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WoW Performance Patch for PPC Macs
6:55 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

The latest patch for World of Warcraft, version 1.12.1, offers owners of PPC Macs an optional feature which may smooth out frame rates. A developer post on Blizzard's forums explains how to make the change, which requires use of the Terminal to create a preferences file.

Many in the forum are reporting huge improvements in framerates. Here's a step by step run down of the process:

A. copy the three lines of text below onto your clipboard (select then hit Command-C). The first line is the "cat" command, the last line has the "4" on it.

cat > ~/Library/Preferences/com.blizzard.Internal.prefs
#Current User\Internal\VBBMODE

B. open (in Applications/Utilities) and it should provide you with a UNIX command prompt. What we're going to do is paste the text in above, which will ask the command line to create a file in your preferences directory named "com.blizzard.Internal.prefs", and will inject the two lines of text after it into that file. We're asking WoW to use "vertex buffer broker mode 4" which is the new code for PowerPC systems.
C. Paste the copied text into Terminal. (Command V).
D. Now hit Control-D (not Command-D). Control-D concludes the command we started in step C and closes the file.

E. All done ! Start WoW and see how it runs.

Considered to be in "beta form," the graphics tweak is not recommended for Intel Mac owners, and is targeted at PPC Macs with more than 512 MB of Ram installed.

For more information check out the WoW Forum post below.

WoW Forums: PPC OpenGL Tweak
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft
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Minions of Mirth Goes Universal
6:55 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Prairie Games recently released version 1.21 of their popular online RPG, Minions of Mirth. This update brings the game to Universal Binary status, offering native support for Intel Mac owners. Other changes in the update include an item enchanting system, friend tracking feature, and improved bank vaults.

Here's a list of some of the changes in versions 1.21:

+ Universal Binary for OSX runs blazingly fast on your Intel Mac!
+ 2 new official Minions of Mirth World Servers!
+ Powerful new item enchanting system for mages
+ Friend system for keeping track of your favorite players
+ Private bank vaults store up to 300 additional items per character
+ Item Sets where combinations of gear can yield mighty bonuses!
+ Lost password retrieval from inside the game (click Play Online->Lost
To read the complete list of changes and learn more about the game click on the links below.

Minions of Mirth Update Info
Prairie Games
Minions of Mirth

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Spiderweb Software October Sale
6:55 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software, known for games such as the Geneforge series and Avernum series, has announced the beginning of an October Sale. For the entire month every game and hint book book available from the Spiderweb store will sell at a ten percent discount.

October Sale! - For the whole month of October, everything we sell will be ten percent off! All the games, all the hint books, all the fun. Order games on CD and you can get holiday shopping done for all of your adventure-loving friends done early!
To learn more head over to Spiderweb's website at the link below.

Spiderweb Store
Spiderweb Software
Avernum 4
Geneforge 3

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Coderus Case Studies Posted
6:55 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Coderus Ltd has released two new case studies championing the versatility and effectiveness of its MacDX product. A Direct X interface for Macs, MacDX is a tool which aids in porting Windows titles to the Mac OS. The case studies examine the porting of Paradox's historical sims (Hearts of Iron, Europa Universalis II, etc) and Pixar's Cars.

Coderus are excited to announce the availability of 2 new case studies showing how two different clients have brought their products to Mac OS X successfully using MacDX. Each client’s developers had different development backgrounds one with Mac OS only experience and the other client’s developer only Windows & DirectX experience with no prior Mac OS X experience.

We hope releasing these case studies re-iterates our message of how using MacDX reduces development times and can assist products wanting to be released both on PC and Mac products at the same time. Whilst giving you the confidence that your products will perform and have the widest coverage of 3D graphics hardware and processor architectures currently available in the Mac OS market place using a proven technology.

You can check out the two case studies at the link below.

MacDX Case Studies
Coderus: MacDX
Virtual Programming
Paradox Interactive
Europa Universalis II
Cars Radiator Springs Adventures
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CrossOver Mac Beta 2 Fixes Game Support
6:55 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

CodeWeavers has released Beta 2 of CrossOver Mac, software which allows Intel Mac owners to run Windows XP programs without the need to install a copy of Windows. Beta 2 includes a variety of updates and changes, including many improvements to game support.

Here are a few of the changes in Beta 2:

- Dramatic performance improvements -- startup time, bottle creation and a few install processes should be much faster.
- Fixed switching to full-screen mode so the screen does not go all black.
- Many improvements to game support. Should install and run World of Warcraft and Half-life via Steam.
For more information about CrossOver follow the links provided below.

CrossOver Mac Beta 2 Info
CrossOver Mac Public Beta
CrossOver Mac Public Beta FAQ

Mac Games News for Friday, September 29, 2006

Dominions 3 Shipping11:58 AM
Burning Crusade Preview8:38 AM
Civilization IV: Warlords Reviewed8:38 AM
Custer Heads For The Front Line8:38 AM
Pangea Arcade Released8:38 AM
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