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Thursday, April 15, 2004

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C&C Generals Demo, Retail Patched
7:51 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has released a patch for their recently released demo of Command & Conquer: Generals, the 3D real-time strategy game ported to Mac by i5works. The patch addresses the crash that Radeon 9000 users experienced as well as a scrolling issue on dual monitor setups. It also improves the speed of movie playbacks.

In addition of this, Glenda Adams, Director of Mac and PC Development at
Aspyr, posted an update in our forum, saying that a patch for the full game is in testing and is expected to be released later today or tomorrow.

To download the demo patch, follow the link provided below. We will post an update as soon as the patch for the full game is released, so stay tuned to our news page for the latest info. As mentioned in yesterday's news, the game is also now available from the IMG store.

Update: Aspyr has released a 1.0.1 patch for the retail version of Command & Conquer. Head over to MGF to download the patch.

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World of Warcraft Beta Adds More Playable Races and Classes
12:21 PM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has now posted a new client for the beta testers of their upcoming MMORPG World of Warcraft. The new client features the full set of races since the Horde and Alliance are now tested at once, instead of only the Alliance as in the previous version.

From the World of Warcraft community site:

We’ve finally made all of the races available for simultaneous testing in this Alliance and Horde Phase of our Beta Test. Once the client is downloaded, you will have the option to play all eight races: Human, Undead, Dwarf, Tauren, Gnome, Orc, Night Elf and Troll. Eight classes will also be available, as applicable to each race: Druid, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock and Warrior. You read that right, Druids are available!
Besides the addition of these races and classes, some of the bugs are fixed as well. For a list of the major ones, head over to the community site and read up on it. There you can also find download instructions if you are in the beta.

If you are not in the beta, but are curious on how the game works, you can read the first part of our World of Warcraft Journal by clicking the link below. We will continue following the progress of this game, so keep an eye on our news page for the latest.

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Neverball 1.2.1 Available
7:51 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Gamers looking for something new to try out may want to check out a freeware title known as Neverball. In the same vein as GarageGames' Marble Blast, Neverball has players guiding a ball through various obstacle courses in an attempt to reach the goal before time runs out.

Also included in the package is Neverputt, a miniature golf game that applies both the graphics and physics of Neverball into its gameplay.

Besides being a free app, developer Robert Kooima encourages players to create their own levels:

Contributed levels are more than welcome. Players interested in trying their hand at level creation are encouraged to install GtkRadiant and read through the MAPPING file in the Neverball package. Feel free to contact me for assistance and advice. All contributed levels of sufficent quality and finish will be included in the package hosted here, and all authors will be credited in-game.
More information and download links can be found at the Neverball site.


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Blizzard Closes Accounts
7:51 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Continuing their crackdown on online cheaters, Blizzard has closed a large number of StarCraft and Warcraft III accounts for their use of hacks or other related cheats. The numbers given include 291,000 StarCraft accounts and 16,000 Warcraft III accounts, of which 1,500 have been permanently banned from ladder play.

In addition, Blizzard has posted its Harassment Policy regarding its currently in development MMORPG World of Warcraft. Much of the policy gravitates around various verbal offenses, and Blizzard's hardline stance concerning offenders also seems to apply here:

Words are indeed tools, powerful tools. Throughout your travels in Azeroth, you will be using these tools to achieve your goals, whether those are finding the perfect group to help you with a quest or getting a great price on that dagger you've had your eye on. As anyone who has hit their thumb with a hammer well knows, tools can cause great pain when used incorrectly. Words are no different.
The categories covered include racial/ethnic slurs, obscenities, and discussion of illegal drugs/activities. The penalties range from a warning to permanent suspension.

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Warcraft III Patch Plans
7:51 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blizzard has recently announced an upcoming patch for its popular RTS Warcraft III and its expansion, The Frozen Throne. Labeled as version 1.15, the patch adds a large number of fixes and balance changes to the overall game.

Also included in the patch will be the Goblin Tinker, a new neutral Hero players can hire. Some of the other listed features are as follows:

- The matchmaking system has been significantly updated. New accounts should more quickly begin playing against opponents of equivalent skill level.
- Clan ladders are now functional. Games against ranked players will now contribute to your clan's ranking on the ladder.
- Clan information is now displayed in your player profile, including your clan name, tag, ladder ranking, and more.
- Display of channel moderators has changed.
- Ladder information is now more clearly separated in your user profile.
- Free For All (FFA) games are now anonymous. Account names will no longer be displayed to other participants. Other players will be displayed as "Player X", where X is the number of the player in the game.
- Added an on/off button for the "Alt" formation toggle functionality to the Options --> Gameplay menu. The option is "On" by default.
A complete listing of the upcoming changes, including world editor improvements, map additions, and race tweaks, can be found at Mojo StormStout's Warcraft III Strategy Guide.

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Apple Refreshes eMacs with 1.25 GHz G4, ATI Radeon 920010:53 AM
IMG Reviews Microsoft Trackball Explorer9:51 AM
IMG Store: Command & Conquer: Generals Now Available9:34 AM
IMG Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Mac Game Company9:28 AM Relaunched9:22 AM
KnightShift Mac Progress Update8:18 AM
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Hits Beta8:18 AM
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