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Game Design Software Announced for Macintosh
8:37 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Sawblade Software has announced Power Game Factory, an innovative new tool for creating side scrolling action games for the Macintosh. Power Game Factory is capable of producing games similar to many of the console video games of the past two decades, but with superior graphics and sounds. The tool requires no programming.

Here's more from the press release:

Power Game Factory applies the latest technologies to the proven 2D platformer game genre; games made with the software can combine high resolution sprite graphics and realistic physics with authentic old school gameplay, making Power Game Factory the ideal system for constructing compelling, truly playable Macintosh games.

Power Game Factory is a robust game development environment: game projects may be extremely simple, or they may feature hundreds of huge levels and hours of gameplay. There are no restraints placed on the number of levels, characters, weapons, and items in a game. Completed game projects can be compiled into self-contained, fully functional applications which users may sell without royalties or limitations of any kind.

Due to arrive in the Spring of 2005, Power Game Factory will ship on a CD bundled with the Greenland Invasion game project, which demonstrates the capabilities of the software. An included 6-step beginner's tutorial will help users get started with their own game design projects, while an exhaustive 190 page user's manual provides a complete reference. Also included are collections of extra level background graphics and game music. In addition, customers will enjoy free Sawblade Software stickers and a Sawblade Software product order form offering discounts on merchandise.

For more information on Power Game Factory, visit the official web site.

Sawblade Software Order 3 Games, Get Free Jedi Academy
2:06 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Order any three or more games through, and get Aspyr's Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy for free (a $39.95 value). Simply add three games of your choice and Jedi Academy to your cart, then apply coupon code: jedi.

Please note that in order to take advantage of this offer, please add Jedi Academy to your cart and then apply the coupon code.

The Mighty Eighth Combat Sim Announced
11:50 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

iEntertainment Network, developers of the popular online WarBirbs combat flight sims, today announced The Mighty Eighth-A WarBirds Series Combat Simulation. Due in retail stores in March 2007, the new combat flying simulation will cover the air war over Europe during World War II.

Here's more from the press release:

"The Mighty Eighth" will include 1) brand new Total European Continent, Satellite Data Derived, Detailed Flight Terrains, 2) brand new communications abilities between players and artificial intelligence controlled vehicles and with other live human players in the game, 3) stunningly detailed vehicle models, 4) great atmospheric, weather, lighting, and storm special effects, and 5) the "Total Immersion" game system to put the player back in time to England, 1942, by allowing the players actions to affect the outcome of all major battles!

"The Mighty Eighth" is a brand new game from the Masters of Historical Flight Simulations, iEntertainment Network. The development staff of IENT has developed and distributed over 100 great flight simulations since 1982 like the famous flight simulators F-15 Strike Eagle, F-19 Stealth Fighter, B-17 Flying Fortress, Gunship, iF-22 Raptor, Air Warrior III, Apache, and WarBirds, called "Simulation of the Decade" by one computer magazine.

"We love making and flying Flight Simulators! We did our first great Combat Flying Simulator way back in 1982, with MicroProse's Hellcat Ace!" says, JW "Wild Bill" Stealey, CEO of iEntertainment Network, co-founder of MicroProse Software, and retired Lt. Colonel of the United States Air Force. "And "The Mighty Eighth" will be the one of our Best!"

"The Mighty Eighth" will follow aviators from both sides of the combat of World War II. These Player Aviators will participate in the flying events of World War II as they fly their missions, try to survive, and accomplish their missions for their countries during this historical period of great world conflict. A dynamic game engine will allow the players actions to determine the course of World War II! Players will be able play solo on their computers or join hundreds of other real players from around the World in massively multiplayer Historical battles in iEntertainment's online game arenas.
The Mighty Eighth will be released simultaneously on both PC and Mac computers.

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IMG Poll: Which Next Gen Console Are You Going To Buy?
11:40 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

According to a recent poll conducted at IMG, 70 percent of IMG readers have a console such as an XBOX or PlayStation 2. With the next generation consoles just around the corner, we wanted to get an early feeling as to what Mac gamers out there will be buying next. Are you going to wait for the PlayStation 3 or jump on the XBOX 360? Or would you prefer the Nintendo Revolution? Or maybe your current console is just fine for now.

Let us know by taking the poll.

IMG Poll

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Unreal Tournament 2007 Officially Announced (For PC)
10:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Midway Games and Epic Games today officially announced Unreal Tournament 2007 for the PC. The game will be shown for the first time at the Electronic Entertainment Expo which begins tomorrow in Los Angeles.

Here's more from the press release:

"Unreal Tournament 2007 is the newest addition to one of, if not the greatest multiplayer PC franchises ever created," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "UT2007 will be a major evolution for the Unreal series. Fans will be blown away by the next generation gameplay, modifiability and visuals that Epic's Unreal Engine 3 technology will bring to the franchise. Without question this will be the most visually stunning and in-depth Unreal Tournament game to-date."

