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Bad Mojo Ships to North America
7:40 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Got Game Entertainment has announced that the update to the cult-classic adventure game Bad Mojo has begun shipping for both Macintosh and PC in North America.

Bad Mojo is a beautifully rendered adventure game that has the player trying to escape the confines of a old San Francisco building as a cockroach. Here's what Got Game Entertainment has to say about Bad Mojo:

Bad Mojo has evolved into an unqualified cult classic, lauded by critics and fans alike. A testament to its originality, the game is still being reviewed by the gaming press. In this truly unique tale, "mad scientist" entomologist Roger Samms has been temporarily turned into a cockroach, leading to gritty discovery and exploration that sucks you in with great visuals, and keeps you playing with a poignant story. Clever obstacles bar your progress in the dark and intricate world of a dilapidated San Francisco building.
This new version features the same classic gameplay, but with updated FMV, a behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the game, and an interview with the developers. Check out Got Game Entertainment's website for more info on this classic title.

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Aspyr Releases Battlefield 1942 Patch
1:30 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr has released an official update for Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII. The new patch, which adds changes from PC 1.6.1b version, allows Mac clients to join PC 1.6.1b servers.

To download the 7.8 MB patch, head over to our sister site,

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IMG Reviews Call of Duty: United Offensive
11:48 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Call of Duty: United Offensive, the newest expansion pack for the popular WW II shooter, Call of Duty. Here's a clip from the review:

Call of Duty: United Offensive presents itself as immediately more difficult than the game on which it’s based. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing: after all, someone who buys an expansion pack could be expected to be looking for more of a challenge. But I found myself dying a lot, and from the first mission. United Offensive isn’t simply more of the same, and what makes it different is what makes it challenging.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Call of Duty: United Offensive
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Aspyr Game Agent Released
8:06 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Aspyr has created a new utility to help users in regards to system requirements for Aspyr's titles. Called Aspyr Game Agent, this application allows folks to easily check their hardware configuration, which is done automatically, and compare it to various Aspyr titles. Aspyr Game Agent will let users know how well a game will run on their system, and will also offer advice on how to upgrade a computer that fails to meet system requirements.

Some of the listed features include:

  • Automatically checks user's Mac configuration to tell them which games they can play
  • Automatically updates its list of Aspyr games and system requirements each time the user runs the application
  • Plain English summary of why users can't play a game (ex. "This game requires Mac OS X 10.3.4, you have 10.2.8") and optional detailed/technical list of all system requirements and each machine's configuration
  • Familiar interface gives fast, easy-to-read results
  • Lists minimum and recommended system requirements for each game – if your Mac will run a game but will perform better if you add more RAM, the application will tell you
  • User can click on “Info”, “Buy Now” or “Pre-Order Now” buttons to go to the Aspyr web site to get more information on particular games (trailers, demos, etc) or to make a purchase
  • Allows user to see which games run on their Mac or on other currently available Macs (a new G5 iMac™, a 2.5 GHz Dual G5 Power Mac®, etc)
  • Can automatically download newer versions of the application if one is available
Aspyr notes that they plan on the continued upgrade of Game Agent in the future. A screenshot is available at Aspyr's site and available for download at

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'Hidden Agenda' Game Contest Entries Due
7:40 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

December 15 is the last day to enter Hidden Agenda's "Stealth Education" game design contest. This deadline is only for the submission of initial entries and ideas. The final date for submission of finished games is May 15, 2005.

The idea behind Hidden Agenda's contest is to design educational games that are fun. Entrants are to come up with concepts for games that kids play because they are fun, and where they "accidentally" learn things along the way.

Entrants are participating for a $25,000 prize. The games are to teach a middle school subject in a way that has never been done before.

Why should you enter?

As a college student, you’re the ideal developer for this project. As a student, you have the passion and creativity necessary to break through barriers. As a gamer, you understand the genius of good game-play, but you are still deep in the trenches of learning. We’re also hoping that the project will influence student developers to focus on game-based learning after graduation when they enter the professional game development community.
Complete contest rules, reference and research materials and links, and the contest calendar can all be found at Hidden Agenda's website.

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Football Manager 2005 Patched
7:40 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Sports Interactive announced the release of a patch for their popular title Football Manager 2005. The patch reportedly fixes a number of bugs and tunes the game to be more realistic.

Football Manager 2005 is, of course, not about America football but about football across the pond -- otherwise known as soccer. If you think that the Madden series of games are child's play, and that there aren't enough statistics involved, then the Football Manager series is for you. Here's a bit about the game:

Heard of total football?  Well this is total control.  Sports Interactive have ramped up the scope of on-pitch management further than ever before, putting you in complete control of your team’s creative freedom, width and tempo.  Innovative slider bars now maximise the accuracy of your input, putting you in charge of the finest details.  Shape your team and issue instructions to each and every player, ensuring they perform to the standards their pay packets demand.
Head over to Sports Interactive's website to download the patch or to find out more about this sports sim.

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Macologist Interviews Postal Creator
7:40 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

The Macologist has posted an interview with Vince Desi, CEO of Running With Scissors, the company behind the controversial Postal series of games. The interview covers many points about the game series' history and the Vince's opinion on Apple blocking Postal 2 from being sold in its retail stores. Vince also defends Postal from some of the criticism that has been levied at it from gaming and regular press and even explores topics they won't pursue.

Here's a section from the interview:

The town's descent into an overall riot after the final objective is really telling, not to mention all of the potshots taken at nearly every group. I'm curious which ideas didn't make it into the game?

There’s lot of stuff that didn’t make it in. Mostly because of time limitations and tech restrictions.

The only area or subject matter we consider to be off limits is children. I don’t see the need or the humor in using children in M rated entertainment, and that goes for Film, Music, etc. There’s no place in what we do for kids. Running With Scissors makes entertainment for mature audiences. I kinda feel like Bill Cosby, I don’t see the need to use vulgarity in comedy, and comic software is what we do.

To check out the full interview head over to the link below.

Interview With Vince Desi
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Blizzard's Rob Pardo on The Gamesome Mac
7:40 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 talk with Rob Pardo of Blizzard Entertainment, Lead Designer of World of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft is the massively multiplayer online role-playing game that has garnered critical acclaim and shattered sales records since its release three weeks ago, selling a quarter of a million copies on its first day alone.

Sean and David will also offer Mac gaming news, reviews, and commentary, give away some copies of World of Warcraft, and take questions for Rob Pardo live from listeners in The Gamesome Mac's chat room.

You can hear The Gamesome Mac 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. Tune in at The Gamesome Mac's web page via the link below, where you'll also find archives of past broadcasts, including last year's interview with Blizzard's Bill Roper. QuickTime 6 and a 56K or faster Internet connection are required.

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Mac Games News for Friday, December 10, 2004

Feral's Commandos Battle Pack Nears Completion1:40 PM
Geneforge 3 In Development1:32 PM
Reckless Drivin' Update Adds OpenGL Support12:32 PM
IMG Store: Ford Racing 2 in Stock11:36 AM
IMG Interviews Big Huge Games' Tim Train11:27 AM
BlitzMax 2D Game Platform Available for OS X11:00 AM
GarageGames Opens Zap! Beta Today9:35 AM
Postal 2 Ships, DukeNukem 3D Installer Updated9:35 AM
Custer Soars To New Heights7:44 AM
MacSoft Ships Rise of Nations7:13 AM
Planet Spogg Releases Four Online Games7:13 AM
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