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Geneforge 4: Rebellion Released
7:28 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Spiderweb Software has released Geneforge 4: Rebellion, the latest in the popular RPG series. The game continues the saga as a vicious war engulfs the lands of Terrestria. Players will be able to choose between aiding the rebels or their former masters as they follow one of many possible paths to victory.

From the website:

The Shapers have the ability to create life, in any form they choose. Plants to grow in harsh wastelands, living tools that bow to their will, and powerful monsters to crush any who oppose them. They jealously guard their powers and destroy any who question their will.

Or so they did. Then the revolution came.

Some of their creations, tired of bondage, rose up. Jealous humans, wanting the powers of the Shapers for themselves, joined them. Now the lands of Terrestia are full of ruined, charred fields and maddened, mutant beasts, hunting for prey. There is war. And the Shapers are winning.

You are a rebel, given the power to craft life and sent to fight the Shapers. At least, that is what they told you to do. Will you fight your oppressors? Or will you be tempted by the incredible rewards they offer you in return for switching sides? You have the ability to steer history. What will you choose?
Head over to Spiderweb's site to download the demo.

Spiderweb Software
Geneforge 4

Macgamestore: Thanksgiving Coupon, Championship Manager 2006
3:27 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment today announced a special 5 percent coupon that game be used throughout the store this Thanksgiving weekend. Customer who order any game or games through Macgamestore with coupon code "thanksgiving" get 5 percent off their order.

The special Thanksgiving weekend coupon expires Monday, November 27th.

In related news, Championship Manager 2006, the closest you'll ever come to the highs and lows of real football management, is now available as a digital download at for $39.95.

Championship Manager 2006 boasts a brand new Gameplan 3D match engine, where players can watch their match unfold in the same way they watch the match on TV - but with the ability to adjust tactics, player positions or formations - or simply use the Highlight Filter to select the moments they want to watch.

Interact with your squad as you speak with your players for the first time: make promises to individual players to improve their mood or form. But as in real life, if promises are broken, trust is lost and there are consequences - with the new player status screen, monitor the mood and form of every player.

Championship Manager 2006 allows you to manage your club to glory, dealing with everything from tactics and training to transfers - everything you would expect a real-life football manager to do without owning a sheepskin coat.

For more, follow the link below.

Macgamestore: Coupons
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Once Upon A Time Mac Game Released
3:14 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 10 comments

Waking Games has announced the released Once Upon A Time, a 3D adventure game.

Here's a description of the game:

A Vicious Wolf, a greasy Prince and a wicked Queen are hunting for the same Princess, but she’s not going quietly. Hone your hunting skills in multi-player practice mode and then join friends to play over the internet. As the Princess, collect the enchanted items by using your spells to escape! Or choose one of three villainous characters and use unique hunting senses to find and capture the Princess.
The system requirements are as follows:

1GHz G4+ CPU
50MB HD Space
OSX 10.2 (or higher)
64MB+ Graphics card (OpenGL compatible)

For more on Once Upon A Time, follow the link below.

Once Upon A Time

iPoker 4.0 Released
2:58 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Scenario Software today announced the release of iPoker 4.0, a complete rewrite of the game that now includes Universal Binary support for Mac OS X. For a limited time, the version 4.0 is a free upgrade for iPoker 3 customers.

Here's more from the web site:

For a limited time, this is a free upgrade for iPoker 3 customers.

Universal Binary version runs natively on newer Intel-based Macs and older PowerPC-based Macs. If you're curious, iPoker 4 is built with Xcode and iPoker 3 was built with CodeWarrior.

Converted from Pascal (a procedural language) to C++ (an object-oriented one). This constitutes a major rewrite of code that is as much as 20 years old, and it lays the groundwork for future work.

New Quartz graphics in the Standings window. This is just the start of a migration away from QuickDraw.

Improved HTML-based report windows (using Web Kit now).

Experimental French localization. I just used SYSTRAN so this will probably be amusing to those who speak French. If you're fluent in English, another major language and poker jargon, let's talk.

Hundreds of minor improvements.

Please note that due to the scope of this project, the goals of iPoker 4 are modernization and parity with iPoker 3's feature set. Please use the Send Feedback command on iPoker's Help menu to submit any bug reports.

This version:

Requires Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) or later.

Still uses iPoker 3 Activation Codes.

