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Wednesday, November 20, 2002

64bit UT2K3 Running on Linux

VR-Zone got word of a demo of a 64-bit version Unreal Tournament 2003 running on AMD's Athlon 64 (aka Hammer) CPU and NVIDIA's GeForce FX. The OS? Linux! How about that? 64-bit PC gaming makes its debut with penguin power. Thanks Linux Games. Blue's News also posted the official press release from AMD and Epic.

The Master comments: Having had a chance to review the specs for AMDs x86-64 architecture from the developers guides, I was quite impressed by what I saw of the extensions to the x86 architecture, but I'm kind of shocked by the changes they made. A lot of things run VERY differently under 64-bit mode, and a lot of stuff was changed to make room for the extensions made. It will be good to see what kind of real-world performance we will see out of this architecture.

Neverwinter Nights Movie

A Korean clan called Asgard has released a movie called Holimion. The movie shows off their Neverwinter Nights mod of the same name. It's a pretty cool movie that shows off what you can do in NWN. Hopefully the mod will come out in English as well as Korean.

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

XBox Live Detects Mod Chips

According to this CNet article Microsoft is denying people with mod chips in their XBox access to the XBox Live network. This should come as a surprise to, um, nobody. Of course equally unsurprising, I've heard that the modding community already has a work-around.

Somewhat offtopic: Why is it that I have zero interest in getting a gaming console of any sort, XBox or otherwise? I've yet to see any game that made me scream, "I must get this console!"

J.t.Qbe comments: Actually, I've just come dangerously close to getting one myself. The only thing that saved me is not being able to decide which one. The other thing--two things that saved me!--is the cost of the newer consoles: two hundred bucks is still a lot of cash. And the other thing--three! three things that saved me!--is the fact that I still have lots of great PC games left to play. I really don't need a console. That's what I keep telling myself.

The Master comments: Consoles rarely have the kinds of games I like, with controls I can master. I find gamepad controls to be very difficult to use, and hard on the hands. I'll stick with PCs with keyboards and mice thank you :-)

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