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Friday, November 18, 2005

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RHEM 2 Demo Now Available
8:19 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

MacGameFiles is now hosting the RHEM 2 demo. RHEM 2 is a mind streching puzzle-oriented adventure game for the Mac. Developed by Got Game Entertainment, RHEM 2 is the direct sequel to the original RHEM in story and gameplay, but includes unique features that set it apart from the popular prequel.

RHEM 2 System Requirements

•Mac OS X version 10.2 or higher
•300MHz PowerPC G3 processor
•64MB of RAM
•16MB graphics card (32MB recommended)
•100MB hard disk space
•800x600 screen resolution with 32-bit color
•QuickTime 6 or higher
The RHEM 2 demo is approximately 58MB and already has over 1,000 downloads. Inside the demo, there are a few puzzles to tinker with, you'll need to purchase the full version for $29.99 to access all the content.

Please follow the links below to download the demo and to learn more information.

MGF: RHEM 2 Demo

Apple Posts Latest Hot Deals
12:47 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Small Dog Electronics has great prices on top quality Mac products, including Adobe's Creative Suite 2 Premium for Mac Student/Teacher Edition, Dantz Retrospect Desktop 6.0, QuickerTek Aluminum Handle for 12" PowerBook G4 or 14" iBook, Rain Design iLap for 12" PowerBook G4, Matias Tactile Pro USB Keyboard, Aspyr Media The Sims 2, and much more.

CompUSA has money saving deals on a bevy of Mac products, including Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock Series 3 with $30 mail-in rebate, InFocus X2 Projector with $50 mail-in rebate, Samsung SyncMaster 930b 19" LCD Display with $20 mail-in rebate, Hewlett Packard F2105 21" LCD Display with $50 mail-in rebate, M-Audio StudioPro 4 Professional Speakers with $20 mail-in rebate, and much more.

PowerMax has fantastic prices of superb products for your Mac, including Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition, Xerox Phaser 6100/DN Color Laser Printer, Keyspan PS-4A 4-Port Print Server, Canon PowerShot S2 IS 5MP Digital Camera, Wacom Intuos2 12"x12" USB Graphics Tablet, Timbuk2 Large Laptop Zip Briefcase, and much more.

ClubMac has great deals on essential Mac products, including Micromat Techtool Pro 4, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Student and Teacher Edition, Canon PowerShot Pro 1 Digital Camera, LaCie Extreme Triple Interface 250GB External Hard Drive, Kensington Comfort Type USB Keyboard, Adobe Photoshop CS2 Upgrade Version, and much more.

MacMall has fantastic prices on essential Mac products, including Epson Stylus CX4200 All-in-One Printer, iRocks USB 2.0 4-Port Hub FREE with mail-in rebate, MacCase 15" Messenger Bag with FREE Stealth Black Sleeve, Logitech Cordless Desktop LX501 Keyboard and Mouse with $20 mail-in rebate, Roxio Toast 7 Titanium with $20 mail-in rebate, and much more.

Publishing Perfection has great deals on a variety of design and print products for your Mac, including Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional Upgrade Version, AutoFX PhotoGraphic Edges Vol. 6 Upgrade, Canon Digital Rebel XT Camera, Corel KPT Collection, Electric Rain Swift 3D 3.0 Standalone, Epson Stylus Photo RX620 with $50 mail-in rebate, and much more.

O'Reilly has exclusively Hot Deals discounts for many of its most popular Mac titles, including Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition, Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell, iWorks '05: The Missing Manual, iLife '05: The Missing Manual, GarageBand 2: The Missing Manual, and much more.

