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MoH: Breakthrough in Duplication
8:30 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Following up on the news of Medal of Honor Allied Assault: Breakthrough hitting Gold Master status, Aspyr has recently updated its Project Status page to indicate that Breakthrough is now in duplication. An expansion to the popular WWII FPS, Breakthrough continues to throw players into the war, this time using the backdrops of both North Africa and Italy.

As Baker, you’ll join the American push across the deserts of Northern Africa and through the central mountains of Italy toward Rome. You’ll find yourself in the path of Germany’s famed Afrika Korps Panzers, under fire on the beach at Sicily, and hammering your way into the natural fortress of Monte Cassino.
Aspyr currently plans to start shipping Breakthrough on May 24th, and targets May 28th for nationwide store availability.

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Sony Halts Development On Mac Everquest
11:18 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Sony Online Entertainment today confirmed what many in the Everquest community have known for months: development on Mac Everquest has been halted. In a post to the forum, an Everquest gamer posted an email from D. Scott Mattson, Executive Director of Customer Service, that states that there would be no further development on the Mac version of Everquest.

Here's the full post:

My apologies Brian but as a company Sony Online Entertainment will not be making any changes or coding fixes to the Al Kabor server. This decision was a business decision made some time ago by our Executive staff and still stands today. Even if we wanted to we could not do the changes as we have no programmers on staff that can accommodate the needs of the Mac. This is probably going to come as a blow to you and your friends but at this juncture this is the situation we are left with.
Although Sony will not be fixing any bugs or many any further changes to the Mac version, the Mac Everquest server is still online. For more, be sure to check out the full post at

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IMG Reviews Dark Horizons: Lore
10:56 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Dark Horizons: Lore, the online mech game developed by Max Gaming Technologies and published by GarageGames.

Here's a clip from the review:

Thanks to the choice of Max Gaming Technologies to build Lore using the portable Torque Engine, versions for the Mac and PC arrived concurrently. However, the current retail version is still considered a work-in-progress according to the Dark Horizons site, and very much feels like it. This is a cause of teeth-grinding for myself, as the very outline of a quality game is evident in Lore's structure. The game just screams potential in so many areas, and the tiny spark of mech fandom within me writhes about when thinking of the possibilities.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Dark Horizons: Lore
Dark Horizons: Lore

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IFTD to Distribute Virtual Grand Prix 2 in North America
8:49 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Race fans looking for where to buy Virtual Programming's new race game Virtual Grand Prix2 will be happy to hear that a North American distributor has been announced. Ideas from the Deep will be the distributor. Here's the full announcement:

Virtual Programming are extremely pleased to announce that 'Ideas From the Deep' will be distributing Virtual Grand Prix 2 in North America.

"We are honored to have been selected by Virtual Programming to distribute Virtual Grand Prix 2 in the North America" said Lane Roathe, President of Ideas From the Deep. "As an original Mac
development, this title stands out among the offerings for Mac OS X and we look forward to helping make the title a success."

"After great initial feedback on the game, we are thrilled to announce an agreement that will enable Mac users in the USA to buy locally. We are extremely happy to be working with IFTD and hope this will be a partnership we can develop in the future. " said Virtual Programming's Director, Paul Lesurf.

VGP2 is the an advanced open-wheeled racecar simulation, developed by Paolo Cattani and his staff at AlasSoft. To experience something more realistic, you have to race in real race-car competitions!
VGP2 is an original MacOS game and not a port from other platforms. Therefore it is specially optimised for both MacOS Classic and for OSX.
VGP2 includes 20 cars, 15 fully detailed tracks, a network game mode, the 'TrackDesigner2' track editor tool with all the 15 tracks in source format and a championship mode to try to become the new 2003 World Champion.

For more information, follow the links below.

IFTD to Distribute Virtual Grand Prix 2 in North America
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Virtual Grand Prix 2

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Marathon:Resurrection Beta Patch 1.3 Released
8:36 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Team Unpfhorgiven has released a new beta of Marathon: Resurrection, their total conversion for Unreal Tournament that brings the legendary first person shooter from Bungie to the 3D world of the UT engine.

Some of the changes in this build include:

  • Real-time carnage report
  • LOTS of code cleanups and bugfixes
  • Integrated AMS code into PlayerPawn/Bot classes to allow skin packs like the Mjolnir skin contest skins
  • Carcasses are messier
  • Restructured PlayerPawn/Bot class hierarchy and renamed a bunch of classes to folow a logical convention
  • Restructured Gametype hierarchy. MarathonGame subclasses TeamGamePlus, all Marathon gametypes subclass MarathonGame.
  • More blood
  • Created a new toggleable UI (select in Mod menu) which replaces the default UT setup. In addition to simply looking RAD, this will help keep MR stuff like maps and player models separate from stock UT stuff.
  • Tycho at Team Unpfhorgiven also notes that this hopefully will be the last demo build, and that the next release of this major project will include the full singleplayer campaign.

    When that will be out depends on how much help the team can get, but they aim for a summer release. Head over to the Marathon Resurrection site to find out how you can help out.

    Marathon: Resurrection
    Fileball: Marathon Resurrection Beta Patch 1.3

    IMG Launches Blogs For IMG Pro Users
    8:33 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Inside Mac Games is pleased to announced that Blogs are now available for IMG Pro users. With it, Mac gamers can have their own page on IMG where they can quickly post thoughts, interact with people, write game reviews, link to friends, show a list of games currently playing, and more. It's like having your own personal gaming web site!

    IMG Pro users can also input their machine specs into their blogs and in the near future will be able to participate in exclusive beta tests.

    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 and blogs, please follow the link below.

    IMG Pro Subscription Information
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    Digital Eel 'Boiler Plate Special' for OS X
    8:32 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

    If you're looking for a cheap set of simple games to pass the time with, Cheapass Games may have just what you're looking for. They recently ported their 3 latest games to the Mac OS, which includes 2 fast-paced arcade games, and one puzzle game. Here's the full announcement :

    Mac Users, Rejoice! Digital Eel's "Boiler Plate Special" is finally available for OSX. This CD contains the three latest Digital Eel games: Dr. Blob's Organism. Big Box of Blox, and Strange Adventures in Infinite Space, all transferred in glorious quality to the Mac and better than ever. The whole package is on one CD for just $25.
    For more information, follow the link below to Cheapass Games' website.

    Digital Eel 'Boiler Plate Special' for OS X

    Simodifier Adds Character Manipulation Features
    8:30 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    Lake Group Software has recently updated its utility Simodifier to version 2.4. The update brings with it an ability termed "Character Swap," wherein players can choose to swap characters between families.

    Simodifier is a tool that allows users to edit characters in the popular The Sims games. It contains a variety of features that allow for the editing of attributes and behaviors:

    Other features of the software include, "Grow Up", which allows the user to grow up their Sim children, "Behavior Lab" which allows the user to experiment with behavior setting for characters and the ability to edit the following human and pet characters attributes: personality traits, skill levels, interests, relationship values, career paths and levels, family Simoleans and more.
    More information on this utility can be found at Lake Group's site.

    Simodifier Info

    Mac Games News for Monday, May 17, 2004

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    Call of Duty 1.4 Patch Status7:54 AM
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