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Friday, May 23, 2003

Chaser MP Movie

The Chaser Website now offers downloads of a new gameplay movie showing off multiplayer action from Cauldron Entertainment's upcoming first-person shooter. This video can be streamed, and it is available in high and low resolutions. They also have a note that they plan on releasing supplemental multiplayer maps following the game's release, and they also have this to say about the demo:
Right now, the multiplayer demo is being thoroughly tested, but will be made available for download within the next one or two weeks. You'll be informed as soon as the time has come.

Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon Gold

The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon Goes Gold is the press release announcing that Bethesda Softworks' new expansion for Morrowind has gone gold (thanks Worthplaying). Word is the RPG add-on will ship to stores the first week of June, and here's a bit more: "You'll have a choice of stories to follow and have the opportunity to defend the colony, take control over how the colony is built up, and eliminate the werewolves. Or, you can decide to join the werewolves and become one of them, opening up a whole new style of gameplay. Bloodmoon can be played by any character at any time, whether you are just starting, in the middle of, or have already finished the main quest of Morrowind and/or the Tribunal™ expansion."

Shade Delayed

CENEGA PUBLISHING, s.r.o. announces a new release date for Shade Wrath of Angels The vision for excellence grows is the press release announcing a delay for Shade: Wrath of Angels. The new, rather large, release window for the PC version of this "chilling, cutting edge, 3D, action-horror title" is 2004, with the Xbox ETA TBD.

More NVIDIA vs. Futuremark

Nvidia accused of fudging tests (thanks Mike Martinez) is the report of the latest salvos fired in what's become a bit of a feud between the graphics chipset creators and the benchmark designers (story). In related news, the Futuremark Website (thanks Tony!!!) has a 3DMark03 patch for download with the following note: "We have now established that NVIDIA’s Detonator FX drivers contain certain detection mechanisms that cause an artificially high score when using 3DMark®03. We have just published a patch 330 for 3DMark03 that defeats the detection mechanisms in the drivers and provides correct results." Here's a bit of point/counter-point from the CNET article:
"Recently, there have been questions and some confusion regarding 3DMark 03 results obtained with certain Nvidia" products, Futuremark said in the statement. "We have now established that Nvidia's Detonator FX drivers contain certain detection mechanisms that cause an artificially high score when using 3DMark 03."

A representative at Nvidia questioned the validity of Futuremark's conclusions. "Since Nvidia is not part of the Futuremark beta program (a program which costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars to participate in), we do not get a chance to work with Futuremark on writing the shaders like we would with a real applications developer," the representative said. "We don't know what they did, but it looks like they have intentionally tried to create a scenario that makes our products look bad."

Breed SP Demo

After more failed promises than a political campaign, the single-player demo for Breed has finally been released, offering a sample of Brat Designs' upcoming first-person shooter. The 142 MB demo can be downloaded from 3D Gamers, BreedFiles.com, BreedHQ, FilePlanet (registration required), FileShack (registration required), Fragland.net, Gamer's Hell, Happy Puppy (registration required), Pixelrage, and Worthplaying.

MGS 2 Substance Patch

The Metal Gear Solid Substance Website (thanks YiYas) now offers a new version 2.0 patch for the stealthy sequel. Word is: "This patch addresses the language selection issue for the European version." The file is mirrored on 3D Gamers and Worthplaying.

Morning Q&As

  • The Matrix Online
    Fragland's Toby Ragaini interview is a video of their conversation with Monolith about The Matrix Online that also includes footage of the game. There are high and low resolution versions.
  • Jane Jensen
    The Project Jane-J Q&A on Adventure Gamers talks with the creator of the Gabriel Knight series about the history of that series, its future, and what else is going on at the Adventure Company.
  • They Came from Hollywood
    The Octopus Motor Q&A on Do It Yourself Games discusses They Game from Hollywood, their upcoming b-movie homage.
  • Lionheart
    RPG Vault's Lionheart Q&A #12 asks the following group question of the developers at Reflexive about their upcoming RPG: "Speaking as a gamer, what are a couple of things that will help differentiate Lionheart and make it stand out from other recent and current RPGs?" Though asked to speak as gamers, for some reason the respondents did not make use of 'l33t 5p34k.
  • Washington & Games
    More on Washington House Bill 1009 with Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson on GameDaily talks with the Washington state representative that proposed the recent bill that bans the sale of games depicting violence towards law enforcement.

Consolidation

Nintendo's Game Boy gears up for a fight on CNN Money reports: "The next 18 months could see a shift in the handheld gaming space, however. Four serious competitors are looking to steal a piece of Nintendo's most lucrative market." Also: Profits decline at Nintendo as GameCube sales fall short of target (thanks Mike Martinez).

Morning Screenshots

Competitions

The winners of the Warcraft III Map Contest have been posted. "All of the winning maps will be included in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, and the contest winners will receive a signed copy of the game and have their names added to both the Blizzard Friends list and the in-game credits."

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

I think I mentioned when I was describing plans to see the Spider-Man movie that I have a poor recent history at actually making it to the movie theater to see things during their first runs (I ended up only finally catching the wall-crawler on the satellite). This is due to a variety of reasons, including MrsBlue's lack of affection for the process as well as the fact that I hadn't ever visited a theater since leaving New York City, where theaters are a stroll up affair. Daunted, however, by the prospect of trying to live through the span between now and when The Matrix Reloaded hits cable or DVD (not to mention the third movie in the trilogy coming out in November) without being overly exposed to plot points and people's impressions about such a highly anticipated movie, I finally managed to accomplish the trip to the multiplex to get to see the new installment. I certainly won't do anything to spoil this for those who haven't made it themselves yet (I appreciate the use of hidden text in forum postings here about the movie), but for what it's worth, I had a fine old time.

Link of the Day: Global Anti-Spam Day. It was yesterday -- they should have emailed all of us.
Stories of the Day: Lawmakers, tech industry push spam law.
California Senate OKs antispam bill.
Will Taxing E-Mail Stop Spam?
Weird Science: EU alternative to GPS system threatened.
South Asia Indian man's 65 years as OAP.
Wild Science: Taking the shutterbug out of the picture.
Sprial bound.
Media of the Day: TechTV Ant Farm Case Mod. Thanks Doom (not Ant?!?).
Follow-ups: What If SCO Is Right?
Harvard study wrestles with Gator.
Thanks Mike Martinez.
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