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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

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MacSoft Ships Railroad Tycoon 3
9:37 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft today announced it has begun shipping Railroad Tycoon 3 to online and retail stores. The title is expected in stores later this week.

Originally developed by PopTop Software and ported to the Mac by Beenox Studios, Railroad Tycoon 3 allows you to build the ultimate railroad empire. Watch cities grow into thriving metropolises as you carve out your cross-country routes. For the prosperity of thousands will depend on your decisions as you acquire other businesses, dominate industries, and manipulate a realistically simulated stock market in an effort to amass a fortune greater than Vanderbilt.

Here are the system requirements:

• Macintosh computer running OSX v10.2.8 or higher
• 400MHz G4 or faster processor (800MHz recommended)
• 256MB RAM
• 32MB or higher (NVIDIA GeForce 2/ATI Radeon recommended) video card
• 120MB free hard drive space
• 8X CD-ROM drive
• local area network or internet connection required for multi-player (56Kbps modem or faster).
The IMG Store is currently taking pre-orders for the game. It is available for $48.95. If you're a MacGames DVD subscriber, you'll be able to save 10 percent on this and all orders.

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Unreal Tournament 2004 3323 Patch Released
2:25 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft has released the latest patch for Unreal Tournament 2004 bringing it up to version 3323. From the read me:

This is the 3323 patch for the UT2004 MacOS X retail version. This matches the fourth "official" PC patch, which is needed for many mods, including those featured on the "Editors' Choice Edition" PC discs. This Mac patch will install over any previous retail version, including an unpatched installation or any beta patches (such as 3229), and contains all previous patch fixes. This will not upgrade the ut2004 demo (we're working on that), nor any version of ut2003.
The 13.7 MB patch is available for download from our sister site, A complete list of bug fixes and changes are detailed on the download page.

MGF: Unreal Tournament 2004 3323
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IMG Reviews The Neverwinter Nights Expansion Packs
11:24 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of the two Neverwinter Nights expansion packs: Hordes of the Underdark and Shadows of the Undrentide. Because the expansion packs were released for the Macintosh at the same time, we've combined both reviews into one.

To check out the reviews, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark
IMG Review: Neverwinter Nigths: Shadows of the Undrentide
NWN: Hordes of the Underdark
NWN: Shadows of Undrentide
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Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons Goes Beta
9:16 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media today announced that Secret Weapons of WWII, the upcoming expansion pack for Battlefield 1942 has hit beta status and is on track to ship in late October. The expansion pack introduces all new weapons, vehicles, and eight new battle maps.

Here are the system requirements:

• Full version of Battlefield 1942™ for Mac OS to play
• Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later
• PowerPC G4/G5
• 867 MHz or faster
• 256 MB of RAM
• 2 GB free disk space (including original game)
• 3D Graphics Acceleration required (ATI Radeon 7500/nVidia GeForce 2 or better)
• 32MB of Video Ram (VRAM)
• DVD drive required to install and play.
In related news, the IMG Store has begun to take pre-orders for the game. The expansion pack is available for pre-order for $29.95.

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Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII
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Ambrosia Releases Aki Mahjong in Japan
6:00 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Most likely marking a first for Ambrosia Software, the company recently released its Mahjong game, Aki Mahjong, in Japan. For those unfamiliar with the game, here's a quick description:

Aki Mahjong Solitaire for MacOS X elegantly blends the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong with an enchanting journey across Japan. It's a modern fusion of two ancient Asian cultures, and is as much an experience as it is a game. Aki Mahjong Solitaire is easy to learn even if you still haven't mastered chopsticks, so don't hesitate to dive right in. We think you'll soon find yourself captivated.

Aki Mahjong Solitaire is a journey through the uniquely fascinating scenery and culture of Japan, and a journey of meditative bliss, learning how to let the Mahjong tiles match themselves. In Aki, you may find your moment of Zen. The principle is simple: you have a number of ivory tiles arranged on a beautiful Japanese backdrop. Your goal is to make all of the tiles disappear by matching them to similar tiles. The catch is that tiles can be removed only if they are unblocked on either side by other tiles, and you have the uncompromising ticking away of the time limit to contend with.

From these simple rules flows a game that has delighted people around the world for centuries. Aki Mahjong Solitaire features an exquisitely detailed ivory tile set from a real antique Mahjong game, combined in harmony with a thoroughly modern gaming engine of the quality you'd expect from Ambrosia.

For more information, follow the provided links below.

Ambrosia Releases Aki Mahjong in Japan
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Q&A with Spiderweb's Jeff Vogel
6:00 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

The website E-Boredom recently got a chance to sit down and talk with the Man behind Spiderweb Software, Jeff Vogel. The interview covers a number of topics, from Vogel's inspirations to his opinions on recent RPG hits. Here's a snippet:

E-BOREDOM: What made Wizardry and Ultima stand apart from other CRPGs at the time?

JEFF VOGEL: Well, Phantasie and Wizard's Crown were good titles, but Wizardry and Ultima had the combination of ingenuity and good, solid design that makes a winner.

E-BOREDOM: Have CRPGs gotten better over time?

JEFF VOGEL: I think CRPGs now are fantastic. I would play Baldur's Gate or Knights of the Old Republic over Ultima IV any day. Don't get me wrong... When it was new, Ultima IV was amazing, a revelation, but I wouldn't play it now. The best RPGs now are deeper, bigger, and prettier.

