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  Friday, Mar 1, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
C&C Renegade Patch
- Posted 8:03 AM By Kagato
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Westwood's new C&C Renegade, new to store shelves, has a new patch available, bringing you up to version 1014. Weighing in at 4.3, the patch updates/resolves the following:
  • Multiplayer balance tweaking.
  • Improved Obelisk targeting.
  • Added GAMESPY support.
  • Added new "version mismatch error" display when trying to join a game server with a different version via GAMESPY.
  • Bug: Fixed the price of a being doubled in certain circumstances. The price will never be doubled.
  • Bug: Fixed the first person hands of a non-stealth soldier appearing to be stealthed under certain circumstances.
  • Bug: Fixed cost doubling not reflected properly when power plant is destroyed, after quitting and restarting a game.
  • Bug: Fixed the case where being shot while crouching and placing a beacon would stop you from re-spawning.
  • Bug: Fixed bug which allowed manipulating the hosting options to generate illegal combinations.
  • Bug: Fixed the situation where you destroy the airstrip while a vehicle is being delivered and the vehicle would be invisible.
  • Additional minor bug fixes.
  • Clan rankings are updated for buddies when "Refresh" is clicked.
  • Various additional modifications and bug fixes.
  • Various modifications and bug fixes.
  • Various modifications and bug fixes.
  • Addresses some lag issues.
  • Alternate languaged updates can be found here.
     
    So. You wanna be a smuggler.
    - Posted 10:54 AM By Anthos
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    Can you do it in Sony's upcoming Star Wars: Galaxies game? Let's take a peek at their FAQ, shall we?
    4.30 Is there a smuggling profession?

    Yes! This profession provides skills designed to help smugglers avoid detection of "illegal" materials by authorities. There are also skills that make players better at getting out of trouble once they are caught (something Han Solo didn't spend enough skill points on). In addition, the smuggling profession incorporates some slicing and combat skills.
    Sounds like fun to me. On a related note, if you are interested in this game, you might wanna check out the April issue of Computer Gaming World. Okay, so it's a little ways off, but trust me, you'll wanna look at it. Looks like there will be some better options for battle than we are used to for a role playing game. "Okay, I slashed at you, now it's your turn."


     
    Dragon Throne Demo
    - Posted 10:58 AM By Anthos
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    Strategy First has released (through Gigex) a demo of their upcoming RTS title Dragon Throne: Battle of Red Cliffs which gives players a taste of the gameplay from the title created by Chinese developer Object Software.
    The Dragon Throne–Battle of Red Cliffs playable demo features a training scenario, 2 missions, and the first mission from Liu Bei’s campaign. Lead your kingdom and develop new technologies, establish strategic alliances and create a mighty army in an attempt to unify the nation.
    Let's get a few people to try this and make some comments, eh?
    Source: HomeLan Fed
     
    Win some wireless 3D glasses!
    - Posted 11:07 AM By Anthos
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    I saw some 3D glasses at a computer show one time. They seemed like they were pretty cool, if you wanted to shell out the cash for them. Now's your chance to get a pair for free! Check out the contest from SimHQ. For those of you that don't want to read all the way through their review of the glasses, here's the conclusion:
    I have always felt that 3D glasses were a gimmick, a lot like Force Feedback. Neat idea, but does it really make things any better and it is worth the hassle? I think that in many applications, the answer to that question is now YES! There are a few games I would not bother using them on, but there are several that are reborn with their use. Much like the introduction of 3dfx's Voodoo 5 anti-aliasing, the eDimensional 3D glasses takes an existing technology and through a hardware enhancement, changes and greatly improves what you can expect from your visuals. At $69.95, this is a good "ask Santa" item.
    Besides, what could it hurt? Free contest, right? Go get it done!
     
    Operation Flashpoint v1.45 Patch
    - Posted 6:42 PM By Kagato
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    Operartion Flashpoint players, I predict a 6MB download in your future. How do I know? Because there's a new patch available for download. As a side note, you'll need to be running v1.3 to apply this patch. The update/fix list is WAY to long to list here, so I'll just give 'ya a link to what's new. Grab the update and get back in there soldier!
     
      Saturday, Mar 2, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Miraplacid Enigmaze 3D
    - Posted 8:02 PM By Anthos
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    Cute little PacMan type game. Not my cup o'tea, but if it suits you, you can try it as shareware for 15 days. Cost is $18 if you want to register. Here's what one of the guys from Miraplacid had to say:
    Miraplacid Enigmaze 3D is a pacman-like arcade game with sharp graphics, full control over viewpoint and funny sound effects. It's a family game - no blood, no pessimistic landscapes and monsters are pretty cute. Each of 25 levels has unique style and charm. Enigmaze 3D will teach you to be patient, fast and smart.
    You can check out their website here.

     
      Sunday, Mar 3, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Hooters: Road Trip
    - Posted 1:50 PM By devilon
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    Ubi Soft has announced the release of Hooters: Road Trip for the PC at the end of March. The actual plot of this game involves a series of races across the US (sounds waaaaaaaaay too much like Cruis'n USA to me) and for taking first place in the game, getting the chance to hang out with the Hooters girls. The game looks nice, but the plot leaves a little to be desired. I think a huge "splat" is in order when this game hits the shelves.
     
