Just like the color funny pages of your daily newspaper, MacCentral brings readers the Week in Games every Sunday. It’s a retrospective of news and info from the world of Macintosh gaming that for one reason or another didn’t make into the pages of our regular coverage during the week.
Airburst 1.04 released
Strange Flavour have released a new version of Airburst, their arcade-style action game for the Mac. Version 1.0.4 “fixes a few minor bugs” in the previous release and adds compatibility with older Macs. The team has also updated the manual, and has released a remix of the Airburst theme which can be downloaded as an MP3 file from
Carmack on Nvidia, ATI graphics chips
John Carmack painted a detailed picture in his most recent
.plan update about the technical intricacies of ATI and Nvidia graphics hardware. He compared the ATI Radeon 8500 against the GeForce3 in a variety of tests, and said “… current Nvidia cards are still a somewhat safer bet for consistent performance and quality.” He also cautioned readers interested in Id’s new game-in-development Doom 3 against buying a card based on the GeForce4 MX. That’s the new “mainstream” graphics chip found in currently shipping mid-range and high-end Power Mac G4s. While Carmack said it would function with Doom 3, he expects GeForce4 MX will work much slower than a GeForce3 or an ATI Radeon 8500 will, due to its more limited architecture and performance.
Civilization III patch coming
Westlake Interactive’s Brad Oliver informed Usenetters that a patch is forthcoming for the MacSoft release of Sid Meier’s Civilization III, the newest edition of the legendary civilization-building game. A Mac patch was about to be released when the PC version was updated to 1.17f; changes in that version are being applied to the Mac build. More than a dozen changes are coming in the new Mac version, including improvements, bug fixes and optimizations for OS X, various resolution modes, and much more. Look for it soon.
Elite Force Holomatch updates released
Aspyr Media has released to its FTP site a couple of patches, for
Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and the
Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force Expansion Pack respectively. Specifically for the game and expansion pack’s “Holomatch” online game mode, the updates fix the performance in Mac OS X when refreshing the list of servers, according to Aspyr.
Gameporium carries Mac titles
If you’re looking for an online reseller of Mac games, make sure to check with
Gameporium. The company carries a selection of newer and older, budget-priced games for the Mac crowd. They sell products for other platforms too, so if your gaming tastes extend beyond the Mac, make sure to check it out.
Geneforge 1.0.2 released
Spiderweb Software has released a patch to Geneforge, its latest fantasy role-playing game. The new version, 1.0.2, fixes a number of minor bugs. In Geneforge, you take the role of a Shaper, a member of a magical sect who has the ability to create and mold life. It’s an open-ended game. And in related news, company boss Jeff Vogel said that they’re considering making Geneforge 2, as well.
Quake 3 Master Server troubles
Id Software’s Graeme Devine recently updated
his .plan file with news that the company’s Quake 3 Master Server has been undergoing a continuous flood attack that has diminished performance. So if you’ve noticed problems getting your copy of Quake 3 Arena to work online, that may be why. Devine said he would work over the weekend to try to fix the issue.
Elsewhere on the Web
MacGamer.com takes a look at the phenomenon of
selling Diablo II items, while Inside Mac Games interviews
Lineage maker Jake Song. Meanwhile, Apple
looks at Ambrosia Software.
Closer to home
There was no shortage of game info on MacCentral this week. Aspyr noted that
4×4 Evolution 2 shipped at week’s end. Earlier in the week they also reported that
Harry Potter is in duplication. Graphic chip maker
Nvidia reported record revenues and earnings in its most recent financial statement. Newcomer Pyrogon, Inc. released a
Mac OS X version of Candy Cruncher, a shareware puzzle game. Disney Interactive released a new
interactive tie-in to Return to Neverland, the new animated movie. The folks running
the Bungie.net Myth servers have closed up shop, but the server software itself is now open source code, so users can tweak it all they like.
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