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December 2000 News:
 
12-30-00
 
Pentium 4 bashing.
For those of you that haven't caught news of this yet, I really think you should take a peek at this article on the Pentium 4. Emulators.com recently posted an inside look into the technology behind Intel's latest processor. The article doesn't have a very favorable opinion of the P4 (score for Mac!). However, the really neat thing about this article is that it goes into all the technobabble about processor technology and also compares the different features of all the different processors out there (including the Mac processors of today and yesterday). If you're interested in knowing about all the inner workings of processors I would definately recommend this article.
Pentium 4 Article
 
12-28-00
 
Heroes III and Shogo on GameRanger.
"mac-gamer.com - your number one source for GameRanger announcements." :p (nevermind) hehe! GameRanger now supports internet play for Heroes III: Complete and Shogo: M.A.D.:
 
Perth, Western Australia -- December 28, 2000 -- Scott Kevill today announced the addition of two new game titles to GameRanger, the Macintosh multiplayer online gaming service. In addition to the 56 previous titles, gamers can now play Heroes III: Complete and Shogo: Mobile Armor Division.
 
Heroes III: Complete is combination of three normally separate Heroes III games all into one game, The Restoration of Erathia, Armageddon's Blade, and The Shadow of Death. Turn-based game play allows everyone to play at his or her own pace and internet multi-player support for up to 8 players at one time on GameRanger. There are over 200 different maps and scenarios to explore and conquer, and has unique and unlimited replayability with the Random Scenario Generator.
 
In Shogo: Mobile Armor Division, experience jaw-dropping visuals and pulse pounding special effects in this anime inspired masterpiece. Strap yourself in to a multi-ton, heavily armored, armed to the teeth MCA that moves like quicksilver but destroys like a wrecking ball. Combine gigantic Mobile Combat Armor with little annoying soldiers and what do you get? SQUISH!
 
GameRanger, the Macintosh multiplayer online gaming service, was first introduced for public beta testing in July 1999 with support for 11 game titles, and had already received many rave reviews, including an award of "Best Internet Gaming Achievement" by Macworld Magazine in their 1999 Hall of Fame. GameRanger now has over 38,000 members and support for 58 popular game titles.
 
The GameRanger client is a free download off the internet.
GameRanger
 
12-18-00
 
Rouge Spear on GameRanger.
Yet another announcement by Mr Kevill. GameRanger now supports Rouge Spear. Here's the announcement:
 
Perth, Western Australia -- December 18, 2000 -- Scott Kevill today announced the addition of a new game title to GameRanger, the Macintosh multiplayer online gaming service. In addition to the 52 previous titles, gamers can now play Rogue Spear, the sequel to Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six.
 
Rogue Spear is the highly anticipated sequel to Rainbow Six. Back in full force is Tom Clancy's hallmark realism and suspense. From a hostage situation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to an airplane hijacking, team Rainbow battles deadly terrorists to save the world again. With both real world strategy and explosive action, features include new weapons and full sniper support. With over 400 new motion capture moves, terrorists and hostages will react even more realistically.
 
Team members no longer bunch up in tight quarters, and can now move in a crouch and peek around corners. Enhanced levels of details ensure a heightened sense of realism: the frozen breaths of team members will be seen puffing from their mouths; footprints are left behind in snow and mud; all new wound effects on terrorists and hostages, and added damage effects on in game objects adds to the intense game play. Guide your team with a joystick, add more terrorists with the mission editor, and send friends a copy of your greatest attack with the cinematic replay feature.
 
GameRanger, the Macintosh multiplayer online gaming service, was first introduced for public beta testing in July 1999 with support for 11 game titles, and had already received many rave reviews, including an award of "Best Internet Gaming Achievement" by Macworld Magazine in their 1999 Hall of Fame. GameRanger now has over 37,000 members and support for 53 popular game titles.
 
