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  Wednesday, May 1, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
Site Downtime
- Posted 8:52 AM By Squirre1
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Our Service Provider as part of there growth had to upgrade there electrical system yesterday. We were just caught off gaurd by this and did not get a chance to notify the visitors to our site. Everything as you can see is back up now and should be running smoothly.

Thanks,

Squirre1
 
NASCAR 2002 Patch Released
- Posted 10:21 AM By Squirre1
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Sierra's NASCAR 2002 has just recently had a patch released for it... The patch, version 1.1.0.1, has quite a few corrections to it. If you click on the Read More link, you can see a complete list of all the fixes. Or you can get right to downloading here.
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EverQuest 2 Interview
- Posted 11:41 PM By Kagato
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Alot of you have probably heard the rumors, and maybe even seen a few of the screenshots floating around of Sony Online's upcoming EverQuest II (EverCrack to those who have ever started playing the game). Well, the fine folks at GameSpot has a lengthy interview with Bill Trost, Lead Designer for the upcoming title. Word:

GS: EverQuest has always been a very time-consuming game, which is part of what makes it very intimidating for a lot of new players. The sequel will undoubtedly try to appeal to hard-core EverQuest fans, but what will it do to make the online role-playing experience more accessible to new players?


BT: We are taking quite a few steps to minimize "downtime" and to ensure that however long players have, they are capable of jumping in the game and making measurable progress. I really do not want to get into the specifics of that at this time but players should rest assured that the design team has been paying attention for the last three years, and we think we have figured some things out. While time will still be the most measurable investment a player will be asked to make in EverQuest II, we feel it is not in anyone's best interest for the game systems to demand long consecutive hours of play.
Some of the concepts/ideas aren't groundbreaking, but being that EverQuest has been around for over three years now, they must know how to do a few things right.
Source: GameSpot
 
  Thursday, May 2, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
Nvidia NV30 Due in August?
- Posted 7:23 AM By Kagato
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While Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia CEO, did not mention the chip by name, it was noted that they will be releasing a new chip in august. Not alot of info on the new toy, but they do have this to say:
The new chip will be manufactured on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s latest 0.13-micron manufacturing process, Huang said. Huang did not reveal the name or specific features of the chip, but did say it was a fundamentally new architecture from the GeForce 4 Titanium introduced earlier this year.
Guess we'll have to see what they have in store for gamers this time around. I imagine more information will become available as the NDAs expire.
 
Nvidia WinXP Refresh Rate Tool
- Posted 7:29 AM By Kagato
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A great deal of you have probably switched you're main gaming rig over to Windows XP, or at least dual-boot it with Win98. One annoyance you may have found with XP is in the way the refresh rates in DirectX and OpenGL games defaults to 60hz. This can be changed, but requires a bit of modification to the registry. Fortunately some blokes have sat down and started work on a new tool that allows you to tweak the refresh rates to take better advantage of your monitors/LCDs capabilites. The program is still in it's infancy, so be sure to check the NVRefreshTool homepage as updates come on a nearly daily basis as they hammer out bugs in the software.
 
March 29th Pictures Posted
- Posted 8:18 AM By Squirre1
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Just wanted to let everyone know that the long awaited pictures have now been posted. Kagato worked into the wee hours last night, approx. 8 o'clock :), to get those posted. If you would like to you can go check out the pictures here. Thanks to everyone that had taken pictures at this event and provided them for our pictures area.

Squirre1

*UPDATE* Bah! It was at least 11pm, haha! --Kagato
 
FLF 1.5a Talk
- Posted 3:03 PM By Curve
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Was reading over at Planet Half-Life when I came across news of Front Line Force's latest "in the works" Here's a sample of what to expect in the next release:
  • Hitbox fixes (wow! they're perfect!)
  • MSG-90's damage has been increased
  • SAKO now does damage in accordance with how many teammates are near you - .667x of it's base damage with 0 teammates to 1.5x with 3 teammates
  • Shotguns will be slightly "off center" (the center of the spread will be off center) while running, and more off center while jumping
  • New teamicons
  • Key-cap gameplay HUD elements (make it easier to see what's going on)
  • New polished up versions of flf_sogem, flf_ebonysword
  • Go read more at the Front Line Force website.
    Source: Planet Half-Life
     
    EverQuest II
    - Posted 3:28 PM By Curve
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    You like the MMORPG's don't you? I thought you did. GameSpot has the latest scoop of Sony Online's 'in the works' sequel to the ever popular MMORPG EverQuest, EverQuest II. Here's a crispy, crunchity, peanut buttery tidbit:
    Sony Online Entertainment has announced EverQuest II, the upcoming sequel to its groundbreaking massively multiplayer online role-playing game EverQuest. The new game will improve on its predecessor with a completely new 3D engine, new spells, quests, and events, and the option for characters to own real estate and command ships. It will also include a new branching character class structure, more customization options, and a new nonconfrontational character advancement system for new classes such as the tradesman.

    EverQuest II will be set in Norrath, the gameworld featured in the original game, but it will take place during the Age of Destiny, a period in the future of the original game's gameworld. The game engine will support significantly more detailed environments and advanced graphics features such as per pixel lighting, dynamic environment mapping, and a programmable surface shader system. In addition, the game will have completely new combat, spell, and skill systems and a revised quest system.
    I'm not a big fan of the MMORPGs, however if that floats your boat, check it out.
    Source: GameSpot
     
      Friday, May 3, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    DOOM III Announcement
    - Posted 3:09 PM By Kagato
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    Well, it's official! Activision made the announcement today that it has signed a deal with id Software to publish DOOM III, and also show the game off at this year's E3. "We are excited to continue our successful and long-standing relationship with id," said Larry Goldberg, executive vice president, Activision Worldwide Studios. "I'm sure that id fans and action gamers alike share our anticipation for the latest incarnation of DOOM, which is one of the most important franchises in PC gaming history. There is no doubt that DOOM III will be at the top of every gamer's most wanted list." I wonder how long it will take before game shops start taking pre-orders for the title, haha.
     
      Sunday, May 5, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Mojo-Jojo = Father
    - Posted 6:20 PM By Curve
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    Congratulations to Mr. Phil Hannum (Mojo-Jojo) and his wife on having a baby boy. David was born 9:00 last night and he is approx 9+ lbs and 22 inches long. Congratulations again and w00t w00t.
     
      Monday, May 6, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Tribes 2 PS2 Interview
    - Posted 3:08 PM By Kagato
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    In preparation for the upcoming release of Tribes 2 for the PS2, HomeLan has posted an interview with Chris Mahnken of Inevitable Entertainment. Word:
    HomeLAN - How easy will the game be handled by the player using the standard PS2 controller?

    Chris Mahnken - A lot of work has gone into making the game easy to pick up and control. That said, you’re going to look like a drunk for at least the first 30 seconds if you’ve never played a shooter on a console before. If you’ve played Half-Life or Goldeneye before you should pick it up quite quickly. We have some aids to help with aim that you can turn on or off. Servers can be configured to allow or prohibit the playing aids.
    It's a shame that this title may not do well for the PS2 in sales though, after all, the PC release was so chock full of bugs, who'd trust another release?
     
