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Atari Explains End Of Support For NWN
7:48 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

In response to questions about their decision to drop support for Neverwinter Nights and its premium module content, Atari's PR department has issued a reply to FiringSquad. Avoiding direct mention of the premium modules axed by their decision, a central aspect of fan outrage, the response has been described by fans as more of a press release for the upcoming Neverwinter Nights 2.

Here's a bit of Atari's response:

The vast majority of Neverwinter Nights mods in development are by the mod community, and the current and future development of modules, conversions or add-ons planned for Neverwinter Nights will continue to be supported.

Atari understands the importance and popularity of the mod community, which has supported the Neverwinter Nights franchise for years. Atari remains as committed to the franchise and the growing members of the community as ever and we’ve still got quite a bit more news in-store for everyone between now and September. Our goal is to make Neverwinter Nights 2 one of the most compelling RPG experiences seen in years by also making it one of the most mod-friendly games ever.

Check out IMG's earlier coverage for more about Atari's decision. Head on over to FiringSquad at the link below to read the rest of the response.

FiringSquad: Atari Responds
IMG: NWN Support Pulled By Atari
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IMG Reviews Lumox 2
3:08 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Laser Pirate Squad's Lumox 2. Here's a clip from the review:

The premise of Lumox 2 is the same as the original. By rotating blocks as they fall, you must align the colors of the falling 2x2 square blocks so that you get at least one 2x2 block of all the same color before you reach the bottom. Connecting more 2x2 blocks to any matching 4x4 color block will yield even more points. A sweeping line comes across the screen at ever decreasing time intervals. Whatever blocks you have lined up by the time the line touches them disappear, allowing the blocks on top of them to fall towards the bottom. Simple, no?
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Lumox 2
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Apple Posts Latest Hot Deals
1:39 PM | Tuncer Deniz

CDW Mac Warehouse has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including; make a dad or grad happy with the Canon EOS Rebel XT 8.0 megapixel digital SLR kit with 18-55mm zoom lens for only $799.99 after $100 mail-in rebate!; print your photos on the HP PhotoSmart 7850 six-ink color inkjet printer for only $119.99; for a limited time get a FREE Logitech MX 1000 Laser Cordless Mouse with the purchase of Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium Upgrade for only $579.99!; Wacom Intuos3 6"x8" digitizer with mouse and stylus for only $324.99!; capture graduation directly to hard drive with the Sony DCR SR100 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder for only $869.99!; get the Sennheiser behind the neck binaural headset designed specifically to work with Mac OS X! Great for internet telephony and VoIP-based applications for only $93.99!; and much more.

Sweetwater Sound has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including; get free shipping w/the purchase of the Beyerdynamic MMX-1 USB Headset with noise-cancelling condenser microphone for only $99.97; get the most from your Pro Tools system with the Secrets of the Pros Pro Tools DVD: Volume 1 for only $39.95!; need intuitive drum software for music production? Get the new Toontrack EZ Drummer for only $161.97!; do you need a compact guitar amp that packs a big punch; comes with 6-DSP effects; COSM Amp Modeling and a new Digital Tuning Fork; and a choice of battery or AC power? Get the Roland Micro Cube-R limited edition red battery-powered portable amplifier for only $125.97!; guitarist who need monster sound need the Zoom G9.2tt twin tube monster guitar processor with USB interface for only $399.97!; and much more.

MacWorld: Put gaming focus on Macs, not iPods
1:01 PM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Peter Cohen from MacWorld has posted an interesting article entitled "Put gaming focus on Macs, not iPods". This is in response to recent rumors that Apple has hired programmers to create downloadable games for the iPod.

While all this iPod-related speculation is going on, Mac gaming finds itself in trouble. Big trouble. People just aren’t buying a lot of games for their Macs. The reasons for this are myriad—piracy, the perception of the Mac as a machine for work instead of play, limited retail availability, long wait times for Mac ports, lack of Mac-compatible middleware, and so forth. Boot Camp—which lets you install and run Windows XP on an Intel Mac, making it possible to play PC games—isn’t helping, either.
Apple has the power to make or break the Mac gaming market and only time will tell if the rumors and their strategy will work.

To read the entire article, follow the link below to Macword.

