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Rayman 3 Demo Released
9:20 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive today released a demo of Rayman 3. In the game, you charge into intense strategic battles with the crazed Hoodlum Army and massive transforming bosses. The demo is available for download at and IMG Pro users through their Hot Downloads page.

Here's a description of the game:

Rayman one of computer-gaming’s best-loved characters is coming to the Mac for the very first time. He’s stepping up to the big time with his biggest and best adventure yet - Hoodlum Havoc and a whole range of new weapons and powers.

Dive into Rayman’s bizarre fantasy universe and unleash wicked powers against the Hoodlum Army in this combat-crazy platform adventure!

System Requirements
• Mac OS 9.1 / 10.1.3
• 500 MHz G3/G4
• 128 MB RAM (OS 9), 256 MB RAM (OS X)
• 16MB Graphics Card

To download the demo, head over to MGF. The IMG Store also has the full version of Rayman 3 in stock.

Feral Interactive
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
MGF: Rayman 3 Demo 1.0
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MacSoft's Peter Tamte Talks Halo Piracy, Patch Issues
2:28 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The recent release of the 1.03 Halo patch has caused a bit of a stir among some Mac users. In addition to bug fixes and improvements to the game, the patch now includes a CD check for Halo. When you launch Halo, it now makes sure you have the CD in the computer. This was done in response to the massive amount of pirating of Halo since its release. Some Mac users, however, don't like the decision.

We recently contacted MacSoft's Peter Tamte to discuss their decision and why these steps were necessary.

IMG: As you know, some Mac gamers have been complaining about the fact that the new 1.03 Halo patch includes a CD check. Could you explain why this decision was made?

Tamte: Almost all PC games and a huge number of Mac games (including many earlier MacSoft games) do require a CD be inserted to play. We initially didn't do this with Halo because we felt it just punishes the people who have purchased the game. However, the massive theft of Halo online has forced us now to adopt a variety of copy-protection schemes, and a CD-check is integral to all of these copy-protection schemes.

IMG: Do you have an estimate as to how many copies of Halo may have been pirated?

Tamte: We can only physically track less than 10% of the piracy, and we have physically tracked more units of Halo being stolen on the Internet than have been sold through stores so far.

IMG: Why wasn't a CD check implemented in the initial release of the game?

Tamte: We really, really don't like punishing the honest people who have purchased our games. We got dragged kicking and screaming into copy-protection by the large number of people who are apparently comfortable stealing Halo on the Internet.

IMG: How rampant is piracy on the Mac? Is it more rampant than say on the PC side? What sharing network is the primary
source of piracy for Halo?

Tamte: I don't think Mac piracy is more rampant than PC piracy. As for which file-sharing network is the primary source for Halo -- asking this is like asking which pimp can get the best hookers. I know there are legitimate uses of peer-to-peer networks. But, since the vast majority of their use is to trade stolen merchandise, I don't want to direct any more people their way.

IMG: Some shareware game companies on the Mac have embedded code into their programs that check to see if their software is using a valid serial number. When launched, the program connects to the Internet and to the company's web site, and makes a check to see if it is using a pirated version. If it is, it simply refuses to run. Do you think MacSoft and other gaming companies need to start doing this in order to prevent piracy?

Tamte: Yes, it is very likely you will see these -- and other -- forms of copy-protection in the future. It is terribly unfortunate that the honest people will have to waste their time with copy-protection. But, there are just too many dishonest people willing to steal games on the Internet now.

We're trying to understand why people who would never steal a game from CompUSA feel it's ok to steal the same game on the Internet. Either way, it is illegal. Either way, it means the people who created the entertainment YOU enjoyed didn't get paid for their hard work. Either way, it causes fewer games to get released.

IMG would like to thank Peter Tamte for his generous time.

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Halo: Combat Evolved

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Aspyr Releases Jedi Academy Dedicated Server
2:16 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr today released a small application that allows Mac users to host their own multiplayer Star Wars: Jedi Academy games. The dedicated server is designed for server administrators running remote installations of servers, or for servers that do not have the proper video card to launch the game normally.

To download the dedicated server, head over to our sister site,

Aspyr Media
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
MGF: Star Wars: Jedi Academy Dedicated Server
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One on One With Glenda Adams Returns
11:23 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

One of the more popular features at IMG used to be the One on One with Glenda Adams features we used to present about ever month or so. The feature was a conversation between myself and then Westlake president, Glenda Adams. After she moved to Aspyr, we decided to put the feature on hold while she got acclimated at working at popular software company.

Today we're bringing the popular feature back. Be sure to check it out and look for more One on One's in the future.

