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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Goes Gold, IMG Preview
10:25 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media today announced that RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 for the Macintosh has gone gold and is scheduled to ship sometime next week. In related news, IMG has posted a hands-on preview of the game and 5 QuickTime movies of the game, including a making of movie.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is the first in the highly successful Rollercoaster Tycoon series to come to Mac. The game features stunning 3D graphics, and the all-new CoasterCam, which allows players to see their park from the eyes of a guest and ride all the rides. Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 also features amazing crowd scenes with enhanced park guests and characters, more than 170 rides including new-to-the-franchise roller coaster types, realistic day and night cycles with superb lighting effects, extensive still-picture and movie-making capability, and the new Fireworks MixMaster, which allows players to create pyrotechnic masterpieces and synchronize them to music.

RollerCoaster Tycooon 3 is available for pre-order through for $49.95.

To check out the IMG preview, screenshots, and movies, follow the link below to the preview.

IMG Preview: RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
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Macgamestore: The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer
10:44 AM | Tuncer Deniz has begun shipping The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer for $19.95. Mr Incredible and Frozone return to non-stop action in the new video game Disney presents a Pixar film, The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer. The game begins at the film's conclusion - Underminer's threatening emergence to wreak havoc on the residents of Metroville. Players battle the Underminer and his robot minions in the vast underground world built by this diabolical genius. It is up to Mr Incredible and Frozone to once again save the day. Are you super enough?

To place your order, follow the link below.

The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer
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Zymotic FPS in Dev, Based on Nexuiz
9:39 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Alientrap, otherwise known as the folks behind the freeware FPS Nexuiz, has noted that they've started development on a new project. Titled Zymotic, this FPS will use the same base engine as Nexuiz, with the objective being to create a non-linear shooter with plenty of action and less emphasis on cutscenes.

Alientrap adds that they're currently looking for artists and designers to help with the project:

We are also looking for any talented artists who would like to help with the project. We are currently looking for level designers with experience in Radiant (quake3/quake4/doom3), and any 3d artists with experience in normal mapping. You can e-mail here with your experience and some examples of your work.
In related news, the next update for Nexuiz is currently being worked on as well. Set at version 1.3, the update will include AI improvements, a new menu, and game mode changes.

Early screenshots of Zymotic can be found at Alientrap's site.


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Dual-core G5 Benchmarks
9:38 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Gamers that have been drooling over the latest additions to the G5 Lineup may be interested in a recent article posted at speed test site Bare Feats. The feature pits Single and Dual-Core G5 Power Macs against each other, with both machines running at the same clock speed of 2.0Ghz.

Various intensive tasks are checked, including the usual Photoshop, iMovie, and FileMaker comparisons. Several games are also checked, including UT2004, Doom 3, and Halo, with results shifting depending on the video card used:

When it comes to OpenGL 3D accelerated games, the Dual-Core beat the Single-Core two out of three -- until we added the Radeon 9800 Pro SE to the Single-Core. It's a tough call as to which graphics card is most fair in the comparison since we can't really run identical cards on both systems.
Bare Feats also analyzes the noise factor, Firewire write speeds, and memory usage. Charts and other info can be found in the feature as well.

Bare Feats - SHOOTOUT: Dual Core 2.0GHz
Power Mac G5 Dual 2 GHz

Second Annual Luxtoberfest Results
7:30 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Sillysoft recently announced the results of their second annual Luxtoberfest event which focused on their Risk-like world domination game Lux. A total of 78 different peopled received awards or runner up ribbons throughout the month. Some winners were awarded prizes from a list of software including BBEdit, Delicious Library, and Gish.

Luxtoberfest II was a blast! Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the fun.

It was no coincidence that the closing night of Luxtoberfest also brought out the 100,000th public online game of Lux. Fate was clearly with us. Huzzah for Luxtober!

Happy Luxtoberfest Everyone! Till Next Year...

For more information about the event and a list of winners, check out the site listed below.

