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Thursday, December 7, 2000

Q3:TA Gold!

id's Robert Duffy updated his .plan with the long-awaited news that Quake III: Team Arena has officially gone gold! Here's the rest of the story:
Team Arena is Gold. :-)

Some other things coming down the pipe from us in the near future.

Source code was made available earlier today to MOD authors so they can prepare their mods to be compatible with the 1.27 point release. This will help get everyone up on the same rev of the game at the same time. The point release ( 1.27 ) will be released a day or two before Team Arena hits shelves

As soon as Team Arena is on shelves, full tool source code will be released as well as new executables and I beleive Graeme will be releasing the ROQ compiler as well. These are all good things. I am going to get Timothee and the GTKRadiant crew tool source in a day or so, so they can prepare that flavor of the editor and tools for the masses.

The official combined game source will be released during the same time period as the tools. This will be the integrated Q3A and TA source base.
id's Todd Hollenshead also updated his .plan with a bit more information on Q3:TA's goldness:
We expect that it may begin showing up at shops like EB and Babbages as early as Friday the 15th. It may take a bit longer for stores like Best Buy, CompUSA, etc. to get it in. You should check with your local retailer to see if/when they will be getting their supply in.
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We're still working on Mac and Linux, but Demos for those (as well as binaries) should be available "soon".
One word: GIMME!

Mozilla .6 Released

The Mozilla open-source web browser team has released Mozilla .6, a milestone on the Netscape 6 code branch. Basically it is Netscape 6 without all the AOL bloatware and numerous bug fixes that should have been made in the first place :) If you are using Mozilla already, you can probably pass on this release. If you were pushing off trying Netscape 6 because of all the AOL garbage, you might want to try this one out. Check out the Mozilla roadmap for information on how this release relates to the Mozilla trunk. Thanks Slashdot, which actually announced this milestone when it was released instead of a month before.

In a related story, the Web Standards Project (WaSP) issued a press release praising Netscape 6/Mozilla as "the most standards-compliant browser the Web has yet seen". Kudos to the Mozilla team! Now fix those remaining TABLE bugs!


Let me file an official "stuff that sucks" comment: taking your 2 year old son to the emergency room sucks. But at least he's all better now :-)

I'm still loving the Alice demo. Need to play it through again and write a review, but I can state my opinion right up front: rock. Buy this game! I know I will the first time it goes on a percent off sale at Best Buy (no affiliation, yadda, yadda).

A.T. Hun comments: My problem today isn't as bad as a sick two-year-old, but it is probably more annoying. I've been leaving my computer on 24/7 because it gets so cold in my office. I got up this morning and tried to reboot Win98, but after six tries and six Explorer GPFs (or just plain lock-ups) I gave up and booted to Linux. I'm glad I've got Linux installed for a number of reasons, but particularly for those days when Win98 is being profoundly stupid.

Wednesday, December 6, 2000

ToddH on Q3:TA and Linux

id's Todd Hollenshead made a post on the Quake 3 World forums explaining why a Linux binary will not be on the Quake III: Team Arena CD:
Windows will be released first and might be simultaneous with Mac, although I honestly expect Mac to take a tad longer. At this point, we don't have any plans to have distribute a Linux verison on a CD. No offense, but it's a support nightmare due to the multiple flavors of popular versions and ever-changing kernel, retailers don't want it, and the Linux Q3A sales were disappointing. So the commercial reality is that the Windows version will go to retail and Linux will be available via a binary download pretty soon thereafter.

We know there are a lot of Linux fans out there and there will be a Linux version (probably "unsupported", however). But the performance of our Linux SKU's at retail have really left a binary patch as the only realistic option of providing Linux users with a version to play on. Going forward, I fully anticipate that we will continue to push the platform in the hopes that one day soon Linux will be a viable platform for retail commercial entertainment software distribution.
id has always been a big supporter of Linux gaming, but unfortunately the numbers just aren't there. Thankfully, the download will be painless enough :) Thanks Linux Games.

Deus Ex Postmortem

Gamasutra posted another one of their fabulous game postmortems, this time dealing with Deus Ex and written by the project leader, Warren Spector. Although it's sometimes hard to tell if you are on the "what went right" or "what went wrong" page, it gives a very interesting insight into everything that went into the making of the game. Thanks Blue.

Mmmmmm. Yummy.

The irony is delicious.

Opera Now Free, Sort Of

I saw that the newest version of the Opera Web Browser, version 5.0, has been released--and it's now free! The catch? You have to watch ads every time you browse. You can still fork over the cash for a non-ad version. I can tolerate the ad-ware thing with Go!Zilla, since I don't have to watch it work. I don't think I could tolerate it with my web browser. Thanks Slashdot.

Not that you asked, but I've been using Mozilla builds exclusively for almost two months. I'm using the November 30 build right now. It's still got some bugs, but the browser displays pages much faster than Netscape and when it crashes (which is rare) it doesn't bring my system with it like Internet Exploder.

ToddH Interview

Stomped got a hold of id's Todd Hollenshead for a quick interview about Quake III: Team Arena, other possible Q3A expansion packs, and the future of the Quake franchise.

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