"We feel confident that Unreal Tournament 2007 will deliver on Epic's promise to gamers to develop only the highest quality and most innovative titles using our cutting-edge Unreal Engine 3 technology," said Mark Rein, vice president and co-founder, Epic Games. "Unreal fans should rest assured that UT2007 will indeed raise the bar for not only the UT franchise but for all FPS titles, PC or console."

The latest entry into the Unreal franchise, Unreal Tournament 2007, will blow fans away with the gameplay, modifiability and visuals that Epic's Unreal Engine 3 technology will deliver. Unreal Tournament 2007 is scheduled for release in 2006 for the PC.

So why no mention of a Mac version? In all likelihood, a deal with a Mac publisher hasn't been signed yet. In the past MacSoft has published the previous incarnations of the game, including Unreal Tournament 2004.

As previously reported, Epic's Ryan Gordon is porting the Unreal Engine 3 to the Mac, so the chances of seeing Unreal Tournament 2007 are extremely good. We'll be sure to keep you posted.

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MacSoft Treasure Hunt Continues
9:07 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The MacSoft Tropico 2 treasure hunt continues today with another new clue. On each day of this week, IMG will be posting a clue. Each clue will lead you to a particular game page on the MacSoft website. On the game page, you’ll have to hunt for a hidden item. It might be some odd text, maybe a picture, or something else altogether. When you find the hidden item-click on it. You’ll receive a piece of a word puzzle. On Friday, we’ll tell you how to solve the puzzle.

The first person to solve the puzzle and complete the hunt will win a treasure trove of MacSoft games including Rise of Nations, Railroad Tycoon 3, Close Combat: First to Fight and, of course, Tropico 2: Pirate Cove.

Here's today's clue:

All hands on deck buckos, you'll have to search our coffers for today's doubloon, I've lost me map!. Don't get measured fer yer chains in the box car's gibbet.
One prize package will be awarded. Any information collected will be used solely for the purpose of awarding the prize. Prize winner will be determined by the editors of Inside Mac Games. Anyone caught cheating will be forced to walk the plank!

When you're ready, head over to the MacSoft site to find the second clue!

Tropico 2: Pirate Cove
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e.p.i.c. To Handle RHEM 2 In Europe
8:57 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

e.p.i.c. interactive has recently announced their intention to publish RHEM 2 in Europe for both the Mac and PC. A first-person graphic adventure along the same vein as Myst, RHEM 2 puts players in an underground city in search of a certain artifact.

You will explore weird caves, find secret rooms and hidden paths. You will have to find out the mechanisms of strange looking machines and find Codes to open doors to continue your adventures. Enjoy the beauty and silence of this unique underworld.
RHEM 2, which is also being published in the U.S. via Got Game Entertainment, is currently set for a July release. Screenshots and more info can be found at Got Game's RHEM 2 page.

IMG - Got Game To Release RHEM 2 In July
e.p.i.c. - The Adventure goes on: RHEM 2 coming soon for Mac and PC

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The Sims 2 Now At Final Candidate
8:40 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Aspyr has recently posted on its project status page that The Sims 2 is now at the final candidate stage of development. At this point, the game will go through its final testing and will be sent to Electronic Arts for final approval. If all goes well, the game will be declared golden master and will be sent to manufacturing, putting it on track to be released sometime in June.

Be on the lookout for an in-depth IMG preview based on a recent beta shortly.

The Sims 2 Trailer
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The Sims 2
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Apple Unleashes Tiger 10.4.1
8:37 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story

Apple has unleashed its first point update for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, bringing the version number to 10.4.1. The update, which weighs in at 34MB, delivers "overall improved reliability for Mac OS X v10.4" and includes several specific changes to widget applications and networking, among other things. Of interest to gamers is the updated "core graphics including updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers".

Here's a list of changes and bug fixes list in 10.4.1:

• file sharing using AFP and SMB/CIFS network file services
• using DHCP in wireless networks
• user login when accessing LDAP and Active Directory servers
• core graphics including updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
• synchronization with .Mac
• Address Book, iCal, Font Book, Mail, and Preview applications
• Dashboard widgets: Address Book, Flight Tracker, Phone Book, and World Clock
• creating and burning disk images using Disk Utility
• compatibility with third party applications and devices
To download the update, open up Software Update in the Apple Menu or follow the link below. If you'd like to share your experience of the 10.4.1 update with other Mac gamers, follow the link below to the IMG forum discussion thread.

Apple - Mac OS X 10.4.1
Mac OS X 10.4.1 Update Released!

Mac Games News for Monday, May 16, 2005

IMG Reviews The Logitech MX1000 Laser Mouse1:10 PM
MacSoft And IMG Team Up For Treasure Hunt!9:55 AM
Warcraft III Bonus Map Released9:53 AM
Torque Shooter Legends Seeks Mac Developer9:45 AM
World of Warcraft Battleground Revealed: Warsong Gulch9:44 AM
America's Army Update, Mac Version Soon9:40 AM
El Ballo Release Candidate Today?9:40 AM
GarageGames Site Redesign, WarZone Demo Available9:40 AM
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