    Emperor : ROTMK Beta Signup
    - Posted 3:45 PM By Kagato
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    The official Emperor: Rise of Middle Kingdom website, the upcoming strategy game by BreakAway games, has been launched. The site provides gamers with information reguarding the upcoming title, five new screenshots, a soundtrack excerpt in MP3 format, and the change to sign up for the Beta Test. The Beta is expected to run from mid-May through July and accept "several hundred" players for single and multiplayer testing
     
      Tuesday, May 7, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Metroid Prime Preview
    - Posted 8:31 AM By Kagato
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    If ever there was single game which gave reason to owning a Nintendo Gamecube, this would be it!. The folks over at GameSpy have a preview of the upcoming NGC title Metroid Prime. That's right folks, Samus is back and ready to kick some more Metroid tail:
    The action takes place in a universe far removed from our own. Space pirates tear apart a laboratory on a planet known only as SR 388, and smuggle out a strange lifeform called "Metroid." Later on, they rub their mandibles with glee as they realize this creature holds massive destructive powers, so they attempt to harness them. The understandably concerned federation of the galaxy finds out about these machinations, very soon after their most important planet, Zebes, is attacked. Fending off the pirates, the feds quickly employ the services of Samus Aran, a female bounty hunter, with a vast array of topnotch weaponry, and a fabulous jumping animation. She kicks considerable amounts of space pirate ass, and beats down the pirate Mother Brain, but the pirate lieutenants escape with the Metroid, speed off from Zebes, and ready themselves for a game sequel.
    You can also check out the 10 new screenshots they have posted at the end of the article. Good stuff for sure, can't wait for this title to hit stores.
    Source: GameSpy
     
    Jedi Knight 2 : Jedi Outcast Patch v1.03
    - Posted 8:43 AM By Kagato
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    LucasArts has released a new patch for their semi-recently released, Star Wars themed, Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast. In addition to this patch providing EAX 3.0 and OpenAL support (EAX 3.0 is only supported on the Creative Labs Inc. SoundBlaster Audigy and Extigy sound cards currently), there are also numerous single/multiplayer fixes. Head on over here for a full list of updates and fixes as there's way too many to list here.

     
    HL/CS Server Beta Files
    - Posted 12:57 PM By Curve
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    Valve has released beta server files for testing that fixes a slew of bugs. I'd recommend downloading these server side patches if you have had any problems. According to PHL, clients should have no problems connecting to the server so let's get to downloading.
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    Source: Planet Half-Life
     
      Wednesday, May 8, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Dungeon Siege Patch Due Friday
    - Posted 7:53 AM By Kagato
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    According to news on the official Dungeon Siege homepage, a new patch as well as the Dungeon Siege Tool Kit (game editor) are due out this Friday (May 10th). Here's the scoop:
    Our scheduled date for releasing the beta of the v1.1 update is this Friday, May 10th, barring unforeseen circumstances. We will keep you updated on the progress of the beta as Friday draws closer; be sure to stay tuned to DungeonSiege.com for more information.

    The other project that is drawing close to release is the Dungeon Siege Tool Kit. Currently, the DSTK consists of several components: the Siege Editor, Siege University, and a variety of supporting tools and documentation. We are planning on releasing the first version of the Siege Editor, as well as "Siege U 100" (the first set of tutorials for SE), on this Friday, May 10th, as well. For further information about the DSTK and its components, be sure to check out the "Tool Kit" link to the left.
    A patch may do wonders for this game, there seems to be alot of issues when playing local LAN games that'll hopefully get fixed.
     
    HL/CS Server Beta Patches - Again
    - Posted 5:48 PM By Kagato
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    Riding right behind yesterday's Half-Life/Counter-Strike Beta Server Patches (4.1.0.9a), another new set of server betas (4.1.0.9b) have been released today and are available from FilePlanet and 3D Gamers. For users of the Windows flavor head here, and Linux fans head here. Apparently the following two bugs were fixed in both releases :
    CS
    ==
    - Fixed mp_hostagepenalty not working at all.
    - Fixed problem with server locking when the bomb is planted and a new player joins the server.
    Yeah, I can see the need for these fixes.
     
      Thursday, May 9, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    James Bond 007: Nightfire Announced
    - Posted 9:26 AM By Anthos
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    From the same folks that are bringing you Counter-Strike: Condition Zero comes a thrilling new 007 game for all platforms (PC/X-box/PS2/GameCube). Gearbox Software will be developing the PC version. Here's a snip from EA:
    NightFire will feature an original single player storyline - written exclusively for the game and borrowing from the rich 007-legacy that spans 40 years. As Bond, players will operate in the snow capped Austrian Alps and the far reaches of outer space as well as underwater in the depths of the South Pacific to defeat the evil criminal mastermind Rafael Drake, the popular head of a supposedly benign environmental organization who secretly is bent on world domination.

    NightFire will offer a deep and rich gameplay experience that epitomizes the Bond universe. The game is primarily seen through a fast-paced, first person perspective. The camera will switch to a dynamic third person perspective for particular interactive game mechanics or to show off heroic Bond moments. NightFire will feature a large variety of missions filled with furious action and stealth, gorgeous women exotic locales, and sophisticated spy-craft gadgetry that Bond fans expect. The console versions will offer action packed driving experiences with a host of exotic vehicles to bring the best Bond-like stunts to life.
    Exciting stuff! Look for the game late this year. In the meantime, check out the full press release.
     
    Jedi Knight 2 Demo Tomorrow
    - Posted 9:32 AM By Anthos
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    Thanks to Avault for letting us know about this one:
    Gigex tomorrow will premiere the Jedi Knight 2 demo from LucasArts, which will contain a new level not found in the retail version of the game. An early version was originally shown at E3 2001. The development team at Raven added more dialogue, cutscenes and textures and doubled the size of the map.
    Yay! Even more stormtroopers to forcepull hundreds of feet into the air, to go crashing to their deaths!
     
    Unreal Episode II
    - Posted 9:36 AM By Anthos
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    The original Unreal set the night on fire when it first came out, and Infogrames is betting that the sequel will do the same. Unlike Unreal Tournament’s fully deathmatch-based gameplay, Unreal Episode II will feature 10 unique worlds and a slew of story-based missions. Between the levels, you’ll be able to return to an orbiting ship where you can talk to other crew members and restock on weapons and ammo. If Episode II is nearly as groundbreaking as the original, the new Unreal should have id Software quaking in its boots.
    Source: GamePro.com
     
    Kiddie Games Only?
    - Posted 9:39 AM By Anthos
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    A bill introduced in Congress last week would make it a federal crime to sell or rent violent video games to minors.

