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Monday, February 6, 2006

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Intel iMac UT2004 Benchmarks
8:15 AM | Evan Holt | 32 comments

With the release of Epic Game's Unreal Tournament 2004 Universal Binary for Mac late on Friday, benchmarks are coming in with results of the Intel-compatible application. Sites Macologist and Barefeats have both updated their previous benchmarks with new results with for the Intel UT2004.

Both sites conclude that the Intel iMac CD coupled with the ATi X1600 is a great computer that shows off impressive framerates.

Visit both sites using the link below, or head over to MacGameFiles to download the new Universal Binary (v3369-2) of UT2004 and try it out yourself.

Macologist: Intel iMac Benchamarks
Barefeats:iMac CD Benchmarks
MGF:UT 2004 3369.2
Digital Extremes
Epic Games
Unreal Tournament 2004
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Apple Posts Latest Hot Deals
12:09 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

ClubMac has great deals on a wide variety of products for your Mac, including the Epson Stylus CX4200 AIO Photo Printer for $79 after $20 mail-in rebate; Wacom Graphire3 4"x5" Pen Tablet (blue and white) for $39.99; EDGE 160GB DiskGo! USB Portable Hard Drive for $87; Dantz Retrospect Backup 6.0 Utility (Server Edition); Sonic Impact I-Fusion iPod portable speaker system and much more.

MacMall has great deals on on a wide variety of products for your Mac, including Sketchbook Pro 2 for $187.99 from Alias; PitStop Professional 6.5 for $556.99 and Instant PDF 3.6 for $167.99, both from Enfocus; iHome IH5 clock radio "Made for iPods" for $89.99 from SDI Technologies; Quickbooks Pro 2006 for $189.99 from Intuit; G-Drive Mini 40GB FW400/800 portable HD for $179.00 from G Technologies; and more.

MacZone has great deals on on a wide variety of products for your Mac, including LG 19" TFT Flat Panel Display for $299.99; TuboTax Premier Hot State Tax Year 2005 from Intuit; Olympus FE-120 6-megapixel digital camera for $229.99; Microtek ScanMaker i800 flatbed scanner for $388.98; Adobe Creative Suite 2 & Flash Design Bundle Upgrade version for $898.97; inMotion portable iPod speaker from Altec Lansing for $128.99; and more.

Publishing Perfection has great deals on on a wide variety of products for your Mac, including the Canon PowerShot A610; Geographic Imager from Avenza for $599.00; Nikon D-200 10.2-megapixel digital camera body for $1699.95; Eye Candy 5: Nature Photoshop filters from Alien Skin for $98.95; SanMaker i900 flatbed scanner from MicroTek for $529.95; Wacom Graphire4 4x5" Pen Tablet (Blue) for $99.5; and more.

Small Dog Electronics has great deals on on a wide variety of products for your Mac, including the Small Dog 300GB SATA Internal Hard drive kit for the PowerMac G5 and iMac for $149.99; Audio Production Bundle featuring the Glyph Technologies GT050Q 300GB FW 800/USB hard drive and Sennheiser HD600 Professional Headphones for $645.00; Mac gamer's bundle featuring Pelican Headbanger Earsubs, Plantronics DSP-400 foldable headset; Civilization III Complete; Stubbs the Zombie; Call of Duty; and The Sims 2 all from Aspyr; plus World of Warcraft  from Vivendi for $278.00; iPod Super PRo Bundle featuring the Kensington SX2000 iPod speaker system; Shure E4c sound isolating earphones; Small Dog iPod 5G 30G/60G natural leather flip case; Small Dog CAR Tune FM transmitter & iPod charger; Small Dog "The Gripper" mount in white; Small Dog iPod Vent Mount; Small Dog iPod Cup Mount; iKlear Cleaning Kit for iPod, iBook & PowerBook; and $50 iTunes Music Store gift certificate; and more.

Sweetwater Sound has great deals on on a wide variety of products for your Mac, including the Blue Snowball USB cardiod/omni condenser mic for recording on the go for $139.97; Etymotic Research ER-6i in-ear system for the iPod for $149.00; PreSounus INSPIRE 1394 FW audio interface for the Mac for $199.97; M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB audio interface plus Liive Lite 4 software for $199.97; Reason drum machines synthesizers and samplers from Propellerhead for $399.97; inMotion portable iPod speaker from Altec Lansing for $128.99; and more.

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New IMG Poll
10:08 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

IMG recently added a new poll which asks the following question:

Should Stump Buck from the IMG Podcast be killed off?
  • No, I love it! Keep it!
  • Yes, it's way too boring!
The results of this week's poll will effect the content on next week's IMG Podcast. Currently, "No, I love it! Keep it!" leads the way with 72% of the vote.