E-BOREDOM: Do any kind of CRPGs not appeal to you?

JEFF VOGEL: I would not dare say. I don't like saying naughty things about my peers. However, pure hack and slash games that don't have Diablo in the title don't stay on my hard drive for very long. It takes a really special alchemy to make that work.

For more information, or to read the whole interview, follow the links provided below.

Q&A with Spiderweb's Jeff Vogel
Spiderweb Software

uDevGames 2004 Update: 69 Entries In Development
6:00 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

A quick visit over to Macintosh gaming resource center will reveal that this year's uDevGames 2004 programming contest will be its busiest year yet, with a record-breaking 69 registered entries in the works.

Hosted by Macintosh gaming resource center iDevGames, the annual event, whose goals are to encourage the creation of new and original games for the Mac and showcase the brightest and most creative upcoming game developers for the platform, has grown into the premier gaming event for the Macintosh platform - a far cry from the grass-roots initiative of the contest's first year.

One third of the way into this year's contest, it appears as if the 2004 edition of the popular Mac game development contest will be the busiest, and most successful yet. The 69 entries currently registered cover the gamut of gaming styles, from remakes of popular old standards to entirely new game design concepts. This year's contest also bears the proud support of 63 official industry sponsors, from graphic card manufacturers ATI Technologies to independent game publishers Garage Games.

While the contest's official start was August 9th of this year, budding game developers wanting to get into the action are reminded that they can still register and participate in this year's event. Contest hopefuls have until October 25th to register their entries, with a game playable deadline of November 6th. Public voting will take place between November 8th and 22nd, with the winning entries to be announced on December 6th.

Good luck to all the contestants in this year's event. Stay tuned to IMG as we'll keep you abreast of the contest's development, and make sure to drop by the uDevGames official website to check out the latest builds of all of this year's registered entries.

uDG 2004

Five Emulators Updated
6:00 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Irish shareware programmer Richard Bannister updated five of his classic gaming system emulators over the weekend.

The roller coaster fanatic took time off of his busy travel schedule to revise his OS X versions of the KiGB Gameboy emulator and the Nestopia Nintendo NES emulator. KiGB version 1.6.9 has fixed a bug that crashed the application with certain Colour Gameboy titles, while version 1.1.2 of Nestopia sees support for zipped ROMs and Game Genie.

Bannister also took the time to update the Mac versions of the Thom and TEO, emulators of the old French Thomson TO7 and Thomson TO8 home computers. Bannister also revised his version of the Horizon application, emulator of the BBC Model B, a computer sold in the early 1980's by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Be sure to download the latest version of these apps by clicking on the links below -

Richard Bannister Software

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Apple Posts Myst IV Trailer
6:00 AM | Johan Hansιn | Comment on this story

In order to give gamers a chance to once again step into the mysterious worlds in the legendary Myst series of adventure games, Apple has posted a trailer of the upcoming game Myst IV Revelation. In the fourth game of the series you will learn more about the two brothers Sirrus and Achenar, and their fate:

Journey into a world of mystery and beauty as you piece together the secrets of a shattered past. In Myst IV Revelation, the next chapter in the greatest adventure saga of all time, you’ll travel through environments pulsing with life to unearth a treacherous scheme involving two of Myst’s most sinister villains.
To view the trailer, follow the link provided below.

As previously reported here on IMG, Myst IV Revelation went gold last week, and is expected to ship on a PC/Mac hybrid DVD later this month. To get the game as soon as it's available, head over to the IMG Store and pre-order your own copy of the UbiSoft title for $39.95 USD.

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Apple Games: Myst IV Revelation Trailer
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id's John Carmack Contemplating Retirement
6:00 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

According to an interview with CNN Money's Chris Morris, the legendary co-founder of id Software, John Carmack, is contemplating an early retirement from the world of gaming. Carmack and his game development company have brought the world classics like the Doom and Quake franchises, both of which have changed the world of gaming, and id's game engines power some of the most popular modern games.

According to the article, Carmack's interest in rocket science has surpassed his love of game development, however he states that he still has one more game in him. Anything after that is looking a little hazy.

Here's an extract from the CNN article:

While he mulls his future in the industry he helped create, Carmack is building the engine for id's next game. So far, the company has not divulged many details, other than it will be a new franchise, likely in the horror/action genre and it will probably be a first person shooter.

"Visually," Carmack teases, "it's going to be a pretty good step above what we've shown in 'Doom'."

The company's also hoping for a shorter turnaround time than the four-year development cycle of "Doom 3."

"We really, really want to get it done in the next two years," Carmack said.

Click on the link below to read the whole article -

CNN Money: Doom creator faces a crossroads
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Mac Games News for Monday, September 13, 2004

Mercury News Mac Gaming Article10:22 AM
Brad Oliver's Latest Work8:58 AM
OpenGlide 0.0.9 Final Released8:21 AM
Homeworld 2 Goes Gold8:17 AM
UT2004 v3323 Mac Patch Coming Soon7:41 AM
Aspyr Releases BF1942 Public Beta Patch7:13 AM
The Gamesome Mac Talks with Freeverse7:13 AM
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