Every weekday MacCentral brings readers the latest news from the world of Mac games, but there are sometimes stories that don’t make it on to our regular news pages. That’s why we have this feature, called the Week in Games. It also gives us a chance to link to other Mac game-related content around the Web.
glTron updated 0.70b1 released
A new version of
is available for download. GlTron is a 3D, OpenGL-based game inspired by the lightcycle racing scene from the movie Tron, available for free for multiple platforms. This new version adds a “turbo” key and wall acceleration.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets updated
has posted a beta release of an update to their conversion of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Aimed specifically at Mac OS X users, the game fixes a problem with locking doors, corrects a loss of video issue related to the Skurge challenge, and also addresses a problem with the Bicorn horn door. Aspyr noted that problems related to performance will be addressed in the final patch release.
MacMAME 0.74u2 released
Brad Oliver has released a new version of
MacMAME, the arcade game emulation software that’s now legal to use thanks to
StarROMs. The new version is in sync with its PC counterpart and fixes a variety of issues.
MacPlay ships Hearts of Iron and MindRover
Following Virtual Programming’s October 1st news that it was shipping the World War II strategy game Hearts of Iron and the robot programming game MindRover,
has noted that it’s shipping those games in North America. You can buy them where MacPlay games are sold or pick them up from MacPlay’s online store.
Nvidia gains permanent OpenGL ARB seat
Graphics chip maker
announced that it has been elected a permanent member of the OpenGL Architecture Review Board (ARB). The
ARB (of which Apple is also a member) governs the development of the OpenGL specification itself. OpenGL is used by Apple for its 2D (via Quartz Extreme) and 3D graphics technology.
Shadowbane patched to 220.127.116.11
Wolfpack Studios and Ubi Soft have released
a patch to Shadowbane, the massively multiplayer online role playing game/strategy game. The patch adds new chat filters, offers a reserve function for city asset management, makes lots of balance adjustments, and fixes a horde of major and minor problems.
Tranquility price cut through November 10th
is offering a birthday sale on their abstract, psychedelic platform jumping game Tranquility. Now through November 10th you can buy a “lifetime” membership for $10.
Elsewhere on the Web
MacGamer has posted a review of
Burning Monkey Mahjong Solitaire
from Freeverse. Inside Mac Games has posted a review of
No One Lives Forever 2. Apple has posted
of Wakeboarding Unleashed featuring Shaun Murray, Aspyr’s latest extreme sports title licensed from Activision. Last week the
QuickTime radio show talked with emulation guru Richard Bannister.
Closer to home
This week MacCentral brought readers news about GarageGames’ release of the
Torque Game Engine v1.2
release. We also noted the release of
Hollow Ground, a Gauntlet-style game for the Mac. MacSoft announced plans to ship
Age of Mythology
on November 4, 2003. MacPlay said it’s shipping
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.’s way. Aspyr Media announced that it has hired two programmers from Westlake Interactive:
Mark Krenek and Brad Oliver. Aspyr also noted that
Wakeboard Unleashed Featuring Shaun Murray
has hit its beta development milestone.
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