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Signed On Oct 30, 1999, 19:41
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News Comments > Medal of Honor SP Demo
55. Re: Posting leaked demos Jan 1, 2002, 18:35  Frans 
 
Hmmm... interesting comments, sarcastic or otherwise, on this release.

Let's get a few things out of the way: we didn't post this to get up anyone's *ss or to put magazines out of business. Our first responsibility is to you, our readers, to inform you to the best of our ability of what news is out there in gaming land, while also not needlessly and intentionally putting any particular party (ie. developer, publisher, magazine, other websites, our website) in a bad position.

That means we will generally honor embargoes on news and files (if we're aware of them), and certainly not break them ourselves. So when, for instance, a demo or patch release is scheduled for a certain time, we will post about it not a minute sooner. However, things get tricky with files that are to be released through a magazine first. Sooner or later, before or shortly after the mag's publication, the file will be uploaded and distributed online. It's inevitable, and it's rarely possible to contain it once it spreads beyond the site it was uploaded to. If that happens prior to the mag's release, it's tough for the magazine and the publisher, but we at Blue's News can rarely help to avoid the embargo being broken (we've done so in a few instances though), and it ultimately isn't our responsibility when it happens. The resulting news however, does become our responsibility.

So leaked demos, especially as eagerly anticipated as this one, put us in a bad position if we continue to sit on the news. This file had been out since Sunday night, became more widely distributed this past night, and was already mentioned on several other news sites and in forums all over the place, including this very Blue's Board. Since, as above, we also don't like to put ourselves in a bad position, and do you a disservice by not posting about it, there comes a point when we have to move forward and do our job of news reporting. That's what happened around noon today.

Now, I'll agree there is a fine line between reporting on a new demo if it's leaked, and hosting a local copy, but that decision was based on the particular nature of this download, which could be reduced by a sizable 25 MB. Posting it just on 3D Gamers (where I strip DirectX from demos whenever possible) was a given, but with the two Blue's News servers there would be more download capacity available (even though that's now all maxed out too :o), and we felt this ultimately provided a better service to you, our readers.

We're aware that we're now contributing to putting other parties in an undesirable position, and we regret that, but there simply is no good way to resolve this situation once the events unfold. And for the record, up to the time of this posting we have not been formally requested to pull the mirrors, nor have any of the other sites as far as I know.

Thank you for reading this far.

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News Comments > Medal of Honor SP Demo
40. Re: 3D Gamers Jan 1, 2002, 17:15  Frans 
 
Does anybody else think the 3dgamers site is in serious need of a redesign?
Yes, I full agree. You have one for me? If not, we'll do with the current one until a new one is ready, thank you very much. At least it loads fast because it's a simple design.

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News Comments > Medal of Honor SP Demo
38. Re: Install problems Jan 1, 2002, 17:09  Frans 
 
hmmm, i have downloaded the sp demo from here and it won't install. Even though i tell it not to install directx8 it asks for a file that's not in the zip - it asks me to point it to the location of the file (still thinking that it's on the cd).. anyone else have this problem??
The only cause I can think of for that problem is when you unzipped the file without preserving the directory structure.

In the folder you unzipped it, you should have 10 files (Setup.exe, 2 .cab files, Readme.txt, etc.) and a 'redist' folder. That in turn should have a 'DirectX8' folder which should have 10 empty files for the DirectX stuff. It doesn't work if the files are missing, then you'll get the CD prompt, but with the structure intact and the empty files present, it should work.

Let me know if you still can't get it installed and I'll try to help.

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News Comments > MW4: Black Knight MP Demo
7. Re: Your Time Has Come! Jan 1, 2002, 16:56  Frans 
 
yet I can't play the Comanche 4 test unless I set my system date back before Nov 17th.
FYI, a non-expiring demo was released shortly after that date, and an even newer one with multiplayer a few weeks back:
http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&threadid=31545

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News Comments > Medal of Honor SP Demo
4. Re: not working Jan 1, 2002, 12:36  Frans 
 
A brief server syncing problem, all fixed now.