    US Representative Joe Baca, D-California, introduced a bill in Congress last week that would make it a federal crime to sell or rent violent video games to minors. The Protect Children from Video Game Sex and Violence Act of 2002 would apply to games that feature decapitation, amputation, killing of humans with lethal weapons or through hand-to-hand combat, rape, carjackings, aggravated assault, and other violent felonies. Twenty-one other representatives cosponsored the bill, which was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
    Read More...
    Source: GameSpot
     
    UT2003 Demo
    - Posted 9:44 AM By Anthos
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    Infogrames, the publisher of the upcoming FPS Unreal Tournament 2003 confirmed that the demo version of the game will be released on the last day of this years E3 (May 24). There is no information about what is included in the demo yet, but hey, we're gonna try it anyway, huh?
    Source: Gamershell
     
    Indiana Jones R0x0rs
    - Posted 11:20 AM By Curve
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    Are you humming the Indiana Jones theme song right now? Are your friends/family/pets looking at you weird? Then you want to check out this game! LucasArts, makers of the ever popular JK2, announced their creation of Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb. Here's what this new game features courtesy of GameSpot:
    The new game will feature the whip-cracking archeologist hero Indiana Jones, who must explore 10 different levels that represent areas from all over the world, including an ancient European castle and a secluded fortress in China. In the game, Indy must recover an ancient and powerful artifact--a black pearl known as the Heart of the Dragon--before a German mercenary and a secret criminal society can get to it. He'll begin his adventures in modern-day China, but he'll travel the globe with the help of Mei Ying, a female character who works with Indy's employer. In his travels, he'll be able to use both a pistol and his whip, but he'll also be able to engage his enemies in close combat using the game's new brawling system, which will put more emphasis on hand-to-hand fighting and will also let Indy pick up items, such as chairs and table legs, to use as weapons.
    Want more? Yes you do. Click me rather hard.
    Source: GameSpot
     
    Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Goes Gold
    - Posted 3:21 PM By Squirre1
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    "Time to kick ass and chew bubble gum", as the saying goes. For a little bit of Duke Nukem goodness all over again, Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project has gone gold and should be in stores by the end of this month. It is targeted at about $25 on the shelves. You can check out more information on DNMP here.
     
    Why Not Just Ban Cartoons
    - Posted 4:12 PM By Squirre1
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    Well yet we hear of another story of another country wanting to place Laws onto games. Germary is now looking to create a "BlackList" of games to prevent there distribution. This all stems from a teenager blowing his top and killing a large sum of people. When are people going to learn that video games are not causing these psychotic episodes.

    If you can imagine all the millions if not billions of violent game releases that are out floating around, then all the millions if not billions of teens/adults playing those games. Why is it that one incident out of the middle of no-where MUST be caused by violent games. And with that said only a few said instances. Get real people.

    If you have not noticed, in a large sum of Disney movies, someone gets killed, dies, or is harmed by some form of a harmful act. Now mind you this is an extreme but does that mean we should ban Disney movies and not let our kids watch them.

    Think about it:
  • Snow White - Lets kill/poison that which is better than myself
  • Beauty and the Beast - Lets kill that which is not familiar, or different
  • A Little Mermaid - They actually show the ship impaling the sea witch, Urcilla I think

    How many times has Daffy Duck been shot in the face nocking his bill off. Hrmmmm, maybe a kid will shoot his brother in the face hoping he will shut up and stop screaming. Damn violent cartoons.

    With that said there has to be a point we people need to take responsability for their own actions and parents to start taking responsability for their own children. Why continue to play the blame game people, when it is all that persons fault to begin with. "Oh, my daddy beat me and that made me do it."

    I know I have jumped around from point to point in this perticular posting, but I am at work so it is just kind of a soap box speech. It is just starting to get real old. Ok, well anyway, now back to your regular program already in progress.
     
  •   Friday, May 10, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Day Of Defeat Beat 2.1 Is Out!
    - Posted 12:38 PM By Curve
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    Hey WWII era mod fanatics! Guess what's out? Dude, you cheated, you read the subject. Well ya, DOD 2.1 is out and ready for you to download and play all day long, leaving you dog chained up, hungry, thirsty, dying for attention. Here's the changelist you sick, sick people.
  • added dod_koln
  • added dod_cherbourg
  • many map tweaks and fixes
  • reduction in texture usage in maps
  • reduced kar accuracy
  • grenadier down to 3 grenades
  • increased garand damage
  • reduced garand recoil
  • reduced grenade damage
  • increased grenade throwing time
  • decreased MG accuracy
  • increased sniper rifle damage
  • fixed sniper sway
  • fixed MG overheating speed
  • improved HLTV support - shows flags, objects, grenades,
  • death messages and scoreboard!
  • optimized netcode
  • fixed lag on map start bug (VModEnable bug)
  • fixed cheats / exploits
  • 'sharp' crosshair, includes alternate coloured crosshair
  • removed ability to 'water snipe'
  • The downloads you ask? They are on FilePlanet of course until Squirre1 and Co. get them ready for loveable leeching.
  • Win32 Day of Defeat Beta 2.0 - 2.1 Patch
  • Win32 Day of Defeat Full 2.1 Install

  • Linux Day of Defeat Beta 2.0 - 2.1 Patch
  • Linux Day of Defeat Full 2.1 Install
  • shibby
    Source: Planet Half-Life
     
    Terabyte Hard Drives On Their Way?
    - Posted 3:48 PM By Kagato
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    Are you one of those people who have a growing collection of MP3s (or pr0n) growing on your drive and find that todays 120Gig drives just aren't enough storage?! Well, fear not, for Fujitsu has the answer for your storage capacity woes. Granted they say the technology is several years from being mainstream, it still sounds tasty:
    San Jose, Calif., May 08, 2002 - Fujitsu, a world leader in hard disk drive technology, has developed revolutionary new read head and media technologies that will enable hard disk drive (HDD) recording densities of up to 300 gigabits per square inch (Gb/in²). The new technologies are expected to lead to the commercial introduction within two to four years of 2.5" hard disk drives with capacities up to six times the recording density available today.
    I'm thinking 4 of these drives (4 platters in each drive), stripped up in RAID 0 would ofer some uber storage capacity.
     
      Sunday, May 12, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Gateway Challenge
    - Posted 5:39 PM By devilon
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    We know exactly what nuts the MwGL gamers are about Jedi Knight 2, and as I opened my PCWorld magazine the other day, something fell out of it. Here's what it says:

    All those hours you've spent gaming are about to pay off. Big. Because Gateway's giving away over $60,000 in prizes, including a $25,000 grand prize, in our nationwide competition playing Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. Just log on to our site and sign up for the nation's largest gaming event takingplace at our Gateway stores.

    Talkback and tell me what you think.
    Source: PC World magazine
     
      Monday, May 13, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Soldier of Fortune 2 Is Golden
    - Posted 8:05 PM By Kagato
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    Definately some nice news for your Monday, according to Activision, Raven Software's Soldier of Fortune 2 has gone gold (i.e. it'll show up at your local software store soon). Those that've been playing the multiplayer beta will definately know that this'll be one hot title and (baring any MAJOR bugs) will probably be worth buying. Here's the word from the Activision folks:
    SANTA MONICA, CA – May 13, 2002 – Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Raven Software’s Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix has gone gold and is on its way to manufacturing. The sequel to the award winning Soldier of Fortune, Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix drops players into the ranks of America’s shadow soldiers in a gritty and intense battle for survival. Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix is rated M for MATURE (17 and above) for animated blood, violence and gore.

