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Wideload Games Releases Stubbs Videos
10:48 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Wideload Games fansite has reported that videos of the game studio's first game, Stubbs The Zombie, have been released. A total of nine new movies have been posted, revealing new aspects of gameplay never seen before.

The story behind Stubbs The Zombie is one of Edward "Stubbs" Stubblefield. Stubbs is brutally murdered in 1933 and resurrected in 1959 as a zombie. As a player you get to control Stubbs and cause havoc as a member of the undead. Wideload Games is formed from several ex-members of Bungie Studios. Stubbs will be the first third party company to license the Halo engine.

Heres's take on the videos:

Some notable items of interest:

-You see the mechanism of Stubbs dismembered hand possessing a man.
-Stubbs hops onto a tractor and does a little tilling zombie style, but the only soil to be found is in the pants of the farmers.
-Stubbs can melee by ripping his or another's arm off to use it to preach carnage and mayhem. I've seen the Light Brother Stubbs!
-Stubbs can smash through windows and doors like paper to put the brain bite on folks. A strategy to consider when nobody wants to come out to play.
-"Traveling salesmen in the farmers barn" jokes are going to have to be completely rewritten.
-Witness the much ballyhooed "Gut Bomb". Not at all like the gut bombs my wife reviles me for.

To watch the videos or read about the content, follow the respective links below.

Stubbs Videos
Aspyr Media
Stubbs the Zombie
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IMG Store: Buy Three Games, Get Dungeon Siege For Free
3:17 PM | Tuncer Deniz

The IMG Store has a few great specials running this month. Be sure to check them out.

1) MacGames DVD Special Offer: Subscribe to the MacGames DVD today and we'll send you a free 5 game pack consisting of full versions of Activision Anthology: Remix Edition, Another War, Fallout 2, Text Twist/What Word, and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2. That's nearly $70 worth of games, absolutely free when you subscribe. While supplies last.

2) Buy Three Games, Get Dungeon Siege For Free: The IMG Store is giving away free copies of MacSoft's Dungeon Siege when you order three or more games. To take advantage of this order, simply buy three games and we'll include it in your shipment. Offer available while supplies last.

3) Nine Game Super Sale: They are as follows:

X-Plane Version 8 - $38.95 (was $48.95)
8th Wonder of the World - $24.95 (was 29.95)
Bionicle - $34.95 (was $39.95)
Dungeon Siege - $19.99 (was $29.99)
Law & Order: Dead on the Money - $29.95 (was $39.95)
Links Championship Edition - $19.99 (was $29.99)
No One Lives Forever - $10 (was $15)
Rayman 3 - $29.99 (was $39.99)
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 - $14.95 (was $19.95)

For more, follow the link below to the IMG Store.

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IMG Posts Inside Macintosh Shareware Feature
1:14 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted the first edition of Inside Macintosh Shareware, a monthly guide that will showcase some new and not-so-new shareware and freeware games for the Mac. The very first feature covers various solitaire games available for the Mac.

To check out the feature, follow the link below.

IMG: Inside Macintosh Shareware - March 2005

DOOM 3 Giveaway Continues
11:29 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr and Inside Mac Games are teaming up for a special giveaway in celebration of the upcoming release of DOOM 3. Three lucky winners will win a free copy of the game. Winners will be randomly picked on March 16th, 2005, the day of the release of the Mac version.

To enter the giveaway, follow the link below.

IMG: DOOM 3 Giveaway
id Software
Aspyr Media
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Myth Mods: Freedom II, Seventh God Released
9:22 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

PlayMyth has noted the release of two different mods for the Myth series. Newly released is a campaign by Clan McCoolness titled Freedom II. Suitable for both single and co-op play, the campaign features ten levels that must be navigated with 5 heroes. New units, maps, and 30 multiplayer meshes are also part of the package.

Also in the news is Creation's The Seventh God mod, which has recently been updated to version 1.4. Designed for Myth II, this mod currently boasts the title for the largest add-on for the venerable title.

Featuring a entirely custom story, and characters set in a previously unseen new world, The Seventh God set new standards for Myth2 3rd party mod-making on many fronts. The finished free downloadable project consists of 18 solo levels allowing you to control and fight against over twenty new characters. Also included are a selection of original multiplayer maps specifically designed for use with The Seventh God units
Both mods are available as free downloads for players who wish to try them out. Links and more information can be found at PlayMyth's site.

Creation's The Seventh God officially updated to v1.4
Freedom II Up and Running!
Bungie Studios
Myth II: Soulblighter

Unreal Engine 3.0 Demo Report
9:22 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

A recent Gamespot article has details on the recent showing of the latest build of the Unreal Engine 3.0 at this year's Game Developer's Conference. While videos of the engine are still being held in check, Gamespot noted several features that should pique the interest of gamers.

One of the features shown was the engine's ability to create seamless level transitions. Not only is the engine capable of loading several levels simultaneously, but it also determines where the player is headed and reacts accordingly. This was shown by driving a buggy around a huge futuristic city, with transitions from streets to a park being shown.

They also showed off a powerful physics engine by using an avalanche display:

To demonstrate this, Epic showed an Unreal Engine 3 demo in which boulders rolled down a hill. In Unreal Tournament 2003, the engine could calculate and display about 10 boulders rolling down a hill at a time. Unreal Tournament 2004 increased that number to about 20. Both of those combined are nowhere close to the number of physical objects that Unreal Engine 3 can handle at the same time. To illustrate this, an avalanche of more than 600 boulders rolled down the hill, each reacting realistically to collisions and each casting its own shadow.
Other features discussed include the developer tools, system requirements, and when gamers can expect to start seeing games that use the new engine.

Gamespot - Unreal Engine 3.0 Demo
Epic Games

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Massive Assault Demo Updated
9:22 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming has updated the demo for Massive Assault in several significant ways, bringing the network code up to speed, plugging in a new engine, and enhancing the performance.

  • Networking code updated to latest PC code. Fixes many problems with network play
  • Totally new rendering engine. Fixed many problems with first conversion model
  • Texture reduction preference now works properly. Fixes many users with slow game response issues
  • Optimized rendering engine to speed it up. Was doing a large number of unnecessary calculations
  • Vast speed improvement
  • Audio now played through OpenAL. Fixes stability issues, is faster, and supports some specialized hardware
They also note that this latest version also gives significant performance increases for lower specified machines.

A turn-based strategy title, Massive Assault allows players to take advantage of terrain, supply routes, and sabotage in order to gain the upper hand in a world of political intrigue. More information can be found in IMG's review of this title.

IMG - Massive Assault Review
Virtual Programming
Massive Assault
MGF: Massive Assault Demo
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Unreal 3 using Ageia Physics, Aspyr Connection12:28 PM
Macologist/Barefeats Test Doom 3 with nVIDIA 6800 Ultra12:27 PM
Aspyr Announces Lego Star Wars12:26 PM
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