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Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Aspyr Ships Two New Bundles
8:16 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has announced that they have begun shipping two new Mac game bundles - Medal of Honor War Chest and The Sims Park Pack. Retailing for $49.99, the War Chest includes Medal of Honor Allied Assault, Spearhead and Breakthrough. The Sims Party Pack includes The Sims, Hot Date, House Party and Livin' Large and also retails for $49.99.

Here's more from the press release:

Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest - For the first time ever, go to battle with the complete Medal of Honor Allied Assault experience assembled in one package, Medal of Honor Allied Assault and two expansion packs - Spearhead and Breakthrough. With Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest, your World War II tour of duty spans the European Theater and North Africa. From the D-Day invasion on Omaha Beach to the push toward Berlin, wage war in a massive variety of explosive single-player and multiplayer missions. With unprecedented WWII historical accuracy and epic cinematic appeal, Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest puts you into the heat of WWII combat like never before!

The Sims Party Pack - Four Sims games in one box! The Sims, The Sims Hot Date, The Sims House Party, The Sims Livin' Large The Sims - Personality and good looks give each Sim a unique appearance and lifestyle. Keep Sims happy as swinging singles or loving parents. Choose careers, make friends, fall in love, argue with the neighbors, or shoot hoops in the backyard. Build the home of your dreams, buy over 150 different items to add and enhance your Sim's life. Create an endless variety of character and family. Exchange photo albums and family stories with gamers from around the world. Take care of your Sims or they'll fend for themselves.

For more informaton on these packs, visit the Aspyr web site. Both packs will be available through the IMG Store in a couple of days.

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MacGames DVD Volume 4 Goes Gold, Special Offer Announced
12:06 PM | Tuncer Deniz

The fourth edition of the MacGames DVD subscription has gone gold and will be shipping later next week. Included on the DVD are over a dozen new demos including Battlefield 1942 MP, MTX Mototrax, Postal 2, Robin Hood, Monster Fair Pinball, and much more.

If you haven't subscribed to the MacGames DVD, now's your chance. Included with each DVD are dozens of new demos, hundreds of shareware games, and tons of updates, add-ons, movies, and more. Nearly 4.7 Gigabytes of Mac gaming on every DVD!

Subscriptions to the MacGames DVD start at just $49 for one year and include a free game. Subscribe for two years and get two free games. Here's a list of the games IMG is currently offering with a MacGames DVD subscription:

Dungeon Siege
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4
Star Trek: Elite Force II
Indiana Jones and the Emporer's Tomb
Star Wars: Jedi Knight II
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Max Payne
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
Baldurs Gate II

Special Offer: Subscribe to the MacGames DVD today and we'll knock $10 off your subscription ($20 if you subscribe for two years). Plus we'll include a free IMG T-Shirt (specify your size in the comments field, while supplies last), and a $10 coupon towards a future purchase through the IMG Store.

Please note that the $10 off (or $20 if you subscribe for two years), will be deducated when we process your order.

For more information on the MacGames DVD subscription, please visit the link below.

IMG Store: MacGames DVD Subscription
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IMG Reviews Postal 2: Share The Pain
10:58 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Banned in New Zealand and shunned by Apple (nope, you won't find a copy of Postal 2 in any Apple stores), Postal 2: Share The Pain is about as violent as they come. But despite the hype and hysteria, is the game worth checking out?

Be sure to check out the review of the game by following the link below.

IMG Review: Postal 2: Share The Pain
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Snood Creator Interviewed
10:45 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Fans of the hit puzzle game Snood may be interested in an interview recently published with the game's creator at The interview goes over the surprising success of the game, along with how the game itself came about. Here's a snippet:

Like the object of any addiction, Snood seems harmless at first. Try it, an office worker suggests to a colleague when the boss is away. Nothing to it. Take a few shots.
Next thing, the hapless devotee is dry-eyed, hours past bedtime, alone with his obsession.

Lucky it's just a computer game.

Nearly a decade after Dave Dobson designed it, Snood -- rhymes with "rude" -- is keeping millions of people from what they really ought to be doing.

Dobson designed the game with the goofy little monster faces for his wife in 1996, when he was in grad school at the University of Michigan and she was teaching high school. On a lark, he offered it on the Internet as shareware, and figured if a few people bought it for $10 apiece, he and Christina could go out for a nice dinner.

Today, Dobson is an assistant professor in geology and computer science at Guilford College in Greensboro, but only because he loves teaching. Snood, once estimated to be the most-played computer game behind the games installed in new computers when they come out of the box, has made him a wealthy man.

"It's nuts," says Dobson, on sabbatical from Guilford this academic year. Stopping by his office on campus for an interview, in jeans, tennis shoes and a "Snood University" sweat shirt, he props his feet up on an extra chair, looking more like a student than a 35-year-old faculty member. His office decor also is more relaxed than rarefied; students who stop by for consultation often linger for a game of foosball on the table Dobson installed outside his door.

