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  Saturday, Sep 1, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
Dark Age Of Camelot - Kicking It Up A Notch!
- Posted 6:39 AM By Kagato
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For those of you who have been following the progression of Mythic Entertainment's upcoming MMORPG Dark Age of Camelot, be sure to head on over to their newly re-launched website sporting a much clear look and noticeably quicker load time. As part of the overhaul, they've got a whopping 45 new screen shots posted (yes 45!) and have updated all the informational sections of the page. Everquest fans should be watching closely the development of this game, it looks to be a great alternative.
 
  Tuesday, Sep 4, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
Ex-Dynamix Update
- Posted 7:41 AM By Kagato
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Looks like possible good news for a few of the developers whom Sierra axed..err "downsized" when they closed Dynamix. Studio head Dave Georgeson apparently has gone to work for Verant to work on PlanetSide, and apparently five former designers may be starting up their own company. Here's the word from Blake Hutchins (former Dynamix employee):
- The dev team was exploring the possibility of forming a new company. We were looking at several options, including contracting with Sierra to continue developing Tribes and/or working with publishers like Microsoft or Turbine to develop original material for console. These options are gone. A cadre of five dev team members broke off to form their own company, very likely to use the V12 from Garage Games, though in all honesty I have no idea what their plans are. There were enough key people in that splinter group to shut down all immediate funding options for the team.

- Those of us who are left are exploring the slim possibility of putting together a new team. We still have a considerable amount of talent left, so we'll see what happens.

- Dave Georgeson has accepted an offer to become the Executive Grand Poobah of Planetside. He'd wanted to stay with the dev team, but after the team split, he felt he had no option but to take Verant's offer.

- The remaining dev team members will explore all job offers individually.
End of line...
 
Maximum PC Site
- Posted 3:37 PM By PC_Creature
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I know this is kind of old, but Maximum PC has redone there site and is looking good. They also have posted some interesting
news about Intel 3.5Ghz Processor and the new Xeon chips. They have also added a web poll to theif site, and the forums have been redone and looks great. Easy to navigate, to talk to people, and find out information you need. Browse around the site and find more interesting ariticles.
 
Radeon Tweaking
- Posted 3:43 PM By PC_Creature
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Need help tweaking that Radeon card but lost over all the fuss? From registry hacking to simple programs to use it can all be confusing at times. But luckily enough SysOpt has an article that gives the whole run through. Finally something out there for the non-Nvidiots...

Go check it out, click here
 
HP's Bid For Compaq
- Posted 8:54 PM By Kagato
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OK, not exactly gaming news, but insight into those of you who prefer namebrand over homebuilt PCs (there are some of them out there aren't there?). In one of the biggest mega-blockbuster deals, HP is going to buy Compaq for a cool $25 billion. Here's what's known:
The deal, one of the largest in technology history, would merge two of the biggest names in computers, printers and computer servers, and would have total revenue only slightly less than IBM, the largest computer company.
Carleton Fiorina, the chairman and chief executive of HP, will become the new company's chairman and CEO, while Compaq's Chairman and CEO Michael Capellas will become president of the new entity. Capellas and four other Compaq board members will join HP's board.
For those of you who have ever dealt with Compaq Reload-And-Call-Back Support (home-users only) this could hopefully bring good things (pfffft, right!).
 
Warcraft Goes MMORPG
- Posted 9:17 PM By Kagato
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Well, WarCraft III hasn't even hit the shelves and already there is word that Blizzard is brining the WarCraft family to the on-line (aka EverQuest, etc.) arena. WarCraftIII Network has posted a full preview of World of WarCraft as it is tentatively known. It's a bit of review mixed with Q&A about the upcoming title. Here's a snip:
When will the game be released?

With a wry smile that spoke volumes Blizzard is not going to be drawn on this question at this point. They inevitably miss it as they strive for perfection and some bright spark claims "It would be cool if we could x,y,z" and of course any date given now will fall by the wayside like all those before it. Bill did say that the game has been in production for a little over a year (which is about the same length as Warcraft III when that was announced in September 1999). Some websites have reported two years in production and that's incorrect. But it will be released this Millennium.

The press conference left attendees hankering for more information. From the presentation it was obvious that Blizzard had thought long and hard about creating the World of Warcraft as their next game and bypassing a completely new franchise or even Starcraft II. Speaking to some of the other journo types after the press conference it was apparent they'd had a very positive reaction to it. There was a real buzz and no doubts from anyone that this would take the MMORPG genre by the scruff of the neck and give it a right firm shake.
Could be a cool game, but with no ETA and a market that has plenty of new games on the horizon (Dark Age of Camelot!!), time will be the judge.
Source: WarCraft III Network
 
  Wednesday, Sep 5, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
Black & White Expansion
- Posted 8:26 AM By Kagato
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Great news for those of you who enjoyed, or still are enjoying, Black & White. Gamespy has posted a first look at Black & White: Creatures Island, an upcoming expansion for B&W. Here's a snip:
Creature Isles' plot centers around a group of unmastered creatures (those without Gods) that have met on a distant island and are now vying for the heart of the one female creature. Your job is to make your creature the most promising (successful) potential mate for the female creature and win a place at her side (so to speak). While the shock of sex in a computer game may stun some, as was explained, nature documentaries show it all the time. Peter went on, "You can tell what was on the mind of our designers immediately after they completed Black & White."
Why can I envision some backlash from some of these parental boards that say games are too violent?
Source: Gamespy
 
NeverWinter Nights - Not This Year!
- Posted 8:31 AM By Kagato
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While there has been no official posting from Bioware, Gone Gold is reporting that NeverWinter Nights from BioWare and Interplay has slipped to a 2002 release date. Although it was most recently thought the game would be a late 2001 release, it appears to be following in the footsteps of WarCraft III. Here's the word from Interplay :
"The scheduled release date for Neverwinter Nights is Winter/Spring 2002. The game is not coming out this month (September)."
Sux0rz!
 
Motorola - Busting 70GHz?!
- Posted 8:36 AM By Kagato
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In case you've missed it, Motorola unveiled technology that they say can product CPU's that will hit 70GHz soon. Although it's not clear what they define as "soon", I can't imagine seeing Intel/AMD catching up without it. Here's a snip:
These new chips could run at more than 70Ghz, compared with the 2Ghz speed of the best current chips. It has not been possible, until now, to combine silicon with III-V materials – such as gallium arsenide and indium phosphide – as their crystalline structures did not match up and they could not be successfully bonded. Motorola has discovered a substance that can lie between silicon and the III-V material and fuse the two together.Motorola apparently scooped up over 200 (WOW!) patents on this process alone. Can you imagine if AMD/Intel license such technology? Home PCs will ship standard with liquid nitrogen cooling!
 
