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Wednesday, April 17, 2002

UT2003 for Linux?

Linux Games found a little blurb in an Epic chat log that indicates that Unreal Tournament 2003 will definitely have a Linux server and likely a Linux client too. Here's the scoop:
[19:36] MarkRein[Epic]: any word on a client
[19:36] Irix--> Don't know yet about a client but it will probably happen eventually
[19:37] Irix--> We'd definitely like to see it and I know Dan Vogel is talking with some friends of his who would like to do it.
Dan Vogel ported the original UT for Loki and later moved on to Epic. Go Dan!

Pondering the Imponderable

I just finished Jedi Knight II. Again. Yes, the single player is that fun. It was much easier the second time around since I have better 'saber control. I may just crank up the difficulty and try again. For now, I've been fighting some bots and trying to get my multiplayer abilities up, which are sorely lacking.

J.t.Qbe comments: So THAT'S where you've been lately. Your wife keeps saying that you're "gone" or "in a meeting". HA!

In other news, it's a great day for Detroit sports! Tonight the Red Wings begin their quest for the Stanley Cup. Yesterday, the Pistons clinched second place in the East. Even the Tigers got off the schneid and won their first game! Now we just have to see how terribly the Lions can botch this year's draft.

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.

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