    Q3A Rally
    - Posted 3:33 PM By WaRMaN
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    Gentleman, start your engines! Q3 Rally released yesterday to a long awaiting community. The game features multiple modes of game play:
  • Racing modes (to include team)
  • Deathmatch mode (to include teams)
  • CTF
  • Derby!
  • The game has plenty of maps and custom cars to race with, and is surprisably customizable. The only problem noted is the sound problems. Most of the sounds do not work, but it doesn't stop the gameplay. You can play it on-line too, but there are some pretty big bugs lurking out there. Although there is no patch yet, I am sure there is one on the way. I would still recomend this MOD to prepare for the final product.
     
    Age of Mythology
    - Posted 6:15 PM By Anthos
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    Here's your chance to get a good look at Ensemble's new RTS due out this September, Age of Mythology. There's a good little review from the folks over at PC.IGN. They've even got a little media page with several images, movies, and audio files.
     
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    - Posted 6:28 PM By Anthos
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    Here's a game to look forward to for Spring, 2003. If you haven't yet heard of it, here's an excerpt from their "game info":
    Long before the Galactic Civil War, an epic drama begins.

    Engage in this saga set in the Golden Age of the Republic - over 4,000 years before the first Star Wars film, when both Jedi and Sith number in the thousands. With the Galaxy reeling from a recent conflict with the Dark Lords, the ongoing battle between the Jedi and the Sith rages on. Your actions determine the outcome of this colossal galactic war - and your destiny as a Jedi.
    Also, be sure to check out the screenshots over at PC.IGN.
     
      Monday, Mar 4, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    C&C Renegade v1.05 Patch
    - Posted 7:45 AM By Kagato
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    Yep, time for another patch already for players of Westwood's Command and Conquer Renegade. The new 5MB patch brings you up to version 1.05 and addresses the following:
  • Minor updates to firewall negotiation queuing. This was preventing players joining games in some situations (usually when many players were trying to join at once, or when many players hit the abort button on this dialog).
  • Minor updates to low-level packet handling which were causing server instability when unexpected traffic appeared on the game port.
  • LAN hosting is now allowed on routable IP addresses.
  • Cosmetic fix to game list control which was displaying multiple selected games when the list was refreshed in some cases.
  • Some day, game manufacturers will produce code that needs no patching, but until hell freezes over, continue to monitor their sites for the newest batch of fixes.
     
    Operation Flash Point v1.46
    - Posted 1:43 PM By Kagato
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    Well, looks like it didn't take long for Codemasters to release yet another patch. This 6.3MB file brings you up to version 1.46 and adds the following fixes/updates:
  • 1.46 - Fixed: Destroyed barrels and other empty objects are not reported in statistics nor added to score
  • 1.46 - Fixed: More ammo for Reammo Ural (same as for Reammo 5tTruck).
  • 1.46 - Fixed: Appropriate picture for Cessna.
  • 1.46 - Fixed: 8 men can be transported in Hind's cargo.
  • 1.46 - Fixed: Helicopter landing with keyboard impossible. When landing, helicopter stops hovering above the ground.
  • 1.46 - Fixed: Bug in HW T&L code: Material change was sometimes not recognized when polygons shared texture. This caused some trees were rendered darker.
  • 1.46 - Fixed: net.log file is not being created.
  • 1.46 - Fixed: Grid location in map one digit only in 1.45
  • As always, the full listing of updates/changes can be found here.
     
    MwGL LAN Party March 29+30
    - Posted 8:46 PM By Anthos
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    Don't forget to register for our event, which will take 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 as a door prize and you will be able to purchase 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. Some info to keep in mind is that the miscellaneous tournaments will have no entry fee and the three main tournaments (CS, Q3, UT) will be $5 for each that you wish to enter.
     
      Tuesday, Mar 5, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Columbine Lawsuit Dismissed
    - Posted 2:07 PM By Kagato
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    Ok, while it doesn't deal with a particular game, it's outcome could have had lasting effects on the gaming industry. Judge Lewis Babcock, in charge of the Columbine Suit, has dismissed the suit. For those who don't know, or can't remember, the lawsuit against was brought up against several media companies by the family of the teacher slain during the shootings at Columbine High school in Littleton, CO. According to Judge Lewis Babcock "courts around the United States have rejected similar claims brought against media or entertainment defendants," and that "the two gunmen were the ones responsible for the teacher's death." While a tragic event, it sadenning to see more of "blame those with the most money" and get them to settle out of court.
     
