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Salvo! Announced For Mac
11:32 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Shrapnel Games has announced that it will be publishing a Mac version of their upcoming single-player naval warfare game called Salvo! Set in the 17th through 19th centuries, also known as the Age of Sail, Salvo! allows gamers to take command of the navies of England, France, the fledgling United States, and others, as you wage war in a fully realized three-dimensional environment. The game is currently set to go gold on May 1st and should be shipping shortly afterwards.

Here's more from the press release:

Recently there's been some grumbling down at the docks regarding the fact that Salvo!, the Age of Sail single-player experience from Spruegames and Shrapnel Games, is still laid up in drydock, even though the projected gold date was March. Well, put down the torches and cutlasses (we see that look you've been giving us) and pick up the grog and bar wenches again, because the harbormaster has assured us that Salvo! is prepping for launch. The new projected gold date is right around the corner, May 1st.

While the delay is disappointing (as they are wont to be, unless we're talking from the perspective of being a condemned pirate awaiting a date with the yardarm…) those of you who sail the digital seas on a Mac will be excited to learn that Salvo! will now be available for the Mac also! Originally planned as a post-PC release, Spruegames has decided to steam full speed ahead on the Mac port (OS X and classic) to ensure gamers of all sorts will have access to Salvo! as soon as it clears port.

For more information, including screenshots of the game, head over to the official Salvo! web site.

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X-Plane 8.11 Beta Available
11:04 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

X-Plane has recently been bumped up to version 8.11 Beta. Listed as a mini-update, this latest patch includes a number of fixes and enhancements, including the following:

  • Cloud refinements: Both low and high Cirrus cloud types are now available.
  • Mouse-control region is now ok at hi resolutions.
  • No more semi-transparent horizon in the 3-d cockpits.
  • More precision in placement of speedbrakes and gear doors in Plane-Maker.
  • Ctrl-\ works for keyboard access to the circling-with-cockpit view.
  • Fuel flow more accurate for jets at high altitude.
  • ALL art horizons and HSIs now show pitch and roll and heading in replay.
  • The heading HOLD select and heading SYNC knobs are now swapped left/right on the directionsl gyros to match more planes.
  • The +/- keys are back to doing ZOOM, not MOVE, in the "@" view.
    Why? Because I like it a lot more this way.
Those interested in downloading this latest offering can get it directly from the official X-Plane site.

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Shadow Warrior Open-Sourced; Gordon On It
11:04 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

FPS fans looking to get a little Wang into their lives should be pleased to note that the source code for Shadow Warrior has been released. Currently listed at version 1.2, the code is currently being offered for download from FileShack, with a size of around 4.54MB.

In further good news, Ryan Gordon is currently hard at work getting this title up and running. He currently has a screenshot posted of Shadow Warrior running in a window, adding that while there's still plenty of work to be done, he seems to have it running okay.

Shacknews also adds that the source code is under the GPL, meaning that permission has not been given to distribute the original data files.

FileShack - Shadow Warrior v1.2 Source Code
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In-Depth Stubbs Preview Including Q&A
9:55 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Internet gaming portal has posted a monster preview of the upcoming zombie action game, Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse. The 4 page preview discusses multiple areas of the game with Wideload founder Alex Seropian and includes a new video release which demonstrates how vehicles will "work" in the new game.

Wideload fansite WORG summarized the main points of the preview into six bullet points:

• Building comedy into the games is one of the key goals behind Stubbs the Zombie and presents much of the challenge they face in the game.
• Stubbs will likely have an ESRB rating of "Mature".
• Although it is in the action genera, because of the heavy emphasis on using zombie followers to help you, Stubbs takes on a bit of a strategy game approach as well.
• Because "creative" doesn't always sell, Seropian is banking on combining familiar gaming elements with concepts that are new and interesting.
• Zombies and humans are driven by the Halo AI, lauded for it's clever implementation of character control.
• The aiming system is the same as one used in Halo, but only available when possessing the living.
Stubbs is due for simultaneous release on Xbox, PC and Mac platforms later this year. To read the full preview or check out's archives of Stubbs information, follow the respective links below.

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Red Orchestra 3.2 Released
9:54 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Tripwire Interactive has released version 3.2 of their popular WWII total conversion for Unreal Tournament 2004, Red Orchestra. The modification, set in eastern Europe, has been the winner of multiple awards, including a recent "Make Something Unreal" award. The new version includes numerous improvements and bug fixes over previous versions. If you haven't checked out RO since its initial release, you will be pleasantly surprised at how far it has come.

Whether you're a die-hard RO player since 1.0, a fan that has come and gone, or someone that just found out about the game, 3.2 will have something incredible to offer you all. With a change log pages long that includes: expanded game play, increased player immersion, and a bug fix list so long that it will have you wondering where we found them all.
Head over to the official website to download the full install for 3.2, or a smaller update package for users of version 3.1.

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Info on World of Warcraft Honor System
9:54 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Blizzard has posted a Q&A session dealing with the honor system in World of Warcraft. The questions were submitted by users, and answers were fielded by "Kalgan", the designer who created the honor system. The session covers some of the more minute details of the honor system, from honor decay to clans "farming" honor.

Kalgan had this to say on dishonor penalties:

We plan on evaluating the Honor System without penalties and moving forward from there. While it is very possible that we will add penalties for dishonor in the future, we are trying to be as careful as possible by evaluating the system with only incentives for killing honorably at first, so we have a better handle on how substantial any penalties would need to be assuming they prove necessary.
Head over to Blizzard's discussion boards to read the rest of the interview.

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Star Wars Battlefront Hits Beta
9:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has announced that Star Wars Battlefront has hit beta, meaning the game is now going into the testing phase of development. Battlefront is an open-ended single-player and multiplayer game, which allows players to re-live all of the epic battles from the classic and prequel Star Wars film trilogies.

Here's a more detail description of the game:

Players can participate in all of the memorable Star Wars battles like never
before. Players can select one of the 20 different soldier types from each
of the four factions: Rebel Alliance, Imperial Army, Clone Army and Droid
Army. Soldier types include standard infantry, scouts, heavy weapons and
pilots. Each soldier has specialized abilities and the freedom to use
ground-based turrets found on the battlefront as well as more than 25
diverse ground and air vehicles including the AT-ST, X-wing and speeder
bike, and the massive Republic Gunship that can hold up to five different
soldiers. The team-based action within Star Wars Battlefront is set in more
than a dozen unique locations across 10 diverse planets including Hoth,
Geonosis and Endor.
In related news, the IMG Store has begun taking pre-orders for Star Wars Battlefront. The title, expected in June, is available for $48.99.

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Mac Games News for Friday, April 1, 2005

Aspyr Posts The Sims 2 Developer Journal2:05 PM
IMG Posts New Close Combat Feature1:17 PM
Virtual Programming Updates Massive Assault12:40 PM
Blizzard Announces Panda Program12:34 PM
Aspyr: Buy True Crime, Get Free Game12:02 PM
MacWorld Poll: Mac Users Don't Game?11:50 AM
Neverwinter Nights 1.66 Beta10:13 AM
Torque 2D Tech Demo10:13 AM
Ambrosia Releases ScreenCleaner Pro8:21 AM
Doom 3 Expansion Q&A8:08 AM
Second Life Goes Global, Adds Tools8:08 AM
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