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Homepage http://www.bluesnews.com/
Signed On Oct 30, 1999, 19:41
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News Comments > Medal of Honor Official SP Demo
38. Re: This is just LOL Jan 5, 2002, 09:48  Frans 
 
Frans, please post the original file again without the DX 8.1...
Apart from, as someone already observed, the copyright issues regarding the way a demo is released - I can understand that DirectX is included in CD-ROM demos to help reduce tech support issues but believe that it should never be included in online demos to avoid download size bloat, so I feel it's acceptable to strip it out if possible (but the other thread already showed not everyone agrees to that) - there's the simple fact that this new file isn't a .zip so it can't be unpacked and re-zipped without DX in the first place.

I was in touch with GameSpy/FilePlanet last night before they posted the file, discussing the possibility that they would leave out DX. But considering it was somewhat tricky to make it work in our original stripped version (and there still were complaints from folks having trouble installing it), they choose to not risk problems with this. I can respect that, although the extra 25 MB to download remains unfortunate.

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News Comments > Medal of Honor Official SP Demo
9. Re: BlueDean Jan 5, 2002, 00:04  Frans 
 
early-morning (european time) updates
Oh? They always feel like really really late night updates to me.

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News Comments > Medal of Honor Official SP Demo
8. Re: Another download link here... Jan 5, 2002, 00:02  Frans 
 
I'm sorry I had to remove that post, but now that the official demo is out, we'll have to ask you to refrain from posting links to the previous versions of it.

I'm working on a local copy with more mirrors, should be up in about 20 minutes.

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News Comments > Freedom Force Preview
2. Re: That Link seems to be broken? Jan 4, 2002, 22:40  Frans 
 
Works fine for me. How exactly is it "broken," ie. what error do you get?

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News Comments > Medal of Honor SP Demo
56. Re: Too big Jan 1, 2002, 18:48  Frans 
 
#54, read post #38. If that doesn't help, let me know.

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News Comments > Medal of Honor SP Demo
55. Re: Posting leaked demos Jan 1, 2002, 18:35  Frans 
 
Hmmm... interesting comments, sarcastic or otherwise, on this release.

Let's get a few things out of the way: we didn't post this to get up anyone's *ss or to put magazines out of business. Our first responsibility is to you, our readers, to inform you to the best of our ability of what news is out there in gaming land, while also not needlessly and intentionally putting any particular party (ie. developer, publisher, magazine, other websites, our website) in a bad position.

That means we will generally honor embargoes on news and files (if we're aware of them), and certainly not break them ourselves. So when, for instance, a demo or patch release is scheduled for a certain time, we will post about it not a minute sooner. However, things get tricky with files that are to be released through a magazine first. Sooner or later, before or shortly after the mag's publication, the file will be uploaded and distributed online. It's inevitable, and it's rarely possible to contain it once it spreads beyond the site it was uploaded to. If that happens prior to the mag's release, it's tough for the magazine and the publisher, but we at Blue's News can rarely help to avoid the embargo being broken (we've done so in a few instances though), and it ultimately isn't our responsibility when it happens. The resulting news however, does become our responsibility.

So leaked demos, especially as eagerly anticipated as this one, put us in a bad position if we continue to sit on the news. This file had been out since Sunday night, became more widely distributed this past night, and was already mentioned on several other news sites and in forums all over the place, including this very Blue's Board. Since, as above, we also don't like to put ourselves in a bad position, and do you a disservice by not posting about it, there comes a point when we have to move forward and do our job of news reporting. That's what happened around noon today.

Now, I'll agree there is a fine line between reporting on a new demo if it's leaked, and hosting a local copy, but that decision was based on the particular nature of this download, which could be reduced by a sizable 25 MB. Posting it just on 3D Gamers (where I strip DirectX from demos whenever possible) was a given, but with the two Blue's News servers there would be more download capacity available (even though that's now all maxed out too :o), and we felt this ultimately provided a better service to you, our readers.

We're aware that we're now contributing to putting other parties in an undesirable position, and we regret that, but there simply is no good way to resolve this situation once the events unfold. And for the record, up to the time of this posting we have not been formally requested to pull the mirrors, nor have any of the other sites as far as I know.

Thank you for reading this far.

