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Monday, Sep 22, 2003

BC Generations = Universal Combat

Battlecruiser Generations rechristened on GameSpot reveals that publisher DreamCatcher Games will announce tomorrow that the upcoming installment in Derek Smart's space sim series will be renamed from Battlecruiser Generations to Universal Combat. The story describes plans for a new degree of user-friendliness and a revised focus on action over complex simulation that will accompany the name change, all intended to broaden the project's appeal.

Game Movies

Evening Previews

Evening Screenshots

DOOM 3 Interview, Shots

There's a DOOM 3 Q&A on Computer and Video Games (thanks Frans) with some brief impressions of id Software's upcoming shooter sequel/remake after getting a demo from lead designer Tim "Willets" Willits along with their conversation with id CEO Todd Hollenshead. Topics include how this project fits in with the prior DOOM games, multiplayer, the game engine, ports, and more. Accompanying the article are a couple of new screenshots.

Ships Ahoy: SC4 Rush Hour

EA Ships SimCity 4 Rush Hour Expansion Pack (thanks Frans) has word that the Rush Hour expansion for SimCity 4 has managed to avoid traffic tie-ups to arrive on store shelves. Here's a bit on the add-on: "For the first time in SimCity history, players can take charge of vehicles in their cities to drive or solve missions that earn reward buildings and vehicles. Players have the ultimate level of control over their city's transportation network by completely taking charge of roads, rail, air, and even waterways. SimCity is on the move in SimCity 4 Rush Hour."

Exclusive Robin Hood Demo

There's a Robin Hood Defender of the Crown Demo on FilePlanet (registration required), offering a sample of Cinemaware's action/strategy game based on the legendary exploits of Robin and his merry men, exclusively for their registered users (activating the demo will require a key acquired along with the download). The demo is a 175 MB download.

War of the Ring Demo

A new The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring demo is now available, offering a sample of Liquid Entertainment's upcoming Middle Earth RTS game. The single-player demo features two missions for the cost of a 120 MB download, which can be found on 3D Downloads, 3D Gamers, Boomtown, Computer Games Online, FileFront, FileShack (registration required),, Gamer's Hell, GameSpot, GameTab (Bit Torrent), IGN, and Worthplaying. Update: The game's official website is now online.

The Battle For Middle-Earth Preview

There's a The Lord of the Rings: The Battle For Middle-Earth Preview on offers a first look at the upcoming Tolkien-inspired RTS game in the works at EA (Update: The official press release announcing the game has also now been released). The article goes into detail about the origins of this project, tidbits about gameplay, and what's being done to update the C&C Generals engine, as is demonstrated in this excerpt:
The engine has also been tweaked to do some incredible things with lighting. Obviously, lighting has a huge impact on the drama of scenes in the films, so the team wanted to get that sort of graphic effect in the game as well. During the battle with the Haradrim, Verdu zoomed in to ground level -- down to a first-person shooter perspective. The lighting was simply beautiful, with gorgeous oranges and yellows and purples shooting across the evening sky and shafts of golden sun coming in at the correct angle while the sun set. According to Verdu, they're also considering ways in which lighting can utilized as a gameplay element. When I pressed them for details, though, they demurred, saying it's still in the planning stages.

Once Upon a Knight Demo

Fulfilling the promise made when the German KnightShift demo was released, an English version of the demo for Reality Pump's RTS game, to be titled Once Upon a Knight in North America, is now available. The demo, a whopping 443 MB download offering a portion of a campaign and a quick RPG mission, can be found on 3D Gamers, Computer Games Online, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, IGN, and Worthplaying.

Starfury and Hotrod ASD Demos

A Hot Rod American Street Drag Demo has been released. Though the link on the site to download the budget racer demo is broken, the working link is here, and since that server may not be able to handle much of a load, mirrors are also available on 3D Gamers and Worthplaying. Also, The Shrapnel Games Website offers downloads of the version 1.00 demo of Space Empires: Starfury, the newest chapter in this ongoing science-fiction action/RPG saga.

Serious Sam 2 Update

Croteam's Get Serious Website has an update on progress on Serious Sam 2, describing how happy they are with the decision to create a new version of the Serious engine, and how the tools for the Serious Engine 2 are already in workable shape, and their intention of releasing a technology demo/benchmark "in the near future." Thanks xxzen.

Afternoon Q&As

Thanks Frans.

Afternoon Previews

New ET Pro

A new version 2.0 of ET Pro is now available, updating this competition mod for Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. The update includes a couple of gameplay tweaks and optimizations, as well as a number of bug and exploit fixes.

Game Development & Mods

The Relic Entertainment Website has word that they plan on releasing the engine for Homeworld as well as the mod tools for Homeworld 2 on Friday, via their Relic Developer's Network. Thanks HomeLAN Fed.

The Mod Squads

The P.A.I.N Website has been put back online, dedicated to this old-school Quake mod, which can still be found there (fire up the 9600 baud modem, it's a 2.9 MB download).

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

The service for my mom was lovely... those of us in her family were somewhat aware of her influence in her field (a retired school principal turned educational consultant) and her extended group of friends, but a crowd of more than 450 attendees was a bit more than most of us expected, and I've never seen a more touching funeral.

Obviously, my own process will be more drawn out, but I think it's about time to put this to rest as a topic on the site here. Thanks once again for all the support so many of you have showed, and also thanks to those of you who availed themselves of the donation links I posted yesterday. And to the couple of griefers who chose to twist this all to their own uses, you are forgiven... my mom would have wanted it that way. =]

My mom was a great person, and I will miss her every day of my life, but it's been great being able to share her with you and others these past few days, and I thank you for that. And remember, Carpe Diem.

Links of the Day: ALA Banned Books Week.
Stories of the Day: Air Force cadet charged for running porn site.
For better or worse, the Internet is radically changing dating and romance in America.
Science!: New Theory Universe Was Born in a Black Hole.
Auction of the Day: His & Hers glass urinals. Thanks Dan Leadbetter.
Thanks Mike Martinez.
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