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Thursday, April 13, 2006

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The Sims 2 Universal Binary Patch Released
8:09 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 13 comments

Aspyr Media has released the Universal Binary patch for the best-selling game, The Sims 2. The patch will fully update any previous version of The Sims 2 to version 1.0 Rev D. This patch provides Universal support for Sims 2 and provides fixes for several minor issues.

Here's a complete list of fixes:

- Adds native Intel support
- Fixes a problem rotating Sims with the mouse in Create-A-Sim mode
- Prevents The Sims 2 and Body Shop from running at the same time
- Adds the "Optimized Rendering" option to non-English preferences dialogs
- Fixes a crash on quit under OS/X 10.4 with certain NVIDIA adapters
- In window mode, prevents selecting a window size equal to or larger than the screen size
- Fixes a problem running the game inside a folder having extended ASCII characters in the name
- Disables the preferences menu after the game is running since nothing can be changed anyway
- Zoom function now works with the "Mighty Mouse" scroll ball
- Corrects terrain colors in the neighborhood overview
To download the 30 MB patch, head over to

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Macgamestore: Two New MacPlay Titles In Stock
11:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz

Two of MacPlay's latest titles are now available at including Jewel Quest and Mah Jong Quest. Each are available for $24.95.

In Jewel Quest, you explore the ancient ruins of Mayan civilization while discovering hidden treasures and priceless artifacts. In this unique new take on the classic-style matching game, you must rearrange valuable relics to turn sand tiles into gold. As you venture deeper into the jungle, you will encounter increasingly difficult puzzles containing secret twists, cursed items, and buried artifacts.

In Mah Jong Quest, Kwazi needs your help! Three terrible dragons have appeared without warning, wreaking havoc on the once peaceful village. With the guidance of twelve spiritual animals, solve the mysteries of the ancient tiles to restore balance to the Empire. You must find and match Yin and Yang to proceed through each of the 60 puzzles. This is your destiny, this is Kwazi's Quest.

Macgamestore: Jewel Quest
Macgamestore: Mah Jong Quest

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IMG Reviews the MacBook Pro
11:18 AM | IMG News | 8 comments

IMG has just put the finishing touches on its review of the MacBook Pro. Taking a look at the 2.16 GHz model, we take a look at some of the new features, game performance, and early impressions of Boot Camp.

I think I did some kind of crazy war dance when the MacBook finally arrived, much to the amusement of my mail carrier. Apple certainly knows how to make an impression – not only was the box the MacBook came in eye-catching, but even the styrofoam packaging was designer, embossed with a pattern and the words "MacBook Pro," as if Apple wanted to make sure I knew exactly what I had blown nearly three grand on.
Our full review is available via the link below.

IMG - MacBook Pro Review

Apple Updates Hot Deals
11:18 AM | Tuncer Deniz

Publishing Perfection has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including: the Image Library REAL Collection stock photography images from Ingram Publishing for only $249.00; StockLayouts for Adobe InDesign Vol. 4, agency-quality templates for marketing materials for only $485.95; get the power of Hollywood-style blue/green screen compositing on your desktop with Cinematte for Photoshop from Nova Design for only $189.95; affordable and accurate digital camera and scanner profiling software, inCamera 3.1 Plug-in for Photoshop, from Pictographics for only $159.95; get the Stamina Collection Gold Photoshop plugins (includes Textissimo special effects; Squizz distortion effects plugins; and PhotoSpray textures) from Human Software for only $269.95; and much more.

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CG_01 Arcade Shooter Beta Released
10:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Charlie's Games has released CG_01, a fast paced arcade shooter inspired by classics like Robotron and Tempest 2000. Veiwed from a top-down perspective, CG_01 allows for a true 360º shoot-em-up experience with all of your enemies in veiw at all times, it's easy to see and, more importantly, shoot them into tiny little pieces.

The game features particle explosions, masses of enemy bullets, and beautiful feedback effects combined with power-ups, score multipliers, collectable friendly ships, laser upgrades and un-lockable bonus games.

To check out the beta, including screenshots and QuickTime movies, follow the link below.

Charlie's Games

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World of Warcraft Accounts Banned, Professions Guide Page Up
9:49 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Demonstrating their typically aggressive stance regarding cheating, Blizzard has posted numbers for their most recent round of World of Warcraft account banning and suspensions. Since the introduction of the 1.10 patch, over 5400 accounts have been banned, while an additional 10,700 have been suspended for various ToU violations. They add that many of the actions taken are a direct result of the numerous tips their GMs have received from other players via email or in-game, and encourage players to continue to report suspicious activity.

In other WoW news, the official WoW site has added a new Profession Guide Links page. Gathering links to documents created by WoW players, the page offers guides to everything from Cooking to Tailoring. Players who wish to submit their own guides or report errors can do so via a provided email link in the Community Site FAQ.

