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Lugaru 2 Development Update
9:06 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

The Wolfire Software development blog has been updated once again by David Rosen to reflect progress on Lugaru 2. This latest update features high dynamic range lighting and motion blur which can be seen in new three screenshots. Lugaru 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to Lugaru: The Rabbit's Foot, a unique action/fighting game.

I just added fast approximations of motion blur and high-dynamic-range lighting. Motion blur blurs the camera image appropriately in response to really fast movements; this is not the same video echo effect used in Lugaru 1 for slow-motion. High-dynamic-range lighting lets us have pixels that are brighter than pure white, so that they ‘bloom’ onto surrounding pixels.
Although Lugaru 2 is still in development, Lugaru: The Rabbit's Foot is available from the MacGameStore. Please click on the links below to go the development blog and to learn more information.

Wolfire Software Development Blog
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IMG Posts Call of Duty 2 First Look
12:47 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 4 comments

IMG has posted a first look preview of Call of Duty 2. Due later this Spring, Call of Duty 2 in the sequel to the award-winning WWII shooter, Call of Duty.

Here's a clip from the preview

Unless you're new to gaming or were wandering around lost in the Amazon for the last decade, you should be well aware of the fact that World War II-based first-person shooters have grown in popularity to the point where they have almost become victims of their own success. Even before I had heard of Call of Duty, I felt almost as comfortable on the beaches of Normandy as I did in my own home, and I had shot enough Krauts to send them running to the EU for protection. I could name almost every piece of hand-held weaponry that was used during the war, and can probably identify most of them by sound alone. I mention this so that when I say that the original Call of Duty stands out among all of the other WWII games of its time, looking like Jessica Simpson at the Apollo, I want you to understand my full meaning.
Those unfamiliar with the sequel to the popular WWII first-person shooter should definitely check it out.

IMG First Look Preview: Call of Duty 2
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Macgamestore: Solavant Now Available
10:07 AM | Tuncer Deniz

Smallware's Solavant is now available as a digital download purchase from for $27. A free demo is available on the web page.

Solitaire is a mental challenge, not a mindless diversion. Why make it easy? For those who enjoy the satisfaction of a game well played, Solavant is hard. No easy games, stacked shuffles, hints, cheats or hollow victories. It's just you versus the cards. Challenge yourself with computer solitaire that's easy to use yet does absolutely nothing to help you win. Work your mind - play your Solavant!

• Keep up the challenge with 160 different types of strategic solitaire.
• Measure your skill with statistics, timer and scoring.
• Play easily with limited auto play, undo and in-game rules.
• Get every Solavant improvement with free upgrades.
• Experience the satisfaction of winning solitaire games without any help.
Head over to to check out Solavant and the free demo.

Macgamestore: Solavant

Massively Multiplayer Gaming In The Multiverse
9:08 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

The universe of massively multiplayer online games may be expanding if new company Multiverse is successful in its plans. Founded by a group of former Netscape employees the company intends to offer free development technology to companys interested in creating their own MMOs. This, Multiverse hopes, will significantly reduce development costs and allow for a larger variety of games."It's very difficult and expensive to build a World of Warcraft today, and the virtual worlds that do exist offer gated communities," said Corey Bridges, co-founder, executive producer and marketing director at Multiverse. "You can't jump from Star Wars Galaxies to World of Warcraft without paying multiple subscription fees and content cannot be shared across worlds."

That's all about to change with Multiverse, which offers game developers, Hollywood studios and any IP owner the opportunity to create an MMO game for a fraction of the cost (as little as $10,000) and in a shorter time frame (as much as one to two years off the current development cycle).The technology powering the games will be similar to a web browser in that once a customer installs it on their computer they will be able to play any MMO built on the platform. The company expects around a dozen titles to be available by the end of this year, including some games designed to tie in with movie and television productions.

A quick scan of the FAQ on Multiverse's site reveals that both Linux and Macintosh versions of the software are in the works. To learn more about Multiverse, including director James Cameron's connection with the project, follow the links below.

GameDailybiz: Multiverse Looks To Expand Online Games

MacWorld Examines Mac mini + Graphics
9:08 AM | Anthony Wang | 9 comments

As a few of our readers are already discussing in the IMG forums, MacWorld has posted new benchmarks for the recently announced Intel-based Mac minis. The new Mac minis features faster processors, improved connectivity, and for the first time ever, a graphics card using shared memory. MacWorld tested the Mac mini on common applications, professional software, and Unreal Tournament 2004.

