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  Sunday, Feb 3, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
Downtime
- Posted 8:08 AM By Squirre1
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Hey all, sorry for the downtime. My ISP is local worked hard to get the service back in place. The storms around here were not very cooperative. Obviously we are back up and everything should be back to normal...

I am currently working on a new site design that is not far from being completed. If there is anything you would like to see added to the site. Go ahead and drop me a email and tell me what you would like to see...

Thanks,

Squirre1 -- squirre1@mwgl.org
 
  Saturday, Feb 9, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
GeForce 4 Reviews
- Posted 5:15 PM By Squirre1
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I have been looking around and have compiled a couple of links for everyone in regards to GeForce4 Reviews. I personally am a fan of the Radeon 8500 but hope this helps ya make a good choice.

Anandtech
Hard[OCP]
Digit-Life
ZD/Net
GameSpot
GameSpy Daily

Enjoy the reviews.
 
New Release Using The Unreal Engine
- Posted 5:48 PM By Squirre1
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Westka Interactive is picking up the newest Unreal Engine and seeing if they can make something of it. In a press release they outlined their plans to create a new game called The Y Project. Click on the Read More link for the full press release.
Read More...
Source: UnrealCenter
 
DoD 2.0 Beta Released!!
- Posted 9:29 PM By Squirre1
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The makers of Day Of Defeat, a MOD for Half-Life, have released version 2.0 Beta. The list of updates is large so I do not want to go into detail here, but if you click on "Read More..." Link I have listed the information right from the release notes. I have also updated our downloads section and you can get the new release by clicking here.
Read More...
 
  Sunday, Feb 10, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
Hello Everyone
- Posted 11:38 AM By devilon
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Well, well, well. After many long days of SQL battles, I am here. I am Devilon, bringing you the latest, greatest, up to date news on stuff. I'll be busting out some interesting articles here in a while, but I just thought I should make myself known to the world beforehand. :-)
 
Currently pending House bill
- Posted 2:31 PM By devilon
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Okay, I realize this is a little bit off topic, but this is a topic that I am very sensitive about. I was browsing around on kcgeek and I found a link to an article in the Library of Congress. Apparently (if I'm reading this right) this proposed act, known as the Universal Military Training and Service Act of 2001, will require "Every male person residing in the United States who is between the ages of 18 and 22 is to receive basic military training and education as a member of the armed forces." How about not. Read on...
Read More...
Source: KcGeek
 
  Monday, Feb 11, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
New Wolfenstein Maps
- Posted 8:52 AM By Krogue
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Two new Wolfenstein maps were released this last weekend.
Power Dam by Nemos: Make sure you read the readme.txt on this one to get the full storyline. This map looked pretty sweet from my limited run around. You can download it here at Download Power Dam from Fileplanet.

Downtown by Kreep: Okay, this map is still in the beta stages, but if you want to see a work in progress, or you are simply tired of all the other maps, check it out. It isn't much; 2 buildings, lots of open spaces, and the same textures repeated over and over, but hey, it's a start. Get it at Blaster's Map Central
Check these maps out and let us know what you think about them in the forums.
 
Tweak Your ATI Radeon
- Posted 11:51 AM By Kagato
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For those that want to get the most out of their ATI Radeon cards, head on over and download the new version of Radeonator. Version 1.40 includes the following updates/fixes:

  • New installer (now using InstallShield)
  • Help system
  • Tweaked overclocking function
  • Corrected a bug that Radeonator only supports Radeons on ControlSet001
  • Again some cosmetic changes :)
  • Overclocking at startup works again, I've written a separate utility for that now
  • Credits, to everyone who helped in helpfile
  • Yes, I'm finally posting again after spending all of last week fighting a very bad case of the flu - yay!
     
