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Wednesday, July 7, 2004

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Victoria Delays Cleared, Shipping Soon
8:16 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A news post on the Virtual Programming site notes the company has cleared up the last of the hurdles around the release of their strategy game Victoria and should have it in stores soon. The game is based on the Europa Universalis engine from Paradox Entertainment, but takes place instead in the colonial times of the 19th century.

According to Virtual Programming, they ran into a few stumbling blocks surrounding the game's distribution in getting out the OS X version:

VP would like to announce that we have now resolved various problems associated with the delayed release of Victoria.

The reasons have been numerous, and it has been frustrating for both ourselves and of course those customers who have been patiently awaiting it's release.

Changes to our distribution structure has been a major contributor to the delay of this product, although we must confess we did not expect it to run to this length of time.

However, we can confirm that the production is complete and orders will be shipped out shortly.

For more on Victoria, have a look at their site.

Victoria - Statement on delays
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IMG Store: Black Hawk Down Ships
11:43 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has begun shipping Aspyr's Delta Force: Black Hawk Down. The game is available for order for $39.95. Here's a bit more info on the game:

In late 1993, the United States launched dual military operations in Mogadishu Somalia. Delta Force Operatives and Army Rangers were sent in to capture Somali warlords and restore order. Experience the intense combat of Operation Restore Hope in this ground breaking first person shooter. As a Delta Force operative participate in a number of daring and intense raids against the oppressive Somali warlords in and around Mogadishu.
To place your order and for more infomation on the game, please follow the link below.

Aspyr Media
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down
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IMG Reviews Logitech's Cordless Optical Mouse
11:31 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Logitech's Cordless Optical Mouse for Notebooks. Here's a clip from the review:

The Logitech Cordless Optical Mouse, which is linked via a wireless USB device to a computer, is targeted specifically for laptop users, even those who bought a computer prior to Apple's inclusion of Bluetooth wireless capability with all its newer laptops. This is certainly a viable market, as many people, including myself, dislike using a trackpad, yet don't have room in a laptop bag or at the work area for a full-sized mouse. This little beauty comes in a soft, trendy-looking zippered case with pockets for both the USB connector and the mouse itself, and it fits snugly in both the laptop bags I squeezed it into.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Logitech Cordless Optical Mouse for Notebooks
Mini Cordless Optical Mouse

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Aspyr Opens Battlefield 1942 Server
9:28 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Following the release of Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition, Aspyr has launched its own Battlefield server which can be accessed from within the game at "Aspyr BF1942." Aspyr is hosting all the maps included with the Battlefield 1942 Deluxe Edition pack, and will change the rotation and game types fro time to time.

To enter the server, you'll need the password, which is: "macsrule".

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Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition
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Celetia Space Simulator
8:16 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

For those that may have missed it, an IMG forum-goer recently set up a post informing folks about an interesting title named Celestia. Not exactly a game, Celestia is a 3D space sim that allows for free exploration of the known universe.

Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy. All travel in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across.
In addition, Celestia allows for the creation of add-ons, both real and fictitious, and comes in a variety of flavors, including a package for OS X users.

Celestia real-time space simulation (OS X)

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Hollow Ground 1.2 Released
8:16 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Aescapia has recently released an update for Hollow Ground, its top-view tactical shooting game. The update bumps HG up to version 1.2, and includes a host of fixes as well as a new level.

Some of the changes are as follows:

  • Added Mutated Tree as a map feature.
  • Added new Ground Floor start map. Modified the old start map and included it as a bonus indoor map at level depth span 1-5.
  • More detail and better quality in the algorithm that renders persistent effects on floors and walls.
  • Changed to using SDL's platform independent open source libraries for everything from playing music to timers. Sound and music is converted to new file formats (.XM, .WAV).
  • Changed monster generation rate and re-balanced many other game parameters to be more challenging on the higher difficulty levels.
  • Changed so that extending bridge feature can be used with any type of tile and not just chasms.
  • Fixed bug where tiles in custom maps had the wrong friction (movement slow down) after having been transformed by explosions, extending bridge features, secret doors etc.
A complete list of changes can be found at HG's download page. In addition, Aescapia notes that Hollow ED, it's map editor, will soon be updated to version 1.0.1.

Hollow Ground

Mahjong Solitarus Released
8:16 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

DanLabGames has recently released a new title by the name of Mahjong Solitarus. A single-player Mahjong game, Solitarus breaks away from the typical mold, giving players access to a layout editor that allows for custom layouts.

Now, with Mahjong Solitarus, your experience is only limited by your imagination, and the imagination of other players! Mahjong Solitarus features 5 exquisite tile sets enhanced by a fully working layout editor that allows creative players to share custom layouts over the Internet. The possibilities are virtually endless, and you'll probably never run out of new levels to play.
Solitarus also features a number of backgrounds and keeps track of high scores. A number of player-created layouts are also already available at DanLabGames' site.

Those interested can find the title for download at DanLabGames. Registered users get access to all levels as well as the editor.

Mahjong Solitarus 1.0

Mac Games News for Tuesday, July 6, 2004

Doom 3 Tournament at QuakeCon8:18 AM
Sega To Release Mac Compatible Saturn Game Pad (In Japan)8:07 AM
Flower Power Shooter Technology Demo Released7:50 AM
Barkanoid 2 Demo Released7:27 AM
European WoW Beta Sign-ups Live7:14 AM
Warcraft III Patched, New Bonus Map7:12 AM
Andromeda Online Open Beta Begins7:11 AM
Flying Flip Releases Myth III 1.3.1 Update7:11 AM
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