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  Monday, Jul 1, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
SOF2 MP5SD Preview
- Posted 2:22 PM By WaRMaN
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RavenSoft has released a render of the new MP5SD to be intergrated in the new SoF II patch soon to be released. For those of you who have played Counter-Strike, you should be familiar with the MP5. Now enter the MP5SD, where the SD stands for Sound Dampened. The rumor is that the MP5SD will have the same hit count as the MA4. I guess we will have to wait a little longer for the official stats.
 
Ghost Recon Special Edition
- Posted 2:38 PM By Curve
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The special edition of the hit Ghost Recon will soon be on those beautiful shelves that hold what is most meaningful in our lives, games. Mr. Tom Clancy just can't get enough dough it seems :). Here's what you can look forward to:
Ubi Soft Entertainment has released Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Game of the Year Edition, its tactical action game compilation that includes the original Ghost Recon along with the Ghost Recon: Desert Siege mission pack. The combined game features 23 single-player missions, 11 multiplayer maps, and six different multiplayer modes.
Don't buy the new one if you got the old, download it ;). Get the full scoop here.
Source: GameSpot
 
Realms Of Torment
- Posted 2:42 PM By Curve
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MMORPG fans, listen up. There's a game in the works called Realms of Torment that looks like it will be pretty amazing. Developers Quad Software and Maxim Software look like they might have a good looking game in the works. At any rate, GameSpot gave this game a "First Look", so go give it your first look.
Source: GameSpot
 
Krogue has been a Bad, Bad, Boy
- Posted 7:08 PM By Krogue
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Okay,

So I got the obligatory smack down from Squirre1 today, because I have been non-existent from the news posting page for a few weeks *Cough-Cough*. I am sorry I have been slackin, but I have become the new Coordinator and CEO of the Iowa City Chapter of "Neverwinter Nights Anonymous", or the NNA as it is commonly known.

Since I got this game a couple of weeks ago, it has been all I can think about. It has pulled me back to the days when I would call in sick to work to play the first Diablo. Although, I haven't called in sick to work for this game (YET), I have found myself taking long lunch breaks, and leaving right at the 5 o'clock bell just to get some extra chair time in front of the computer.

To help make up for my recent lack of news-mongering, I have posted in the forums under "RPG - Misc. - Neverwinter Nights Help", that I would be willing to help anyone who is having problems in certain areas. I did pony up for the Official Strategy Guide, so I have a complete walkthrough, plus I have been keeping notes in the Journal as to special places and people I have found interesting or helpful. Please feel free to post in that forum with any questions or hints you need. And, I will try my hardest to help you out.

Squirre1, I can't promise that I will get much more news out in the near future (especially since I have 2 more Chapters in this game to get through), but I will try to do as much forum-mongering as I can.
 
Threewave 1.6 Released
- Posted 9:50 PM By WaRMaN
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Threewave has released the newset update to there ever popular MOD. The 493Kb patch updates 16 items and is pretty much a "tweak-the-bugs" fix. For more info on the fixes, check out the changelog.
 
  Tuesday, Jul 2, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
First Annual RtCW Tourney
- Posted 7:47 PM By WaRMaN
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Gamersclick and Speakeasy are bringing you the First Annual Return to Castle Wolfenstein Tournament. The games will be played on-line using Speakeasy servers taking place July 27th and 28th. Teams will be comprised of 7v7 but can be as small as 5 before forfeiting. The game mode will be Stopwatch, and will be played in the abba/baab format with the winner being the first one to 3. The deadline for sign-up is 15 July 2002.
 
Alienware's New Baby
- Posted 8:14 PM By WaRMaN
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For those of you that are in the market for a laptop worthy of going to the next MwGL LAN party, then you MUST check this out. Alienware, once again, brings out the stops and introduces the Area-51M laptop. The attractive features of this beast are:
  • Intel Pentium 2.4 GHz Processor
  • 512 MB DDR Ram
  • ATI Mobility RADEON 7500 64MB DDR
  • If I have any fans out there, you know what to do!
     
      Wednesday, Jul 3, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    SOF 2 Map Development
    - Posted 8:41 AM By WaRMaN
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    So you are ready to make a map for Soldier of Fortune 2? Well, your first step is to download and install the Software Developer Kit (SDK). For help in doing just that, Gaming Deveoper's Connection has posted a tutorial on how to install and configure the SDK properly. This should get you started on SOF 2 mapping. The SDK also includes the necessities for MOD and skin development as well.
     
