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Enemy Engaged Shipping Early August
11:21 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

The UK based Mac Game Publisher Feral Interactive has posted another batch of friday news. This week fans of flying will be happy to know that the port of the helicopter simulator Enemy Engaged: Commanche vs. Hokum is almost done by the talented programmers at Zonic. The game will be ready to ship by early august and we will see a demo as early as July 16th.

If you prefer swords over choppers, Feral also brings a patch to their popular real-time strategy game Warrior Kings. The patch brings a new options window and fixes some minor issues. Even if you aren't experience any problems, Feral still recommends you to grab the 5MB patch.

To find the download and the full news post, follow the link to the Feral News page right below this article.

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IMG Store: Shrek 2, Medal of Honor: Deluxe, & More
4:39 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has begun shipping Shrek 2 for the Macintosh and is available for $29.99. Shrek, the loveable green ogre is back and this time he’s bringing friends. Shrek 2 the video game is based on the new motion picture but it incorporates a few additional bells and whistles. Play as Shrek and 4 of his pals, both familiar and new, as they go adventuring through their twisted fairytale world. Discover new locations full of danger, monsters and challenging puzzles while using each character’s special abilities to survive.

The IMG Store also has in stock Medal of Honor: Deluxe Edition, which includes the original game plus the Spearhead expansion pack and Harry Potter: Deluxe Edition, which contains both Harry Potter games for the Mac.

For more information, please follow the link below.

IMG Store: Shrek 2
IMG Store: Medal of Honor: Deluxe Edition
IMG Store: Harry Potter: Deluxe Edition

UT2004 RPG Mod 1.2 Released
4:39 PM | Chris Stein | Comment on this story

Can you blend the complexities of an RPG into a hectic first person shooter using only a mod? According to Mysterical, the creator of the UT 2004 RPG, you can. The UT 2004 RPG adds classic RPG elements to first person shooter Unreal Tournament 2004, including skills and a level-up system. It also adds artifacts and magic weapons, which augment your combat skills, in ways ranging from damage reduction to full on god-mode. Version 1.2 adds support for popular mods such as Jailbreak and many others, as well as numerous bug fixes. There is also a version of the RPG mod available for Unreal Tournament 2003. You can check out the mod at the link below.

UT2004 RPG Mod Site
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Custer Goes To War
11:21 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

After observing the July 4th holiday, IMG's Brad Custer has once again updated his section with a brand new desktop. This week's desktop features Aspyr's just released first-person shooter, Delta Force: Black Hawk Down.

Here's a clip from the update:

Delta Force: Black Hawk Down recently went gold and it's been noted in my email that I've missed making a desktop for this title. Of course, I don't like to let down my loyal viewers so this week I am rectifying this matter. :) I wanted to capture the great design aspect of the the box art in this offering. So, with the help of Aspyr Media and my trusty cable modem I was able to create this wallpaper. I simply entitled it, "Rangers", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
Head over to Custer's Desktops to check out this latest creation.

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Diablo II Ladder Season 2 Underway
11:21 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blizzard has announced that the Diablo II - Ladder Season 2 World Event has officially started. Containing a number of Ladder-only Runeworlds, top ranking players will be kept track of and posted on

Blizzard is proud to present our Diablo II – Ladder Season 2 World Event

This Ladder Season, the Realm of Diablo is invaded by the World of Warcraft! Who wins? Our top players do! The race is on to be the very first player on each Diablo II Expansion Realm to reach level 99; regardless of character class.

Prizes for the winning player include a signed version of the Collector's Edition of World of Warcraft, a Warcraft III statue, a T-shirt, and a wallet. More details on the contest can be found at
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Spiderweb Talks Blades of Avernum
11:21 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

IGN's RPG Vault has recently posted a feature looking at Spiderweb Software and Blades of Avernum, one of their most recent titles. Described as an RPG system and including an editor as well as several pre-made adventures, Blades is the 4th installment in the popular Avernum series.

One of the topics touched on is the original incarnation of Blades of Avernum, originally titled Blades of Exile.

The original Blades of Exile system was my very first effort to create something for other people to use. As a result, while I was proud that I created something that worked at all, it had a lot of weaknesses and wasn't really that versatile. In fact, it could be downright painful. I wanted to use everything I had learned in the intervening years to make a system that could create wild hack and slash adventures, intricate plot-heavy stories, and everything in-between.
Various aspects of the development process are also discussed, including the timeline, the technology behind the engine, and challenges faced during the project.

RPG Vault - Blades of Avernum Wrap Report
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Blades of Avernum

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Microsoft Unveils Philippe Starck-Designed Mice
11:21 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Microsoft and Philippe Starck, a world famous interior and industrial designer, have collaborated to bring consumers a mouse that not only has a beautiful form, but is functional. At first glance, the surface of the Optical Mouse by S+ARCKseems to have no visible features, except for a blue or orange stripe, which run the length of the mouse and separates the two hemispheres. The two mouse buttons and scroll wheel are so well integrated into the design that they are almost invisible.

Starck talks about the "link" between people and computers in the press release:

"People are doing such amazing things with their computers; however, too often the importance of the link between man and machine is underestimated," Starck said. "The PC and what we use it for is an extension of us. It defines us just as much as the clothes we wear or the music we listen to. With this in mind, I set out to design an artistic bridge that would help people connect with the technology they use every day. The result is modern and refreshingly simple, and will transform the mouse into a badge item that makes a statement about your taste and personality."
The Optical Mouse by S+ARCK is scheduled to hit store shelves by the end of August at a retail price of $34.95.

PR: Microsoft and Philippe Starck Unite to Create Performance Art

Mac Games News for Thursday, July 8, 2004

Major World of Warcraft Beta Patch Released7:45 AM
New Frozen Throne Tournament at Clan Tournament7:45 AM
Solar Fusion Software Releases Robot Rover7:45 AM
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