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Friday, October 21, 2005

Click to enlarge Interviews Glenda Adams
11:12 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 22 comments, the fan site dedicated to Wideload Games, has posted a 3 page interview with Aspyr's Glenda Adams about the upcoming Stubbs The Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse. The interview is a technically in-depth look at the inner workings of the game.

Here's a clip from the interview:

Worg: Will Stubbs be OpenGL on both platforms, or will the PC version use Direct3D?

Glenda: Both PC & Mac will use OpenGL. Since we were developing simultaneously on Windows and OS X (alongside the Xbox) we wanted one common codebase. Also some of the newer shader effects Stubbs is doing that weren't in Halo are easier to access on the PC and Mac via OpenGL. As much as Stubbs is based on the Halo engine, it has a lot of layers of added graphics functionality that weren't in Halo originally. So doing a more ground up version of the graphics renderer for GL made sense.

To check out the entire interview, follow the link below to the
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Apple Posts New Hot Deals
4:12 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

We welcome PowerMax to the Hot Deals family, and out of the gate PowerMax has fantastic prices of superb products for your Mac, including Canon Pixma IP6000D Photo Printer, Dr. Bodelin Laptop Bumpers, Brian Moore Guitars iGuitar 81.13, Marware Bike Holder Accessory for iPod, Sony MDR-A35G S2 Sports Headphones, Microsoft Virtual PC 7.0 with Windows XP, and much more.

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IMG Interviews Spiderweb's Jeff Vogel
1:02 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games and Spiderweb Software's founder, Jeff Vogel, took some time to talk about Spiderweb Software, their upcoming titles like Avernum 4, and life as a shareware developer. To check out the interview, please follow the link below.

IMG Feature: Interview With Spiderweb's Jeff Vogel

Custer Spins A New Desktop
11:20 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

After the announcement of a new iPod from Apple, IMG's Brad Custer was inspired with a new desktop for you this week. Apple's new iPod is the hottest tech toy out there right now and Custer features it in his latest wallpaper.

Here's a clip from Custer's Desktops:

Since the announcement of the newly designed iPod from Apple there's only been one topic in my inbox and in technology news. Like most of you, I'm very excited by the latest generation of this digital device. So, for all you fans of Apple gadgets, this desktop is dedicated to you. With the help of Apple I was able to create this week's wallpaper.
Head over to Custer's Desktops to grab the latest desktop now.

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Stubbs the Zombie Q&A
11:18 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Gaming Nexus recently interviewed Matt Soell of Wideload Games about their upcoming action horror game, Stubbs the Zombie. This interview covers the development, plot, and features of the game. In addition, Matt discusses about implementing humor into the game through characters like zombies to set it apart from more traditional horror games that want you to jump everytime you see a monster.

GamingNexus: Zombies are generally not interesting characters; they rarely have anything to say, they are usually pretty two dimensional when it comes to character development, and they tend to be on the slow side. Did you view this as a concern going in to the development of this game?
Matt Soelll: Not really, because we decided at the outset that it was more important to make a fun game than to adhere slavishly to zombie conventions. We knew that Stubbs would have to exude more character than most zombies to be successful as a protagonist; otherwise he'd just be this hideous, brain-eating, farting monster.
Please follow the links below to read the entire interview and to learn more information.

Gaming Nexus: Stubbs the Zombie Q&A
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Stubbs the Zombie Xbox Review
11:18 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Yesterday, Gamespot posted a review of the Xbox version of Stubbs the Zombie. Stubbs, developed by Wideload Games and published by Aspyr Media, puts players in control of an army of brain-craving, flesh-eating, vowel-screaming zombies on a mission to terrorize humanity. Stubbs received a 7.8 out of 10. Here's a quote from the Gamespot review:

"If only the game were longer. The ability to finish Stubbs quickly makes it well suited for rental, though its high production values and addictive gameplay make it a game that's definitely worth playing. It's unique and exciting enough that you should think about adding it to your collection, especially if you decide to wait for a price reduction."
While the review is of the Xbox version of Stubbs, the Mac version is reportedly near identical. Stubbs on the Mac is currently slated for a November release, and can be pre-ordered through the Mac Games Store.

To read the entire Gamespot review, click the link below.

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Myst V Reviewed
11:18 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Myst V: End of Ages, Cyan World's epic conclusion to the well known Myst series, has received another review. This time offers up a Gannett News Service piece which delves into the game and finds a worthy finale despite a few shortcomings.

From the review:

Without spoiling the story, which is one of the franchise's greatest strengths, "End of Ages" begins as you're chosen to restore the lost empire of the troubled D'ni civilization by traveling to four unique worlds, or "ages." Ultimately, players are forced to make a decision that will affect the future of the D'ni people.

Game play has remained the same over the years: Players navigate surreal worlds from a first-person perspective, solve increasingly tough logic puzzles, and, in a departure from the original game, you must also interact with lifelike characters who can help or hinder your progress.

For the full review head over to the CNN site listed below.

CNN: Myst V Review
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Mac Games News for Thursday, October 20, 2005

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Hits Beta11:12 AM
TNT Basic Released as Freeware10:13 AM
Feyna's Quest Released8:07 AM
iGuard Updated8:07 AM
Quad Power Mac G5, New PowerBooks Unveiled8:07 AM
Rise of Legends Designer Diary8:07 AM
The ButtKicker Gamer8:07 AM
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