place from the existence of Counterstrike to the way most companies hire their level designers - by looking at the levels they've made for existing games.

It has brought a lot of competition into industry and moved games to another dimensions. Fan dimension was still quite unexplored at the time.

JR: Yes, after we saw that people went to extraordinary lengths to modify Wolfenstein 3D, we knew that if we just made it easier to modify, that there would be a subindustry dedicated to it.

To check out the full interview, follow the provided link below.

Romero Talks Doom
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, September 9, 2003

Aspyr Announces Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania Expansion Pack12:56 PM
Aspyr Re-vamps Website, Diversifies12:37 PM
Apple Adds New Arrivals Section12:10 PM
Tiger Woods Patch Coming11:36 AM
Westlake Updates11:35 AM
Crystal Caliburn & Loony Labyrinth get Carbonized6:14 AM
Halo Status Updates6:14 AM
Macteens Interviews Phil Sulak on Mac Halo6:14 AM
ProjectMagma Releases The Fallen Levels6:14 AM
 
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