Hi'o Silver, Away!
- Posted 5:15 PM By Kagato
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Those of you who play EverQuest and don't have a SoW Class character, you know the trials of peddling one from the neighboorhood Druid. In an odd event that I never thought would happen, there's news that The Shadows of Luclin, Sony's upcoming add-on for Everquest, will let players buy, ride, and fight from horses. All this and some screenshot are posted over at GameSpot. Snip:
Sony Online Entertainment has announced that it will add mounted horses to its popular online role-playing game, EverQuest. The new feature will be included in the upcoming game expansion, EverQuest: The Shadows of Luclin, along with a variety of other additions and improvements. Sony also released a number of new screenshots from the expansion that show off different characters riding and fighting from horses.

Players will be able to purchase a horse from designated locations and then summon their horse using a magical whistle. Characters mounted on horses will be able to travel long distances faster than unmounted characters. In addition, characters will be able to fight while mounted, although specific details about mounted combat have not been revealed.
Finally, an end to having to shell out 100+ plat for a 10dose SoW bottle.
 
  Thursday, Sep 6, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
Diablo II v1.09B Patch
- Posted 6:52 AM By Kagato
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Blizzard has released a new patch for Diablo II, bringing the version up to 1.09B. Not a whole lot to this update, but here's the info as given from the Battle.net status page:
FIXES:
- Fixed a bug where a connection problem ("Unable to connect to Battle.net")would instead result in a downloading patch dialog that stayed at 0% indefinitely.

Simply connect to Battle.net to download the patch. We will post the standalone version of this patch on our FTP site as soon as it's available.
Basically if you play on Battle.Net (*chough* Hack.Net *cough*) you'll be wanting this one.
 
OS On A Floppy?
- Posted 7:29 AM By Kagato
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Looking for that alternative OS to run on your box to look pimp?! How about one that fits on a single floppy and is written in complete 32bit Assembly (still my favorite language)? Then you outta check out MenuetOS. OK, it's not the most graphic intense OS and the only hardware it supports is a serial mouse, but come one, it fits on a single 1.44MB floppy! In short:
Menuet is a new, 32-bit OS under the GPL and it fits to a single floppy (along with 10 or so more applications that come as standard with the OS). It features protection for the memory and code, it has a GUI running at 16.7 million colors (except with 3Dfx Voodoo cards), sound at 44.1 khz stereo etc. And the most important and notable feature? The whole OS was written in 100%, pure 32-bit x86 assembly code!
Sure it won't go mainstream, but it'd be cool to toy with, and there's no worry to reloading your HDD, so long as you still have that 1.44 hooked up.
 
802.11b Wireless Networks - What You Should Know
- Posted 7:37 AM By Kagato
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Apparently a couple of guys from Extreme Tech decided to see how many secure/unsecure wireless they could tap into as they drove around New York, New Jersey, Boston, and Silicon Valley with a high gain antenna. Using NetStumbler and Linux AirSnort to help them search, they came across over 800 networks and less than 40% had any sort of security. Here's a snip from their adventure:
We picked one network at random, associated with the access point, and immediately received an IP address from that network's DHCP server. Since the SSID was set to the manufacturer's default, we decided to play a hunch. We pointed our web browser at the IP address of the router, and discovered that whoever installed the wireless router hadn't even changed the default password. Not only were we into their network, we could have changed the router configuration. We were able to surf the web using their Internet connection. And if we had really put a little additional effort into it, we could have discovered additional information about their internal network. However, we were more interested to see how many wireless networks we could discover, not how deeply we could get into them. We discovered that we could identify wireless networks inside buildings at least 6 blocks away.
As with any technology, there are always the morons that don't RTFM. I know similar happenings with those who have Cable/DSL routers and don't update the default password like it says right in the manual.
Source: Extreme Tech
 
Apple Charging for OS X Update
- Posted 7:52 AM By Kagato
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Apple's upcoming update to OS X will fix a number of problems and deficiencies with the original release, like sluggish performance, the absence of DVD support, and some UI problems. That's fine and dandy, so what's the problem? According to Mac Observer, there is word that this update will only be available on CD, and CD upgrades will cost $20 a pop. Apple reportedly says the OS X 10.1 download is too large for users to download, so they're kind of stuck (guess nobody has ever used a Mac on Cable/DSL eh?)

Now we know as much as we despise Microsoft for some of their practices, they would not stoop so low as this, or at least have the common sense to not charge this much (at least until they rule with world with Windows XP and their .Net service). Hmm, $0.30 to press the CD, $5.00 (at most) for packaging, processing, and mailing = $5.30 = $14.70 profit for Apple. Sounds like an easy way for an ailing company to make some quick buckage.
Source: Mac Observer
 
  Sunday, Sep 9, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
New Reason To Go Cable Modem
- Posted 4:19 PM By Kagato
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The cable industry is almost ready to certify DOCSIS 2.0 (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification). The new specification, which uses A-TDMA and S-CDMA technology, promises to increase cable modem bandwidth by as much as 300%, particularly upstream bandwidth. Now you're thinking "SWEET!" is there a catch? Unfortunately yes, the hardware to support this new revision is about a year away from seeing production, but it is something to look forward too.
 
  Monday, Sep 10, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
Quake3 Goes Paintball
- Posted 1:17 PM By Kagato
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For those wanting some change to their daily Quake3 frag-fests, Beta 1.0 of the Quake 3 Paintball mod has been released. Weighing in at nearly 70MB, it is supposed to be compatible with Quake3 up through v1.29h release. Here's a snip:
Initially, we are going to release the beta with the conventional run-and-pickup system. This means that you will run around the map, and pick up items and guns to use for that specific round. This was the system used in Q2DP. We are using this as our primary system to save coding time and to get something out to you guys who have been waiting for so long.

However, eventually we are going to offer a more realistic type of gameplay. The plan is going to be that you earn money from eliminating a team, or tagging an opponent. With which you can purchase guns, grenades, hoppers, and all the other necessary equipment that you would need to play in real life. This system will be similar to the one used in Counter-Strike for those of you who are familiar with it. Eventually, we are going to implement a system where you go to a sort of "Buy Station" or Hut in the map where you get a HUD to buy items, guns, camo, and anything else we can come up with!

As it stands now, you will only be able to carry one grenade, being a paint grenade or smoke, but not both at the same time. You also can carry only one gun at a time, and one hopper and barrel on your gun. Currently, the plan for the beta is you must pick up paint to supply your gun, then load it when you run out. Eventually, you will have to buy a pod, and carry only one pod with you on the field, which will supply you your extra ammo for the whole round, so shoot selectively! No more spray and pray to those of you who support it. This is also going to be implemented to slow down rounds and make the game more enjoyable. Not like HLPB... no offense...
Word!
 
