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Sunday, January 2, 2000

Brandon Reinhart .plan Update

Epic's Brandon "GreenMarine, the .plan Updating Machine" Reinhart updated his .plan (oddly enough) with a call for all interested Unreal Engine programmers to join them in the UT open-source discussions.
If you are interested in C++ programming with the UT open source, please join the openut-development list at sourceforge. We are getting into some nitty gritty details that will definitely help programmers get to know the Unreal engine.

In fact, licensees might be interested in joining as well.

You can find the list signup at on the root project page.

The Haus/Linux

Well, I figured I'd throw up a progress report, since somebody out there might be interested. Our Haus Linux version is coming along. I've got the site ported over except for some changes that occured in the last month or so. I'm currently working on some new features for the site (including a messageboard, Q3A ranking status system, and a downloads area), and porting over the game-server related stuff.

PHP, mySQL, and Red Hat are wonderful tools, and for server-type computing are really hard to beat.

NV-15 Ramp-Up

The rumblings are getting louder of NVIDIA ramping up production for their spring-refresh product, the NV-15, by the end of this month or in February. I would be VERY interested to see what the fillrate will be on that chip. If it's even a modest improvement, 3dfx is in hot water.

Quake 3 Female Model/Skins/Sounds

Trillian from QGirlz sent me this email about a competition they are having to design female models, skins, and sounds for Quake III Arena. Here's the scoop:
The number of females making their mark on the gaming community is rapidly increasing. And although many gaming companies are offering more opportunities to play female characters, there is still a need of more appealing choices for female gamers. In response to this, QGirlZ with support from Polycount are launching a contest to create a new female model for Quake 3 Arena based on feedback from female gamers themselves.

Over 300 female gamers were contacted and asked one basic question, "What would you like to see in a female model?" The response was overwhelming and surprisingly varied. While some asked for a more realistic model showcasing a solid and muscular body... others asked for a bit of fantasy in a female model with a perfect shape... and some wondered why make it human... :c)

What is the best thing about this contest? It appeals to such a wide variety of talents - from 3D modeling to graphic design to sound recording. Plus there are some great prizes for the best entries.

So spread the word and start designing! January 1st, 2000 marks the start of the first phase in the contest - the Model competition. Visit the contest website for further details!
Check out their website at

Saturday, January 1, 2000

Pondering the Imponderable

I hope that all those people who were hording food and water, building bunkers, and arming themselves to the teeth feel like the idiots we all knew they were some time ago. Y2K cost them a small fortunte alright, and they have no one to blame but themselves.

Now the REAL fun is going to be seeing how many hard drives fail. Many corporations decided to shut down their networks and web servers fearing Y2K problems/attacks. The problem is that hard drives that have been run for so long don't always like coming back up after they are shut down. This News.Com article describes the problem. Ahh yes, more self-inflicted pain . . .

QuakeWorld and Doom?

I saw this very interesting news post on Stomped. Here's to hoping he is successful!
John Faulkenberry, who worked on Half-Life: Opposing Force, was on Efnet #doomroom last night. He told me he is wanting to combine the Quakeworld net code with Doom to allow Doom to be playable on the net and also have dedicated Doom servers. Hopefully he will be able to get that done because I think that'd be great fun. I would love to get some more Doom action going for sure.

More on UT Linux

Brandon "GreenMarine" Reinhart wins the big award for being the first to update his .plan in the new year. GreenMarine takes home a lovely set of luggage (or whatever you win for this sort of thing). Anyway, his update deals with more news on the open-source release of Unreal Tournament for Linux. He also expresses his dismay that there was no nuclear catastrophe last night. Fun guy, that GreenMarine. Here's a snip:
I've released the open source archive at the sourceforge page. You can get there from

The file is available in tar/gz and zip formats. The archive includes stuff for win32 and Linux. All of the public engine headers are included, so you can start working on extended mods and stuff.

Happy New Year

From all of us at The Haus, to all of you, a happy and peaceful New Year.

The Master comments: Dang it-it's NOT the new millenium! Deal with it, okay?

A.T. Hun comments: Not for another 366 days it isn't. And the only non-Y2K-compliant piece of software I've found so far? My FTP client. Go figure.

Brandon Reinhart .plan update

Epic's Brandon "Green Marine" Reinhart updated his .plan with news of a patch for Unreal Tournament for Linux, open source issues, and the forthcoming 403 patch. Here's a snip:
This patch is version 402B and is a Linux patch only. It contains fixes for two critical Linux issues:
  • UT Linux now runs under Enlightenment.
  • UT Linux will properly shutdown glide after a critical crash.
It also has a few other fixes and incidentals.

There will be no 402B patch for Windows. The next multiplatform UT patch will be 403 (we'll probably release the first UT expansion pack around that time).

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