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  Thursday, Nov 1, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
AvP2 Team Patch
- Posted 8:42 AM By Kagato
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The Aliens vs. Predator 2 team from Monolith has released their first patch for AvP2 which was just recently released and should be in full swing at your local stores by tomorrow. Here's a list of what's fixed:
  • Fixed the crash bug on the Join screen.
  • Added a "[D]" to the end of server names that are dedicated.
  • Added player rename functionality mid-game (ie. ' Spanky').
  • Added PageUp and PageDown support to the server list.
  • Added mouse wheel support to the server list.
  • Added double-click join support to the server list.
  • Fixed a couple of bugs that could cause long waiting times on the server list menu.
  • Made it so you can hit Escape to cancel the Internet server list refresh.
  • Fixed a problem causing the Alien tail to get stuck in the charged position.
  • Fixed it so hitting the reload button after firing a pulse rifle grenade will cause the bullets to reload; previously it did nothing.
  • Fixed a problem with pickup objects that give you multiple ammo types.
  • Fixed a bug when opening the weapon chooser during a charged weapon attack.
  • Chestbursting from a Corporate player now results in a Runner Alien.
  • Chat messages are now hidden while the weapon chooser is open (mainly for Predators).
  • Get in there soldier!
     
    AO Storyline Begins
    - Posted 12:17 PM By Anthos
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    For those of you who managed to play through the launch of this game and are still enjoying it (or simply waited until they got their act together), now you can look forward to some in-game events.
    The story will be told through a series of animated 15-minute movie episodes that will feature central characters from the game, and it will give players hints about upcoming in-game events and new game content. The first movie episode can be downloaded from the official Anarchy Online story Web site.
    Be sure to look at GameSpot's article.
    Source: GameSpot
     
    Camelot Still Here
    - Posted 12:21 PM By Anthos
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    For those of you wondering how well Dark Age of Camelot would do, you can stop wondering, at least for now.
    Mythic Entertainment's online role-playing game Dark Age of Camelot captured first place once again in NPD Intelect's latest weekly list of best-selling PC games. The massively multiplayer game, which was launched in early October, is set in a medieval fantasy world inspired by traditional Arthurian legends. Mythic recently announced that the game has more than 100,000 registered players.
    GameSpot has more right here.
    Source: GameSpot
     
    SWG First Footage
    - Posted 12:28 PM By Anthos
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    If you haven't seen the first footage for Star Wars Galaxies, then you need to get off your rump! Wait, no...keep sitting on it and go download the 13.4MB Quicktime movie. Oooh...Krayt Dragon. Looks dang nice, but it's also very short.
     
    Ghost Recon Interview
    - Posted 12:39 PM By Anthos
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    MGON has posted an interview with Darren Chukitus, Producer at Red Storm Entertainment. Here's a little bit of it for you:
    MGON: How sophisticated is the enemy AI?

    Very. The AI in Ghost Recon, both team and enemy threats, will respond like no other game before. Many times I find myself playing with what I feel is a flawless strategy, only to have suppression fire laid down on my position from the front, and simultaneously be flanked from the left and grenades launched from my right. Team AI can follow different ROE’s by the use of on the fly commands.
    All, in all, it looks like one awesome game. Hopefully, we'll be having some LAN excitement with this, as well as the recently released Operation Flashpoint that I know several of you are playing.
    Source: MGON
     
      Friday, Nov 2, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    New ICQ
    - Posted 8:43 AM By Kagato
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    There's been several new releases of ICQ this week, the newest release version is now 2001b Beta v5.15 Build #3636 (say that 3 times fast).
     
    Q3A QFrag Arena
    - Posted 8:48 AM By Kagato
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    Version 1.4 of the QFrag Arena Modification has been released for your enjoyment, now including a RADAR feature. The Quake III Arena mod enhances some of the weapon effects, and adds items like an off-hand grappling hook (use your weapons while grappling) and jump-boots.
     
    Medal of Honor : Allied Assault Preview
    - Posted 8:55 AM By Kagato
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    Based upon their viewing at a recent EA tour, Gamespy posted a new preview of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. Included in the preview are some in-game screenshots and mention that a multiplayer demo will be available later this year. Here's what they have to say:
    Visually, the game left us speechless. Even though the mission took place at night, we were able to see complex textures and shading on the walls and ground and particle effects from gun and machine gun fire and dynamic lighting coming from varied light sources. It truly was a visual delight. The soldiers moved more realistically in this rev then in previous demos. Instead walking in a stiff manner, soldiers had more of a realistic bounce to their step, some were even ducking to get out of harms way. In addition, the inside corridor areas were also extremely detailed. Everything from the wall textures to the interactive objects in the storage rooms and barracks -- it was all good. The user interface has also been streamlined making it easier to see what weapons you have.
    Definately on the "must-have" list.
    Source: Gamespy
     
      Sunday, Nov 4, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Are You Ready for Some Football
    - Posted 2:18 PM By WaRMaN
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    Have you ever played NFL Blitz for console or PC? Have you ever wanted that action in your Quake 3 Arena playing? Well wait no further! The folks over at Q3 GRIDIRON have a MOD that is sure to satisfy your thirst for football and Quake 3. Q3 GRIDIRON places you on 1 of 15 different maps, all similar to a football field. There is a plain jane football field map, to full blown teleporters and jump pads. The map themes have a great feel to them. It's like playing in an actual arena, and who couldn't love playing Q3 with music like Led Zepplin cranking in the background!

    The game starts out with the offence taking the ball. They have so many seconds to get down the field and score. Getting down the field isn't as easy as it sounds, because both teams are equiped with weapons to fight with. The offence can either run or throw (yes throw) the ball downfield. Unlimited passing can make the game very exciting. After the offence gets down the field, they have the option of trying to break it on into the endzone for 6, rocket jump through the uprights for 7, or kick the ever hard fieldgoal for 3. This all is available if you don't get picked off!

    I could go on and on about this awesome MOD, but you must head over to their site and see all the goodies this MOD has. Download here, and I'll see you on the GRIDIRON!
     

      Monday, Nov 5, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Ghost Recon Preview
    - Posted 1:25 PM By Anthos
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    The folks over at The Wargamer have posted a new preview of Ghost Recon. So, if you just can't get enough of that beautiful eyecandy, you'll want to head on over and check it out. Not convinced? Read this:
    From the very first mission, veteran Rainbow Six players will notice the amazing amount of freedom offered by the large Ghost Recon maps. No longer are players locked into one or two entry points and forced to assault along hallways to take down Tangos at sub-20m ranges. Instead, combat takes place in mountainous terrain using the maximum effective range of a variety of weapons to achieve strict mission goals. It requires a complete rethink in equipment loads and tasks, and a lot more reliance on the other team members to cover their arcs and aim true.
    Oh, right...you want the link? Well, okay. Here it is.
    Source: Blues News
     
    Sims Hot Date Goes Gold
    - Posted 1:32 PM By Anthos
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    Okay, so maybe some of you guys are like, "Why is he posting about Sims? We don't care." However, in deference to the people that do play and enjoy this game, it's getting a post. So, head on over to GameSpot's news coverage of this spectacular event.
     