    CS: Condition Zero
    - Posted 6:18 PM By Anthos
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    Can it be? A first-person shooter that has a co-op mode?? I don't know how long I've been asking for this, but hopefully this will provide some satisfaction. Here's a snip from cscentral's preview.
    You start off in CS: CZ with only a few weapons to choose from and with a team that has only a few skills, but as you accomplish more and more missions you get more money and you can buy better weapons and improve the skills of you and your team members which are controlled by the game's AI. I was actually never a fan of those games where I had to equip my own troops before a game, I wanted to go in right away and start fragging but Gearbox has made a very cool interface which makes it really easy and fast so this won't be a problem. You can also play through the single-player with your friends and as they take the position of the bot-controled team members (Co-Op mode). It is also possible to play it over the Internet so you don't need to be at a LAN.
    All in all, it looks to be shaping up to be one rockin' game. If you haven't taken a look yet, go check out what Valve and Gearbox have to offer.
    Source: Blue's News
     
      Wednesday, Mar 6, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Running out of Space?
    - Posted 7:41 AM By Anthos
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    If you are like a lot of gamers, you probably have a lot of stuff stored on your hard drive. Games, music, movie clips, etc., take up quite a bit of room. If you are thinking of upgrading, you may be interested in the "latest and greatest" that Western Digital has to offer. The WD1200JB is the newest drive offered from the hard drive manufacturer. Spinning 120GB of storage space at 7200 RPM isn't the breaking news of the moment, but the 8MB memory cache is something to catch your eye. Not to mention the lowest price on PriceWatch being $215. If you doubt my words, you can check out the review kindly offered up over at Tom's Hardware.
     
    Warcraft III Collector's Edition
    - Posted 7:43 AM By Kagato
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    The folks over at PC.IGN.com have the first heads up and details on the Warcraft III Collector's Edition. Included in the Collector's Edition will be "The Art of Warcraft book", a Warcraft III Cinematic DVD (commentaries, trailers and digitally remastered for widescreen cinematics), a Warcraft III Soundtrack CD, a signed manual, and four 8x10 prints. No word on how many of these are going to be produced, but numbers shouldn't stop die-hard fans from getting their copy.
     
    Matrox Tweak v4.03.2002
    - Posted 7:47 AM By Kagato
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    I imagine that there are still some Matrox users out there and would be glad to know that a new version of the Matrox Technical Support Tweak Utility has been released, updating you to version 4.03.002. The main update in this revision is the resolution of the "WinXP registry settings with 5.8x drivers would not take affect" problem. Supported cards are the G200 AGP and PCI Series, G400 AGP Series, G450 AGP series, and G550 AGP series.
     
    Win some consoles from the PC guys
    - Posted 10:16 AM By Anthos
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    So, you think you know a lot about computer games? Well, as a test of your knowledge (and a little guesswork), PC.IGN has a little contest for you. You could win a brand new Xbox, PS2, and GameCube. Just click right here to see what I'm talking about. Just read the article, watch the footage and see if you can guess the game.
     
      Friday, Mar 8, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    No XBox Recall In Japan
    - Posted 8:26 AM By Kagato
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    The rumors and reports have been flying arround that Microsoft was issuing a recall of it's XBox units that recently went on sale in Japan. Microsoft has put out this press release to ensure everyone that there is no recall and to explain the situation that spawned these reports. Snip
    REDMOND, Wash., March 7, 2002 -- An apparent misinterpretation of information on a Microsoft Japan Web site resulted today in a media report of a recall of Microsoft's Xbox™ game console in Japan. This report is incorrect. There is no recall of Xbox in Japan or any other market.

    The Xbox Japan Web site did report that Microsoft Customer Care Japan had received a small number of inquires (significantly less than one percent of systems sold) from customers reporting small scratches to the outside edge of some game disks after use in the Xbox game consoles. While this is not a common occurrence, and minor scratching is primarily a cosmetic issue that does not affect performance, a positive customer experience is of the utmost importance to Microsoft. Xbox Japan responded accordingly in its statement offering to evaluate any Xbox system that a customer is concerned about. If a system needs to be repaired or replaced for any reason, Microsoft will do this immediately.

    After successful launches in North America and Japan, demand for Xbox continues to be high in all launched markets, and production continues at a rapid pace. Microsoft will launch Xbox in Europe and Australia on March 14, 2002.
    Amazing how PR skates around these kinda topics, no word on how many people have reported this issue.
     
    Disciples II Patches
    - Posted 8:30 AM By Kagato
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    Player's of Strategy First's new Dsiciples II should know that they have released a few new patches for the game. New features and fixes include:
  • Added several new battle backgrounds
  • Added Quest Log to allow players to review previous quest messages
  • Added chat messages over all interfaces, not just over the isometric map
  • Added encyclopedia for leader abilities in various screens
  • Added Direct3D support to Configuration Editor utility
  • Added new popup message before battle when human player gets attacked in Hotseat
  • Added ability to save game during any player's turn in Hotseat
  • Added ability to capture capital cities without ending the game automatically in multiplayer/Hotseat
  • Added ability to ally with human players easily
  • Added ability to chat from within the battle interface
  • Toned down the "easy setting"
  • Fixed sound interruption problem in game cut-scenes
  • Fixed a few crash bugs
  • Fixed other minor bugs
  • You'll notice that besides this major update, there is another patch available for those who have been experiencing errors initializing images.
     
      Saturday, Mar 9, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Navy Seals: Covert Ops
    - Posted 6:37 PM By WaRMaN
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    For those of you that have been following Navy Seals: Covert Operations, you know this Q3A mod has been in the works for a long time. Well wait no longer! Beta1 has released today for public download. It comes in at a hefty 189Mb. Don't forget the patch (1kb) for a minor fix. If you're asking yourself if anyone is going to play this MOD, their site is very close to hitting it's one millionth visitor.
     
