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Saturday, June 24, 2000

KDE2 Preview

KDE is a very powerful and user-friendly graphical front-end for Linux' X Window system. It's the one I use when I boot to Linux. The next version, KDE2, promises to be even more friendly. has a quick preview of KDE2, based on beta code. Most impressive is their kOffice productivity suite. I'm hoping this will be another step toward allowing me to dump Windows eventually. We'll see. Thanks Linux Today.

J.t.Qbe comments: KDE2 promises to be a huge improvement over an already great window manager. I use Enlightenment at work, but KDE2 may very well lure me away.

But it won't let you dump Windows entirely. The games will keep pulling you back. Kudos to Loki for helping to bring high quality games to Linux, but I still have a ton of Windows/DOS games I still play (or intend to play). Until you're ready to dump your legacy stuff altogether, you'll need that legacy OS. . .

Q3A Side-Scroller

TargetQuake attempts to turn our favorite first-person shooter into a classic side-scroller. Interesting concept. You can download the PK3 file here. There are a few bugs, so make sure to check out the TargetQuake page first. Thanks Blue.

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Friday, June 23, 2000

Scott Miller Interview

Radiated has posted an interview with 3D Realms' Scott Miller who is currently working on Duke Nukem Forever (aka Daikatana II: Electric Boogaloo). Actually the Radiated folks ask how 3D Realms intends on avoiding Daikatana's pitfalls since Duke Forever has been in production almost as long. Here's his answer:
Where (sic) making a great game, one that sets new standards, looks and feels cutting-edge, and has gameplay that's never been seen before. We also don't have burdensome sidekicks.
I think that could be considered a jab. Thanks Stomped.

EA Q3A Map Pack

The crezzy folks working on EA's The World Is Not Enough Q3A-based shooter have released a map pack (26.6M) (made in their "spare time") for Quake III Arena. There are 12 DM maps and 1 CTF map. Most of the maps are space maps, but all of them have some unique twists (and some serious physics-defying bounce pads too). My favorite part of this pack is the quad trap on the one level (I'll let you figure out which one). Thanks Blue.

AOL, Time-Warner Merger Vote in

According to Yahoo! News, AOL, Time Warner Shareholders Approve Merger. Well, here it is-the ultimate powerhouse. Time-Warner's cable bandwidth and AOL's content and internet. Fear the future folks :-)

A.T. Hun comments: If the U.S. regulators let this one go through, mark my words: the AOL-TW monolith will become the target of the Department of Justice. That will happen sooner rather than later.

MOO3 Combat Design Doc

Quicksilver has placed a webbized copy of their Ground Combat Design Doc online for perusal. If this doc is any indication of the depth of play planned for Master of Orion 3, we are going to be seeing a truly incredible game released. If it doesn't take 50 years to write...

UT 421 Patch Info

Uffda! Forgot to post this yesterday (two little kids with the flu will make you forgetful). got word of fixes coming up in a 421 patch for Unreal Tournament (duh). Here are the game engine fixes:
  • fixed another mixed skin cheat
  • fixed creeping pings problem - especially prevalent with passworded servers
  • fixed problems with passwords with spaces
  • improved server CPU utilization
  • improved prioritization of network traffic for low bandwidth users
  • fixed ActorLineCheck() crash again - no really this time
  • fixed clearing base on client in netplay - thanks Mongo
  • fixed suicide spamming
  • Last Man Standing now can have time limit
  • fixed spriteballexplosion sounds playing client side
  • faster translocation effect in software mode
  • fixed collision bug which cropped up in 420 (overlord)
There are also a slew of UnrealEd fixes. The patch could be out as soon as this weekend, but you know how THAT goes. Thanks VoodooExtreme.

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