    SOF 2 MOD: HEAT
    - Posted 5:41 PM By WaRMaN
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    There is a new MOD in the works for SOF 2 that is based on the action movie "HEAT", which starred Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer and Jon Voight. The content of this MOD sounds incredible. I got a chance to talk to some of the HEAT team, and they are going into great detail to match the movie. There will be customizable weapons, maps taken from the movie, immersive character sound (heart beat, breathing), hand signals, vehicles and much more. The MOD will feature:
  • Bomb, robbery and hostage modes
  • Buy System
  • Totally new HUD
  • 10 Character skins taken from the movie
  • At least 20 realistic weapons for the first beta
  • Check out some of the characters. For more info head over to their site, or join them on their IRC channel gamesnet #heatmod.
     
    US ARMY Releases Its PC Title Early
    - Posted 9:19 PM By WaRMaN
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    The US ARMY was scheduled to release its game on the 4th of July, but it can be downloaded today! The game's main purpose is to attract recruits by enabling them to "virtually" get a taste for the ARMY. You can choose from 20 different careers, then go through basic training and on to 10 different missions. This is a scaled down version that weighs in at 208 MB. Expect the full version later this year. Here is the game's website.
     
      Thursday, Jul 4, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Independence Day
    - Posted 11:18 AM By WaRMaN
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    Today we celebrate our Independence Day! July 4th is a special day to Americans, because it signifies the day we broke away from England and started what we so dearly enjoy today: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Democracy is the key to the United States' success, and what makes others leave their homeland to be apart of this great nation. Today we should not forget all of those who have put their freedoms behind them to ensure we have freedom today. Enjoy the day, and be proud to be an American!
     
    Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines
    - Posted 10:59 PM By WaRMaN
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    Terminator 3 is scheduled for silver screens sometime next year, and Infogrames has already secured a deal with C-2 Pictures and Intermedia to own the rights to develop and distribute video games (yes games) based on the movie. Infogrames has also secured a deal for any T4 deal that might be in the works as well. PRNewswire says, "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is expected to be one of the most popular movies of all time."

    "There's no bigger action hero than The Terminator and our games will live up to the legend," said Bruno Bonnell, Chairman and CEO of Infogrames. "Video games and the motionpictures, the most popular forms of entertainment
    worldwide, are more closely connected than ever before and we are thrilled to be adding this enormously successful franchise to our growing Hollywood line up."

    If you are curious how the T3 video game will stack up with its release date in 2003, you will get a chance to taste an example with the Infogrames release of a T1 themed title later this fall.
     

      Friday, Jul 5, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    HEAT MOD Game Types
    - Posted 8:01 PM By WaRMaN
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    The team at HEAT has released a description of their game modes for their upcoming MOD for Soldier of Fortune 2.
    1) Robbery mod- Robbers will have to break into a vault somewhere using a code that they must find in a certain area, the code will be a simple random code that they must enter into a keypad. They then must steal whatever the item may be, money, jewlery, ect, and make it back to the gettaway point. Cops have to prevent this from happening.

    2) Bombing mod- This mode of play is similar to the defuse type of gameplay. The Cops must defuse a bomb that the robbers have set, and the robbers must defend it. Expect more info on this mode soon.

    3) Getaway mod (dash for cash)- All out action with a linear map with robbers at one end and cops at the other. The robbers will be carrying money bags that they must take all the way to the other side of the map to the getaway point, and cops must prevent this. There is a certain number of money bags that must be carried to the getaway point. And if a robber is killed and his money bag is not destroyed then the remaining robbers must go back for it.

    They also have a buy system implemented and working! For more information on the map descriptions, head on over to their site.
     
      Saturday, Jul 6, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    WalMart And Lindows Vs Windows
    - Posted 1:40 PM By WaRMaN
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    Recently Wal-Mart stores have started selling a line of computers that contain the OS Lindows instead of the ever popular Windows. This comes as little shock from the retail giant as they earlier released computers with no OS at all!

    I am torn on what to believe about this. I credit Wal-Mart for offering the public an alternative for their computing needs, but Wal-Mart is being cheered as challenging the monopoly of Microsoft. Now the stock value of Microsoft is roughly $250 Billion, and so is the value of Wal-Mart's stock. These companies are both critisized for crushing the "little guy." It is almost hypocritical isn't it? Let me know what you think, and post a comment. The ball is now in your court Mr. Gates.
     

      Sunday, Jul 7, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Mapping Video
    - Posted 1:49 AM By WaRMaN
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    Last week I posted news about SOF 2 map development. Well the folks over at Gaming Developer's Connection have gone and done it again! This time they have developed and released a full 8 minute Divx movie (You 'll need Divx5.0.1) on starting development of your first map. The movie starts off showing you how to make a brush, hollow it out, miter the corners and add spawn/light entities. This is a great movie, and I recommend it to you inspiring map builders. They also hint about more tutorials to follow. Lets hope so!
    Source: Gaming Developer's Connection
     
      Tuesday, Jul 9, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Heat MOD Update
    - Posted 10:35 PM By WaRMaN
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    The HEAT MOD team has been busy with modeling and skinning. Here is a pic of the LAPD cop car. Also, check out their new pics of the finshed Remington Model 870. The work coming from this team is impressive to say the least. There is still no talk about a release date, so keep your eyes tuned to their site.
     