    The State of Online Games
    - Posted 12:03 PM By Kagato
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    The folks at TechTV have thrown together a great Video Highlight clip featuring may of todays popular online games like Anarchy Online(sux0rz), Dark Age of Camelot, Jumpgate, and DarkSpace. In the review, the narrator talks about different aspects of each game, how well their launches went, and even poke fun of some of the game's storylines and plots (*gasp* As if most MMORPG players care about story, we all know it's about the Phat L3wts!).
    Source: TechTV
     
    Tribes 2 Auto Maps
    - Posted 12:06 PM By Kagato
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    Not sure how many Tribes 2 players are out there (hey, it's actually fairly stable when updated with the newest patches), but those who are may be interested to know that Tribes2Maps.com has released the first public version of their Tribes 2 Map Autodownload System. Word:
    Welcome to the first public release of the Tribes2Maps.com AutoDownload System. This is a combination Tribes 2 script and Visual Basic application. The two pieces work together to enable your Tribes 2 client to automatically download maps from www.Tribes2Maps.com when you attempt to join a game server that is running a client-side map which you do not have installed.

    For the techies in the crowd, here's how the system works: The T2 script has a package which hooks into the common dialog functions. When you join a client-side map which you don't have installed, it traps the error that is normally displayed and detects which .ter or .dif file is missing from your T2 installation. It then connects to Tribes2Maps.com via a standard HTTP connection and passes the missing filename and the map name to a CGI script. That CGI script searches the Tribes2Maps.com database and returns the map VL2 file which your client is missing. The catch is that the T2 scripting language can't write binary data to the disk (for security reasons) so the map is downloaded in UUencoded ASCII format. That's where the VB application comes in. The VB app monitors the disk drive, watching for downloaded maps, then converts them to their original binary VL2 format. Once the T2 script sees that the VL2 has been converted, it loads the VL2 and asks you if you want to rejoin the server. That's it!
    For those who are still into Tribes 2, this looks to be a pretty cool idea/system.
     
      Tuesday, Feb 12, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Impressions of Dungeon Siege Beta
    - Posted 11:02 AM By Kagato
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    Unless you've been living under a rock for that past year, if someone were to mention the name Dungeon Siege, you'd have a clue as to what they're talking about. If the name doesn't ring a bell, just know that Dungeon Siege is an upcoming action/RPG game from Microsoft and Gas Powered Games. Why do I mention it? Well, the folks over at Packmule.org has posted a preview, actually it's more like a listing of their impressions, of the upcoming game. They cover such topics as the game's graphics, performance, moving around, and getting started, fighting basics, and more. Snip:
    How much you micromanage battles is largely dependent on your game speed settings and how often you use the pause button. You can simply set your characters to "attack freely, move freely" and click somewhere near an enemy and let them handle it with the weapons you've selected (while you enjoy some zoomed in carnage), or you can slow the game down a bit and tell them each which enemy to attack, use specific spells and weapons on each enemy, etc. My personal favorite method is to select only my main character, put the rest on follow and then charge in with one character letting the rest fend for themselves. Hitting the "Health" potion key during a battle causes all party members below 50% health (except packmules who don't have hands to be able to drink from bottles) to stop and drink a health potion. Similarly, hitting the "Mana" potion key will tell your needy party members to gulp a mana potion. Of course, while they're drinking they won't be able to do anything else - but they replenish as they begin drinking, so you don't have to worry that they'll die by the time they finish drinking. Additionally, you don't have to worry about wasting potions because they'll drink only as much as they need. At the beginning of the game, health potions are almost ridiculously abundant. However, as you progress you'll find yourself running out more quickly and being forced to be more careful.
    I'm just hoping this doesn't turn out to be another Tribes 2, lotta hype, lotta delays, little end product.
     