      Sunday, Mar 10, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Aliens in your Neighborhood
    - Posted 3:35 PM By Anthos
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    If you haven't already heard or read about this, read it now. Alienware custom-built computers are now available at your local Best Buy retailer. (No, they will not sell just the case to you. I already asked.) Now, if you are wondering what the advantage to this is, I'll tell you. Best Buy offers you their service plan that will last you a couple years longer than Alienware's warranty. In addition, for those of you who have no need of service :), you can get no interest financing (with payments) for twelve months. How sweet is that? Plus, you can go in there and drool all over that kick butt case they've got on display.
     
      Monday, Mar 11, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Grand Theft Auto 3 For PC
    - Posted 10:03 AM By Kagato
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    For those who don't own a subscription to PC Gamer or just haven't gotten their April 2002 issue, they have a small blurb (page 27) on Grand Theft Auto 3 for the PC. Granted there's not alot new about it more than what is already known, but it at least confirms that the title will be released. Snip:
    "Rockstar quietly let the world slip a few weeks ago that GTA III was coming to the PC. A key feature will be support for 16-person multiplay, and the PC version will also sport better textures at a much nicer resolution. The mouse/keyboard setup will be instantly familiar to third-person-action fans, too. We're definitely looking forward to this one."
    Mmmmm, 16-person multiplayer, how sweet is that going to be!?
     
    Creative Buys 3DLabs
    - Posted 7:34 PM By Kagato
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    The folks over at Creative Technologies Ltd. (the folks behind Sound Blaster, etc.) are apparently wanting to increase their marketshare in today's profit-shrinking market. According to this news release over at Yahoo, Creative is buying up graphics chip/card manufacturer 3DLabs. Snip:
    Creative Technology Ltd. (Nasdaq: CREAF), the worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for users of the personal computer and the Internet, today announced a definitive agreement under which Creative will acquire 3Dlabs Inc., Ltd. (Nasdaq: TDDD) for a combination of US$1.20 per share in cash and US$2.40 per share in Creative stock for each share of 3Dlabs.
    Creative is noting that 3DLabs will continue to develop and support their line of OpenGL graphics adapters.
     
    fatal1ty
    - Posted 11:09 PM By Anthos
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    Well, if any of you were at the event he attended and competed in the Quake3 tourney, you may remember getting heavily owned. I just thought this ought to go on our news page, since it was in the London Times. Props to John and read this.
    Source: The CPL
     
      Tuesday, Mar 12, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Help us decide!
    - Posted 12:07 AM By Anthos
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    Okay, so we said we were going to give away a GeForce 4 at the next event. However, there is some indecision as to which card to give away. Please vote in this poll. It will be open for one (1) week only, so hurry and make your vote count!
     
      Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    New Fan Technology From Y.S. Tech
    - Posted 8:05 AM By Kagato
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    The folks at Y.S. Tech (yes the fan manufacturer) have posted up little blurb about a new fan technology they are looking at introducing. The "motor" is in the outside casing of the fan and the tips of the fan blades are used to propel the fan with magnetic energy. How is this better than normal fans?:
    It reduces 75% of traditional motor hub area. This revolutionary breakthrough not only increases 30% of airflow and static pressure, but also brings air stream directly to the centralized heat source. As a result, T.M.D. FAN improves the efficiency of heat dissipation at least 15%.
    Case modders will probably find new and exciting ways to show off the new design as well. No news on when they may start releasing fans based on this, but with something that's so much more effecient, I can't image it will be too long.
     
    LithTech Triton & Tron 2.0
    - Posted 8:28 AM By Kagato
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    LithTech Inc. has announced their latest game engine titled LithTech Triton, which is being used by Disney Interactive to develop a game based on TRON 2.0. Snip:
    The LithTech Triton System is the visual effects-heavy derivative of LithTech's leading-edge Jupiter system, the foundation for Computer Gaming World's 2001 Action Game of the Year, No One Lives Forever, and the highly anticipated sequel, No One Lives Forever 2.

    By combining the enhanced rendering capabilities of Jupiter with unparalleled special effects, Triton promises to make TRON 2.0 one of the most visually stunning and innovative games of the year. Triton expands Jupiter's current functionality to include features like a third person camera perspective and a vehicle physics system used to create the exciting Light Cycle races in TRON 2.0. Developers can make use of defensive weapons that include blocking capabilities with shields, providing an extra layer of depth to game play. In addition, Triton provides developers with the option of utilizing a drag and drop inventory system. Those developers wanting to push the envelope with special FX like geometry outlining must take a look at Triton.
    You can also read more about the new gaming engine over at LithTech's Official Homepage.
     
