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News Date: Sunday 19th December 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines: First Look at Picassio - Reviews
  • First Look at Picassio
    Time: 01:15P PST/04:15P EST News Source: Gamespot Posted By: Corey Gouker

    Promethean Designs, developer of Interplay's Powerboat Racing and the soon-to-be-released racer Renegade Racers (which took only eight months to be developed, from paper to Sony-approval), has unveiled an impressive new title code-named Picassio.

    Promethean Designs just unveiled this title for the PC, Dreamcast, and PlayStation, and although it is still in the early development phase, it looks as though this is going to be one of the bigger hits of 2000. The current screenshots and the movie are taken from the PC version. Publishers take note, because this title is still available for publishing.

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  • GameProWorld - Review: Spec Ops II: Green Berets
    Time: 01:15P PST/04:15P EST News Source: GameProWorld Posted By: Corey Gouker

    Zombie VR Studios started the tactical shooter craze with Spec Ops. Since then, a slew of competitors have run with the genre. So when development for Spec Ops II began, Zombie should have taken a hard look at the competition. While SO2 is significantly better than its predecessor, it doesn't hold a candle to Rogue Spear or Delta Force 2.

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  • GameProWorld - Review: SWAT 3: Close Quarters Battle
    Time: 01:15P PST/04:15P EST News Source: GameProWorld Posted By: Corey Gouker

    Sierra has finally gotten SWAT right. As a single-player game, SWAT 3: Close Quarters Battle stands proudly alongside Thief as one of a very few unconventional 3D shooters--one that rewards caution, patience, teamwork…and respect for life.

    This series of Special Weapons and Tactics police games has begged for first-person treatment since the its launch in the mid-'90s. (After all, Infogrames managed a brilliant 2D/3D SWAT-like game called Hostage back in 1989.) But Sierra initially chose the trendy over the immersive--full-motion video in the first game and real-time strategy in the second--with inconsistent results.

    No more.

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  • GameProWorld - Review: Interstate '82
    Time: 01:15P PST/04:15P EST News Source: GameProWorld Posted By: Corey Gouker

    Ah, the '80s. Who could forget Miami Vice, Rubik's Cubes, Flock of Seagulls haircuts and Pac-Man?

    Evidently, Activision hasn't dismissed this gnarly, pastel-colored decade as its latest offering is Interstate '82 (I-82)--the sequel to one of the most unique and enjoyable car combat games in recent memory, Interstate '76 (I-76).

    Unfortunately, while I '82 offers a few new tweaks to the gameplay, it fails to recapture the magic of its 1997 predecessor.

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News Date: Thursday 16th December 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines: Review: Half Life: Opposing Forces
  • Hasbro to Launch Gaming Portal
    Time: 05:40P PST/08:40P EST News Source: Gamespot Posted By: Corey Gouker

    In the wake of severe company cutbacks, Hasbro announced its plans to develop a game-related portal web site this morning. The portal, called Games.com, is scheduled to open in mid-2000 and will be partnered with Go2Net through a three-year licensing and content distribution agreement.

    "Games.com will be the ultimate online gaming experience as we roll out the world's favorite games to the Internet," said Hasbro chairman and CEO Alan G. Hassenfeld in this morning's press release. "In addition, our relationship with Go2Net will ensure that Games.com delivers all of the benefits of sophisticated technology in an easy-to-use, friendly interface."

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  • Origin Offers Updated Ultima
    Time: 05:40P PST/08:40P EST News Source: Daily Radar Posted By: Corey Gouker

    Origin has announced on its official website that a new, fixed version of the Ultima IX: Ascension install CD will be sent to all registered owners on completion of further bug testing and patching. The game, which shipped in a very poor condition of completion, has drawn plenty of criticism, and Origin is responding. Again, a new version of the CD will only be sent to registered users, so make sure you register your existing copy on the company's website, here.

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  • Review: Half Life: Opposing Force
    Time: 15:34 EDT/20:34 GMT News Source: Window Planet Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Ross at Windows Planet has posted his review on the new game: Half Life: Opposing Forces.

    With Half Life: Opposing Force there is only one word to describe, the graphics, the sound, and the overall experience: WOW! It is very hard to believe that HL is based on the Quake 2 engine with its slick bright and stunning graphics which are a stark contrast to its dark, dull id Software cousin.