    In Soldier of Fortune II players once again assume the role of John Mullins, a military consultant working for the top-secret agency known as The Shop. In the game, players must make use of stealth, as well as firepower, to tackle a wide-range of missions including hostage rescue, intelligence gathering and search-and-destroy. To fully immerse players in the experience, Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix brings the grittiness of combat to the PC like never before with incredibly detailed skeletal animations that enable lifelike character movements and per pixel hit locations for ultra realism.
    Another feature of the game is that it'll offer more than 100 unique model/skin combos, enough for any discerning player wanting to be unique among other players. Hope they offer a way to get yourself digitized in the game, now that'd be cool.
     
      Tuesday, May 14, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    The Cars of Grand Theft Auto III
    - Posted 9:55 AM By Anthos
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    "A key feature of the vehicles in GTA3 is their variety, which is crucial in maintaining the illusion of a living city," said Paul Kurowski, vehicle designer, DMA Design. "The vehicles are designed for maximum flexibility, so for example, each vehicle exists in a range of different colors, and many have optional extras. And because it's a city, it was important to have not just cars but all the vehicles you'd expect to see -- vans and trucks, public transport, municipal vehicles such as garbage trucks."

    Check out the rest of the story from PC Games.
     
    The Sum of All Fears
    - Posted 9:58 AM By Anthos
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    Based on the Ghost Recon engine, The Sum of All Fears is merely the latest title in the legacy Red Storm began with Rainbow Six. (Although this title is technically its own franchise, it fits perfectly within Red Storm's family of tactical shooters). Combining tense close-quarters battle (CQB), a lethal and unforgiving damage model, plausible political agendas and the latest in military hardware (of the small arms sort at least), The Sum of All Fears is yet another challenge to the rocket-jumping Quake-hounds and double-fisted pistol bunnies of Unreal.

    More goodness from PC Games. Get lots more from the full article, inlcuding new screenshots. The Sum of All Fears is due out at the end of May to coincide with the film's release.
     
    The PC games of E3 2002
    - Posted 10:05 AM By Anthos
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    Here's a few of particular interest:

    Blizzard: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos; World of Warcraft
    Codemasters: IGI 2: Covert Strike; Operation Flashpoint: Resistance
    Eidos Interactive: Hitman 2: Silent Assassin; Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness; Deus Ex 2: Invisible War
    Electronic Arts: James Bond 007: NightFire
    Infogrames Entertainment: Neverwinter Nights; Unreal II: The Awakening; Unreal Tournament 2003
    Sierra: Counter-Strike: Condition Zero
    Sony Online Entertainment: EverQuest: The Planes of Power; EverQuest II; PlanetSide
    Take-Two Interactive: Grand Theft Auto III
    Ubi Soft: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Raven Shield; The Sum of All Fears

    That's just a few. Check out the rest of GameSpot's big list and feel yourself tingle with excitement.

     
    Unreal Tournament 2003 site launched
    - Posted 10:07 AM By Anthos
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    Infogrames has opened a new official Web site for Unreal Tournament 2003, its upcoming follow-up to the award-winning multiplayer action game Unreal Tournament. The new site contains a general description of the game's setting and background story, a list of features, a brief overview of the characters and weapons that will be included in the game, answers to frequently asked questions, and a small gallery of screenshots.

    Check out the rest of GameSpot's article with screenshots, or you can head directly over to the new website.
     
    Creative/3DLabs Merger Approved
    - Posted 10:13 AM By Anthos
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    3DLabs shareholders approved the proposed acquisition of the company by Creative Technology (makers of the SoundBlaster & 3D Blaster line of multimedia PC products) in a vote that took place on May 9, 2002 in Bermuda. The Company also announced that the Supreme Court of Bermuda had granted a final order approving the scheme of arrangement by which 3Dlabs will be acquired by Creative. Creative will acquire all of 3Dlabs' outstanding shares and 3Dlabs will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative. 3Dlabs shareholders will receive U.S. $1.20 per share, plus stock equal to 0.205 of an ordinary share of Creative. This whole shooting match should be completed by the end of the week, according to both companies.
    Source: GameSpyDaily
     
    XBox Price Drop Tomorrow?
    - Posted 6:06 PM By Kagato
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    File this one under "Wait and See", but according to Evil Avatar, the rumor is that Microsoft will drop the price of the Xbox console to $199 starting tommorrow! There's also suppose to be a drop is a price for Amped, NFL Fever, Oddworld, and a few other titles which'll be reduced to a measly $29.99. We'll have to see what happens, I mean they're already loosing $100 a pop for each machine sold, guess they're hoping to make it up in game sales. This wouldn't be related to the fact that Sony did the same drop today for the PS2 now would it?
     
      Wednesday, May 15, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Atari To Release A Portable 2600 System
    - Posted 8:09 AM By Kagato
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    For those of you not planning on running out and picking up a new PS2 or XBox even with the new price drops, then this bit of retro news may interest you. Infogrames, the folks who own Atari, have apparently struck a deal with another company to produce a 10-in-1 video game system based on the Atari 2600. Apparently the system will be joystick-shaped, have outputs to plug into a TV set, include games like Combat, Asteroids, Missile Command, and Adventure, and will only cost around $20! I'm thinking one will need a video card with video input so it can be hauled around to gameday, muahahaha!
     
    Matrix Teasers Tonight!
    - Posted 10:48 AM By Anthos
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    Okay, so I know this isn't exactly gaming related, but who out there isn't excited about these sequels? Okay, I didn't think I'd see any hands, so turn on Entertainment Tonight, tonight! You can whet your appetite on this.
     
      Thursday, May 16, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Dungeon Siege The Benchmark?
    - Posted 8:15 AM By Kagato
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    Looking for a different way to stress test the 'ol computer? Well, the folks at Gas Powered Games have been working with the editors at ExtremeTech to develop a Dungeon Siege Benchmark (*NOTE* The benchmark requires you have Dungeon Siege already installed, it is not a stand alone product) program to test your computer and video card. Here's the word:
    Microsoft today announced that ExtremeTech, the technology enthusiast's web site launched last year by Ziff Davis Media, will use the critically acclaimed action fantasy game Dungeon Siege as a key part of their benchmark suite to test the performance of the computer systems, processors, and graphics cards they review.

    Dungeon Siege's unique architecture allows testing of a broad range of resources on nearly any PC system available today. The benchmark is a non-interactive demo in which the character runs through various aspects of the world. Dungeon Siege's "continuous world" technology incorporates resources from CPU, memory, and graphics during gameplay, making it a superb all-around system test for benchmarking standards.
    Push them frames like 'ya just don't care.
     
