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Sailor Scout's Gaming Center has posted a brief Q&A with John Romero, with a few questions related to the movie released on Incite Games yesterday (story). While brief, the questions are better than most, dealing with such issues as how the sidekicks are controlled, and how to enable the console.
GameFan recently made a trip down to Blizzard's offices, and they've posted a hands-on preview of Diablo II based on what they saw and played there. The author is a big fan of the original Diablo, so it's full of stuff that fans will appreciate.
Aureal has released new drivers for A3D based cards (thanks Groltz). These drivers feature support for A3D 3.0, and there are also A2D drivers available for enabling A3D 3.0 audio support on non-3D cards as well.
A collection of images for your evening viewing pleasure:
The latest version 0.5a build 7 of wHeretic is now available for download. This release adds looping sounds, removes vissprite and visplane limits, and fixes display code and a couple other problems in the Win32 port of Raven's classic fantasy shooter.
According to this story on ZDNet, Windows 2000, which ships next Thursday the 17th, contains 63,000 bugs in this initial release. Their source on the story is an internal Microsoft memo, which says that 28,000 of these are likely to be "real" problems. Microsoft was quick to defend the OS, saying that 750,000 testers agreed that it was ready for prime time, but knowing previous releases from the company, you may want to wait before upgrading.
Voodoo Extreme has posted Digital Extreme's announcement that they are working on Dark Sector - a new massively multiplayer persistent world action game, based on the Unreal Tournament engine. They've also posted some preliminary concept artwork. Here's an excerpt from the full release (available on their news page):
Version 1.12 of the Unofficial GLQuake Project's GLQuake has been released. This new version adds a new "Weapon Flash Lighting" and "r_shadows" controls to the options menu, underwater fog, and linear interpolation in addition to other changes. Both the executable and source are available for download on the Unofficial GLQuake Project's web site.
AGN3D has posted a brief interview with NovaLogic's Dan Bennett, talking to him about their recent announcement that the US Marines will be using their game Delta Force 2 for training purposes. The interview is actually a transcript of one of their shows, which of course is accessible from their archives.
Also new on AGN3D is another transcript, this one of an interview with WizardWorks' Michael Gjere, talking about their dino-hunting first person shooter Carnivores 2. Like the interview above, the original show is available in their archives.
Word on Stomped's E3 Page is that Unreal II will possibly be making an appearance in one of those 'by appointment' backroom showings at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Though most readers who attend the show who will be unlikely to be able to demonstrate the requisite 'leetness to get in to view a backroom showing, it is the first indication we've had that the game is this far along in development.
GameSpot UK has posted an interview on Tiberian Sun: Firestorm, the upcoming expansion pack to Westwood's real-time strategy affair, talking to lead producer Rade Stojsavljevic about the storyline, new features, and more. This will be the only expansion pack, as they "will be concentrating on the next C&C game after Firestorm is released."
PlanetQuake will be hosting an IRC chat with Dave "Zoid" Kirsch of id Software, author of Threewave CTF for Quake, Quake II, and Quake III Arena. The festivities kick off at 7:00 PM PST tonight in channel #PlanetQuake of irc.gamesnet.net 6667. Also, the log of last night's chat with Robert Duffy is now available for your perusal at PlanetQuake as well.
There is a new build 023 of Quake 3 Log Analyzer (Q3LA) available, offering a new output design, improved performance, new output options, funname support, and fixing some crash bugs.
GameSpot UK has thrown up on of their famed galleries, posting 20 new screenshots of Starlancer to show off more deep space action from the upcoming space combat sim by Warthog and Digital Anvil.
As expected for some time (thanks Matthias), Delphine has released a new patch for DarkStone on the official site. The version 1.0.5 patch comes in US and European editions, and adds a new "Legend" difficulty mode, makes some changes to character and monster behaviour, and has some multiplayer fixes. Also available is a download of some new quests, called "Journey in Uma," and word is, the "quest editor will be available soon with the next patch 1.0.6."
AVault is reporting that in GT Interactive's quarterly results is word that Cavedog, an internal development house at GT (and the people behind the Total Annihilation titles and the recently cancelled shooter Amen: The Awakening) has been closed down as part of their reorganization. There's no word as of yet how (if at all) this will affect Cavedog's unpublished titles or their Boneyards online network.
A new version of D3Edit, the Descent 3 level editor, has been released (thanks Descent3D). Also released, is the source code, although they're using CVS version control software to track changes, so it's anonymous, read-only access. Details are available on the D3Edit source code page.
Dark Reign 2 Impressions at GameSpot is a brief preview of the 3D action RTS currently being prepared at Pandemic Studios for a Summer release. Besides a written update of the game's development status, there is also a visual update in the form of nine new screenshots.
