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Feral Announces The Movies For Mac
9:08 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 17 comments

Feral Interactive has announced that it it will be publishing The Movies for the Macintosh. The Movies, which was originally developed by Lionhead Studios, is a game that enables you to build and control your very own Hollywood motion picture studio. Starting at the dawn of the silver screen, you compete with other budding movie moguls to create a string of box office smashes and rule the Industry.

All the things you have ever heard about Tinseltown - from starlet scandals to box-office records, from greenlighting a script to making the final cut - are all right here. A unique mix of strategy and artistry, The Movies demands that you do it all, from developing a slate of films to formulating a release strategy, you must manage the the introduction of new technology, turn talent spotter and make unknowns into stars and then manage their ballooning egos.

Amazingly, it also lets you get behind the camera as a Director to create your own blockbusters, 'B' Movies or arthouse epics.

Movie mogul, talent agent or film director. You can be one or you can be all three. That's the magic of The Movies.

David Stephen of Feral Interactive said:

"It's a delight and an honour to announce that we will be bringing the glamour of The Movies™ to the Mac, the world's best personal computer. At this time I would just like to thank my agent, my mother and my therapist for their unfailing support during this process."

Peter Molyneux of Lionhead Studios said:

"We are absolutely thrilled and delighted that the Movies will be coming to a Mac near you soon. The glamorous and artistic nature of The Movies means the Mac makes a perfect home for this game. For this we'd like to thank Feral, without whom this would not be possible."

Look for The Movies to come to the Mac later this summer as a universal binary release.

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Halo 2 Coming To Windows Vista (Updated)
12:50 PM | Cord Kruse | 25 comments

Microsoft recently announced that Halo 2 will be coming to PC as a Windows Vista only title. Halo 2 is the sequel to the popular first person shooter epic and continues the story of Master Chief's struggle against Earth's enemies. A Microsoft Game Studios team, in partnership with Bungie, will port the game to Vista, Microsoft's upcoming new operating system due later this year. The title will include both Halo 2 and the multiplayer map pack.

In "Halo 2" for Windows Vista, the action picks up where the first game ended. Master Chief, with the help of a small group of marines, has destroyed the religious artifact and artificial world known as "Halo," and is making his way back to Earth. There, he and the last surviving Earth forces will mount a titanic struggle against the marauding Covenant enemy.
Whether or not Halo 2's status as a Windows Vista game will prevent the possibility of an eventual Mac version remains to be seen. Keep an eye on IMG for more information.

Update: has posted an article about the upcoming Vista version of Halo 2. Towards the end of the article, a mention about a Mac version is made:

There's loads of questions the Bungie faithful will ask, like, "Will there be a Mac version?" We can't answer that yet. It's not out of the question, but it's not definitely happening either. We promise to keep you posted.
So while this not good news for Mac gamers, it at least shows that Bungie is aware of Mac gamers and their desire to play Halo 2 on a Mac. We'll be sure to keep you posted.
Worthplaying: Halo 2 For PC
Bungie Studios
Westlake Interactive
Halo: Combat Evolved

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IMG Reviews Civilization III Complete
11:55 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Civilization III: Complete, the latest game from Aspyr Media. Here's a clip from the review:

If you've never played Civ before, I happily report that the C3C plays with all the reckless glee of caffeinated Scottish kids tossing dad's caber around the highlands. The turn-based strategy genre is at its best when it plays as a historical simulation that puts the gamer at the center of events, and gives them the subtle (and not so subtle) tools of statecraft to play "what if?" C3C delivers that feeling in spades, in part thanks to thoughtful anthropological attention to the way dozens of different historical civilizations grow through the coalescing of cultural, technological, linguistic, economic, diplomatic, religious and militaristic innovation.
To check out the entire review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Civilization III: Complete
Aspyr Media
Civilization III: Complete
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Colossai Studios Announces Frontline Nation
8:44 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 3 comments

Colossai Studios today announced their upcoming title Frontline Nation. The game will be powered by Torque Game Engine, and will be released worldwide in the second half of 2006 for the Macintosh, Windows, and Linux platforms.

"Unprecedented war is upon modern Europe. Former alliances have withered and every nation is now on their own. Nationalism and militarism dominates the politics, which has allowed sinister leaders to take charge. Secretly they build their armies and make up plans how to annihilate their enemies.

Rule over one of the countries, and use your skills and deception to turn it into the frontline nation. Form alliances with important nations, and honour them as long as they serve their purpose. Develop weapons of mass destruction and let your armies roar over the continent. Become the last nation standing or die trying. Let the great war of the millennia begin."

Frontline Nation is a modern, turn-based strategy game situated in a near future Europe. The map is rendered in 3D and is divided into 45 countries, each containing a differing number of regions and cities.

Frontline Nation consists of two different gameplay levels, a strategic and a tactical. The strategic level is where the player manages production, diplomacy, research and coordination of military forces. The tactical level is where the battles take place. It offers the player full control of its military units in a dynamically created hexagon-based battlefield. The battles are fast-paced but different terrain types combined with a dynamic weather system and a day-night cycle adds an almost countless number of tactical possibilities. If the player wishes, the battles can also be resolved automatically.

