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Thursday, Jul 17, 2003

  

Midnight Club II Demo Public

After serving its sentence as an exclusive subscriber-only release, the demo version of Midnight Club II is now being freely distributed, offering more folks the chance to check out Rockstar's street racing sequel. The demo is a 168 MB download, which can be found on 3D Gamers, FilePlanet (registration required), FileShack (registration required), Gamer's Hell, Loadedinc (registration required), and Worthplaying.

Game Movies - More Half-Life 2

Bust out the large popcorn... The promised flood of Half-Life 2 media continues, with the latest movie, called Kleiner's Lab, available for download before the Steam version. The 82 MB movie has shown up on FilePlanet (registration required), with mirrors now also available from 3D Gamers, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying. A new Lock On: Modern Air Combat trailer can be found on 3D Gamers, PC Arena, and Worthplaying. A new Magic: The Gathering - Battlegrounds Teaser has been released, and can be found on FilePlanet (registration required), mirrored on Worthplaying. Finally, the Dragon Empires Website now offers a new cinematic movie from Codemasters' upcoming fantasy MMORPG, mirrored on 3D Gamers and Worthplaying.

DOOM 3 Hardware Requirements

The Phobos Lab has a post up with John Carmack's response to their question about the minimum system requirements to run id Software's upcoming DOOM 3 (thanks Tiscali Games). Here's the deal:

1GHz CPU
256MB RAM
GF1 or Radeon 7xxx series card

Etherlords II Beta Plans

Nival Interactive sends word that they are now accepting applications for "open" (meaning closed) beta testing of Etherlords II, their upcoming RPG/strategy hybrid sequel. Here's the deal:

Moscow, Russia. July 16, 2003 — Nival Interactive is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for an open beta test of our upcoming adventure-RPG with tactical card based combat Etherlords II. The beta test will be focused on the game’s new multiplayer modes and auto rating server.

Registration is open to all gamers who are interested in helping us ensure that Etherlords II offers one of the best online magic combat experiences possible. Beta Testers will be chosen based on their application information, with the ability to play online being the most important consideration. The application can be found at www.etherlords.com in the Beta Testers section.

New World Order Patches

Project Three Interactive has released new patches for New World Order to update various previous versions of Termite Games' first-person shooter to version 1.42. In addition to bug fixes, the update adds tracers, multiplayer improvements, an enhanced HUD, and more. The download can be found on this page, while more info can be found here. The updates have been mirrored on 3D Gamers.

TRON 2.0 Gold

Buena Vista Interactive's TRON 2.0 Goes Gold, Celebrating 21 Years of TRON (thanks Frans) is the press release announcing that Monolith's first-person shooter follow-up to the science fiction flick is complete, although the game will not be available until August 26. Here's a bit: "Developed by critically acclaimed Monolith Productions, TRON 2.0 is an action-packed story-driven game that takes place in present day, approximately 20 years after the events of the film. Playing as Jet Bradley, son of ENCOM programmer Alan Bradley from the TRON film, gamers are digitized into cyberspace and will race on light cycles, battle corruption both inside and outside of the computer world, and explore locations including the Internet Hub, Firewall, Corrupted Server and Light Cycle Game Grid."

Mac America's Army Update

America's Army version 1.7 for the Mac is now available, once again "for sale" via the Akamai download whatsis. The file is also more freely available from 3D Gamers, AmericasArmyFiles.com, and Mac Game Files.

Morning Q&As

Prince of Persia Movie

This Ubi Soft FTP link offers downloads of a QuickTime movie showing off 40 seconds of gameplay from Prince of Persia: The Sands of time. Mirrors can be found on 3D Gamers and GZ Downloads.

Morning Previews

Site Seeing

The official XIII Website has launched (I should have mentioned this yesterday) replacing the previous Flash teaser for the upcoming cel-shaded shooter in the works at Ubi Soft. Also, the official Sphere Website is online (thanks Gamer's Hell), dedicate to Nival Interactive's upcoming medieval-themed MMORPG. Finally, a new Magic: The Gathering - Battle Grounds Product Page is online, which includes three new low-rez shots. Thanks Frans.

Morning Screenshots

CMR Multiplayer Manager

Beta 2 of the Colin McRae Rally 3 - Multiplayer Manager has been released, which hacks in limited LAN support in the racing game, though it's admittedly not intuitive, and does not provide niceties like cheat protection.

Q3A Niflheim - Souls Feast

The "first final version" of the Niflheim - Souls Feast modification for Quake III Arena is now available. The mod offers single- and multiplayer support, includes six new maps, a total of 80 weapons, and more.

Freespace 2 Inferno

The Inferno Pages now offer the release of the Inferno fan-made campaign for Freespace 2. Among other things, the mod adds 140 new space ships.

Tech Bits

Game Development & Mods

LivePitch.Com offers details on this year's session that looks to play matchmaker between game developers and publishers. Applying is free, and the action will take place at the Austin Game Conference, September 11-12 of this year. Also, PCAuthority reports: "Windows 2000 SP4 kills 3ds max files," relating a warning from Discreet.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

  • "Shrapnel Games regretfully announces that the eagerly awaited next chapter in the Space Empires saga, Space Empires: Starfury, will be delayed until early autumn. Gold status is currently projected as September 1st , and the five-dollar pre-release discount will now extend until July 31st."...
  • "Global Star Software currently plans to release Mall Tycoon 2 in the fall of 2003, just in time to double your shopping pleasure for Christmas." You have been warned...
  • How to buy a piece of Star Wars. Thanks Mike Martinez...

Out of the Blue

I had an adventure last night finding a previously never-visited (by us) train station after MrsBlue capped off a late night in the city by sleeping past her stop. I had one doozy of an adventure many years ago when I did the same thing myself on a subway ride... I think everyone who has ever commuted probably has one such story, a failure of the so-called "commuter's instinct" that usually wakes one before this happens. I also think many folks never repeat the experience, as the fear of reliving the trauma is enough to prevent it. I'm guessing this will be the case with MrsBlue, as she didn't seem to be able to find any amusement in this at all.

Links of the Day: Elliott Avedon Museum and Archive of Games Index Page.
10 most dangerous foods to eat on the road. Thanks MrsBlue. Chili? Some of these are nuts.
Stories of the Day: Man Ends Argument with Grenade. Thanks Jay.
Suit: Doc surgically inserted screwdriver in patient's spine.
Masturbating Lowers Prostate Cancer Risk. Thanks Miguel Gonzalez. Which is why 15 year-olds rarely get it.
Wild Science: Animal cams offer strange world views.
Cat translation device in the works.
Weird Science: Researchers delve into the human factor.
Follow-up: Refuting the Kill Bill Rumor on Ain't It Cool News. Thanks James Rodriguez.
Ooops - nevermind. Thanks Scott.
Thanks Mike Martinez.



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