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Sunday, Sep 19, 2004 Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arrr!


DOOM 3 Demo

The DOOM 3 demo is now available, offering a chance to turn on your flashlight and get your ass to Mars to check out id Software's latest first-person shooter. The demo offer three levels from the game, the whopping 461 MB download is available on 3D Downloads, 3D Gamers, Computer Games Online, Ferrago, Fileaholic, FileFront, Filerush (torrent), FileShack (registration required),, Gameguru Mania, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying.

Sunday Q&As

  • Battlefield 2
    There's a new Battlefield 2 Q&A in the Battlefield Newsletter (thanks HomeLAN Fed) talking with Lars Gustavsson about the next Battlefield game: "Battlefield 2 will ship during the spring of 2005, so while the whole team is working hard to get all the features and content in, things are coming together to shape the game that we set out make. I think that right now when we are testing, it’s all the new high-tech weapons that thrill me the most. But if I step back and look at it on a larger scale, it’s the improved teamplay with Squad and Commander that gives the gameplay a totally different feel. There’s nothing like having a good Squad that you lead into battle."
  • Music's Heavy Melody Music Q&A talks with the composers of the music for A Tale in the Desert: A Second Telling.


  • World of Warcraft
    Kings of the World on is a Q&A with Chris Sigaty and George Wang about plans to invade Europe with World of Warcraft: "We're saying right now winter. We hope to do it as soon as possible after the initial launch, but we don't even know for sure when we'll launch in the US and we are trying to do a simultaneous launch in two regions currently - the US and Korea - and with all the interest from Europe we actually think that the ramp-up is going to be extremely quick, and the closed beta should start any day. We're not going to run that for anywhere near the length that we ran the US beta, because really a lot of that was getting the balance down and all that - that's not going to be necessary - so we expect the game to go out very shortly after the US does, and we're currently saying we're targeting this winter."
  • DAoC
    The DAoC Q&A on Camelot Warcry talks with Mythic's Matt Firor about their MMORPG and its expansions: "With Trials of Atlantis we introduced some major encounters that require many players to overcome. Since the launch of that expansion, we’ve tuned down many of the requirements for those encounters to bring them more in line with what players expect in Camelot. New Frontiers, our RvR Expansion, doesn’t really change the grouping dynamic at all. Both expansions show our commitment to keeping Camelot in the forefront of MMORPGs."
  • Reclamation
    The Reclamation Q&A on Reclamation WarCry talks with Michael Acobas, the programmer also known as Lyra Void, about his work on Lyra Studios' MMORPG: "I think what we've done is corrected many of the potential weaknesses in the original Underlight tasking system and took it to a whole new level. I'm not going to go into too much detail, but I'll glance over a few things: it is now possible for a teacher to decide how much to reward the student based on the quality of the taskreporting. You can't visit the same teacher too many times in a short period of time. You can't be performing too many tasks at one time, either."
  • Guild Wars
    The Guild Wars Q&A on Jeux Online is the latest Fansite Friday for the upcoming MMORPG, with more answers from ArenaNet: "Guild Wars has instanced missions. In addition to the many other benefits of such a design, instanced missions greatly reduce the need for a large number of in-game enforcers. By design, the instanced missions of GW will allow you to choose your party, or to choose to party alone. You won’t experience those negative side-effects of the traditional MMO, and the need for in-game “policemen” will largely be eliminated. We will have support teams whom you can contact from within the game, of course, and issues that are reported will be dealt with as swiftly as possible. Our support team members will have as their primary objective maintaining the best possible playing atmosphere."

Red Shark 2 Surfaces

Red Shark 2 has been announced (thanks Frans), revealing plans for a sequel to G5 Software's arcade helicopter action game. No release date is provided on what will be an alternate-history World War II dealie: "The Russian fighting helicopter Ka-50, which in 'Red Shark' was sent back to WWII to help allied troops in fighting against invaders, changed not only the course of The Second World War but also the lives of its participants..."

Sunday Previews

Gangland Patch

Whiptail Interactive now offers downloads of a new version 1.4 patch for Gangland (thanks Frans). The update addresses some issues and exploits, while including the unsupported editing utility for making custom maps.

Richard Burns Rally MP Utility

Blackhole Motorsports has news of the release of RBRNet version 1.1, a utility to allow limited multiplayer gameplay in Richard Burns Rally. Thanks Tiscali Games.

Sunday Screenshots

Deer Hunter 2005 Demo

A Deer Hunter 2005 demo is online, providing an opportunity to stock up on virtual venison for the winter. The demo is a 180 MB download, available on 3D Gamers, FileFront,, and Worthplaying.

FS2004 Update Plans

The AVSIM Forums (thanks Jim) offers photos of a presentation announcing plans for a patch for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 that will add a bunch of user-requested features. The AVSIM Online news page offers a summary of what's planned for the update, which is expected by early October: "some of the features it brings, like all of the 160 missing bridges, new autogen objects for KJFK, enhanced frame rates and product stability as well as increased terrain data support from 76 meter to 19 meter elevation data."


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Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


Thanks Frans.

  • The Star Wars Galaxies Data Center has suffered tornado damage though a spacecraft the size of a small moon was seen in the vicinity at the time...
  • DivoGames now offers a new version 1.54 update for AirStrike II and a new version 2.07 update for AirStrike II...
  • The ValuSoft Technical Support Web Site now features a non-beta version of the version 1.03 patch for 18 Wheels of Steel, the keep on truckin' game...

Out of the Blue

DOOM 3 demo has thrown off my posting plans a bit this morning... So I'll get the other stuff together, and post it below the demo to get the page format back to normal.

Play Time: Movie Alphabet Quiz. Thanks Sharon.
Links of the Day: Talk Like A Pirate Day. Thanks Carol.
Star Wars vs Star Trek in Five Minutes.
Appalachian State University Athletics. Thanks PvP Forums and Ant.
Story of the Day: Quantum Leap Onto Film. Thanks Ant. But didn't it already leap the shark?
Science!: Body clocks 'hinder' space travel.
Image of the Day: Dilbert. Thanks Ant.
Auction of the Day: Someone's Brown Shoes. Thanks Tark.
Thanks Mike Martinez.

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