    Commanche 4 Movies
    - Posted 1:37 PM By Anthos
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    Also available over at GameSpot are several new movies to download. A dozen, in fact. You can also get them via streaming video, if you prefer not to download them. So, go on over and start your movie viewing fun.
     
    Star Wars Galaxies Currency
    - Posted 1:42 PM By Anthos
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    Been wondering how you are going to buy and sell stuff in the upcoming MMORPG? Check out this new update to the FAQ:
    6.58 Will there be multiple currencies?

    There are only two types of currency planned--Imperial credits via the credit system, and Imperial credits as hard currency. You can obtain hard cash at banks that are on the credit network. Not all locations are on the credit network.
    So, if you want to know more about this game, check out their FAQ.
     
    Codename: Outbreak Preview
    - Posted 1:46 PM By Anthos
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    HomeLAN Fed previews Codename: Outbreak, the tactical sci-fi shooter from GSC GameWorld and Virgin Interactive based on playing the European version of the game that's due on American shores later this month. They also have four new screenshots from the full European version of the game. Here is a snip:
    The game’s sci-fi story is very similar (some might even say it’s a rip-off) to the classic Robert A. Heinlein novel “The Puppet Masters”. In the near future fragments of a comet impact the Earth. These fragments somehow contain alien life forms that attach themselves to any human hosts they can find. The player’s overall mission is pretty straightforward: take out the aliens before they take over the planet.
    Check out the rest of the story.
     
    Operation Flashpoint Review
    - Posted 1:51 PM By Anthos
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    Been holding off on buying this game? Want to check out a great review of it, before you spend your hard-earned cash-moolah? Action Vault has just the thing for you. So go check out their review of it.
    Source: SimHQ
     
    Black Thorn Preview
    - Posted 7:18 PM By Anthos
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    More stuff from those guys over at Red Storm. This time, Warism has a preview of Rogue Spear: Black Thorn. The article is in German, so you may either want to learn that really quick, or use a web translater. However, if you don't want to bother with either of those, at least you can go and check out the pictures.
    Source: SimHQ
     
    One Week of PC Action News
    - Posted 7:29 PM By Anthos
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    3DActionPlanet has kindly compiled a nice little list of some of the more recent events in PC gaming action. Included are some links to demos, upcoming release dates, and some other fun stuff. So, go over and check it all out, right here.
     
      Tuesday, Nov 6, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Syrinx 2.5 Released
    - Posted 8:06 AM By Anthos
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    ZOD sends word that a new version of Syrinx Mod for Tribes 2 has been released.
    The Temples of Syrinx are proud to introduce Syrinx 2.5 along with new Syrinx HUD and Syrinx Cycler client scripts. That's right, we have finally licked the instability problems that have been plaguing us for months now. Apparently one of the problems had to do with the new Sierra patch and its lame random CRC checking which unknown to us at the time can not be defeated on the datablock level. We have fixed this by removing a custom texture we were using for our deployable Ammo Stations.

    This release adds a unique feature, when you deploy a Spider Clamp turret and then switch the barrel that is installed on it, the name of the Spider Clamp changes to reflect what barrel is currently installed.

    We have also fixed yet another Dynamix mistake regarding the sounds played when a mortar turret fires. Dynamix apparently named the Missile Turret and Mortar Turret fire sounds the same thus negating the Mortars sound. We have corrected this mistake and now you get to hear what the Mortar Turrets fire sound was really supposed to be!

    We would like to hand a huge thank you to KiKiN and Corneo for beta testing our multiple fix attempts over the last month, giving us valuable feedback. We would also like to thank the players that have stuck with the mod through this horrible time, without them, we probably would have given up on Syrinx. Thanks guys!
    This bit of information from Planet Tribes.
    Source: GameSpyDaily
     
    World of Warcraft Interview
    - Posted 8:11 AM By Anthos
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    Total Video Games has posted an interview with Chris Metzen, the creative director on World of Warcraft. Here's part:
    It sounds big!!

    Yes, I can’t give you an exact size of the world but it will have around 6 major continents and to compare that most people have seen Warcraft II and that only had 2 major continents! You will have a much grander sense of scale and of the world!

    On offer there will be fully customisable character classes, innovative races, and thousands of weapons to allow for a truly diverse gameplay experience that will appeal to both hard-core and novice gamers alike. A simple, intuitive user interface will allow players of various skill levels to easily join the adventure. World of Warcraft also features support for advanced graphics hardware, giving the player superlative graphical enhancements, as well as a sophisticated, massively multiplayer network architecture capable of supporting thousands of players in a world simultaneously.
    So go on over and check it out. If you still don't know what I'm talking about, World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online RPG set in the Warcraft Universe and takes place after Warcraft III. So, like I said, check it out.
    Source: GameSpyDaily
     
    Ghost Recon Demo Released
    - Posted 6:49 PM By BurnPilot
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    Tired of the rampant complaining and cheating in Counter-Strike? Can't get enough people together to play a good versus game in Operation Flashpoint? Then it sounds like Ghost Recon might be for you. While the game is expected to start hitting store shelves in the next couple weeks Redstorm Entertainment has been nice enough to provide a demo to wet your appetite for the game. You can get it from FilePlanet or if the lines long go ahead and head over to Avault and get it there.
     
    Thrustmaster NASCAR Pro Force Feedback Review
    - Posted 11:14 PM By Anthos
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    Boy is that a mouthful. Well, anyways. I know there are some of you people out there that like racing games and whatnot. So, if you are interested in a quality wheel and don't mind spending around $100 bucks, then this may be the wheel for you. Sharky Extreme has posted a review on their site. Seems they really liked it, for they gave it a 9/10. So, if you wanna know more head on over and check it all out for yourself.
    Source: SimHQ
     
    More on Ghost Recon
    - Posted 11:19 PM By Anthos
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    Gee, can you tell we're excited about this game? Well, I hope you haven't heard enough about it, because I sure haven't, and I'm sure there will be more news to come. This one is about another preview, provided by The Wargamer. Two previews in two days. How 'bout that? They must be playing a lot of Ghost Recon. After checking out that demo, I don't blame them, either. Enough from me, though. Go check out that preview!
    Source: SimHQ
     
    BattleTech 3025 canceled
    - Posted 11:25 PM By Anthos
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    So, if you have been looking forward to some mech crushing action in Electronic Arts massively multiplayer online mech combat simulation, that's just too bad. Sorry to disappoint you all, I'm sure. For more information, and what all went down(actually, not a whole lot of info on that), check out the article over on GameSpot, or visit the game's official website.
     
      Wednesday, Nov 7, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Valve looking for testers
    - Posted 5:43 PM By Anthos
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    Doesn't seem to be any game in particular in mind. Just if you want to be considered as a beta tester for any future Valve progams. Check out GameSpot's word on it here. Also, go directly to Valve's Beta Test page.
    Source: GameSpot
     
    Capcom enters the PC market
    - Posted 5:49 PM By Anthos
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    GameSpot has word that Capcom will be entering the PC market.
    Capcom-PC is currently scheduled to publish the PC titles Empire Earth, Aliens Versus Predator 2, and NASCAR Racing 4 in Japan this winter. It also plans to port Mega Man X5 and Dino Crisis 2 to the PC sometime this winter. The company also commented that it is currently working on a network title that will appeal to a wide range of consumers, though no further details on the project were revealed.
    Check out the rest over in GameSpot's article.
     
