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Friday, Jan 09, 2004

Battlefield 1942 SitRep

A quick community update on the Battlefield 1942 Website (thanks Frans) has some new year's wishes, an update on the mapping contest, and the latest on the upcoming version 1.6 patch for DICE's World War II shooter:
The 1.6 patch is still in testing here at EA. We have one more issue to nail down so please be will definitely be worth the wait. We've tested most of the mods with the 1.6 patch and a few are not working correctly. The mods which are problematic include:
  • Interstate '42
  • Galactic Conquest
  • Eve of Destruction
  • Battlegroup 42
We will be releasing a debug executable with the 1.6 patch. This debug will log assertion errors, allowing modders to determine what's causing problems in their mod as well as optimize it for best performance.

Evening Q&As

  • UT2004
    There's an Interview and Concept Art Double Feature on FiringSquad talking with Epic Games' Cliff Bleszinski about the ongoing results of the big Make Something Unreal competition, as well as a bit on progress on UT2004. Included is some new UT2004 concept art.
  • EverQuest II
    EQ2 Vault's Ask SOE #12 continues this series probing for info about EverQuest II from the folks at Sony Online Entertainment. This time out Steve "Moorgard" Danuser answers questions about the fruits of questing, bonuses for those who maintain EQ accounts, a bit on the spell system, and more.

New Frozen Throne Map

The WarCraft III Bonus Maps Page now offers downloads of a new map for WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne titled River of Souls. Here's how the map is described: "This war has raged for generations. Don't be deceived by the river's clarity. Its icy waters have often run red with blood, and soon the River of Souls will feast on the fallen again." Thanks Frans.

Evening Previews

Strike Fighters HotFix

The Strike Fighters: Project 1 Files Page now offers downloads of a patch for Third Wire's jet combat game: "The GameSpy HotFix resolves some of the issues users were encountering while attempting to start multiplayer games on GameSpy Arcade." There are also updated versions SP2a of the most recent full patches for the game, presumable incorporating this fix. Thanks Frans.

Evening Screenshots

Including the first public Star Wars: Republic Commando shots.

Kuma Diary

Action Vault's Kuma War: Developer Diary #4 is online, in which Kuma Reality Games' Dante Anderson discusses one example mission from their upcoming game based on current events. Dante describes how they are depicting the mission where U.S. forces locate and capture Saddam Hussein, outlining their efforts at creating a mission that's both fun to play, and "interesting from a historical standpoint."

Dear Diaries

A new Middle-Earth Online Diary is online, in which Namarie from the Middle-Earth Online team describes what measures they are planning to create a more realistic environment than other RPGs when it comes to learning other character's attributes. Also, a new The Matrix Online Diary offer more on The Matrix Online, the upcoming MMO Matrix game, discussing the combat abilities of the planned Soldier class. Also, the latest PlanetSide Producer's Letter is online, with TSlothrop describing more of the latest plans for the future of PlanetSide, SOE's MMOFPS (thanks Frans). Finally, HomeLAN Fed's Dead Man's Hand Developers Diary - Part 4 is online, in which Human Head Studios designer Dave Halsted talks more about development of Dead Man's Hand, their upcoming western-themed shooter, revealing along the way that the Xbox version is about to go gold, to be followed shortly by a gold announcement for the PC version.

Morning Q&As

H&D2 & More Patches

A new patch is now available for Hidden & Dangerous 2, updating Illusion Softworks' World War II strategy shooter sequel to version 1.03. The 66 MB patch addresses a bunch of bugs while also implementing single- and multiplayer improvements. The download is mirrored on 3D Gamers, ActionTrip, Adrenaline Vault, Boomtown (registration required), Gamer's Hell, Loadedinc (registration required), and Worthplaying. Also, a new version 1.58 of Shattered Galaxies is now available, updating this free-to-play MMO space strategy game, and adding stuff like new maps and special warp portals. The new version is up on the Shattered Galaxy Website and mirrored on Adrenaline Vault and Worthplaying. Finally, a new patch for Euro Club Manager 03/04 is now available, updating this soccer/football management sim to version 1.05. The 500 KB patch can be found on the GMX Media Website (registration not required in spite off what it says) and mirrored on Adrenaline Vault, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying. There is also a 165 MB demo of the game, available on GMX Media (again, registration not actually required) and mirrored on Gamer's Hell and Worthplaying.

Morning Previews

Vietcong: Fist Alpha Website

The Vietcong Homepage now offers a link to launch the brand new Flash-only site dedicated to Vietcong: Fist Alpha, the upcoming add-on for Illusion/Pterodon's Vietnam War first-person shooter. Thanks Frans.

Morning Screenshots

Game Guidance

There's a Chrome Guide on the Stratos Group with details on the weapons, implants, and vehicles in Techland's first-person shooter along with a complete walkthrough on getting past each of the game's missions.

The Mod Squads

There's a UFO Alien Invasion Q&A Gamers With Jobs talking with Herby, coder on UFO: Alien Invasion, an X-COM-inspired strategy game that uses id Software's Quake II engine. Also, version 1.2 of the Red Orchestra mod looks like it's going to be released on Sunday.

Game Development & Mods - More on HL2 SDK

The Massive Assault Utilities Page now offers downloads of the Massive Assault Scenario Editor to allow users to create their own missions for the strategy game. Word is: "The best scenarios created by the players will be included in the future game’s updates." Also, an update to the Half-Life 2 dev kit definitely coming soon story on GameSpot follows-up Half-Life 2 SDK imminence reports (story) with a quote from Valve's Doug Lombardi saying: "We will be releasing v.1 of that in the coming weeks," while Doug also refutes rumors that the SDK is delayed because Valve is being sued by Havok over the code leak. Thanks Ant and PlanetHalf-Life.

Help Wanted

The Tilted Mill Entertainment homepage (thanks Frans) puts out the call for programmers as well as a help wanted for an additional artist and a writer.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


  • The Yager Server Registry is where to post information if you are running a Yager server so that players can find it, as there is no Yager server browser. Thanks YiYas...

Out of the Blue

Man has it gotten cold! I was definitely enjoying the unseasonable warmness that marked the end of 2003 around these parts. At approximately 0.0001% body fat, I am just not built for cold snaps. On that topic, Ice Age Ancestry May Keep Body Warmer and Healthier (registration required) is an article sent along today by linkmeister general Mike Martinez with a bit on the science behind keeping warm. This just makes me wonder how my ancestors made it through the ice age, as if they adapted to the cold, it's hard to see what of that they passed along to me. I am pretty good at building campfires (and in more civilized moments, working the thermostat).... maybe that's my genetic gift in this regard.

Stories of the Day: Bush to Announce New Missions to Moon, Mars.
Half of pubs tested fail measures blitz. Thanks Enahs.
Texas Man Receives $7 Million Water Bill. Thanks Viperfour.
Science!: Supernova, sun combo blamed for mass extinction.
Farmed Salmon Have More Contaminants Than Wild Ones, Study Finds (registration required).
Alzheimer's disease cause identified.
Image of the Day: Friends foil Olympia man's home. Thanks Enahs.
Follow-ups: Woman drops lawsuit to stop lottery payout.
Stardust Captures the Best Comet Image Ever.
Thanks Mike Martinez.
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