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IMG Podcast LIVE! Today
6:00 AM | Blake Buck | 11 comments

This afternoon, IMG will host another episode of it's newest feature, the IMG Podcast LIVE! The IMG Podcast recording will now be broadcasted live via a shoutcast streaming audio server and feature an active chat. This allows listeners to participate in the show in real-time. We'll even be taking a call or two via Skype.

To listen to the show, simply download the following audio file:


Double-click it to launch in iTunes and connect to the audio stream. The show starts at 4:00 PM Eastern (1:00 PM Pacific) [9:00 PM UK], and we'll be playing some of your favorite Apple hits beforehand as well.

To participate in the live chat, launch iChat, click file, select "Go to Chat..", and type "imglive" in the box. If you'd like to call into the show via Skype, just send a message to "imgpodcast", or dial 231-HEAT-D-GO from any regular phone.

For fans of the classic podcast, fear not. After the live show's finished it will be availble for download via the podcast feed the day after.

So be sure to bring your heat to the table, because you've got a hot date tonight...

IMG Podcast Episode 28

Macgamestore: X-Plane 7 DVD Edition, Kakuro Quest Shipping
7:44 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

X-Plane 8 Deluxe (7 DVD Edition) is now available through Macgamestore.com for $59.95. The package includes X-Plane plus new worldwide global scenery. The disk requirement to install the entire planet is 60 GIG. The game ships on seven dual-alyer DVDs... each of which contains about 8 gig of scenery, each for a different part of the world. Install only USA, Canada, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, or Australia to use less than the full 60 GIG of hard drive space, if you like.

Lost Sock Games has released their second game for the Macintosh platform, Kakuro Quest. In partnership with Macgamestore.com, the game is now available as a digital download through the popular Macintosh game store for $19.95. A free demo is available for download.

Kakuro Quest puzzles resemble crosswords or Cross Sums which use numbers instead of words. The aim of the game is to fill all the blank squares in the grid with only the numbers 1-9 so that the numbers you enter add up to the corresponding clues. When the grid is filled, the puzzle is complete. The Grid grows from 7X7 to 10X12.

Macgamestore: X-Plane Deluxe (7 DVD Edition)
Macgamestore: Kakuro Quest

Apple Posts New Hot Deals
7:39 PM | Tuncer Deniz

AudioMIDI has deals on a wide variety of Mac software and hardware products including: Absynth 3 - combine synthesis with sampling from Native Instruments for only $149.00; Analog Channel LE from McDSP features playback head control from the TEC original Analog Channel for only $199.42!; get pristine uncompressed 24-bit recording on the go with the R-09 Portable Recorder from Edirol for only $399.00!; get he industry standard stereo audio editing, processing, and mastering application for the Macintosh in Peak Pro 5 from BIAS for only $499.00; and much more.

B&H Photo Video has deals on a wide variety of Mac software and hardware products including: Leica C-LUX-1 6-megapixel compact digital camera for only $495.00!; Sony Cybershot DSC-H2 6-megapixel compact digital camera for only $359.95! SanDisk 1GB Ultra II Secure Digital (SD) memory card for only $49.95; Microtek Scanmaker i800 Pro legal-size flatbed scanner for only $$479.95!; SanDisk 2GB Memory Stick Pro Duo for only $84.95!; Acer AL1951D 19" LCD display with dual VGA/DVE inputs and integrated speakers for only $268.95!; and much more.

J&R Computerworld has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including: Epson CX4800 Stylus all-in-one photo printer and scanner for only $99.99!; get surround sound on your Mac with the Griffin Technology Firewave for only $59.99!; get high-quality audio conversion from any analog source with the Miglia Tech HA02 HarmonyAudio FireWire device for only $174.99!; M-Audio FireWire Audiophile digital audio interface for only $239.99!; the complete collection of the Diablo saga w/2 hint books for only $29.99!; and much more.

MacZone has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including: digitize your old negatives & transparencies with Microtek's ScanMaker i800 Pro Design flatbed scanner w/Digital ICE for only $498.98 after $50.00 mail-in rebate!; make your business output bolder and brighter with the Xerox Phaser 850N solid ink color printer for only $498 after $400.00 rebate!; 250GB WD Media Center external FireWire/USB 2.0 hard drive with 8-in-1 memory card reader from Western Digital for only $189.99!; Eye Candy 5 Bundle includes Eye Candy Textures, Nature and Impact for only $199.98; and much more.

PowerMax has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including: Sportsuit Runabout for the iPod Nano for only $15.88; carry your Mac's software toolbox in your pocket with Techtool Protégé from Micromat for only $219.88; broaden your view with the Acer AL2032W 20" flat-panel 16:9 display with DVI-D and VGA connectors for only $429.88! magnify your favorite students success with the ProScope Kit 50x USB portable handheld digital microscope for only $269.99!; keep important file with you at all times with 1GB zMate USB 2.0 pen flash drive from Dane-Electric for only $27.88!; and much more.