    Mystery of the Druids Review
    - Posted 6:02 PM By Anthos
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    Too make a long story short, here's what the guys over at PC.IGN think about the game, "This is one mystery better left unsolved." If you want more of an in depth analysis, check out the review.
     
      Thursday, Nov 8, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Tribes Server Stats
    - Posted 7:08 PM By Anthos
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    If you happen to run a Tribes or Tribes 2 server, or know someone who does, you just might want to take a look at this. The latest update to TribesServerStat, a set of Perl scripts which generates server status web pages for both Tribes and Tribes 2 servers, is now available. Read on:
    Apparently ready for consumption by the general public, the latest version of tribesserverstat has been released. Version 1.1 is an update to our popular tss product that includes a few additional features, bug fixes, improved documentation, etc. Thanks to all those who helped make this release a reality.
    You can check out the story at PlanetTribes, or go to the more direct link here.
     
    AvP II Tournament
    - Posted 7:16 PM By Anthos
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    Play Aliens Vs. Predator II to win a custom sports car! Over $60,000 in prizes!

    Battle for the chance to drive away in a 2002 Ford Focus ZX3 custom designed by APC. Join the Aliens Vs. Predator 2 computer game tournament sponsored by PNY and sanctioned by the Cyberathlete Professional League, and you could also win a home theater system, Verto Ti 500 Geforce 3 graphics cards from PNY, Motorola cell phones, Southpole outdoor gear, Aliens or Predator DVDs from Fox and Darkhorse Comics.

    You can qualify for the tournament in one of three ways. PlanetAvP has more info for you and you can also visit the official tournament website.
     
    Diablo II Realm Character Guardian
    - Posted 7:21 PM By Anthos
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    Ever run into the problem of losing your Diablo II character because you didn't play it for a certain amount of time? Well, with this lovely little utility, you worries are no more. Take a look at this:
    There's a new Diablo II and Lord of Destruction utility on the front, as we're now featuring Paladin's Realm Character Guardian program. This nifty little tool comes in a very small download, but it's a great way to keep track of the Realm characters you don't play very often. Battle.Net servers automatically delete Realm characters if they've been inactive for more than 90 days; but, with the use of this program (which doesn't require any account information), you'll have no worries about that. Find out exactly how the program works, and download it from its corner in our Files section.
    Sounds like that's a program worth checking out, especially if you have long periods of inactivity in the Battle Realms.
     
    Weapon Swapping in UT
    - Posted 7:26 PM By Anthos
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    Mod Squad has reviewed the recently released StuffSwapper 3.1 mod. This excellent mod allows you to replace any weapon or item in UT with that from a separate mod. You can mix and match however your heat desires, allowing you generate some exciting gameplay. The biggest features in version 3.1 are the ability to randomly select items and priority switching for weapons. Read Mod Squad’s review for the complete details!
    Source: PlanetUnreal
     
    Comanche 4 Goes Gold
    - Posted 7:34 PM By Anthos
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    Novalogic's latest helicopter combat action game is complete and you will be able to find it in stores next week.
    Comanche 4 lets players take control of the Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66, the US Army's advanced armed reconnaissance helicopter. It contains a variety of missions, including reconnaissance, ground attack, and air-to-air combat scenarios. The game is scheduled for release on November 15 for an approximate retail price of $39.95.
    Check out the coverage over at GameSpot.
     
    Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 Review
    - Posted 7:39 PM By Anthos
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    Well, the folks over at PC.IGN sure seem to like it.
    I know what you're thinking…is this really a "game?" Why would someone ever want to play this? It's like watching the grass grow. If that's what's running through your head -- move on to [other] sites. This game is definitely not for you. But for us PC aviators Flight Simulator 2002 Professional is a must have.
    Why is it a must have? Well, all you PC aviators, head over and find out why he's raving about it.
     
    Halo Interview (Yes, for the PC)
    - Posted 7:42 PM By Anthos
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    CG Online's Jason Cross managed to corner Bungie's Jason Jones to talk about Halo for the PC. The interviews talks about whether the PC version is still a go (which it is) and when it's scheduled for release (which they don't reveal). Check it out.
    Source: GameSpyDaily
     
      Friday, Nov 9, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    New media: EverQuest: The Shadows of Luclin
    - Posted 7:01 PM By Anthos
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    Check out GameSpot's screenshots of the upcoming expansion.
    The new screens show off some of the enhanced character models that will be featured in the expansion. The new character models include more than 2200 polygons, compared to between 400 and 500 polygons included in the previous character models. In addition, the expansion will feature more detailed textures of up to 512x512 resolution.
    It's all available right here.
     
    Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Ships
    - Posted 7:03 PM By Anthos
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    Lucas Arts has begun shipping their Age of Empires-engined, Star Wars flavored RTS game Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds If you're an Age of Empires fan and think Star Wars is all the rage, then you'll want to grab this bad boy ASAP!
    Source: GameSpyDaily
     
    Penny Arcade's RTCW tips
    - Posted 7:06 PM By Anthos
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    Gabe and Tycho (of Penny-Arcade fame) have created a few "tips" for playing Return to Castle Wolfenstein and have them posted on the official Wolfenstein site. There's two tips up right now (#1: Using the flamethrower, #2: How to be an effective Lieutenant), and a new one will be posted each Friday for the next three weeks.
     
    Myth III: The Wolf Age Review
    - Posted 7:11 PM By Anthos
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    Can Mumbo Jumbo handle the pressure of following up on one of the best series in the RTS genre? Well, the guys over at PC.IGN have an opinion on that. Seems like another hit for you to check out. So, go read the review.
     
    Hitman 2 Preview And Q&A
    - Posted 7:13 PM By Anthos
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    GameSpot has posted up a new preview of Hitman 2, the upcoming third person action game from IO Interactive and Eidos. There is also a Q&A with the lead designer of the game Jacob Andersen. Here is a snip:
    GS: How many missions will be included? Will they be as large as the ones in the first game?

    JA: There are currently 20 missions plus training levels in the game, split into six different chapters. We aimed at making them a bit smaller and more intense than some of the larger missions in Hitman, like the Budapest hotel killing and the Lee Hong assassination. But somehow, we still seemed to end up with pretty large missions. Not that you have lots of objectives, though, as most of the levels are pretty simple. For example, the agency wants this guy cold, and you have to make him that way. It's just that when we start building the levels, new ideas pop up and the level grows--not in size, but in complexity.

    Source: HomeLan Fed
     
    Will Rock Screenshots
    - Posted 7:17 PM By Anthos
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    GameSpyDaily has posted 21 screenshots from Will Rock, an upcoming first person shooter game from Saber Interactive. Check out the company's official web site for more info.
    Source: HomeLan Fed
     
    Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Interview
    - Posted 7:19 PM By Anthos
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    The Adrenaline Vault has posted up an extensive interview with Gearbox Software head man Randy Pitchford as he talks about their upcoming single player version of Counter-Strike, subtitled Condition Zero. Here is an excerpt of what you can find:
    Playing through each of the Condition Zero missions with just one of the Special Forces teams will provide about 15-20 hours of gameplay. To be able to access all of the weapons and equipment and unlock all of the hidden scenarios, you'll want to play through the missions with each of the five teams. So, to complete everything the game has to offer in single-player mode can take much more than 60 hours. Then, you may want to try the missions cooperatively with friends. Of course, there's also endless play time with the online game, especially when you consider new features Condition Zero adds like additional weapons, new scenarios and game modes, new technology enhancements, and High Definition model upgrades.

