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World of Warcraft Open Beta Soon
7:52 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blizzard fans currently not in the beta testing for the in-development MMORPG World of Warcraft should be pleased to hear that a recent announcement was made concerning open beta testing at the WoW Community Site. Blizzard will soon be accepting applicants for testing in North America, though full details have yet to be disclosed.

We are happy to announce that we will soon be accepting applicants for the World of Warcraft® Open Beta Test for North America. The open phase of beta will give people a chance to enter Azeroth and play World of Warcraft before the game is released. More details will become available in the days ahead, so stay tuned.
We'll post more information regarding the upcoming open beta as soon as we get word. Doubtless, Blizzard's servers are about to become just a little busier.

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IMG Ships MacGames DVD Volume 3
10:17 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The third issue of the popular MacGames DVD has begun shipping to subscribers. MacGames DVD Volume 3 a dozen new demos including Battlefield 1942, Spider-Man 2, Enemy Engaged, Massive Assault, Myst IV, and more. Plus over 150 new shareware games, dozens of game updates, cool new QuickTime movies and trailers. Also included are maps, mods, and add-ons for Battlefield 1942 and more. It has nearly 4.7 Gigabytes of Mac gaming goodness.

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)
• Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 (new)
• Star Trek: Elite Force II (new)
• Indiana Jones and the Emporer's Tomb (new)
• Star Wars: Jedi Knight II (new)
• Max Payne
• Tropico
• Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
• Return to Castle Wolfenstein
• 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.

If you subscribe today, you will get the MacGames DVD Volume 3. For more information on the MacGames DVD subscription, please visit the link below.

IMG Store: MacGames DVD Subscription Information

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Call of Duty: United Offensive At Beta
7:52 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Aspyr's Project Status page now shows Call of Duty: United Offensive as being in Beta status. An expansion for the popular WWII-themed FPS, UO adds a host of new missions, multiplayer games, and vehicles to the mix.

Some of its listed features include:

  • 13 new Single-Player missions!
  • 11 new Multiplayer maps and 3 new modes, with vehicles including tanks and jeeps!
  • Fight in tanks, jeeps, motorcycles, even a bomber.
  • Work with your squad through snow and rain, using new weapons including flamethrowers and deployable machine guns, or by calling in artillery strikes.
The current target date for UO's release is currently set for November of this year.

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Neverwinter Nights 1.64 Patch Available
7:52 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

BioWare has released a new update to their epic role-playing game Neverwinter Nights and its expansions Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark. The patch address several minor issues, but does also add some new content to the game.

Since this is the first patch released since the first appearance of the Mac specific version of the expansions, some thing are a bit different from before. There are now Mac downloads for users of the expansions, and these will work for the Mac specific expansions as well as for those who have installed the PC version on their Macs. But unlike before, the users of the PC version will have to place the expansion disc in the drive while playing. But once again, this works just fine with the PC version of the discs.

To find the patches, and changes list, follow the link below to BioWare's Patches and Updates page.

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BioWare: 1.64 NWN Update Now Available!
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Sean Sollé & Douglas Adams's Games on The Gamesome Mac
7:52 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 Sean Sollé about his work on the games of Douglas Adams.

In the late 1990s, Sean Sollé worked with Douglas Adams at The Digital Village on Starship Titanic, Adams's delightfully whimsical and critically-acclaimed graphical adventure game. He went on to co-design h2g2, the online guide to life, the universe, and everything inspired by Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Most recently, Sean Sollé developed the BBC's 20th Anniversary Edition of Adam's classic Infocom text adventure game of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which was launched last month in conjunction with BBC Radio 4's new series of episodes of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, continuing Douglas Adams's immortal story in its original medium and with the original cast after an interval of 25 years.

Hosts 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.

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, October 8, 2004

IMG Updates 'Free Game' Offers2:16 PM
IMG Reviews Massive Assault1:02 PM
Feral Friday: Commandos Deployed To The Mac11:29 AM
Pangea Ships 'Ultimate Game Programming Guide For Mac OS X'11:12 AM
Chariots: The First Olympics Coming To Mac11:05 AM
True Crime: Streets Of L.A. At Alpha9:37 AM
Battlefield 1942 Dedicated Server9:23 AM
Bionicle Brad Builds a Brand-new Background7:58 AM
Video Game Addiction: A Real Threat7:58 AM
Wörms of Prey Available för OS X7:58 AM
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