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Friday, September 9, 2005

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Myst V: End of Ages Goes Gold
8:44 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Ubisoft today announced that Myst V: End of Ages, the finale of the best-selling adventure game of all time, has gone gold and will be released on September 20, 2005. A demo of Myst V: End of Ages was released a few weeks ago and is available for download on

Here's more from the press release:

Rand Miller, co-creator of Myst and founder of Cyan Worlds, and his Spokane-based development team have brought the development of the final episode and storyline to a close in its most dramatic and immersive experience to date, with photorealistic 3D scenes, innovative new slate and in-game help systems, and intricate puzzles with depth like no adventure game before. The release of the game also coincides with the 12th anniversary of the franchise’s debut.
Ubisoft is releasing a limited DVD edition of Myst V: End of Ages for the PC and Mac available for the game’s September launch.

The limited edition includes:

• Myst V: End of Ages PC and Mac game on DVD-ROM.
• Exclusive bonus DVD with a retrospective of the development of the entire Myst series by GameTap.
• Original game soundtrack CD.
• Individually numbered collector’s lithograph.
• Official Myst V: End of Ages strategy guide from Prima Publishing.

The limited DVD edition is available for pre-order through

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Feral Friday: Fable: The Lost Chapters Teaser Trailer
2:52 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 4 comments

Feral Interactive has released a teaser trailer of Fable: The Lost Chapters. Due later this fall, the game, F:TC builds upon the original Fable's gameplay with the addition of spectacular new spells, devastating weapons, and stout new armor. All these additions will be needed if players hope to contend with the new monsters and other threats in the treacherous Snowy Wastes.

The trailer is available for viewing on the Feral, IMG, or web sites.

Feral has also released an add-on pack for Enemy Engaged. The company has been tracking the availabilty of user-created Mods for Enemy Engaged and have now plucked the best offerings fresh from the internet, and bundled them up for you in one easily installable package.

The add-on pack includes several completely new maps and a selection of new skirmish games. You now have the opportunity to wage full-blown campaigns in the skies above Alaska and the Golan Heights among others, as well as battling in Canadian and Yemenite air-space.

For more, head over to the Feral web site.

IMG: Fable: The Lost Chapters Teaser Trailer
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IMG Interviews El Ballo's ProRattaFactor
2:19 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted an interview with ProRattaFactor, the company behind the upcoming mature game, El Ballo. roRattaFactor is bursting onto the Mac gaming scene with El Ballo, the story of a young man on the planet Testicular who just wants to get his girlfriend a present. Of course, trouble pops up in the form of mean Dr. Cough who wants to subject the planet to a world-wide physical (and these puns are intentional). The game has a unique, hand-drawn style and an irreverent bend to it that covers everything from the sound effects to the subject matter. In this day and age of Hot Coffee Controversies and Senate majorities, are newcomers like Pro Ratta's Casey Gatti (Owner/Lead Designer) and Ivan Milles (Programmer) worried? Nah. They're ready to be thrust into the limelight.

To check out the interview, follow the link below.

IMG: Interview with ProRattaFactor

Apple Updates Hot Deals
8:58 AM | Tuncer Deniz

The Apple Store has has great deals of superb products for your Mac, including Sony's DSC-T33 5.1MP CyberShot Digital Camera, Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 2.0 Silver Personal Audio System, Altec Lansing inMotion iM7 Portable Audio System for Dockable iPods,  LaCie d2 DVD±RW FireWire Dirve with LightScribe and Toast 6 Titanium, and much more.

The Apple Store Special Deals has unbelievable deals on the hottest refurbished and new, unopened Apple products. Current offerings include iPod mini starting at only $179, 512MB iPod Shuffle for only $79, AirPort Extreme Card for only $69, Mac mini 1.25GHz for only $429, and much more. But hurry; supplies are limited and sure to go fast.

B&H Photo and Video has fantastic prices of superb products for your Mac, including Konica-Minolta Maxxum 5D 6MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-70mm AF DT Zoom Lens, Canon PIXMA iP1600 Photo Quality Color Inkjet Printer, Epson Perfection 3590 Photo Letter Size Flatbed Scanner, Microtech Dazzle 8-in-1 USB Card Reader/Writer, Extensis Portfolio 7 for Mac, and much more.

Mac Game Store has great deals on the hottest games for the Mac, including MacSoft Tropico 2: Pirate Cove, MacPlay Zuma Deluxe, UbiSoft Myst V: End of Ages, Shrapnel Games Salvo, Aspyr Media Homeworld 2, Strategy First Vendetta Online, and more.

Publishing Perfection has great deals on a variety of design and print products for your Mac, including Virtual Mirror Vector Studio 2, Pyrus TransType Pro, Pacific Images PrimeFilm 1800 Silver Film Scanner, StockLayouts for Adobe InDesign, RedRock Software DeltaGraph, Pantone ColorCue, Microtek ScanMaker i700 Flatbed Scanner with $50 mail-in rebate, and much more.

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Custer Races Back With A New Desktop
8:54 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

After a long Labor Day weekend, IMG's Brad Custer is back with an all-new desktop. This week's desktop features Colin McRae Rally 2005, the upcoming racing simulation from Feral Interactive.

