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MacSoft Ships Rise of Nations
7:13 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft today announced that Rise of Nations: Gold Edition has reached golden master and will beging shipping to retailers from the company's warehouse today. Rise of Nations: Gold Edition, which includes the Thrones and Patriots expansion pack, should be available in most retail and online stores in North America early next week.

Here's more from the press release:

Rise of Nations is an historical real-time strategy (RTS) game which combines the epic scope of traditional turn-based strategy (TBS) games with the fast-paced action of RTS games. The game allows players to create new cities, improve their city infrastructure and expand national borders. Players have the option to win through military might using everything from slingshots to cannons to stealth bombers, or they can corner the market on key commodities as they wheel and deal with a wide variety of nations.

The Thrones and Patriots expansion adds a barrage of new features to the original game. Thrones and Patriots introduces six new nations, four unique single-player campaigns, more than 20 original units, new wonders and new government types. Unlike other historical RTS games, the Rise of Nations franchise allows gamers to quickly play through eight historical periods of time from the Ancient Age to the Information Age.

Originally developed for the Windows platform by Brian Reynolds and Big Huge Games, the best-selling Rise of Nations franchise has garnered more than 30 awards including Game of the Year (GameSpot) and Strategy Game of the Year (GameSpy).
The Macintosh version of Rise of Nations: Gold Edition was developed by Westlake Interactive. The game has an MSRP of $49.99. and will require any Macintosh with 600 MHz or faster processor running Mac OS X v10.2.8 or higher, 256 MB RAM (512 recommended for online play), 32 MB video card, monitor with support for 1024X768 or higher resolution, CD-ROM drive, and 1GB free hard drive space. 56k modem or broadband connection required for online play.

The IMG Store is currently taking pre-orders for the game. It is available for $48.95.

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Feral's Commandos Battle Pack Nears Completion
1:40 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive has updated its news page with word that the Commandos Battle Pack is nearing completion. The Commandos Battle Pack brings together on the Mac the two most recent installments of Pyro's multi-million selling series. Commandos 2: Men of Courage and Commandos 3: Destination Berlin.

From Feral:

We have received word from our undercover operatives at the front: the Commandos Battle Pack is stealthily approaching the last of its objectives. We can confirm that the mission to provide the Mac with the heroes of squad-based tactical action games is nearing completion. As a pre-emptive victory offering, we are releasing a new Commandos movie — this time showcasing the multi-talented Spy.
The company has also posted new movies of the battle pack on its web site. For more, please follow the link below.

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Geneforge 3 In Development
1:32 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software today announced the upcoming release of Geneforge 3, the company's newest fantasy epic with a science fiction twist. In Geneforge 3, you can explore strange, hostile lands, choose which side you will fight for, and, as always, make your own horde of completely obedient mutant monsters.

Here's more from the press release:

You have been chosen. You are one of the precious few who will be allowed to become a Shaper. You will be given the power to create life and mold it to serve your own needs. The whole world fears and respects the Shapers. Your secrets are many, and your power is absolute.

But then, the disaster happened. Your school was attacked and destroyed. Rebels and monsters begin to roam the lands, challenging the rule of the Shapers, bringing fire and destruction with them. On your own, in a foreign land, you will have to attain power, find allies, and discover a way to defeat the rebels.

Or perhaps, you will join the rebels instead. Because, for some reason, they seem very eager to recruit you ...

Geneforge 3 has a huge and open storyline. You can help one of several factions, each with its own goals. There are dozens of different endings. You can help the rebels, or fight them. Slay your enemies, or use stealth and diplomacy. When you finish the game, start over, choose a different side or tactics, and experience a completely different game. No matter what you choose, Geneforge 3 offers an enormous adventure with plenty of replay value.

Geneforge 3 will be $25, or $32 with a hint book. It will be available for both Windows and Macintosh in the first half of 2005.

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Reckless Drivin' Update Adds OpenGL Support
12:32 PM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Reckless Drivin', the sequel to Burning Rubber has received an update which brings the version number to 1.5. In Reckless Drivin' one has to drive a car through 2-dimensional levels as fast as possible, leaving as much destruction as possible on the way. This update brings OpenGL compatibility to the engine, realizing smoother and better looking graphics.

From the update read me file:

-Now uses OpenGL, resulting in much smoother graphics.
-Registration is now possible from within the Application, without waiting for an email or having to manually enter a code.
-This version requires Mac OS X 10.2 or higher.
To get the update head over's link below.

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MGF: Reckless Drivin 1.5

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IMG Store: Ford Racing 2 in Stock
11:36 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has begun shipping Ford Racing 2. The game is available for just $19.95. Ford Racing 2 features the best Ford cars since 1949, from legends like the 1956 F-100 pickup and the 1968 Mustang GT to future classics like the super-car slaying Ford GT.

To order, please follow the link below.

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IMG Interviews Big Huge Games' Tim Train
11:27 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Just in time for the holidays, the happy little elves at MacSoft have brought us Big Huge Games’ revolutionary RTS title, Rise of Nations: Gold Edition. Recently, IMG's Michael Phillips had the chance to chat it up with Tim Train, the VP of Development at Big Huge Games, about RoN’s journey to Mac OS X and the genesis of Big Huge Games.

