Two new real-time strategy previews have been posted this evening...the first
one is up at Gamecenter
, where they call Earth 2150, "far more polished
and immersive than any RTS in recent memory" based on the beta build they
received. Naturally there's a handful of screenshots up along side the preview.
Also, Future Gamer has posted a
preview of Dogs of War
, the game described as, "Cannon Fodder meets
Unreal meets Hidden and Dangerous." If that makes no sense, there are some
new screenshots to help clarify things.
incitegames has released a
new MPEG movie
featuring in-game footage from KISS: Psycho Circus - The
Nightmare Child, Third Law Interactive's upcoming LithTech engine game of massive
carnage and wild makeup. The film features footage from the same demonstration
levels that have been shown many times before, so it may seem familiar to you.
The official Age of Wonders site
has been updated with a version 1.35 patch for the retail version of Triumph and Epic's fantasy strategy game. Thanks Gone Gold
. This release fixes some rare crashes, improves the automatic combat calculations involving archers and fixes some minor balance issues. The complete list of changes can be viewed here
Cinematix has released more international editions of the Revenant version 1.2e patch
, now offering German, French and Italian downloads of the patch, which was released in US and Korean editions last week (story
). Thanks RPG Vault
A collection of images for your evening viewing pleasure:
GameSpot has posted a preview of Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
, an upcoming isometric role-playing game by Troika Games, a new company founded by developers that have the designs of Fallout and Fallout 2 under their belts while still at Interplay. A boatload of new screenshots illustrate the industrial fantasy world on offer.
Hot on the heels of their Bob White interview (story
), XQ's Interview with Harvey "Witchboy" Smith
grills the ION Storm lead designer of Deus Ex, their upcoming 3D action RPG, in ten questions, nine of which are answered into varying degrees of detail.
As promised, a new self-running demo of Parsec is now available for download at the official site
in Windows and Mac versions, with the Linux version promised for tomorrow. The 18MB download runs for over 11 minutes, and shows a lot of in-game footage from this upcoming, non-commercial space combat title.
As announced in this forum post
, Interplay has released the playable demo of Star Trek: Klingon Academy
(82.4 MB) for download on their ftp server, as well as on the Star Trek: Continuum
A new update to Sid's
has been posted at Firaxis' web site, and it features a brief
update from Sid Meier, as well as a slightly more detailed update by one of
the other designers, explaining the current design phase of Sid Meier's Dinosaurs
(working title). Along with the update are several new concept art pieces, showing
some of the species of dinos that may be in the game.
A new version of GLSetup
, the program
that checks your PC and automatically installs the right OpenGL drivers for
your hardware, has been released and is available for download at its
. This new version (Beta 188.8.131.52) adds new drivers for 3dfx,
Matrox, NVIDIA, ATI and S3 cards, and adds support for the latest chipsets as
Direct Rocket Damage
is the name of a
new mod for QuakeWorld, that divides DM3 into six separate arenas for 1 on 1
matches where the only way to cause damage is via a direct rocket blast. The
mod and source code are available for download at the
official DRD site
Westwood has released version 2.02 patches for Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, available for direct download
or via the auto-update feature in the game (thanks Ant
). The list of changes includes improvements to online play, better support for the Firestorm expansion pack, and more, and a complete list is posted on Generation Renegade
has posted a quick Q&A on the development status of Evil Islands, a 3D role-playing strategy game under construction at Russian company Nival, who recently opened their Evil Islands website
for the game, complete with screenshots and several rolling demos.
If you've got questions for BioWare's MDK 2 team, they'll be taking part in
an IRC chat tomorrow, so swing by #vault on irc.vaultnetwork.com at 6:00 PM
PST and ask away (thanks MDK2.com
MDK, as everyone knows, stands for Meteor Dust Kills.
GameSpot UK has posted a
new hands-on preview of ShadowWatch
, RedStorm's upcoming strategy/RPG title.