    Serious Sam 2 Walkthrough
    - Posted 11:10 AM By Kagato
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    Apparently a preview of Serious Sam 2 wasn't enough for the guys over at GamingGroove as they've also just posted their Serious Sam 2 Walkthrough Guide to Croteam's recently released title. Having trouble with a particular area of the game? Then head over and check it out.
    Source: GamingGroove
     
    TDC Demo Released
    - Posted 7:21 PM By devilon
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    Evening, kids. Was kinda surfin around and saw an article on Planet Quake about The Dark Conjunction. They have released their demo and it rocks! I played it for a little while, and was fairly immersed in it. The graphics are good and it runs very smoothly (even on my old cruddy laptop). The enemies look very well rendered and they are fairly difficult, so this is not recommended for newbies. The weapons could use a little work, but overall I like it. There are a few screenshots on Planet Quake, so go check them out.
    Source: The Dark Conjunction
     
    Warcraft III Beta released
    - Posted 8:49 PM By devilon
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    Well, I've seen this about 14 million other places, so I thought I might as well say something here. Blizzard has released their Warcraft III beta CDs. It is scheduled for release this summer. I found some screenshots of the game on GameSpot, so take a look. The graphics look really good, and the storyline (as taken from Blizzard's site) seemed fairly easy to follow and almost even interesting. They also have some screenshots, and they look jsut as good as any others.

    -Dev
    Source: The Adrenaline Vault
     
      Wednesday, Feb 13, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    V.Control 1.70Beta Released
    - Posted 11:05 AM By Kagato
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    Still running your gaming rig off of a 3dfx (Voodoo) video adapter? Then be sure to grab the newest release of V.Control (v1.70 beta) as it has just been released. For those who have never used this handy utility, it's basically an all-purpose tweaking package (registry tweaks, overclock, etc.) for all things 3dfx. The new version fixes/adds the following:
  • Nailed that nasty bug that prevented V.Control from loading and eating up cpu power.
  • Added an option to make the desktop use small icons. For those who want to run V.Control once and exit, try: "v_ctrl.exe runonce"
  • Just to make sure you have the hardware, V.Control supports the 3dfx Voodoo Banshee, 3dfx Velocity, 3dfx Voodoo3, 3dfx Voodoo4, and 3dfx Voodoo5 (like I said, pretty much everything 3dfx).
     
    Laser Squad Nemesis 1.01 Patch
    - Posted 11:10 AM By Kagato
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    Fan's of Codo Games' turn-based tactical e-mail strategy game Laser Squad Nemesis should head over to official site as there is a new patch (v1.01) available for download. The update fixes a couple of crashing bugs, adds a 'next unit' command and provides two additional maps ("Front line" and "Forest").
     
    Serious Sam 2 Walkthrough Part Deux
    - Posted 12:21 PM By Krogue
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    If you liked the walkthrough posted yesterday, but found that it didn't give up all the secrets to be found throughout the levels, take a look at this Serious Sam SE Secret's Guide. It is not as thorough as yesterday's walkthrough, but it does have all the secrets listed (including the answer to the glowing letters in the first level). Okay, the downside is that it does not have the last three levels completed yet, but it is continually being updated with new secrets as they are found. Hope you enjoy.
     
    Doom III Music is Good
    - Posted 6:29 PM By devilon
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    I was mad because there is no Doom III (tentatively titled) demo out as of yet. But what I saw today made me happy. Apparently Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails fame, and my favorite artist) has a verbal agreement with id to do the music for Doom III, just like he did for the original Quake. Makes me a very happy camper. For those of you who don't know who Nine Inch Nails are (ie. been living under a rock for the last ten years), you can check out some of his stuff either here or here. The second is my personal favorite.

    -Devilon
    Source: GameSpot
     
    Max Payne Kung Fu Edition
    - Posted 10:05 PM By devilon
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    Hey kids. For those of you who play Max Payne, this mod might pique your interest. It's called Kung Fu edition, and it is fairly nice. The creator has spent a lot of time on this one to get all of the moves right, and version 2.0 is now available. It features the following:

    - Kung fu fighting
    - Kung fu style agility
    - Drunken Style Shoot Dodging
    - Kung fu action camera
    - Enemy Kung fu fighting
    - Wall Jumping/Wall Running
    - New Max Payne player model
    - New kung fu video intro

    Looks good to me. Check it out.
     
