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Friday, April 15, 2005

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OS X Skyfighters, X-Plane 8 Updates
8:26 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Updates to two flight sims have recently been made available. The first is for OSX SkyFighters 1945, a preview version of a WWII combat sim featuring online play and a mission builder. Currently at version .70, the update adds a new plane as well as some bug fixes:

  • Added F4U Corsair
  • Added the ability to make the main aircraft pause when stopped on ground (delay in a path)
  • Added a path guided main aircraft can switch to wingman, allows a graceful taxi out and take off
  • Added a "group random" feature so you have have a group of randomly positioned bombers, for example, start randomly, but together as a group
  • Added "Down Observation Aircraft" mission
Also updated is X-Plane, which recently hit version 8.11 RC-3. This update contains numerous control fixes and tweaks, including the following:
  • RC-3 allows Goodway flight plans, French and German language support, and gives audible thunder..
    this stuff was not quite right in RC-2.
  • New "cyclic with speed" option to the Chinooks right..
    or any other helo that wants automatic cyclic control with speed.
  • New "lock tailwheel with stick" option in the special controls screen in Plane-Maker...
    pull the stick full aft to lock the tailwheel, as in the old WW-2 birds.

Both updates are available for download at MacGameFiles.

MGF - OSX SkyFighters 1945
MGF - X-Plane 8.11
OSX SkyFighters 1945
Laminar Research
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Revealed: How Stubbs Treats His Women
12:30 PM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Increasing the anticipation surrounding Stubbs the Zombie in "Rebel Without a Pulse", fansite has posted a short three question interview with Wideload Games' Matt Soell. The site owner Gary Simmons felt that little or nothing had been said about the role that women play in the upcoming game. To this end he fired off an email to the Wideload employee and has since posted the interview.

Here's the short Q&A session:

tBC: Can you expand a little bit on the role of women in Stubbs the Zombie? Will there be women converted to zombies in Stubbs?

Matt: Sure. Being a futuristic sort of place, Punchbowl has embraced the notion of men and women living together in the same city.

tBC: Can you give us some more information on the love of Stubbs' unlife?

Matt: I think I'll just say Stubbs has good taste and leave it at that.

tBC: Suppose one of these Punchbowl women dies in water, will they float face-down or face-up and what scientific method did you use to determine this besides fiddling with a lot of breasts?

Matt: Are you implying there's another way?

To read WORG's commentary on women in Stubbs, follow the link below.

WORG: World's Shortest Interview
Aspyr Media
Stubbs the Zombie
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Aspyr Posts New The Sims 2 Developer Journal
12:12 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr's Quality Assurance Lead on The Sims 2 for Mac, Karen Halloran, has posted her third developer journal entry for the upcoming people sim game. In the journal, Halloran talks about fixing bugs in the current beta and provides us with a couple of pictures from the Aspyr offices.

To check out the developer journal, follow the link below.

IMG: The Sims 2 Developer Journal #3
Aspyr Media
The Sims 2
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IMG Store: Close Combat: First To Fight In Stock
8:44 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has begun shipping Close Combat: First to Fight, the hot new first-person military shooter from MacSoft. All pre-orders have been processed and shipped. If you haven't ordered your copy yet, the game is available for $39.95.

Lead a four-man Marine fire team in urban combat. Enter firefights with confidence, knowing that your fire team follows Marine Corps doctrine known as "Ready-Team-Fire-Assist," now used in Iraq and Afghanistan. When you cross an intersection, ascend a staircase, and engage the enemy, your team will do it the way Marines are doing it, now, in the most dangerous places the world.

Atomic Games
Close Combat: First to Fight
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Aspyr To Preview The Sims 2 In Austin, TX
8:41 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media will be demoing The Sim 2 on April 15th at 7 PM at the monthly Aspyr game night at Austin's Apple store located at Barton Creek Mall. Aspyr representative Andrew Brazell will be on hand to give a short demonstration. If you live in Austin, be sure to stop on by to check out the upcoming sim game.

The Sims 2, licensed from Electronic Arts and under development for Macintosh by Aspyr Studios, is scheduled to ship in June 2005

Aspyr Media
The Sims 2
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Battle for Wesnoth 0.9.0 Available
8:38 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The tactical RPG Battle for Wesnoth has recently been bumped up to version 0.9.0. The update contains a large number of additions and fixes, including support for Asian languages, unit balancing, and improvement in the UI.

