Archived News:

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004

Far Cry Patch News

The Far Cry Website (thanks Frans) has word on a delay to the Far Cry version 1.2 patch based on a late update from a hardware vendor. Saying the patch is "close to being released," the update concludes:
Yesterday, a new solid patch candidate left for what we hope is the last series of tests.

We are all looking forward to releasing this very ambitious Far Cry upgrade, and we know we need to give it our best to make sure we live up to your expectations.

Derek Smart and Freespace 3?

A speculative question from 3000 AD's Derek Smart on the Adrenaline Vault Forums (thanks Rake) polls interest in him acquiring the rights to Freespace 3, making the following statements in a pair of posts:
....Derek Smart, yeah, that would be me, got the license from my friends at Interplay (a publisher I had very good experiences with); would you buy Freespace 3 if I made it?

Discuss. Rave. Rant. Argue. But this is something I am seriously considering, given that it looks like Interplay has started off loading properties (starting with Fallout3). I mean, just think. Would you rather see this legacy license fall into the wrong hands?
...
I have already contacted my Interplay contact about it btw.

Evening Q&As

  • AO: Alien Invasion
    The Alien Invasion Q&A Part 3 on Anarchy Online Hell talks with Funcom's Marius Enge to continue their investigation of the upcoming Alien Invasion expansion for Anarchy Online, their sci-fi MMORPG.
  • Tabula Rasa
    The Tabula Rasa Q&A on FileFront chats with Paul Sage, lead designer on Tabula Rasa, NCSoft's upcoming MMORPG: "Our goal has been to design Tabula Rasa to appeal to casual gamers in terms of both the gameplay and the time commitment. While we definitely want this game to be immersive and satisfying, we also want to respect the time of our players."
  • Blood Magic
    RPG Vault's Blood Magic Q&A is online, as "Game Designer Martha Sapeta conjures up an edifying introduction to developer Sky Fallen's intriguing action RPG."
  • SA Gaming
    The Q&A with Augusto Bülow on Experience Gaming talks with the director of projects at Espaço Informática Ltda about the South American gaming scene.

WON to be Lost

Steam News offers details on the shutdown of the WON authentication system, which has been superseded by Steam:
Starting July 26th the shutdown of the WON authentication servers will begin. This process will be completed on July 31st. This means players will no longer be able to access Internet features of Valve games, such as Counter-Strike 1.5, using the WON authentication servers. Users can continue using Valve games on the Steam service by downloading the Steam installer and setting up a Steam account. For more information visit www.steampowered.com. Counter-Strike 1.5 players will be upgraded to Counter-Strike 1.6 free of charge through Steam.

Evening Preview

X2 Patch Tomorrow

X2: The Threat to get huge update on GameSpot has news of plans to release a patch for the space sim tomorrow:
Among the major additions to the game in the patch are player-operated docks, a new Xenon invasion mission, the ability to capture alien ships, and a new "artificial life" engine that makes the gameworld more dynamic and lifelike. The patch also changes some ship specifications and fixes some bugs and gameplay issues.

Evening Screenshots

Half-Life 2 Arrests Follow-up

The net's sleuths on Guardian Unlimited Online (thanks Stoo) has more on what lead to the arrests of the folks alleged to have stolen the Half-Life 2 source code (story). Here's the intro: "Hackers stole the biggest PC gaming sequel in history, but they didn't count on being tracked down by the people they believed were supporters - the gaming fans."

DOOM 3 Mac, Linux, and Demo Details

CEO of id Software Todd Hollenshead updated his .plan offering thanks to the many well-wishers on the occasion of DOOM 3 going gold, while providing some further details on what's happening with Mac and Linux editions of the game, a demo, and more:
Mac and Linux: Unfortunately I don't have dates for either of these. However, Linux binaries will be available very soon after the PC game hits store shelves. There are no plans for boxed Linux games. More remains to be done for the OSX version of DOOM 3 and that will take some time. We won't release the OSX version until it's just as polished as the PC version. The date for OSX DOOM 3 remains "when it's done", but I can confirm that it's definitely coming.

Demo: our priority was finishing the game first and now we are turning our attention to the demo. I don't have any information to share regarding any specific content, but I don't believe that we have ever disappointed in that regard in the past. We will release the demo as soon as it's done, but this probably won't happen until after the game has arrived on U.S. store shelves.

Last, but not least, the id Store: we will have copies of DOOM 3 available, but only after we get them. I'm sure that some of the hardcore game retailers will get them even before we do. Check our website for updates on this. We certainly appreciate everyone who has helped to make the id Store a huge success this year. By the way, more DOOM 3 T-Shirts just arrived, so those popular items are back in stock and will be available this week.