      Thursday, Feb 14, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Sally Struthers Gaming Degree
    - Posted 10:24 AM By Kagato
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    Ok, so it's not one of those cheesy tv commercials promising you a college degree through the mail. Actually, according to this article over at Adrenaline Vault, the University of Washington is going to be offering a Certificate Program in Game Development. Aspiring game developrs take note:
    For the first time, the University of Washington is offering a Certificate Program in Game Development, designed to prepare computer programmers who know the C++ programming language to enter professional careers in this field. This 12-month evening program is designed to introduce students to the vocabulary, philosophy, and tools necessary to create computer and video games. There is a required classroom sequence of four noncredit courses, where each 30-hour course meets three hours per week for 10 weeks. 36 students are currently enrolled in this first iteration of the program.
    I just hope the professionals teaching these courses can keep up-to-date, after all, the gaming biz is like everything else, constantly changing and improving.
     
    Space Harrier Typing
    - Posted 10:34 AM By Kagato
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    What do you get when you cross an old arcade classic like Sega's Space Harrier with the likes of software like Typing Tutor? You get Space Harrier Typing, a game much like Sega's other recent ttile of Typing of the Dead. Rather than getting trigger finger from firing the gun all day, you get to use a keyboard instead, basically typing in phrases to "fire" at the enemy. I think I've mentioned this title in the past, but only mention it again becasue there's now a playable demo available for download.
     
      Friday, Feb 15, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    New RADEON Drivers
    - Posted 7:34 AM By Kagato
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    For those that have chosen ATI over NVidia and haven't visited ATI's homepage for a few days, be sure to head over as there are some new RADEON drivers for WindowsXP and Windows 2000. The new drivers offer support for DirectX 8.1 and support a variety of RADEON cards (8500, 7500, etc.).
     
    ATI Radeon 8500 128MB
    - Posted 4:26 PM By Krogue
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    So, I was talking to Squirrel last night, and he was berating me for even considering one of the new GeForce 4's. He went on and on about the ATI Radeon 8500's and how they were heads and tails above the GeForces for price and quality. Well, for once he was right. The ATI Radeon 8500 is a sweet card, but the really exciting news is that come March, the 8500 gets a whole ass-load shot of adrenaline. Premiering in March, the new ATI Radeon 8500's and 8500LE's (The LE comes w/o flat panel display support) will be chocked full of 128 Megs of DDR RAM. So, not only will these cards have one of the best processors available, they will also have more on-board memory than my computer at work. Check out the stats and FAQ at ATI Technologies. And to top it off the FAQ says the MSRP for the 8500LE will be only $199.00, and only $299.00 for the 8500. I think this may be an Easter Present to myself.
    Source: ATI Technologies
     
      Monday, Feb 18, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    C&C: Renegade Multiplayer Demo
    - Posted 10:24 AM By Krogue
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    Directly from Gamespy:
    Westwood Studios and GameSpy are proud to present the Command & Conquer: Renegade multiplayer demo, debuting February 15 exclusively on FilePlanet, and playable only through GameSpy Arcade. Play online against other renegades in a single multiplayer map and enjoy full access to all 28 characters, 23 weapons, and 11 vehicles available in the team-based C&C multiplayer mode.
    You can download the file here.

    Source: Gamespy
     
    Superman Xbox Title Announced
    - Posted 1:14 PM By Kagato
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    According to this news announcement over at Adrenaline Vault, the man of steel is coming to an Xbox near you. The game will be a:
    single-player action game based on the DC Comics Superman universe; the story is being developed and written in conjunction with DC Comics. In the game, Brainiac 13 attempts to take control of the advanced technology behind the futuristic Metropolis, which would enable him to destroy Metropolis and rule the world. Players assume the role of Superman, the Last Son of the planet Krypton, and are charged with protecting the citizens caught within the ensuing chaos, finding the technology to stop the robots from taking over the city, and defeating the masterminds behind the plot.
    They've also thrown up some screenshots from the game to tide you over until the games release.
     