One on One with Glenda Adams (Part 18)

Freeverse Posts MontyMail, New Screenshots
10:32 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software recently posted their January issue of MontyMail, their monthly online and email newsletter. In the newsletter, the company provides details on ToySight shipping, a Burning Monkey Casino demo, and its new distribution deal with e.p.i.c. interactive. In addition, the company has posted new details and screenshots on two of their upcoming games, Wingnuts 2 and AirBurst Extreme.

Here's a bit more info on Wingnuts 2 from the newsletter:

Wingnuts 2 is coming this summer! This action game developed by Mark Andersson (Wingnuts, Burning Monkey Puzzle Lab, Casino) is the sequel to Wingnuts, with a new and revamped OpenGL engine for enemy-blasting action!

Mark and the Freeverse team have been working on this game feverishly since Burning Monkey Casino shipped. Among the newer developments are different ways of controlling the plane, as well as newer weapons and newer planes.

To check out the screenshots of Wingnuts 2 and AirBurst Extreme, head over to Freeverse's web site.

MontyMail Newsletter

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GameSpy Continues WoW Chats with Blizzard
9:20 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

GameSpy has added to their coverage of World of Warcraft, the upcoming MMORPG from Blizzard, by sitting down with Assistant Designer Jeff Kaplan and firing off some interesting questions. The topics covered range from guild hall operation to the overall potential of the world itself.

One of the questions broached concern the economics of WoW. Past experience has shown that inflation can be an issue with MMORPGs, and WoW hopes to sidestep that by providing a host of spending opportunities:

Obviously, one of the best ways to curb inflation is to provide consistent money sinks. We can do this in a number of ways, including scaling training costs, giving additional perks such as added bank space or player mounts, and core gameplay mechanics like guild founding fees or guild tabards. Also, many spells and abilities will require consumable reagents or items.
Kaplan also notes that WoW will be extremely quest-oriented, with certain quests being available only during World Events.

GameSpy - Jeff Kaplan on World of Warcraft
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World of Warcraft
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Majesty Artist Interview
9:20 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Strategy Planet recently got to sit down and talk with Scott LeBlanc, one of the major artists for the classic Strategy game Majesty. The interview gives a great deal of info about LeBlanc, his inspirations, some of his favorite games, etc. Here's a snippet:

I did not begin on my Commodore 64 when but a wee lad. As a matter of fact, I didn't even take typing in high school nor have a desire to go anywhere near a computer until I met my wife-to-be 11 years ago. At that time, I was as traditional as they come and wanted nothing to do with a push button tool . . . and at the time my wife was using a 512k MAC to do here reviews for a laser disc magazine! Well, on one fated night I sat down to play with MACPaint and never looked back!

Now we have over a dozen MAC and Window machines, some of which I built myself, in our home studio. I’ve gone from the ultra-simplicity of MACPaint to every 2d/3d app imaginable (Painter, Photoshop, Live Picture, Illustrator, Poser, Bryce, Adobe Dimensions, Ray Dream Designer, InfiniD, Strata Studio Pro, Electric Image, to 3D Studio Max, Motion Builder, and Maya, to name a few).

To check out the full interview, follow the link below.

Majesty Artist Interview

Phelios Dev Tool 'PTK' Adds 3D Support
9:20 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Phelios has recently updated PTK to version 1.30. A game engine that allows programmers to create 2D multi-platform titles, the latest version adds 3D support, enabling it to either add 3D effects to 2D titles or to act as a framework for 3D games.

Some of the new capabilites are as follows:

  • 3D - .ase reader (currently supports 1 non animated Mesh - 1 Texture), Milkshape ASCII reader (in beta), animations can be achieved by keyframing (several 3D objects sharing the same texture). Web commands to send web queries / download files (example: online highscores like Swap).
  • PTK's built-in sound engine named, "KSound" runs in both Mac and PC platforms and reads the following formats: WAV, OGG, XM, MOD, S3M & IT. Due to several requests and the lack of sound engines existing for the Mac platform, Phelios decided to offer KSound as a separate module for Mac programmers who use an SDK other than PTK.
  • Color-Keying in addition to alpha channels (simplify the port of PC DirectDraw apps to Mac OS X)
  • Better Video Memory handling (Rectangular texture support if available)
More information on PTK, including download and purchase information, can be found at its official site.

Phelios - PTK

Mac Games News for Monday, January 19, 2004

Halo 1.03 Patch Released4:40 PM
IMG Reviews Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield9:52 AM
Bill Roper Talks Warcraft History8:06 AM
Macworld Expo, Three Rings on The Gamesome Mac8:06 AM
New Custer Desktop: XIII8:06 AM
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