I understand that people have lots and lots of questions. We're working on pulling together some form of an official FAQ, but even though we're done we still have several responsibilities that are urgent as the game heads for retail. Please bear with us on this.

I know I owe you those preparation tips, but they will have to wait until tomorrow.

LucasArts Bash

A press event was conducted yesterday to show off some of what LucasArts has in the works. Here are some of the results: By the way, the related flurry of LucasArts movies that were put online yesterday are just a recycling of previously released E3 trailers.

Game Movies

A new The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth movie is now available (thanks Frans), showing off the upcoming Tolkien RTS game. The clip is entitled "The Making of a Cinematic - Evil Osgiliath," available in low and high resolutions on The Battle for Middle Earth Website. Also, a new Need for Speed: Underground 2 movie is now available on Gamedaily, a 10 MB download, mirrored on 3D Gamers, Computer Games Online, and Filerush (torrent).

Condition Zero Patch

Steam News (thanks Frans) has word on this week's update through the content delivery system, where an update for Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and HLTV has been released. Word is: "Steam will update itself automatically when you restart. CZ servers will need to be restarted in order to run this update."

Morning Q&As

Dear Diaries

A pair of new Medal of Honor Pacific Assault diaries are online, this one a fourth entry from multiplayer design lead Ed Moore ominously titled ""Why I Dislike Multiplayer Games." Also, this diary provides a first entry from designer Benson Russell on the topic of "Game Design 101." Thanks Frans. Also, Sid Meier's Pirates! Designer Diary #2 on GameSpot is written by Firaxis cofounder and CEO Jeffrey Briggs on the topic of: "Reality: Threat or Menace?"

Morning Previews

Site Seeing - Dungeon Lords

The official Dungeon Lords Website is now actually online (about a week after we got word it launched), providing a Flash-y home to the upcoming RPG in the works at Heuristic Park.

Morning Screenshots

Thanks Frans.

The Mod Squads

The Nexuiz Website now offers downloads of a second video showing off more of their upcoming stand-alone game that uses a modified version of the Quake engine. Also, there's a Hostile Intent Q&A on modDB.com talking about the future of the Hostile Intent modification for Half-Life.

Help Wanted - Game Tester

S3 Graphics announces: "an exciting six-month Game Testing Contractor position available now" for a bilingual (Japanese and English) game tester in their Fremont, CA offices: "Familiar with MMORPGs, First Person Shooters and RTS games and extensive PC gaming knowledge including background information of game engine, highly anticipated games in development, gaming events, PC gaming hardware and devices, gaming community, gaming news sites." Word is: "Please Email your resume with cover letter to HR@viatech.com indicating 'Game Testing Contractor' in subject line of your E-mail)."

Game Development & Mods

The Unreal Tournament Website offers another set of Make Something Unreal Contest Phase 3 Finalists for the Model category.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Well, in the three days since I attempted to pinpoint the annual summer slowdown in gaming news, we've had the announcement of development of Fallout 3 and the announcement that DOOM 3 is gold. Certainly doesn't diminish the arguments that some make about sequel-mania, but it sure isn't a slowdown. This sure supports what I said at the time: "as soon as you think you've picked up all the patterns around here they will change on you."

Unfortunately, as you may have noticed, the big news kind of knocked us offline. We weren't Slashdotted, but we were FARKed (if you're going to FARK me, at least take me to dinner first). I need to see what can be done to bolster the site against such fortuitous linking turning out to be a problem in the future, but in the meantime, a HUGE thank you to Frans for working on temporary solutions to help keep things running for the moment, which is why you are able to read this. It's quite possible that some scripted elements of the site such as the news archive may be broken for all or part of today as a result, but the forums are still working, and responding properly once more.

Play Time: RedmondRaid.com - Revenge of the Angry Penguins.
Link of the Day: Why No One Want Make Hulk 2? Thanks tron.
X800 for $35. Thanks Wookiestick.
Stories of the Day: R.I.P. Prize Goldfish in a Bag. Thanks Ant.
Decaf coffee brews ownership controversy.
Science!: Mission planned to deflect asteroid. Ben Affleck to detonate Gigli on its surface.
More Disks Lost at Los Alamos.
Shark shields for surfboards.
Image of the Day: UserFriendly. Thanks Mox.
Media of the Day: Heart Thingie. Thanks indiv. Pretty damn gross.
Follow-up: Space shuttle 'could fix Hubble'.
Thanks Mike Martinez
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