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Friday, March 19, 2004

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Virtual Programming To Port Gangland, Spartan
7:23 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming today announced that it will be porting Gangland, a fast-paced mobster arcade game, and Spartan, an Empire building turn based strategy game, to the Macintosh. In addition, the company has announced that Virtual Grand Prix 2 has gone gold as well as updates on two other games: Victoria and Massive Assault.

First up is Gangland. Gangland offers a unique blend of RTS/RPG/Sim. In it you experience a living city with 800 plus citizens per map. You can setup extortion rackets, bribe, steal, kill, bootleg, seduce, put out contracts, make drive-by hits, blow up buildings, infiltrate opponents, setup gambling parlors, brothels, speak-easies, international connections, and much more.

You'll interact with over 500 npc's, each with individual behaviors. Make your own family from over 20 unique characters and build a business empire on tots of illegal activities.

Gangland for the Mac is due in June.

Spartan is an Empire building turn based strategy game, where the focus is on building an empire through diplomacy, trade, research, and war, but less focus on the battles than you would find in an RTS. It is designed for people who are interested in the period and those strategy gamers who don't want the fast paced click-fest of an RTS and prefer time to think about their decisions.

Spartan for the Mac is due in June.

Here's some more updates from VP on some of ther other titles:

Virtual Grand Prix 2:
Finally, we have reached gold master and the game is moving into production. Pre-orders can be taken on our web site for shipping in April. With the new race season just started, now is a great time to get behind the steering wheel in this great open wheel racing simulator.

Continuing the well received Paradox series, Victoria is the latest in-depth strategy game that allows the user to guide nations from the early 19th century to evolve into a fully industrialized Great Power at the dawn of the 20th century!. Pre-orders can be taken on our web site for shipping in April.

Massive Assault:
We are now in final test stages for this monster turn based strategy game! The game utilizes’s high-performance 3D engine giving revolutionary look and feel to turn based global-scale games. The game play is smooth and easy-to-learn, with a mean AI! What is more, you can hook up to play challenging internet games with Mac and PC owners....

Virtual Programming has also launched a brand new and easier to use web site. For more information on all these titles and more, head over to the VP website.

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Updated Virtual Grand Prix 2 Demo Released
9:44 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Virtual Programmin today released an updated version of their Virtual Grand Prix 2 demo. Originally released late last year, the new demo includes a number of performance enhancements and a new look interface.

Here's a bit more info on the game:

VGP2 is the an advanced open-wheeled racecar simulation, developed by Paolo Cattani and his staff at AlasSoft using industrial automotive standards for the simulation of the dynamic components (whose parameters were tuned using real telemetry data) and tested by real one-seater drivers.
To download the 22 MB demo, head over to our sister site, If you are an IMG Pro users, you can download the demo off our speedy server by following the Hot Downloads link below.

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Pangea Releases Otto Matic 2.0, Nanosaur 2 CD
8:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Pangea Software today announced the release of Otto Matic 2.0. The company also announced that it has begun shipping the CD version of Nanosaur 2.

Otto Matic 2.0 now includes support for 3D anaglyph glasses and is a free update for all owners of the older versions of the game. The full version, patch, and new demo are available at “Once we had the 3D glasses working in Nanosaur 2, it was fairly easy to pop the code into some of our older games so that they could also be played in true stereo 3D,” said Brian Greenstone, president of Pangea Software, “Since Otto Matic is a game all about 1950’s sci-fi B-movies, it only made sense that we put the 3D glasses support into that game first.”

Bugdom 2 will also be enjoying an update early next week, also with full support for 3D anaglyph glasses.

In other news, Pangea also announced that it has begun shipping the CD version of Nanosaur 2. Included with the CD version are two 3D anaglyph glasses. The IMG Store is currently taking pre-orders for Nanosaur 2 CD and will be shipping them early next week.

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World of Warcraft Beta Begins
8:16 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Blizzard has announced their beta test period for the upcoming massively multiplayer online RPG World of Warcraft is underway. Many lucky testers have started making their downloads, which amount to a whoppping 2GB, by reader reports.

The official World of Warcraft Community site has help for those beta testers just getting started, such as forums and basic instructions. Here's more about the current status of the world of Azeroth:

To those joining us for the first time, we are currently in the middle of our All Alliance push. This means that you may play any of the Alliance races (i.e. Human, Dwarf, Gnome and Night Elf) and can choose one of the following six classes: Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Warlock & Warrior (as each race allows). More races and classes will become available in the next few weeks.
If you weren't one of the lucky few initial testers, don't despair. Blizzard has noted they will be expanding the beta once the game gets closer to release. For more info on the game now, be sure to have a read through the title's site and stay tuned for the latest from IMG.

