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Saturday, July 13, 2002

SoF II Postmortem

GameSpy took a page out of Gamasutra's book and posted a postmortem of Solider of Fortune II, written by Project Lead, Jon Zuk. Those postmortems always give a lot of insight into what goes into making the games we play what they are, both for good and for bad. Now they just need to get someone to write one for Jedi Knight II!

NWN Review on the AVault

Adrenaline Vault posted their review of Neverwinter Nights, the latest RPG from Bioware. AVault gives the game a thorough review from top to bottom. While they find some problems, they still consider it a "must own" for any RPG fan. Thanks Blue.

I've been mulling buying this one for a couple of weeks. Basically, I don't want to spend $59 for it. I did find it at Sam's Club for $46, but I was hoping to find it for less than that. So far, no luck.

Friday, July 12, 2002

UT2K3 Update

Epic's Mark Rein made a post on the Infogrames forums detailing the status of Unreal Tournament 2003. Unfortunately, the demo is still at least two weeks off. Earlier a post was made on Blue's indicating that UT2K3 was pushed off until the third quarter of this year. No big shock since we are in the third quarter now. Thanks Blue.

MP3 Done Right:

Do yourself a favor and check out They have scads of artists and albums available for download in 128K MP3s. You get a free 50 downloads in 14 days. After that, you can sign up for three months at $14.95 per month or for a year for $9.95 per month. You won't find the latest mega stars, but you will find cool, older, hard-to-find stuff. Universal has released 1000 albums from its older catalogue to the service. They want to see if they can make money off old albums that aren't moving (or, more likely, very hard to find). It seems like a particularly good resource if you like Blues and Jazz.

As an example, I downloaded a They Might Be Giants disc and I'm in the process of downloading Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughn's In Session. The sound quality is excellent and the download speed is as fast as my DSL line will take me (512K). There are no restrictions on them. You can burn them to a disc or put them on your MP3 player. The license does restrict them to your personal use though. In otherwords, don't make a copy for all of your friends. But for $9.95/mo for all-you-can-eat, where is the incentive to steal?

Somebody's finally getting it right! For the price of one disc you can snag all you want all month, all legally. The artists (or at least their label) is paid for everytime the track is downloaded. Thanks Ars Technica for the awesome heads-up.

America's Army 1.01b Patch Released

The 1.01 patch for America's Army: Operations is available from NVIDIA and the usual mirror site suspects. This 3M patch fixes a few minor issues and allows for public servers to be set up. There is also a full 213M version if you didn't download 1.0. Now I can get back to training. Thanks Blue.

UPDATE! There is now a 1.01b version available to fix a problem with the patch's installation. If you got an error message about missing registry keys, download the newer version.

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