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Battlefield 1942 Patch Released
7:39 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has released a patch for Battlefield 1942 and the Secret Weapons of WWII expansion pack. The two major additions include support for more mods, including the popular Desert Combat Final and Extended mods, and built-in support for Game Ranger for finding Mac-specific multiplayer games.

The 9MB patch is available for download from

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Macgamestore: X2 - The Threat In Stock
12:23 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

X2 - The Threat is now available at for $34.95. The game is space simulation on the Mac taken to a new level. The ultimate test of combat, tactical, navigational and entrepreneurial skills, X² The Threat is a space simulation of breathtaking depth and scope.

Trade your way through the space lanes and achieve mogul status. Fight your way through dozens of interlinked missions within an all-new storyline. Build your empire of stations and ships across the Universe. Think if your next move could be your last as the Universe reacts to your actions.

For more, head over to

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True Combat: Elite Mod Coming Soon
7:43 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Team Terminator and Groove Six Studios recently announced their Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory mod True Combat: Elite (TCE) would be making its way to the Mac. TCE is a realistic team-based mod for the popular free first person shooter Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Players use modern equipment to combat opponents in urban settings, with physics and damage modeled realistically. From TCE's website:

"For all those stranded mac players out there that have been dying to try TC:E on the mac, well, the opportunity will be here. After speaking with both Coroner and Tier I am very pleased to say that we have a working version of TC:E on the mac"
The development team has promised the next version of TCE will ship with Windows, Linux, and Mac support. IMG will have more information on this mod as it breaks.

For more information visit TCE's website by clicking the link below. Also, to download Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory (it is free after all), click the link to below.

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Winners Announced for BCS Contest 26
7:42 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story recently announced the winners of its Bridge Construction (BCS) Set Contest 26. BCS is physics bridge building game designed by Chronic Logic. BCS challanges players to build certain styles of bridges out of certain materials using a limited amount of money. 'ead' was the grand prize winner of Contest 26, followed by 'Solo' and 'Fuyyzgik'. Chronic Logic's website recently had this to say about the event:

"This was not a normal contest to say the least, the participants built bridges through an entire Bridge Construction Set map pack spanning twelve original levels, competing for the lowest cost for all twelve bridges combined. These levels are absolutely amazing, and the some of the bridges accomplish things we never dreamed possible with Bridge Construction Set"
A demo of Bridge Construction Set is available at Chronic Logic's website, and the Contest maps can be download from . To see the full contest winners (and some really clever bridge designs), click the link below.

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Contest Winners Page Previews Bone: Out From Boneville
7:41 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Fans of Bone, the graphic novel born from the imagination of Jeff Smith, may be excited to learn that a game starring their favorite Bone cousins will soon be making its way to computers. Telltale Games will be releasing Bone: Out From Boneville, the first in a planned four episode arc that will closely follow the events in the first fourth of the comic series.

Several of Telltale's staff worked on such titles as Grim Fandango and Monkey Island so fans of those classics will have some idea of what to expect. Players will move from screen to screen interacting with the denizens of the world and solving puzzles. Voice acting and 3D characters will spice things up and mini games will keep gamers on their toes, although the goal is to avoid an extreme difficulty level.

One of the key development principals for Telltale is to not make situations like these mini-games (and the point and click puzzles players come across) too challenging. A big part of the goal with the Bone game is to appeal to a type of player that doesn't usually play games, so instead of presenting challenge after challenge, the company wants to focus on giving the player the opportunity to enjoy and exist in this world.
Telltale will offer each episode for $20 and is considering discounts for players who purchase all four episodes at one time. Happily for Mac gamers a release of the title on their favorite platform is a possibility. Telltale is considering in honor of Jeff Smith's preference for Apple computers.'s preview, including screenshots and a sample movie, can be found below.

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ESRB Changes San Andreas Rating To Adults Only
7:40 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In surprising move the ESRB has rescinded its original rating of Mature (MA) for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It has been upgraded to Adults Only (AO), the first rating of its kind for a modern console game, and an unusual rating for a PC game not specifically designed to be pornographic. In addition to the ratings change, the ESRB advised North American retailers to take unsold games off the market until "corrective actions" can be taken.

Under intense media scrutiny and political pressure the ratings board conducted an investigation of the game's content after a mod posted on the Internet allowed users of the PC version of GTA: SA to access previously unseen pornographic material found in the game. The ESRB investigators found that the content had been preexisting within all versions of the game and had merely been unlocked by the mod's creators. This played a role in their decision to reclassify the game.

"After a thorough investigation, we have concluded that sexually explicit material exists in a fully rendered, unmodified form on the final discs of all three platform versions of the game (i.e., PC CD-ROM, Xbox and PS2)," commented Patricia Vance, president of the ESRB, in an official statement announcing the ratings change.

Vance continued: "However, the material was programmed by Rockstar to be inaccessible to the player and they have stated that it was never intended to be made accessible. The material can only be accessed by downloading a software patch, created by an independent third party without Rockstar’s permission, which is now freely available on the internet and through console accessories. Considering the existence of the undisclosed and highly pertinent content on the final discs, compounded by the broad distribution of the third party modification, the credibility and utility of the initial ESRB rating has been seriously undermined."

Since the announcement the company has downgraded its quarterly and yearly earnings estimates, due in large part to the numbers of retail outlets who have policies preventing the sale of AO rated games. Whether or not actual sales will be impacted by the rating change remains to be seen.

The impact of this decision is likely to be felt in the gaming industry for some time to come, and gamers may find some of their favorite titles harder to find in the future. For more information click the link below.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Re-Rated AO, Take-Two Drops Forecast

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World of Warcraft Reaches 1.5 Million Chinese Customers
7:39 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Yesterday, Blizzard Entertainment announced World of Warcraft has reached 1.5 million subscribers in China, making it the largest massively multiplayer online roleplaying game in the world with 3.5 million customers. Blizzard's Chinese partner, The9, offers 24-hour support to its Chinese players with an all Chinese staff. The9 provides players with localization of content, update synchronization, and delivers feedback to the developers. Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, recently commented on the success of the Chinese release:

“World of Warcraft’s success in China has quickly exceeded our expectations, and seeing Chinese gamers respond so enthusiastically to the game has been extremely gratifying. We thank the players for embracing World of Warcraft, our partner The9 for helping to make all of this possible, and the Chinese authorities for their support of Blizzard Entertainment.”
With the continued success of World of Warcraft, Blizzard is hard at work on new content and even an expansion. IMG will have more news on World of Warcraft as it develops.

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, July 20, 2005

IMG Interviews X-Plane's Austin Meyer11:17 AM
Battlefield 1942 Patch to be Released Thursday11:10 AM
Aspyr Newsletter & Lego Star Wars Reqs8:18 AM
Brickshooter Updated8:18 AM
Clinton Targets Game Content8:18 AM
Dungeon Siege 2 Goes Gold for PC8:18 AM
Factor Software Adds Tiger Support for Games8:18 AM
Gamespot Previews Civilization IV8:18 AM
MacSudoku Updated To 1.318:18 AM
Marbol Released8:18 AM
Norbyte Updates Downfall8:18 AM
Unreal Tournament 2007 Interview8:18 AM
Wing Commander - Recollections to Remakes8:18 AM
World of Warcraft Duping Exploit Found8:18 AM
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