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Wednesday, May 31, 2000

NVIDIA Detonator 2 Drivers

Believe it or not, NVIDIA has actually posted new reference drivers on their site! Dubbed the Detonator 2, these drivers are supposed to improve OpenGL and D3D performance, enable anti-aliasing, and fully support the new GeForce 2 GTS. These drivers are for NVIDIA's full range of products (except the Riva 128) from the TNT through the aforementioned GeForce 2 on Win9x, WinNT, and Win2K. The version number is 5.22 so they may be the same as the recently leaked drivers of the same number.

UPDATE! I checked the archive and the only difference between these drivers and the leaked 5.22s (at least as far as I can tell from file size and date stamp) is that the Nvagp.inf file is about 10K smaller. Not sure what difference that would make. I'll probably install them because I enjoy causing myself pain.


There's a new ICQ 2000a Beta v.4.31 build #3143 available for download. According to the latest updates summary, this version features better communications and more firewall options. Heh-whatever that means.

Evil Avatar Daikatana Review

Well folks, I promised myself I wouldn't post all kinds of Daikatana reviews since most of them are either simply beating a dead horse or appear to have been written by Mrs. Johnson's third-grade English class. Nonetheless, I present you (drum roll please) the only Daikatana review to which I will link, Evil Avatar's. He had the intestinal fortitude to make it through the whole game, for which I salute him. Check out his review so he'll at least make some money from ad banner hits while he recovers at the Shady Acres Psychiatric Hospital.

Ask Sweeney

More Q&A goodness with Epic's Tim Sweeney at Voodoo Extreme! As always, the topics are rather technical for the most part. This isn't the article for you if all you read on the 'Net are articles about the booth babes at E3.

J.t.Qbe comments: Why can't we have both: technical topics and booth babes? Can't we all just get along?

The Master comments: Wow. Excellent read for those interested in the technical side of game programming. Must read. Now I'll scrape my brain up quick-that first answer blew it to ribbons.

History today

Tuesday, May 30, 2000

POR: Ruins Preview

There's a quick peek of Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor over on ign/pc.

I was a HUGE fan of the original Pools of Radiance AD&D game on the old Apple ][. Heck, that was the MAIN game I played on my Apple for about a year. After I got over my Might & Magic 3 addiction that is :-)

J.t.Qbe comments: I spent way too many hours on Pool of Radiance and Curse of the Azure Bonds. Even more on my Might and Magic III addiction. All three are great games. Now if I could just finish M&M VI. . .

MDK2 Demo

Because I had heard so much about it, I decided to try the MDK2 demo myself. I like the comic book style and the graphics are quite nice. I like the fact that there's humor injected just about everywhere (you end up playing part of the game as a six-legged dog, after all). But all in all it's still a console shooter. As long as you aren't expecting anything incredibly deep, it's quite a bit of fun. You can download the demo from FilePlanet (82.4M). Incidentally, MDK stands for "With two, you get eggroll".

Guided Tour of Nethack

Gamespy has published an entertaining Guided Tour of Nethack. Take a look at a game which is better than Diablo II (and took longer to develop), if you haven't already.

Hmmm, interesting news day: history, hockey and hack!

The Master comments: You missed one: handhelds, history, hockey, and hack. Now we've got to try to keep this up :-)

Epic Tech Overview

There's an Overview of upcoming technology from Epic over on Thresh's Firingsquad. Interesting read.

Rocket Richard, Dead at 78

Unless you are a big hockey fan, this news probably went unnoticed. If you are a big hockey fan, this is huge news. Maurice "Rocket" Richard passed away yesterday after a prolonged battle with stomach cancer. He was 78. The Rocket was the first NHL player to score 50 goals in a season. He led the Montreal Canadians to eight Stanley Cup championships in his 18 year career. The battles between Richard's Habs and Gordie Howe's (my hero) Red Wings are legendary. They don't make them like The Rocket anymore.

History today

Stupid Website Tricks

Since I've got a Handspring Visor PDA now, The Master and I are working on an AvantGo-compatible version of The Haus. AvantGo allows web content to be viewed on PalmOS or WinCE PDAs, or on web-enabled cell phones. If you have a PDA, you really should check AvantGo out.

The Master got a version of the news script running that looks pretty nice on my Visor. I'm going to work on figuring out what needs to be changed to make the other content available. I'm such a geek . . .

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