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Tuesday, November 21, 2000

Quake III: Team Arena Info

Stomped spotted this post from Todd Hollenshead, id CEO, on the Quake III World messageboards about the status of Quake III: Team Arena:
Topic: We're getting close now!

To being done with Team Arena that is. We should hopefully have a bunch of new info available real soon and even a demo (!). Just a little pre-Thanksgiving (US) FYI for everyone.
And then also a bit on the Quake III Arena patch:
Yes, the final Q3 patch (probably 1.26 or sequential) should follow soon after the demo. The final patch won't be this week, but hopefully soon thereafter.
Excellent . . .

Master .plan: XBox

I've finally put up a new Master .plan today, with my feelings on Microsoft and the X-Box. I may need to go lie down now.

J.t.Qbe comments: With this and its other antics (e.g. subscription Office), Micro$oft is pushing more and more people to get off the merry-go-round. I bought my last Microsoft OS 3 years ago. Join us in peaceful Unixland. . .

Qbe Root: Be Thankful

This Thursday, Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving Day, a time to give thanks for all the blessings we enjoy. Our own J.t.Qbe gives a list of some people in computing that he is thankful for, and whose work both shaped today's world of computers and also helped him land the job that he has now. Check out his newest Qbe Root column: Be Thankful.

The Master comments: On the compiler vein-when I began my foray into programming back in '89 I typed in my first assembler for the Apple II. When I got to college I blew the $200+ on Merlin 8/16 and used that. Even bought a 65802 to allow 16-bit programming on my //c. Then I plonked down for Borland Pascal 6, and 7, and C++ 4, and 4.5, then Delphi 1 and 2. I've spent well over a $1,000 on compilers and interpreters over time, and now all of it is nearly free in Linux Land. Sniff.

No Obi-Wan for Me

GameSpot received word that LucasArts has cancelled Episode I: Obi-Wan on the PC. It will carry on as a game for some future console. Here's the PR:
Following an extensive review of the project and a great deal of deliberation, LucasArts Entertainment Company has ceased development of Star Wars: Obi-Wan for the PC. The expected breadth and scope of the Obi-Wan project could not be met given limitations of technology and the company's recently heightened quality standards. LucasArts is now planning to bring the game and its assets to a next-generation console platform. Further announcements will be made in this regard next year.

LucasArts remains fully committed to developing games for the PC platform, as evidenced by its current development alliances with Verant Interactive, BioWare Corporation, and other soon to be announced projects.

We wish to thank our fans for their continued support through this process and assure them that our number one goal is to provide them with high quality, fun games.
OK, this completely sucks. The most recent games to come out of LucasArts have been utter crap and now this. I guess I'd rather see it cancelled than have it come out and be another flop. They've fallen a long ways since the days of X-Wing and Dark Forces. Thanks Blue.

SiN Linux Demo

Hyperion Software has released a demo of their Linux port of SiN. The demo weighs in at 40M. Check out Hyperion's SiN features page for system requirements and information on the game itself. Thanks Blue.

More AvantGo

I just sent email to AvantGo to find out what the status is of our channel. We were told that we had been accepted about five weeks ago. I gave them the information they requested, but I still haven't heard back. Hopefully we'll have some news soon.

UPDATE! I did hear back from our AvantGo rep. today (at last). The Master and I are working on the changes necessary to get us going on AvantGo.

UPDATE #2! We made the necessary changes, and our AvantGo rep. gave us the thumbs up. It looks like The Haus will be an official AvantGo channel when the new channels are added after the Thanksgiving holiday!

NFL Week #12 Final

Eeyore can take justifiable pride in her magnificent 11-4 record this week. I was 8-7, my worst all year. As a matter of fact I've gone 9-6, 9-6, and 8-7 the past three weeks. Year-to-date I am 110-63 (.635), Eeyore is 88-70 (.556). I just realized that I never did a final tally last week. Oh well. Better things are coming this week.

Monday, November 20, 2000

AvantGo Button

In the nav bar on the right side of this page you will notice a new button for subscribing to our AvantGo channel. I still haven't gotten our official channel number from the AvantGo staff yet. Right now the link displays the settings for The Haus that I use. If you don't have AvantGo on your PalmOS or WinCE PDA yet, the AvantGo website will take you through the steps to download and install their software before adding The Haus to your channel list. If you have any questions on our AvantGo channel, please feel free to email me.

NOLF Review

Our very own Wraith fired up an HTML editor and whipped up a review of No One Lives Forever, the latest first-person shooter from Monolith and Fox Interactive. Once again, Wraith uses his patented ultra-cool rating system. Check it out and find out if NOLF is cool or another Blood2.

Updated Shogo Linux Demo

Linux Games has word that Hyperion has released an updated version of their Linux demo of Shogo: Mobile Armor Division. You can get the full version here or the patch here.

Winter Wonderland

I was just out shoveling what little snow we have and chasing my dog around. I overheard some of the school kids across the street playing football. Whenever a quarterback would make a bad play, their teammates would call them "Peyton" or "Manning." Ouch.

Alice Demo Soon

Rogue's Barrett Alexander updated his .plan with word that there will be a demo of their Quake III-powered third-person game, Alice.
Expect an Alice Demo. It should be available for download prior to the full Alice retail release on December 5, 2000.
For some reason, his .plan isn't in Webdog's database. Heaven only knows why they aren't but Nullsoft is. Bobby Pavlock (who I would have sworn was in Webdog's database) added this in his .plan:
As you all know by now, Alice has officially gone GOLD, and is off for manufacturing. You should see it on store shelves starting around December 5th. There has been alot of inquiry about whether or not there will be a demo. the answer is, of course, YES. In fact we are in the process of wrapping up the demo right now. It should be available just prior to or around the same time the game hits the shelves. Hopefully it will give you all a taste of what Alice is all about, and will whet your appetite and leave you hungry to see more.
Thanks, Blue, for the alternate links.

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