Petition For 3Dfx Support Under WinXP
- Posted 3:36 PM By Kagato
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A petition has been started over at Petition Online to try and get Voodoo (3Dfx) support under Windows XP. Here's their beef:
To: NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA- news)

We, the dedicated customers and users of 3dfx products DEMAND that Nvidia support the customers of 3dfx Interactive. Last year, Nvidia purchased 3dfx Interactive (Their main competitor.), and have not lifted a finger to support existing 3dfx products. They basically bought out 3dfx to kill the company and boost sales of their own products. With the upcoming release of Windows XP, Nvidia has decided to shaft 3dfx owners by not creating compatible drivers for the new operating system. What does this mean? Well users of the Voodoo line of 3dfx card will not able to use all of the features that their card was intended for when they upgrade to Windows XP. Before, users had support for 3D API engines such as GLIDE, OpenGL and Direct 3D. With the new operating system, GLIDE and OpenGL support are gone and games like Quake 2 and 3 (which run under OpenGL) cannot be played by these users. Please sign this petition and DEMAND that Nvidia support these products. Nvidia MUST be shown that when that when they acquired 3dfx, they acquired their customers as well!
Good idea, though I doubt much will come of it, would sure beat using my Voodoo 5500 as a paper weight.
 
  Tuesday, Sep 11, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
Bombed
- Posted 9:10 AM By PC_Creature
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ABC. 9:06 I'm at school currently. ABC has just reported of the World Trade Center in New York Building has been destroyed. A hijacked air plane crashed into. The Pentagon also has been crashed into.

Currently 9:20 CNN.com is up and has just posted news.

*Update*
11:28 CST: Currently the twin towers of the World Trade center have been destroyed. The Pentagon has also been hit by one of the hijacked planes on one of the sides of the building causing that side to collapse. 2 of the hijacked planes have been confirmed to be American Airlines Flights 11 and 77. There is information that states 4 planes that have been hijacked with a possibility of 9 planes. Please do not quote us on this information. We will try to keep those viewing the page as up to date as possible.
 
3DFiles Closing Shop
- Posted 3:42 PM By Kagato
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For those of you who haven't heard by now, the folks over at 3DFiles are closing shop on September 14, 2001. GameSpot has apparently decided to pull the plug on one of the greatest sources for game-related files. They've got a couple of updates about this on the site detailing why they are closing (i.e. funding, etc.)
 
Neverwinter Nights Q&A
- Posted 3:47 PM By Kagato
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Neverwinter Nights Stratics has posted some questions (and replies via Trent Oster) that didn't get answered during last week's chat session last week, due to technical difficulties.
NWN Stratics: What type of anti-hacking devices/options will be in place to protect users of the server from outside interference?

Trent Oster: The major anti-hacking feature in NWN is everything happens on the server. Every roll, every rule, every spell is calculated in the same place. This really eliminates a huge number of potential cheating loopholes. We assume that anything the client sends us could be hacked and as such, we treat it as suspect data.
Yeah yeah, we've heard it preached before, but even Battle.Net fell.
 
Terrorist Attack Update
- Posted 4:03 PM By Squirre1
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Things have settled down a bit since no more planes are in the air that we are worried about. They are also now monitoring naval activity around the coasts as well.

The crews that were working the WTC towers are now being held back by the posibility of more debries falling from the buildings. The question is was this the worst to come or only the begining of something larger.

It appears the worst is behind us and now it is time to help those that have suffered. The Red Cross is asking for blood donations in order to assist the efforts in New York. Below is a number that you can contact to find a local Red Cross:

1-800-933-BLOOD
Currently all the nations Armed Forces are on Threat Con Delta which is the highest possible level. I extend my prayers to those we know, and to those we don't, that no further attacks will take place. Special thoughts go out to our WW3 friends.

Squirre1
 
  Wednesday, Sep 12, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
DetonatorXP Reviews
- Posted 7:51 AM By Kagato
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For those who missed it, Nvidia released their Detonator4/XP driver (ver 21.81) on Monday. There's multiple reviews posted for your viewing over at Guru3D, Rivastation, and IPKonfig. To sum it all up:
Some improvement is noticeable. What I like about the Det XP (4's) is the fact they are supportive under Windows XP and Windows 2000. For those running Windows 98SE/ME will see the largest improvements by far. When I say supportive, I mean something that takes advantage of the OS for better performance...

It's rather shocking to see a whole new 'set' of Detonator drivers released by nVidia pertaining to increase by 50%. That is a huge jump from all of their previous drivers released. It's also nice to see nVidia releasing these new drivers way ahead of the release of Windows XP, so for those who might or will be upgrading will be able to rest easy.

While there is not much of a jump in performance under Windows XP, as you can see, it's still worth the driver upgrade.

Those running Windows 98x/ME will see a large improvement with the GeForce3 video cards.
Upgrade your drivers today!
 
Intel Application Accelerator
- Posted 8:05 AM By Kagato
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Here's an interesting item by Intel, they call it the Application Accelerator and according to them it does the following:
  • Faster Boot Time via Accelerated Operating System Load Time
  • Accelerated Disk I/O for Games, Graphics Applications, Disk Utilities, and Media Authoring Applications
  • Performance-enhancing Data Pre-fetcher for Intel® Pentium® 4 processor-based systems
  • Support for 137GB and larger hard drives
  • One thing to note if you're going to install this, make sure your system is updated with the newest chipset drivers first. As another FYI (I just tried to install) - this also apparently on runs on machines with Intel 8xx chipsets (I've got BX which is 4xx).
     
    Maxtor's 160Gig ATA-133
    - Posted 8:21 AM By Kagato
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    IDE drives just got bigger, with Maxtor's two new bleeding edge ATA-133 drive models coming out later this month. The most sought after of these will likely be the 160 Gigabyte DiamondMax Plus D540X (around $400) which uses Maxtor's purposed "BigDrive" 48-bit address space instead of the common E/IDE 28-bit address space thus getting pass the 137GB barrier. The drive will ship with Promise Technologies ATA-133 PCI card, which should allow anybody to add this to their existing setup. Finally, more storage for my pr0n/mp3 collection!
     
    'Mafiaboy' Gets 8 Months
    - Posted 6:51 PM By Kagato
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    For those that remember the large DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks we had last year against some rather large web-sites (CNN, Yahoo, Ebay, Amazon and others), the 17-year-old Canadian, a.k.a. Mafiaboy, has been sentenced to 8 months in a youth detention center. Here's a snip:
    Until the end of his probation, the teen is also prohibited from associating with "hacker/cracker" groups or visiting Web sites, chat rooms or message boards related to those topics. And if Mafiaboy does get back on the Internet again, he will have to tell the RCMP which Internet service providers he uses.
    NO PR0N FOR YOU!
     
      Thursday, Sep 13, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Thanks to the MWGL Community
    - Posted 2:52 PM By WaRMaN
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    Your words of support and encouragement are very timely and appreciated! Most of our clan members, to include me, have been putting away 14+ hour days trying to evaluate this tragic event. MajOverKill, RedX, and Sniper101 have been grinding the stone hard, and I am personnaly proud of their dedicated work, and the fact that after working 14+ hour days, they all volunteered to stay longer to give rest to others. Raven is in our thoughts as he is deployed in Saudi as we speak, and that situation is far more complex than we can imagine right now.

