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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

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CM 03/04, Total Immersion Racing Now Shipping
12:25 PM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive has announced that two of their titles, CM 03/04 and Total Immersion Racing, are now shipping. CM 03/04, the latest in the Championship Manager series, allows football (soccer to U.S. folks) fans to experience the ups and downs of managing their own team. TIR, on the other hand, lets players jump into the seat of superfast car, and challenges players with an AI that allows computer players to form individual patterns, habits, and even grudges.

In other Feral news, Rayman 3 has officially gone gold:

And a last minute piece of news before Christmas has been and gone, Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc went gold today. So, barring any extreme religious prophecies that may come true over the holiday period, Rayman 3 will be the new game from Feral, for the New Year!
Those interested in ordering CM 03/04 and TIR can do so either directly from Feral. TIR can also be ordered from IMG's online store.

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G5 Speed Bump Predictions
9:22 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story has posted an article speculating on the near future of the PowerMac G5, the current flagship of Apple's desktop computers. The main bulk of the speculation comes from IBM affirming that it's ready to ship its latest version of the PowerPC processor by the end of the year:

The main improvement to the PowerPC chip, known internally at IBM as the PowerPC 970fx, will be a reduction of the features on the chip itself, from sizes of 130 nanometers to 90 nanometers. Shrinking the features on the chip allows it to consume less power even as it speeds up, making it easier to cool and easier to use.
Also noted is the possibility of a new compiler technology tailored to PowerPC technology that, if used, may see as much as a 50% increase in speeds.

Of course, this is all currently just speculation, but it is exciting to think about the speed possibilities available to Mac users in the near future. - What's Next?

Apple Updates Java 3D, Advanced Imaging
8:00 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

The hard-working fellows at Apple recently blessed their users, from the most casual users to the most serious developers, with a pretty comprehensive update of their version of the Java platform. This latest update expands the Java platform through Java 3D and Java Advanced Imaging.

Here is a snip taken from the Apple web site:

This update contains support for Java3D and Java Advanced Imaging. Java 3D extends the Java platform, providing additional capabilities for running three-dimensional graphics applications and Internet-based 3D applets.

Java Advanced Imaging (JAI) Update extends the Java platform, providing additional capabilities for running image processing applications and imaging applets in Java.

The update weighs at 9.5 mb and is available for download at the Apple web site, through the link provided below.

Apple's Java Update

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Frag Ops Updated, New Screenshots
8:00 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

The web site for Frag Ops, the popular semi-realistic total conversion for Unreal Tournament 2003, saw a new update yesterday revealing in-depth information on their long-awaited upcoming version 1.3, which is expected to be released within the next couple of days as a Christmas gift to the community.

The update contains no less than 30 screenshots, and is followed by a list of the main features expected in the next build. Among others:

  • Multi and Single-Passenger Ground Vehicles
  • 11 Total Maps, 3 New
  • New Objective Types
  • New MG5-SR NightVision
  • 3 Character Models (2 Male, 1 Female), 6 Player Skins Total
  • New Character Animations
  • 2 Akimbo Weapons
  • 4 Grenade Types, 1 New
  • "Motion Recoil" System (Maintains realistic recoil while eliminating screen jitter)
  • New Realism Features (Screen-shaking explosions, "Regain Footing" when jumping, Better recoil reductions when crouching/standing still, Sniper Rifle smooth-zooms)
  • Heavy Performance Tweaks
  • 35% Less Texture Memory Usage
  • Over 40 Bugs Fixed

According to the Frag Ops team leader Squirrel Zero, this is only a sample, as the changelog for the new build surpasses the hundred lines.

For more information on this mod, as well as a downloads section, be sure to check the official Frag Ops web site through the link provided below.

Frag Ops

Mac Games News for Monday, December 22, 2003

Wakeboarding Unleashed Now Shipping for Mac and PC10:45 AM
IMG Reviews Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer10:15 AM
BrokenZipper Releases The Cheat10:05 AM
Tangible Dreams Releases Tales of Lorea9:33 AM
Lux Updated to 3.89:32 AM
Creepy Mines 2.1.5 Released8:26 AM
New ToySight Trailer at Apple.com8:26 AM
Decipher Releases LOTR Online Card Game Public Beta8:03 AM
Mac Games Arcade at Macworld SF 20048:03 AM
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