    Source: HomeLan Fed
     
    SWG FAQ update
    - Posted 7:28 PM By Anthos
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    There is a new FAQ update for Star Wars Galaxies.
    6.59 Will there be a list of available jobs for those that want to find them?

    We're working on making a list of identifiable and obvious "professions" that characters can pursue. We definitely want you to have some ideas about what you want to do in the game, even when you first start out. Some "professions" might remain hidden from starting players.
    Also available is some information from the developer's board about character customization and factions.

     
      Saturday, Nov 10, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    DirectX 8.1 Released
    - Posted 8:17 AM By Kagato
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    For those wanting to keep up-to-date on the newest DirectX set of drivers, Microsoft has officially released revision 8.1
    Microsoft® DirectX® is a group of technologies designed to make Windows-based computers an ideal platform for running and displaying applications rich in multimedia elements, such as full-color graphics, video, 3-D animation, and surround sound. DirectX 8.1 includes the latest updates to all the DirectX components and provides support for the same great features that were provided by DirectX 8.0a, including the latest hardware multimedia features and API capabilities.
    Click here for Windows 98/Me(12.1MB) and here for Windows 2000 (7.9MB). Windows XP already includes Version 8.1.
     
    Making WindowsXP Boot Faster
    - Posted 8:28 AM By Kagato
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    For those early adopters who have already switched to Windows XP, there's a nifty little tool called BootVis that can help make XP boot even faster (as if it wasn't quick enough). To run it, simply perform the following :
  • Close all running applications
  • Extract the bootvis.exe file from the downloaded archive.
  • Run bootvis.exe and go to File -> New -> Next Boot + Driver trace (machine will reboot)
  • After machine reboots and loads, BootVis optimizes the boot process of your computer - Voila!

    I didn't really see much of a difference after running it on my PC, but then again I've got the services/memory pretty tweaked as it is (49MB used by OS on clean boot), your mileage may vary.
     
  •   Monday, Nov 12, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Operation Flashpoint Gold Upgrade this month
    - Posted 5:19 PM By Anthos
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    Codemasters has announced that it will release Operation Flashpoint Gold Upgrade near the end of November. Codemasters' add-on to its Cold War-era shooter will include a Soviet campaign; additional weapons, vehicles, and missions; and a strategy guide. Check out the rest of the article from GameSpot.

     
    Counter-Strike: Condition Zero exclusive screens
    - Posted 5:24 PM By Anthos
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    Take a look at the upcoming single-player action game in development at Gearbox. Valve Software sent GameSpota group of new screenshots from its upcoming action game, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, which is currently in development at Gearbox Software, the Dallas-based studio that created the expansions Half-Life: Opposing Force and Half-Life: Blue Shift. The new screens show off some of the characters, environments, and weapons that will appear in the upcoming game. Hot Diggity Dog, they're pretty.
     
    Ghost Recon Review
    - Posted 5:38 PM By Anthos
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    This is a very well written and comprehensive review of the game. If you happened to read my comments on the Ghost Recon demo, you will definitely want to check out this review of the full game. Still, if you decide NOT to get the game for it's single-player functionality, it certainly should be quite the awesome game for multi-player gaming. Anyways, go have a read over at PC.IGN.
     
    Black Thorn Review
    - Posted 5:50 PM By Anthos
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    More good special forces action from Red Storm. This time you can check out the review from EuroGamer. It's back to taking out the terrorist bad guys with our pals from Rainbow Six. So, if you are into the Rainbow Six series, go see how it's gonna be yelling Tango Down in your sleep again.
    Source: SimHQ
     
      Tuesday, Nov 13, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Unreal 2 Release Dates
    - Posted 4:28 PM By Anthos
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    Infogrames has made public its intended release dates for Unreal 2 and Unreal Championship according to Apache from Voodoo Extreme. Both Unreal2 and Unreal Championship are set for release Q2, 2002.
    Source: GameSpyDaily
     
    Soldier of Fortune 2 Interview
    - Posted 4:31 PM By Anthos
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    Seems like it's been a while since one of these came thru the news, but PCZone has slapped up a new interview with Raven's Kenn Hoekstra to chat about the state of Solider of Fortune 2.
    Source: GameSpyDaily
     
    Hidden AvP 2 Stuff
    - Posted 4:34 PM By Anthos
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    PlanetAvP reports some juice on some really cool hidden stuff in AvP 2. They talk of a hidden .rez file that activates some features that didn't quite make it into the finished game:

  • Different Nightvision

  • Different Pick up icons/HUD icons

  • Different Pulse Rifle during "Loading"

  • Different female MP screams


  • Check out the full scoop at PlanetAvP's cheats section right now.
    Source:
    GameSpyDaily
     
    Deus Ex 2 Update
    - Posted 4:38 PM By Anthos
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    Planet Deus Ex has posted up a lengthy development update on Deus Ex 2 from Ion Storm Austin's Harvey Smith, along with some concept artwork from the upcoming action-RPG sequel. Here's part:DX2 will feature a much higher poly count for architecture and models than players saw in the first Deus Ex game. Plus, the models are fully boned and are being animated with a skeletal IK system, allowing for more animations and higher quality (motion captured) animations. The effects are really satisfying and reach into many areas of the game, improving it in both high-impact and subtle ways. For instance, we always wanted characters to have facial expressions, but could not afford it until now; we believe this feature alone will seriously improve the quality of the game's conversations and character interactions.Go have a look see.
    Source: HomeLan Fed
     
    Operation Flashpoint v1.3
    - Posted 4:45 PM By Anthos
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    Codemasters have released the Version 1.30 patch for Operation Flashpoint. This Gold Upgrade contains: 4 x Vehicles, 3 x Weapons, 2 x Single Player Missions,
    5 x Multi Player Missions.
    Source: SimHQ
     
    Ghost Recon Interview
    - Posted 4:52 PM By Anthos
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    Producer Darren Chukitus sits down and answers some questions after wrapping up Ghost Recon. Here's a preview for ya
    IGNPC: Let's talk about design. At what point does extreme realism stop being fun? When do you say, "This is realistic but it's maybe not the experience we want the player to have?" How did you compromise reality for the sake of the gameplay?

    Darren Chukitus: Put it this way. There are a lot of systems that we use in the game -- weaponry, the command map -- that are great. But what sense is it for me to allow a guy to snipe across the full distance of the map? It just doesn't make any sense. A lot of people were concerned that Ghost Recon was going to be a snipe fest. You'd have these outdoor environments and people were just going to camp and snipe and that's definitely not the case.
    Go check out the rest of the story.

     
    Deus Ex 2 Preview
    - Posted 4:59 PM By Anthos
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    PC.IGN has a small preview with a couple of screenshots of the sequel to Deus Ex, previous Game of the Year.
    As good as the gameplay was, Warren is committed to pushing it into new directions. The team's goal is to craft a "much more robust simulation on all levels." This means creating a wider range of natural reactions on the part of the NPCs to the player's actions. The ability of the player to feel like he or she is in control of his or her own destiny is paramount. There were far too many pre-scripted events in Deus Ex -- moments where the game took over and forced the player into or out of particular situations. But although the goal is to make "the game world work the way the real world works" the team ardently follows the rule of all good game designers: "Anytime reality gets in the way of fun, fun wins."
    So, head on over and enjoy the preview.
     
