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Gordon Talks America's Army, Intel Move
8:27 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

After a period of downtime, Mac game porter Ryan Gordon has updated his .plan file with news of a new version of America's Army as well as more thoughts on Apple's move to Intel processors.

On the free shooter called America's Army, Gordon notes that version 2.4.0 is in testing for Linux right now, with a Mac version following shortly. Unfortunately for those who have already downloaded the current 2.3.0 version, this one will not be able to be a patch due to the extreme nature of the changes to the dependent data files. Gordon does promise future updates to the 2.4.x codebase will be released as patches:

The next version after 2.4.0 will have
a patch from 2.4.0, for what that's worth. In the meantime, start making
friends with people that own both cable modem and a DVD burner. :)
At the end of his update, Gordon also gives a new perspective to Apple's Intel move than was originally posted the day-of by IMG. He shares concerns already expressed by others of how the ability to dual-boot into Windows could hurt the Mac games business. Here's more from this post:
The funny-sad thing about the Intel switch, especially if dual-booting Windows is made to work, is that Mac gaming has officially starting rowing same boat as Linux gaming. I've been hearing the "dual-booting is Linux gaming" rants, and the "Wine is killing Linux gaming" rants the "Linux users will buy Windows games and not support Linux" rants for five years. Welcome to my world.
For the full scoop, head over and read through his .plan now.

Ryan Gordon .plan
IMG Feature: Game Developers React To Intel Switch
America's Army: Special Forces 2.4

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Apple Posts The Sims 2 Feature
2:13 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Apple has posted a new feature on The Sims 2, scheduled to ship as early as tomorrow. The preview is once again penned by Brad Cook.

Here's a clip from the preview:

The most revolutionary change in The Sims 2 comes in the form of digital DNA, which enables your characters to pass down traits to the next generation. LeTourneau acknowledges that the development team used Punnett Squares to dictate how new Sims inherit traits, such as hair and eye color, from their parents, since “it’s the model most people are familiar with, and it’s also a very straightforward logic method to implement that gives more than enough variety for the game. It’s actually better for us to develop a simpler system that gives predictable or understandable results than to mimic reality so closely as to deliver the same ‘noise’ that the world around us often provides.”
To check out the entire feature, follow the link below to Apple's web site. is currently taking pre-orders for the game. It will be shipping tomorrow, June 10th.

Apple Feature: The Sims 2
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PlayFirst Releases Diner Dash
1:37 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

PlayFirst has released the Macintosh version of their hit game, Diner Dash. Diner Dash, developed by the award-winning studio, gameLab, follows former stock broker Flo as she quits her day job, rolls up her sleeves and grows a fledgling roadside diner into a five star restaurant.

Diner Dash is already a hit with online game players; it‚s held the number one position and continues to hold a top five spot on all of the major online game sites.

"Diner Dash represents a new generation of popular downloadable games and is a perfect fit for the creative and inventive community of Mac owners," said Edelman. "Mac users can now experience the original animation, fast-paced gameplay and compelling storyline that have made Diner Dash a number one hit."

"Game designers are increasingly adopting Tiger as a development platform because of its advanced graphics capability, ease of use, OpenGL performance and Xcode development tools," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "We're thrilled that PlayFirst has ported its popular Diner Dash game to the Mac for the growing community of gamers who've embraced the Mac platform."

A demo of Diner Dash is available for download from

MGF: Diner Dash Demo 1.0

Aspyrations Contest Ends Friday
12:53 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr's Aspyrations contest will be coming to an end tomorrow. Friday will be the last day for all entries. You can enter for a chance to win an iPod, iPod Shuffle, one of five copies of The Sims 2, or one of 15 new Aspyr t-shirts.

Here's more from the press release:

We're kicking off the launch of our new logo, with a fabulous contest.
We're going bigger and bolder with our new logo, and we're looking to
project an attitude that expresses that. We've tossed around a few ideas
here - for example, we 'Aspyr' to entertain the world... to set a good
example... to create products that rule... to say please and thank you...
to make Mom proud... to Wang Chung tonight... etc. Get the idea? Now
we're asking for your help.

Send us your "Aspyrations", and register to win one of many prizes: iPod,
iPod shuffle, Aspyr t-shirts, as well as our first game sporting the brand
new logo-The Sims 2. Winners will be drawn randomly and announced in our
June newsletter, the week of June 20th. If you aren't registered for
Aspyr's monthly newsletter, you can sign up here -

To enter the contest, simply fill out the form at

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IMG Feature: State of the Game
12:47 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games publisher Tuncer Deniz has posted a new State of the Game article. The topic, as you might expect, is about Apple's decision to switch to Intel processors in 2006. How will the Mac gaming market be affected? Be sure to check out the article by follow the link below.

State of the Game: Intel, Apple, and Mac Gaming

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Macgamestore: The Sims 2 Shipping Friday
9:16 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story has announced it will begin shipping The Sims 2 on Friday, June 10th. The game is available for pre-order for $49.95.

In The Sims 2, players pick one of five aspirations that will take them through an entire lifetime, from the cradle to the grave. Players will be able to choose from Popularity, Fortune, Family, Knowledge and Romance which will determine how each Sim will lead their life. With these aspirations, players can fulfill their Sims’ wants while avoiding their worst fears. Every choice that is made has a relevant and dramatic effect on the life of a Sim. is currently taking pre-orders for the game. Head over to MGS to place your order.

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Audio Overload Updated
8:27 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Audio Overload, a video game music player, has been updated to version 2.0b5. The update increases support for Sony Playstation, Capcom Qsound, and more. The upgrades specific to the Macintosh are:

* (Mac) The application can now be quit by closing the main window.
* (Mac) Reduced CPU usage substantially when music playback is paused.
* (Mac) Disabling the oscilloscope has a much more dramatic effect on performance now.
To view the complete change list, head down towards the links section.

Update Details

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New Blades of Avernum Scenarios
8:27 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

A variety of scenarios have been released for Blades of Avernum, the role-playing title from Spiderweb Software. The scenarios are recommended for levels 1-75. The highest level scenario is Undead Valley, and here's its short description:

Undead Valley

High (Levels 45-75) A small Undead problem in a beautiful remote Valley, what could possibly go wrong?
To download this scenario and more, visit the links section.

New Scenarios
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Blades of Avernum

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Shadowbane Test Patch Info
8:27 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Following some major updates, another small patch for the Shadowbane test server has been released. It fixes a large bug and has a single known issue. The details are:

* Greatly decreased the chance of an item taking a maximum durability loss upon repair

* If you are using a Mac Client, change Intro=FALSE in ArcanePref.cfg located in the /Config directory

To view the other patches released recently, scroll down to the links section.

Shadowbane Patch Releases
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, June 8, 2005

IMG Previews X2 - The Threat2:22 PM
GtkRadiant Mac Installer Updated10:35 AM
Blizzard Mac Team On Intel Switch, First Compile on X8610:18 AM
UT2004 Mod SAS Update Available Soon9:17 AM
Battlegrounds Patch for World of Warcraft Released9:16 AM
Macworld Interviews Game Developers on Intel Macintosh9:14 AM
Salvo! Goes Gold9:11 AM
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