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Friday, July 7, 2006

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IMG Podcast LIVE! Today
6:00 AM | Blake Buck | 1 comment

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 26

Macgamestore: Cars The Video Game, Elythril Now Available
4:01 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Cars: The Video Game is now available for purchase through for $29.95. Race to the finish line as you live all the fun and excitement of the next Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film, “Cars.” Play as all your favorite characters as you help Lightning McQueen capture the coveted Piston Cup Championship.

Elythril: The Elf Treasure is available as a digital download purchase through It is available for $19.95. A free demo is available for download from the web site.

Have you ever heard the elfin legends? Elythril is the elf treasure that promises the eternal happiness to its owner. Now you have a chance to plunge into the most mysterious adventure you've ever had. Try to discover divine Elythril. This unforgetable journey will take you on an adventure of 80 levels. Enjoy the new version of the game in Hard and Easy levels.

Macgamestore: Cars: The Video Game
Macgamestore: Elythril: The Elf Treasure

Apple Posts Newest Hot Deals
3:57 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Apple Store Special Deals has exclusive deals on a variety of Apple Certified Refurbished products including: refurbished 2GB iPod Shuffle w/free iPod Nano Lanyard Headphones for only $169.00!; refurbished 512MB iPod Shuffle w/free Apple iPod Shuffle Armband for only $49.00!; refurbished 512MB iPod Shuffle w/free iPod Shuffle External Batter Pack for only $49.00!; refurbished 20GB iPod (w/click wheel) w/free Apple iPod Dock for only $169.00!; refurbished 20GB iPod w/color display plus free Apple iPod Dock for only $199.00!; refurbished  15" MacBook Pro 2.0GHz w/SuperDrive, and built-in iSight camera now only $1999.00!; and much more.

ClubMac has deals on a wide variety of Mac software and hardware products including: increase your productivity and make using applications like Photoshop, InDesign easier with the NuLOOQ Navigator from Logitech for only $139.99!; keep track of contacts, sales and prospects with one of the most comprehensive personal information managers/sales management tools on the Mac platform with DayLite 3 from Marketcircle for only $126.99!; Rule throughout time and create your own legacy as you guide your civilization from the dawn of man through the space age and beyond w/Sid Meier's Civilization IV from Aspyr for only $48.99!; transport and view your PowerPoint and Keynote presentations to your iPod with AvanQuest's iPresent It for only $28.99; get a compact iPod speaker system then checkout the inMotion IM9 portable audio system from Altec Lansing for only $199.99!; if you are cramped for space consider the BENQ Desksaver Companion mini keyboard and mouse combo for only $49.99; and much more. 

MacMall has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including: a number of USB Flash Drives for your portable storage needs from $101.99 to $389.99 for 2GB to 8GB; get a high-performance flatbed scanner w/great quality and the ability to scan 35mm filmstrips, 120 negatives, 4"x5" and 6x17 panoramic negs with the ScanMaker i800 scanner from Microtek for only $499.99 after $50.00 mail-in rebate!; project a great image with the Sony VPL-ES3 HDTV compatible LCD multimedia digital projector for only $825.99!; increase your (computer) desktop space with the NEC 21" MultiSync LCD2190UXI-BK LCD display for only $1459.99!; got backup? - get the 500GB My Book Premium external FireWire/USB 2.0 hard drive from Western Digital for only $326.99!; MindJet's MindManager 6 is the easiest way to organize your ideas and information - only $199.99!; and much more. 

Publishing Perfection has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including: get the Aridi40 TruType Font Download for only $42.00!; ClanBadge's Celtic Knot 3D is a revolutionary new way to create this popular art form for only 20.00!; get a great package of photographic effects with Photographic Tools & Lens Effects from Andromeda for only $239.95!; inCamera 3.1 Plug-in from Pictographics is the easiest, most accurate and most affordable digital camera and scanner profiling software for Photoshop for only $119.95!; Corel's Painter Essentials 3 is a complete home art studio for beginners and experts alike for only $98.95!; get the most comprehensive charting application for OS X in DelaGraph 5 from Red Rock Software for only $249.95!; if you need to understand what your time is worth get Brenner Books' Desktop Production Time Standards for only $40.00!; flow text without leaving Photoshop with OttoPaths 1.5 from Human Software for only $98.95!; and much more.