One change to the Mac mini’s architecture appears even more controversial than the processor swap: The switch from ATI’s Radeon 9200 graphics with dedicated memory to integrated Intel graphics that use 64MB of system memory have some users up in arms. And while the debate continues, Macworld’s initial results show the new minis lagging behind their predecessors in Unreal Tournament 2004 by a couple of frames per second.
See the results for yourself by clicking on the link below.

MacWorld: Mac mini Benchmarks

Gamepedia 2.0 Now Universal
9:07 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story's Gamepedia has been updated to version 2.0, introducing a Universal Binary version for the first time. Gamepedia is a game cataloging application designed to keep track of video and computer games. A variety of organization and search options are available as well as the ability to download more information about the cataloged games from various online sites.

Here's the entire list of changes in the 2.0 update:

• Included new spotlight plug-in version 1.2 that is Universal Binary to support Intel Macs.
• Brand new speedy framework.
• New library independent collections.
• Autofill feature extended to include editing in the table view.
• Autofill feature is case insensitive for easier matching
• Added ESRB Rating to default autofill values.
• Install and uninstall widget menu command.
• Highlight in collection view changed to a dark blue highlight.
• Number of items in collection can be shown in collection column.
• Remove quotations from tab or coma delimited imports with quotations.
• Included new widget version 1.1 that is Universal Binary to support Intel Macs.
• Updated the info view templates and added two new ones: Mint and Collection.
• Bug fix: setting My Rating on multiple entries to bigger than 0 with the edit multiple field.
• Bug fix: Editing discs in multiple edit would check mark multiplayer field for edit instead of discs.
Gamepedia costs $18 to register. A free upgrade is available to registered users. For more information head over to the Gamepedia web page at the link below.


Mythic Adventure Released
9:07 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

On Friday Sakura Games announced the release of Mythic Adventure, a new puzzle game in which players fill up a playing board with the pieces provided to finish a level. Every five levels players face off against various heroes and creatures from Greek mythology in a word game. Some of the legendary foes players will face include Chiron, Zeus.

From the Sakura Games site:

Take a journey into the ancient greek myths: Mythic Adventure is a puzzle game with a mythological flavour and a simple but addictive gameplay. The main goal is indeed very simple: just pick up a piece from those sliding in the bottom part of the screen and place it on the board to fill the empty cells: once all the cells are filled, you have finished the level. You must act quickly though because each level has a time limit.

If you pick up a piece that you don't like, simply drop it in the drop box, at the cost of a little time penalty. Remember also to watch those butterfly that are constantly flying over the screen: clicking them will fill some spots automatically! Remember also to collect coins to buy even more special bonuses to help you finish the level in time.

To learn more about Mythic Adventure click on the link below.

Mythic Adventure
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Gaming On The Mac Mini
9:06 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

In a recent article, Macworld's Game Room examined Apple's Intel based Mac Mini. The article examines the strengths and weaknesses of the Mini's hardware, covers the controversial integrated graphics issue, and discusses changes in Apple's Mac Mini advertising.

But Apple’s new Web site for the Mac mini says this:

"The Intel GMA950 graphics supports Tiger Core Graphics and the latest 3D games."

And frankly, that’s an assertion I dispute. Tiger Core Graphics? Sure. The latest 3D games? Probably not so much. We can play semantic arguments until we’re blue in the face about what “latest 3D games” means. But it seems like a lot of our readers, judging from the forum posts made this week, have higher expectations than what our initial tests are showing as possible for this machine.

I’ll be the first to tell people that if they want a gaming Mac, they’re much better off looking at an Intel iMac or even a MacBook Pro. With each additional Universal Binary game we’re getting, we’re seeing great performance on both these machines.

To read the entire article head over to the Game Room at the link below.

Macworld Game Room: Mac Mini From A Gamer's Perspective

Mac Games News for Friday, March 3, 2006

Macgamestore: Pre-Order Command & Conquer Generals Deluxe2:40 PM
IMG Reviews 101 Bally Slots2:05 PM
World of Warcraft 1.10 Patch Notes & Contests1:36 PM
GameRanger 4.5 Released7:18 AM
Minions of Mirth Reviewed7:18 AM
King's Bounty: Inspiring Heroes Of Might And Magic7:17 AM
WoW News: Caption Contest, Atlas For Sale, Guide Update7:17 AM
First Intel Mac Mini Benchmark Trickles In7:16 AM
Quake 4 Interview7:16 AM
Custer On The Mend7:15 AM
More On Universal Neverwinter Nights7:15 AM
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