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Monday, December 6, 2004

PuppyGames Releases Super Dudester
7:53 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

PuppyGames, with a newfound focus on non-Windows platforms, has released their latest award-winning game Super Dudester for Mac, Linux and Windows. The simple arcade game features bright graphics and fast action and was written with Java and OpenGL in mind for cross-platform compatibility.

Here's a description from their press release:

Super Dudester is the first-prize winning entry from Sun Microsystems Java Games Competition earlier this year (then called “Super Elvis”).

“Our latest game is an accessible hardcore shooter, with fun for all abilities,” said Caspian Rychlik-Prince, MD at PUPPY GAMES. “This time our aim was to
produce an action game that can be played inside just ten minutes from start to finish, and which gives a different experience every time for unlimited replayability.”

To try out Super Dudester, head over to the PuppyGames site now and give it a download.

Super Dudester

IMG Store: Call of Duty: United Offensive, Athena Sword Ship
11:37 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has begun shipping Aspyr's Call of Duty: United Offensive and Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword.

Call of Duty: United Offensive is the next chapter in the Call of Duty franchise which raises the brand's trademark cinematic intensity to unprecedented heights with all new single-player levels, plus an enhanced multiplayer experience with new maps and new modes of play. Once again looking through the eyes of American, British and Russian soldiers, Call of Duty: United Offensive thrusts players alongside their squadmates into more authentic action across Fortress Europe's most historic battlefields.

Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword is the new expansion pack for Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield and features all-new eight-mission campaign in locations from Italy and Croatia to Greece., five new multiplayer levels - Chemical Factory, Ferry Boat, University, Italian Alleys, and Jungle, three new multiplayer game modes - Adversarial Terrorist Hunt, Adversarial Scattered Hunt, and Capture the Enemy, and much more.

IMG Store: Call of Duty: United Offensive
IMG Store: Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword

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Halo Update Coming Soon
11:28 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Sharp-eyed forum member, Wolfchild, noticed a small update on MacSoft's Halo support page. According to the update, MacSoft are aware that the latest PC patch (version 1.06) breaks Mac to PC compatibility and are working on a new update to bring the versions back into line.

From the Halo support page:

We are currently working on the Halo 1.06 update and will make it available as soon as it is finished. This is a larger than normal update for the Mac so it is taking longer to complete than usual. Thank you for your continued patience on this matter.
Stay tuned to IMG for news about Mac Halo 1.06 when it arrives.

MacSoft Gives Word About Halo 1.06 Patch
MacSoft Halo Support
Halo: Combat Evolved
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IMG Reviews World of Warcraft
11:09 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

If you haven't heard of World of Warcraft by now, you're one of the few. Easily one of the most anticipated Mac games of 2004, World of Warcraft is a a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) of epic proportions. IMG's Michael Phillips, who was an early beta tester for the game, has written a review of the game and gives it very high marks.

To check out the review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: World of Warcraft
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft
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Apple Posts BF1942: Secret Weapons Trailer
10:24 AM | Christopher Martinez | Comment on this story

Apple has posted a trailer for the Battlefield 1942 Expansion Pack: Secret Weapons of WWII from Aspyr Media. The expansion pack lets players control lethal experimental weapons from World War II.

To check out the trailer, please follow the link below.

Battlefield 1942 Trailer
Aspyr Media
Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII
Buy Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII

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Rainbow Six 4 Announced
10:23 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Fans of all things Tom Clancy will be happy to hear that is reporting that Ubisoft has announced the next installment in the hit Rainbow Six series. The press release gives a brief overview of the story, along with some of the features you can expect from the game. Here's a snippet:

Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announced its plans to launch a new Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six opus on PlayStation®2, Xbox® and PC during Spring 2005. The game is being developed by two of Ubisoft's award-winning studios: Red Storm Entertainment, the maker of the original Rainbow Six, & Ubisoft's Montreal Studios.

In this new episode, you lead Team Rainbow, the world's most elite counter-terrorist unit, as they are called into action and unfamiliar territory to battle a bioterrorist threat. Stakes escalate as they are personally targeted by an evil terrorist organization. Used to protecting the lives of others, Team Rainbow must now embark on a mission to fight and save some of their own.

For more information, follow the provided links below.

Rainbow Six 4 Announced
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Aspyr Reports CSI Released to Stores
9:12 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Aspyr has updated their Project Status page to show that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is now shipping to retailers. An adventure game based off of the TV series, CSI allows players to research crime scenes side-by-side with the entire CSI cast.

Some of its more notable features:

  • Join the CSI Team: Become a full-fledged Crime Scene Investigator and join forces with Grissom, Catherine, and the entire CSI cast.
  • Master the CSI Tools: Use an arsenal of forensic equipment, including fingerprint dusters, UV lights, casting kits, and much more to break down crime scenes with ultimate precision and skill.
  • Crack the Crimes: Piece together the shocking truth behind 5 baffling crimes, using forensic skills, puzzle-solving prowess, and unflinching nerves.
  • True CSI: Live the total CSI experience with real music, atmosphere, and locations from the primetime TV smash-hit CSI.
Don't forget to check IMG's preview of this title as well for more information and screenshots.

Aspyr Media
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Preview
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The Gamesome Mac Hosts the uDevGames Awards Show
7:53 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

On tonight's broadcast of The Gamesome Mac, the Mac gaming radio program, hosts Sean Smith and David Finley, together with iDevGames editor-in-chief Carlos Camacho, host the uDevGames 2004 Awards Show.

Now in its fourth year, uDevGames is the annual independent Mac game development contest. Sponsored by iDevGames, the Macintosh game developer community, this year's contest has attracted 31 entries and over $33,000 in prizes. Said Camacho:

This year's games are the best ever. The quality is way up.
Contestants had three months to develop a Mac game from start to finish. So that other developers can learn from their experiences, all games and source code are made freely available, and tonight's winners will publish post-mortem reports on the development of their games.

Not only will Sean, David, and Carlos announce the winners and runners-up from uDevGames 2004, they'll also talk with some of this year's contest developers, take questions live from listeners in The Gamesome Mac's chat room, and give away over $1,400 worth of listener prizes.

The uDevGames 2004 Awards Show can be heard live on MacRadio from 6 to 8 pm Pacific Time, 9 to 11 pm Eastern (Tuesday from 0200 to 0400 UTC), and on demand thereafter. You can tune in at The Gamesome Mac's web page via the link below, where you'll also find archives of past programs. QuickTime 6 and a 56K or faster Internet connection are required.

The Gamesome Mac
uDG 2004

Mac Games News for Friday, December 3, 2004

Feral Friday: Ford Racing 2 Ships, Chessmaster 9000 Gold2:04 PM
Freeverse Announces Reduced Global Shipping Rate2:04 PM Launches New Download Servers11:19 AM
IMG Interviews Vendetta's John Bergman10:47 AM
Civilization IV Details Emerge8:54 AM
Blizzard on Mac WoW Performance8:41 AM
Custer Returns to World of Warcraft8:41 AM
Dracosoft Holiday Sale on Avalanche, more8:41 AM
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