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Call of Duty for Mac?
10:56 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Is Call of Duty, the highly-anticipated World War II first-person shooter, on the way for the Macintosh? According to an Infinity Ward employee, there is a Mac version "in the pipeline." The employee made the informal announcement on's web site forum late last week. The employee went on to say, "I think Macs are cool. Growing up right next to Apple leaves me with a certain nostalgia for them. Competition is a good thing."

Call of Duty is being developed by 22 former employees from the team that brought us the best-selling WW II first-person shooter, Medal of Honor. Call of Duty, also set in WW II, will feature squad-based missions that include authentic squad movements and tactics such as covering fire and pulling wounded to safety. Call of Duty captures the war from multiple perspectives, through the eyes of American, British and Russian soldiers. All in all there are 24 missions spanning 4 interconnected historical campaigns. Take on mission objectives ranging from sabotage and all-out assault to stealth, vehicle combat and rescue.

The PC version of Call of Duty is slated to ship on October 30th. As for the Mac version, we'll have to wait for an official announcement.

Forum post: Call of Duty for Mac
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IMG Reviews Europa Universalis II
2:42 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Virtual Programming's Europa Universalis II. Here's a clip from the review:

In the follow up to the 2001 Europa Universalis (which is based on a board game), the sequel expands on the already detailed rules system that were presented in the original. EU II attempts to give the player control over the various factors that a real-life dictator would have to control. The game aims high, allowing for minute control over your countries infrastructure, but for a less experienced strategy gamer the levels of detail can be overwhelming.
Be sure to check out the entire review by following the link below.

IMG Review: Europa Universalis II
Virtual Programming
Paradox Interactive
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Blizzard Sends Diablo II Rust Storm Warning
10:30 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Diablo II fans will be happy to hear that Blizzard will soon be taking more steps to thwarting cheaters and hackers in the online game. Saying a "Rust Storm" is coming, Blizzard's latest announcement basically warns that hacked items will soon be disappearing. Here's the full announcement:

From the Cold Plains to the Highlands of Harrogath, Sanctuary shall soon be swept by a zephyr of cleansing magic -- the prophesied "Rust Storm."

For too long, legitimate players have suffered the injustice of illegitimate players who use tainted items from otherworldly dimensions. All that’s been taken for granted is about to change in the Realms of Battle! Those freed from the corrupting powers of the tainted items shall feel the sting of loss...for the Rust Storm knows no mercy, and no one is sheltered from its fury!

Fair warning to all!

For more information, follow the link provided below.

Blizzard Sends Diablo II "Rust Storm" Warning
Blizzard Entertainment
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Elite Force II Status
6:28 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Mac gamers wondering about the status of the upcoming title Star Trek: Elite Force II may be interested in a message that recently hit our forums. Posted by Glenda Adams of Aspyr, the message gives an update on EF2, stating that it's been bumped up to final approval status:

Good news, EF2 fans. All of the non-technical issues holding the game up from the final approval test are resolved. It went into approval testing earlier this week. That process can take an undetermined amount of time, but the game is running very well so I'm optimistic. So cross our fingers it gets approved quickly and can be under your tree by the holidays!
Judging by the related thread, there are plenty of folks that have been waiting for this one. As Adams says, we're hoping this one will coast through final approvals and hit store shelves sometime before Christmas. In the meantime, those looking to whet their appetites a bit are encouraged to check out IMG's preview of EF2.

IMG Forums - Elite Force II Update
Star Trek: Elite Force II Preview
Ritual Entertainment
Aspyr Media
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World of Warcraft Quest Info
6:28 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blizzard has expanded on their World of Warcraft site by adding a section that expounds on Quests. Cited as both amusing ways to learn more about Azeroth as well as the storyline of WoW, Quests will come in a multitude of varieties. While some Quests can be completed quickly, others may take a group over a week to complete.

Finding a Quest should be simple, as Quest-giving NPCs will have exclamation marks over their heads. Subsequent follow-up NPCs will sport question marks to make locating them easier. To keep things neat, players will also have access to a Quest log, which will automatically organize and detail Quests.

