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EVE Online Coming November 6th
5:57 PM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A post on the EVE Online forums reveals that the next update to the game will "contain formal support for Mac OS X and Linux." The Revelations 2.3 update is planned for November 6. Also, Macworld's Game Room is offering a new article detailing a developer discussion about the Mac and Linux versions of CCP Game's online multiplayer space adventure.

From CCP forums:

This update, Revelations 2.3, contains formal support for Mac OS X and Linux. It also includes a few fixes for all platforms. Stay tuned for the release notes.
From Macworld's Game Room:
“Very little of the code base is Windows-specific,” explained Shay McAulay of CCP Games, whose QA team is responsible for vetting the Mac version of EVE Online. “Most of our code depends on Python.”

To manage the actual conversion work, CCP recruited TransGaming Technologies, developers of the Cider technology that EA has used to bring its games to the Macintosh. Cider enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows applications without needing Windows installed. Essentially, it’s a translation layer that runs on Mac OS X, explained Lucas Smithen, TransGaming’s product manager for Cider.

“It takes the onus off the game developers to have to maintain different branches of code for different platforms,” he explained.

“The game is still running the same core instruction set, regardless of platform,” said Sean Langley, TransGaming’s producer for EVE Online. “We’re simply providing an environment for the Windows product to run in. There’s no translation of code.”

“In fact, we’ve found that in some cases, such as model loading, the Mac version actually runs a bit faster than the Windows version, because of efficiencies in the Mac file system,” said McAuley.

Follow the links below for more information.

EVE Online Forums: Revelations 2.3 Patch Coming November 6
Macworld Game Room: EVE Online Dev Discussion
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Inside Mac Games Reviews Monopoly Here & Now
3:11 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Monopoly Here & Now, a modern version of the classic board game. Here's a clip from the review:

Past Monopoly video games have suffered slowdowns but this one doesn't. The AI is not the best when it comes to trades. Sometimes they refuse acceptable trades for them that would give them a property they need. Other times they readily accept to give you a property you need for almost nothing.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games Review: Monopoly Here & Now
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Apple Updates MacBook Line
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | 11 comments

Perhaps not wishing to steal the thunder from the current Leopard freight train, Apple has quietly updated their MacBook line of laptops. The bump this time around is minor, with the main shift being the move to the Santa Rosa platform. The new platform architecture includes an 800MHz FSB (up from 667) and an Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphic chip with 144MB of DDR2 SDRAM (up from a GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM).

Processors remain the Core2Duos, with a 2.2GHz processor replacing the older 2.16GHz one. The 2.0GHz is also still available. In addition, the laptops now feature support for up to 4GB of memory. For those looking for more storage space, a 250GB 5400rpm HD is now an option across the board and goes for $150.

The MacBook Pro received an even smaller update, and now offers a BTO option for a 2.6GHz Core2Duo processor for an additional $250.

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Custer Is King
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

This week's desktop, courtesy as always of IMG's own Brad Custer, focuses on the upcoming expansion pack World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King from Blizzard Entertainment which is greatly anticipated by many in the Mac gaming community.

Here's what Brad had to say:

With our recent first look of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King from Blizzard Entertainment my inbox has been flooded with emails for eye candy from the upcoming title. Of course, I enjoy honoring all your requests and venturing back into the realm we all love so much. I was able to make this week's wallpaper with the help of Blizzard Entertainment and the newly released fan site kit. I simply entitled this selection, "Wrath", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
Custer's latest is available in a variety of sizes at Custer's Desktops.

Custer's Desktops

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Championship Manager 2008 Available Now
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming has announced the digital download release of Championship Manager 2008, released the same time as the PC version. The box product will follow in a couple of weeks. The football (soccer) sim features team stats updated to the end of the August transfer window, 25% more players and staff, 27 playable nations, and multiplayer action for players using one Mac.

Think you can do better? It's your decisions that count: your budget, your buys, your formation, your tactics... your chance to prove it! Use your skills and knowledge to manage your club the way you feel it should be — now it's your turn.

All football fans around the world, believe they know more about football than anybody else. More than the guy sat next to them at the match, more than the people commentating on the game, more than the manager of their local team.

Championship Manager is the closest you'll ever come to the highs and lows of real football management.
Championship Manager 2008 costs $39.99 and requires OSX 10.3.9, a PPC or Intel CPU, 256MB RAM, a GeForce 2MX/Radeon 9200 or better, 64Mb VRAM, 400Mb free disk space, and an Internet connection for product registration.

