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Friday, June 23, 2006

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IMG Podcast LIVE! This Sunday Afternoon
6:00 AM | Blake Buck | 5 comments

This afternoon, IMG will host another episode of it's newest feature, the IMG Podcast LIVE! The IMG Podcast recording will now be broadcasted live via a shoutcast streaming audio server and feature an active chat. This allows listeners to participate in the show in real-time. We'll even be taking a call or two via Skype.

To listen to the show, simply download the following audio file:

Double-click it to launch in iTunes and connect to the audio stream. The show starts at 4:00 PM Eastern (1:00 PM Pacific) [9:00 PM UK], and we'll be playing some of your favorite Apple hits beforehand as well.

To participate in the live chat, launch iChat, click file, select "Go to Chat..", and type "imglive" in the box. If you'd like to call into the show via Skype, just send a message to "imgpodcast", or dial 231-HEAT-D-GO from any regular phone.

For fans of the classic podcast, fear not. After the live show's finished it will be availble for download via the podcast feed the day after.

So be sure to bring your heat to the table, because you've got a hot date tonight...

IMG Podcast Episode 25

Macgamestore: Pocket Tanks Available, Civ IV Ships Next Week
5:42 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 2 comments

The wildly-popular artillery game, Pocket Tanks, is now available at as a digital download purchase for $15.99. A demo of the game is available for download on the web site.

The fastest game of artillery you'll ever play. Pocket Tanks is designed to be easy to learn, and fun to master. All the excitement of lobbing projectiles over a mound of dirt without all the complicated details found in most artillery games. Select your angle, power, and fire over 30 distinct weapons at your opponent. There is an innovative Weapon Shop to keep the game moving fast and a Target Practice mode for experimenting with all the weapons "no holds barred!" To check out Pocket Tanks, follow the link below.

In related news, Aspyr's Civilization IV will begin shipping next week. Be sure to place your pre-order today!

With Sid Meier's Civilization IV, history as you know it, is history. Rule throughout time and create your own legacy as you guide your civilization from the dawn of man through the space age and beyond. Implement new technologies,conduct diplomacy or wage war to grow your society and become the most powerful leader the world has ever known.

Macgamestore: Pocket Tanks
Macgamestore: Civilization IV

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IMG Reviews Airline Tycoon Deluxe
5:34 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Airline Tycoon Deluxe. Here's a clip from the review:

The game under scrutiny here is Airline Tycoon Deluxe, a slightly expanded version of Airline Tycoon, released clearly in the declining phase of the tycoon genre (1999). Despite never reaching any top-ten position on game sales charts throughout the world, it sold surprisingly well. It did so well that the developers, a tiny German company named Spellbound, promptly released two expansion packs (First Class: Jan. 2001, Evolution: Sept. 2002), each one marginally expanding the original game with things such as new airplanes and additional scripted missions. Airline Tycoon Deluxe is a compilation of all the expansion packs in addition to the original game, brought together in one handy package.
To check out the entire review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Airline Tycoon Deluxe
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Apple Posts New Deals
2:17 PM | Tuncer Deniz

J&R Computerworld has deals on a wide variety of Mac products including: see the big picture with the Samsung SyncMaster 930B 19" TFT LCD display for only $289 after $50.00 mail-in rebate!; talk trash when gaming online with the Plantronics DSP-400 digitally-enhanced USB foldable stereo headset for only $42.99!; keep important data and passwords with you at all times with the SanDisk 512MB USB 2.0 Cruzer Mini for only $29.99!; print your special moments anywhere anytime with the Epson PictureMate Express Edition photo printer for only $69.99 - and $80 savings!; Fast Track USB from M-Audio is the easiest way to record our guitar w/profession results - bass, keyboard and mic inputs for only $99.00!; journey into a world of mystery and beauty in Myst IV: Revelation for only $14.99!; and much more.

