The 1.03 update for The Political Machine 2008 has been released. You can download the update via Impulse.
+ NEW: 60 Seconds Interview Forum
+ TWEAK: Added code to increase the amount of scaling done to map objects once they surpass a certain threshold.
+ Added a slider in the options window to control this.
+ 1 means smaller icons with more objects, five means larger size; five is the default.
+ Added "MapIconScaleRate" to the Prefs file; this is currently in the range of 1 (smallest icons) to 5 (largest and default size/scale).
+ TWEAK: Added help text “use arrow keys to move snapshot” to snapshot view port frame
+ FIXED: If for some reason the working directory is not correct (bad shortcut link, etc), TPM will now attempt to correct the working directory to avoid crashing or other problems due to not finding files
+ FIXED: Activated code for throttling frame rates to prevent gfx cards from overheating
+ This is enabled by default and can be disabled by changing the “GfxThrottleFrameRate” value in prefs.ini. There is no option to do it in game because it's generally a bad idea to turn this off.
+ FIXED: Made a change to the candidate details window that would give a better (and oft-updated) number for a national issue score.
+ FIXED: The issues that a player has custom set for their candidate are now modified by the default party stance for the same issues. Now if a player goes through and sets every issue to a small value (1-2) the issues won't all be 1 or 2 in game, but rather these values will just be added to the default party value.
+ This also fixes an issue where newly-created candidates would have no issue scores in games.
+ FIXED: Removed the [-5,5] cap on default positions and default importance; this has been changed to [-10,10] which is the actual default range.
+ FIXED: A bug where the default issue score was not being updated upon a player's first speech/ad.
+ FIXED: Hardware cursor mouse option should now save to prefs.ini so that it will retain its value the next time you start the game.
+ FIXED: The candidate details window now shows a candidate's national stance on a whole bunch of issues.
+ FIXED: A problem where the default value for a candidate's stance on an issue would be discarded the moment an ad was taken our or a speech was given. The default value is now added upon for newly-campaigned issues.
+ FIXED: Bug where interview responses did not replace the || characters with newline characters