Archived News:

Monday, Jan 13, 2003

Counter-Strike 1.6 Plans

Valve sends word that their plan is to begin the 2.0 beta test of their Steam broadband content delivery system this Thursday, January 16. Included in the beta will be the release of Counter-Strike version 1.6, "which introduces new weapons (riot shield, FAMAS, and more) a new map (de_airstrip), as well as various fixes and tweaks." Also included in the new Steam beta will be a new version of TeamFortress Classic "featuring the introduction of the teleportation pad, a new map (ravelin), and more."

Rocky Rage?

Computer and Video Games is reporting that trading in shares of UK developer Rage has been suspended "pending clarification of the company's financial position." As for what this means for the future of the company, that is not clear yet, as they say: "A spokesperson for Rage was unavailable at the time of writing, but a full statement is expected shortly."

Purge Beta Patch

A version 1.3.3 patch for the beta test of Purge, the online LithTech FPS/RPG, is now available. Details on what's new are not readily available, but the 5 MB file can be found on FileShack (registration required), Fragland, Gamehelper and Worthplaying.

Black Hawk Down Dates

NovaLogic sends along this short announcement with word on when to expect the release of the next installment in the Delta Force series, as well as the single and multiplayer demo for Black Hawk Down. Here's the deal:
CALABASAS, CA (January 13th, 2003) - Entertainment software developer and publisher NovaLogic, Inc. today announced that they were on target to hit a new street date of March 25th, 2003 for the next installment in the Delta Force series on the PC, Delta Force - Black Hawk Down.

The company also announced that a single and multiplayer demo for the game would be available at the beginning of February. More details about the demo will be released shortly.

Set in Somalia in 1993, Delta Force - Black Hawk Down is based upon and around the Operation Restore Hope and Task Force Ranger campaigns and follows members of the elite Delta Force, U.S. Army Rangers, 10th Mountain Division and the Night Stalkers as they participate in a number of daring raids against the oppressive Somali warlords in and around Mogadishu.


HomeLan Fed's EVE Online: The Second Genesis Q&A catches up with Mike Wallis of publisher Simon & Schuster Interactive to discuss progress on Crowd Control Productions' upcoming outer-space MMORPG. Topics include where the game's development currently stands, the size of the game universe, his favorite ships, in-game communication, sound and music, the impact of E&B on their project, price structure, and more.

Gearbox Software Q&A

HomeLan Fed's Gearbox Software Q&A talks with Gearbox' Randy Pitchford about what's going on over there. Topics include the conclusion of their participation in the development of Condition Zero, what portions of their work will be used by Ritual as they continue work on C.Z., whether they will work with Valve in the future, the status of Halo for the PC, the reception NightFire has met with, their future plans, and more.

Black Hawk Down Preview

There's a Delta Force: Black Hawk Down Preview on Computer and Video Games (thanks HomeLan Fed) where they offers some quick impressions of the upcoming Delta Force game set in Somalia. Based on getting to play with a four level preview build of the game, they describe some of the activities in the included missions, and their impression of gameplay, which emphasizes action and pacing over tactics or stealthiness.

Postal 2 Q&A

ELiTeD's Postal 2 Q&A chats with Vince Desi of Running With Scissors about their upcoming Unreal-engine sequel that places the mayhem of Postal in the first-person perspective. Topics in the article format conversation include the idea behind the game, the missions the postal dude must accomplish, the variety of included characters, environmental interactivity, weapons, vehicles, multiplayer support, and more.

Morning Screenshots

Tech Bits

The Mod Squads

There's a Conflict in Somalia Q&A on talks with Blackburns from the Conflict in Somalia modification, discussing the modernized combat they are bringing to the gameplay of Battlefield 1942.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Being particularly fond of instances where life imitates art, I had to do a double-take at Wanted: What's His Name Again, a Wired article sent along as a link of the day candidate (thanks Mike Martinez). I think we're about one TButtle away from living in the world depicted in Brazil, which is perhaps my favorite all-time movie. If Michael Palin comes to your door looking for someone, be sure to double-check his paperwork.

Link of the Day: Top Ten Worst Game Covers. Thanks Ant.
Stories of the Day: New York's most expensive burger (NY Times free registration required). Thanks Mike Martinez.
Images of the Day: Lee Harvey and the Dallas Fuzz (featuring Jack Ruby). Thanks Sean Hannan.
The Real BOFH. Thanks Ant.
Nice City. Thanks Chris Grindle.
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