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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

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Stubbs the Zombie Ships for Mac OS X
8:11 AM | Andy Largent | 5 comments

Making good on their word to bring you zombie-filled action just in time for the holidays, Aspyr Media has this morning shipped Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse for Mac OS X. This third-person action title lets you take the unconventional role of a zombie as you wander peacefully through a 50's era town.

Stubbs features a revamped Halo engine for impressive 3D graphics, as well as an eclectic soundtrack of tunes from the 1950s performed by many of today's best independent rock acts like Cake, Death Cab for Cutie, and The Flaming Lips.

For more on Stubbs, be sure to check out IMG's preview. And get your order in now if you're hoping to increase your brain matter before the holidays hit.

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IMG Reviews Lux
12:12 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

If you're into strategy games like Risk, you'll want to check out Lux, a shareware game for the Mac that pays homage to the classic board game. Here's a clip from the review:

Backtracking a bit to the gameplay component, there are no real surprises here. The game plays like a standard Risk game, though it has plenty of options for unique variations. You can change the number of bonus units per card set, give players time limits, and adjust how the game starts: do you pick your own territories or are they randomly assigned? The interface is basic point-and-click, and the AI has several strategy types to choose from, ranging from ultra-defensive to ultra-aggressive and every variation in between. Don’t expect clever thinking from the AI as much as pre-programmed strategies, but the more difficult AI players can be a challenge to beat.
To check out the full review, follow the link below.

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Jack Thompson Law License Revoked
8:11 AM | Blake Buck | 11 comments

Yesterday, Gamespot posted another article on everyone's favorite gaming lawyer, Jack Thompson. After having is Alabama Law License revoked late last week by Judge James Moore, Thompson has since gone on the warpath. From the Gamespot article:

In the document, Thompson further needles the court in its decision to remove him from the case: "Did this Court somehow, in the last three weeks, manage to repeal the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution?" Thompson asks.

Thompson then calls the court's decision a "legal nullity," and he continues, claiming, "This Court wouldn't let Thompson leave. It kept him just so it could kick him out, with absolutely no authority to do so."

The diatribe also delves into what he calls "total fabrications" by attorneys for the defense, Blank Rome LLP, which lobbied for Thompson's removal. He also accuses the firm of "starting this food fight."

Be sure to stay tuned to IMG for all your Jack Thompson needs.

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HaloUT CXP Mod Completed
8:11 AM | Eric Klein | 1 comment

Project Torlan has posted the file files for its revamped content expansion pack (CXP) for HaloUT. Adding maps, sounds, characters, and vehicles from the popular Bungie shooter to UT2004, the expansion pack has been in development for some time now. Unfortunately, plans to turn it into a total conversion have been put on hold.

[N]ow that we have reached conclusion on the HaloUT on UT2K4 project it is a good feeling to release something extra to tide folks over while we all wait for UT2K7 and the awesome tools it has for mod development. There will be some more content coming for HaloUT but for all practical purposes the project is suspended as far as being a TC until next year.
Head over to Project Torlan to check out the mod.

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Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Trailer for iPod
8:11 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Apple has posted a trailer for the just-released Aspyr tycoon game RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. This, in and of itself, is not unusual. What's new about this posting is that Apple has included a link to download a version of the trailer for play on you iPod Video.

Click on the "Download iPod Version" link on at the bottom of the page and dump it to your iPod Video and take the excitement of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 trailer with you where ever you go!

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Aspyr Newsletter: Stubbs, RCT3 Ready, More Soon
8:11 AM | Cord Kruse | 21 comments

In the company's latest newsletter Aspyr Media announced that both Stubbs The Zombie and Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 have gone gold. RCT 3 is already shipping and Stubbs should soon be available in a store near you. Stubbs The Zombie in Rebel Without A Pulse is Aspyr Media's highly anticipated zombie themed first person shooter which makes use of the Halo engine to deliver all the gory thrills fans of zombie films have come to expect. Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 is the latest in the sim series that puts players in the driver's seat of an amusement park. The RCT 3 includes realistic day and night cycles, and an all new 3D graphics engine.

