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Thursday, March 30, 2006

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Shadowbane Developer To Close Doors
7:41 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Several websites are reporting that Wolfpack Studios, developer of the MMORPG Shadowbane, has been closed down by parent company Ubisoft. On his blog Wolfpack Community Manager Shane Dahlberg confirmed the reports, saying Ubisoft intends to refocus its efforts on the console market. There is no word yet on the fate of Shadowbane.

Yes, the rumor is true: I am looking for a new job. No, I did not get fired. Nor am I the only one looking for a job. We were recently informed that as of mid-May 2006, the doors of Wolfpack Studios will be closing. Ubisoft, our parent company, will be refocusing their efforts on the console market with the new fiscal year, what with the new systems coming to market such as the X-box 360, PS3, and the Nintendo GO! (or so the rumors call it lately). This is not an unheard of practice; many game publishing companies tend to put a majority of their efforts into development of games for new systems. It is best to strike when the iron is hot, as the saying goes.

What does this mean for Shadowbane? Truth be told, I really don't know. I wish I did because I don't only work on the game, I play it too. Once I do know something and can officially state as much, I'll let you all know.

To read more check out the links below. Wolfpack Closure
Ashen Temper: Shane Dahlberg's Blog
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Macgamestore: Rally Shift Now Available
2:30 PM | Tuncer Deniz

CodeBlender's classic rally racing game, Rally Shift is now available as a digital download purchase from The game is available for $25.

In Rally Shift you get to drive high performance rally cars on a variety of rally courses. Compete against hard to beat computer drivers on both dirt roads and paved roads through forests, windy mountain passes and desert. Two players can also compete against each other on the same computer.

For more, including a free demo, follow the link below.

MGS: Rally Shift

Tuncer's Blog: An Apple A Day For 30 Years
2:28 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG's founder, Tuncer Deniz, in this week's blog talks about his experience with the new Intel iMac, a possible solution to the whole Havok fiasco, an thoughts on Apple's 30th birthday. To check out Tuncer's Blog, follow the link below.

IMG Feature: Tuncer's Blog

Galactica A.D. 3 Goes Gold
10:57 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 6 comments

Monkey Byte Development and Sacred Tree Software have announced that Galactica Anno Dominari 3: Fog Of War has gone gold. Game play in Galactica is a matter of building starships, and using those ships to colonize the galaxy, protect your territory, and defeat the other players in combat. Your level of technology is crucial. Higher levels of technology allow your ships to move faster, and give them an advantage in combat over ships with lower tech levels.

A free demo of Galactica A.D. 3 will be available soon.

Glactica A.D. 3

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Unity 1.2.2 Released
9:55 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Over the Edge Entertainment released Unity 1.2.2 as a free update to their 3D game authoring package.

There are many Windows-only additions, however the main new Mac feature is in regards to Universal Binaries. With 1.2.2, any standalone or web based games that are created with Unity 1.2.2 are Universal Binaries.

New Features:

• Added screen-selector on Windows
• Windows Standalone players now only contain an executable and a Data folder. • Dlls have been moved into the Data folder
• Added improved resolution handling on Windows
• Improved joystick support on Windows
• Performance improvements across the board
• Screen.SetResolution can now set the refreshRate

For a complete list of what is new (including bugfixes) visit the Unity web page using the link below.

Unity 1.2.2
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Quake 4 Reviewed
7:41 AM | Cord Kruse | 8 comments

A recent review from Gaming Excellence examines the PC version of Quake 4, the latest in the popular first person shooter series. Q4 drops players into the combat boots of Matthew Kane who is engaged in a battle to the death with the villainous Strogg. Gaming Excellence gave Quake 4 a score of 7.9 out of 10.

From the review:

Speaking of yelling, those superior officers sure do know how to get your butt in gear. The voice acting itself is phenomenal; every character has something to say. Whether they are muttering over a recent command decision, complaining at the shoddy equipment, or simply talking over you, the environments are alive with activity. The sheer volume of dialogue presented is impressive, and the fact that it’s voiced well is an added bonus. Besides the dialogue, sound effects themselves are also well presented, gunfire and shells exploding, communications equipment, and equipment trudging along the ground adds ambience to the overall environmental feel.
The Mac version of Quake 4 should be available soon from Aspyr Media. To read the full review click on the links below.

Gaming Excellence: Quake 4 Review
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Apple Games Features The Sims 2: Nightlife
7:41 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Apple's game section has a new feature on the Sims 2 expansion pack The Sims 2: Nightlife from Aspyr.

So what happens when you score a date (or employ the Gypsy Matchmaker’s services)? As in real life, the pressure is on to make a good impression. Unlike real life, the new Date Meter monitors your progress. Your date’s wants and fears will help you choose the evening’s activities. Hit a home run and your Sim might receive flowers or a card the next day. Leave a sour taste in your partner’s mouth and your Sim may be the recipient of some, shall we say, less-than-pleasant gifts.
System Requirements:
• Full version of The Sims 2
• Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher
• 1.2GHz PowerPC G4 processor or higher
• 256MB of RAM (512MB recommended)
• 32MB video RAM (ATI Radeon 9000 or NVIDIA GeForce FX5200 or better video card)
• 2GB hard disk space
• DVD drive

To read the entire feature, check out Apple's Game section using the link below.
The Sims 2:Nightlife was recently given 4/5 in a review from MacWorld and is available for pre-order for $34.95 from the Mac Game Store.

Apple Games: The Sims 2: Nightlife
MGS: PreOrder The Sims 2: Nightlife
The Sims 2: Nightlife
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Macgamestore: March Madness Sale, Feeding Frenzy2:55 PM
IMG Reviews A Tale in the Desert12:17 PM
Kill Monty Updated To 1.0.511:51 AM
Civilization III Complete Reviewed11:50 AM
More HoMM V Hero Previews11:50 AM
Stoked Rider PC Goes Gold, Mac Version Soon11:48 AM
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