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World of Warcraft Q&A, Trailer Posted
7:59 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Blizzard has released new information on World of Warcraft, their massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), in the form of a new Q&A and gameplay trailer. The movie is over five minutes long and shows the variety of races and classes within the game. Those with the bandwidth to grab the large trailer, which was originally developed to show at E3, are encouraged to do so at one of the many mirrors available.

The interview answers many fan questions about how the game is going to proceed once it progresses out of its current beta state. Topics include quests, servers, and future feature implementations like reputations:

How will the reputation system work?

Once the reputation system is implemented, players will see various in-game NPC groups that they will need to work at gaining a reputation with. This can be done by killing other groups and completing quests. Once a players reputation is high enough, certain quests will become available that they would otherwise not have had access to.

It's also revealed the next round of beta testing will bump the max character level from 39 to 45. For more details be sure to head over and give the Q&A a read.

In related news, Blizzard has also noted their downloader application is currently offline while they upgrade in preparation for the next beta round. Stay tuned to IMG for the latest as this highly anticipated title moves through testing and towards a release later in the year.

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Giga Designs Ships New Dual G4/1.2 GHz Upgrades
1:17 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Giga Designs's attempt to bring dual processing goodness to the masses has resulted in their latest dual processor upgrade, the G-celerator Duo running at 1.2 GHz. Retailing for $579 (an can be found for as low as $549), this model features two 1.0 GHz PowerPC 7455 processors tested to run reliably at 1.2 GHz, 256 KB L2 cache, and 2 Mb of L3 cache.. As with Giga Designs' other processor upgrades, the G-celerator Duo is compatible with many AGP-equipped G4 systems running Mac OS 9.2 and 10.1. or later.

For more information, visit Giga Designs' website.

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ATI Seeks to Hire Mac Driver Developer
12:35 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

ATI recently posted a job listing for a Mac driver developer on it's website. The following is a brief description of the job's responsibilities:

Looking for developer to join small group focused on delivering 3D drivers for Mac platform. 3-10 years experience. Knowledge of the OpenGL API required. Experience with shaders in OpenGL a strong plus. Experience with hardware or low level driver development a plus. Since this is a small team, the person would need to be flexible in the tasks they work on, and would also need to be able to work well with the team. The position also requires a fair amount of customer communication.
More information about the job's qualifications can be found at the link below. Applicants are encouraged to apply online.

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IMG Store: TRON 2.0 Now Shipping
10:18 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store today began shipping MacPlay's TRON 2.0. It is in stock and available for order for just $39.95, that's $10 off the regular price of $49.95.

TRON 2.0 is a story-driven, first-person action game, combing the best of the genre with a truly innovative look and breakthrough game play. Set in alternative universe inside a computer, TRON 2.0 takes PC gaming to a new level with intense action, virtual villains, fast and furious disc battles and high-speed light cycle races.

Inspired by the story and style of TRON, the 1982 cult film classic, TRON 2.0 is a contemporary sequel that takes place in the present day, approximately 20 years after the events of the film.

To place your order, please follow the link below.

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New EV: Nova Changes Coming
8:25 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Ambrosia updated its progress log earlier this week with additions coming with the next iteration of Escape Velocity Nova. Set at version 1.0.9, the upcoming update lists the following as being part of its changelog:

[-] Fixed Sirius II dsc bug
[-] Fixed Vell-os "Urgent Delivery" comp reward govt bug
[-] Fixed dscs 4494, 4495 (gender bugs)
[-] Grammar error in dsc 4668
[-] Corrected bug in shp 214 that made it run away once it'd launched all it's fighters
[-] Fixed "Jack Folstam" prs mission offering "bug" (won't offer if player in AI type 1 vehicle)
[-] Fixed my own prs name
[-] Fixed many jnk bugs (meant adding some trading centers)
[-] Dani house and Heraan house both had spbs called "Endurance". Clarified.
[-] Added a "Chrotite Gas" jnk for giggles and to suit certain dscs better
[-] Fixed the length of the comm string for the "Ytrack"
[-] Fixed infinite granting of outfits by Gli-tech test missions
[-] Fixed incorrect non-completion of "Destroy Bureau Cell" missions 910 and 911
[-] Fixed Vell-os area sense being disabled partway through Vell-os story, and never showing up as an outfit
The third title in the EV series, Nova is a space-oriented RPG that allows players a variety of ways to make their fortunes. A demo, as well as more information, can be found at Ambrosia's site.

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Red Marble Releases Flip Words
7:59 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Red Marble Games has released a new word-based game called Flip Words. Players are required to create words in order to solve larger phrases, which can all be limitlessly downloaded from the internet to keep the game fresh. Here's more from the Red Marble site:

* Fun, easy to learn and addictive gameplay!
* Save your game and resume it later
* Create words while solving familiar phrases
* Automatically download new phrases created by others!
* Global high scores lets you compare words and scores with others
* Create your own phrases to share with others!
To give Flip Words a try, check out the Red Marble Games site now.

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, June 9, 2004

IMG Posts Hands-On Preview of Battlefield 194210:48 AM
MoH: Breakthrough Giveaway8:35 AM
Blizzard Launches Fan Art Section8:28 AM
Barkanoid 2 Available for OS X8:15 AM
Apple Intros New Liquid-Cooled Power Mac G56:59 AM
ATI Ships RADEON 9800 Special Edition6:59 AM
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