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EQMac Announces the Al'Kabor Battle Royal
7:58 AM | Chris Stein | Comment on this story

Everquest fansite has announced its March contest: the Al'Kabor Battle Royal. This event will take place within the massively multiplayer world of EverQuest on the Mac-exclusive Al'Kabor server. The battles will be divided into level based categories, with a random drawing for grand prize out of the champions of each of the battles.

The grand prize winner will receive a copy of You Control, a menu utility. Runner-ups will receive 25th anniversary apple posters.

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The last man standing in each of the battles will receive 100PP in game & the title Battlemaster here at They will also have the chance to roll for the grand prize.
Grand Prize = 1 copy of You Control software by You Software Inc The 4 runner ups will also receive a 25th anniversary Apple poster After the 5 winners are determined, then they will roll for the Grand Prize, using a /ran 799 command. Highest roll wins. More refined details will be posted the closer we get to the Battle Royal.
The battle will take place Saturday, March 27 at 1:00 PST and has received assistance from the head GM of the Al'Kabor server. Al'Kabor Battle Royal
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Simodifier Sims Utility Updated To 2.3
11:49 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Lake Group Software today announced the release of Simodifier 2.3, a gaming utility/character editor for The Sims. The new version has been updated to support Mac OS X 10.3 Panther and also adds support for the latest expansion pack for The Sims, Makin' Magic.

Additional features include deleteing characters, setting the "star levels" for the Superstar expansion pack and editing the following human and pet character attributes: personality traits, skill levels, interests, career paths and levels, relationship values and family money. The registered version also features "Behavior Lab" which allows users to experiment with character behavior/orientation attributes including: gender, adult/child status, human/pet status and normal character/ghoulish character states.

For more information on Simodifier, head over to the Lake Group Software website.

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Pharaoh's Gold Shareware Game Released
11:42 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Shareware author F.C. Covett has released a new shareware game entitled Pharaoh's Gold. This is the author's second shareware game, whose original title was a Mac-only game entitled Yexi - The Intersellar Adventure.

Here's a brief description of Pharaoh's Gold:

Pharaoh's Gold is a new arcade/puzzle/maze game. The seal of great pharaoh's tomb has been broken. We need you to save the world from the grim fate of the pharaoh's curse. Your mission is to retrieve all the stolen gold and return it to appease the Pharaoh's spirit. Uncover the mystery that lies dormant in underground catacombs of Egypt and in a strange alien world light-years away from Earth.
A free 7 level demo is available for download from the official web site. The full version can be purchased for $18. For more informaton on Pharaoh's Gold, head over to the Danlab Games website.

Pharaoh's Gold

iDevGames' Carlos Camacho Q&A
10:08 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story has posted an interview with Carlos Camacho. Besides being a soccer team manager and a resident of Japan, Camacho is the founder of iDevGames, a site known to Mac gamers as a haven for Mac game developers.

The interview covers the scope of the iDevGames site, starting with its humble beginnings as "Mac Game Designer" and leading up to its recent revamping. Interestingly enough, Camacho points out that he feels he is more of a game maker than a player:

To tell you the truth I’m not a ‘gamer’! If you asked me what the current top-ten A-list games for the Mac were I would be hard-pressed! From a game developer point of view, I was always into ‘making the game’ rather than ‘playing the game’. From a marketers point of view, I strongly believe the importance gaming has had on our platform. For a long time, Apple seemed to shy away from the games market. The situation is much improved, but I still think Mac gaming has yet to reach its true potential.
One of the other subjects discussed is that of the true potential of Mac games, which Camacho feels has yet to be reached. He adds that he feels a renaissance in Mac gaming is forthcoming, citing newer developers that have been bringing Mac-specific titles to the market.

From CoCo to Cocoa, an iDevGames Editor's journey - the Carlos Camacho Interview

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Riddle of the Sphinx II: The Omega Stone Ships
9:52 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The Adventure Company and TransGaming Technologies today announced that Riddle of the Sphinx II: The Omega Stone has begun shipping for the Mac. Ported to the Mac by TransGaming Technologies, the game offers more than 50 hours of gameplay in a historically and archaeologically accurate world of adventure.

Here's more from the official press release:

The game's beauty is emphasized by full-screen video cut-scenes, real-time in-game animations, a full 360-degree camera and a captivating soundtrack.

"It's been a while since Mac gamers got their hands on a great adventure game," says Renata Richardson, Product Manager, The Adventure Company. "The Omega Stone is the perfect game to put The Adventure Company back in touch with the Mac community."

"We're pleased to have worked with The Adventure Company on the Mac release of The Omega Stone," says TransGaming's Director of Marketing, Cathy Tanner. "This is a great game that we're sure Mac gamers will add to their list of favorites."

The Omega Stone for Mac is available for $29.99 and is rated "E" by the ESRB. For more informaton on The Omega Stone, visit the official website.

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The Omega Stone

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Dark Horizons: Lore Nears Completion
9:20 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

GarageGames today announced that Dark Horizons: Lore, their futuristic first-person mech game is nearing the final stages of beta testing. Created by independent game developers Max Gaming Technologies, Dark Horizons: Lore puts you in command of the 22nd century’s Mechanized Assault Vehicle, or MAV, which are equiped with the latest plasma rifles, cannons and missiles.

Here's more from the official press release:

"As independent game publishers and developers we're passionate about making games that exceed our fans expectations," comments Jay Moore, GarageGames Evangelist. "Dark Horizons Lore is a persistent universe, and though not a Traditional MMO, the gamespace will grow as the player and factions wars warrant. We're going to offer the initial release of the game to players at an early adopter price of $24.95. From this release we will work with our players to bring new features into the mix. We have several additions planned for the near future including, news MAVs, new weapons, more sectors maps, additional game-type options and will continue to update until we reach our 'Gold' release."
According to the press release, Max Gaming is committed to building the game over time and will release new maps every few weeks for the first couple of months, to coincide with the growing player base, along with evolving the persistent storyline, through the action of the players. For more information on Dark Horizons, please visit the official website.

Dark Horizons: Lore

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Freeverse at Apple Soho Thursday
8:50 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Mac gamers residing in or near New York City may be interested in hitting the Apple Soho Store this Thursday, March 8th. Freeverse will be hosting a games presentation on the specified date at 6:30PM, and will be demoing ToySight and Northland as well as showing a preview of the upcoming WingNuts 2.

Their requirements for attendance are simple:

Are you in the New York City area?
Do you like hot new games?
Are you a monkey?
In addition, Freeverse will also be giving out prizes. The infamous Jared may also pop up to harass the locals.

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NS Software Releases Dome Wars for OS X
7:58 AM | Chris Stein | Comment on this story

Dome Wars, a tank warfare game similar to Scorched Earth and Pocket Tanks, has been updated to version 1.7b1 native to OS X. Players compete for points by trying to destroy other tanks situated on a random terrain. Dome Wars features multiple weapons, realistic physics and the ability to support 1-10 players.

The beta is available for download at the link below. Currently, Dome Wars does not require registration, but NS software is accepting donations from anyone who appreciates their products.

Dome Wars Beta

Mac Games News for Monday, March 8, 2004

IMG Reviews Rally Shift11:35 AM
IMG Pro: Nanosaur 2 Beta Demo Now Available!10:36 AM
Behind the Scenes WoW Cinematic, Q&A7:51 AM
The Gamesome Mac Talks with Nathan Lamont7:51 AM
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