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Monday, December 30, 2002

"Best" Junk Science of 2002

Fox News printed a list of the "Best" Junk Science of 2002. This list includes my personal favorite, the linking of fried foods and cancer. Of course, you'd have to eat 62.5 pounds per day. Needless to say, you'd die of a coronary before the cancer threat would hit. Ahh, FUD. Thanks Blue.

UT2K3 Clone Trooper Model

The UT2K3 Troopers team has released their clone trooper model for Unreal Tournament 2003! Check that bad-boy out! Even better, they are planning on releasing a public beta of their mod "soon." Very cool indeed. Now I just have to figure out how to install ut2mod files in Linux . . .

Neverwinter Nights Collector's Ed. Cheap

If you're a sucker for Collector's Editions and don't have Neverwinter Nights yet, here's your chance: Amazon has the Neverwinter Nights Collector's Edition for the bargain price of $39.99. I already have the game, but this deal is kind of tempting. Thanks, RPGDot.

On a personal note, I'd like to thank Just RPG for a copy of the game Wild Arms 3. They held a drawing a few weeks ago and, believe it or not, I actually won a copy. Just RPG is a nice, down to earth site with some good RPG reviews. Not only do they review new games but also some of the older ones which still deserve attention. Thanks guys!

New Version of Empire?

Killer Bee Software (who?) got their hands on the source code to another one of J.t.'s and my favorite games, Empire. It appears that they are going to "update" it and rerelease it. This will be very interesting to follow. I just hope their computer design skills are better than their HTML skills. Thanks Blue's News.

J.t.Qbe comments: Hmmm, looks interesting. My first impression was "he's a wacko", but there just may be something to this. The real trick will be updating the game but keeping the fun factor. For those who are interested, check out the original Empire.

Sunday, December 29, 2002

ToddH Interview

Games Domain posted an interview with id CEO Todd Hollenshead about the progress of the various sequels/ports of Return to Castle Wolfenstein and a bit on DOOM III. Here's a snip:

GD: Do you think there are any specific problems with putting a first-person shooter on to a console?

TH: Well, in the past, as a -- until recently -- lifetime keyboard and mouse kind of a guy, you had the whole user interface issue. So a lot of hardcore FPS gamers said, "well, first-person games are really only meant to be played on a PC." And I would say there was even a little buy-in to that idea at id. But, especially with PS2 and Xbox with the dual sticks, where you can move with one and look with the other, then given the gameplay design for Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and given that a lot of that was console game-inspired in the pacing and how the game worked. You know, we did some tweaks with the controls, with the aiming assistant, and the weapons selection process, those sort of things, to make it so that the controls didn't detract from the game, but it was still challenging. You can turn the aim assistant on and off, if you want to be really skilled and deft with the controller, you can go for head-shots, use the sniper weapon, those sorts of things - the auto-aim becomes a bit of a hindrance, since it goes for dead-centre.

Thanks Blue's News.

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