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Feral Announces Rayman 3
2:38 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive today announced that they will be publishing Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc for the Macintosh. The Rayman franchise has sold over 11 million copies worldwide and marks the first time this best-selling adventure game will be making its way to the Mac.

Here's more from the PR:

Rayman, the only gaming hero with no arms, no legs, helicopter hair, and brand new powers, is heading to the Mac! Save Globox, defeat the Lord of the Dark Lums… The crusades of this legendary, limbless hero are praised throughout the land of the Teensies and beyond. Rayman’s tireless quest to defend the World from evil in all its dastardly forms continues against the Hoodlums, a fanatical army that would like nothing more than to see Rayman on the business end of a Hoodmonger’s Boomstick rifle. Thrust into the most harrowing challenge of his adventuring career, Rayman must explore strange, uncharted realms in search of clues to defeating the unruly Hoodlum horde.

Blast into battle with the fanatic Hoodlum Army, travel across treacherous terrain and never-before-seen, magical worlds to experience the extravagant imagination of Rayman's world. Everything is fiction. Every little detail is really fun.

For more information on Rayman 3, be sure to head over to the Feral web site.

Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
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MacPlay To Publish Activision Anthology for Macintosh
2:08 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacPlay today announced that it will be publishing the Activision Anthology Remix Edition for the Mac. The pack includes over 75 Atari 2600 favorites including Pitfall, Kaboom, River Raid, and many more. It also eatures an '80s-themed soundtrack that will let gamers play their way down memory lane and an additional 30 titles not available on last year's PlayStation 2 version.

Here's more from the official press release:

"Where else can you find this many great games in one package?" asked Mark Cottam, president at MacPlay. "Activision Anthology: Remix Edition is an incredible value with over 75 great games and a cool '80s music sound track."

"Activision Anthology: Remix Edition provides fans with an unprecedented retro gaming experience on the Macintosh," said David Anderson, director of business development and licensing for Activision. "By combining the best of '80s gaming and music, with current technology, gamers now have the best of the era.

Activision Anthology: Remix Edition lets players revisit old favorites Barnstorming, Chopper Command, Freeway®, Mega Mania and more. Fans can play all of the games in classic mode or, for an added challenge, they can be played in 15 different unlockable wild and wacky enhanced gameplay modes. Classic mode lets fans play the original way with all of the sound effects and action they remember. Enhanced gameplay modes include Ricochet mode, in which the game screen bounces around the television screen, Cube mode, where the game appears on each face of a rotating cube, and Whirl mode where the screen slowly spins 360 degrees around the middle of the TV screen during gameplay. In addition, instead of a typical flat-screen shell, the menu functions of the game are brought to life in the setting of a teenager's bedroom from the '80s. To play a game, fans need to select a title from the cartridge rack and place it into the game system. To change the music and sound volumes, players must select the radio and adjust the settings from there.

To help make the trip back to the '80s complete, Activision Anthology: Remix Edition includes original hits, licensed by MacPlay specifically for the Macintosh, from the era's hottest artists including Fresh Prince, Flock of Seagulls, Alan Parsons Project, Billy Ocean and many more.

The Activision Anothology Remix Edition will have a suggested retail price of $29.99 and will be available in time for the holidays.

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Activision Anthology: Remix Edition
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CH Announces Throttle Quadrant
9:23 AM | Tim Morgan | Comment on this story

CH Products, a longtime developer of USB joysticks for Macs and PC's, has announced the latest addition to its extensive lineup: the Throttle Quadrant. Promising to add additional levers for the control of multi-engine aircraft, the Throttle Quadrant may prove to be a welcome addition to the desktop of any armchair pilot who has had to tackle the throttle, prop, and mixture controls of each engine on a two-horse airplane. To quote the press release:

After receiving a monumental amount of e-mails, attended numerous meetings, worked unapproved, callus-induced  overtime and witnessed excessive head-scratching -- I am extremely excited to announce that CH Products has finally, officially begun pre-production on the highly anticipated, multi-engine CH Throttle Quadrant.

Functions include, but are not limited to...

  • Six fully programmable axes

  • Twelve separate button positions via six individual flipper switches

  • Programmable to 30 different functions/keystrokes or mouse emulation

  • Fully compatible with the latest Control Manager programming software

  • Designed with the same unbeatable quality, construction and technology you've come to expect from CH

The Throttle Quadrant will be available in spring of 2004. It has a current target price between $200 and $250.

CH Products manufactures a full range of joystick peripherals for Macintosh. They hold a unique position in the Macintosh market as the only producer of rudder pedals and the creator of the CH Fighterstick and Pro Throttle, arguably the most versatile (if also the most expensive) HOTAS systems available for Macintosh.

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CH Announces Throttle Quadrant


PowerLogix Announces New Dual Processor Upgrades
9:23 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

PowerLogix announced a new generation of dual processor G4 upgrades for Power Mac G4s. The new dual 1.2 GHz and 1.4 GHz upgrades use Motorola's new PowerPC 7457 processor (a variant of the processor used in Apple's PowerBook G4s), which features 512 KB of L2 on-die cache (double that of the PowerPC 7455). In addition, each processor is outfitted with 2 MB of L3 SDR-memory. PowerLogix claims that this new chip consumes 40% less peak power than it's predecessor, a nagging issue with their older dual processor upgrades.

