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Civilization III: Complete Reaches Beta
8:38 AM | Anthony Wang | 2 comments

Aspyr Media has updated Civilization III: Complete to beta status. This is the final testing and development stage before going off for approval. Civilization III: Complete is a compliation of the original Civilization III and the two expansion packs, Conquests and Play the World.

In addition to new civilizations and enhancements in the two expansion packs, Civilization III: Complete delivers Mac-to-Mac online multiplayer for the first time ever.

Civilization III: Complete is scheduled to be released this holiday season.

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IMG Podcast Episode 8 Released
5:46 PM | Blake Buck | 4 comments

Today IMG released the seventh episode of the Inside Mac Games Podcast, the official podcast of Mac gaming. Each week the IMG Podcast will be covering all the news in Mac gaming in one tight package. This week's show features Blake Buck, a writer for IMG, William Miller, an artist for Freeverse Software, Justin Ficarrotta, author of Kill Monty, and Bruce Morrison, Director of Support and Game Design at Freeverse Software.

On the show this week's show:

  • UT2004 Patch
  • Redline Status Update
  • World of Warcraft Patch and Holiday Content
  • MacGameStore offers Digital Downloads
  • Lego Star Wars Demo
  • Macsoft Ships Zoo Tycoon 2
  • Myth II Rocket Dorf Fest Mod Released
  • Possible Rune Sequel


  • Listener Emails
  • Stump Buck
  • IMG Podcast Contest
  • Interview with Bruce Morrison
This week is IMG's biggest show ever, over 1 hour and 20 minutes in length!

To download visit the IMG Podcast Homepage for instructions and shownotes by clicking the link below.

IMG Podcast Homepage

Apple Posts Latest Hot Deals
11:21 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacZone has fantastic prices on essential Mac products, including Xerox Phaser 8500N Color Laser Printer with $100 mail-in rebate, LG 17" Digital LCD Monitor with Auto Pivot/Mirror and $180 mail-in rebate, Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium/Macromedia Studio MX Upgrade Bundle with FREE Shipping, Microtek Scanmaker i800 Flatbed Scanner, and much more.

CDW|MacWarehouse has great deals on cool Mac products, including Samsung Laser ML1610 Laser Printer, Microsoft Office Standard Eidtion, Canon ZR100 MiniDV Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom, Epson Perfection 3490 Photo Flatbed Scanner, Adobe Photoshop CS2 Upgrade Version, Edge Four-Pack of 128MB Secure Digital Memory Cards, and much more.

Sweetwater has fantastic deals on a wide range of audio products for your Mac, including Numark iDJ Mixer for Dual iPods, Frontier Design TransPort USB Wireless DAW Controller, PG Music Band-in-a-Box, Mackie Tracktion 2, M-Audio GrooveLab, PreSonus INSPIRE 1394, Brian Moore iGuitar, M-Audio Podcast Factory, and much more.

O'Reilly has exclusively Hot Deals discounts for many of it's most popular Mac titles, including Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition, The Best of The Joy of Tech, FileMaker Pro 8: The Missing Manual, Running Mac OS X Tiger, iLife '05: The Missing Manual, and much more.

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New Myth III Maps Released
8:38 AM | Anthony Wang | 5 comments

Fans of Myth III: The Wolf Age should be pleased to hear Flyingflip Studios has released Clem's Mappack, a compliation of six new multiplayer maps. Also, an unannounced development plugin is in the works and will be released in the near future.

These are the final maps created by Clem as part of the Myth III v1.3.2 development. These maps come as-is in a single archive. Each map is an individual plugin. These maps were designed for use with a texture stack reduction plugin that was under development at the time this map pack was created. This texture reduction plugin/patch will be available in the near future.


Assault on French Quarter
Broke Heart Savior
Home on the Strange
Morte Della Luna
Noxious Chaos
Pieces of Hate

Clem's Mappack is 22.3mb and is available from the creator's website.

PlayMyth: New Myth III Maps Released

Eight Myths About Gamers
8:38 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments is offering an essay by MIT professor Henry Jenkins on eight commonly believed myths about those who play computer and video games. Jenkins' essay covers several misconceptions including the belief that games have led to an epidemic of youth violence, that women never play games, and that game playing is socially isolating. The essay offers some interesting conclusions which are often contrary to those put forth by others in the media.

7. Video game play is socially isolating.
Much video game play is social. Almost 60 percent of frequent gamers play with friends. Thirty-three percent play with siblings and 25 percent play with spouses or parents. Even games designed for single players are often played socially, with one person giving advice to another holding a joystick. A growing number of games are designed for multiple players for either cooperative play in the same space or online play with distributed players.
To read the rest of the essay click on the link below. Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked

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Myst V Reviewed
8:38 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Quandryland recently posted a review of Cyan Worlds' final installment in the Myst series. Myst V: End of Ages brings the saga to a conclusion, continuing the puzzle themed gameplay of the other titles while adding fully 3D environments. While noting a few bugs and disappointments Quandryland gave Myst V an impressive 4 out of 5 stars.

There are a four different worlds to visit, and you must also work your way through K'veer, the starting location. The "hub" world Direbo must also be visited but it really is little more than a transit station. Via K'veer and Direbo you can visit the four worlds in any order you like, although it did seem that there was a preferred (but I stress not essential) order. You need not complete a world before visiting another, and so long as you have unravelled K'veer and Direbo you can go anywhere else you choose to at any time.
The full review can be found at the link listed below.

Quandryland: Myst V Review
Myst V: End of Ages
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, December 13, 2005

IMG Reviews Salvo!3:33 PM
UT2004 Hotfix Patch7:59 AM
Chronic Logic Hosts Bridge Contruction Set Contest7:57 AM
The Sims 2 University Goes Gold7:42 AM
OMG Cup Contest Voting Ends Soon7:31 AM
Independent Games Festival Finalists Unveiled6:57 AM
Postal 3 Announced for PC6:57 AM
Warcraft III: RoC And TFT Updated6:57 AM
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