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Friday, November 30, 2001

Cloud on Wolfie

id's Kevin Cloud made a whopping great .plan update regarding Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Here's the whole thing in all of its cut-and-pasted glory.
Wanted to make a quick update on Wolf. I've noticed some online buzz about new mp maps for Wolf. We'll be releasing the multiplayer demo with a new checkpoint only map called Trenchtoast. Trenchtoast will also be posted for use with the full game as well. We're staggering the testing so the singleplayer demo will be released first. Expect the multiplayer demo to be out within the next few weeks.

Just to let everyone know, we will be releasing source for the mod teams. It will take some time to pull this together and currently both teams are working on the demos. This will hopefully be released later in December.

We had issues with fog working properly on the Matrox cards with gl_extension on. Matrox has been great about this and is revising their drivers to better support Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Matrox users should expect a good performance improvement on Wolf single and multiplayer when this is released.

The online comments have been great, but I think the game clock has caused some confusion in several reviews. This is because the game clock isn't accurately reflecting the actual play time. Depending on how often you save, we found the time reported by the game clock to be anywhere from 25% to 50% of the actual play time ( time in your seat ). For future reference it would be more accurate to not rely on the game clock for actual play time statistics.

Finally, we expect the German version of Wolf to be released sooner than mid-December as reported earlier this week. There was a small problem with the manual that required a reprint. On a related note, unlike previous id titles, the localized versions of Wolf are completely translated, including translated dialog, menus and text. This was a large coordinated effort from Activision. They did a great job.

New Parsec LAN Test

Several sites mentioned yesterday that there is a new LAN test of Parsec, a freeware, cross-platform, multiplayer space shooter. I downloaded and installed the Linux version. It's really come quite a ways. I can't wait to try it out online when the full version comes out. Check it out, I think you'll like it.

@Home Doomsday

Unless other agreements can be worked out the @Home will be shutdown tonight at midnight U.S. Pacific time. Up to 45% of all cable modem customers in the U.S. would be affected by this. I would estimate that if @Home goes dark, over 75% of the world's pr0n and warez will go with it, as well as 99.999% of the Code Red infections. Thanks Slashdot.

J.t.Qbe comments: Don't bet on it, A.T.: it sounds like a number of backup plans are in the works. I'm an @Home user via AT&T, which has been trying to buy Excite@Home. Today they were shot down, but they've been making arrangements to keep customers connected via their own networks. I've heard that there may be an interruption, but broadband will go on, at least for AT&T customers. At least, that's what they say. I hope they're right, otherwise I'm offline.

A.T. Hun comments: My guess would be that AT&T would have the ability to cover for their customers. I'd also guess that all the others are out of luck.

J.t.Qbe comments: According to some reports I've read, AT&T can only handle about 20% of the customer load quickly; others may see outages of 1-14 days. Yikes. Midnight PST comes in about an hour, so I may wake up tomorrow to a dead cable modem. We'll see what happens.

Thursday, November 29, 2001

New NVIDIA 1.0-2313 Linux Drivers

NVIDIA has released new Linux drivers, version 1.0-2313. There are a number of fixes as well as support for NVIDIA's nForce chipset. They even have a handy shell script you can run if you aren't sure what files you should be downloading. Thanks Linux Games.

UPDATE! One caveat: if you updated your kernel, the shell script will probably tell you to download the wrong kernel module. It just checks what version of the distribution you are using, not the kernel revision. Just download the source RPM and do an rpm --rebuild on it and install the resulting RPM.

NFL Week #12 Early Edition

What's up with all these Thursday games? At any rate, I'm taking the Eagles, although both teams have proven perfectly capable of throwing this game away.

The Master comments: Eeyore picked the Eagles as well. Now, for the travesty.

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