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World of Warcraft 2.0.1 Released
9:02 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 11 comments

Blizzard Entertainment today released a patch for their MMORPG Mac game, World of Warcraft. The new patch, which brings the game up to version 2.0.1 from 1.2, includes a number of important addition and fixes, including Multi-Threaded OpenGL support on Intel Macs. According to Blizzard, Intel Mac users will see a significant boost in frame rates with this patch.

Here's a list of Mac specific changes:

Added support for Multi-Threaded OpenGL on Intel Macs running OS X 10.4.8 or higher. Depending on hardware, scene and graphicalsettings, this can raise frame rates up to a factor of 2X.
Improved video hardware detection and default settings, especially with Intel video.
Vertex Animation Shaders have been disabled for systems with Intel video.
Improved iTunes key-binding feature for smoothness and track name display.
Fixed a bug where Tutorial Tips would not be marked as viewed correctly on PowerPC Macs.
Fixed a rare crash bug in the audio code.
Improved support for Weather Shaders.
Added support for changing the mouse sensitivity in WoW. Previously, the Mac version ignored the value from the slider in the Interface Options dialog.
To update your copy of World of Warcraft from 1.2 to 2.0.1, simply log onto World of Warcraft to auto-update your copy of the game. is also hosting a downloadable version of the patch for those who might have issues with the auto-update. For more, follow the links below.

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Macgamefiles: World of Warcraft 2.0.1 Patch
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Inside Mac Games Reviews Atlantis Sky Patrol
11:10 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 2 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Big Fish Games' Atlantis Sky Patrol, the recently released arcade Mac game shooter. Here's a clip from the review:

I found Atlantis Sky Patrol to be a nice improvement over Zuma and Atlantis. The waves of marbles never stop coming until stationary marbles in the level, called "control elements", are each knocked out by a marble of the same color. This forces the player to constantly switch between offense (clearing out control elements) and defense (preventing against the streams of marbles from reaching the end of the track.) This adds a nice level of strategy and tension.
To check out the full review, follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games Review: Atlantis Sky Patrol
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Atlantis Sky Patrol
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Macgamestore: Imperial Glory In Stock
10:25 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story today began shipping Feral's long-awaited strategy Mac game, Imperial Glory. It is available for $39.95

Imperial Glory promises to be the most extensive strategy game ever, offering an in-depth management model along with graphically stunning real-time land and naval battles in full 3D. Choose which of the five great 19th century Empires to lead: Great Britain, France, Russia, Prussia or Austro-Hungary, each with their own unique attributes.

Command your troops in large-scale battles across the globe, from the green fields of England to the icy wastes of Russia and sweeping deserts of Morocco. However, ultimate glory will depend on your utilising politics, trade, diplomacy, resource management and technology research. This is an age of change - be at the leading edge of the modern world or your civilization will crumble and fall.

For more on Imperial Glory, follow the link below.

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Avernum 4 Goes Universal
8:24 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software has released version 1.1 of Avernum 4, the latest in its fantasy RPG series. A Universal Binary, this version introduces native support for Intel Macs as well as improved resolution switching for all users.

More about Avernum 4 from Spiderweb's site:

Avernum 4 is an enormous fantasy role-playing adventure. Wander a gigantic world, full of multitudes of characters, hundreds of side quests, and traps, tricks, and treasure in every corner. Experience the life of an adventurer: the fame, the wealth, the hapless townsfolk begging you for help at every turn! This epic tale is guaranteed to give you weeks of entertainment, with an impossibly huge world that dares you to uncover all of its secrets.
Click on the link below to download the latest version of Avernum 4.

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Avernum 4

Adventuring In DragonFable
8:24 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Slacker's Guide has posted a review of DragonFable, a free web-based role playing game from Artix Entertainment. Players create a character and then set forth to do battle with monstrous fiends in order to amass gold and experience. The Guide recommended the game to RPG fans looking for a quick dose of old school adventuring.

From the review:

If there was ever a middle ground for role-playing games, this might be it. DragonFable is a free web-based role playing game in the style of the stereotypical role playing game, complete with warriors, rogues, mages, a medieval setting, trolls, dragons, ghosts and all the rest that can be expected from the genre. Produced by Artix Entertainment, DragonFable allows players to easily create an account, customize their character and get to the game play. Players then take on quests, slay enemies, collect items, and build skills and advance through the levels to improve upon their character.

Although DragonFable is essentially free (Artix Entertainment makes money off the purchase of dragon coins which allow the player access to rare items as well as new areas of the game), the company makes a better product than one might expect from such a free offering. Crisp, clear, detailed graphics meet rich combat sounds and good background music to create a simple yet complete role-playing game feel. Like the role playing games of old, players can wander from screen to screen picking up quests and slaying enemies to gain gold and experience points without a larger story arc guiding their actions.

Check out the full review at the link below.

The Slacker's Guide: DragonFable Review
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Mac Games News for Monday, December 4, 2006

Macgamestore: Diner Dash - Flo on the Go Released12:40 PM
Macworld's 2006 Game Hall of Fame12:39 PM
iPoker 4.0.1 Update Released7:08 AM
Gamepedia Updated7:07 AM
GL Golf 1.9.5 Adds New Course7:07 AM
Armado Action Adventure Released7:06 AM
Eschalon: Book 1 Estimated System Requirements7:06 AM
Mages And Magic In The Broken Hourglass7:06 AM
The Goalkeeper Released7:06 AM
The Sims 2: Pets Reviewed7:06 AM
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