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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Cyan Cancels Uru For Mac
8:27 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Cyan Worlds today officially announced the cancellation of the Macintosh version of Uru: Ages Beyond Myst. Back in February the company announced its intention to port the game to the Mac, but problems in porting the physics engine to the Mac stalled the port over the summer. Cyan today confirmed what many had feared would eventually happen.

Here's the message from the Cyan web site regarding the cancellation:

Fellow Mac users,

Back in February 2004, after trying to get funding for the Mac version of Uru for several years, we announced that the Mac version was underway.

We are extremely disappointed to have to announce today that the Mac port of Uru is officially cancelled.

There were several sticking points along the way, culminating with an issue involving the physics engine used in Uru. The company doing the port found out that there would not be a Mac port of that physics engine. We hoped that alternatives could be found, and we waited for official word with the rest of the Mac community.

Our last request for an update from Ubisoft finally laid those hopes to rest.

We thank you all for your patience in waiting for the Mac version of Uru, and are sorry that your patience, in this case, will not be rewarded.

Rand and the Cyan Worlds Team

PS - We'd like to think that we learned something from the experience. We chose not to use the same physics engine on our current project.

So while the cancellation will no doubt be disappointing to some, it's reassuring to know that Cyan Worlds will not be making the same mistake on their next project. For more, please visit the Cyan Worlds web site.

Cyan: Uru For Mac Cancelled
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IMG's Thanksgiving Schedule, WoW Guide Friday
1:07 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Crew will be taking the next few days off to celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. On Friday we will be posting a very special Beginner's Guide to World of Warcraft but will not be posting any news. We'll be back to our regular schedule on Monday, November 29th.

Our store will continue to be open and we will be processing and shipping orders on Friday and through the weekend.

Be sure to check back in on Friday for our Beginnier's Guide to World of Warcraft.

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New TacOps4 Bundle Pack Announced
12:54 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story and Major Holdridge have announced a new TacOps Bundle Pack which combines two of USMC Major I. L. Holdridge's best titles together in one pack at a reduced price of only $35, a savings of $10 from the normal prices of each product sold separately.

Here's a bit more from the press release:

This TacOps Bundle is a great opportunity to not only get the latest TacOps game (TacOps 4, a commercial version of the official tactical training tool used by the U.S Army) but also receive a copy of the wonderful Military Reference Library Volume 1 CD stuffed with diagrams, drawings, charts, tables, and pictures from 167 (!) different US Military Field, Technical, and Joint Cheifs of Staff Manuals.

Each bundle includes:

• Full version of TacOps 4 on CD (Mac and PC)
• Full version of Military Reference Library Volume 1 on CD
• 450+ page electronic (Adobe Acrobat Reader pdf files) TacOps 4 manual including Tutorial, Scenario and User Guides plus 21 U.S. Army Field Guides and 15 U.S. Marine Corps doctrinal publications.
• 167 different military manuals contained on one CD in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format.

For more information on the bundle, please follow the link below.

Playstation 2 SDK For Mac
12:38 PM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Shadow Shroom Software, has released a free Playstation 2 software development kit for OS X. The kit takes the form of a small plugin for Apple XCode. After installing the plugin 2 new project types should be available within XCode that will allow programming designed specifically for home-grown PS2 games.

From the developer's website:

PS2Dev Kit allows users to create home-brewed PS2 games on Mac OS X. It installs all of the necessary tools and installs 2 new XCode project types. When you create a new project in XCode you will notice a new Category named "PS2Dev Kit" and under it are those 2 new project types.
A link to Shadow Shroom Software's website is included below that includes several other PS2 development tools.

Playstation 2 SDK for Mac

GarageGames Announces Strategic Starter Kit
12:34 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

GarageGames has announced the release of the RTS Starter Kit for game developers using the Torque Game Engine on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows platforms. The kit provides foundational technology and modifications to the Torque Game Engine to make it easier for Indies to produce their own strategy games and even top-down RPG's similar to Dungeon Siege, thanks to selection and camera features as well as built-in multi-player support.

Here's a bit more from the press release:

This starter kit, however, is not limited in its usefulness to an RTS game. A top-down RPG, similar to Dungeon Siege or Baldur’s Gate, could greatly benefit from the selection and camera features, as well as the built-in, efficient multi-player support.