    You start the game dazed as you awake at a first aid station following a helicopter crash which has claimed the lives of almost all your team. All you hear is the noise of a scientist trying to resuscitate on of your long gone grunt brethren :)...only the beginning of the game and already your sucked into HL Op for's story. One of the best things about half life was the fact that you could interact with almost every character you meet , be it with one of your big feck off guns or otherwise :)

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News Date: Monday 13th December 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
Q3A on Track to be Holiday Best Seller - BattleTech Signs 10,000 Beta Testers - Sneak Peek of Harpoon 4
  • PC Mag's Graphics Technology in 2000 and Beyond
    Time: 03:00 EST/08:00 GMT News Source: Gamespot Posted By: Corey Gouker

    "Moore's Law is for wimps," proclaims Sanford Russell, product marketing manager for graphics chip company nVidia. Moore's Law refers to Gordon Moore, who suggested that semiconductor performance would double every 18 months. Moore was referring to CPUs, but for the past three years, the computational power of graphics chips has increased eightfold every 18 months. This pace clearly can't be sustained, but it signals a shift in the fault lines of the graphics business.

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  • BattleTech Signs 10,000 In Beta Test
    Time: 03:00 EST/08:00 GMT News Source: Gamespot Posted By: Corey Gouker

    Kesmai has announced that it has registered 10,000 testers for its upcoming massively multiplayer futuristic strategy war title, MultiPlayer BattleTech: 3025. But those gamers will have to wait until early next year to begin testing. The game puts players in massive Mechs in the 31st century to battle for domination of the 2,000 worlds of the Inner Sphere. As a warrior in one of the five Great Houses battling for control, players start out as novices and work their way through the ranks as they take down opponents and gain experience.

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  • Codies Remain Out of Touch
    Time: 03:00 EST/08:00 GMT News Source: CNet Gamecenter.com Posted By: Corey Gouker

    Do you remember when the Grammy awards finally added a Heavy Metal category to their annual awards show? Aging progressive rock band Jethro Tull won. It was a joke, a fiasco, and one of the most surreally amusing moments in music history.

    Computer gaming has its own yearly version of this single moment. It is called the Codie awards. The Codie awards are presented annually by the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) at a ceremony held in March. Today, the year 2000 nominees were announced. Prepare for a little bit of head scratching, folks.

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  • CNET Gamecenter.com - Sneak Peeks - Harpoon 4
    Time: 03:00 EST/08:00 GMT News Source: CNET Gamecenter.com Posted By: Corey Gouker

    Modern naval warfare never looked as good as it does in Harpoon 4, the long-awaited successor to the once-famed war game franchise Harpoon. Harpoon 4's beautiful 3D graphics and user-friendly interface should make it accessible to newcomers, without sacrificing the depth and detail that made the original Harpoon a training tool at the U.S. Naval Academy.

    For naval war-gaming grognards the name Harpoon conjures up images of tense battles between Russian Kara-class cruisers and American carrier battle groups, and of skirmishes between Egyptian Jianghu Frigates and Israeli Sa'ar 4 missiles boats. Former U.S. Naval Intelligence officer Larry Bond designed the original miniatures game nearly 20 years ago; since then, the Harpoon rule-set has witnessed countless battles between grim-faced commanders across the globe. Whether pitting players in confrontations with pewter miniatures across kitchen tables or in epic fights against the computer AI, Harpoon has become the definitive modern naval war game.

    The numerous computer versions of Harpoon have been responsible for maintaining Harpoon's status as the ultimate naval war game. From the wildly popular initial port (the now-defunct Three-Sixty Pacific) to the latest PC translation, Harpoon Classic 97 (published by Interactive Magic), Harpoon computer games have been put through their paces on numerous hard drives. Recently, however, many fans have begun to fear that the franchise was dead. After all, the current computer game market is not exactly a friendly one for complex war games. But fear not, grognards, the franchise lives on, safely anchored in the calm waters of Strategic Simulations Incorporated (SSI).

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  • QUAKE III Arena on Track to Be Hottest Selling PC Game of Holiday Season
    Time: 03:00 EST/08:00 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Corey Gouker

    id Software and Activision, Inc. have today announced that QUAKE III Arena(TM), one of the most anticipated games of the year, is off to an extremely strong start. Based on Activision's internal sales data, the game has sold through 50,000 units in its first three days on store shelves, making it one of the most successful PC game launches for 1999. QUAKE III Arena began shipping to retail outlets in the United States and Canada on December 2, 1999.

