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Friday, April 1, 2005

Google Goofiness

While most April Fool's Day jokes on this here Intarweb can hardly be called "jokes," Google has a couple that are at least moderately funny. First of all, they announced their new infinity+1 storage limit for Gmail. In reality, they have upped the limit to 2GB. Also, they announced a new line of beverages called Google Gulp, available by invitation only, naturally. Make sure to check out the FAQ.

Scorched Earth Author Interviewed

Ars Technica has interviewed Wendell T. Hicken, the author of the classic game, Scorched Earth. I know I wasted many, many hours on this game back in the day. Ironically, the article came about because some kid on the Ars boards was trying say that he was the original author. That's the wrong group of folks to try to pull something like that on. Check out this thread for all of the big, fat lies.

The Master comments: I remember Scorched Earth 1.1 quite fondly. I also remember my college roomates spending 36 straight hours playing Scorch with a couple buddies of theirs on a weekend, while killing multiple cases of beer. I came back to school Sunday and had a stack of beer cans to the ceiling outside of my room. Heh :-)

J.t.Qbe comments: In college a friend and I would play at least an hour of Scorched Earth every evening after work on my speedy 12MHz 286. That and dual Tetris. Those were the days, weren't they?

Shadow Warrior Source Code GPL'd

3D Realms has released the source code for Shadow Warrior 1.2 under the GPL. It is available for download from Fileshack and 3D Gamers. Shadow Warrior was quite a bit sophomoric, but I enjoyed playing it. Note that this is only the source, not the maps, textures, sounds, etc. I'm always happy to see source code get released under the GPL so others can learn from it. Kudos, 3D Realms! Thanks Shacknews.

And yes, I actually downloaded it and checked it out to make sure that it is in fact source code and not an oh-so-clever April Fool's Day joke. I was concerned because the last part of 3D Realms' announcement said, "P.S. Keep your eyes open for the unveiling of our next game very soon. ;)" I'll believe THAT when I see it.

J.t.Qbe comments: Shadow Warrior got a bad rap from the "racist" crowd. It was really a lot of fun. I wish I'd bought it back when I found it on the $5 shelf in 1998.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

NVIDIA 1.0-7174 Linux Drivers

NVIDIA has released new 1.0-7174 drivers for their various graphics products in Linux. You can download versions for 32 bit and AMD 64 bit processors/operating systems. These seem to fix various problems that people had with the 1.0-7167 drivers, especially with AGPGART. I've already downloaded and installed these drivers, but I haven't had a chance to test them yet. Thanks Linux Games.

DOOM3 Interview

Game Informer interviewed id's Brandon James, Matt Hooper, and Tim Willits about the XBox version of DOOM3 and the upcoming PC expansion for the game, Resurrection of Evil. Most interesting to me was that you can't play through the full single-player game in co-op mode on the XBox. Willits went further on some co-op details:

Yeah, you'll be able to play both cooperative and multiplayer Deathmatch via Xbox Live and System Link. But, you can't play via split-screen. Also, Xbox Live supports all the features that Microsoft requires for Xbox Live enabled titles, such as friend lists and the like.

Right at the end he also alludes to Quake IV which should be interesting. Thanks Blue's News.

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