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Homeworld 2 Hits Beta
8:23 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr today announced that the Macintosh version of Homeworld 2 has hit beta status and is projected to ship in August. The game continues the epic struggle of the Hiigarans and their leader Karan S'jet. Many thought their hardships would end when they returned to Hiigara, yet fate has not been so kind to the Exiles. Now the Hiigarans face a new and bitter enemy, a renegade clan from the eastern fringes of the galaxy, who wield the power of the ancients. Homeworld 2 chronicles the valiant journey of the Mothership and its crew into the oldest regions of the galaxy to confront their new foe and discover the truth behind their exile.

Homeworld 2 requires:

• Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later
• PowerPC G4/G5, 800 MHz or faster
• 256 MB RAM (512 recommended)
• 1.0 GB of free disk space
• 3D Graphics Acceleration required (ATI Radeon 7500/nVidia GeForce 2 or better)
• 32MB of video ram (VRAM) required

Multiplayer Requirements:
• Internet and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported
• Internet play requires a 56Kbps or faster connection
• Mac to Mac network play only

Be on the lookout for IMG's hands-on preview of Homeworld 2 soon.

The IMG Store is currently taking pre-orders for the game. Please follow the link below to place your pre-order.

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Homeworld 2
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IMG Reviews Emperor's Mahjong
11:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of MacPlay's The Emperor's Mahjong, based on the popular ancient Chinese board game Mahjong. The review covers everything from graphics to gameplay, and is a definite must-read for those interested in purchasing the game for themselves. Here's a brief excerpt from the article:

The game is traditionally played with 144 tiles and four players. Emperor’s Mahjong uses all the traditional tiles but in a single player experience. The seven tile categories are Character, Ball, Bamboo, Dragon, Wind, Season and Flower. The first three categories are numbered from 1-9 with 4 of each number while there are 4 Compass tiles and 3 Dragon tiles and again 4 of each. The last two groups, Season and Flower, have 4 distinct tiles each. Graphically the tiles are represented well with three different choices of how they appear during the game. The tiles are arranged in a pattern stacked atop each other four high and offset from one another. Your object is to select matching tiles, which are free either on the left or the right, eventually removing all the tiles on the board. This sounds a lot easier than it is.
For more information, be sure to read the full review.

IMG Review: The Emperor's Mahjong
The Emperor's Mahjong

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More New Battlefield 1942 Screenshots
9:08 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr this morning sent us along a few new screenshots from the upcoming Mac version of Battlefield 1942, easily one of the most anticipated games in recent memory. The game, which recently went gold, is scheduled to ship on Monday, June 28th.

The IMG Store is currently taking pre-orders for the game. To place your pre-order, please follow the link below. In the meantime, enjoy the new screenshots!

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More Warcraft III Ladder Update Details
8:23 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blizzard has posted more details regarding upcoming changes for their next Warcraft III ladder season. Changes for the new ladder are as follows:

  • Improvements in's ability to determine a player's true skill rating and ELL (expected ladder level).
  • Separate player skill ratings for Solo, Team, and FFA play. A great solo player is not necessarily the best team player.
  • The number of games required for a player to reach the ladder level that corresponds to their ELL (expected ladder level) will differ based upon (1) game type and (2) the associated difficulty of finding games of that type on For instance, a random team player will have to play approximately 300 games, whereas a solo player will have to play approximately 200 games. An arranged 4v4 team player, on the other hand, will only have to play around 40. After playing a sufficient number of games, the player of average skill should be level 25 in that game type's corresponding ladder.
  • The player skill requirement for reaching the very highest ladder levels will be increased. Fewer people will be able to reach level 50, but obtaining that level will also be more prestigious.
  • The experience gained or lost by a player when a game finishes will be more directly influenced by the player's skill. Highly skilled players will now be able to reach higher ladder levels more quickly. Players who intentionally lose games in an effort to lower their ELL and find easier opponents will also find it much more difficult to climb the ladder.
  • The experience gained or lost from one game will also be limited by new minimum and maximum experience values. These values differ based on the game type played.
Blizzard will be reopening the Westfall beta server to allow those with access to try out the new system. In addition, prior to the new ladder season, which starts on July 1st, Blizzard will perform a reset of ladders, though race wins and corresponding earned icons will be retained.

Blizzard also lists a number of balance changes being brought with the update. A full list of these can be found in the WC3 section of

Mojo StormStout's Warcraft III Strategy Guide
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New Excalibur: Morgana's Revenge Beta Released
8:23 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The Marathon Map Makers Guild has recently released a new beta of Excalibur: Morgana's Revenge for OS X. A total conversion for Marathon Infinity, EMR throws players through space and time as they battle Morgana's minions.

A new beta has just been released which is a major overhaul of the previous beta. Changes include fixes and adjustments to the Map file, brand new Hi-res textures for all time periods, new HUD graphics, and more. We do anticipate some further enhancements to the game, but this beta is very stable, and the game can currently be played all the way through from beginning to end.
The MMMG is currently looking for OS X beta testers to help with the project. As EMR is based off the open-source Aleph One engine, interested players do not need a copy of Marathon Infinity to run the game.

Marathon Map Makers Guild

Mac Games News for Tuesday, June 22, 2004

IMG Store: Space Colony Now Available1:44 PM
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Enters Beta1:24 PM
Bannister Updates All Emulators7:56 AM
Blizzard Sends WoW Phase 3 Invites7:56 AM
Shadowbane Patch Today; v3.0 Testing Soon7:56 AM
UT2004 Mod Air Buccaneers Updated7:56 AM
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