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Friday, November 10, 2000

Unreal Fortress Beta 1 Released

The Unreal Fortress team announce the release of beta 1 of their Team Fortress-inspired mod for Unreal Tournament. It's a 26M download. It is available in umod and non-umod formats. There is a large list of mirrors for the mod available at the above link.

New Elite Force Demo

Raven's John Monroe updated his .plan with word that an updated demo for Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force is available for download.
New Holomatch demo released over at

This new demo of the Holomatch offers all three game play modes of the full game for you to try and enjoy. Several changes were made to Elite Force between the time of its original demo in July 2000 and the release of the game in September 2000. This demo reflects the multiplayer of the shipping version.
The demo is a relatively reasonable 31M.

DirectX 8 Released

Microsoft has released the runtime and SDK for DirectX 8.0. You can download them from their DirectX 8.0 page. One word of warning, if you aren't brave, you might want to wait to install this until reports start coming back of any incompatibilities with older DirectX titles. There is no official way to uninstall it. Forewarned is fore-armed. Thanks, Wraith, for the heads-up.

Jason Hall Talks Stupid Some More

There's a Q&A with Jason Hall up over on VoodooExtreme. There's a lot of smack talk in there. I'm sure A.T. will classify this article as flamebait. Enjoy.

A.T. Hun comments: That's precisely what it is. I don't know what he's hoping to accomplish out of all of this, other than to make himself look like a complete jackass. I read the interview earlier today and decided not to post it because of that. Until Lith produces something along the lines of Doom, Quake, or Unreal, he should just shut his festering gob and get to work.

The Master comments: My only reason for posting this is because I think we may be one of the few sites who see just how silly most of the *ahem* stuff Hall spews is. I'm always willing to pull the lever when idiots put their heads in the noose.

Hexen 2 Source Code Available!

Rick Johnson has announced in his .plan that Raven has released the sources for Hexen 2 and Hexenworld. Here's the skinny:
The Hexen 2 source code is now available! You can read the article on GameSpy by going to this Link or you can download it by going to this Link.

The download contains both the Hexen 2 Mission Pack: Portal of Praevus source code plus the HexenWorld multiplayer source code. All of the code was last compiled under Visual C V5.x, so it might take a little work to get them to compile under VC++ 6.x.

Netscape 6 Final Released--Maybe

There are reports out there that Netscape has released a 6.0 final version of its browser. This would seem surprising, given the current state of the Mozilla code. I wonder if this is another case of /. jumping the gun.

UPDATE! It does appear to be a false alarm. People claim to have downloaded something from Netscape's FTPs earlier today, but those directories are now closed off.

Thursday, November 9, 2000

DirectX 8 Done

Microsoft issued this press release, stating that DirectX 8 is done and will be available for download at by noon Pacific time on Saturday. Thanks Shugashack.

As I've done with the past DirectX .0 releases, I'm going to let others be the sacrificial victims and see how many games get broken with DX8 before I try it myself.

Icewind Dale Review

The Xtreme Network posted a review of Icewind Dale. Here's what Jeh's email had to say about it:
Icewind Dale is an isometric-view role playing game (RPG) set in the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons universe of Forgotten Realms, the same universe that such games as Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, and Baldur's Gate 2 are set in.
I've been toying with the idea of getting an AD&D-based game. Maybe I'll have to leave my computer on for a few days and download the Baldur's Gate II demo.

Pondering the Imponderable

I'd like to apologize to both of our regular readers for my political diatribes today. I promise that I'll now go back to posting whatever the heck it is that we normally post here.

The Master comments: I would have commented as well, but since I'm not all that fond of any of this years choices for President, I figured it wasn't worth the page space :-)

Questions of the Day

Where is the (non-beta) Q3A 1.25 patch?

Why are so many people surprised at voting "irregularities" in Florida?

Why, after a great (by recent standards) voter turnout, are so many groups willing to risk alienating voters simply because their candidate may not win?

UPDATE! I guess I spoke too soon. There are now reports, according to this morning's paper, of possible voting "irregularities" in my state of Wisconsin. There are accusations that some people offered homeless people in Milwaukee cigarettes to vote for Gore. Sigh.

I also saw the ballot that is causing so much debate in Florida on I know I've used similar ballots. The only way you could mess that up is if either you didn't take your time or you are a moron. If this ballot was so bad, why didn't the Democratic or Republican supervisors (who had to approve it) complain in the first place? I'm sorry, this is abject stupidity.

UPDATE #2 I wish this were a joke, but it isn't. The people of Missouri elected a dead man to be their Senator. The man who lost, Senator John Ashcroft, said:
Missouri is a compassionate state. And I think that in a very special way, they have demonstrated the compassion which they have.
I think it also demonstrates profoud idiocy. HELLO FOLKS! You aren't voting for prom king here. This isn't a "lifetime achievement" award. It's a scary thing when reality is weirder than anything I could dream up.

Counter-Strike 1.0 Released

It's official. The Counter-Strike 1.0 mod for Half-Life has been released. It is available as a patch from beta 7.1 (23.4M) or full installation (82.3M) for Win32, and as a server port for Linux (72.3M). All files and various mirrors are available on the Counter-Strike downloads page.

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