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Freeverse Ships Massive Assault in N.A.
8:01 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Freeverse and Virtual Programming this morning announced the shipment of Massive Assualt, the armored mech strategy game, to Mac gamers in North America. The OS X title needs only a 600Mhz G3 to run and contains multiplayer via the internet.

Here's more from the press release:

Massive Assault is a fully 3D turn-based strategy game set in a futuristic world of, missiles, mechs, and mayhem. With 26 different land, sea and air units, huge 3D landscapes and 6 different planets on which to battle, Massive Assault is a strategy gamer's dream.

With Massive Assault you can play against the top-notch AI, or with your friends via hot-seat or over the internet. The game combines the best elements of turn-based war gaming with a unique "secret ally" political feature that can disrupt even the best laid battle plan.

For more on Massive Assault, have a look at the site. The game retails for $40 for those looking to give it a try.

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ATI Display Utilities 4.4 with OEM Support Released, More
2:47 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

ATI has released a major update to their ATI Display Utilities, which officially enables OpenGL Overrides for ATI video cards that shipped in Apple's computers, including CTO (configure to order), built-in and mobile products. OpenGL Overrides greatly enhance image quality in games and allows full-scene anti-aliasing (FSAA) and anisotropic filtering (AF) to be enabled or disabled on a per application basis.

Version 4.4 also adds Mac2TV support to products with TV out, including OEM 9600- and 9800-class products using the Apple G5 video output adapter. Other new features require the Radeon Universal ROM Update, which was also released today. The ROM update fixes several issues relating to ATI's retail Radeon products.

Both updates are available to Jaguar and Panther users. Before installing the software, please uninstall any "hacks" and read the documentation linked below.

Download ATI Display Utilities 4.4 (6.6 MB)
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Download Radeon Universal ROM Update (4.6 MB)
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Aspyr Ships Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
11:29 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr today announced it has begun shipping Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The first major Star Wars role-playing game, the game will be available in retail and online stores by September 24th.

The critically acclaimed KOTOR takes place in the popular Old Republic timeframe, 4,000 years prior to the Star Wars films, in an era dominated by an epic conflict between Jedi and the evil Sith. Your actions determine the fate of an entire galaxy as you build your party, travel to seven enormous worlds, interact with new Star Wars characters and creatures and even create your own lightsaber.

The IMG Store is currently taking pre-orders for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic for $49.99. MacGames DVD subscribers can save 10 percent while IMG Pro users can save 5 percent on this and all games purchased through the IMG Store. To place your order, follow the link below.

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IMG Posts Call of Duty: United Offensive First Look
11:22 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a first look preview of Call of Duty: United Offensive, the upcoming expansion pack for the popular WW II shooter. Announced last friday, United Offensive features 13 new single-player mission, 11 new multi-player maps along with three new multi-player modes.

To check out the first look, be sure to follow the link below.

IMG First Look: Call of Duty: United Offensive
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12,000 Further Warcraft III Accounts Closed
8:01 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Blizzard has reported that it has had to close another 12,000 Warcraft III accounts due to players using cheats. This is part of Blizzard's continual fight against players that cheat whilst playing games on Repeat offenders risk having their CD Keys declared invalid, which will prevent cheaters from using

A number of additional accounts and CD keys have been tied to the use of a hack or cheat program while playing Warcraft III on In keeping with our aggressive stance against cheating, we have permanently closed 7,400 Warcraft III accounts. 3,500 of the Warcraft III CD keys used with the now-closed accounts have been banned from ladder play for one month, and 1,000 more have been banned from ladder play permanently. Repeat offenders risk having their CD keys disabled, which will result in the permanent removal of their copies of Warcraft III from
For information on how to report cheaters, click on the link below.

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Next WoW Patch To Feature Public Transportation
8:01 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

The next World of Warcraft Patch will feature public transportation in several varying forms. Players within the world of Azeroth will be able to travel distances that would take hours on foot. However, there is a fee for every trip that is taken. Some of the examples of air transport include; Gryphons (half bird, half lion), Hippogryphs (resemble stags and ravens) and Goblin Zeppelins.

Fly the skies of Azeroth! World of Warcraft features an advanced flying transportation network. Players can unlock flying routes, then buy tickets to ride flying mounts over long distances to reduce walking time. Players can travel on four types of air mounts and in Goblin Zeppelins (more on that later).
Click on the link below to read more about the latest from the world of Azeroth!

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The Gamesome Mac Talks with MacSoft's Al Schilling
8:01 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

On tonight's broadcast of The Gamesome Mac, the Mac gaming radio program, hosts Sean Smith and David Finley talk with Al Schilling, general manager of MacSoft, about the publisher's many games.

MacSoft released an impressive lineup of blockbuster games over the past year, including Halo, Age of Mythology, and Unreal Tournament 2004. More recently, the publisher shipped Mac editions of Railroad Tycoon 3 and the Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark expansion packs for Neverwinter Nights, and within the next few months will bring us Rise of Nations and Close Combat: First to Fight, a game developed by MacSoft's parent company, Destineer.

Sean and David will also offer Mac gaming news, reviews, and commentary, and together with their guest will take questions live from listeners in The Gamesome Mac's chat room and give away a couple of MacSoft games.

The Gamesome Mac can be heard live on MacRadio from 6 to 8 pm Pacific Time, 9 to 11 pm Eastern (Tuesday from 0100 to 0300 UTC), and on demand thereafter. You can tune in at The Gamesome Mac's web page at the link below, where you'll also find archives of past broadcasts. QuickTime 6 and a 56K or faster Internet connection are required.

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Mac Games News for Friday, September 17, 2004

Feral Friday: Ford Racing 2, Yet More Worms 3D10:21 AM
IMG Store: Railroad Tycoon 3 Shipping9:31 AM
Battlefield 1942 Demo Released8:47 AM
Custer Masters A New Desktop8:11 AM
A Tale in the Desert Mac Beta Released8:09 AM
Aspyr Media Hosts Game Night8:09 AM
Bioware Licenses Unreal Engine 38:09 AM
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