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Monday, September 20, 1999

Corporate money-grubbers

Heh-couldn't resist firing up the anti-corporate people in the crowd :-0

Saw this on both Blue's, and Shugashack, but there's an article on Corporate ownership of game fansites, which just SMELLS of a communist plot to me. But, hey, welcome to the wonders of Democracy and the American way!

Oh, and to get it out of the way, yes, this is our own dang site. We write what we want. Deal with it :-)

UT CTF Notes

Seen this in a lot of places today, especially Blue's, but Unreal Tournament CTF will NOT include a grapple. Wow. That's a biggie, but you know, I think it's okay. The grapple is a really neat movement tool, but like GreenMarine has said many times, it makes the GrappleMonkeytm a real menace for average players, since they can totally disregard most defensive fire because of their movement rates. Plus I HATE the slow switch times on grapple weapons nowadays.

HOWEVER, the big deal to me was this little note in Blue's posting on this issue
But remember we're trying to do things our way not copy someone else's game. If you really love games you'll learn to appreciate the variety available to you not chastise it.
No kidding, eh?!? I wish more people playing these games would make a point of memorizing that little comment.

Sunday, September 19, 1999

Voodoo4 in 2000?

I saw on the Shack today that the Voodoo4 may not make it to market in Q4. That would not bode well for them, since NVIDIA's next chip would most likely be announced following right up on its heels.

NHL 2K at Best Buy

I saw in the Best Buy flier that they have NHL 2000 for the PC for $29.99 this week. Get 'em while they're hot! No affiliation, yadda, yadda.

Full UT Demo

It looks like the full UT demo (D3D and OpenGL-compatible) will be released around the end of this week, depending on when M$ gets the DirectX7 stuff uploaded. Personally, I'm not thrilled with the prospect of having to use DX7 to play, but if it gives the performance boost that the Epic people are saying it does, it may be worth it.

One thing that I did not realize is that the current demo does not support 3D sound acceleration. The full demo will support A3D and EAX. I didn't think the demo sounded like it was using my SB Live! at all.

I fired up a 2v2 game of CTF last night (just me and three bots). It was a lot of fun, but the map is too big for 2v2. If my headache goes away, I may try it 3v3 or 4v4 later. One problem with the Unified drivers and the demo is that the CTF skins seem to "flicker" the opposite color sometimes. It wasn't that hard to figure out in 2v2 but it might be with bigger groups.

Oh, and as a sidelight to the Packer fans amongst whom I must live--how 'bout them Lions?

The Master comments: They suck :-) But, to be honest, I think they have a team this year. And they SHOWED UP TO PLAY today. Unlike the Pack, who seem to be quite good at the not-showing-up gig. Grrr..

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