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Friday, February 20, 2004

Feral: Worms 3D Site, XIII Status, CM Winners
8:13 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A number of news updates from Feral Interactive today give insights into popular upcoming games from this UK-based company. Worms 3D, the latest 3D foray for this classic series, now has a mini-site at Feral with a list of features, screenshots from the Mac version and more.

Here's the gameplay description in case you're unfamiliar with what the series is all about:

Worms 3D still has the same pick-up-and-play ease with quirky humour. While taking advantage of the extra dimension - the move to 3D has not changed any part of the premise of Worms – it’s still your team of between one and five worms taking turns to lob missiles, grenades, homing pigeons and exploding bananas across an unlimited number of randomly generated but fully destructible playfields. To this end, the gameplay remains relatively unchanged yet enhanced: relying on you, the player to judge the trajectory and strength of your shots in order to inflict maximum damage on opponents. All the favourite weapons such as dynamite, bazooka, grenade and sheep are all still present and correct, and additions such as ‘Wormpot’ have been included too.
IMG contacted Feral for more info on when Worms 3D might be made available, and Camille Thouvenin was nice enough to say they're still shooting for Q2 with the game.

In other news, Feral announced the cell-shaded shooter XIII is "coming incredibly well" and should be ready for a mid-April release. Here's their plan for releasing more info on the title:

Every week between now and then new a new element of the XIII mini-site will be going live. Today there's a brand new teaser trailer with more clues to XIII's identity, some new screenshots, and new features and links pages.

Check back next week to get up close and personal with the main characters - the Mongoose awaits.

Stay tuned for more from IMG on XIII in the coming weeks as well.

Finally, in a follow-up to an earlier contest, Feral has announced the winners among the buyers of Championship Manager 03/04. If you purchased the game from their online store, head over to their news page to see if you've won.

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Unreal Tournament 2004 Demo Patch Released
3:11 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft today released an update for the playable demo of Epic Games’ highly anticipated Unreal Tournament 2004 for the Macintosh. The update (version 3120.1) addresses the following issues:

• Fixes color problems on ATI hardware running under Panther.
• Game no longer crashes at startup if you have an iSight or USB microphone plugged in.
• Fixes problem with wheeled vehicles sometimes not being able to move.
• "Dedicated" button in "Host Game" didn't work; it does now.
• Models are now lit correctly.
• Other minor rendering glitches fixed.
• Server browser now lists real pings for servers instead of zero.
To update requires that you already have the original UT demo installed. To download either the demo or the update, head over to

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IMG Reviews VGA to NTSC/PAL TV Video Converter
11:01 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Ever wanted to plug your Mac to your TV and play your favorite games on that big screen TV? Well now with the StarTech VGA to NTSC/PAL TV Video Converter, you can easily do that. IMG's Scott Turner took a test drive of this cool little converster and has wrtten up a review of the product.

Here's a snippet from the review:

Opening up the box containing's product was a surprise to say the least. The small box had a hole on the inside inlaid with the converter, slugly fit into the packaging. All of the required cables for accomplishing the jobs that lay ahead of me were built straight into this remote control looking device. A USB connector was present to provide power from a computer to the device, as well as a VGA video connector and an audio plug to draw the picture and sound from a computer. To convert it to the TV screen, the device also has built into it an S-Video plug and RCA composite video plugs, as well as left and right audio RCAs to plug into an audio reciever or possibly your TV as well. A switch on the side of the unit allows the user to vary the device between recognizing the European video standard of PAL or the American NTSC standard.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: StarTech VGA to NTSC/PAL TV Video Converter
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Medal of Honor: Breakthrough Hits Beta, Pre-Order Available
9:26 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr has sent word that Medal of Honor: Breakthrough, the latest expansion pack to the WW II first-person shooter has hit the beta test stage in development. According to Aspyr's Amity Lesko, the expansion pack should be available sometime in early March. Be sure to stay tuned to IMG as we'll be posting a hands-on preview of the Breakthrough shortly.

In related news, the IMG Store is now taking pre-orders for Medal of Honor: Breakthrough. It is available for pre-order for $29.95 and just $27.95 for MacGames CD/IMG Pro subscribers.

