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Lego Star Wars Goes Gold, IMG Preview
7:51 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 5 comments

LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game has been declared golden master for the Macintosh. The title is scheduled to begin shipping Monday, August 22nd. Licensed from LucasArts, LEGO Star Wars was produced by Giant Interactive Entertainment and developed for the Mac by i5works. IMG has also posted a hands-on preview of the game best on a recent beta.

For the first time ever, one of the world’s most successful film series meets one of the world’s favorite toys in an epic new video game. LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game features a game world and characters built from virtual LEGO bricks that allows gamers to play through the whole story of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III:
Revenge of the Sith.

Gamers can play as more than 30 of their favorite Star Wars characters through more than 18 levels, experiencing the entire storyline of the first three movies in the Star Wars saga with plenty of action, puzzles, and unique Star Wars humor. Additionally, players can enjoy a two-player cooperative play mode that lets a second player drop in and out of the action without interrupting gameplay.

From Podracing on Tatooine and the battle to repel the droid onslaught on Geonosis, to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn’s fateful fight with Darth Maul, LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game provides an immersive Star Wars experience, with the added unique take on the Star Wars fantasy that the LEGO toy line brings. is available for pre-order for $29.95.

Be sure to check out the preview by following the link below.

IMG Preview: Lego Star Wars
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Unity Dashboard Widget Challenge Begins
7:52 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Over The Edge, the makers of the game development utility Unity, announced yesterday the Unity Dashboard Widget Challenge for widgets made with the Unity software. The contest will run for 14 days with the deadline for submissions August 22.

A variety of prizes are up for grabs:

Grand Prix Of The Jury
This prize is awarded for the most dazzling, fun, cool and/or useful Widget in the competition. All submitted Widgets will be considered for this category.  

The prize is a license of Unity Pro and an ATI Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition, the best graphics accelerator money can buy.  

The People's Love Ballot
Simply: The love of the people decides. This prize is awarded to the most popular Widget measured by number of votes. The most promising Widgets will be picked out and put up for a vote.

The prize is a license of Unity Indie and an ATI Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition: the best graphics accelerator money can buy.  

The Project Files Of Deep Wisdom
This prize is awarded to the Widget whose project files display the best structure and best written scripts for others to learn from. To participate in this category it is necessary to open-source the project folder of the Widget as outlined in the rules.  

The prize is a license of Unity Indie. In addition, the best 5 entrants in this category get a copy of our rolling-and-jumping action-packed game GooBall, generously co-sponsored by Ambrosia Software and ourselves :)

Everyone's A Winner
In addition, all participants whose Widgets are accepted as competition entries will get a 15% rebate coupon good for one purchase of Unity licenses.

Second Best Good Too
The runner-up in each category gets an InsideMacGames Pro subscription which includes a customizable view of IMG, a blog-space on the premier Mac gaming site, special offers on Mac games, and more.

Unity is an OS X exclusive utility intended to provide an easy to use environment for the creation of Mac games and OS X Tiger dashboard Widgets. It is the platform used in the creation of Ambrosa's Gooball. For the complete rules of the competition check out the link below.

Widget Competition
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MMORPG Sweat Shops?
7:52 AM | Cord Kruse | 9 comments

In a recent feature article explored the consequences of gold "farming" in Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games like World of Warcraft. In an effort to collect the most virtual gold to then trade for real world currency, some individuals have created what are essentially high tech sweat shops. Laboring in some cases for less than $200 a month, workers in countries like China spend long hours monitoring online characters as they collect gold.

Sack is the low man in these operations. "I work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the U.S. Lineage II server," he says. He works long, boring hours for low pay and gets no holidays. Carefully constructed macros do most of the work; Sack is just there to fend off the occasional player itching for a fight or game master who's hunting for these automated farming programs. "Everyone knows where the good places are, and GMs know that your account has been online for a whole month," he says. "[A GM will] message me asking, .Hello, what level are you, please?' I know he isn't asking my level; he just wants to know if [there's actually a person at the computer]."

How does it work? The macros for World of WarCraft, for example, control a high-level hunter and cleric. The hunter kills while the cleric automatically heals. Once they are fully loaded with gold and items, the "farmer" who's monitoring their progress manually controls them out of the dungeon to go sell their goods. These automated agents are then returned to the dungeons to do their thing again. Sack's typical 12-hour sessions can earn his employers as much as $60,000 per month while he walks away with a measly $150.

Despite using methods which many would call blatant exploitation, the owners of these organizations seem unapologetic. As one of the owners put it, "They get paid dirt. But dirt is good where they live."

For the entire article click the link below. Wage Slaves

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Aspyr To Release Simcity 4 Deluxe Edition For Mac
7:51 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Good news, Sim City fans! Aspyr announced yesterday that they will release Sim City 4 Deluxe, a bundle including Sim City 4 and the Sim City 4 Rush Hour expansion pack. It should be available in September and will soon be eligible for preorder through Aspyr's website and

Create the most massive region of cities ever, with a farming town, bedroom community, high-tech commercial center, and industrial backbone. Take complete control of your city's transportation system and solve U-Drive-It missions from fighting crime to tackling disasters. Watch your population skyrocket as you get your Sims on the go. Create the ultimate living, breathing megalopolis -- the most expansive compilation ever.
For more information about Sim City and Aspyr check out the links below.

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Mac Games News for Monday, August 8, 2005

Macgamestore: Pre-Order Myst V: End of Ages Limited Edition1:18 PM
IMG Interviews RollerCoaster Tycoon 3's Frontier Development11:07 AM
Bill Roper Headlines Games Convention Developer Conference7:56 AM
Blizzard Adds New PvE Realm For World Of Warcraft7:56 AM
BlizzCon Updates7:56 AM
China Lists Acceptable Games For Minors7:56 AM
CNN Reviews Diner Dash7:56 AM
Controller Mate v3.1 Released7:56 AM
Electronic Gaming Monthly Top 10 Game Cliches7:56 AM
Hands on With Age of Empires III for PC7:56 AM
Myst V Collector's Edition Pics, Date Set7:56 AM
Mythic Blades Reviewed At Worthplaying.com7:56 AM
New Colin McRae Rally 2005 Screenshots7:56 AM
Slacker's Guide Takes A Look At Kill Dr. Cote, Lugaru7:56 AM
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