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IMG Previews Quake 4
7:39 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 5 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a hands-on preview of Quake 4, the upcoming shooter from id Software and sequel to Quake 2. The game, which is scheduled to ship in March, is being ported to the Mac by Aspyr Media and is currently at the final candidate stage of testing.

Here's a clip from the preview:

Compared to the little red-text communications you received on your PDA in Quake 2, you get plenty of face time with NPCs in Quake 4 to provide background and mission objectives. This advances the story line as you make your way down dark corridors to meet up with yet another sergeant barking profanity at you over your headset. Interaction pretty much ends there, though; you don't actively respond to the NPCs, and your route, while sometimes confused by darkness and twisting hallways, is not open for exploration.
To check out the preview, including four Quicktime movies of the game, follow the link below.

IMG Preview: Quake 4
Aspyr Media
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Macgamestore: Fairies Now Available
10:55 AM | Tuncer Deniz

The wildly popular puzzle game from Big Fish Games, Fairies, is now available from as a digital download for $19.99. A free demo version of the game is available on the web site.

Fairies takes you to a world where legends are true and magic is real. As the most powerful wizard ever known, you are the only hope for a once peaceful land where fairies have been captured by an unknown evil. Complete 100 mesmerizing levels, break the magical spell that traps the fairies inside pictures, and restore justice to this world in need. You will be a hero, and be granted the ultimate power. Use it wisely!

For more, head over to Fairies

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UT2007 Coming to PC This Winter?
7:40 AM | Anthony Wang | 12 comments

Several game and UT-centric websites report Unreal Tournament 2007 may be released this winter for PC. This comes from Midway's conference call, where company officials suggested a winter release of the next generation shooter being developed by Epic. Nonetheless, Midway is the publisher, thus UT2007's final release is up to Epic. On a related note, SelectiveGamers has posted five new screenshots of UT2007.

Please click on the links below to learn more information.

SelectiveGamers: 5 New UT2007 Screenshots
BeyondUnreal: UT2007 Information
Epic Games
Unreal Tournament 3

nVidia Quad SLI and 7900GTX
7:40 AM | Evan Holt | 8 comments has posted an article regarding the release of Quad SLI (Scalable Link Interface) technology on March 22nd from nVidia. Although SLI technology (the ability to run two video cards to increase your graphics performance and visual quality) has not made it to the Mac platform, there are many hopeful fans.

Further exciting news is that the nVidia 7900GTX will be announced soon, the companies new flagship video card. NVIDIA claims the card will provide double the floating point performance of its predecessors.

Daily Tech has lists the specifications for GeForce 7900 GTX as follows:

• PCIe native
• 655MHz core frequency
• 256-bit memory interface
• 52GB/sec. memory bandwidth
• 15B pixels/sec. fill rate
• 1450M vertices/sec.
• 24 pixels per cycle
• Built in twin dual-link DVI support for twin 2560x1600 resolution displays
The initial release will be a two slot design, followed by a single slot design later in the moth, coinciding with the release of the Quad-SLI.

Bit-News: nVidia Quad SLI
DailyTech:nVidia 7900GTX

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Minions Of Mirth Examined
7:39 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

PC Gamezone recently posted a new review of Prairie Games' fantasy RPG Minions of Mirth. The frequently updated game engine features single player, multiplayer, and customized persistent world modes, allowing for both solo and massively multiplayer action. PC Gamezone gave Minions of Mirth 7 out 10.

As for the upside of the game, there are several things working in it's favor. Like the scaled-down version of real time. Looking to the sky you can see the weather change and the day turn into night, which allows for some unique gaming. Often areas in the day time have people walking around or weaker monsters, but when night falls, the more sinister creatures come out and play, and if you aren't careful, you could end your adventuring prematurely. Which will cost you. When you die (not if) you will be restarted near the game's initial starting point minus some experience. Experience is a valuable commodity and even if one of your characters dies they can be brought back to life at a cost of experience. Seems that anytime death is involved, you will lose some.
The full review can be found at the site listed below.

PC Gamezone: Minions of Mirth Reviewed
Prairie Games
Minions of Mirth

QBeez 2 Reviewed
7:39 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room recently posted a review of Skunk Studios' QBeez 2, a colorful block matching game. Players must match as many blocks of the same color as possible to increase their score. A collection of powerups adds variety to the game. The Game Room gave QBeez 2 a score of 4 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

You’ll need to eradicate a certain percentage of the blocks to move on to the next level. You can rotate or shuffle blocks to find better groupings. But be careful—you can only use these powers a few times in each level. Line up two or more power-up blocks and you’ll activate special powers. Colored bombs, for example, destroy all similarly-colored blocks. Line up two or more Clown power-ups and a rodeo clown appears—shaking his thing until a mad bull smashes into the wall and makes the QBeez behind it disappear in a cloud of dust.
To read the full review click on the link below.

Macworld Game Room: QBeez 2 Review
QBeez 2
Skunk Studios

Mac Games News for Friday, February 24, 2006

Macgamestore: Lugaru, MarbleBlast Gold Now Available1:48 PM
IMG Podcast Episode 16 Posted9:12 AM
Final 3.0 Release of Doom 3: Last Man Standing9:11 AM
Aspyr Sets Requirements for Sims 2: Nightlife7:21 AM
Heroes Of Might And Magic V: Haven Heroes Preview7:21 AM
New Stoked Rider Gameplay Movie7:21 AM
WoW News: Priests, Calendars, and Murlocs7:21 AM
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