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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

QuickTime Update Corrects NOLF2 Sound Issue
8:08 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Apple has released a small update to their QuickTime software, bringing it to version 6.5.1. The changes are mostly related to general audio handling, but an astute IMG Forum reader noticed the update also appears to have fixed the audio playback issue plaguing MacPlay's first person shooter No One Lives Forever 2.

The bug made it hard to play the game using OS X 10.3 Panther and on Jaguar with QuickTime 6.4 or later. While no official word is out from MacPlay, it has been tested on an IMG staff computer with successful results.

From the update's readme file:

QuickTime 6.5.1 delivers many important updates, including:
  • Apple Lossless Encoder, a new lossless audio codec that retains the full quality of uncompressed CD audio while requiring only about half the storage space.
  • Significant improvements to AAC encoding, resulting in high-quality sound over a full range of audio frequencies.
  • Enhanced support for iTunes and other QuickTime-based applications.
  • The update is currently available from Apple's QuickTime download. It should show up on Software Update shortly, but until then you can find the download below.

    No One Lives Forever 2
    Apple QuickTime: Downloads
    IMG Forum: Quicktime 6.5.1 and NOLF 2 Fix?
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    IMG Launches Watch List For IMG Pro Users
    2:10 PM | Tuncer Deniz

    Inside Mac Games is pleased to announced that the long-awaited Watch List is now available for IMG Pro. With it, Mac gamers can keep an eye on the products they're interested in with a fully customizable Watch List. A text-based bar on the right side of the IMG home page (which can be toggled on or off and even moved) will show you new items related to your watch list.

    Users can also choose to be notified by email when new articles related to your Watch List items are posted. For example, if an IMG Pro user adds "Battlefield 1942" to their Watch List, the system will email the user when an article about that product is posted on the web site. In addition to adding games, users can add companies, events, video, and even audio products to their Watch List.

    What is IMG Pro? It is a subscriber version of the Inside Mac Games website that allows you to turn off all advertisements, customize the homepage to show only the items you want, and set up a custom Watch List to notify you when new articles have been posted about items you're interested in. IMG Pro also features a choice of themes, and a new QuickSearch feature that lets you find what you're looking for, faster and easier. Best of all, an IMG Pro subscription gives you access to the same discounts as MacGames DVD subscribers, and includes a free, full version of a game (all you pay is the shipping; see free game list below) with your subscription as well.

    Want to try out IMG Pro? Try it for a week for free! Just sign up for a 1 or 2 year IMG Pro account and make sure to check the "Free Trial" checkbox. You will need a credit card to get a free trial account. Your card will be charged after one week, but you're free to cancel at any time before then at no charge.

    For more information on IMG Pro, please follow the link below.

    IMG Pro

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    Call of Duty Screenshot Of The Day (Day One)
    12:59 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    With the release of Call of Duty just around the corner (mid May), we decided to team up with our friends at Aspyr to bring you a new Call of Duty screenshot from the Mac version of the game each and every day until the game launches. Cheap publicty stunt? Maybe? Shameless plug? Of course! But Call of Duty is such an awesome and cool looking game, we thought you might enjoy them.

    To check out today's Call of Duty screenshot, click on the image in the top right corner. Be on the lookout for tomorrow's COD screenshot...uhhh...tomorrow.

    Aspyr Media
    Call of Duty
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    Two New Westlake Projects Revealed
    10:31 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

    After a long silence on their website, the legendary Mac game porting company Westlake Interactive has once again started to update their project status page. In the latest update two new projects have appeared, code-named Onions and Liver. The projects are both MacOS X only and are in prototype and alpha stages of development, respectively.

    Besides these two new project, the older project code-named Russel has reached a pre-beta stage, so hopefully more news on that should be revealed soon. Stay tuned to our news page for the latest information.

    Westlake Interactive
    Westlake Interactive: Current Projects

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    e.p.i.c. Ships Alida for OS X in Europe
    9:59 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

    e.p.i.c. interactive recently announced the Alida for Mac OS X is now shipping in Europe. Alida, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is a graphical adventure game similar to the likes of Myst, and was 5-years in the making. Here's a snippet from e.p.i.c.'s announcement:

    DejaVu Worlds and e.p.i.c. interactive are proud to announce the release of the european version of highly praised Mac adventure Alida for MacOSX users.

