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Aspyr Announces The Sims 2: Pets
8:23 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 6 comments

Aspyr Media today announced it will be publishing The Sims 2: Pets, the fourth expansion pack in The Sims 2 series, for the Macintosh. It is expected to ship in November 2006, only a few weeks after the PC release of the expansion pack.

In The Sims 2 Pets, users can create the perfect pet for their Sims to train, play with and love as their own.

The addition of a new friend is guaranteed to enrich the daily lives of your Sims! Not only will players have the opportunity to choose from a variety of existing breeds, and hot designer mixes, but they'll also be able to personally design their new friend with the Create-a-Pet feature. Choose your Sims' pet’s body shape, unique markings, even the pet’s personality! With so many different animals to choose from, there’s no telling what unpredictable experiences could occur!
For more on Aspyr Media, visit the official web site.

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IMG Posts Hands On with the Halo Universal Binary
2:18 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 16 comments

IMG has posted a new feature called Hands On with the Halo Universal Binary, which takes an in-depth look at the recently released Universal Binary version of the best selling game, Halo.

Here's a clip from the feature:

When Apple announced its intentions to move the Macintosh platform to Intel processors last year, many Mac gamers wondered if Macsoft, the developer responsible for porting Halo to the Mac, would release an update that would allow them to play Halo on their shiny new Intel-powered machines without having to slog through the game under Rosetta emulation. Several weeks ago, Macsoft finally satisfied users’ wishes by releasing a universal binary version of Halo.
To check out the full feature, follow the link below.

IMG Feature: Hands On with the Halo Universal Binary
Bungie Studios
Westlake Interactive
Halo: Combat Evolved

Unity Updated to v1.5.1
12:59 PM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The game development platform Unity has recently been updated to version 1.5.1. The update includes several new features, including support for a large host of old hardware and drivers, Unicode support for multiple languages, and a new Car Wizard:

Unity 1.5 brought high-speed physical modelling of vehicles, with suspension, tires and that whole racing-thing. With Unity 1.5.1 it's become really easy with a new "car wizard". Drag in a car model, run the wizard, set your parameters, drive.
Also included are new project examples, including a 3D platformer and nature renders. Other improvements include tweaks to usability, graphics, and sound support.

The 1.5.1 update is free for current users of Unity. Those wishing to try out the platform can download a 30-day trial version.

Unity - Version History
Unity Technologies

Football Manager 2007 Goes Gold
8:40 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Sega Europe today announced that Football Manager 2007 will be available for the PC and Mac (as a universal binary) on October 20th, 2006.

Developed by industry leader Sports Interactive, Football Manager 2007 contains over 100 new features designed to improve ease of use and help first time players effortlessly access the shrouded world of football management. Created to run on an extensive range of machines players can test their managerial skills with Football Manager 2007 which, amongst other features, includes a huge amount of customisation to allow players to set it up exactly as they please.

“The completion of Football Manger 2007 on PC, Mac and Intel Mac represents a big step forward in the Football Manager series. We’ve taken great care to listen carefully to all the wants and needs of our loyal fans and have delivered a game that is undoubtedly our best in series”, said Miles Jacobson, Managing Director, Sports Interactive. “The new features in Football Manger 2007 make it incredibly user-friendly and strengthen the overall gameplay. By adding such things as the greatly requested feeder club system, demonstrates not only an awareness of our fans but also a drive to expand the experience”.

The world of football continues to change season on season and this is accurately reflected throughout Football Manager 2007. Players can now experience everything from moving stadiums and forging relationships with feeder clubs to potential takeovers from supporters groups or massive investments from abroad, making Football Manager 2007 the definitive sports management game.

Football Manager 2007 will appear on PC, Mac and Intel Mac across Europe on 20th October 2006.


Firefall Released as Freeware
8:24 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Pangea Software has re-released Firefall as freeware. Originally released in 1993, the Centipede inspired arcade shooter gives players the task of clearing underground tunnels of ferocious man eating Fireworms.

Deep within the nuclear ground Fireworms breed. They soak up minerals that are necessary for the survival of the human race. Your job is to rid the tunnels of these ferocious Fireworms. The Fireworms creep and crawl through the mineral field searching for humans to feed on. But they are blind, and, while they cannot see you, they will eat you if they run into you! As you blast your way through each tunnel you'll clear our mineral barriers. Occasionally, a mineral barrier will yield a vital ore that will activate special guns on your ship. The Fireworms have friends, so watch out for their allies.
Firefall will run on any PowerPC Mac running OS 9, and according to Pangea "may" run under Classic in OS X. Those using OS X machines might want to consider trying the updated Firefall soon to be available in Pangea Arcade.

For more information click the links below.

MGF: Firefall 2.1 Freeware
Pangea Software

Will iTV Bring Apple Into Console Gaming?
8:24 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

In a recent Next Generation article Aaron Ruby put forth the possibility that iTV, Apple's upcoming device for streaming digital media from television to computer, might include gaming capabilities. This idea of the new device as a "trojan apple" poised to put Apple in direct competition with Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo is pure fantasy to some, including Macworld's Peter Cohen who challenged Ruby's conjecture in a Game Room blog post yesterday.

From the Next Gen article:

All of this basically means that Apple could be on the verge of launching a slimmed down, single-core Mac Mini capable of streaming interactive content from a host computer and capable of storing and playing casual games locally...

It’s worth remembering, however, that Steve Jobs was a former employee of Nolan Bushnell. We all know how failing to protect the platform stung Atari. And it was Jobs who had a hand in making the classic, Breakout, so he’s certainly not devoid of game cred.

It would be truly ironic if a Trojan Apple rolled out of Cupertino. Instead of using games to gain convergence, Jobs and company may just use music and video to wrap up games into a neat set-top bundle. And the cultural ubiquity of the iPod brand certainly wouldn’t hurt iTV’s aspirations to breach our living room walls.

From Macworld's Game Room:
I finally figured out what was wrong: It’s not that iTV won’t be a game console or an interface to let Mac users play games on their computer at all—that much is as patently obvious as the nose on your face, even if Ruby wants to delude his readers into thinking a device being billed as a way to watch digital downloads is a “trojan apple.”

It’s Apple itself that makes the conclusion problematic.

Apple is so far away from being able to complete with Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo as a games developer, the mere idea is beyond ludicrous. It’s absolute fantasy.

These are companies that invest millions of dollars annually into developing technology and evangelizing that technology to game developers. Apple’s efforts, by comparison, are little more than a teardrop in the ocean.

To read both articles and decide for yourself follow the links below.

Next Generation: Apple's Trojan Device
Macworld's Game Room: Why iTV Won't Be For Gaming

Mac Games News for Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Macgamestore: Pigllionaire Now Available3:31 PM
IMG Interviews Richard Bannister3:06 PM
Pangea Arcade Coming Friday1:37 PM
Aspyr Launches New Web Site7:41 AM
Pac-Man For iPod Reviewed7:41 AM
World Of Warcraft Updated to 1.12.17:41 AM
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