Ramjet has Hot Deals exclusive deals on a wide variety of memory upgrade for your Mac including: 2GB DDR Kit (2X 1GB DIMM modules) for the original PowerMac G5 for only $194.00!; 2GB DDR2 RAM Kit (2X 1GB DIMM modules) for the Dual Core PowerMac G5 for only $189.00; 1GB DDR2 DIMM module for the iMac Intel Core-duo for only $124.00; 2GB DDR2 RAM Kit (2X 1GB modules) the new MacBook for only $244.00!; 1GB RAM Kit (matched pair of 512MB modules) for the Intel-based Mac Mini for only $134.00!; and much more.

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IMG Reviews The Sims 2 Nightlife
7:51 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of The Sims Nightlife, the latest expansion pack for The Sims 2 from Aspyr Media. Here's a clip from the review:

Every family has its special traditions such as going to Grandma's house for the holidays, filling up on pie, and then eating more two hours later so that getting out of your chair becomes a chore. Or perhaps one Friday a month you would get together to play games with your family only to end the night in a frump because you barely had any properties and to top it all off you had to be the thimble. Thanks to the team at Maxis, the gaming world has the tradition of a new Sims expansion getting delivered every six months or so. The newest entry on the Mac into this celebrated series is The Sims 2: Nightlife, in which your Sims can now go downtown to impress their dates with flashy cars and even flashier dance moves (that is if they have dates). The focus of this expansion is obviously social interaction, and Maxis accomplishes this with flair by giving our Sims chemistry, which gives us an indication of which Sims our little guy—or little lady—will hit it off with the best. Fortunately, Maxis didn't stop there, throwing in a slew of new items, animations, sounds, and a few extra goodies to keep us coming back, at least for a little while.
To check out the full review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: The Sims 2: Nightlife
Aspyr Media
The Sims 2: Nightlife
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Custer Takes Requests
7:01 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG's resident desktop artist, Brad Custer, is back with an image inspired by Aspyr Media's title, Quake 4, which is part of his month long theme.

Here's how he explains it:

This month I've decided to honor 4 requests from users who want a specific desktop created. And to clarify what I mean, my viewers have a certain design in mind so I'm going to make what they want.

So, this week we return to Quake 4 from Aspyr Media to visit those cuddly stroggs. The design sent in was simple. Make a desktop featuring a head shot of a strogg in the style you've created so far. I was able to design this week's wallpaper with the help of Apsyr Media and my trusty cable modem.

Head over to Custer's Desktops to check out his latest creation.

IMG: Custer's Desktops

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Heroes of Might and Magic V Reviewed
6:56 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Gamers Temple is one of the latest sites to review the PC version of Heroes of Might and Magic V. The continuation of the turn based strategy series introduces several new races, a fresh world to explore, and colorful 3D graphics. Gamers Temple gave HoMM V a score of 78%

From the review:

If you are a veteran HOMM player or someone new to the series, I think that there is a lot to like about this game and worth considering it. There have been many changes since Ubisoft purchased the Might and Magic rights from 3DO. First and foremost, it is a visually stunning game. You really feel that you are part of a three-dimensional world. The detail, the colors, the animation and the entire world are light years ahead of anything that we have been used to in the previous Heroes series.

For those of you new to the series, HOMM V is a turn-based, role playing game that is filled with, well, might and magic. You are better off to be proficient at both. You begin the game with a hero and a few monsters for support. You try and find a city, beat up on the monsters there, and claim it for your own. You spend the next several turns building up your city. As you build more buildings you gain the ability to create new and more powerful monsters. Your hero learns spells which come in handy as you explore the land. City development is very important and requires your attention early on.

Freeverse Software is hard at work on bringing HoMM V to the Mac during the Christmas season.

The entire review can be found by clicking on the Gamers Temple page listed below.

The Gamers Temple: HoMM V Review
Heroes of Might & Magic V
Buy Heroes of Might & Magic V

Mac Soccer Games
6:55 AM | Anthony Wang | 9 comments

To commemorate the end of the FIFA World Cup, Spymac has compiled a short list of available soccer (football) games available for the Mac. These three games, Feathered Soccer, Eat the Whistle, and The Goalkeeper offer everything from cartoon style players in Eat the Whistle to being a goalkeeper in The Goalkeeper, and even facing a team of chickens in the uDev winner, Feathered Soccer. Furthermore, you can choose to play as one of the many countries represented at the World Cup in these games.

Please follow the links below to learn more information about the games.

