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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Freeverse Ships Burning Monkey Mahjong 2
7:49 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Freeverse has announced the shipment of their latest Mahjong game, Burning Monkey Mahjong 2. Along with the standard compute Mahjong game modes, the title also includes a number of OS X specific niceties, including full OpenGL support, iTunes integration, and much more.

Here's the word from Freeverse:

Featuring a fully intergrated 3D Open GL interface, dozens of new layouts, tile sets featuring traditional and wacky images, a layout creation tool, random winable game generator, iTunes integration, internet high scores, and as always more jokes and monkeys you can shake a banana at.

Burning Monkey Mahjong 2005 supports the following game variations: Tile Pickup, Simple Match, Classic, Flowers and Seasons, Memory and Two Turns.

For more information, be sure to head over to Freeverse's site now and try out Burning Monkey Mahjong 2 for yourself.

Burning Monkey Mahjong 2 Shipping
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IMG Posts Beenox Feature
12:08 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Beenox has ported a number of important titles for the Mac, with plenty more on the way. The company is currently developing Myst V: End of Ages and Star Wars Battlefront for the Mac. IMG has posted a feature on this small but growing company based in Quebec City, Canada. To check it out, follow the link below.

Company Spotlight: Beenox Inc.

Macologist Reviews Star Wars Mods
9:11 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Macologist has posted a feature comparing several popular Star Wars themed mods for various titles. The mods in question include Warlords for Homeworld 2, a Battlefield 1942 mod titled Galactic Conquest, and Troopers, an Unreal Tournament 2004 mod.

The feature looka at each mod in detail, then proceeds to compare them to each other in terms of similarities and differences.

The general theme of Star Wars is all throughout all three of these mods. With the exception of Warlords, they do not place you in the position of a hero, such as Luke Skywalker, you do not have a light saber, and you are just as weak or as strong as any other person on the battlefield. In battles, people are always getting hurt. To have as many troops as possible in a battle, there always must be a way to heal you, or a teammate. In both mods (Galactic Conquest, and Troopers) There are healing stations spread around in different maps. A soldier does not want to run out of ammo either, so to fix that problem, Ammo Dispensers are also spread around maps.
Players looking for a little Star Wars fix can find the feature at Macologist. Download links for two of the mods are also being offered there.

Macologist - Mod Comparison: Star Wars Shootout

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Myth III Marathon Weekend
9:11 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Myth fans looking for a little action may be interested in an upcoming event. Being held by, a Myth III Marathon Weekend is scheduled to take place starting this Friday, Feb 25th, and continue on until Sunday.

Besides allowing players to meet in battle, the event will also see the testing of several new maps. Those interested in submitting beta maps can also do so by emailing General bug testing will also be taking place during the event.

In addition, PlayMyth hopes to set a new record for the number of Myth III games played this weekend. The version to be used is 1.3.1, which is available from FlyingFlip studios.

More information on this event can be found at - 100 Ranked Games Of Myth III
FlyingFlip - Downloads

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Shadowbane Refuge Update
7:49 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Shadowbane producer Frank "Kellion" Lucero posted a news item to the Shadowbane website apologizing for technical difficulties users experienced while a new Refuge server launch was attempted. Frank had this to say about the bringing the new Refuge server online, as well as plans for migrating the other servers:

Tomorrow morning we will be bringing Refuge down in conjunction with the daily restart.  This emergency maintenance cycle will incorporate fixes that will correct the issues with building management, and will rectify the issues with character migration. By the end of the week, a new world will be online.  Players from Refuge will be migrated to this new world with only their Equipment as originally planned before yesterday's issues arose.  Before it goes down tomorrow, ensure your character has the equipment on that you wish to take with you.
For the other servers, migration will continue under the same conditions but on a new schedule. Players on Corruption, Damnation, Entropy, and Vengeance, will be able to migrate to this new world with only the equipped items, or to Mourning with their Equipment and Inventories.  A new Migration Schedule will be released as soon as possible.
Head over to the Shadowbane website for all of the information on the server migration.

Shadowbane: Refuge Update by Kellion
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Oliver Patches Jedi Academy
7:49 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Mac programming guru Brad Oliver has released a new version of Aspyr Media's Jedi Academy which fixes a bug involving 3rd party modifications to the game. Here's what Brad had to say about the patch:

One of the key features of the last Jedi Academy patch was the ability to load code DLLs from within pk3 files, which allowed it to work on pure servers running PC mods. This feature worked in my limited testing, but once people started building Mac DLLs for the 1.01c patch in earnest, they exposed a bug in my implementation.

Turns out that the 1.01c Mac patch would not do the right thing for some zip files created on a PC - notably, the last release of the JA+ mod. As it happens, I had to address this same bug in another Q3 app I'm working on, so I was able to roll the proper fix back into Jedi Academy. I have newfound respect for Carmack's decision to avoid DLLs in the original Quake 3 release in favor of having mod makers use the Quake virtual machine. :-)

Owners of Jedi Academy can download version 1.01d from the link below.

Brad Oliver's Blog
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, February 23, 2005

IMG Store: Command & Conquer Zero Hour Ships1:30 PM
Black Hawk Down: Team Sabre Reaches Final Candidate10:38 AM
Hamumu Software Releases First Mac OS X Game9:47 AM
IMG Reviews Lugaru8:09 AM
Sillysoft Releases Pax Galaxia8:09 AM
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