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Duke Nukem Forever Status Check
9:49 AM | Eddie Park | 8 comments

Gamasutra notes an article published in the May 2006 issue of Computer Games Magazine that discusses, among other things, the current state of Duke Nukem Forever. A game that has been in questionable development almost a decade now, DNF has managed to achieve a certain notoriety for its seemingly eternal incompleteness.

The title was apparently run for CGM at 3D Realms' studios and was described as being mainly "pieces of a game in progress and tech demos." Included in the pieces were a vehicle sequence, an early level, and a few rooms.

One interesting note is that publisher Take-Two is apparently still willing to invest rather heavily in the DN franchise:

A recently reported-on Take-Two financial filing shows that the game's long-time publisher has significant interest in the game's completion date, noting: "One other notable payment was the renegotiation of a $6 million charge due [to former publisher GT Interactive, now owned by Atari] upon delivery of the final PC version of Duke Nukem Forever back in March 2005. The epic delay of 3D Realms' shooter has meant that $4.25 million of the final milestone payment has already been paid, alongside the promise of a final $500,000 upon the commercial release of Duke Nukem Forever prior to December 31, 2006."
As has been noted many times in the past, DNF is still treading water, and may actually see some point.

Gamasutra - Broussard Updates Duke Nukem Forever Status

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Battle for Wesnoth Featured in Online Magazine
8:09 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Free Software Magazine has posted an article on the game Battle for Wesnoth a fantasy-themed turn-based strategy game.

"We downloaded it for a review, and our magazine become our priority number 2. It is so addictive."
The two page overview covers all aspects of the game and is recommended.
Wesnoth is well worth trying out. The game is interactive, community orientated and has a rich set of features. A layman given enough time can make, via the help of tools, new scenarios and campaigns. The battle for Wesnoth is thus a living entity slowly expanding through the energy of its online community. I expect it to become more successful and look forward to playing version 2 with a mature set of tools for campaign generation.
If you have never played Battle for Wesnoth, be sure to check out the following link for a detailed description (and lots of screenshots). You can also download it from Mac Games Files using the link below. Battle for Wesnoth requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later and is freeware.

Free Software Magazine: Battle for Wesnoth
MGF: Battle for Wesnoth 1.0.2
Battle For Wesnoth

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Islands Mini Golf Reviewed
8:09 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Macworld's Game Room recently reviewed Islands Mini Golf 1.4 from Danlab Games. Islands gives miniature golfing fans the chance to play through 90 holes over a total of five 3D courses, each with a distinct look and feel. The Game Room gave Islands Mini Golf 4.5 out of 5 mice.

The game features its own custom soundtrack—which is fabulous—and adequate sound effects. It also features absolutely gorgeous graphics that really help set the tone for the game. A new feature in the 1.4 update adds water shaders for OS X 10.4 users, so the water that surrounds the island (and often figures into traps and hazards) has a shimmering, wavy quality that’s quite beautiful. This replaces a more simple translucent shader that is still an option—useful if your Mac isn’t fast enough or doesn’t have good enough graphics hardware to make the most of the game’s ability. Minimum system requirements call for a 400MHz G4 processor and OS X 10.3, so older systems should be able to play. Just in case, there’s a downloadable demo you can try out to see for yourself.
To read the full review and learn more about the game follow the links below.

Macworld Game Room: Islands Mini Golf Review
Islands Mini-Golf
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Heroes Of Might And Magic V Previewed
8:09 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

With the release of the PC version of Heroes of Might and Magic V drawing near more previews are beginning to appear. Celestial Heavens' preview takes an in-depth look at the game from the perspective of a fan of the HoMM series. Celestial Heavens calls HoMM V "the best Heroes game ever."

Let me tell you, even on normal difficulty level this is a game where you will need to hire troops. You will NOT succeed with # III tactics: upgrading Archers to Marksmen or Gremlins to Master Gremlins and clear most mines and stuff with 2 dozens of Marksmen or a couple dozens MGs and some bodyguards. The monster stacks are too massive for that and all monsters of all levels (with few exceptions) may prove difficult to deal with and inflict the dreaded LOSSES. That’s why you need to hire. You MUST put money into creatures, otherwise you are dead. Which is great. There are only three difficulty levels and the highest will still let you start with 10000 gold and assorted resources, which might make people frown, who are used to play maps on impossible difficulty, but since neutral stacks grow with difficulty level there will come the point when you will regret spending that 2000 Gold chest on experience instead saving the money.
Freeverse Software is currently working on the Mac version of HoMM V. To read the full preview click on the link below.

Celestial Heavens: HoMM V Preview
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Macgamestore: Sveerz Deluxe Now Available1:02 PM
IMG Reviews N-Ball12:56 PM
American History Lux Released9:00 AM
Barefeats Shootout: XP vs OS X7:23 AM
Burning Crusade Monsters Revealed7:23 AM
Heroes Of Might And Magic V Previewed7:23 AM
World of Warcraft 1.10.1 Patch Notes7:23 AM
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