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Tuesday, February 15, 2000

More Monolith

Jason Hall updated his .plan (hey, Jase, it would have been nice for you to update it a time or two when we were having troubles with Shogo!) with word of another transmutation of LithTech 2 for massively multiplayer stuff which is so popular with people with too much time on their hands. Here's a snip:
Anyhow, I don't think I need to point out how significant this is this time.
But nevertheless, he spends the next six paragraphs pointing out how significant this is. I guess I now know where all the money they didn't spend on Shogo/Blood 2 went. Expect Tim Sweeney to make a firecracker of an update to the Unreal Technology page soon.

Point-Counter Point

I forgot to post this yesterday. Doh! Epic's Tim Sweeney and Monolith's Jason Hall seem to be getting into a "Jane, you ignorant slut"-type discussion over whose engine is generally studlier on the PlayStation 2. Check out Sweeney's massive update on the Unreal Technology page and Hall's press release / .plan update.

The Master comments: Wow. Sweeney TOTALLY laid out Monolith in his post. And ya know what? Monolith deserves it :-) Marketing doesn't impress me. Make a game, and SUPPORT it dang it. Epic has done this. So has id. Monolith? Monolith?

And for anyone who hasn't noticed: this may be the first time somebody explicitly wrote out everything behind their licensing model. Pretty neat to see somebody present their terms for a game engine source drop. Quarter of a mil. Wow.

A.T. Hun comments: Yep, Monolith has always talked the talk. But the walking the walk part, well, that's not been so great. Check out my Requiem for Shogo for my take on that particular experience.

NHL 2000 Roster Update

EA Sports has released another roster update for NHL 2000. You can download it from EA's FTP server (299K). Thanks Voodoo Extreme for the link.

Half-Life Patch Released

Valve has released the patch for their mega-super-ultra-smash hit Half-Life. Check out the patch downloads page at for the list of patches for the various versions in the various languages.


Mean Arena has posted an interview with id's Christian "Disruptor" Antkow about the trials and travails of being a map designer. Loonygames has an interview up with Epic's Brandon "GreenMarine" Reinhart about his work on Unreal Tournament and especially on the forthcoming Playstation 2 version of the same.

Monday, February 14, 2000

CNN Chat Prank

This sort of thing brings a smile to my face. CNN was having an IRC chat between President Clinton, Wolf Blitzer, and online participants. It seems that the IRC server puked many times and one time an enterprising person discovered that the typist for President Clinton hadn't yet logged on again. Thus, he took the President's nickname and sent the following messages:
Personally, i would like to see more porn on the Internet.

Wolf, how about you? Are you all for more porn on the Internet?
You can find the "official" prank page here along with logs of the event and links to the reaction from various media sources. For good "running around like a chicken with your head cut off reporting" check out Fox's report, attempting to tie this prank to the recent DoS attacks, among other things.

FBI on Trail of DoS Perpetrator

According to this news item on BetaNews, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation has traced the source of last week's Denial of Service attacks to a computer in Germany. It'd be really unfortunate if they had to do multiple body cavity searches on him.

The Master comments: I'm not sure that BetaNews post was accurate. I've read a lot of stories that seem to indicate this guy WROTE a program similar to the one used for the attacks, but isn't necessarily the perp of the attacks. We'll see. I hope they DO multiple body-cavity searches on the perps, if/when they catch them. With a backhoe.

New Winamp 2.60

Nullsoft has released a new version 2.60 of Winamp. Now, I'm one of the poor suckers who PAID for this when it was still shareware, so I'm a REAL supporter, but hey, it's a great Win(9x/NT) mp3 player. Go get it now :-)

RealNames Hacked

News.Com is reporting that RealNames, a company that allows you to use keywords instead of URLs to access your website, had their database hacked last week, compromising user names, addresses, passwords, and credit card numbers. Is it just me, or does it seem that in the "mad dash" for companies to get into Internet-related businesses, no one bothers to pay attention to security?

Having said this, I'm not sure who uses RealNames, nor who would want to. Whoever does is probably pretty ticked off right now. Thanks Slashdot.

New Ask Hook

Voodoo Extreme has slapped up some new Q&As in their Ask (Brian) Hook column. In today's episode, Hook discusses the possibilities of game content libraries and future ways to avoid the dreaded tiled textures.

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