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Friday, July 23, 2004

More DOOM3 Videos

Since it's been over eight hours since I last posted something about DOOM3 . . . G4/TechTV has posted a brand new video containing interviews with the id gang and in-game footage. You can snag it from 3D Gamers. Ahh, gotta love the hype machine. Thanks Blue's News.

UT2K4 Rebate Saga Continues

My seemingly never-ending saga to get my Unreal Tournament 2004 rebate continues. Check my original post and a follow-up on the subject. Atari's rebate website has said since the beginning of June that my rebate is in "processing". I'm not sure if they've got alchemists trying to transform my rebate coupon into a check or what. At any rate, I gave their 800 number another jingle today. The operator said that she would "expedite" my rebate so I should get my check within 2-3 weeks. Whenever I hear that, I get the distinct feeling that my chain is being yanked. Maybe I should send them a bill for interest :)

UT2K4 3264 Beta Patch Changelog

BeyondUnreal posted the changelog for the beta 3264 patch for Unreal Tournament 2004. There's quite a list of changes in there. Remember, this is still beta and will likely undergo some changes before the patch is released to the general public.

DOOM3 Interviews

The folks at GameSpot and IGN sat down with id's Todd Hollenshead and Tim Willits to discuss DOOM3 and their plans for their next game which is super-secret-hush-hush right now. Thanks Blue's News.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Benchmarking DOOM3

HardOCP went to id Software and did some preliminary DOOM3 benchmarking with ATI and NVIDIA reps present. While the article mainly focuses on the latest and greatest hardware, there are a few encouraging words for us poor slobs with no money to upgrade:

For those of you that think you are not going to have the hardware that you need to play DOOM 3, the fact of the matter is that many of you will be just fine, although an upgrade may still be in your future. As of this afternoon we were playing DOOM 3 on a 1.5GHz Pentium 4 box with a GeForce 4 MX440 video card and having a surprisingly good gaming experience. Even a subtle jump to an AMD 2500+ with a GeForce 3 video card that is two years old will deliver a solid gaming experience that will let you enjoy the game the way id Software designed it to be. That fact alone should let many of you know that you will not be left behind in experiencing DOOM 3.

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id Software has done a great job of bringing DOOM 3 playability to the masses, probably including a larger portion of the gamers out there than has ever been done with a cutting edge gaming title. If you would have told me a year ago that I could play DOOM 3 on a GeForce 3 64MB video card and 1.8GHz AthlonXP and have a good gaming experience, I would have called you crazy, but that is exactly what we are seeing.

TM, there may be hope after all.

The Master comments: Only as long as SSE2 is not required, since my Pentium-III doesn't implement that. I'm hoping that it does though. Otherwise it's probably going to be a while before I can afford to upgrade the minimal amount of system to play.

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