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F1 2012 Races Onto Macs This Year
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Feral Interactive today announced that F1 2012, the FORMULA ONE racing simulation game, will be released for the Mac later this year. Developed by Codemasters Birmingham and published by Codemasters for consoles and PC, F1 2012 is the follow-up to F1 2011 and F1 2010.

“The Mac last hosted Formula One a long time ago,” said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “We are delighted to reintroduce it to Mac gamers with Codemasters’ superb F1 2012.”

The official game of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship™, F1 2012 features all the teams, drivers and circuits from this most hotly contested season. All 20 tracks are recreated in meticulous detail, including classics such as Silverstone, Monaco, Hockenheim and Monza, along with more recent arrivals such as Singapore’s Marina Bay Circuit and the brand new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

F1 2012 offers thrilling gameplay that, in an intense and extensive Career Mode, accurately simulates motorsports’ most demanding competition. Players get to pursue a Formula One career and battle the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel for the FIA Formula One Drivers’ WORLD Championship. They can also take on the role of race engineer as well as driver, fine-tuning their car set-ups according to the circuit, weather conditions and their own handling preferences.

In addition to Career Mode, F1 2012 features several other modes; Season Challenge condenses the Formula One season into just ten short races. Quick Race allows players to choose any car, track, driver and weather condition. Champions Mode pits players’ skills against each of the six former FIA FORMULA ONE DRIVERS’ World Champions competing in the 2012 season in events that showcase those drivers’ exceptional talents, such as Kimi Räikkönen’s prowess in bad weather.

F1 2012 will also support split-screen, LAN multiplayer, and online multiplayer.

System Requirements (These system requirements are PROVISIONAL - Final system requirements will be released later):

    • Processor: 1.8Ghz
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7.5
    • RAM: 4.0GB
    • Free Space: 10.0GB
    • Graphics: 128MB
    • Accessories: Game Pad
    • Processor: 2.4Ghz
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7.1
    • RAM: 4.0GB
    • Free Space: 10.0GB
    • Graphics: 512MB
    • Accessories: Game Pad
    • The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, NVIDIA 9400, NVIDIA 7xxx series and Intel GMA series.
    • The following cards require you to have 4GB of System RAM: NVIDIA 320M, Intel HD 3000
Pricing, system requirements and a mini-site dedicated to F1 2012 for the Mac will be announced closer to the release date. A trailer for F1 2012 is available now on Feral’s YouTube channel.

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Planets Under Attack At MGS
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TopWare Interactive's Planets Under Attack is now available for purchase from Mac Game Store. The space-faring strategy game gives players the chance to wage interplanetary war against computer AI or human opponents. Planets Under Attack features a single player campaign with 32 missions, 18 Skirmish and online multiplayer levels, 3 difficulty levels, and a variety of gameplay modes.

Play as humans or robots in a brand new sci-fi strategy adventure! Travel into the far reaches of space, through cleverly designed star constellations and variable game modes, conquering enemy planets using 15 combinable technologies.

Take control of your space fleet, upgrade your technologies, and ready your strategies; you’ll need them all if you’re going to rule the galaxy!

Choose between 18 different maps, and take to the stars in both Skirmish and Online-Multiplayer with up to 4 players in various team constellations or against the enemy AI.


  • Fresh game design with enormous replay value
  • Single player campaign boasting 32 missions, 3 difficulty levels and a variety of game modes (Elimination, Capture, Domination, Payback, King of the Hill and others)
  • 15 unlockable technologies can be combined to suit your own personal strategy, allowing for a wealth of tactical options.
  • 18 Skirmish and online multiplayer levels, including team multiplayer and various game modes: Elimination, Capture, King of the Hill and Domination, with up to 4 players.
  • 2 playable races in Multiplayer, each with different skills and strategies
  • 3 planet types per race with 6 upgrade states each
  • Mac OS X 10.6
  • CPU Type: Intel Mac Onl
  • CPU Speed: 2 GH
  • System RAM: 512 MB
  • Drive Space: 600 MB
  • Video RAM: 256 MB
  • Video (ATI): ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
  • Video (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Planets Under Attack is available now for $14.99 (USD).

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Wasteland 2 Gets Thwacked
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Thwacke, a science consulting firm, has announced it is working with inXile Entertainment on the company's upcoming old school RPG sequel, Wasteland 2. Thwacke's consultants will lend an air of realism to the RPG team's vision of a post-apocalyptic future.

While a post-apocalyptic future is a bleak one to imagine, with the right minds, it is a feasible one to speculate. In order to bring a novel sense of believability to narrative, inXile will be working with the Montreal-based science consultancy, Thwacke. Thwacke will bring in experts in the realms of evolutionary biology, nuclear physics, and medicine to add depth and believability to the wasteland, its people, its creatures and its afflictions.

As part of their collaboration with inXile, Thwacke, will be working closely with the writers and producers behind Wasteland 2 to enrich their fiction with interesting science. Thwacke CEO and molecular biologist, Sebastian Alvarado, has ensured that his entire team will align good science from their respective expertise to build rich stories. “We’re interested in creating moments where the player feels the line blur between reality and fiction, ultimately impacting gameplay and narrative”.

What to expect…
Role playing games bring some of the most personalized gaming experiences to the player. At the core of their gameplay, immersion is required to sell the believability of this experience. While writers can craft this experience with artistic merit, Thwacke offers to enhance it with interdisciplinary science. But what does this mean to the player? Expect creatures that are a natural byproduct of their environment, biological and chemical warfare that makes sense and the medical know-how to survive with the scarcest of resources.

While the full details of Thwacke’s involvement cannot be fully disclosed, they have already brought in unique perspectives from entomologists, nuclear engineers, surgeons and geologists. We plan on using these insights to shape a world capable of capturing the imagination of players and offer relevant, creative and immersive experience for the player.

"The more smart guys we have in room looking at the writing and design is always a good thing and in this case we have a group of very bright people checking our work." –Brian Fargo

Responding to concerns that the original Wasteland's unique charm might be lost if story takes a back seat to scientific accuracy, Brian Fargo took to Twitter to assure fans that fun will remain the central focus of development.
Don't worry...Wasteland will still keep its odd humor, mutants and Scorpitrons etc. Thwacke helps with overall logic and science in parts.

Fun factor is most important element for Wasteland 2.

Head over to the links below to learn more.

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Spookick Now Haunting MGS
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Application Systems' Spookick is now available for download and purchase at Mac Game Store. The Halloween themed arcade action title challenges players to save the living residents of Spookville from being terrorized by ghosts. To do this they must distract the spirits with their favorite game: pumpkin passing.

In the small, dark and eerie town of Spookville, the people are being terrorised by the dead residents of 17 Chester Street. Only you can save them from the hell of haunting this Halloween by keeping the ghosts amused with the one thing they love the most - a good game of pumpkin passing. Use your bat to flip the flesh-creeping fruit over to each member of the ghostly gang and up your points by clicking on the letter-stealing spirits that help you spell out a spooky theme. Time is running out for the townsfolk of Spookville, so watch the clock as you exorcise the phantoms in this fun-filled ghostly game.

  • 2 game modes (single player and multiplayer)
  • Normal or ghostly slow-motion game play
  • Hotseat mode for multiple players on one Mac
  • Secret ways to earn more points
  • 15 scary icons
  • Local and online high score rankings (publish your scores online and see if you can be number one!)
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
As part of Mac Game Store's Halloween sale Spookick is currently available for $1.99 (USD), 60% off the regular price.

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