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Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 at Alpha
8:34 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Aspyr has recently updated their Games Project Status page, which now lists Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 as being in Alpha status. The latest incarnation in the popular simulation series, RT3 introduces a robust 3D engine into the mix, giving the game some new dimensions and allowing for a variety of additions, including complete camera control.

Some of the listed features are as follows:

  • Meet the challenge of the renowned RollerCoaster Tycoon gameplay - can you progress to 'Tycoon' level in "Career" mode?
  • Build your dream park with unlimited funds in "Sandbox" mode
  • Create pyrotechnic wonders with the incredible Fireworks MixMaster!
  • Add your own music to rides and fireworks shows
  • Design your park with 5 fun themes: Generic, Spooky, Western, Adventure and Sci-fi
Aspyr is currently targeting November 2005 as the release date for this title.

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IMG Posts One On One With Glenda Adams
12:33 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted the 26th part in an ongoing conversation between old friends Glenda Adams, Mac gaming goddess and Director of PC and Mac development at Aspyr Media, and Tuncer Deniz, publisher and editor-in-chief of IMG.

Topics covered this time around include Aspyr's upcoming releases including Stubbs The Zombie, the DOOM 3 demo, thoughts on the Apple switch to Intel, and more.

One on One With Glenda Adams (Part 26)

New publication from Apple Developer Connection
10:47 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The Apple Developer Connection Web site (ADC) has published From PC to Universal Binaries with Xcode: SolidWorks Brings eDrawings to Mac OS X. SolidWorks ported their eDrawings Viewer CAD tool from Windows, and they made sure it was a true Macintosh application. As a result, the
application shines on Mac OS X. Read the article to learn the benefits of doing it right..

From PC to Universal Binaries with Xcode

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Black & White 2 Turns Into Gold
8:38 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Yesterday, Lionhead Studios announced that their unique god RTS game, Black & White 2 has finally gone gold for the PC. With this landmark reached comes the hope that their will be an announcement sometime soon to port the Black & White sequel to to the Macintosh platform. Furthermore, with all the anticipation surrounding the game, Lionhead created an image of their game going gold that may be worth a thousand words when it is released worldwide for the PC on October 7, 2005.

Please follow the links below to view the illustrated announcement and to learn more information.

Black & White 2 Goes Gold
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WarCraft III Patches
8:37 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Blizzard has released major updates for both WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos and WarCraft III: Frozen Throne bringing both games to version 1.19. Both patches adds new and improved maps, balancing changes, and enhancements in the World Editor. This update should be available to Macinotsh users very soon.

WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos

Added ground anti-air creep to both center goldmines.
Added ground anti-air creep to both center Goblin Merchants.

Removed center creep camp and neutral building
Reduced the creep level of the two center goldmines from a Red camp to Green camps.
Opened up all choke points on the map.
Added trees to all start locations to ensure better balance with all races...

Creep-dropped item sell prices have been standardized. Items of the same level will now always sell for the same amount.
Ensnare duration reduced from 15 seconds to 12 seconds.

WarCraft III: Frozen Throne
Added range creep to expansion goldmines.
Replaced both Fountain of Health with Mercenary camps and changed the creep composition so that itís not all piercing attack.
Replaced the mana fountain with a Market Place and changed the level 3 perm item drop to level 3 charged items.
Replaced one Troll Trapper with an equal level Ogre to the all troll trapper green camp next to each start location.

Creep-dropped item sell prices have been standardized. Items of the same level will now generally sell for the same amount.
These are just a few of the changes in the patches. Please follow the links below to view the complete list of changes and to learn more information.

Trigger Editor
The "Image" category and actions now appear after the "Item" category...

These are just a few of the numerous changes in both game patches. Please follow the links below to learn more about the patches and the WarCraft games.

WarCraft III Patches
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El Ballo Release Nearing?
8:36 AM | Blake Buck | 2 comments

While not exactly an official announcement, visitors to Ambrosia Software's website will notice that their latest game, El Ballo has been removed from the Upcoming page. Perhaps this is a sign that the game is very close to release? Or maybe El Ballo has slipped one too many dates and has been dropped?

Either way, fans can expect some official news in the coming days. Stay tuned to IMG for more information. To visit the Ambrosia website, click the link below.

