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Tuesday, October 21, 2003

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Halo To Ship December 3rd
11:23 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Macsoft today announced that the long-awaited Macintosh version of Bungie's Halo: Combat Evolved will be shipping on December 3rd, in time for Christmas. The game promises many enhancements over the critically acclaimed and best-selling Xbox game, including online multiplayer support, new maps, vehicles and weapons.

Here's more from the official press release:

Halo is optimized for the Macintosh with the precision offered by the mouse-and-keyboard and full support for high-end hardware including graphic resolutions up to 1600 by 1200 and beyond. Halo's online multiplayer feature will enable players to battle it out with fellow gamers worldwide in a variety of individual and team-based games. Halo for Macintosh was developed by Westlake Interactive in conjunction with Gearbox Software and Bungie Studios.

"I haven’t had this much fun on a computer since I visited Madrigal with a few dwarves and a handful of Berserks." according to Destineer president (and former Bungie executive vice president) Peter Tamte. "Nothing compares to playing Halo with the precision of a mouse and keyboard on a Mac."

Halo: Combat Evolved is a sci-fi action epic that shatters the confines of traditional game environments. Players wage a hi-tech guerilla war on foot, in vehicles, in the air and beneath the surface of an alien ring orbiting in space.

The game was created developer Bungie Studios and Windows PC version of Halo was developed by Gearbox Software.

The IMG Store is currently taking pre-orders for this highly-anticipated game. Be on the lookout for a hands-on preview of the game on IMG soon.

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MumboJumbo Releases Chainz
2:20 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MumboJumbo today announced the release of their new puzzle game, Chainz. The game is available for Macintosh and Windows users. A Java version is also available on the MumboJumbo web site.

Here's more from the official press release:

Chainz presents a board full of multi-colored links. Players rotate them to form chains of three or more same-colored links. As the chains disappear, additional links drop down to adding the possibility of new combinations forming that score extra points! Some bonus links multiply points earned while others serve as "wild links" that can be joined with links of any color. As players clear links from the board, a meter on the side of the screen fills; when it hits the top, the level ends and the next challenge begins.

In later levels, players secure high scores by forging chains whose links bear one or more letters in "CHAINZ," but they also have to contend with the black links, which can't be rotated but can be included in chains. Those in need of assistance can click the "Get Hint!" button, but they will lose 2,500 points in the process.

"Chainz is the next evolutionary step in puzzle games," said Brian Moon, President of MumboJumbo. "It incorporates the best game play of other successful puzzle titles and adds a few unique twists that will definitely keep the game fresh and exciting for a long time to come. This game doesn't have a single weak link."

Players can choose to play either normal or timed games. In the former, the game ends when there are no more moves on the board; in the latter, the meter on the side of the screen must be filled before time runs out in each level. In addition, Chainz allows players to switch between window and full-screen modes, keep track of their success on the high score board, and pause or save the action so they can return to it later.

A free trail versio nof Chaiz is available at the MumboJumbo web site. Registration codes, which unlock the full game, can be purchased for $19.99.

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Aspyr Announces The Sims Livin' Large Combo
12:23 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr today announced that it will be shipping The Sims Livin' Large Combo on October 27th. The combo includes the best selling game of all time, The Sims, plus the Livin' Large expansion pack. The combo will be available for $59.99. For more information, be sure to visit the Aspyr web site.

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Send In Your Ask Aspyr Questions
11:50 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Got a dying question for Aspyr Media? Now's your change to ask them. Aspyr's Glenda Adams will be fielding questions from our readers. The answer will be posted at a later date on IMG.

The concept is easy: send us your questions, and we'll submit the best of the best to Aspyr. We'll then post the answers on IMG at a later date.

So, if you have a question for Aspyr, email your questions to with the words Ask Aspyr in the Subject field. You can ask questions about their games, games you'd like to see from Ask Aspyr, or even of specific persons at Ask Aspyr.

Please keep in mind that questions like "Is Aspyr doing XXX game?" that isn't announced are never answered, so don't even bother.

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Active Lancer Demo Released
11:36 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software today unleashed the demo of Active Lancer, their verticial scrolling shooter developed by de software. The demo, weighing it at just under 100 MB is available for download through

Here's a description of the game:

Join Lancer Squad, an elite team of flight capable soldiers, on their current mission to defeat the diabolical war machine of an alien army bent on taking over the universe. Taking the battle to the alien factories over the diverse landscapes of their home world, Active Lancer pits you (and a friend of you have need) against wave after wave of alien ships, tanks, boats, and gun turrets over 15 levels of increasing intensity. It's straight up vertical scrolling arcade shooter action.
Active Lancer has modest requirements: Mac OS 8.6, 9.x, 10.x or later, 56 MB RAM, and a 300 MHz G3 or faster. To download the demo, be sure to head over to MGF. A link for IMG Pro users will be posted shortly.