If you have any feedback on the subject, just leave a comment here.

To vote in this poll, click the link below.

IMG Poll
IMG Podcast Homepage

Macgamestore: Civ IV, Imperial Glory, Nightlife Pre-Orders
8:34 AM | Tuncer Deniz has begun taking pre-orders for Aspyr's Civilization IV and The Sims 2 Nightlife as well as Feral's Imperial Glory.

With Sid Meier's Civilization IV, history as you know it, is history. Rule throughout time and create your own legacy as you guide your civilization from the dawn of man through the space age and beyond. Implement new technologies,conduct diplomacy or wage war to grow your society and become the most powerful leader the world has ever known. Civilization IV is available for pre-order for $49.95.

In The Sims 2 Nightlife, your Sims are on the town hitting all the swanky hot spots. Whether they're dancing until dawn, romancing that special someone, or striking out at the bowling alley, it'll be an unforgettable night! Let your Sims loose to enjoy their favorite after-dark activities as they pursue a life of pleasure. Determine their love lives as you discover the chemistry between Sims. Will their life aspirations and personalities click or clash? It could be the beginning of a stormy affair or a dating disaster. Ready for fun and romance? Bring on the night! The Sims 2 Nightlife is available for pre-order for $34.95.

In Imperial Glory, you have the choice to rule as an absolute despot or a constitutional monarch as you re-forge the destiny of the world, amid the turbulent times of the early 19th century. Imperial Glory is available for pre-order for $39.95.

Macgamestore: Civilization IV
Macgamestore: The Sims 2 Nightlife
Macgamestore: Imperial Glory

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RoN: Rise of Legends Previews
8:15 AM | Anthony Wang | 1 comment

With Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends nearing release for the PC, new previews have been posted by Gamespot, IGN, and Gamespy unveiling the third race in the stand-alone(not expansion) fantasy RTS game. Each preview highlights the Cuotl, the third race of the game. The previews also go more in-depth into the missions, units, and technology trees of the three playable races.

Excerpt from Gamespot:

With magic and technology battling in the form of Alin and Vinci, it's appropriate that the recently revealed nation, Cuotl, is home to an alien race with technology so advanced that it looks like magic. In a surprise plot development, Big Huge Games revealed that the game takes place on a world where a Cuotl spaceship crashed to the surface ages ago. Only a handful of Cuotl survived the crash, and they set themselves up as gods, subjugating small tribes on a remote continent. Pieces of the starship landed all over the surface of the world, which inadvertently ignited...
Excerpt from IGN:
The campaign in Rise of Legends tells the story of a Vinci inventor named Giacomo. At the beginning of the game he's traveling with his brother Petruzzo, lord of Miana, and with General Carlini and a force of imperial musketeers. The party is heading to investigate a strange new device that's been discovered in one of the lord's mines. As they arrive on the scene they're ambushed by...
Excerpt from Gamespy:
The first thing I realized in my mission is that numerical superiority is an absolute must when fighting the Cuotl. Time and again I watched a single squadron of Cuotl soldiers take out two or three times their number of Vinci units. The good news, though, is that Cuotl power seems dependent on unit cohesion...The situation's even tougher for the Alin. As a hit-and-run race, Cuotl have a tendency to mow through Alin units like Rosie O'Donnell through an all-you-can-eat buffet. What I came to realize, however, is that the Cuotl are extremely dependent on...
Click on the links below to read the previews of RoN: Rise of Legends. Although no Mac version has been announced, the original Rise of Nations was published by MacSoft successfuly.

Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends
Gamespot: Preview
IGN: Preview
Gamespy: Preview

Eschalon: Book 1 Q&A
8:15 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

RPG Codex recently interviewed Basilisk Games about their upcoming debut RPG title Eschalon: Book 1. Eschalon is the first in a trilogy of turn based RPGs which harken back to the days of Ultima and Wizardry. Players explore a massive outdoor environment and delve into sprawling dungeons as they attempt to uncover the secret of their character's origins. The interview covers a variety of specifics about the game itself including the skill system, quest design, and combat engine.

5. Eschalon promises to have a "turn-based yet fluid combat system keeps the action feeling near real-time." What exactly does that mean? Why do you want to present your system as "near real-time?" What a typical combat turn would be like?

Well, what we mean by that is we've tried to allow the combat rounds to flow with little or no delay, if the player wishes. The game is still purely turn-based; we've just tried to streamline the rounds during combat.

Here's a more technical description: as soon as you choose your attack, the game rapidly parses through all world events currently in queue, then calculates the results of each event based on initiative and other factors, and finally plays out the results for that round on the screen. If you click rapidly on targets during combat, the action can play out at a speed that appears about as fast as most "Action RPGs". But just like any other turn-based game, the moment you stop clicking the mouse, the engine halts until you decide your next action. Basically, if you like to play it fast, you can...or you can sit back and step through comb
To read the full interview and learn more about the game follow the links below.

