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Northland Hits North America
7:35 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software and e.p.i.c. Interactive have combined forces to bring the cartoon-style RTS Northland to Mac gamers in North America. Freeverse published final system requirements for the the title, as well as re-releasing the demo to give people a chance to see if this game based in the realm of Norse fantasy is to their liking.

Northland was created by the German company Funatics Software and is the lastest in a series of RTS titles called Cultures. Here's more from Freeverse's press release:

Northland challenges players to take control of a group of Vikings, and develop their town while meeting the needs of the individuals in your groups. Unlike other real-time strategy games, each character in the village has a name. Players can leave the Vikings to fulfill their own desires, or micromanage them into jobs and marriages. By developing a village, the Vikings can mount an offensive against the minions of Loki.

"Northland brings new life to the Mac RTS scene," Said Colin Lynch Smith, Freeverse Vice President. "We were drawn to this game's unique approach to the genre, which is why Freeverse had to bring it to North American Macintosh gamers."

Minimum system requirements are:
Mac OS 9.x / 10.x
G3 350 Mhz
192 MB RAM

Recommended system requirements are:
Mac OS 10.2.x or better
G4 700 MHz
256 MB RAM

To give Northland a try, head over and download the demo now. Freeverse sells the title for $30 at their online store.

Freeverse Ships Northland for Macintosh to North America

The 20 Mac Games that Mattered Most
10:18 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a new feature dubbed, "The 20 Mac Games that Mattered Most". In celebration of the Macintosh reaching its twentieth birthday a few weeks ago, IMG is paying tribute to the 20 games we feel have made the biggest impact on the Mac.

Here's a clip from the feature:

Coming to a consensus on only 20 games is obviously a daunting task considering the sheer number of high-quality titles that have been released over the years for the Mac (despite what your PC-using cousin says). After some hefty discussions, we present here a selection of titles which we feel redefined genres and took the Mac to places it had never been before. We've also had a few industry friends chime in with their thoughts on some of the chosen titles.
To check out the entire feature, please follow the link below.

The 20 Mac Games that Mattered Most

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Rumors Of Another Monkey Island Sequel
8:58 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Fans of classic adventure games will be excited to hear the rumors that a fifth game in the classic Monkey Island series may very well be on the way. Scumm Bar, a Monkey Island fan site, recently reported that the latest issue of British PC gamer apparently reveals that a fifth game is on the way. Here's a snippet from their article:

According to Simon Carzza, there’s a Monkey Island 5 rumor on page 24 of this month's (British) PC Gamer:

"Continuing in the vein of unannounced-but-in-the-pipeline games, The Spy's LucasArts informers let the monkey out of the bag: there is, apparently, a fifth Monkey Island game in production. The adventure genre continues to cheat death."

Sounds exciting! Hopefully we'll have scanned proof up soon, but in the mean-time start jumping to conclusions and praising EMI - just remember where you heard about it first.

For more info, including a picture of the article in question, follow the link provided below.

Another Monkey Island Sequel Rumor
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Game Server Configulator for Breakthrough
8:57 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

P-edge Media, makers of dedicated server tools for Jedi Academy and Medal of Honor, have a new server tool for the upcoming expansion for Medal of Honor Breakthrough. The tool will work with the dedicated server that will be available for the expansion and will allow players an easier way to set up and maintain a server. Here's the full news:

P-Edge media announces today that the next in the series of Game Server Configulators will be GSC Breakthrough. As the title suggests, this GSC application will be targeted on Aspyr's new Medal of Honor: Breakthrough expansion pack.

GSC Breakthrough will feature many new things such as server broadcasts, instant map changing and a console view window. It will make use of the "Breakthrough Dedicated Server" Unix executable which Aspyr will release for Mac OSX.

This new free application will be released any time as soon as MoH:Breakthrough becomes available in stores.

For more information on P-Edge Media's Server tools, follow the link provided below.

Game Server Configulator for Breakthrough
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Battle for Wesnoth Updated
8:55 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Gamers interested in getting a little introduction to game development may be interested in a title known as Battle for Wesnoth. A current work-in-progress, Wesnoth is a turn-based RTS that runs on a variety of platforms, including Linux, OS X, Windows, and FreeBSD.

Battle for control of villages, using variety of units which have advantages and disadvantages in different types of terrains and against different types of attacks. Units gain experience and advance levels, and are carried over from one scenario to the next campaign.
The developers of Wesnoth welcome all interested contributors, including musicians, programmers, artists, and game testers. Contributors will also retain copyrights to any portions that they contribute.

Wesnoth recently received an update to version, adding the Knalagan Alliance to the mix. More information on this title, including downloads of the latest build, can be found at the official site or from MacGameFiles.

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World of Warcraft Q&A
8:54 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Readers still searching for any bit of information they can find concerning the upcoming World of Warcraft MMORPG may want to check out an interview conducted by the folks at Kingdoms of Azeroth. The subject of this particular Q&A session is Donna "Katricia" Anthony, WoW's official Community Manager, and she provides some interesting insight into various aspects of WoW.

Topics discussed include the ability of players of different races to group early on, the inclusion of Blizzard's trademark humor in the game, and the often touchy subject of selling game-related content for real money:

The selling of characters or items is not a feature supported in World of Warcraft. Any users that choose to participate in this activity do so at their own risk. Blizzard will not facilitate nor mediate in the sale or trading of characters/items. Further, users should be warned that attempts to transfer items between characters can result in lost items or damaged characters. Blizzard is not responsible for lost items or damaged characters.
Anthony also briefly touches on the playing of a Priest, new forum avatars, and the possibility of servers catering to either player vs. player or role playing gamers.

Kingdoms of Azeroth - Interview with Katricia
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UT2004 Text-to-speech Preview
7:35 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

UT2004 fans interested in the text-to-speech feature may want to check out some recent uploads at IcculusFinger. Ryan Gordon has posted an mp3 along with an accompanying screenshot that demonstrates the feature in action.

The demo shows off a little action in UT2004's internet chat client as Ryan interacts with some friends. In his log, he notes that the feature has been surprisingly requested more than a few times.

Those interested in checking it out can find links to both files at IcculusFinger.

In related news, Atari has posted a press release proclaiming that the UT2004 demo has hit the 1.5 million download mark in the first week of its availability. This puts it ahead of UT2003's benchmark, and FilePlanet ranks it as one of the fastest demos to reach the 100,000 download mark in the site's history.

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Atari - UT2004 Demo Press Release
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Mac Games News for Monday, February 23, 2004

IMG Previews Second Life9:41 AM
iDevGames Back Online9:33 AM
Ambrosia Updates pop-pop to v1.0.48:23 AM
Nanosaur 2 Hits Alpha8:23 AM
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