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WoW Beta Status Update, New Screenshots
8:43 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blizzard has recently updated the news section with some more information regarding World of Warcraft, it's upcoming MMORPG. The first item notes that six new screenshots have been added which contain both Gnomes and Trolls. The Trolls in particular are showcased in a variety of shots, including one showing a Troll taking on a firearm-wielding Dwarf.

The second item concerns the current state of the beta test signups:

Once again we thank everyone for participating in our World of Warcraft beta test signups. Currently, we are reviewing the applications thoroughly, and we will notify selected testers by email before the start of each beta phase. Only selected testers will receive an email from Blizzard. Notification is slated to go out in the weeks ahead.
We'll post more coverage on this highly anticipated title as we get it.
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Shadowbane Designer Diary
8:42 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

A new Designer Diary has recently been added to the official Shadowbane site. Written by Lead Designer Damion 'Ubiq' Schubert, the diary remarks on Shadowbane's success as a PvP/Siege style MMORPG and lists a number of goals that the designers mean to tackle in the future.

The goals include a number of tweaks to make the siege aspect of SB run more smoothly, and include pledges to increase the stability and performance of both clients and servers, make rebuilding a vanquished city easier, and improving the wall capabilities of cities:

You will see some more improvements in this vein in the next patch, and we have even more plans beyond that. The upcoming siege spires (which I'll discuss in more detail in the next diary entry) should be a big step in that direction - guilds will be able to build siege spires which forbid flight and translocation inside of their city grid.
Those interested in the full list are encouraged to check it out at the provided link.

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GameSmith 3.4.3 Update
8:41 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Freeverse has recently updated GameSmith, its proprietary game matching service. Now listed at version 3.4.3, the update brings with it the following fixes and changes:

  • Added an auto-response when paging another player. This auto-response informs the sender that the page has been sent and to wait for a reply.
  • Added more information to the “You’ve been paged” message letting you how you can respond.
  • Added support for :mrblue: and :mrred: to match the 3D .3 update
  • Many areas that currently report a player as Playing in game xyz will now report Waiting in game xyz if the game is still open and waiting for joiners.
  • In the first pane of the Player Info dialog there is now a small … link right after player’s current game stats. This link takes you online to see their stats in detail.
  • Fixed a problem where double-clicking a game to join it would sometimes fail.
  • Fixed a minor cosmetic problem with the Player Info dialog when switching to the Game Stats pane too quickly.
  • Fixed a minor cosmetic problem related to banner ads.
  • Fixed a problem where typing into the Enter Password dialog for games could sometimes end up with a Join button that was disabled until clicking the password field.
  • Added support for Ranked Bots which allows for the bots in the 3D Card games to get actual ratings and a real rank.
Those interested in downloading the latest version can find it at MacGameFiles.

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Custer's Desktops Are Alienated
8:13 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

This week's desktop, courtesy of Brad Custer, focuses on Aliens vs. Predator 2 and also ties in the upcoming AvP movie. The game introduces even more atmospheric sci-fi action, once again allowing gamers to experience combat as a vicious Alien, well-armed Marine, or mighty Predator.

Here's how this desktop came to be:

I always enjoy the email I receive from the viewers of my section. The words of praise are great to receive and the main reason I continue to do this. :) I really enjoy it though when I receive an unique request like the one that inspired this week's desktop. Everyone has heard of the movie coming out based on AvP. Well, a loyal fan of my work asked for me to create a wallpaper for Aliens vs. Predator 2, but to tie it into the movie too. I was honored to attempt this request and I was quiet happy with the results. It features the headshots of the two main lifeforms of the title. So, with the help of MacPlay and the internet, I was able to create this wallpaper. I simply entitled it, "Ravage", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
Those looking to download Custer's latest can find links in the usual spot.

IMG Desktop: Whoever Wins. We Lose.
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Mac Games News for Thursday, February 19, 2004

IMG Store Deals: Age of Mythology $39.95, Diablo II $9.99...12:13 PM
One on One With Aspyr's Glenda Adams12:12 PM
MacPlay Patches No One Lives Forever 211:04 AM
New Neverwinter Nights Patch10:30 AM
The Sims Makin' Magic Goes Gold9:48 AM
GameSpot Posts World of Warcraft Hands-on Look8:49 AM
Mac UT2004 Demo Patch Expected Soon7:59 AM
Massive x.3 Freeverse Updates7:59 AM
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