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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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Aspyr Ships Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005
8:32 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 5 comments

Aspyr Media today announced that they have begun shipping to retailers the Mac version of Electronic Arts’ popular golf game, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005. The title was developed for the Mac by Aspyr Studios, Aspyr’s internal development team, under license from EA.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005 challenges you to take on the man who has changed golf forever – Tiger Woods. After making a name for yourself on the Tour, tee off against legends including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan to see how you stack up against the all-time greats.

The revolutionary new Tiger Proofing course alteration technology allows you to modify course dynamics and call out your PGA TOUR rivals by adding lengthier Tiger Tees, tighter fairways, dramatic undulations to greens, deeper bunkers, higher rough, and more. An enhanced Game Face featuring non-proportional bone scaling and texture blending creates incredibly realistic looks, right down to the bags under your eyes.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005 is rated “E” for “Everyone” by the ESRB and is available for pre-order from for $39.95. It should be shipping later this week.

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Macgamestore: Last Days For Free Jedi Academy Game!
11:15 AM | Tuncer Deniz

Here's are some of the fantastic deals at this week.

1) Order any three or more games through, and get Aspyr's Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy for free (a $39.95 value). Simply add three games of your choice and Jedi Academy to your cart, then apply coupon code: jedi. This offer will be ending in the next couple of days, so get your order in today.

2) Here are the six new hot deals for this week:

Star Wars Battlefront - $44.95 (was $48.95)
Vendetta Online - $14.95 (was $29.95)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell - $29.95 (was $39.95)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King- $14.95 (was $19.95)
Robin Hood - $24.95 (was $29.95)
MTX: Mototrax - $14.95 (was $19.95)

For more great deals, head over to

Game-Arena Entertainment Opens For Business
8:38 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

New MMORPG developer house Game-Arena Entertainment opened their doors last Thursday with the announcement of their upcoming titles Age of Darkness and Ashbrook Prime. Age of Darkness is a fantasy based game which will include a revolutionary death system, advanced computer AI and dynamic quest generation as well as player run cities. Ashbrook Prime has a sci fi focus and will feature first person shooter style gameplay, a variety of vehicles and an in-depth crafting system.

"We believe these games will cause quite a stir in the MMORPG community; we're taking chances that the big-guns won't even consider for fear of alienating their audience."
The games are expected to launch as a package in the second quarter of 2006 and will be available for Windows, Mac and Linux users. For more information click the links below.

Game-Arena Entertainment
Age of Darkness
Ashbrook Prime

World Of Warcraft Expansion To Be Announced At BlizzCon?
8:37 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Despite the wishful thinking of many Starcraft and Diablo fans Blizzard's next title, to be announced at the upcoming BlizzCon event in October, will not be connected to either of those popular franchises. In a recent discussion with CNN's Chris Morris, Blizzard PR Coordinator George Wang revealed the announced title would be linked to World of Warcraft and that Blizzard would be showing it off at the event.

Fans of WoW will no doubt be eager to see what Blizzard has up its sleeve. Keep your eye on IMG for more details as they emerge. To read the entire CNN commentary click on the link below.

CNN: Chris Morris' Column
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Gamespot Explores Age Of Empires III, Reveals Screenshots
8:37 AM | Cord Kruse | 8 comments

Gamespot recently posted a preview of Age of Empires III, Microsoft and Ensemble Studios' latest real time strategy title in the franchise. Spanning over 200 years of history, AoE III moves the timeline up to the colonial era when European nations fought to explore and control the New World. The preview focuses on a variety of changes to the game including the major addition of a home city.

Basically, the home city is the capital of your European empire, and from there you essentially "launch" colonization missions to the New World. However, the home city is much more than that. When you begin a game, you'll find yourself in the familiar position of starting with a handful of settlers and a town center. From there, you have to start gathering resources (wood, food, and gold), begin to explore the map, and construct the many new buildings that you'll need to expand your colony. As you do these things, you'll gain experience points, which accumulate in a circular meter at the bottom of the screen. The more "heroic" the act that you perform, such as having your hero unit defeat a treasure guardian and claim the treasure, the more experience you're awarded. (Oh, yeah, more on the hero a bit later.) When you get enough experience to gain a level, you can click on the meter and it switches you back to the home city. From there, you can select a reward that the home city sends to you for doing such a great job in the New World. These rewards can range from supplies to more settlers, technology, or military units. Then just click on the circular meter again, and you'll switch back to your colony; a little bit later, your reward will arrive on screen, straight from the home city.

Yes, it seems a bit complicated at first, but in no time we figured out the home city feature and were using it in different ways. Early on, it's invaluable to use the home city to send extra resources or settlers that can get your economy going, quickly. But by the middle and late stages of a game, we stockpiled our home city points for when we needed them. So, if we got into a struggle with a rival European power's colony, we simply ordered up a slew of musketeers and hussars (cavalry) to reinforce our forces in a hurry. You can even requisition outposts (which serve like the towers in Age of Empires II), as well as a fort that can be built anywhere you want.

The preview also takes a look at the combat engine and the cutting edge graphics which will require the latest video cards. The PC version of AoE III is scheduled to ship this fall. Although no Mac version has been announced as of yet, the first two Age of Empires made their way to the platform so there is reason for hope.

For the full review and seven new screenshots follow the links below.

Gamespot: Hands On Age Of Empires III
Gamespot: Age Of Empires III Screenshots
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Travel Discounts For BlizzCon Attendees
8:36 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard has announced a special partnership with Avis and American Airlines in conjunction with the upcoming BlizzCon event in October. Between October 23 and November 2, Avis and American Airlines will be offering BlizzCon attendees special discounts when they book flights or rent cars.

