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Wednesday, August 3, 2005

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World of Warcraft Update Targets Mac Fixes
8:52 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

World of Warcraft has received a minor patch, bringing the game to version 1.6.1 and providing Mac specific improvements. In addition to the Mac updates, the patch includes updates to the Warrior class and some modifications to Blackwing Lair and Maraudon.

This update is currently only for North American and Australian editions of the game. Here is the list of changes for Mac users:

- Increased the maximum number of sounds which can be played simultaneously. This will fix problems where some sounds could be dropped in very busy situations.
- Fixed WoW Error Reporter so that it doesn't crash under Mac OS X 10.4 when trying to send an error report.
- Worked around an issue where you would lose your Expose/Dashboard preferences if you crashed or asserted while in fullscreen mode on Mac OS X 10.4.
- Fixed the "blockWidth", "srec", and "bitnum < m_numBits" assertions bugs that would crash the game.
- Fixed a bug involving corpses near the player that could result in a crash ("BusError").
The complete list of changes provided by this patch can be found at the link below.

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WoW 1.6.1 Patch Notes
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Macgamestore: Tournament Poker 2005 In Stock
11:29 AM | Tuncer Deniz is now shipping Tournament Poker: No Limits Texas Holdem 2005. It is available for $19.95.

Tournament Poker: No Limit Texas Holdem - Play the game that determines the champion of the poker world! Whether you are already a seasoned tournament player or just a beginner, DD Tournament Poker is for you.

For more information on this game, follow the link below.

Macgamestore: Tournament Poker 2005

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IMG Reviews Logitech's Z-5300e Speakers
11:12 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of the Z-5300e 5.1 speaker system from Logitech. Here's a clip from the review:

The Z-5300e is a 5.1 surround sound speaker system. It consists of five speakers (two front, two rear, and a center) and a subwoofer for omnidirectional bass tones. The speakers are of moderate size, standing eight inches tall on plain gray bases. The front and rear satellite pairs are tilted slightly upward and the wider center speaker is tilted dramatically downward for placement above one's computer monitor.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Logitech Z-5300e Speakers

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The Sims 2 1.0 Rev A Patch Released
9:39 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 8 comments

Aspyr Media has released a free update for The Sims 2 bringing it to version 1.0 Rev A. Here's a list of fixes:

• Increases the file limit size in The Sims 2 and in Body Shop so now users with many installed packages won't experience any problems.

• Optimizes in game video capturing and rendering. 

• Fixes some problems related to mirrors rendering reflections improperly.

• Adds unofficial in-game Italian language support.

The Sims 2 update (19 MB) is available as a free download at

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MGF: The Sims 2 1.0 Rev A
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Upcoming World Of Warcraft Fishing Tournament
8:52 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Do you spend hours wandering the lands of Warcraft's online world? Do you enjoy impaling aquatic life on metal hooks and yanking it into the air filled lands above? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions then the upcoming Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza event for World of Warcraft may be for you.

The Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza is a grand new event set along the coasts of Stranglethorn Vale. Early in the day, friendly neighborhood goblins will visit Ironforge and Orgrimmar to inform aspiring anglers of the grand tournament and give instructions. At the appropriate time, the shout will ring out across Stranglethorn to bait your hooks and cast your lines!

Will you be the master fisherman that gathers the necessary amount of tastyfish to win the grand prize? Can you reel in the right fish to receive some of famous Nat Pagle's fabulous fishing equipment? Will the Lucky Fishing Hat make its triumphant return onto the heads of anglers everywhere? You'll soon find out!

If the above has netted your interest, follow the link below for more information and a colorful backstory for the new fishing tournament.

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Public Beta For Battleground Europe
8:52 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

It appears that GMX Media and Cornered Rat Software will be conducting a public beta and stress test of their upcoming game, WWII Online: Battleground Europe. The game is WW2 Era MMORPG featuring the armies and weaponary of the battlefield of Western Europe between 1939 to 1942. Battleground Europe, a re-release of the original WWII Online game will have improved graphics, new features, new weaponary, and many more additions.

GMX Media and Cornered Rat Software are pleased to announce a public beta and stress test for the upcoming release of BATTLEGROUND EUROPE.

Beginning at 1200CT (US) on Thursday, August 25th, 2005 account creation forms will be made available on the official website for test accounts. Participants will receive instructions on how to download the pre-release client and information on where to submit error reports. Space will be limited for the test which will run from Thursday, August 25th through Sunday August 28th.

No official word has been made on their website, but look for an announcement in the coming weeks prior to the beta. You can pre-order WWII Online: Battleground Europe from their website for $29.95. Battleground Europe will be released on August 26, 2005.