    Xbox Goes To Japan
    - Posted 1:24 PM By Kagato
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    Xbox zealots alike will want to keep an eye on this story over at Yahoo concerning this Friday's release of Microsoft's Xbox system in Japan, a market which has been dominated by the PS2 for nearly two years. It'll be interesting to see how warm the market is to a console from the U.S., considering Japan is home to heavy hitters like Nintendo and Sony.
     
      Tuesday, Feb 19, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Zoo Tycoon Expansion Pack
    - Posted 2:54 PM By Kagato
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    Microsoft announced today an expansion pack to their popular Zoo Tycoon title, appropriately called "Zoo Tycoon: Dinosaur Digs". Apparently players will be able to bring to life their very own dinosours, including more than 20 types of the prehistoric creatures including the T-rex, Velociraptor, and Sabre-tooth cat in environments designed for these massive ancestors. Microsoft has also launched the official expansion homepage which includes more info on the game and eight new screenshots.
     
    EverQuest Legends Q&A
    - Posted 3:46 PM By Kagato
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    GameSpot recently talked with John Smedley, COO and Senior VP of Sony Online Entertainment in reguards to the recently announced EverQuest Legends and have since posted their Q&A reguarding the uber-premo version of their popular MMORPG. They cover topics such as the inspiration behind the premo service, time involved in the development, the services being offered, how they arrived at the $40 per month fee, and much more. Ok, I can hate paying $10/month as it is to play, I'd need to win the Powerball to start handing over $40/month just to play a game!
    Source: GameSpot
     
    QuakeCon 2002 Announced
    - Posted 3:54 PM By Kagato
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    Grab your pc, stock up on caffiene and get your frag on at QuakeCon 2002! According to the QuakeCon Website the official announcement has come down and QuakeCon 2002 will be held the weekend of August 15-18. The event will occupy the Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall at the Hampton Inn (Mesquite, TX). Among the many planned festivities are tournaments in both Q3A and RtCW (go figure!). Just imagine, over 35,000 square feet of fraggin' goodness with thousands of other gamers!
     
      Wednesday, Feb 20, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Dungeon Siege Giveaway
    - Posted 7:20 AM By Kagato
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    Looking forward for the release of Dungeon Siege? Wanna free copy? You're in luck because Gas Powered Games and Microsoft are going to give a handful of gamers a chance to try Dungeon Siege this Friday. At an undisclosed time on Friday the public can sign up for a chance to get a preview copy of this up-and-coming RPG by heading over to Microsoft's official Dungeon Siege site. Here's the official word:
    A select group of gamers will win an exclusive sneak preview copy of this highly anticipated game. Those who hope to be among the first to play Dungeon Siege will want to check the sites frequently, as the sign-up will be posted at an unspecified time. The official Dungeon Siege site will also host a complete list of all participating sites. The first ten submissions from each site, along with 50 additional winners randomly selected from all entries, will be able to play Dungeon Siege before the game hits store shelves.
    You know these are gonna go fast. I don't even wanna know how many hits Microsoft takes with all the rabid fans refreshing their browser every 10 seconds.
     
    AvP2 Patch v1.0.9.4
    - Posted 7:31 AM By Kagato
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    There's a new patch for players of Aliens Vs. Predator 2 bringing Monolith's three-way first-person shooter up to version 1.0.9.4 (6.4MB). This release addresses a pair of gameplay problems, adds the Queen and the Exosuit to multiplayer, adds new chat-line commands, makes some multiplayer improvements, and fixes over a dozen bugs as listed in the included Readme file. Grab it today.
     
    Q3A Rocket Duel v1.2
    - Posted 1:28 PM By Kagato
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    The Q3A mod Rocket Duel has been updated to v1.2 and is ready for your fraggin' pleasure. Besides including patches from the v1.1 release, the new version also adds/fixes the following:
  • changed nodamageself & nodamagefalling not cheats now
  • fixed nodamageself still giving 1 damage
  • Download it here.
     
