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Signed On Oct 30, 1999, 19:41
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News Comments > Breed Site, Screenshots
7. Re: No subject Dec 4, 2001, 20:48  Frans 
 
Actually, they uploaded the screenshots using double digit filenames (pic01a.jpg, 02, ... 09, 10, ... 24) but the flash thingy referred to them by regular numbers (1, 2, ...9, 10...) so the first nine links produced broken images. They've fixed their flash today indeed.

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News Comments > International Half-Life 1.0.1.3 Patches
2. Re: half life updater Dec 4, 2001, 20:42  Frans 
 
I recently found out that, while we removed the version 1107 auto-updaters at Valve's request when v1108 came out, the auto-updaters for those are hard to come by and the game doesn't always retrieve the latest auto-updater automatically, as you've found out as well.

I've asked Valve for new copies of the latest auto-updaters (both Half-Life and Counter-Strike) and will put them back on Blue's and 3D Gamers once I've got them (might take until next week).

You sure choose an old story to attach that comment to, by the way.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Lesson one Dec 4, 2001, 18:21  Frans 
 
In my experience, it really doesn't make a damn bit of difference what's put on the game's website.
But in our experience, it does, and it's from that experience that Blue wrote his advice. You don't seem to have an idea how frantic early mornings are here, when the initial update is being compiled that contains many of the mod stories. Under that time pressure, there's little more frustrating than having to spend ten minutes figuring out what a mod is about and what it does. At that point, an email inquiry isn't going to help either.

There's basically two types of mod stories, those that we want to report about because we feel they're of interest to a significant part of our audience, and those that are mailed in because the author seeks publicity. The former mostly applies to the "big" mods but that still doesn't dismiss the author(s) from making it easier on anyone (not just us) wanting to find out about a mod to explain it on the site. For the latter, we do actually inquire when time permits, but in general I'd say that seeking publicity without explaining what for is just, well, rather short-sighted.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Level 18 Dec 2, 2001, 15:40  Frans 
 
Hidden texts ahead

level 17: someone already provided a hint for this one, but another way to solve it is to place the refractor right above the right-most bulb.

level 18: here the fact that the double sided mirrors can also be passed by a beam down the middle is crucial, as is the refractor being passed through twice. More specifically: you have to go twice around the block.

Ok, time to tackle the final three levels.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Level 11 help Dec 1, 2001, 21:35  Frans 
 
And 21 wasn't too hard
Really? It's got me stumped, I always end up 1 mirror short... any hints?

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News Comments > Neverwinter Rights
10. Re: SW: KotOR Nov 30, 2001, 15:52  Frans 
 
Was "Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic" officially announced? did I miss that bulletin?
It was announced here and covered a number of times during and since E3:
http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&threadid=25246

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News Comments > Thursday Screenshots
3. Re: Shadows of luclin Nov 30, 2001, 08:11  Frans 
 
Oops, sorry about that, copy-n-paste can dangerous for ya, I guess.

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News Comments > Afternoon Screenshots
2. Re: about HOMM IV Nov 29, 2001, 11:42  Frans 
 
You're right, didn't check back to this story: http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&threadid=28588
Link yoinked.

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News Comments > Homeplanet Announced
2. Re: No subject Nov 28, 2001, 13:15  Frans 
 
Oops, dunno how that happened but thanks for the heads-up.

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News Comments > Renegade Date, Movie
2. Re: um.... Nov 28, 2001, 13:14  Frans 
 
Right where it says: Download the movie of our visitor!

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News Comments > Myth III Single-Player Demo
5. Re: Hefty Nov 28, 2001, 10:04  Frans 
 
It's not always "hefty", pay attention here son. It's a sliding scale: 30-60 MB is modest, 60-90MB is average (these days anyway), 90-120 MB is hefty, 120-150 MB is massive, 150+ MB is whopping. Glad it's not physical, this love thing of yours, btw.

Mirrors are added now, I do need sleep too, however unlikely that might seem.

