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Myst V Website Now Live
7:02 AM | Anthony Wang | 5 comments

Finally, the official Myst V: End of Ages website is now fully functional. Over the last few months, UbiSoft has been preparing for the launch of the final Myst game. The official website includes more information about the upcoming game, screenshots, forums, and much more. Also, if you complete four puzzles which are located in the menu tab, you are able to gain access to a bonus section of the website.

Myst V is scheduled for release on September 20. The limited edition Mac version of Myst V: End of Ages is available for pre-order through for $59.95.

Myst V: End of Ages Official Website
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IMG Explores Unity
11:41 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted an article that explores the ins and outs of Unity, the game creation tool from Over the Edge Entertainment. Here's a clip from the feature:

Unity covers simple modeling (mostly good for placeholders), script editing, shaders, animation, physics powered by Novodex, bump maps and many more items that adorn a features list or the back of a product box nicely. Unity runs the gamut of the game design app standards. There are a few items that would have been nice to see but are not included, such as a terrain editor. Overall, Unity seems to lack a focus or preference for internal or external environments, and there's no real specialization towards a genre of game, which could be a crutch for users who have grown faithful to apps that cater to the specific environment style that they work most with.
To check out the entire feature, follow the link below.

IMG Feature: Exploring Unity
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Just A Peek At Total Immersion Racing
7:04 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Mac Observer's Just A Peek examines Total Immersion Racing in the fourth and final article in a series focusing on Feral Interactive titles. TIR gives players the chance to hop behind the wheel of some of the world's most powerful sports cars and put them through their paces with a variety of tracks and game styles.

From the review:

The choices are many in TIR; cars, tracks, racing options are all selectable, and in some modes you can make minor customizations to your car, get contract offers, and even get a manager. Want to see how you handle a BMW M3 on a rain slick hairpin at Rockingham? Want to check out your night driving skills at Monoco in an Audi R8? You got it!

You have complete control over how you view the action, and how much control you want the computer to have over your car. If shifting gears is traumatic for you then choose an automatic transmission. If you prefer traction control, select it, or see how well you can maintain control in an aggressive turn. You can select it all.

Each track presents its own set of challenges, which are handled differently depending on the car you're driving and the road conditions. Getting the best times is not easy as other cars, computer controlled, vie to keep you from grabbing the winner's trophy.

For the entire article follow the link below.

Mac Observer: Total Immersion Racing Review
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Codemasters Q&A
7:04 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Mac Joystiq is featuring an interview with Sam Cordier of Codemasters. Cordier mentions the company's partnership with Feral Interactive in bringing the racing title Colin McRae Rally 2005 to the Mac. Depending on the success of this venture future Mac versions of Codemasters games might be a possibility.

Joystiq: As a gamer with an interest in the Mac platform, I recently noticed that Feral Interactive announced they would be porting Colin McRae Rally ‘05 to the Mac. How do Mac porting companies/publishers go about porting games from companies like Codemasters? Who approaches who first?

Codemasters: It was a sort of joint decision; we approached quite a few Mac developers to make sure we could get the right one. Again, it’s a case of meet them, find what they’re about and find out if they understand the value of Colin McRae. Feral turned out really well in this respect so we picked them.

Joystiq: So are there any plans for any other ports of Codemaster’s games to the Mac?

Codemasters: We’re gonna take it slow, we don’t want to rush it, but we’ll see how Colin McRae does on the Mac. If it does really well and a lot of Mac users buy the game then we’ll look into bringing more of our games to the Mac.

Cordier also mentions research conducted by Codemasters that suggests most Mac users tend not to use their Macs for gaming. To read the full interview head on over to Mac Joystiq at the link below.

Mac Joystiq: Codemasters Interview
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Banana Warehouse Shareware Version Coming Soon
7:03 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Pleasantly surprised by the response to their Banana Warehouse widget/game, The Widget Monkeys are planning to release an improved version. Featuring new play styles, sounds, graphics, and music, the improved Banana Warehouse will be released as a shareware title sometime soon.

The standalone version will be available for both Mac and PC and will feature such things as: four styles of play including a sandbox mode, a level with no time limit, and also an infuriatingingly difficult level (for all you masochists out there); additional fancy graphics; a new warehouse layout; a fully functional forklift (yes, the forks will go up and down in this version); sounds; music; and much more!
The new widget will sell for $1.99. For more information check out the link below.

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Bone Screenshots
7:03 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments is featuring 33 new screenshots of the upcoming TellTale Games' adventure title Bone: Out From Boneville. The first in a planned four episode arc, Bone will closely follow the events in the comic series of the same name. The game will be similar in style to popular point and click adventures of the past such as Grim Fandango and Full Throttle.

The designers of the new game have expressed interest in bringing the game to the Mac platform if the PC version meets with success. Keep an eye on IMG for any new developments. To see all the screenshots click on the link below.

Worthplaying: Bone Screenshots
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Myst V Official Trailer
7:03 AM | Blake Buck | 2 comments

Gamespot recently posted the second official trailer to Myst V: End of Ages. Myst V is developed by Cyan Worlds and is currently slated for a hybrid PC / Mac release on September 20th. Be warned, however, as the trailer is in Windows Media format, which can run slow, particularly on older Macs.

As the September 20th release date nears, expect more news and articles to follow. To view the trailer, click the link below.

Myst V: End of Ages
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Mac Games News for Thursday, September 1, 2005

IMG Posts LEGO Star Wars Beginner's Guide1:06 PM
IMG Posts MYST Poll11:28 AM
Macgamestore: LEGO Star Wars In Stock9:34 AM
Hunting Fable: The Lost Chapters9:05 AM
New Player Vs Player Ranking List For World Of Warcraft9:05 AM
My Life As An Online Gamer9:04 AM
Myst V Hands On9:04 AM
Star Wars Battlefront Analyzed9:04 AM
Little Gods Released For Mac OS X9:01 AM
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