    Ghost Recon Preview
    - Posted 5:09 PM By Anthos
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    If you still haven't had enough of Ghost Recon before you can buy it, you'll definitely want to check this out. 3DActionPlanet has put up a new preview of Red Storm's military shooter.
    One thing Rainbow Six fans will notice is that there's no longer any pre-planning phase before a mission. You can assign operatives to various squads (or have the game auto-assign them for you), and give general orders once in the field. These include, "hold", "advance" (where the squad will continue forward until meeting opposition), and "advance at all costs", which you can use in the direst of situations.
    Go on over and get your fill.
     
    Dead or Alive 3 Preview
    - Posted 8:50 PM By Kagato
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    So you've pre-registered to get you brand spankin' new XBox when it's released this Thursday. Now how do you pass the time? You could get yourself more psyched about the system by reading the Adrenaline Vaults' preview of Tecmo's new Dead or Alive 3. Here's a snip of just how good this game is:
    Dead or Alive 3 will be the title that moves the X-Box on impulse purchases; the graphics ensure that countless store owners will be grinning maniacally as their clientele gape helplessly at its demonstration matches. Cranking up the polygon counts to about 20,000 per character, this arcade fighter stretches more detail over a forearm than the original Virtua Fighter could display at any given time. Close examination of the characters allows you to discern carefully designed texture work that indicates not only the coarseness and type of fabric, but also the physique underneath. Each character's hair, accessories and clothing in general moves with them and animates with physics real enough to make you cringe when your fighter slams face first into a nearby wall.
    I'm not much for fighting games anymore, but this one is just stunning!
     
    Metal Gear Solid 2 : Sons of Liberty ships!
    - Posted 8:55 PM By Kagato
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    If you own a PS2 gaming system, run (call first) to your local gaming store because Metal Gear Solid 2 : Sons of Liberty has shipped. If you're local store doesn't have it, snag a copy online over at EBGames. For previews of the game, head on over to Gamespot's MGS2:SoL page for all the links.
     
    Intel releases 802.11a Wireless kits
    - Posted 9:33 PM By Kagato
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    If you're into wireless networking, then 802.11b is a household name for you as it's the current standard in wireless home/office networking. Now things get kicked into high gear with Intel's release of the Intel Pro/Wireless 5000 LAN Access Point and adapters. Based on the 802.11a standard, these puppies have a throughput of up to 5x faster than 802.11b and operate in the 5 GHz spectrum (2.4 GHz for 802.11b). The access point is a tad more expensive (about $500) than current 802.11b models (around $200 now) but for those who need the newest playtoy, price won't matter much. With optional equipment, these are also backwards compatible with current 802.11b installations.
     
      Wednesday, Nov 14, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Diablo II Patch 1.09c
    - Posted 10:14 PM By Kagato
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    Blizzard has released patch version 1.09c for their ever-popular Diablo 2. Fixes include:
    Major Bug
  • Fixed a trading bug that could be exploited to allow one user to crash out another user.
    Minor Bug
  • Fixes issues with High Point Technology's RAID controller drivers.
  • You can either download it from Blizzard or just log onto BattleNet for the auto-update.
     
    The Sims : Hot Date In Stores
    - Posted 10:19 PM By Kagato
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    For those fans of the ever-popular The Sims game from Electronic Arts, their newest add-on, Hot Date, has shipped. The new add-on includes 40 new one-on-one social interactions (down'n'dirty), 125 new characters, and a new downtown area. It carries a rating of T for Teens so don't expect to find any nudity here.
     
    Return to Castle Wolfenstien - Gone Gold
    - Posted 10:21 PM By Kagato
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    There's news around the various game pages noting that Return to Castle Wolfenstein has gone gold and should start showing up on store shelves next week, just in time for Turkey Day!
     
    RivaTuner v2.0 RC 8
    - Posted 10:27 PM By Kagato
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    For those wanting the most out of their NVidia GeForce cards and access undocumented features, there's a new version of RivaTuner, bringing it to Version 2.0 Release Candidate 8. There's too many fixes/updates to list, so just head on over yourself to take a look.
     
    VoodooExtreme Turns To GamingGroove
    - Posted 10:41 PM By Kagato
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    For those who found VoodooExtreme a daily dietary staple for gaming information have probably been confused as to why it has not been reachable for nearly a week. Billy "Wicked" Wilson, founder of Voodoo Extreme, has turned away from VE, for reasons unknown, and started up a new site named GamingGroove. Here's a word from the man himself:
    We're going to be doing something a tad bit different than at that 'other' site, we're going to give our posters a chance to fill in time slots that they would like to -- we do have a schedule, but it's flexible, and most want to try, at one point or another, a different time slot. We'll see how that works out. I'll continue to do the first post of the morning, but don't be surprised if another jumps right on after me. Other than that, the launch went better than I could have hoped for, not too many bitches, which is a good thing. So, let's get back to doing what we enjoy (no, leave the dead horse out of this)...
    The news doth rolleth again!
     
      Thursday, Nov 15, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Giving Geeks Their Due
    - Posted 2:52 PM By Krogue
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    As I read the newest PCGamer, I came across a small box on page 188 that mentioned an article from The National Review that discussed the importance of Gaming on the military knowledge of American citizens, and how most of that knowledge resides in the minds of us "geeks". I read the full article, written by Dave Kopel & Glenn Reynolds, at Wargames:Computer Geeks and War. Read this article. It is one of the best written and most true (at least to me) opinion articles I have read in a long time.
    Source: PC Gamer
     
    XBox Released
    - Posted 7:48 PM By Kagato
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    In case you've been hiding under a rock for the past year, you probably didn't know Microsoft's Xbox was released today to the general public. Just curious how long until we hear about Blue Screens!? Sorry, make that Green Screens!
     
    Have Palm, Will Serious Sam
    - Posted 8:01 PM By Kagato
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    Enjoy playing some Serious Sam? Own a Palm? You're in luck! According to this post over at AVault there is going to be a Palm OS port of the game. In a word:
    Global Star Software today announced they have gone gold with Serious Sam for the Palm OS. Serious Sam for Palm will be available early December in Stores across North America with a recommended price of only $19.99. In Serious Sam for Palm OS, Sam Stone travels back to ancient Egypt to fend off invading monster hordes and explore ancient temples and caves. This adventure brings the 3D-shooter genre to the PDA, and will feature tons of weapons and ammo such as flame-throwers and rocket launchers, 15 levels to explore, and over a dozen enemies. Serious Sam will also include color and grayscale versions to accommodate various PDA capabilities.
    Yet another marvelous reason to own a Palm. Track meetings, send e-mail, play games!
     
    Sony Pushing PS3 Out Early?!?!
    - Posted 8:06 PM By Kagato
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    Looks as if Sony isn't about to let Microsoft's XBox have a major impact in their cashcow (console) market. According to a rather interesting arctible over at IGN, there is talk that Sony may release their nexgen console (PlayStation 3) earlier than planned. Now of course alot of this depends on how the continuing sales of the PS2 unit go, but it could definately make for an interesting battle against Microsoft.
     