The preview is fairly detailed, and features a
number of new screenshots
Strategy First's official O.R.B. site
gone live, featuring lots of info on the gameplay, races and missions from this
upcoming RTS game, as well as a downloadable movie, a ship gallery, and plenty
of screenshots (thanks GA-Strategy
AVault fired off some
questions to Valve Software's Gabe Newell
about their technology plans, after the recent announcement that they had hired Mike Dussault,
the former lead programmer on the LithTech engine (story
). Here's an excerpt where Gabe
directly responds to the question of whether or not they will continue to license
an engine, or produce their own from scratch after Team Fortress 2 is completed
(which uses id Software's Quake technology):
We are investing a lot in
technology, but our strategy is not changing. We are still deciding what we
want to achieve in our future games, determining if it stands to reason to license
or develop the technology, and going from there. In terms of people, we are
always going to try to convince the best people in the industry that Valve is
a good place for them to be for the long haul.
Also new at AVault this morning are two
new screenshots from SWAT 3: Battle Plan
, the upcoming multiplayer add-on
for SWAT 3. The add-on will add six new missions and support up to 10 players
simultaneously. It is expected to be released in the third quarter of 2000.
A new gameplay
movie and trailer from Devil Inside
have been posted at GameSpot UK (both
in MPEG format), featuring lots of new footage of this scary action/adventure
game from the creator of Alone in the Dark. In other DI news, the
official English language site
for the game has gone live, and features some preliminary info on the game (a full FAQ is coming soon) as well as a rather large screenshots gallery.
PC.IGN.com has posted a preview of Martian Gothic: Unification
, a horror adventure game in the vein of Alone in the Dark which puts you into the shoes of polygonal characters moving around 2D pre-rendered backgrounds. A whole bunch of new, thumbnail-free images are available to browse the world Creative Reality and TalonSoft are crafting.
The official Star Trek: Armada site
has been updated with a new screenshot of the week
, showing off a battle scene in Activision's upcoming space-based RTS that entered closed beta yesterday.
FGNOnline has posted a quote
from Gearbox Software's Randy Pitchford
regarding the control scheme for
their upcoming Dreamcast port of Half-Life. As there's no mouse and keyboard
available (at least, not for most people, anyway) they've had to be a little
creative. Here's what he had to say:
"Control is only a tricky issue
for those of us who are used to a keyboard and mouse configuration on the PC,"
says Pitchford. "Luckily, Dreamcast already has PC like interface available.
But, for those that would like to play the game using the Dreamcast controller,
it's designed very well to handle this kind of game.
"We've got an analog stick and two analog levers for aiming and movement
and plenty of buttons for the digital functions. A default configuration will
be provided that should be very good, but I'll also want to see an option to
customize the controller should players want to experiment with a more personalized
3D Action Planet has posted an
interview with Terminal Reality's Fletcher Dunn
, talking to the programmer
about his work on Nocturne and the upcoming Blair Witch Project, as well as
how he got into the industry, and his thoughts on the eventual apocalypse.
GA-Source's Heavy Metal FAKK2
talks with Robert Atkins, Scott Alden, and the Levelord of Ritual
Entertainment about progress on Heavy Metal FAKK2, Ritual's upcoming Quake
III-engine movie-tie-in action game. In addition to the developer Q&A, which
discusses things like the game's third-person viewpoint, its plot, and gameplay,
the page also offers up three new FAKK2 screenshots, as well as some familiar
XQ interviews Bob White
talking with the leader of the design team at work on Deus Ex, ION Storm's
upcoming Unreal-engine action/RPG. The 10 question Q&A covers progress on
the game, thankfully not playing up to the question about "problems that
the government would have with Deus Ex."
There's a new Forts screenshot on GA-Strategy
showing Magic Lantern Playware
newly-announced upcoming LithTech-engine action/strategy title. Also, there are 20
Rally Championship 200 screenshots on Gamerspoint Network
There is a Ground Control
interview on PC Arena
talking with Massive Entertainment about progress on
Ground Control, Major Tom's favorite upcoming game. Comparing the game's
futuristic tactical gameplay to a cross between the Homeworld and Myth, the
Q&A covers how GC stacks up to other RTS titles, design decisions, AI, the
game's interface, and more. The Ground
Control preview on incite
also looks ahead at the game, and offers some new
screenshots, as well.