      Thursday, Mar 14, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Qtracker v3.0
    - Posted 11:53 AM By Kagato
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    Qtracker version 3.0, a server browsing/game launching utility, has been released. The latest version (over a year in the making)adds a lot of new features, fixes, and changes. Some of the new features include:
  • Support for: Alien vs. Predator 2, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and Tribes 2.
  • URL-based server launching so you can connect to servers from a web-page.
  • Mapshot Multi-shot support.
  • Enhanced Remote Administration support (and Half-Life 1.1.0.6 RCON).
  • Qtracker Master enhancements, and are now used for all server listings.
  • Suspend-on-connect.
  • Toolbars!
  • More information on the handy little program can be found on their information page.
     
    Xtreme Air Racing Patch v1.031
    - Posted 1:48 PM By Kagato
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    There's a new update for Xtreme Air Racing for the flight-sim fan in you. The new v1.031 update adds/fixes the following:
  • Fixed mouse-flyer landing bug.
  • Fixed installer long-path bug.
  • Fixed a few minor bugs with the multiplayer lobby screen.
  • Fixed nitrous roar when nitrous empty bug.
  • Added Gordon Bowman-Jones announcer script, and deleted existing announcer scripts.
  • Expanded announcer script code to facilitate new Gordon features.
  • Fixed hiccup at start of race when smoke effects are loaded.
  • Fixed staccato bug where sounds would not switch properly when changing airplanes.
  • Workaround for DirectSound max-distance bug which caused strange engine noises in the distance.
  • Added ability to reconfigure joystick axes, buttons, and hat switches. Xtreme Air Racing.
  • For the flight-sim fans that haven't tried this game out, do yourself a favor and check out some screenshots from the game and decide if it's right for you.
     
    Please remember to vote!
    - Posted 6:59 PM By Anthos
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    It's been a few days and we've only received seven votes so far. We're giving away a video card as a door/raffle prize, so if you want a say in which one we'll be giving away, vote here!
     
      Friday, Mar 15, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Upcoming Changes to EverQuest
    - Posted 4:04 PM By Kagato
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    I'm not sure on how to react to the news that Verant is introducing some rather massive changes to their popular MMORPG EverQuest. While some of the changes are nice, others seem to go in the exact opposite direction that Verant has pushed for years (no pain, no gain). Some of the new changes include:
  • The need to sit down and stare at the spellbook to regain mana has been removed at all levels. (Sitting down and having Meditation skill are still required.)
  • After applying advanced mathemagics, the commonly known "hell-level" experience gain effect in levels 30, 35, 40, and 45 has been largely done away with. Further, the "post-hell-level" experience loss in levels 31, 36, 41, and 46 was driven from the face of Norrath as well.
  • The long-requested global chat channels are well on their way. We'll be supporting player-created chat channels for raids, for friends, for total strangers - Anything you'd like to use them for. Expect a documentation update (eqmanual_supplement.doc in your EverQuest directory) explaining how to use these soon.
  • There's definately gonna be alot to smile about (I'm absolutely jones'd about the final introduction of private chat channels), but at the same time, it'll only help to increase the amount of level 50+ characters that still play like level 1 n00bs!
     
      Saturday, Mar 16, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    EverQuest Players LFG
    - Posted 12:06 AM By Anthos
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    For those of you who are interested in the people behind the people in EverQuest, here's a documentory for you.
    Tens of thousands of people play EverQuest every day, carrying out fantasies from the vantage point of an alter ego in a virtual world inhabited by elves and dragons. This short documentary is about some of the people that inhabit this virtual world. It explores what this game is, how it affects the people who play it, and the concept of role playing.
    Click right here to check it out.
     
    Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast goes gold
    - Posted 12:09 AM By Anthos
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    The game lets players assume the role of Kyle Katarn, a Jedi on a mission to stop the forces of the Empire. Players will have access to a wide variety of weapons, including the lightsaber and a number of special Jedi powers, and they can engage in combat in both single- and multiplayer modes. Also available from GameSpot is their full article and new trailer. If you are even slightly interested in this game, I highly recommend you take a look at the trailer. Also, be on the look out for the game on your local retailer's shelves around March 29th.
     
    Some changes for Unreal
    - Posted 12:17 AM By Anthos
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    Infogrames is planning to announce some new developments in the Unreal shooter franchise, including a couple of name changes. Go check out the full article over at .
     
    Jedi Outcast Interview with Kenn Hoekstra
    - Posted 12:25 AM By Anthos
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    More stuff on the soon to be here, much anticipated Jedi Knight 2. Here's a little preview.
    Judging by the intense and impressive released screens of various lightsaber battles, it looks like players will have a very large degree of control over both Kyle Katarn’s physical movement, as well as control over his lightsaber - are we correct to assume this? And can you explain a little about the mechanics of both, in taking part in lightsaber battles?

    "Kyle’s lightsaber movements are directly tied to his physical movements themselves. From the most basic standpoint, the lightsaber has a primary swing attack and the alternate saber attack is the saber throw. From there, you factor in Kyle’s directional movement (front/back/left/right) as well as whether or not Kyle is crouching, jumping, walking, running or standing still. You also need to factor in other special movements (like flips and wall walking), combinations and which of the three saber fighting styles he’s using at the time. In addition to the physical, primary attacks, the saber has three levels of saber throw and three levels of defense for blocking shots/parrying saber attacks. Put it all together and you’ve got a massive number of lightsaber moves Kyle can perform. To give you a better idea of what I’m talking about, Kyle has about 500 animations for the lightsaber movements and attacks if you include all of the transition moves from one attack animation to another."
    Have a look-see at the entire interview.

