- November 2000 News:
- Elite Force and Monopoly added to GameRanger.
- I was just sent word that GameRanger, an
online Mac gaming service, is now supporting Elite Force and
Monopoly for online play. Here's the announcement:
- Perth, Western Australia -- November 23,
2000 -- Scott Kevill today announced the addition of two new
game titles to GameRanger, the Macintosh multiplayer online gaming
service. In addition to the 46 previous titles, gamers can now
play Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and Monopoly.
- Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force is the ultimate,
sci-fi first-person shooter using the Quake III Arena engine.
The first game based on Star Trek Voyager universe, Elite Force
pits players against a multitude of Star Trek enemies, including
the relentless Borg and never-before-seen aliens, in intense
single-player and multiplayer combat missions.
- Monopoly is the World's Most Popular Board
Game Brought to Life! Play the classic Property Trading Game
from Parker Brothers like never before! Follow all the action
as fully animated 3-D Monopoly game tokens respond to dice rolls
and energetically move around the board. Create your own custom
game board with clip art images or imported graphics for a totally
unique gaming experience.
- 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 35,000 members and
support for 48 popular game titles.
- The GameRanger client is a free download
off the internet. I'm looking forward to some Elite Force with
my Mac brethren once I get my copy of the game. :)
- Links LS 2000 chat and demo release on
- I was just sent this announcement by Scott
Kevill, creator of GameRanger, an online Mac gaming service.
There is to be an online chat session with MacSoft followed by
the Links LS 2000 demo release. Here's the details:
- MacSoft, the Mac publishers of Links LS 2000,
and Green Dragon Creations, the Mac developers, will be making
a special guest appearance on GameRanger on this Tuesday night
(November 21) at 6pm PST / 9pm EST to promote the launch of the
latest Mac version of the best-selling golf simulation of all
time. There will be a moderated Q&A chat, prize giveaways,
and the exclusive release of the demo of Links LS 2000. There's
even a chance to play the guests at their own game!
- MacSoft has brought numerous games to the
Mac platform in the past. Now you have a chance to talk to the
people at MacSoft first hand! I may also be showing up for this
one. Look for "Jakeman" (that's me!).
- New items on battle.net realms.
- The realm status forum at Blizzard has been
updated with this:
- Some items that were previously unavailable
in Diablo II realm games will now appear in games.
- I would assume this means that the much talked
about War Club, Grim Helm, Holy Water Sprinkler, and Lance will
be dropping now. Whether there will be other items besides these
remains to be seen.
- Realm Status Forum
- Radeon Finally Arrives!
- I finally received my Mac Radeon Tuesday
afternoon. After having a chance to play with the Radeon a bit
I can honestly say that this card is totally awesome! All of
my games, including Quake 3, UT, Diablo 2, Heavy Metal FAKK2,
and Deus Ex, are running beautifully. Quake 3 shows the most
improvement of any of these games. With a little tweaking I've
been able to get Quake 3 running at just over 60fps on 1024 x
768 32bit (60fps being the "liquid barrier" as I call
it). It's been total slaughter in all the online Q3 games I've
played in so far.
- Installation was easy. 1) drop side
door on G4 case. 2) remove existing graphics card and
put the Radeon in its place (one screw involved). 3) start
up computer and install Radeon software. 4) restart. That's
it! The software that came with my Radeon included ATI's new
unified driver that works on both the Radeon and all flavors
of the Rage 128. It also installed a new version of OpenGL (v1.1.5).
After installation I had absolutely no issues with any of my
existing games on my computer. It was true plug and play. Everything
immediately took advantage of the increased capabilities of the
- If I get time I may perform some in depth
benchmarking of this card and post the results. In the mean time,
IMG and Mac Ledge have reviews of this card that you can look
- IMG Radeon Review
- Mac Ledge Radeon Review
- Update on Mac Razer Boomslang Drivers.
- I recently contacted Razerzone regarding
the status of Mac drivers for their popular Razer Boomslang gaming
mouse. This was their response:
- We are in the process of getting a Mac driver
together. At this time we still do not have a release date. The
best thing to use in the mean time is the USB overdrive.
- I was almost expecting this answer. For a
while last spring I was checking in on a regular basis regarding
their Mac driver status. They kept pushing back the ETA until
they finally told me that they were no longer giving ETAs on
their Mac drivers. At that time they assured me that they were
working to find some one to write Mac drivers.
- 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. USB Overdrive is a generic USB
device controller that is compatible with most all USB input
devices. The disadvantage to using USB Overdrive with the Boomslang
is that the insane resolutions of the mouse will not be taken
- No Gaming Championship at MWSF?
- I recently contacted Double Exposure, Inc
to inquire about the possibility of a gaming championship at
MWSF 2001. Their answer was not encouraging:
- At this time, the gaming companies seem to
be in disarray, and it does
not appear that there will be a gaming championship. Double Exposure
still standing by for any further developments.
- For those that don't know, Double Exposure
is the company that has hosted gaming championships at MacWorld
in the past. There have been gaming championships held at all
of the previous MacWorlds I've been to. The last MacWorld in
New York was the first expo in a while not to have a gaming championship.
It seems the upcoming San Francisco MacWorld will follow this
same trend. I'll keep you updated if more information comes my
- Yiminee Software Chat & Cribbage Release.
- I was just sent this news from Scott Kevill
of GameRanger. There is to be a special chat session held with
Yiminee Software on Thursday November 2. There will also be a
new cribbage game released. Here are the details:
- Perth, Western Australia -- November 1, 2000
-- Scott Kevill today announced that at 6pm PST / 9pm EST, Thursday
November 2, GameRanger will host a chat with Yiminee Software,
the developers of the popular, classic Mac card game, A**hole,
and a new, previously unannounced game, Yiminee Cribbage. At
the conclusion of the chat, Yiminee Cribbage will be released
on GameRanger for all to play. Game developers, Greg and Sean
Munro of Yiminee Software will be making a special guest appearance
on GameRanger on this Thursday night (November 2) at 6 PM PST/9
PM EST to chat about themselves and their new game.
- Yiminee Cribbage includes all of these features
- Networking support for 2 to 4 players via GameRanger
- 16-bit graphics with support for alpha channels
- Sounds, sounds, and more sounds
- Plug-in architecture (make your own characters!)
- Detailed statistics
- Enough insults to make your whole family cry
More information about Yiminee Software and Yiminee Cribbage
can be found at
- For those that don't know, GameRanger is
a free online gaming service for Mac. The client is available
for free from their web site.