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Aspyr Releases Wakeboarding Unleashed Demo
9:21 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr today released a demo of Wakeboarding Unleashed, the company's extreme water skiing game. In the game you rip across a lake behind a screaming speedboat, tricking through dangerous terrain. The demo is available for download through and Hot Downloads for IMG Pro users.

Here's more info on the game:

Catch mind-blowing air in 9 exotic locations around the world-from Lake Powell to Hong Kong Harbor. Tired Already? Then steer the boat and help your friend pull off challenging technical tricks on the most realistic-looking water ever. Team up in CO-OP, you drive, as your friend flies!

Full Version Features:
• Pull off crazy tricks!
• Sharpen your wakeboarding skills in 9 interactive levels around the world
• Navigate the boat as your friend wakeboards in Cooperative Mode
• Hold on Tight as you slingshot into unteathered terrain, or with all-new Rope Mechanics.

System Requirements
• MacOS 10.2.6 or later
• G4/G5 processor at 700 MHz or faster
• 256MB RAM
• 120MB hard drive space
• 3D Graphics Acceleration required (ATI Radeon 7500/NVIDIA GeForce 2 or better)
• 32 MB of video memory required
• Keyboard or GamePad

To download the demo, be sure to head over to IMG Pro users are advised to use their speedy Hot Downloads page.

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Wakeboarding Unleashed
MGF: Wakeboarding Unleashed Demo 1.0
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Shadowbane In-Development Updates
9:52 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The official Shadowbane site has posted some new information regarding patches that are currently in development. Added to the mix is what has been dubbed "Patch Two: Rise of the Upstart Gods," which will bring with it the awakening of Lost Gods as well as new demi-gods.

The patch will also include two new improvements, including Strategic Siege Improvements and Divine Favor. The Siege Improvements will include Siege Spires, which are described as rule-altering devices that will change the strategy behind taking down a city. The Divine Favor takes into account city building:

The Divine Favor system is designed to make successful city building more important as well as add a new play activity to the game. City owners can place a set amount of these shrines in their city and guild members can sacrifice offerings at shrines that match their own that are elsewhere in the world. This will raise their city's stature. As their stature increases, so does the shrine, growing to an impressive, colossus-sized statue. These shrines will give players of that nation a 'boon' – a healthy enchantment based upon the city's stature.
More information on upcoming SB patches can be found at the official site.

Shadowbane - In-Development Section Updated!
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Shadowbane: The Rise of Chaos

Phelios Updates Swap
9:52 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Phelios has updated their puzzle game Swap. The update includes a variety of colorful new shapes for players to tinker with, including a set of retro-feel tokens. Players also now have the option to create their own token sets, and submissions sent to Phelios may be rolled into the next version of Swap.

Made using the PTK engine, Swap is a puzzle game that challenges players to gain points by eliminating rows of colored tokens, which can be swapped with others when necessary. A variety of included game types range from relaxing to competitive. Those interested in more information, including a QT trailer, can find it at the official Swap site.


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IMG Reviews Macally RFKey Wireless Keyboard
9:21 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Macally's RFKey has a boatload of features to boast of: 19 multimedia keyboards, a built-in scroll wheel, flexible software, and wireless connectivity — all wrapped in ice white plastics. How does the RFkey compete with other wireless multimedia keyboards from Microsoft and Logitech?

An excerpt from the review follows:

For casual usage, the array of 15 buttons along the top of the keyboard can nearly free you from your mouse. Seven buttons are set by default to control iTunes — stop, play, fast-forward, rewind, skip back and forward, and record. Six more are undefined and can be used to launch applications or process automated tasks. Also, one button can be mapped to functions both within an application and in the Finder. It’s very simple to automate several common tasks with the push of a button. Two remaining buttons to the right above the number pad are set to launch your email client and default web browser respectively.
To read more about the RFKey, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Macally RFKey

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UT2004 Not to Play With UT2003?
8:07 AM | Johan Hansιn | Comment on this story

In a post on the BeyondUnreal forums, it has been revealed that the sport-themed first person shooter Unreal Tournament 2004 won't be network compatible with the previous game in the series, Unreal Tournament 2003, as was previously intended.

From the post:

Networking won't work between UT2003 and UT2004. We had initially planned to support that, but the network code has changed so much in order to reduce bandwidth, support vehicles, and increase performance, that we couldn't keep the two games network-compatible.
To read the full discussion on this, follow the link provided below.

Unreal Tournament 2004 is currently scheduled to be released in february for both PC and Mac. The Macintosh version will be published by MacSoft while the PC version will be handled by Atari. You can pre-order Unreal Tournament 2004 for Mac from the IMG Store for $39.95 ($37.95 for MacGames CD/IMG Pro Subscribers).

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BeyondUnreal Forums: UT2003 / UT2004 Network Compatability To Be Broken
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Makin' Magic at FC, Breakthrough in Alpha
8:07 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Following revelations yesterday in IMG's "One on One" with Glenda Adams, Aspyr Media has updated their status page with new information on The Sims: Makin' Magic expansion as well as the new Medal of Honor: Breakthrough add-on.

Makin' Magic has breezed through development by Aspyr's internal team and is now standing at Final Candidate. Pending approval, it should be hitting stores soon. Makin' Magic takes a turn towards a Rowlings-esque world, allowing your Sims to cast spells and including over 175 new items and house additions.

Breakthrough is the second expansion for the popular WWII-based shooter, and has moved into Alpha (with Glenda adding it should be headed towards Beta testing soon). The game takes the series into the Italian/African conflicts with new weapons and a wider variety of international soldiers.

Here's an early breakdown of Breakthrough's requirements:

  • Mac OS 9.2.2 or Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later
  • PowerPC G3/G4/G5, 733 MHz or faster (1GHz G4/G5 recommended
  • 256MB of RAM
  • 1.6 GB free disk space
  • 3D Graphics Acceleration required (ATI Radeon 7500/nVidia GeForce 2 or better, 16MB of VRAM)
Also remember Breakthrough needs a full version of the original Medal of Honor in order to play. For more updates on these and many other Aspyr titles, stay tuned to IMG.

Aspyr Media Status Page
IMG Feature: One on One with Glenda Adams
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, January 20, 2004

MacSoft's Peter Tamte Talks Halo Piracy, Patch Issues2:28 PM
Aspyr Releases Jedi Academy Dedicated Server2:16 PM
One on One With Glenda Adams Returns11:23 AM
Freeverse Posts MontyMail, New Screenshots10:32 AM
GameSpy Continues WoW Chats with Blizzard9:20 AM
Majesty Artist Interview9:20 AM
Phelios Dev Tool 'PTK' Adds 3D Support9:20 AM
Rayman 3 Demo Released9:20 AM
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