Some of the listed updates are as follows:

  • added alternative theme: DFool
  • added theme dialog, launched with ":theme"
  • made help use single click instead of double click
  • tutorial polishing
  • updated 'The Siege of Elensefar', 'Mountain Pass', 'The Swamp of Esten', and 'A Final Spring' to use the new ford terrain (Heir to the Throne & The Rise of Wesnoth).
  • modified the behaviour of the thieves in 'The Siege of Elensefar' (Heir to the Throne)
  • updated Heir to the Throne and The Rise of Wesnoth to use the ruined keeps where appropriate
  • dialog improvements in Eastern Invasion
  • new map for Drowned Plains (Eastern Invasion)
  • changed the Wesfolk Leader's guards to poachers in 'The Fall' (The Rise of Wesnoth)
A turn-based RPG, Battle for Wesnoth features over 200 unit types, a variety of multiplayer options, and supports a large number of platforms. The latest update is available for download from MacGameFiles.

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QuakeCon 2005 Signups
8:36 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

At 9PM Eastern Daylight Time, the registrations for QuakeCon 2005 will begin. It looks as if the registrations will be swamped, so plan on registering early if you want to attend.

[If] you plan on bringing a PC for the BYOC, you are strongly encouraged to register as early as possible on Friday to ensure you get one of the 3,200 seats in the BYOC. Also, if you are planning to enter one of the tournaments, be sure to register as early as possible, since spots are given on a first-come, first-served basis!
This highly anticipated Doom and Quake tournament is being held in August, and will be the largest Doom 3 tournament to date.

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QuakeCon 2005
id Software
Aspyr Media
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Darwinia Patch Notes Released
8:31 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

The Darwinia team has recently released a list of the upcoming changes that will be implemented in the latest patch. They're currently beta testing the patch, and it should be released "within the next couple of weeks." There seems to have been quite a few bugs fixed, including the many issues with the radar dish.

Darwinians will no longer get trapped trying to enter a radar dish that isn't connected.

Squads, Officers and Darwinians will no longer blunder into a radar dish unless you specifically click on it.

Darwinians who are in transit in a Radar Dish during a level save will no longer be left stranded out at sea upon reloading. They will now appear at the base of the destination Radar Dish.

To view the complete list of upcoming changes, just drop by the links section.

Ambrosia Software
Introversion Software
Patch Notes
Darwinia 1.0.0

Age of Empires III Q&A
8:30 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

In a recent question and answer (Q&A) session with Greg Street, a few of the differences between the early Age of Empires games and the in-development Age of Empires III were discussed. New features include a MMO style "home city" where you put points from leveling up into various things as new ships, faster mining rates, and improving your Explorer. Above all the upgrades, though, is a spirit of fun.

We do want to make combat fun, perhaps more so than in any of our previous games. It's not as much fun when a cannon shoots a formation of pikemen, and all of them lose a few hit points and keep marching. It's fun when a cannon shoots a formation, and flattens them all. Our battles tend to have high casualties, but that fits expectations of the time period. This isn't a time of two knights duelling - it's a time when hundreds of infantry marched in a line towards a battery of artillery up on a hill.
This upcoming release just keeps sounding better and better. To view the full Q&A, just dive through the link and read all about it.

There's no word yet as to whether a Mac version of Age of Empires III will be coming to the Mac, but given the fact that all the previous games from Ensemble have been ported to the Mac, there's a good chance it will. We'll be sure to keep you posted.

Ensemble Studios
Age of Empires II
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Custer Strategically Creates Another Desktop
8:28 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Our resident desktop artist brings another new creation this week. Titled "Military Machine," this desktop celebrates the award-winning: Spartan, a strategy game that has been well received by both Mac and PC gamers.

Here's a clip from Brad Custer on his latest desktop:

Since our review ten days ago of Spartan I've received a fair amount of interest in a desktop for the online game. Actually, before my move, I had several requests so I decided to finally honor them. I based it on the cover art featured on the box design. With the help of Freeverse and with some broadband access I was able to create this week's wallpaper.
As always, those interested in downloading his creations can find them at Custer's Desktops. Don't forget to check out IMG's recent review of Spatan as well for more information on this title.

Custer's Desktops
Virtual Programming
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Mac Games News for Thursday, April 14, 2005

IMG Reviews KnightShift, Game In Stock12:37 PM
Shadowbane Alchemy Info Updated12:30 PM
WoW Character Transfers/Copies Temporarily Closed12:29 PM
Publisher Contacts FBI Over Game Rights10:14 AM
Apple Features C&C Generals: Zero Hour7:28 AM
Electronic Arts Announces New Harry Potter Game7:28 AM
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