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World of Warcraft Cities Revealed
9:40 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment continues to develop their own Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game (MMORPG) based on the Warcraft universe called World of Warcraft, and new information this morning about the in-game cities has now been posted on their official web site. The new page gives highlights of what you'll find in the cities, as well as a brief description of each.

Each of the cities is run by a different race, and you can now view impressive screenshots of all of them except the Undead city which should be coming soon. Here's a clip about what you can expect to find when venturing into a World of Warcraft city:

Many quests to be found - Some quests can be completed in the city, while others will send you outside into the world. Minor quests can involve assisting local shop owners or working to stabilize the lands around the city, and more grand-scheme quests can involve political treachery or even helping to quell an uprising. Much of your time could be spent unfolding the twisted tales that run through each race's capital city.
For much more on these six major cities, be sure to head over and have a look at their page now. Stay tuned for much more information on World of Warcraft as the game gets closer to a release date.

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IMG Posts Ask Aspyr - Volume 3
10:31 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted Ask Aspyr - Volume 2. A few weeks ago we asked IMG readers to send in questions for Aspyr Media for a feature called Ask Aspyr. Glenda Adams, Aspyr's Director of PC & Mac Development, took the time to answer the numerous questions.

Here's a clip from the feature:

Question: Aspyr was responsible for the original DeusEx port, and though I haven't seen any sales figures, it's generally assumed that it did rather well. Does Aspyr have any interest in picking up the sequel, and have there been any talks with Ion Storm or Eidos Interactive on the subject? – Phil Hilton

Answer: We are very interested in the sequel to Deus Ex. The first one sold great for us, and was one the best games we’ve ever done. I actually did some of the programming on the original Deus Ex Mac, so it has a soft spot in my heart. We can’t comment on unannounced games, but with Ion Storm right here in Austin and several good friends of ours working on the game, I think we’ll have a very good chance bring it to the Mac.

Be sure to check out the rest of the article by following the link below

IMG Feature: Ask Aspyr - Volume 3
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New Galactica A.D. Tourney and Update
9:40 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

MonkeyByte has recently announced the opening of signups for a new tournament featuring Galactica A.D.. Being held in conjunction with the release of a new version, numbered at 2.1.2, the tournament is open to anyone with a full registered copy of the title.

Those interested in entering the tournament need only to send an e-mail to MonkeyByte's resident leader at MonkeyByte promises to send a quick response to confirm signups.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Galactica A.D. is a strategy title featuring fleet assembly and galactic colonization:

Galactica is a fun and challenging game of galactic colonization and warfare! Use your superior technology and great fleets of starships to re-unite the surviving factions of the once great human empire! Game play in Galactica is a matter of building starships, and using those ships to colonize the galaxy, protect your territory, and defeat the other players in combat.
A demo, as well as an update to the full version, can be found at MonkeyByte's website.

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Logitech Announces Bluetooth Devices
9:40 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Hot on the heels of Apple's recent announcement of Bluetooth-powered devices, peripheral maker Logitech has announced its own lineup of Bluetooth devices. The two products featured in its press release include the Logitech MX 900 Bluetooth Optical Mouse and the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX for Bluetooth.

The MX 900 features an advanced optical sensor as well as a recharging cradle that doubles as a Bluetooth hub. The Desktop MX keyboatd comes coupled with a Bluetooth optical mouse and features several media hotkeys. Both devices come with the following features:

  • Wirelessly synchronizing information (e.g., address book, calendar) stored on a mobile phone or PDA with a desktop PC.
  • Managing Short Message Service (SMS) text messages directly from your PC with the bundled Logitech Mobile Phone Suite for Bluetooth. The onscreen SMS notification feature keeps continuous communications simple by providing the ability to use the PC to respond to messages sent to the mobile phone.
  • Enabling you to wirelessly download pictures taken from a camera-equipped, Bluetooth mobile phone to a PC.
  • Using a Bluetooth wireless headset, such as the new Logitech Mobile Bluetooth Headset, with the PC. A Bluetooth wireless headset with the PC allows people to use voice with instant messenger applications, listen to streaming audio or converse using a voice-over-IP application - with a wireless range of 30 feet from the PC.
The Desktop MX keyboard bundle carries a suggested price of $179.95, while the MX 900 mouse is listed at $99.95. More information on both products, as well as on Bluetooth technology in general, can be found at Logitech's site.

