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Savage Dev Leaves; Mac Version In Limbo?
8:05 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The weekend brought news that one of the lead developers and co-founders of S2 Games, creators of Savage: The Battle for Newerth, has decided to leave the company to form another gaming group. In a post to the S2 forums, Sam McGrath notes he will try to provide unofficial support for the game even in his departure, and he mentions the Mac OS X port specifically as something he will attempt to work through.

Here's more from McGrath's post:

There have been some questions as to how much support there will be for Savage now that I'm leaving. I can't speak for the rest of S2 about this. I can say, at least, that I am still happy to answer any questions anyone has about the SDK (coding questions especially), and will do what I can to support Savage unofficially in my spare time. The Mac port of Savage is something I have not forgotten about. If I can work out some kind of distribution method with S2, hopefully it will still be possible to get this out there.
It would be a shame for the Mac version of Savage, which is reportedly fairly well underway, to be left unreleased at this point. Stay tuned to IMG for any new word from S2 Games on the status of the Mac port of this FPS strategy title.

S2 Games Forums: Sam McGrath Leaving Post
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IMG Reviews Nanosaur 2
12:53 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Pangea's latest game, Nanosaur 2. Here's a clip from the review:

What happens when you combine deadly dinosaurs, gorgeous landscapes, and the genius of Pangea Software? You get Nanosaur 2: Hatchling, a great sequel to the third person shooter that was released four years ago. Featuring a beautiful graphics system with cool visual effects, tight control, and good multiplayer to boot, Nanosaur 2 is a good title that any Mac gamer should try. However, the greatness of the game is over-shadowed by the fact that it is only three levels long.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Nanosaur 2
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Nanosaur 2: Hatchling
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Spiderweb's Jeff Vogel on The Gamesome Mac
12:18 PM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

On tonight's broadcast of The Gamesome Mac, the Mac gaming radio program, hosts Sean Smith and Omaha Sternberg talk with Jeff Vogel of Spiderweb Software about Blades of Avernum.

Blades of Avernum is a new, Mac-first fantasy role-playing system, the successor to Spiderweb's venerable and much-loved Blades of Exile. It comes with four ready-to-play scenarios as well as an editor that allows users to design and create their own adventures.

Sean and Omaha will also offer Mac gaming news, reviews, and commentary, and together with their guest will take questions live from listeners in The Gamesome Mac's chat room and give away some Spiderweb games.

The Gamesome Mac can be heard live on MacRadio from 6 to 8 pm Pacific Time, 9 to 11 pm Eastern (Tuesday from 0100 to 0300 UTC), and on demand thereafter. You can tune in at The Gamesome Mac's web page, where you'll also find archives of past broadcasts. QuickTime 5 or 6 and a 28 kbps or faster Internet connection are required.

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Gordon on Possible UT2k4 Retail Issues
8:05 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

Ryan Gordon has updated his .plan with information about the retail version of the Mac version of Unreal Tournament 2004, Epic Games' futuristic sport-themed first person shooter, published by MacSoft. It appears that some users might have trouble installing the full retail version of the game, and to amend this, Ryan has put together a new updater that should work for the people experiencing the problems.

How to use it:

Download and unpack (Safari will do this automatically), leaving an installer icon on your desktop. Run that instead of the installer on the disc and proceed as you would normally. If the installer doesn't crash on you when run from the disc, you don't need to download this.
You can find a link to the update on Ryan's .plan, or linked directly here below. Ryan also notes that the game seems to crash with iSight and some USB microphones, even though this was specifically tested in the Gold Master of the game. Since Ryan is aware of it, a patch will most likely be out as soon as possible.

On another note, Ryan mentions that the 2225.2 patch for Unreal Tournament 2003 is being tested now and should probably be out the door soon. Stay tuned to IMG and we'll keep you updated on the progress on these two titles.

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Mac Games News for Friday, April 2, 2004

IMG Reviews Total Immersion Racing12:52 PM
Feral Friday: More XIII, Worms 3D News10:12 AM
April Issue of MontyMail Released7:57 AM
Battlefield 1942 Giveaway Winners, New Giveaway Announced6:51 AM
A New Desktop Rises From The Tomb6:14 AM
ATI Updates Display Utilities for Retail Radeons6:14 AM
New Close Combat Games Announced6:14 AM
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