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Friday, Sep 24, 2004

  

Half-Life 2 Held Hostage?

Half-Life 2 held hostage on GameSpot has more information from the ongoing legal battle between Valve and Sierra/Vivendi, indicating that it's possible that the release of Half-Life 2 could potentially be delayed by as much as six months as a result of the spat. The following was entered into the court records by VU Games' deputy general counsel Eric Roeder:

"Valve has announced that it will deliver a release candidate version of Half-Life 2 (HL2) (a game required under the 2001 SPA) to Sierra/VUG within the next few weeks. If Valve delivers a release candidate version that complies with the contract and is a Final Milestone, then VUG will have six months to release the product under the 2001 SPA. Valve is pressing VUG to release the product early within that six month window, and its representatives have made a number of public statements without our consent or concurrence that the product will be published and released to the general public in September of this year."

TRIBES Demo Update

Beta to be turned off soon on the TribalWar Forums (thanks Frans) has word that the release of the upcoming TRIBES: Vengeance demo will mark the end of the game's beta testing:

I think we're going to send an email out to everyone about this, but we are going to be turning off the multiplayer beta when the multiplayer demo is released. We really want people to convert their servers as quickly as possible and don't want the community to be split.

The demo will not be held exclusively anywhere and we'll be giving it to as many mirrors as possible as soon as possible. In fact, our web team has been experimenting with BitTorrent stuff so we'll likely host a seed for it at launch as well (we did that with the SP demo).

Everyone will need to download the demo - it's roughly the same size as the beta was.

- Menzo -
- Tribes PR Guy -

VoidWar Demo

The VoidWar Downloads Page now offers a playable demo for VoidWar, the space combat game from indie developer Rampant Games. The demo is just a 10.5 MB download. Thanks A Talent for War.

Gold - Singles: Flirt Up Your Life

Eidos sends word that the retail boxed edition of Singles: Flirt Up Your Life is gold, and will be available in North America on October 5:

Let the talk turn into play! Singles: Flirt Up Your Life for PC is coming to stores! Yes, Singles has gone gold! You have been waiting for this hard copy a long time and Eidos is ready to give it you! Apply your natural Don Juan skills and help two roommates "discover" each other, because when two people move into one place..."things" will happen! Are they going to get along? Are they going to get it on? It's all up to you. As they begin to warm up to one another, you can use their combined talents to build an amazingly pimped-out apartment that may also serve as a hot, love nest! The Singles: Flirt Up Your Life retail version includes the ability to customize your character from hair color to skin type! Plus, there are even more decorative items and home furnishings options than before to get that pad looking and feeling like the oasis it should be! Singles: Flirt Up Your Life for PC is shipping to retail stores near you on October 5, 2004 in North America.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Tech Bits

Ground Control II Patch Plans

The Ground Control II News Page (thanks Frans) has word on plans for a patch for the strategy game sequel. They offer a partial list of fixes for the patch, accompanied by the following note: "We are currently working on a patch to address some minor bugs and balance issues that have come up since the game's launch. The patch will be made available sometime in the coming weeks."

New UT2004 Linux Demo

A new Linux edition of the Unreal Tournament 2004 version 3334 demo is now available. This brings the Linux version of the demo up to date with the recent Win32 demo release (story), offering additional maps and game types over the prior demo. The download is available on 3D Gamers and Gameguru Mania.

CoD: United Offensive Linux Server Update

More penguin-power, as a new version 1.41d of the Call of Duty: United Offensive Linux dedicated server is now available, the update requires the CoD version 1.40 Linux server. The small download is available on 3D Gamers.

Ships Ahoy - German Silent Storm: Sentinels

The German JoWooD Productions Website has news (in German) that Silent Storm: Sentinels is shipping. Apparently the Deutsch edition of Nival Interactive's World War II strategy expansion is now available. Thanks Frans.

Nexus: The Jupiter Incident Demo

A Nexus: The Jupiter Incident demo is now available, offering the chance to play a mission that's not included in the upcoming full version of the space combat game formerly known as Imperium Galactica III. The 115 MB demo can be found on 3D Gamers, FileFront, Gameguru Mania, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying.

German Psychotoxic Demo

A demo for the German edition of Psychotoxic: Gateway to Hell is now available, allowing the chance to sample a couple of levels from NuClear Vision's post-apocalyptic first-person shooter. The 188 MB demo is available on 4Players.de and mirrored on 3D Gamers, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying.

Counter-Strike: Source Update

Steam News has news of another update to the beta version of Counter-Strike: Source. Included in the update is a dramatic improvement in DirectX 7 performance for those looking to play the game on a Voodoo 3. Thanks Frans.

Site Seeing

A new Pacific Fighters Website is online as a base camp for this upcoming aerial combat game (this is also the new destination of www.il2sturmovik.com). The site includes an update on a new multiplayer option in the game touting 128-player support and downloads of a new gameplay trailer. Also, the official Dungeons & Dragons Online Homepage is now online, dedicated to Turbine's upcoming D&D MMO. Word is: "The Dungeons & Dragons Online web site includes background on the highly anticipated game, insight into the exciting dark and dangerous continent of Xen’drik and developer reports that reveal the behind-the-scenes action in Dungeons & Dragons Online." Finally, there's a new Flash-y Jump to Lightspeed section on the Star Wars Galaxies Website for the upcoming MMORPG expansion.