    ``Quake is easily one of the hottest brands in interactive entertainment and we had high expectations for QUAKE III Arena at launch,'' said Dusty Welch, director of global brand management of Activision. ``If sell through and re-orders are any indication, QUAKE III Arena is in the position to be the hottest PC game for the holidays. That several accounts sold out of their inventory in 48 hours points to the pent-up demand by consumers for first class entertainment software like QUAKE III Arena.''

    Developed by id Software, QUAKE III Arena is the third installment of one of the most popular computer game franchises of all time. Featuring the most powerful 3D graphics engine in existence and delivering lightning-fast Internet gameplay, QUAKE III Arena is designed to be the final word in online multiplayer mayhem.

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News Date: Tuesday 7th December 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
Duke Gives his Opinion - 3dfx Opens Glide - Allegiance patch - Everquest Price Cut - Tiberian Sun Patch - Quake III Arena Buys
  • Quake III Arena Buys
    Time: 18:15 EST/23:15 GMT News Source: Blue's News Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    We have been searching the whole internet for the best Quake III buys, and believe it or not the winner is...

    EBWorld and GameStop! both selling it for $ 39.99. GameStop! offers overnight deliver and the Elite edition so we recommend GameStop! plus I've had some bad experiences with EBWorld. You can buy Quake III Arena here at GameStop!. BTW.. .Incase you wanted to order it from EBWorld I included the link above.

     

  • Tiberian Sun Patch
    Time: 17:59 EST/22:59 GMT News Source: Blue's News Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Westwood has released a new patch for Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun. This new update features mainly multiplayer improvements, including improvements to the interface and fixes for latency issues in addition to bug fixes and gameplay tweaks. The patch is automatically downloaded when you log into Westwood Online, but it will also available for download shortly on their downloads page (which currently still lists the old version 1.13 patch).

     

  • Everquest Price Cut
    Time: 17:55 EST/22:55 GMT News Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    989 Studios has announced that they have lowered the price (init. purchase price, not monthly fee...bummer) on their online orgy of an RPG, Everquest, effective today.  The new price is set for a suggested retail price of $39.99.  For more information on Everquest, hit the official web site.

    I know us Asheron's Call fans hate Everquest but I had to post it for the other users!

     

  • Allegiance Patch Out...
    Time: 17:43 EST/22:43 GMT News Source: Newsgroup Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    From the Microsoft Newsgroups:
    New Allegiance Update! If you are a Beta Tester on Allegiance, you must install the Beta 0.2 patch
    to continue to play Allegiance.
    Patch Link - http://fdl.msn.com/zone/allegiance/patch1813.exe

    A number of players experienced a crash or lockup when they used the Auto-Update feature for Beta 0.1. For this patch, we are releasing it as a self-extracting file so even those who did experience the Auto-Update bug can get the update installed and continue to play.

    The file is about 1.5MB in size. Once you download the file, double-click it to extract it and automatically have the files installed.

    If you have not previously installed the Beta 0.1 Auto-Update files, you'll need to auto-update these as well, which will happen automatically once you connect to the Zone servers. The Beta 0.1 update is approximately 7MB in size.

    New features in Beta 0.2 - Build 1813
    1. Balance/TechTree changes: Asteroids now regenerate He3 slowly, the amount
    of money in the universe has been cut in half, the existing tower has been
    significantly weakened, and a new tower has been added and there are three
    versions of the booster now; the two new ones are in the supremacy path.
    2. A new map type, HiLo, has been created.
    3. Damage from collisions with "wimpy" objects has been reduced.
    4. Fixed numerous server crashing bugs.

     

  • 3dfx Open Source Glide
    Time: 17:37 EST/22:37 GMT News Source: GameSpot Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    This morning, 3dfx announced that it would open the source code to its proprietary graphics API, Glide, and make the hardware specification of the company's Voodoo Graphics, Voodoo Rush, Voodoo2, and Banshee chipsets available to the public.

    "By providing Glide and programming specifications to the development community, we once again demonstrate our commitment to Open Source technology," said 3dfx CTO and executive vice president Scott Sellers. "The release of the API and the hardware specifications allows for rapid tailoring of drivers and applications for 3dfx products to suit a variety of platform needs. This leadership move substantially enhances our ability to become the standard for cross-platform 3D hardware."

