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World of Warcraft Open Beta Available
7:31 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

For the 1% of you that may have missed the news, Blizzard has opened signups for the long-awaited open beta test of World of Warcraft. Apparently most folks are aware already, as the official WoW site was so bombarded with requests that it went down for a while.

We sincerely apologize for the downtime of We are still working through our technical difficulties, and hope to have the site up as soon as feasibly possible. Unfortunately we do not have an ETA for you, but we will update you when more information becomes available. In the meantime...
Though the site still only displays a single page, that page has a link to the open beta signup page. It's currently working a bit slowly, but it is working, and interested folks can use it to register.

WoW is currently slated for a Nov 23rd release.

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IMG Reviews Airburst Extreme
11:26 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Airburst Extreme, the sequel to the popular shareware game created by Strange Flavour. Here's a clip from the review:

If you thought the bubbly high-intensity color of AirBurst was great fun (or even if you're coming to it for the first time), you will absolutely drool over the graphics advancements of AirBurst Extreme. It retains the old charm of AirBurst, but makes everything about a zillion times better. AirBurst Extreme is bright, flamboyant, and unlike anything else on the market.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

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Bugged Out Rally for OS X
8:23 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Shareware publishing house Winterwolves have released the latest title from developers InoculousGames - the insect-based rally racing title Bugged-Out Rally.

As the title of the new game implies, players race around eight unique tracks,
riding a slew of progressively faster insects. Players start off racing on a beetle, and through points awarded for winning races and knocking off opponents, upgrade through seven other insects until they reach the ultimate rig in bug racing; the praying mantis.

Tracks include the underwater "Ocean Side" track, and the Moon-based "Lunar" track, complete with minimal gravity. The game features the usual rounds of booster packs, from health upgrades to speed boosters. The game also offers players an arsenal of unique weapons, from self-guided rockets to levitating mines that chase opponents around the track.

The title, which also supports online multiplayer action, requires a 600MHz PowerPC with 128 MB of RAM running any flavour of OS X, and a 16MB VRAM 3D graphics card. Readers can download the free demo or purchase the full version of the title, for $19.95 USD, through the following link:

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Game In A Day Contest
7:31 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

GarageGames has announced the next upcoming Game in a Day contest. #7 in a running series, this event challenges programmers to literally create a game from the ground up in a day's time. The theme this time around should inspire some interesting thinking:

This is a community driven event that may just inspire one of the next great games GG publishes. We´ve been having trouble thinking of a theme for this GID, but have managed to whittle it down to Food, Cult and Bodily Functions. If anyone has any better suggestions please let us know. Each GID´s theme is rarely the same at the end as it is at the beginning - much like some of the original game ideas.
The GID is not meant to be a competition, but rather a chance for developers to meet and have some fun. To show their support, GG is making Torque 2D available for those looking to participate.

GID #7 is currently slated to take place Saturday 13th November through Sunday 14th November 2004.

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Italian MacMAME 0.87b released
7:31 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media's highly-productive game programmer Brad Oliver has just updated the Italian version of the MacMAME emulator project to version 0.87b, bringing the latin version of the title up to date with the current English and French applications.

Apart from bringing the popular arcade emulator up to speed with its Windows counterpart, version 0.87b of the title fixes a number of support folder issues, slow startup times, and crashes that were caused by certain ROM files. The latest version of the application also sports all the usual round of performance improvements, additional ROM support, and feature upgrades.

To grab the latest version of the files, head over to the MacMAME website through the link below:


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Men of Valor Delayed; Trailer Available (updated)
7:31 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

According to the Aspyr Media project status page, the upcoming Vietnam-based first person shooter Men Of Valor won't be making it into Christmas stockings this holiday season - the game's estimated release date has been pushed to February.

Created by 2015, the team responsible for the award-winning Medal Of Honor: Allied Assault, the new shooter put players deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia during between 1965 and 1968. While the multiplayer side of the game allows players to play either as U.S. soldiers or Viet Cong guerillas, the single player campaigns focus their attention on U.S. Marine Dean Shepard. and his struggle for survival from the early stages of the police action through to the Tet Offensive.

In an effort to get the Mac port of the Unreal engine-based title completed as quickly as possible, programmer Ryan Gordon has been working closely with Vivendi Universal, publishers of the PC and Xbox versions of the game. We contacted Aspyr's Glenda Adams, director of the company's internal development team, who filled us in on the reason for the delay -

The delay was for technical reasons- it's just taken our developer a lot of work to get it up and running on the Mac, since it uses a lot of advanced shader code and pushes the hardware pretty hard. It is just going to take us a couple extra months to get everything over and working on the Mac.
Until the game's release, readers wanting to get a taste of the action should head over to Apple's Game Trailers web pages, where a new trailer for the upcoming title is being hosted. The 11 MB movie features extensive in-game footage, giving viewers a taste of the carnage to come:

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Warren Spector Leaves Eidos
7:31 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Games mega-website Gamespot have confirmed that legendary game developer Warren Spector has relinquished his role as studio director at Ion Storm, and is leaving British game publishing giants Eidos to pursue "personal interests".

Spector, the driving force behind the System Shock, Thief, and Deus Ex franchises, has not announced his future intentions, however rumor has it that the venerable game developer is in negotiations to run Midway's Austin studio.

Spector's departure from Ion Storm does not completely sever his relationship with Eidos, however. A spokesperson for the game publishers confirmed that Spector will continue to work with the company as an intellectual property consultant:

Warren has chosen to pursue personal interests outside the company, but he will continue to work for Eidos as an IP consultant. His insight and expertise is highly valued by Eidos, and the company looks forward to continuing its relationship with Warren in his new role.
Congratulations to Mr. Spector on his latest career move. Click on the link below to check out the Gamespot article:

Gamespot: Warren Spector Leaves Eidos
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Mac Games News for Monday, November 8, 2004

IMG Posts Call of Duty: United Offensive Preview11:12 AM
The Gamesome Mac Tells Tales in the Desert8:35 AM
Feral: Chessmaster & Commandos Updates8:00 AM
World of Warcraft Patched; European Pre-Orders Nov 267:44 AM
C&C Zero Hour Hits First Playable7:41 AM
HomelanFed Talks Stubbs the Zombie7:41 AM
NoLimits Roller Coaster Updated to 1.57:41 AM
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