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Aspyr Unveils Wakeboarding Unleashed For Mac
2:06 PM | Jason Sims | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media today officially unveiled the Mac version of Wakeboarding Unleashed, a new installment in their series of sports titles from Activision's O2 lineup. The Mac and PC versions are currently in development by Beenox, the porting house responsible for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 and Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer.

"We're very excited to be developing Wakeboarding Unleashed simultaneously for the PC & Mac." said Glenda Adams, director of Mac & PC development at Aspyr. "It's an incredibly fun game with easy to pick up controls and some of the most beautiful graphics effects I've seen."

Wakeboarding Unleased is currently in beta and is expected to be released in December.

Wakeboarding Unleashed
Aspyr Media
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Apple Hosts Ghost Master Trailer
11:20 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Our friends at Apple have posted a trailer of Ghost Master, the chilling new upcoming game from Feral Interactive. Ghouls, ghosts and goblins are yours to command as you unleash the undead in Ghost Master. As a dead Civil Servant, you are sent to the town of Gravenville by the Haunter Committee. Your mission: to put the frighteners on lowly living mortals and drive them from their homes and places of work.

To check out the Apple trailer, head over to Apple's web site. Be sure to also check out IMG first look preview of the game, also linked below.

IMG First Look: Ghost Master
Feral Interactive
Sick Puppies
Ghost Master
Apple: Ghost Master Trailer
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Navy Seals Quake 3 Mod 1.9 Released
10:14 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Realism fans will be happy to hear the latest version another realism mod, entitled Navy Seals, has been released. Navy Seals places players in the role of the Navy's finest soldiers; going on various realistic missions in team-based multiplayer modes:

Navy SEAL/s: Covert Operations is a scale realism total conversion for id Software's Q3/TA engine. NS:CO pits players in realistic SEAL and Tango land covert operations in realistic settings with scale weapons, munitions, and equipment.

NS:CO is a tactically sophisticated feature rich multi-player game that emphasized teamwork and realistic SEAL SPECWAR missions and tactics.

NS:CO is a total conversion featuring original game-design, technology, all original code, stunning art, level design, modeling and animation; wrapped in a rich game interface that gives players new exciting control over game-play that is unique, realistic and enormous fun.

To check out some screenshots of the mod or to download it, head on over to the Navy Seals website linked below.

Navy Seals
Activision
id Software
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Blades of Avernum Info
10:13 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software has posted a page showcasing Blades of Avernum, an upcoming fantasy RPG that touts a scenario editor as one of its main draws. Following the standard set by the previous Avernum titles, Blades will include four scenarios, including "A Small Rebellion," "The Valley of Dying Things, "The Za-Khazi Run," and "Diplomacy With the Dead."

The scenario editor, included free with Blades, will allow players to create scripted adventures:

Anyone can use Blades of Avernum's editor to make fascinating adventures with cunning characters. Deal with monsters that work together and send out patrols to hunt you. Fight deadly bosses that summon aid, flee when they're outmatched, and surprise you with all sorts of nasty tricks.
Several screenshots are also available, one of which shows off the editor, complete with a number of tilesets and objects.

Blades is currently listed as arriving in early 2004. Those interested in more information on the editor itself can find a writeup by Jeff Vogel on the subject at Spiderweb's site.

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Blades of Avernum Scenario Editor - What to Expect
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'Typhoon' Bonus Map for Warcraft III
10:13 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blizzard has recently released a third bonus map for players of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Following the releases of fire and ice-themed arenas, this latest one, titled "Typhoon," introduces large bodies of water:

Coastal fog has enshrouded this archipelago. Be wary as you pass from one island to the next: there is no telling what leviathans lie sleeping in this cold sea.
Typhoon is set as a small 2v2 or 3v3 battlefield that utilizes the Sunken Ruins tileset. It's sized at 156K, and those interested in downloading it or any of the other bonus maps can find links at Blizzard's site.

Warcraft III - Bonus Maps
Blizzard Entertainment
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Shadowbane Expansion Q&A
10:13 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

HomeLan Fed recently got ahold of Thomas Sitch, producer with Wolfpack Studios, and pumped him for information regarding The Rise of Chaos, an upcoming expansion pack for the MMORPG Shadowbane. Designed to introduce a new world for Shadowbane players, the expansion will include new races, areas, and classes.

Of particular interest to many is the new race being introduced, known as the Nephilim:

The Nephilim are demons that take mortal guise. As our story unfolds, we reveal that the Nephilim have been hiding among the peoples of Aerynth for some time now, making way for the forces of Chaos to stage a new invasion. As of the advent of the expansion pack, the Nephilim have revealed their true demonic nature. They are, essentially, succubae and incubi, who would be fair and beautiful to behold if it weren’t for their horns and bat-like wings.
Sitch also notes that a new area specifically tailored to high-level characters will also be included. Besides introducing new monsters and storylines, the area will also include an air of twisted design inspired by greats such as Geiger and Lovecraft. Also discussed is the development of Shadowbane to date, noting sales numbers, subscription trends, and community feedback.

HomeLan Fed - Shadowbane: The Rise Of Chaos Interview
Wolfpack Studios
Ubisoft
Shadowbane: The Rise of Chaos


The Gamesome Mac Talks with Richard Bannister
10:13 AM | 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 Richard Bannister.

Bannister is the prolific developer who has brought some 30 different computer and game console emulators to the Macintosh, along with related utilities, game music players, and even a handful of shareware games.

Sean and Omaha will also offer Mac gaming news, reviews, and commentary, and 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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Head Over Heels Remake for OS X
10:13 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

iDevGames spotted a port of a remake to the 1987 classic Head Over Heels, which has just been ported to Mac OS X. The game was originally released for Sinclair Spectrum computers in the 80's and was praised for its isometric graphics and puzzling gameplay.

With this remake, users can now play Head Over Heels with new, full color graphics. Here's a description:

Not only was it a huge game for it's time, it also had great graphics and was very addictive - if somewhat punishing in its difficulty level. The variety in the locations was amazing and the challenges brilliantly designed. Quite rightly it was awarded with pretty much every accolade that could be bestowed upon it by the various magazines. Even today it still stands as a brilliantly designed title and has never really been bettered in the isometric adventure genre.
For more info check out their website, or to download the Mac OS X version of Head Over Heels, head to our sister-site MacGameFiles now.

Head Over Heels
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Mac Games News for Friday, October 3, 2003

IMG Takes a First Look at Mac Halo3:41 PM
More Mac Savage Information2:45 PM
Halo Dedicated Server Pre-release9:48 AM
Defender Of The Crown Shockwave Released9:31 AM
Gamespot Posts Half Life 2 Developer Interview9:31 AM
Half Life 2 Source Code Stolen6:00 AM
Savage Coming to Mac OS X6:00 AM
 
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