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Civ IV, Civ III: Complete Announced for the Mac
8:45 AM | Andy Largent | 51 comments

Aspyr Media just sent word that they plan to bring the latest Sid Meier hit Civilization IV to the Mac early next year. In addition, they will also be publishing Civilization III: Complete for the Mac this December, which brings with it two expansions as well as multiplayer to fans of Civ 3.

Civilization IV is garnering rave reviews already in its PC version, and looks to bring new strategic gameplay elements and a great-looking new 3D engine to the series.

Civilization III: Complete will help those who haven't yet experienced the addiction of the series get into the game. Here's a breakdown from Aspyr on this title due by the end of the year:

Gaming fans can now enjoy Civilization III, the highly addictive journey of discovery, combined with the updated and enhanced multiplayer expansion pack Civilization® III: Play the World™, as well as all of the great new Civs, Scenarios, and Features from Civilization III: Conquests! Civilization III: Complete provides more ways to win, more ways to explore, more strategies to employ, and more exciting modes of play all in one box! Civilization III: Complete gives Civ® fans the opportunity to enjoy unmatched strategic gameplay alone or against players from around the world.
Much more infomation will be coming soon from Aspyr and IMG, so be sure to stay tuned for the latest.

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Macgamestore: SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition Now Available
11:28 AM | Tuncer Deniz

The SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition is now available through for $59.95. SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition includes the bestselling SimCity 4 and the all-new SimCity 4 Rush Hour Expansion Pack. 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.

Macgamestore: SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition

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IMG Podcast Special Edition With Tuncer Deniz
10:22 AM | Blake Buck | 3 comments

Today, IMG released a special edition of the Inside Mac Games Podcast. This special edition features an interview with Tuncer Deniz, founder of the Inside Mac Games network. Tuncer discusses the long history of Inside Mac Games, his time working as project manager at Bungie, and the future of Mac gaming. The podcast is just under 30 minutes long and right under 35 megs.

Click the above button to open the Inside Mac Games Podcast in iTunes.

Alternatively, you can click the below link, or put the following feed URL into your favorite podcatcher software: ../podcast/feed/InsideMacGamesPodcast.xml

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iDice Released for the Mac
9:59 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Rigel Prime Software has announced the availability of iDice for the Mac. As the name suggests, iDice offers two game types that involve the rolling of dice. The original mode, Action Dice, gives playeres a set amount of time to "pop" the dice and create high-scoring combinations. The second mode, Yacht, allows for the rolling of five dice up to three times, with the objective being to form various combinations.

iDice also features eye-candy in the form of 3D dice that conform to the laws of physics. For those that enjoy messing with nature, the speed, gravity, and traction of the dice can be altered at will.

With its use of 3-D animation and a strict adherence to the laws of physics, iDice is arguably the most realistic dice rolling game today. Enjoy two classic iDice games and bring your dice rolling to life in both English and French!
Those interested in giving iDice a spin can download a free demo directly from the Rigel Prime site. Purchase information and screenshots are also available.

Rigel Prime - iDice

BioWare Named One Of Canada's Top Employers
7:22 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

For the second year in a row, Edmonton, Alberta-based game designers Bioware Corp. have been awarded a spot in this year's Canada's Top 100 Employers awards.

Compiled by industry analysts Mediacorp Canada, the awards score Canada's top 55,000 companies and choose the top 100 based on each company's Human Resources practices, growth, and contribution to society.

Founded in 1996 by former physicians Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk, Bioware employs 210 computer and console game creators. Since their humble beginnings, the company has sold over 10 million games, including the popular Baldur's Gate series, Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights, and the highly acclaimed Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, their most recent title to have been released on the Mac.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Neverwinter Nights
Icewind Dale
Baldur's Gate
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Killer Bee Releases Galacticards Demo
7:22 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | 3 comments

Houston, Texas-based Killer Bee Software have released a demo for their upcoming playing card-oriented space strategy game, Galacticards.

Designed as a quick card game, Galacticards lets up to five players, each equipped with a home planet, minimal defensive ground units and a handful of cards, duke it out in an attempt to wipe our as possible opponents as possible, and become the largest species in the galaxy. Apart from battling each other, players will also be wielding their cards as they contend with pirates, space monsters, and aliens.

