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Mac Unreal Tournament 2004 News
6:00 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Following yesterday's launch of AMD's new 64-bit processor, Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games Inc., posted exciting news regarding Digital Extreme's upcoming triquel - Unreal Tournament 2004.

According to Rein, the OS X version of UT2004 will be released "at approximately the same time" as the Windows version, and will include optimizations to run on Apple's new G5 desktops. Distribution for the Mac version will be handled by veteran Mac publishers Macsoft.

Early Tuesday, Epic's Tim Sweeney and Ryan Gordon were on hand at AMD's 64 bit Athlon launch event in San Francisco. The developers were demonstrating the 64-bit version of their first person multiplayer to an amazed crowd of onlookers.

The PC and Linux versions of Unreal Tournament 2004 are currently scheduled to be released on November 18th of this year, meaning Mac lovers of Epic's multiplayer franchise should expect their version to hit retailers in time for the Christmas season. Stay tuned to IMG for more news on this new title.

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IMG Reviews the Sonica Theater
11:44 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

IMG's own audiophile Greg Gant has looked closer at the Sonica Theater, an USB audio output device from M-Audio. This little box adds the possibility for surround sound on Macs that haven't got the possibility to install the M-Audio Revolution 7.1 PCI card.

From the review:

For the most part the Sonica Theater functions exactly like the Revolution 7.1. Surround sound is obtained through one of two routes: digital or analog. Before I dive into pros and cons of each, it is first important to understand Circle Surround II. The Theater has the ability to make any stereo signal (game, music or movie) into surround sound. It uses SRS Lab’s Circle Surround (CSII) to interpret the stereo source into surround sound. CSII is not without its faults, however. It cannot decode Dolby Digital or DTS into discrete multi-channel audio. CSII yields results that are not nearly as accurate or clean as if the Dolby Digital or DTS soundtrack were played on a surround sound setup. Also CSII cannot be used with the digital output
To read the full review, follow the link provided below.

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IMG Review: Sonica Theater

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Neverwinter Nights 1.32 Released
10:39 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

BioWare has released a final version of the 1.32 patch for their epic role-playing game Neverwinter Nights. The 1.32 update has been available as a beta for a while, but it is recommended that you install the full version for multiplayer compatibility.

Short list of changes:

  • Made some fixes to prevent game/character/server hacking
  • Added some safety checks to the CD checking code
  • Fixed a nasty frame rate killing bug
  • Made a fix to wounding
  • Fixed some display issues in the internet multiplayer server list
  • To read the full list of changes, follow the link provided below. The patch is available in 2 versions, one for users of NWN 1.30 and one smaller for those that has already installed the 1.31 patch. To install the patch, just drag the files included to the correct folders and you're all set.

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    Dr. Blob's Organism Released
    6:00 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    Mac shareware developers Cheapass Games and Digital Eel have just released Dr. Blob's Organism.

    Inspired by the classic computer game Life by veteran programmer John Conway, Organism is an overhead shooter game where players need to fire at and destroy once-celled organisms as they try to escape their petri dish, all under the eye of player's microscopes.

    As players progress through the game, they are rewarded with increasingly powerful powerups, like multiguns and lightning. However, the organism mutates and becomes increasingly powerful with each level, evening out the fight.

    The game features 20 levels of gameplay, and 21 original music tracks that are both featured in the game, and can also be played by a bundled Jukebox feature. The Mac system requirements call for a lowly 333 MHz G3 with 64 megs of RAM, 32 megs of hard drive space, and Mac OS X 10.1 or later.

    The game is available both for download and on CD for $10 USD. Players interested in checking out the game should give the 7 meg demo a try. Click on the links below to check out the game.

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    Apple Looks at Age of Mythology
    6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    Adding yet another notch to their games section, Apple has posted a feature on Age of Mythology, the upcoming RTS title being brought to the Mac courtesy of MacSoft. A warfare title with a mythological bent, AoM will allow players to play as one of several civilizations, using both the fantastic as well as the mundane in order to wage war.

    The preview covers several angles, including the inspiration behind the various game ideas as well as designer Ian Fischer's favorite strategem:

    Fischer notes that he prefers the Norse because they suit his favorite strategy for success. “I like to get walls up early and then race to attack my opponent,” he says. “If you start putting a dent in someone, the thing that usually halts your progress is an enemy force showing up in your town to disrupt the villagers working there.
    Also covered in detail in the preview are the various gods particular to each culture, both major and minor, as well as a list of cheats for those that plan on needing a bit of help against the computer AI.

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    Mac Games News for Wednesday, September 24, 2003

    IMG Store: Pre-Order Age of Mythology4:40 PM
    IMG Reviews Geneforge 212:44 PM
    Revolution Driver Update Adds 10.2.8, Panther Compatibility12:11 PM
    Wolverine's Revenge in Duplication11:58 AM
    Blizzard Releases Warcraft Battle Chest9:45 AM
    Freeverse Newsletter, ToySight Revealed9:45 AM
    Gamespot Posts Sims 2 Designer Diary9:45 AM
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