F1 Championship Season gets force feedback patch

Immersion Corp.'s announcement Friday about force feedback on the Mac was all that UK-based game publisher Feral Interactive needed to release a patch to its recently offered driving game, F1 Championship Season 2000. The new 1.0.1 version adds support for force feedback.

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The new update also corrects "small issues mostly related to steering wheels," according to Feral, but the big change is support for force feedback.

F1 Championship Season 2000 is Feral's Macintosh conversion of the popular Electronic Arts Formula One driving simulator, that puts you in the cockpit of a high-performance open-wheel racing machine on the international circuit circa 2000. You can play as real-world drivers on real-world driving teams, tune the performance and operating characteristics of your vehicle to suit the track conditions, weather and more. The game is distributed in North America by MacPlay.

In an interview with MacCentral, Immersion cited F1 Championship Season 2000 as one of only three titles debuting with force feedback support on the Macintosh, which is now possible with the release of Mac OS X 10.2.3, posted Thursday by Apple and available for download through the Software Update system preference pane for users of Mac OS X 10.2, "Jaguar."

Besides 10.2.3 and F1 2000 1.0.1, you'll also need a force feedback-equipped steering wheel game controller to experience force feedback -- for a list of supported controllers, consult MacCentral's coverage of Immersion's announcement.

You can download the F1 Championship Season 2000 1.0.1 patch from Macgamefiles.com. The patch measures 1.7MB and requires the full version of the game in order to work.

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