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

IMG Feature: IMG Interviews Big Huge Games' Tim Train
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BlitzMax 2D Game Platform Available for OS X
11:00 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Blitz Research have announced the availability of a new development platform designed for 2D game programming: BlitzMax. BlitzMax retains the BASIC core of Blitz Research's other languages, Blitz3D and BlitzPlus, while adding advanced features meant to make programming 2D games for modern systems easier.

Here is a quick feature list:

• Function pointers
• Fully dynamic arrays
• Inheritance and polymorphism
• 'By reference' function parameters
• Byte, Short, Int, Long, Float and Double numeric data types
• Array and string slicing
• Flexible 'collection' system for dealing with linked lists etc
• Low level pointer handling
• UTF16 strings
• The ability to 'Incbin' binary data and access it as easily as if it were a regular file
• External language support for interfacing with C/C++/ObjectiveC or assembly code
BlitzMax code will compile on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux systems. What's more, a single license allows the programmer to distibute their title on all three platforms.

BlitzMax also includes direct OpenGL programming, making it easy for developers to make hardware-accelerated 2D games.

Blitz Research is offering a 30-day demo of the development tool. Head over to the website to read more about this new programming language.

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GarageGames Opens Zap! Beta Today
9:35 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

GarageGames has announced the impending start of an open beta test for an upcoming title. Named Zap!, this game was named IGC΄04 Players Choice Winner and features vector graphics combined with a variety of game influences and types:

Zap! - a 2D vector graphics multiplayer team action strategy game that plays like a cross between Robotron and Tribes with the graphical blend of Asteroids and Pac-Man. As a 2D game Zap can be played with keyboard+mouse or (recommended) a dual-analog gamepad. Zap has several game types, including CTF, Zone Control, Retrieve, Soccer, Hunters and Rabbit, and it supports familiar features like hierarchal V-menu chat and recorded voice.
The official Zap! homepage will make the beta download available at 2pm PST today. GG also requests that anyone willing to host a server would also be welcome, and that Linux, Win32, and OS X builds will be made available.

ZAP! Open Beta Test Begins Friday, Dec 10th at 2:00pm
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Postal 2 Ships, DukeNukem 3D Installer Updated
9:35 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Ryan Gordon has updated IcculusFinger with news that Postal 2: Share the Pain is now shipping. Currently available for order from the Running With Scissors site, Postal 2 is a shooter that touts extreme violence, allowing players to run around and cause havoc as they see fit.

Freely explore full 3-D open-ended environments. Interact with over 100 unique NPC's including Gary Coleman, marching bands, dogs, cats and elephants, protesters, policemen and civilians, with or without weapons.
In other Gordon news, the installer for the OS X version of Duke Nukem 3D has also been updated.

The update allows for installation using the latest print run of discs from 3D Realms, which was causing issues with the previous installer. Those who wish to download the patch can find a direct link and installation instructions at IcculusFinger.

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Custer Soars To New Heights
7:44 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG's resident artist, Brad Custer, has made his weekly update, providing a new desktop for fans of Enemy Engaged. The helicopter simulator from Feral Interactive combines realistic war situations and aircraft with equally impressive graphics. Here's an excerpt from his update:

Enemy Engaged from Razorworks was brought to the Mac platform back in August by Feral Interactive. And, I get a weekly reminder that I haven't featured this title yet. Today I hope to satisfy the desires of all you sim junkies. ;) In this week's feature I wanted to design a desktop that would focus on the helicopter featured in the game. Go figure.
Check out Comanche now in your preferred desktop size at Custer's Desktops.

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Planet Spogg Releases Four Online Games
7:13 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Swedish online-gaming site Planet Spogg has released Macintosh versions of four of their multiplayer games. Multitris is a multiplayer puzzle game in the vein of Tetris, Crosswise is a multiplayer crossword game, Ooze is a multiplayer puzzle game like the popular Sega Swirl, and Sketchorama is a multiplayer game much like Pictionary.

Planet Spogg has a unique philosophy regarding online multiplayer games:

Until now there have been very few, if any, multiplayer games in the genres of puzzle and word games. Traditionally, when thinking of multiplayer games it is often first person shooters of different kinds. Planet Spogg is breaking new ground, and allowing a different group of people to join the multiplayer gaming community. More than half of the players at are female and the site have players of all ages and nationalities.
To play any of the games, you must sign up for an account. The account is free, allowing unlimited play for the first month. After the first month, play is limited to one hour per day, or you can choose to become a paying member for the reasonable fee of $4 per month, or $34 a year.

Head over to Planet Spogg to check out the new Macintosh games, or any of their online Java games.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, December 9, 2004

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IMG Store: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ships9:57 AM
DOOM 3 For Mac Goes Beta8:17 AM
Mac PlaneShift Closed Alpha, Development Progresses8:17 AM
Neverwinter Nights 1.65 Beta Patch Released8:17 AM
Ryan Gordon Speaks Out On GameSpy Mess8:17 AM
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