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Brothers in Arms a Mac Possibility?
8:20 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

In a recent IRC chat, Randy Pitchford of Gearbox Software (the company most recently behind the PC port of Halo) revealed it's likely their upcoming first-person shooter Brothers in Arms would make it to the Mac platform as well.

While some will groan at the idea of another World War II-based shooter, Brothers in Arms is being pitched by Gearbox and publisher Ubisoft an as FPS with a heavy emphasis on squad-based teamplay and a compelling story.

Here's what Pitchford had to say on the possibility of a Mac port:

<@[PCG]Norman> Hello, I just wanted to ask if
there's any chance of a Macintosh version of this game in the future.
Will there ever be a Linux version of this game? 64bit support?

<@Randy_Pitchford> There is very likely to be a Mac version. I don't
have much hope for a commercial Linux version, although I wouldn't rule out
the possibility of Linux binaries.

Check out the rest of the chat log for more information on the game. While this is hardly an official announcement, we'll keep you posted on any new word on a Mac port.

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MacSoft Releases Atari Arcade Classics
2:03 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft has announced the release of Atari Arcade Classics. The pack includes moderized 3D version of classic coin-op favorites including Breakout, Centipede, and Pong. This is the first time these classic games are available for Mac OS X.

Here's more from the press release:

In Breakout, you must help Bouncer rescue his girlfriend Daisy from the evil Batnix and his henchmen! Nothing will stand in your way as you use your paddle to break out of dozens of highly addictive levels. Share the fun with up to four people as you visit ancient Egypt, historic castles, distant space, and hencoops on the farm in off the wall fun.

Defend the Wee village against those pesky centipedes, spiders, scorpions, fleas, and other garden nuisances in Centipede. You can embark on an adventure to destroy the Queen ‘Pede and save Weedom on your own, or join forces with a friend to begin a two-player adventure on the same machine.

Pong, the classic from 1972, is back with a whole new level of 3D graphics. Strive to become the Pong master as you battle for victory in each addictive zone or play against three other players in endless multiplayer environments.

“Each game in Atari Arcade Classics gives you a nostalgic game redone in a whole new way,” said Al Schilling, general manager of MacSoft. “This collection makes for great family fun and we’re delighted to make it available in time for the holidays.”
Centipede and Breakout require a Macintosh computer running Mac OS X v10.1.5 or higher, 400MHz or faster processor, 256MB RAM, 16MB video card, and a CD-ROM drive. An internet or LAN connection is required for on-line play. Pong requires Mac OS X v10.2.8.

Atari Arcade Classics is now available for purchase through the IMG Store for $18.95.

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IMG Store: Rise of Nations Gold Ships
11:50 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store today began shipping Rise of Nations, the new strategy game from publisher MacSoft. The game is available for $48.95.

ise of Nations: Gold Edition includes both the original Rise of Nations, plus Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots! Dominate 6,000 years of history from the Ancient Age to the Information Age. Which forces will you deploy to lead your nation to global prominence? Trade, espionage, diplomacy…war? Whichever path you choose, you’ll experience the pulse pounding thrill and speed of real-time gaming combined with the epic scope and depth of turn-based strategy games – brought together for the first time ever in Rise of Nations.

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Descender 1.4 Released
8:20 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Continuing work on their popular title, SloppyDisk Software has recently made available version 1.4 of Descender. The update brings with it performance enhancements for Panther and improved animation, among other features.

Descender, which has received nods from various review sources, is a Tetris-style title that features a professionally-recorded rock/surf soundtrack, a 2 player option, and smooth animation.

Descender is a modern Tetris-style arcade game. It features great 1-player puzzle-crunching action, with an additional 2-player battle mode for heated versus showdowns. Watch out for the fluidly moving pieces, polished 16-bit graphics, and professionally recorded surf-rock soundtrack.
The latest version of Descender can be grabbed directly from SloppyDisk's site.

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The Witch's Yarn for OS X
8:20 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Mousechief has released a title for OS X by the name of The Witch's Yarn. A graphical adventure/storybook kind of game, players must guide Wednesday, a witch who has to deal with the perils of daily life while trying to run a small business.

The Witch's Yarn, is a brassy adventure about a witch starting a small business in the mortal world. Help her survive: her husband's legacy, three adult offspring, a neurotic familiar, conflicted neighbors, rampaging witches, and worst of all her mother. How much trouble can you cause with a spinning wheel and a pot of mushrooms?
The Witch's Yarn features an interface where the player can cue scenes and introduce props to various characters. It also features music by various independent jazz artists. The full version can be downloaded directly from

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Mac Games News for Monday, December 13, 2004

Aspyr Releases Battlefield 1942 Patch1:30 PM
IMG Reviews Call of Duty: United Offensive11:48 AM
Aspyr Game Agent Released8:06 AM
'Hidden Agenda' Game Contest Entries Due7:40 AM
Bad Mojo Ships to North America7:40 AM
Blizzard's Rob Pardo on The Gamesome Mac7:40 AM
Football Manager 2005 Patched7:40 AM
Macologist Interviews Postal Creator7:40 AM
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