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Aspyr Announces Quake 4
8:01 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 41 comments

Aspyr Media has announced that it will be bring QUAKE 4 developed by Raven Software and produced by id Software, to Macintosh. The game, which is licensed from Activision, is scheduled for release in early 2006.

The long-awaited sequel to QUAKE II®, QUAKE 4 enlists gamers in the role of Matthew Kane, a member of the legendary Rhino Squad, to penetrate deep into the heart of the Strogg war machine and engage in a series of heroic
missions to destroy the barbaric alien race. QUAKE 4 begins only moments after the events of QUAKE II, with the Earth’s fleet launching a massive offensive to the planet Stroggos. As Matthew Kane, gamers invade the alien stronghold, fighting alone, along side other Marines, and in mechanized walkers and hover tanks as they encounter the Strogg and their disturbing amalgamations of man and machine. Built on id Software’s revolutionary DOOM 3 technology, QUAKE 4 also features fast-paced multiplayer competition modeled after the speed, style and feel of QUAKE III Arena.
Stay tuned to IMG for more on QUAKE 4 in the coming weeks.

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IMG Reviews Toysight Gold
12:23 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Toysight Gold, the expansion to Freeverse's ToySight, featuring three more games for veterans, and 12 titles for newcomers to sink their teeth into.

Here's a clip from the review:

As with all things Apple, it is blissfully easy to get ToySight Gold up and running with my iSight. Plug the iSight in, turn it on, open the application and sit back and wait for the magic to happen. When the game boots, it will ask you to stand clear of the camera so it can scan the background and then use that info to sort out what is you and what is static background to use when it's actually time for you to sit down and start playing.
To check out the full review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Toysight Gold

Aspyr Ships The Sims 2 University
10:19 AM | Justin Ficarrotta | 4 comments

Aspyr Media has announced they have shipped The Sims 2 University for Mac to online and retail stores. It should be available sometime next week on retail and online shelves.

Electronic Arts’ The Sims 2 University is the first expansion pack for The Sims 2. The Sims 2 University introduces a new young-adult stage of life, 4 new career paths, new influence gameplay and more than 125 new objects. The Sims 2 University was developed for the Mac by Aspyr Studios, Aspyr’s internal development team, under license from Electronic

The Sims 2 University allows players to explore a whole new stage of life as young adults and introduces college-related wants and fears that are
ultimately tied to their Sims’ social life and academic goals. The expansion also introduces influence gameplay allowing players to earn influence points to have other Sims do certain tasks for them such as homework, term papers, cleaning up the fraternity house or even pulling pranks on other Sims. Players will be able to choose from one of 11 majors and open up 4 new career paths as they make their way through University.

Your Sims are now young adults leaving home to live the ultimate college fantasy. Immerse them in college life as they become the Big Sim on Campus. They'll relish their new-found freedom as they party with friends, join fraternities and sororities and pull outrageous pranks. Your Sims will explore all the campus hot-spots as they frequent lounges, gyms, coffee houses and more. Help them fulfill new lifetime goals to unlock more rewards and reap all of the benefits of their university years.
The Sims 2 University is currently available for pre-order from for $24.95.

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iGame Radio To Broadcast Holiday Games Blast
9:55 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

To celebrate the holiday season, iGame Radio will air a special broadcast…the Holiday Games Blast. Sponsored by Feral Interactive and including interviews with favorite Mac game industry guests, fabulous prizes, and a great site full of special game goodies, the show will broadcast on Thursday, December 29th (Friday, December 30th for our listeners in UTC time). And, for the first time, listeners get to ask the guests their questions live.

Featured guests will include Glenda Adams of Aspyr Media, David Stephen of Feral Interactive, Jeff Vogel of Spiderweb Software, and Bruce Harrison of Freeverse Software. Recent changes to the broadcasting methods for the program have allowed show host Omaha Sternberg to take individual listener calls for this show. Using the VoIP software program Skype, listeners can call into the show (using the method specified on the iGame Radio webpage) and ask their favorite guest their question.

