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Ambrosia Releases Redline
7:23 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 43 comments

Ambrosia Software has released the long-awaited racing game for Mac OS X, Redline. The game features an advanced 3D rendering engine and a physics engine that ensures each car has a distinct feel.

Here's more from the press release:

Gun the throttle, light up the tires, and hurtle down the track in any of the three racing modes Redline offers: the realistic Simulation mode, an aggressive Arcade mode, or kick it into high gear in the insanely intense Turbo Arcade mode. No matter what your pleasure, take your pick from numerous cars, tracks, and jump into a racing game that delivers adrenaline via digital injection.

The real fun, though, is meeting nice people on the Internet and running them off of the road. Redline supports up to 12 people in a network race, either on a local network, or over the Internet. Meet up in the Lobby, pick a course, pick your cars, and recklessly slam your newfound "friends" into the guard rail in your quest for the coveted checkered flag.

Pure pleasure is in the control. Redline models each wheel of your car independently, as well as the axle width and weight of each car, allowing for an unprecedented feel of the road. Accelerate your way into a corner, tap the brakes, cut the wheel at just the right time, then punch the throttle and power-slide your way to the finish line. Boooooyah!

Redline features a dozen racing challenges such as acceleration, slalom, graduating you to real-world tracks with a variety of racing conditions. With each progressive challenge, your performance earns you new challenges, and new cars to drive. Your performance is also ranked among other Redline players from around the world via an Internet leader board.

Redline costs $25 and requires MacOS X 10.2 or later. Head over to to download Redline.

Ambrosia Software
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Macgamestore: SpongeBob Diner Dash, Egg vs. Chicken
5:12 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story has posted new Macintosh games including SpongeBob Diner Dash and Egg vs. Chicken, each available as digital download purchases for 19.95. A demo for each game is available for download.

SpongeBob SquarePants is back with an undersea diner twist! Mr. Krabs is expanding his Krabby Patty kingdom one restaurant at a time. But he needs your help! Slippery sturgeon, antsy anchovies, and even Bubble Bass the restaurant critic keep everybody’s most beloved fry cook -turned-server on his tip-seeking toes. With 50 levels of culinary chaos in five unique underwater restaurants, it's up to you and SpongeBob to seat, serve and satisfy even the squirmiest of patrons. Don’t miss special guest appearances by your favorite residents of Bikini Bottom. Soak up a five-star feeding frenzy with everyone’s favorite sponge!

Egg vs. Chicken - Which came first, the Chicken or the Egg? Find out the answer in this eggsterically funny action puzzler from the team that brought you Diner Dash! You and your crack team of eggsplorers will travel in time through five wacky eras of history – from the Egg-historic Era to the far flung future, the question boils on! Travel through time to discover the origins of who really came first.

Macgamestore: SpongeBob Diner Dash
Macgamestore: Egg vs. Chicken

IMG Posts One on One With Glenda Adams
5:06 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 15 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted the 29th part in an ongoing conversation between old friends Glenda Adams, Mac gaming goddess and Director of PC and Mac development at Aspyr Media, and Tuncer Deniz, publisher and editor-in-chief of IMG.

Topics covered this time around include Aspyr's upcoming releases Havok, iPod games, and much more.

IMG: One on One With Glenda Adams (Part 30)

Apple Posts New Hot Deals
4:56 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Sweetwater Sound has Hot Deals on a variety of Mac compatible hardware and software products including: Audio-Technica Pro 24 condenser microphone for only $89.97!; M-Audio Pro Tools MobilePre Academic Kit allows educational facilities to avoid any hassles associated with copy protection and authorization asset management - only $249.00!; Advanced Pro Tools DVD Vol. III from Secrets of the Pros for only $24.95!; Stereo VideoMic - a stereo shotgun mic for use with video cameras from Rode for only $249.97!; Finale PrintMusic w/QuickStart video tips from Make Music for only $79.97; EZ Drummer from Toontracker - intuitive drum software for music production for only $161.97; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

Custer Welcomes A New Ally
7:26 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

This week's desktop, courtesy of IMG's own Brad Custer, returns to the realm of the upcoming expansion pack World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade from Blizzard Entertainment, which has been greatly anticipated by many in the Mac gaming community.

