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Friday, August 27, 2004

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Blizzard to Hold World of Warcraft Stress Test
7:44 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

To test the capabilities of their beta servers and the account-creation system in the upcoming MMORPG World of Warcraft the developers at Blizzard Entertainment are offering a one week closed stress test in cooperation with the download service FilePlanet. During the test, over 100,000 players will be allowed to log on to the World of Warcraft. The stress test will take place on different servers than the current ongoing closed beta, so current players will not be affected by the test.

From the stress test FAQ:

Once the stress test is over, will I be able to play in the beta?
This sign-up is only for the 7-day stress test. The beta test is completely separate and is taking place on different servers from the ones on which the stress test will be conducted. However, later in the year, Blizzard will hold an open beta test for World of Warcraft, and anyone with an Internet connection is invited to participate. Please do not contact anyone at Blizzard about the open beta test. Blizzard will post an announcement on their Web site when the open beta is ready to go live, so please check there periodically for more information.
The stress test will start shortly after the signups are completed, but there is no date as of when this will be just yet.

To read more about the stress test, and to sign up for an account, head over to FilePlanet. Note that you will need a GameSpy ID to be able to sign up. We have received word from Blizzard that the stress test download will work on both Mac and PC, so hurry over there to sign up.

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IMG Previews MTX: Mototrax
1:26 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a hands-on preview of MTX: Mototrax, the upcoming motocross racing game from Aspyr Media. Here's a clip from the preview:

One of the main selling points of MTX is its deep customization features, particularly the ability to create a your own rider and race him up through the ranks, earning company sponsorships, money, and new upgrades, until you can participate in the culmination of extreme motor-biking events: the X Games. The road to the top is actually quite simple. The more races you win, the more money you can collect from sponsors. You can then use that money to upgrade your bike to make it even easier to win against the competition. Although character customization was is at a minimum when you start out, players can earn different outfits the more one races and accumulates sponsors. Also, I’m sure the final product will have even more options than were available in this preview.
To check out the entire preview, including a QuickTime trailer of the game, please follow the link below.

IMG Preview: MTX Mototrax
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MacGames DVD Subscribers: Permanent 10 % Off All Orders
10:31 AM | Tuncer Deniz

We would like to inform our readers of a policy change at the IMG Store that will affect MacGames DVD Subscribers. In the past we've offered special discounts on some games just for MacGames DVD subscribers. Today we're announcing that MacGames DVD subscribers can now receive a 10 percent discount on ALL products in the IMG Store.

If you are a MacGames DVD subscriber, all you have to do to get 10 percent off all products is make sure the MacGames DVD subcriber box is checked in Step 1 of the Shopping Cart page.

Valid for MacGames DVD subscribers only. Claims at time of ordering will be checked against our records. Invalid claims will have prices set to normal and charged accordingly.

For more information on becoming a MacGames DVD subscriber, please follow the link below.

IMG Store: MacGames DVD Subscription
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Darwine Progress Update
7:44 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Earlier this year, IMG brought news to its readers about a new project being hosted at Sourceforge. Once complete, Darwine, the Mac OS port of the open source implementation of the Windows API Wine, has the promise of being a faster and more efficient way of running Windows under Mac OS X than the existing version of Microsoft's Virtual PC.

While the project is purring along, the development team could always use the assistance of a few extra experienced and talented programmers. The project's To Do list, charting the status level of all the current tasks facing the Darwine team, has a few tasks listed that need to be assigned to new programmers.

Experienced programmers with some free time on their hands, who might be yearning to participate in a worthwhile community project, should head over to the Darwine site and see if the project tickles their fancy. And our non-programming readers, who may be interested in trying the application out once it reaches completion, should stay glued to this website for further news on the project.

Darwine Open Source Poject

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Custer Goes to Hell and Back for a Desktop
7:44 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

IMG's Brad Custer is back with another fantastic feature. This week's desktop features id Software's hotly anticipated shooter, Doom 3, which will hopefully be arriving on the Macintosh platform soon.

Here's a snippet from his write-up:

Doom 3 from id Software could pass as the latest email virus if you saw the amount of requests I am getting for it. Maybe the faithful Mac users subscribe to the "Field of Dreams" thought process - "build it and they will come". So, if I create a desktop then obviously the game will follow shortly. ;) This week I decided to test this theory and hopefully lessen the emails for a desktop from this game. This wallpaper was inspired by the demonic official web site.
Head over to Custer's Desktops to take a peek at this latest creation in various sizes.

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Gameboy Emulator KiGB And Brainbox Updated
7:44 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Prior to his departure to attend Apple Expo in Paris, shareware programmer and roller coaster enthusiast Richard Bannister has released updates to two of his popular applications.

Bannister's KiGB, the OS X version of the free portable emulator for Gameboy, Gameboy Colour, and Super Gameboy, has been upgraded to version 1.6.8, in tandem with the Windows version of the application. As well as addressing several bugs in the original PC code, the update adds support for 5-speed auto-fire, and the option to enable or disable individual game configuration. As of this printing, however, Bannister has received news that the update crashes when attempting to play certain titles in Colour Gameboy mode, so emulation enthusiasts may want to keep an older version of the program around until the situation gets addressed.

Brainbox, Bannister's new, multiple-puzzle game, has also been updated. Version 0.2 of the brain teaser bundle sees the addition of a fourth challenge - Reversi, as well as a few minor bugs, and tweaks of the game's difficulty levels code. The elegant lunchtime distraction, good for a few quick games during your lunch break, requires a $10 USD registration fee to enjoy completely unencumbered.

The 520 Kb Brainbox and the 708 Kb KiGB, which both require an OS X 10.2-capable box with a Quartz Extreme AGP video card, can be downloaded by following the links below -

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Mac Games News for Thursday, August 26, 2004

Stronghold 2 Announced for PC8:04 AM
*DAMN Battle League Open Season8:03 AM
Indie Games Con Registration Open8:03 AM
Neverwinter Nights 2 Interview8:03 AM
Laughing Dragon Releases Derelict Demo8:02 AM
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