    WWII Online Patch 1.40 Info
    - Posted 8:12 PM By Kagato
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    Looks like there's been a slight change in release timing for the next patch (v1.40) for WWII Online. The reasoning for the delay is that they have apparently figured out the cause between the CTD (Crash to Desktop) error. Here's the beef:
    Well the fix is done, and being tested now. We had planned on getting 140 out this week, but we are going to delay in order to make sure this fix gets in. I cannot promise that this kills the last of the CTDs, but I will guess that it’s going to dramatically reduce the amount of folks getting bumped off the game.
    We are very confident in this fix, and are taking some extra time to make sure it gets to you guys and makes WWIIOL a more stable experience. So in short, 140 is getting pushed back a tad, but promises lots more stability.
    Stability gooood, Crash to Desktop baaaad.
     
    DivX Codec v4.11
    - Posted 8:28 PM By Kagato
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    You probably know the drill by now. If 'ya need it, go grab a copy, if not, continue your web surfing. The new version has been "fully optimized for the Intel® Pentium 4 processor", improvements of which include:
  • Up to 78% faster encoding performance when using the YUV color coordinate.
  • Real-time decoding of video at high-definition resolutions (1280x720 and up).
  • End of line...
     
      Friday, Nov 16, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Exclusive first look: Deadlands
    - Posted 10:59 AM By Anthos
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    Take a look at the first screenshots from Headfirst's upcoming Old West role-playing game. Deadlands is set in an alternative past in 1877 during the American Civil War. In 1868, a huge earthquake shook California and uncovered a strange superfuel known as ghost rock. Afterwards a group of mysterious supernatural beings begin to terrorize the West. Players will assume the role of one of a variety of different characters, and they must try to stop the evil forces that are spreading through the land........Piqued your interest? Go have a looksee over at GameSpot.

     
    Bungie.net Relaunched
    - Posted 11:04 AM By Anthos
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    The Bungie.net web site has been relaunched as a new network of web sites that "encompass the entire Bungie community experience". Among the additions is the Seventh Column a general Bungie fan club and Halo: Truth and Reconciliation, a site devoted to Bungie's latest game for the Xbox (and later for the PC and Mac) with promises of lots of exclusive info and content.

    Source: HomeLan Fed
     
    Get Your SWG Questions Answered
    - Posted 11:07 AM By Anthos
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    The Star Wars Galaxies' official website posted this news:
    Raph "Holocron" Koster gives us a new edition of his Holobits, answering a bunch of questions from the community.
    So head on over and get all your questions answered. Well, at least some of them.
     
    Renew Your Addiction
    - Posted 11:14 AM By Anthos
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    Lord, oh Lord. I thought they had given up on the online stuff. PC.IGN has word that Wizards of the Coast (WotC) will be unleashing our old friend Magic: The Gathering online again. They have apparently thought it through this time and have an interesting twist to the online game, for those of you who remember the original. So, for those of you who remember emptying your wallets for all those little pieces of cardboard(and also those that wonder what in the heck I'm even talking about), go check this out.
     
    Blockbuster giving out free rentals
    - Posted 8:51 PM By Kagato
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    Here's an interesting marketing ploy, if you happen to have bought, or are going to buy, either of the new console systems on the market, Microsoft's XBox or Nintendo's GameCube, then Blockbuster has a deal for you. Between December 1th through January 31st, you can get free XBox or GameCube rentals, just bring in the receipt!
     
      Saturday, Nov 17, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Jet Stream: Quake 3 MOD
    - Posted 8:42 PM By WaRMaN
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    There is a new MOD in devlopment that brings hovercrafts to the arena! Jet Stream promises fast action, with hovercraft racing and blinding new weapons. Check out the demo movie and see for yourself. The MOD is getting it's final touches so look for it soon.
     
      Monday, Nov 19, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Halo Multiplayer?
    - Posted 8:53 PM By Kagato
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    For those owners of the brand-spankin-new XBox gaming system and Halo, there's a rather interesting thread developing over on IGN boards (*Warning* they're swamped*). They appear to have a rather lively discussion about the possiblility of playing Halo online. Before you scamper over, you're going to need a XBox, Halo, a broadband connection (DSL or Cable, dial-up need not apply), PC, hub/switch, a VPN software package (Nortel, etc.) and the IP address of your buddy. While it appears that there is no confirmation on whether or not this works as of yet, it has plenty of people running around mad.
     
    Microsoft's XBox a Loss Leader?
    - Posted 8:57 PM By Kagato
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    Many people have been wondering how Microsoft can be making money off the XBox being that you're getting a 733Mhz PC with a GeForce3 comparible graphics chipset at the helm. Well, according to this little article over at Forbes, they aren't making money, quite the opposite. Microsoft is actually loosing $100 per XBox unit they sell. Well, that explains their whole "bundling" marketing ploy ($1000 bundled packages) being that the money is in the software/games.
     
    Quake3 Goes Medieval
    - Posted 9:11 PM By Kagato
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    There's an interesting Quake 3 MOD in the works called Maldavria (actually Beta 1 was released today, head there for the download links). The game has a medieval look to it, with large stone temples and structures, and a new character map that gives you the feel of being a Greek god. And just what do you do with these Gods/Godesses?
    The primary objective is to simply obliterate the opposing race so that your God(ess) can control the Artifacts forever. However, both races are protected by their God(ess), so that when they die, their souls are saved and restored in a new body. By controlling the Artifact long enough, your God(ess) can remove the opposing races soul protection for a short time. This is known as Zen'Devol, which means "the harvest of souls". When the game ends, the race whom have destroyed the most number of souls wins.
    Frag until your Zeus comes home!
     
    Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Review
    - Posted 9:26 PM By Anthos
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    All you Star Wars fans, and all you RTS fans, too, need to check out this review from PC.IGN:
    I love Age of Star Wars, I mean Star Empires. Whatever it's called, I dig it. I've used the "two great tastes that taste great together" metaphor quite a few times in the past but I was wasting it; this is the game that that phrase is made for. A lot of people will tell you that Galactic Battlegrounds is based off of Age of Kings (known to the wider world as Age of Empires II). But despite their fancy education and their nice teeth, those people are liars. The fact of the matter is that Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds is pretty much Age of Kings right from the start.
    What are you waiting for? Click here now!
     
    Star Wars: Obi-Wan Preview
    - Posted 9:32 PM By Anthos
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    This preview brought to you by the folks over at GameSpot.Here's a preview of the preview:
    While Obi-Wan's control and gameplay have remained solid in spite of the game's change in platforms, the game's graphics reflect the travails of the switch with an uneven look. At present, the game doesn't appear to have completely shaken off its PC "look" when coming to the Xbox, resulting in blockier characters, noticeably bitmapped backgrounds, and stiff animation which will hopefully be smoothed out by the game's release. This makes for an uneven overall presentation as there are some very nice graphical features on display such as reflective water, self-shadowing on Obi-Wan, and light sourcing. However, to the game's credit, the environments are extremely large and expansive and the frame rate remains fairly high.
    Now that you've read that, go check out the rest.
    Source: HomeLan Fed
     
    MAME Goes Xbox
    - Posted 9:36 PM By Kagato
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    Many of the old-school gamers out there know the word MAME as if it were a household product. For those who don't, MAME is a software package that functions as an emulator to play all your old favorites games on your PC (Nintendo, Sega, NeoGeo, etc.). Apparently one lucky fellow got hold of an XBox develops kit and was able to port MAME to the XBox. Wonder if Microsoft would be interested in distributing this as a "feature". Mmmm mmmm good.
     
