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BF2 Patch Plans

The Battlefield 2 Website has new details on what will be addressed in the upcoming version 1.21 patch for DICE's shooter sequel (thanks Frans). Once again, they state they are working "around the clock" on the new version:

The patch will be tested in a limited beta starting the end of this week. We're working around the clock to minimize your wait on the release of 1.21 but at the same time want to make sure that the patch is thoroughly tested before it goes out officially.

Emergency 3 in English

A new Strategy First Emergency 3 Product Section offers plans for an English edition of the upcoming real-time tactical fire and rescue game (thanks Frans). Word on the translated edition of the game developed in German by Sixteen Tons Entertainment is it will be available on March 13, 2006.

Pathologic UK Plans

GMX announces plans to publish Pathologic in the UK, saying Ice-pick Lodge's horror/adventure game is due in Great Britain next month. Word is: "Pathologic is a unique type of adventure game designed to affect the emotional and psychological state of the player in a way that no other PC game has achieved." More details on the game are on the Pathologic Website.

The Late Show

A new Sims 2: Open For Business movie (direct link) offers the latest look at the upcoming commerce-minded expansion for the little people sequel. The movie is a 6.9 MB download. Thanks Frans.

Site Seeing

A new German Air Conflicts Website is online (thanks Frans), offering a home to the just-announced aerial combat game. It looks like one of the screenshots included in the gallery is new.

Evening Previews

Evening Screenshots

Thanks Frans.

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Quantum computer works best switched off (thanks Mike Martinez) is my favorite story in a while. Here's the best quote: "A non-running computer produces fewer errors."

Quantum Links! Thanks Mike Martinez and Ant.
Stories: Penis prank gains world honour. Thanks Jim.
Gladiators fought by the rules: forensic research.
Science: Unlocking the Secrets of Longevity Genes. Thanks jonathan.
Dog poop--the next alternative energy source?
Ocean Depths Shark-Free, Study Finds. So the #1 threat remains... BEARS!
Media: Fishing Outtakes. Inspector Clouseau has nothing on this guy.

Quake 4 Linux Beta Patch

The Linux edition of the new beta version 1.1 Quake 4 patch is now available on id's FTP server (direct link), corresponding to the Win32 patch released earlier. If you download it elsewhere, take note of the filename:, because as noted in Timothee Besset's .plan, an earlier release with the filename had an issue that would prevent Windows clients being able to connect.

Quake 4 Beta Patch

A new beta version 1.1 patch for Quake 4 is now available, addressing bugs and adding in-game multiplayer voice chat to Raven's first-person shooter sequel. The 59 MB download is available on 3D Downloads, 3D Gamers, Boomtown (registration required), Computer Games, Filecloud, Gamer's Hell, GameSpot (registration required),, VGPro, and Worthplaying. Here's word, which includes details on inter-version compatibility, and plans to include multiplayer maps with the finished version of the patch:

This is the BETA of our broad QUAKE 4 update. It fixes issues and adds gameplay elements throughout both single and multiplayer—including voice chat in multiplayer, a forecemodel option, a one-minute warning for tournament matches, fixed pure server autodownloading, Hyper-Threading Technology support, smooth stairjumping and a ton of multiplayer specific fixes which have been requested by the community and discovered during our own gameplay. In short, multiplayer is fixed. ;) For a complete list of new features, fixes, and changes, please see the ReadMe file.

This update will bring any previous version of the game completely up to date, however it will affect pure server and protocol consistency. Therefore, players who update to 1.1 BETA will only be able to play multiplayer against other 1.1 BETA users, and save games created on previous versions of the game will not be compatible with the 1.1 BETA update. Please use the form at to report any issues you find with the 1.1 BETA update.

Once we are satisfied the 1.1 BETA is completely solid, we will release the FINAL 1.1 update. This will be a required update and will be available through the “Update” option in the game. With that release, we’ll also be including 4 all-new multiplayer maps in addition to the QUAKEMAS map pack (3 maps) that was released in December.

We are currently working with the mod team community to deliver the 1.1 SDK and bring their mods current as soon as possible. Lastly, stay tuned in the coming months for additional free game content including new maps and gametypes.

