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Wednesday, June 1, 2005

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The Sims 2 at GM; IMG Preview Posted
8:30 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

IMG's latest preview takes a look at the upcoming The Sims 2. A true sequel to the empire spawned by the original The Sims and its army of expansion packs, The Sims 2 continues the tradition, allowing players to create, control, and monitor the daily lives of their digital wards.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

Not wanting to mess with the incredibly successful and addictive formula of the first Sims title, Sims 2 has basically taken the 'if it ain't broke, don't' fix it' approach. Instead, you're going to see what you wanted with Sims 2: more customizability, more goals, more objectives, and better graphics with a revamped engine.
Included with the preview are several movies in QT format, including a trailer and a few gameplay clips.

The Sims 2 is currently in development by Aspyr. Having just moved from Final Candidate to Gold Master stage, this title should see release for the Mac sometime this month. MacGameStore is currently taking pre-orders of the title.

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Quake IV Site Launched
8:52 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Quake IV now has a website. The website is not currently finished, but it features a trailer for the game and a brief overview of the story. After viewing these two items it becomes obvious that this episode will be completely unlike the previous ones. Walker tanks, aircraft, and marine squads are just the tip of the iceberg.

In order to defeat the Strogg, you must become one of them.
While there is no official notice about a Mac version of the game, we're hopeful some brave Mac company will undertake the port. To view the site, just scroll on down to the links section.

Quake IV Website
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Sigma Chess Updated to 6.1.2
8:30 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

The master level chess program Sigma Chess has been updated to version 6.1.2. The update fixes various bugs and incompatibilities.

The fixes include:

  • Fixed some typos in the HTML User
  • Fixed a minor incompatibility with the new OS X 10.4 (Tiger), where the text in list header buttons incorrectly erased the background.
  • Fixed a minor incompatibility with the new OS X 10.4 (Tiger), where the toolbar button label font was sometimes changed.
  • Fixed a rare incompatibility with the new OS X 10.4 (Tiger), where Sigma Chess couldn’t be started because OS X thought it was a text file.
  • Clicking on an edit control with focus no longer de-selects that edit control!
  • Fixed an issue with the “Set as default” checkbox in the Game Info dialog; it didn’t have any effect when resetting games.
  • To download the updated version and view the full change list, visit the links section.

    Sigma Chess Update

    Sawblade Ships Power Game Factory
    8:30 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    Sawblade Software has recently released Power Game Factory for the Mac. A game creation tool, Power Game Factory allows users to create their own side-scrolling action games without having to resort to complex programming.

    Power Game Factory is a tool for creating side scrolling action games for the Macintosh. It features an easy to use graphical user interface and can compile stand-alone game applications that take advantage of the latest graphical technologies. Built up from the engine that powered Sawblade Software's first game, Power Game Factory has gone through years of development and testing, with countless new features added along the way.
    Included with the package are various creation tools, including level paramaters and routines, background tile editors, and a toolbar that provides quick access to features such as weapons, characters sets, and items. Advanced features include parallax scrolling, physics simulation, and QT-based cut-scenes.

    Power Game Factory is currently retailing for $44. Those interested in more info can find pictures, movies, and feature listings at Sawblade's site.

    Sawblade Software - Power Game Factory

    3D Nebulus Remake 'Zebulon' Released
    8:30 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

    A 3D remake of the classic game Nebulus has been released. The game has been named Zebulon and gives a visual upgrade to the original game's gameplay.

    The game is very simple to play - your goal is to ascend a series of towers. Control your character with the left, right and jump keys set up in the configuration dialog. Press up to go through doors or to activate elevators. Avoid touching anything that moves.
    Collect points for ascending the towers and for time left after finish.
    The game requires Mac OSX 10.3 and an 8 MB video card. To download, visit our sister site through the links section.

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    Mac Games News for Tuesday, May 31, 2005

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    Geneforge 3 v1.0.2 Patch Released8:28 AM
    New Warcraft III Expansion Map: Everfrost8:28 AM
    Ubisoft Buyout Talks Continue8:28 AM
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