    Although we are still stunned by the events on Tuesday, and are still worried about the future, I ask all of you to regain your confidence. Continue to do what makes you be who you are in life. The last thing to do right now is sulk and worry. This is what the terrorist want from you. They are counting on all of us to be weak right now, when that is far from the truth. Stand up; feel proud to be an american; and do what you can to keep us the strongest nation in the world. Thanks again to Squirre1 and the many others of the MWGL community! GOD BLESS
     
    Operation Flashpoint Upgrade 2
    - Posted 3:01 PM By WaRMaN
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    Flashpoint 2 support seems to be srong as this title grows with a new upgrade. The physics and reality of this game has taken me by surprise. The standard has been set. Future games, in my opinion, will grow from their design. Better jump in now and get your practice for this game and future titles to come.

    Download the 38 MB file, and enjoy these new features:

    * Dedicated Server support
    * AH64 Helicopter (new vehicle)
    * CH-47 Chinook US Transport Helicopter (New vehicle)
    * M998 HMMWV (New off-road vehicle)
    * Multiplayer mission - 2-12 Sector Control (team based)
    * Multiplayer mission - 1-6 lost squad (Co-operative)
    * Multiplayer mission - 3-9 Return to Eden (Co-operative)
    * Peripheral - General programmable joystick: improved compatibility
    * Peripheral - General programmable game pad: improved compatibility
    * Peripheral - Force feedback joystick improved: compatibility
    * Multiplayer Features - mission creation wizard with templates
     
      Friday, Sep 14, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    A Big Thanks To Our Sponsors - All Systems, Hooters, And More!
    - Posted 10:23 AM By Kagato
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    There are companies that support us, there are companies that do not support us. Please allow me to take the time to tell you (and thank) several of ones who do support us. First up is All Systems Designed Solutions, Inc., located at 3241 North 7th Street Trafficway, Kansas City, KS.

    For the past two events, All Systems has provided us with a top of the line projector that has put the most beautiful pictures on the screen so that all in attendance could watch the competition. Their support of our league has allowed MWGL to become a first class LAN gaming organization.

    We are thankful for their support and want to make sure that everyone who reads this posting know that All Systems is the best in their business. If audio visual equipment is needed in your life, call All Systems.

    Thank you All Systems for your projector and for supporting the Mid-West Gaming League.

    Thanks also goes out to Hooters (10620 Metcalf Lane in Overland Park) for their continual support of gift certificates and merchandise, Papa John's Pizza and Mr. Goodcents. Without their continued support, we'd go hungry!
     
    New Ghost Recon Picture
    - Posted 4:15 PM By Anthos
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    Time to check out a new screenshot of Ghost Recon. The boys over at PC.IGN have a few comments about it, as well:
    This particular picture is of a soldier doing some kneeling, a characteristic that can be attributed to years of intense training. Sure, any fool with legs can kneel, but only a soldier as highly trained as this can kneel in just this way. Not only is is form and posture entirely acute and correct, but solely based off of instinct he is actually able to position himself in just a way so that the light gently shines across his back. It's all about presentation. He'll charm the enemy with his devishly poised stance before he engages them.
    Check out the pretty picture.
     
    New Art for Unreal II
    - Posted 4:29 PM By Anthos
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    GameSpot has posted some new concept images from Infogrames. "The new images display some of the characters, creatures, and environments that will appear in the game." So, go check out the whole story.
     
    Belkin Sponsorship
    - Posted 7:24 PM By Squirre1
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    As stated below and above the MWGL would like to welcome Belkin to the list of our sponsors. With there additional support we can only get better.

    We will soon have images of the new Nostromo Series n50 SpeedPad that we demonstrate and provide as prizes at the MWGL events. Also, we will be releasing a review very shortly on this focusing on the SpeedPad not just from a FPS genre, but from the RTS and SIM gaming styles as well. Please Stay Tuned....
     
    Final Red Faction Demo
    - Posted 11:55 PM By Anthos
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    The final Red Faction demo has been released for your gaming pleasure. Both single and multiplayer are included in this rather large download of 81 megabytes. The new demo contains some new single player levels. This link does provide you with a nice little download manager in case of disconnects, for those of you with unreliable connections. The full game should be out in stores sometime next week. For now, check out the demo.
     
      Saturday, Sep 15, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Return to Castle Wolfenstein Multiplayer TEST
    - Posted 11:49 PM By WaRMaN
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    The multiplayer test has been released. The game features an Axis vs. Allies approach, with what looks to be a stunning engine. The multiplayer is unsupported right now, and there is only one map in this 69 MB download, but who can wait one minute longer to play it? Get more info at ACHTUNG, WOLFENSTEIN!
     
      Sunday, Sep 16, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Battle Realms Trailer
    - Posted 8:33 PM By Anthos
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    For all you real time strategy fans out there, here's a game that bears some looking forward to. PC.IGN has posted an exclusive trailer for the upcoming game developed by Liquid Entertainment and co-published by Ubi Soft and Crave. One cool thing I noticed in the trailer is the ability to situate your buildings as you create them. An interesting looking game. Go have a look for yourself.
     
    Half-Life Spectator Mode
    - Posted 8:45 PM By Anthos
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    GameSpyDaily has four images of the new spectator mode to be included with the version 1.1.0.8 patch. Also you can check out one of the new maps for Counter Strike 1.3, de_torn. Go check it out.
     
    JoWood postpones release of World War III : Black Gold
    - Posted 11:56 PM By WaRMaN
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    This was posted in the JoWood World War III : Black Gold forum:

    Due to the recent tragedy in the United States, JoWooD has decided to postpone the
    release of World War 3 Black Gold until further notice.
    We condemn those acts of terrorism and want to express our condolences to the victims,
    their families and friends.

    This title was set for September release. Stay tuned, and we will update you when a new date has been announced.
     

      Monday, Sep 17, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Westwood's Expansion Yuri's Revenge to be Delayed
    - Posted 12:22 AM By WaRMaN
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    The expansion pack for Westwood Studios' Red Alert 2, Yuri's Revenge, will be delayed until probably mid October. The original box art depicted the World Trade Center towers engulfed in flames. The game will be released after Westwood Studios modifies the current art.
     
    Belkin Nostromo n50 SpeedPad
    - Posted 10:17 AM By Squirre1
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    As promised here are some pics of the new n50 SpeedPad that is part of the new Nostromo Gaming Accessories made by Belkin.

          

    The review on this particular product will be released shortly.
     
    Pictures
    - Posted 11:05 AM By Anthos
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    In light of the recent tragedy that has befallen our beloved country, I am posting news regarding that incident. This was just too wierd to let slide by, so I apologize to anyone that feels this is not within the scope of the site. Just check out these pictures of the WTC.
     
    Anarchy Online - Still Free?
    - Posted 9:07 PM By Kagato
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    There's an update on the official Anarchy Online site talking of a new downloadable client for the futuristic MMORPG by Funcom. What do you get for downloading the 660MB install? Well, you get "the game for seven days, free of charge." Basically, 56K modem users need not apply, unless you can get a friend on cable/DSL to snag you a copy. I'd prefer at least 30 days to try it, given their long-running issues with server uptime/connectivity, 7 days just isn't enough to get a feel for it.
     