I'm beginning to wonder if Scott Kevill ever sleeps. He is adding new games to GameRanger as fast as they come out... not that any of us are complaining. Thanks Scott!
GameRanger
 
12-15-00
 
SiNDay on GameRanger.
I was just sent this announcement by Scott Kevill, creator of GameRanger, an online Mac gaming service. December 16, 2000 has been declared SiNDay. Here's the details:
 
Perth, Western Australia -- December 15, 2000 -- Scott Kevill today announced that Saturday, December 16, will instead be SiNDay. At 5pm PST / 8pm EST, GameRanger will host a chat and launch party with the developers and publishers of SiN to release the demo for the Mac.
 
MacPlay, the Mac publishers and developers of SiN, and Ritual Entertainment, the original developers of the PC game, will be making a special guest appearance on GameRanger on this Saturday night (December 16) at 5pm PST / 8pm EST to promote the launch of the Mac version of the action first-person shooter, SiN. There will be a moderated Q&A chat, prize giveaways, and the exclusive release of the demo of SiN. There's even a chance to play the guests at their own game!
 
GameRanger, the Macintosh multiplayer online gaming service, was first introduced for public beta testing in July 1999 with support for 11 game titles, and had already received many rave reviews, including an award of "Best Internet Gaming Achievement" by Macworld Magazine in their 1999 Hall of Fame. GameRanger now has over 37,000 members and support for 52 popular game titles.
 
The GameRanger client is a free download off the internet.
GameRanger
 
12-13-00
 
GameRanger adds 3 new games.
I was just sent this announcement by Scott Kevill, creator of GameRanger, an online Mac gaming service. GameRanger now supports online play for Sin, Wages of Sin, and Majesty. Here is the announcement:
 
Perth, Western Australia -- December 13, 2000 -- Scott Kevill today announced the addition of three new game titles to GameRanger, the Macintosh multiplayer online gaming service. In addition to the 48 previous titles, gamers can now play SiN, Wages of SiN, and Majesty.
 
SiN is the fully-integrated first-person 3D experience that will push you over the edge. SiN features a character-driven story and revolutionary multiplayer gameplay powered by an enhanced version of id software's Quake II engine. You will blast your way through complex levels of unholy terror as you investigate the secret source of the crime epidemic plaguing the city. SiN features six distinct game world regions enriched with convincing graphic detail and a rich interwoven story line.
 
In Wages of SiN, suffer the action-based outcomes of 17 all-new single player levels. Battle through "live" worlds, including Manero's casino hotel, The Shipyard, and Mutation Research Facilities. Four new characters and twelve new enemies, plus two wicked end-level bosses, affect your mission at every turn. Superior enemy A.I. makes foes keenly reactive as they evade attacks. Enjoy new multiplayer options like weapon and ammo upgrades, new modes like Marked For Death, Lynch Mob and Capture the Flag, and all-new deathmatch levels, plus five exclusive Hoverbike deathmatch levels all via GameRanger.
 
Even better, the Wages of SiN mission pack is included free with SiN! More information about SiN and Wages of SiN is available from: http://www.udgames.com/pages/sin.htm
 
Majesty is a unique sim putting you in the crushed velvet hotseat of your own kingdom. With an epic quest before you, you make the decisions of where to build your settlement's guilds and temples. From these you recruit a varied cast of larger-than-life heroes. Each one has a mind of his own and must be enticed to meet your goals, via rewards you offer and spells you cast. Meanwhile you must make sure that your treasury stays flush with cash to support these and other outlays necessary to maintain a thriving medieval town. The fact that you are being barraged by attacks from mythical beasts and fantastic creatures doesn't make your job any easier.
 
More information about SiN and Wages of SiN is available from: http://www.udgames.com/pages/majesty.htm
 
GameRanger, the Macintosh multiplayer online gaming service, was first introduced for public beta testing in July 1999 with support for 11 game titles, and had already received many rave reviews, including an award of "Best Internet Gaming Achievement" by Macworld Magazine in their 1999 Hall of Fame. GameRanger now has over 36,000 members and support for 51 popular game titles.
 
The GameRanger client is a free download off the internet.
GameRanger
 
New battle.net section.
I have just composed and uploaded a new section that details the "need to know" facts about battle.net, an online gaming service provided by Blizzard Entertainment. It's a good read for beginning battle.net users and veteran battle.net users alike. This battle.net section is complete with facts and screen shots so that you may be an informed gamer. Enjoy!
Battle.net Section