      Wednesday, Jul 10, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    New On-Line Comic From Gamespy
    - Posted 10:40 AM By Krogue
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    Just happened across this new release from Gamespy. They are hosting and promoting the Force Monkeys, a new online comic about two jedi slackers living in a modern world. It is kind of the Odd-Couple of online comics, with both a member of the Dark side and a stalwart defender of the Light, both sharing an upper west-side style apartment. New comics will appear on Tuesdays and Fridays. The first one was posted yesterday.
    Source: Gamespy
     
    Quake For The Blind
    - Posted 3:46 PM By CCMC
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    A company named ZForm has modified Quake to allow people that are visually impaired to play. According to the article on Slashdotthis game allows the blind and fully sighted to compete on a level playing field. You can check out the whole article here.
     
    Nintendo Is Trying Something New
    - Posted 4:19 PM By CCMC
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    Nintendo is now hiring people to walk around with game consoles strapped to them to allow people to sample their games. This will be done with a 15" Flat screen attached to their chest, a back full of batteries, console strapped to their waist, and a couple of joystick just for kicks. The individuals who get this wonderful job are ask to walk around and let passers-by play the games that they are carrying. I can see some new pick-up lines now. Here is the whole article.
     
    SOF 2 Patch Released!
    - Posted 8:44 PM By WaRMaN
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    The eagerly awaited patch for the PC title Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix has been released for download.
    The response to Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix has been terrific, and we thank all of our fans for their enthusiastic support of the product. As with all of our major new product releases, the product team has been closely monitoring the SoFII newsgroups, Web sites, and forums to gauge what our users are experiencing with the product. From these sources and a number of emails, we have addressed some issues that were identified after the product’s release.
    For a list of what was fixed/changed, read the full story.
    Read More...
     
      Thursday, Jul 11, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Jedi Knight 2 Patch Released Today
    - Posted 9:58 AM By Krogue
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    WorthPlaying.com announced on their site this morning that the 1.04 patch for JK2 would be released later today. So, check the Jedi Knight 2 Home Page when you get home tonight and download this update.

    Some of the fixes include small adjustments and fixes to falling rates and sound issues, but more importantly are the new dedicated server fixes for better stability.
    Source: WorthPlaying.com
     
      Tuesday, Jul 16, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    For All You Fly-Boys
    - Posted 3:42 PM By Krogue
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    Microsoft launched the official site today for Combat Flight Simulator 3. From their initial press release, they give the following description:
    Anti-aircraft fire blankets you. Blast debris hurls toward your propeller. And you wonder why the hell you didn't join the Navy. This ain't no free-flight, cloud-gunner, glory ride. This is ground assault: the real, gritty combat that can make or break a battle, and take your life in one massive explosion. Bombs shatter enemy airfields, trains, tank columns and more-as you streak across the European countryside in WWII's greatest planes-dodging small-arms fire-gripping your joystick with sweaty palms and white-knuckles, pumped with adrenaline-living history.
    Sounds pretty sweet to me. Check out the short introductory trailer here
    Source: Microsoft Games
     
    SOF 2 Development Chat
    - Posted 6:25 PM By WaRMaN
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    Rick Johnson, Kenn Hoekstra, and Bryan Dube from Raven Software will be available for a developer's chat to discuss the latest update to Soldier of Fortune 2. On Wednesday, 17 July at 3:00 PM Central, head over to the SOF 2 lobby in your Gamespy Arcade client and get your questions answered about the update, game modes, maps and more. Gamespy Arcade is required to be a part of the discussion.
     
      Wednesday, Jul 17, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Beta Software for XML Development
    - Posted 7:28 AM By WaRMaN
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    Rogue Wave Software announced the availability of a beta version of Project Ratchet on the Company's Web site. The Ratchet technology quickly and easily generates C++ components that represent XML documents, simplifying the task of writing XML-enabled programs by automatically generating C++ code from XML schemas. This offers users the ability to easily handle XML documents that can readily be exchanged with other systems, including those based on Java or Microsoft .NET XML and Web services systems as well as any other systems that use standard XML. Hopefully this beta software will open XML development to a level of user that would, in any other circumstance, be overwhelmed by C++ and XML.
     
