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Thursday, May 16, 2002

ThreeWave 1.5 Released!

The ThreeWave team has released version 1.5 of their popular Capture the Flag mod for Quake III Arena. You can view all of the changes since 1.2 and check out the mirrors to download the patch from 1.2 (55M). A 180M full installer will be available soon. Go get it!

Crossover Plugin 1.1.1 Released

CodeWeavers has released version 1.1.1 of their Crossover plugin for Linux. The above link contains a list of fixes. In case you don't remember, Crossover allows you to run Quicktime, Windows Media Player, and other programs using WINE in Linux. It works very well, I must say. No affiliation, just a very satisfied customer.

IE Patch Du Jour

Microsoft has just released a new patch for Internet Explorer 6.0 and 5.x, fixing a number of vulnerabilities. All IE users should snag this one either from the above link or from Windows Update ASAP. Having said that, it appears that not all of the outstanding IE exploits have been fixed. Thanks Slashdot.

Attack of the Clones Review

CmdrTaco over at Slashdot posted his review of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. There are some minor spoilers, but probably nothing you don't already know if you've watched the T.V. ads at all. I linked to this one because it is a review done by someone who is actually a fan of the series (as I am). That way, he can answer the musical question: is the movie worth it for Star Wars fans? I hope to answer that question personally when I'm on vacation next week.

New JKII Dedicated Servers

Raven has released new dedicated servers (version 1.03a) for Windows and Linux. You can snag them from 3D Gamers. Here's what the new version fixes:
Updated Binary includes fixes for:
1.03a- fix com_error on very large packet fragments
Thanks Blue.

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

ThreeWave 1.5 Tomorrow!

Just when you thought nothing more could be done with Quake III CTF, the ThreeWave team pushed the envelope further! Tomorrow they will be releasing ThreeWave CTF 1.5! Here's what it will include over the previous versions:
Packed with the best CTF yet and 8 new maps, Threewave CTF version 1.5 is guaranteed to give you back that tingle in your special place. Sharpen up your grapple, and spend some quality time with your family while you still can, because CTF lub is on it's way.
I guess I'll wait until tomorrow to reinstall it then!

Pondering the Imponderable

I think I've almost got Red Hat 7.3 where I want it--which is a good thing since I had to reinstall today (caused by a classic case of PEBKAC). I also bought a SoundBlaster Audigy. I am pleased to report that the open source drivers work reasonably well for it. I am having some minor performance problems with disk access right now. I don't know if it's a RH7.3 thing or an Audigy driver thing or what the problem is. Hopefully I can nail it down.

Heaping Helping of Morrowind Reviews

I know that many of you have been waiting breathlessly to hear the verdict on Morrowind, and the reviews are starting to roll in already. Three good ones are at alloutgames, Gamespy, and Games Domain. Oh yeah, Gamespot published one last week too. The overwhelming opinion is that Bethesda has delivered just what it promised.

That may be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you like in a game. Morrowind follows in the footsteps of Arena and Daggerfall (its predecessors) in delivering a huge fantasy world with a million things to do, cutting edge graphics (for an RPG, anyway), and a unique character development system. All in all, Morrowind is a complete world which lets you do whatever you wish, however you wish. It's totally nonlinear; you never even have to begin the main story. You can strike out on your own and make a name for yourself in whatever way you wish. If you're a fan of the Diablo or Baldur's Gate games, you may not like this nonlinearity.

The game is huge. It's guesstimated that no single gamer will ever see it all. And to lengthen its life, a game editor is included which allows players to create their own additions to the game.

Some have experienced technical problems with Morrowind. It seems that system tweaking can fix most of them. I spent a week searching out tips for a playable framerate and finally got one, but ended up getting a new video card and will probably add another 256 megs of RAM too.

My own take: if you like games which give you total freedom to do whatever you want, you'll love Morrowind. If you loved Daggerfall and/or Arena, you'll love Morrowind.

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