As the company promised it would on Monday, Aspyr Media on Friday released a free patch for the first-person shooter Doom 3 that brings the game to version 1.3. Changes include a preview of OpenAL support for 5.1 surround sound, better support for mods, support for the anti-cheat technology PunkBuster in multiplayer games and bug fixes. You can download the 10MB file from MacGameFiles.com.
Some Mac gamers initially wondered what the 5.1 surround sound preview was all about -- Aspyr director of development Glenda Adams said in a post on Inside Mac Games that itis called a preview "because some sound cards still give a little pop or hiccup now and then, and it seems the OpenAL and audio drivers arenit quite as mature on the Mac yet. It works very well, there were just a few glitches that made us not want to put it in as a 100% official supported path yet."