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Red Orchestra 3.3 Released
9:22 AM | Blake Buck | 1 comment

Recently Macologist released the popular Unreal Tournament 2004 mod Red Orchestra 3.3 for the Mac. Red Orchestra is a World War II total conversion that puts player's in some of biggest battles of the eastern front. This release includes the following features:

  • A unique player momentum system, giving an ever-more lifelike feel to movement within the game. The player doesn't just stop and start instantly, but takes a moment to get moving, or to stop.
  • An item that has long been on the request list: different speeds depending on the direction of movement. The player now slows when strafing or moving backwards, for added realism.
  • Improved AI for the bots operating vehicles: the driver will stop and go when ordered - and you can order the bots out of the vehicle if you want it all to yourself!
  • One beautiful new map, never seen before: Baksan Valley - go try it out!
  • With full access to the UT engine, we have been able to throw in some major rendering optimizations. This is showing an improvement of up to 40% in frame-rates on lower-end CPUs. Additionally, a number of the maps have been further optimized for improved performance.
  • Vehicle movement has been improved: the brakes on tanks now hold the tank from rolling down shallow hills - and they won't "spin" so easily!

To download the update, visit the Macologist website by clicking the link below.

Red Orchestra
Macologist Download - Red Orchestra Update Patch
Macologist Download - Red Orchestra Full Install

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Blizzard Launcher Released
9:22 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has released a new service for users of World of Warcraft. The Blizzard Launcher will serve as a portal to WoW, offering the latest game related news and security features including a virus and cheat detector.

Blizzard Launcher features:

News & community/support updates - Stay up to date on the latest World of Warcraft topics.

Play button - One click starts World of Warcraft.

Automatic Trojan/cheat program scan - If a Trojan or 3rd-party cheat program is detected, a notification will appear with additional helpful information.

Support button - Provides quick access to the World of Warcraft support Web site.

Public test button - Runs the World of Warcraft test realm client, when the test realms are live.

Blizzard has also released a FAQ explaining the new Launcher's features and the reasons the company feels scanning for cheat programs is necessary. The FAQ also gives instructions on bypassing the Launcher if the user isn't interested in using the new features.
Q: Why does the Blizzard Launcher say I am using a 3rd party cheat program?
A: Blizzard Entertainment is attempting to keep the World of Warcraft game service fair and free from players who use “cheats” or “hacks.” To further battle cheating in World of Warcraft, you will be notified if you are running a program that is deemed by Blizzard Entertainment to be a 3rd -party cheat program that violates the Terms of Use agreement. We have found that players do not always realize that a cheat program has been installed on the computer on which they’re playing, especially in the case of Internet gaming cafés and single-computer households. The Blizzard Launcher’s virus/cheat scan does not transmit any information to Blizzard. The main purpose of this scan is to notify you if you have something installed on the computer you’re using that may put your account information or your access to World of Warcraft at risk.
To read more about the Blizzard Launcher click on the links listed below.

Blizzard Launcher Site
Blizzard Launcher FAQ
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft
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Meier, Carmack Receive Steel Star On Walk Of Game
9:22 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The votes have been tallied and the Walk Of Game 2006 winners have been revealed. Sid Meier and John Carmack have been chosen to receive steel stars on the Walk of Game near the Metreon in San Francisco. Meier is perhaps best known for creating the legendary Civilization series and Carmack is the co-founder of id Software and creator of graphics engines for games such as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake. Both men are responsible for some of the most successful franchises in gaming history.

In addition to the two lifetime achievement awards, games and game characters received honors as well. Starcraft, Blizzard's ever popular sci-fi RTS title, will receive a star along the Walk, as will the game character Lara Croft.

Sid Meier (Partner and Director of Creative Development, Firaxis Games) began his legendary career in game making in the early 1980s, as a founding partner at one of the industry's first successful game companies: Microprose Software. Recognized around the world as the "Father of Computer Gaming", Sid and his games have been honored with virtually every major award in the gaming industry. In 1999, Sid was the second person ever to be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science's "Hall of Fame", and in 2002, he was honored with an induction into the Computer Museum of America's Hall of Fame. Sid put computer gaming on the map with such hallmark games as Civilization, Railroad Tycoon® and Pirates®, all of which are still revered as the greatest games ever made.

John Carmack (Founder/Owner/Lead Programmer) The technological patriarch and co-founder of id Software, John Carmack is responsible for some of the most compelling and successful PC game titles of all time. Largely self-taught, Carmack cranks out the most in-demand and technically mind-boggling 3D graphics engines in existence. These engines, which are licensed by leading game development companies, are found at the heart of all id Software titles – from the revolutionary Wolfenstein 3D and blockbuster Doom to the successful Quake and the newest smash hit Return to Castle Wolfenstein.

To read more about the winners of the Walk of Game award check out the following link.

2006 Walk Of Game Inductees

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Freeverse Updates Sound Studio 3
9:22 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Recently, Freeverse Software updated their digital audio recording tool, Sound Studio 3. Sound Studio is a recording tool that has been reengineered to take advantage of the latest Mac OS X technologies including Core Audio, Automator and Audio Units. This update includes the following changes:

- Sound Studio 3 is now a Universal Binary and will run native on Intel-based Macs!
- Added French localization.
- Fixed Audio Unit filters bug.
- Fixed bug in Backwards filter.
- Fixed bug that would crash Reverb and other delay-type filters when changing its settings.
- Reduced latency of filter preview.
- Fixed marker behavior in cases where audio is inserted or pasted.
- Updated in-app help book to version 3.
- Registration menu item is now disabled when app is registered
To download the update, or for more information, visit the Freeverse Website by clicking the link below.

Freeverse Website - Sound Studio 3 Updated

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New Rise of Legends Screenshot
9:22 AM | Blake Buck | 4 comments

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 real-time strategy game 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 shows off some exquisite environmental details.

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

Macgamestore: Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006 Ships
9:22 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 2 comments has begun shipping Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006, the next game in the popular soccer simulation series developed by Sports Interactive. The game is available for $34.95.

The world’s most promising soccer team is in your hands and it’s up to you to guide them to the worldwide championship. Compile your dream team from around the world and then work your managerial savvy to inspire and guide these pro players to glory. No decision gets made without your approval - from training schedules to budgets, contracts, salaries and a whole lot more.

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006
Buy Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006

Mac Games News for Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Macgamestore: Pre-Order Civilization III: Complete2:45 PM
IMG Previews Zoo Tycoon 21:02 PM
A First Look At Stubbs The Zombie10:16 AM
Championship Manager 2006 For PC Announced10:16 AM
More Info on Neverwinter Nights 210:16 AM
Quad Core G5/2.5 vs. Single Core Dual G5/2.510:16 AM
Rave Reviews For Civilization IV10:16 AM
SpikeTV Video Game Awards10:16 AM
World of WarCraft 1.9 Information10:16 AM
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