    Return To Castle Wolfenstein Shelf Date News!
    - Posted 9:36 PM By Anthos
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    id Software's Todd Hollenshead has updated his .plan file to reflect some news about the imminent release of Return To Castle Wolfenstein:
    "According to my sources at Activision, the following stores will have the game available tomorrow, Tuesday November 20:

    CompUSA
    Best Buy
    EB (USA)
    Gamestop
    EB (Canada)

    If you pre-ordered the Tin, I think those should be available tomorrow in the locations listed above, but you may want to call ahead to make sure. If you didn't order a Tin, but would like to pick one up, I understand that a limited number may make their way to store shelves. I'm guessing that any available Tin boxes will disappear as soon as they hit the shelves.

    The official strategy guide from Prima should be available this coming Friday, and they've done a really nice job on this one. If you've been following the news about Wolf, you know that there are a ton of secrets and easter eggs in the game not to mention the various tactical approaches you can take to a given scenario and the guide will take you through all of that.

    I look forward to seeing a bunch of you on the servers tomorrow! Schnell! Schnell!
    Get there early!
    Source: GameSpyDaily
     
    SWG Land Owners
    - Posted 9:39 PM By Anthos
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    Looking forward to being an aristocrat in the upcoming MMORPG from Sony Online? Check out this newest addition to the FAQ.
    6.61 Who owns the land inside a player city?

    Nobody, unless someone has built there. The only land that is owned is land that someone has built something on.
    You can check out the rest of the FAQ, right here.
     
      Wednesday, Nov 21, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Voodoo Goes XP
    - Posted 7:48 AM By Kagato
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    For those of you still running with Voodoo (3dfx) based video cards and have been wanting to upgrade to XP but don't want to loose some of your compatibility (Glide,etc.), fret not, as there's a new set of drivers for XP (for Win9X and Win2K) as well. While these have not been officially released (heaven forbid nVidia would ever have a hand in it) they will provide users the ability to continue using their cards with the new OS.
     
    Mozilla 0.9.6 Released
    - Posted 7:53 AM By Kagato
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    For those that prefer a browser other than Microsoft's Internet Explorer, a new version of Mozilla has been released, bringing it to version 0.9.6. For a list of what's been added/fixed, head on over to the Release Notes page. You can grab the new Win32 version right here. This milestone version appears pretty stable and runs pretty well. 0.9.7 and 0.9.8 (when released) are supposed to be focusing on performance enchancements and the stability of the Mail/News side of the browser.
     
    Throne of Baal Patch Released
    - Posted 8:00 AM By Kagato
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    Still playing Bioware's Baldurs Gate II : Throne of Baal? Having an issue with slow save/load times? then you'll want to head on over and grab the newest patch (Version 26499) which weighs in at 8MB. This is a BETA patch to build 26498 :
    This BETA patch is being provided to fix a particular issue with the Throne of Bhaal 26498 patch. If you are having a problem with save and load times noticeably increasing, the new Throne of Bhaal 26499 BETA patch has been found to resolve the problem. The patch is applicable to the English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish versions of Throne of Bhaal.

    Note: Please keep in mind that this patch has received limited testing and so is marked as BETA. You should only install this if you are having very slow save and load times in Throne of Bhaal. If you are not experiencing these problems, do not install this. Installation of the 26499 BETA
    If you need it, grab it, if not, let 'er be.
     
    The Future of Tribes
    - Posted 8:07 AM By Kagato
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    Alex "Marweas" Rodberg, Sierra's TRIBES 2 brand manager, has offered some clarification on the future of Tribes 2 in a post over at the PlanetTribes Forums. Part of the reason behidn the message is due to some of the the recent changes at Sierra, including the departure of much of the team from Dynamix responsible for creating the game. Here's the word:
    I know it's been a rough couple of weeks. The recent retirement of some notable teams and individuals from T2 was a disappointment to many including myself. The DoS attack on the authorization servers last week didn't make anybody's day either. The bug problems, the gameplay issues, the quitting and complaining – they’re enough to make anyone throw in their towel. Some even said the end was at hand.

    But it’s not.

    Today Sierra stepped up and reaffirmed its commitment to the Tribes brand, and to their customers. The Tribes team received a go-ahead on a proposal that among other things includes a plan for addressing the remaining critical issues with Tribes 2. We want to eliminate UE’s, improve FPS, nerf the ELF a little, and fix other problems that prevent people from playing their game. There is more in the works that will make Tribers happy, but I know you’re not big on hype so we’ll get there when we get there.

    Please understand that while this bodes very well for all of us, IT’S NOT YET A PROMISE OF A PATCH. I cannot commit to that until we sign a contract with the developer. It is still possible for the negotiations to go south or some other obstacle to arise. I’ve promised to play straight with you and this is how it is.

    I don’t have an estimate for how long the negotiations and signing will take, but we’re looking for a speedy turn-around. I will update as I can given the typical restrictions during a contract negotiation.

    vvo - Alex

    "Sweep all out and bust up!"
    I still prefer loading up a good 'ol game of Tribes (first one). It may not have the graphics engine like todays games, but it's still fun as heck.
     
      Thursday, Nov 22, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Happy Thanksgiving
    - Posted 6:32 AM By Kagato
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    From all of of us here at MwGL, may you all have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving with your friends and family. Remember to not eat too much turkey as it'll make you sleepy, then you won't be able to do any fraggin'.
     
      Sunday, Nov 25, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Full Metal Jacket
    - Posted 11:49 AM By WaRMaN
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    There is a new MOD for Q3 which tosses you deep in the jungle of Vietnam. Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) supports four different modes of play: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Mission Mode, and Campaign Mode. The maps in the MOD are very original, and detailed. The overall gameplay is realistic. You will break your legs on a fall, and not be able to move fast. Sounds matched with models were well thought out as well. The realistic sounds, and graphics will let you know this is a MOD with full potential. Although this MOD is in it's beta stages, look for it to become a classic.
     
      Monday, Nov 26, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Unreal Championship Screenshots
    - Posted 12:16 PM By Kagato
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    While it is not due until sometime next year, ToTheGame has a number of screenshots, which includes some nice looking artwork and concept art from the Xbox release. The game will use the System Link which will allow up to 4 players in split-screen mode and up to 32 players online.
     
    Q3 EA and ETA Public Beta 3
    - Posted 12:18 PM By Kagato
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    Public Beta 3 for Eternal Arena and Eternal Team Arena is now available over at Q3Center. Included in this new beta are two new play modes, Survival and Hunted, and a small change to the main menu in the EA version.
     