Game Movies

A new Prince of Persia trailer is now available, here's word from Ubisoft: "The latest trailer from Prince of Persia: Warrior Within showcases the open-ended Free-Form Fighting System. Watch as the Prince wages battles with a tenacity and flair that can only be called 'deadly artistry' at its best." The clip can be found on 3D Gamers, ActionTrip and Worthplaying. Also, there are some BloodRayne 2 Movies on GameSpy including a couple of casting call videos for E3 vamps.

Morning Q&As

  • Lord British
    Richard Garriott discusses the nuances of creating games on GameZone talks with Lord British about his work in an article-format Q&A: "Because I try to deal with philosophical questions and social issues in the game, I’ve given a lot a thought to what does it mean, in a broad sense, and what is my personal philosophy. If you are going to put something into a game, you want to make sure that first of all people like it, that is clearly important, but you also want to make sure you put something in that serves the right purpose – that motivates people to both participate and to feel like they got something out of it."
  • Elite IV
    Elite IV: David Braben Speaks on Computer and Video Games communicates with the co-creator of the seminal space game Elite, and its upcoming follow-up: "There are certain things a game needs for it to be absolutely leading edge, and one of the key things in Elite IV is to be able to include people. But doing people properly is very, very difficult. No-one's done it properly or even approached it. And I don't just mean GTA people, where you club them and nick their car. I mean people you can interact with."
  • Sentinel: Descendants in Time
    The Sentinel: Descendants in Time Q&A on GamersInfo.net chats with Maciej Miasik of Detalion about their upcoming adventure game: "The adventures are still being developed, they sell quite well, and they have their own audience, quite different from those targeted by hardcore gaming magazines. They simply don't get the same kind and level of publicity the latest shooters have, well maybe with the exception of Myst series. This may suggest that nobody is interested in adventures any longer, but not everything you read in the press is actually true."
  • The Future
    What will the video games of 2025 be like on CNN Money talks further with several distinguished game developers about what they imagine games of the future will be like.

Dragonshard Beta Plans

Betatest for Dragonshard coming soon on Atari's Betatests.net (thanks Frans) reveals that sign-ups for beta testing of the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons RTS game are slated to begin in a little over a month.

Arena Wars Patch & Demo

Another new Arena Wars patch is now available, bumping exDream's RTS game to version 1.09 (thanks Frans). Word is: "Yeah, I know, this is really crazy, 2 patches at one single day. Well, v1.0.9 does not really change much in the game, it only fixes the Serial problem in the USA." More details are in the release notes. Update: The Arena Wars Community Site also now features an updated version 1.0.9 demo for the game.

Morning Previews

Morning Screenshots

German Knights of Honor Demo

Knights of Honor Demo is now available (thanks Frans) offering those who speak German (or who are willing to experiment) the chance to sample Black Sea Studios' now-gold empire conquering simulation. The demo is a 297 MB download. Word from SUNFLOWERS is: "English and French-speaking fans will have to wait a little bit longer for the finalization of the localized version."

BF1942 Forgotten Hope

The Forgotten Hope Homepage now features the full release of the new version 0.65 of this Battlefield 1942 modification (thanks Ant) along with the password to unlock the pre-release torrent version of the mod ("-=@visit-www.fhmod.org@=-").

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Consolidation

Competitions

The Movies Logo Competition will reward three winners, with their entries to be included in Lionhead's upcoming cinema simulator. Also, the City of Heroes Film Contest Winners have been posted.

Help Wanted

Electronic Arts looks for Ottawa talent to get into the gaming game (thanks Mike Martinez). Also, Obsidian Entertainment (thanks Frans) has word of an opening for a game engine programmer on the Neverwinter Nights 2 team.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

We're having the adventures of Hudson the three-legged wonder dog, as our plucky pup managed to give herself a nasty slice on the pad of one of her rear paws. She's starting to get frustrated at the lack of activity as she gamely hops around on three legs hoping to inspire a run on the trail, or at least a walk... err. hop. I wish I could explain the problem to her, but she'd just think I was making a big deal out of nothing anyway.

I've seen a couple of comments on the return of the tickle ad... apparently I was misinformed when I was told that they were banished from the island completely, it seems they were just given a brief time-out. In any event, I am assured the campaign should be work-safe at this point.

Play Time: Half-Life 2 PHP. Thanks Halflife2.net and Pixelbound.net.
Links of the Day: The 8500 calorie manwich!
BBC - Radio 4 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Thanks Pekka.
Stories of the Day: Naked yoga OK in San Francisco. Thanks snafu.
'The Last Starfighter', the Musical, Beams Down Into World Premiere in NYC. Thanks Warren.
Science!: Burp vaccine cuts greenhouse gas emissions.
Study: Antarctic glaciers melting faster.
Flying cars swoop to the rescue "a very heavy, slow, expensive vehicle that's hard to use." Sounds perfect.
Image of the Day: Super Ant. Thanks Ant.
Auctions of the Day: Branch Davidian leader's car up for auction.
Thanks Mike Martinez.



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