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Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Gaming Area At Macworld Expo
10:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IDG World Expo today announced that the Macintosh Gaming Area at this year's Macworld Expo will be making its return to the popular show. Sponsored by Apple, the Gaming Area will be located on the Macworld exhibit floor and will highlight new games showcased by top game publishers such as Aspyr, MacSoft, and more.

Here's more from the official PR:

Now in its 20th year, Macworld Conference & Expo will take place January 5-9, 2004 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

In addition to exhibits by top game publishers, the Macintosh Gaming Area will feature an all-new Mac Gaming Arcade, sponsored by Apple and equipped with the newest Power Mac G5s and 17" iMacs. In the Arcade, Macworld attendees will be able to experience top AAA game titles first-hand. Featured games will include Halo, Unreal Tournament, Age of Mythology, Indiana Jones, Splinter Cell, Tron 2.0, Ghost Master, Republic and many more.

For gaming buffs interested in creating their own games for the Mac, Macworld Conference & Expo features a two-day Power Tools Conference on Game Development, which runs Wednesday, January 7 and Thursday, January 8. Led by conference chair Jeannie Novack, founder and CEO of Indiespace, this conference teaches the basics of game development, including platforms, genres, applications, story and character development, gameplay, design, art and sound. Sessions will cover:

Historical elements: How did we get here?
Player elements: Who plays and why?
Game elements: What makes a great game?
Game concept development
Level and user interface design
The development cycle: Planning, prototyping and playtesting
The business cycle: Maintenance, management and models
Game art: Tools and techniques
Game audio: Music and sound design
The future of game development

This year's Macworld Expo will be held from January 5 - 9, 2004 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit the Macworld Expo website.

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New Savage Q&A Posted
11:15 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Gaming fansite HomeLAN Federation & Alliance has posted a new Q&A with S2Games' Jesse Hayes regarding the upcoming update for their online game SAVAGE: The Battle for Newerth.

The real time strategy and first person shooter hybrid is unique in online multiplayer games in that it offers players two different types of gameplay depending on the type of character chosen. Choosing the commander class will present players with an in-depth RTS-type game managing the resources, planning the attacks, and leading real human players into battle. Choosing the warrior class will immerse players in a FPS universe, where they'll master unique weapons, powerful units, and siege vehicles into the battles laid out by the game's real commanders.

Topics covered in the in-depth interview cover the gamut of questions ranging from fanbase reaction to the new genre to a detailed analysis of the upcoming new game content:

HomeLAN What other new gameplay content and improvements will also be a part of the expansion?

Jesse Hayes Honestly far too many to list. This will be a HUGE content update. This is why we are calling it our 2.00 patch / content update. Some of the most noteworthy additions are: demo recording, completely re-rewritten and highly optimized network code, all new weapon effects, new healing units, new structures and upgrades, tons of polish, countless bug fixes, and balance issues.

While the PC version of Savage was realeased in mid-September, the Mac version of the title is well underway, and is expected to ship soon. Stay tuned to IMG for more new on this title as it develops.

New Savage Q&A
Savage: The Battle for Newerth

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Aspyr Releases SimCity 4 Landmarks Add-On
10:52 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr today released an Landmark add-on pack for SimCity 4. The pack allows you to add various world-famous landmarks such as the The Mayflower, Seoul Soccer Stadium, the Parthenon, the Bradenburg Gate, the Capitol Records Building, the Arc de Triomphe, Grand Central Station, and much more.

The add-on is currently available for download from our sister site, If you are an IMG Pro subscriber, you can download it off your exclusive Hot Downloads page.

