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A Tale In The Desert 2 Mac Client Released
7:55 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

The second telling of the non-violent, co-operative massively-multiplayer online role playing game A Tale In The Desert was launched yesterday, and, for the first time since the title's release in February of last year, Macintosh gamers can now partake in the online experience.

A Tale In The Desert is a new type of MMORPG taking place in Ancient Egypt, but rather than rely on vicious battles and violence to advance the game, players come together and work co-operatively on long term goals and peaceful issues. Non-violent goals include creating great works of art, lawmaking, engineering, architecture, building wealth and leadership skills, and conflict resolution.

The new Mac version was released simultaneously with the launching of the game's second telling, in which all the goals and standings since the game's initial launch are reset, and the game's formulas, disciplines, and content are all changed in order to start all players off on even footing. The Mac version of the game requires a G4 processor running OS X 10.3 or later, 384 MB of RAM, and a GeForce 4 MX video card or better.

A $13.95 USD monthly registration is required to play the online game, however new players interested in trying out the title get a total of 24 free hours over multiple sittings. The Mac installation file - weighing in at a hefty 246 MB - is available through the link below.

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MTX: Mototrax Giveaway Continues
1:56 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media and Inside Mac Games are teaming up for another special giveaway to celebrate the upcoming release of MTX: Mototrax. To enter the giveaway, you must upload a picture of something related to the game. Paste in a picture of yourself on a supercross bike. Or draw your own dream bike. Basically anything goes. The only stipulation is that the Aspyr logo MUST appear on the bike.

The winner of the contest, which will be chosen by Aspyr Media, will receive an autographed authentic motocross jersey signed by champion rider Travis Pastrana. In addition, the winner will receive a free copy of MTX: Mototrax.

The contest runs from now until October 27th.

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MacCentral: ATI Show Off Radeon X800
1:51 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacCentral's Peter Cohen has posted a short but sweet news item about the upcoming Mac version of the Radeon X800, the upcoming next-generation graphics card from ATI Technologies. According to the article, ATI has quietly unveiled the Mac version of the X800 at the Digital Life Expo in New York City this week.

Here's a clip from the article:

Sources at ATI confirmed with MacCentral that the card is based on ATI's Radeon X800 graphics chip -- the company's current high-end graphics hardware that has, to this point, not been available on the Macintosh. The card is equipped 256MB of VRAM, and features one dual-link Digital Visual Interface (DVI) connection capable of driving the 30-inch Cinema Display. An Apple Display Connector (ADC) interface is also provided. The system was shown running an older 23-inch Cinema HD Display side-by-side with the 30-inch model.
To check out the rest of the article, please follow the link below.

MacCentral: ATI shows Radeon X800 on Power Mac G5

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IMG Reviews Gish
12:59 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac games has posted a review of Chronic Logic's Gish. IMG Writer Ian Beck describes Gish as "the best shareware game I have played in a long, long time." Here's a clip from the review:

For those who have no idea what this game is about, here's a summary: you are a ball of tar named Gish. You have a girlfriend named Brea, and while the two of you were on a romantic walk, Brea was snatched from you and down a nearby manhole. Heroically you plunged down after her, and now you are traveling through the sewers, facing strange villains and devious traps, to rescue Brea from who-knows-what.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Gish

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Feral Friday: Bionicle Movie and Chess Shots
11:12 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

For this weeks news update, the UK based publisher Feral Interactive has provided us with some media for two of their upcoming tiles as well as an update on the progress of these titles.

First up is the Bionicle trailer which shows off the spectacular graphics in this LEGO-based third person action-adventure. The game is progressing fine and is scheduled for an early November release.

The other game that is approaching release is Chessmaster 9000. For those of you interested in this title, Feral is providing some brand new screenshots showing how well the talented people at Zonic has adapted the games interface for OS X during the porting process. Chessmaster 9000 is also slated for a November release, so start warming up your brains.

To read the full news update and find links to the new media, head over to Feral's news page with help of the link provided below.