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IMG Reviews Bookworm Deluxe
12:39 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

IMG has posted a review of MacPlay's latest game, Bookworm Deluxe. Here's a clip from the review:

The playing board consists of lettered tiles laid in seven columns of tiles alternating between seven and eight tiles, so that a single tile in one column actually touches two different tiles on each side, giving a total of 6 different directions that you can go when making words. Start with a given letter, and try to make your word by clicking on adjacent tiles. If you make a word that the game recognizes, it will display the word and the points that the word is worth. Double-clicking on the last letter tile of the word will accept the word and send the tiles flying off the board, into the mouth of the bookworm watching your every move from the sidebar. Just like its puzzler brother Bejeweled, the tiles above will drop into place, and new letters will take their place at the top of the board. Your completion meter will also fill a certain amount according to the complexity of the word you created. The idea, of course, is to fill the bar and head to the next level.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

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Play Risk via Google Maps
8:19 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

An enterprising developer has implemented the classic board game Risk using the Google Maps API. Using the world map view from Google Maps, up to six users can attempt to take over the world in the classic strategy game.

Here's a bit from the GMRisk FAQ:

A For some reason I decided a bit after the API for Google Maps came out that it would be awesome to be able to play Risk on it. About a month later it became apparent that everyone using the API was doing it for more useful things, such as gas price tracking and ::cough:: hotornot placement. I've always been a gamer and thought this was the perfect step.
For those who haven't played Risk, there is also a link to the Risk FAQ on the page. Right now, GMRisk doesn't support AI players, so you will have to find a few friends and huddle around the screen to enjoy this new implementation of the classic game.

GMRisk v0.9.5

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UT2007 Q&A
8:19 AM | Marcus Albers | 3 comments

Computer and Video Games has posted a Q&A session with Epic Games' own Jeff Morris, who is currently hard at work on the much anticipated shooter Unreal Tournament 2007. The interview covers a lot of the upcoming features of the new game, including a bit on how the development of the new Warfare game mode is coming.

Even though I've been playing games for over 25 years, I don't care much about jump height, ammo, reload time between shots, stuff like that - but for hardcore deathmatch guys, that's the cutting-edge of the new Assault-meets-Onslaught mode Warfare. As for influences, we love Battlefield, for that huge epic war feel, but that game is very rough on new players - it's easy to choose the wrong spawn point, for example. So what we're trying to do is balance something in the Unreal Warfare mode that appeals to everyone.
Check out the rest of the interview for more info on mutators, terrain transformation, and vehicles.

Computer and Video Games Interview: Jeff Morris on UT2007
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BNES Emulator Released for OS X
8:19 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Mac emulation guru Richard Bannister has released a new emulator. BNES is an emulator unlike most. It is a Super NES emulator that does not use any OS tricks to emulate the host system. Instead, it is a cycle-accurate emulator meant for accuracy, not speed.

The net result of all this is the highest system requirements of any software I've released to date; those without a G5 class machine need not apply. If you meet the requirements, however, this is the most accurate SNES emulation available on the Macintosh platform.

Note that [...] this requires a PowerMac G5, and full frame rate is unlikely to be achievable on anything below about 2.3 GHz.

Like all of Mr. Bannister's emulators, this one is completely free to use. If you have the hardware power, check this unique emulator out.

Bannister Software: Latest News

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New Redline Screenshots
8:19 AM | Marcus Albers | 11 comments

The folks over at Ambrosia Software have posted a couple of new screenshots of their long-in-development racer, Redline. The racer, which has been on Ambrosia's site since late 2002, boasts an advanced physics engine and graphics engine, offering a very realistic driving experience.

In addition to Redline's physics engine, the remarkable 3D engine presents a visual feast of polygons flying past at 200mph+ as you barrel down the race track. We don't want to give away too much at this time, but suffice it to say that we also have some interesting surprises in store for the avid racing fan.
The current version is listed as 1.0.1b6. Be sure to stay with IMG for new information as this game nears release.

Ambrosia Software Web Board - Redline Progress Log
Ambrosia Software

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Apple Previews The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer
8:19 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Apple has posted a preview of THQ's sequel, The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer. The game follows the adventures of the super hero family and their friend, Frozone, as they battle the minions of the evil Underminer. Picking up where the movie leaves off, you take control of Mr. Incredible and Frozone using a buddy system that allows one player to switch between characters, or two players to play simultaneously.

“You can get through certain areas much faster by constantly switching between characters,” [producer Steve] Townsend explains.