    Source: GameSpyDaily
     
    Why Gamers are Athletes
    - Posted 2:03 PM By WaRMaN
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    There are people out there that are fighting to make all that time you "waste" playing games a sport, and soon to be olympic sport. I agree that if you can call golf and fishing a sport, why not gamers too. The article also talks about the upcoming G4 channel from COMCAST. Read it!
    Source: CPL
     
    G4: The Gamers 24/7 Channel
    - Posted 2:10 PM By WaRMaN
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    Coming this spring to a channel near you is the G4 network. They boast a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week television network that will be the source of entertainment, news and information for video game enthusiasts. Check out their press release.
    Source: G4 Media
     
      Monday, Mar 18, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    CS Tourney Rules Finalized
    - Posted 9:11 AM By Anthos
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    You can find a copy of the tournament rules for Counter-Strike here. If you have any questions, please use this thread. If you are going to compete in the Counter-Strike tournament, please be sure you have read and understand all the rules before you come to the event.
     
    Qtracker v3.01
    - Posted 2:37 PM By Kagato
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    Qtracker version 3.0 was recently released and apparently had a few issues as they're already released Qtracker v3.01 to resolve some of them. Updates/fixes include:
  • Improved Tribes 2 support.
  • Adds support for team names, team scores, etc.
  • Adds Remote Administration support for: Quake 3 and Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
  • Mapshot Packs can now contain download information for individual maps. When available a flashing download icon will appear in the Mapshot window allowing the user to directly download the map.
  • Active Servers filter.
  • Fixes high pings for HPB (28.8k-56k) users.
  • For those not in the know, this is a handy all-purpose game server browser and launcher for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP.
     
    Destroyer Command, Silent Hunter II patches
    - Posted 7:14 PM By Anthos
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    Click here for the Destroyer Command patch and here for the Silent Hunter II patch. These patches are supposed to fix numerous problems for the game. If you have these games, you'll definitely want to update.
     
    Hitman 2 delayed
    - Posted 7:16 PM By Anthos
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    Eidos Interactive's upcoming action game sequel Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, previously scheduled for release this spring, won't arrive in stores until September. According to sources close to the company, the reason for the delay is simply to give the game more time in development.

    Check out the full story over at GameSpot.
     
      Thursday, Mar 21, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Website Downtime
    - Posted 6:47 PM By Kagato
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    We'd like to apologize for the downtime over the past few days. We had a rather sudden and unforseen hardware failure, but now that it's been resolved, we are back up and running again at full speed. More news to follow.
     
    New NVidia Detonators - v28.32
    - Posted 6:53 PM By Kagato
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    In case you haven't heard yet, NVidia has released a new official set of drivers for all things NVidia (i.e. nearly every chip they've made to date). You can find the drivers in the following flavors:
    Win2k/XP
    Win9X/ME
    Win NT (Yes, that's NT 4.0!)
    These puppies weigh in at 8.1MB and had an early issue where the Control Panel did not work, but this has been resolved. No information as if these are any faster than the previous 23.11, but that doesn't usually stop most people now does it?
     
    Star Wars Bounty Hunter Announced
    - Posted 6:56 PM By Anthos
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    LucasArts has announced a brand new Star Wars title - Star Wars Bounty Hunter - for the GameCube and PlayStation 2.
    "The hunt begins! Jango Fett, the most ruthless and feared mercenary in the Star Wars galaxy, will make his spectacular interactive debut later this year in the action-packed Star Wars Bounty Hunter from LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC. Through Jango -- father of Boba Fett, one of the most intriguing and enduring characters in the Star Wars universe -- players will plunge into the dark, deadly world of a bounty hunter, a role Star Wars game fans have long awaited to play. Star Wars Bounty Hunter is expected to release fall 2002 on PlayStation 2 and GameCube.
    Read more info here.
    Source: GameSpyDaily
     
    Dungeon Siege goes gold
    - Posted 7:00 PM By Anthos
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    Development on the highly anticipated RPG from Gas Powered Games is complete. Dungeon Siege is currently scheduled to hit store shelves on April 5. Check out the full story from GameSpot.
     
    DirectX 9.1 Rumors
    - Posted 7:03 PM By Kagato
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    As with any rumor, you may want to take this with a grain of salt, but supposedly Microsoft will be jumping right to DirectX 9.1 for it's next release of it's popular graphics interface. There's claims that 9.1 will offer a number of new enhancements, such as bringing the pixel and vertex shader to version 2. No news on an expected release date, but being that Microsoft already offered Beta Signups for the next release, we can hope for sometime in the near future.
     
    Camelot to get new 3D engine
    - Posted 7:03 PM By Anthos
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    Mythic's popular online role-playing game, Dark Age of Camelot, will soon upgrade to the latest version of the NetImmerse 3D game engine.
    Mythic Entertainment has announced that it will use version 4.2 of Numerical Design Limited's NetImmerse 3D engine in Dark Age of Camelot, its popular online role-playing game. The game currently uses version 3.0 of the NetImmerse engine, and the new version of the engine includes new rendering features and other improvements. In particular, the new 3D engine will support more game characters on the screen at one time, which is a critical element in online role-playing games.
    More information is available from GameSpot's full article.
     
