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Interview with X-Plane Creator
7:10 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Macologist recently posted an interview with Austin Meyer, the creator of X-Plane. X-Plane is an ultra-realistic flight simulator, so realistic that the FAA approved it to be incorporated into simulators to log flight training time. From the Macologist interview:

Macologist: Have you run X-Plane on a dev Intel Mac?

Austin: No, I haven't, but I already know it's going to run great. It'll run fast as hell. Windows PCs give you more speed for the dollar, although I don't use them because Windows sucks. The new Intel macs will be as fast as the Windows machines, and better. The only thing I would've done differently is switch to AMD instead of Intel.

To view the entire interview, or to visit the X-Plane website, click the links below.

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Macologist Interview - Austin Meyer of X-Plane
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IMG Feature: Mature Games And Minors
12:03 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 3 comments

IMG has posted a new feature called Mature Games and Minors, and looks at how the game industry has had its share of controversy over the years about the violence and sex found in video games. This summer's "Hot Coffee" fiasco has even focused the attention of lawmakers on video games. IMG's Michael Miller explores the history of controversy in the video game industry and its impact.

To check out the article, please follow the link below.

IMG Feature: Mature Games And Miinors

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Preview in Black & White 2
7:10 AM | Anthony Wang | 3 comments

Yahoo Videogames recently posted a preview of the upcoming Black & White 2. Developed by Lionhead Studios, this highly anticipated strategy title is the sequel to the successful, but flawed original Black & White game. The preview focuses on gameplay, creature mechanics to the new interface and even a few perks enhanced from the original such as zooming in on the action.

Some aspects of the gameplay will be familiar, like the look of the world, the Molyneux-trademark idea that your actions change the world's character, and the infamous "creature" - a huge beast that can roam the map, imitating your actions and learning from your behavior. Others are new, like the greatly expanded range of buildings, RTS-like creation of military units, new miracles, and a more complicated resource system.
Please follow the links below to read the entire preview and to learn more information.

Yahoo Videogames: Black & White 2 Preview
Lionhead Studios
Black & White II

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The Slacker's Guide Gets Drafted
7:10 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Mac Observer's Slacker's Guide recently explored the online world of World War II Online. A combination role playing game and first person shooter, WWII unfolds at a slower pace than the typical frenetic action of other online war games. The Guide examines how this pace lends itself to depth of gameplay and strong cooperation between players.

If anything kept me coming back to this game, it was the team element. While World of Warcraft will allow a player to go far alone, this has never been the case with World War II Online. Here a player must work within a unit in order to survive and the player who decides to try to take a town alone will find themselves hard pressed to survive for long, especially after the enemy notices the capture points within the town being taken and sends forces to explore the disturbance.

Join a unit and you join a family, a group that will help you train both online and offline (the best way to get a feel for the game's dozens of vehicles that a player can spawn as), that's usually happy to answer any question. Even if a campaign to capture a city takes the better part of an evening, there's a sense of teamwork that's unparalleled in any other online game as a general coordinates the overall attack while section leaders might guide the air, tank and troop strikes that make up the effort.

Follow the links below for the complete article and more information about the game.

The Slacker's Guide: World War II Online
Strategy First
Cornered Rat Software
World War II Online

Macworld Serves Up Superstar Chefs
7:10 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Recently Macworld's Game Room examined Superstar Chefs, a Mac Joy shareware title. The platform arcade game allows one or two players to help a pair of chefs collect stolen recipes scattered across the game's colorful levels. Cheerful graphics and fun gameplay make Superstar Chefs a recommended part of any gamer's diet and earn the game four and a half out of five stars.

From the review:

Under your direction, adorable, bug-eyed cartoon chefs must search every level, jumping to reach fruit change platforms, or avoid obstacles. Collect all the fruits on the screen and youíll proceed to the next level. Troublemakers such as birds, fish, and crazy-eyed bats populate each level. You can try to avoid them, but itís also fun to stomp on them for extra points.

Each level is filled with colorful graphics, smooth animations, and a wealth of visual distractions such as conveyer belts, elevators, spikes, lifts, and cannons. The gameís bright and happy sound effects help to make this game cuter than a basket full of puppies. Every time I launched it and the music started up, my kids would appear out of nowhere to watch me play, comment, and hum along with the music.

For the full review click the link below.

Macworld Game Room: Superstar Chefs
Superstar Chefs

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World Of Warcraft: Wanted Poster Contest
7:10 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard's World of Warcraft site is featuring a new contest for players with an artistic flair. Players are asked to create a wanted poster for any monster or character of which they are sick and tired. Sponsored by The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, the contest will award five lucky winners an iPod Nano and other prizes.

Greetings, fellow Azerothians. We here at the RPSA bring you news of the direst nature. Criminals, ninja-looters, and raid wipers have been showing up in increased numbers all over the world. It's time someone did something about it, and we charge you, the adventurers of Azeroth, with that task! What we need are talented artists to create Wanted posters depicting their arch nemeses, kodo thieves, two-headed ninja-looters, or any monster or character that has otherwise gotten on their last nerve.
For more information about the contest and prizes follow the links below.

WoW: Wanted Poster Contest
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
Blizzard Entertainment
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iGuard 2 Released
7:10 AM | Blake Buck | 2 comments

iGuard was recently updated to version 2.0. iGuard is the anti-cheat mod for Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, and this latest version adds support for Athena Sword and improves cheat detection. Here's the list of changes:

  • Interaction Bot Detectors
  • iGuard no longer scans directory files
  • New exec scanners and txt hacks scanners/locators
  • Added extended logging reports
  • Compatible with all third-party maps and mods
To download iGuard 2.0, click the link below.

iGuard 2.0 Download
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Mac Games News for Friday, September 16, 2005

Macgamestore: Three New Titles In Stock12:35 PM
Apple Updates Hot Deals9:33 AM
Survival Of The Fittest In Darwinia9:24 AM
WoW Another Custer Desktop9:24 AM
Exploring Atlantis9:23 AM
Myst V Review9:23 AM
LEGO Star Wars Review & Video Review9:22 AM
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