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Game Server Configulator for MoH: Breakthrough
8:15 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

P-Edge Media's Martin van Spanje, creator of gaming tools for the Macintosh platform, has just released his dedicated server configuration utility for Aspyr Media's World War II first person shooter Medal Of Honor Allied Assault: Breakthrough.

Entitled Game Server Configulator Breakthrough (sic), the application provides a graphical interface to Aspyr's recently released, Console-driven Medal Of Honor Dedicated Server. The utility includes numerous features to aid administrators in running the game servers, including:

  • Ban players by their IP address
  • Auto-kick banned players
  • Finder document integration.
  • Auto-broadcast of server messages.
  • Auto-start server documents.
  • Dock icon shows amount of connected players.
  • Servers running van Spanje's new utility also get announced on his GSC Serverlist, an up-to-date online directory of up-and-running dedicated servers.

    While the 1 MB application is free, a $1.50 USD donation to the author's Paypal account is encouraged. Server admins may also be interested in the author's other game server configurators for Aspyr's MoH: Allied Assault, MoHAA: Spearhead, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, and Call of Duty. Click on the link below to grab the file.

    Game Server Configulators
    Download GSC: Breakthrough
    Medal of Honor: Breakthrough
    Buy Medal of Honor: Breakthrough

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    Feral: Bionicle Goes Gold, New Commandos 3 Trailer
    1:32 PM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

    In another of the weekly Feral Friday updates Feral Interactive has announced that Bionicle, a game based on LEGO's most successful toy of recent years, has reached Gold Master. This game will place players within a fast-paced action adventure world of good versus evil, with a mixture of combat, exploration and puzzle solving.

    From Feral's news page:

    What’s that iridescent glow coming from a corner of the Feral HQ? Can it truly be the Mask of Light, the one tool known to banish the darkness from Mata Nui? No, superior by far to some mythical mask, it’s the freshly pressed goodness of the Bionicle golden master disc! This can only mean one thing… that within weeks the Toa will be rushing from their island home straight to a Mac near you. Prepare yourselves, young Matorans, be ready for the Boh-rok swarms – the time for combat is at hand!
    Along with the good news that Bionicle is ready for the disc burners comes a new trailer from the upcoming Commandos Battle Pack. This trailer shows off the gameplay from the 3rd game in the series and it includes in-game sections from a sniper's point of view.

    Here's a blurb from Feral about what the new trailer contains:

    Right-o lads, we’ve another new boy joining the squad today, and this chap’s no rapscallion. One Francis T. Wooldridge, a sniper. As he’ll mostly be out of sight, I’m instructing you to watch this film of him at work, recorded whilst smoothing out a prickly assignment. We call him Duke, since he’s from noble stock, though he’s hardly a jolly character – wouldn’t be surprised if you caught pneumonia shaking his hand, what.
    A link to Feral's update page with information about Bionicle GM and the new Commandos trailer is available below.

    Also, careful readers of Inside Mac Games will notice that a preview of Bionicle was posted today. A link to the article is included below if you're interested in learning more about this LEGO themed game.

    Bionicle Goes Gold, New Commandos 3 Trailer
    Commandos Battle Pack
    IMG Previews Bionicle
    Feral Interactive
    Buy Bionicle
    Buy Commandos Battle Pack

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    IMG Previews Feral's Bionicle
    9:49 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    IMG has posted a preview of Bionicle, the upcoming game from developer Zonic and publisher Feral Interactive. Here's a clip from the preview:

    Bionicle, ported by Zonic and published by Feral Interactive, is Mac-bound. Once a platform and PC title, Bionicle enlists your help to defeat the Makuta by playing as the mighty Toa, a mythical band of heros from some Polynesian Valhalla. Feral adds its own touch to the title, due out on the Mac in the very near future.
    To check out the entire preview, please follow the link below.

    IMG Preview: Bionicle
    Feral Interactive
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    GarageGames Focuses on Artists in Torque
    8:15 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    GarageGames has recently opened an expanded Torque Artists section to their forums. The purpose of this is to get the art side up and rolling as they continue to update and push the Torque engine.

