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Friday, June 25, 2004

Myth III 1.3 Released
8:28 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

FlyingFlip Studios has announced the release of Myth III 1.3, following closely on the release of their editor for the game. The update addresses over 70 issues with the original release, and also updates the 3rd-party Myth Classic Map Pack and the Creation Map Pack to version 2.5.

Some of the changes include the following:

1. . Improved visual effects graphics
2. . Unit balance adjustments
3. . A reliable plugin system for third party unit sets and creations
4. . Added support for wide-screen monitors.
5. . Added the ability to sketch strategy diagrams on in-game overhead map.
6. . Added the ability to scale the size of the overhead map.
7. . Water ripple disturbances now drawn at proper elevations.
8. . Added the ability to view game films.
9. . Added ability to see players present in a film during film playback selection.
10. . Metaserver lobby input lag dramatically improved.
11. . Re-Introduction of the classic Creep On The Borderlands map.
FlyingFlip also mentions an upcoming project, titled Legions of Destiny, that is a standalone game based off of the Myth III engine. -FlyingFlip Studios Releases Myth III v1.3
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IMG Posts Close Combat: First To Fight First Look
4:00 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a first look sneak preview of MacSoft's Close Combat: First to Fight, a modern-day, team-based 3D shooter. IMG's Chris Ritchie recently paid a visit to MacSoft and reports his findings.

Here's a clip from the preview:

First to Fight seeks to change all this with the most authentic team-based simulation to date. The tactics used by your fireteam in First to Fight are as close to joining the military as you can get without the whole shaving your head and boot camp thing. Every tactic employed in First to Fight comes direct from active duty Marines recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. While the game is set in a mid-eastern locale, the MacSoft team is quick to deny any affiliation with present day campaigns. First to Fight is not political, and instead focuses their actions on the realistic presentation of a modern battlefield.
In addition to the preview, IMG has also posted some of the first ever seen screenshots of the game. To check it out, please follow the link below.

IMG First Look: Close Combat: First to Fight
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Squabble Challenge, Win an Airport Express
3:26 PM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Freeverse today announced a Squabble tournament to be held this upcoming wednesday on their free multi-player Gamesmith service. The winner of their tournament will recieve Apple's latest piece of innovative hardware, an Airport Express base station. Here's the full press release:

New York - June 24, 2004 - Freeverse Software today announced the first online "Squabble Challenge" -- games and a grand prize of a new Airport Express to be given away.

To celebrate the recent release of the new and innovative game of frantic word-making known as Squabble, Freeverse will be hosting the first round of a Squabble tournament on the free online GameSmith service.

What: Squabble Challenge!
When: Wednesday, June 30th, at 8:30 p.m. est.
Where: GameSmith (online service built into Squabble)
Rules: Official Rules

A number of matches will be held, and the top players from each match will move onto the second round of the tournament and get the chance to win lots of games and a fabulous new Airport Express!

Entry to the Squabble Challenge is free, just download Squabble for Mac OS and show up on GameSmith at the appointed time. The GameSmith captains will point you where to go. Playing Squabble is a very competitive experience, and practice is strongly encouraged.

For more information, or to download Squabble and start practicing, follow the links provided below.

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IMG Ships Second MacGames DVD
10:28 AM | Tuncer Deniz

The second issue of the popular MacGames DVD has begun shipping, a few day earlier than expected.

MacGames DVD Volume 2 includes a dozen new demos including XIII, Call of Duty, Space Colony, America's Army 2.1, plus over 150 new shareware games, dozens of game updates, cool new QuickTime movies and trailers, plus hundreds of maps, mods, and add-ons for Unreal Tournament 2004, Battlefield 1942 (including a Mac compatible version of Desert Combat), and more. It has nearly 4.7 Gigabytes of Mac gaming goodness.

Subscriptions to the MacGames DVD start at just $49 for one year and include a free game. Subscribe for two years and get two free games. Here's a list of the games IMG is currently offering with a MacGames DVD subscription:

Max Payne
Myth III
Master of Orion III
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Nascar Racing 2003
Freedom Force
Baldur's Gate II
Current MacGames CD subscribers can easily upgrade to the MacGames DVD subscription. These subscribers can sign up for an upgrade to the DVD version and will be given credit for remaining issues under their MacGames CD subscription.

If you subscribe today, you will get the MacGames DVD Volume 2. For more information on the MacGames DVD subscription, please visit the link below.

IMG Store: MacGames DVD Subscription Information

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Close Combat: First to Fight First Look At 6 PM Central!
10:23 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games will be posting a first-look preview of Destineer's Close Combat: First to Fight today at 6 PM Central, when the media embargo will be lifted. IMG's Chris Ritchie recently went to visit our friends at MacSoft and came away extremely impressed with what he saw of the upcoming team-based 3D shooter. He's written up a preview and we'll be posting some of the first-ever screenshots of the game at 6 PM Eastern.

Be sure to check back in at that time to check out the preview and screenshots.

IMG News: New Close Combat Games Announced (April 2)
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Mac Everquest 1 Year Anniversary Celebration
8:56 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The folks at EQMac have announced a One Year Anniversary Bash for EverQuest players. Taking place on June 26th at 1:30pm PST, the bash will consist of two battle royals as well as a GM-lead event with unknown details.