Ships Ahoy - Tycoon City: New York

Atari's Tycoon City: New York Ships to Stores Nationwide (thanks Frans) has word that the real estate mogul simulation is shipping in North America:

NEW YORK, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) announced today that Tycoon City(TM): New York, the PC game that challenges players to build the business empire of their dreams and "make it big" in Manhattan, has shipped to stores nationwide. In Tycoon City: New York, players aim to become moguls by constructing and customizing hundreds of businesses in a bustling and realistic simulation of New York City. Players must create and improve their businesses to outclass the competition and become rich and famous in New York City. Developed by Deep Red Games, Tycoon City: New York is rated "T" for Teen.

The Wheelman Announced

"The Wheelman" to Come to Life as Video Game Property and Feature Film is the press release announcing plans The Wheelman, a movie and a video game combo dealie starring Vin Diesel. There's no word on target platforms, so this may be a console-only title. Here's word:

Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA, February 22, 2006 – Bringing together some of the top content providers in entertainment, Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment industry publisher and developer, Tigon Studios, founded by Vin Diesel, and Viacom's (NYSE: VIA, VIAB) MTV Films, Paramount Pictures and MTV Games today announced a collaboration on a groundbreaking action-entertainment property, The Wheelman.

The Wheelman is being developed as an intensely riveting video game from Midway, in association with Diesel’s Tigon Studios and MTV Games, intended to serve as the introduction to a series of related entertainment offerings.

MTV Films and Paramount Pictures have purchased the rights to develop a major motion picture based on the video game. The Wheelman is being developed as an adrenaline-charged action movie starring Vin Diesel as an expert wheelman who comes out of retirement to protect a woman from his past.

KHAN Launches

The KHAN: The Absolute Power Website has news of the launch of this MMO game in North America today. Ready your Kirk scream, here's word:

"After considerable testing, numerous game fixes, and updates, Khan: The Absolute Power is ready to go live for Play," explains KHAN Game Master John Ewan. “And, Miranae, the worldwide developer of Khan: The Absolute Power, has announced that they have developed new features, maps, and characters that will be added to the operating Khan game throughout the year! We are excited about all the new features that are being added to Khan: The Absolute Power!”

Khan: The Absolute Power is being launched with a month long series of events allowing players to challenge their friends to win special prizes, experience points and other in-game awards. During the introduction month, the Game Master will run many events including special PK (Player Kill) events where players can battle each other freely without punishment and Mutant events where small monsters will become quite powerful and be a real test of the player's skills. Additionally many Guild Wars will be held to lead up to a Siege of the Castle so one guild can reign supreme!

Dear Diary

As noted in the StarTrek Online Weblog, a new diary from the upcoming Star Wars MMORPG is now up on Gamasutra. The article is written by Ian Pieragostini, lead client engineer on the game, discussing the methods being used to create the distinctive visuals of the Star Trek universe in the game.

The Early Show

  • Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
    A new Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter multiplayer movie shows off a couple of minutes of gameplay footage from GRIN's upcoming installment in the tactical shooter series. The movie is available on the Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Website, and that version (and in some cases an additional higher definition version) are available on 3D Downloads, 3D Gamers, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying.
  • Air Conflicts
    Frogster Interactive now offers a new high resolution Air Conflicts movie from the upcoming World War II aerial combat game in the works at 3Division Entertainment. Thanks Frans.

Morning Q&A

IGN's F.E.A.R. Sequel Q&A talks with Monolith about just revealed plans (story) for a renamed follow-up to F.E.A.R.: "Of course branding is important. That being said, consumers did not purchase the game because of the name. They purchased the product because it had a story, characters, universe and gameplay that resonated with them. I think that's a pretty compelling reason to do a sequel."

Morning Previews

Morning Screenshots

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Metaverse

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Safety Dance

Gatherings & Competitions

Game & Mod Development - Battlefront II Tools

Op Ed

Wednesday Game Reviews

Wednesday Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

I just realized the Giants have no first-round pick this year... so Spring Training is definitely my next sporting thrill. When do pitchers and catchers report? Update: Oops, looks like I was looking at the wrong draft list, Big Blue indeed has the 25th pick in the first round (whew!).

Sporting Links! Thanks Mike Martinez and Ant.
Link: Uwe Boll profit through mediocrity T-shirt.
Stories: Ten Things That Will Change The Way We Live. An none of them is a Segway.
‘Next New Orleans’ may be in California.
Science: Bush Admits to 'Mixed Signals' Regarding Laboratory on Renewable Energy (registration required).
Cashing In on Virtual Humans.
Cash crunch looms for "Noah's Ark" seed project.
Auction: Halo needler rifle (ammo) for sale on eBay.
Media: Star Wars The Empire Brokeback. Thanks apaullo.

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