Follow the links below to learn more about the game and to download the demo.

Championship Manager 2008
Championship Manager 2008 Demo
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Europa Universalis III Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Virtual Programming has announced the digital download format release of Europa Universalis III, with a boxed version following soon. EU 3 is a new chapter in the popular Paradox Interactive world domination strategy series. The game delves into the areas of exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy.

Players take command of a nation and guide it through the ages with the goal of becoming a great global empire. EU 3 gives players a great deal of freedom in how they choose to rule the nation of their choice, selected from one of over 250 historically accurate countries.

Some features of Europa Universalis III:

o Players can enjoy over 300 years of game play by starting at ANY date between 1453 and 1789
o Nation building is flexible: decide your own form of government, the structure of your society, trade politics and much more. The possibilities are endless
o A lush topographic map in full 3D allows for a rich and complete world view, and contains more than 1700 provinces and sea zones
o Have more than a thousand historical leaders and over 4000 historical Monarchs at your disposal
o Manage more than 100 individual unit troops to secure as much power as possible
o Co-operative multiplayer mode allows several players to work together to controla single nation
o Customize your game: Europa Universalis III gives you the chance to
customizeand mod practically anything your heart may desire.Join the
constantly growing and incredibly talented Paradox modding community!
o Play online via LAN, Internet or Metaserver, take on fellow Mac or PC users!
System Requirements:
- OS X 10.3.9 or higher
- Intel or PPC G5
- GeForce 5200, Radeon 9600 or GMA950
- 64 MB VRAM, 512 MB RAM
- 700 MB hard disk space
- Broadband connection for Internet play
- Internet connection for registration
Europa Universalis III costs $39.99. Click over to the site below for a chance to learn more about the game.

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Apple Games Features Tiger Woods 2008
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Apple Games' most recent feature takes a swing at reviewing Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2008, one of several Cider powered EA titles available for Intel Macs. This version of the game includes more of all the features and settings fans of the golf sim series have come to appreciate. The article includes a review of the game and a run down of some of the included golf courses.

When you embark on a Tiger Challenge, you guide an amateur golfer through a series of progressively difficult tasks, such as driving the ball farther than your opponents or completing all the par-three holes on a certain course. Finish a challenge with at least a bronze medal and unlock the adjacent ones on the hex grid. Each group of challenges culminates in an 18-hole head-to-head match with a pro; the finale pits you against Tiger.

You can also embark on the PGA Tour with your amateur golfer, whose physical appearance you customize from their face to their shoes. Play up to 30 years of a career, competing in each season’s 16 events and earning points toward qualification for the FedExCup Championship. The top 144 golfers gain the right to tee off in the first of the FedExCup’s four tournaments, with the field cut down to 120, 70, and 30 for the next three tournaments.

If you’d rather head straight to the FedExCup Championship with one of the game’s 23 pro golfers, you can do that too. Choose from Tiger, Annika Sorenstam, Vijay Singh, John Daly, and other top golfers from around the world. Each player earns points depending on their success in each of the four tournaments; the grand champion is the golfer with the highest cumulative total after the final hole has been played.
The full article is available at the link below.

Apple Games: Tiger Woods 2008
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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2008
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Macgamestore: Cake Mania Available For Download
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has added Sandlot Games' Cake Mania to its list of downloadable titles.

In the game Players help the protagonist Jill save her grandparents' bakery by building a successful business. Players upgrade equipment, set up 4 different types of bakeries in exotic locales, and serve up confectionary delights to a variety of customers in the game's 48 levels.

Help a young baker show big bad business who's boss in this fast-paced treat. When the retail behemoth "Mega-Mart" moves in, Jill's beloved family bakery is forced to close. But she's determined to get the business back on its feet with delicious sweets. Help Jill open her own bakery, bring in customers, and earn enough money to re-open her grandparents' bakery. Featuring 48 levels and four different bakeries, Cake Mania is full of mouth-watering fun. Let's get cookin'!
Cake Mania costs $19.95 and requires OS X 10.3.9.

Head over to Macgamestore site to learn more.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, November 1, 2007

Aspyr: GH3 USB Guitar, ETQW Nears Final Testing, NN2 Delayed6:00 AM
Atomic Cannon 3.0 Beta Update6:00 AM
Guitar Hero III System Requirements Revealed6:00 AM
Macgamestore: Bookworm Deluxe UB Download Available6:00 AM
Pirates Of The Caribbean Online Released6:00 AM
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