Small Dog Electronics has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including: Glyph Technologies 250GB GT050Q FireWire 800/USB external hard drive - a Hot Deals exclusive - for only $290.00!; another Hot Deals exclusive -Microsoft Office 2004 Student Teacher Edition suite for only $134.00 - PLUS - get an additional $50.00 w/mail-in rebate!; get a Hot Deals exclusive price on Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 w/free shipping for only $79.00!; get the Brenthaven Edge II computer bag for the MacBook Pro w/free 3-day express shipping in black or light blue for only $49.95!; and much more.

Pangea Announces Summer Blast Game Sale
7:08 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 2 comments

Pangea Software today announced their 2006 Summer Game Blast Sale.

For one weekend only, Pangea Software is offering every downloadable game on their web site for only $9.99 each. Every game, no matter which one it is, and no matter what its normal retail price is will be available for the same Summer Blast price of $9.99. All of the Mac games that Pangea has ever published are available for online download purchase, including Bugdom, Bugdom 2, Otto Matic, Billy Frontier, Enigmo, Enigmo 2, Cro-Mag Rally, Firefall, Nanosaur, Nanosaur 2, and Mighty Mike.

This sale starts Friday, July 14th and runs through Sunday, July 16th. Information and download links can all be found on the Pangea Software web site.

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Civilization IV Patch Released
6:59 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 8 comments

Aspyr has posted a beta patch for Civilization IV for the Macintosh. The new patch fixes a nasty bug that caused certain Macs, especially G5's, to run the CPU's excessively. The game should no longer run dual CPU's to 100% capacity. The patch also fixes some missing sounds to play correctly. Other sounds may still be inaudible. A future official release of the Rev A patch will address those.

Here are a few known issues with Civ IV:

If you experience kernel panics on Intel Macs, make sure you have installed the latest version of the OS X 10.4.7 Combo update. If problems persist, turn off FSAA options and/or run the game in a window.

- Some sounds will not play, or will play at such low volume they can't be heard.

The Civilization IV patch is available for download from Macgamefiles.com and weighs in at 15 MB.

Don't have Civilization IV yet? Pick up a copy at Macgamestore.com for $49.95.

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Civilization IV
MGF: Civilization IV Beta 1.61 Rev A
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IMG Posts Puppy Luv Review
6:47 PM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Puppy Luv for the Macintosh. Here's a clip from the review:

The puppies in Puppy Luv are, at a first glance, cute enough. But anything longer than a momentary inspection will reveal that the breeds available to the gamer (Dalmatian, Beagle, Labrador and Mutt), look very little like their real-life counterparts. To begin with, they're all the exact same size and they all behave the exact same way. Harnessing the wealth of processing power the personal computing platform allows, the only visual difference in the dogs is that a different colored graphic skin is painted over a set of nearly identical dog models. And they didn't even get the colors right. The Dalmatian and Labrador are easy enough to get right, but the Beagle is a mix of colors that are only vague approximations of the actual breed's coat. There are facial variations in each of the dogs, but while it makes them different from one another, it doesn't mean they look like the real thing.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Puppy Luv: A New Breed
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Puppy Luv: A New Breed
Buy Puppy Luv: A New Breed

Warren Spector Quotes
11:12 AM | Eddie Park | 3 comments

Next Generation has posted an interesting article concerning a lecture given by Warren Spector, well-known designer of titles such as Deus Ex and System Shock. Given at an Austin Community College, the article presents some of Spector's more interesting ramblings in the form of a series of quotes.

While most of the quotes concern his views on the game industry itself, some of them do allude to other ideas he has as well as where he might possibly like to go. A sampling:

"Steam, I’ve made no secret – I’m not talking about what we’re doing, but I’m working with Valve right now on a Steam delivered project…"

"There is a chance that I will work on a game very soon, that is photo-realistic, and modern-day, because it’s amazing how easily you can be typecast… If I end up working on a photo-realistic, modern-day game where a guy wears dark sunglasses, carries two guns, you know, and shoots his way through…I will kill myself, alright? Not really."

The quotes are quite candid, and paint an interesting view on the current state of the industry, with Spector mentioning everything from his disappointment with the latest E3 to expressing interest in making a game like a musical, complete with singing and dancing.

Next Generation - Warren Spector Quote-by-Quote

Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures Reviewed
11:12 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room recently took a spin in the world of Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures. Radiator Springs Adventures targets young gamers with a series of mini games drawn from scenes in the movie. Several actors from the movie also lend their voice talents to the game. The Game Room gave Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures a score of 4 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

Disney games for younger kids have, in the past, carried the stigma of execrable “Activity Centers” from Disney Interactive. Typically, they were forgettable point-and-click activities with production quality that rarely exceeded shareware level. THQ’s gone in a very different direction with Radiator Springs Adventures—these are a bunch of varied and fun games, though older gamers may want to opt for the more arcade-like Cars game you can buy in Target department stores.