The first beta release of the Pure
mod for Quake III Arena
is now available. Pure offers several modifications
aimed at CTF games, though it's pointed out that it can be used for deathmatch,
as well. Pure reintroduces the four techs/runes familiar from Threewave CTF, a
grappling hook, the Pure scoring system, Quake 1 underwater lightning gun
discharge effect, and more. All the options can be toggled on or off to the
server operator's preference.
A new version 2.28 of CTF/e, a capture the flag modification for Unreal
Tournament can be found on The House that SiN Built
(in spite of the name, this is indeed a UT mod). The new release adds Bonus Pack
Support, improves the scoring system, adds random map progression, fixes some
minor bugs with bots, and more.
has posted an email
exchange with id Software's Paul Jaquays on adding lightning to Quake III Arena
maps. There's a Tutorial
for getting a player model mesh from MAX 2.5 to Q3 on polycount
Paul Steed. The article is listed as part one of "not sure yet," and
should serve as a companion piece to his ongoing series on loonygames
The Cyberathlete Professional League
has announced new qualifying centers in Ontario, Canada, and Bellevue,
Washington. Also, Reality @ Recess.com
word of another qualifying even for the upcoming $100,000 Razer CPL tournament
that will take place in North Olmsted, Ohio on March 12. Also, The Iron Glove League's
new Counter-Strike Division
gets underway a week from Wednesday. Finally, Quad Damage-News
has word of an upcoming Wages of Sin tournament that offers each player on the winning
team a signed copy of Sin and Wages of Sin, with an official Sin T-shirt signed
by Levelord for each player going to the second place finishers. Word is the
Levelord himself will also be participating in some manner of "Kick the
Levelord Around" feature.
- In the vein of yesterday's blurb on the Webpuppy release (story),
webpage has the release of a Blue's News headlines ticker program that
uses the shareware coolticker to update you with the latest headlines here
(though I can't figure out how to display them myself)...
- Painful Detail has posted
six new UT voice packs and two new player models...
- There is an ICQ sound scheme on Wantree GamesWorld
that changes the annoying default ICQ sounds to a Q3A sound-scheme, which I
imagine might get a bit annoying itself after a while, but your mileage may
- Starting today, the Gamestock 2000
website will be host to updates on MS' gaming extravaganza, just getting
underway. There will be a Gamestock-oriented MSN Gaming Zone Chat
starting today at 8:00 PM EST (5:00 PM PST)...
- The new list of top
selling PC entertainment software is up on GameDAILY with Q3A
re-entering the chart at #7 (ever wonder if they do this stuff with a
dartboard?), UT dropping to #12, and Nox entering at #4. The new
Mac chart is up as well with Alpha Centauri entering at #5...
Happy leap day, or whatever it is you call this extra day every four years (this
really seems like a kludgy patch... I think it's time for calendar 2.0). David
Chase points out we are around the one-year anniversary of the leak of the IHV
test of Q3A (now that seems like some time that flew!). To continue (and/or
flog) the recent television theme: There
is a new public service announcement that runs occasionally in
these parts to promote the upcoming US Census. The spot features kids running
around to the strains of the bugged-out electronic version of Beethoven's Ninth
Symphony from A Clockwork Orange
. Needless to say, it is just about impossible to make any association with this music
other than the film's ultra-violence, which of course is actually a twist on a
major point in
the plot (how's that for life imitating art?). It seems a bit pointless to ask
"what were they thinking" when discussing the actions of a government,
but this one really does beg the question.
Link of the Day: The Tesla Coil Page.
Thanks Freek aka Maniac. Filled with AVI-format movies of these ultra-cool
"toys" in action.
Story of the Day: Scientists Create Half-Human, Half-Silicon Chip.