    Dark Age Expansion
    - Posted 3:29 PM By Anthos
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    Due for release late this year, the Mythic/Abandon co-developed Shrouded Isles promises to expand the very popular MMORPG Dark Age of Camelot with new graphics, three new races, and new areas to explore.

    Perhaps the most noticeable change will be the new NetImmerse 3D engine version 4.0 employed to deliver the title's aesthetics. Version 4.0 will include character shading, Direct X 8.1 specific features, more spectacular spells and animations, reflections, and other stuff.

    Read more about it from PC Games.

     
    Announcing Soldiers of Anarchy
    - Posted 3:35 PM By Anthos
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    A glimpse of our post apocalyptic future as Simon & Schuster sees it will be released this fall. Since the game is set in the year 2013 with the apocalypse happening some ten yeas before that, let's just hope life does not actually imitate art. Soldiers of Anarchy is the story of humanity's struggle to be freed from the bonds of "new oppressors."

    This real-time squad-based tactical strategy incorporates a nonlinear campaign where choices affect outcome, a slew of controllable vehicles, a packed in editor, and single and multiplayer gaming. But what is probably most promising is the fact that the engine boasts dynamic weather, day and night play, interactive environments, and still more graphical niceties that may enhance play.

    No screenshots have yet been released, but the material that is available assures that the game will be available either in September or October of this year.

    Expect more at the forthcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo.
    Source: PC Games
     
    The Gangs of GTA III
    - Posted 3:38 PM By Anthos
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    Even since the first Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar's urban-action game has featured the use of humorous, reactive gangs, which add interesting AI and depth to the game. In today's feature we focus in on the gangs, and the weapons that they, and you, can use.
    IGN: How does the role of the gangs differ from Grand Theft Auto II to Grand Theft Auto III?

    Adam Davidson: The gangs play a far more integral role in the game in regards to the storyline. In GTA2 the jobs offered by the gangs did little to effect the environment and circumstances the player was involved in. In Grand Theft Auto III, you are not only interacting with the gangs as a unit, but instead with the individuals within the gang structure. Your dealings with them have the potential to not only effect the city you live in, but at times taking a certain job could close a door you previously felt was open. Much like real life, the bridges you have may be burned as a consequence of your actions.
    For the rest of the story, as well as some sweet new screen shots, visit PC Games.
     
    Sierra Announces Empire Earth Expansion
    - Posted 3:40 PM By Anthos
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    Sierra on Thursday announced the development of its first expansion for Empire Earth. In development at Mad Doc Software and due in stores this fall, Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest expands the scope of the real-time strategy game into the future - allowing for planetary conquest. The add-on offers a new Space Age Epoch that covers the time period from 2200 to 2300 A.D. and adds three new single-player campaigns, unique units, buildings and special powers.

    Art of Conquest includes three new single-player campaigns set in ancient Rome, the Pacific Theater and Asia in the 24th century. Each of the 21 pre-designed civilizations in the game also gains a unique special power, building or unit. One example is the Kingdom of Italy's Metallurgy power - which allows them to pay building costs with gold or iron interchangeably. Great Britain's S.A.S. unit will be able to plant demolitions and swim across water, while the United States' market building will allow that civilization to trade abundant resources for scarce ones.
    Source: Avault
     
    Eidos Launches Praetorians Website and Trailer
    - Posted 3:46 PM By Anthos
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    Eidos has launched a Praetorians teaser website. Users can visit the site to either download or stream the trailer for Eidos' Roman Empire RTS. Praetorians is an epic 3D strategy game set during the time of Julius Caesar's campaigns to expand the frontiers of the Roman Empire. Taking on the role of a Roman General, you are transported back to the deserts of Egypt, the frozen lands of the Gauls and to the heart of the Empire itself, Italy. Praetorians is slated for a fall release.
    Source: Avault
     
      Friday, May 17, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Gun Metal Preview/Interview
    - Posted 12:46 PM By Kagato
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    Like to see giant robots stomping and flying around destroying everything in sight? Well, then catch HomeLan's interview with Rage Software about their upcoming XBox Title "Gun Metal". A snippet:
    HomeLAN - Obviously Gun Metal takes at least some inspirations from Japanese anima that feature giant mecha. What are some of the development team's favorite movies and TV shows in this genre?

    Phil Wilson - The ability to turn into a jet fighter was obviously inspired by Japanese anime such as Robotech & Macross. Manga such as the Gundam series is filled with adrenalin pumping battle sequences where powerful, transforming mecha go up against conventional armies. Our vision has always been to bring the same engaging themes to the Xbox.
    Just from the included sceenshots, this looks as if it could be a pretty impressive game. You can find more screenshots at Rage Software's homepage.
     
    Sum Of All Fears - Playable Demo
    - Posted 2:39 PM By Kagato
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    If you're a past or present Ghost Recon or Rainbox Six player, you might wanna know that 3D Gamers posted a playable demo for Sum of All Fears, based off the ever-popular Tom Clancey line of books. The demo weighs in at about 82MB and features the following (blatantly riped from the official homepage:
  • 11 action-packed missions in realistic settings from around the world.
  • An intense storyline that parallels the novel and film of the same name.
  • From the makers of the award-winning Tom Clancy games, Ghost Recon™ and the Rainbow Six™ series.
  • Multiple difficulty settings plus a comprehensive training level.
  • An easy-to-use interface that lets players dive right into the action.
  • Use the latest in antiterrorist weaponry, including 15 unique gun types, flashbangs and frag grenades.
  • Six brand-new dedicated multiplayer spaces, playable on Ubi.com.
  • Competitive and cooperative multiplayer support, including classic and all-new game types for solo and team play.
  • Wanting to see a bit more of the game before downloading the demo? Check out the screenshots posted by 3D Gamers.
     
    Soldier of Fortune 2: Double Helix Deals
    - Posted 4:02 PM By Anthos
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    Activision's Hellchick sends word of some killer deals on Soldier of Fortune 2: Double Helix which will hit stores next week. Best Buy will be selling SoF2 and including a free copy of SoF Platinum. EB and CompUSA has similar deals, but in a more limited supply.
    Source: GameSpyDaily
     
    GTA III Gold
    - Posted 4:06 PM By Anthos
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    Grand Theft Auto III is finished and will be available for purchase on the 22nd of this month.

    GTA III PC comes with no multiplayer, higher resolution graphics, MP3 playback support, the option to enable or disable the PS2 blur that plagued the original, and either third-person shooter mouse and keyboard control or classic gamepad play.

    Like its PS2 cousin, the PC version puts you in the role of a Liberty City thug who has been given the shaft by his partner in crime and left at the scene with a few choice bullet holes to take the rap for a bank heist. Luckily you escape the confines of the cops while in transit and make your way to a new life of crime.

    Also, be sure to check out the preview from a few days ago.
    Source: PC Games
     
    A Savage Game
    - Posted 4:09 PM By Anthos
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    iGames and S2 Games announce their first PC multiplayer game, Savage.

