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Zoo Tycoon 2 Goes Gold
7:32 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft has announced that the Macintosh version of Zoo Tycoon 2 has gone gold and is expected to ship later in November. s an added extra, the Mac version includes a bonus DVD featuring film segments and trivia from the National Geographic Totally Wild series.

Zoo Tycoon 2 is a wildly fun game in which you build and operate your very own zoo.  Zoo Tycoon 2 cranks up the excitement with 3D first-person views that get you up close to the highly detailed giraffes, tigers, crocodiles, elephants, and more than 25 other types of animals in your zoo. And, you’ll be crafting even more creative zoos with a dazzling array of new building tools and objects, photo mode options, easy terrain altering options, rivers, a new zoom mode and 3D graphics that let you keep an even closer eye on the action.
Zoo Tycoon 2 is currently available for pre-order through for $39.95.

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Macgamestore Introduces Super Saver Shipping
11:24 AM | IMG News | 1 comment today introduced Super Saver shipping for customers in the United States starting at just $1.99. Each additional game costs $1.00 extra.

"Ever since we opened the store, people have been asking us for cheaper shipping rates," said Tuncer Deniz, owner of "We're delighted to offer customers three shipping methods including 2nd Day Fed Ex (guaranteed to arrive in 2 business days), USPS Priority Mail (usually arrives in 2-4 days) and Super Saver Shipping (usually arrives in 7 to 15 days). People not in a hurry to get their Mac games can pick Super Saver shipping and save big bucks on shipping."

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IMG Previews Stubbs The Zombie
10:24 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 4 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a hands-on preview of Stubbs The Zombie, the upcoming game from developer Wideload Games and publisher Aspyr Media. The preview is based on a recent beta and offers a look at the Mac version, including screenshots from the Mac version.

Here's a clip:

Stubbs the Zombie's overall style is reminiscent of American movies from the 1950's, from locales to costumes to props to dialogue. The game pays homage to the pinnacle of the zombie movie genre—Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series, George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead film franchise, and even a little of Michael Jackson's Thriller thrown in for good measure—in grainy, scratched, and faded Technicolor film. Classic scenes include bands of zombies, complete with missing body parts, rambling off into the cold night; decapitated corpses feeling around for their next prey; and slugs of armless, legless torsos struggling along the ground meekly trying to take down their next victim by biting their ankle. And, as in most zombie movies, the zombie's victims are never without fault, carrying deep dark secrets of their own.
To check out the preview, please follow the link below.

IMG Preview: Stubbs The Zombie
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Apple Posts New Hot Deals
9:07 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The Apple Store Special Deals page has unbelievable deals on the hottest refurbished and new, unopened Apple products. Current offerings include the Mac mini 1.42GHz with Combo Drive for only $439, 15" PowerBook G4 1.5GHz for only $1,449, 20" iMac G5 with SuperDrive for only $1,149, and much more. But hurry; supplies are limited and sure to go fast.

MacConnection has fantastic prices on essential Mac products, including QuarkXPress 6.5, Belkin Tunecast II Mobile FM Transmitter for iPod with $19 mail-in rebate, Extensis Portfolio 8, Shure E4C Sound Isolating Earphones, Deneba Canvas X, Microsoft Office 2004 Standard Edition for Mac, Epson Stylus C88 Color Inkjet Printer FREE with purchase of any Apple CPU, and much more.

J&R has great prices on top quality Mac products, including Vivendi World of Warcraft, Mythix iWand Presenter, Ignitek iCheer Portable Audio System for iPod Shuffle, Kensington Stereo Dock for iPod, Epson Stylus CX3810 All-in-One Printer with $30 mail-in rebate, Aspyr SimCity 4, Knowledge Adventure JumpStart Advanced Preschool, and much more.

Ramjet has super low prices on RAM upgrades for your Mac, including 2GB DDR Kit for Power Mac G5 for only $275, 1GB DDR Kit for Power Mac G4 for only $98, 1GB DDR2 for Aluminum PowerBook G4 for only $117, 512MB DDR DIMM for Mac mini for only $49, 512MB DDR DIMM for iMac G5 for only $49, and much more.

Airline Tycoon Deluxe Goes Gold
8:09 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Runesoft has announced that Airline Tycoon Deluxe for the Macintosh game gold gold and will begin shipping next week. The german-based company gave no indication on whether the game will be available in North America.

