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Tuesday, October 7, 2003

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Savage PC Demo Soon; Mac Work to Follow
9:27 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Bluesnews is reporting on a quick update from S2 Games regarding the status of the PC demo for their Real-time Strategy Shooter (RTSS) Savage. According to the update, the demo should be released today, assuming the demo's servers come online in a timely fashion.

This is good for Mac users, as S2 Games has noted (and IMG has privately confirmed) that finishing up the Mac OS X port of Savage will get underway once the PC demo is completed. They note some version of beta testing should probably begin soon. Here's an excerpt from a post in the Savage forums:

we will probably begin testing the Mac port fairly soon, but don't go expecting it next week or anything Let us get past the demo release first and then we'll hunker down and finish up the Mac port so it's ready for some semi-public consumption.
Savage is a multiplayer title in which one player takes the role of an RTS commander, giving orders to his team in order to win. The rest of the players take on either first- or third-person views to complete the required tasks and defeat the opposing team. Stay tuned for the latest on Savage from IMG as its available.

Savage Demo Update
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Savage: The Battle for Newerth

Omni Group on Lack of Game Ports
3:34 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

It's been a while since we've heard much from our friends at The Omni Group, and so we decided to contact them regarding their apparent lack of current game ports. In case you're curious, Omni was one of the first companies to port games exclusively to Mac OS X, starting with titles like Quake III: Arena, Oni, Heavy Metal: FAKK2, and Giants: Citizen Kabuto. They have also been responsible for popular ports of games like Fallout, Freedom Force, AvP 2, and more.

Timothy Wood was nice enough to let us know they're in the middle of some large changes to their productivity applications like OmniWeb and OmniGraffle, which means they haven't been able to take on any ports of games. Here's what he had to say:

Currently we are very focused on an aggressive schedule to update several of our productivity applications, and we are not working on any game ports. While we are not pursuing game port opportunities at this time, we certainly may in the future if our priorities and resources allow us to do so.
Stay tuned to IMG for any new information on The Omni Group if they delve again into the game porting business.

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IMG Reviews Solace
1:14 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Solace, the strategy game in the tradition of Axis and Allies. Here's a clip from the review:

It’s not often the Mac community receives a brand spanking new TBS (turn based strategy) game, let alone one that is not a sequel or spin-off of a popular game setting. To sweeten this even further Solace is not your typical TBS game. In fact, it’s more akin to Risk, both visually and in play mechanics. This originality helps Solace to propel itself above some shortcomings, and in the end, is a respectable diversion for the casual fan. Don’t expect overwhelming depth or stratagem. Instead, try Solace for its unique take on the genre and to hammer home the fact that this game deserves a sequel.
To check out the entire review, be sure to follow the link below.

IMG Review: Solace

Phelios Ports Marbles Deluxe to Mac
12:24 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Phelios today announced the release of Marbles Deluxe, a game ported to the Mac from the PC platform. Phelios' Patrice Krysztofiak partnered with Mike Boeh of Retro64 to bring the puzzle game to the Mac market.

Here's more from the press release:

The Mac demo for Marbles Deluxe includes 8 levels, while the full version consists of 96 new levels, and international players can choose one of 9 languages: Czech, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish and Dutch. Also in the full version is a level editor where gamers can easily customize and create their own puzzles. Marbles Deluxe is available for Mac at and costs $19.95. System Requirements: Mac OS X. 450 mhz processor or higher.

"I've always enjoyed the great games from Retro64 and thought it would be fun to team up with Mike to bring Marbles Deluxe to the Mac world", says Patrice Krysztofiak. "From the business stand point, it's really a win-win scenario. Partnerships are a positive factor for businesses today; it's part of the success equation for both parties. I believe it's going to become more and more of a trend of the times."

To check out Marbles Deluxe, head over to the Phelios web site.


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MacPlay Ships Hearts of Iron and MindRover
12:09 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacPlay today announced that it has begun shipping the World War II strategy game, Hearts of Iron, and the 3D strategy/programming game, MindRover. The games mark the two next releases in the company's distribution agreement with Virtual Programming.

Here's more from the official PR:

"For the past few weeks, we've been staging our own robot contests in one area of the office and World War II recreations at the other end, said Henry Price, Director of Sales and Marketing of MacPlay. "We're looking forward to introducing Mac owners to these fantastic titles."

