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Codeblender Releases DeepTrouble 2
8:59 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

CodeBlender Software has released their latest game, DeepTrouble 2, the sequel to the popular action game DeepTrouble. In DeepTrouble 2, the underwater aliens are fiercer than ever before. As the most experienced pilot of the Excalibur '7' series fighter and reconnaissance craft you are tasked with uncovering the dark secret of the underwater aliens and their colony-world.

Here's more from the press release:

The many different types of enemies will put your combat and strategic skills to the test as you navigate deeper through dangerous underwater passages and enemy territory.

DeepTrouble 2 features 11 levels with gorgeous and detailed graphics made possible by the use of OpenGL's vertex and fragment shaders. Bump mapping, dynamic shadows and other advanced techniques add to the highly detailed graphics. OpenAL is being used to bring out great sound effects that will immerse you into the game together with the suspenseful music.

DeepTrouble 2 is priced at $29.95. is hosting the DeepTrouble 2 download. A 34 MB demo version as well as the full version (106 MB) are available for download on MGF. Please note that the full version requires a serial number and will not run without one.

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AGEIA Builds Momentum at E3
12:54 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

At the Electronic Entertainment Expo today, AGEIA Technologies, the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, announced a flurry of design wins and new partnerships with game developers, add-in board vendors, publishers, console manufacturers and middleware vendors from around the world and throughout the gaming universe.

The announcements are significant since the company will be releasing a Mac SDK of AGEIA physics in the future. Havok, one of AGEIA's competitors, is currently not available for the Mac and has caused the cancellation of various Macintosh games.

Here's a list of "wins" from AGEIA:

• ASUS Computer: Will develop and market add-in boards with the AGEIA PhysX processor, the world’s first and only dedicated physics processing unit. Products are expected within 2005, coinciding with the release of popular game titles incorporating AGEIA physics technology.

• PlayStation©3: AGEIA is developing powerful physics-based middleware for the PlayStation 3 based on AGEIA’s NovodeX physics software. As the only multithreaded physics software in the industry, AGEIA’s NovodeX physics software is uniquely suited to harness the new capabilities of next-generation game consoles such as the PlayStation 3.

• Atari: Using AGEIA’s NovodeX physics software in Dragonshard™, a real-time strategy game based on the Dungeons & Dragons® universe created by Wizards of the Coast.

• Atari’s Shiny Entertainment Studio: Creator of Enter the Matrix™ using AGEIA’s NovodeX physics software for physics-based martial arts action and gunplay, as well as physics-defying stunts and aerobatics in upcoming game titles.

• Big Huge Games: Targeting the AGEIA PhysX processor for hardware acceleration of upcoming real-time strategy game Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends.

• Bongfish Interactive Entertainment: Incorporating AGEIA’s pioneering physics technology into snowboarding game Stoked Rider featuring Tommy Brunner.

• Cryptic Studios: Source code agreement to use AGEIA’s NovodeX physics software as core physics engine for upcoming City of Villains and other next-generation titles.

• PerfectPlay Entertainment: Building first game Metathrone Project from ground up with AGEIA physics technologies.

• Phantagram Co.: Korean developer and creator of Kingdom Under Fire series using AGEIA’s NovodeX physics software for its upcoming title for the Xbox 360.

• Ritual Entertainment: Source code agreement enabling Ritual to integrate AGEIA technologies, such as AGEIA’s NovodeX physics software, into their own core technology.

• Spark Unlimited: New Pandora game will list AGEIA PhysX processor as minimum system requirement as part of larger technical and marketing partnership.

• Ubisoft: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 3 is leveraging the unique multithreaded capabilities of AGEIA’s physics software to harness the power of next-generation consoles.

For more information on AGEIA, visit the official web site.


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Sims 2 Expansion Q&A Posted
10:37 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Gamespot has released a large question and answer session on The Sims 2: Nightlife. The Q&A covers drivable vehicles and their various features.