Airline Tycoon Deluxe is a funny economy simulation proceeding in realtime and assigning you the complete responsibility for an airline. However, don’t be fooled by the funny comic style or the jokes: A variety of tasks are requested and your competitors never miss a chance to set a trap for you in order to put a spoke in your wheel. Your abilities are put to the test continuously playing "Airline Tycoon Deluxe": Will you be able to use your aeroplanes to capacity and land some profitable charter flights? Can you establish routes for lucrative scheduled flights? Aeroplanes cost millions; will you be capable of increasing the share price and obtaining enough funds by the issuing of securities? Can you stand up for the construction of new aeroplanes in your role as an engineer? Are you able to avoid your competitors’ deceitful attacks? Accept this unusual challenge and win virtual laurels with Airline Tycoon. The deluxe version contains 20 new airports as well as new opportunities. It is as interesting for professional tycoons as for beginners.

The system requirements for the game are as follows: System: G3/4/5 at 350 MHz, MacOS 10.2, 128 MB RAM, 8 MB GFXcard.


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Burning Crusade Preview Roundup
7:41 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Over the past several days previews of Blizzard Entertainment's first expansion for World of Warcraft have continued to trickle in. This time PC Gameworld, Actiontrip, and Computer And Videogames have all put forth their own spin on the new expansion.

From PC Gameworld:

If there have been some questions raised about the expansion, it mainly concerns the addition of Blood Elves. These Elves have been added to the side of the Horde, as opposed to the usual Alliance, and their presence means that the Horde will finally have some ‘pretty’ villains (usually they are ugly). This could either be viewed as a mistake or as a bold attempt to give the game some complexity. It depends on how tolerant you are to change, really - it is possible that mixing things up could produce some nice results.
From Actiontrip:
The Warcraft lore naturally plays a crucial part in this game, but what's even more interesting are the many gameplay changes that Blizzard plans to introduce. One of the most interesting aspects, and one which sort of fuses gameplay innovation with the lore of the past Warcraft games, is the introduction of a new dungeon which will finally unlock the Caverns of Time in Tanaris.
Once the Caverns have been unlocked, players will be able to travel back through time, into the age before or during the Third War, and witness some of the most memorable scenes from Warcraft III as they unfold. The infamous unofficial battlegrounds at Tarren Mill and Southshore will be cast into an entirely different light, before the Horde ravaged the once tranquil town of Tarren Mill. You'll even witness scenes like the mayors of Tarren Mill and Southshore meeting up and exchanging friendly words and promises of loyalty. This particular quest line will reach its climax with the discovery of a high-level raid where you rescue Thrall himself from the internment camp in Durnholde Keep. Awesome stuff if you are a long-time Warcraft fan.
Furthermore, you will be able to travel back to Black Morass and actually witness Medivh opening the Portal, though you will be powerless to stop the chain of events that unfolds next.
From CVG:
There is life beyond the world as you know it. I know because I've just been there. But right now I'm sitting in an office in Irvine, California, and sitting opposite me is Blizzard's creative director Chris Metzen, the man whose mind provides the motivation every time an orc raises an axe in anger. Every major nugget of Warcraft lore has passed through his hands - Frozen Thrones, Dark Portals, you name it. He's the man who gives meaning to your daily grind. He's also a full-on rock star: wide grin, muscular build, dazzling necklace, chunky rings and Bono sunglasses. He's the closest man to Henry Rollins the games industry has. And I'm here to hear him talk Orc.

"There's this guy called Sargaris. He's a fallen titan and an extremely ill-tempered dude," begins Metzen as he cricks his neck. "Over the ages, he's gathered an army of demons that he calls the Burning Legion and he's set out to eradicate all life within the universe. As the Legion pass through the cosmos, they burn every world they encounter. They show up, destroy all sentient races, consume all magic, refuel and move on. Sargaris is pretty dedicated to wiping out all life and just becoming the ultimate god."

To check out all the previews follow the links listed below.

PC Gameworld: WoW Preview
Actiontrip: WoW Preview
CVG: WoW Preview
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Play Doom On Your iPod
7:40 AM | Anthony Wang | 6 comments

Two adventuresome coders, Benjamin Eriksson and Mattias Pierre, have released iDoom for the iPod. The port of the once popular first-person shooter runs off iPodlinux and you will on virtually all iPods (expect for the Video iPod).