GA-Strategy has posted a preview of Aquarius, a new 3D action/strategy game by developer Jack in the Box that should be released towards the end of the year. As the title implies, water plays an important role in this game, if only in the way it is graphically realized on your screen, and the engine also sports features like real-life physics, environmental sound, and full multiplayer support.
The official Thief II: the Metal Age site has put five new screenshots into rotation from Looking Glass stealthy action game sequel (thanks VoodooExtreme), although I recognize at least one image from earlier previews.
Unreal Universe Interviews Bob White talking with the ION Storm designer about progress on Deus Ex, the upcoming Unreal-engine non-shooter formerly known by the working title "Shooter," which according to the intro "should be going gold within the next month." One question addresses the likelihood of hitting their planned release date, bluntly saying "Ion Storm has a bad reputation with keeping to release dates," which inspired the following response: "The Austin group has a sense of drive and purpose unprecedented in the company. We will make our dates."
Further word from Valve about the upcoming version 126.96.36.199 Half-Life patch mentioned last week (story) is that it's expected to be made available this Tuesday (February 15) at about 1:00 PM EST. The patch to update version 188.8.131.52 will be about 7 MB.
A post called Some Information about Werewolf on the ASC Games Bulletin Board gives the status on the game from Travis Williams, a former member of the Werewolf: The Apocalypse-Heart of Gaia development team (now with Interplay). Thanks RPGvault.ign.com. The update gives the state of the game following the announcement that ASC was continuing its involvement (story), which apparently is not the case. To make it easy, PaxTravis finishes his own lengthy post with a summary of what we've learned:
There are 15 new Devil Inside Screenshots on GA-Source showing off loads of gameplay from this upcoming 3D action/adventure from the author of the Alone in the Dark series. Here's the description of the game from the blurb accompanying the shots: "Take one part Nocturne, one part Running Man, and throw in a little twist of the weirdness French developers are known for... and you get a really strange game by the name of - Devil Inside."
Summoner Thursday! on PC.IGN.Com offers chapter five of the designer diaries for Summoner, Volition's upcoming 3D RPG. The new update gets "the dirt" from Lead Level Designer Mitri Vanichtheeranont on "The Duties of a Level Designer." Also, Computer Games Online previews Summoner looking at the game with a bunch of screenshots and quotes from the developers.
Raise your rank on UT GlobalStats gives a ten point list of tips specifically geared towards legitimately raising your ngWorldStats for Unreal Tournament rank. Ingava's Quake III Arena Strategy Guide #3 offers tips for success on Q3DM3. Ultimazone.ch's Game Guide to Quake III Arena offers Q3A tips in German (here's AltaVista Translations if German's not your thing).
You may not be able to buy happiness, but you can license Ecstasy, as Infogrames North America's Ecstasy Engine, which is the technology that underlies their recently released Slave Zero, is now available for third-party licensing. Those interested in more details can email Matt Powers.
There are some new Ruins of Kunark screenshots on incitegames showing images from Verant Interactive's upcoming EverQuest expansion pack. Also, the Star Trek Armada site has been updated with still more new screenshots from Interplay's upcoming Trekkie RTS, these showing off Cardassian cruisers in battle. Thanks Tymetodie. Speaking of space, there are three more new Starlancer screenshots on Wewp! Entertainment showing off this upcoming space combat game from Microsoft, Digital Anvil, and Warthog.
The version of the day of Q3Log is version 0.95b beta, another rapid-fire release to this Quake III Arena log parser that now supports spaces in names in the HTML and fixes a problem displaying the logo in HTML game displays. They're not through yet, as word is a version 0.95c will be along pretty rapidly as well, to add improved HTML pages, including colored (or "coloured" as they would say) names. The release is expected to follow an accompanying new version of Q3LA.
A new version 1.5 of OverDrive Quake for Quake III Arena is now available, adding the Big Freakin' Nuke weapon to replace the BFG and some other new tweaks on fixes to this mod that adds a flamethrower, changes many weapon damage values, and adds an off-hand grappling hook.
I forgot to mention that someone indeed came up with the perfect phrase for those orphaned network wires behind so many computers on so many LANs I mentioned the other day... Wayne posted a message to the messageboards calling them "netsam" (as in flotsam and jetsam). I knew I could've continued wracking my brain and still not come up with something as good as one already being used, and I was certainly right. Netsam it is. Thanks again Wayne.
Link of the Day: Crash Test Dumbass,
a Crash Test Dummies simulator. The web-based version uses Flash, but there are
desktop versions for the Mac and PC for download. Thanks Ant.
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