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Monday, August 7, 2000

Gore Running Mate

Vice President Al Gore has selected Senator Joseph "I Hate Video Games" Lieberman (D-Conn) as his running mate for the upcoming election. Besides his anti-violence-in-gaming stance, the most interesting thing about the choice of Lieberman as V.P. candidate is that he was one of the most outspoken Democratic critics of President Clinton's shenanigans. The news sites are already making a big deal about the fact that he is an orthodox Jew. I hope that doesn't become a focal point of the campaign coverage, as it was when JFK became the first Catholic candidate.

Sunday, August 6, 2000

New Requiem Beta

The Requiem (The Master's and my favorite Quake III Arena mod) team released version 0.8 of their mod today. It is now feature-complete. This version is just to shake out the last bugs before releasing 1.0. It includes three new weapons, a bunch of new cvars, and the ever-popular bug fixes. You can get it from the Q3A Requiem homepage. Thanks PlanetQuake.

R.I.P., Obi Wan

The BBC reports that Sir Alec Guinness died Saturday at the age of 86. Famous for a number of acting roles, he's most familar to our generation as Obi Wan Kenobi of the Star Wars series. You may also remember him from Bridge on the River Kwai. Undoubtedly he was one of the century's greatest actors.

The Carmack on Doom 3 Issues

id's John Carmack made a post on Slashdot talking about id's decision to use C++ and integrating the game editor for their next project, Doom 3. As usual, he backs up his decision with some pretty logical and practical reasoning. Thanks Blue.

Greene on Writers of the Lost Ark

Our very own Ryan Greene got a horror short story posted on Writers of the Lost Ark. The story is entitled Coneface and it'll put you off dessert for the rest of your naturally born life. I think it should be required reading for anyone entering Weight Watchers or whose diameter exceeds his or her height.

Gamers Against Morons

Our very own reporter of weirdness, Ryan Greene, wrote in to point to today's news on Penny Arcade. Gabe goes ballistic on jerks who join teamplay servers only to shoot their teammates. Thus he suggests forming G.A.M.: Gamers Against Morons to wipe out this debilitating social disease. If a cause ever deserved The Haus' full support, methinks it would be this one.

Gamers Against Morons

History today

Just finished rereading Richard Rhodes The Making of the Atomic Bomb last night, and realized that today is a day of infamy in history. At 8:06 am, August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first military atomic bomb, nicknamed "Little Boy", on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Over 200,000 people have died as a direct result of this weapon in the city of Hiroshima, and indirect effects are affecting people to this day. While atomic weapons have forced a kind of peace upon the world, we can never forget the drastic consequences of the weapons we have wrought upon the world.

J.t.Qbe comments: What a great book. Be sure not to miss "Dark Sun", which covers the hydrogen bomb. For fun, you could also rent "Fat Man and Little Boy" and pick out all the historical errors. After reading The Making of the Atomic Bomb, they'll be pretty obvious. . .

More id Interviews at QuakeCon

Stomped managed to corner id's CEO Todd Hollenshead and tool guy Robert Duffy to talk about the new Doom, amongst other things. Hopefully they will get Team Arena out soon . . .

Return to Wolfie Preview

3D Action Planet posted a quick preview of Grey Matter's Return to Castle Wolfenstein, based on their impressions of the game from QuakeCon. id's original is still one of my all-time favorite games. I hope the new version can do it justice. Thanks Blue.

Past Two Days' News

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December 19, 2006: Pocket Tunes 4.0 Released
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