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X-Arcade Trackball Coming In November
7:58 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 2 comments

Xgaming Inc today announced that it will be releasing the X-Arcade Trackball, a gaming trackball device for Mac and PC gamers, in November. Retailing for $99.95, the X-Arcade Trackball is built with the same industrial-grade arcade materials as arcade machines popular in bars and arcades in the 80s.

According to Xgaming, the X-Arcade Trackball will work with any Mac game, including game emulators such as MacMAME. For more information, head over to the Xgaming web site.

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Requirements Set, Pre-Order Available
1:00 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr has announced that it has set the final system requirements for RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. They are as follows:

Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
CPU Processor: PowerPC G4/G5
CPU Speed: 1.0GHz or faster
Memory: 256 MB or higher
Hard Disk Space: 2.0 GB free disk space
Video Card (ATI): Radeon 9000 or better
Video Card (NVidia): GeForce FX5200 or better
Video Memory (VRam): 32 MB or higher
In related news, Macgamestore.com has begun taking pre-orders for Aspyr's upcoming RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. It is available for $49.95 and is expected to ship in November.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is the first in the highly successful Rollercoaster Tycoon series to come to Mac. The game features stunning 3D graphics, and the all-new CoasterCam, which allows players to see their park from the eyes of a guest and ride all the rides. Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 also features amazing crowd scenes with enhanced park guests and characters, more than 170 rides including new-to-the-franchise roller coaster types, realistic day and night cycles with superb lighting effects, extensive still-picture and movie-making capability, and the new Fireworks MixMaster, which allows players to create pyrotechnic masterpieces and synchronize them to music.

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Apple Updates Hot Deals
8:31 AM | Tuncer Deniz

MacConnection has fantastic prices on essential Mac products, including the Olympus IR-300 5mp Digital Camera, Macromedia Studio 8 Upgrade, Adobe Acrobat 7 Pro Upgrade with Total Training for Acrobat Pro DVD, Markzware FlightCheck Studio for Adobe InDesign, Logitech Wireless Headphones for iPod, Microsoft Office 2004 Standard Edition, and much more.

J&R has great prices on top quality Mac products, including Newer Technology 4800 mAh 12" PowerBook G4 Replacement Battery, Belkin iPod Battery Backup Pack, Battery Technologies TuneStir FM Transmitter Receiver and Remote for iPod, Epson Stylus RX620 Multifunction Machine, Griffin AirClick Wireless Remote Control for Mac, and much more.

IMG Posts Justin Fic Games Interview
8:09 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Today, IMG posted an interview with Justin Ficarrotta, the creator of Justin Fic Games. Justin's recent games include Kill Dr. Cote, Arachnoid: Destroyer of Worlds, and the Freeverse published Kill Monty. Justin tells us how he became a sucessful Mac developer, and gives us the scoop on some new features coming to Kill Monty.

To read the interview, click the link below.

IMG Interviews Kill Monty's Justin Ficarrotta
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World of Warcraft Plague Spreads
8:03 AM | Blake Buck | 7 comments

IGN recently posted an article addressing some issues many players were having with rampant plagues on some servers in World of Warcraft, the popular online RPG by Blizzard Entertainment. Through an exploit in an instanced dungeon, players were able to transmit a highly leathal plague across several zones on a server. From the IGN article:

A new instanced dungeon, Zul'Gurub, has opened up, and one of the monsters within has an attack that infects the player with a spreadable disease inflicting 263 to 337 damage every 2 seconds. It cannot be cured by spells, potions, or other abilities available to players, and was not apparently intended to spread outside of the instance. One of the features of WoW is the ability to teleport back to a capital city once an hour, which proves to be very problematic in this situation.
Thankfully, Blizzard was able to respond quickly and fixed the situation before it escalated any further. To view the entire IGN article, click the link below.

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Cosmic Blobs Reviewed
8:02 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Macworld Game Room recently reviewed SolidWorks' Cosmic Blobs, a 3D design studio targeted at elementary and junior high school children. An easy to use interface allows kids to take simple 3D geometric shapes, combine and mold them into works of digital art, and finally animate them. Cosmic Blobs received a 3.5 out of 5 from the Game Room.

From the review:

Cosmic Blobs is targeted at elementary and junior-high kids who are interested in 3-D design, but arenít anywhere near ready for intricate and pricey 3-D software such as Aliasí Maya. Cosmic Blobsí main interface has a central main stage for showing a kidís creations, and around the outside of the stage is a fun, factory-like interface with tools and other options. Along with offering common painting tools for drawing, color, shapes, and lines, Cosmic Blobs allows the budding designer to tug and stretch putty-like 3-D objects. This doughy metaphor works well, allowing a young designer to quickly spin and rotate simple elastic objects (spheres, cones, and cubes, for example) as a start, and then select from a menu of different types of simulated pulls and stretches to mold these into the desired shape. They can then effortlessly add other prebuilt elements to their work (eyes, mouths, and other body parts) as well as different textures and colors to create an almost limitless number of people and things.
For the full review click on the link below.

Macworld Game Room: Cosmic Blobs
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Reviews In The Myst
7:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

With the release of Myst V: End of Ages the final chapter in the Myst saga has come to a close. Today we have two reviews of the new game, one from IGN and another from Gamespot. Myst V managed an 8.8 out of ten from IGN and a 7.9 out of 10 from Gamespot.

From the IGN review:

The story in End of Ages feels a bit more personal than in previous chapters, mainly due to a greater sense of player participation. Usually, narrative in Myst is linear and non-interactive, with player action having little effect on the outcome of the story. While End of Ages takes a similar approach, there's a greater sense of involvement due to the nature of the story. End of Ages is all about choices. Players explore the game knowing they'll have a very important decision to make at the end; a decision that seals the fate of the D'ni civilization. This does more than end the series on a personal note; it adds another layer of immersion to an already immersive experience.
From the Gamespot review:
Fortunately, Myst V does succeed at presenting you with some difficult, interesting puzzles. Pattern recognition and keen observation of subtle cause and effect will help you overcome the environmental challenges impeding your progress. Your journey through Myst V will primarily take you through four different worlds, or "ages," and the goal in each one is to find a special object whose power can only be harnessed once it's found in all four ages. In each age, you'll find a slate--a mystical stone tablet, which you may pick up and carry around and also inscribe with special symbols.
For both reviews and more information about the game follow the links listed below.

Gamespot: Myst V Review
IGN: Myst V Review
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Mac Games News for Thursday, September 22, 2005

Macgamestore: Zoo Tycoon Complete In Stock11:02 AM
X-Plane 8.17 Adds a Smart Installer8:33 AM
BlizzCon Original Song Contest8:32 AM
GameSpy Feature: Games Ratings8:32 AM
Aspyr Releases DOOM 3 Demo8:31 AM
Brave Kid Games Releases Kubi8:31 AM
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