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Sunday, September 26, 1999

George C.Scott RIP

Saw today that George C. Scott died Wednesday, 22 September. His portrayal of George Patton in the 1970 film Patton was outstanding, and stands as one of my favorite films of all time. RIP.

3dfx Problems

I saw this on Björn's 3D World:
Well as a Reseller the other day I had a few cutomers that wanted 3dfx boards. I called 3 different distributers and all 3 said no stock. 2 of the 3 said they had over 300 units in bad bin pile. Bad bin means DOA boards.
This explains why 3fdx stock is in the toilet. Oh, and are there any further questions on why the V4 is pushed back until Q1?

The Master: BwahahahaAHAHAHAHAHAHahhaha... *cough* *gasp* Hehe :-)

Q3Test and UTDemo

The Shugashack pointed me towards this comparison between the gameplay in Q3Test and UTDemo. I had been trying to put my finger on the difference, and I think he makes some valid points. Here's a snip:
The question at the end of the day is of course, which gameplay model is better? Obviously UTDemo rewards clever personal management more than Q3Test. Q3Test on the other hand rewards forward thinking and also has much greater newbie appeal by virtue of its technical simplicity. Good reflexes and aim are of course advantages in both games but they're more important in Q3Test than in UTDemo because of the fragility of the players.
Personally, I'm going to play the game with the best netcode and with the best framerates on my system. Currently, both of those point towards Q3.

UT Demo Weapons

Unreal Universe has an article on the Unreal Tournament Demo Weapons. Included is info on the primary and secondary firing modes of each weapon, the damage inflicted, and suggested uses. A good read for those new to the UT scene (such as myself). Thanks Blue.

My favorite weapon? Probably the minigun in secondary fire mode (read: chaingun). The rocket launcher is cool for its heat-seeking capabilities. The ability to load multiple rockets isn't that useful because a) it takes too long, b) they spread out too much at long range, and c) at short range they can kill you too! If I could aim, I'd like the shock rifle.

My favorite powerup is the "Big Keg O' Health". I almost died the first time I picked it up because I was laughing so hard!

Saturday, September 25, 1999


Avault put up this little overview of the bot AI in Unreal Tournament. It will at least give you some idea of what the different levels of intelligence mean when you spawn up a couple of cyber play-mates (not the Heffner kind). Thanks sCary.

UT Multiplayer

Well, I tried to play UT online tonight. I was connected at 33.6 and was getting a 260 ping to the server. I don't know if the problem was the Unified driver or the netcode. Whatever it was, it wasn't close to being as smooth as Q3Test. I'll try again when the full demo comes out. That'll give me a more realistic gauge of its performance.

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