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Saturday, August 17, 2002

Carmack Speech in MP3

Gamers Ammo posted a 16M MP3 of John Carmack's speech and QuakeCon. Great stuff for the technically inclined. For some reason, the MP3 has a "RAR" extension even though it is actually a ZIP file. Why they zipped it up is beyond me (OK, it saves a few 100K, but still), not to mention the extension problem. Oh well. Thanks Blue.

GameSpot on DOOM III

GameSpot posted some notes they jotted down during John Carmack's speech and Q&A at QuakeCon. The most interesting bits were about the multiplayer aspect of the game:

Carmack also revealed a few surprising details about Doom III's multiplayer. Id has always said that Doom III will be primarily a single-player game, and the company stated at E3 that the multiplayer would largely be restricted to deathmatch. However, Carmack admitted that even the game's deathmatch will be limited by certain engine considerations. The games will be limited to a much smaller number of players than other recent id games. The current estimate is a maximum of four players, so it'll be better suited to one-on-one and two-on-two matches. Carmack also said that players won't be able to join a match in progress. Nonetheless, id does have real plans for more serious multiplayer options for Doom III, which Carmack said would come either in a separate product, perhaps as an expansion pack.

It will be interesting to see how people react to such limited multiplayer options. Of course, if the single player gives people feelings that are even close to what they got with the original DOOM, no one will complain. Thanks Blue.

Friday, August 16, 2002

Printing in OpenOffice

I've spent far too much time today working on printing in OpenOffice in Linux. The good news is that the new 1.0.1 version fixed my main printing problem (it would only print in bold or painfully ugly). Now I'm just trying to tweak it so the output looks better. I think I've probably burned through about $15 worth of ink just trying various settings. Good thing we've got a good recycling program here . . .

DOOM III Definitely Coming to Linux

id's John Carmack talked a bit about Linux during his speech about DOOM III at QuakeCon today. Here's what he had to say, courtesy of the good people at Linux Games:

Dare I say . . . w00t! Hey, ATi! How about getting some good Linux drivers for your sweet Radeon 9700 in the meantime?

NWN Linux Client Screenshot

Believe it or not, Bioware has posted a screenshot of the Neverwinter Nights client working in Linux! Check out their Linux client page to view the screenie. Granted, it's not much to look at, but it is working!

Baseball Players Set Strike Date

Because an average salary of $2 million is just barely enough to keep a ball player off food stamps, the baseball players' union set August 30 as a strike date. As a Detroit Tigers fan, I can only hope the players actually do strike and bring this train wreck of a season to a merciful end. I would also love it if a strike caused baseball as we know it to collapse so both the billionaire owners and their millionaire players get what they both richly deserve. It's to the point where I can't even stomach to watch SportsCenter because baseball highlights make me want to projectile vomit.

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