2nd Annual Luxtoberfest Results
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VDrift Released For OS X
7:30 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

VDrift, an open source cross-platform driving simulation with a focus on drift racing, has been released for OS X. Although in the early stages of development VDrift is playable and features realistic physics powered by the Vamos engine, a day/night weather cycle, and fully customizable controls.

More info on the OS X release:

This release has been built on Mac OS X "Tiger" 10.4 but should work on earlier releases.
Since this is the first release for Mac OS X there are likely some problems, please give us Feedback.

Known problems:

- VDrift can't start if the path to it's data folder is exactly 32 characters long. If you just see black-filled window with two white bars at the top, force quit VDrift and move it somewhere else on your Harddisk.
- Crashes sometimes ;->
- On-the-fly resolution-switching doesn't work

To download the game or learn more follow the links below.

VDrift: OS X Release
VDrift Download

Take 2 Interactive Takes Over Civilization
7:30 AM | Anthony Wang | 4 comments

Take 2 Interactive announced that they will obtain Firaxis, the developer behind the Civilization series. One of the reasons for the acquisition was past work between the two companies. With this move, Firaxis hopes to expand in the lucrative gaming market.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Firaxis,” said Jeff Briggs, Founder, President and CEO of Firaxis Games. “2K Games is an energetic label that shares our goals and vision for making great games that stand the test of time. We are pleased to be associated with the energy and commitment to quality work that 2K represents, and look forward to a great future together.”
Please follow the links below to learn more information.

Take 2 Interactive Acquires Firaxis Games
Firaxis Games
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Blizzard Looks Toward The Future
7:30 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Yesterday Eurogamer posted an interview with several high ranking figures at Blizzard, including the company's president Mike Morhaime. The future of the company was discussed, touching on the possibility of new game worlds and what might be in store for their existing game universes. Morhaime even expressed interest in creating movie adaptions of Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo.

And looking to the far future? Blizzard has existed for fifteen years already. What would the next - say - ten bring them? "One of the things I'd like to see is to expand and broaden the player base further, so gaming becomes more mainstream, so that more people outside of the core audience are familiar with our gaming world," Mike states, before turning onto something. "I would love for us to release feature-length films in each of the worlds. I think that the universes are rich and strong enough to support that kind of thing, and it'd enhance the connection that players have with the game. I think World of Warcraft has opened a lot of doors for us, being so popular and having such a large community. And I hope that we'll able to see something happen in the next five years."
For the full interview head on over to Eurogamer at the link below.

Eurogamer: Blizzard Q&A
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Mac Airline Tycoon At Final Candidate
7:30 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

The Mac version of Runesoft's Airline Tycoon Deluxe is at Final Candidate and should go into duplication soon. A business simulation with a sense of humor, Airline Tycoon Deluxe gives players the chance to test their entrepreneurial skills and attempt to run an airline in real time.

Some of the game's features include:

- Funny economy simulation in comic style
- Complete freedom of action and freedom to move within the airport facilities and more than 30 places to be visited
- Control of all parts of management: purchase of aeroplanes and their fittings, financing as well as stock market listing, planning of routes and filling order books, personnel, marketing and maintenance as well as many other details
- Easily operated construction of own aeroplanes and the opportunity to exchange these on the Internet
- Use additional security precautions against competitors’ attacks or sabotage competitors yourself
For more information about the game follow the link below.

Airline Tycoon Deluxe
Buy Airline Tycoon Deluxe

Mac Games News for Monday, November 7, 2005

iGame Radio Hosts Holiday Roundtable1:34 PM
IMG Reviews NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 200512:56 PM
A Tale in the Desert Report8:14 AM
Candy Crisis Becomes Open Source Project8:14 AM
Electronic Arts Game Music Coming To iTunes8:14 AM
IMG Looking For New Senior Hardware Editor8:14 AM
World of Warcraft: Great or Flawed?8:14 AM
Worthplaying Reviews Black & White 28:14 AM
WOW Fetches Vivendi Obscene Earnings8:14 AM
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