GameSpot: Tell us about why drivable cars were added to The Sims 2: Nightlife. Was it due to player demand, or was it a specific feature the team really felt was necessary for the expansion?

Tim LeTourneau: Both. This is a feature that Sims players have been requesting for five years, so we have always wanted to add them. Then you design an expansion pack about "getting your sims out of the house and out on the town." It's just a natural thing to include.

GS: Tell us about the role of drivable cars in the expansion. What can cars do, and what can't they do?

TL: Well these are Sims cars obviously. I don't want anyone to think we've made The Sims 2: Need for Speed, though wouldn't that be cool (imagine Mortimer Goth as a high-speed racer through SimCity!).

To view the complete Q&A, drive on over to the links section.

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MacSoft Releases New Close Combat Patch, Dedicated Server
10:03 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft has released an update for Close Combat: First To Fight, bringing it to version 1.02. The new updates address several issues with the game and adds a new dedicated server program for those wishing to host their games under Mac OS X.

Here's a list of changes:

• Dedicated Server was added (view section 6 below for more information). A separate dedicated server ReadMe has also been included. This separate ReadMe contains the same information noted in section 6 below.
• Enhanced observer mode options.
• Fix to the Portfolio function. Portfolios now display the mission and statistics scores properly.
• Fix to the save deletion function. Games can now be properly deleted for all operating systems from within the game.
To patch is available for download from

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MacSoft Treasure Hunt Day 3
9:49 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:

Sing a chanty from your crow's nest, don't hang the jib if yer havin' trouble. Today's clue may be a bit too civilized for ye.
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 third clue!

Tropico 2: Pirate Cove
Treasure Hunt Day 1
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Salvo! Demo Released
9:37 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Shrapnel Games has released a demo of their upcoming naval warfare for the Mac, Salvo! The 293 MB demo includes four tutorial scenarios, and the complete help documentation consisting of the quickstart and user guides, plus a full campaign, 'The Bourbon Navy'.

Here's more from the press release:

While 'The Bourbon Navy' is one of the smaller campaigns to be found in Salvo! it showcases what gamers should expect from the full retail game, and when combined with the tutorials players will get the full Salvo! experience in all its glory. From actions involving a handful of vessels to large scale fleet engagements, it's all represented in the demo.

Tim Brooks, president and founder of Shrapnel Games, is quite excited over the demo. "I love the fact that the sea dogs of the world will get a taste of everything the full retail game will have to offer. A lot of people have been quite excited over the prospect of easily commanding an armada, and now thanks to the demo they'll get to see just how easy mastery of the high seas comes to the player. In fact, with the various battles included it's almost more like a mini-game than just a demo!"

Players will also be able to read the 'mission introduction' to the rest of the scenarios and campaigns that will be found in the retail game, allowing them a peek into the exciting engagements they will be able to soon participate in. It should also be noted that the demo is not crippleware by any means. Virtual captains don't have to put up with time limited gameplay, or the inability to save the game, or feel cheated out of any other game resource. Play the demo as you see fit. After all, a demo is meant to let players sample the actual game, not twist into 'beat the clock'.

Salvo!, playable on both PCs and Macs, was originally slated for a May 1st gold date but the date has been delayed until the end of May. Salvo! is a single-player experience of naval war from the 17th through 19th centuries, with an emphasis on command and control using an intuitive command scheme. Five major sailing forces are included in the game, as are two pirate forces, and a wide variety of ship types.

To download the demo, head over to is currently taking pre-orders for the game for $39.95. It is scheduled to ship at the end of May.

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The Mighty Eighth Combat Sim Announced11:50 AM
IMG Poll: Which Next Gen Console Are You Going To Buy?11:40 AM
Unreal Tournament 2007 Officially Announced (For PC)10:00 AM
MacSoft Treasure Hunt Continues9:07 AM
e.p.i.c. To Handle RHEM 2 In Europe8:57 AM
The Sims 2 Now At Final Candidate8:40 AM
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Game Design Software Announced for Macintosh8:37 AM
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