      Thursday, Feb 21, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    WinLauncherXP v2.0.4Beta
    - Posted 7:18 AM By Kagato
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    A new version of WinLauncherXP (v2.0.4Beta) has been released for your gaming pleasurs. For those who've never used it, WinLauncherXP is a game launcher designed for the use of users running Windows 2000 and Windows XP. It basically simplies the launching of games, allowing the user to specify what Priority Level to lauch the game with (can speed games up) as well as translucency. Grab the download here.
     
    Stronghold Cheats
    - Posted 7:26 AM By Kagato
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    For the players of Firefly Studios' Stronhold who are looking to speed gameplay up, or maybe you've beaten the game and wanna do it again, but maybe a little easier this time, here's a few cheats that you can use to ensure your success:
    To activate the cheat codes press the Shift, Alt, and A keys (all at the same time) while in the Main Menu.

    While playing a mission, hold down the keys listed below to use the wanted cheat:
  • Alt, C - allows access to all missions at the selection screen when you choose campaign missions.
  • Alt, K - free building - no resources required.
  • Alt, X - 100 popularity and adds 1000 gold.
  • Not that I condone the use of cheats, but those that have not played the game in awhile may find renewed interest.
     
      Friday, Feb 22, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Avatars Offline
    - Posted 6:52 AM By Kagato
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    Just when you thought there couldn't be a "documentary" more geeky than Trekkies, there comes a new one titled Avatars Offline which premiers Saturday, March 23rd. The movie will will show you Ultima Online and EverQuest (EverCrack!) players and the actual effects that Online Gaming has on peoples lives. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Until the movie is released, you can browse through the page and read through some of the people they're going to be talking with. Smile, you're not the only one without a life!
     
    Trillian v0.725
    - Posted 7:08 AM By Kagato
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    Ok, so it's not a game, but as always there are plenty of poeple you use Instant Managers and like to keep up to date. Trillian 0.725 has been released. Once again, this release fixes the recent AOL blockage (you know AOL will break it again - bastards!) and improves the auto-update functionality. Grab it here.
     
    The 32 Man CounterStrike Tower
    - Posted 7:17 AM By Kagato
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    Fans and players of the ever-popular Half-Life mod CounterStrike may get a kick outta this. Found this little gem over at GeekNews:
    If you play CS, you may know that you can jump on top of another player and stand on top of him. Well, these guys took that to the extreme by assembling a "man-tower" on de_aztec by stacking all 32 players on top of each other. A rare show of teamwork on the public servers, I might add."
    You can see what they're talking about here and here. Then when they got it all done, they blew it to pieces. More screenshots and info can be found here.
     
      Monday, Feb 25, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Tribes 2 Arena v1.0
    - Posted 11:32 AM By Kagato
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    Tribes 2 fans rejoice, there's actually a new mod out for you folks to load! (There are some who still play it arent' there?) Tribes 2 Arena 1.0 has been released. Described as a "last team standing" mod, version 1.0 offers all the following:
  • Support for maps with three or more teams
  • ArenaSupport script which adds an objective HUD displaying the current team scores
  • Tracking of player high scores by map
  • Easily accessible server preferences file
  • Remote administration commands through the player console
  • Automatically adjusting round limit and time limit
  • Automatic waypointing of the last remaining player
  • Team randomization between maps
  • Enhanced score HUD with player statistics
  • Support for C&H style switched bases with inventory stations
  • Grab your copy today while people still continue to support this game.
     
    NVidia Detonators 27.50 (Win9X/ME) & 27.51 (Win2K/XP)
    - Posted 1:42 PM By Kagato
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    For those wanting to stay up-to-date with the newest betas of NVidia's Detonator series, versions 27.50 (Win9X/ME) and 27.51 (Win2K/XP) have been leaked, thanks to the guys at Warp2Search and MaxReboot.