There are a total of ten different activities kids can play. Each one revolves around Lightning McQueen helping or interacting with a different resident of Radiator Springs. For example, Ramone, the low rider, leads Lightning in a dance activity that’s part Simon, part Dance Dance Revolution—you have to repeat a sequence of dance moves by pressing arrows at the top of the screen, not only matching the sequence but also the beat.

The full review can be found at the Game Room site listed below.

Macworld Game Room: Cars RSA Review
Cars Radiator Springs Adventures
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Firing The Atomic Cannon
11:12 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In a recent review Macworld's Game Room examined Atomic Cannon, a ballistics game in the tradition of Scorched Earth. Players choose from a variety of weapon types to unleash on their tank based enemies. The Game Room gave Atomic Cannon a score of 3.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

Atomic Cannon—so named for a dark period of our recent history when nuclear powers actually did develop battlefield artillery capable of delivering a nuclear payload—features a tremendous variety of options to tweak and tool performance suited for your machine, and has some really nice special effects. I love the graded and shaded plume effects when you launch a missile, for example, and some explosions have downright nifty particle effects.

You also have control over which landscapes Atomic Cannon displays, tank names and colors, font settings, and more game settings than you can shake a stick at—a dizzying number of options ranging from how many battles per deathmatch or how many rounds you’ll play to how often the wind changes direction, how hard the computer-controlled opponents are, how magnificent the explosions are and much more. In retrospect, maybe there’s a few too many—sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming deciding how you’re going to configure the game.

To read the rest of the review click over to The Game Room at the link below.

Macworld Game Room: Atomic Cannon Review
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Custer's Month Long Series Continues
11:12 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Brad Custer has once again delivered a new game-related desktop. This week's image features the World of Warcraft, Blizzard's venture into the immensely popular realm of MMORPG.

Here's more from Brad on the subject:

Last week I told you about my plan this month of honoring 4 specific design requests. We are now faced with the second one of this series.

So, this week we return to the popular realm of World of Warcraft from Blizzard Entertainment to take a closer look at those creatures we love to grind on. The request was to feature the monsters that populate the countryside of this game. I was able to design this week's wallpaper with the help of Blizzard Entertainment and my trusty cable modem. I simply entitled this selection, "Monsters", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)

Visit Custer's Desktops to grab this desktop in a large selection of sizes.

IMG: Custer's Desktops

Wordsmith Updated
11:12 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Dracosoft has updated Wordsmith to version 1.4. In this latest version, the dictionary and graphics have been updated. Wordsmith is a word-forming game similar to the boardgame Scrabble, where gamers can gain points by forming words up to seven letters long and more points by using wild or bonus letters.

Wordsmith is an entertaining word-forming game. Form words up to seven letters long before the time expires, or enjoy more relaxing play in practice mode.

Use wilds and letters to form words as fast as you can. Create words with bonus letters for additional points. Get more points by forming words five, six, and seven letters long. Use the hot buttons at the bottom, to shuffle tiles, drop your hand, or automatically create words.

Dracosoft's Wordsmith will truly test your skills.

Please follow the links below to learn more information.

Wordsmith 1.4

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IMG Podcast Episode 28 Released
6:00 AM | Blake Buck | 5 comments

Today IMG released the twenty-eigth edition of the Inside Mac Games Podcast, the official podcast of Mac gaming. Each week we'll be covering all the news in Mac gaming in one tight package. This week features Blake Buck, commander of cookies, William Miller, a Harmonix goon, and Justin Ficarrotta, of Kill Monty Fame.

On the show this week's show:

On this week's show, Blake, William, and Justin lay down the Mac Gaming news, discuss the finer points of American Cinema, learn AMD is better than Intel "just because", and learn a new game from Stefan.

Weekly News

  • CrossOver: Run PC Apps Without Windows
  • WoW: More Realms Eligible For Paid Transfer
  • Wingnuts 2 Reviewed
  • IMG Launches Mac Games Chat
  • SNES9X Now Available
  • HoMM V Update: Christmas Release, Map Editor?
  • WipeOut 2097 Digital Download
  • IMG Previews Redline
  • Take The IMG Survey, Chance To Win Free iPod Nano
  • Legion Arena Demo Released
  • IMG Reviews The Sims 2 Nightlife

Weekly Features

  • Listener Emails
  • Contest
  • Listener Line
  • Stump Buck
To download visit the IMG Podcast Homepage for instructions and shownotes by clicking the link below.

IMG Podcast Episode 28

Mac Games News for Thursday, July 13, 2006

QuakeCon 2006 Competition Info2:08 PM
Apple Features Civilization IV9:54 AM
VDrift Beta Released9:53 AM
Thoughts on MMORPG Player Classes9:40 AM
EV: Nova 1.0.10 Released9:25 AM
Wingnuts 2 Reviewed9:25 AM
WoW: PvP Content Previewed9:25 AM
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