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News Comments > On UT Security
2. Re: UT & patches Nov 27, 2001, 15:42  Frans 
 
If it's a Creative soundcard (small chance, I know :)) you need a separate version of the v436 patch: http://eax.creative.com/downloads/unreal/
It's the one near the end of the page, of 32.2 MB.

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News Comments > World War II: D-Day To Berlin
2. Re: WW II games. . . Nov 23, 2001, 12:29  Frans 
 
You got it: it's not an FPS but an RTS.

Not that those haven't been made with the WWII theme yet, mind you. Sudden Strike, WarCommander (now out in Germany and due early next year in US/UK), and the upcoming World War II: Panzer Claws come to mind...

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News Comments > Tuesday Screenshots
8. Re: Worthplaying lame? Nov 21, 2001, 17:38  Frans 
 
my initial complaint wasn't as much about whether they were new or not, but the fact they'd spoiled the shots with their URL splattering
True, can't argue with that. Most sites are modest in branding their shots, some... aren't. That just wasn't good enough a reason to skip this link precisely because, as you say, it was a convenient gallery for anyone who might have missed some of these shots.

Thanks for the kind words, of course.

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News Comments > Comanche 4 Demo
4. Re: wait a sec... Nov 21, 2001, 17:02  Frans 
 
Well, as it turns out, I was right the first time: the demo was corrupt at on NovaLogic's servers, and they replaced with a valid copy just now. Apologies to anyone that downloaded it there previously, I didn't check thoroughly enough why their first copy was corrupt (it consisted entirely of empty data X|).

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News Comments > Tuesday Screenshots
6. Re: Worthplaying lame? Nov 21, 2001, 13:51  Frans 
 
Well, they may have got them from a press site, but the large versions of a number (AT-AT on desert world, for example) all have the Lucasarts logo stuff on them that matches the treatment given the shots on the official site's gallery.
That's how LucasArts distributes their shots to press and (often) to gaming sites, you can't hold that against Worthplaying.

I hesitated long before including this link, and compared the gallery with the ones on the Station and GameSpot, and also checked SWG Vault (which didn't have a gallery, unfornately), and while there were matches for many images, there weren't for all of them. I couldn't compare them against LucasArts' site because their DNS is foobar-ed since last week and the site doesn't load for me most of the time. So there.

all the newspages say that Telefragged has special screens and you say they have just new screens ... but that's not true. It's one new screen.
I don't know why you're bringing Telefragged into this, but read my post again: the word 'new' isn't even in there so your argument doesn't hold up - even though I trust you're correct as you're more familiar with the game than I am - because that's not why I included the link in the list.

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News Comments > Tuesday Screenshots
2. Re: Worthplaying lame? Nov 21, 2001, 11:17  Frans 
 
No, these shots were distributed via a press-only site to lots of sites, and they were the first to post them. Some may have appeared on the official site (but they aren't there anymore, otherwise it would indeed have been a skip), over half I'm certain have appeared in various previews, but there were a few I didn't recognize (but that may be because they're really old). So they got a link "just to be on the safe side," but in general that is something I try hard to avoid.

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News Comments > Comanche 4 Demo
3. Re: wait a sec... Nov 20, 2001, 21:12  Frans 
 
So I have to install this Gigex garbage in order to get the demo?
No, you can also get it from the first link at NovaLogic. The file has the exact same size so I don't think it's corrupt there either and I just had a (very rare) local problem.

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News Comments > Neocron Q&A
2. Re: No subject Nov 20, 2001, 11:04  Frans 
 
Computer and Video Games told you they were new?
No, I spotted them there and didn't recognize them. I had a small suspicion they might not be new, but counted on you to point that out sooner. Yoinked.

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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
3. Re: Dang... Nov 13, 2001, 22:02  Frans 
 
At 44 links, this is almost certainly a new record for Hardware Reviews, yeah. No idea what the old one was as we didn't really keep track of that, but for Game Reviews we had a record 55 entries last year in December. It's unlikely we'll ever get that again though, since so many sites have shut down since. Of course, this list and today's Game Reviews are artificially enlarged due to our mail being down over the weekend, so we caught up to many of those links yesterday for this morning's lists.

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