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Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Happy Holidays From IMG!
10:34 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games will be taking a short holiday break and will be returning on January 5th, 2004. The crew at IMG would like to wish those who celebrate it a very merry Christmas. And to all our readers, whatever you celebrate, we wish you all the blessings of this season.

While the content on IMG will be on a holiday, our popular IMG store will continue to be open and we'll continue to ship those hot new games over the holiday season. Be sure to also stop by our fabulous forum to chat with fellow Mac gamers!

We'll be back in 2004! Until then, have a wonderful and safe holiday.

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IMG Reviews Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 2.0
11:02 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Wireless is everywhere these days. Wireless internet access, wireless cell phones that connect to our computers, even wireless controllers. So it seems only natural for wireless mice and keyboards to be the next wireless innovation. How does Microsoft's Wireless Optical Desktop 2.0 stack up against other mice and keyboards?

Here is an excerpt from the review:

The keyboard itself is rather slick looking, with semi-translucent black keys and white lettering on most of the keys, and grey with white text for the function keys. The lower portion of the keyboard is black, while the upper portion containing the special function keys is silvery-gray. The text describing each special function key for some reason was made a shade of silvery-gray as well, making it unreadable depending on the angle of light on it. This shouldn’t be an issue as each of these keys has a self-descriptive icon on it. Overall the keyboard has a very sleek look, and all the standard keys are placed where they should be, thus there should be no trouble switching to this keyboard from any other standard keyboard.
Read on to find out more about the Wireless Optical Desktop 2.0 from Microsoft.

IMG Review: Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 2.0
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MacPlay Releases Throne of Bhaal Patch
9:16 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacPlay has released a patch to its popular expansion pack Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal. The patch fixes with dual processors and a known level conflict. Here's a list of the changes:

• Issue with loading the Umar Hills area and the false request for disk 3.
• Issue with random crashing on dual processor machines.

To download the 4.7 MB patch, head over to Throne of Bhaal is currently available for order through the IMG Store.

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GraphSim Seeks Beta Testers for F/A-18 Game
9:16 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Graphsim is looking for a few good beta testers to test the upcoming release of the newest version of the F/A-18 Hornet combat flight simulator series for Mac, F/A-18 Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Here's what Grapsim had to say about the beta test:

Potential testers need to be familiar with F/A-18 Hornet Gold (currently available for OS9), have a minimum 500mhz G4 running OSX, pledge to play test at least 10 hours and provide at least weekly reports. Only ten testers will be chosen at this time. All interested should email as soon as possible and state their desire to beta test.
The game is currently in beta and is due to ship in early 2004.

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Apple Features Jedi Academy
8:51 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Apple has posted a feature of Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, the latest Star Wars game from Aspyr Media.

Here's a clip from the feature:

Unlike Jedi Outcast, in which Katarn had to regain his Force powers as well as his lightsaber, you begin Jedi Academy as a character adept in the Force and already equipped with a saber. You select one of five races — human, Rodian, Twi’lek, Zabrak or Kel Dor — and tweak your appearance to your liking. While you can be either male or female if you choose human, the other races have a specified gender, such as Twi’lek female or Rodian male.
To check out the feature, please follow the link below.

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IMG Store: Wakeboarding, Angel of Darkness, TIR Available
8:43 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has made some end-of-the-year additions for those looking to get a little bit of last minute shopping in. Titles now currently in stock include Wakeboarding Unleashed, Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness, and Total Immersion Racing.

Wakeboarding Unleashed allows players to pull of tricks while tethered to a speedboat. Angel of Darkness continues the successful TR series, adding a new playable character as well as some new tricks for Laura. Total Immersion Racing allows for some serious racing action and an AI that doesn't forget.

In other news, Rayman 3, recently announced by Feral as going Gold, is now available for pre-order. Anyone looking to reserve their copy of platforming goodness can do so through IMG's store.

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Ambrosia Releases Aki Mahjong Solitaire
8:42 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software today announced the release of their latest shareware game, Aki Mahjong Solitaire for Mac OS X. The game is a blend of the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong with an enchanting journey across Japan. Ambrosia has made Aki Mahjong Solitaire easy to learn so that anyone can dive right in and play.

Here's more from the official press release:

Aki Mahjong Solitaire is a journey through the uniquely fascinating scenery and culture of Japan, and a journey of meditative bliss, learning how to let the Mahjong tiles match themselves. In Aki, you may find your moment of Zen.

The principle is simple: you have a number of ivory tiles arranged on a beautiful Japanese backdrop. Your goal is to make all of the tiles disappear by matching them to similar tiles. The catch is that tiles can be removed only if they are unblocked on either side by other tiles, and you have the uncompromising ticking away of the time limit to contend with.

From these simple rules flows a game that has delighted people around the world for centuries. Aki Mahjong Solitaire features an exquisitely detailed ivory tile set from a real antique Mahjong game, combined in harmony with a thoroughly modern gaming engine of the quality you'd expect from Ambrosia.

At each step in your path, you will encounter new challenges in the variety of tile layouts presented to you, and a variety of skill levels that ensure you'll always find the experience engaging. As you progress, you will also be rewarded with fragments of Japanese culture and history, making your journey an enlightening as well as enjoyable one.

Aki Mahjong Solitaire is currently available for download from our sister site,

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, December 23, 2003

CM 03/04, Total Immersion Racing Now Shipping12:25 PM
G5 Speed Bump Predictions9:22 AM
Apple Updates Java 3D, Advanced Imaging8:00 AM
Frag Ops Updated, New Screenshots8:00 AM
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