Spymac: Score with your Mac
Feathered Soccer
Eat the Whistle
The Goalkeeper
FIFA World Cup

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Conquering Worlds In DropTeam
6:54 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room has posted a review of TBG Software's sci fi strategy title, DropTeam. Set in outer space, DropTeam nevertheless offers realistic battlefield conditions, physics, and ballistics as players wage war to conquer planets. The Game Room gave DropTeam a score of 3.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

One thing that’s really kind of cool about DropTeam is its ability to let you play either on the battlefield or in the war room. While you can certainly go out and command a tank or armored transport and watch what’s going on the battlefield yourself, you don’t have to do that—a tactical screen lets you order your units around, attack, defend, move, and more without having to do it yourself. It’s certainly a lot more fun to sit in the gunner’s seat and actually take aim at the bad guys, but sometimes it’s more effect to channel your inner Rommel (or Patton, as the case may be).

DropTeam isn’t the best looking game in the world—textures tend to run pretty simple, and most of the objects are fairly low-polygon count 3-D models, though they all look appropriate to the environment. But the graphics engine isn’t really DropTeam’s strong suit—it’s the realistic physical modeling that’s going on here, and the use of real strategy and understanding of battlefield conditions that’s needed to win the game.

The full review can be found at the site listed below.

Macworld Game Room: DropTeam Review

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Legion Arena Demo Released
6:54 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Freeverse Software today released a demo of Legion Arena, Slitherine's strategy title set in the Roman era. Weighing in at 227 MB, the hefty demo gives players a chance to experience the fun of building a legion of their own and sending it into battle.

More about Legion Arena:

Legion Arena was designed to maximize fun and reduce micro-management. The player can jump right in and start training legions to strike fear into the hearts of his enemies. With a shallow learning-curve and deep strategy and tactics, Legion Arena is the ideal game for novice or experienced wargamers.

Buy equipment and choose from over 100 skills, personalize the appearance of your squads, earn experience and denari for your victories, Legion Arena takes the best elements of Role-Playing games and puts it in the context of an epic strategic struggle.

Play as either the Romans or the Gauls in over 100 scenarios and with over 20 unique units including Praetorians, Elephants, and Naked Fanatics. That's right, Naked Fanatics -- from France!

The demo can be downloaded from at the link below.

MGF: Legion Arena Demo
Legion Arena
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Civilization IV Retrospective
6:54 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

A new retrospective from Computer and Video Games examines the design process of Civilization IV through an interview with Soren Johnson and Barry Caudill of Firaxis Games. The retrospective covers a variety of issues including the introduction of religion, the focus on multiplayer, and the improved computer AI.

Johnson: Religion was the one really obvious, interesting topic from history that we had never dealt directly with. It was clear to everyone that was the most likely place where we could make some good progress gameplay-wise, but we'd never done it before because it was an area of potential controversy and people getting upset and everyone hating us. We were pretty conservative though. Religions are pretty much flavours. Fundamentally there is no difference between Islam, Christianity and Hinduism - from a pure gameplay point of view they're functionally identical. The interesting part comes from how it actually plays out in the game - religions getting founded, spreading through the world and their effect on diplomatic relations. It took a lot of time to get the right version - that was one of the systems out of 5 or 6 different versions we tried before we hit the right one.

Caudill: One of the big differences in the earlier versions was that the player was a little bit detached from religion in the game. There was a hidden algorithm going on in the background that would determine how religion was spreading through the world, spreading along rivers or trade routes between civilizations that had diplomatic relations. You would see your religion naturally spreading throughout your cities, and you could do a few things to affect it, but it was only a secondary effect. It sounded good on paper, but fundamentally when you're playing Civ all the games systems work because the player is in control.

To read more about Civilization IV head over to the website below.

Computer and Video Games: Looking Back... Civ IV
Aspyr Media
Civilization IV
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Mac Games News for Thursday, July 6, 2006

Macgamestore: Word Yo! Now Available11:10 AM
Take The IMG Survey, Chance To Win Free iPod Nano10:09 AM
IMG Previews Redline9:53 AM
WipeOut 2097 Digital Download7:34 AM
Darwinia Review7:31 AM
Developing A Halo7:30 AM
Dominions 3 Preview7:29 AM
HoMM V Update: Christmas Release, Map Editor?7:29 AM
Quake 4 For Mac Reviewed7:29 AM
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