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Mac Version of The Sims 2 Coming
7:57 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

During a recent community chat on The Sims 2 web site, a Maxis representative confirmed what many have been speculating for months; that a Macintosh version of the highly anticipated sequel, The Sims 2, is headed our way. Maxis General Manager, Neil Young, told the chat audience that the Mac version will be coming but that a firm release date hasn't been announced yet.

Here's a clip from the chat:

PLEASE ANSWER THIS QUESTION!! I am a die hard macintosh user and I realize that the sims2 is coming out for PC's only. Will a mac version of the sims2 come out? if so, when?!?!

I am a Mac user too! There will be a Mac version of Sims 2 - We haven't announced the release date yet.

While this doesn't constitute an official announcement, Mac fans of the original The Sims will be glad to know that it is definitely on the way. Be sure to stay tuned to IMG for any further announcements.

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OWC Offers SuperDrives For Most G3s, G4s, G5s
1:08 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG Sponsor Other World Computing (OWC) today announced a full line of CD-R/RW+DVD(R/RW SuperDrive upgrades for most Apple PowerMac G3s, G4s and G5s, the Apple G4 Cube and select Apple PowerBook computers.

Internal 8x-speed SuperDrives for most PowerMac models start at just $99, with many special software and media bundle options available to choose from. Internal 2x- and 4x-speed SuperDrive upgrades for PowerBook G4 15-inch "Titanium" 400MHz-1GHz models are available from $179.95, and internal 2x- and 4x-speed SuperDrive upgrades for the PowerMac G4 Cube start at $329.95.

"With our full line of internal SuperDrive upgrade kits, it's easy to add high-speed DVD- and CD-burning capability to most any existing Apple model," said Larry O'Connor, president of OWC. "And the best part is we are able to provide compatibility with all of the popular software applications including Apple iDVD, Apple DVD Studio, Apple DiscBurner, Apple iTunes, Roxio Toast, CharisMac Discribe, NTI Dragonburn and others."

In addition to the internal upgrades, OWC also offers external solutions such as the OWC Mercury Pro 8x DVR-107 DVD(R/RW FireWire/USB SuperDrive solution for $179.95 and the OWC Neptune 4x DVR-107 FireWire-only solution for $159.95. Both the Mercury Pro DVR-107 and the Neptune DVR-107 are plug-and-play-compatible with virtually any Macintosh or PC system with an available FireWire and/or USB port (for Mercury solution only). Also, both include Dantz Retrospect backup and restore software, NTI Dragonburn, five pieces of DVD-R media and 25 pieces of CD-R media.

"Our SuperDrive solutions have had very positive reviews from the press and from customers alike, with the Mercury Pro DVD/CD recording solution receiving an Editor's Choice designation in the August 2004 edition of MacAddict and rating of four mice out of five from Macworld," O'Connor said. "These high-quality upgrades make burning CDs and DVDs quick and easy, and whether a customer needs an internal upgrade or an external solution, OWC is able to quite literally bring older computers 'up to speed' better than ever before."

All OWC internal and external SuperDrives come with a one-year warranty and step-by-step instructions for easy installation. OWC also offers a trade-in rebate of up to $79 for the return of a properly functioning Apple CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM or DVD-RW drive replaced by a new OWC internal SuperDrive upgrade.

More information on pricing, ordering and availability for OWC SuperDrives can be found online at www.macsales.com/superdrive.

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Shareware Puzzle Game tesl8 Updated
12:36 PM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Independent game developers Alien Sands have recently updated the Mac version of their geometric puzzle game tesl8.

tesl8 is a "frustratingly fun" puzzle game in which players need to restore jumbled puzzles of simple geometric shapes back to their original state by flipping lines of adjacent tiles. Puzzles are comprised of four geometric shapes, four different tiles sizes, and up to eight different tiles colours or patterns, allowing for a wide range of possible permutations.

The game's Mac update, version 1.2, was released in conjunction with the release of the game's Windows version. While a free, 12-level trial version of the game is available through the link below, registering the trial version for $12.95 USD unlocks all 24 levels of the game, an additional tiles size, and the hexagon tile set.

Check out the game by downloading the game from the link below -

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Jay Moore Speaks On Indie Game Production
12:17 PM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Game programming resource center Gamasutra.com has recently published an interview with GarageGames' evangelist and all-around nice guy Jay Moore.

GarageGames, owners of the content creating Torque 3D gaming engine, provide independent game developers access to a high quality gaming engine and a complete toolbox of design applications at a fraction of the cost of regular game engine licenses. The low-cost gaming system is the backbone for many popular cross-platform games - Orbz, ThinkTanks, Dark Horizons: Lore, as well as the upcoming GravRally.

In the interview, Jay speaks on the challenges of surviving as an indie developer, compares and contrasts the different distribution channels currently available, and touches on the company's commitment to providing content beyond the Windows platform:

"Back in the day, we'd consider any platform with over 100,000 installed base as being worth making games for. I think that Mac OS X is headed toward the twelve million mark, so I think it's about economies of scale for an independent developer. Even Linux is gaining desktop popularity and can be a good revenue stream."
Readers interested in the GarageGames model, and budding game developers alike should check out the article by clicking on the link below. Readers can also check out an interview with Jeff Tunnell, legendary game developer and one of the GarageGames' principals.

Interview With GarageGames' Jay Moore (free subscription required)
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Aspyr Announces MTX: Mototrax For Mac And PC
8:30 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media today announced it will be publishing MTX: Mototrax for the Mac and PC. The game is currently at beta and is expected to ship late September 2004.

Here's more from the official press release:

The title, licensed by Activision, and under development at Beenox, forces players to use skills and savvy to beat the pros in a quest to become the ultimate MX athlete. MTX: Mototrax™ delivers thrilling. mud-slinging, fast-paced racing action at 60 frames per second. Compete in career mode through Motocross, Supercross, Freestyle and offroad events, backed by real-world racing teams and sponsors. Players become further involved in their quest for track domination with authentic environmental effects, realistic sound engines and a pulsating rock soundtrack developed exclusively for the game.
Check out the Aspyr website for more details.

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ActionSoft Seeks Beta Testers
8:15 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

ActionSoft is looking for beta testers for its upcoming shareware game Midnight Mansion, espected to be finished in about a month. According to ActionSoft, they are looking for testers who have a lot of free time, good writing skills, and an eye for detail. Young testers in the 7-12 year-old range are also wanted, provided they know how to find the Application Support folder and upload files from it.

If you're interested in beta testing the game, send off an email to support@actionsoft.com. To check out the game, including screenshots, head over to the official web site.


Mac Games News for Tuesday, July 27, 2004

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IMG Store: 10 Percent Off All Orders Returns9:53 AM
Blizzard on Simultaneous Development8:21 AM
Feral Releases Enemy Engaged Guide8:21 AM
RPG Minions of Mirth for OS X8:21 AM
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