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Friday, May 20, 2005

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Apple Posts Commandos Battle Pack Feature
9:06 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The Apple games web site has posted a new preview of Feral's upcoming squad-based strategy game, the Commandos Battle Pack. The pack, which recently went gold, will include Commandos 2: Men of Courage and Commandos
3: Destination Berlin and is due out later this month.

Here's a clip from the preview:

I have discovered, however, that such fellows often possess the single-minded drive needed for the team to succeed in its missions. Each has been chosen for their skill in a particular area, allowing me to assemble the right team for each task. Above all else, I have insisted that stealth is key to our success. This is not a team brought together for frontal assaults rather, they will slip into enemy territory, carry out their duties and retreat before the Germans even know they were there.
To check out the entire preview, please follow the link below.

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Buy Commandos Battle Pack 7 New Hot Deals
3:20 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story has announced new hot deals for this week. They include the following games:

Close Combat: First To Fight - $34.95 (was $39.95)
Adrenaline Sports Pack - $14.95 (was $19.95)
Bionicle - $34.95 (was $39.95)
Celtic Kings - $24.95 (was $29.95)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - $19.95 (was $29.95)
Medal of Honor Deluxe Edition - $39.95 (was $49.95)
Sheep - $9.95 (was $19.95)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield - $19.95 (was $39.95)

Be sure to place your order now. These hot deals May 23rd, 2005.

Aspyr To Preview Star Wars Battlefront In Austin, TX Tonight
12:48 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr will be previewing a beta of Star Wars Battlefront tonight at 7 PM at the monthly Aspyr game night at Apple's Austin store. Aspyr reps will be on hand to give a short demonstration of the game.

Star Wars Battlefront is an open-ended single player and multiplayer action game, which allows players to re-live all of the epic battles from the classic and prequel Star Wars film trilogies. 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.

Star Wars Battlefront is scheduled to ship for the Mac in June 2005.

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Star Wars Battlefront
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IMG Interviews CodeBlender's Ken Drycksback
12:28 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Founded in 2002, CodeBlender is known for their top-notch shareware games including Deep Trouble, Epsilon Tahari, and Rally Shift. The company recently released Deep Trouble 2, a follow-up to their first game. IMG recently interviewed Ken Drycksback about his company and his latest game.

To check out the interview, please follow the link below.

IMG Interview: CodeBlender's Ken Drycksback

MacRadio Announces Name Gaming Radio Contest
10:45 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacRadio today announced a contest to name the new Mac gaming radio program, set to debut on June 6th, 2005. The new radio show, code-named MacGamers Radio, will be replacing The Gamesome Mac, which was recently retired. In partnership with Inside Mac Games, Aspyr Media, and MacSoft, MacRadio will give away $200 worth of prizes to the person who sends in the winning name of the new radio program.

"We really want to make this a community radio program," said Omaha Sternberg, host of MacGamers Radio. "So we thought, who better to name this new radio program than the Mac gaming community it will serve?"

To participate in this contest, please send name ideas for the new name of MacGamers Radio to Names can be one to five words long. No obscene names will be included in the contest. All entries must be received by midnight, June 3rd, 2005. The new name and winner of the contest will be announced on the air June 6th, 2005.

Ms. Sternberg is also continuing to seek staff, including on-air radio personalities for the show. For more information about becoming a part of MacRadio or this radio program, go to and click on the "I want to host" button.

All MacRadio radio programs are available free from the MacRadio website. To tune in, listeners must have QuickTime 6 and a 56K or faster Internet connection.

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MacSoft Treasure Hunt Final Day (Updated)
9:08 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

It's day 5 of the Tropico 2: Pirate Cove Treasure Hunt. If you've been following the clues and collecting the pieces to the word puzzle, then you've already got everything you need to find the treasure! Each piece of the word puzzle was a biography of a famous pirate. These real-life pirates are all included in Tropico 2 Pirate Cove. Arrange the biographies in this order: Henry Morgan, William Kidd, Anne Bonny, John Rackham. Now, look at the first letter of each paragraph. The letters will tell you where to look for the final clue. Look for the most famous pirate of them all. He'll tell you what to do to collect your prize.

Head over to MacSoft's web site to find the final clue!

Update: A winner has been picked! Many thanks to all those who participated in the treasure hunt.

Tropico 2: Pirate Cove
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Tim Willits Talks Quake IV
9:06 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story has postedan interview with Quake IV developer Tim Willits. The interview covers the new graphics, Willits' expectations for Quake IV, and how Willits believes that XBox gamers will react.

Tim: Getting back to a rich story that is compelling, straightforward, and that provides new challenges, those are some of our goals. You know, we want to create a game that doesn't get boring, and that sets up the action for your experience. Quake IV has military overtones. You're part of a much larger squad and military experience. We want you to feel like the forces of Earth are striking back at the Strogg on their planet. We're striving for as rich and compelling experience as possible. We want to delivery an action-packed adventure with a sci-fi setting as possible..
To view the full interview, visit the links section.

In related news, has released a two-minute gameplay movie for Quake IV. The movie showcases the game's premise and combat.

Quake IV Interview
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Custer Builds A New Desktop
9:06 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

Never one to miss a good movie tie-in, Custer's Desktop for the week features the all-ages title LEGO Star Wars from Aspyr Media. The title is based directly off of the popular movie.

Here's a clip of what Brad had to say:

LEGO Star Wars from Aspyr Media won't be out for awhile, but I couldn't think of a better desktop to feature this week. Unless you've been living under a rock then you know that latest installment of Star Wars hits the theater this week. To honor this I decided to create this desktop. So, with the help of Aspyr Media and my cable modem I was able to create this selection.
The desktop features a cast of LEGO characters, as always, those interested in downloading will find multiple resolutions available at Custer's Desktops.

Custer Desktops

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Colonel Wardynski Interviewed on America's Army
9:06 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story has interviewed gaming consultant Colonel Wardynski on the US Army's first-person shooter game, America's Army: Q-Course. The interview talks of the differences between the government and public versions of the game and the many different spinoffs that the US Army will be producing for training purposes.

GS: What is your agenda at E3?

CW: E3 is a bunch of things for us. The two focus areas are, the licensed product, Rise of a Soldier, and Overmatch. Last year we talked about Overmatch and what it was going to be, and this year Overmatch will be at E3. It will actually be a big departure from America's Army in the past.

GS: What do you mean by that?

CW: America's Army has always been team-on-team, and force-on-force engagement. In Overmatch you will see the first application of AI in America's Army.

To view the full interview, visit the links section.

America's Army Interview
U.S Army
Epic Games
America's Army: Special Forces 2.4

Mac Games News for Thursday, May 19, 2005

World Series Of Poker Deluxe Casino Pak Review3:09 PM
IMG Poll: Which Next Gen Console Are You Going To Buy?9:15 AM
MacSoft Treasure Hunt Day 49:11 AM
RHEM Available As Digitial Download8:08 AM
Interview with Civilization IV Producer8:01 AM
MacSoft Ships Tropico 28:01 AM
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