    Half-Life / CS Due Wednesday
    - Posted 9:11 PM By Kagato
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    There is word that Valve Software will release Half-Life version 1.1.0.8 and Counter-Strike version 1.0.0.3 this Wednesday at 2:00 PM EDT (11:00 AM PDT). This update will contain the much anticipated spectator and voice-over-net features. Here's their blurb:
    Half-Life 1108 Update Wednesday

    The Half-Life 1108 update, which includes the new spectator and voice technologies, will be released Wednesday, September 19, at 11 am PST. Counter-Strike 1.3 will be released at the same time. Those interested in mirroring the files should email mirrors@valvesoftware.com.
    Take a number and get in line, there's sure to be plenty lined up for the download.
     
      Tuesday, Sep 18, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    MWGL CPL Pre-Qualifier Registration is OPEN
    - Posted 1:01 AM By Squirre1
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    The registration for the MWGL CPL Pre-Qualifying Tournament is now open.

    You can access the registration section at http://www.mwgl.org/cplregister. If you have any problems with the registration or any questions, please contact WebMaster@mwgl.org as soon as possible.

    More information will be soon to come as it becomes available from sponsorship talks....

    -Squirre1
     
    Interview With Valve's Erik Johnson On CS 1.3
    - Posted 8:57 PM By Kagato
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    There's an interview with Erik Johnson, project manager for Valve Software, posted over on Speakeasy's Game Page. They talk about changes in the upcoming version 1.3 of Counter-Strike (due for release tomorrow BTW), how the new changes will be received by the community, and touch on Valve's relationship with the CPL.
    Source: Speakeasy
     
    Dell Adds GeForce2 GTS To PC Line-up
    - Posted 9:07 PM By Kagato
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    Ok, so most of you probably built your own custom box, but there are those who buy OEM (not that they would admit it). Well, there's good news for those planning on buying a Dell as they have announced that the Dimension 8200 line of PCs will now carry the GeForce2 GTS. Sure, it's no GeForce3, but for the price it ain't a bad deal. Here's their little blurb on the deal:
    The Dimension 8200 -- powered by Intel Pentium(R) 4 processors with speeds up to 2GHz, Rambus RDRAM, the latest in graphics cards and other peripherals such as a 100GB hard disk drive -- delivers the necessary performance to effortlessly run video editing applications, 3D games, and various other high-end entertainment and business applications.
    No more laughing at the kid next door who's parents bought a Dell, it probably spanks yours!
     
    Virus Alert - NIMDA
    - Posted 9:18 PM By Kagato
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    There's a new Virus Alert out today for the NIMDA bug (yes, it's admin spelled backwards). This one is causing some pain primarily becuase it is much like Code Red, but even more aggressive. Not only does it propogate via e-mail (Delete any "README.EXE" attachments you may receive) it also attempts to forward itself from infected IIS (Internet Information Server - Microsoft's beauty) to end users via File Download. Those using Internet Explorer will receive a File Download box when connecting to infected pages, notifying them to install the file to properly access the page, needless to say, doing this would be bad. For those unfamiliar, this is one of the ever-lovely virii that perform broadcast storms against unsuspecting web servers/routers, causing a DoS (Denial of Service). Unlike Code Red, Nimda performs at least 16 different scans on neighbor machines to check for various backdoors/unpatched systems. Fun, fun, fun!
     
    Star Wars Galaxies E3 Footage
    - Posted 10:16 PM By Anthos
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    Better make sure you are around your computer, tomorrow. Sony Online Entertainment posted news on their Star Wars website that:
    The footage from the E3 demo of SWG will be live Wednesday afternoon , September 19th!
    Can't wait! Will have a link for you, so check back with us.
     
    Team Factor
    - Posted 10:33 PM By Anthos
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    A new game is being developed by 7fx and published by Singularity Software. GameSpyDaily has conducted an interview Project Manager, Pavel Sinagl. Here's the answer to the first question most people will be asking:
    Team Factor is a 'tac-shooter' action FPS set in the environment of 'shadow' military operations. The main features of the game are 3 teams competing with each other, 4 different specialization classes within the team, RPG element for developing the players character, more than 45 different realistically reproduced weapons, a challenging mission design and top-class graphics (not only by multiplayer games standards).
    Looks like a game to keep an eye on. The four class will be: Soldier, Specialist, Scout, and Sniper. The multiplayer is also going to support up to sixty players, so LAN gaming should be fun! Make sure to also visit the website for screenshots, armory information, and other goodies.
     
      Wednesday, Sep 19, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Half-life and Counterstrike Updates
    - Posted 10:09 PM By Anthos
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    You can head on over to the official Counter Strike website to get the downloads for CS v1.3
    CS v1.3 for both Mod and Retail versions is out! Head on over to the windows downloads page to grab the files. Each version comes with a upgrade from 1.2 / 1.0.02 or a fulle installation. Make sure you grab the right files, depending on whether or not you have the retail or mod version of CS. If you aren't sure which you have, see our FAQ. Make sure, if you have the mod version, that you have updated your HL to 1.0.0.8!

    A few notes: If you are using an ATI video card, you must run in Direct3d (D3D) for the time being. If you are getting the overflow error you are either cheating or using an ATI card. This bug will be fixed soon by Valve.
    The update for CS is available on the Counter Strike download page. Visit Planet Half-Life's to get the files for Half-Life from their files page.

     
    Halo In Game Footage
    - Posted 10:30 PM By Anthos
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    Be sure to check out the new trailer available from Team Xbox for the upcoming release from Microsoft, Halo. Yes, yes, I know it's not a computer website, but Halo will be coming out for the PC platform after its release in November for the Xbox. See the article for more details.
    Source: Blue's News
     
    Q&A with Nerve Software
    - Posted 10:39 PM By Anthos
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    GameSpot spoke with the developers of Return to Castle Wolfenstein's multiplayer component. The multiplayer test has been reported to have been downloaded 123 THOUSAND times and is now the number two game played online. Here's the scoop.
     
    New Roger Wilco
    - Posted 10:45 PM By Anthos
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    Now available for all of you who like to be able to communicate with your teammates in multiplayer games is a new version of Roger Wilco. Click on read more for a list of changes. Go here to download.
    Read More...
    Source: GameSpyDaily
     
    Star Wars E3 Footage
    - Posted 10:51 PM By Anthos
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    As promised, the E3 footage for Star Wars Galaxies is now available for download. Prepare to be impressed. This game is looking better the more I see of it. Go download it.
     
    Condition Zero Screenshots
    - Posted 10:59 PM By Anthos
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    Along with the new version of Counter Strike, you can also spend some time checking out new screenshots from the upcoming single player version, Condition Zero. Okay, so it won't be a whole lot of time, because there are only three. Two of them are here and one of them is here. Enjoy!
    Source: HomeLan Fed
     
      Thursday, Sep 20, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis Multiplayer Demo
    - Posted 6:29 PM By WaRMaN
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    The multiplayer demo for Operation Flashpoint is available for download. The demo features one mission in which you are an infantry squad member. The gameplay is pretty much a capture and hold idea. Points are awarded for each flag position conquered, and also for eleminating the opposition's squad members.
     
