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Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Dave Ewing Interview

BeyondUnreal has posted an interview with Dave Ewing from Digital Extremes about UT2K3, UT2K4, and DE's new projects. I was particularly glad to hear this bit:

BU: Looking back, what (if any) kinds of things would you have changed about UT2003?

DE: A lot of the stuff that I would have changed about UT2003 have pretty much been taken care of in UT2004. With the addition of vehicles and the return of Assault along with the new Onslaught gametype, UT2004 is really hitting the mark. The Bombing Run maps included with UT2003 and the ability to 'pass to yourself' were detrimental to the success of the new gametype, I think. The new tweaks of making the bomb track better while passing and of draining the translocator charge really enourage passing a lot more then the UT2003 version of Bombing Run. Even a bit of coordination between teammates is well rewarded now. The 'one man army' aspect of throwing the bomb and translocating behind to pick it up again in UT2003 Bombing Run took too much away from the original intent of the gametype. Also in UT2004, we've tried to address some of the issues that plagued the UT2003 maps. Play areas are more spacious and easier to manouver in--visuals are not as cluttered which makes the other players more visible. UT2004 maps on the whole are more comfortable and fun to play in.

Double Domination and Bombing Run were my two favorite gametypes in UT2K3. I'm glad they weren't forgotten amongst the new gametypes. I'm really looking forward to playing more of both of them in UT2K4. Thanks Blue's News.

Monday, March 8, 2004

SEC Looking into MS-SCO Connection?

Newsforge is reporting that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is looking into the Microsoft-SCO connection as well as some other SCO-related activities. It seems that the SEC has received a lot of complaints, complaints it takes quite seriously. This could prove to be very interesting indeed. Thanks Slashdot.

Mt. Rainier Support in Linux

Philips invented the Mt. Rainier specification to allow you to use CD-RWs or DVD+RWs as a big floppy. Linux is the first operating system to provide full Mt. Rainier support at the OS-level. I wrote up a HOWTO showing you how you can get Mt. Rainier support enabled. This HOWTO was looked over by Jens Axboe, the fine gentleman who got Mt. Rainier support in the kernel.

UPDATE 7:00 P.M. I made some minor additions and corrections to the article just now. If you read it earlier, please check it out again.

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