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Out of the Park 7 a Home Run for OS X
7:46 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Sports simulation makers Sports Interactive confirmed that their latest simulation, Out of the Park Baseball 7 is indeed coming to the Macintosh, and that it will be fully interactive with the PC version of the game.

Marc Vaughn of Sports Interactive had this to say when asked about it in the SI forums:

OOTP 7 is being developed using a common code base for both Mac and PC, as such all files should be interchangeable between the two platforms and they should be able to communicate fine in network games together.
Like SI's other games, Football Manager 2005 and NHL Eastside Hockey Manager, Out of the Park Baseball focuses on the statistics behind the game, and is a simulation of the management end of sports.

Read more about Out of the Park Baseball and SI's other management sims at their website, and stay with IMG for future information on these simulators. Thanks to a helpful reader for the tip on the story.

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IMG Heads To Macworld Expo
2:03 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

It's time for another Macworld Expo! IMG's Tuncer Deniz, Eddie Park, and Jason Sims will be heading to San Francisco today. Macworld Expo will be kicking off at 9:00 AM Pacific on Tuesday with a keynote address by Steve Jobs.

We're also expecting some exciting announcements from Aspyr and other companies. IMG will be providing 'round the clock coverage of the show, so be sure to come back often for updates! We will be providing news and images 'live' during the entire event. Stay tuned.

IMG Forums Up and Running
7:54 AM | IMG Staff | Comment on this story

In case you haven't noticed, the IMG Forums have been back up and running for a week now after a security breach necessitated their removal. Additionally, as of this weekend the new forum software has been converted to look more like the IMG site itself.

IMG Pro users should head to their preferences to link their account to the new forums to get access to special features. Additionally, those 'lurkers' who haven't logged into the forum for a while should do so to assure their account won't get removed in a future cleanup effort.

Thanks for your participation and enjoy the new forums.

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Sims 2 Hacks as 'Viruses'
7:46 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

An interesting thing is happening in the world of The Sims 2, due to be released later this year for the Macintosh from publisher Aspyr Media. It seems that hacks developed by coders to make the game easier are spreading much like viruses throughout the Sims 2 communities.

Online security site SecurityFocus has posted an article about the unexpected spread of the hacks. Here is a description of how the hacks are spreading through the community:

It was the modders themselves who figured out what was going on. The Sims 2 lets users build their own virtual houses from the ground up, then populate them with carpeting, furniture, wallpaper and appliances picked from the game's built-in catalog. If they build something they're proud of, the user can export a house to a file that can be shared with other players, primarily though EA's own Sims 2 website.

What nobody had realized was that hacked objects or behaviors would be transferred with the house, and would supersede the game's original functionality for anyone who installed it. So if you download a house with a magic espresso machine in the kitchen, all of your espresso machines in all of your Sims houses and neighborhoods will become magic. If the house came from a game that has the "No Jealousy" patch installed, your game will henceforth be free of the green-eyed monster as well.

If you then export one of your houses and share it, anyone who installs it will also be gifted with special java and open relationships. And so on. As a user downloads and uploads more houses, the hacks accumulate in the game like spyware.

Read more about the hacks at SecurityFocus' website, and stay tuned to IMG for further information on The Sims 2 as it nears its Macintosh release.

SecurityFocus HOME News: Sims 2 hacks spread like viruses
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Airburst Extreme 1.1 Available
7:46 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software announced that their hit game Airburst Extreme has been updated to version 1.1. Freeverse had this to say about the update:

Airburst Extreme, the exciting balloon bursting game that got high altitude scores and rave reviews has been updated to version 1.1. This update includes a range of elegant bug fixes and perfomance tweaks and is free to all registered users
Checkout Freeverse's website for more information on this addictive multiplayer game, and also be sure to read IMG's review of the title.

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Homeworld 0.5 Alpha Released
7:46 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Since Relic Entertainment released the source code for the space strategy game, Homeworld, a small group of enthusiastic Mac gamers have been eagerly producing a Mac OS X version.

Homeworld pioneered the introduction of 3D strategy games to the genre by providing a battlefield in space. Released nearly 3 years ago, no Mac porting houses chose to port Homeworld, though Aspyr has recently released its sequel, Homeworld 2, for the Mac to much acclaim.

Here's what's new in the latest Homeworld alpha version:

-UPDATED: now uses SDL 1.2.8 (SDL 1.2.8 fixes)
-UPDATED: new icon which is more in keeping with Mac OS X styling
-FIXED: crash when third-party multiplayer maps are installed
-FIXED: trail rendering
-FIXED: widescreen resolutions and those greater than 1600x1200 are now allowed
(NB: there are some minor mouse pointer misalignment issues when using widescreen aspect ratios)
-FIXED: additional screenshot key, primarily for laptop users: []. (The key under [ESC], above [TAB] and left of [1 !])
-FIXED: alt-click no longer changes focus to your Mothership
(NB: alt-clicking of enemy ships still does not work properly. You should drag-select a box over the enemy ship, press alt and then release the mouse button to focus on them)
-FIXED: configuration file parsing issues
Mac users wishing to play Homeworld on their mac using this alpha require a commercial PC version of the game, as well as a means to install it. Any version of Virtual PC with Windows 95 should allow installation.

Follow the link below to download the alpha version and for instructions on how to extract the PC files.


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KOTOR and Jedi Academy Patched
7:46 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has posted patches for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. This latest patch for KOTOR brings the version number to 1.0.3c. According to the Read Me file accompanying the patch, this update gives better game performance for several ATI cards.

Users may recall a story for IMG a few weeks ago reporting on a beta version of this patch from Brad Oliver. It seems testing is complete, as here's the official scoop from the ReadMe:

This update gives better game performance on ATI Radeon 8500/9000/9200 video cards in particularly heavy combat and complicated levels. It also includes fixes from all previous KOTOR Mac patches.
Jedi Academy 1.0.1c has the following changes:
This update fixes several mutiplayer bugs and has better support for 3rd party maps. It also includes fixes from all previous Jedi Academy Mac patches.
Keep up to date with these latest patches by heading over to the respective download links below.

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Mac Games News for Friday, January 7, 2005

PlaneShift Mac Client Available2:43 PM
Battlefield 1942 Patched2:23 PM
IMG Reviews Project Nomads2:23 PM
ATI Drops Radeon Prices10:56 AM
Apple Tells A Tale in the Desert8:28 AM
Custer Makes Incredible Return8:28 AM
Deep Space Nine: Convergence Demo8:28 AM
PCSX: Playstation Emulator Released8:28 AM
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