      Friday, Sep 21, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Serious Sam : The Second Encounter
    - Posted 7:28 AM By Kagato
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    Fans of Serious Sam rejoice! GodGames and Croteam have sent out an officicial press release reguarding Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, the follow-up to their smash hit Serious Sam. As mentioned, the game should be available sometime November, 2001 and sell for around $19.99. Here's the snip:
    The Story Having successfully defeated the Mental forces in ancient Egypt, Sam "Serious" Stone seizes an abandoned spacecraft. On course in his crusade to finally assassinate the great evil Mental, our hero's spaceship suddenly tumbles into the South American Mountains - Sam seems destined to stay on Earth. He must fight the tougher, now more experienced members of Mental's destructive forces and find a new way to reach the notorious Mental himself.

    "Serious Sam: The Second Encounter" offers numerous multiplayer options including the highly acclaimed "Serious Warped Deathmatch" MOD (Version 3) created by A Few Screws Loose. Players can join forces against the swarm of enemies in cooperative play through all single-player levels, an option rarely delivered in the first-person shooter genre. Players may utilize the multiplayer option via LAN and Internet for up to 16 players in six different multiplay modes and over 20 multiplayer maps. Plus exclusive split screen support on a single computer for up to four players.
    Mmmmm mmmmm goodness!
     
    Logitech Mouseware
    - Posted 7:34 AM By Kagato
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    For those of you using Logitech mice (there are some out there right?), they've release v9.41 build 19 of their Mouseware drivers. The biggest update to this release is it now supports the Microsoft Windows XP operating system.
     
    Wolfenstein MP Tweak Guide
    - Posted 7:45 AM By Kagato
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    For those of you who have downloaded and have been playing the new Castle Wolfenstein MultiPlayer Test, there's a nice little article over at 3DSpotlight on tweaking your settings to ensure you get the best performance outta the demo. They've got 4+ pages of various commands you can update via the command window, be sure to check it out.
     
    Intel's i845 Chipset SDRAM Compatable
    - Posted 11:39 PM By WaRMaN
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    Yes, Intel's Pentium 4 series motherboards now give you the option of the i845 chipset. This means you can use SDRAM with said chipset. Before, with the i850 chipset, your only option was RAMBUS (RDRAM).

    The idea of the i845 chipset was to lower the price of the P4 system which was hurting Intel sales. This was a smart move by Intel, but now the going rate for 128 MB of RDRAM is $35-$40. This is a significantly lower price, but PC133 DIMMS are selling for $7-$10. Is this really a savings the public wants?
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      Saturday, Sep 22, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Counter-Strike ATI Fix
    - Posted 7:20 AM By Kagato
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    The official Counter-Strike site is now offering the promised fix for the ATI "overflow" errors people are experiencing in Counter-Strike. The patch (670k) is available from FilePlanet as well as this Sierra ftp server for both the Half-Life and CS Retail editions. Remember, you only need to run this patch if you own an ATI video card and are experiencing the problem.
     
    XBox Delayed One Week
    - Posted 7:25 AM By Kagato
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    According to this report over at the BBC, Microsoft has delayed Xbox launch by one week. Snip:
    Just five weeks after the company rigorously denied an analyst's warning that the launch that would mark its move from software making into hardware making would be delayed.
    There has been no official response as to the reason for the delay, though the article quotes Gartner researcher P.J. McNealy as saying "This is clearly a production issue." No biggie for most people, instead of betting their black beauty on November 8th, they'll have to wait until the new November 15th launch date.
     
      Monday, Sep 24, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Half-Life 1.1.0.8 Security Leak
    - Posted 6:57 AM By Kagato
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    A post on Planet Half-Life has been started concerning a new security alert on SecurityFocus in reguards to a hole in the new Half-Life release that could allow a server to exploit the client (reverse of what you normally see). The report says: "Valve Software was contacted on September 18, 2001 and informed me it will be fixed in the next patch (presumably v1.1.0.9). They did not believe it to be a serious threat." Here's a snip of the issue:
    By running the command with around 128 characters it is possible to overflow the buffer and execute arbitrary code. While this problem is on the client side it is still a serious issue, since servers have a function named "g_engfuncs.pfnClientCommand" which allows the server to force clients to execute whatever console command they want. This means that this overflow can be exploited remotely by means of this function. A server administrator could easily easily take advantage of this and exploit clients automatically as they connected to the server.
    Do you trust your server admin?
     
    Infected DSL Users Get Axed
    - Posted 7:12 AM By Kagato
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    Here's a report more broadband providers should take a look at and implement across their system. Basically, several DSL providers are sick of the propagation of viruses such as Code Red and Nimda and are blocking access to any of their custoemrs who are infected with it until it is removed from their machine. Here's a snip:
    Speakeasy's e-mail to its customers read, in part: "Over the last three months, we have been battling it out with the Code Red worm. Just as we were beginning to believe the worst was behind us, we have now learned that there is yet another hostile bit of rogue data coursing its way around the Internet. The affects of this worm are detrimental to all ... after 9/23/01, Speakeasy's Abuse Team will be freezing the DSL circuit hooked to any machine infected with the worm.
    Now if only RoadRunner (AOL/TimeWarner) and other providers would implement the same policy, I'm tired of getting hits all day long from this blasted thing.
     
    PSOne Goes Portable
    - Posted 7:27 AM By Kagato
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    This definately falls under the "too much time on somebody's hands" but it still cool none the less. If you have $400 lying around and some spare time, you too can build a portable PlayStation One. Pretty impressive really, included are pictures from the project (just wish they were bigger) taken along the way. As a side note, this guys' page covers several mods he has done like this, including an old Atari 2600!
     
    DSL Gains Speed
    - Posted 4:25 PM By Kagato
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    According to this article over at C|Net, it appears that DSL providers are not sitting idle on the news that the new DOCSIS 2.0 revision may speed Cable Modems up by 200%. Snip:
    An emerging high-speed Internet standard in Europe holds potential for faster download speeds and broader availability for many U.S. businesses--if they're willing to wait a while.

    Although DSL speeds vary widely, the new G.SHDSL could be two to three times faster than most versions of DSL targeted at business customers. The G.SHDSL standard also can deliver data farther than earlier DSL technologies, which are limited to a relatively short distance.
    Good news for those that live 2 blocks too far to get DSL support for sure!
     
    NVMax 3.00.61 Beta
    - Posted 4:29 PM By Kagato
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    NVMax. New version. 'Nuff said. Not much new in this version, supposed to be sporting a new user interface, no news of improvements, fixes, etc. For those of you who own NVidia cards, be sure to grab this.
     
      Tuesday, Sep 25, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    3DLabs Pushes For OpenGL 2.0 Over DirectX
    - Posted 11:25 AM By Kagato
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    3DLabs has posted a PDF on the details they think OpenGL needs to go with for version 2.0. They are basically proposing an open approach that moves away from the hardware-specific extensions as are found in DirectX. The things they are pushing for are platform independence (linux included) and emphasis on programmability, time control and memory managemenmt. NVidia has been travelling down this path as well, as the newest Detonator XP drivers are supposed to include full OpenGL 1.3 extensions.
     
