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Command & Conquer: Generals Hits Beta
8:30 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr's Amity Lesko let us know today that Command & Conquer: Generals has hit the beta stage of development. If all goes well during the beta testing phase, the game should hit the stores sometime in April. The conversion to the Mac is being handled by i5works. Aspyr has also provided final system requirements for the game:

• Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later
• PowerPC G4/G5, 1GHz or faster
• 256MB of RAM
• 1.6GB free disk space
• 3D Graphics Acceleration required (ATI Radeon 7500/nVidia GeForce 2 or
better, 32MB of VRAM)
• DVD drive required to install and play
• Network play Mac to Mac only, GameRanger supported

Note that Command & Conquer: Generals marks Aspyr's first game that will require a DVD drive to install and play.

The IMG Store is currently taking pre-orders for the game. Be on the lookout for a hands-on preview of C&C: Generals on IMG soon.

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LOTR: The Return of the King Enters Beta
2:00 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Following news that Command & Conquer: Generals had gone beta, Aspyr today announced that The Lord of the Rings; The Return of the King has also gone into beta. According to Aspyr's Amity Lesko, the game is due to ship in early April and is currently being ported to the Mac by Beenox.

Here's a bit more info on the game:

One Ring to bring them all in and the darkness behind them… Based on New Line Cinema’s film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel, The Lord of the Rings; The Return of the King video game will put the fate of Middle-earth™ in the hands of the gamer. In the final installment of the blockbuster movie trilogy, players must destroy the One Ring by casting it into the Crack of Doom, freeing Middle-earth™ from the clutches of the Dark Lord Sauron.
The IMG Store is now taking pre-orders for the game. It is available for $48.95 and just $44.95 for IMG Pro/MacGames CD subscribers.

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LOTR: The Return of the King
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IMG Reviews Rayman 3
1:07 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Rayman 3, the latest title from U.K. publisher, Feral Interactive. Here's a clip from the review:

For a title that is nearly a year old, Rayman 3 is still quite a stunning game to look at. While this isn’t a game that redefines the idea of graphic excellence, each element is so well executed and the design so consistent that the artists have created a game that looks almost as good as the latest animated feature film. There is a distinct style running right through the game stretching from the level architecture to the objects, characters and the texture maps. Stylized and peculiarly angled environments are wrapped in high resolution texture maps that could easily be lifted straight from a Disney film.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

Feral Interactive
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IMG Review: Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
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America's Army Surpasses 3 Million Player Mark
9:23 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

America's Army, the free online first-person shooter that uses the Unreal Tournament 2003 engine, has surpassed the 3 million registered user mark. Players in AA attempt to earn Green Beret status by completing individual and collective training missions drawn from the Special Forces Assignment and Selection process. Players who complete the SFAS process have the opportunity to take on elite Special Forces roles and are qualified to play in multiplayer missions online.

Here's the announcement on the 3 million user mark:

At approximately 10:15am EST today, the total number of America's Army registered users hit a whopping 3 million. That's an average of almost 175K users each month!

On behalf of the America's Army team, thanks for your dedication, support, and making this game your top choice. Hooah!

For more information on America's Army, head over to the official website.

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Targetware Mac Update Info
8:09 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Wade Williams of Targetware recently spoke up in the IMG forums about the latest 0.61 update to this massively multiplayer online flight sim. The project is currently free to play in its open beta form and includes three mods for flying in campaigns for WWI, WWII and the Korean war.

Williams explains version 0.60 of the game broke the auto-updater for Mac users, so you'll need to follow a few manual instructions to get things back on track. They're listed out in the Targetware forums at the link below.

If you're completely new to Targetware, here's a quick explanation from their site:

The first Targetware game, Target Korea, is a massively multiplayer online flight combat simulator, set in the Korean War. Fly action-packed missions against a sky full of planes piloted by real people: dogfights, escorts, bombing runs and furballs. Play multi-mission scenarios from the war's inception all the way through the armistice, flying everything from the P-51 Mustang to the MiG-15bis. Play on other people's servers, or run your own, with your own rules.
To update your client or to start playing from scratch, check out the Targetware website. Also stay tuned over the coming months as the title moves through beta and into full production.

IMG Forum: Targetware Update to v0.61
Targetware: Mac 0.61 Installation Instructions
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Epic Programmer Talks UT2004
8:09 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Unrealbase recently sat down to talk with Joe Wilcox, programmer for Epic about the impending release of Unreal Tournament 2004. In the quick Q&A, Wilcox answers questions both from the site as well as the Unreal community members concerning included maps, features, and this note on cheating:

Catzenjaeger: One important topic in the UT community (which not many welcome as a topic to talk about) is cheating. You can hear this topic talked about once in a while in forums or IRC, however, it is considered a “taboo” topic and not many like to publicly talk about it. Does this hold true for EPIC? Is cheating a taboo topic and a serious problem at the same time? Has EPIC done anything to increase the security of gaming?

DrSin[EPIC]: Of course cheating is a problem, but it's not a problem that can really be fixed. I think we have done a pretty good job fending off cheating in UT2003 and we will continue to fight the good fight with UT2004. But the best solution will always be having good admins and making sure they can remove the low-lifes from the game. Both UT2003 and UT2004 have the ability to ban using the CDKEY of the game and that's been fairly effective. At UT2004, I've made a lot of changes to help track and eliminate cheaters.

For more from Wilcox, head over and check out the rest of the interview now. MacSoft is publishing the Mac retail version of Unreal Tournament 2004, which is expected out around the same time as its PC counterpart.

Unrealbase Interview with Joe Wilcox
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Mac Games News for Friday, February 27, 2004

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IMG Store: The Sims: Makin Magic In Stock10:44 AM
Free Jedi Academy Map Released (Updated)10:09 AM
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield Patch Plans8:46 AM
Custer Breaks Through With a Desktop7:42 AM
Updates on Chessmaster 9000, Worms 3D, XIII7:42 AM
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