    Note: These are unofficial/ beta drivers use them at your own risk. There appear to be several files missing which are related to nView, nothing to worry about.

    Windows 9X/ME users can download v27.50 here.
    Windows 2K/XP users can download v27.51 here.
     
    Adaptec's Serial ATA Controllers Announced
    - Posted 1:50 PM By Kagato
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    Well, it's not really game related, but gamers alike should be excited by the this report of Adaptec's announcement reguarding their movement into the product of Serial ATA controllers. Serial ATA, at least as it appears on paper, should prove to be a great leap for IDE users. Here's a short snip:
    The controller also features Adaptec's robust SCSI driver model to smooth the migration path from SCSI to Serial ATA, extend ATA scalability beyond four drives, deliver robust capabilities such as hot plug and hot swap, and leverage existing operating system infrastructures for faster time-to-market. The Serial ATA chip, which is compatible with add-in RAID controller cards for external storage subsystems, will serve as the foundation for a family of Adaptec full-featured PCI RAID products.
    Serial ATA may finally break my SCSI craving of over 12 years (what can I say, I love having 12 HDDs chained off of one controller). Time will tell but it definately looks like a promising jump forward.
     
      Tuesday, Feb 26, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Final Fantasy XI Info Update
    - Posted 7:36 AM By Kagato
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    Fans of Squaresoft's ever popular Final Fantasy series of RPGs should be interested in knowing that GameSpot has gotten hold of some more info reguarding the next installment to the series, Final Fantasy XI. One of the most important bits of information about the new title is Squaresoft's venture into the MMORPG arena, with both a PC and PS2 version. PC users will be required to own a video card capable of supporting T&L and DirectX 8.1. Their scheduled launch date for the PS2 version in Japan is this spring with the US version hitting our shores a little bit after that (no specific dates yets). One of the unique features of releasing a PC and PS2 version is that players will be able to share data between the the two systems since the game uses server-side saving.
     
    Starcraft 1.09b Patch Released
    - Posted 1:46 PM By Kagato
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    Blizzard has released a patch for both Starcraft as well as the Broodwar Expansion bringing them up to revision 1.09b. The update fixes the following issues:
  • Fixed various replay issues.
  • Fixed a bug where Protoss and Terran victory and defeat background screens did not display.
  • Siege tanks no longer explode when placed on a beacon.
  • Added LAN play via UDP.
  • Fixed latency issue with Windows 2000.
  • Added template type, CompUSA
  • And the fans rejoiced.
     
    C&C Renegade Shipping
    - Posted 1:54 PM By Kagato
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    According to this announcement from Westwood, Command & Conquer Renegade "shipped to stores in North America today, and should be fully distributed worldwide by March 1." For those not wanting to run to your local store to snag your copy, you can also order it online from EA Games.
     
      Wednesday, Feb 27, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Counter-Strike v1.4
    - Posted 7:17 AM By Kagato
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    According to Planet Half Life, the fine folks over at Valve are still working a new version of Counter-Strike (v1.4) which is supposedly going to be released very soon (no specific dates as of yet). The list of changes/fixes include:
  • Our instant messaging system, Tracker, is included in this release.
  • The first phase of Anti-Cheating is now implemented and integrated into CS 1.4.
  • A New Counter-Strike map "cs_havana" is included in this release.
  • The Hostage pathfinding improved in Counter-Strike.
  • Major structural overhaul of Steam backend for scalability.
  • An IM system built into the game? What for, to rub it in when you snuff someone?
     
    Battlecruiser Millennium 1.0.06 Patch
    - Posted 3:34 PM By Kagato
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    Players of Battlecruiser Millennium should fire up their browsers as the 1.0.06 patch has been released. A word of warning though, "SOME ITEMS IN THIS PATCH, RENDER 1.0.05 SAVED GAMES INVALID". For more on this bug, how to get around it, and see what else has been improved, head over to the Version Control page.
     