    Alida is a point and click interactive graphical adventure game. The story centres around four young men all members of the band Alida that attained phenomenal success with their first CD release. Loads of money coupled with wild imagination resulted in construction of "Alida" - the theme park on a small island near Australia. Alida is really an unusual place, shaped like a 330 metre long guitar. As Alida was nearing completion things got complicated, the Bands popularity was waning and money stopped coming in. Distrust set in. Each of the band members claimed different areas of Alida for themselves where they devised weird and elaborate systems to protect their wealth. They retracted from each other finally leaving Alida uninhabited. Fifteen years later one of the guys is missing on Alida...

    Five years in the making, the Alida world will captivate you with meticulous graphics, unique locations, intriguing puzzles, bizarre transportation machines, ornate objects, electronic imagery, tactile contraptions, massive constructions, animated natural elements and original music score.

    For more information, follow the links provided below.

    e.p.i.c. Ships Alida for OS X in Europe
    Dejavu Worlds

    Apple Extends WWDC 2004 Early Registration Deadline
    9:02 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Apple has extended the WWDC 2004 Early Registration deadline to May 14, 2004. You now have two additional weeks to save $300 on WWDC 2004 E-tickets. Or to invite your team and save 20% on a WWDC E-ticket 5-Pack. Plus, there’s still time to get good airfare, book a great hotel room at a great price, and reserve a seat for yourself at one of the free pre-conference workshops.

    WWDC will be held from June 28th to July 2nd. Follow the link below for more information.

    WWDC 2004

    PlayMaker Football Updated
    8:47 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    IMG reader Mark Conrad emailed us to let us know of a significant update to one of the longest running and beloved sports titles ever created, PlayMaker Football. Originally released in 1989, the developers recently released a version of the game playable in OS X. The last time the game was updated was back in 2000, nearly five years ago.

    Here's more from the PlayMaker web site:

    We are happy to announce the first upgrade of PlayMaker Football for the MacOS in 5 years! The new version offers a much more convenient environment to design and simulate your plays, and all at blazing speed. Now users of MacOS 7 through MacOS X can take advantage of features like large views and background processing.
    PMFB is available as "keyware". You simply download the PlayMaker Football Installer and install it on your computer. The program will run and allow you to check out all the features, but you won't be able to save your work. If you like what you see, simply purchase an authorization code for PMFB from the PlayMaker Store and pay $25 to get the authorization code to unlock the full version of the game.

    To download the game, head over to our sister site,

    [Update]: It seems the game now runs properly in OS X's "Classic" mode, but it's not a native OS X application.

    MGF: PlayMaker Football 2.4

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    CodeBlender Software Updates Rally Shift to v1.1.2
    8:12 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    CodeBlender Software has released a v1.1.2 update for rally car simulation, Rally Shift. The update adds two new cars and some other changes and improvements. The update will update version 1.1.1 to version 1.1.2

    In Rally Shift you get to drive high performance rally cars on a variety of rally courses. Compete against hard to beat computer drivers on both dirt roads and paved roads through forests, windy mountain passes and desert. Two players can also compete against each other on the same computer.

    To download the latest release, head over to

    Rally Shift
    MGF: Rally Shift 1.1.2

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    New Warcraft III Map Released
    8:08 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

    Blizzard recently released yet another free bonus map for their hit 3D strategy game, Warcraft III. This latest release is a medium-sized map, suitable for up to 8 players.

    Here's a description of the download:

    After a bloody deadlock that lasted three long years, the Centaur became the undisputed rulers of these wild plains. Claim as many gold mines as possible or you will fall to the hate of your enemy.
    For more information and to download the map, follow the links provided below.

    WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne
    Free Warcraft III Map
    Blizzard Entertainment
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    Mac Games News for Tuesday, April 27, 2004

    IMG and Aspyr Team Up For C&C: Generals Giveaway2:17 PM
    IMG Previews Call of Duty12:12 PM
    Bungie Founder Starts New Company10:33 AM
    Unreal Tournament 2004 Interim Patch Released9:34 AM
    James Bond 007: Nightfire at Final Candidate8:02 AM
    Shadowbane Treasure Hunt Tomorrow8:02 AM
    Updated World of Warcraft Game Info8:02 AM
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