RPG Codex: Eschalon: Book 1 Interview
Eschalon: Book 1
Basilisk Games

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Mapping World Of Warcraft
8:15 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Using the Google Maps API now offers players the chance to explore World of Warcraft's Azeroth in a new way. Featuring over 15,000 data points the maps allow users to display herbs, ore, and treasure locations as well as those of zones and cities. Areas of interest can be selected and sent to a friend using the Link To Location feature.

To check out the map click on the link below.

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Stubbs the Zombie Reviewed
8:15 AM | Anthony Wang | 3 comments

Applelinks has posted a review of Stubbs the Zombie. Developed by Wideload and published by Aspyr, Stubbs the Zombie features brain-eating action in a retro-style cityscape with a great soundtrack as well. Despite all the brains, city scenary, and music, Applelinks noted pitfalls of the game including level design, linear gameplay, and graphics. Nonetheless, Applelinks handed Stubbs a 3 out of 5 in their rating system.

Ultimately, Stubbs fell a bit shy of my expectations. I'm not terribly upset by the high system requirements; I expected them. The level design is interesting and open (so open that it may take you a bit to figure out where to go next), but the action itself tends to get a bit old even within the limited running time of the game. Staggering your exposure to the weapons helps, but the basic strategy remains the same throughout (unlike in most war first-person shooters, for example, where different missions require different methods of execution). The game is amusing, but never laugh-out-loud funny. The soundtrack may be the best I've heard since...
Click on the links below to read the review or to learn more information about Stubbs the Zombie.

Applelinks: Review
Aspyr Media
Stubbs the Zombie
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First Issue Of Gadgetzan Times
8:15 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recently announced the first issue of the Gadgetzan Times, a new "news magazine" for their popular MMORPG World Of Warcraft. Told from the perspective of goblin reporters the Times will cover a a wide range of interesting stories from all across the land of Azeroth.

Hitting news stands around Azeroth is the latest, most informative and entertaining magazine in all of Azerothian history: the Gadgetzan Times! Published by Sparkle Entertainment Lightning & Fireworks, the Gadgetzan Times will bring the far reaches of the world right to your doorstep. From the Plaguelands to Tanaris, and everywhere in-between, the hard-working goblins will be filing their reports and interviews with the head office; they will leave no stone unturned in their quest for interesting, provocative, humorous, or just plain quirky stories.
To learn everything you ever wanted to know about Goblin Engineering, check out the first issue of the Gadgetzan Times at the link below.

Gadgetzan Times
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World of Warcraft
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Quake 4 Examined
8:15 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Strategy Informer has posted a review of the PC version of Quake 4. The latest in the popular first person shooter franchise, Q4 makes use of the Doom 3 engine to deliver a greater graphical punch and follows the exploits of Corporal Matthew Kane in his battle against the deadly Strogg. The game earned an 8.3 out of 10 from Strategy Informer.

From the review:

Another fun thing is that a large portion of the game will be fought side by side with other marines. Some providing pure firepower, and some healing you or replenishing your armor. The AI is pretty good, nothing special, but also nothing that would irritate you. For instance, teammates ducking behind crates as you open a door, or enemies finding cover in between shots. All this really makes you feel like you're a part of the game, a quality rarely seen in FPS games. I guess it would be in order to mention the vehicles. I think one word is sufficient to describe the vehicle levels of the game; boring. The game could've done very well without it, but I guess not everything can be perfect.
The Mac version, courtesy of Aspyr Media, should be available sometime in March. It can be pre-ordered from at

For the full review follow the link listed below.

Strategy Informer: Quake 4 Review
Aspyr Media
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Mac Games News for Friday, February 3, 2006

IMG Podcast Episode 14 Released7:40 PM
Unreal Tournament 2004 Universal Binary released6:10 PM
Antigen Released for Free2:55 PM
Carmack, Sweeney Talk Shaders2:55 PM
X-Plane 8 Ups Framerates2:55 PM
George Broussard Talks 3DRealms, DNF10:38 AM
Macgamestore: Unity Available At Macgamestore.com10:38 AM
The Sims 2: Open for Business Designer Walkthrough10:38 AM
Custer Enjoys The Nightlife10:37 AM
Legion Arena Reviewed10:37 AM
Under The Sea With SpongeBob10:37 AM
World Of Warcraft Screenshots10:37 AM
Aspyr Launches Minisites for Civ IV, Nightlife10:35 AM
Diablo 3 Rumors10:35 AM
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