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Pirates Of The XXI Century Q&A
7:43 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Further to IMG's news article yesterday on the upcoming first person shooter Pirates Of The XXI Century, gaming website GenGamers has posted an interview with DIOsoft employee and game developer Michael Zinchenko.

Featuring a blockbuster story set in a tropical setting, Pirates Of The XXI Century allows gamers the choice of playing either as pirate, a triad member, or a US Navy Seal in the eternal struggle between the law and modern-day pirates. The first person shooter will feature action in the air, on the ground, and both above and under water. The game will feature dynamic water reflections and the latest in pixel and vertex shading thanks the the developers' proprietary gaming engine:

Now talk about the graphics, please. Which engine are you using?
Game engine Monstrator is an in-house development of DIOsoft Company, it works in harmony with both open and enclosed space. Our engine uses all the abilities of the latest video cards. For example, to reach the best image quality, it uses the per-pixel lighting, our own unique methods of water realization and mixing of the textures on the territory. All of these realized, using last version of vertex and pixel shaders.
The new title, which is being created with help from advisors from the special divisions of the Soviet army and Navy, is expected to be released for Mac, Linux and PC before the end of next year. Click on the link below to access the developer's website, but be advised that the "Game" and "News" links on the game's website don't display under Apple's current version of Safari.

Pirates Of The XXI Century Q&A
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IMG Reviews Varmintz Deluxe
3:27 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Varmintz Deluxe, a "hop-and-dodge" style arcade game. Here's a clip from the review:

Why did the chicken cross the road? Or, why did millions of frogs cross countless roads and rivers? If you played coin-ops in the 80s you know the answer. To get home of course. Luckily for us, Skunk Studios, the company behind Varmintz, has done an excellent job paying homage to the near forgotten genre first started by the classic game Frogger.
To check out the review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Varmintz Deluxe
Skunk Studios
Varmintz Deluxe

MacGames DVD Volume 3 Goes Gold
1:02 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The third edition of the MacGames DVD subscription has gone gold and will be shipping later this week. Included on the DVD are over a dozen new demos including Battlefield 1942, Spider-Man 2, Enemy Engaged, Massive Assault, Myst IV, and more

If you haven't subscribed to the MacGames DVD, now's your chance. Included with each DVD are dozens of new demos, hundreds of shareware games, and tons of updates, add-ons, movies, and more. Nearly 4.7 Gigabytes of Mac gaming on every DVD!

Subscriptions to the MacGames DVD start at just $49 for one year and include a free game. Subscribe for two years and get two free games. Here's a list of the games IMG is currently offering with a MacGames DVD subscription:

• Dungeon Siege (new addition)
• Max Payne
• Tropico
• Master of Orion III
• Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
• Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003
• Return to Castle Wolfenstein
• Freedom Force
• Baldur's Gate II

Current MacGames CD subscribers can easily upgrade to the MacGames DVD subscription. These subscribers can sign up for an upgrade to the DVD version and will be given credit for remaining issues under their MacGames CD subscription.

For more information on the MacGames DVD subscription, please visit the link below.

Inside Mac Games
IMG Store: MacGames DVD Subscription

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The Third Reich to be Remade on Torque
9:48 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Fans of the popular UT2k4 mod The Third Reich may be interested in the fact that the dev team behind the mod is currently transitioning their mod over to the Torque Engine. The decision to do so comes from limitations encountered during the modding process as well as the difficulty of getting UT2k4 mods to catch on in popularity.

The Third Reich team also has a "call to arms" to the greater GarageGames community for assistance in not only coding but also aiding in their transition from "Unreal" to the "Torque Engine." The current team is made up of talented, dedicated and experienced team members who are confident the "Torque Shader Engine" will bring the engine΄s graphical quality to a whole new level and allow them to create a game worthy of standing next to others powered by different engines.
The team is currently looking for anyone experienced with Torque programming to help out in their task. More information can be found both at GarageGames and at their temporary website.