The iGame Radio game press page will feature tons of game trailers for games just released or on their way to gold status. There will also be screenshots, avatars, and other goodies for listeners to enjoy while listening to the broadcast. Prizes include game giveaways from Feral Interactive, and t-shirts and other merchandise from the new iGame Radio online store.

This special broadcast will air live on MacRadio on December 29 from 5 to 7 pm Pacific Standard Time (8 to 10 pm Eastern Standard Time; December 30 from 0100 to 0300 UTC). iGame Radio can regularly be heard live on MacRadio from 6 to 7:30 pm Pacific Time, 9 to 10:30 pm Eastern (Tuesday from 0200 to 0330 UTC), and on demand thereafter. Listeners can tune in at the iGame Radio web page , where they'll also find archives of past broadcasts of iGame Radio. QuickTime 5 or above and a 28 kbps or faster Internet connection are required for the live broadcast; QuickTime 5 and above, or iTunes 4.9 or other MP3 enabled software (such as iPodderX), are required for access to the archives.

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Apple Games Features The Sims 2: University
8:07 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games is featuring The Sims 2: University, the first expansion for Maxis' popular The Sims 2. Expanding upon the virtual sandbox in which to play with your Sim's alter ego, University allows players to take their Sims to college. Sims who manage to earn a degree can even choose new occupations.

From Apple Games:

After you graduate, you’ll own a faux-sheepskin diploma suitable for hanging on your wall, and you’ll have access to four careers not available to ordinary Sims. Each of those career paths features a special reward, and every college graduate Sim can earn Genuine Buck’s Famous Counterfeiting Machine, if they accumulate enough aspiration points.
The Sims 2: University is brought to the Mac by Aspyr Media and is currently shipping to retail and online outlets. It is available for pre-order from for $34.95.

You can check out the entire feature at the link below.

Apple Games: The Sims 2: University Feature
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WoW: The Burning Crusade Q&A
8:06 AM | Anthony Wang | 1 comment

Computer and Video Games has posted a Q&A with Shane Dabiri, lead producer for World of WarCraft and its expansion. They discuss new content for beginners and veterans alike, Outland features, jewelcrafting, and the Caverns of Time in The Burning Crusade expansion pack.

What percentage of the content is geared toward players of all levels, and what percentage to only level 60 (and above with the level cap increase) characters?

Shane Dabiri: As is traditional with MMO expansions, a large portion of the content will be geared toward characters in the range between the current maximum and new maximum levels, starting at around level 55. However, we do also plan to add content to better tie in the new races to the world, so players who choose to start as one of the new races will experience a great deal of new content up to about level 20.

Please follow the links below to read the interview. World of WarCraft: The Burning Crusade is scheduled to be released sometime next year.

Computer and Video Games: Interview
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Second Life Reviewed
8:05 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Applelinks recently posted a review of Linden Lab's Second Life, the world building MMORPG which allows those with the programs and skill to create virtually any online environment they can dream up. Players spend money to buy land within the game and earn money from the creation of content for other players to purchase. Applelinks found this system to be limiting for those not possessing the necessary skills, and the game itself to be sluggish at times. Second Life only managed a score of 2 out of 5.

From the review:

Second Life, being created and maintained by the players, has other downsides too. One, is the lack of cohesiveness and appearance of the land that I observed while flying over it (everyone gets this ability). You can have a Japanese clothing store next to a mountain with a waterfall falling over an elaborate structure next to someone's house next to a shooting game. Any order is imposed by landowners who rent land, and only if they want to. Basically, Second Life is a cluttered ugly mess with no rhyme or reason to anything, which doesn't exactly inspire me to want to come back.
To read the entire review and learn more about the game follow the links below.

Applelinks: Second Life Review
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, December 14, 2005

IMG Podcast Episode 8 Released5:46 PM
Apple Posts Latest Hot Deals11:21 AM
Civilization III: Complete Reaches Beta8:38 AM
Eight Myths About Gamers8:38 AM
Myst V Reviewed8:38 AM
New Myth III Maps Released8:38 AM
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