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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

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Freeverse Ships 8th Wonder of the World
9:31 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software has begun shipping the North American version of 8th Wonder of the World, the sequel to Northland. Ported to the Mac by epic interactive, 8th Wonder of the World takes place some years after the end of Northland. A demo of the game will be available shortly.

Here's more from the press release:

As usual... the Powers of Darkness and Evil have slowly begun spreading all over the world. Everything stands on the brink of eternal chaos as the world's leaders gather in the Council of Nations. They searched desperately to find a way to fight the Evil, but nobody knew what could be done. Then one of the wise men uncovered anchient scrolls which described a way to fight the Evil. A long and dangerous way, because only if the Eighth Wonder of the World were built again could darkness be banished and the evil defeated.

Their destiny, and with it the destiny of all humanity, now lies in your hands. You must solve the mystery surrounding the Eight Wonder of the World and banish darkness from the Earth!

For more on this title, please visit the links below.

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IMG Reviews Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword
12:03 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword, the latest expansion pack for Rainbow Six 3. The game extends the story of the original with a new 8 mission campaign. In addition there are new weapons, multiplayer maps and game types. To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword
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Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword
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Cause Of IMG Downtime Yesterday
11:52 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Many of you may have noticed that yesterday IMG experienced about a 24 hour downtime. The cause of this was an attack by a "web worm" that defaced html and php files on IMG. It defaced our files by using a perl script thanks to a vulnerablity in the freeware forum software we used called PhPBB. The clever script has to ability to search Google and find other PhPBB forums to infect.

This is actually the second time our forum was attacked due to a vulnerablity in the forum code. Folks, we're not going to let it happen a third time. IMG will no longer be using PhPBB and we'll be switching to a more robust and feature rich forum. It may take us a couple of days to set up but it will be worth the wait. All forums posts have been preserved and no data has been lost.

Please note that this was not a specific attack on IMG but rather part of an attack on any web site that used that particular forum software. We also want to insure all our readers and customers that at no time was any personal or financial data ever comprised.

Tuncer Deniz

Bannister Emulator Enhancer, Modeler Update, Taking Time Off
11:28 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

In his latest post on his news page at, Richard Bannister made some important announcements.

The first was to announce the release of a new version of his Emulator Enhancer, a shareware add-on that gives additional video and control options to many of his freely available emulators. This update brings Emulator Enhancer to version 1.5.4, and features enhanced joystick code.

The second announcement was the release of an updated version of Modeler, a Sega System 32 and Model 1 arcade emulator. The new version is at 0.9.4, which adds support for the game Outrunners, among others.

The third, and most unfortunate announcement is that Richard is going to be taking some time off. Here is what he had to say about the situation:

One of the joys of working on Emulation Projects is frequent nuisance e-mails. I have been receiving these for years, and keep an archive of them ready for eventual addition to my web page. Of late, though, these have been supplemented by some very offensive and hurtful comments, both in private mail and on public message boards. With a little more sleep and time to myself, I probably would have brushed these off, but to be frank, they have hit home. After long days in the office, I've come home to messages that have instantly left me in a bad humour. Though normally calm, I've become short tempered and irate, both online, and, I'm sorry to say, in real life.

This should not be interpreted as a reaction to any one message or post. It is very much a cumulative thing that has been building for most of the last year.

I have decided that I need some time off from my Emulation projects and from all the baggage that goes with them.

We can only hope that Richard will come back to the Macintosh emulation community after some well-deserved rest. Head over to for more information on Richard's numerous emulation projects.

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Lux Update Available
9:31 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Sillysoft has recently bumped Lux up to a new version. Now at 4.51, the update brings with it a few small fixes, including the following:

- Fixed a bug that would cause some guests to still see the 'Winner is...' message after the next game was started.
- Fixed a bug that would cause remote clients to lose any armies they had in flux when they ran out of turn time.
Based off the boardgame Risk, Lux features cross-platform online play, allowing gamers to wage war in a game of world domination. Free demos for Windows, OS X, and Linux are available at Sillysoft's site.

Sillysoft - Lux

HIARCS, High-powered Chess Coming to OS X
9:31 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The folks behind Sigma Chess and HIARCS are teaming up to create what they think will be the best, most powerful chess game for OS X. Going by the name Sigma Chess 6.1, the title will feature the GUI interface of Sigma coupled with the HIARCS chess engine to create a game capable of playing at World Class Championship levels.

Some of the engine's listed features are as follows:

  • Suitable for all players from absolute beginners to World Chess Championship strength (1250 Elo 2750+ Elo!).
  • Can play at any chess strength you set in Elo offering a challenging learning experience for all players.
  • Monitors your play and measures your progress in Elo including Elo history graph and statistics.
  • Endgame database support of Nalimov tablebases up to 6 pieces for perfect play in the endgame.
  • Unlimited levels and time controls including Casual, Blitz, Active, Fischer and Tournament.
The final release will be available in 3 versions, including a lite version, a regular version, and a pro version. More details can be found at Sigma GameWare's site.

Sigma Chess

Mac Games News for Monday, December 20, 2004

Feral Heading Stateside for MWSF8:37 AM
Details on Upcoming World of Warcraft Patches8:01 AM
Doom 3 Expansion Tidbits8:01 AM
Jollygood & Digital Eel Team Up on Mac Games8:01 AM
KOTOR Beta Patch Info8:01 AM
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