    Linux On Your Dreamcast
    - Posted 11:41 AM By Kagato
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    Looking for a low-cost way to get started with embedded Linux? Well, here's a fun weekend project for those of you with no better time on their hands. In this detailed how-to article at LinuxDevices.com, Bill Gatliff explains everything you need to do to install Linux on a Sega Dreamscast gaming console. Even the necessary Linux kernel, bootloader, and utility kernel patches are included and available for download. Imagine an entire server-farm of Dreamcasts (so long as the broadband adapter works)!
     
      Wednesday, Sep 26, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    AMD To Close 2 Fabrication Plants, Cut 2,300 Jobs
    - Posted 7:55 AM By Kagato
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    Everybody's feeling the heat of the recession lately, and even AMD is having to cut back:
    SUNNYVALE, CA - SEPTEMBER 25, 2001 - AMD today announced it is accelerating key components of its strategy to reduce costs and enhance the financial performance of its core businesses. The company will close Fabs 14 and 15, two semiconductor wafer fabrication facilities (fabs) in Austin, Texas that primarily serve AMD's foundry operations. AMD will also reduce and restructure other manufacturing activities as well as administrative support associated with these facilities.

    These changes will result in the reduction of approximately 2,300 positions, or approximately 15 percent of its worldwide workforce, by the end of the second quarter of 2002. Approximately 1,000 of these positions are associated with closing the fabs in Austin. The balance of the reductions will result from realigning and restructuring back-end activities in Penang, Malaysia. The company will provide severance packages and outplacement services to affected employees.
    I imagine the news that Gateway is no longer selling AMD-based systems doesn't help either.
     
    Sony's PS2 Upgrades
    - Posted 8:04 AM By Kagato
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    According to this post over at Gamespot, Sony is poised to release PS2 hard drive in early 2002. The 40 GB PS2 internal hard drive should hit North America in the first quarter of 2002, cost is expected to be around $150. There is also news of a Ethernet/modem adapter due sometime November of this year for around $40.
     
    Dark Age Of Camelot : Coming To A Store Near You
    - Posted 8:09 AM By Kagato
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    GameSpot has word that Dark Age of Camelot has gone gold, and Mythic Entertainment's medieval MMORPG will be arriving in stores by the middle of next month. Argh! I spend so much time in EverCrack (EverQuest), how will I ever find time to devote to a new MMORPG?!
     
    Tribes2 Patches!
    - Posted 8:13 AM By Kagato
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    True to their word (*gasp*), Sierra Studios has released non-beta patches for TRIBES 2, bringing the multiplayer shooter up to version 24834. You can update from either the last official v23669 patch (2.4 MB) or the earlier v22460 patch (3.0 MB), and if you applied any of the beta patches that you first need to apply a reverse patch from the Official Tribes 2 Central Download Site.
     
    No More Buster Of Punks
    - Posted 11:26 AM By Kagato
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    The anti-cheater client Punk Buster will discontinue its efforts to release the punk buster client for Halflife/Counter-Strike. Here's what they've said:
    On a sad note to honest players of Counter-Strike and Half-Life mods, we have determined that the current version of PunkBuster cannot be appreciably improved without the direct support of VALVe. We have offered to do business with VALVe on multiple occasions in the way of integrating proven Anti-Cheat technology directly into their games. At this time, we are suspending development of the Half-Life version to focus on game platforms where the developer is willing to support the effort. We sincerely believe that we have had a positive impact on the Half-Life community and we truly appreciate the support of our hundreds of thousands of users. However, from the beginning we have said that we did not want to charge users directly for our product and we intend to abide by that decision. The remaining bugs, problems, issues, etc. with the Half-Life version cannot be addressed properly without direct integration with the game, and at this time, there is no hope of that even being a possibility.
    Sure, it was a hassle to have to turn it on before each game, but it was nice to know you were on a level playing field.
     
    Nostromo n50 Speedpad Review
    - Posted 12:59 PM By Kagato
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    Our very own Rikus Khan has written a fine review of the Nostromo n50 Speedpad, several of which were given away at the last MwGL event. The review was planned to be up sooner than this, but unfortunately there was some delay *cough* Squirre1 *cough* in it's posting. Everything should be ready and is up for your viewing.
     
    CPL Pre-Qualifier Canceled
    - Posted 10:55 PM By Squirre1
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    Due to the current amount and amount of projected registrants the MWGL will be canceling its CPL Pre-Qualifier. We apologize for any trouble this may cause. We will be holding a normal event in its place.
     
      Thursday, Sep 27, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
    XBox Technology Overview
    - Posted 6:54 AM By Kagato
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    The folks over at Firing Squad have posted a 15 page (yikes!)Xbox technology overview exploring Microsoft's (I am above the law!) upcoming next-gen console system. Here's a snip:
    For PC gamers like all of us at FiringSquad, the attraction of Xbox is… you guessed it: money. Seriously. The easy explanation is that the Xbox is $300 and yet it includes a DX8 graphics chip that's actually more feature-rich than the GeForce3 -you might even think of it as a GeForce4 MX. Buying the Xbox is like paying for a graphics card and getting a motherboard, a 733MHz Intel CPU, 64MB of DDR RAM, a 10GB hard drive, a high-end Dolby Digital compatible sound card, a DVD-ROM, a network card, and a fancy gamepad, all for free. Let's not forget about the case and powersupply either. Even if you had to add the price of an Xbox™ keyboard, Xbox™ mouse, and Xbox™ VGA adapter, you'd still have a dirt-cheap gaming setup. Many gamers have yearned for a low-cost DirectX8 graphics chip - the Xbox is it.
    I suppose that's one way to look at it, I see it as a cheaper way to get Blue Screens.
    Source: The Firing Squad
     
    Counter-Strike Update
    - Posted 7:03 AM By Kagato
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    The boys at Team Counter-Strike updated the site with some fixes for the CS Retail 1.0.0.2 to 1.0.0.3 upgrade patch that was missing a few files. You can check out what they forgot to add and grab them (mirrors included) at the official website.
     
    VIA VT6202 USB2.0
    - Posted 7:22 AM By Kagato
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    VIA Technologies, Inc. has announced the VIA VT6202 USB2.0 Four Ports Host Controller for the PCI Bus.Snip:
    The VIA VT6202 PCI Universal Series Bus Specification 2.0 host controller is the first VIA product complying with the USB2.0 specification, and delivers transfer speeds of up to 480Mbits per second. Supporting the PCI-Bus Power Management Interface specification, the VIA VT6202 has advanced power efficiency features that permit aggressive management of I/O power consumption, ensuring that USB2.0 is suitable even for low-power systems.
    Now if we can only get the hardware manufacturers to start shipping USB2.0 compliant devices.
     
