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Friday, April 22, 2005

ControllerMate Released
7:13 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Orderedbytes has released a new shareware utility called ControllerMate for gamers that allows users to use your joystick, gamepad, or trackball to perform any function that would normally require a keyboard. The utility features an easy to use graphical interface that is used to assign keyboard function to any gaming controller.

Here's more from the press release:

ControllerMate takes a new approach to programming keyboard actions onto HID game controllers. Using a highly graphical interface and drag-and-drop editing, users can easily program complex keyboard sequences onto the buttons of joysticks, gamepads, trackballs and more. Visual feedback is provided to immediately test keyboard actions as they are being constructed.

ControllerMate, enables you to:

• Generate any amount of text with a single press of a joystick button
• Simulate individual key-up and key-down events for any key on a keyboard
• Mix and match text and individual key events as needed
• Assign modifiers to joystick buttons to create button combinations
• Enable and disable entire groups of functions to quickly change your joystick's programming
• Automatically enable and disable groups based on the currently running applications

Using ControllerMate's graphical interface, creating and editing assignments for your joystick buttons couldn't be easier. Features that make ControllerMate easy to use include:

• Drag-and-drop interface for combining buttons with keyboard actions
• Visual feedback shows you exactly what your joystick buttons are doing
• ControllerMate captures text produced by your joystick buttons to verify that their programming is correct
• Unlimited levels of undo/redo
• Extensive help pages containing examples to assist you in getting started

To download ControllerMate v1, be sure to head over to
ControllerMate 1.0

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IMG Reviews Vertical Mouse 2
4:51 PM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of, the Vertical Mouse 2, a veritable standalone utility. With its "on-its-side" construction and "comfortable handshake grip," it is another interesting alternative to the classic one-button iMac mouse.

A centimeter above where your thumb rests is a fifth button which is an oblong, circular sliver. The entire back of the mouse is made of firm rubber that increases durability and prevents chafing. The buttons and front half of the mouse are a firm purple plastic, and the whole unit is of moderate weight. Since your hand rests on its side, the right edge of your palm is in constant contact with the surface you are mousing on, giving a strange dragging sensation for me that took a couple hours to become accustomed to. Evoluent suggests using a good quality mousepad to reduce friction if it becomes a problem.
If you want to read more, just follow the link to the IMG review of the Vertical Mouse 2.

IMG Review
VerticalMouse 2

Garden Golf Released for Mac OS X
12:53 PM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

A new mini golf game, Garden Golf has just been released by the relatively new company, Fun Pause. Mini golf fans should find much to love in this new OS X title.

Garden Golf is a new, high quality and easy to use mini golf (also called minigolf, miniature golf, mini putt, or putt putt golf) game for your PC and Mac. Enjoy two 18 hole courses packed with fun and varied obstacles, such as tunnels, treadmills and more! Perfect your technique in full-screen with 3D graphics and a light-hearted atmosphere. Publish your best score sheets on in one click for unlimited bragging rights!
Head on over to the links section and try it for yourself.

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Garden Golf

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Blizzard Gives Another Day
12:51 PM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Due to the recent rash of lag and downtimes as the World of Warcraft patch was fixed, Blizzard has given another free 24 hours of gametime to players.

Yesterday's patch introduced the highly anticipated player-vs.-player Honor System into World of Warcraft. Integrating a new system such as this into the game can cause minor errors to arise, as was the case yesterday when the patch caused an error with quest logs for some characters. In order to fix this error, all realms were brought down for an additional two to four hours. Due to this additional downtime, all players will be receiving a 24-hour time extension. This time extension will be applied to players' accounts by April 27.
Don't forget to check out the Honor Rewards before you use your free day. It might give you some ideas as to how you should use it.

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Aspyr Unveils New Stubbs Site, Trailer Added
12:51 PM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media have unveiled a new website for their upcoming zombie game, Stubbs the Zombie. The new site has a 50s retro-style in keeping with the game's setting. Along with the update comes several new sections. They include a news section along with a gallery and community area. Within the gallery area Aspyr have posted a trailer for the game as well as the nine previously released in-game videos. The community area includes links to Wideload fansites and three full size desktop images as well as four IM icons.

Here's a snippet from the new website.

Admit it: you've killed a lot of zombies in your time. You've blasted them, bludgeoned them, blowtorched them and blown them to pieces. "And what of it?" you ask. "I boil lobster alive and I don't feel bad about that either. They're just mindless zombies. Who cares?"
To find the answer to that pressing question, follow the link to the Stubbs homepage below.

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Stubbs the Zombie
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Black & White 2 Fan Mail
7:13 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Lionhead Studios has posted a question and answer session based on letters it has received in regards to its under-development sequel, Black and White 2. The questions deal with potential new features in Black and White 2, the release date (or lack-there-of), and the existence of the devil.

Here's what Lionhead had to say when asked about whether villagers would be good or evil depending on your god's alignment:

Hi there Frank. Definitely an interesting question and several people have asked it. If you’re an evil God then – indeed – your tribe will reflect your alignment. Their clothing, actions and reactions will change depending on your alignment. This is not the only thing that will change of course; the land, the creature, the buildings, your hand, and many other things will be influenced by it. Alignment doesn’t have an influence over your fields – what you mean is fertility: certain locations in Eden are better to grow certain crops then others.
Though not officially announced for the Macintosh, UK publisher Feral Interactive has expressed interest in bringing the long in-development sequel to our platform. Stay with IMG for all the latest information on this game.

The Black & White 2 Mailbag
Black & White II
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Violent Videogame Bill Ressurected in California
7:13 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Gamespot News reports that California Assemblyman Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has announced plans to resurrect a bill that would make it possible to punish retailers that sell or rent violent video games to underage consumers.

The legislation, known as AB 1792, was first introduced in January of 2004 by Yee, but had been declared dead by April that same year. This week, a representative of Assemblyman Yee reported that the bill would be reintroduced to the assembly. Yee's spokesman has reported that the bill includes some new amendments that could improve its chances this time around, but did not specify what those changes were.

[The bill] described a "violent" game as one that "appeals to minors' morbid interest in violence, that enables the player to virtually inflict serious injury upon human beings or characters with substantially human characteristics in a manner that is especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel." Such games must also be determined to lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value to minors.
Head over to Gamespot to read the full article on the proposed bill and its potential ramifications.

California lawmaker revives antigame bill

Custer Flies The Friendly Skies
7:13 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

IMG's resident artist, Brad Custer, has made his weekly update, providing a new desktop for fans of X-Plane 8. The flight simulator combines realistic landscapes and aircraft with equally impressive graphics.

Here's an excerpt from his update:

Since our recent review of X-Plane 8 from Laminar Research and Graphsim Entertainment the data processing aviators have come out of the woodwork with same request - a desktop for the game. Of course, as I've stated more than once over the years, I'm not one to ignore the masses. I created this feature based on the cover art of the box. With the help of Graphsim Entertainment I was able to create this week's wallpaper.
Be sure to check out his latest creation in your preferred desktop size at Custer's Desktops, linked below

Custer's Desktops

Mac Games News for Thursday, April 21, 2005

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IMG Reviews GooBall8:52 AM
GarageGames 'Grease Monkey' Blog8:43 AM
Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood Feature8:43 AM
Shadowbane Anniversary Gifts Released8:43 AM
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