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Robin Hood Robs Gold (Master) Status on OS X
7:35 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

This morning e.p.i.c. Interactive announced their isometric strategy game Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood has gone Gold Master for the Mac. This means the game's beta is finalized, approved and should be heading into duplication now for release in the next two weeks.

Freeverse Software will be helping to distribute the game to North American Mac owners. The title needs fairly low system requirements as well: G3/G4, 300 Mhz; MacOS 10.2 or higher; 128 MB RAM; 8 MB videocard.

Here's a run down of the game's feature set:

- More than 30 non-linear missions in which, for instance, you have to save Little John and Brother Tuck and prevent a wedding between Marianne and the revolting Guy of Gisbourne or attack the taxation collectors of the Sheriff of Nottingham
- Visit five giant castles on different ways, at day- and night times, and
at different weather conditions
- Play with up to nine integrated characters being outstanding due to their
specific abilities and qualities
- Due to an innovative fighting system you are able to control the hero’s
sword in battles by mouse
- Decide yourself which tactic appears to be the right one for you: reach the goal by creeping around the guards or fight bravely using sword and bow
For more on Robin Hood, be sure to check out IMG's recent preview of the game or download the demo available now at Macgamefiles.

Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood
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Second Life For Mac OS X Goes Gold
2:26 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

After a lengthy beta test, Linden Labs today announced that Second Life for Mac OS X has gone gold. The game is a 3D online digital world in which you can create, experience and become almost anything you can imagine. Residents are building everything from skyscrapers and medieval castles to games to vehicles of all kinds to clothing lines to nightclubs, in a richly immersive 3D landscape that is growing daily. Designers, entrepreneurs and developers will discover an amazing environment with real business opportunities - each month Second Life users currently buy and sell goods and services valued at over US$1 Million.

Sond Life costs $9.95 to sign up (though they do offer a 7 day free trial) and requires a small download, allowing users to be immersed in an amazing 3D world within minutes. The software can be downloaded from the Second Life web site.

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IMG Store: Project Nomads, MTX: Motorax, & More In Stock
2:19 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has begun shipping three new Macintosh titles including Project Nomads, MTX: Mototrax, and Tournament Poker: No Limit Texas Hold'em. All three titles are in stock and ready to ship.

For more information on these titles, please follow the link below to the IMG Store.

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IMG Previews Ford Racing 2
2:19 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a hands-on preview of Ford Racing 2, the upcoming racer from Feral Interactive. Here's a clip from the preview:

The core of Ford Racing 2 is the Ford Challenge collection mode. This is where you will unlock vehicles and tracks to use in the single races and multi-player racing. Within the collection mode, you will have to complete races in a number of different modes. There are Standard races, Elimination, Duel, Drafting, Driving Skills, Seconds Out, Racing Line, and Time Attack. As you complete the different challenges, you will eventually unlock all of the vehicles, tracks, and modes to setup your own races.
To check out the entire preview, please follow the link below.

IMG Preview: Ford Racing 2
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WoW Beta Officially Over, Meet The Developers
9:26 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blizzard has officially closed the beta testing phase for its upcoming MMORPG World of Warcraft. With the release happening on Nov 23rd, the Blizzard team extended its thanks to the over 500,000 players that participated in the test.

To further promote the impending launch, the development team will be on hand at the Fry's Electronics store in Fountain Valley, CA to sign copies as well as distribute a number of prizes, including GeForce 6800 cards and an Alienware system.

The festivities will begin at 10:30 PM on Monday night, and the line to enter the store will be cut off at 1:00 AM, so be sure to get there early. We will be raffling away Blizzard recommended NVIDIA BFG GeForce 6800 video cards and backpacks, lift tickets to Bear Mountain ski resort, as well as a complete Alienware Area 51 computer.
For many fans, the end draws near to a long wait for the highly anticipated title. More information on the Fry's launch can be found at the official WoW site.

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Pow Pow's Great Adventure Released
9:26 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Outside the Box Software has released its first title, Pow Pow's Great Adventure. A self-described 3D platformer with 2D gameplay, Pow Pow challenges players to navigate across the world in order to meet up with their girlfriend.

Some of its listed features are as follows:

- 6 Massive Worlds with over 30 stages including bonus and boss levels
- Unique Mix of Hand Drawn and 3D Graphics
- Innovative Communication Gameplay
- Classic Side-Scroller Action in 3D Immersive Environments
- Fully Voice Acted Intro and Ending
Outside the Box is also offering a Collector's Edition, which includes goodies such as a soundtrack preview, an early concept demo, and behind the scenes looks. In addition, those looking to try it out can find both a web demo and a downloadable demo available for download.

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Custer Soars To New Heights
7:35 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

Custer's Desktops is back this week with another new desktop featuring Pangea's Nanosaur 2: Hatchling. Here's what Custer had to say about his latest creation:

Nanosaur 2: Hatchling from Pangea Software has recently resurfaced as a popular request in my inbox. Obviously, now that the game comes bundled with the new iBooks and iMacs the faithful IMG viewers require the proper eye candy for their desktops. In this week's feature I wanted to feature the popular pteradactyl.
To check out this desktop and many more from your favorite games, check out Custer's Desktops.

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Don't Forget To Vote! (For uDevGames)
7:35 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Having any plans for the weekend? How about supporting uDevGames 2004? With only a few days left of the voting period, now would be an excellent time to place your votes for the entries in the largest independent Mac gaming event of the year.

If you still haven't checked it out yet you are highly encouraged to download and play as many of the entrants as you can squeeze in on your spare time.

If you have absolutely no clue of what uDevGames is, here's a short backstory:

uDevGames - The Mac Game Development contest" was established by iDevGames in 2001 to energize game development on the Macintosh platform. Now, in its fourth year, and having awarded over $50,000 worth of prizes to past winners, it's no surprise that the uDevGames contest has garnered such praise as, "The best thing to ever happen for independent Mac game developers." With more than 80 entries since the inaugural contest, the uDevGames contest is fulfilling its original mission of educating, expanding, and promoting all aspects of independent game development on the Macintosh.
So don't come with any silly excuses, just head over there and support independent Mac gaming in the absolutely best way there is, to play the games and post your feedback! The future of Mac gaming depends on you. Remember, the voting ends on November 23rd.

uDG 2004

Mac Games News for Thursday, November 18, 2004

IMG Reviews Spider-Man 211:14 AM
'Stubbs' Soundtrack Features Death Cab, Cake, more7:56 AM
Halo 2's Artificial Intelligence Overview7:56 AM
IGDA Addresses Quality of Life Issues for Developers7:56 AM
PacMan-inspired 'aquadot!red' Released7:56 AM
Spider-Man 2 Demo Released To General Public7:56 AM
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword Goes Gold7:56 AM
Upcoming Dark Horizons: Lore Gold Q&A7:56 AM
WoW North American Beta Test Ends Today7:56 AM
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