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Freeverse Ships Project Nomads
9:56 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software and Virtual Programming today announced that Project Nomads has begun shipping to retail outlets in North America. Project: Nomads is a third person cross genre game that takes place in a fantasy world of huge, floating islands that drift slowly through the haze of the clouds. The player controls a Nomad - a human able to fly, mastering the art of magic and the relics of a lost technology. With his arcane powers and glittering, magical artifacts, he can build factories, powerplants and defense facilities on these massive platforms.

Here's more from the press release:

As one of three Nomad characters, the player takes control of an island adrift in a sea of clouds. Through exploration and adventure, the player begins to master arcane engineering arts to fortify the island against monsters, rivals, and the vast unknown.

Cast fireballs and spellbombs in a strikingly realized world with
stunning graphics, a compelling story and fun gameplay. Project Nomads
is a unique genre-blending adventure for the Mac.

Project Nomads is $29.95 and is available at the Apple Stores, Freeverse's web site, and soon to be available at the IMG Store.

Virtual Programming
Project Nomads
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IMG Blogs: A Switcher, Splinter Cell review, and more
10:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz

A few months ago IMG announced a cool new blog feature for IMG Pro users. What's a blog you ask? Well, for those who are unfamiliar with it, a blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is "blogging" and someone who keeps a blog is a "blogger."

The following are clips of some of the more interesting posts that IMG Pro bloggers have recently posted. Be sure to check out the full blogs to read the entire entries.

This first one comes from Ibrin who recently switched to the Mac:

One of my happiest days in recent memory was when I got the call from my wife that the FedEx lady had dropped off my iMac. That was a day to leave work early. ^_^ As soon as I got home, I got to the unpacking and setting it up. Needless to say it was the sexiest piece of technology I'd ever owned.
Grant Davis' blog talks about the new StarWars Special Edition DVD:
I am also glad Mr. Lucas fixed up some of his changes from the first Special Edition that was only released on VHS tape. Some of those changes were not the best quality wise, and stood out from the original too much. This time round it's a lot better in my opinion, Jabba the Hutt in A New Hope actually looks more like the puppet version in Return of the Jedi.
And finally, IMG regular MacProject has posted his own review of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell:
I can't even begin to tell you how fun this aspect of the gameplay is. Sam Fisher is a competent fighter, but he isn't heavily armed and must often remain undetected. As such, he must rely on his assortment of gadgets like sticky cameras, a fiber optic camera, and so forth. This is a nice change of pace from the usual blast-a-thons that many are used to playing on the Mac. Stealth gameplay also lends itself to high's fun to go through levels again and try different approaches to dispatching guards or finding alternate ways to proceed. And thanks to the included quicksave option (a luxury for those of us who started with the console versions), replaying certain scenarios is now more convenient!
To check out these blog and more, please follow the links below.

Interested in starting your own blog? Sign up a subscription for IMG Pro. It's just $19.95 a year. For more info, also follow the link below to IMG Pro.

A Switcher's Blog
Grant Davis' blog
MacProject's Blog

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IMG Reviews Shrek 2
10:26 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Shrek 2. Here's a clip from the review:

Most of the gameplay involved is demonstrated in the first level, which doubles as a tutorial. You have an attack button which will smash boxes, break down barriers, and most importantly, lay enemies flat. Pressing the button twice, or three times, will elicit different combos for extra damage.

Your other abilities include jumping and, depending on the character you play, climbing. Further spice is added in the form of potions you can buy throughout the game at various points using gold coins that you collect along the way. These potions can do anything from provide you with extra strength (massive clawed gloves in the case of Puss in Boots) to turning all your enemies into frogs. While diverting, an opportunity was missed in making it necessary to use the right potions in certain situations, and instead they are simply left there as a novelty. Albeit a fun one.

To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Shrek 2
Aspyr Media
Shrek 2
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Call Of Duty: United Offensive Goes Gold
8:31 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media announced this morning that the Call Of Duty: United Offensive expansion pack has gone gold, and is scheduled to hit stores November 22nd.

Gray Matter's United Offensive extends the award-winning Call Of Duty first person experience through thirteen new single-player maps, eleven new multiplayer scenarios, and a slew of new weapons, special effects, and player abilities. Players wanting to re-immerse themselves in battles key to the liberation of Europe have three all-new campaigns to choose from: the new expansion pack allows players to join the U.S. 101st Airborne during the Battle of the Bulge, the British air campaigns from a B-17 bomber, or battle the enemy face to face on the Russian frontlines as a new conscript in the Battle of Kursk.

The new expansion pack requires the full version of Aspyr's Call Of Duty to run, and thus shares its system requirements: an 867 MHz G4 or faster, a 32MB ATI Radeon 7500 or nVidia Gefore 2 or better, 256 MB of RAM, a DVD drive, and OS X 10.2.8. The game is available for pre-order for $29.95 through the IMG Store - click on the link below to be among the first gamers on your block to play through the new expansion pack.

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Call of Duty: United Offensive
Call of Duty
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Ryan Gordon Interview
8:05 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Those looking for more info on programmer Ryan Gordon need look no further than a recent interview by Macologist. While the main focus of the interview is on the upcoming OS X port of Postal 2, Gordon also answers questions about life, Mac gaming in general, and the joys of travel.