American Airlines

AA is offering a 5% discount off coach and first-class fares for domestic and international flights arriving at/departing from the airports listed below between October 23 and November 2, 2005. For fare and schedule information and to make your reservations, call American Airlines Meeting Services at 1.800.433.1790 and provide the following discount code: 69H5AV. They are available daily between 5:00 AM and 12:00 midnight Central Time. For further details about this promotion, please direct all inquiries to American Airlines at the number listed above.

PLEASE NOTE that online bookings will not receive the discount. You must call the number listed above and provide the discount code in order to take advantage of this special BlizzCon promotion.

- Orange County Airport (SNA)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Long Beach Airport (LBG)
- Ontario Airport (ONT)
- Burbank Airport (BUR)


We are please to announce that Avis has agreed to offer BlizzCon attendees a 5%-25% discount on car rentals from October 21 to November 5, 2005, with unlimited free mileage. In order to access the discount, please call 1-800-331-1600 and provide the following Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number when prompted: J907351. You can also reserve your car online, and the AWD number will automatically be entered in for you. For further details about this promotion, please direct all inquiries to Avis at the number listed above.

For more information about making travel arrangements for the BlizzCon event, follow the link below.

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BlizzCon Travel

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Chronic Logic Website Media Update
8:35 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Chronic Logic recently updated their website with additional media content. Several new screenshots were posted on the Bridge Construction Set page, showing off some highly creative bridge designs from's recent Inventor Contest. The Gish page was also updated with a link to a 20 minute video, a speed run through the entire game using several shortcuts.

To see the screenshots, or watch the video, click the links below.

Chronic Logic Website - BCS Screenshots
Game Trailers Website - Gish Speed Run - Inventor Contest

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Myst V Previewing at Penny Arcade Expo
8:35 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Myst Worlds recently announced that they will be previewing Myst V at this year's Penny Arcade Expo (PAX). Myst V is the final game in the award-winning Myst series, and is being developed by Cyan Worlds. From the Myst Worlds website:

Ryan Warzecha of Cyan Worlds has graciously agreed to give the demo of Myst V for us in the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) area. Please check out the PAX website for more details about the exposition event.

As an added bonus, we are also planning to give away some free Myst V t-shirts and color prints of the first page of the Penny Arcade Myst comic, which will start appearing here later this month. Supplies will be very limited and will be given out on a first-come basis by necessity, but we hope this will show some of our appreciation for the support of all Myst fans who are able to stop by and see the demo.

PAX is being held August 26-28th in Belleuve, Washington. For more information on the PAX, or to visit the Myst Worlds website, click the links below.

Myst V: End of Ages
Myst Worlds Website
Penny Arcade Expo Website
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IGN Posts Quake IV Article
8:34 AM | Franklin Pride | 1 comment has posted an article on Quake IV, the upcoming new game in the Quake series. The article covers a few of the maps in the full game and all of the weapons that are available for use.

Quake has also been defined by its Rail Guns and Lightning Guns. Happily, they've been maintained here and should seem familiar to most players. The Rail Gun fires a deadly blast but has a very high rate of fire. The Lightning Gun is a bit different. The bolt it fires doesn't do as much damage but it works like a hose so you can use it to deal constant damage to your enemies -- assuming you can keep the beam focused on them.
While a Mac version of Quake IV has not yet been announced, it is highly likely that it will be released for the Macintosh.

To view the complete article, visit the link section below.

Quake IV Article
Quake IV Homepage
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Next Generation Interviews Glenda Adams
8:33 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Next Generation has posted an interview with Glenda Adams, using the company she works for, Aspyr as an example to how other companies share the same challenges and opportunities of operating in the Macintosh gaming market. The article focuses on game selection from PC to Mac, another look at the impacts of the Intel switch, the Mac market environment, development obstacles, and marketing strategies. With the influx of Macintosh influence over the past few years and the hype over the switch to Intel, the Mac gaming market will hopefully flourish.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

"There are probably around 30-40 Mac games released a year, compared to the hundreds for the PC," explains Adams. "Other than small developers who could move simpler games to the Mac themselves, the biggest opportunity in the Mac market is for AAA games publishers from the PC to work with an existing Mac developer/publisher like Aspyr to try to get their game on the platform as close to the PC release as possible. Obviously catching the same marketing and PR buzz from the PC can help a Mac game's sales."
To read the full article or to learn more information, follow the links below.

Next Generation: Interview
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The Incredibles: Rise Of The Underminer Coming This Fall
8:32 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Fans of The Incredibles will be happy to learn that The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer will be available this fall. The game will follow the story directly after the movie's conclusion, allowing players to battle the Underminer and his robot minions in a vast underground world. Mr. Incredible and Frozone will be called upon to save the day.

Here are some features of the new game:

- Play as Mr Incredible or Frozone

- Cooperative gameplay with the ability to change characters at any point in the game

- Upgrade your character's moves and abilities as you advance through the game

THQ plans to release the game on November 11. For more information click the links below.

THQ: The Incredibles Rise Of The Underminer
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Mac Games News for Monday, August 15, 2005

IMG Reviews DeepTrouble 21:10 PM
Custer Toys Around With A Desktop10:32 AM
iGame Radio Talks To Listeners8:56 AM
Games For Health Conference8:16 AM
Gamespot Posts Bone Preview8:16 AM
KTA Tennis 1.1 Update Released8:16 AM
Myst V Q&A and New Screenshots8:16 AM
New Warcraft III Bonus Map Ready For Download8:16 AM
Quake 3 Source Code To Be Released8:16 AM
Ragdoll Masters Updated8:16 AM
StarCraft Crash Bug Patched8:16 AM
Stubbs The Zombie At Quakecon8:16 AM
World Of Warcraft Interactive Map Available8:16 AM
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