    Combining the elements of the RTS with the FPS, Savage pits 64 men and beasts against each other in "the most realistic fantasy battle experience to date." Other fake and fictitious fantasies had best step aside.

    Eons from now, nomadic and animal abusing humans will roam the earth, never cleaning up after themselves. Selfish and wasteful, mankind will soon find itself staring down a beastly threat in the form of vicious and intelligent animals that have watched, learned, and evolved. Soon these critters strike back against the McDonald's wrapper and cigarette butt littering humans. War erupts.
    Source: PC Games
     
    IGI 2 update
    - Posted 4:12 PM By Anthos
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    Innerloop officially announced that IGI 2 is being delayed until September. The main reasons for the delay are that Innerloop want to 'ensure the Beta Test process is handled professionally and effectively' and there seems to be some problems with the netcode.

    "As you know, the Beta Test has been delayed due to work on the netcode not being complete. Developing a high-quality FPS multiplayer experience is a real challenge, but one the dev team at Innerloop has taken on with a vengeance! They’ve been working flat out on the code, but some QA issues, mainly with server code, have held us back."

    IGI 2 was supposed to be released next month, but this delay hopefully will ensure a better gaming experience all round.
    Source: PC-Gaming.com
     
      Monday, May 20, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Top 10 Games of 2002
    - Posted 12:22 PM By Krogue
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    Gamers.com has released their list of the most anticipated games for 2002. And, aside from the racing games (racing games are for lame gamers who should stick to their consoles, RTS and FPS games are for hardcore players), I found their list pretty much in accords with my wants and needs for 2002. Check out the full story at Top 10 Games.

    Their list breaks down as follows:
    10. Master of Orion 3
    9. Warcraft 3
    8. Age of Mythology
    7. Pro Race Driver
    6. Unreal 2
    5. City of Heroes
    4. Republic: The Revolution
    3. Freelancer
    2. Star Wars Galaxies

    And, in the number 1 slot -- Neverwinter Nights
    It looks like this year will shape up to be one kick-ass gaming year.
    Source: Gamers.com
     
    80's Television Flashback
    - Posted 12:39 PM By Krogue
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    Those of us over the age of 25 remember when David Hasselhof was more than a guy in a swimsuit. We remember him as a man who fought for the innocent, the helpless and the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.

    That's right, he was Michael Knight, the human half of a duo that included the coolest car ever built -- K.I.T.T. (the Knight Industries Two-Thousand).

    Davilex Games has announced their acquisition of the rights to the Knight Rider franchise to distribute a game based on the 80's television series. The following information about the game was included in their recent press release:
    Based on the popular 80’s TV series Knight Rider, the game will of course feature the character Michael Knight, but more importantly, the world’s most technologically-advanced car: Knight Industries Two Thousand – better known as KITT. In the game, the player will be able to get behind the wheel of this sleek futuristic Pontiac Trans Am and put advanced features such as Turbo Boost, Ski Mode, Night Vision, Microwave Jammers, Super Pursuit or Surveillance mode to use in fighting for the innocent, the helpless and the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law. In 10 action packed missions, the player will encounter well-known’s such as Devon, Bonnie, Garth, KARR and Goliath, all set in small, mid-western towns, and familiar elements of the original TV series.
    Yes, you too can play in the world of "Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless in a world of criminals who operate above the law. One man can make a difference, Michael. Michael Knight, a lone crusader in the dangerous world... the world of the Knight Rider."
    Source: Worthplaying.com
     
    GameCube Joins The Cutback League
    - Posted 3:01 PM By Kagato
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    It's amazing what a company will do when their other two major competitors decide to drop THEIR systems down to $199. You go from "We will not be lowering our prices" to "Now only $149!". I've always wondered if cases like these are becuase of one hand not knowing what the other is planning or they just don't wanna leak the news too soon (i.e. milk the customer for as much extra cash as possible). Either way, what I'm hinting at is that according to this article on CNN, Nintendo of America will be cutting the price on a brand spankin' new GameCube to just $149. You gotta love console pricewars, who knew it'd be a good thing for the consumer. Word:
    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Nintendo of America announced Monday it will cut the price of its GameCube video game system by $50 to $149, the latest shot in the ongoing console war that includes Sony's PlayStation 2 and Microsoft's Xbox.

    Nintendo's new price, effective Tuesday, followed drops last week in the consumer cost of its two rival systems. PlayStation 2 and Xbox were both selling for $299 before separate announcements that the companies were reducing the prices to $199.
    Now if they could only get some more worthwhile titles for the system (i.e. Hurry up with Metroid!).
     
    Obsessions of Power
    - Posted 5:21 PM By Krogue
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    While browsing through Strategy Planet trying to find out more info on the upcoming Civ 3 Expansion, I came across a reference to an article in the scientific history journal The American Prospect. Any fan or addict of the Civilization series should read this. It really hits home. The article can be found here.
    Source: The American Prospect
     
      Tuesday, May 21, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Krogue needs 4 different presents for Christmas
    - Posted 5:30 PM By Krogue
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    For those of you that are already planning on what you are getting me for Christmas, here are the top four on my wishlist.
    1. Warcraft 3 (with the Human Warrior on the front)
    2. Warcraft 3 (with the Night Elf Warrior on the front)
    3. Warcraft 3 (with the Orc Warrior on the front)
    4. Warcraft 3 (with the Undead Warrior on the front)
    Are you seeing a pattern here? Information released today at Worthplaying.com included a notice that Blizzard Entertainment would be releasing four different and distinct box covers for the initial release of Warcraft 3. Designed and drawn by Blizzard artists, the boxes will include a picture of a warrior from each race on the individual boxes. You can check out the full story and pictures of the boxes here.
    Source: Worthplaying.com
     
    Sony CD + Black Marker = Copy Away
    - Posted 6:41 PM By Kagato
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    Well, this one falls into the realm of "I don't condone this, but for those who like to copy". Apparently Sony's "Key2Audio" technology (i.e. the CD copy protection that prevents you from ripping tracks) has been defeated by a simple black felt tip marker. Here's a snip from the story:
    LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) - Technology buffs have cracked music publishing giant Sony Music's (Tokyo:6758.T - News) elaborate disc copy-protection technology with a decidedly low-tech method: scribbling around the rim of a disk with a felt-tip marker.

    Internet newsgroups have been circulating news of the discovery for the past week, and in typical newsgroup style, users have pilloried Sony for deploying "hi-tech" copy protection that can be defeated by paying a visit to a stationery store.
    Perhaps one of the funniest things about the whole incident is from an alt.music.prince.read poster (I didn't realize people still use Newsgroups) who asked "I wonder what type of copy protection will come next?Maybe they'll ban markers."
     
      Thursday, May 23, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    SoF II In Stores
    - Posted 12:04 PM By Kagato
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    If you happen to have the day off, it may be worth your while to call up one of the local game stores (Electronics Boutique, Babbages, etc.) as it's being reporting that Soldier of Fortune II : Double Helix started appearing on store shelves today. For those of you who have already picked up your copy and find the new AI to be too brutal for your weak skills, there's some new cheat codes posted over at Cheat Happens. Enjoy...
     