    Freelancer Sceen Shots
    - Posted 7:01 PM By Kagato
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    Into great Space Sims? Then head over to Lancers Reactor as they've posted nine new screen shots of the upcoming title, Freelancer. The title is being produced by Digital Anvil, a company with such talents as Chris and Erin Roberts (You may remember Chris from such games as Wing Commander and Privateer). If the gameplay is anywhere near the level of the graphics, it outta be one hell of a game.
     
      Thursday, Feb 28, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Hitachi Goes Water-Cooled
    - Posted 7:06 AM By Kagato
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    Anyone who's attended a LAN Party has probably seen a few PC's modded out the wazzu and equipped with a water-cooling setup. You've also probably seen some show up who prefer the ease of portability by bringing a laptop. Well, the fine folks at Hitachi have decided to combine the two technologies. That's right folks, Hitachi has developed a prototype notebook that uses a water-based solution to cool down its Pentium 4 processor. Best of all is that they are planning to commercialize the product for corporate users sometime in the third quarter of this year. It's a great idea, considering the extremely limited area laptops have to move head with the old air-cooled style setup they user currently, especially considering the heat today's CPUs throw out. Another advantage besides providing better CPU cooling is that you'll also have a quiter unit as well.
     
    Fraps v1.7
    - Posted 7:31 AM By Kagato
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    Do you have a favorite OpenGL or DirectX game that doesn't have built-in support to show how many FPS you're pushing, but you'd realy like to know? Then go grab a copy of Fraps, a handly little framerate monitoring tool. Version 1.7 includes the following updates/fixes:
  • Fraps now draws the counter for all DirectX and OpenGL games using simple polygons to ensure minimal overhead. The performance hit of running Fraps with your game should be under 1% in all circumstances.
  • Because of the above change, some older games (DirectX7 or earlier) that used to crash now work fine.
  • Advanced options have been added. It is now possible to disable the hotkeys for Screen Capture and Manual Logging. This is useful if your game already uses these keys for another purpose.
  • For the hardcore benchmarkers there is now the option to save the framerate to file every second. The log starts as soon as the first frame is drawn, and ends when no frame has been rendered for 10 seconds. You can take the results and import them into a spreadsheet to calculate whatever distributions/variances you like.
  • You can get more information by visiting their FAQ Section.
     
    MwGL LAN Party March 29+30
    - Posted 9:35 AM By Squirre1
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    We have set the time and the place for the next event. It takes place March 29th and 30th. Setup starts on the 29th and there will be a contest of some form and the winner of that contest will get free entry into the next days events. We will also be giving away a GeForce 4 video card, you will have additional chances to win the video card as well. Go here to register and you can see who else has registered here. Some more information is listed on the information page. If you have any questions, just send a email to Squirre1@mwgl.org. Space may be limited so be sure to register.
     
    World War II Online Patch
    - Posted 11:31 PM By Anthos
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    Cornered Rat Software sends word of a new patch for World War II Online, bringing their massively multiplayer 3D war game to version 1.54. This release requires a 6.5 MB manual or automatic download, and it includes a new vehicle for the Allies and Axis sides each, along with a few other additions and a handful of bug fixes and other changes, as listed in this official forum post.
    Source: Blue's News
     
    Enterprise Gamer Sweepstakes
    - Posted 11:35 PM By Anthos
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    Like free stuff? Shocked by me posting news? Okay, so I know you answered yes to at least one of those questions. And I know you aren't gonna try to tell me you wouldn't want a new Alienware system, or an Audigy sound card, or an Xstasy video card. So, go check out the sweepstakes, brought to you in part by ign.com.
     
    Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
    - Posted 11:42 PM By Anthos
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    Speaking of ign.com, and assuming that you are here because you like games. Would I be wrong? Anyways, they've got a sweet little preview of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, with plenty of images, movies, and audio files. Click here to have a look-see.
     
     
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