The page also has a narrative of a small sample quest involving some extermination work at a local gravesite:

Your task nearly complete, you kneel down to inspect the belongings of a recently slain Rot Hide Graverobber. On his maggot-ridden corpse hangs a small purse of gold, and clutched in his arms you find a grotesque severed head--a head that looks like it has something to say...
Screenshots, Quest highlights, and info on types of Quests can also be found in the Quest section.

World of Warcraft - Quests
Blizzard Entertainment
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Myst DVD Collection Available Separately
6:28 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

IMG readers may recall an article published earlier this month concerning the release of a Myst 10th Anniversary DVD Collection. While the collection, which contains Myst Masterpiece, Riven, and Myst III: Exile, is listed as being both Mac and PC compatible, according to the information at Ubisoft's webstore, the collection was only available to those who pre-ordered Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, a currently PC-only title.

In response to this article, the folks at the Riven Unofficial Home Page sent us a message letting us know that the collection will in fact be available as a separate purchase, handing us a link to Amazon that shows the collection being available on Nov 11th for $19.95. Though Amazon only lists it as PC only, we've been assured that the DVD does in fact work on Macs.

As stated earlier, however, be aware that Myst and Riven only run under systems 8.1/9.1. Myst III, however, is OS X native.

Amazon - Myst 10th Anniversary DVD Collection
IMG - Myst 10th Anniversary DVD Mac Compatible; PC Uru Gold
Presto Studios
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Mark Thomas of Coderus on The Gamesome Mac
6:28 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

On this week’s broadcast of The Gamesome Mac, the Mac gaming radio program, hosts Sean Smith and Omaha Sternberg talk with Mark Thomas, CEO and Technical Director of Coderus Ltd.

Coderus is the maker of MacDX, a developer tool allows games written to Microsoft’s DirectX API (used on Windows and the Xbox) to be quickly ported to Mac OS 9 and X. Coderus has also converted a number of games to the Mac, including WipeOut 2097, Europa Universalis II, and Hearts of Iron, published by Virtual Programming.

Sean and Omaha will also offer Mac gaming news, reviews, and commentary, and together with their guest will take questions live from listeners in The Gamesome Mac’s chat room.

The Gamesome Mac can be heard live tonight on MacRadio from 6 to 8 pm Pacific Time, 9 to 11 pm Eastern (Tuesday from 0200 to 0400 UTC), and on demand thereafter. You can tune in at The Gamesome Mac’s web page, where you’ll also find archives of past broadcasts. QuickTime 5 or 6 and a 28 kbps or faster Internet connection are required.

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MythDevelopers Release Panther Updates
6:28 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

The dedicated people at MythDevelopers have released the promised patches to all three games in the real-time strategy Myth series to fix some issues that came with Apple's latest system 10.3 "Panther." On the news page MythDevelopers also lets us know that work on the Metaserver Open Source hopefully will be released soon. The Metaserver will allow people to run their own Myth servers for any of the three games.

From the news post:

In addition, we've completed preparing the Metaserver Open Source project with all of the files needed to get you up and running your own Myth server for all three myth clients. I hope to have this posted Saturday, October 25, 2003 sometime during the day. I'm just too dang tired to do it tonight. Plus I want to have some others review the license before things get posted to be sure we're all on the same page.

We are in the process of opening a sourceforge project for the metaserver project but until that has succeeded we will be hosting the files here. I will also be launching a new forum area for server discussion.

The patches to all three games are available to download from MythDevelopers downloads page. Just follow the link provided below to get there.

Myth II: Soulblighter
Bungie Studios
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Mac Games News for Friday, October 24, 2003

IMG Store: Free Pinball Game With Any Order!5:42 PM
IMG Looks At Mac OS X 10.3 'Panther'3:05 PM
Apple Posts Doulber Gold Trailer12:32 PM
Aspyr Releases Jedi Knight II Update9:31 AM
Brad Custer Posts Panther Desktop9:31 AM
Diablo II 1.10 Screen9:31 AM
New UT2004 Preview Posted9:31 AM
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