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Friday, November 14, 2003

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Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Announced
11:09 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr today announced that it will be publishing the Macintosh version of Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, the latest installment of the highly acclaimed and popular Jedi Knight series. Jedi Academy allows players to immerse themselves in the classic Star Wars universe as they take on the role of a student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Master Luke Skywalker. In the game, players interact with famous classic Star Wars locations and characters while facing the ultimate choice: fight for good and freedom in the light side or follow the path of power and evil to the dark side.

Here's some other features of Jedi Academy:

• Players can create their own characters by defining various characteristics, such as species, gender, clothing and physical attributes allowing for a more personal experience before entering the academy to learn the powers - and dangers - of the Force.

• Construct your own lightsaber from handle to blade color. Utilize two if you prefer or try the ultimate dual-bladed lightsaber made famous by Darth Maul.

• Unique tiered level selection allows players to choose their adventure and the missions they take based on the skills they need to become the ultimate Jedi Knight.

• Additional multiplayer modes add depth to the Dark Forces/Jedi Knightlegacy. Players can partake in a variety of unique modes.

• New vehicles, weapons and Star Wars environments enhance playersStar Wars experience.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is being ported to the Mac by Brad Oliver, a recent addition to Aspyr's internal development team. The game is currently in beta and is expected to be released by the end of the year or early 2004.

The IMG Store has begun taking pre-orders for Star Wars Jedi Knight; Jedi Academy. To place your pre-order, please follow the link below.

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IMG Reviews Ghost Master
2:34 PM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

In today's endless stream of first person shooters and real-time strategy games, we now offer a view on one of the more original games lately. In Sick Puppies' game Ghost Master you don' run along corridors in an endless search of weapons nor do you build bases and try to overrun your enemy. You just try to scare the heck out of normal humans. Though fresh in gameplay, the game borrows a lot from other well known scenes.

From the review:

Ghost Master also borrows heavily from the Sims — the humans speak in a language suspiciously similar to Simlish — and has references to more movies and cartoons than I can keep track of. There are ghosts that come straight out of Casper, Ghostbusters, Scooby Doo and countless black and white horror flicks. Playing on movie titles, the levels have names like Deadfellas, Calamityville Horror, Weird Séance, and Poultrygeist. Many of these play off of the plots of popular movies. The best reference has got to be the level modeled after Evil Dead.
To read the full review, just click on the link provided below. For those who can't wait to get it, Ghost Master is available to order from the IMG Store for a price of $48.95 ($44.95 for MacGames CD/IMG Pro Subscribers). Be sure to check this spookfest out.

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Giga Designs Unveils Fanless G4 Cube Upgrade
11:57 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Giga Designs has announced a fanless G4 upgrade running at 1 GHz (pre-tested at 1.2 GHz) for Power Mac G4 Cube owners. The G-Celerator Cube is powered by a low power version of Motorola's PowerPC 7455A chip and features 2 MB of SPB L3 cache.

Pricing and availability has not been announced, but the G-Celerator Cube will be available through Other World Computing in the United States and MacWay in France.

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Gone Gold: Burning Monkey Casino
11:53 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software announced today that Burning Monkey Casino, its electronic gambling simulator, had gone gold and is now ready for duplication. Burning Monkey Casino features five high-stakes games of chance and skill. Players select from up to eight animal avatars, and gamble with imaginary dollars or bananas* in five addictive games:

Blackjack - Play with one to eight decks, and try to tie or beat the dealer in this traditional casino game.

Poker - Eighteen variations of this five-card video game provide hours of enjoyment.

Slots - Pass the time with 3-slot, 4-slot, and 5-slot games, with up to two holds. Big payouts are just a pull away!

Scratch n' Win - Players can savor the experience of scratching lottery tickets, without all of the gummy residue to clean up. Pick from two instant win games, and use six different scratchers... including a Taco!

3-card Monty - The classic street game of finding the Queen is brought to life in vivid color. Keep your eye on the queen!

And what Casino game would be complete without a Lounge Act and a bad Borscht-Belt comedian? Burning Monkey Casino will take your wife... Please!

Featuring an OpenGL engine created by Mark Andersson for spectacular particle effects, monkeys by Steven Tzé, and music by Andrew Tokuda and Kevin Serfass, Burning Monkey Casino is the most stylish casino game ever made, and its exclusively for Mac OS X!

Burning Monkey Casino will have a suggested retail price of US $19.95.


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Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb Goes Gold
11:44 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr has announced that Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb has gone gold. The game will be going to duplication today and should be shipping around December 2nd.

Here's a bit more info on the game:

You're Indiana Jones. Legendary adventurer. Daring rogue. And the most butt-kicking archaeologist the world has ever seen. It's 1935 and this time you must prevent a powerful Chinese artifact from falling into evil hands. This globe-spanning adventure pits you against evil Nazis and the Asian underworld with a mysterious and alluring partner, Mei Ying. It'll take more than just a trusty whip and pistol to avoid deadly traps and navigate through all the dangerous environments. Do you have what it takes to possess the mysterious "Heart of the Dragon?"
The IMG Store is currently taking pre-orders on the game. To place your pre-order, please follow the link below.

