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Friday, April 29, 2005

Lego Star Wars First Impressions

My six-year-old son got the Lego Star Wars game for the PS2 for his birthday. We played the first couple of chapters of Episode I together with me as Qui-Gon and him as Obi-Wan. I can see why some reviewers complained about the camera. I got pushed off a cliff once simply because my son died and respawned behind where the camera was showing. To bring everything into frame I was mercilessly tossed to my doom. I also was used to games like Jedi Academy where your character automatically blocks incoming fire with his lightsaber. You have to press and hold the attack button to block here. Other than that it has been a blast. It looks great, it's easy to pick up, and it's something my son (who isn't a big video game guy) and I can play together. It's Lego and Star Wars--what more do you need to know?

DNF at 2006 E3?

Computer and Video Games is reporting that the long-awaited Duke Nukem Forever will be at E3 . . . in 2006. Some journalists actually got to see the game. Well, they saw footage without actually being able to play the game. Reportedly they are now using the Unreal Engine 3 which I believe would be their 47th engine change. If memory serves me correctly, DNF was originally supposed to be a Quake 2-engine game. If you're bored you can look back at the earliest reference to DNF that I could find on The Haus, way back in January of 2000. Note that they had already changed engines at least once at that point. Thanks Blue's News.

J.t.Qbe comments: I hear that Daikatana 2 will be bundled with DNF. Come on. Does anyone actually believe that there'll be such a thing...or that it will matter if it ever IS released? I loved Duke Nukem 1996.

The Master comments: I'm expecting my grandkids to be putting down the latest DNF news long after I'm dead myself.

SCO Loses to Linux for Rollout in China

Groklaw has an article up on the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) switching their 20,000 branches from SCO Unix to Turbolinux. That has GOT to hurt in the licensing department.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Wal-Mart Make-Your-Own CDs

Wal-Mart has a new online service where you can make your own CDs for $0.88 a track. You can choose the title and cover art for your CD. The discs take 3-4 days to arrive. This is a very smart idea, one that I suggested five years ago. I wish the price per track was a bit lower, though. The selection is quite good. For example, I found 266 tracks for bluesman Howlin' Wolf alone.

Kevin Smith Reviews Episode III

Kevin Smith (the actor/director otherwise known as Silent Bob) got to see Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and gives his review. Note: this was posted on Slashdot and you know what happens to webservers that incur /.'s fury. Also be forewarned that there are some significant spoilers in the review. He sums it up with two words: %^*#ing awesome. I can't wait . . .

Update! Here's a mirror for your viewing pleasure.

Supreme Ruler 2010 Gold

I saw an announcement on Blue's about Supreme Ruler 2010, a new RTS game being released by Battlegoat Studios (heh). From the screenshots I'm seeing, this looks like an interesting variation on the RTS concept, with a near-future world driving a game based on modern economies and militaries. Larry Bond wrote a forward for them too, which is pretty cool.

Past Two Days' News

Recent Headlines

January 5, 2015: It Returns!
August 10, 2007: SCO SUCKS IT DOWN!
July 5, 2007: Slackware 12.0 Released
May 20, 2007: PhpBB 3.0 RC 1 Released
February 2, 2007: DOOM3 1.31 Patch

January 27, 2007: Join the World Community Grid
January 17, 2007: Flash Player 9 for Linux
December 30, 2006: Darkness over Daggerford 1.2
December 19, 2006: Pocket Tunes 4.0 Released
December 9, 2006: WRT54G 1.01.1 Firmware OK with Linux/Mac

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