GarageGames - UT2004 Mod The Third Reich Graduates to Torque
The Third Reich

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Updated UT2004 Dedicated Server Released
9:48 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Beyond Unreal has reported the availability of an updated version of the Unreal Tournament 2004 Dedicated Server. The update allows admins to run a UT2k4 server without installing a full copy of the actual game.

Epic Games is releasing a new Unreal Tournament 2004 dedicated server download. This download allows server admins to run servers without a copy of the full game. The new dedicated server download includes UT 2004 version 3323, as well as the ECE Bonus Pack content and the WinXP bonus maps.
Versions for Mac, Windows, and Linux are all available. A dedicated server CD key is required as well.

Beyond Unreal - UT2004 Dedicated Server 3323 Released
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Phelios Unleashes Little Soldiers
7:43 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Prolific shareware producers Phelios have released their latest game, the military-based strategic puzzle title Little Soldiers.

The Lode Runner inspired title charges players with maneuvering tiny privates through thirty-six puzzles. Equipped with building materials, bullets, pick axes and rockets, players must plan and labour their way across each level by building fortifications, blowing up objects blocking their way, or digging themselves out of cul-de-sacs. Many of the game's puzzles require players to maneuver multiple soldiers through the level, relying on co-operation, sharing of available resources, and occasionally sacrificing some of the little buggers in order to achieve each level's goals.

The new title, whose requirements call for OS X 10.2 and an OpenGL accelerated 16 MB video card, requires a $14.95 registration to play the full version. Players interested in trying the game out can download an 8-level demo of the puzzle game through the links below:

Little Soldiers

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EQMac's First Annual Halloween Contest
7:43 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story, a major fan site for players of the Mac version of Everquest, recently announced that they would be holding their first annual Halloween Contest.

Here's a list of prizes:

Prizes are:

1 SOE/VIP Tee-Shirt ( With my limited amount, sizes preference cannot be guaranteed )
1 copy of Everquest Role Playing Guide ( Pen and Paper EQ )
1 Custom Title at ( Still deciding on title, taking PM suggestions )
1 Everquest Keychain
1 500pp in Game

For more information, or to check out, follow the provided links below.

EQMac's First Annual Halloween Contest
Sony Online
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Apple Posts Mac Splinter Cell Trailer
7:43 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Apple has posted a trailer of the long awaited Mac port of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell. The trailer shows off several sections of in-game action and should interest the general Mac gaming population as well as die-hard fans of the Tom Clancy series of games.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell is now shipping from the IMG Store; available for purchase at the link below.

Aspyr Media
Splinter Cell
Apple Game Trailers: Splinter Cell
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Game Benchmarking Banned in Apple Stores?
7:43 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

According to a Wired article, Apple is banning people it considers to be running benchmark programs on the demo machines within Apple Stores. Barefeat's webmaster, Robert Morgan, was banned from his local Apple Store after running game benchmarks on the iMac G5. According to the benchmarks he carried out, the iMac G5 was only moderately faster than the original iMac G4 and came nowhere near Apple's claim of three times faster.

Morgan received a statement from Natalie Kerris, Apple's director of products and technology PR:

"Our retail stores are for customers to try before they buy," she said. "They are not test labs."
However, Apple will be sending a test model of the iMac to Morgan as a form of compensation. Although this ban is directed at one person only, it may be safe to assume that other people running benchmarks on Apple machines may receive similar warnings.

The full article is available at the link below.

Wired News: Barred from the Apple Store

Mac Games News for Tuesday, October 5, 2004

IMG Reviews Republic: The Revolution12:28 PM
Diosoft's Pirates of the XXI Century Coming To The Mac?9:31 AM
Amju Super Golf 2.0 Released for OS X6:00 AM
Myst-related 'Ages of Ilathid' in Development6:00 AM
Myth TFL, Ballistic Updates6:00 AM
World Of Warcraft European Closed Beta6:00 AM
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