For more information, or to read the full interview, follow the provided links below.

Snood Creator Interviewed

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IMG Store: World of Warcraft Back In Stock
8:43 AM | Tuncer Deniz

After a lengthy drought, the hard to find World of Warcraft is back in stock in the IMG Store. It is available for $54.95.

World of Warcraft is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). In World of Warcraft, thousands of will have the opportunity to adventure together in an enormous, persistent game world, forming friendships, slaying monsters, and engaging in epic quests that can span days or weeks.

For more information, follow the buy link below.

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Warcraft III Ladder Season Two
8:27 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blizzard fans may be enjoying World of Warcraft, but the company hasn't forgotten its roots, and is demonstrating that by kicking off a new ladder tournament for Warcraft III. Dubbed the Ladder Season Two tourney, the ladder includes both single and 2v2 matches that will go on until May 2, 2005.

Furthermore, Blizzard will be removing level caps on all four gateways:

To create additional incentives for ladder players to participate actively on the ladders, we are removing the level and experience caps on all four Gateways. This change will allow players to increase their level beyond the current 50 maximum, and will paint a clearer picture of who the top ladder players truly are. Additional information about how these changes will impact ladder players can be found in the F.A.Q. Note that the ladders will not be reset. The ladder changes are designed to create a perpetual ladder environment without dampening motivation for players reaching a cap.
A number of prizes are being offered, including donations from Alienware, Creative Labs, and Z-Board, in addition to cash prizes.

Good luck to all those competing! - Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne: Ladder Season Two
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WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne
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New Bridge Construction Set Contest Demo
8:21 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Chronic Logic, makers of last year's hit indie game Gish, have released another demo of their previous title, Bridge Construction Set, for those interested in entering a contest to build the best structure.

Those interested in trying their hand at a bridge should head to the Chronic Logic site and download the OS X demo for Bridge Construction Set, and then read through the competition rules. Owners of the full version of Bridge Construction Set are also allowed to enter.

All entries need to be submitted by Sunday, February 27, and winners will receive a full copy of a Chronic Logic game.

Chronic Logic announces a Free Bridge Construction Set Contest
Bridge Construction Set Contest Rules

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Doom: The Boardgame
8:16 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

The game that made FPS a genre, Doom, has crossed to a completely different type of game. Fantasy Flight Games, makers of board games, collectible card games, and "pencil and paper" role playing games, has released Doom: The Boardgame.

The game is designed for two to four players, with one player controlling the game creatures and the scenario, and the other players playing the classic marine roles. The game features 60 highly detailed miniatures, and graphics taken from the franchise's most recent entry, Doom 3.

Here's a bit from Fantasy Flight Games' Doom page:

The heart of Doom: The Boardgame is the scenario. Before every game, a scenario must be chosen. Each individual scenario will tell you how to set up the game, explain any special rules, and describe the specific objectives you must achieve in order to win the game. You will find several ready-to-play scenarios in the Doom Scenario Guide.
Doom: The Boardgame retails for $54.95 and can be purchased online from Fantasy Flight Games.

Doom: The Boardgame
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id Software
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Pitchford Talks Brothers in Arms
8:16 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Swiss gaming site GBase has posted a question and answer session with Brother in Arms executive producer Randy Pitchford. This intense, realistic World War II squad-based shooter is currently in development with Gearbox Software and Ubisoft for the PC, Playstation 2, and Xbox.

The article covers many aspects of the game from game design to the realism involved to the technology behind it. It also includes some nice screenshots from the game.

Randy had this to say when asked about what has influenced Brother in Arms:

This game is influenced by real life.

We`ve walked the battlefields.

We`ve been taken on real military exercizes [sic] and trained in squad tactics, hand signals and combat operations by a US Army Colonel.

Weve been to every museum on the planet, ready every reference on the subject and dug the history out of archives and eyewitnesses in order to retell this story with authenticity and authority.

There has been no formal announcement from either Gearbox or Ubisoft about whether or not Brother in Arms will be coming to the Macintosh, but, in a chat session last December, Randy stated that a Mac version would be very likely. Stay with IMG for further announcements about the future of this title on the Macintosh.

Note: The navigation for is in German, but the article is in English.

GBase - Brothers in Arms Q&A Special
News: Brothers in Arms a Mac Possibility?
Brothers in Arms

Mac Games News for Monday, January 31, 2005

The Gamesome Mac Talks With Glenda Adams12:18 PM
IMG Store: Knights of the Old Republic On Sale, Plus More...9:33 AM
EverQuest Mac Server Patched9:32 AM
Apple Updates PowerBook Line8:12 AM
Lugaru Released; Demo Available8:12 AM
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