September 23rd 2004 Edit0r came up with the idea of porting Doom to iPod. He started to port it, but stopped two months later realizing he didn't possess the knowledge in C to pull it off.

Aegray got nxDoom, a Doom port to microwindows, to compile in november 2004 and shortly after, a working but incredible slow and unscaled version for iPod Photo was released by wCars05.

Hyarion downloaded the source code to nxDoom and started to tinker with the drawing algoritms to make it go faster. Soon after he released the first revised verison of the nxDoom-port, it became obvious that it would be simpler and more efficient to start over from scratch using the original source code to Doom. A new port was started, this time together with Jobbe, and this time is was going to be good!

In order to run iDoom, you will have to download and install iPodLinux, in addition to the game in order for it to work. The authors warn that installing iPodLinux and iDoom will probably void your warranty, so users should careful when thinking about installing the game. This game is still a work in progress, so be sure to stay tuned to IMG for more updates regarding iDoom.


More Stubbs The Zombie Reviews
7:40 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Mac Version of Wideload Games and Aspyr Media's Stubbs The Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse has hit Final Candidate and the reviews continue to claw their way into the light. Two of the latest are from Adrenaline Vault and IGN.

From Adrenaline Vault:

The people of Punchbowl, the 1950’s-era-with-a-future-feel town, of course are taken by surprise and don’t do much to defend themselves from the soon to be army of undead, because like all great zombies, once they get a bite off you are quick to join the horde. Plot is never the most important part of a zombie flick, which is really what this feels more akin to versus a zombie game, and the only instruction you have really received is that of shear nature… you need to eat!
From IGN:
And the game looks surprisingly good for a port, with detailed character models and lots of action onscreen sometimes, although the environments feel a little bare, and there's little interactivity. You won't be able to break windows or other objects, or do visible damage to walls or vehicles. But man does this game get chunky. Blood splatters all over the place (green for zombies, red for humans), limbs and heads get torn off, legless zombies drag themselves across the ground, and skullcaps get removed left and right. People also scream and wail horribly, begging you to stop as you sink your teeth into their gray matter, and whining as they run around with one arm and a blood-spraying stub. Sound in general is pretty good, mostly consisting of dialogue, screaming, grunting, and gunshots. You'll hear announcements in pitch-perfect 50s delivery, and the voice acting is pretty humorous all around. There are some outlandish and startling scenes as well, with break-dancing generals, sexually predatory robots, and rural gunslingers with a taste for Commie blood. The cutscenes are almost all engaging, which is great because the actual gameplay can get repetitive.
Stubb's undead charms earned 3.5 stars from Adrenaline Vault and a mostly positive review from IGN as well. To read both reviews check out the links following this brief.

Adrenaline Vault: Stubbs Review
IGN: Stubbs Review
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New Rise of Legends Screenshot
7:32 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Another week, another new Rise of Legends screenshot. Monday, Big Huge Games released a new screenshot of their latest game, Rise of Legends. Rise of Legends is the sequel to the popular RTS Rise of Nations, which was released for the Mac late last year by Macsoft. Rise of Legends takes a more fantasy-oriented approach and adds full 3D graphics. This week features a zoomed out view of a terrain, with some red national border lines just peeking out on the left.

While Rise of Legends has not been announced on the Mac, the popularity of the Rise of Nations series and the strong relationship between Macsoft and Big Huge games makes a future Mac release a definite possibility.

To download a large version of the screenshot, or to visit the Rise of Legends website, click the links below.

Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends
Rise of Legends Screenshot - Booyah Sized

Mac Games News for Thursday, November 10, 2005

Big Kahuna Reef, Ricochet Lost Worlds for OS X8:51 AM
Apple Features AGON and RHEM 27:59 AM
EA Secures Exclusive Simpsons License7:59 AM
Jack Thompson Withdraws from GTA Case7:59 AM
Mac Stubbs at Final Candidate7:59 AM
New Burning Crusade Screenshots7:59 AM
New World Of Warcraft Realms7:59 AM
Q&A With Myst Creator Rand Miller7:59 AM
The Movies Reviewed7:59 AM
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