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IMG Seeking New Writers and Reporters
11:35 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games is looking for a few dedicated writers and news reporters to work on the Inside Mac Games web site. Here's some of the current openings at IMG:

Write reviews, features, and previews for Inside Mac Games. Must have outstanding writing skills. If you're interested, please email with a little bio of yourself and include writing samples (or URLs to writing samples).

News Reporter
Scour the Internet and other sources for news stories and submit them to our Senior News Editor. Must have good writing skills. If you're interested, please email with a little bio of yourself and include writing samples (or URLs to writing samples).

We're looking for dedicated people only who can write well and commit some of their time to a cool web site. If you don't think you'll have the time or energy, please don't e-mail us. But if you love Macintosh games and love writing, then by all means, let us know!

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Blizzard Closes Diablo II 1.10 Public Beta
7:48 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Legendary game developer Blizzard Entertainment has posted an update on concerning the upcoming 1.10 patch for their highly popular dungeon crawl game Diablo II. After a longer time of public testing Blizzard has now withdrawn the beta test patch from their download servers, satisfied with the results they have got from it:

After months of insightful feedback from the public beta testers, Blizzard is now officially closing the Diablo II patch 1.10 beta test. The beta test has been instrumental in helping us develop the most ambitious, far-reaching patch ever done for a Blizzard product. We would like to thank everyone who play-tested the beta; your feedback has been an invaluable resource in shaping the final 1.10 patch!

As of today, the Diablo II 1.10 Beta patch will no longer be available for download from Blizzard or any of our download affiliates. Also, the email address and forum for beta bug submission will no longer be active. Please note that Technical Support cannot respond to any inquiries regarding the 1.10 beta via phone, email, or chat channel.

Hopefully the final release of the 1.10 patch will emerge any time now. The patch will feature major changes and additions to the gameplay and is highly awaited by fans of the game worldwide. We will keep you informed as more information about the patch is revealed.

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Apple Posts Wakeboarding Unleashed Trailer
7:48 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Apple Computer's game section has posted a trailer for Wakeboarding Unleashed, the latest announced extreme sports game coming later this year to both Mac and PC from Aspyr Media. The game promises some spectacular looking water based action with beautiful environment and extreme stunts.

From Aspyr's site:

HANG ON FOR YOUR LIFE! Rip across a lake behind a screaming speedboat, tricking through dangerous terrain with only a sliver of wakeboard between you and the blistering water below. Catch mind-blowing air in 9 exotic locations around the world-from Lake Powell to Hong Kong Harbor. Tired Already? Then steer the boat and help your friend pull off challenging technical ticks on the most realistic-looking water ever. Team up in CO-OP, you drive, as your friend flies!
To view the trailer and get a taste of the salt water, head over to Apple's game section with help of the link provided below. Wakeboarding Unleashed is currently in beta testing and is targeted for a release in December.

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Warbirds Battle of Midway Promo
7:48 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

iEntertainment Network, developers of the award-winning online flight simulator series Warbirds, seem to be keeping on with their tradition of hosting massive events related to historical air battles of the Second World War. This time they are focusing their attention on the Battle of Midway,

Fought in 1942, the Battle of Midway was not only the first naval battle in which only aircraft carriers saw action, but also the first naval battle in History in which, thanks to carrier-based fighters and fighter-bombers, ships from both sides never saw each other. Now, thanks to the servers in, you can join hundreds of armchair pilots worldwide in this epic battle to change the tide of the war in a well-orchestrated event taking place in December 5.

In the InsideMacGames forum post where this announcement was contained, we find another interesting subject: iEntertainment is apparently going to drift a bit from their online tradition with the release in 2004 of a single-player game called AirPower Pacific: From Pearl Harbor to Midway. Here is a brief excerpt of the forum post on this matter:

iEntertainment Network is developing a new retail single player game called AirPower Pacific: Pearl Harbor to Midway for release in early 2004. This game will be a follow up product to the highly anticipated History Channel Battle of Britain game developed by iEntertainment and released by Activision Value Inc.

AirPower Pacific: Pearl Harbor to Midway includes the new "AutoCo-Pilot" feature recently developed by iEntertainment Network. It also includes real satellite terrain topography of real places in the world where these great battles took place. This new game is expected to be released in March 2004
Be sure to follow the links below for the complete forum post and the Total Sims web site, in which you can find more information on this event and the upcoming title, as well as sign up for online action.

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WarBirds: Pacific Theater of Operations
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Warbirds Battle of Midway Promo

Mac Games News for Monday, October 20, 2003

IMG Reviews Logitech Dual Action Gamepad12:09 PM
UT2003 Patch Likely Before Mac OS X Panther12:04 PM
Freeverse/Strange Flavour Launch Toysight Site9:34 AM
Mac Halo to Hit Testers This Week9:16 AM
Blizzard Releases New Frozen Throne Bonus Map7:33 AM
Logitech Reveals High Style diNovo Media Desktop7:33 AM
The Gamesome Mac Talks Indie Games Con7:33 AM
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