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Monday, July 24, 2000

GreenMarine on RA:UT

3D Realms' (still getting used to typing that) Brandon "GreenMarine" Reinhart updated his .plan about Rocket Arena 3 for Quake III Arena and it's counterpart for Unreal Tournament. Here's a snip:
Speaking of Rocket Arena 3...wouldn't it be nice if Cliffy said something about what Epic was doing with Rocket Arena UT? I sure would like to know. I had to hand over the reigns on the project to Mike Lambert when I left Epic and I believe Epic is helping direct the project and has some plans for it. Nonetheless, the maps were great and I really want to play it. (Doh! I reread this and it sounds like I'm saying Epic made me hand over the project or something which isn't the case. I passed on RAUT because I didn't have the spare time to work on it. As it is, I'm pretty much working on Duke 24/7, except for some spots of gaming on the weekends.)
So basically he is no longer responsible for RA:UT. I hope someone does something with it. It had a big head start on the Q3A version--I hope it doesn't die on the vine.

ATI sucks one down

The recent Macworld Expo put on by Apple was missing one keynote item when Steve Jobs gave his keynote address. ATI was supposed to demo their RADEON video processor onstage in the first 45 minutes, but instead were practically deleted from the conference. Why, you ask? Well, ATI suffered the wrath of Jobs. Basically, ATI setup a press release that preempted Steve Jobs. Don't ever do that :-)

ATI really can't afford this kind of thing to happen to them. Loose lips may just sink their ship, especially since Nvidia has taken aim at the Mac market.

A.T. Hun comments: Of course, as more than one person has pointed out, this seems like a classic case of cutting off your nose to spite your face. Apple needs hot 3D hardware and they needed to demo the Q3A Mission Pack on their hardware. Jobs' snit cost Apple both. Sometimes it doesn't pay to be a prima donna.

Sunday, July 23, 2000

Havin' A Good Time Playing Arena

Cool! I finally found instructions for setting up and playing Arena under Win95. No more pesky reboots. What a classy game! Nothing like adventuring in the world of Tamriel. . .

Oh, wait. It isn't that Arena you're waiting for, A.T.? This one is the Bethesda game Arena, originally released in 1994 (or thereabouts). I picked up a copy for $2.50 at a software clearance last year, and it's still pretty impressive! First-person roleplaying adventure in a world of magic, mystery, and fun. Sure, Daggerfall was bigger and Morrowind will be flashier, but it's fun to see the father of 'em all. . .

RA3 Released!

Yep, it's that time kids! Rocket Arena 3 for Quake III Arena has finally been released! Here's a list of mirrors: Win32 Client Files (60M), Win32 and Linux Server Files (0.5M), and Linux Client Files (60M). Whatcha waiting for? Get downloading!

UPDATE! Right now it seems like all the mirror sites are getting the living daylights beaten out of them. Hopefully I'll find a mirror that will work soon . . .

UPDATE 11:45 P.M. 2.5 hours later, I'm actually able to download RA3 at a decent clip. And no, I have no intention of staying up until 3:15 A.M. to try it out.

RA3 Soundtrack Released

The Rocket Arena 3 for Quake III Arena mod team has released the RA3 soundtrack so you can start warming up your modems now in advance of the mod's release tonight a 6 P.M. U.S. Pacific time. A full list of mirrors can be found here. It's a 78.3M download, so if we start now, we modemers might be done in time :) Thanks sCary.

Sanity Demo Tuesdayish

Jason Hall, Monolith CEO (when he's not terrorizing the populace as the King of teh Monstars), made a whopping great .plan update. In it he attempts to explain just what the heck Sanity is and what the demo will reveal to us. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me right now, so I'll have to download it and see. I want to see how LithTech 2.0 looks anyway.

On a moderately related note, I saw a bit of a Magic: The Gathering tournament on ESPN2 the other day. There was a play-by-play guy and a color commentator just as if a) this was an actual sport and b) anyone cared. Man, if there's that little to broadcast, at least replay some German Bundesliga or English Premier League soccer matches. I'd even rather watch the X-Games *shudder* than a Magic: The Gathering tournament. Actually, I'd rather undergo vivisection via roto-rooter than watch a Magic: The Gathering tournament.

Oh and by the way, I put the "King of teh Monstars" comment in there before I read the same thing on Blue's News. That's how clever I am. If you haven't been following JeffK's SMARTY MAN GAEM DESIGNEAR "SURVIROR", you've really been missing . . . something.

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