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Knights Of The Old Republic Goes Beta
8:39 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

For the second day in a row, Aspyr Media's Amity Lesko let us know this morning that another of her company's long-awaited game ports has reached the Beta milestone.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is an action-packed role playing game that takes place in the Star Wars universe four thousand years before the first Star Wars movies. The highly-acclaimed LucasArts title brings players new gameplay scenarios, introduces new species, new characters, news stories, and entirely new galaxies to the popular Star Wars game franchise.

Preliminary system requirements for the game are listed at a 1 GHz G4/G5, 256 MB of RAM, 4GB of free hard drive space, an ATI Radeon 7500 or nVidia GeForce 2 or better, a DVD drive, and OS X 10.2.8. The game, which is expected to ship in September, is available for pre-order through the IMG Store for $48.99 USD ($44.99 USD for MacGames CD/IMG Pro Subscribers). Click on the link below to order your copy.

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One on One With Aspyr's Glenda Adams
2:10 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted the 22nd part in an ongoing conversation between old friends Glenda Adams, Mac gaming goddess and Director of PC and Mac development at Aspyr, and Tuncer Deniz, publisher and editor-in-chief of IMG.

To check out the entire feature, please follow the link below.

One on One With Glenda Adams (Part 22)

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Feral Friday: Republic Shipping, Bionicle Goes Beta
9:55 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

It's a double-punch of good news in this week's edition of Feral Friday:

First off, the good folks over at Feral Interactive have informed us that their long-awaited political thriller Republic: The Revolution is shipping worldwide, and should soon be on the shelves of a Mac Store Near You.

Republic: The Revolution puts players in the shoes of a charismatic leader of a rebel faction in the fledging republic of Novistrana, a country on the verge of collapse after the fall of the Soviet Union. Tired of watching your fellow countrymen living in fear and discontent as your country is mired in corruption and chaos, you vie to oust the President of the Republic... by any means necessary.

While the game was released two weeks ago to most of the globe, the US release date had to be delayed due to problems with customs. Feral explains:

After being impounded by US customs - apparently suspicions were aroused by the instruction on the back of the box to "Topple the President", and the words "Mighty Soviet Union" printed on the outside of the box - we finally managed to sneak Republic:The Revolution through security and out to distributuion in the US.
The minimum system requirements for the highly original political adventure are a 1GHz G4/G5, 512 MB of RAM, a 32 MB VRAM-equipped 3D graphics card, 1.35 Gb free hard drive space, a DVD drive, and Mac OS 10.2. And while you could wait for the game to show up at your favorite Mac reseller, why not pre-order the game from the IMG Store for $39.95 USD and have a copy of the game shipped straight to your home as soon as it enters the country? Click on the link below to order your copy.

The second piece of news from the good folks on the other side of the pond is that the family-themed, sports action/adventure game Bionicle has reached Beta, and is one step closer to being released to the masses.

The family title, based on Lego's best-selling line of toys, is aimed for the 6-12 year old range, and features a mixture of combat and puzzle-solving elements. Ranging across six distinct and diverse environments, the game's action sees players take part in a huge variety of different action-based activities, including surfing a river of molten lava and surfing down treacherous mountains ranges.

While the family game has reached the Beta stage, there has been no word yet from Feral, nor the talented programmers at Zonic on the game's system requirements or release date. Stay tuned to IMG as further news on this title develops.

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IMG Store: 10 Percent Off All Orders Continues
9:22 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

After getting a few angry emails from readers that couldn't take advantage of the 10 percent off sale this past weekend at the IMG Store, "The Man" has decided to bring the 10 percent off all orders sale until the end of this month, or Sunday 12:01 AM Pacific.

The IMG Store is now offering 10 percent off all orders placed through the IMG Store. Simply submit your order and you'll automatically get 10 percent off everything available through the IMG Store.

Save on hot new games, MacGames DVD and IMG Pro subscription, and more. To check out the IMG Store and the full list of offerings, be sure to click on the link below.

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Ghost Recon Mod Enabler Available
8:04 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Players of Ghost Recon may be interested in a new freeware application created by Flax Software. Called the Ghost Recon Mods Enabler, this program allows gamers to enable/disable various mods for Ghost Recon quickly and easily.

GhRME was created mainly to address the problem with multiplayer play, in which players must have all the same mods activated that the host is using.

GhRME shows you the mods you installed in Ghost Recon in a list. Each row has a checkbox, which indicates wether the mod is enabled or not. The utility allows you to modify the mods priority order. To do that, you just have to drag the checked rows in the list. The first checked row corresponds to the mod which has the biggest priority, and so on...
Flax has both OS 9 and OS X versions, available in both French and English. Download links can be found at their site.

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Custer Simulates a Desktop Sequel
8:04 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

IMG resident desktop guru, Brad Custer, is back with another cool new creation, this time featuring The Sims 2, the upcoming sequel to the best-selling game of all time, The Sims. Here's what I had to say about his latest creation:

It can't get any more official than this. The Sims 2 from Maxis will be coming to the Mac according to the recent community chat over at The Sims 2 web site. Now, there's been no official announcement from a certain Texas software company, but I have a feeling who might be releasing it. ;) Since the first mention of this sequel being produced I've had a steady flow from PC users for a desktop from this title. I decided to feature it this week to honor all those long-standing requests. Of course using the new character models was the most logical choice for this desktop.
To check out this desktop (and many others), head over to Custer's Desktops.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, July 29, 2004

Simcity 4: Rush Hour Goes Beta9:42 AM
IMG Previews CSI: Crime Scene Investigation9:17 AM
European WoW Sign-ups Closed, Sites Launch8:50 AM
World of Warcraft Fansite Chat8:03 AM
Aki Mahjong v1.0.2 Update7:58 AM
Apple Features Airburst Extreme, Wingnuts 27:58 AM
Ryan Gordon on OpenAL, Spider-Man 2, Unreal3 Engine7:58 AM
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