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Feral To Publish Worms 3D
12:08 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

After months of speculation, Feral Interactive today announced that it will be publishing Team17's latest title, Worms 3D, for the Mac. The game will be the first 3D incarnation of the highly acclaimed and best-selling Worms franchise. It also marks the first time since the original Worms appeared nearly a decade ago that a core Worms game has appeared on the Macintosh.

Here's more from the official press release:

The Worms phenomenon has for many years taken the gaming world by storm with sales approaching 8 million units, gripping the minds of gamers everywhere through its simple appearance yet cunningly designed gameplay. Finally, to the excitement of Mac fans everywhere, Worms comes to Mac with a new dimension. Worms 3D is set in a more exciting and immersive game world than ever before, with the same winning emphasis on great multiplayer action and challenging single player fun.

The classic Worms game-play remains unchanged, featuring turn-based fighting and relying on the player to judge the trajectory and strength of their shots in order to inflict maximum damage on opponents, but this time in glorious 3D. Favorite weapons such as bazookas, grenades, dynamite, air strikes and sheep are all present with, the addition of brand new weapons designed to take advantage of the new liberating 3D landscape. With a multitude of tactics available, coupled with the ever changing, randomly generated landscapes, Worms 3D is set to take Worms’ award-winning gameplay to the next level.

The Macintosh version of Worms 3 is being developed by Feral’s porting partner Zonic and will be released for Mac OS 9 and X. A worldwide release of the Mac version is scheduled for Q1 2004.

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IMG Store: Five New Titles Shipping, Free Jinni Zeala!
12:20 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store is now shipping five new Macintosh game titles. They are as follows:

• Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer
• X2: Wolverine's Revenge
• Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania Expansion Pack
• The Sims: Superstar
• The Pangea Super Pack

For more information on these titles, head over to the IMG Store.

In celebration of Halloween, we're including a copy of MacPlay's Jinni Zeala with every order. Simply mention "Halloween" in the comments field, and we'll send you Jinni Zeala at no extra charge.

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Mac Diablo 1.10b Patch Fixes 10.3 Crash
10:29 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Blizzard's Rob Barris recently posted in the IMG forum with news of a new patch for Diablo II. The patch fixes a crash related to Apple's recently-released Mac OS X 10.3 Panther.

Here's what Barris had to say about the patch:

Diablo II has been patched to address the crash that was being seen in full-screen software-rendered mode on OSX 10.3 "Panther". You can get the patch by logging onto, a standalone patch should be available shortly from our web site. The new version number is 1.10b.
For more information, head over to the Blizzard web site.

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Custer's Desktops Updated
10:21 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

Brad Custer, our resident desktop guru has posted another new desktop, this time featuring, what else..Halloween. Here's what Brad had to say about his latest creation:

This is probably my favorite holiday so I was really excited when I heard about the Halloween Fan Contest. The opportunity to combine such a fun holiday with a this game seems like a great idea to me. So, of course I had to come up with a desktop to submit for the contest.

My concept was pretty simple. I did a play on words of the title, Lord of Destruction, and it all spawned from there. I simply entitled it Gourdand I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.

To check it out, head over to Custer's Desktops, linked below.

Custer's Desktops

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AvP Teaser Movie Trailer Posted
10:13 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

In a strange case of art imitating life, or rather, art imitating games, a teaser for 20th Century Fox's upcoming release of Alien Vs Predator has been posted on the Apple Quicktime Movie Trailers website.

The movie, currently filming in Argentina, is being driven by the team that produced 48 Hours, the Lara Croft movie franchise, and The Matrix franchise. Director Paul W.S. Anderson is familiar with the task of bringing game franchises to the big screen - past credits include the movie versions of Resident Evil and Mortal Combat.

The movie is scheduled for an August 2004 release. Over on the gaming side, while there has been no official word on whether or not franchise owners Fox Interactive plan on extending the series, chances are good that a third installment, based on the upcoming movie, will soon be coming down the pipes in time to take advantage of the marketing power behind the movie. Which will in turn fuel a sequel to the movie. Which will then spawn a fourth game, ad infnitum. Welcome to Hollywood.

Click on the link below to watch the teaser. Players interested in the game who have yet to try out the titles can order both games online from the IMG Store for as little as $14.95 - check out the link to find out.

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BloodRayne Sequel Announced
10:13 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Despite poor ratings for the original, game publishers Majesco have just announced that multi-platform developers Terminal Reality are currently working on BloodRayne 2.

The sequel puts players once again in control of the half-human, half-vampire femme fatale, as she battles the siblings of her dead arch-nemesis, Kagan. Although information on the new title is fairly sparse, Majesco is promising that while the sequel will bring new environments, new powers, and new bosses to the game, emphasis will remain on acrobatic combat and supernatural powers.

The game, expected to be released in October of 2004, will no doubt be tied in with the $30 million horror film, announced in early September, based on the gaming franchise. The movie, currently in pre-production, is being produced by the German production company Boll KG, responsible for previous big screen translations of computer games House Of The Dead and Alone In The Dark. The movie based on the vampiric anti-hero is expected to hit theatres, or, at least video store shelves, in summer 2005.

We'll bring you more news on this new game as it develops.

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Apple Features Total Immersion Racing
10:13 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The Apple games web site has been updated with a feature on Feral's upcoming racing game, Total Immersion Racing. The game features a revolutionary A.I. where computer-controlled drivers all have their own personalities, memories, behaviors and grudges to bear.

Here's a clip from the feature:

Those grudges really come out in Feral Interactive’s Total Immersion Racing career and challenge modes. In the former, you begin the circuit as a rookie in a GT class car. You field offers from team managers who want you to compete for them, select the one you want, and take part in a series of races. You earn points depending on your finish in each race; the season champion is the one with the most points. After each competition, your manager assesses your effort.
Feral will be shipping Total Immersion Racing for the Mac in November. For more, be sure to check out the Apple feature.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, October 30, 2003

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