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Wednesday, March 17, 2004

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World of Warcraft Beta Site Prepped
8:13 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Blizzard has launched the community site for World of Warcraft in preparations for the beta of this upcoming massively multiplayer online (MMO) title. The site will contain news about the beta, as well as pertinent game information, online forums and support.

Their plan to distribute the massive files in the beta is to use the new BitTorrent-based "Blizzard Downloader" system to ensure no one server gets overloaded. After the initial download rush subsides, they will also then put up download links for those testers who are unable to use BitTorrent:

To ensure that your system works with the Blizzard Downloader, please try downloading the World of Warcraft Cinematics: Sneak Peak or the Gryphon Ride Movie. If you encounter any problems, please check the BitTorrent FAQ or contact for help.

A fraction of our testers, who are behind firewalls, will not have access to the BitTorrent download method. If you fall into this category, an alternative download method will be made available to you within a few days of the initial Blizzard Downloader release.

Head over now to check out the beta site and stay tuned for announcements as the testing begins, which the company says is "just around the corner."

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IMG Posts Command & Conquer: Generals Screenshots
10:42 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted 10 new screenshots from the Mac version of Command & Conquer: Generals. Due for release in April, C&C: Generals is the latest game in this popular real-time strategy game created by Westwood Studios. In the game, you'll unleash your fury using modern and near-future military weaponry on the cutting-edge of technology including Aurora Strike Bombers, Dragon Tanks, and more.

C&C: Generals will be published by Aspyr Media. The IMG Store is currently taking pre-orders for the game.

IMG: Command & Conquer: Generals Screenshot Gallery
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IMG Reviews the Altec Lansing MX5021
8:21 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

IMG's Tim Morgan has taken a closer look at the high-end computer speakers MX5021 from Altec Lansing. The speaker system is aimed at choosy audiophiles that are willing to pay a higher price for a higher sound quality.

From the review:

Getting on with things, let’s answer the all-important question: How does the system sound? To put it simply — the system shines. The satellites have a wonderful clarity that I have not experienced in any other computer audio setup, and the frequency response is superb. The crossover between the satellites and subwoofer is the envy of other systems: I can’t even tell the sub is a separate component. The unity of sound between the speakers and sub is seamless.
To read the full review, follow the link provided below.

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ScummVM Hits 0.6.0 Release with Bonus Content
8:21 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The folks behind the ScummVM project have recently announced the release of version 0.6.0. The update brings with it compatibility with all LucasArts/LucasFilm adventure games. In addition, the classic title Flight of the Amazon Queen has been released as freeware.

Improvements to the 0.6.0 version include new graphics modes and tweaked sound effects. In addition, support with the following titles has been added:

  • The classic V1 versions of the original LucasArts SCUMM games Maniac Mansion and Zak McKracken and the LucasArts SCUMM game 'Full Throttle'
  • Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2. Many thanks to Revolution for providing us with the source-code to these games.
  • Support for Flight of the Amazon Queen. Thanks to Steve and John for providing us with the source code to this game, and permitting its release as freeware.
For those unfamiliar with the project, ScummVM allows users to run titles based off the SCUMM scripting utility, which was used to create a host of adventure games in the past. Those interested in downloading it or Flight of the Amazon Queen can find links at the ScummVM site. MacGameFiles has also posted the latest ScummVM iteration for download.

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Nanosaur 2 1.0.3 Patch Released
8:13 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Pangea Software has released another minor patch for Nanosaur 2. The new patch brings the game up to version 1.0.3 and includes the following fixes:

• Fixed aproblem with the crosshairs not being displayed properly when switching cameramodes.
• Fixed a bug where objects would randomly fade in/out for some people.
The patch along with new versions of the demo and the full version are available for download from

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Shadowbane Developer Chat Logs9:22 AM
Avernum 3 1.1.4 Update8:17 AM
Myth II Issues with OS 10.3.38:17 AM
IMG Reviews Star Trek: Elite Force II7:55 AM
Nanosaur 2 1.0.2 Patch Released7:55 AM
QuakeCon 2004 Announced7:55 AM
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