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Freeverse's Big Bang Board Games Ship
7:44 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

New York-based software development house Freeverse Software announced on Tuesday that their online board game suite Big Band Board Games is now shipping.

The games collection, including Chess, Backgammon, Checkers, Reversi, Tic-Tac-Toe, Mancala, and 4-In-A-Row, prides itself on sharing the same engine that won the Chess title two Apple Design Awards earlier this year. The games feature tight integration with Apple Computer's consumer-friendly iLife applications, allowing gamers to take advantage of Apple's iTunes, iChat and iSight technologies to enhance their online gaming experience.

Demos for the individual titles are currently available at the Freeverse website. The boxed version of Big Bang Board Games will soon be available at Apple stores, most Mac retailers throughout the country, and from Freeverse's own online store for $24.95 USD.

Click on the link below to check out more information about the new games suite made in New York City.

New York City?

Big Bang Board Games
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Updated GSC: Spearhead Released
7:44 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

P-Edge, maker of various Game Server tools for Quake 3 games, has updated one such tool for the Spearhead expansion to Medal of Honor. The updated program uses the dedicated server program recently released by Aspyr. Like their other Game Server Configulators, the program allows you to set up and effectively run a dedicated server. Here's some more info:

Today I have updated GSC Spearhead to version 1.7. This means it now uses the official "mohaas_server" executable that Aspyr recently released.

Of course, GSC Spearhead is now up-to-date with all the latest features that are also common in GSC Breakthrough and GSC Jedi Academy:

* Ban players by their IP
* Auto-kick unwanted players
* Broadcast of server messages
* Multiple server documents with Finder integration
* Instant messaging to the players from the console
* rcon commands can be given in the console

For more information or to download the program, follow the links provided below.

Medal of Honor: Spearhead
GSC: Spearhead Released
Aspyr Media
Westlake Interactive
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Bad Mojo Reaches Gold Master (updated)
7:44 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

The re-release of the innovative --and some might say Kafka-esque-- game, Bad Mojo, has reached gold master. The premise of this game follows:

You're cast in the part of Dr. Samms, the head of an entomology department, who has been magically transformed into one of the most disgusting forms of life. A cockroach.
Gameplay is similar to the Myst series of games, with the twist of taking the role of a common pest. The game takes place in only 6 rooms, within which there are hundreds of beautifully pre-rendered scenes of rotten meat and garbage! It is being re-released onto a hybrid Windows/Mac CD under the title, Bad Mojo: The Roach Game (Redux), and features a behind the scenes making of the game as well as an interview with the developers. The game's system requirements call for a Mac G3 or better with 50 MB of hard drive space, and a 24-bit colour video display. A FAQ page on the developer's website states that the game will run on System 9.0 or OS X Classic mode only.

The title is expected to ship in December.

Head over to the Bad Mojo link below to read more about the possibilities of playing as a household cockroach.

(updated with system requirements)

Bad Mojo

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Vendetta Version 1.1.3 Update, Demo Available
7:44 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Online game developers Guild Software have got news for fans of their massively-multiplyer online space strategy game Vendetta Online.

First off, as mentioned here last week on IMG, a new update to the title has been released. Bringing the game up to version 1.1.3, the new feature update sports bug fixes, gameplay improvements. and AI refinements. Most importantly, however, the new update includes the Mining System content release, enabling players to mine planets and asteroids for precious minerals that they will soon be able to trade with other players for other valuable game assets.

Secondly, a new, 112MB demo of the title is now available for download. The demo, available through the MacGameFiles link below. is a fully-emabled version for the game, playable for free for thirty days before requiring players to sign up for a monthly membership fee of $9.99 USD.

Click on the links below for more information on the title, or to download the demo and give the game a whirl -

Guild Software
Strategy First
Vendetta Online
Vendetta Online News Page
Vendetta Online Demo

Mac Games News for Tuesday, November 16, 2004

London Law Board Game Free for the Mac9:06 AM
Silver Creek Betas Card Games for OS X9:06 AM
MTX: Mototrax Trailer Posted9:05 AM
Future Boy! Flies To The Mac8:30 AM
GameRanger Adds MTX: Mototrax Support8:30 AM
LucasArts' Future Of The Star Wars Franchise8:30 AM
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