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Thursday, September 27, 2001


I've been suffering through 4 days of living h311 with Time Warner's RoadRunner service. For those who believe all the hype in the ads they've been running: I'm dropping every other packet I transmit. My latency is in the thousands. This service is CRAP. I told them about the problems on SUNDAY, and it's THURSDAY and it's still torked out. Gads-I'd be doing better on a 26k dialup right now.

Okay, I think I'm all better now.

A.T. Hun comments: Which gives me the opportunity to say once again that EZ-Net rules. My 512K DSL is bulletproof. I mean bulletproof. I couldn't be happier.

J.t.Qbe comments: My @Home cable service has been pretty good, all in all. Windows 95 is another story--who is the bozo who thought that a binary registry is a good idea? This morning my Win95 system went down for good, and even restoring the registry doesn't get rid of the registry errors. Fortunately, I still have Linux on that box and a brand spanking new Win2K system from work, so I have all my bases covered.

Q3A 1.30 Patch Released

id has released the 1.30 patch for Quake III Arena and Quake III: Team Arena. Currently only the Win32 version is out. You can get it through the auto-updater or download the whole 25.5M point release. Check out Blue's News for a handy list of mirrors. Hopefully it won't be too long for the Linux and Mac versions.

UPDATE! The Linux version is available from id's FTP site which is, of course, getting hammered. I'll try to find a mirror. In the meantime you can read the 1.30 README at

UPDATE #2! Blue's News now has some handy mirrors for the Linux version of the patch too.

VE Is Back . . . Sorta

VoodooExtreme is back online, but without Billy "Wicked" Wilson according to the first post from Apache. Some of the comments on that post seem to indicate that he was basically forced out. Billy certainly did seem to have an "in" with various developers. Can't say that I'll miss his rather sophomoric sense of humor though.

Q3A 1.30 Tonight!

Blue got word that id is planning on releasing the 1.30 (non-beta) patch for Quake III Arena and Quake III: Team Arena. The Win32 version should be out at 5:30 P.M. U.S. Central Time while the Linux version will be out later tonight or tomorrow. No word on the Mac version. Blue also posted the changelog for version 1.30. Hopefully the fixed the names-with-spaces bug too.

Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Two More Biting the Dust?

Voodoo Extreme and Something Awful both made posts today about their financial situations, such as they are. Both seem like they might be on the way out. While I feel bad about all this, I also remain amazed that people ever thought that cutting-and-pasting gaming news could be a full-time job for not one but, in the case of VE, a whole mess of people. Blame it on the dot com crash all you want, I just feel it's nothing more than a dose of reality.

Wolfie Impressions

I decided to give the Return to Castle Wolfenstein multiplayer test a spin online the other day. It was a lot of fun. I was on the Allies side. At first, the Axis gunners and snipers were making mincemeat of us. It was interesting to see how my team reacted to it. I switched to being a soldier with the rocket launcher thingy and took out the snipers. Then some of the others were able to break through the lines. I then switched to engineer and blew a hole in the wall. After getting killed I switched to being a soldier with the flamethrower. I managed to steal the plans, but was ganged up on before I could transmit them.

All in all, it was a lot of fun and everyone played as a pretty good team. My only complaint was that sometimes it was hard to tell who were Axis and who were Allies. I also will need a beefier machine. Most of the time I was getting around 15 fps. Not fun.

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