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Saturday, Nov 08, 2003

  

Gold - Secret Weapons Over Normandy

The LucasArts Official Website has news that Secret Weapons Over Normandy, the flying action game follow-up to their classic Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe, is gold. The game is complete for the PC, Xbox, and the PS2, and is scheduled to land in stores on November 18.

Saturday Q&As

  • Galaxies
    The Star Wars Galaxies Jedi Q&A on IGN chats with producer Haden Blackman on the imminent appearance of players who have earned the status of Jedi Knight in the Star Wars MMORPG, while on a related note, the Star Wars Galaxies Website (thanks Ash) has the news that the first Jedi has indeed shown up, paving the way for more to follow.
  • TRIBES Vengeance
    The TRIBES Vengeance Q&A on Gamers Pulse talks with producer Ed Orman and lead designer Tony Oakden of Irrational Games about TRIBES Vengeance, the upcoming installment in the multiplayer shooter series. They discuss the game's setting as a prequel, and what's being done to keep existing TRIBES fans happy while simultaneously broadening the game's appeal.
  • Prince of Persia
    GameSpy's Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Q&A offers a postmortem on the new PoP game by catching up with Ubi Soft Montreal creative director Patrice Désilets, to ask some candid questions about what went right and wrong on the project.
  • Mythica
    Mythica Realms' Matt Wilson Q&A Part 3 concludes their conversation with the group manager for the Mythic team, discussing plans for the upcoming MMORPG, focusing on things like the dev team's favorite games, character classes, non-combat activities, and more.
  • EverQuest II
    EverQuest Vault's Ask SOE #7 is online: "Our EverQuest II Q&A returns with three more questions and answers from Moorgard."
  • Pirates of the Burning Sea
    Warcry News Network's Pirates of the Burning Sea Q&A asks more burning questions of Taylor Daynes, 80s pop diva and lead designer for Flying Lab Software, about their upcoming pirate-themed MMORPG.
  • MMOGs
    The FemDevs Q&A #3 on Warcry News Network talks with several female MMOG developers about how sexual harassment is handled in online games.
  • RalliSport Challenge 2
    The RalliSport Challenge 2 Q&A on Xbox Gamers chats with Karl Magnus Troedsson of Digital Illusions about their upcoming rally racing sequel.

Call of Duty Logs

There's a Call of Duty IRC log on Gamehelper recapping yesterday's first chat session with the folks at Infinity Ward to discuss their recently released World War II shooter. That log concludes with a link to the day's later chat log. Both logs are in a pretty raw unedited form.

Saturday Previews

  • Armed and Dangerous on GameSpot. Based on the Xbox version.
  • X²: The Threat on GameShark.

Galactic Civilizations Patch Plans

The Galactic Civilizations Website has an update on plans for the next patch for Stardock's space strategy game (thanks Frans). Barring unexpected problems the patch is planned for next week, and it will include beefed-up enemy AI, a new mods directory, and some bug fixes. There's also indications about what will be in the patch that follows, including "logistics, a new ship, and optimized performance memory use."

Saturday Screenshots

Consolidation

Can Sony Spread The PlayStation Love? "Most dramatic of all, in September, PS2 and Gamecube saw software sales increase 4% from the year-earlier month, while Xbox saw a 69% increase, which Microsoft attributes mainly to sales of its online-enabled titles. With the next hardware cycle at least two years away, it's more important than ever for Sony to continue to wring profit from the company's largest cash cow, and online seems to be the key." Thanks Mike Martinez.

The Joy of Techs

Help Wanted

The Skylab Entertainment Website has word of some job openings at the Austin, TX-based developer. Word is they are: "looking for the best and brightest artists and programmers!" Thanks Frans.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • 7200 RPM Hard Disk Round-up on X-bit labs.
  • Asus SK8V Motherboard on AMDZone.
  • Coolmax Aluminum External Enclosure on Hardware Pacers.
  • Crucial 256MB 'Gizmo' USB Hard Drive on PCStats.
  • Enermax CS-30881TA Case on bit-tech.
  • Hercules 3D Prophet All-In-Wonder 9800SE Video Card on HEXUS.
  • HighPoint Tech RocketRAID 1640 on AMDZone.
  • Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition CPU on PCStats.
  • Lian Li PC-0716 Case on OcPrices.
  • Logitech MX Wireless Duo on ASE Labs.
  • M-Audio Revolution 7.1 Sound Card on SubZeroTech.
  • Mustek DV3000 Digital Camera on Dan's Data.
  • NVIDIA GeForceFX 5700 Ultra Video Card on Amdmb.
  • OCZ Technology 512MB PC3200 Dual Channel DDR RAM on NextGen Electronics.
  • Plextor PX 708UF DVD-RW on PC Hardware.
  • Samsung Tantus LTM405W 40 Inch LCD TV / PC Monitor on Tweaknews.net.
  • SilenX 400W PSU on Dev Hardware and (in video) on 3dGameMan.
  • Speed Strip SSA-1 on Neoseeker.
  • Thermaltake VM2000A Xaser Lanfire Series Mid Tower AL Case on MODSYNERGY.
  • Vantec Nexus NXP-305 Fan and Light Controller on GruntvillE.

etc.

Out of the Blue

Yesterday I was called upon for one of a pet owners' favorite chores, as I had to pick up after Hudson the wonder dog during a walk (thankfully, she usually goes in the yard). As we were walking home I noticed the baggie with her prize seemed unusually light. Turns out this peculiar pooch poop pouch was defective, and was actually bottomless, so I had simply redeposited her deposit somewhere along our route. This could have been a lot uglier on my end, as at least I didn't end up wearing any of it, but I'm still a bit ticked... these are purpose-built doggie-doo bags so you'd think they'd be a bit more careful designing them. I've never had a sandwich bag fail on me like this, and getting peanut butter on you is far less unpleasant (for most of us at least) than poop.

And yes, good neighbors that we are, we backtracked to try and find the wayward dung, but to no avail.

Play Time: S C R I B B L E R. Just amazing!
Ladbrokes.com Mini Ball. Thanks markus friedl.
Link of the Day: Pedro Duque's diary from space (thanks PeterM). Debunks both the space pen and the Russian pencil myth.
Stories of the Day: Captain Scarlet returns. Thanks Devster.
Lost city near Machu Picchu found. In the era of satellite imagery, no less.
Science!: Satellite Security Systems Demonstrates Shut Down of Tanker Truck Via Satellite.
U.N. Shelves Cloning Treaty.
Can you diet your way to longer life?
Thanks Mike Martinez.



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