Will not interfere with an iPoker 3 installation.

Does not include the wooden Table Surface options, because Mac OS X 10.4 does not yet correctly byte-swap large 'ppat' resources on Intel-based Macs. (This bug has been reported to Apple.)

To check out iPoker 4.0, head over to to download the game.

Scenario Software
MGF: iPoker 4.0

3D Game Development Contest Announced
2:42 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

iDevGames, home of the world's most renowned Mac game development contests, and Over The Edge Entertainment, the masterminds behind the cutting-edge game technology Unity, invites developers to put their skills to the test by creating 3D unique games in just 30 days. To enter, simply request a free contest version of Unity Pro, the Mac-based cutting-edge game development tool, or use any 3D development tool to enter.

“iDevGames' mission since its founding has been to educate and motivate Mac game developers, as well as to attract new developers to the Mac platform. Entrants in our previous game development contests, uDevGames and OMG, have produced amazing games and can now be found working on AAA titles around the world. The 3DU Contest will challenge our community of indie developers to create unique 3D games, as well as taking advantage of a professional-level tool", said Carlos Camacho, Editor-in-Chief of iDevGames.

The 3DU Contest is sponsored by Over The Edge Entertainment (OTEE), makers of Unity ( Unity is the only Mac-based high-end game development tool sporting a stylish pro-app GUI, no- friction workflow and over-the-top technical features such as extensible shaders and full-screen effects, great particles, a highly optimized scripting engine supporting C#, JavaScript and a dialect of Python, the Ageia physX Engine, skinned character animation and ragdolls. Unity is being used by game developers such as Codemasters and Freeverse, in game design education, and amongst creative visualization professionals.

"We feel strongly about providing the best tools for Mac game development to both the professional and indie game developers. The iDevGames community has a strong track record of producing both cool Mac games, and Mac game developers, so we're excited to partner with them on the 3DU Contest", says David Helgason, CEO of OTEE.

The first place winner will receive Unity Pro ($1499 value). The second place winner will be given Unity Indie ($249 value) or receive a 33% discount on Unity Pro ($500 value). The third place winner will be given Unity Indie ($249 value), with all three winners also given an ATI Mac Radeon X1900 XTl ($399 value). All qualifying entrants receive a nine month Unity Indie license -- a great way to jump-start the development of their next game.

To enter, simply apply at showthread.php?p=122624 before December 18 (11:59 PM GMT). Winners will be announced following the end of the contest on December 22, 2006 (11:59 PM GMT).

For complete rules and conditions, please visit the 3DU Contest page at


Barefeats: MacBook Core 2 Duo Not Fit For Gaming
2:37 PM | David Chochla | 20 comments

Barefeats has posted a review of the new Macbooks featuring the Core 2 Duo processors. While the Macbooks do very well in CPU intensive benchmarks, it seems the integrated graphics processor is simply not cut out for 3D gaming.

Whether you are doing serious apps with Core Image effects or playing your favorite 3D accelerated game, the 13" MacBook C2D is going to spoil your day. Even the PowerBook G4 plays games faster than the 13" Macbook C2D.
To check out the entire article, follow the link below.

Link to Barefeats article and benchmarks

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American History Lux Updated
7:28 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

American History Lux, Sillysoft's Risk style strategy game, has been updated to version 1.09. The update brings a variety of bug fixes and changes to AHL. Unfortunately for some users version 1.09 does not support OS X 10.2.

Here's a list of changes in 1.09:

• added sliders to control the volume of the music and sounds
• fixed a fullscreen flickering problem that appeared on some CRT monitors
• fixed a missing connection in the Iraq War map
• small bug fixes
• properly appears as a universal binary in the MacOS Finder
• support for multiple user profiles was previously added in version 1.07
• no longer supports MacOS 10.2 systems (sorry)
The latest version can be downloaded from at the link below.

MGF: American History Lux 1.09
American History Lux

Mac Games News for Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Macgamestore: Civilization IV Warlords Now In Stock2:44 PM
IMG Reviews Poker Superstars II2:37 PM
Optimus Keyboard Preorders Soon9:09 AM
Pangea Arcade Reviewed9:09 AM
Episode 2 of the IMG Podcast Released9:07 AM
Magic 101: Casting Spells In The Broken Hourglass9:03 AM
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