MacConnection has deals on a wide variety of Mac products including: get high-speed storage/backup for you Mac with the 500GB triple-interface My Book Pro Edition from Western Digital for only $269.95!; capture the moment with the WiFi equipped Coolpix P2 5.1-megapixel compact digital camera from Nikon for only $169.95!; broaden you view with the 19" FP93V LCD display from Benq, Inc. for only $269.95; Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 Premium Upgrade with a free 1GB DataTraveler USB 2.0 Flash Drive for only $169.95!; control you iPod from up to 150-feet with the iPod Remote Tunes Wireless Remote from Targus for only $49.95!; and much more.

MacMall has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including: the Panasonic LB50 XGA wireless LCD projector for only $1499.00!; upgrade your display with an Acer AL1706B 17" LCD display for only $149.99; wake up to you favorite play list with the iH26 portable alarm clock and iPod dock from SDI Technologies for only $99.99!; print, copy, scan and fax with the Canon Pixma MP830 color inkjet multifunction printer for only $291.99!; let your documents promote you with Swift Publisher from BeLight Software for only $35.99! - works w/Intel-based Mac's!; say hello to hassle-free texturing that lets you quickly paint highly detailed textures directly on your 3D objects with BodyPaint #D 2.5 from Maxon for only $450.00!; live a simulated life with The Sims: Complete Collection from Aspyr for only $47.99; here are two great deals on compact digital cameras - the 5.0-megapixel Canon Powershot S2-IS for only $299.99 after a $50.00 mail-in rebate; and the 6.0-megapixel PowerShot A540 for only $209.99 after mail-in rebate!; and much more.

PowerMax has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including: the eVo3 Silicon Case for fifth-generation 30GB iPods for only $26.88!; mouse without wires with the RadTech BT600 Bluetooth Mouse for only $47.88!; untangle your iPod with the Dr. Bodelin Retractable FireWire iPod Sync cord for only $13.99!; add Micromat TechTool Pro 4 to your utilities folder for only $82.88!; get high-quality scans from documents as well as negatives and transparencies for only $415.88!; get performance and elegance with the Canon PowerShot SD700 IS 6-megapixel digital compact camera with image stabilization for only $479.00!; need back up? Get the G-Tech G-Drive 250GB FireWire 800/400 hard drive for only $229.88!; and much more.

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Mac Beta of Warsow Released
7:19 AM | Anthony Wang | 15 comments

Warsow, a fast paced action shooter with an emphasis on movement and tricks, has been released for the Mac. According to the official Warsow forums, dedicated individuals have ported the latest version of the game to the Mac for both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

Warsow is a standalone game based on Qfusion, a modification of the Quake 2 game engine. The game features cartoonish cell shaded characters with a power-up system to provide fast-paced gameplay.

- This files contains only the binary and not the game data. You need to download the Linux or Windows full package and copy the basewsw files.
- r_custommode, r_customwidth and r_customheight cvars allow custom resolutions. (don't forget a vid_restart after setting the cvars)
- Menu-Music doesn't work, yet. If you really want the music to work you can create a symbolic link to your libvorbisfile.dylib in the warsow directory. The library is also contained in the .app bundle, but isn't loaded from there, yet.
- No dedicated server .app available, yet. It's somewhat complex to provide a .app bundle for an console application. (I'll have a look at sdl-console in the coming days)
- The wswBrowser doesn't work as the warsow path is hardcoded and can't start .app bundles. By linking to the Warsow root directory it should work even it doesn't use the pretty app-icon, then.

Thanks to gh3 for testing the app and compiling the i386 part of the universal binaries.

I plan to upload a full release (including the game data) tomorrow.


In addition, here are the steps to install the game if you are having trouble:
- Download the full release for Linux or Windows
- Extract the downloaded full release
- Download the Macintosh DMG
- Open the Macintosh DMG
- Copy the into the warsow directory
- Copy the contents the basewsw included in the DMG into the warsow/basewsw directory
According to the latest forum posts, there are still a few problems with the latest release, but the Mac developers who ported the game are on it and are looking for the fixes. Please click on the links below for more information.

Quake 3 Warsow - Mac Forum
Download Q3: Warsow for Mac

Cars: The Video Game Reviewed
7:19 AM | Anthony Wang | 21 comments

Gamezone has posted a review of Cars: The Video Game. Th e review praised the developers concept for the game by creating an explorable story mode with other activities, instead of solely relying on racing. Overall, the game received a 7.9 of 10 score.