    Tualatin Slot 1 Adapter
    - Posted 12:37 PM By Kagato
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    Not quite ready to dump your old Intel 440BX chipset powered machine but would like to add more power? Powerleap has again released a that allows you to enjoy the latest Intel P6-based processor, without tossing your old board out. The PL-iP3/T Slot 1 to Tualatin adapter provides all the necessary voltage controls in order to provide for the correct GTL+ bus and core voltages of the Tualatin chips. It even supports the Pentium III-S models in SMP. They also provide a list of current tested boards that are compatible. The only downside I see to such a product is that you miss out on other technologies such as DDR memory and some of the newer IDE interfaces (Ultra-100, etc.) of which I suppose you could disable onboard and get a Promise adapter instead.
     
    AquaNox 1.15 Patch
    - Posted 12:43 PM By Kagato
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    There's a new patch for AquaNox, bringing Massive Development's underwater 3D action game to version 1.15. The major fix in this update is that is shoudl address most of the remaining CTD (crash to desktop) issues people have been experiencing.
     
      Tuesday, Nov 27, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Excite@Home May Be Unplugged Friday
    - Posted 8:48 PM By Kagato
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    For those users of Excite@Home's (they're bankrupt) cable access, there is the possibility that come this Friday, service may be disconnected for some 4.1 million subscribers.
     
    Linking XBox with GameSpy Tunnel
    - Posted 9:03 PM By Kagato
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    GameSpy has released GameSpy Tunnel, a nifty little application for connecting Microsoft System Link games (XBox) over the Internet. Games that are currently working with this are Halo, Tony Hawk 2x, and NASCAR Heat 2002. In order for this magic to work, you'll need:
  • Microsoft Xbox console
  • Any supported game (as listed above)
  • A fast broadband connection (At least 128kbps upstream, Halo can require up to 256kbps upstream bandwidth per player. You WILL experience lag and connection loss problems if this speed is not met. No modem support is available or planned - Go figure, in Microsoft's world, everybody has broadband)
  • A supported network configuration
  • Fairly simple from the looks of it, just make sure you got the speed.
     
    Renegate Beta Sign-Ups
    - Posted 9:13 PM By Kagato
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    In case you've lost track of the time, the sign-ups for Westwood's new multiplayer beta test of Command & Conquer: Renegade are set to begin tomorrow (November 28th) morning at 3:00 AM EDT (Midnight Pacific). Just head on over to the official Renegade site tomorrow to apply (sign-up will only last 24hours). Westwood will use a lottery system (think Powerball) to select the 1,500 testers from the applicants who meet the minimum system requirements (P4 2.4GHz, GeForce4, nothing too major). Westwood will notify the chosen testers within three days of the end of the signup period.
     
    Alliance 3.0 MOD for Q3A
    - Posted 9:21 PM By Kagato
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    Quake III Arena fans rejoice! Alliance 3.0 has been relased for your downloading pleasure. Just what does this MOD bring to the plate? In their own words:
    Alliance is a fast paced, off-handed grapple mod for Quake III Arena. It can be played as 1 vs. 1Tourney, FFA Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag or Hold the Flag (Our own invention). Alliance includes an array of custom models and sounds, admin and referee features, plus the best damn bots in any FPS ever. You think I'm exaggerating?
    It can't be all that bad, PC Gamer says "If you install one Quake III: Arena mod, make it this one.". Nuff said.
     
    Intel To Introduce Terahertz Chips?
    - Posted 9:32 PM By Kagato
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    Here's a snazzy article over at MSNBC discussing Intel's introduction to the technology behind chips that may eventually rate in the Terahertz. Exactly how fast is a chip rated in Terahertz?
    Processors will contain a billion transistors (compared with 42 million today on a Pentium 4) switching off and on a trillion times a second. In human terms, it would take a person 15,000 years to flip a light switch a trillion times, Willoner said. Current transistors top out at 100 billion operations per second
    Ok, forget liquid cooled computers, I'm thinking hydrogen if not liquid oxygen to cool these puppies off!
     
      Wednesday, Nov 28, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Voodoo Card Rebates
    - Posted 8:00 AM By Kagato
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    Still running your machine on a 3dfx/Voodoo video adapter but wanting to upgrade? Looks as if PNY and NVidia have teamed up and are now offering a select form of rebates for Voodoo card owners:
    Under the program guidelines, consumers who purchase a PNY Verto MX 400, GeForce2 Ti, or GeForce3 Ti 500 graphics card will receive a cash-back bonus ranging from $10 to $30, depending on the specific PNY Verto graphics card purchased, upon trade-in of their old 3dfx card. In addition, those who purchase a Verto GeForce3 Ti 500 by December 31, 2001, will receive an added bonus -- a pair of i-O Display Systems' 3D Smart Glasses, a $49.99 value. All Verto graphics cards come with PNY's lifetime replacement warranty and toll-free technical support.
    Yeah, the idea of a $30 rebate towards a $300 video card is gonna get me to pony up my Voodoo 5500, pfft right!
     
    G4 Video Game TV Network Arriving in 2002
    - Posted 10:00 PM By Kagato
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    Finally, something to watch besides old reruns of Starcade (ok, most are scrathing their head "Huh?"). According to this press release it appears as if Comcase is going to be launching a new video game television network called, "G4". Scheduled to start in April 2002, it is touted as being a 24/7 television network dedicated 100% to "the source of entertainment, news and information for video game enthusiasts." And now a quote:
    "Over 145 million Americans play computer and video games," said Banse. "This diverse community needs representation on our channel line-up. Comcast has been an avid supporter of G4 from its earliest development. G4 is a totally unique programming service that will appeal to video gamers everywhere. We are delighted to be offering G4 to Comcast customers as well as making this channel available to cable and satellite distributors nationwide."
    Pure goodness. I wonder what will get shown late-night?
     
    GameCube Goes Under The Knife
    - Posted 10:07 PM By Kagato
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    Really want to see what's under the hood of that new console gaming system you just bought? Microsoft's recently released XBox was the first system to be popped open, as can be seen here and here. Well, the same guy that probed into the XBox, has posted a Nintendo GameCube guide as he dives into Nintendo's newest offering. It's really some pretty impressive engineering. Simply amazing how they cram so much in to such a small box.
     
    Final Fantasy XI Going MMORPG?
    - Posted 10:15 PM By Kagato
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    Looking forward to SquareSoft's next release in the Final Fantasy saga? Well, PS2.IGN has a preview of Final Fantasy XI posted for your reading pleasures. Apparently with this next release, SquareSoft is going to attempt to cash in on the MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online RPG) craze, by introducing a Final Fantasy Universe for all to enter. Don't own a PS2? Not to worry, word has it the PC will get in on the action later as well. I don't know about you, but I don't think I'm going to be able to afford all these on-line games, it's like being nickeled-and-dimed to death!
    Source: PS2.IGN
     
    The Women of Star Wars Galaxies
    - Posted 10:25 PM By Kagato
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    The official Star Wars Galaxies Online page has been updated with a new image showing the female characters from the upcoming SWG game being released by Verant (folks behind EverQuest). Hubba Hubba! Oh, if so desired, the men can be seen here.
     
      Thursday, Nov 29, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Red Alert 2 : Yuri's Revenge Patch
    - Posted 7:36 AM By Kagato
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    Players of Westwood's Red Alert 2 : Yuri's Revenge should be interested to know that there is a 1.001 update to the Red Alert 2 expansion available via the in-game auto patcher. Currently there is no stand-alone version (i.e. download it yourself), but there should be one soon. More info can be found in Westwood's Forums.
     
     
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