     

  • Duke Nukem Forever Staff Discusses Quake 3 Keys
    Time: 17:34 EST/22:34 GMT News Source: 3DNews.Net Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Following up on the big cdkey debate that's been raging around the net, Scott Miller over at 3DRealms working on Duke4 throws in his 2 cents on the discussion, with word that Duke4 will 'most likely' carry some cdkey protection as well. Get used to it kids, the net is getting bigger and cd burners cheaper every day, game developers are losing more sales due because of it.

    ...I've been watching the debates regarding QA3's server key validation because Duke Nukem Forever will likely use some form of copy protection too. Software theft (mostly casual theft, such a making a copy for a friend, family member, or co-worker) has become such a huge problem that developers and publishers can no longer release games without protection of some sort. Hit games used to sell many more copies than they do nowadays, and a good part of the dramatic drop must be due to the proliferation of CD-ROM burners.


News Date: Monday 6th December 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
GameSpot Aptitude Test - Warcraft III Trailer - Age of Kings Patch - Indiana Jones & The Infernal Machine - Tomb Raider IV - Quake III CD Keys - Top 5 Gift Items
  • Reminder
    Time: 19:28 EST/00:28 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    If you scroll down to the bottom of the page and you'll see our top 5 gift items for this holiday season! Here they are if you are unable to do so:

    Top 5 Gaming Gifts for the Holidays:
    1. Quake III - ID Software
    2. Asheron's Call - Microsoft
    3. Age of Empires II: Age of Kings - Microsoft 
    4. Who Wants to be a Millionaire? - Jellyvision
    5. Flight Simulator 2000 - Microsoft 

     

  • More on Quake III CD Keys
    Time: 19:25 EST/00:25 GMT News Source: Blue's News Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    id Software's Graeme Devine updated his .plan with more tips for people having problems with the CD-Keys in the retail version of Quake III Arena:

    Okay. First off, don't run crack executables on your client! All it's likely to do is grab your CD key and send it off somewhere. Authorization is server side, not client side. We will pursue and close down cracked servers with all available resources.
    Secondly, CD keys are "leased", so if you log on through a dialup, play, then disconnect your modem and log right back on, your CD key will have to timeout on your previous IP before you can play again. This timeout period is currently set at 5 minutes.

    Earlier today he made this update as well:

    Okay. Hacker attempts with invalid keys are outnumbering real keys by a factor of 2:1 or so. Obviously this is somewhat validating the use of CD keys. 

    So far I've seen issues with the servers being able to see the auth server and clients using IP forwarding not having the correct setup on the IP forwarding server. If it's a Linux IP forwarding machine use something like: 

    modprobe ip_masq_quake ports=26000,27000,27910,27960,27950,27951,27952 

    Modulating characters within a key sequence will not work. It appears to work because when you've validated your IP with an authentic CD key you've "leased" that IP address for a period of time. Even if you enter a junk string, that will work because your IP address is still valid. 

    The actual algorithm is a 64 bit DES key encryption method open to a very small window. The chances of coming up with a real valid key is in the range of billions and billions to one. A random pass through the available keys shows no sign of repeating sequences, it looks like good old chaos (in fact, statisical math proves this). 

    The client has no idea if your key is really valid or not, it just checks on the correct characters being entered. 

     

  • Tomb Raider IV Review
    Time: 19:19 EST/00:19 GMT News Source: Window Planet Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Our affiliate Window Planet has posted their review of Tomb Radier IV, here's a preview:

    As a teenager Lara read an article about archeological research of a scientist called Werner von Croy. Because of her interest she got a chance to meet the scientist and to participate in one of von Croy's projects. Combined with this plot you have to complete a training mission and during that level you will have to control the young 16 year old Lara Croft. Werner von Croy is not a man who likes fair play and so he plans to steal an artefact, but doing so he initiates a trap and Lara cannot help him anymore.

    BUT: 15 years later Werner von Croy is still alive and Lara Croft - who doesn't know that von Croy has survived - continues her research in an old grave. Unfortunately - SETH an old Egyptian god who plans to fulfill an ancient prophecy to plunge mankind into darkness - is unleashed. So Lara has to use all her abilities to prevent an Armageddon!! Doing so she's pursued by her arch-rival Werner von Croy who kidnaps one of Lara's old friends - Jean-Yves. Lara has to unleash Seth's brother Horus, because he's the only one to fight Seth ... IS THERE ANY POSSIBILITY TO BE SUCCESSFUL?!

