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Deus Ex MP Map Pack Released
Mac Deus Ex has released a Deus Ex Multiplayer Map Pack, which contains 16 multiplayer maps for the Mac version of Deus Ex. The pack, which is fully compatible with GameRanger, includes both maps extracted from the single player game in addition to original maps created by third-party designers.
Mac AvP Gold update
Joe Dury let us know that Fox Interactive's Kyle Peschel has made a post in IMG's forums concerning the status of Aliens vs. Predator: Gold Edition for the Mac. "I would love to give you all details about the status of the project, and what we are doing, and a release date. (Yes, I swear the game will come out soon, we won't can it.) But, unfortunately I am under NDA not to talk."
Console: The Nintendo Show
Evening console news: Nintendo has elected to skip the ECTS trade show in London this year, instead hosting its own pre-show event called The Nintendo Show to showcase its upcoming GameCube game console; Bizarre Creations' secret title for the X-Box is a street racing game largely based on Metropolis Street Racer for the Dreamcast; and Microsoft has declined to comment on the Merrill Lynch report earlier this week projecting that Microsoft would lose $2 billion over five years before breaking even on its X-Box game console, saying that the report was based on assumptions that were the brokerage's own.
PlayerPRO 5.8 adds features, fixes bugs
PlayerPRO 5.8 has been released both in freeware and commercial versions. The new version features a new envelopes function, improved sound quality, is for PowerPC-only, and offers other changes and additions. PlayerPRO is an audio editor/player that supports dozens of formats. The commercial version costs $69.
REALbasic 3.1b1 offers several bug fixes
REALbasic 3.1b1 finalizes Mac OS X and Carbon functionality and contains several fixes to the programming environment for Mac OS/Mac OS X.
IMG: Clent Richardson Interview
IMG has published an interview with Apple's Clent Richardson, Director of Worldwide Developer Relations, on the company's strategy towards games and how it feels it is doing in that market. "Apple recognizes the importance of gaming to the Mac platform," says Richardson, "and is constantly striving to ensure the hottest gaming titles are available for Mac users."
LU: Neverwinter Nights interview
A brief interview with Bioware's Aidan Scanlan, a designer on Neverwinter Nights, has been published at Lost Universe. Aidan comments on the game's multiplayer capabilities and what it will offer to RPG gamers. "The first and foremost way to play a multiplayer game," said Scanlan, "is to form an adventuring party and play through an adventure. The other ways are as limitless as your imagination. Modules involving arena combat, dungeon races, castle stormings, and capture the flag are only the beginning."
WarBirds III private beta next week
iEntertainment has posted a new screenshot from the Mac version of WarBirds III, its upcoming combat flight sim, which is expected to go into private beta testing next week. The game requires a Power Mac with at least 64 MB RAM and an ATI Rage 128 is the minimum graphics card.
New Target Korea movie
Targetware has released a new movie featuring in-game action of its upcoming massive multiplayer online flight sim combat game, Target Korea. The movie, produced and directed by Keith 'Wicked' Harrison with original music score by Mike 'Mach-1' Smith and Rick Calderone, is about 90 seconds and shows "close-ups of both the F86f-30 Sabre and Mig 15bis engaged in aerial combat high over the Korean peninsula."
Westlake addressing Radeon bug
Westlake Interactive President and programmer Mark Adams responded to a Usenet query today, noting that the Deus Ex patch released yesterday includes a workaround for eliminating the graphical glicth experienced by many ATI Radeon owners in Unreal Tournament and games using the Unreal Tournament engine. "I found a workaround (with some help from ATI)," said Adams. "I'll roll it into UT and Rune at some point as well."
Console: ESPN X Games Skateboarding
Afternoon console news: Konami is gearing up to take Tony Hawk head on with its ESPN X Games Skateboarding for the Playstation 2; The 3DO Company has released the first details on its upcoming air combat game for the Playstation 2, World Destruction League: WarJetz; Eidos Interactive has cancelled the Dreamcast version of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2, although it is still planned for release on the Playstation 2; and Alone in the Dark 4: The New Nightmare is set to be released for the Dreamcast and Playstation this summer.
Developers get OS X release candidate
Apple Select and Premier developers are reporting receiving a (final) Release Candidate of OS X, along with a Developer Tools Release Candidate, although Apple announced that it went 'GM' only days ago: "I'm in the middle of installing it on my TiBook. I do think this is version 4K83, as I had to interrupt an install (it was going very slow, telling me it would take 2 hours and 26 minutes to install on my machine) and one of the temporary install folders that made it onto the drive was labeled '83temp' or something similar..."
New MacSpeech ScriptPaks for Office 2001
MacSpeech has released four new ScriptPaks for the MS Office 2001 suite, which it says will sell for $15 to $20 each or in a bundle for $40. The ScriptPacks collectively have over 200 commands, offering voice control of Office 2001. For a limited time, MacSpeech will be including all four Office 2001 ScriptPaks with every purchase of its $140 iListen program (without headset).
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Interview
games.macnn.com has published its latest Covert Gaming Corner featuring an interview with Blizzard Entertainment's Brian 'Doc' Love on the upcoming expansion set, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.
Richard Bannister's video game music player, Audio Overload 1.2, adds the ability to adjust the output volume, an option to adjust the delay between songs, and support for playing Atari XL/XE ".SAP" files and Atari ST ".SNDH" files.
