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GotGame Ships Alida to North America
7:47 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Got Game Entertainment is now shipping the Mac-first title Alida to North American gamers. A graphic adventure title taking place on a guitar-shaped island, players are tasked with the finding of a missing band member on the theme park island that is thought to be deserted.

Several years later the bandís manager suggests the band get together on the island. Soon thereafter band member Arin leaves for Alida and is not heard from again. Now, his wife, Julia, sends you to Alida to find Arin and bring him home.
Got Game is currently offering Alida for Mac OS X for $39.99. Ordering information, a trailer, and screenshots can be found at the official site.

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Activision, id Set Summer Launch For Doom 3
10:24 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Activision and id Software today announced that Doom 3 will be released this summer, though no specific date was announced. The press release goes on to say that the was will be released "for personal computers this summer".

Here's more from the official press release:

The two companies made the announcement during the E3 show in Los Angeles.

Fans have awaited the release of the game for years, given the long and successful history of titles like "Doom" and "Quake" from id, whose top games designer John Carmack is considered a legend in his field. Carmack also designed "Doom 3."

Last week, Activision said that for financial planning purposes it was assuming the game would be released in the quarter ending in September, though it cautioned that final control of the release was out of its hands.

In the past, when asked when the game would be out, id officials have said only "when it's done."

In a statement, the two companies said that "Doom 3" would be released "this summer," but gave no specific date.

It's interesting to note that the press release mentions "personal computers" and not just PC in the press release. Does this mean Doom 3 will be released simultaneously for the PC and Mac? Will Activision be publishing the Mac version or will they be handing off the Mac publishing to someone else? The answer, it seems, remains as elusive as the official release date.

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Vendetta Showing at E3 & Midwest Gaming Classic
9:56 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Vendetta, the MMO spacefaring title currently being used by Guild Software to test their game engine, will be demonstrated at both the upcoming E3 as well as at the Midwest Gaming Classic. The E3 showing will take place at Nvidia's booth, with showtimes being held from 5/12 to 5/14.

The Midwest showing will take place on the 22nd of May, and will include a Q&A opportunity:

Guild Software will be exhibiting Vendetta Online at the Midwest Gaming Classic on Saturday, May 22nd. Managing Director John "Incarnate" Bergman will be available to answer questions. The MWGC is a local gaming convention in Brookfield, Wisconsin, within a few miles of the Guild Software offices.
More details can be found at the official Vendetta Online site.

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IMG Poll: What's your favorite game genre?
7:47 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Last week's IMG poll asked what was your favorite Blizzard game of all time? The results are in an Starcraft garnered 35 percent of the vote while Diablo II came in at 30 percent followed by Warcraft III at 21 percent.

This week's IMG poll asks what is your favorite game genre? To participate in the poll, please follow the link below.

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Doom 3 Q&A
7:47 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Gaming site IGN recently got a chance to sit down and chat with Todd Hollenshead, the CEO of ID Software, about their upcoming game, Doom III. The interview covers various aspect of the game, and focuses as well on the story and locations of the game.

Here's a brief excerpt:

IGN: What is the concept behind DOOM 3?

Todd Hollenshead: To go way back, after we finished up Quake 3, John Carmack was looking for what he was going to do with his next rendering engine. He has the ability -- not only through his own insight, but also through knowing what direction the hardware companies are going with respect to the visuals that the graphic cards, as they come out, are going to be able to present. John made the decision early on that, basically, it was time for a paradigm change. If you go from a technological standpoint from Quake to Quake II to Quake III, fundamentally the improvements in graphics technology were about more polygons and more colors.

John looked at what was coming on the horizon with hardware acceleration, with geometry acceleration and lighting calculations being able to be done on the graphic accelerators and realized that lighting and shadowing in real time was going to be an impressive visual impact. As he came to that realization, he also realized, hey, not only can we do something that's really cool visually, but this is something that, in terms from an atmosphere standpoint -- because lighting and shadowing can be so moody and atmospheric -- for a scary game, this is an ideal mate.

That is how the idea gathered momentum going forward. Then as we started putting gameplay to marry that with the technology aspect -- you know, we could of done a sequel, or what have you, but we decided, just as John had thought, "Well this is sort of the game I really envisioned in my mind's eye when I was thinking about what DOOM really would have been like." We said, instead of making a sequel to DOOM II or, you know, Really Final DOOM, how about we just retell the story.

For more information, or to check out the full interview, follow the links below.

Doom 3 Q&A
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Warcraft III 1.15 Patch Released
7:47 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

The latest patch for Blizzard's hit real-time strategy game, Warcraft III is now available. In addition to making the usual bug fixes and balance changes, it also adds a number of new features to both the game itself and the world editor.

Here are some of the new features:

# A new Neutral Hero, the Goblin Tinker, has been added to the game. For further information on this strange new Hero and a listing of his abilities, visit .
# 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 and player levels 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.
# Added a "Worker Selection" button that appears beneath the construction progress indicator for Night Elf and Orc buildings. This allows Orc and Night Elf players to re-select workers that are currently constructing a building and give them additional way-pointed orders.
# Added the ability for users to double-click replay files (*.w3g files) from system directories. Doing so will automatically launch the game and load the appropriate replay.
# Buff and debuff icons (not including auras) now flash when their duration has 10 or fewer seconds remaining.
# Buff icons will display in the tooltip when a group-selected unit is highlighted in the info panel.
For more information, or to download the patch, follow the links below. Alternatively, you can download the patch by connecting to from within Warcraft III.

Warcraft III 1.15 Patch Released
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Mac Games News for Monday, May 10, 2004

IMG Previews Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell10:20 AM
Aspyr Announces CSI: Crime Scene Investigation9:03 AM
Aspyr Ships Call of Duty8:51 AM
Vendetta Site Redesign8:44 AM
Norbyte Releases Bloxter8:38 AM
EV: Nova Updated to 1.0.88:37 AM
Blizzard Releases Warcraft III 'Gold Rush' Map8:36 AM
Make-a-Wish Foundation - 'Ben's Game' Released8:36 AM
SuperSpriteSurface - New 2D OpenGL Game Engine8:36 AM
Myth World Cup '048:35 AM
KnightShift Enters Beta8:02 AM
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