     

  • Indiana Jones & The Infernal Machine
    Time: 19:14 EST/00:14 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Incase you haven't been visiting the main page Byron does post quite a few game reviews that I forget or didn't know about so I didn't post it here, so keep checking the review index for the latest reviews. I did hear about this one of LucusArts' Indiana Jones & The Infernal Machine, here's preview:

    I don't know many people who are not fans of the Indiana Jones movies, who wouldn't love his cheeky quips, action sequences and storylines?

    1947. The Nazis have been crushed, the Cold War has begun and Soviet agents are sniffing around the ruins of the fabled Tower of Babel. What are they up to? The CIA wants renowned archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. to find out. Grab your whip and fedora and join Indy in globe-spanning race to unearth the mysterious "Infernal Machine."

    • Whip, leap, climb, crawl and swim your way through amazing 3D environments
    • Survive the challenge of hungry critters, hostile robots, weird monsters, half the Red Army and more (including – oh no – snakes!)
    • Puzzle your way through 17 chapters of a gripping, action-packed story
    • Travel the world to exotic locales, from the ruins of Babylon to the labyrinths of the Nubian Kings
    • All the weapons you’ll need, including automatic pistols, machine guns, grenades, satchel charges, bazookas and, of course, Indy’s trusty whip and revolver

     

  • Age of Kings Patch
    Time: 19:11 EST/00:11 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Although not 3D accelerated, since the game just kicks so much damn ass, I noticed that Ensemble/MS has released a new patch (261Kb) for their Age of Empire II: Age of Kings. Here's what this patch does:

    This update addresses the issue where the computer player resigns after a few minutes of play. It does not effect multiplayer, meaning players with the update can play with players who do not have the update. It is localized into English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian all in the same build. You choose your language at the start of setup.

     

  • WarCraft III Trailer
    Time: 19:06 EST/00:06 GMT News Source: Blizzard Entertainment Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    In the face of an even greater invasion from the Burning Legion, the reunited Orcish Horde and the Human armies of Azeroth have shifted their focus from conquest, and betrayal to basic survival. Catch a glimpse of the chaos to come in this cinematic teaser for Warcraft III that was shown at ECTS. The file is self-contained and ready to play on any Windows system with DirectX.

    Download for PC - Mirror Site 01 [USA]
    Download for PC - Mirror Site 02 [USA]
    Download for PC - Mirror Site 03 [USA]
    Download for PC - Mirror Site 04 [USA]
    Download for PC - Mirror Site 05 [EUR]
    Download for PC - Blizzard

    Mac Version Coming Soon!

    Note that the file is a little over 25 MB, and will take approximately 2.5 hours to download with a 28.8k modem.

     

  • GameSpot Aptitude Test
    Time: 19:03 EST/00:03 GMT News Source: GameSpot Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Think you know games? The GameSpot Aptitude Test is your chance to prove it.

    For the second year in a row, the GameSpot editors have compiled a grueling exam, made up of 160 questions designed to test your knowledge of the history of gaming on home computer systems.

    The GSAT is more than 25 pages long. If you lose your Internet connection before completing the test, don't worry. The GSAT will remember all the answers you have submitted.


News Date: Monday 6th December 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
GameSpot Aptitude Test - Warcraft III Trailer - Age of Kings Patch - Indiana Jones & The Infernal Machine - Tomb Raider IV - Quake III CD Keys - Top 5 Gift Items
  • Reminder
    Time: 19:28 EST/00:28 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    If you scroll down to the bottom of the page and you'll see our top 5 gift items for this holiday season! Here they are if you are unable to do so:

    Top 5 Gaming Gifts for the Holidays:
    1. Quake III - ID Software
    2. Asheron's Call - Microsoft
    3. Age of Empires II: Age of Kings - Microsoft 
    4. Who Wants to be a Millionaire? - Jellyvision
    5. Flight Simulator 2000 - Microsoft 

     

  • More on Quake III CD Keys
    Time: 19:25 EST/00:25 GMT News Source: Blue's News Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    id Software's Graeme Devine updated his .plan with more tips for people having problems with the CD-Keys in the retail version of Quake III Arena:

    Okay. First off, don't run crack executables on your client! All it's likely to do is grab your CD key and send it off somewhere. Authorization is server side, not client side. We will pursue and close down cracked servers with all available resources.
    Secondly, CD keys are "leased", so if you log on through a dialup, play, then disconnect your modem and log right back on, your CD key will have to timeout on your previous IP before you can play again. This timeout period is currently set at 5 minutes.