The first in the highly-successful RollerCoaster Tycoon® series to come to Mac, RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3 features stunning 3D graphics, and the all-new CoasterCam(TM), which allows players to see their park from the eyes of a guest and ride all the rides. Using the new Fireworks MixMaster(TM), players can also create pyrotechnic masterpieces and synchronize them to music. In addition, RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3 also includes the ability to assign music to rides in the park, new realistic day and night cycles, a park lighting system and various weather effects. RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3 is licensed by Atari Interactive, Inc. and was developed for Mac by Aspyr Studios based on Frontier Developments, Ltd.'s original code.
Two other eagerly awaited titles, the Civilization III Complete Collection and The Sims 2 University, are receiving a final polish and should both be finished in early December, just in time for the holiday season. In addition, The World War II FPS Call of Duty Deluxe Edition and the Spongebob Squarepants Movie Game have both reached final candidate.

Titles for 2006 are also in the pipe, including the recently announced Civilization IV. Another "big unnannounced" game is on the way and Aspyr hopes to demo the new title at Macworld in January. Let the speculation begin!

Finally, Aspyr announced a CompUSA offer for $10 off a variety of titles including several Sims expansions and The Return of the King action game. The offer will be valid through November 30.

To view the entire newsletter and check out Aspyr's website click on the links below.

Aspyr November Newsletter
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Stubbs the Zombie
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
Civilization III: Complete
The Sims 2: University
The Sims 2: University
Civilization IV
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Buy Stubbs the Zombie
Buy RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
Buy Civilization III: Complete
Buy The Sims 2: University
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The Incredibles: Rise Of The Underminer Reviewed
8:11 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room recently reviewed THQ's The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer. Taking place directly after the ending of the movie, RotU follows Mr. Incredible and his ally Frozone as they search for a way to defeat the Underminer and his legion of robot minions before they unleash a plot to pollute the major cities of the world. Rise of the Underminer managed three out of five mice from Macworld.

Like the original Incredibles game, Rise of the Underminer is a third-person brawler. In single-player mode, you’ll take turns being Frozone or Mr. Incredible as they make their way through the Underminer’s subterranean tunnels to put and end to his evil plans. And there’s no end of robotic bad guys to thwart you along the way. Luckily, you have superpowers. Mr. Incredible can use his strength to lift doors or slam apart weak floors, for example, while Frozone can freeze robots in place, build ice bridges, and skate through the air on ice slides. As you fight your way through the game, you’ll earn points, which you can then use to upgrade your characters’ powers. While there’s a lot of action and mayhem, it’s all pretty tame. The game is rated for anyone over the age of 10.
For the full review follow the link below.

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New Rise of Legends Screenshot
8:11 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 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 cool mechanized units and awesome explosions.

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.

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Rise of Legends Developer Interview
8:11 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Gamers With Jobs recently posted an interview with Big Huge Games' Paul Stephanouk. Paul discusses the growth of Big Huge Games, the development of Rise of Nations, and their new game Rise of Legends. From the interview:

GWJ: Rise of Nations was an ambitious game to say the least, particularly for a fledgling company like BHG. I’ve always been impressed that you guys managed to get everything balanced out as well as you did while bringing that many new features and that much fun to the table. It seems like a game that could have gone spiraling out of control. Did it ever feel like you guys had bitten off more than you could chew? What was the most difficult part of making RoN?

Paul: Not really. The concept was obviously a strong one from the very start. The studio was new but the senior staff had mostly already worked together and all of them were veterans of some outstanding games.

The most challenging part was building a game engine WHILE building the game WHILE growing a team from scratch. It was just a lot of hard work by a bunch of folks who really cared about the game and gaming in general. And I should say that it wasn't just the folks at BHG that made it happen. The team at Microsoft Game Studios and the other people we worked with (PR, audio, tools, etc.) also contributed a great deal.

Rise of Nations was released for the Mac a year ago by Macsoft. 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 view the entire interview, click the link below.

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Final System Reqs for The Sims 2 University
8:11 AM | Andy Largent | 10 comments

The final system requirements for The Sims 2 University have been released today by Aspyr Media. The expansion for the popular Will Wright sequel lets players take their Sims through young life and into college.

Here's an idea of the system you'll need in order to run the game:

Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
CPU Processor: PowerPC G4/G5
CPU Speed: 1.2 GHz or faster
Memory: 256 MB or higher, 512 MB recommended
Hard Drive: 2 GB free disk space
Video Card (ATI): Radeon 9000 or better
Video Card (NVidia): GeForce FX5200 or better
Video Ram: 32 MB or higher, 64 MB recommended
Disc Drive: DVD drive required to install and play
You'll also need a full version of The Sims 2 to play, of course. If you haven't gotten your pre-order in yet, be sure to do so now to get the game on its release next month.

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