When asked about Postal 2's development history for the Mac and Linux, Gordon notes the various factors that held up the project, including dealing with the legal problems of the company responsible for the physics engine going out of business. He also goes into how he managed to get his hands on the codebase for the original Postal, and hopes to bring it to OS X in the future, possibly as a freebie.

He also notes that Postal 2 may be a better game than what folks may have heard:

Postal 2 nails it. It's a brilliant caricature of our mangled, disconnected, fast-food society, disguised as a collection of dirty jokes and ultraviolence. It's Bret Ellis's American Psycho in the's Flannery O'Connor for the new millenium. You might not see people playing soccer with a human head in real life, but if things aren't a little creepy in their familiarity, you aren't really paying attention.
Other topics include his various convention stops, programming pros and cons with Macs, and the ever-present question of Mac performance quality.

Macologist - Interview with Ryan Gordon: Postal2 & Mac Gaming
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Medal Of Honor Updates
8:05 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Forever dedicated to the satisfaction of Mac gamers everywhere, Aspyr Media's Brad Oliver has been working on improvements for his company's trio of WWII-themed first person shooters, Medal Of Honor: Allied Assault, Medal Of Honor: Spearhead, and Medal Of Honor: Breakthrough.

First off, Aspyr has released a dedicated server application for the three titles. Designed to run from the terminal, the programs allow the full power of an administrator's CPU to be dedicated to hosting online games, free from the overhead that OpenGL and other processor-intensive tasks bog down a computer. In his latest blog entry, Oliver volunteers that administrators may want to experiment by running both the dedicated server and the game's regular client on the same computer at the same time.

Further to the dedicated server, Oliver and co. have unleashed revision "b" to last week's patches for all three titles. The new revision addresses issues dealing with the game's configurations files that crept into the 2.15 patch to Allied Assault and the Spearhead expansion, and the 2.40 patch for MoH: Breakthrough.

Readers interested in running the dedicated server are also required to install the new updates for all three titles, as the server requires revised resource files supplied by the updates.

The revised patches and the dedicated server software are being hosted over at IMG's sister site MacGameFiles, and are available through the links below -

Medal of Honor & Spearhead 2.15b Update
Medal Of Honor: Breakthrough 2.40b Update
Medal of Honor Dedicated Server 1.0
Aspyr Media
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
Medal of Honor: Breakthrough
Medal of Honor: Spearhead
Buy Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
Buy Medal of Honor: Breakthrough
Buy Medal of Honor: Spearhead

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Shadowbane: Throne Of Oblivion Open Beta To Start Soon
8:05 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Wolfpack has announced that an open beta is forthcoming for Throne of Oblivion, the next expansion for the PvP-styled MMORPG. While the open beta is free, interested players must have an active Shadowbane Subscriber Account in order to qualify for the open beta.

In preparation for the launch of the expansion on December 7th, 2004, we need your help for the final testing of the new Vampire Race, the new Necromancer and Nightstalker classes, the realm system, stress testing, and more. Late this week we will be opening up the testing phase to the entire subscriber-base of Shadowbane.
While not mandatory, Wolfpack recommends that qualified entrants turn on the preference for receiving email newsletters to ensure that they receive an application.

Throne of Oblivion is currently set for a December 7th release date.

Shadowbane - Open Beta for Oblivion Imminent
Wolfpack Studios
Shadowbane: The Rise of Chaos

Gutterball 2 Knocking Over Macs
8:05 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

San Francisco-based shareware house Skunk Studios have released their latest sports title, the sequel to 2002's popular 3D bowling simulator Gutterball.

Gutterball 2 moves beyond the developer's previous bowling effort; the new game features a re-designed physics engine and a new graphics engine supporting all the newest bells and whistles. Players can square off against the game's AI, against up to three other human players, or read the lane in single-player mode. Players control the ball through the mouse - throw strength is determined by how quickly players move the mouse. And unlike other bowling titles, throws in the new title aren't limited to frozen ropes; players have a chance to throw some body english into the shot and can steer the ball left or right as it travels down the lane. Finally, the chance to nail a Brooklyn strike.

The new title features five themed bowling alleys, complete with their own cast of characters. Move from the standard 1950's retro lane to the exotic Lotus Lanes, Jungle Alley and Iceberg level, in which an angry seal might just scamper across the lane and turn a perfect shot into a nothing ball. Sound effects, crowd cheering and a funky soundtrack fill the air, while two burly announcers take turns either cheering or jeering players. And finally, scores can be tracked both through the game's local high scores list, and compared to other players' scores online.

The new title requires a 700 MHz CPU running any flavour of OS X, and equipped with an OpenGL graphics card. The game, which offers players sixty minutes of free play before requiring a $24.95 registration fee, is available through the Skunk Studios website:

Gutterball 2
Skunk Studios

Mac Games News for Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Aspyr Ships MTX: Mototrax10:54 AM
WoW Open Beta Signups Closed, Collector Edition Details10:43 AM
5,000,000th Burning Monkey Game Impending7:34 AM
New Ambrosia Screenshots7:34 AM
uDevGames 2004 Voting Begins7:34 AM
Vendetta In-Progress Report; Creators Profile Posted7:34 AM
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