- July 2000 News:
- Macs at LAN parties!
- I've put together a page explaining everything
you need to know about setting up your Mac at a LAN party. If
playing games head-to-head against 60 other people for 48 hours
straight sounds appealing, then you may want to check out the
LAN party scene.
- LAN Parties!
- Diablo 2 Clan update:
- Now that Diablo 2 has begun shipping for
Mac, our Diablo 2 Clan is coming alive. At last count we were
up to about 210 members. Are you playing lots of Mac Diablo 2?
If so, come and join us! If you have questions about our clan
you can ask our members on the message board.
- M.A.C. Diablo
- Message Board
- MGOSP (Mac Gaming Open Source Project):
- I was recently sent news of a new association
dedicated to Mac games. MGOSP (Mac Gaming Open Source Project)
is an association of companies, developers, designers, scenarists,
and testers dedicated to promoting and developing games for the
Macintosh. It's nice to see new people supporting Mac gaming.
The main page on their site has a good summary of exactly what
they're about. Go on, click, click, click!
- MacWorld hysteria!
- This morning's keynote by Steve Jobs was
truly awesome! I feel like some one took a dump truck full of
hardware and software and dumped it on me. Not to mention the
many other announcements following the keynote on the showroom
floor. Here's a quick recap of today's announcements:
- 1. Dual processor G4s with standard 1000BT
- 2. New iMac line with new features, colors,
and a lower price point.
- 3. Power Mac G4 Cube.
- 4. New Display offerings from Apple.
- 5. New "Pro" keyboard and mouse
accross Apple's desktop line.
- 6. ATI's Mac Edition Radeon GPU (32MB DDR
RAM, PCI or AGP)
- 1. Halo for Mac confirmed.
- 2. Rouge Spear for Mac confirmed.
- 3. Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption confirmed.
- 4. Microsoft to form new Mac porting house
- 5. iMovie 2.
- 6. Mac OS X to ship public beta in September.
- 7. Warcraft III for Mac confirmed.
- I think it's safe to say this is the biggest
MacWorld to date where new hardware and software are concerned.
Rather than post details on the above, I'll refer you to IMG
who has done an excellent job of covering these announcements.
- mac-gamer.com update:
- I'm sorry I haven't been updating that much
recently. I have been extremely busy with the Diablo 2 clan.
I keep getting new sign ups every day. I should be updating more
- As you can see I've redesigned the site.
The old layout was getting old and needed a face lift. This new
layout is much more organized and "snazzy" looking.
- My initial vision of an online Mac gaming
community is becoming more realized recently. The Diablo 2 Clan
has brought a HUGE influx of "regulars" to this site.
In order to help me to acheive my goal of uniting Mac gamers
and to give others a chance to get involved in the Mac gaming
scene, I am offering various positions to people who are interested.
These positions include everything from moderating message board
forums to spear-heading a clan site! Please see the "Jobs"
link on the left for more information.
- Thanks for your support!
- Over 200 Clan Members!
- Our Mac Diablo 2 Clan has grown beyond all
expectations. We now have over 200 members! I'm getting new sign
ups every day! Now that Mac Diablo 2 has been declared gold master
we will all be playing together very soon! If you are going to
play a lot of Diablo 2 when it comes out for Mac then you may
want to join us!
- M.A.C. Diablo
- Mac 4 x 4 preview site:
- 4 x 4 Evolution is an off road driving sim
coming out for Mac soon. It boasts impressive graphical realizm
and nice game play. One of our friends in the internet Mac gaming
community has recently uploaded a 4 x 4 Evolution preview site.
Here are the details that I received:
- Yeah, all mac users out there. I've got a
preview page! Come on over and take a look. I've got discussions
going and information on the game coming out for the macintosh.
So, if you want or like 4x4 Evolution, and your a mac user, come
by my preview page and take a look. I've got a discussion going
on the forum, and I've got screenshots and info on the game.
- 4 x 4 Evolution promises to be an awesome
game! Anyone interested in off road driving sims should check
out this site for more details.
- 4 x 4 Evolution
- Mac Gaming Freaks
- Mac drivers for Razor mouse delayed:
- For those that don't know, the Razor Boomslang
mouse is the ultimate gaming mouse. It boasts ridiculously high
dpi resolutions and a wide spread surface area making for liquid
smooth mouse movement in games. I've been querying Razor about
a release date for their Mac drivers for the Boomslang. Originally
they told me March 2000. Then it was late May 2000. After that
I was told June 2000. Once June passed I contacted them again
regarding this issue. They are not committing to any official
release date for the Mac drivers now. Here is their official
reply to my query:
- Unfortunately, we've gone through a slew
of bids and proposals from good companies who want the project
but can't fill our entire needs. It seems that no one so far
has been able to replicate our "On the Fly" sensitivity
adjustment for the Mac OS. Several have tried and failed, and
that puts us back to ground zero. We will continue to review
other software development companies until we find one that can
supply our needs. We are not quoting dates for completion any
longer. Please watch our site for news and driver updates.
- This is not the reply I had hoped for. Like
they said, all you can do is check their site for updates.
- Coldstone Game Engine update:
- To preface this news bite, I'll give you
the basic story behind the Coldstone Game Engine. The Coldstone
Game Engine is an RPG developing kit just for us Macintosh developers.
It makes the game making process easy. I've seen some screen
shots of the actual program in action and I was impressed. I
was recently sent this update from the manufacturer of the Coldstone
Game Engine, Beenox Inc:
- It's been a long time since the last version
of the Coldstone Game Engine has been posted. It's because we
decided not to release any more versions of the Coldstone Game
Engine until the final release so we could focus on the final
delivery. The product is almost finished now. We are working
on the final user manual as well as a complete step-by-step tutorial
to create your first complete Macintosh game in one day! Some
new cool addons and game editing tools made by Beenox will also
be included in the final package. All these tools will also be
available as stand-alone freeware applications from the Beenox
web site. A cool new Macintosh role-playing game (made with the
Coldstone Game Engine) should also ship at the same time featuring
breath taking 3D rendered graphics and high quality music.
- Also expect some great surprises for all
Mac gamers out there with the final release...
- The full release notes of the Coldstone Game
Engine since the last beta release are miles long and they will
be posted to the web site next week.
- We receive emails each days asking about
the windows version of Coldstone. It will come. However, we will
not work on it before the final release of the Macintosh version.
We will focus on porting the engine first to give the possibility
to Macintosh user to compile their games on both platforms.
- Things are going well and we feel confident
that we will be able to deliver the final version to your door
by the end of this summer. Macintosh gaming shall rules.
- This is going to be something we will all
be looking forward to. Not only does it make it easier for people
to program Mac games, it will give us Mac gamers more quality
RPGs to play.
- Beenox Inc