    America's Army 1.01b Patch Released
    - Posted 3:42 PM By Squirre1
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    Hey, we all know it may not have the killer graphics, but it is just such a kewl game. Well America's Army just got a little better with the new 1.01 Patch. This adds an admin spectator MOD and also corrects some minor issues. You can get the patch from FilePlanet. We will be adding this to our file area soon.
     
      Thursday, Jul 18, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Highland Warriors
    - Posted 2:57 AM By Curve
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    RTS fans - all your eyes on Curve. There's another game that is about to join the ranks. It's called Highland Warriors and it's looking to be pretty cool. Creator Data Becker is taking a more 3D approach to the RTS genre. WarCraft III touches on it, but this looks like it may actually fulfill it completly.

    GameSpot delivers an exclusive of the game as well as pictures that can be found here. Read, you know you want to.
    Source: GameSpot
     
    June 30-July 6, 2002 Game Sales Report
    - Posted 3:02 AM By Curve
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    And the winner is? WarCraft 3 of course! Here's the low down:
    Rank / Title / Publisher / Average Price
    1 / Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos / Vivendi Universal / $59
    2 / Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Collector's Edition / Vivendi Universal / $75
    3 / Neverwinter Nights / Infogrames / $56
    4 / The Sims: Vacation / Electronic Arts / $27
    5 / The Sims / Electronic Arts / $42
    6 / Grand Theft Auto III / Take-Two / $46
    7 / Medal of Honor: Allied Assault/ Electronic Arts / $47
    8 / Backyard Baseball 2003 / Infogrames / $19
    9 / Zoo Tycoon / Microsoft / $27
    10 / Starcraft Battle Chest / Vivendi Universal / $20

    The list above ranks games according to number of retail sales
    I'm just full of RTS news today, huh?
    Source: GameSpot
     
      Monday, Jul 22, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Warcraft 3 breaks 1 Million Sales Barrier
    - Posted 1:44 PM By Krogue
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    Blizzard Entertainment released the following press release this morning.
    IRVINE, Calif. - JULY 22, 2002 - Blizzard Entertainment®, a studio of the Games division of Vivendi Universal Publishing, announced today that Warcraft* III: Reign of Chaos* has surpassed 1 million units sold worldwide, according to EDI sell-through, internal company estimates, and reports from key retail accounts around the world. Over 4.4 million units of the game have been shipped to retail to satisfy demand for Warcraft III, which is now the fastest-selling PC game ever, surpassing the records set in 2000 and 2001 by two other Blizzard titles, Diablo* II and the expansion set, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction*, respectively.
    After playing this game during the last couple of days, I can see why it has broken the previous game sales records. The graphics and gameplay are exquisite and the plotline quickly and effortlessly sucks you into this psuedo RTS meets RPG game. If you haven't bought it yet, do. If you can't afford it, then borrow it from a friend. After the first campaign alone, you will be searching the couch cushions for enough change to buy your own.
    Source: Blizzard Entertainment
     
      Tuesday, Jul 23, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    New NWN Patch
    - Posted 10:18 AM By Krogue
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    BioWare Corp. released the 1.21 Patch for Neverwinter Nights yesterday. The patch can be installed using the automatic update button on the main menu screen, or you can manually update by using this patch. The complete list of updates included with this patch are as follows:
    • Added the ability to Save Games in the Windows Dedicated Server
    • Contest of Champions module included
    • Items located in Creature Inventory slots will now be DELETED when validating a Player through ELC and ILR.
    • Custom modules that use Creature Inventory slots to assign Sub Race abilities will have to re-add items on joining the custom module.
    • Item Costs will now be properly calculated for Plot items in ELC checks.
    • Sped up character listing coming from a Dedicated Server.
    • Fixed an issue with saving at inopportune times resulting in breaking save games.
    • Fixed some item "ghosting" issues.
    • Fixed the DM Faction bug, where possesing a creature results in that creature's friendly faction going hostile.
    • 2DA files are now being loaded in the proper order in Hak Paks.
    • General bug fixes.

    Source: BioWare's Neverwinter Nights
     
      Wednesday, Jul 24, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Warcraft 3 Ladder Rules
    - Posted 9:14 AM By Krogue
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    For you competitive Warcraft 3 players out there; Blizzard Entertainment released the Tournament Ladder rules for the new hit game Warcraft 3. You can check out the rules HERE.

