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Friday, October 24, 2003


IMG Looks At Mac OS X 10.3 'Panther'
3:05 PM | Jason Sims | Comment on this story

Today's the big day! Mac OS X 10.3 'Panther', the latest major upgrade to Apple's next-generation operating system, ships today. Some people who pre-ordered the upgrade received it earlier this week already; for those who didn't, it will be available as early as 8 pm this evening at a Mac store near you.

IMG has posted a detailed look at some of the many cool features in Panther. A short excerpt follows...

What's really exciting about Mac OS X is that it has made possible all kinds of new innovations. Version 10.2 "Jaguar", the previous major release of Mac OS X, delivered such forward-thinking features as Rendezvous, which allows you to do things like chat and share your music across a network without having to do any configuration at all, and Quartz Extreme, which frees up a bunch of CPU power by offloading a lot of the work of the Quartz 2D graphics engine onto your graphics card.

Panther continues this tradition, with such tricks up its sleeve as ExposÚ, which allows you to find any window you're looking for in a big messy pile of them in a couple seconds, or sweep all windows out of the way and let you see your desktop, putting everything back where it was when you're done.

Follow the link below to read the full article.

IMG Feature: A Look At Mac OS X 10.3 'Panther'
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IMG Store: Free Pinball Game With Any Order!
5:42 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

To celebrate the release of Mac OS X Panther, the IMG Store is giving away a FREE copy of MacPlay's incredibly popular pinball game, Jinni Zeala, with every order placed through the IMG Store. Jinni Zeala is regularly availabe for $19 if ordered through the IMG Store, but free with any order placed through the IMG Store (on any shipping game, while supplies last.

To get your free copy of Jinni Zeala, place an order through the IMG Store . In the Comments field, put "FREE Jinni Zeala" and we'll send you the game as part of your order. No extra charges will be added.

This offer expires Monday, October 27th.



Apple Posts Doulber Gold Trailer
12:32 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Our friends at the Apple games web site have posted a trailer of Doulber Gold, a new shareware game by Phelios Interactive. Burrow deep in the earth, and you'll find a kooky little ant named Doulber. Team up with him to tackle some feisty monsters and tricky puzzles.

To check out the trailer, head over to the Apple games web site.

Apple: Doulber Gold Trailer



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New UT2004 Preview Posted
9:31 AM | Trevor Buchanan | Comment on this story

The folks over at Gamesradar.com have posted an interesting preview of the next in the series of Unreal games from Epic, Unreal Tournament 2004. Here's a bit of what they had to say:

Here's the problem with UT2004. It's clearly the best Unreal game that Epic have ever made. But with no great technological leap, and what appears to be a cynical appropriation of Battlefield 1942's and Planetside's vehicles, it's going to have to fight to prove its worth.

Let Mark Rein, Epic's Vice President, try: "Everything about this game is improved, so if you loved UT2003, then you'll love UT2004. If you skipped 2003 because it didn't appeal to you, then you're coming back. This game literally has it all. There's Onslaught, which is an awesome game mode with a whole bunch of new stuff. And UT2004's Assault mode is much better than the original Unreal Tournament Assault; it plays much better online."

Follow the link below for the full preview. They've also got some nice screenshots on hand for your perusal.

Gamesradar previews UT2004
Gamesradar: UT2004 screenies
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Diablo II 1.10 Screen
9:31 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Many Diablo II fans out there already know the long story of the ever upcoming 1.10 patch to the game. For months now Blizzard has hinted at the new features and improvements the will be in the patch. The company recently posted yet another screenshot from the new version, hopefully showing that Blizzard is nearly ready to release it. Here's the info on the new screenshot:

After logging on to Battle.net in Diablo II 1.10, players will now be placed into a waiting room. Once there, they can choose to create/join a game or enter a chat room and talk with other players, just like in Warcraft III. We have also added a news section with news items related to Diablo II.
To check out the new screenshot, head on over to Battle.net, linked below.

Diablo II 1.10 Screen
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Brad Custer Posts Panther Desktop
9:31 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

With the upcoming release of MacOS X 10.3 Panther from Apple this evening, Brad Custer have created a new Panther themed desktop wallpaper for you all to enjoy.

Brad comments on his creation:

Well, unless you've been under a rock, then you know that Panther will be unleashed today. I wanted to celebrate the release of this OS and since it just happened to fall on my Friday update then the timing was perfect. Also, I've had the honor of using the new OS for a few days now and I must say it's worth all the hype. So, with the help of Apple and their PR department, I was able to create this week's wallpaper. I simply entitled it "Evolution" and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
To download the Panther-flavored theme in your preferred resolution, head over to Custer's Desktops with the link provided below.

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IMG Desktop: Evolution



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Aspyr Releases Jedi Knight II Update
9:31 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

Popular Macintosh game publisher Aspyr Media has released a patch to the Star Wars-based first person shooter Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. The update fixes a number of things, such as improved compatibility with some third party modifications.

List of changes:

  • Fixed KP_EQUALS in the key binding.
  • Fixed "invalid enumerant" error when running on an older version of the Mac OS with older ATI drivers.
  • Holding down the shift key when launching the game will now prompt for a command-line.
  • Users with one-button mice now have the option to map ctrl-clicks as the second mouse button. This is useful mainly for the force-powers configuration screen in the multiplayer app, where right-clicking subtracts force points. To change this setting, hold down the option or command keys when launching the multiplayer app.
  • Mac JK2 didn't tolerate buggy 3rd party mods very well. Loosened this up a bit, and as a result the Dark Forces mod should now work properly if placed in the regular mod location of ~/Library/Application Support/Jedi Knight II
  • Fixed crashing issue when automatically downloading custom maps in the MP app.
  • Fixed sporadic crashing when loading a level.
  • To download, head over to MacGameFiles.com. To install the update, just replace the old applications with the two included in the download.

    Aspyr Media
    Westlake Interactive
    Raven Software
    Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
    MGF: Jedi Kight II Update
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    Mac Games News for Thursday, October 23, 2003

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    Blizzard Departees Regroup as Flagship Studios9:23 AM
    BloodRayne Beta Patch Allows Resolution Change9:23 AM
    CH Announces Throttle Quadrant9:23 AM
    Freeverse Launches New GameSmith Server9:23 AM
    PowerLogix Announces New Dual Processor Upgrades9:23 AM
     
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