Built upon the Torque engine and being developed simultaneously for the Mac, PC, and Linux platforms, the game features customizable gameplay and modifiable AI opponents, allowing players the opportunity to create their own computer player logic. The initial release of the game, currently scheduled for November 1st of this year, will feature AI-combat only, with network play being added in future releases.

Head on over to Killer Bee Software's website and download the demo:


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More Call of Duty 2 Reviews
7:22 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

IGN recently posted a review of Infinity Ward's latest first-person shooter, Call of Duty 2. The sequel to the highly popular Call of Duty, which was brought to the Mac by Aspyr Media, Call of Duty 2 puts players in a highly cinematic recreation of World War II. From the IGN review:

Call of Duty is part of a proud, if tired, subgenre of shooters, and once again it manages to rise above the weariness of the material to find something not only fresh but visceral and immediate. It looks great, it sounds awesome, and it provides both meaty single-player and multiplayer.

However, I find implementing regenerating health to be a little troublesome. It allows you to experience a kind of combat only a mythical super-soldier could withstand, and in so doing, propels the game from gritty authenticity to John Woo fantasy. It's difficult to feel like you're really there when you continue to move unabated after taking several MP44 rounds to the chest. Maybe I've just become to accustomed to the necessary fiction of health packs, but this doesn't feel like an honest alternative. Perhaps Call of Duty did fall sway to the evils of multi-platform development after all in implementing a Master Chief-like health system -- but without the science fiction context to go along with it. In the long run, it's up to the gamer to decide whether he can she can dig it. If you do, there's a really fun game to be found. It's just not as fun as it might have been.

To read the entire review, click the link below.

IGN Review - Call of Duty 2
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New Hellgate: London Screenshot
7:22 AM | Blake Buck | 4 comments

IGN recently released a new screenshot of Hellgate: London, developed by Flagship Studios. Hellgate: London blends elements of first-person shooting and action-oriented roleplaying together in a post-apocalyptic demon slaying bloodbath. Flagship Studios was formed by several ex-Blizzard employees who worked on Diablo II, and are bringing the Diablo style RPG into a first-person realm.

While no Mac version has been announced, the team is very open to the idea, so a Mac version is a possibility.

To see a large version of the screenshot, click the box to the right.

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New Neverwinter Nights 2 Screenshots
7:22 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Eurogamer has posted a handful of screenshots from Obsidian's Neverwinter Nights 2, the sequel to Bioware's popular RPG title. The screens give a taste of what the new indoor and outdoor environments may look like in the final game.

PC Games Germany also has some screenshots of the game as part of a feature on NWN 2 in their latest issue. The feature, which is written in German, costs one Euro to view.

In an NWN2 News article Adam Miller, creator of the popular Demon/Dreamcatcher module series for NWN, discusses what can be seen in the new screens from both Eurogamer and PC Games Germany. The article includes smaller versions of some of the screenshots.

There is currently no word on the possibility of a Mac version of the game. Check out the links below for more information.

Eurogamer: NWN 2 Screenshots
PC Games Germany
NWN2 News: Screenshot Discussion
Obsidian Entertainment
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World Of Warcraft Updated to 1.8.1
7:22 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recently updated their immensely popular MMORPG World of Warcraft to version 1.8.1. The update fixes a few minor bugs in the game.

Here are the changes:

Certain geometry exploits in Arathi Basin have been fixed.

The tooltip on the Lightforged Blade has been updated to correctly show its minimum level requirement of 47 and its Bind on Acquire status.

User Interface
Fonts should once again display properly.
Fixed bug preventing UI scripting error messages from wrapping.
Fixed per-character saved variables for non-English character names.

For more information check out the links below.

Blizzard Entertainment
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, October 26, 2005

IMG Reviews Battle For Wesnoth1:44 PM
Apple Posts Newest Hot Deals11:29 AM
Call of Duty 2 Reviewed7:56 AM
Magic Stones 1.1.4 Released7:56 AM
Myst Uber Fan Interviewed7:56 AM
Myst V Soundtrack Released7:56 AM
Solitaire Forever Released7:56 AM
The Ultimate Myst V Review List7:56 AM
Travelocity Meets World of WarCraft7:56 AM
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