    Earlier today he made this update as well:

    Okay. Hacker attempts with invalid keys are outnumbering real keys by a factor of 2:1 or so. Obviously this is somewhat validating the use of CD keys. 

    So far I've seen issues with the servers being able to see the auth server and clients using IP forwarding not having the correct setup on the IP forwarding server. If it's a Linux IP forwarding machine use something like: 

    modprobe ip_masq_quake ports=26000,27000,27910,27960,27950,27951,27952 

    Modulating characters within a key sequence will not work. It appears to work because when you've validated your IP with an authentic CD key you've "leased" that IP address for a period of time. Even if you enter a junk string, that will work because your IP address is still valid. 

    The actual algorithm is a 64 bit DES key encryption method open to a very small window. The chances of coming up with a real valid key is in the range of billions and billions to one. A random pass through the available keys shows no sign of repeating sequences, it looks like good old chaos (in fact, statisical math proves this). 

    The client has no idea if your key is really valid or not, it just checks on the correct characters being entered. 

     

  • Tomb Raider IV Review
    Time: 19:19 EST/00:19 GMT News Source: Window Planet Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Our affiliate Window Planet has posted their review of Tomb Radier IV, here's a preview:

    As a teenager Lara read an article about archeological research of a scientist called Werner von Croy. Because of her interest she got a chance to meet the scientist and to participate in one of von Croy's projects. Combined with this plot you have to complete a training mission and during that level you will have to control the young 16 year old Lara Croft. Werner von Croy is not a man who likes fair play and so he plans to steal an artefact, but doing so he initiates a trap and Lara cannot help him anymore.

    BUT: 15 years later Werner von Croy is still alive and Lara Croft - who doesn't know that von Croy has survived - continues her research in an old grave. Unfortunately - SETH an old Egyptian god who plans to fulfill an ancient prophecy to plunge mankind into darkness - is unleashed. So Lara has to use all her abilities to prevent an Armageddon!! Doing so she's pursued by her arch-rival Werner von Croy who kidnaps one of Lara's old friends - Jean-Yves. Lara has to unleash Seth's brother Horus, because he's the only one to fight Seth ... IS THERE ANY POSSIBILITY TO BE SUCCESSFUL?!

     

  • Indiana Jones & The Infernal Machine
    Time: 19:14 EST/00:14 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Incase you haven't been visiting the main page Byron does post quite a few game reviews that I forget or didn't know about so I didn't post it here, so keep checking the review index for the latest reviews. I did hear about this one of LucusArts' Indiana Jones & The Infernal Machine, here's preview:

    I don't know many people who are not fans of the Indiana Jones movies, who wouldn't love his cheeky quips, action sequences and storylines?

    1947. The Nazis have been crushed, the Cold War has begun and Soviet agents are sniffing around the ruins of the fabled Tower of Babel. What are they up to? The CIA wants renowned archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. to find out. Grab your whip and fedora and join Indy in globe-spanning race to unearth the mysterious "Infernal Machine."

    • Whip, leap, climb, crawl and swim your way through amazing 3D environments
    • Survive the challenge of hungry critters, hostile robots, weird monsters, half the Red Army and more (including – oh no – snakes!)
    • Puzzle your way through 17 chapters of a gripping, action-packed story
    • Travel the world to exotic locales, from the ruins of Babylon to the labyrinths of the Nubian Kings
    • All the weapons you’ll need, including automatic pistols, machine guns, grenades, satchel charges, bazookas and, of course, Indy’s trusty whip and revolver

     

  • Age of Kings Patch
    Time: 19:11 EST/00:11 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Although not 3D accelerated, since the game just kicks so much damn ass, I noticed that Ensemble/MS has released a new patch (261Kb) for their Age of Empire II: Age of Kings. Here's what this patch does:

    This update addresses the issue where the computer player resigns after a few minutes of play. It does not effect multiplayer, meaning players with the update can play with players who do not have the update. It is localized into English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian all in the same build. You choose your language at the start of setup.