He adds that there’s a certain amount of strategic thinking you should apply if you want to make it past all the obstacles and discover the Underminer’s true plans for the surface world. Part of that strategy also lies in choosing the right time to tell the AI-controlled character to be more aggressive, guard a specific area while you scout out the situation ahead or closely follow you.

Rise of the Underminer is on store shelves right now, and can be purchased at the MacGameStore. Head over to Apple's site to check out the full preview, along with screenshots and gameplay movies.

Save the World Again in The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer
The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer
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No Macs In A Galaxy Far, Far Away
8:19 AM | Cord Kruse | 18 comments

In what may come as no surprise to many jaded Mac gamers, a recent Slashdot Q&A with the President of Sony Online Entertainment squashed any small hopes of a Mac version of the Star Wars Galaxies MMORPG. In response to a question about the possibility of a Mac version John Smedley replied in the negative, citing prohibitive costs.

OS X client? by Dark Paladin:
I realize that this is a long shot, but with the rise of Mac sales and the upcoming change of Macs from PPC to X86, is there a chance if an OS X client? One of the reasons I believe that Blizzards WoW has done so well is because it allows both major desktop OS's to play together, rather than trying to partition on group on a separate server (or pretending they don't even exist, with all of those dollars itching to be spent).

John Smedley:
Unfortunately, no. I absolutely love Macs (I've got 2 at home myself). I wish we could do this, but it's enormously cost prohibitive if you didn't start out from the beginning with Mac development in mind.
To read the rest of the Q&A session follow the link below.

Slashdot: Star Wars Galaxies Q&A

Gaming: A Digital Drug Addiction?
8:19 AM | Cord Kruse | 10 comments

Research conducted at the Charité University Medicine Berlin, in Germany suggests that excessive computer gaming may exhibit the same hallmarks as drug addiction. In tests of male gamers in their twenties the researchers discovered that addicted gamers felt intense cravings to play their favorite games and used the games as a way to regulate mood.

They showed them a variety of visual cues and asked the volunteers to rate how they felt about the images. All had normal reactions to neutral images, such as chairs, and even to alcohol-related images, despite the fact that all the participants drank alcohol.
But excessive computer game players showed classic signs of craving when they were presented with freeze-frames from some of their favourite games – they desperately wanted to play, expected to feel better once they did, and fully intended to indulge again as soon as possible.

In another test, the researchers monitored the response of a large muscle in the eye, to see how much the volunteers could be startled while looking at a game-related image. Scientists theorise that the most pleasing stimuli prompts the smallest of startle reflexes. They found that excessive game players could not be easily startled, unlike the controls.
Grüsser says that addictions stem from relying too heavily on one coping strategy, which eventually becomes the only activity that can activate the dopamine system and bring a person relief. “It’s the same mechanism in all addicts,” she says.

To read the entire article in New Scientist article click the link below.

New Scientist: Gaming Fanatics Like Drug Addicts?

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Custer Travels To Khaz Modan
8:19 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

Brad Custer has once again delivered a new game-related desktop. This week's image features the World of Warcraft, Blizzard's immensely popular massively multiplayer online game.

Here's more from Brad on the subject:

With my last venture into the realm of World of Warcraft I thought my viewers would be satisfied for awhile with a good selection of desktops now to choose from. Of course I am more than happy to admit when I am wrong and I definitely seemed to be in this case. Since the game first came out I've been getting a steady request for a dwarf desktkop and today I finally honor those emails. I decided to create a wallpaper based on the design of the load screens that I'm sure fans of the game are familiar with. I was able to make this week's wallpaper with the help of Blizzard Entertainment.
Visit Custer's Desktops to grab this desktop in a large selection of sizes.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, November 17, 2005

A-OK! The Wings of Mercury 3.5 released8:21 AM
Aspyr Ships Rollercoaster Tycoon 38:21 AM
IMG Podcast Episode 5 Released8:21 AM
New Avernum 4 Screenshots8:21 AM
RHEM 2 Reviewed8:21 AM
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