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Console Game Developers Move to Mac
8:01 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

UK game developers Aaron and Adam Fothergill today announced the formation of Strange Flavour Ltd, a new company that will be dedicated to writing new, Macintosh only games and games related software. The brothers previously worked at Argonaut Games working on console games including Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone and Alien Resurection.

Here's more from the official press release:

Formerly of Argonaut Games, Aaron and Adam have worked on several major
titles, including Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone and Alien
Resurection for the Playstation, I-Ninja for PS2, Game Cube, X-Box and
PC and the soon to be released Catwoman for PS2, Game Cube, X-Box and
PC. Running Strange Flavour in their spare time, the duo have managed
to create Bushfire and the award winning Mac titles Airburst and

“We really enjoyed our years at Argonaut and learned a lot by working
in such a profesional and technologically advanced outfit, but we both
thought that it was the ideal time for us to concentrate on our Mac
games development.” said Aaron Fothergill, “By going full time, we hope
to be able to create even more original games for the platform we

Strange Flavour have partnered with Freeverse Software of New York to publish their games internationally. Strange Flavour are currently working on Airburst Extreme, the follow up to their hit game Airburst. Be on the lookout for IMG's hands-on preview of Airburst Extreme tomorrow on IMG.

Strange Flavour

IMG Interviews Strange Flavour
11:53 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Strange Flavour, the folks behind games like Airburst and ToySight today announced that they would be quiting their full time jobs working on console games and concentrating solely on developing Macintosh only games. IMG recently chatted with Aaron and Adam Fothergill to get thoughts on their new company, games, and more.

To check out the entire interview, please follow the link below.

IMG Interview: Strange Flavour
Strange Flavour

IMG Poll: How Imporant Are Demos For Purchasing Decisions?
10:14 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The newest IMG Poll asks the importance of demos when making a purchasing decision? Many gamers say they refuse to buy any game unless there is a demo while others think a demo isn't always necessary. To cast your vote, please follow the link below.

IMG Poll

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Jedi Academy SDK Released
9:57 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr programmer Brad Oliver has released an unofficial Star Wars: Jedi Academy SDK which allows players to create custom multiplayer content for popular Star Wars shooter. Here's what Brad had to say on his blog about the release:

It builds .bundle DLLs and requires XCode. Some rudimentary instructions are in the archive. The one gotcha is that Jedi Academy MP looks for the .bundle file last of all, so you have to make sure any existing DLLs (e.g. ui.dll) are renamed or removed. The release DLLs can be found in the "base" folder and/or the Resources directory of the Jedi Academy MP application package itself, depending on which Mac version you are using.
If you're into creating mods, be sure to check out Oliver's blog for download information.

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Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
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Big Bang Chess Updated
8:01 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Freeverse has updated Big Bang Chess, its free 3D chess game. The latest version, tagged at v1.1, includes the following fixes and updates:

  • Fixed some issues with AppleScript integration
  • Added unicode support in PBEM comments
  • Computer can no longer castle while in check
  • Added support for en passant
  • Fixed a problem which occurred when the user doesn't have zip on their computer
  • Raised the computer speech bubble so they don't cover the tops of the back row of pieces
  • Fixed computer voices so they don't overlay when repeatedly clicking on the gods
  • Increased the number of "draw" situations which are handled correctly
  • Fixed bug for network games between two players with the same name would not connect
  • Added visual indication for past captured pieces
  • Fixed small bug when promoting a pawn, the buttons showed the wrong chess set pieces
Those interested in the latest update can find it at Freeverse's site.

Freeverse News - Big Bang Chess Updated to 1.1
Big Bang Chess

Mac Games News for Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Aspyr Updates: Battlefield 1942 and Shrek 2 at FC11:59 AM
New Battlefield 1942 Mac Screenshots10:41 AM
IMG Reviews Feral's Worms 3D10:22 AM
Space Colony Goes Gold8:59 AM
Adventure 'Inherit the Earth' for OS X8:16 AM
America's Army 2.1 Released8:16 AM
Evil Genius Games Releases Celtic Mahjongg8:16 AM
StarCraft Updated to 1.11b8:16 AM
Updated World of Warcraft Mac Beta Specs8:16 AM
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