The 1st battle royal will operate by introducing groups of players into combat at a time in staggered time intervals, starting with lv60+ characters and working its way down. The 2nd battle, more interestingly, requires the use of lv1 characters that must be Dwarves, Halflings, or Gnomes.

The prizes offered to the winner of each are as follows:

1 SOE/VIP T-Shirt
1 LDoN EQ Keychain
1 Everquest - Sword & Sorcery - Realms of Norrath: Freeport Role Playing Game
1 GM awarded item ( GM's choice )
Custom Title here at EQMac - Battle Champion
Possible in game title ( GM's Discretion )
More information on this event can be found in EQMac's forums.

June Event / Contest & Al'Kabor 1 year bash!
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A Brief Mac Gaming History
8:28 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story has recently added a new page to its Classic Essential 50. Sitting in at #22 is the Mac, which is accredited as being influential for gaming in terms of both interface, with its mouse-drive properties, and its early game titles, which have served as the basis for further successes down the road.

Older Mac gamers may remember some of the titles mentioned in the feature, including Uninvited, Shadowgate, and Dark Castle, which gets special mention for its mouse-driven interface:

If you play Dark Castle now, it's not that obvious, but you still might pick up on something interesting. This is one of the first successful action games to use a mouse for shooting things. Throwing those rocks is a matter of moving the mouse around to aim and clicking the button to fire. It's pretty crude by modern standards, of course -- you can only aim in so many directions, making beaning the bad guys with his store of rocks a matter of careful trial and error -- but it works, adding a whole new dimension of control to a side-scrolling platformer.
Also covered are other gaming landmarks established by the Mac, various early titles, and the current whereabouts of some of its earliest game programmers.

Classic 1up - The Macintosh

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Custer Offers Up A History Lesson
8:28 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

IMG's Brad Custer has worked up yet another Mac gaming desktop this week. Titled "Historic," this desktop celebrates the upcoming release from MacSoft: Rise of Nations, the real-time strategy game.

Here's a clip from his latest post:

With the recent news of Rise of Nations being ported to the Mac by MacSoft, it was a sure sign my mailbox would be full with requests for desktops from this title. Of course, you didn't disappoint because there has been a steady flow of emails stating just this. So, I took the hint and in between answering each one of them I was able to feature Rise of Nations in this week's offering. I wanted to create the feeling of the endless possibilities that 6,000 years of history really holds for us in this desktop.
As always, those interested in downloading Custer's creations can find them at Custer's Desktops.

Custer's Desktops: Historic
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New World of Warcraft Trailer, Q&A
8:28 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Yahoo Games has snagged a Blizzard representative to chat about World of Warcraft, the highly anticipated massively multiplayer RPG currently in beta for Mac and PC. Additionally, they got a new trailer of the game which shows off many of the game's player-controlled mounts, as well as traveling systems.

In the interview, team lead Mark Kern discusses how the beta is proceeding currently. Topics include upcoming beta content, his hopes for PvP play, and their plans for avoiding common mistakes of other games in this genre. Here's a clip:

GD: How do you propose to address the "mudflation" problem? [This is a common scenario in massively multiplayer games when oversupply of powerful items devalue too quickly. -Ed]

MK: We are currently in the middle of our big "economy-pass" on the gameplay. We've done several things already, such as making quest items and certain rare items bind to you when you acquire them. A bound item cannot be traded to other players, which helps keep the quest rewards meaningful while reducing inflation. Also, various money sinks are starting to become available in the beta. Mounts are very expensive, for example, and the mail system has some nominal postage attached to sending a letter or item to another player. Given how popular the mail system is becoming, those postage stamps will add up! As the beta progresses, we'll continue to refine the economy.

To read through the rest of the interview, or download the 51MB trailer, head over to the Yahoo Games site now.

World of Warcraft Interview with Mark Kern
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Aspyr June Newsletter 'Development News'
8:28 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Among all the normal recapping of the numerous announcements by the company over the past four weeks, the most recent Aspyr Media June newsletter also contains a bit of interesting information in a section called "Development News." In this section, they talk first about Battlefield 1942 quickly moving along towards release, but then discuss what seem like some intriguing end-user tools in the works as well. Here's the relevant except from the newsletter:

Our development group is also working on some R&D projects, including working with Apple's latest Xcode development tools. We've also started designing some end user utilities that will hopefully make Mac gamers' lives easier and make it even simpler to play Aspyr's great game lineup on the Mac.
It's great to see Aspyr putting their new in-house team of developers to work on not just porting great games, but also making the overall Mac gaming experience that much better. Stay tuned to IMG for any new word on what these tools might be, and if you're not a subscriber be sure to check out the rest of the Aspyr June Newsletter for a more on what the company's been up to recently.

Aspyr Newsletter
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Mac Games News for Thursday, June 24, 2004

Mac Compatible Donkey Kong vs. Mario Online Game Released7:30 AM
Feral Updates XIII Demo7:21 AM
Apple Features Splinter Cell7:16 AM
IMG Poll: What's your favorite part of IMG?7:16 AM
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