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Blizzard on Mac WoW Performance
8:41 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Rob Barris, a member of Blizzard Entertainment's Mac development team, has responded to comments and concerns about the Mac performance of the newly released MMORPG World of Warcraft. His response was posted to the Accelerate Your Macintosh news page.

It seems some users of Nvidia cards are experiencing abnormally slow periods in the game, and he notes they have disabled some features until they're able to sync up with updated video card drivers and fixes to Apple's OpenGL. Here is some of what Barris had to say:

As has been the case with past Blizzard products (most recently Diablo II and Warcraft III) the Mac team continues to improve performance and profile the game in real world situations long after the 1.0 release. It's all too easy to quickly assign blame for slowdowns on GPU drivers or on Apple; suffice it to say that WoW is not always a game that is limited by GPU speed alone, and we will be closely examining our code's activity in city scenes on NVIDIA cards to see if there is a uniquely slow path holding us down.
Head over to check out the rest of his statement, and look for more updates from IMG on World of Warcraft performance patches as they appear in the future.

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Freeverse Announces Reduced Global Shipping Rate
2:04 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Between now and 15 January 2005, Freeverse is offering international customers the same low shipping rate that U.S. customers enjoy. For just USD $4.50 you can get Freeverse's Mac games delivered anywhere on the planet. Combined with the ridiculously low dollar, there has never been a better time to order Freeverse games for yourself or as gifts for the holidays.

Be sure to visit Freeverse web site for information on all their Mac games including AirBurst Extreme, ToySight, Big Bang Board Games, Bridge, Solitaire and other card games.

To take advantage of this offer, simply enter "terra" in the coupon field of their store (store.freeverse.com) during checkout, when shipping to a non-U.S. destination.

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Feral Friday: Ford Racing 2 Ships, Chessmaster 9000 Gold
2:04 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive today announced that it has begun shipping Ford Racing 2 worldwide at the low, low price of $19.99. In the game you compete in Ford vehicles past and present. Race a Ford '49, the F150 and the latest Mustang GT Concept among others.

The company today also announced that Chessmaster 9000 has gone gold and is expected to ship before Christmas.

For more information on any of these products, be sure to visit the Feral web site.

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Macgamefiles.com Launches New Download Servers
11:19 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Macgamefiles.com (MGF), the popular Macintosh game download site, recently celebrated its 10 millionth download making it the most popular download site for Mac gamers. With its continued growth, the demands placed on the original two mirrors have, unfortunately, caused a lot of frustration for Mac gamers with slow download speeds.

Today MGF is announcing the launch of 4 new speedy dedicated download servers. Three are currently operational, while the fourth is being brought up this weekend. A fifth server will be brought online in the coming month.

The new download serves are being sponsored by Inside Mac Games, Pangea Software, and Freeverse Interactive. Additional sponsors will be announced shotly.

Macgamefiles.com will also be undergoing a major rehaul in the coming months. In addition to a complete redesign, the site will be re-written from the gound up and will incorporate dozens of new features.

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IMG Interviews Vendetta's John Bergman
10:47 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted an interview with Vendetta Online's John Bergman about the recently-released online multiplayer game that is available for Mac, PC, and Linux.

Here's a clip from the interview:

IMG:For a massively multiplayer game with character elements, it's unusual that player avatars in Vendetta are represented solely by their spacecraft. Does this in any way limit players making a "connection" with their roles or the game? What's the upside/downside of the player/avatar relationship in Vendetta versus the player/avatar relationship in a pervasive world game like Everquest or Second Life?

Bergman: A discernable human avatar, whether in the form of a configurable "player portrait" or a truly interactive display, definitely is a feature that helps people connect with their in-game characters. The lack of this in our game was a decision based strictly on the development time involved.

With such a small team and limited resources, we chose to focus our time on the mechanics of our core gameplay. The decision to cut the avatar system was one that we made with some misgivings, and is something we would like to add in a future patch (at least as some sort of portrait system).

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

IMG Feature: Interview with Vendetta's John Bergman
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Civilization IV Details Emerge
8:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Fan Site civfanatics.com has gotten its hands on an advanced copy of the January issue of PC GAMER. In it are the first ever details of Sid Meier's Civilization IV, including screenshots. The title is being developed by Sid Meier himself at Firaxis.

Here's some details of the game as provided by civfanatics.com:

• Development is being headed by creator Sid Meier himself.
• Civ IV has been written entirely from scratch.
• The 3D engine will allow you to zoom smoothly from a global view all the way down to a single city.
• Individual units will gain experience and acquire new upgrades such as bonuses against specific enemy types and the ability to use enemy roads.
• No more spearmen defeating tanks.
• Besides incorporating new technologies, the tech tree has been changed to allow radically different research paths to the same high-level technologies. Now you won’t have to follow a strict research path to be competitive later in the game – a design that opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
• Civilization IV has been designed to fully support the mod community. The game is written using flexible XML data files and the Python scripting language so that modders will have no trouble at all creating their own personalized worlds, units, technologies, and historical events. Advanced modders will even be able to control the AI.
• Civ4 has been designed from the outset to include the multiplayer mode. You will be able to team up in co-op mode against the AI or other teams of players, and a random-map generator ensures an equal start.
The PC version is expected to ship sometime in 2005. Visit Civfanatics.com to check out some grainy scans of the first Civilization IV screenshots.

Its a bit too early to speculate on a Mac version, so be sure to stay tuned to IMG for any further developments.

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Custer Returns to World of Warcraft
8:41 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

With the release of World of Warcraft for the Mac, IMG's Brad Custer has decided to commemorate the event with a new desktop. Here's more from Brad on the subject:

World of Warcraft from Blizzard Entertainment shattered day-one sales records during its release last week. This is definitely evident if you check the my inbox. I'd say 9 to 1 are in favor of another desktop for the newly released hit. So, the masses have spoken and I am more than pleased to honor their needs. In this week's feature I wanted to create a desktop that would fit with the official ones offered via Blizzard Entertainment, but I wanted to focus on one race. The human one that is.
Visit Custer's Desktops to grab this image in the size you desire.

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Dracosoft Holiday Sale on Avalanche, more
8:41 AM | Christopher Martinez | Comment on this story

Dracosoft has sent an announcement offering a 10% discount on their games until the end of the year for Mac gamers. Dracosoft are the creators behind such games as Amazed, Avalanche, Burst, Cube It! and Wordsmith.

Here are the details:

This Holiday season, Dracosoft is pleased to offer the community a 10% discount on all Dracosoft products. All games will be discounted through the end of the year. This is a little thank you for helping make Dracosoft games such a success
Head over to Dracosoft's site now for more information, to download demos or purchase one of their games. Playing a few games during the holiday family get together could help alleviate Aunt Polly's insistance on pinching your cheeks all day! Happy holidays!

Dracosoft


Mac Games News for Thursday, December 2, 2004

IMG Posts Star Wars Games For Mac Feature11:44 AM
ATI Unleashes New Radeon X Series Additions10:14 AM
GameRanger Updated10:06 AM
F/A-18 Operation Iraqi Freedom Patch8:54 AM
New Diary, Video for Close Combat: First to Fight8:29 AM
Blizzard Extends WoW Free Trial Period8:28 AM
WarAtlas Flash-based WoW Map Available8:28 AM
Epic Announces UT2004 Mod Contest Winners8:16 AM
World of Warcraft Shatters Sales Records8:16 AM
 
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