The dual 1.2 GHz and 1.4 GHz G4 upgrades will retail for $799 and $1199, respectively. PowerLogix expects to ship them to retailers within 1 to 2 weeks, though supplies will be constrained on the high end model. The PowerForce G4 cards are compatible with all "AGP Graphics" model, up to and including the QuickSilver 2002.

PowerLogix Announces Dual PowerPC 7457 CPU Upgrades
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Blizzard Departees Regroup as Flagship Studios
9:23 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

The former employees at Blizzard Entertainment that left the company this summer have now founded their new game studio under the name Flagship Studios. Gamespot has posted an interview will Bill Roper, previous vice president of Blizzard Entertainment and Flagship Studios' new CEO, discussing the future of the fledgling company, including their first title of which very little is revealed at the moment.

From the interview:

BR: Well, I can leak a couple of things the game isn’t, though, just to get you thinking. It isn’t a classic fantasy story, it isn’t set in some place you’ve never heard of, and it isn’t a sports title. I know that this pretty much shoots down Bilbo’s Backyard Baseball, but I don’t want to get people’s hopes up too high for something we aren’t working on.
To read the full interview, head over to GameSpot with the link provided below. If you are interested in Flagship Studios you can visit their newly launched website to get more information about the team.

One of the few bits of information about the new game in development is that it is for PC but the question of whether or not it will come to Mac or any console platforms has not been answered yet. Hopefully the team will stay as loyal to the Macintosh platform as they were while working at Blizzard Entertainment, but stay tuned to IMG for the latest.

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Freeverse Launches New GameSmith Server
9:23 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Well-known game developer and publisher Freeverse Software has launched a new version of their GameSmith server. GameSmith is Freeverse's own online gaming service where players can head out against each other in many of Freeverse's popular titles. The new server adds ranking support for two new games and addresses an issue that made it possible to gain ranks when playing alone against computer opponents:

A new version of the GameSmith Server has been made live. Users do not need to modify anything on their machines to use the new server.

The major change to this server revision is to squash the "bot bashing" bug which allowed users to abuse single-player bot games to raise their ranks. On the new servers, games will only be ranked if there are two or more human players, and in a team game, only if there is at least one human on each team.

The new server also fixes ranking for 3D Crazy Eights (to be released soon) and adds support for 3D Gin Rummy.

If you want to read the full news update, follow the link below.

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Freeverse News: New GameSmith Server



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BloodRayne Beta Patch Allows Resolution Change
9:23 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has released a beta patch to their third person vampire game BloodRayne. The patch adds one of the most highly requested features to the game, the possibility to change resolution from 640*480. This should improve the graphical appearance of the game greatly and even improve performance for certain users.

To download the beta patch, head over to MacGameFiles to grab the 1.4MB update file.

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Aspyr Ships The Sims: Superstar
9:23 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media today announced that the Mac version of The Sims Superstar, the latest expansion pack for the best-selling PC game of all time, has shipped. In the expansion pack, players can live their fantasies of fame and fortune as they pursue the dream of being a Rock Star, Movie Star, or a Supermodel, live the lifestyle of a celebrity, and even mingle with the rich and famous.

Here's more from the official press release:

For the first time ever, players can follow their Sims to work and witness their pursuit of fame and fortune firsthand. Fledgling Sims start by signing with an agent and shuttling to Studio Town, a new and fully customizable destination that offers television and movie lots, spa locations, recording studios, and fabulous fashion facilities. Once there, Sims can schmooze, network, and name-drop their way to stardom in the movies, music, or fashion. Will your Sim be a flash in the pan or a living legend? Players can now track the sizzle of their Sims with an all new fame score.

What would a star trip be without the ability to rub elbows with a real life celebrity or two? Grammy-winning superstar Christina Aguilera, the legendary Marilyn Monroe, and pop icon Andy Warhol all lend their unique star power and likenesses to the world of The Sims Superstar.

A new cast of comical characters is also available to assist the Sims in their quest for celebrity. A fabulous fashion designer, a mega-hit record producer and a maniacal movie director are available for career critique. A capable butler, a savvy sushi chef, and a soothing masseuse will be on-call to administer to the every whim of a celebrity Sim. Life in the spotlight would not be complete without the glare of the paparazzi, the adoration of groupies, and the annoyance of an obsessed fan. This is all part of life in the spotlight in The Sims Superstar.

For more information on The Sims Superstar, head over to the Aspyr web site. Be on the lookout for a review of Superstar on IMG soon.

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, October 22, 2003

IMG Chats With Brian Greenstone on Nanosaur 22:05 PM
USB Overdrive Updated For Mac OS X 10.3 Panther12:33 PM
Aspyr Announces Two Compilation Packs11:54 AM
Aspyr Announces Tomb Raider: AoD11:23 AM
Apple Releases New G4 iBooks9:28 AM
New Shadowbane World Map Info9:28 AM
Phelios Takes Swap Scoring Online9:28 AM
 
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