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Custer's Desktops: Billy Frontier
10:39 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

IMG's Brad Custer is back this week with another new desktop featuring Pangea's Billy Frontier. Here's what Brad had to say about his latest creation:

During my month off a lot of requests came in and now I'm playing catch up. Billy Frontier has been highly desired since its release. And if you're a regular viewer then you know how much I strive to honor all requests. In this week's wallpaper I wanted to capture the feel of the old west with aliens of course. So, with the help of Brian Greenstone ofPangea Software and the internet, I was able to create this desktop. I simply entitled this feature, "Wanted", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
To check out this desktop and many more from your favorite games, check out Custer's Desktops.

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Key Nine Online 1.0 Released
9:34 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Unfun Games has recently released version 1.0 of Key Nine Online, its MMORPG for both Mac and PC. A throwback to the older days of gaming, KNO is a side-scrolling title that allows gamers to develop their characters in a variety of ways.

Key Nine Online will take you back to the days of classic 16-bit console gaming. It's a fast-paced action adventure game where you'll join guilds, fight monsters (and other players), collect heart containers, repair damaged weapons/armor, find the hidden keys, enchant equipment to make it unstoppable, cast spells, and way too many more things to list.
Downloadable versions for both OS X and OS 8/9 are available at the official KNO site. Registration for the game itself consists of a one-time payment of $20.

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Updated GtkRadiant Build for OS X
9:05 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The folks at Radiant have released a new version of GtkRadiant, the tool that allows users to edit the levels of various Quake III-engine based titles. Now at version 1.3.13, the update includes a number of fixes and additions, not the least of which is an updated build for OS X.

This is the first release with OSX support in a long time. Big thanks goes to Anders Gud for putting the OSX stuff back together. The installation on OSX isn't exactly straightforward, but at least it's documented.
Documentation for OS X installation can be found at Radiant's site. The developers also ask that users send feedback on the latest build, including any created patches. Those interested in downloading the latest build can find it in several forms at Radiant's site, including direct and bittorrent.

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New UT2004 Screens
9:05 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | 1 comment

After a quick chat with Jean-Philippe Agati, senior vice president and general manager of Atari's Los Angeles studio, gaming wesite has posted additional news and nineteen new screenshots for Epic Games' third instalment of their famed multiplayer first person shooter - Unreal Tournament 2004.

The post covers most of what's new in the next iteration of the popular franchise. As previously reported here at IMG, the new version of the game will bring the popular Assault gaming mode back to the shooter, and will incorporate a new game type called Onslaught. On top of the usual slew of new maps, skins, weapons, and music, the game will feature improved bot AI, more flexible user control, and, last but not least, will feature a number of vehicles, both land- and air-based, for players to hop into and control.

Most importantly, however, are the nineteen new screenshots posted on the website - click on the link below to check them out.

Epic Games has announced that the PC version of the game is expected to be released in February of 2004, while game publishers Macsoft expect to have the Mac version of the title available at approximately the same time.

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Freeverse Ships 3D Crazy Eights
6:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Freeverse Software has announced that they have begun shipping 3D Crazy Eights across North America. The company's latest game uses a 3D Card Games engine for realistic player perspective and supports Internet play via the GameSmith opponent matching service.

Here's more from the official press release:

Freeverse's Version of Crazy Eights supports many popular rule variants, so players can enjoy the game as they learned it, quickly and easily, with a few clicks. The game also supports two scoring methods, and even allows users to customize card point levels.

Finding an opponent is easy with Freeverse's GameSmith player matching service. Players connect to GameSmith using an in-game menu, and can browse from any number of games in progress or waiting for players, or chat with others and convince them to join their games. The game also supports a parental lockout feature for Internet play, so concerned parents can be sure their children are safe.

3D Crazy Eights also supports Freeverse's PicturePuppets technology, which allows for simple drag-and-drop creation of unique online avatars for network play. Users supply digital photos of their own faces, and PicturePuppets does the rest.

The retail version of 3D Crazy Eights carries a suggested retail price of US $24.95, and comes with a free bonus codebreaking game: Enigma. 3D Crazy Eights requires any Macintosh running Mac OS 8.6 or later, and runs natively on Mac OS X.


Mac Games News for Thursday, November 13, 2003

IMG Reviews Tony Pro Skater 3 and 412:15 PM
CapMac to Host Aspyr Speakers10:46 AM
uDevGame 2003 Progress Update10:46 AM
Apple Previews Indiana Jones6:23 AM Redesign6:23 AM
GameSpy Hosts Black & White II Developer Diary6:23 AM
URU For Mac On The Horizon?6:23 AM
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