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Thursday, January 3, 2002

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Geneforge Update Released
10:40 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

IMG reported late in December on a beta update from Spiderweb Software for their "RPG with a twist," Geneforge. For those not adventurous enough to deal with beta software, they have made the official, non-beta update available today. The download is a quick grab at only 844 KB, making it an easy update for anyone with a 'Net connection. The 1.0.1 update fixes a number of relatively minor issues in the game, and it will work on both the demo or registered versions.

The Geneforge support page at the Spiderweb web site also makes note of some issues still outstanding. If you're having troubles with keyboard freezing or resolution switching, head over there for the lowdown on what the problem might be. While Geneforge isn't yet Carbonized to run natively under Mac OS X, it should play nicely in OS X's Classic mode. Apparently it is possible to have a few issues under Classic as well though:

Some users have had difficulties getting perfect performance from Geneforge on OS X. Spiderweb Software has plans to carbonize all of our newer games in the Summer of 2002. Until then, while Geneforge is playable on OS X, troubles with the classic environment may cause difficulties.
  • When the OS X screensaver becomes active, it can mess up the Geneforge screen or even crash the game. As a workaround, if you are in the habit of leaving Geneforge running while you go elsewhere, increase the time until the screensaver goes active.
  • Sometimes, if you are playing Geneforge on screen resolutions greater than 800x600, when using Command-Tab to switch applications and returning to the game, the black borders do not redraw completely. This does not look very good, but it doesn't harm the game.
Again, we apologize for this ugliness. We will have Geneforge playing nice with OS X within a few months.
So the good news is that we can expect native OS X versions of the company's newer titles this summer (presumably Geneforge, Avernum 2, and maybe even 3). Stay tuned to IMG for the latest on all of their old-school RPGs.

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MGF: Geneforge 1.0.1 (844 KB)

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