Every weekday on MacCentral we bring readers the latest news and info from the world of Mac gaming, but there are always stories that don’t make it into the regular news. That’s why we have this weekly retrospective, called the Week in Games. With the Monday holiday and last week’s E3 Expo, this was a short week for game news, but there were still a few interesting tidbits here and there.
Harpoon 3.4.13 released
Jesse Spears has released a new version of Harpoon3, the naval warfare simulator. Included in the new build is a fix for the SAM mount “underflow” bug and several improvements to the Mac code.
KickOff 2002 nearing completion
Mac game conversion developer Coderus noted this week that its port of KickOff 2002 is nearing competition. KickOff 2002 is a European soccer game — an arcade-style action title — that will be published by Virtual Programming Ltd once it’s done.
Quake, Quake II OS X ports updated
Fruitz of Dojo has updated its Mac OS X conversions of Quake and Quake II. Based on the open source code releases of both applications, the games depend on the original data files included with the commercial releases. The updates add support for ATI Truform and ansiotropic texture filtering when used with OpenGL, and other changes too.
Wolfenstein expansion pack gets name
Activision has named its forthcoming expansion pack for Return to Castle Wolfenstein: It’s to be called Enemy Territory, and it’s a 10 mission add-on for the original game with 10 more multiplayer maps, too. A new player class, “Covert Ops,” adds to the challenge. There’s no word on whether the expansion pack will come to the Mac specifically, but Aspyr Media (the Mac version publishers) have said they’re happy with the original game’s sales thus far, so keep your fingers crossed.
X-Plane “Density Altitude” tutorial available
The Stoenworks.com Web site now features a new “Density” tutorial, that explains to users of Laminar Software’s X-Plane flight simulator what Density Altitude is and how it can affect aircraft operations.
Elsewhere on the Web
Inside Mac Games has previewed Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. MacGamer has posted the Heavy Duty Guide to Multiplayer Survival. Apple’s Mac Games Web site takes a look at last week’s E3 Expo.
Closer to home
Aspyr was in the news several times this week — in fact, Aspyr was the news this week, for all intents and purposes. The company announced that a patch to Return to Castle Wolfenstein is coming sometime next week. Aspyr also announced plans to bring Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast to the Mac. And finally, Aspyr announced that Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds is done and will begin to ship next week.
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