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Thursday, August 5, 2004

NVIDIA 1.0-6111 Linux Drivers Released

NVIDIA has released new 1.0-6111 drivers for Linux. They are available for 32 bit and AMD 64 bit systems. I'm going to see if these fix the rare problem that I had with the 6106s. Occasionally when I would exit a game, it would drop me out of X entirely. Thanks Linux Games.

UT2K4 3270 Windows Patch Released

Epic has released the 3270 patch for the Windows version of Unreal Tournament 2004. You can snag it from such places as BeyondUnreal or 3D Gamers. I'm not sure if this is the same as the last beta patch with the same number or not. At any rate, the BeyondUnreal link has a copy of the complete changelog. If it is the same as the beta patch, I would expect the Linux patch to follow soon.

UT2K4 Rebate Arrives!

At long last, my rebate for Unreal Tournament 2004 has arrived. Mind you, I sent it out in the middle of March. I don't think I've ever worked harder for $10 in my life. Now as long as the check doesn't bounce . . .

Wednesday, August 4, 2004

New Mozilla and Kin

Mozilla 1.7.2, Firefox 0.9.3, and Thunderbird 0.7.3 were all released at to fix some potential vulnerabilities. If you use any of the above products, it would be best to get downloading. I've upgraded Firefox and Thunderbird on my box.

Neverwinter Nights 2 Announced

Atari, Bioware, and Obsidian announced that Neverwinter Nights 2 is in the works. There's even some forums for you to peruse. I assume that Bioware chose Obsidian to do the game since their CEO (Feargus Uruquhart) has a name most like a D&D character. Mind you, there is a bit of prophecy involved since the game is slated for a 2006 release. Thanks Blue's News.

In case you are wondering: yes, I already hit their forums and began begging for a Linux client :)

AnandTech Benches DOOM3

AnandTech broke open their closet packed with video cards and put them all through their paces in DOOM3. The results are somewhat surprising, especially how well older video cards can work. Obviously, you will sacrifice some eye candy, but just the fact that they work at all is pretty amazing. I'm pretty thankful to see that my GeForce FX 5700 Ultra can hold its own quite nicely.

Today, they ran similar tests with CPUs. Unfortunately, they didn't go as low-end as they did with video cards. The long and short of it is that generally, the faster your CPU, the better the game will run. Of course, it doesn't pay to spend $700 on a new CPU if you still have an old video card.

So what did I learn from all of this? Upgrading my video card or CPU individually probably wouldn't help me that much. I'd really have to do both. The good news is that DOOM3 seems to love Athlon 64s, which will be my next upgrade, although that upgrade is still a very long ways off.

The Carmack on DOOM3 and Q3A Source

John Carmack made a couple of posts on Slashdot, talking about his thoughts on DOOM3 and the potential open source release of the Quake III Arena engine. Here's a snip from the former:

I am extremely proud of Doom 3. I think it is the best game we have ever made, and it exceeded all of my expectations. That is a rather trite phrase, but it is literally true -- I had a good set of expectations for how the game would turn out based on the technologies that it was built on, and it wound up being just plain better than that.

Thanks Blue's News.

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