    For other Ladder info, you can find the current rankings HERE and the complete Ladder F.A.Q. HERE.
    Source: Gamespy Daily
     
      Thursday, Jul 25, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    ATi Radeon 9000 & 9700 Win9X Compatibility
    - Posted 9:44 PM By Kagato
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    Many of you have probably heard about Microsoft's recent announcement concerning WHQL certification in reguards to some of their "aging" operating systems, which so happens to include Windows 98 SE (Second Edition). This has left many to wonder wether that will mean any driver support from ATi for everyone's favorite gaming OS. The fine folks over at [H]ardOCP have done some checking with ATi and here's what they have to say (insert blatant rip here):
    The only operating systems that Microsoft currently accepts as part of their WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) certification process are:

    Windows 2000
    Windows ME
    Windows XP

    Since the RADEON 9700 and RADEON 9000 series of cards from ATI were released after the July 1st date, there was no way to obtain certification for these drivers. Microsoft certification of drivers is the most significant 3rd party qualification of a devices stability and quality. ATI's CATALYST drivers are based on the foundation of stability and quality and as such every driver that ATI makes available must go through Microsoft certification.

    Although Microsoft no longer certifies devices under those operating systems, ATI still supports them. Users of Windows 98 and Windows 98 (SE) just simply need to use the WHQL certified Windows ME driver provided both on our shipping CD's and on our website. ATI also has an NT4 driver available for the RADEON 9000 and RADEON 9000 Pro which will be made available shortly.

    Furthermore users of those operating systems are still supported by ATI's customer care program and can still obtain technical support.

    Hope this clarifies the situation, and alleviates concerns.
    Boiled down into a simple resolution, Win98SE users mearly need to load the WinME drivers when the card/drivers are released. I'll (and many gamers I imagine) be curious to see what this card is capable of, I may finally have to give some respect to ATi.
     
    Hacking Bill Reaches House of Representatives
    - Posted 10:02 PM By Kagato
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    Where else but America can you have ever-increasing laws against hacking and cyber-terrorism (things like the DMCA, etc), yet something like this comes along and makes you just sit and wonder. I'm sure plenty of you have heard the push from the MPIA (Motion Picture Industry Association) and RIAA (Recording Industry Association of Ameria) have been pushing for a bill that would let them legally disrupt users of any peer-to-peer (insert favorite file-sharing applicaiton here) whom they think may be using the service for the transfer of illegal content (mp3, movies, etc.).
    The bill, sponsored by Reps. Howard Berman, D-Calif., and Howard Coble, R-N.C., would immunize groups such as the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America from all state and federal laws if they disable, block or otherwise impair a "publicly accessible peer-to-peer file-trading network."
    Basically, they'll be able to use such tactics as a DoS (Denial of Service) attack if they have even the slightest reason to think you may be doing something illegal.
    Source: ZDNet News
     
    Asheron's Call 2 Interview
    - Posted 10:11 PM By Kagato
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    I'll admit it, I'm an RPG nut, wether it be online or off, the genre has always been my favorite to play, wether on the PC or console. For those of you like me, you may want to read up on HomeLan Fed's interview with Turbine Entertainment reguarind their upcoming title, Asheron's Call 2. Just a bit of info, AC2 is based approximately 500 years after the timeline of the first one. Snip:
    HomeLAN - What will players encounter in terms of environments and setting in the game and is the world bigger than the original game?


    AC2 Dev Team - Using Turbine’s G2 Engine, the environment has been made truly impressive. Trees and grass sway in the wind, weather patterns sweep across the world, and the dynamic music system lends depth and feeling to places you enter and even creatures you face.


    The area of the AC2 world will be initially smaller than that of AC1; we felt that instead of spreading things out to create a world that was large simply for largeness’ sake, we wanted to focus on developing truly worthwhile, compelling content. Believe us, that's a great deal to see and many an uncharted path to take, but we wanted to remove the feeling of needlessly running hours across a vacant landscape simply to get to the next point in the game.
    One feature that I absolutely loved when I first tried my hand at AC was the fact that there was no "zoning" like one may be used to in other games like EverQuest, you could run (if you so felt the need) from one end of the continent to the other. Should be interesting to see how much they'll improve this from the first one.
    Source: HomeLan Fed
     
    RivaTuner v2.0RC11.1 Released
    - Posted 10:19 PM By Kagato
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    For those who've been trying out the leaked 30.30 version of Nvidia's new set of Detonator drivers, be sure to pick up a copy of the newest version of RivaTuner. The new version not only fixes some minor bugs, it also includes full support for Detonator 30.30 drivers. What exactly is RivaTuner?
    RivaTuner is the most powerful tweaking utility for NVIDIA display adapters running under Windows 98 / Windows 98 SE / Windows ME / Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The purpose of this utility is to give you access to the many undocumented features of the Detonator drivers. RivaTuner will help you to change all undocumented registry entries. It supports all versions of Detonators drivers starting from Detonator 2.08 under Windows 98 / Windows 98 SE / Windows ME (Detonator 5.08 or higher under Windows 2000 / Windows XP).
    Users constantly wanting to tweak out their video to make sure their getting the most FPS they can will probably find this most useful, but even the average non-overclocker may find some userful settings that may speed things up or even resolve some of their issues.
     
