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Starsiege Moves to the Garage; Mac Possibility?
8:14 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Clanlore, creators of the mech game Starsiege 2845, have announced they will be switching gears to use Garage Games' Torque engine. This will enable the team to take the game from being a modification of Tribes: Vengeance to a fully standalone title.

Additionally for Mac users, the prospect of using Torque means the game has instant cross-platform potential. The team is aware of this and producer Jake Massie has already commented in games forums:

I know this is a long shot, but if TorqueGFX gets the OpenGL treatment, could an Apple or Linux port happen?

Yes. In fact this is something that we have discussed and are very interested in making happen.

EDIT: For both platforms

Starsiege 2845 is set in the same universe at the Tribes series of games, though takes the title to a fully mechanized vehicle mode. For much more information, check out their official site, and be sure to stay tuned to IMG for any other word on the possibility of a Mac port.

Starsiege 2845 Torque Engine Announcement
Starsiege 2845
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Virtual Programming Upgrades Digital Download Service
2:35 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming has updated it digital download service to a faster server. In the addition, the company announced it has added two new products, Northland and 8th Wonder of the World to their digital download library.

The company also announced an improved news section, along with RSS feeds for announcements and offers. For more, visit the Virtual Programming web site.

Virtual Programming

IMG Reviews LittleWing's Monster Fair
2:03 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of LittleWing's latest pinball game, Monster Fair. Here's a clip from the review:

It is more or less what you would expect from a pinball game; four flippers and enough bonuses and challenges to put your social life into the past tense. The basic goal is to complete all five "shows" and finish the "return voyage" multi-ball mode in order to finance the stranded monster's voyage home. Of course strong story is not the backbone of a good pinball game and you’re free to simply pursue a high score. Between a maximum of four players, 3 balls, 2 multi ball modes, and five consecutive shows you might want to set aside a few hours to take on this bad boy.
To check out the entire review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Monster Fair
Monster Fair

StarCraft v1.12 Released
8:14 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blizzard has recently released an update to its venerable RTS StarCraft. Set at version 1.12, the update focuses mainly on multiplayer enhancements designed to make competitive play more enjoyable.

Some of the listed enhancements are as follows:

* Changed the default race type in single custom games to Random.
* It now remembers your last map and folder setting when you create single or multi player games.
* Brood War will now show 'maps\BroodWar' folder as your default map folder.
* When a building is selected and if a ground rally point is set the rally point will briefly animate.
* Added minimap ping (Alt-left-click on minimap to show graphic location.)
* Added alliance colors on units - Shift-Tab changes your color to green, your allies to yellow and your enemies to red.
* Added right-click feature that will set your building rally point.
* Added shift-# to add a unit to a control group.
* The mouse cursor stays on the game's monitor in multi-monitor environments.
Some maps have received updates as well, including Lost Temple, Dire Straits and Rivarly. In addition, all maps have been resigned.

In other Blizzard news, a fair number of job openings have been posted at their site, including positions for Oracle DB admins, various programmer jobs, and artist jobs. Those seeking to get into the industry may want to check these to see if any fit.

Blizzard - Changes in StarCraft version 1.12
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Targetware Updated to 0.64
8:14 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Targetware has undergone a maintenance update, bringing it to beta version 0.64. Currently in an open beta testing phase, Targetware is a flight sim system that offers total control over the environment, allowing players to create their own content, affect the physics of flight, and offers online play.

Targetware is a massively-multiplayer, high-fidelity combat flight sim system that gives players total control over their flight sim environment. The first two flight simulators using the Targetware system, Target Rabaul (WWII), and Target Korea (Korean War), can be easily downloaded from within the Targetware interface
Targetware currently offers free online play, and is also a free download. Those interested in trying it out can grab it from MacGameFiles, with the download being sized at around 5 MB.

MGF - Targetware 0.64
Target Korea
Target Rabaul
Target Rabaul

Mac Games News for Wednesday, February 16, 2005

IMG Reviews The SideWinder Force Feedback Wheel10:53 AM
Apple Posts WWDC 2005 FAQ9:15 AM
Age of Empires III Q&A8:50 AM
European World of Warcraft Sales Shine8:50 AM
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