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Phelios Releases Doulber Gold
9:40 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Shareware developer Phelios recently announced the release of their newest game, Doulber Gold. The game is an update to Doulber: Escape from the 80's, though Phelios considers Doulber Gold as more of a new game instead of just an update.

Here's more from the official PR:

Phelios aspires to incorporate important customer input in the advancement of quality games in their current and future product line, and Doulber Gold is one of the best examples of this. What's new in Doulber Gold? A lot: The interface has been revamped and is much more user friendly and appealing, with an ability to view entire layouts of each level; the effects have been fine-tuned to view action (i.e., pushing a rock) more realistically; there are additional malices. Players can easily pick up at levels where they left off; bomb collection carries over multiple bonus bombs to continuing levels; Doulber Gold regular levels now total 100; The addition of a new world, "Metal World," a shiny new dimension brings the total of worlds to 6; game play is more diverse; a Hard Mode was added to take Doulber up a difficulty notch; and, for the icing on the cake: there are more than 30 additional secret levels and puzzle levels.

In Doulber, you must collect a certain amount of diamonds within a specified amount of time allowing you to exit then continue on to the next level. However, scattered clandestinely in many levels in Doulber Gold are secret exit doors that allow you to bypass the normal exit and enter into a hidden level filled with only bonuses. All monsters and malices are removed but that does not necessarily mean you are free from danger. The new puzzle element of Doulber Gold is a game within the game with a twist: It has a completely different goal than the regular levels. You must first find a key, then the door in which the key fits. At that point, you are led to the new puzzle level. They look like other regular levels and can be played like them, but if the challenge is taken on in these puzzle levels, the player is expected to demystify the puzzle without any instructions - in order to earn a mega bonus then continue. In addition, the only way to solve most of these puzzles is to use a new maneuver not previously available, which is also left to the player to discover. As a hint, players are asked to explore all their powers and meditate on that. Some puzzle levels can be found in secret levels, making puzzles even more elusive.

Interested in checking the game out? Head over to to download the shareware version.

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Simon & Schuster To Sell Video Game Unit
9:40 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Simon & Schuster, the book publishing unit of media conglomerate Viacom, has begun the process of selling its video game division after deciding it wasn't a core business. Simon & Schuster a few years ago released several Mac titles include Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Fallen and Last Call.

Here's more from the official PR:

"We've entered into discussions with potential buyers for the assets of the interactive unit," said Adam Rothberg, a Simon & Schuster spokesman. "At the end of the day. we decided that it wasn't our core business ... and that the unit could benefit from the support of a dedicated software developer."

Rothberg said two games were still in development and that a "core group" of employees was still at work. He declined to specify how many employees the interactive operation had other than to characterize it as a small unit.

Simon & Schuster Interactive is the latest video game unit of a major media conglomerate to be put up for sale or otherwise disposed. Earlier this year, Fox sold its gaming unit, Fox Interactive, to Vivendi Universal Games.

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Apple Features Aspyr's Law & Order Game
9:40 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The Apple games website has once again been updated with a new feature, this time on Aspyr's upcoming game, Law & Order: Dead on the Money.

Here's a clip from the feature:

Like the TV series, Dead on the Money opens with a murder. A woman lies dead in Central Park and you and your partner, Lennie Briscoe, arrive on the scene to gather clues and interview witnesses and suspects. The facts you learn there lead you to more Manhattan locations as you interview more people and try to figure out who likely committed the crime. When you think your evidence is compelling enough to make a murder charge stick, you send in the police to make an arrest and move over to the district attorney’s office, where you work with assistant DA Serena Southerlyn to prosecute the case and return a guilty verdict.
Interested in learing more about the Law & Order game? Head over to Apple's website to check this feature out.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, September 18, 2003

IMG Reviews ATI's Radeon 9800 Pro1:11 PM
id's Tim Willits Talks Doom 311:04 AM
MacPlay To Publish JAMDAT Titles10:25 AM
UbiSoft Announces Shadowbane Expansion10:25 AM
World of Warcraft FAQ Updated10:25 AM
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