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Feral Announces Fable for the Mac
7:51 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive announced today they are bringing the hit adventure game Fable: The Lost Chapters to Mac OS X. Originally developed by Lionhead Studios for the Xbox console last year, the port to Mac and Windows will be much improved, according to the Feral site.

Changes include expanding the world with more quests, improving the graphics over what the Xbox could display, and changing the control system--presumably from a console controller to a more standard keyboard and mouse layout.

Fable is pitched as a RPG that changes along with your character. Depending on your actions, the game world and characters in it will react differently to you. Here's more from the game's official site:

In this groundbreaking role-playing adventure game from Lionhead Studios, your every action determines your character's skills, appearance and morality. Your character's life story is created from childhood through to adulthood and on to old age. Grow from an inexperienced child into the most powerful being in the world, spoken of by all and immortalized in legend. As additional story and side quests await, choose the path of righteousness, or dedicate your life to evil, and see yourself transform into a reflection of your actions and decisions. Age leaves you wizened and battle leaves you scarred as you explore the world of Albion and the plethora of expanded and enhanced content.

With experience comes advancement and physical change, whether it be expanding muscles, a keen eye and nimble form, or the buzz of magical energies around your finger tips. As you develop your alter ego, the world reacts to you and your actions. People comment on your successes and failures, your appearance, and your behavior.

For much more on Fable, be sure to check out the site.

According to a related article from MacCentral, Feral has also noted this renewed relationship with Lionhead (the creators of the Black & White series and an upcoming title called Movies), could mean an even better chance of seeing future ports from the company as well. Fable is due out for Windows this Fall, with more information coming on the Mac version in the next month.

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MacCentral: Feral to publish Fable: The Lost Chapters for Mac
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Send In Your Ask Feral Questions
12:42 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG and Feral Interactive are once again teaming up for Ask Feral, a feature on IMG where you, the Mac gamer, can send in a question for Feral. Feel free to ask about the company, their games, and more. Please send your questions to this email address with Ask Feral in the subject. We'll post the questions and answers on an upcoming date.

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IMG Previews Salvo!
12:42 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a preview of Salvo!, the "tactical" naval combat game covering the Age of Sail era, from the 17th century until the 19th century. Here's a clip from the preview:

Set in the 17th to 19th centuries, Salvo! is a title that lets you command ships from England, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and, of course, a small nation called the United States. As you control your fleet you see in real time the effects that combat has upon your war ships. Using its turn based gameplay, you plan your strategy and watch as it unfolds before your eyes. In the in-game scenarios you play Admiral and recreate famous battles of history to see how your choices would have altered the outcome of history.
To check out the entire preview, please follow the link below.

IMG Preview: Salvo!
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UT2004 Mod StrikeForce Updated
7:51 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

The Macologist conversion of the Unreal Tournament 2004 mod Strike Force has been updated to version 3.01. Strike Force is a conversion to the technology of today. The update has many bug fixes and balance changes.

A few of these fixes and changes are:

* Player mass reduced back to default UT2004 value

* House of Debug map included as an example for community map designers

* Knife bugs fixed

* Foot step sounds synced with movements and sound volume has been decreased

* Little more weapon bobbing added

* MVP medals stays over level travel
To view the full list of changes or to try your hand at Strike Force, scroll down to the links section.

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Indie Games Con '05 Registration Opens
7:51 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Garage Games has opened registration for the 2005 Indie Games Convention. The price to register before September 16th is $195 and is on a first-come, first-served basis. The price to register after September 16th is $250, so sign up now.

Here's a short overview of the convention itself:

Indie Games Con (IGC) is a fun, informal and informative community gathering of independent game developers from around the world. IGC is designed to be a summit meeting of like-minded developers with the shared goal to focus on collaboration and building community. Along with sessions on game art, technology, tools and business, the event has a central ShowOFF Center where developers can showcase their current prototypes, demos and newly released games. This provides an excellent opportunity for their peers to play and provide valuable feedback.
To sign up or to view all the details of the convention, click on the appropriate link below.

IGC 2005 Announcement
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, July 6, 2005

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