      Friday, May 24, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    New News Poster
    - Posted 1:25 PM By tmmicklabs
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    Hey all, my name is tmmick. I am a new MwGL news poster and am going to bring you some of the best update hardware and console information that my whoring eyes can find. I will also be posting on:
  • PC Games
  • Console Games
  • Gaming Hardware
  • Other Knick-Knack BS
  • I may even squeeze in an Article or 2. So if you have any hardware related questions, or any extra news you think is interesting, drop me a email at Tmmick2000@mwgl.org and I'll get it posted or find out what I can.

    Later All....
     
    Hi-Res Doom 3 Screenshots
    - Posted 1:45 PM By tmmicklabs
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    Here are some hi-res screens shots taken from the upcoming Doom 3 directly from this years E3 expo.
    Looks like it's time for some of you out there to upgrade to a Geforce 4 or a Radeon 8500 =-)

    You can view all the screenshots by clicking here!!
    Source: Gamespy
     
    Good News For Radeon 8500 Owners
    - Posted 2:11 PM By tmmicklabs
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    Looks like ATI is garnering a lot of support for it's Radeon 8500 video card according to a recent press release. Even the mighty John Carmack, aka, Captain Daddy Doom Pants is even pimping the Radeon 8500 as the ideal video card to play Doom 3 on next year.
    Click on Read More to read the entire press release.
    Read More...
    Source: ATI
     
    Battle Of The New P-4 Chipsets
    - Posted 2:44 PM By tmmicklabs
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    X-Bit labs has posted an article pitting the Intel i850E RD-RAM chipset against it's new i845E and i845G DDR-RAM chipsets. Looks like the P-4 on a i850 board with PC-1066 RD-RAM is gonna be the setup to beat until the AMD Clawhammer is released later this year.

    You can view all the article by clicking here!!
    Source: X-Bit Labs
     
      Tuesday, May 28, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    CPL Spectator Passes
    - Posted 7:59 PM By WaRMaN
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    From a CPL press release:
    Today Intel is offering the final 500 spectator passes on a first-come first-served basis. Once these passes are taken the CPL will permanently close the spectator category of the online registration.

    These special spectator passes allow free access for five-days to the following activities and areas of the CPL Summer Championship Event: music concert, exhibitions, side-tournaments, workshops, spectator arena, and more. The purchase value of each pass is $25.

    If you plan to be there, you better sign up for your free pass.
    Source: CPL
     

    Project Entropia
    - Posted 8:30 PM By WaRMaN
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    Project Entropia, a MMORPG which is slated to release in the future, is being tagged as a great money making oppurtunity.

    Gamers will have the ability to use PE Dollars (PED) to buy items needed in the game. Three PEDs are the equivalent of one US Dollar. PEDs can be purchased with USDs for use on the game server. Therefore gamers that invest USDs into the game for PEDs can in-turn buy real estate with their PEDs and rent out virtual lots to vendors in hopes of making USDs. Sound familiar? OMG see the article!
    Source: Wired News
     

      Wednesday, May 29, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Navy Seals Update
    - Posted 8:48 PM By WaRMaN
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    Navy Seals, the military simulator for Quake III Arena, has released beta v1.1 today. BUT, it doesn't come without a few problems. If you downloaded the beta today, you might want to revisit the site and grab the pak4 patch and place it in your /seals directory. If you weren't paying attention and didn't grab the beta v1.1, then I recommend waiting till Thursday (30 May) and picking up the fixed beta file. It wieghs in at 206 MB. Click "Read more..." to get some of the new features added in this release.
    Read More...
     
    DeFRaG and CPMA
    - Posted 9:10 PM By WaRMaN
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    DeFRaG is a MOD designed for solo play that mends you into the Quake God you never thought you could be. The levels deal with speed, manuverability, strafe-jumping and accuracy. Although this MOD is for solo play, it is possible to play with bots or LAN up and have races or contests with other players. Now, the most exciting news! The 1.6 upgrade includes physics from the well known MOD Challenge Pro Mode Arena (CPMA). For those of you who have played CPMA, know that this is a considerable change. So, if you have not yet downloaded DeFRaG, now is the time! 6 new maps are included to help hone those CPMA skillz.
     
      Thursday, May 30, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Quick Death for Q3A
    - Posted 1:04 PM By WaRMaN
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    Instagib fans listen up! Version 2.0 of Quick Death, the MOD that adds more features to the instagib MOD, is available for download. It features:
    -All QD 1.1 features
    - Huge bug fixes
    -A new game modus called knock out!
    -The final railgun skinner (to change your railgun skin)
    -3 Standard QD maps and 3 Knock out maps
    -More setup options for the gametypes

    The new game type "knock out" is a unique twist to the everyday fragging. Players try to knock enemies off the map with the railgun, while trying to stay on the map themselves.
     

    Max Payne 2 Under Development
    - Posted 1:25 PM By WaRMaN
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    Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced that Rockstar Games, in conjunction with Remedy Entertainment, has begun development of Max Payne 2, a sequel to the blockbuster hit Max Payne. Max Payne 2 is expected to ship in calendar 2003.
    Source: GameSpy Daily
     
    HL 1.1.1.0 / CS 1.5 Soon
    - Posted 7:28 PM By Curve
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    No I did not get drunk and decide to post worthless news... again.. This is the real deal! In case you don't remember Valve had been putting out beta release for servers in their attempt to fix bugs. Well, to further that, brand spankin new client and server files should be ready maybe as early as this coming Wednesday! Here's a release from Mr. Erik Johnson:
    We generally let the lists know when we're totally nailed down and getting ready for the release. Right now we're planning the release for next Wednesday, but if we run into any significant problems in testing we'll have to push things back a week.

    We'll know on Friday if things are going to go ahead as planned, and we'll let you know here. We didn't want to get all the alarm bells ringing until it's a definite thing
    In related news, Erik is kinda good looking for a computer guy, but then so is Squirre1. This is Curve, and this has been a CS moment.
    Source: CSNation
     
    Playstation 2 and OzzY
    - Posted 8:21 PM By WaRMaN
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    You've been watching the Osbournes on MTV. Now see OzzY live and see the latest and greatest with Playstation 2. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that its PlayStation 2 is the title sponsor for Ozzfest 2002. The line up includes Ozzy Osbourne (DUH), System of A Down, Rob Zombie, POD, Drowning Pool, Adema, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, The Apex Theory, Mushroomhead, Soil and more. Here are some dates to catch the show around the immediate area:
    August 19 St. Louis, Missouri UMB Bank Pavilion
    August 20 Kansas City, Missouri Sandstone Amphitheater

    The first person to get me a ticket wins a big fat hug! For more info on this event follow the source.
    Source: PR Newswire
     

    Gary Coleman goes POSTAL
    - Posted 8:43 PM By WaRMaN
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    Game Developing company, Running With Scissors, has signed Gary Coleman to play himself in the game sequel POSTAL 2. Coleman, the short stack actor from the TV show "Different Strokes", will break history by being the first celebrity to play as themself in a videogame. I just hope he runs around in the game yelling, "What you say Willis?".
    Source: Postal
     