    Remember to check out the rules for the CS tourney
    - Posted 7:05 PM By Anthos
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    You can find a copy of the tournament rules for Counter-Strike here. If you have any questions, please use this thread. If you are going to compete in the Counter-Strike tournament, please be sure you have read and understand all the rules before you come to the event.
     
    Pool of Radiance - Patch v1.4
    - Posted 7:07 PM By Kagato
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    For those of you who didn't stop playing Stormfron Studios' Pools of Radiance within the first week of it's relesae like me (too many bugs for my taste), then you'll be happy to know that
    they have release a new patch (ver 1.4, weighing in at 6.4MB for the English release). Updates and fixes to the new release include:
  • Beriand failing to heal parties after returning his staff.
  • A crash at the Trapfall area of the Glin Gardens.
  • Chests in Dwarven Dungeons opening and missing items.
  • Ancient Iron Key missing.
  • A few crashes in the Elven Catacombs.
  • May be worth a try now that the game is actually fairly stable. Worse case, if you loose your characters to yet another bug, there's plenty of "cheats" out there to get your characters back to where the once were.
     
    Operation Flashpoint: Resistance Officially Announced
    - Posted 7:10 PM By Anthos
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    Operation Flashpoint's expansion pack has been officially announced. Here's an excerpt from the article over at PC.IGN:
    "Rather than a sequence of distinct missions, all the events in the Resistance campaign are closely linked," explains Marek Spanel, Operation Flashpoint's Project Leader at Bohemia Interactive Studio. "As players progress through the campaign, the amount of equipment, ammunition and fellow soldiers persists from one mission to another. Tactical use of supplies comes into play as there's no telling what lies ahead."
    Click here to read the entire article.
     
      Friday, Mar 22, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    EverQuest : The Planes of Power Q&A
    - Posted 4:05 PM By Kagato
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    EverQuest fans alike have heard the rumors of the possible forthcoming expansion, The Planes of Power. The guys over at GameSpy have poosted an interview with SoE's Rod Humble which helps give players a bit of reassurance that the expansion is indead real. Though a lot of the details won't surface until next week when they are supposed to officially announce it, there's enough information to keep people talking until then. Snip
    GameSpy: Regular players know that Planar zones are geared for the high-level players and guilds. What will The Planes of Power offer to the lower level players?

    Rod Humble: The Planes of Power will have many upgrades for characters of all levels. For example, we will be announcing extra planar trade skills and many more features once we get a bit closer to launch.
    Included in the interview are a few screenshots from some of the new creatures in the game.
    Source: GameSpy
     
    DAoC Producer Notes
    - Posted 4:10 PM By Kagato
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    More MMORPG news, this time it comes from Mythic producer Matt Firor, who has posted another of his Dark Age of Camelot producer notes. Included in this latest update are screen shots showing off the new player housing, some of the new Albs armor types, and the new epic dungeons which will appear on the test servers sometime before next week. Here's a snip:
    A huge new mid-to-high level dungeon will debut on Pendragon over the next week or so. This dungeon lets players explore the underworld - under all three Realms - that is populated by the dead souls of Hibernians, Britons, and Norse. It is overseen by many demons, evil imps, and many other hellish creatures. Entrance to this new dungeon - called Darkness Falls - will be restricted to one Realm at a time. We'll announce how access is controlled next week, but it will be based on RvR elements. Darkness Falls will have many new monster models, skins, and monster sounds, and it is huge.
    If there's one thing DAoC has over Everquest, it's definately the graphics engine *drool*.
     
      Saturday, Mar 23, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    The Thing
    - Posted 11:10 AM By WaRMaN
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    Do you remember the 1982 sci-fi thriller "John Carpenter's The Thing"? Where the aliens that were frozen under the Antartic cap are brought back to life by an unsuspecting team of scientist. The aliens unknowingly take over the living bodies of anything living and reak havoc among the camp.

    Well now, in the upcoming game release, "The Thing", you are ported as part of the military rescue team that is sent to investigate the disappearance of the scientists. The game features:

  • Taking place shortly after the events seen in the 1982 film - The Thing takes us back to the Antarctic base and familiar locals from the film for a terrifying, new chapter of isolation and paranoia.
  • Advanced trust/fear interface adds a new dimension to the genre - How you influence non-player characters (NPCs) psychological state determines whether or not these characters will cooperate with you. · Amazing lighting, weather and particle effects complemented by subtle sound cues and scripted events create a new level of suspense and terror.
  • Unique combat system that allows weapons to be customized and scratch built in many cases.
  • Puzzle Solving can be accomplished by a multitude of scenarios - there is never just one way to accomplish an objective.
  • Varied pace of gameplay throughout the game, blending action, puzzles, horror and human interaction.
  • Click here for more on the game, and don't forget to check out the trailer!
     