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World War II Online
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Preview of Fable: The Lost Chapters Posted
8:52 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Another preview has been released for the upcoming Lionhead Studios game, Fable: The Lost Chapters. This time takes a look at the stand alone expansion for the original XBox exclusive Fable. The preview discusses the hype surrounding the original game and the well implemented change from controller to keyboard and mouse control in F:TLC.

What we didn't expect was how well the controls have been adapted to the mouse and keyboard setup. There are quite a few buttons in use, but the layout is intuitive, and it quickly makes the Xbox controller feel lacking for buttons. Spellcasters will particularly appreciate being able to unleash spells from either mouse button, and quickly swapping these pairs with the mouse wheel. Numerical hot keys, like you'd use to change weapons in a first-person shooter, make it much easier to take advantage of the various expressions. Not that there aren't drawbacks -- the WASD movement isn't quite the equal of the analog sticks on a controller -- but the tradeoff seems to lean in the PC's favor.
The PC version of F:TLC is scheduled for release in November. The Mac version is on its way from the good folks at Feral Interactive. For the entire preview follow the link below.

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Lugaru Updated to 1.05
8:52 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Wolfire Software has updated Lugaru to 1.05. The 3rd person martial arts adventure follows the exploits of Turner, a bunny with a mission. In his quest to find those responsible for the destruction of his village the hare fights his way across the landscape and uncovers a conspiracy. Lugaru offers a unique real time combat system involving combos, blocks, and the use of weapons like swords and knives.

Here are the latest updates in 1.05:


• New combat music
• Link to online Wiki
• Increased stability
If you're interested in learning more about the game check out Wolfire's website at the link below. For the latest version of the game hop on over to

Wolfire Software
MGF: Lugaru 1.05
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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Screenshots
8:52 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

IGN recently posted several new screenshots of Pandemic Studios' latest game, Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Star Wars: Battlefront was recently released on the Mac by Aspyr Media, and therefore it's more likely that Mac gamers could be seeing the sequel as well.

To see the screenshots, click the link below.

IGN Article - Battlefront 2 Screenshots

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Freeverse Announces Chatalog
8:52 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Today, Freeverse released their newest app, Chatalog. As the name implies, Chatalog allows users to catalog their iChat conversations and search through them efficiently with their favorite e-mail program. Chatalog supports the following features:

Find important files and weblinks instantly
Browse through all the images you have sent or received
Keep all your vital communications in a single place
Organize your iChats the same way you organize your email (Set up Rules, Folders, etc)
Access your info quickly via the included Dashboard Widget (Mac OSX 10.4 only)
A free demo is available at Freeverse's website, and the full version can be purchased for $12.95 (Personal) or $24.95 (Business). To visit the website, click the link below.

Freeverse - Chatalog Website

Shivering Kittens, loopTHEloop Updated
8:52 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Sealfin has recently updated its falling block puzzles games Shivering Kittens and loopTHEloop to version 1.2. Shivering Kittens brings players to the aid of tiny kittens. By connecting the kittens in groups of five or more, players clear sections from the game screen and add more time to the clock. loopTHEloop tasks players with making loops from pipe sections which fall from the top of the screen. If a loop of sufficient size is created all the pipe on screen vanishes.

Here's the list of fixes and changes:

Shivering Kittens
• the game now saves your list of highscores – you are scored on the no. of kittens you rescue during a game, and the highscores list also saves the length of the best ‘chain’ of kittens you rescued during the game;
• the ‘how to play’ documentation distributed with the game has been improved;
• the demo of the game will now open the correct web-page when you quit the game.

• due to popular demand, the game now saves your list of highscores! You are scored on the no. of pieces of pipe you are able to remove by forming rings, and the highscores list also saves the best length of a ring you formed during the game.
The updates bring the additional features listed above but have temporarily rendered the games unplayable for users of Tiger. An update to fix this problem is currently in the works. If you're a fan of addictive puzzle games check out the links below and download the demos at

Sealfin Games
Shivering Kittens 1.2
loopTHEloop 1.2

Mac Games News for Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Red Marble Games Announces Loonyland8:15 AM
Blizzard North Consolidated8:14 AM
Gamespot Previews Black & White 2, Movie8:13 AM
New Round Of Realm Transfers In World Of Warcraft8:13 AM
Alias Debuts Maya 78:12 AM
MotionBuilder 7 Released8:12 AM
Imperial Glory For PC Reviewed8:11 AM
Sudoku Susser Updated8:11 AM
Triaction Updated For Tiger8:11 AM
50 New Fable Screenshots8:10 AM
Apple Unveils the Mighty Mouse8:08 AM
Diablo 2 Patch 1.11 Now Live8:08 AM
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