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Tempus Irae for Aleph One
8:50 AM | IMG News | 12 comments

In a nod to retro Marathon gamers everywhere, the scenario dubbed Tempus Irae has been released for Aleph One. This new and improved version features better hi-resolution textures across the board for this popular mod, along with all-new maps.

Here's the scoop on what's changed in this new version:

Aside from being both Mac and PC compatible, this new release has received a major artistic restoration in the process. Every texture has been recreated - mostly done with Cinema 4D - in hi res splendor. To further enhance the beauty of the game, an additional download is available to add breathtaking hi res landscapes. We couldn't stop there, so all additional Maps created by the members of Nardo, 3rd party Tempus Irae maps, as well as those entered into the Tempus Irae Mapmaking Contest have been converted for use in Aleph One. To insure the package was complete, we converted the original game Read Me files to .pdf's, and have provided a link to the Tempus Irae alternate Music file.
For more information, or to give Tempus Irae a download, check out their site now.

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Macgamestore Launches Free Web Games
3:13 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story, the most popular Mac gaming store on the planet, today launched a new page where gamers can play free web-based games. There are currently 10 web games available including Mystery Case Files: Huntsville, Fish Tycoon and classic clones such as Space Invaders (dubbed Space Vaders for legal reasons) and Asteroids (named Astroys, again, for legal reasons).

To play the free web games, all you need is a Java capable browser such as Safari and Firefox.

Macgamestore will be adding more free web games on a daily basis for the next coming months, so be sure to check back in often

To check out the new page on, follow the link below.

Macgamestore: Free Web Games Page

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IMG Posts Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space Review
1:57 PM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Today, IMG posted a review of Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space, developed by Digital Eel and published by Shrapnel Games. The sequel to Strange Worlds in Infinite Space, Weird Worlds is an open-ended adventure game set in a quirky sci-fi universe. From the review:

In the end, Weird Worlds has enough going on that it's hard not to like something about it. The content and audio are quirky, the graphics are sharp and the game is quick. However, the built-in gameplay options turn out to be pretty thin and replay will really depend on how enamored gamers are with getting the highest possible point total by game's end. Mods breath great life into the title and should provide many ways to extend the lifespan of the title. What I had trouble getting over, though, was just how much of the title is available in the demo. There's virtually nothing left to discover in the full version from the demo beyond longer games (and therefore larger universes). True, the demo only grants gamers access to the pirate class, but that's the most versatile anyway and ship choice has little impact beyond equipment capacity anyway. I found it hard to justify dropping $25 for two ship types and a few items that I may or may not ever encounter anyway. Worth trying for sure, though.
To read then entire review, click the link below.

IMG Review - Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space
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Call Of Duty 2 For Mac Reviewed
8:50 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The latest review from Macworld's Game Room focuses on Call of Duty 2, the World War II first person shooter brought to the Mac by Aspyr Media. The game offers an exciting single player experience as well as the chance to face off against other humans in online play. The Game Room gave CoD 2 a score of 4.5 out of 5 mice.

Call of Duty 2 builds on the strengths of its forebear, and also erases some of the original game’s weaknesses. It sets a high bar when it comes to system requirements, needing a G5 or Intel-based Mac to play, but if your machine makes the grade, you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic game...

One thing that really separates Call of Duty 2 apart from the original game is the dramatically improved artificial intelligence, or AI. Computer-controlled soldiers are almost always around you, both enemies and friends, and they act pretty realistically.

Call of Duty 2 has a new graphics engine that produces some amazing-looking visuals. That’s one of the reasons why the system requirements for Call of Duty 2 are so much higher than before (more on this below). Dynamic weather and lighting conditions also go a long way toward creating a realistic environment—you can use smoke grenades, for example, to obscure the battlefield. That’s a handy trick if you have to move yourself or your troops while enemy gunners are aiming for you.

To read the rest of the review head over to The Game Room at the link listed below.

Macworld Game Room: Call of Duty 2 Review
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Ideas Which Changed Gaming
8:50 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

In a recent feature article reviewed the ideas which have continued to impact game design since their first use. Some of the ideas examined include power ups, hit points, magic spells, sniper weapons, and vehicles. While much of the commentary focuses on console gaming, the impact of these concepts have reached all platforms.

In the early days of videogames, you had two choices... either you could travel on foot, or hitch a ride on a spaceship or sports car. You could never alternate between one or the other in the same game. Taito changed this with Front Line, the first in a long series of overhead military shooters. Front Line introduced a number of innovations to the video game industry, concepts that would later be improved in Capcom's Commando and SNK's Ikari Warriors.

However, the most important of these features was the chance to take command of an abandoned tank lying dormant on the battlefield. Once you climb inside it, this armored military vehicle can crush enemy soldiers that were once fatal to the touch. The tank also changed the feel of the gameplay, giving Front Line the variety that was often lacking in early videogames. This variety is even more pronounced in recent titles like Microsoft's Halo 2. Thanks to an advanced physics engine, the Warthog really feels like a rugged all-terrain vehicle, racing through grassy fields and leaping over hills at speeds that Master Chief never could on foot.

To read the rest of the article follow the link below. Playing With Power

Custer Takes Cars For A Drive
8:50 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

Never one to shirk his youngest fan, Custer's Desktop for the week features the kid-friendly title Cars. Based directly off of the popular Pixar movie currently in theaters, Cars Radiator Springs Adventures the game from THQ presents players with a series of mini-games that allows you to gear up for the big race.

This week I decided to honor the request of my smallest fan. He happened to see the movie, Cars, this past weekend and really wanted a cool wallpaper for his computer. I was more than honored to meet this request. So, with the help of THQ, Disney and with some broadband access I was able to create this week's wallpaper.

As always, those interested in downloading will find multiple resolutions available at Custer's Desktops.

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*DAMN Battle League XIV Begins
8:50 AM | Anthony Wang | 1 comment

The long running *DAMN Battle League, now in its sixth year of operation has announced Season XIV will begin June 22, 2006 and registration will be open until July 13, 2006. Furthermore, a new challenge system will replace the schedules and new admins have been added to the existing group.

In addition, *DAMN is also hosting a tournament based on the results of Season XIV for Ghost Recon and Raven Shield.

Beginning back in 2000, the *DAMN Battle League has offered competition in tactical Mac games. This season provides competition in Ghost Recon, America's Army, and Raven Shield. Of these games, Ghost Recon features three ladders (Adv, CQB, FFA), and Raven Shield features two ladders (Adv, CQB).

Please follow the links below to learn more information.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, June 15, 2006

Gamehouse Releases Caribbean Mah Jong9:26 AM
Doom 3 For Mac Reviewed8:45 AM
Starcraft And Diablo To Follow In WoW's Footsteps?8:45 AM
Ambrosia's Redline Inches Towards Release8:44 AM
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