    Eidos Converting Games To DVD Only
    - Posted 10:32 PM By Kagato
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    The folks behind the ever-popular Tomb Raider series of games, Eidos Interactive, apparently are looking at moving all their games to DVD only starting in 2003 according to GameSpy Daily. Kind of sketchy, but they only mention Eidos Interactive Germany, but I can't imagine that only one portion of the company would move towards this format.
    The pivotal spring of the company's decision is the increasing failure of the CD-format's copy protection. Especially in Germany a lot of illegal copying takes places -- the country bears the lamentable title of Weltmeister (World leader). Eidos Germany's decision is especially prudent considering its line-up for 2003 -- games like Commandos 3 and Deus Ex 2 are bound to be titles in demand.
    It's an interesting move, and one that might be a little premature. Still, moving titles to DVD will likely take a big bite out of the ISO warez scene, especially for single player games that don't require online authentication.
    Could be interesting to see, I know alot of people have DVD drives in their systems, but there are people like me that would have to go out and buy one just to be able to load a game. I've wondered how long it'd be before this started happening, in alot of ways it makes sense. Why ship a game on 3+ CDs when you can put it on a single DVD, I'm just not sure if pushing it in this manner rather than offering a choice will play out with all gamers.
    Source: GameSpy Daily
     
      Friday, Jul 26, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Various Driver And Software Updates
    - Posted 2:55 PM By Kagato
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    Here's a various listing of drivers/applications that have been updated for your downloading pleasure:

  • Asus has released verion 30.00 of their drivers (based on Nvidia's new Detonator series) in both Win2K/XP and Win9X/ME flavors.
  • SiS has released driver version 1.15 for theis SiS300/SiS305 graphics chipsets. Update adds support for DirectX 8.
  • WinDVD has been updated to verion 4.0.11.83
  • ATi Refresh Rate Fix v0.9.9.7. Changes include improved compatibility with CATALYST drivers.
     
  • System Administrator Appreciation Day
    - Posted 3:11 PM By Kagato
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    I think this should become a national holiday, after all, us geeks don't get a single day that honors us. Just in case you hadn't heard, today is the unofficial System Administrator Appreciation Day. If you happen to be a Sys Admin (like our very own Squirre1), take an hour off early and get a start on the weekend with a nice, cold, frosty beer (uh, if you're 21 that is!). If you're not a Sys Admin, but do have one in the office, give 'em a hug or a kiss, or at least a hand-shake for men (haha).
     
    Western Digital Announces 200GB Drive
    - Posted 3:21 PM By Kagato
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    In their attempt to provide users with more storage space for their ever-increasing stash of pr0n..err warez..err MP3s..err, well stuff, Western Digital has announced a 200GB version of their popular Caviar line (IDE) of hard drives. Their product spec page for this new beast appears to be getting hammered right now, just give it some time and eventually you'll be able to check this puppy out.
     
    Elder Scrolls III : Morrowind Patch
    - Posted 8:33 PM By Kagato
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    You've just gotten home and are ready for some weekend action which includes the playing of Morrowing. Before you fire the game up, be sure to pick up the new v1.2.072 patch that Bethesda Softworks has released. The new update includes some save game improvements, over two dozen bug fixes, and over a dozen fixes to various quests in the game. If you'd like to look over the full list of updates (i.e. too many to list here) check out the update log or just click below on the Read More... button. The official Elder Scrolls site seems a bit back-logged, you can also try some links provided by 3D Gamers.
    Read More...
     
    Acclaim Buying Ad Space On Gavestones
    - Posted 9:00 PM By CCMC
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    Gardian Unlimited got news that Acclaim is attempting to buy ad space on the gravestones of some recently departed in an attempt to promote their new game ShadowMan 2. This could be an all time low for getting the attention of the buyers. You can get the full details here.

    Now we do question the validity of this, but heck it does make for good conversation... :)
    Source: Gardian Unlimited
     
      Monday, Jul 29, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Turn Your Old Console Into A Windows PC
    - Posted 1:05 PM By Kagato
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    Still have an old NES, Atarti 2600, or Amiga 1000 sitting in your closest gathering dust because it no longer works but you dare not throw out such great pieces of history? What else is one to do with these old, non-functioning classics? Turn 'em into a Retrosystem. Everyone knows case-moddin' is a big thing today, with new ideas and features appearing at every new LAN event around. "What exactly is a Retrosystem?" you may, well, here's what they've got to say about it:
    We take original console or computer cases, clean them up, restore them, and build you a complete Windows/Linux compatible system to the limits of technology and to the limits of what we can stuff into these cases.