Covert Gaming Corner: Brian \'Doc\' Love
Today's Covert Gaming Corner features an interview with Blizzard Entertainment's Brian 'Doc' Love, covering Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, the expansion set for Diablo II set to release on the Mac this summer.
Audio Overload 1.2 Released
Audio Overload 1.2 is a new version of Richard Bannister's game music player for the Mac. The new version adds the ability to adjust output volume, the ability to adjust the delay between songs, support for some ATARI files and a few miscellaneous bug fixes.
Parsec: March Screenshot
The Parsec screenshot of the month for March shows "two ships fighting in the near vicinity of a planet with rings." The team working on the persistent online space combat game excuses their lack of updates in February by noting work on the game's engine internals.
DR: WWII Online First Look
Console: Online gaming growth
Morning console news: A poll conducted by PC Data suggests that online gaming is still in its infancy with much more growth and demand in the area, but admits that the results of the poll are skewed in light of it being conducted via e-mail; Take Two Interactive has begun development on a title for next-generation consoles based on MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch; and Interactive Imagination has shipped Magi-Nation, a role-playing game for the Game Boy Color.
Roundup: Simon II Review, Deus Ex MP
Yesterday we published a review of Simon the Sorcerer II, a newly released adventure game featuring a sorcerer on a mission to return to his own dimension; Aspyr Media released the Deus Ex Multiplayer Patch featuring altered skill, augmentation and inventory implementations in both deathmatch and team deathmatch; Westlake Interactive announced that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 for the Mac has entered beta testing and is on track to go golden master in a few weeks; and Blizzard Entertainment announced that it had closed a loophole that allowed some players to duplicate Diablo II items on Battle.net.
Adobe officially posts Photoshop 6.0.1 update
Adobe has re-posted its Photoshop 6.0.1 update, after making the file briefly available two weeks ago. Customers who downloaded the previous update, which was pulled for unknown reasons, must reinstall Photoshop 6 to apply the new updater. Photoshop 6.0.1 includes a number of fixes and feature enhancements that are documented on the page.
OS X to include QuickTime 5 final
Mac OS X will include the final version of QuickTime 5, according to a c|net article that quotes Apple VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller. The article also notes that Apple plans to offer bother iTunes and iMovies for OS X, although neither will be included in the box. DVD support, as noted previously, will not be included, nor will iDVD.
Tech: human cloning, Intel warns, more...
Morning tech news: an internernational team has announced plans to clone a human; Intel issued an earning's warning last night that has sparked a tech sell off, sending the Nasdaq down as much as 100 points in morning trading; hackers in Russia have infiltrated more than 40 US e-commerce sites, obtaining credit card and other personal information; and Handspring and Palm are both set to unveil new, high-end PDAs later this month.
Jef Raskin to keynote at MacHack
Interface guru Jef Raskin has been added as a keynote speaker for MacHack, the annual developer conference which takes place June 21-23, 2001, in Dearborn, Michigan. Other speakers for the keynote panel include Andy Hertzfeld, Caroline Rose, Guy "Bud" Tribble and Bruce Horn--all of whom are "members of the early Macintosh engineering team and promise a keynote full of reminiscences of computing by-gones as well as a unique look at the future as envisioned by people who continue to lead the computer industry."
db Reports 2.3.1 improves mySQL connections
Aaron Bratcher's db Reports 2.3.1 is a maintenance update to the database tool for viewing data, improving reliability of mySQL connections and bringing other changes.
\'Official\' Photoshop 6.01 info at Adobe sit
After inadvertantly being made available on its ftp servers, Adobe has finally updated its Website with information on the Photoshop 6.01 update, although the included download links are not yet functional. The update is available on CD-ROM for $20 by calling Adobe Customer Service at 1-800-492-3623.
StevePerfect 5 has integrated email client
Steven Massey's StevePerfect 5 is an update to his SimpleText utility replacement that offers additional support for themes, Internet access, WorldScript, and playback of MP3, QuickTime audio and movie files, MPEGs and VCDs, and live internet media content. Version 5 includes a interface and toolbar, find & replace features, an integrated email client, and picture viewer functions.
Eudora 5.1b2: email client with OS X support
Qualcomm's latest Eudora 5.1b2 makes several OS X-specific updates to the developmental version of its popular email client and also adds Keychain support for SSL certificates. Specific changes are outlined in the release notes.
Press event for OS X; iTunes, iMusic showcase
Apple will be holding a press event announcing the rollout on March 21st at the company's Cupertino headquarters, according to wired.com and other sources. Apple is also advertising a number of "Apple In-Store Events" across the US showcasing Mac OS X as well iTunes and iMusic for OS X.
Exec changes at Apple France, says to ADA
According to a note from the ADA (an ad hoc group of disgruntled French Apple distributors), Apple France director Patrick Benkemoun has been replaced by Jean-Rene Cazenueve as director of distribution. The group hopes that Benkemoun's sudden departure will help solve what the group sees as serious distribution problems in France, including the mixing of "consumer" and "professional" lines among different tiers of resellers, and stock problems including the lack of any Titanium Powerbooks in the country, more than more than two months after their introduction.
Apple to participate at NSBA Annual meeting
Apple will be participating at National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Meeting, where Madeleine Albright will keynote the General Session on Saturday, March 24 at 11:00 am. The NSBA conference, which attracts school board members and superintendents nationwide, will take place at the San Diego Convention Center. Apple will have its iBook Wireless Mobile Lab and will a also be sponsoring an iBook Loaner Program as well as email stations for attendees.
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