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Tuesday, April 16, 2002

JKII Interview interviewed Lucasarts' Mike Stemmle, the scriptwriter for Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. Along the line, some pretty hardcore Star Wars geek questions are asked, which are answered with all the seriousness they deserve. One caveat: if you haven't finished the game, the interview contains some pretty significant plot spoilers.

Compuserve 7.0 Uses Netscape/Mozilla

AOL has released version 7.0 of the Compuserve software using Netscape 6.x aka Mozilla as the default browser. If everything goes well with Compuserve, I would bet that you will see Netscape/Mozilla/Gecko powering the next version of AOL. That would be spectactular from the standpoint that it would stop webmasters from using IE-specific code and claiming standards compliance. Thanks Slashdot.

Speaking of Mozilla, I would guess that 1.0 Release Candidate 1 should be out soon . . .

More 3DO Info

Gone Gold got more information on 3DO's layoffs and their effects on New World Computing. Here's the scoop:
...there were layoffs at New World Computing last week. I wanted to give you the exclusive, official word of upcoming plans since there are lots of rumors floating around. While many people were let go (most were offered a choice of a position in the Redwood City, CA office of 3DO or a severance package), there is still a core team working on the Heroes brand. They have been given the green light to move forward with Heroes IV expansion packs, and with (insert trumpet fanfare here) Heroes V.
I'm sure J.t. will be happy to hear that! Thanks Evil Avatar.

J.t.Qbe comments: Well, it's good news for Heroes fans (like The Bowler), but we'll see what this means for the Might & Magic RPG series. Given the very mixed reception IX is getting, they may not be able to produce a tenth installment. I'd guess that if it's up to NWC there'll be a M&M X, but if it's up to 3DO, not.

Pondering the Imponderable

We had a special visitor early this morning. My neighbors informed me that a 200-300 pound black bear went strolling through my backyard this morning. Mind you, I live right in the middle of my relatively small town. Some people took pictures and video. I'm glad I wasn't out with my dog this morning, she probably would've gotten us both killed.

Monday, April 15, 2002

New M.U.L.E.: Space HoRSE

Shrapnel Games announced that it is going to be publishing a new game based on the classic M.U.L.E. called Space HoRSE. I spent many hours in high school addicted to M.U.L.E., I hope this game can do it justice. The screenshots look underwhelming, but definitely M.U.L.E.y. I guess we'll have to see from the demo! Thanks Slashdot.

New JKII Dedicated Server

Raven's James Monroe updated his .plan with word of a new dedicated server for Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. Here's the pertinent bits:
Oh what fun, it is to crash servers.

I just released Version C dedicated JK2 servers for linux and win32.

Version C:

Pondering the Imponderable

Well, well, well. Glad to see that you were kept up on news while I was at a conference. *cough* Somebody turned up the heat here as temperatures jumped from the 50s to the 80s. Go figure. Just in time for the Stanley Cup playoffs! To get you in the mood, check out this article on the Red Wings by Detroit's own Mitch Albom. While you are reading, I'll snoop around and see if I missed anything (other than an email box full of spam) . . .

Oh yeah, if you are American, you have 2.5 hours to get your taxes done.

The Master comments: Well, I figured nobody wanted to hear me blather about Titanic again, so I just left it be. It's been a major slow news weekend anyway . . .

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