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Sims Party Pack Ships Next Week
7:41 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Aspyr has announced their new compilation The Sims Party Pack is just about ready to ship out to stores. As early as next week, those yet to take the dive into the world of The Sims can do so by picking up the original plus three expansions (Hot Date, House Party and Livin' Large) for $50.

In case you're curious what these three add-ons bring to the game, here are some quick descriptions from the press release:

Hot Date - Your Sims will gossip over candlelit dinners, buy gifts for their
dates, or try their luck cruising the strip. Will you lead them to true
love or into a lifetime membership in the lonely hearts club? Whether the
sparks fly or fizzle is all up to you!

House Party - Chow down at a tropical luau, hoedown at a country barn dance,
or go underground at a rave. Will your party be a smash or a snore? Here's
your invitation to rock the house!

Livin' Large - Put your Sims into the most outrageous situations imaginable.
With a wide range of wild and crazy objects, careers, and building styles,
add even more zaniness to your Sims' lives.

Stay tuned for more info on The Sims Party Pack as it his shelves.

The Sims Party Pack
Aspyr Media
Westlake Interactive
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First To Fight Friday: Staircases Tutorial
12:06 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

With the release of Close Combat: First To Fight just a few months away, we continue First To Fight Friday with a QuickTime tutorial called "Staircases". In this tutorial you'll see how your Marines provide 360 degrees of security on stairways.

To check out the movie, follow the link below.

IMG Feature: Close Combat: First To Fight Staircases Tutorial
Atomic Games
Close Combat: First to Fight
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European World of Warcraft Phase 2 Beta
10:49 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The second phase of the final World of Warcraft beta test is underway for those in Europe. New accounts are being handed out on a first come, first serve basis and will be determined by the server capacity of the game. If you live in Europe, be sure to sign up asap.

Here's the post from the WoW Europe page:

The Account Creation pages for the second phase of the Final Beta Test are now open for the whole European Community. To create an account, please visit our Account Creation pages with the following generic authentication key


which you need to create your account. Please be aware that you will not be able to use your account before the start of the second phase. The number of new accounts will be limited based on server capacity and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis so we recommend players to register early. Existing Beta testers do not need to re-create an account.

To make sure that everything is ready for the commercial release of World of Warcraft in Europe we appreciate and need your help for a massive test of our game and account creation infrastructure. Please note that there is no fee whatsoever to play in the Final Beta.

For more information, follow the link below to the World of Warcraft Europe web site.

World of Warcraft Europe
World of Warcraft
Blizzard Entertainment
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Feral Friday: Commandos Pre-Order, Macworld Wrap-Up
10:21 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Our friends at Feral Interactive have begun to take pre-orders for the Commandos Battle Pack. Currently in beta, the game should be going golden master soon. A demo of the game is also being worked on and should be available in the coming weeks.

Feral also has a small news article on their recent trip to Macworld Expo. Pictures of their booth are included.

For more, visit Feral's web site.

Feral Interactive
Feral News

Stronghold 2 Site Offers Mini Game
9:55 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The official Stronghold 2 mini site has gone live. While the site doesn't offer much in terms of screenshots and information (go to the Firefly Studios web pages for screenshots), there is a Shockwave version of a related mini-game called Castle Attack 2 on the site. Fans of the original Stronghold for the Mac should definitely check it out.

There's no word yet on whether a Mac version of the sequel will be coming to the Mac. If and when it is announced, we'll be sure to let you know about it here on IMG.

Stronghold 2
Firefly Studios
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IMG Store: Order Three Games, Get Tiger Woods Free!
7:48 AM | Tuncer Deniz

The IMG Store is giving away free copies of Aspyr's Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 when you order three or more games. Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2003 brings golf to life on the computer in a completely 3-D world with a brand new course and PGA TOUR golfer lineup. Put every skill to the test on eight pro courses, including the exclusive St Andrews Golf Links and Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Take take advantage of this order, simply buy three games and we'll include it in your shipment. Offer available while supplies last.

IMG Store

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Epic Talks Unreal Mod Contest
7:41 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Online gaming site HomeLAN Fed has posted an interview with Epic Games programmer Steve Polge and vice president Mark Rein about their reactions to the recently completed Make Something Unreal contest. Seven Unreal mods and five films walked away with awards, with the grand prize winners being Red Orchestra winning for best MOD, and The Journey winning for best movie.

Steve had this to say about what Epic has learned from the contest to make MOD creation easier for users:

We've always run a mailing list for mod authors, and made a lot of improvements to mod support via patches based on feedback. In addition, we've been building a list of more significant improvements we'll make for future titles. The mod contest was also very useful, because a lot of times, when we were installing or playing mods, we'd see first hand the issues that the mod authors had needed to work around in UT2004, and as a result we learned a lot about how to improve mod support in the future.
Head over to HomeLAN Fed's website for the full interview, and check out the official Make Something Unreal Contest page to download the winning mods and films.

HomeLAN Fed: Make Something Unreal Interview
Unreal Tournament: Make Something Unreal Contest
Unreal Tournament 2004
Digital Extremes
Epic Games
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Mac Games News for Thursday, January 27, 2005

IMG Reviews The Incredibles12:53 PM
Gish Creators Interviewed9:43 AM
GameDaily Previews Stubbs The Zombie9:34 AM
Jinni Zeala Contest Coming To A Close8:36 AM
IMG and MacSoft Team Up For First To Fight Fridays8:27 AM
Apple Features Chessmaster 90008:16 AM
Electronic Arts Buys Into Battlefield 1942 Developer8:16 AM
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