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Friday, April 6, 2001

Tim Sweeney Interview

Gamasutra posted a quite long interview with Tim Sweeney that covers just about every aspect of his programming career at Epic. Check it out for a look at where the industry was, is, and might be in the future. Thanks Blue.

More Engrish

If you thought "All Your Base" was hysterical, wait until you see this. It is the instructions for some kind of Japanese toy. This is completely indescribable, except maybe by saying, "May pre house the seamy side volitation!" And I mean that. Thanks to Count Fragula on the PlanetShogo forums for that one.

Blue Shift Interview

Stomped interviewed Gearbox's Randy Pitchford about their upcoming PC port of Half-Life: Blue Shift and the included high-definition pack. Here's a kibble:
Stomped: The press release stated that while the PC version of Blue Shift is a stand alone product the Half-Life HD pack will work on all Half-Life games. Can you explain this more fully?

Pitchford: Blue Shift (and the included Opposing Force in the North American version) are totally stand alone. There are some simple installation options that allow users to install or uninstall the High Definition content to any of their Half-Life games at any time including the original Half-Life (which isn't included with Blue Shift). So, in addition to the all-new game (Blue Shift) there's a lot more great Half-Life content in the package. I honestly don't know what the retailers will end up charging for the package, but I bet it will be easy to find it for less than $30 - which is a great value for the amount of stuff included.
Methinks I'll be snagging this when it hits the shelves this summer.

Thursday, April 5, 2001

eFront: Down the Tubes

Start that rhythmic beat of "Another One Bites the Dust". Web hosting service eFront is going belly-up. Sites have been given a whole two days to relocate. Ahh, the "big crunch" continues. After those corporate ICQ logs were leaked, I have no pity whatsoever.

Team Haus Update

Team Haus is now six members strong! My computer just finished bashing away at my first task this morning. It took a long time, but the second one seems to be going much faster. Interested in using your spare CPU cycles to help find a cure for cancer? Check our Team Haus page for more information.

The Master comments: We put our first 2 packets through last night, and I expect another one today. Pound that data out :-)

New Ask Sweeney

VoodooExtreme posted another Ask (Epic's Tim) Sweeney Q&A column. Sweeney is the man behind the Unreal engines. The topics run the gamut of the gaming scene, including messages from some idiots who want to keep Glide alive for some God-forsaken reason. As always, a good read.

Passport Terms Revised

CNet News is reporting that Microsoft has revised its terms of use for its Passport service after the 'Net erupted in controversy over it. This article links to the original terms as well. They made the term "draconian" seem almost totally obscure. M$ said the terms were "old." Old or not, they were horrendous even by M$'s standards. Thanks Linux Today.

The Master comments: I was going to vent about this yesterday, but I decided to hold my tongue. Thankfully Microsoft removed the excuse. I do wish lawyers would be more careful about how they protect their clients rights. Half the time it seems like these legal contracts pretty much give a visitors rights to their kids for visiting a webpage. Good grief.

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