      Sunday, Mar 24, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Jailbreak:Prisoners of War
    - Posted 12:19 PM By WaRMaN
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    Jailbreak: Prisoners of War has released map pack v1.4 to add the map count to 65! If you haven't played this team based MOD before, don't worry, they have a FULL download. It is quite hefty at 191 Mb, but well worth the wait. If you have the MOD, there's a patch at 71.5 Mb. Features:
  • 65+ maps for alot of level variation
  • 2 gameplay modes, regular JB PoW mode or instagib JB: PoW with instagib Gauntlet and gauntlet jumping
  • Clan Competition mode with extensive Referee abilities
  • Map Voting after each round
  • Team Spectating from jail
  • There's a list of servers running the MOD, and you might just see this MOD playing at a LAN near you :)
     
      Tuesday, Mar 26, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Global Ops Shipping
    - Posted 12:57 PM By Kagato
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    According to their official website, Global Operations has begun shipping to stores today. Snip:
    GLOBAL OPERATIONS HAS SHIPPED! After an exciting couple years, the game is shipping! We all had a lot of fun during the development and can't wait to play against you all. Check your local stores in the next couple days to pick yours up! A special thanks to all the beta testers and server hosts for their hard work in helping make this game great!
    For those who not yet heard of this title, it is best described as a "stand alone, team based, first person shooter based on a significantly modified version of the LithTech 2.5 engine". Screenshots can be found here.
     
    EVE Finds A Publisher
    - Posted 1:10 PM By Kagato
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    According to this post over at Gamespot, the folks behind EVE-Online have signed a deal with CCP to publish their upcoming MMO space game. Here's a snip on the game itself:
    EVE: The Second Genesis, is a massively multiplayer, online, persistent world game. perhaps even too real to be called a game, but definitely more fun than reality. Played on the Net, it takes place in a world that is alive and kicking every day, every hour. Players are spaceship captains cruising around the universe, trading, fighting and communicating with other players. EVE is scheduled for a 2002 release.
    Wanna know more? Head on over to their FAQ or check take in some screenshots. This could prove to be an interesting game, a mix of Wing Commander mixed with the ability to play against thousands of other online people (not some cheesy AI).
     
    EQ Price Increase
    - Posted 1:16 PM By Kagato
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    Those of you who are addicted to the perpetual playing of EverQuest probably have already learned that Verant is going to be increasing the monthly cost of playing their MMORPG to $12.95/month (up from $9.95/month) starting April 25th. If you're looking to save some money, you can lock into a long term extension (12 or 24 months) and actually save money (the 24 month breaks down to something like $7.91/month).
     
      Wednesday, Mar 27, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    LAN Event Information
    - Posted 9:02 AM By Kagato
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    For registered players who visit this page more than you check your e-mail, be sure to visit our Updates Page to check in with any newest changes or information we have updated as we prepare for the upcoming event this weekend. Any further questions can be e-mailed to Squirre1@mwgl.org
     
    DoD Interview
    - Posted 2:45 PM By Kagato
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    The Half-Life Mod scene continues to strive, especially the ever-popular Day of Defeat. The folks over atRedphive have posted an interview with Matt "Mugsy" Boone, explaining some of the changes and enhancements to the upcoming v2.1 release. Snip snip:
    There have been some significant changes made to some of the more popular maps in DoD 2.1, can you give us an idea as to what they are?

    MB: While most of the changes are optimizations of textures and memory usages, there are some gameplay changes too.. Anzio is a big one, the town square flag and the bridge flag now require 2 people to capture them. Heutau was also a big fan request - now the spawn points move forward depending on who owns the central flag. There is a lot more action on this map now, and we've had some great matches. What else.. well there are a lot of little changes. But the big news is that the memory usage is lowered, so people don't get the slowdowns in certain areas that we were seeing before, and older machines can run the game properly.
    It's amazing to see continued support for such an aging graphics engine, especially when compared to the Quake III, Unreal or LithTech engine.
    Source: Redphive
     
      Thursday, Mar 28, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Jedi Knight 2
    - Posted 7:11 AM By Anthos
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    It was supposed to be out yesterday, but it seems the delivery was delayed until Friday. Be sure to check your local retailer to see if they've got it (sometimes they do come "early"). We're gonna try to get some multiplayer of this at the LAN.
     
    LAN Party Registration
    - Posted 8:09 AM By Kagato
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    Just as an FYI for this weekends' upcoming event, if you haven't signed up yet. We will be closing the registration this evening (03/28/200) at the stroke of midnight, so be sure to get your pre-registration done before then.
     
    RtCW Patch v1.31
    - Posted 8:14 AM By Kagato
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    Blue's News currently has linked the new 1.31 Patch for Return to Castle Wolfenstein as well as several links to other sites, just in case you can't get through to some of the other FTPs. Not a whole lot of updates over the 1.30 version, updates listed include:
    Teleportation and Reviving Players Bugs Fixed

    Bugs introduced in 1.30 related to reviving players and teleportation, or warping, on certain maps have been fixed. These issues were a byproduct of a fix for reviving players on and around script movers (the giant doors in mp_assault for example).
    So go grab your copy and get back in the game soldier!
     
     
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