     

  • WarCraft III Trailer
    Time: 19:06 EST/00:06 GMT News Source: Blizzard Entertainment Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    In the face of an even greater invasion from the Burning Legion, the reunited Orcish Horde and the Human armies of Azeroth have shifted their focus from conquest, and betrayal to basic survival. Catch a glimpse of the chaos to come in this cinematic teaser for Warcraft III that was shown at ECTS. The file is self-contained and ready to play on any Windows system with DirectX.

    Download for PC - Mirror Site 01 [USA]
    Download for PC - Mirror Site 02 [USA]
    Download for PC - Mirror Site 03 [USA]
    Download for PC - Mirror Site 04 [USA]
    Download for PC - Mirror Site 05 [EUR]
    Download for PC - Blizzard

    Mac Version Coming Soon!

    Note that the file is a little over 25 MB, and will take approximately 2.5 hours to download with a 28.8k modem.

     

  • GameSpot Aptitude Test
    Time: 19:03 EST/00:03 GMT News Source: GameSpot Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Think you know games? The GameSpot Aptitude Test is your chance to prove it.

    For the second year in a row, the GameSpot editors have compiled a grueling exam, made up of 160 questions designed to test your knowledge of the history of gaming on home computer systems.

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News Date: Friday 3rd December 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
Quake III Demo Released - Sims Surf - Q3 Demo Bug - Q3 CD Key Problem - AC Guilds
  • Asheron's Call Guilds
    Time: 23:01 EST/04:01 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    A new website lets Asheron's Call users make their own AC website here's there announcement from their website:

    ACGuilds.com officially opens today! Here is what we offer:

    Free website hosting w/15 megs space
    Unique website address such as http://knights.acguilds.com AND http://www.knights.acguilds.com You specify the "knights" word, we automatically give you BOTH addresses!
    When your website is complete and presentable, just send an email to ACG Banners with a banner attached in JPG or GIF format (use existing banners for examples) and we will advertise your site in our banner system.. a system that is seen 2-3 MILLION times a month to fellow online gamers!!

    Very soon I will also be opening up free email, stay in touch for that. Until then, head on over to the Sign Up Form to signup. It typically will take a few hours up to a day for us to review your submission and make it active.

    Enjoy!

    ACG Sitemaster

     

  • Quake III CD Key Problem
    Time: 23:01 EST/04:01 GMT News Source: Blue's News Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    id Software's Graeme Devine updated his .plan again about the problems that some people are having when entering their CD key for Quake III Arena. Here's the not-so-silent hint: 

    IMPORTANT!!!!! 

    You MUST enter your CD key in lower case letters. If you do this through the menu it's automatic, but if you set it from the console, upper case letters will not work. 

    IMPORTANT!!!!! 

     

  • Quake III Demo Problem
    Time: 22:50 EST/03:50 GMT News Source: Blue's News Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    id's Graeme Devine updated his .plan with an explanation for Q3Demo users. Here's the scoop:

    Why do I get booted back to the main menu?
    It's because you've got a 1.11 client and you're trying to join a 1.09 (demo test) pure server. Since the protocol # is exactly the same, you see all the 1.09 servers in the browser, but when you try and join the game you get booted because you aren't "pure".
    We'll switch off support for 1.09 listings in the browser once 1.11 demo is out for the Mac and Linux. Meanwhile there's not much I can do since I can't tell from the client side if you're a 1.09 or 1.11 client asking for list of available servers.

     

  • The Sims Surf the Web
    Time: 22:50 EST/03:50 GMT News Source: GameSpot Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Maxis announced today that its upcoming human-and-relationship simulation game, The Sims, will hit shelves in North America during February 2000. And to get gamers riled up over the title, the company has opened the doors to the game's official site.

    The site contains screenshots and video to give potential buyers of The Sims an idea of how to play, along with special programs that will let the more artistic gamer create clothing and wall and floor tiles for their homes once the game releases.

     

  • Official Quake III Demo Released
    Time: 22:50 EST/03:50 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    The full final Quake 3 Arena demo has been released, weighing in at 46.6 MB's. Check out Bluesnews.com for all of the download sites

    http://www.bluesnews.com/files/idstuff/quake3/win32/q3ademo.shtml


News Date: Thursday 2nd December 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
Quake III Demo - Quake II Release - State of the Code
  • State of the Code
    Time: 18:24 EST/23:24 GMT News Source: Asheron's Lore Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Here's part of a post by Matthew Ford about a State of the Code that has been posted on the AC zone website:
    My name is Matthew Ford, and I am the Program Manager for Asheron's Call at the MSN Gaming Zone. This is the first of what will be a frequently updated series of reports on "The State of the Code" for Asheron's Call.
    In this report, I want to keep players informed as to the state of some of the more technical aspects of AC. I'll let my colleague at Turbine, Chris Foster, cover the more design-oriented aspects of AC in his article "The Spin from Turbine," also on the AC News page on the Zone.