Here's what Brad had to say about his latest desktop:

Since my first lap around Colin McRae Rally 2005 from Feral Interactive with my previous desktop there's been a steady flow of requests for another. This tells me how popular this game will be with you racing enthusiasts. Of course, I can't resist fulfilling all requests so it was my honor to race back into this title. So, with the help of Feral Interactive I was able to create this week's wallpaper.
To check out Custer's latest desktop, please follow the link below.

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RHEM 2 Scheduled for October Release
8:53 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Got Game Entertainment recently announced October 15th as the date for the North American release of RHEM 2. The puzzle based adventure game continues the story of the original RHEM and follows Zetais and Kales as they explore a hidden city far beneath the earth’s surface. Featuring non linear gameplay and mind bending puzzles, RHEM 2 will lead players through a mysterious world on a quest to find a lost artifact.

The game is set as a direct sequel in story and gameplay to RHEM. Having discovered entry to a hidden underground city, you will venture ever deeper as you explore a maze of clandestine caves, secret rooms, and intricate walkways, tunnels and water systems. As you marvel at beautifully detailed environments and solve clever puzzles, you must search for an enigmatic artifact that must be found and photographed before you return to the surface.
Preorders of the game will be available shortly before its release in October. For more information follow the links below.


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Salvo! Reviewed
8:53 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In a recent review Applelinks examined Salvo!, Sprue Games' turn based naval combat game. Covering the Age of Sail era, from the 17th century until the 19th century, Salvo! drops players behind the helm of a fleet of ships. Attention to historical detail was not enough to keep Salvo! from receiving a 2 out of 5 from Applelinks.

From the review:

Unfortunately, while the gameplay and the interface are solid, the rest of Salvo kind of drags it all down. I mentioned earlier that the graphics and sound were uninspired; honestly, that's just the tip of the iceberg. The visuals are reminiscent of Doom's attempt to make the illusion of 3D space with 2D sprites; not a bad thing per se, but in Salvo's case, the visuals themselves are highly pixelated sprites with "jaggies" (unpleasantly sharp, jagged vertices) all over the place, and the animation feels like you're looking at a three-frame animated GIF circa 1997. Now, I have a fairly high tolerance for poor animation and pixelated sprites (I played Myth on a 180MHz Mac with no graphics hardware at about 9 frames per second, so watch out), and yet trying to perform basic operations like scroll around the camera felt unbearably choppy, to the point where the ship I was trying to navigate would seem to inexplicably disappear offscreen. Camera controls also felt rather clumsy; I'm not sure whether it was due to Director's own inefficiency or Salvo's own developmental sluggishness, but Salvo's camera suffered from tremendous input lag—often as many as a few seconds—that made navigating a veritable pain in the, uh, aft.
Salvo! was brought to the Mac by Shrapnel Games. To read the full review click the link below.

Applelinks: Salvo! Review
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World of Warcraft Movie Contest
8:52 AM | Blake Buck | 4 comments

Blizzard Entertainment recently posted that they will be hosting a World of Warcraft Movie Competition. The winners of the competition will have their movies played at BlizzCon, Blizzard's gaming convention on October 28th and 29th. From the Blizzard website:

We're proud to announce our official BlizzCon World of Warcraft Movie Competition, sponsored by NVIDIA! To enter, all you need to do is create a movie using in-game footage and combine it with music from any of our past games. We're accepting submissions beginning Thursday, September 8, which means you have plenty of time to create movie-magic! Five winners will receive an NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6800 Ultra, two tickets to BlizzCon, and much more. Details on how to submit your World of Warcraft movie will be announced when we begin accepting submissions. Good luck!
For more information on the contest or Blizzcon, click the links below.

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Official Details on Cyan Worlds Closure
8:45 AM | Blake Buck | 1 comment

Myst Worlds recently released some new information on the rumored closing of Cyan Worlds, the developer behind the popular Myst series. This information comes as a suprise to many, as Cyan Worlds has been a successful developer for many years now and is releasing Myst V: End of Ages on September 20th. The official statement from Ubisoft via the Myst Worlds website:

For the past 4 years Ubisoft has been proud to work with Cyan Worlds on the Myst brand, and we are saddened by the decision to close the doors of their games production unit. While this event is a sad day for Myst fans and gamers everywhere, it does not in any way affect the upcoming launch of Myst V: End of Ages which is already in manufacturing at this time. Ubisoft is continuing full steam ahead with the launch of Myst V: End of Ages, the Grand Finale of the Greatest Adventure Game of all time.

While the production unit has been disbanded, Cyan will continue as a company, pursuing new endeavors for the future. In the next few weeks, Cyan is expecting to provide more information about their plans. Other than this, Ubisoft has no additional information about Cyan or their future plans.

IMG will have more information on Cyan Worlds and the future of its team as it develops. Myst V is currently slated September 20th hybrid PC/ Mac release. For more information, click the links below.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, September 8, 2005

Macgamestore: Pre-Order Stubbs The Zombie10:23 AM
Shadowbane September Content Released9:47 AM
Q&A With Introversion's Chris Delay9:46 AM
StarCraft and Brood War Updated9:45 AM
Starcraft Map Contest Results9:45 AM
Upcoming World Of Warcraft Content9:45 AM
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