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Sunday, October 17, 1999

Carmack .plan-Q3A FINAL DEMO!

John Carmack updated his .plan once again. Lots of cool stuff, including the fact that the next release of Q3A is the FINAL DEMO! YES! Here's a quote:
The next release will be the full "demo" release for quake 3. It will include bots and a new, simple level that is suitable for complete beginners to play, as well as the existing q3test maps.

The timing just didn't work out right for another test before we complete the game.

We plan on releasing the demo after code freeze, when the entire game is in final testing, which will give us a few days time to fix any last minute problems that show up before golden master.

DRAM Duties

The good folks at Ars Technica pointed me to this article reporting that the U.S. Commerce Department is slamming the Taiwanese DRAM manufacturers with up to 69% duties. All this stems from a "dumping" complaint filed by our good friends at Micron. Apparently they don't have the time to get out a new Rendition graphics card, but they have plenty of time for legal maneuvering. The long and the short? DRAM prices are going to stay up for the forseeable future. So much for cheap memory.

The Master comments: Thank you Micron. You've made it impossible for me to add memory to my machine. I'd send another string of nasty words, but what's the point when it's corporate greed involved in the whole issue? Greed always wins. Always. Grrrr.....

Tom Hall and Anachronox

Tom Hall did a .plan update (unfortunatly it hasn't shown up in Webdog yet, I'll fix the link when it does) talking about his chess game (which he won) and Anachronox. I'm looking forward to Anox. I think it'll be an excellent adventure game. Tom is a very careful game designer, and I think he's got something special in the works.

Saturday, October 16, 1999

New UT Demo Soon

Mark Rein updated the official Unreal Tournament page with the following news:
We expect to have a new version of the demo within the next few days. Keep watching the Unreal Technology Site for information about what you can expect to see in the new version.
No official word on what will be new and/or improved in the new demo. Whee! Another chance to bring Gigex to its knees!

Daikatana Preview

PlanetDaikatana has a pretty huge preview of Ion Storm's long-awaited Daikatana. The author visited the palatial Ion Storm offices and got to play their press demo. Yes, Dorothy, it appears that Daikatana will actually see the light of day this Christmas. It will be interesting to see how well Romero's brain-child sells.

I actually read this article a couple of days ago but forgot to post about it. My apologies to both our loyal readers :)

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