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IMG Interviews OOTP Baseball Creator Markus Heinsohn
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a new interview with Out of the Park Developments' Markus Heinsohn about his long running Out of the Park Baseball series, currently in its 13th incarnation. The interview covers a variety of topics including the inspiration for the first game, the source of his creativity, and how fan input shapes each new version in the series.

Jon Carr: How did OOTP start out? What sparked its initial conception and release?

Markus Heinsohn: A friend of mine brought home a bat and a glove from a trip to Miami, so we started hitting tennis balls into the neighbor’s gardens. That was in 1991. We then formed a baseball club and started playing in organized baseball leagues in 1994. In the meantime I played all sorts of baseball computer games, but there was no management-related game that I liked, so in 1998 I decided to simply develop my own game, just for fun. When it was done in 1999, I figured it was probably good enough to earn some money with it, and that’s when it all started.

Check out the full interview at the link below.

Out Of The Park Baseball Interview
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Feral Gamepad Support
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

An IMG reader has alerted us to a recent addition to Feral Interactive's Facebook page. The posting offers details about support for various gamepad controllers, and help for those trying to use a gamepad with one of Feral's titles.

We have the ability to add new gamepads to the supported list without requiring a patch using our plugin system, when we release a new game we often get a spurt of new requests, today has been a retro console day. We added support for a Playstation 1 gamepad and a SNES replica pad for two customers!

This now means you can now use the following console pads in our games:

  • Playstation 3 Sixaxis
  • Playstation 2
  • Playstation 1
  • XBox
  • Xbox 360
  • Gamecube
  • SNES
    (Many of these pads require special USB adapters)
So remember if you can get a gamepad to appear on the USB bus we can try and get it supported in our games, just email padsupport @ feralinteractive . com for any of your pad support related enquires. If it's feasible to get it working we will get it working.
Read more at the link below.

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The Sims 3: Diesel Stuff Pack Released
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EA and Maxis have announced the release of The Sims 3: Diesel Stuff Pack for the popular life sim. The pack is the result of a collaboration between EA and Diesel, featuring clothing and furniture from Diesel’s 2012 Spring/Summer collection.

Give your Sims a stylish upgrade with The Sims 3 Diesel Stuff Pack, available in stores and online today! This stuff pack features the hottest men’s and women’s apparel from Diesel and their younger lifestyle brand 55DSL, plus modern furniture and décor items from Diesel’s home collection. The Sims 3 Diesel Stuff Pack allows you to outfit your Sims with Diesel items straight from the runways and streets of Milan, bringing premium fashion and home design from the real world into your game.

With The Sims 3 Diesel Stuff Pack, your Sims will dress to impress, donning dozens of new outfits featured in the Spring/Summer 2012 collections from Diesel and 55DSL. Recreate the hottest trends with clothing options for both men and women, including cool tees, rugged jackets and iconic denim pieces. Whether at work or play, your Sims will look sexy, casual and confident in looks that fit their lifestyle and reflect their attitude.

Complement your Sims’ trendsetting style with industrial-chic décor items from the design pioneers at Diesel, many of which are available in Diesel stores and on Diesel.com. Customize your Sims’ living spaces with stylish, luxurious pieces for a transformation that perfectly blends edginess and sophistication.

Update both your virtual and real-life wardrobes this summer with The Sims tees created by 55DSL. This fashionable collaboration includes a tank top for girls and two t-shirts for guys, all featuring iconic graphics from the world of The Sims, including a fictional logo for “Sunset Valley Gem Hunters,” a reference to the gem collectibles in The Sims 3. The tees will be available in 55DSL stores, select Diesel stores and on Diesel.com at the beginning of August. Visit www.facebook.com/FiftyFiveDSL in August to find out how you can get a free downloadable version for your Sims.

Learn more at the links below.

The Sims 3: Diesel Stuff Pack
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Shadowrun Returns Interview & Concept Art Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Harebrained Schemes has released a new video Q&A with Jordan Weisman and Mitch Gitelman about the upcoming Shadowrun Returns RPG, as well as a series of early concept art pieces. In the interview the developers discussed a variety of topics including the game's release date, factions, and mission editor.

As most of you know, Mitch and Jordan had no idea what they were going to be asked, so all their answers are deliciously raw. But as far as those answers go, you know the drill: everything’s a work in progress, ideas are subject to change, some ideas in the video just burst up on the spot—all that jazz. Basically, the video’s totally honest, but honest for what’s true right now. As with all game development, we have to balance what’s cool versus time and money. And some of our ideas just don’t come out the way we imagine them. But hey, we hope this video will show that we’re not only listening to your questions and suggestions, but also that we appreciate them. Having such an enthusiastic crowd supporting our work is pretty much the best. We look forward to reading your comments, debates and constructive suggestions. Thanks again for everything!

Here’s a few “look & feel” concepts for Downtown and the Barrens, plus some early character designs. The artists are having a blast with this stuff and can’t wait to show you some concepts of the game view itself. . . when they’re ready, of course! If I try to steal any more art from them right now they might revoke my blogging priv-

Follow the links below for more information.

Shadowrun Returns Video Q&A
Shadowrun Returns Concept Art
Shadowrun Returns

Mac Games News for Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition Arrives In 20136:00 AM
Campgrounds Now At Macgamestore6:00 AM
Endless Space Available Soon For Macs6:00 AM
Wasteland 2 To Include Original Wasteland6:00 AM
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