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Blades of Avernum Released
8:14 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software has released the latest incarnation of the Avernum series in Blades of Avernum. While the package comes with several adventures, a new feature Blades adds to the mix is the editor, which allows users to create their own adventures.

Anyone can use Blades of Avernum's editor to make fascinating adventures with cunning characters. Deal with monsters that work together and send out patrols to hunt you. Fight deadly bosses that summon aid, flee when they're outmatched, and surprise you with all sorts of nasty tricks.
The adventures that come with Blades include A Small Rebellion, The Valley of Dying Things, The Za-Khazi Run, and Diplomacy With the Dead, where players have to deal with a vampire who lives just outside of town.

Blades carries the following system requirements:

Macintosh with System 8.1 or later, 30 MB free RAM, 40 MB hard drive space, 800x600 screen resolution with 16 bit color. Blades o f Avernum runs natively under Macintosh OS X.
Those interested in trying it out can find a free demo available for download at MacGameFiles. The demo is sized at around 13.9 MB.

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Epic Merges With America's Army Creators
8:14 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Epic Games recently sent out a press release announcing their merger with Scion Studios, which notes that the move will effectively double their in-house development capacity.

While the name Scion may not ring bells with many gamers, America's Army, which was designed and produced by former Scion CEO Michael V. Capps, Ph.D., should be more than familiar.

"Mike has done an outstanding job managing development and establishing teams that were able to leverage the Unreal Engine technology," says Mark Rein , Vice President and co-founder Epic Games, "The combination of Epic's and Scion's world-class development teams makes Epic Games an even stronger technology leader and one of the top independent game development studios in the world."
The PR adds that Epic intends to show off, among other things, the Unreal Engine 3 at the upcoming Game Developers Conference in San Jose.

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IMG Ships The MacGames DVD Volume 2
7:23 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games today began shipping the MacGames DVD Volume 2. The DVD contains all the best of Mac games 2003 to the to early 2004. This 4.7 gigabyte DVD features the best in Macintosh game demos, shareware, updates, add-ons, trailers, cheaters, and more. That's right, 4.7 gigabyte's worth of Mac games! You must have a Macintosh with a DVD drive to read the DVD.

For a complete list of all the demos includes on the DVD, please follow the link below. The MacGames DVD is available for $19, plus shipping.

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Custer Offers Some Revenge
7:23 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

I've never been one to neglect the comic fan, Custer's Desktop for the week features the uncanny title X2: Wolverine's Revenge. Based directly off of the popular comic book character, X2: Wolverine's Revenge the game presents players with a quest of guiding Wolverine back to the Weapon X Facility.

Let me elaborate:

In October 2003 Aspyr Media started to ship X2: Wolverine's Revenge. How do I know this? I've had a constant reminder since then from Mac, PC and Console owners that a desktop was needed for the game. While I tracked down artwork for other games I decided to take this week and honor this request. Personally, as a kid growing up I would have given up my comic collection for a game like this. I based my wallpaper on the well-known box art that is also featured in the movie. So, with the help of Aspyr Media, the internet and my trusty cable modem, I was able to create this desktop. I simply entitled it, "Revenge", after the game and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
To download the desktop picture, head over to Custer's Desktops and select the size of your choice.

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Feral Friday Brings New Worms Movie and More
7:23 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

UK based Mac game publisher Feral Interactive keeps the newly started tradition of weekly news updates going strong. This week they offer four new articles on upcoming as well as already released games.

The colorful and insane worms tactical turn-based insanity game Worms 3D gets two news items of their own. Firstl, the game is now available for pre-order from Feral's own store, alone or bundled with either its smaller puzzle game cousin, Worms Blast, or with the funky platform adventure Rayman 3. Secondly, Feral is also providing a new teaser movie to get our mouths drooling some more for this sweet looking game.

As for the cartoon-styled first person shooter, XIII, Feral is providing a link to an interactive tour on the official XIII site. It's a nice teaser that provides gamers with a taste of the full game.

Finally, there is a new update to the soccer manager game Championship Manager 03/04. The patch brings the Mac version of the game up-to-date to the Windows counterpart and fixes a number of bugs.

To find more information on all this, head over to Feral's news page. Just follow the link provided below to get there.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, March 18, 2004

Return of the King Goes Gold12:19 PM
Got Game To Publish RHEM 211:54 AM
IMG Posts Return of the King Screenshot Gallery11:34 AM
IMG Interviews Epic's Ryan Gordon10:42 AM
Strange Flavour's Aaron Fothergill on Piracy9:44 AM
Torque Engine Pricing Changed9:44 AM
Ambrosia Releases Aki Mahjong 1.0.17:44 AM
Apple Features Unreal Tournament 20047:20 AM
CodeBlender Software Releases Rally Shift Garage7:20 AM
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