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MGF: SimCity 4 Landmarks Add-On
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Solace Update, X-Words and CrossCards Released
10:18 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Catching up on our Freeverse news, released late last week was an update to Solace. A strategy board game set in the mold of Axis & Allies, the update, which brings Solace up to version 1.04, brings with it a number of balance changes:

Jinda Empire
- Added one catapult to the county just right of the Jinda Empire capital
- Moved two transports from the furthest naval fleet to the sea zone just north of the Jinda Empire capital
- Added one sloop to the sea zone which the transports which were moved to

Kilary Stronghold
- Added two transports to the fleet in the Kilary Stronghold sea port

People of Tarth
- Added two infantry to the vacant county just north of the People of Tarth capital

Minx Cartel
- Added one transport to the naval fleet just south of the Minx Cartel capital

The patches, which have been made available for both Mac and PC, can be downloaded from Freeverse's site.

In other news, Freeverse has released both X-Words and CrossCard for the Mac. Taking a cue from Scrabble, the games make use of letters and cards, respectively, and challenge players to build competitive combinations:

X-Words Deluxe is a wordmaking game that features animated opponents, a number of different boards and "scenarios", and special word lists for kids, experts, and even foreign languages such as Manx and Gaelic. It also lets you customize anything - from your own game boards, word lists, and bonus words!

CrossCards is what happens when you replace the letter tiles in X-Words Deluxe with playing cards. Build a good hand using your cards to score big points! You can also play against a number of animated opponents, and have the game recommend moves to you while you're learning how to play.

Those interested in trying out either title can find downloadable trial demos at Freeverse's site.

Freeverse - Solace 1.04 Released
Freeverse - X-Words and CrossCard Released

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EQMac State of EverQuest, Vol 2
10:01 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

The latest "State of EverQuest Mac" is out, with news about continued issues with the game, and what players can do to get Sony Online Entertainment to fix them. Along with this, it offers a look at positive events currently happening in the Mac EverQuest community, including firsts for the Mac server along with new guilds. Here's a clip from the article:

Well the last month has been a very busy one! We have seen many new faces enter the world of Norrath, and Seems the .mac subscription promotion brought us quite a few new players. Hopefully they stick around more than just their free month. Some however have reported installation issues. If you are experiencing installations issues, be sure to email Eric at SOE -
For more information on this and anything Mac EverQuest related, follow the links provided below.

EQMac State of EverQuest, Vol 2
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Eylau - Napoleonic Strategy for the Mac
10:01 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

By Design, Inc. has announced the release of Eylau for the Mac. A strategy title set in 1807, the game depicts the struggle between Napoleon's army and the Russian/Prussian forces in Eylau during the dead of winter. Using By Design's Waterloo Engine, Eylau offers a variety of features, including the ability to switch sides during a battle:

  • Command your units as groups. You can move hundreds of units with a click of the mouse.
  • Capture enemies flags. Increase the pride of your troops when they carry back enemy flags from a mlee.
  • Move units in formation by simply clicking where you want them to move to.
  • Multiple units per square.
  • Play either side and even switch sides in the middle of a battle.
  • The units are fully editable. Add or remove any unit from any battle. Change the characteristics of any unit.
  • Elegant, effortless interface. Lots of new interface features to help you understand your army and how to win.
  • Rich historical content.
  • Outstanding sound, hear the charge, cannons roar, and cavalry pound past your position.
Eylau is currently priced at $24.95. Those interested in more information can find it at By Design's site.

By Design - Eylau
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Aspyr: 4 Games In Duplication3:22 PM
Duane Johnson Joins Aspyr Media3:05 PM
Repost: Halo Mac Goes Gold2:38 PM
IMG Picks Their Favorite uDevGame 2003 Entries2:22 PM
NoLimits Roller Coaster Sim Released For OS X2:21 PM
IMG Server Issues2:20 PM
Blizzard Blocks Diablo II Accounts; Offers New WC3 Map10:49 AM
Civilization IV Possibility?10:49 AM
Freeverse: Active Lancer Soundtrack, 'BumperCar'10:49 AM
Targetware Beta Updated to 0.5710:49 AM
uDevGame 2003 Winners Announced10:49 AM
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