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Thursday, July 15, 2004

Doom 3 Confirmed for Mac OS X
7:43 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

In another update to his .plan file, id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead confirmed a Mac OS X port of their upcoming shooter Doom 3, which was announced as going gold master for the PC yesterday afternoon.

While details are scarce still concerning who might publish the Mac version or an exact release for it, Hollenshead assuages nervous Mac fans by promising something as soon as it's polished and ready:

Mac and Linux: Unfortunately I don't have dates for either of these. However, Linux binaries will be available very soon after the PC game hits store shelves. There are no plans for boxed Linux games. More remains to be done for the OSX version of DOOM 3 and that will take some time. We won't release the OSX version until it's just as polished as the PC version. The date for OSX DOOM 3 remains "when it's done", but I can confirm that it's definitely coming.
An exclusive PC Gamer review of the title reportedly recommends having a 1.5-2GHz processor PC in order to run the game properly, so it's likely the Mac version will need optimization to ensure the title is playable on the greatest number of Macs possible.

Hollenshead also addresses the issue of a demo in his .plan update. He notes that while they're focused on just getting the retail version out now, and that the company has never "disappointed in that regard in the past."

You can be assured IMG will bring you any new information on the OS X port of Doom 3 as soon as it's available.

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IMG Posts State of the Game
11:54 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG's Tuncer Deniz is back with another installment of State of the Game, a look at the Mac games market from the point of view of IMG's Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. In this edition of State of the Game, Tuncer discuss the DOOM 3 Mac announcent, the fate of Half-Life 2 for the Mac, the new iMacs, and AA addiction.

Be sure to check out the entire article by following the link below.

IMG Feature: State of the Game

WebWizard: Magic the Gathering OS X Client
11:04 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Anyone who loves the Collectable Card Game Magic:The Gathering is in for quite the treat. A java-based program called WebWizard is now available that allows you to play the game online for free. Currently, it only has the latest set, Fifth Dawn, but it's likely they'll add more sets. Here's the full description:

WebWizard is the exciting new way to play Wizard of the Coast's (WotC) Magic the Gathering (MtG) collectible card game over the world wide web. Sure, WotC has their own official MtG Online game, and there are several other third party applications for playing MtG over the web - so what sets WebWizard apart?

WebWizard is written in Java so you can enjoy online MtG on just about any platform on the planet, not just Windows like those other guys. And unlike most other MtG apps, WebWizard puts you in total control by emulating the real game. You decide where to put your cards, your tokens, everything! For convenience WebWizard provides predefined locations for your deck, your hand, and your graveyard but you are free to ignore that and put everything just where you like it! It's as close to playing with the cards on a table as you're likely to find anywhere!

For more information, or to download the program, follow the link below.

WebWizard: Magic the Gathering OS X Client

IMG Poll: When Will DOOM 3 For The Mac Be Released?
10:10 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Today id Software announced that a Mac OS X version of DOOM 3 is definately coming to the Mac. The queston now becomes, when? The latest IMG Poll ask you to make a prediction as to when it might be released.

To place your vote, follow the link below.

IMG Poll: When Will DOOM 3 For The Mac Be Released?

Euro WarBirds Weekend Event - 2nd Battle of Britain
10:03 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

A post in the TotalSims forum outlines an upcoming event for Warbirds players. Taking the history of WWII, this latest event rewrites history and presents players with a scenario where Germany has managed to overtake Britain.

Sept 12th (Thurs) Saw the Kriegsmarine deposit 5 divisions between Margate and Brighton and another 2 airborne divisions are dropped inland. Resistance while strong in certain points, is not long lived as there aren't enough people to man all the positions. England surrendered in early December of 1940 although its outposts including Gibraltar held out...
The scenario will be played this Saturday, July 17th, and will feature the Allied forces attempting to reclaim Britain. More details, including a thorough history of the event and play times, can be found at the forum posting.

Saturday Afternoon July 17th - Alternate History 2nd BoB
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Solitaire Till Dawn X 1.3.2 Update
10:03 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Semicolon Software has released a small update to its popular Solitaire Til Dawn X title. Now at version 1.3.2, the update fixes a crashing bug that was found in earlier versions.

Version 1.3.2 is a minor upgrade which fixes a crashing bug in version 1.3 and 1.3.1.
The update is compatible with OS 10.1.4 and above, and is downloadable from Semicolon's site.

Solitaire Til Dawn X features 75 solitaire games, customizable graphics, and strategy tips, including a feature that lets players know when they're stuck.

Solitaire Til Dawn X

Apple September iMac To Have G5
9:13 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

MacCentral has posted an article that outlines various points discussed by Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer in an analyst conference call. Besides the usual talk about profits and markets, Oppenheimer let folks know that an iMac with a G5 processor would be coming sometime this fall.

Oppenheimer also confirmed that the new iMac coming this September will be based on a G5 processor. The delay in the new model's release is supply problem involving the G5 processor itself -- it's manufactured by IBM in its East Fishkill, NY.
Elaborating on the supply problem, Oppenheimer adds that it is an industry problem, rather than just IBM's problem.

Other Apple facets discussed are iPod sales, iTunes song sales, and retail store profits.

Apple reveals G5 iMac plans

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Epic Hunts Down Cheaters
7:43 AM | Chris Stein | Comment on this story

Major game publisher Epic Games has adopted an aggressive stance against parties pirating and cheating in its latest successful first person shooter Unreal Tournament 2004. A post by Jeff Morris, producer of Epic Games, asks for help in locating sources of multiplayer cheats or pirated copies of UT2004, and provides an email address for helpful players to send information about sources of digital contraband:

Epic Games is very interested in locating any websites that contain either illegal copies of, or multiplayer cheats for, Unreal Tournament 2004. If you know of such a site (or forum, or ftp server, or filename on a p2p service, etc..), please email us, including as many details as you can, at:

Check out the link below for the full post.

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, July 14, 2004

IMG Reviews Big Bang Chess12:16 PM
DOOM 3 For The PC Goes Gold11:01 AM
Zoo Tycoon Tops Sales9:20 AM
Blizzard Releases OS X StarCraft Installer9:06 AM
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