    It is time that GarageGames became as great a place for artists as it is for coders. For this first step in this direction, we´ve added an expanded Torque Artists section to the forums - don´t forget to subscribe to this forum if you want to see new unread posts! Second, We´ve added a basic artists´ homepage that will keep you up to date on new developments in the Torque art world. Finally, we have a new snapshot section for artists. Please post your concept art, 3D renders, models, in game shots... anything goes!
    They also plan on adding new art tools, including new exporters and show tools.

    In related news, GG has also released a new starter kit for the Torque engine. Titled the RTS Starter Kit, this package includes several features for RTS gaming, including a camera system, customized units classes, and a multiplayer lobby system.

    GarageGames Opens "Torque for Artists" Section
    GarageGames Announces Torque Starter Kit: RTS Fever Strikes

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    Triple Shot Of Bioware News
    8:15 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    Not one to be left out of the limelight for too long, Canadian-based game developers Bioware have made three noteworthy appearances in gaming-related websites in the past week.

    First off, the venerable game developers, creators of the AD&D-based Baldur's Gate, the old, MechWarrior-style Shattered Steel, and the recently-released role playing game Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic, have just opened their new online store.

    The store's current offerings are a trio of expansion modules for their two and a half-year-old Neverwinter Nights, all complete with new storylines, voiceovers, music, and in-game content. The modules, which Bioware has confirmed with InsideMacGames are guaranteed to work on the Mac, retail for $7.99 and $4.99 USD.

    Secondly, in conjunction with the store opening, the developers have gone on a bit of a media blitz, speaking on the new store and the content of the new modules. Here's Bioware's Tom Ohle, speaking with PC gaming website IGN:

    IGNPC: So why is it you decided to keep supporting Neverwinter Nights?

    Tom Ohle: The Neverwinter Nights community has been extremely active since the launch of the game, and we've been continually impressed with the rapid growth and dynamic nature of the community. We want to support this magnificent community by both providing brand new BioWare-developed content, as well as showcasing the efforts of top community talent. By offering these Premium Neverwinter Nights Modules for download through the BioWare Online Store, we're giving fans quick, affordable access to brand new Neverwinter Nights content that will greatly extend their gameplay experience with dedicated BioWare-developed and supported content.

    To break this little on-message formula, it's kind of cool to note that the original Witch's Wake module (which has now been re-mastered with voice-over, some new subrace functionality, and other neat features) was downloaded more than half a million times. Who knew there was such a market for shorter downloadable adventures?

    And finally, in Billboard's first annual nod to the digital entertainment industries, Bioware received the honour of being awarded the title of Game Developer Of The Year for 2004.

    The Billboard Digital Entertainment Conference & Awards is a two-day event focusing on the art, science, and business of digital entertainment media in all its forms. The event, which culminated last Friday, featured over eighty speakers and industry dignitaries, including some of the top brass at Sony, Electronic Arts, and Microsoft.

    While Apple wasn't included in the list of speakers, the Mac community was represented in the most illustrious way possible - Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple and Pixar, was honoured with the award of Visionary Of The Year. How d'you like them Apples?

    New Bioware Online Store
    IGN's Vioware Q&A
    Billboard's Digital Entertainment Awards Winners
    Neverwinter Nights
    Buy Neverwinter Nights

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    Custer Brings the Battle to Your Desktop
    8:15 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

    In honor of the recently observed Veteran's Day, IMG's own Brad Custer has designed this week's desktop after Aspyr's World War II-based, Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition.

    Titled "Fleet," the desktop picture depicts a scene featuring naval ships:

    Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition from Aspyr Media came out in June, but today seemed a fitting day to do a wallpaper for it one day after Veteran's Day. In this week's feature I wanted to pay honor to all of men and lady of our great country who have served for our freedom.
    Readers interested in downloading this latest work can do so at the usual place, Custer's Desktops.

    IMG Desktop: Fleet
    Aspyr Media
    Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition
    Buy Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition

    Mac Games News for Thursday, November 11, 2004

    IMG Blogs: A Switcher, Splinter Cell review, and more10:54 AM
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    Freeverse Ships Project Nomads9:56 AM
    Call Of Duty: United Offensive Goes Gold8:31 AM
    Gutterball 2 Knocking Over Macs8:05 AM
    Medal Of Honor Updates8:05 AM
    Ryan Gordon Interview8:05 AM
    Shadowbane: Throne Of Oblivion Open Beta To Start Soon8:05 AM
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