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Sunday, March 12, 2000

X-Box Analysis

Thresh's Firing Squad has gone over the specs of the X-Box, Microsoft's recently-announced gaming console. Everything sounds VERY cool right now, but it's all vaporware for more than a year. If MS can actually pull it off--watch out Sony and Nintendo. Personally, I think that this just shows why Gates has a zillion dollars and the rest of us are eating Burger King. Not that there's anything wrong with that. (/me gets hungry for a Whopper)


I've made some cosmetic updates to the site (broken links-ick) and updated my Jukebox with 20 or so new tunes. Was about time I did some snooping around the 'net for some good midis again.

On other news: Me and A.T. are dominating on the EZ-Net Q3A server (because of bot practice, but what the hey), and my cockatiel Ricky died this evening. Talk about a swinging door. That's the way it goes with pets tho, and especially birds. R.I.P Ricky, you were a good bird.

Quake3 Mission Pack

According to Blue's, id Software is working on a Quake 3 Mission Pack at this time, and GameSpy has some screenshots of some Paul Steed models from the pack. Well, this is interesting news. My only question is: What do you do with a mission pack on an MP game?

Update! Okay, the Shugashack is calling it an expansion pack, which makes a HECK of a lot more sense.

A.T. Hun comments: Must . . . have . . . Q3A-related . . . paraphernalia . . .

Saturday, March 11, 2000

Broussard, Part II

The Shugashack has posted the second part of their interview with George Broussard, head honcho behind Duke Nukem 4 Ever. Some of the questions are profoundly stupid, but there are still some good points to be gotten from this part of the interview.

5.08 Drivers, Part II

Thresh's Firing Squad has put up their second look at NVIDIA's 5.08 Detonator drivers. They run scads of Quake III Arena benchmarks on a DDR GeForce and a TNT2 Ultra. The Ultra saw some modest performance increases (but 5 fps is 5 fps, no matter how you slice it). The GeForce sees far greater speed-ups. Their conclusion (which is confirmed by an NVIDIA engineer) is that the T&L parts of the driver have been seriously tweaked, leading to these performance increases. NVIDIA is supposed to have "official" versions of these drivers out in a week or so. Until then, if you have any NVIDIA graphics card, it's worth your while to check these drivers out. Thanks Shugashack.

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