MacWorld: Put gaming focus on Macs, not iPods

Another Ambrosia Apeiron Interview
12:02 PM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

The O'Reilly Mac DevCenter blog has posted an interview with Ambrosia Software's, Matt Slot on continuing development of older games such as Apeiron X. O'Reilly and Matt discuss Apeiron's transition from obscurity on the ancient 68k Macs to the new Intel Macs.

So Apple’s done good by developers when orchestrating these mass migrations. “Without a doubt, we couldn’t have done this without Apple’s commitment to backwards compatibility,” agrees Matt. “If every major transition in the platform required a top-down rewrite, there is no way we could maintain and upgrade our catalog of games.”
Please click on the links below to read the rest of the interview and to learn more information.

O'Reilly: Port Everything! More on Apeiron
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Heroes of Might and Magic V Examined
7:48 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

The flood of reviews for the PC version of Heroes of Might and Magic V continues with a recent examination of the title by Yahoo! Games. The latest in the long running fantasy themed turn based strategy series introduces 3D graphics and a few gameplay twists to the familiar mix. Yahoo! Games gave HoMM V a score of 3.5 out of 5.

From the review:

This isn't a dynamic strategy game like Civilization . As with the previous games, there are no random maps and the scenarios are often laid out like puzzles. You won't interact with the other heroes until late in a game. At the default level, the AI players are clumsy, but at least they're aggressive and moderately competent, which is considerably more than the last Heroes game offered. Unfortunately, there's no scenario editor in Heroes V , so don't count on fan-made maps just yet.

As a multiplayer game, you can play skirmishes with pre-set heroes and armies, or you can set up full games. There's an option to enable "ghosts", which allow more interaction during the early game. These ghosts give each player something to do during the downtime when other players are taking their turns. You can power your ghost up and then use it to explore the map, curse other players' heroes, protect your own hero, or take control of neutral units during battles. There's even some ghost vs. ghost interplay. It's a clever idea that adds, almost literally, a whole new level to the Heroes series.

The Mac version of HoMM V is currently in progress at Freeverse Software. The rest of the review can be found at the site listed below.

Yahoo! Games: HoMM V Review
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Legion Arena Reviewed
7:48 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Slitherine's Legion Arena has received another review, this time from Strategy Informer. The game drops players into the Roman Era and gives them control of an army. To succeed they must keep their troops alive long enough to gain experience and new abilities. Calling the game unique and addicting Strategy Infromer recommended Legion Arena to fans of the RTS genre.

From the review:

So exactly what gives this a twist? Well after each battle your troops gain experience, which isn’t that different than many other titles by now except that you choose the units specific upgrade. Like many RPG games that offer feats for your character, a similar way is presented here. So a group of militia could gain 'Block', an ability that adds a bonus +3 to defence for instance, or 'Anti-Infantry Specialist' which gives juicy attack bonuses when they face infantry.

This mechanic gives a great way to create really specialised units for specific battles, so if you face a cavalry heavy foe then break out the anti-cavalry hordes you’ve nurtured. To help even more you can customise units to easily let you identify what they are, so associating colours with abilities can be a big help.

Freeverse Software is in the process of bringing Legion Arena to the Mac. The rest of the review can be found at the link below.

Strategy Informer: Legion Arena Review
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Animamundi Comes To Macs
7:48 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Hirakemi International has released a Mac version of Animamundi, a Japanese "visual novel" with a gothic horror theme. The tale revolves around Count Georik Zaberisk's venture into the dark arts as he struggles to restore the health of his sister. Set in a fictional Eastern European town, Animamundi features vampires, alchemists, and the demon Mephistopheles. Although players are given chances to direct the course of the story at certain key points, the tale unfolds through still images and animation.

Not a tale for the kiddies, Animamundi has a recommended age range of 17 and up. The Mac version is compatible with systems running OS 9.1 through 10.4.

To learn more about the computer based novel click on the links below.

Anime Play PC: Animamundi
Macworld: Animamundi Explained

Mac Games News for Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Macgamestore: Crystal Cave Gold Now Available2:06 PM
A Visit To The Teddy Factory7:56 AM
Apple Notebooks Face Off In Games7:56 AM
Applelinks: Mystic Inn7:56 AM
Flip or Flop Home Edition Review7:56 AM
Heroes V Review7:56 AM
Quake 4 Reviewed7:56 AM
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