Here's what Brad had to say:

With the release of the expansion pack World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade from Blizzard Entertainment looming on the horizon my inbox has been flooded with emails for another visit to this anticipated title. As always, I enjoy honoring your requests so I find myself returning to the realm we all love so much. It felt only right that my second desktop for the expansion would feature the other new race in the game. I was able to make this week's wallpaper with the help of Blizzard Entertainment.
Custer's latest is available in a variety of sizes at Custer's Desktops.

IMG: Custer's Desktops

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Apple Games Features A Tale In The Desert
7:24 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In its latest feature Apple Games reviewed the unique non-violent MMORPG A Tale in the Desert III. In its third incarnation, A Tale in the Desert now offers character levels, new tests to challenge players, and a variety of changes to streamline various aspects of the game.

While previous Tellings eschewed the level concept found in such role-playing games as World of Warcraft , a similar system has appeared in the third version. You begin the game as a level zero character tasked with completing the basic citizenship test before you can attain first level. You can reach as high as 64th level, which requires passing citizenship, the seven discipline initiations, all 49 test principles, and the seven tests that mean you have become an Oracle in one of the disciplines.

Test principles, which are also new to the third Telling, are different from the tests required to complete a discipline. Each test features a series of principles that allow you to understand the basics and see if you want to proceed further. You can complete them without tackling the tests, which are much harder. As you can see, the principles help you attain higher levels, which in turn unlocks more paths for your character to take.

Check out the entire feature by clicking on the link below.

Apple Games: A Tale in the Desert Feature
A Tale in the Desert

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The Burning Crusade Previewed
7:24 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Computer and Video Games has posted a new preview of The Burning Crusade, Blizzard Entertainment's first expansion for World of Warcraft. Burning Crusade additions will include two new playable races, an expanded level cap, and a new continent to explore.

During the last year and a half, various posts have sprung up in the WOW forums debating the visual appeal of the Horde and Alliance avatars. One of the theories was that players (with a side-note towards female ones) weren't choosing Horde characters because, well, they're a bit nasty-looking. In the US, Alliance players far outweigh the Horde ones, although we evil-inclined Europeans tend to sway a little more towards the dark side.

It certainly looks like a factor Blizzard have taken onboard when developing the Alliance-based Draenei and the Hordish Blood Elves, their new characters for WOW's expansion, The Burning Crusade. Frank Pearce, senior VP of product development at Blizzard, explains further: "The aesthetic look of our new characters was certainly a consideration and it wasn't just a consideration for female players. In Asia, we've found that players of both genders are more attracted to the Alliance characters, which they find more visually pleasing. But mainly, we just wanted to focus on making the content fun and compelling, which will draw people to it regardless of their gender or culture."

The rest of the preview can be found at the link below.

Computer and Video Games: Burning Crusade Preview
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Bare Feats: iMac High Rez Gaming
7:24 AM | Evan Holt | 1 comment

BareFeats has updated their iMac iMac Core 2 Duo tests with an additional page to show how well the new iMacs can handle high resolution gaming.

Tests are run using Doom 3, Quake 4, Unreal Tournament 2004 and the Halo UB on the 20" display (at 1680x1050) and of the 24" display (at 1920x1200).

The 24" iMac Core 2 Duo with the GeForce 7600 is impressive. It beats a Mac Pro with the GeForce 7300 and but is slower than the Mac Pro with the Radeon X1900. However, the framerates at high resolutions are so good, the games are playable at the native 1920x1200 resolution!
Read the full article and see the benchmark graphs following the link below.

Bare Feats: iMac High Rez Gaming

Mac Games News for Thursday, September 21, 2006

Apple Posts New Deals2:05 PM
IMG Feature: Widget Roundup - Scenario Poker1:56 PM
Burning Crusade Previewed9:03 AM
Civilization IV: Warlords Reviewed9:03 AM
Help Beta Test Pangea Arcade9:03 AM
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