"That's why we picked these titles for publication on the Mac," added Paul Lesurf, Director of Virtual Programming. "Each game presents fascinating scenarios that take place on never-before-seen worlds."

Hearts of Iron is set in an alternate reality where players shape the course of mid-20th century history. Staring in the year 1936, players select a country whose technology and military they build over the next 10 years as they wage wars on fronts never seen during World War II. Players can even develop super-weapons as they inexorably shift the world's power structure and permanently affect the struggle between Fascism, Communism, and Democracy.

Gamers who prefer extra-terrestrial action will enjoy MindRover, which takes place on Jupiter's icy Europa moon. Players build robotic "rovers" with parts found in a research lab and program the machines for a variety of behaviors. They then pit their creations against each other in one of four types of competitions: races, sports, battles, and puzzles. MindRover's advanced physics system determines the realistic outcomes when the robots clash.

For more information on these two titles, head over to the MacPlay web site.

The MSRP for each game is $19.99. Hearts of Iron and MindRover can be purchased from leading retailers or directly from the MacPlay store, located at

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Diablo Halloween Fan Art Contest
7:34 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The folks at Blizzard are getting into the Halloween spirit by hosting a fanart contest. Basing things around their RPG title Diablo II, the contest is looking for art based off of subject matter from the Diablo series. Those who place in the top three will score the following goodies:

1st Place –

* An exclusive and extremely rare statue of the Lord of Terror himself, Diablo
* An exclusive and extremely rare Blizzard North Hockey Jersey
* A signed and numbered Parkinson Diablo Print – “The Final Stand”
* A 10th Anniversary Blizzard North CD Wallet
* A Blizzard North Mug

2nd Place –

* A signed and numbered Parkinson Diablo Print – “The Final Stand”
* A signed copy of Diablo II: Collector’s Edition
* A copy of Diablo II Expansion: Lord of Destruction
* A 10th Anniversary Blizzard North CD Wallet
* A Blizzard North Mug

3rd Place –

* A signed Diablo II Poster
* A Blizzard Cinematic DVD Boxed Set
* A 10th Anniversary Blizzard North CD Wallet
* A Blizzard North Mug
* A Blizzard T-Shirt

Some guidelines have also been posted, with more notable ones being contestants must be 13 or over as well as residents of the United States. Artwork with graphic representations of objectionable material will also be disqualified.

More information, including how entries should be formatted and submitted, can be found at the contest page.

Blizzard - Halloween Fanart Contest
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Hell in the Pacific Mac Testers Needed
7:34 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

A recent posting has gone up in IMG's forums asking for some beta testing volunteers. Hell in the Pacific, a modification for Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, is currently undergoing testing for the upcoming version 2, and could apparently use some more Mac fans.

Those interested can find more information at the official HitP site. Version 1.2 of the mod has been officially released, and can be downloaded from MacGameFiles at a hefty 187 MB. Those having trouble with getting the mod to run can find troubleshooting tips in both IMG's and HitP's forums.

Hell in the Pacific needs MAC testers!!!!
MAC version 1.2 released!!!
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Hell in the Pacific 1.2
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Max Payne 2 Gold for PC
7:34 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Rockstar Games has announced that the PC version of Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne has gone Gold. Max Payne 2 is Remedy Entertainment's highly anticipated sequel to the multiple award-winning Max Payne released in 2001. The game is scheduled for a release on October 15th in North America and October 24th in Europe.

There are also console versions of Max Payne 2 under development. The Xbox and PS2 versions are scheduled to be released on December 3rd. To read the full press release on the gold announcement, just follow the link provided below.

As for a Macintosh version, an announcement still has to be made. The original Max Payne was ported to Mac by Westlake Interactive and published by MacSoft. Hopefully we will see the same happen to the sequel. Stay tuned to IMG for more information about Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne.

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Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Goes Gold

Mac Games News for Monday, October 6, 2003

Aspyr Unveils Wakeboarding Unleashed For Mac2:06 PM
Apple Hosts Ghost Master Trailer11:20 AM
Navy Seals Quake 3 Mod 1.9 Released10:14 AM
'Typhoon' Bonus Map for Warcraft III10:13 AM
Blades of Avernum Info10:13 AM
Head Over Heels Remake for OS X10:13 AM
Shadowbane Expansion Q&A10:13 AM
The Gamesome Mac Talks with Richard Bannister10:13 AM
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