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Aspyr Announces Tomb Raider: AoD
11:23 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr today officially announced it will be publishing the Macintosh version of Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, the sixth Tomb Raider game to make it to the Mac. The game is being ported to the Mac by Beenox and is expected to be released early next year.

Here's a description of the game from Aspyr's web site:

A series of grisly murders brings Lara into conflict with a sinister Alchemist from the past, and a secret alliance of powerful individuals shrouded in mystery. At the center of these mysteries are the Obscura Paintings - five 14th century pieces of art that the Alchemist is desperate to repossess. Accused of the murder of her one time mentor, Werner Von Croy, Lara becomes a fugitive on the run. Lara must work alongside Kurt Trent, a new playable character, to clear her name and clean up a most desperate situation. Pursued by the police, she follows the Alchemist into a dark world of blood, betrayal and vengeance where it is up to her to defeat this unholy alliance, and stop them from unleashing their incredible powers on the world.
The preliminary system requirements are as follows:

• Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later
• 1.2 GHz PowerPC G4 or better
• 256 MB RAM
• 32 MB Radeon 7500/GeForce 2MX hardware acceleration or better

Aspyr's Glenda Adams told IMG they hope to lower the final CPU requirements by the time they ship the game. For more information on Tomb Raider; The Angel of Darkness, head over to the Aspyr web site.

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IMG Chats With Brian Greenstone on Nanosaur 2
2:05 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

One of our favorite Mac celebrities we like to talk to often is Pangea's Brian Greenstone. Responsible for dozens of Mac shareware and commercial games, Greenstone is working on what could be his most important project yet: Nanosaur 2. IMG recently chatted with Greenstone to talk about his latest project, the new Power Mac G5, and more.

To check out the chat, follow the link below.

IMG: Brian Greenstone Chats Nanosaur 2
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USB Overdrive Updated For Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
12:33 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

A new version of USB Overdrive, the universal mouse and joystick driver for Mac OS X, has been updated with full support for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. The new version is now fully compatible with Panther and Fast User Switching. The latest version also no longer disables the media keys on Apple keyboards.

To download the latest version, head over to the official USB Overdrive web site.

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Aspyr Announces Two Compilation Packs
11:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr today announced two new compilation packs in time for the upcoming Christmas holiday season. The first is entitled Leave the Lights On and includes BloodRayne, Cliver Barker's Undying and American McGee's Alice. The pack will be availabe for $29.99

The second compliation pack is entitled Extreme Fun and includes! Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds and its explosive expansion pack, Clone Campaigns, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, 4x4, and iPuppet. This pack will be available for $29.99.

Both of these titles are due to ship sometime in November. Aspyr is currently taking pre-orders for them at the Aspyr store.

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Apple Releases New G4 iBooks
9:28 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Apple Computer has released a new generation of iBooks today. The iBooks are now equipped with a G4 processors and a slightly altered case. These new models replace the old G3 iBooks and as of today, there are no G3-equipped Macintosh computers to order from Apple any longer.

There are in total 3 new models, the 800MHz model with a 12" display and the 933MHz and 1GHz models with a 14" display. All three models are equipped with an ATI Radeon 9200 Mobile graphics card with 32MB VRAM, 256MB DDR SDRAM, 256k level 2 cache and a combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW slot loaded optical drive. The hard drives range from 30GB at the low end model to 60GB at the high end model.

All three models are available to order from AppleStore today with prices from $1099 for the 12" display 800 MHz model to $1499 for the 14" display 1GHz model.

iBook G4

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New Shadowbane World Map Info
9:28 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

Chronicle, the official web site for the MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) Shadowbane, has been updated recently with information on the long-awaited new world map designed for the game, which will be hosted in two brand new servers.

Here's a brief excerpt on the new map, as quoted from Shadowbane's official site.

The Scorn and Treachery servers will be taken down and replaced by Vengeance and Corruption. The new servers will both contain the new strategic world map that has been in development for many months. The new world will offer more strategic choke points, a more efficiently design newbie area, and adventure zones congregated by terrain type. For a complete list of changes offered by the new world please follow this link to the original announcement.
Old Scorn and Treachery players will be allowed to transfer their characters to the server Vengeance, while Corruption will remain a virgin territory.

To check the full news story, or for more information on Shadowbane, be sure to check Chronicle through the link provided below.

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New Shadowbane World Map Info

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Phelios Takes Swap Scoring Online
9:28 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Shareware maker Phelios has announced their popular tile-matching game Swap now supports showing off your high scores on the web. This is just the first of their many titles to support online scoring, though expect to see more in the future.

If you're unfamiliar with Swap, here's a quick description of the game's different modes:

-RUSH Mode: Want to play but in a hurry? Push your agility and mind to the minute. It’s timed play and you have exactly sixty seconds to haul…butt.
-CLASSIC Mode: Gives you a bit more leeway with a whole 5 minutes of play. That’s 300 seconds to earn heaps of points!
-MILLION Mode: Who wants to reach a million points? But more importantly, how speedy can you be? Flex your brain muscle, and fast to make that million.
-RELAX Mode: Why meditate when you can play Swap? Take a deep breath and exhale. Simply take your time in this game version of ultimate relaxation. Relax Mode encourages the thrill of chill and let’s you play as long as you like. Consider it even, a form of stress management.
If you're curious to try out Swap, download the demo now.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, October 21, 2003

MumboJumbo Releases Chainz2:20 PM
Aspyr Announces The Sims Livin' Large Combo12:23 PM
Send In Your Ask Aspyr Questions11:50 AM
Active Lancer Demo Released11:36 AM
IMG Seeking New Writers and Reporters11:35 AM
Halo To Ship December 3rd11:23 AM
Apple Posts Wakeboarding Unleashed Trailer7:48 AM
Blizzard Closes Diablo II 1.10 Public Beta7:48 AM
Warbirds Battle of Midway Promo7:48 AM
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