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Andromeda Online Open Beta Begins
7:11 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aepox Games has announced an open beta test for Andromeda Online, a strategic starship wargame for the Macintosh, Windows, and Linux. Players in the game design a command crew, pick a stock starship or design their own, and go into battle.

Here's a bit more info on the game:

And while one-on-one battles are a blast, that's only the beginning! Why play with just one ship when you can command of fleet?! Command an armada of up to 500 scouts, fighters, cruisers, battleships, even space stations! Break them off into fleets and sub-fleets as you scour the galaxy looking for your opponents ships.

Andromeda Online offers unparalleled scalability! Play just one ship against your opponents, or use of fleet! A unique damage based point system ensures that one can use an infinite number of strategies, and still win. Hide in asteroid fields, nebulae were even a deadly plasma storm! Play games with as many as 10 players at a time, make teams and alliances, even play with or against the computer! Design your own crew and ships, offering a micromanagement design for players who are interested, and trade your ship designs online! Or, focus purely on the battle, learn to draw your opponents into hazardous areas, send in micro cloaked fighters, so small and invisible they are nearly impossible to hit! How will you grow your empire? The choice is up to you...

The open beta test is scheduled to run through September 30th. For more information, head over to the official web site.

Andromeda Online

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Doom 3 Tournament at QuakeCon
8:18 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The organizers of QuakeCon, the annual Quake-related festival now in its ninth year, have announced this year they will be hosting the first ever official tournament for Doom 3. Earlier in the year id Software reported the game would be done by this summer, but there wasn't confirmation the game would be showing at QuakeCon for certain.

QuakeCon takes place August 12-15 in Mesquite, Texas and those attending can sign-up for the Doom 3 tournament on the first day of the show. Here's a description from their site:

DOOM 3 Inaugural Deathmatch Championship:
Yes, you read that correctly. DOOM 3 Deathmatch is coming to QuakeCon 2004, and there has never been a more level playing field. With DOOM 3 launching this summer, there won’t be anyone who has had time to practice or master the game, and almost any QuakeCon attendee has a chance to walk away with one of the exclusive DOOM 3 prizes. We’re not telling you what they are just yet, but let’s just say that they’re fast. Registration for this 128-player tournament will begin August 12, 2004 – the first day of QuakeCon.
For more information about QuakeCon, head over to the official site. Also stay tuned for any new information about the release of Doom 3 for Mac OS X.

QuakeCon 2004 Tournaments Announced
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Sega To Release Mac Compatible Saturn Game Pad (In Japan)
8:07 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Sega is planning on releasing its classic Saturn console game pad for the PC and Macintosh in Japan at the end of this month. The USB device was originally creatied as an exclusive bonus to the Macintosh edition of Puyo Pop Fever, which was released on June 24th. But due to heavy demand, Sega has decided to sell the controller separately for the PC and Mac. Unlike the game pad included with Puyo Pop Fever, which was colored like the original Saturn device, the new game pad will match the white found on Macintosh products such as the iBook.

The Sega Saturn USB game pad will be available in Japanese stores on July 23rd. Sega Direct is currently taking pre-orders for the game pad. There's no word yet on a U.S. release.

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Flower Power Shooter Technology Demo Released
7:50 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Virtools, a french-based company that develops software authoring tools has released Flower Power Shooter. The technology demo shows off the persistent multiplayer aspects of the company's development tools including Virtools Dev 3.0 and the Virtools Server.

Here's what Virtools had to say about the demo:

The fun and fast-playing game demo came to life after only 3 months of production by a core team consisting of a game designer and architect/developer, joined by a Virtools scripter and 2 graphic designers. Rounding out the production team, a musician created original melodies and effects for the spunky sound design.
The technology demo weighs in at 15 MB and is available for download by following the link below.

Flower Power Shooter

Barkanoid 2 Demo Released
7:27 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

e.p.i.c. Interactive has released a demo of Barkanoid 2, a classic breakout-like arcade game. The demo, which weighs in at 22 MB, is available for download from

Here's a bit more info on the game:

Your task is to destroy all tiles on the playing field with your bat and ball. Several monsters will be in your way and make your job that bit harder to complete. Some tiles contain extras that you can pick up. But beware: Some of the extras will make your job even more challenging. Some of these are even dangerous, so make sure you only choose the right ones. And now: Pick up your racket and get the ball rolling!
The demo has modest system requirements including Mac OS X 10.1, a G3/4 300 Mhz and 64 MB RAM. To download the demo, please follow the link below.

MGF: Barkanoid 2 Demo 1.0

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European WoW Beta Sign-ups Live
7:14 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Blizzard Enterntainment has now started the sign-ups for the European beta test of their eagerly-awaited MMORPG, World of Warcraft (WoW). The sign-ups will continue for three weeks, and some time after that, the luckily selected will get their welcome e-mails from the WoW beta crew.

The system requirements needed to participate in the beta are:

  • 1.0 GHz or higher, G4 or G5 processor.
  • 512 Megabytes RAM or higher. DDR RAM recommended.
  • ATI or NVIDIA video hardware with 64 MB VRAM or more.
  • 3 Gigabytes or more of available hard drive space.
  • MacOS X 10.3.4 ("Panther") or better
  • To reach the sign-up pages, please follow the link provided below. The pages are available in english, french and german, and proficiency in any of these languages are needed to participate.

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    Warcraft III Patched, New Bonus Map
    7:12 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

    Blizzard Entertainment has released a new patch for their highly popular realtime-strategy game Warcraft III and its expansion The Frozen Throne. The patch includes several tweaks to spells and units to further balance the gameplay. In addition to this, Blizzard also released a new bonus map for The Frozen Throne called Rolling Hills. The oddly shaped map is ideal for small team battles and its setting is clear:

    Thump... Thump... War approaches. Booming drums call the troops to death and glory. The lines are drawn, and alliances are set. Nothing will hold back the bloodshed. War is here. Thump... Thump!
    To download the new map, head over to the bonus map download page linked below. To get the new patch, just log on to Blizzard's online gaming service from within the game and downloading and installation will be done automatically. If you want to see what's changed in the new version, just click on the link below.

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    Flying Flip Releases Myth III 1.3.1 Update
    7:11 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

    Flying Flip Studios has released a patch to the recently released 1.3 version of the classic real-time strategy game Myth III - The Wolf Age. The 1.31 patch addresses an evil crash that would happen if too much happened on the screen at once. The patching procedure is simple, since it's just a matter installing a new application:

    All Myth III players should update to the latest versions if they are experiencing problems. Because this is an APPLICATION ONLY fix, those who have already download v1.3 of Myth III need only download a small application patch to get the latest update. The full installers have also been updated to 1.3.1 for your convenience.
    If you haven't updated to 1.3 yet, you can find both the full patch and the 1.3 to 1.31 patch from Flying Flip's website.

    If you don't have a copy of the game to update, you can purchase one from the IMG Store for only $19.95. Just follow the link provided below to secure a copy of this game.

    Flying Flip Studios - Myth III v1.3.1 Update Released

    Mac Games News for Friday, July 2, 2004

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    IMG Previews Rise of Nations6:00 AM
    Medal of Honor: Breakthrough Demo Released6:00 AM
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