Developed by THQ and based on the animated Pixar film, Cars: The Video Game takes you for a ride as Lightning McQueen on a quest to capture the Piston Cup championship.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

Now, the "GTA light" comment I made in the headline revolves around the way that the game is set up in story mode. The developers could have gone with a simple, drive around in multiple races aspect but instead gave the player a pretty open area to explore rather than just going from one thing to the other. If you're not in the mood to go and do the next mission, you can always go back and replay past missions, drive around and just talk to other inhabitants (some new ones not in the movie and some familiar faces) or collect various tokens for points which help you unlock new cars, upgrade current cars, or unlock a variety of extras including concept art or deleted scenes that they decided to leave out.
A demo of Cars: The Video Game can be downloaded from MacGameFiles.

GameZone - Cars: The Video Game Review
Cars: The Videogame
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Warcraft III: RoC And TFT Updated
7:19 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has once again updated Warcraft III and it's expansion The Frozen Throne. Version 1.20e fixes an exploit in multiplayer games and introduces modifications to one of the game maps.

Contents of the update:

Fixed an exploit that could happen in multiplayer games.

Added some trees to high ground above Red start location to prevent a siege unit attack imbalance. Replaced Mercenary Camp type from Village to Lordaeron Summer.

For more information head over to at the link below.

Warcraft III Patch Information
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Custer Is The Boss Of A New Desktop
7:19 AM | Brad Custer | 1 comment

IMG's resident graphics guru, Brad Custer, has released another high quality desktop available now at the Custer's Desktops. This week's selection is inspired by Aspyr Media's The Sims 2: Open For Business, the upcoming expansion pack for the gaming hit The Sims 2, titled simply "Employment". Here's a short description from the man himself:

With the recent announcement that The Sims 2: Open For Business from Aspyr Media is coming to the Mac, the fans of the Sims franchise have taken up residence in my inbox. Players of this game are definitely a dedicated group, which includes myself since the original game, so I'm more than willing to venture into this realm once again. I was able to make this week's wallpaper with the help of Aspyr Media and my trusty cable modem.
To download the desktop, simply click on the link provided below.

IMG Desktop: Employment

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WoW: New Realm Transfer Service Q&A
7:19 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

In an interview with Gamespot, Blizzard Entertainment's Shane Debiri reveals details of the company's soon-to-be-released character transfer service for World of Warcraft. For a $25 fee players will be allowed to move a favorite character to a less crowded server.

GS: Speaking of the fee, Blizzard is charging $25 per character transfer. Is this to prevent people from abusing the feature? Will you be able to transfer a character as much as you want, so long as you're willing to pay $25 each time? And what sorts of transfer restrictions are there in general?

SD: A character can only be transferred to a new realm once every six months, and once completed, a character transfer cannot be reversed. Also, there will be both character and realm restrictions. For example, you will need to be at least level 10 to transfer realms, and you’ll only be able to carry over a certain amount of gold. The cap is set at 300 gold for characters between levels 10 and 30, 1,000 gold for characters between levels 31 and 50, and characters at level 51 and above can bring a maximum of 5,000 gold.

To read the rest of the Q&A, which also touches on the Cross-Realm Battlgrounds to be offered in patch 1.12, click on the link below.

Gamespot: WoW Character Transfer Q&A
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Mac Games News for Thursday, June 22, 2006

Apple Posts New Hot Deals1:59 PM
Macgamestore Adds 5 Web Games, Tennis Titans1:59 PM
IMG Posts Logitech V270 Blutooth Notebook Mouse Review9:41 AM
Battle Corp Currently in Free Beta8:52 AM
Enigmo 2 Updated to 1.0.58:51 AM
ZNES Released for Intel Macs8:51 AM
Eschalon: Book 1 Update8:13 AM
fuhQuake QuakeWorld for OS X8:13 AM
WoW 1.12 Preview: Cross-Realm Battlegrounds8:13 AM
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