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Homepage http://www.bluesnews.com/
Signed On Oct 30, 1999, 19:41
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News Comments > Consolidation
6. Re: Cut-scene footage? Jan 23, 2002, 14:02  Frans 
 
Maybe I've just missed something, but in the last month and more, I've seen all these posts regarding console game reviews, but they're *always* for the Xbox and the PS2. How come there aren't any GameCube reviews getting posted? It's not like there aren't any reviews to post, ya know...
We don't cover all gaming genres in Consolidation, we tend to focus on those games with past (eg. Max Payne, Elite Force, Giants, etc) or future (Halo, Grand Theft Auto III) PC counterparts, and stick mostly to action games, ported or native (Metal Gear Solid 2). About the only GameCube title fitting in there (to my knowledge) is Rogue Leader, and thus we have mentioned every review of it that came by - more than ten since the game's release - but few if any other titles. Over time, more GameCube ports of PC/Xbox/PS2 action titles are expected (eg. Agent Under Fire) and we'll be sure to mention those as well.

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News Comments > Bid for Power Q3A
8. Re: No subject Jan 19, 2002, 13:16  Frans 
 
blue, you need to further check into things before you post. it hasnt been involved with dragonball z for quite some time since funimation made them shut it down. they have now released it w/o any relation to dragonball.
First, blue didn't post that. Second, I got that initial Dragonball Z reference from their About page: http://www.bidforpower.com/about.php
I'm aware of the copyright issues but since they still listed DBZ on the site, who am I to argue? Anyway, they subsequently alerted us that that page is out of date, so I replaced it with the description from the FAQ page instead.


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News Comments > Wolfenstein SDK Released
2. Re: No Source Code Jan 18, 2002, 20:44  Frans 
 
Well, the emphasis should be on tools and id Software said in their mail, "tools for making maps and mods" hence the above phrase. But you're right, no source code is included so the options to make mods are rather limited, I guess.

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News Comments > The Shadow of Zorro Q&A
3. Re: This Interview Jan 18, 2002, 14:55  Frans 
 
They did (read their headline), but we know it's not (read my story). That GamesPress link requires signing up at the site though, it's intended solely for distributing press releases, screenshots etc. to gaming sites and not for the general public.

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News Comments > Xymph's Overture
10. Re: PHP Jan 18, 2002, 11:00  Frans 
 
If you're going to add scripting and database connectivity to Blues, why not look into PHP?
Because the news database, message board, .plan tracker and everything else is already Perl and MySQL - I'd like to stick with the program. I'm aware that PHP may be easier in some ways to get a new system off the ground, but we already have Perl modules for various parts of the site that I can hook into, which makes it more convenient to develop the new stuff in Perl as well, rather than mix programming systems.

And not to feed the trolls but I'm not a zealot for any particular language, I just try to use the one most suited to the task at hand, and Perl is a useful intermediary between Shell and C.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: frans Jan 15, 2002, 15:45  Frans 
 
while on the topic of the forum: why doesnt the comments link open a new window like all the other links?
Only external links are affected by the Launch Links option, site-internal links like the comments, .plans and download pages use the same window.
am i alone in wanting these links open a new window too?
Possibly. I think it's kinda logical for a site like ours that only external links open a new window.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: nothing Jan 15, 2002, 09:33  Frans 
 
Look above the posts: there's a little pull-down menu with 3 View options that does what you want.

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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
2. Re: Dang Jan 15, 2002, 09:19  Frans 
 
No, just catch-up day after a mail outage. Read Out of the Blue.

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News Comments > Wolfenstein to Bust Punks
94. Re: I case you hadn't noticed. Jan 14, 2002, 20:54  Frans 
 
How come this thread no longer appears under popular threads on the main page? Just curious.
Because the Popular Threads list only contains threads from the past week. When a thread is a week old, it's expired off that list, but can still continue to grow off course (albeit typically at a slow rate).

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News Comments > Jedi Outcast Update
12. Re: link broke Jan 11, 2002, 17:12  Frans 
 
No, just refresh a few times until it shows up. It appears their website is running on 2 (or more) servers and not all of them are in sync with the latest content.

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News Comments > Freedom Force Preview
6. Re: That Link seems to be broken? Jan 9, 2002, 13:08  Frans 
 
Yep, just read it. Glad you can still visit this site.

