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Each week MacCentral brings you top headlines and news from the world of Macintosh gaming, but there are always a few items that we can't get to. That's why we offer you this regular Sunday feature instead -- a retrospective called The Week in Games.

Aliens Vs. Predator chat a success

More than 400 rabid Mac game fans showed up on GameRanger this past Tuesday to chat with MacPlay about their efforts with the new game Aliens Vs. Predator. The FPS based on the popular movies is coming out on September 21st, and the GameRanger chat was held to talk about the game and to celebrate the release of the demo version, too. If you missed it, you can read the transcript courtesy of the fine, upstanding boy scouts at

Arcane Arena B3 in distribution

Freeverse has released a new update to its persistent online game, Arcane Arena. Beta 3 is now in circulation. The new version sports dozens of bug fixes and many improvements.

Candy Crisis released for Mac OS X

John Stiles has announced the release of a Mac OS X-native version of Candy Crisis, his fast-paced puzzle game. Candy Crisis is cut from the Tetris style of game play, in which you must match up falling candies of various colors to clear them from the puzzle screen. It's well-crafted and a load of fun, and definitely worth checking out.

Diablo II 1.0.9B Upgrade released

Blizzard Entertainment has released a new patch for Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. The upgrade corrects a problem that prevented the 1.0.9 version from being downloaded via The new version, 1.0.9B, is available for download by connecting your copy of the game to Blizzard's servers. As of press time, Blizzard promised to get a standalone copy available for FTP download as well.

Ideas From the Deep grab Logicware inventory

If you're still hankering to add some classic Logicware titles to your Mac game library -- titles like Shattered Steel, Redneck Rampage or Tempest 2000 -- check with Ideas From the Deep. The company is selling them for $10 or $15, depending on packaging, with the caveat that they're being sold as-is, since Logicware isn't around to support them any more.

Project 'Hello' to bring Halo to ... 2D?

Project 'Hello' purports to be a 2D side-scroller game inspired by Bungie Software's forthcoming game, Halo. The details on the project's Web site are really sketchy at this point, but near as we can tell the author of the core engine is looking for help -- lots of it -- to get the project off the ground.

Elsewhere on the Web

MacGamer interviewed Strange Flavour's Aaron Fothergill, one half of the brotherly duo that has brought Mac gamers such cheap, fun shareware thrills as AirBurst and Bushfire. The folks at Inside Mac Games have posted a look at family-friendly games you can buy for your Mac. And if you'd like to get a closer look at some of the amazing character detail in MumboJumbo's forthcoming Myth III: The Wolf Age, pay a visit to They posted exclusive screens of Ravanna, a character from the game, and a Lyche.

Closer to home

This past week MacCentral brought readers news about Aspyr's announcement to bring Spider-Man to the Mac; word from MacSoft that the civilian flight simulator Fly! II has gone golden master and should be in stores by mid-September; info about World of Warcraft, the new massively multiplayer online role playing game currently in development at Blizzard Entertainment; and more.

As always, we encourage you to drop us a line if you have Mac game products or services you'd like to let MacCentral readers know about, or if you have ideas for how we can improve our games-related content. Thanks for reading!

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