    Currently we're working with Amiga 1000 cases, Atari 2600 cases and the original NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) console game case.

    We're using some of the smallest commercially available Windows/Linux compatible motherboards and parts as needed. In all of our systems you're getting a machine that's decades beyond it's original design. You might be getting a supercharged Amiga 1000 that runs all Amiga applications as well as Linux or Windows applications.
    Those who have the tools and skills would probably prefer to tackle this on their own rather then shelling out the average $1,000 price tag, others may prefer the purchase route and save the headache and hasle of tracking down parts and pieces that will fit into such a confined space.
     
    Abit Siluro Geforce 4 TI Bios Updates
    - Posted 1:20 PM By Kagato
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    For Geforce 4 owners, specifically of the Abit Siluro TI4200, TI4400, TI4600 and MX Pro should note that Abit has released several new BIOS updates for the cards. No information on what has been fixed or updated with these new BIOS revisions has been listed.

    Abit Siluro TI4200 BIOS ver 4.25.00.34.00
    Abit Siluro TI4400 BIOS ver 4.25.00.34.00
    Abit Siluro TI4600 BIOS ver 4.25.00.34.00
    Abit Siluro MX PRO BIOS ver 4.17.00.52.00

    I haven't tried these out myself as I own a Visiontek TI4600 model, so update at your own risk!
    Source: Warp2Search
     
    New Q3A Point Release Draws Near
    - Posted 4:55 PM By Kagato
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    No date as of yet, but Robert Duffy, Software programmer at that little company called id (you know Quake 3 and all, haha), has updated his .plan with word that there is a new Quake III Arena point release planned for the not-to-distant future. Word:
    Just a quick note on future releases for Quake 3 Arena. We will be releasing a new point release in the relatively near future which includes a handful of fixes and updates and also includes full Punk Buster integration to combat cheating. No firm date on when this will be out but it should not be too far off.
    Mmmmmm, cheat fixes = skill on skill alone, no lame hacks.
     
      Tuesday, Jul 30, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Gaming Gone Wrong
    - Posted 3:42 PM By Kagato
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    You may remember a headline awhile back about one individual stabbing another in a gaming center because he had been virtually stabbed by the previous player in a game of CounterStrike. Well, looks like another similar incident has sprung up reguarding "game rage". Snip:
    Filipino police say a 17-year-old girl was shot dead by her schoolmate after she kept beating him at a video game. Veronica Galang was shot in the eye in front of a computer shop in Quezon City where the pair had been playing. Police are still hunting the boy, who they allege was armed with a home-made shotgun and fled after the incident. Philippine Star reports officers have discovered she had beaten him several times at the game and teased him about the standard of his play. He allegedly flew into a rage and pulled out the gun.
    Well, that's definately going to extremes of being a sore looser. Remember, it's ONLY a game.
    Source: Ananova
     
    BioWare Announces Neverwinter Nights Mod Scene
    - Posted 3:54 PM By Kagato
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    The folks at BioWare have made an announcement reguarding their recently released Neverwinter Nights. They've apparently collected and made available over 500 user made modules for your downloading pleasure. Here's the scoop (as taken from their announcement):
    BioWare Corp. today announced that over 500 new adventure modules are now available online through the Official Neverwinter Nights community. A central resource for players, module builders and Dungeon Masters, the BioWare Neverwinter Nights community has never been busier as module authors, and fans hit the site looking for new, high-quality, Neverwinter Nights adventure modules.

    "The community is building professional quality adventures, and they're collaborating with BioWare designers and each other on the BioWare Community Website," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Joint CEO of BioWare Corp.

    "The Neverwinter Nights Community is very ambitious, dedicated, and resourceful - we're simply blown away at the new things they're doing! We're creating a whole bunch of resources to help them out, such as writing detailed online tutorials, and releasing brand new game content that will allow them to create even more interesting adventures," added Dr. Greg Zeschuk, Joint CEO of BioWare Corp.

    To be able to maintain and grow this type of community support, the Official BioWare Neverwinter Nights community site is partnering with various high-profile fan and computer gaming sites.

    "Together, we're managing the vast, head-detonating amount of new content that's out there", said Jay Watamaniuk, BioWare's Community Manager. "Each of these sites bring their strengths to the Neverwinter Nights community and together, the Neverwinter Nights community is an incredible resource for all Neverwinter Nights gamers", he concluded.

    The Official Neverwinter Nights Module Directory, community links, and search utilities can be found on the Official BioWare Neverwinter Nights website at http://nwn.bioware.com/.
    Ok, who's gonna be the first to try all 500+ mods and give us a little report on each one? I pitty the poor fool who'd have to try each one seperately, that'd take ages to go through.
     
