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Thursday, November 25, 2004

Half-Life 2 Update

Steam News has word of an update for Half-Life 2 to fix some sound stuttering problems and some other goodies. Here's the news:

This update will fix sound stuttering that users were experiencing that would last for longer than a few seconds during normal gameplay. This update will also eliminate this same behavior following a quicksave or autosave. There will still be a short pause while the autosave happens, but not the more drawn out stuttering behavior.

We are still investigating another performance problem on some hardware, which will manifest where the game is getting into a state where performance drops to less than 5 fps and does not recover or crashes.

Next week we will be releasing the Source SDK, along with a surprise for the community.

Thanks Blue's News.

In a related story, I noticed that GoGamer has Half-Life 2 for $34.90 and the Collector's Edition for $59.90. No affiliation, yadda, yadda.

Update! Not that you probably care, but I just ordered Half-Life 2. Now I just have to wait for it to get here and for Cedega 4.2 to be released to support it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating today. We Americans certainly have a lot to be thankful for (although we aren't always that good at being thankful). I plan on eating near-lethal doses of turkey and trying to keep my sanity during the Lions game. Special thanks to The Master and J.t.Qbe for their work on the site, to all of our visitors (both of you), and to my family for putting up with me.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Early NFL Week #12 Picks

Since there are two games tomorrow, here are my picks: Colts, Cowboys. Man, is that second game going to be ug-ly.

The Master comments: Eeyore's picks are the same. So, we can enjoy football today without any competition :-) Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Ars Reviews the Nintendo DS

Ars Technica posted one of their high-quality reviews, this time of the Nintendo DS. That's their new dual-screen portable gaming system. Here's a snip on its built-in wireless networking:

This can be a killer app for this system. Think about it, fully 3D games like Metroid, Mario 64, and even Goldeneye are easily made for the DS, and with wireless built in you're carrying a LAN party in your pocket. You just turn on your DS, put in the game, and you're playing against up to 16 other people in a network (the range is listed at 100 feet, but in my experience anything past 30 can get touchy) and there is no split screen, everyone has their own monitor.

The DS looks pretty slick, but they really need more games to make use of its new features.

Intel Adopts AMD64

Intel's 64-bit extensions FAQ indicates (very quietly) that their new 64-bit processors will basically be the same as AMD's AMD64. This is very pragmatic on Intel's part and also very fortunate for the rest of us so that there aren't a zillion consumer-level 64-bit standards floating about. Apparently the Linux kernel folks have decided to simply call it x86-64 although Linus Torvalds thought for a second about calling it "AMD64" to give credit where credit is due. Kudos to AMD! Thanks Slashdot.

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