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Blizzard Releases Warcraft Battle Chest
9:45 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Just in case some wayward gamers have yet to invest in one of the most dominant RTS titles to date, Blizzard has released the Warcraft Battle Chest. A collection that includes Warcraft III, the Frozen Throne expansion set, and official Brady Games strategy guides for each, the chest contains everything needed to start waging war in the fields of Azeroth.

Defend the world of Azeroth from the demonic Burning Legion and the dark forces of the Undead Lich King in the ultimate WarCraft III collection. In addition to full versions of WC III: Reign of Chaos and WC III: The Frozen Throne, this massive box set contains two official strategy guides from Brady Games to aid you in your quest.
Box shots of the Battle Chest, as well as ordering information, can be found at Blizzard's site. The package deal retails for $50, and the Mac/PC hybrid box is available from Blizzard now.

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IMG Store: Pre-Order Age of Mythology
4:40 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store is now taking pre-orders for MacSoft's Age of Mythology. The game, which is scheduled to ship in October, is available for pre-order for $48.95. If you are an IMG Pro/MacGames CD subscriber, you can pre-order it for just $43.95.

The age of mythology. A time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortal men. Age of Mythology is the latest real-time strategy game from Ensemble Studios, the creators of the best-selling Age of Empires and The Age of Kings.

Guide one of nine ancient civilizations to greatness by commanding all aspects of your empire. Advance through four distinct ages. Use mythological creatures like Minotaurs and Cyclopes to bolster your army's strength. Immerse yourself in the beautiful world created by the game's revolutionary new 3D engine.

System Requirements:
• Macintosh computer with a 450MHz or faster processor
• 256MB RAM
• 16MB video card
• CD-ROM drive

To place your pre-order, head over to the IMG Store.

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IMG Reviews Geneforge 2
12:44 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Today, IMG explores the world of Geneforge 2, Spiderweb Software's latest role-playing game that combines fantasy and science fiction to create a world that's reminiscent of the pen-and-paper RPG Gamma World — without all of that pesky radiation. Here is an excerpt from the review:

It’s a throwback to the glory days of RPGs, when players had to dedicate a serious amount of time to picking at NPC brains, and not because they'd just splashed gray matter all over their new cloaks. The game's designers have made it so that player responses to other characters and in-game choices affect what people think of them. The stand-offish guard may be more approachable once a player's proven herself a proven and capable Shaper, while more subversive elements may open up once word gets around that the player is not towing the party line. Further, the more points a player puts into the leadership skill, the more likely NPCs are to open up to them or to join them in a quest. Reputation and leadership combine to invigorate what would otherwise be a merry-go-round of dialogue boxes.
To find out more about Geneforge 2, read the rest of the review linked below.

IMG Review: Geneforge 2
Geneforge 2
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Revolution Driver Update Adds 10.2.8, Panther Compatibility
12:11 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Following news that the Mac OS X 10.2.8 update broke compatibility with M-Audio Revolution 7.1 sound cards, M-Audio promptly released a driver update to address this issue. It adds support for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Power Mac G5s with Mac OS X 10.2.7 installed, and 4.0 and 5.0 speaker sets in the preference panel. Follow the link below to download the 1.2.7 driver update.

Download Revolution 7.1 1.2.7 Drivers (4.4 MB)
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Wolverine's Revenge in Duplication
11:58 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Aspyr today sent along word that their latest Action title, Wolverine's Revenge, is now in duplication. Revenge places players in the shows of everyone's favorite X-men, Wolverine in an adventure to find the cure to a virus that will kill him within 2 days. Here's a full description of the game:

Decades ago, a secret organization brainwashed you and implanted a virtually unbreakable adamantium skeleton into your body. Now, as Wolverine™-the X-men's™ most dangerous weapon-you've discovered you were also implanted with a deadly virus that will kill you within the next 48 hours unless the antidote is found. Your future is at risk, you must return to confront your past at the sinister Weapon X™ facility. Time is running out. And so is your life.


