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Colin McRae Rally Mac Coming October 26
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 8 comments

Feral Interactive has announced an October 26 release date for the long awaited Colin McRae Rally Mac. The game allows players to race over 30 cars across more than 300 stages in nine different international locations. CMR features realistic physics and car handling.

The core of the game includes a multi-discipline career challenge - in which you'll start out in the lower leagues of club rallying, learning your craft in over 20 different classes of rally events including Challenges, Cups, SuperCups, Shields and Championships.

300 stages of competition, and a huge variety of car classes including 2-Wheel Drive, super 2WD, 4-Wheel-Drive, 4WD Classics and more, it's the most complete rally experience ever offered.

As well as the Career challenge, you'll be able to jump straight into a 4WD championship, take on a single rally or individual stage, and even take on the world in online rallies with up to 8 players.
UPDATE: The demo is now available. The page is in French so click on the "TÚlÚcharger" link to download.

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Colin McRae Rally Mac Demo

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Red Marble Games Unveils Holiday Fun Pack Bundle
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Popular Mac-only game publisher, Red Marble Games, has announced the availability of its Holiday Fun Pack bundle for the 2007 holiday season. The Red Marble Games Holiday Fun Pack contains two popular gaming titles, Democracy and Kudos.

Democracy is an award-winning simulation game that lets players assume the role of president or prime minister in order to run the country. The game's deep simulations let players control everything from tariffs on imports to marriage laws, and provides countless hours of entertainment. Kudos is another amazing simulation strategy game that's turn-based and allows players to completely control the lives of their game characters. The players decide where their simulated people work, whom they hang out with, what they do to relax, and so much more - just as in real life. Kudos is a Yahoo top-games download recipient, and a favorite among gamers on a wide variety of gaming platforms.
The Red Marble Games Holidy Fun Pack will be available for $34.42 (USD), a 25% discount of the price of each game purchased separately, from October 22, 2007 through January 31, 2008.

Purchasers can chose to directly download the Holiday Fun Pack bundle from the Red Marble Games website, have a Holiday Fun Pack gift certificate sent to the recipient of their choice, or have a custom Red Marble Games Holiday Fun Pack CD sent complete with a custom message.

Follow the links below for more information.

Red Marble Games Holiday Fun Pack 2007
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The Broken Hourglass: Creating Custom Portraits & Soundsets
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Planewalker Games has released another informational update promoting its upcoming RPG, The Broken Hourglass. This time Planewalker gives readers a tour of the ways even casual players can customize their game experience by adding new portraits or creating custom soundsets for their characters.

If you are a player who enjoys an easy way to tailor your gameplay experience, The Broken Hourglass offers easy options to add custom character portraits and homemade character soundsets. Although TBH will ship with an ample selection of both, tastes vary widely--and of course, for copyright reasons we are not allowed to include your favorite vampire slayers or starship captains. The privacy of your own home, however, is a different matter...

Introducing new portraits could hardly be easier. Images in PNG or JPG format can be placed in a special "portraits" directory, and are automatically catalogued by the game. No special resizing is necessary-the game will automatically scale images to suit the different sizes used by the game. In theory any image can be used, but those cropped to a standard portrait ratio of 11 x 17 will look best.

Custom soundset creation is a little more intricate, but well worth the effort, be you an aspiring actor or simply somebody who can't get enough Bruce Campbell quotes in their games.
Click over to the site below to read the rest of the Broken Hourglass Rules and Mechanics article.

The Broken Hourglass: Rules and Mechanics, Portraits & Soundsets
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Starcraft II: Q&A Round 18, Map Maker Series
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The 18th Q&A focusing on answers to fan questions about StarCraft II, Blizzard Entertainment's long awaited sequel to the original StarCraft, is now available. This edition of the Q&A focuses on the map making tools that are planned for inclusion with the game. SC II will introduce new multiplayer action and a continuation of the storyline.

1) Will doodad placement values increase? (ie, more than 256)
[Brett Wood] We expect the doodad placement value will be on the same order as Warcraft III, which I believe was something like 10,000, so definitely way more than 256.

2) Will the number of available locations/triggers increase? The current limit on locations really cramps some ideas.
[Brett Wood] Any limits on both regions and triggers will be at least in the thousands.

4) Will max unit limits increase? The current unit limit on maps is quite a crimper, and nobody likes CCMU (cannot create more units).
[Brett Wood] I dont recall the exact unit limit in the original StarCraft, but the StarCraft II limit will likely be a healthy boost over the limit in Warcraft III. The exact value hasnt been nailed down yet and will depend on optimizations near the end of the project (i.e. shortly before release).
Head over to the link provided below to read the rest of the Q&A.

StarCraft Forums: SC 2 Q&A Batch 18
StarCraft Forums: Ask Your SC2 Questions Here
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Macgamestore: Fairy Treasure Digital Download Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story recently announced the availablity of Fairy Treasure as the newest addition to its digital download game lineup.

Fairy Treasure takes players on an adventure against an evil, greedy troll who has stolen great treasures from the Kingdom of Trollandia and has carefully guarded it in his cave ever since. As players work to recapture the treasure they travel along the Fairy River through more than 120 exciting levels while struggling against hags, goblins, and other evil guardians.

Recover a historic treasure of jewels, fairy dust, and magic potions in this original brick-buster. Float the Fairy River from castle to cave in level after level of fast arcade fun. Use your magic raft to smash unique brick layouts, collect the storied treasure, and gather amazing power-ups. Featuring more than 120 challenging levels, an original story, and hours of brick-busting fun, Fairy Treasure is a thrilling trek through an astounding world. May the fairies be with you.
Fairy Treasure costs $19.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9. More information about the game is available at the site below.

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Mac Games News for Monday, October 22, 2007

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DEFCON Soundtrack Available On iTunes6:00 AM
Macgamestore: Feeding Frenzy Universal Binary Available6:00 AM
New Wrath of the Lich King Screenshots6:00 AM
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Unofficial Fallout 2 Patch Released For Mac6:00 AM
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