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News Comments > HoveRace Q&A
4. Re: No mouse support? Jan 9, 2002, 13:02  Frans 
 
I feel like I remember playing a tech demo of this years ago, and it was in the very very early stages. I want to say no sound, or really bad sound. No interface, just steer, and that was about it. Anyone know if this is the same thing?
That was the first tech demo. A newer compatibility test demo was released last September, although it's still nowhere near a complete game:
http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&threadid=28886

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Frans Rules The Cosmos Jan 7, 2002, 22:53  Frans 
 
Thanks everyone, we went to visit the happy parents today, and it's a beautiful baby.
Presumably those would be some of those fancy dutch cigars?
Probably; if I'd smoke, that is.

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News Comments > Freedom Force Preview
4. Re: That Link seems to be broken? Jan 5, 2002, 20:21  Frans 
 
That has nothing to do with your browser or OS, but sounds like a DNS problem at your provider. I wanted to suggest to access the site via their IP address (193.45.143.6) but that doesn't work since they're using virtual hosting for and the IP resolves to the main MGON site (which hosts the *Center network). So the only thing you can do is bug your provider to get their name server in sync with the rest of the world.

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News Comments > Medal of Honor Official SP Demo
42. Re: BlueDean Jan 5, 2002, 12:09  Frans 
 
As I understand it loony *got* paid. However, there came a time when Blue wasn't able to continue paying him a reasonable salary anymore. So loony decided to take the job at Shacknews...
That's about right, although it's a part-time gig, and Jason found a full-time day job in Manhattan soon after... he's doing fine now.

There are two issues with this call for more "content." One is crossing the fine line between reporting on news and generating it - a journalistic no-no as someone in the other MoH demo thread pointed out so viciously. We consider mirroring (or occasionally even premiering) demos and patches, or posting screenshots, more of a service than generating content, but doing previews, dairies, interviews and what have you is a different ball-park.

The other is time. As someone here already observed, we're working pretty crazy hours between the two of us. Apart from keeping up with mailed-in news and tracking down new stories ourselves, Blue needs to attend to the business side of the site, and I attend to 3D Gamers. During the week, neither of us has time to play games to any extent, so taking press builds for a spin and writing a good preview on them, or preparing an in-depth interview, just isn't feasible. And during the weekend we'd like to take it a bit easier just like the rest of the world, too.

So while we have in the past considered doing more "content," it remains something that doesn't very much appeal to us.

However, what we would like to work on is offering more services. We have a .plan tracker, a press release archive, local file downloads and a LAN Party system, so there's definitely room for expansion there. The Mailbag (more of a community service than content, anyway) is indeed regrettable sporadic since Jason's departure. Similarly, he was working on a Links database which got shelved at that time. We're handicapped by a lack of programming capacity (my Perl/CGI skils are rudimentary, and Steve's are absent ;P) but I'd still like to pose this question:

Do you have a suggestion for a worthwhile service to add to the site?

And, it doesn't go without saying, thanks for the kind words and support many have expressed here.

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News Comments > Medal of Honor Official SP Demo
38. Re: This is just LOL Jan 5, 2002, 09:48  Frans 
 
Frans, please post the original file again without the DX 8.1...
Apart from, as someone already observed, the copyright issues regarding the way a demo is released - I can understand that DirectX is included in CD-ROM demos to help reduce tech support issues but believe that it should never be included in online demos to avoid download size bloat, so I feel it's acceptable to strip it out if possible (but the other thread already showed not everyone agrees to that) - there's the simple fact that this new file isn't a .zip so it can't be unpacked and re-zipped without DX in the first place.

I was in touch with GameSpy/FilePlanet last night before they posted the file, discussing the possibility that they would leave out DX. But considering it was somewhat tricky to make it work in our original stripped version (and there still were complaints from folks having trouble installing it), they choose to not risk problems with this. I can respect that, although the extra 25 MB to download remains unfortunate.

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News Comments > Medal of Honor Official SP Demo
9. Re: BlueDean Jan 5, 2002, 00:04  Frans 
 
early-morning (european time) updates
Oh? They always feel like really really late night updates to me.

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News Comments > Medal of Honor Official SP Demo
8. Re: Another download link here... Jan 5, 2002, 00:02  Frans 
 
I'm sorry I had to remove that post, but now that the official demo is out, we'll have to ask you to refrain from posting links to the previous versions of it.

I'm working on a local copy with more mirrors, should be up in about 20 minutes.

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News Comments > Freedom Force Preview
2. Re: That Link seems to be broken? Jan 4, 2002, 22:40  Frans 
 
Works fine for me. How exactly is it "broken," ie. what error do you get?

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News Comments > Medal of Honor SP Demo
56. Re: Too big Jan 1, 2002, 18:48  Frans 
 
#54, read post #38. If that doesn't help, let me know.

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