Frontline Nation features include:

• A world-map consisting of over 500 regions and 90 cities.
• 45 playable countries, ranging from Malta to Russia.
• Multiplayer support for up to 9 players in concurrent and classic game modes. Supplementary hot-seat mode for multiplayer support on the same computer.
• Over 20 unit types, each with their specific advantages and drawbacks.
• Tactical combats on land, sea and air for complex but action-paced confrontations.
• A research system that let you develop missiles and different types of weapons of mass destruction.
• Diplomacy that let you use your full potential for persuasion and deceit.
• Spies that are used to infiltrate other countries and to perform covert operations.
• Special forces that can destroy vital structures without leaving a trace.
• Victory conditions to start anything from a total-domination campaign to a small skirmish.
• Optional missions that if completed, rewards your country greatly.

For more on Frontline Nation, visit the official web site.

Frontline Nation

Jack Thompson's Letter to U2's Bono
8:31 AM | Blake Buck | 25 comments

PS3 Today recently ran an article featuring an open letter from Jack Thompson to musical group U2's lead vocalist Bono. Jack Thompson is a vocal opposer of violence in video games and the Grand Theft Auto franchise.

The letter is in response to U2's parent company Elevation Partners' recent talks to buy Take Two Interactive, the publisher of the Grand Theft Auto franchise. And abridged version of the letter:

Dear Bono:

I write you as a fellow brother in Jesus Christ, appreciative of your bold witness to the transforming truth of the Gospel, in both your words and your deeds. You daily "fight the good fight," serving Him as salt and as light in an unbelieving world. You inspire other Christians to confront the "culture of death" that surrounds us all, and I thank you. Because of what you do, it is easier for me to do what I have been called to do.

I write to encourage you, respectfully and in a spirit of brotherly love, not to purchase Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. . . .

Bono, whom are you going to believe as you make a decision whether to buy Take-Two? Are you going to believe the liars who got caught lying, or are you going to believe a fellow believer in Christ who has been targeted for actual harm by Take-Two and its dissembling Philadelphia lawyers at Blank Rome? . . .

I am trying to keep you, dear brother, from being run over by a careening bus. I do this to help you. A brother in Christ has now warned you. Now, do the right thing, in His powerful name I pray.

In Jesus Christ, Jack Thompson

IMG will be carefully watching this situation and will have more coverage as it develops. For the full letter click the link below.

PS3 Today - Jack Thompson's Letter

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Post Morten Civilization IV
8:29 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

GameDaily Biz has posted a post mortem of Civilization IV, developed by Firaxis and ported to the Mac by Aspyr. The post mortem highlights the success the turn based strategy game has had after switching publishers, continuing to keep veteran Civ players happy even after the fourth release of a game, while adding new features to bring in new players.

All that said, Civilization IV has seemingly avoided all the pitfalls and become a big hit with Civilization veterans and rookies. Talking about this, Gilmore said, "It's always a huge challenge to take a successful game and make it even better, while not disrupting all of the features that made it great in the first place. Our team at Firaxis was very successful doing that with Civ III, and with Civ IV we really feel that we've taken the game to a whole new level. With the switch to 3D, some solid new features (like religion), the extensive set of modding tools and the best multiplayer capabilities ever in the series, we've created what may be the most comprehensive version of Civilization ever."
Click on the links below to read the article and to learn more about Civilization IV.

Game Daily Biz: 2K Games' Cradle of Civilization
Civilization IV
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Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space Reviewed
8:29 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Gameshark has posted a review of the PC version of Digital Eel's Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space. The sequel to Strange Adventure in Infinite Space, a turn based space adventure in which players explore a universe in around a half hour, Weird Worlds adds more of everything players loved about the original. The game adds new lore, new creatures, more ship enhancements, and many gameplay improvements. Gameshark gave Weird World a final grade of B.

From the review:

Eventually you'll have to engage the enemy in combat via a 3D real-time combat system much like the first game. During this phase players can direct their ships to attack or retreat or use any universal devices they found along the way to affect the outcome. Combat runs the gamut from simple to downright brutal depending on what race you are going up against, the strength of your ships and what weapons systems you have installed. There's also the ability to ram other vessels, which comes in handy if you have a ship with a strong hull. Finally there's a new event that lets you recover "abandoned ships" - sometimes these ships have weapon systems that you have to destroy first which can be a major or minor detail depending on your own vessel. The result of this or combat in general is a variety of loot which you can use to impact your final score or upgrade your ship. Combat is just as fun as it was in the first game, so players familiar with this series will feel right at home.
A Mac version of Weird Worlds is currently in progress. Follow the link below to read the entire review.

Game Shark: Weird Worlds Review
Digital Eel
Strange Adventures In Infinite Space

Custer Completes Another Desktop
8:29 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

Our resident desktop artist , Brad Custer, brings us another new creation this week. Titled "Complete," this desktop featrures Civilization III: Complete, a turn-based strategy game that started shipping last month from Aspyr Media.

Here's a clip from Brad Custer on his latest:

Since Civilization III: Complete from Aspyr Media started shipping last month, a lot of you have been wanting a desktop for the game. I always enjoy honoring all of your requests so this week I head into the realm of Civilization. With the help of Aspyr Media and my trusty cable modem I was able to create this week's wallpaper.
As always, those interested in downloading his creations can find them at Custer's Desktops.

Custer's Desktops

Mac Games News for Thursday, February 9, 2006

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Enigmo 2 Preview7:47 AM
Intel Macs Running WINE7:47 AM
Lovesick For Azeroth7:47 AM
Myth Players Gallery Reopens7:47 AM
Neverwinter Nights Interview7:47 AM
Postal 2 Patched for Intel Macs7:47 AM
The Sims 2: Nightlife in Alpha7:47 AM
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