    Farscape Demo Released
    - Posted 4:05 PM By Kagato
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    Fan's of SciFi Channel's hit series Farscape have probably known or at least heard that Simon & Schuster is working on a PC game based on the series. There is now a downloadable demo available for you to download and give a try. The demo offers an intro movie, a training level, and a part of the full game where you get to control team members John Crichton and Chianna. You can download the demo from 3D Gamers.
     
    Windows 2000 Service Pack 3
    - Posted 4:18 PM By Kagato
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    Users who have decided to stick with Windows 2000 over switching to Windows XP should be pleased to know that Microsoft has finally released Service Pack 3 to the masses. Well, ok, maybe not pleased since so many have gotten used to having issues fixed and new ones created due to new Service Packs, but hey, what the heck, you've got the time to rebuild the machine for the umpteenth time right?. The site seems to be getting hammered pretty good right now so you may have to try a few times to get through. If you'd prefer direct links for the dowload, click here for the English version of the update.
     
    Neverwinter Nights Patch v1.22 Beta
    - Posted 9:42 PM By Kagato
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    Neverwinter Night fans will definately wanna grab the new v1.22 beta patch that Bioware has released. You can also get this update simply by selecting "Update" from the NWN game launcher. Patches/fixes included in this newest update include:
  • Fixed Intellect Devourer not spawning in certain cross-version save games.
  • Fixed Skill lists disappearing.
  • Fixed 3 memory leaks.
  • Make sure you update if you've epxerienced any of these issues, heck, even if you haven't it'd probably be a good idea, memory leaks definately aren't a good thing. While you're at it, try out a few new mods or two.
     
      Wednesday, Jul 31, 2002 Report News | Archive | Top  
    AMD To Introduce 333Mhz Front Side Bus
    - Posted 9:09 AM By Kagato
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    Anyone who owns an AMD based system, or even given it some thought, has probably heard of AMD's constant denials that they would be introducing any Athlon XP processor based on the 333Mhz FSB. Well, the good news according this report at AMD MB, it appears as if they will, in fact, be doing so. While AMD has announced the introduction of the AMD XP2400+ and XP2600+ processers later this year, there is no set date on the 333Mhz FSB versions as of yet. Apparently Intel's sudden push to hit the 3Ghz mark by years end and pushing most of their Pentium 4s to 533Mhz FSB has been enough reason for AMD to move forward. There's also news that AMD has been able to resolve some longstanding issues they've had with the Thoroughbred core and updated to a new "rev2" which appears to be working better than expected. And so the Intel vs AMD struggle continues, which in the end, can only prove beneficial to the PC owner, especially us gamers.
    Source: AMD MB
     
    nVHardPage v0.97.7b
    - Posted 9:18 AM By Kagato
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    Ever since NVmax ceased to be a great tool for Nvidia owners to tweak their setup, many have searched to find a great tool to replace it with. Fortunately, there's a great little utility called nVHardPage. Thanks to the folks at Guru3d, a new version of this utility ahs been released. What exactly can you do with nVHardPage? "This program serves on enabling/disabling hidden features in nVidia control panel and tweaking nVidia Direct3D & OpenGL settings. Supported OS: WinXP, Win2k, Win9x/Me - only CoolBits & Display orientation at the moment. Supported Drivers: Detonators 21.81 and higher". The new version fixes/adds the following updates:
  • Added higher-order primitives support emulation
  • Added alpha fs f/d option
  • Added option for easy change of screen resolution
  • Fixed D3D Antialiasing settings and detection
  • Fixed OpenGL Antialiasing settings and detection
  • Added support for 2 nV cards in system
  • Updated preset manager
  • Updated OpenGL anisotropic filtering option
  • Some others small fixes and changes
  • News in adapter info program:
  • Added object LOD support
  • Updated caps info
  • Definately a nice little program for those wanting a bit further control over their Nvidia video card. Grab your copy today.
     
    Detonator v30.82 Driver For Win2k/XP & Win9X/ME
    - Posted 7:28 PM By Kagato
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    Warp2Search is currently hosting a new set of Detonator drivers (link is for Win2k/XP) for all Nvidia branded graphics card owners running all flavors of Windows (9X, ME, 2k, and XP). There's no information reguarding performance gains/losses as of yet, and remember, being that this is a Beta release, it's a use at your own risk kinda thing. The driver files for the v30.82 release are dated 07/16/2002 and is a generic release, hence all Nvidia adapters should be supported.

    v30.82 for Windows 2k/XP
    v30.82 for Win9X/ME.
     
     
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