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Friday, January 7, 2005

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Deep Space Nine: Convergence Demo
8:28 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Dust off those Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The Fallen discs, because a new demo for the upcoming Convergence modification has been released for Mac, Windows and Linux. Like the original title, this initial Convergence download lets you walk through the first map using any of the game's three main characters.

Convergence will ultimately be a player-created mod with 12-14 levels and should be ready later this year. The site contains a vast array of screenshots, as well as the following news about this demo:

This demo contains each of the characters' first level of play for Convergence. Although much of the areas they explore overlap, there are unique areas to discover and play for each character, and they all have unique mission objectives. Some interesting things: Kira now has an ES suit to go with Worf and Sisko, and they are all wearing these suits on SRIII instead of their Federation-issue uniforms. There are beam-down areas you can locate and use to request supplies,, more interactive dialogue, and you can hail various members of the Defiant crew throughout the mission. There are all-new cinematic sequences, as well as very intense action sequences. The demo has a much more standard self-extracting executable and setup program, and will install all of the needed files for you, as well as compile the custom Audio/Dialogue files required to make things work properly with the new maps.
Head over the the Convergence site now for information on the demo or to start the 20MB download.

BeyondUnreal: Star Trek Deep Space Nine - The Fallen Convergeance Demo
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PlaneShift Mac Client Available
2:43 PM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

After a lengthly internal beta testing period, a Mac client of the free massive multiplayer online game, PlaneShift, has been released. In case you haven't heard of PlaneShift, the main aim is to create a persistent world in a fantasy setting.

The player starts his or her journey in Yliakum, an underground city with factions, guilds and countless adventures for the player. One of the best points of PlaneShift is that it is free, and now Mac users can join in the fun.

Here are the simple words that announced the release of a Mac client:

Happiness and joy for the Apple people: the Mac OSX package is available for download! Please provide feedback on this package using our forums.
PlaneShift is in continual development as new features and adventures are added. Head over to the link below to read more about PlaneShift or to download the 280MB Mac Client.

PlaneShift Download Page

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Battlefield 1942 Patched
2:23 PM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has posted an update for Battlefield 1942 bringing the version number to 1.6.1c. According to the Read Me file bundled with the update, the patch fixes several conflicts with the game running under Mac OS X 10.2.8 Jaguar.

To get the update weighing in at 33MB, head over to IMG's sister site, MacGameFiles using the link below.

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Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition
Battlefield 1942 Updater 1.6.1c
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IMG Reviews Project Nomads
2:23 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Today IMG has posted a review of Project Nomads, the strategic action game from Virtual Programming which puts the player on a realms of floating islands and flying machines.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

The graphics of this game are still good, though a three year lull between the Mac and PC release has shown its age. There are some nice touches, like the movement of trees and leaves in the wind. The choice of music scores adds to the environmental impact which lends itself to the eerie and foreboding atmosphere. The scenery is well done with atmospheric conditions and lighting, creating an interesting view from atop your chunk of rock.
Head over to read more of the review now. Project Nomads is available to North American customers via Freeverse Software and can be purchased now at the IMG Store for $29.95.

IMG Review: Project Nomads
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Project Nomads
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ATI Drops Radeon Prices
10:56 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Following their announcement this week of the Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition, ATI Technologies has also dropped the prices on a number of other video cards in their lineup.

Those who either can't fork over the $499 for a new X800, or those without a G5 PowerMac, should take a look at the new prices on the Radeon 9800 Pro, Radeon 9800 Pro Special Edition and Radeon 9000.

Here's the official word from ATI:

The RADEON 9000 PRO, previously available for $149 USD MSRP is now available for $129 MSRP. PowerMac G4 users can now purchase the RADEON 9800 PRO for $249 USD MSRP, down from $349 USDMSRP. The RADEON 9800 PRO Mac Special Edition has been reduced by an impressive $100 and is now available for $299 USD MSRP. Introduced on January 5th, the RADEON X800 XT will be available for $499 USD MSRP.
For more information on these cards, check out the IMG reviews posted below.

IMG Review: Radeon X800 XT
IMG Review: Radeon 9800 Pro
IMG Review: Radeon 9000 Pro
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Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition
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PCSX: Playstation Emulator Released
8:28 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Gill Pedersen has made good on his promise to deliver the popular Playstation emulator, PCSX, to OS X. While the emulator is at version "test 3," and still has some bugs, it is by far the best Playstation emulator available. Early reviews have it surpassing even the venerable, but out-of-date, Connectix Virtual Gamestation.

Here's a look at the features that PCSX has to offer:

- Excellent compatibility (check the list)
- Simple Native Mac OS X Interface
- Dynamic Recompiling CPU core
- Software Rendered Graphics using P.E.Op.S GPU plugin
- Full Sound support using P.E.Op.S SPU plugin
- HID Controller Input support for up to 2 players
- Support for Memory Card saves and usage of CVGS savegames
- Freeze / defrost support
- Partial support for operation without a PSX BIOS image
- Native CD-ROM support
- Open-Source, licensed under the GPL license
Head over to Gill's site to download the emulator, and to check out screenshots of games running on PCSX. Stay tuned to IMG for further information on this exciting emulation project.

Mac PCSX Playstation Emulator
Macgamefiles: PCSX test 3

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Apple Tells A Tale in the Desert
8:28 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Apple has posted a preview of the multi-platform 3D MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) A Tale in the Desert II, currently in development with eGenesis. A Tale in the Desert is set in ancient Egypt, and focuses on cooperation between online players. Here is a brief section of Apple's preview:

While the game emphasizes cooperation among players, anyone who has played a game online against live opponents knows that competition over even the most inconsequential things can be fierce. Egypt is full of resources that players can gather and use to build ever-more-elaborate buildings and tools ó some as part of tests and others just to improve their charactersí skills ó but ultimately they wonít get very far if they donít like to share. Tepper has hit upon a few reasons why most ATITD gamers donít mind playing nice with others.
Head over to Apple's site for the complete preview, including some nice screenshots of the game. Stay tuned to IMG for further coverage of this MMORPG.

Apple - Games - A Tale in the Desert II
A Tale in the Desert II

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Custer Makes Incredible Return
8:28 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Custer's Desktop returns after the holiday break this week featuring the kid-friendly title, The Incredibles. The game is based directly off of the popular Pixar movie currently in theaters.

Here's a snippet of what he had to say:

This week I paying homage to a great film. I happened to see the movie, The Incredibles, again over the holiday break and I was inspired to honor the many requests for a desktop dedicated to this game. So, with the help of THQ, Disney and with some broadband access I was able to create this week's wallpaper.
As always, those interested in downloading will find multiple resolutions available at Custer's Desktops.

IMG Desktops: Incredibles
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Mac Games News for Thursday, January 6, 2005

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