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IMG Store: Men of Valor, Rise of Nations Pre-Order
8:39 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has begun to take pre-orders for MacSoft's Rise of Nations Gold and Aspyr's Men of Valor. Both titles are available for pre-order for $48.95.

From the creators of the award-winning Medal of Honor: Allied Assault comes Men of Valor, 2015's historical first-person shooter that portrays infantry combat during the Vietnam War. Men of Valor immerses you in the humid jungles of Southeast Asia in the most controversial conflict of the modern era. Experience the intensity of the historical battle recreated with cunning AI and detailed graphics that put you on the frontlines. Battle your way through search and destroy missions around Da Nang airbase to the Tet offensive and the counterattack on Hue. Experience the thrilling tour of duty with friends via various multiplayer modes, which allow you to view the war from the perspective of the Viet Cong guerillas as well as U.S. forces.

Rise of Nations: Gold Edition includes both the original Rise of Nations, plus Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots! Dominate 6,000 years of history from the Ancient Age to the Information Age. Which forces will you deploy to lead your nation to global prominence? Trade, espionage, diplomacy…war? Whichever path you choose, you’ll experience the pulse pounding thrill and speed of real-time gaming combined with the epic scope and depth of turn-based strategy games – brought together for the first time ever in Rise of Nations.

To place your pre-order for these games, please follow the links below.

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Custer Commutes To A New Desktop
7:58 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG's desktop guru, Brad Custer, has posted his latest desktop. This week's desktop features SimCity 4: Rush Hour, the recently-released expansion pack to the city building simulation by Aspyr Media.

Here's what Brad had to say about his latest desktop:

SimCity 4: Rush Hour from Aspyr Media started shipping a little over 2 weeks ago and its obvious that everyone is enjoying this expansion pack by the amount of requests I've received for a desktop dedicated to it. And since every week I ask you to send in your suggestions it was clear to me that I needed to make one for this latest endeavour into the city of Sims. In this week's feature I wanted to create a wallpaper that captured the "morning commute" by the shear congestion.
Head over to Custer's Desktops to check out the latest desktop.

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Canadians Require Photo ID To Buy Video Games
7:55 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Oh, Canada. We Show ID For Thee.
Glorious, Violent Games Now Need Identity...

The Canadian video game industry, numerous Canadian provincial governments, and multiple retailers above the 49th parallel have pulled together in announcing a country-wide initiative to keep video games that depict graphic violence and sex out of the reach of children.

The industry drive, called Commitment To Parents, is a partnership between federal and provincial governments and video game industry associations, including the Retail Council of Canada, the Electronic Software Association of Canada, and the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

Under the new initiative, Canadian retailers will be responsible for enforcing the U.S.-based ESRB volunteer rating system, in which video game are rated based on a game's content, and the age appropriateness of the title. The rating system, in which games are separated into five age categories from Adults Only to Early Childhood, is printed on all video game packaging entering the country from the U.S.

Further to making sure inappropriate games don't leave the store in children's hands, the retailers participating in the initiative have also agreed to educate parents on the ESRB rating system, and post detailed information regarding the system within their stores. According to the B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Rich Coleman:

In addition to age restrictions, the Commitment to Parents program emphasizes parental responsibility. Expanding the program across Canada will ensure that more parents can protect their children from inappropriate material.
Up until now, the ESRB rating system has been printed on the packaging of almost all video and computer games sold in the country, however retailers have had no obligation to enforce the system. The recent public uproar over increasingly violent video games has put pressure on retailers and governments alike to address the situation.

In March of this year, the Ontario Government gave a "Restricted" rating to the Rockstar Games third person shooter Manhunt under the province's Theatres Act. Selling or renting the title to minors under the age of 18 could result in fines of up to $100,000 for the retailer, and fines of up to $25,000 for the underage consumers.

Mac Games News for Thursday, October 14, 2004

Brickshooter Updated12:27 PM
MacSoft Announces Rise of Nations Gold9:16 AM
Descender Updated8:38 AM
Gordon Gives UT '99 OS X Update7:56 AM
Bad Mojo Scurries Back To The Mac6:00 AM
Carball 2.1 Released6:00 AM
New Bad Mojo Interview6:00 AM
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