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News Comments > Medal of Honor SP Demo
40. Re: 3D Gamers Jan 1, 2002, 17:15  Frans 
 
Does anybody else think the 3dgamers site is in serious need of a redesign?
Yes, I full agree. You have one for me? If not, we'll do with the current one until a new one is ready, thank you very much. At least it loads fast because it's a simple design.

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News Comments > Medal of Honor SP Demo
38. Re: Install problems Jan 1, 2002, 17:09  Frans 
 
hmmm, i have downloaded the sp demo from here and it won't install. Even though i tell it not to install directx8 it asks for a file that's not in the zip - it asks me to point it to the location of the file (still thinking that it's on the cd).. anyone else have this problem??
The only cause I can think of for that problem is when you unzipped the file without preserving the directory structure.

In the folder you unzipped it, you should have 10 files (Setup.exe, 2 .cab files, Readme.txt, etc.) and a 'redist' folder. That in turn should have a 'DirectX8' folder which should have 10 empty files for the DirectX stuff. It doesn't work if the files are missing, then you'll get the CD prompt, but with the structure intact and the empty files present, it should work.

Let me know if you still can't get it installed and I'll try to help.

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News Comments > MW4: Black Knight MP Demo
7. Re: Your Time Has Come! Jan 1, 2002, 16:56  Frans 
 
yet I can't play the Comanche 4 test unless I set my system date back before Nov 17th.
FYI, a non-expiring demo was released shortly after that date, and an even newer one with multiplayer a few weeks back:
http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&threadid=31545

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News Comments > Medal of Honor SP Demo
4. Re: not working Jan 1, 2002, 12:36  Frans 
 
A brief server syncing problem, all fixed now.

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News Comments > Quake II Source Code
29. Re: what the hell? Dec 28, 2001, 14:42  Frans 
 
i've tried all the links. is it just me that can't get the source code?
The old distribution has been superseded with the latest one: http://www.bluesnews.com/files/idstuff/source/q2source-3.21.shtml

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News Comments > Homeplanet Site
5. Re: mOo Dec 27, 2001, 12:31  Frans 
 
How about some vids detailing the capabilities of the game engine and the game itself?
There's one on the Russian site, featuring Russian text and voiceovers, in two download sizes: http://www.revoltgames.com/homeplanet/files.html

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News Comments > Grandia II Movies
2. Re: typo? Dec 25, 2001, 19:19  Frans 
 
Oops - fixed. Thanks.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Dedication Dec 25, 2001, 09:35  Frans 
 
Thanks for the kind words, but in my "defense" I'd like to remark that in the Netherlands, Xmas Eve isn't widely celebrated so, uhm, I just played the new MoH demo map for a while and then rounded up a few more news bits.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: It's a t-shirt christmas here... Dec 24, 2001, 11:24  Frans 
 
Word is some hardware died and it's unknown when they'll be back up.

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News Comments > Dungeon Siege Movie
5. Re: The wait is killing me... Dec 21, 2001, 00:27  Frans 
 
April, actually, officially
http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&threadid=30144

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News Comments > Pool of Radiance Patches
2. Re: No Patch Dec 20, 2001, 17:56  Frans 
 
You must have the page cached or something... do a hard reload or clear your cache. They are really there.

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News Comments > Aliens Vs. Predator 2 Patch, Maps
2. Re: Sierra's FTP's are SO bad Dec 17, 2001, 20:27  Frans 
 
The patch server is always very fast for me, but I agree the main server is horrible. You can find mirrors at 3D Gamers (http://www.3dgamers.com/games/alienspredator2/) and AvPNews (http://www.avpnews.com/).

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News Comments > Medal of Honor MP Demo
18. Re: Wheeee! Dec 13, 2001, 23:31  Frans 
 
why was FileFront mirror removed? something wrong with it?
It kept giving me a 403 Forbidden error and now they have removed the file altogether, hence it was removed from the story. You can check back later in case they add it again.

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News Comments > Medal of Honor MP Demo
9. Re: No subject Dec 13, 2001, 22:45  Frans 
 
3D Gamers links seem to be broken.
The links are valid, it's just that the ftp servers are maxed out all the time. Two of these popular demos in one day is a wee bit much.

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