    Intel Readies For Via Lawsuit
    - Posted 7:28 AM By Kagato
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    This C|Net story goes into a little detail about the whole Intel strategy to "fan out" in it's legal fight with VIA. Snip:
    ?Intel invests billions of dollars each year in research and development to create new, patented inventions that bring significant value to our customers," Peter Detkin, Intel vice president and assistant general counsel, said in a statement. "Those inventions and the underlying intellectual property are the cornerstone of our business and significant assets. Like any other valuable asset, Intel has an obligation to its shareholders to protect the value of its intellectual property."
    Interestingly enough, that sounds like the same speech Rambus Inc. gave when it went to sue other memory manufacturers for infringing on their technology.
     
    Wireless Intellimouse Explorer
    - Posted 9:25 PM By Anthos
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    Trying to figure out how to increase your gaming edge? Thinking of buying the new Wireless Intellimouse Explorer? You'll want to check out this review over at PC.IGN.
     
    New Star Wars Screenshot
    - Posted 9:28 PM By Anthos
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    Head on over to the SWG website to view the new picture of a Wookie on Corellia.
     
    Ghost Recon Screenshots
    - Posted 9:40 PM By Anthos
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    Check out HomeLanFed's new screenshots of Red Storm's upcoming tac-shooter, Ghost Recon. High res photos:1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
     
    Operation Flashpoint Guide
    - Posted 9:55 PM By Anthos
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    For all those that have bought Operation Flashpoint, now you can cheat your way through it! I mean, you can learn all the basic stuff you need to beat the game easily! Head over to GameSpot to brush up on their sections of Boot Camp, Weapons, Campaign Walk-Through, and Cheats. Check it all out right here.
    Source: HomeLan Fed
     
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    Quake 3 / Team Arena Patch v1.30
    - Posted 7:09 AM By Kagato
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    Somehow missed posting it yesterday, but id Software has released the v1.30 for Quake 3 Arena the Team Arena expansion. You can grab it from id Software, PlanetQuake3, Blues News, 3D Gamers (link), or XGR. One of the many updates provided is a network compression update:
    NEW NETWORK CODE - There is a new compression system built into the network code of the latest point release. Essentially, this reduces the bandwidth usage of Quake 3 and Team Arena by a ratio of 5:1 over previous versions of the game. Modem players, as well as everyone else, should experience a significant improvement in internet game play because of this.
    The list of updates is too long to post, head on over and read the readme for a full update list.
     
    Shuttle's All In One SV24
    - Posted 7:22 AM By Kagato
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    This definately falls into the area of "what the hell is that?". For those of you who love the look of a brushed aluminum case, but wanting something smaller, ala the Apple Cube (ok, even smaller than that), Shuttle has a new product for you, the SV24. I'd be curious to see if you'll ever see these at a LAN event. They aren't the most powerful of machines (only a socket 370 with integrated Savage4 video), but their still kinda cool looking, not to mention, easy to carry.
     
    Back To Busting Of Punks?
    - Posted 7:28 AM By Kagato
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    Punkbuster has issued a new statement about possible commerical anti-cheating support in some games (including Valve). Here's the word:
    Since Tuesday's announcement regarding PunkBuster going commercial, we have received four inquiries from commercial game developers (including Valve) about the possibility of integrating our Anti-Cheat software technology into their products. We continue to desire relationships with game designers who are serious about stopping cheaters. We will release more details as soon as possible (hopefully, in the near future).
    We can only hope for the best that this actually materializes into a valid product.
     
    Half-Life Server Beta Patch
    - Posted 7:34 AM By Kagato
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    The official Counter-Strike site is now offering an unofficial patch for Half-Life Dedicated Server bringing the version up to 1.1.0.8a (both Win32/Linux). The small patches are server-side only and address a few Counter-Strike bugs (including a pair of exploits) as well as a dozen issues with the HLTV spectator feature.
     
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    Beware Yee Who Purchased Pool Of Radiance
    - Posted 7:23 AM By Kagato
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    For those of you who purchased Ubisoft's Pool of Radiance: The Ruins of Myth Drannor, BEWARE! Adrenaline Vault is reporting a serious problem with the games install/uninstall feature that could possibly make your computer wipe out important Windows files. Snip:
    We have uncovered a probable bug in the installation program for PoR that could wipe out a user's Windows 9x system files during the uninstallation process. During our installation of PoR, the install program locked up the computer, forcing a reboot. After this, the PoR installation program would only give the option to uninstall the game; at this time, the program also wiped out our Win98 SE system files and would not reinstall the game. A further bug was uncovered in the installation program that prevents the user from installing to any directory other than the default.
    Basically, if you install the game and decide you don't like it, DON'T UNINSTALL IT!
     
    Dark Age Of Camelot Interview
    - Posted 7:30 AM By Kagato
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    Well, now that many are sitting idly on their hands waiting for October 9th, the day Dark Age of Camelot goes live, many are left wandering with nothing to do. So what does one do? Why have an interview with Mythic producer Matt Friorwho chats it up a bit about their upcoming massively multiplayer role playing game. Snip:
    Camelot takes place in 3 distinct realms. Each of these Realms can wage war against each other forming the player vs player or "PVP" element of Camelot. What considerations have been given to those people who don't want to engage in struggles versus real opponents (i.e. other players)?

    There's plenty of "PvE" (player vs. environment) gameplay in Dark Age of Camelot. Players that do not want to participate in Realm vs. Realm combat have a huge world to explore, that fully supports playing up to high levels. There are dungeons to explore, high-level monsters to kill (some that require lots of team strategy) and many other things to do.
    Hmm, EQ or DAoC? I need more hours in the day to play these things!
    Source: Ferrago
     
    Heat : Intel vs. AMD
    - Posted 7:39 AM By Kagato
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    OK, so we all now how AMD lays the smack down to Intel anymore when it comes to raw performance, but are there areas where Intel is better than AMD? You better believe it, and an important one at that! Ever wonder what would happen to your CPU if your fan somehow became detached and you powered up without noticing? Very bad things happen, as is shown in this report over at Tom's Hardware! Definately makes you want to ensure you have a quality clipping mechanism (or 4 hole mount like those of us with Swiftech MC462 or Alpha Pal8045 heatsinks) on your heatsink, if possible, the type that have the 3 hole clips per side. For those of you with DivX ;) decoding, there's a movie you can download to view the destruction!
    Source: Tom's Hardware
     
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    Red Faction: Problem Child
    - Posted 4:37 PM By WaRMaN
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    For those of you following the continuing saga of Red Faction's numerous problems, you are probably at a loss for words. Volition and THQ are keeping quiet, and gamers are trashing them all the way to what looks to be the end. I can only hope that there will be a patch to fix the multiple problems that linger in this potentially great game. The biggest problem to date is the choppiness in the game. Frame rates are just horrid for this title.

    There are a few "fixes" that I have read/tried, and here they are:

  • Disable EAX sound - I don't like it either :(
  • Download the latest Detonator XP drivers for your GeForce2 card - Don't be confused by the "XP"
  • Disable antialiasing - may cause tearing, but saves FPS
  • Try lower resolutions and 16 bit color
  • I know these are big things in making a game play, sound, and look great; but it is hopefully only a temporary fix while we wait for a patch. Hope you get some help from this article.
     
     
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