Battlefield 2 Website
has new details on what will be
addressed in the upcoming version 1.21 patch for DICE's shooter sequel (thanks
). Once again, they state they are working "around the clock" on the new
The patch will be tested in a limited beta starting the end of
this week. We're working around the clock to minimize your wait on the release
of 1.21 but at the same time want to make sure that the patch is thoroughly
tested before it goes out officially.
A new Strategy First
Emergency 3 Product Section
offers plans for an English edition of the
upcoming real-time tactical fire and rescue game (thanks Frans
). Word on the
translated edition of the game developed in German by Sixteen Tons Entertainment
is it will be available on March 13, 2006.
GMX announces plans to publish Pathologic in the UK, saying Ice-pick Lodge's
horror/adventure game is due in Great Britain next month. Word is: "Pathologic
is a unique type of adventure game designed to affect the emotional and
psychological state of the player in a way that no other PC game has achieved."
More details on the game are on the
Sims 2: Open For Business movie
(direct link) offers the latest look at the
upcoming commerce-minded expansion for the little people sequel. The movie is a
6.9 MB download. Thanks Frans
A new German Air Conflicts
is online (thanks Frans
), offering a home to the just-announced
aerial combat game. It looks like one of the screenshots included in the gallery
Quantum computer works best switched off
(thanks Mike Martinez) is my favorite story
in a while. Here's the best quote: "A non-running computer produces fewer
The Linux edition of the new beta version 1.1 Quake 4 patch is now available on
id's FTP server
(direct link), corresponding to the Win32 patch released
earlier. If you download it elsewhere, take note of the filename:
quake4-linux-1.1-beta.2.x86.run, because as noted in
Timothee Besset's .plan
, an earlier release with the filename
quake4-linux-1.1-beta.x86.run had an issue that would prevent Windows clients
being able to connect.
A new beta version 1.1 patch for Quake 4 is now available, addressing bugs and
adding in-game multiplayer voice chat to Raven's first-person shooter sequel.
The 59 MB download is available on
Here's word, which includes details on inter-version compatibility, and plans to
include multiplayer maps with the finished version of the patch:
the BETA of our broad QUAKE 4 update. It fixes issues and adds gameplay elements
throughout both single and multiplayer—including voice chat in multiplayer, a
forecemodel option, a one-minute warning for tournament matches, fixed pure
server autodownloading, Hyper-Threading Technology support, smooth stairjumping
and a ton of multiplayer specific fixes which have been requested by the
community and discovered during our own gameplay. In short, multiplayer is
fixed. ;) For a complete list of new features, fixes, and changes, please see
the ReadMe file.
This update will bring any previous version of the game completely up to date,
however it will affect pure server and protocol consistency. Therefore, players
who update to 1.1 BETA will only be able to play multiplayer against other 1.1
BETA users, and save games created on previous versions of the game will not be
compatible with the 1.1 BETA update. Please use the form at
www.idsoftware.com/bugs/ to report
any issues you find with the 1.1 BETA update.
Once we are satisfied the 1.1 BETA is completely solid, we will release the
FINAL 1.1 update. This will be a required update and will be available through
the “Update” option in the game. With that release, we’ll also be including 4
all-new multiplayer maps in addition to the QUAKEMAS map pack (3 maps) that was
released in December.
We are currently working with the mod team community to deliver the 1.1 SDK and
bring their mods current as soon as possible. Lastly, stay tuned in the coming
months for additional free game content including new maps and
Atari's Tycoon City:
New York Ships to Stores Nationwide
) has word that the real
estate mogul simulation is shipping in North America:
NEW YORK, Feb. 22
/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) announced today that
Tycoon City(TM): New York, the PC game that challenges players to build the
business empire of their dreams and "make it big" in Manhattan, has shipped to
stores nationwide. In Tycoon City: New York, players aim to become moguls by
constructing and customizing hundreds of businesses in a bustling and realistic
simulation of New York City. Players must create and improve their businesses to
outclass the competition and become rich and famous in New York City. Developed
by Deep Red Games, Tycoon City: New York is rated "T" for Teen.
"The Wheelman" to
Come to Life as Video Game Property and Feature Film
is the press release
announcing plans The Wheelman, a movie and a video game combo dealie starring
Vin Diesel. There's no word on target platforms, so this may be a console-only
title. Here's word:
Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA, February 22, 2006 –
Bringing together some of the top content providers in entertainment, Midway
Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment industry publisher
and developer, Tigon Studios, founded by Vin Diesel, and Viacom's (NYSE: VIA,
VIAB) MTV Films, Paramount Pictures and MTV Games today announced a
collaboration on a groundbreaking action-entertainment property, The Wheelman.
The Wheelman is being developed as an intensely riveting video game from Midway,
in association with Diesel’s Tigon Studios and MTV Games, intended to serve as
the introduction to a series of related entertainment offerings.
MTV Films and Paramount Pictures have purchased the rights to develop a major
motion picture based on the video game. The Wheelman is being developed as an
adrenaline-charged action movie starring Vin Diesel as an expert wheelman who
comes out of retirement to protect a woman from his past.
The KHAN: The Absolute Power Website
news of the launch of this MMO game in North America today. Ready your Kirk
scream, here's word:
"After considerable testing, numerous game fixes,
and updates, Khan: The Absolute Power is ready to go live for Play," explains
KHAN Game Master John Ewan. “And, Miranae, the worldwide developer of Khan: The
Absolute Power, has announced that they have developed new features, maps, and
characters that will be added to the operating Khan game throughout the year! We
are excited about all the new features that are being added to Khan: The
Khan: The Absolute Power is being launched with a month long series of events
allowing players to challenge their friends to win special prizes, experience
points and other in-game awards. During the introduction month, the Game Master
will run many events including special PK (Player Kill) events where players can
battle each other freely without punishment and Mutant events where small
monsters will become quite powerful and be a real test of the player's skills.
Additionally many Guild Wars will be held to lead up to a Siege of the Castle so
one guild can reign supreme!
As noted in the
StarTrek Online Weblog
, a new diary from the upcoming Star Wars MMORPG is
now up on
. The article is written by Ian Pieragostini, lead client engineer
on the game, discussing the methods being used to create the distinctive visuals
of the Star Trek universe in the game.
- Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
A new Ghost Recon:
Advanced Warfighter multiplayer movie shows off a couple of minutes of
gameplay footage from GRIN's upcoming installment in the tactical shooter
series. The movie is available on the
Advanced Warfighter Website, and that version (and in some cases an
additional higher definition version) are available on
3D Downloads, 3D
Gamers, Gamer's Hell,
- Air Conflicts
Interactive now offers a new high resolution Air Conflicts movie from
the upcoming World War II aerial combat game in the works at 3Division
Entertainment. Thanks Frans.
IGN's F.E.A.R. Sequel Q&A
talks with Monolith about just revealed plans (story
) for a
renamed follow-up to F.E.A.R.: "Of course branding is important. That being
said, consumers did not purchase the game because of the name. They purchased
the product because it had a story, characters, universe and gameplay that
resonated with them. I think that's a pretty compelling reason to do a sequel."
I just realized the Giants have no first-round pick this year... so Spring
Training is definitely my next sporting thrill. When do pitchers and catchers
Oops, looks like I was looking at the wrong draft list,
Big Blue indeed has the 25th pick in the first round (whew!).