    Infogrames to do Matrix Games
    - Posted 8:56 PM By WaRMaN
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    Infogrames announced that it has completed its acquisition of Shiny Entertainment from Interplay. What's this mean? Well, the purchase of the Shiny development studio includes the rights to develop interactive games based on sequels to the highly acclaimed action thriller, "THE MATRIX." The games will be based on the upcoming sequels, "THE MATRIX RELOADED" and "THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS". Infogrames is also responsible for the games Driver, the Unreal series (including UT2K3) and many more. They also recently bought out Hasbro. These guys mean business!
    Source: Infogrames
     
    Matrix Game on All Platforms
    - Posted 9:08 PM By WaRMaN
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    The first Matrix game title released by Infogrames will be created for all next-generation platforms, including the PlayStation, the Xbox, the Nintendo GameCube and the PC. Can you feel the love? For more info on this story follow the source.
    Source: Infogrames
     
    XBox is Going LIVE
    - Posted 9:19 PM By WaRMaN
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    Microsoft Corp. became the first video game company ever to announce a comprehensive online game service fully dedicated to fast-action, always-connected broadband gaming experiences. The online console gaming service, named Xbox Live, launches in the US, Japan and Europe this fall for the Xbox video game system and ramps up with consumer beta programs starting this summer.

    Xbox Live will enable all gamers to find their friends easily; talk to other players during game play through the Xbox Communicator headset; download current statistics, new levels and characters to their Xbox hard drive; and play online.
    Source: XBox LIVE
     

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    Malice to Feature Gwen Stefani
    - Posted 9:48 AM By WaRMaN
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    Vivendi Universal Games, Interscope Records and the music group No Doubt have announced their collaboration on the upcoming release of Malice, a character-based, action-adventure game, developed by Argonaut Games and published by Sierra. This partnership will feature several of the band's songs in the upcoming game, Gwen Stefani as the voice of unexpected, hammer-wielding heroine, Malice, and band members Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young as voices of her cronies within the game. Malice is due to release this fall on both the Xbox and the PlayStation 2.

    No Doubt, currently on a worldwide tour to promote their album, Rock Steady, will provide three songs for Malice's in-game music and television advertisement campaign. Some of the songs will be remixed to compliment the game's look and feel.
    Source: VU Games
     

    Midway Games Goes PCS Wireless
    - Posted 2:38 PM By WaRMaN
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    Sprint, which operates the largest all-digital, all-PCS nationwide wireless network, and Midway Games announced that Midway plans to take some of its most popular games mobile as it develops wireless games for Sprint's Third-Generation (3G) PCS Phones. These 3G games will include versions of popular titles such as Defender, Kick Champion and Mahki that will be developed using the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME).

    For Sprint customers, 3G1X services are planned to launch nationwide this summer. After the launch, Sprint expects faster wireless data speeds and enhancements for existing applications and services when using a 3G enabled device. It also establishes a platform for later releases of new and more robust applications as data speeds increase including enhanced games, video and audio clips, enhanced messaging, email with attachments, high-speed Internet browsing and digital imaging. Specifically for games, 3G enables Sprint to move the game experience from the text-based games of today to graphic, full-color brand name games on 3G-enabled PCS Phones using the J2ME platform. I wonder if Mortal Kombat is in the near future as well?
     

    Blockbuster Wants the Gamers Business
    - Posted 2:57 PM By WaRMaN
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    Blockbuster announced that it is launching a series of consumer programs and merchandising initiatives designed to make Blockbuster stores the leading one-stop retail and rental source in the interactive gaming market.

    More than 4,300 company-operated Blockbuster stores and participating franchise stores will feature a new look for the games section. The dedicated floor space for games will be expanded in many store locations and each game platform, including GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameBoy Advanced, will have its own section complete with rental, retail, previously-played product and a selection of accessories and publications, making it convenient for customers to find what they're looking for.
     

    JAMDAT Mobile Going Wireless
    - Posted 4:49 PM By WaRMaN
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    This is a follow-on post to the article below titled: "Midway Games Goes PCS Wireless"

    JAMDAT Mobile, a leading provider of entertainment applications and enabling technologies for wireless, announced an agreement under which JAMDAT will publish wireless games for Sprint's third-Generation (3G) PCS Phones. JAMDAT's popular Gladiator II and JAMDAT Golf games are currently available on Sprint's PCS Wireless Web.

    The first 3G games that JAMDAT has agreed to provide for Sprint include EA SPORTS Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Golf, EA SPORTS 2002 FIFA World Cup, JAMDAT Solitaire, JAMDAT Football, JAMDAT Baseball, JAMDAT Bowling and Diamond Mine. These games will also be developed using the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME).
    Source: JAMDAT Mobile
     

    Soldier of Fortune 2 On Shelves
    - Posted 6:45 PM By WaRMaN
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    Activision and Raven Software's powerful and intense action game, Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix has shipped to retail stores nationwide. The sequel to the award-winning Soldier of Fortune drops players into the ranks of America's elite covert troops in a gritty and intense battle for survival. SOF II is currently available on store shelves for a SRP of $49.95. The game is rated "M" for MATURE for animated blood, violence and gore by the ESRB.

    New features include an enhanced version of the Quake 3 Arena game engine for explosive special effects and fast action gameplay, GHOUL II Technology with ultra-realistic damage modeling anywhere on the body, the TORR Terrain system that allows a full range of player movements including manning entrenched guns and riding in vehicles, and even deadlier AI then the original.
    Source: Activision - Double Helix
     

    Internet Censorship at the Library
    - Posted 7:43 PM By WaRMaN
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    Today on the national evening news they talked about censorship of internet capable computers to filter out pornography from children. It stirred up quite a conversation at the store we were at during the story. So, I am curious to hear what you all think about this topic. Is it a first ammendment right? Should we pay more attention to our children and less to filters? Should we "shut up and color"? Click on the comments link and tell us your thoughts.
     
    The Saga of Ryzom
    - Posted 9:34 PM By WaRMaN
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    The Saga of Ryzom is a science-fantasy role-playing game set on an extravagant and entirely organic planet called "Atys, Planet Tree" in the midst of an eco-drama. Players will confront awesome creatures; encounter deeply authentic civilizations; and discover and play in sumptuous and diverse ecosystems including: majestic forests, luxuriant jungles, burning deserts and vast seas--in addition to communing with the many mysterious and magical entities of Atys. The main features of Ryzom are its ground-breaking, community-driven game systems, state-of-the-art graphics and third-generation technology that will offer gamers the chance to both compete and collaborate with intensity. The game will primarily be released on PC-DVD Rom.

    The Ryzom web site also features a "Beta Sign Up" section inviting fans and gamers to enter contact information and participate in the public Beta Test of Ryzom, which will take place in Q4 2002.
    Source: Ryzom
     

     
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