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Aspyr Announces DOOM 3 For Mac
8:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has announced that it will be bringing id Software's critically acclaimed first-person shooter, DOOM 3, to the Macintosh platform. The game is currently under co-development for Macintosh by id Software and Aspyr Media and will be published by Aspyr Media. Although a ship date hasn't been officially announced, our sources indicate that Aspyr will aim to ship it by February 2005, but don't be surprised if it ends up shipping earlier than that.

Here's more from the official press release:

The ruins of an ancient Martian civilization have unlocked the secrets to teleportation and the Union Aerospace Corporation will stop at nothing to harness this world-altering technology. As part of a Marine detachment sent to protect the facility, your duty seemed simple enough – until the invasion. Now, in an epic clash against pure evil you must fight to understand who is with you, who is against you, and what must be done to stop this nightmare from reaching earth.

“DOOM 3 has instantly become a must have title for any game fan, and we’re thrilled to be working with Aspyr in bringing this landmark game to the Macintosh,” said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. “Now, Macintosh owners can experience for themselves the unparalleled combination of bleeding-edge technology and edge-of-your-seat gameplay that critics and fans are raving about."

DOOM 3’s dramatic storyline, pulse-pounding action, and incredible graphics, combine to produce the most frightening and gripping gaming experience ever created. DOOM 3 utilizes id Software’s revolutionary new 3D graphics engine to create disturbingly realistic graphics, with never before seen detail and real-time lighting. Players can fight the forces of evil as a lone marine or battle other marines in team or deathmatch-based multiplayer modes.

Here are the preliminary system requirements:
• Mac OS X 10.3.6 or later
• PowerPC G5 1.5 GHz or faster
• 384MB RAM (512MB recommended)
• 2.2 GB free disk space
• ATI Radeon 8500/nVidia GeForce 3 or better
• 32MB of Video Ram (VRAM)
• DVD drive required to install and play
IMG has posted a first-look sneak preview of the game, for those unfamiliar with the title. Be on the lookout for more hands-on previews of the game on IMG in the future.

The IMG Store has also begun to take pre-orders for DOOM 3. It is available for $49.95.

IMG First Look: DOOM 3
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Shadowbane House Of Commons Chat Log Posted
9:20 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The official Shadowbane website has posted a transcript of a recent House of Commons Chat Log. The chat was open to general questions, and covers topics from scripted events to the upcoming expansion Throne of Oblivion.

Several questions were directed towards various character classes, including Ranger improvement and Necromancer spells. A concern regarding the power of Vampires was also brought up:

Brekkee - *Zarithas* What do vampires have that make them 'balanced'? I see they get some great spells, but do they get any other limits other than holy and fire vulnerability?
Lietgardis - Vampires benefit less from heals, and that's troublesome for them, because their powers cost health.
Meridian - And their powers DO cost health.
Meridian - Watch out that you don't gank yourself on that Sprint!
Lietgardis - There's also a whole class devoted to taking them out. I don't think their lives will be easy.
Other topics discussed include various balance issues, performance enhancements, and AI improvements.

House of Commons Chat Log
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Myst IV 1.01 Patch Released
9:20 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

As reported earlier, Ubisoft has released a patch for Myst IV: Revelation. The patch, set at verion 1.01, fixes a number of bugs with both hardware and software.

The list of changes is as follows:

* Radeon 7000-7500 graphics card issues in Spire
* Time sensitive puzzle in Spire reworked
* "Mangree" puzzle crash issue resolved
* Game version number now displayed correctly in the main menu
* Game save issue (when the user has collected an extensive picture gallery) corrected
* Workaround for the ATI driver bug that was causing issues on the Radeon 7500 on Windows XP in the second node of the observatory and at random places. Fixed with ATI driver catalyst 4.9 and 4.10
* Registration problem (identifying as Prince of Persia) fixed
* MAC fire offering display issue in Serenia corrected
Those interested in downloading the patch can find it at Ubisoft's site.

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Spiderweb Software 10th Anniversary
8:00 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Seattle-based role playing game developers Spiderweb Software celebrated their tenth anniversary this past Sunday, and are throwing a month-long software sale to celebrate.

Spiderweb Software are the creators of popular 3D role playing games, such as the Avernum franchise, the Geneforge series, and their early Exile classic role playing titles. Their latest release and addition to the Avernum series, Blades Of Avernum is the first Spiderweb title to include a game editor with the shipping game, enabling players to create their own top view adventures for themselves.

The game developers have announced that they are currently working on the next addition to the Geneforge fantasy series. In Geneforge 3, players will take on the responsibilities of an apprentice Shaper, who has been given the power to create life and mold it to server the player's own needs.

In celebration of their ten year anniversary, the Spiderweb Software team are offering a 10% discount off all their titles purchased through their online store. This offer is good only through the month of November - details are available through the links below.

Congratulations to Jeff Vogel and the gang over at Spiderweb from all of us here at IMG - we wish you another ten years of game development success.

Spiderweb Software 10th Anniversary
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Upcoming UT2K4 Patch Details
8:00 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Epic Games programmer Steve Polge has posted a changelog on the Beyond Unreal forums with a complete list of all the updates and fixes currently included in the game developer's upcoming patch for their popular online shooter Unreal Tournament 2004.

The patch, which upgrades the multiplyer title from version 3323 to 3336, include improvements to Onslaught gameplay, bug fixes and slight improvements to the game's general gameplay, improved networking and demo recording code, and a few menu glitch fixes. The game's developers recommend installing the new pathch after installing Epic's Editor's Choice Bonus Pack, as the patch fixes bugs specific to the bonus pack.

The new update is currently at beta, and, if everything goes well, should be completed and unleashed to the general gaming public soon. While there has been no word from prolific Ryan Gordon regarding his conversion of the patch, past experience would indicate that fans of the game can expect a simultaneous, or near-simultaneous release for the Mac version of the updater.

Upcoming UT2k4 version 3336 Change Log
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, November 2, 2004

World of Warcraft Open Beta FAQ11:23 AM
Worms: Forts Under Siege PC Gold7:56 AM
Audio Overload 2 Beta Updated7:49 AM
Battlefield 2 Q&A7:49 AM
Halloween Warcraft 3 Map Available7:49 AM
Final World of Warcraft Stress Test7:48 AM
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