Ambrosia Software
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Unity Dashboard Challenge Winners Revealed
8:36 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Over The Edge Entertainment has announced the winners of its Unity Dashboard Challenge, a contest which asked entrants to create a game using the Unity game development and widget creation software. A grand prize winner and a runner up were chosen for each of three categories.

The People's Love Ballot category, based on visitor votes, went to Open Fire Beta 12. The action widget allows players to wipe out armies of tanks and jeeps driving across the screen. Banana Warehouse, a game involving using a forklift to move crates of bananas, won runner up honors.

The Grand Prix of the Jury category winner, chosen by OTEE employees, was Overwhelmed Arena: a polished arcade space shooter with four ships to choose from, two levels, and advanced enemy AI. Runner up postion went to Isle of Towerguard, a 3D world exploration widget based on an artist's sketch.

The Project Files of Deep Wisdom category, chosen from games which were open source, was given to SpaceDoc. The game tasks players with navigating a dangerous asteroid field to rescue the stranded passengers of disabled vessels. Sol System Defender, an arcade shooter also set in outer space, managed to snag runner up position.

The grand prize winner of The People's Love Ballot received a Unity Pro license and an ATI Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition. The Grand Prix of the Jury winner also received an X800 in addition to a license for Unity Indie. The project Files of Deep Wisdom winner received a license for Unity Indie and the best five entrants in the category scored a copy of Ambrosia's Gooball.

Runner ups won an Inside Mac Games Pro subscription, and all entrants to the contest were given a 15% off coupon for the purchase of the Unity software.

To learn more about the contest winners and to download the game widgets follow the link below.

Unity Dashboard Challenge Winners
Unity Technologies
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Littlewing Newsletter: A Chance To Win An Upcoming Title
8:35 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In their recent newsletter LittleWing, creators of such computerized pinball titles as Jinni Zeala and Crystal Caliburn, announced work on an as yet unnamed pinball title scheduled for release sometime this winter. The newsletter offers fans a chance to win a key code for the new game by filling out a brief questionnaire at the LittleWing website.

"Which is your favorite LittleWing game?" and "What is your favorite real arcade pinball machine?"
Answer our online questionnaire and win a free Key-Code for our new LittleWing pinball game.
The newsletter also mentions new Golden Logres wallpaper available for download. The questionnaire and wallpaper can be found at the links below.

Littlewing Pinball Questionnaire
Free Golden Logres Wallpaper

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DoomChronicles Releases Mac Patch
8:35 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The folks at DoomChronicles have recently released a patch that allows gamers playing the Mac version of Doom 3 to run the latest version of their demo, which is currently at version 2. The demo allows users to experience the single player game of the Doom 3 mod as well as the multiplayer aspect, which allows for both Mac and PC players.

The DoomChronicles mod seeks to introduce squad-based combat into the Doom 3 universe.

A mod based on intense, squad based combat to bring you the most exciting Doom Mod ever! This mod is not just "another Doom 3 mod" allowing you to revisit Doom 3's Horror based gameplay, but rather completely reinventing it! By combining intense action with over the top fear, we plan on taking you on a journey you will never forget.
Both the Mac patch and the demo files are available for download directly from the DoomChronicles site. Installation instructions can also be found there.

DoomChronicles - DoomChroniclesDemo Mac Patch
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Mini Stubbs the Zombie Interview
8:34 AM | Eddie Park | 1 comment has posted a short, rather interesting interview with Matt Soell of Wideload Games. With their current project Stubbs the Zombie in the works, the focus of the interview somehow settles upon zombie flatuence, mainly focusing on how it was created.

The zombie fart sound is built from five or six separate effects, twisted and warped and edited beyond recognition. It consists mostly of canned fart effects from sound libraries, but they are mixed together with one or two live performances (so to speak) from Mitch Apley, who also provided Stubbs' belch for the trailer we released a while back.
Also available at the site are some links to some new sound samples from the upcoming game, including shorts from the soundtrack CD.
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Mac Games News for Monday, September 19, 2005

IMG Feature: Mature Games And Minors12:03 PM
iGuard 2 Released7:10 AM
Interview with X-Plane Creator7:10 AM
Macworld Serves Up Superstar Chefs7:10 AM
Preview in Black & White 27:10 AM
The Slacker's Guide Gets Drafted7:10 AM
World Of Warcraft: Wanted Poster Contest7:10 AM
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