“ This product is outstanding,” enthuses Stephen Zepp, GG community member. “Even for those never intending to make an RTS style game, simply the well written and design scripts and hooks are well worth the $50. I am truly in awe. I was prepared to be sitting here taking notes about ‘ok, change this, we want to do this instead, this isn’t going to work for us, modify that.’ Nada. Nope. Zilch. It’s perfect just the way it is.”

"Some have considered Torque to be an 'FPS engine' based on its history with Tribes, but the RTS Starter Kit clearly illustrates the flexibility and robust nature of Torque," comments Jay Moore, Evangelist for GarageGames. "We're making it easier to get started, but it is clear we're also showing off how flexible and diverse Torque is for a wide variety of game genres."

The TGE currently ships with a FPS Starter Kit and a Racing Starter Kit. The RTS Starter Kit expands the capabilities of the TGE by adding customized features specifically focused for strategy-style games.

Customized Camera System – The new camera system provides “god-view”-style behavior and lets players control the position, zoom, and pitch of the camera.

Specialized RTS-Unit Class – The specialized RTS-Unit class have a highly optimized networking scheme so that efficiently managing large numbers of units is easy. The RTS-Unit’s simplified physics help make it easier to process large numbers of units.

Specialized RTS-Building Class – Players can place DTS buildings in real-time, complete with build, idle and destruction animations. The RTS-Building’s simple script interface allows buildings to receive commands, and scripted behavior can easily be hooked-in.

Unit Selection System - The RTS Starter Kit ships with an example selection system in place. Combined with some group management optimizations, the RTS Starter Kit lets players click- or drag-select units, group them, bind groups to hotkeys, and rapidly issue commands.

Multiplayer Lobby System – A simple multiplayer Lobby is included, defining a customizable system to allow players to gather, chat, and prepare before their game, like in most RTS games.

Documentation - GarageGames is becoming known for its voluminous documentation and the RTS Starter Kit continues this tradition.

The RTS Starter Kit requires ownership of the TGE and can be purchased from GarageGames for $49.95 with support for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows.

GarageGames RTS Starter Kit

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IMG Store: World of Warcraft Ships
12:09 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has begun shipping the long-awaited World of Warcraft, a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) from Blizzard Entertainment. In World of Warcraft, thousands of will have the opportunity to adventure together in an enormous, persistent game world, forming friendships, slaying monsters, and engaging in epic quests that can span days or weeks.

To place your order, please follow the link below to the IMG Store.

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IMG Posts Holiday Buying Guide
10:47 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

With the biggest holiday shopping day just a few days away, IMG has posted its yearly holiday buying guide. Looking for something for that special someone or simply something for yourself? We've come up with a few great gift ideas for the Mac gamer.

To check out the IMG's Buyer's Guide 2004, please follow the link below.

IMG Feature: Holiday Buyer's Guide

Freeverse Announces Burning Monkey Solitaire 2005
8:58 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Freeverse today announced that it has begun shipping Burning Monkey Solitaire 2005 Edition, which includes more animations, more jokes and the following new Solitaire games: Up, Cruel, Black Hole and Pile On! Burning Monkey Solitaire is $24.95 and available through the Freeverse web site.

Freeverse Software also announced that ranked games of Burning Monkey Solitaire have passed the 5 million mark and Freeverse has awarded a special iPod Mini, personalized with Burning Monkeys hand-drawn by artist Steven Tzé, to a 3rd Grade Teacher in Los Angeles.

For more on Burning Monkey Solitaire 2005 Edition, please follow the link below.

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4th Orbz Community Course Pack Released
8:27 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

A new community pack has recently been released for Orbz. Set as version 4, the pack contains 8 new courses designed by various fans, bring the total up to 28. The courses have been made available on some of the dedicated servers, named "Course Pack v4," and the password to join these is "slacker."

"It’s exciting to see all this cool content coming from the Orbz community, especially considering Orbz 2 never officially supported custom course development!", says Justin Mette President of 21-6 Productions. "In the upcoming release of Orbz 3, we plan to arm the course designers in this community with a course editor, documentation, and better in-game support for developing courses. We can’t wait to see the results!"
The latest pack is also available for download. Those looking for more info can find it at the official Orbz site.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, November 23, 2004

IMG Posts MacExpo London Feature and Photo Gallery12:39 PM
Apple's WWII Double Duty12:19 PM
IMG Looking For News Reporters11:22 AM
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Athena's Sword Released7:58 AM
Blizzard Reveals European WoW Launch Plans6:17 AM
Duke Nukem Old & New6:17 AM
UT2K4 Mod Carball Updated6:17 AM
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