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Wednesday, January 5, 2000

New Hun-Speak!

Well folks, it's a new year. Time to vent my spleen! Today's target: online reviews. Far too many reviews that I've read on the web (especially of games) can be boiled down to either "it sucks" or "it rocks." Neither is particularly helpful or informative. Now the situation has taken a turn for the worse since you can't swing a cyber-stick without hitting a Quake III Arena or Unreal Tournament review (even on this very site!). Check out my thoughts on the subject in my new Hun-Speak column entitled Reviewing: a Lost Art?

The Master comments: This is the result of my posting of a really lame review link on The Haus. I apologize for exposing our readership to that review. Won't happen again :-)

Q3A FAQ Updated

The unofficial Quake III Arena FAQ (it's faqalicious) has been updated once again with more Q3A-related goodies. Thanks Blue's News.

Jake Simpson Interview

Jake Simpson, a programmer at Raven is interviewed over on 3dGPU. I've chatted with Jake a few times over email, especially about the Q2 source code (VERY enlightening :-). He's a nice guy, and the interview is interesting reading.

Pondering the Imponderable

It's finally looking like winter here in Northern Wisconsin. We got about six inches of snow the night before last. We're supposed to get another 2-4 tonight. It's better to have a couple feet of snow than the ice we had on Sunday morning.

Obviously NT has locked up some files on us (stop me if you've heard this before) so our News Tracker and most likely the Finger Tracker aren't working right now. Why in the world would NT just decide to lock the file and require a reboot just to get it back? At any rate, our conversion to Linux is almost complete and should be online in a couple of weeks. Then it will be a non-issue.

Update! 12:20 P.M. Now the News Tracker seems to have updated after an eight hour "nap". Weird.

Tim Sweeney Interview

VoodooExtreme posted their interview with Tim Sweeney, the programmer behind the Unreal/Unreal Tournament engine. It's an interesting read; make sure to check it out.

Quad God

The movie Quad God which was made entirely with the Quake III engine, has been officially released. You can download it from Tritin Films' official site or from Damage Gaming. It is in .ASF format, so you will need FakePlayer to view it.

PlanetQ3 has put up an interview with Joe Goss, the man behind the movie.

Update! 10:55 A.M. The main mirror and the Damage Gaming mirror are offline right now. They are trying to find higher bandwidth servers because of the great demand for the movie. More information to follow . . .

QuakeWorld Proxies

The QuakeWorld Revitalization Project has posted the first release of their client-server proxy to eliminate cheating in QuakeWorld. Let's hope they succeed. Thanks Blue's News.

UT FAQ Updated

The unofficial Unreal Tournament FAQ has been updated with even more information for your fragging pleasure. Thanks Blue's News.

New Official UT Mutators

Three new "official" (in that they have been released by the creators of UT) mutators for Unreal Tournament have been released by Digital Extremes. You can download them here. Double-clicking on the DE.umod file will launch the UT installer. Here's the info on these new mutators from DE's site.
"Volatile Ammunition": This mutator makes any ammunition pickup in the game explode when shot. Punish theammo-hog with a devastating Flak-ammo chain reaction!

-"Volatile Weapons": When you kill yourenemies, their weapons explode! Think twice before using the Impact Hammer on those rocket-launching newbies!

-"Team Beacon": Places a yellow icon aboveteammates in team games (Ed.: like Q3A). A must-have for the CTF junkies!

Tuesday, January 4, 2000

Make Something Unreal

Cliff Bleszinski updated his .plan with word of a returning "Make Something Unreal Contest".
The Make Something Unreal Contest is back and in full swing!

Today, January 4th 2000, the Make Something Unreal Contest is now accepting submissions for the Best UT Deathmatch Level/Map category! You have until January 18th to get your submissions in for a chance win a share of the $7,000 being given away in this category alone!

Not submitting an entry? You can still take part! Register yourself as a judge so you can vote on all the submissions and also have a chance of winning Voodoo3 graphics cards, Aureal sound cards and more in our monthly random drawings!

NHL 2000 Sites?

The former granddaddy of all NHL2000 sites, NHL2000 Online, has been out of commission for an entire month (and actually at least a half of a month before that too). If anyone has any suggestions of good NHL2000 sites, please email me!

Unreal on Linux

LinuxGames has posted this script that will allow the Unreal Tournament client to run portions of the original Unreal in Linux. Here's the news:
John Matthews and Doug Dahl have determined how to allow the Unreal Tournament Linux client to run parts of the single-player game from its predecessor, Unreal. Although save games and some maps (Dug, NaliC, Ruins, Dark, and TheSunSpire) are broken at the moment, Matt and Doug have developed a bash script that will configure UnrealTournament.ini and User.ini to run the working portions of Unreal's single-player game properly.
Thanks Blue for the news.

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