Unsheathe your razor-sharp claws, unleash lethal combo attacks and use accelerated healing powers as you tear into intense action and stealth scenarios.
Enter the realm of senses, using your heightened mutant senses to see scent particles and detect heat when tracking enemies.
Face off with Sabretooth™, Wendigo™, Juggernaut™, and Magneto™, while Professor X and Beast help you search for a cure.

The System Requirements for the game are:
-Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later
-Power Mac G4, iMac G4, eMac, or PowerBook G4
-733 MHz G4 processor or faster
-256 MB of RAM
-1.7 GB hard drive space
-3D Graphics Acceleration required (minimum of ATI Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce 2 series card)
-AGP video card with 32 MB of video memory (VRAM)
For more information on the game, or to per-order a copy from the IMG store, follow the below links.

X2: Wolverine’s Revenge
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Freeverse Newsletter, ToySight Revealed
9:45 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The latest edition of MontyMail, official newsletter of Freeverse Software, has recently seen the harsh light of day. Besides the usual smart remarks by Monty himself, the project formerly under the codename PointyStick has now been revealed to be ToySight. Being developed by Strange Flavour, the folks behind Airburst, ToySight makes use of Apple's own iSight to provide entertainment:

This collection of ten micro-games lets you use the Apple iSight or other webcam to put yourself right in the action. Motion-detection technology lets you control ToySight by waving your hands in front of the camera. Really, it's the coolest thing you've ever seen!
In addition to screenshots of ToySight in action, the newsletter also contains a list of upcoming games for 2003, information on contests, Jen's recipe of the month, and easter egg tips for Burning Monkey Solitaire. For those that aren't subscribed, Freeverse has seen fit to kindly post a copy online.

Freeverse - MontyMail Vol. 1 Issue 8
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Gamespot Posts Sims 2 Designer Diary
9:45 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

In their continuing "Designer Diary" series, PC gaming website Gamespot has posted an interesting article by Maxis' Lucy Bradshaw and Charles London regarding The Sims 2, the sequel to the most successful computer game ever.

The article takes a close look at some of the challenges the game developers are encountering in trying to incorporate mood into a sims' behavior. The article speaks specifically on what creates mood, which elements need to be tracked in order to assess mood, and the weighing of each of those elements depending on the context of the situation. Here's a clip:

Until now, sims have lived "in the moment." They had no real sense of context because they had no recollection of what had come before in their lives. Giving the sims memories--and the impact they have on their moods--is key to the new game. Memories are, in essence, a collection of life moments that shape how we respond to new experiences and how we view the world. And this will also be the case in The Sims 2. A sim who has accumulated a lot of happy memories is going to be in a better mood. By contrast, a sim who is carrying around a lot of emotional baggage will be in a bad mood. Players have direct control over both scenarios and can work to change them. As we design the game, we're trying to form a landscape of events that players can explore to gain insight as to what makes their sims tick. This gives sims personal histories that really matter.
The article sheds light on one of the more difficult aspects of game development, as well as gives readers a taste of what to expect from the upcoming sequel.

The PC version of The Sims 2 is slated for a Valentine's Day release date, but is subject to change. While no official Mac version has been announced, this writer expects that, given the franchise's popularity on our platform, Aspyr Media, the current publishers of the existing Sims franchise, will do their darndest to secure the publishing rights to this new game as quickly as they can. Click on the link below and head over to Gamespot to check out the article.

Gamespot Developer's Diary: The Sims 2 - Incorporating Mood

Mac Games News for Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Activision Anthology Remix Comes To Mac & PC2:27 PM
New Halo Interview With Phil Sulak2:08 PM
IMG Reviews Nascar Racing 200310:28 AM
e.p.i.c. interactive Ships Northland10:13 AM
DOOM 3 Deluge9:45 AM
Combat Mission: Afrika Korps Q&A posted7:11 AM
Dominons 2 Coming to Mac7:11 AM
DOOM 3 Interview7:11 AM
New WWIIOnline Beta Info7:11 AM
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