     

  • Quake III Arena: December 5th
    Time: 18:07 EST/23:07 GMT News Source: GameSpot Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    GameSpot which is a ZD website has posted an article on the upcoming Q3 release:
    That's right. You'll only need to wait four more days to play the complete version of id Software's latest in Quake-frag action, Quake III Arena. In a joint announcement released today, Activision, the game's publisher, and id said that the game is expected to be on store shelves on Dec. 5, 1999, for about US$49.99.

    Quake III Arena will feature 32 distinct bots that simulate real-world multiplayer action and will also help to hone gamers' skills for Internet battles.

    ''Quake III Arena goes beyond being a computer game and is a cultural phenomenon unto itself,'' said Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software. ''With QUAKE III Arena, players can expect to experience all of the frenetic excitement, visceral gameplay, and mind-blowing visuals that have become the hallmark of id titles.''

    For UK gamers, Quake III Arena will be available on Dec. 17 for about £44.99.

     

  • Quake III Final Demo?
    Time: 18:02 EST/23:02 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Here's some text from a .plan from a Quake III staff member:

    In preparation for the full release.

    The motd/master/auth servers run on ports 27950, 27951, 27952. The default game server
    is on port 27960. If you’re firewalled against these ports you’ll need to get unfirewalled to
    play the game. If we work on the servers from now on we’ll notify the community and schedule
    the maintenance for the slowest period of the day (currently around 6am Dallas time).

    We have what we consider a “gold” build of the demo. We’re putting it through the final push
    of QA at Activision before releasing it since this build is going to be more or less prevalent
    throughout the known universe.


News Date: Wednesday 1st December 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
Urban Chaos Ships - AC Dev Chat - Quake III Release? - Secret Island
  • Secret Island
    Time: 18:32 EST/23:31 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows' Codename Asheron Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    There's reports of a secret island on the edge of Dereth, where it exactly is or what it is for is yet unknown, but we'll keep you updated. Don't forget tonight's chat with the developers for more information on that read below. 

     

  • Quake III Release As early as Tomorrow?
    Time: 17:56 EST/22:56 GMT News Source: Blue's News Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    From Blue's News:

    Having just spoken with a contact at Activision, I can finally clear the air regarding the Quake III Arena release date. The reason there's a Sunday release date given (the 5th) is because that's the day they expect it to be available everywhere (in the U.S., at least). The game will be trickling out towards the end of the week, and will be on shelves for sure by Sunday. What's that mean? Some places are claiming they'll have it on the shelves as soon as tomorrow - which is a definite possibility. Also, remember: this is only the Windows version. Specific dates for the Linux and Mac versions have yet to be announced.

    Here are some places to get it and what the release day is on their site:

    EBWorld - December 2nd
    GameStop - December 8th (Will ship earlier most likely)

     

  • Asheron's Call Developer Chat
    Time: 17:52 EST/22:52 GMT News Source: Zone Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Join us from 5 to 7 P.M. Pacific Time, Wednesday, December 1, in the Zone Theater Chat Room, where you can put questions to the staff of Turbine Entertainment, developers of Asheron's Call. Attendees will include Lead Producer Scott Herrington, Lead Designer Chris Foster, and Turbine Community Manager Dave Namerow. We hope to see you there.

    We'd like to remind you of our own Codename Asheron which can be viewed here.

    BTW... Our AC review/update to our preview will be released next week!

     

  • Urban Chaos Ships
    Time: 17:44 EST/22:44 GMT News Source: GameSpot Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Following the release of Tomb Raider: Last Revelation, Eidos has shipped yet another third-person action game with a buxom female as the central figure: Urban Chaos. Developed by UK-based Mucky Foot, the game places you in the shoes of rookie cop D'Arci Stern who, in perfect Lara Croft fashion, uses her own set of climbing, swinging, and jumping moves to rid her city streets of crime.

    The game features over 30 levels and incorporates several different modes of play, including driving missions, sleuthing, and attaining time-sensitive goals. Urban Chaos should be available around Dec. 18 for US$39.99.


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