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News Comments > Quake II Source Code
29. Re: what the hell? Dec 28, 2001, 14:42  Frans 
 
i've tried all the links. is it just me that can't get the source code?
The old distribution has been superseded with the latest one: http://www.bluesnews.com/files/idstuff/source/q2source-3.21.shtml

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News Comments > Homeplanet Site
5. Re: mOo Dec 27, 2001, 12:31  Frans 
 
How about some vids detailing the capabilities of the game engine and the game itself?
There's one on the Russian site, featuring Russian text and voiceovers, in two download sizes: http://www.revoltgames.com/homeplanet/files.html

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News Comments > Grandia II Movies
2. Re: typo? Dec 25, 2001, 19:19  Frans 
 
Oops - fixed. Thanks.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Dedication Dec 25, 2001, 09:35  Frans 
 
Thanks for the kind words, but in my "defense" I'd like to remark that in the Netherlands, Xmas Eve isn't widely celebrated so, uhm, I just played the new MoH demo map for a while and then rounded up a few more news bits.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: It's a t-shirt christmas here... Dec 24, 2001, 11:24  Frans 
 
Word is some hardware died and it's unknown when they'll be back up.

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News Comments > Dungeon Siege Movie
5. Re: The wait is killing me... Dec 21, 2001, 00:27  Frans 
 
April, actually, officially
http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&threadid=30144

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News Comments > Pool of Radiance Patches
2. Re: No Patch Dec 20, 2001, 17:56  Frans 
 
You must have the page cached or something... do a hard reload or clear your cache. They are really there.

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News Comments > Aliens Vs. Predator 2 Patch, Maps
2. Re: Sierra's FTP's are SO bad Dec 17, 2001, 20:27  Frans 
 
The patch server is always very fast for me, but I agree the main server is horrible. You can find mirrors at 3D Gamers (http://www.3dgamers.com/games/alienspredator2/) and AvPNews (http://www.avpnews.com/).

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News Comments > Medal of Honor MP Demo
18. Re: Wheeee! Dec 13, 2001, 23:31  Frans 
 
why was FileFront mirror removed? something wrong with it?
It kept giving me a 403 Forbidden error and now they have removed the file altogether, hence it was removed from the story. You can check back later in case they add it again.

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News Comments > Medal of Honor MP Demo
9. Re: No subject Dec 13, 2001, 22:45  Frans 
 
3D Gamers links seem to be broken.
The links are valid, it's just that the ftp servers are maxed out all the time. Two of these popular demos in one day is a wee bit much.

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News Comments > Ozzy's Black Skies Dies
8. Re: No subject Dec 6, 2001, 20:42  Frans 
 
I liked the original title better: "Flying Heroes."
That was an entirely different game, released in May 2000:
http://www.flying-heroes.com/

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News Comments > Breed Site, Screenshots
7. Re: No subject Dec 4, 2001, 20:48  Frans 
 
Actually, they uploaded the screenshots using double digit filenames (pic01a.jpg, 02, ... 09, 10, ... 24) but the flash thingy referred to them by regular numbers (1, 2, ...9, 10...) so the first nine links produced broken images. They've fixed their flash today indeed.

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News Comments > International Half-Life 1.0.1.3 Patches
2. Re: half life updater Dec 4, 2001, 20:42  Frans 
 
I recently found out that, while we removed the version 1107 auto-updaters at Valve's request when v1108 came out, the auto-updaters for those are hard to come by and the game doesn't always retrieve the latest auto-updater automatically, as you've found out as well.

I've asked Valve for new copies of the latest auto-updaters (both Half-Life and Counter-Strike) and will put them back on Blue's and 3D Gamers once I've got them (might take until next week).

You sure choose an old story to attach that comment to, by the way.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Lesson one Dec 4, 2001, 18:21  Frans 
 
In my experience, it really doesn't make a damn bit of difference what's put on the game's website.
But in our experience, it does, and it's from that experience that Blue wrote his advice. You don't seem to have an idea how frantic early mornings are here, when the initial update is being compiled that contains many of the mod stories. Under that time pressure, there's little more frustrating than having to spend ten minutes figuring out what a mod is about and what it does. At that point, an email inquiry isn't going to help either.

There's basically two types of mod stories, those that we want to report about because we feel they're of interest to a significant part of our audience, and those that are mailed in because the author seeks publicity. The former mostly applies to the "big" mods but that still doesn't dismiss the author(s) from making it easier on anyone (not just us) wanting to find out about a mod to explain it on the site. For the latter, we do actually inquire when time permits, but in general I'd say that seeking publicity without explaining what for is just, well, rather short-sighted.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Level 18 Dec 2, 2001, 15:40  Frans 
 
Hidden texts ahead

level 17: someone already provided a hint for this one, but another way to solve it is to place the refractor right above the right-most bulb.

level 18: here the fact that the double sided mirrors can also be passed by a beam down the middle is crucial, as is the refractor being passed through twice. More specifically: you have to go twice around the block.

Ok, time to tackle the final three levels.

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