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News Date: Saturday 30th October 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
Asheron's Call Goes Gold
  • Daylight Savings Time
    Time: 11:30 EDT/16:30 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    With Halloween approaching, we thought we'd remind you to push back your clocks one hour tonight. If you're lazy, Microsoft has implemented a feature in their clock program just for you! Here's how to get Windows to automatically update its time for Daylight savings time, and it will remind you to change your other clocks!

    • Double click your time at the lower right hand corner of your screen. If you have that disabled, go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Date/Time
    • Go into the Time Zone Tab, and check "Automatically adjust clock for daylight savings time changes"

    Thats it! We at ActiveWindows wish you a happy and safe Halloween! We hope you like our slight changes to our posts and layout!

     

  • Asheron's Call Went Gold, Where to get it?
    Time: 11:22 EDT/16:22 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Dennis Gregory

    Sorry, we havn't posted this, but we thought it was pretty much self explanatory when Asheron's Call's beta ended. Asheron's Call did go gold on October 26, 1999. Gold means that it is ready for release. Asheron's Call is expected to be in stores on November 2-4, 1999 depending where you go. You can purchase it online and get it the day its in stores. We've compiled a list to where you can pre-order Asheron's Call and get a free month in addition to the other free month, for a toal of 2 free months!

    GameStop (Babbages & Software Etc) - $ 44.99 - November 2nd
    EBWorld - $ 44.99 - November 2nd

    GameStop uses an overnight delivery and I don't believe EBWorld does, so we recommend GameStop, however with not that many stores online preordering, it will be hard to get it when it first comes out. As thousands of people are preordering it and I doubt they'll have enough copies.

    We will be receiving our Asheron's Call Gold copy next week, and will post an update to our review. If you emailed comments about the review, I will be taking those into consideration when I update it.


News Date: Friday 29th October 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
UK Games
  • UK Games Out Today
    Time: 05:59 EDT/10:59 GMT Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Byron

Here are a few of the games that were out in the UK today when I went into the stores:

Omikron: The Nomad Soul
Nocturne
FA Premier League Manager 2000
Abomination
Age Of Empires 2

  • Half-Life : Opposing Force Preview
    Time: 10:15 EDT/15:15 GMT Source: AGN  Posted By: Jason

GameSpy.com has a preview up of Half-Life Opposing Force, complete with a look at the mission pack, the multiplayer contributors, and of course, a slew of new screenshots from the pack.  Here are a few words from the interview:

The press demo we've played through doesn't contain any of the multiplay levels, so we'll have to cross our fingers and hope they're as good as we've heard. It does, however, include a sampling of some of the great single-player levels you'll find in the episode, some of the best level designs we've seen to date. You'll fight off the nasties with fellow marines at your side -- the experience is undeniably Half-Life but unique in its own right. Subtle details link the two games together as the plot unfolds.

  • Blair Witch Game?
    Time: 10:15 EDT/15:15 GMT Source: Blues Posted By: Jason

Saw on Blues that there are plans for a Nocturne Engine based Blair Witch Project Game. No details of the game have been announced, but with an engine like Nocturne's behind the game, I am sure it should be interesting.  Personally I thought the movie was awful, but you can't lie about all the crowd response this summer. 


News Date: Wednesday 27th October 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
David Bowie -  Revenant - Counter-Strike
  • David Bowie on Games
    Time: 10:45 EDT/15:45 GMT Source: Blues Posted By: Jason

David Bowie Talks is the title of an interview on GameSpot with the illustrious performer about his involvement with Omikron: The Nomad Soul, the upcoming 3D action/adventure game by Quantic Dreams and Eidos Interactive. Here's a bit about Bowie's actual presence in the game:

GameSpot News: A character in the game is modeled after you in more than the physical sense. Were you critical of this character? Is it revealing in any way, or was being motion captured the digital equivalent of watching a tape of one of your performances?

David Bowie: Which character do you mean? - the omnipotent digital super-being, or the scruffy hallucinating singer? The motion-captured dance sequences were actually designed and performed by Edouard Lock, a longtime friend and collaborator. So what we have here are dance steps designed for me and performed by my digital counterpart - stranger still.

Eidos Interactive has announced the availability of Cinematix Studios' Revenant for PC CD-ROM. This innovative role-playing game combines a fully functional combat system with adventure elements and a deep storyline.

Revenant is a dark fantasy role-playing game that immerses gamers in a visually stunning and challenging environment. With breathtaking 65,000 color graphics, fully animated 3D characters, true light sourcing and coloring in Direct 3D, Revenant is by far the most vibrant and detailed role-playing game to date.

Revenant also offers unparalleled features beyond what typically defines the genre. The game features a built-in level editor allowing gamers to create their own scenarios, using the same tiles and graphics used to put together the final game. Players can place treasures, monsters, traps, lighting effects and more on the map. The whole scripting language that the game was built with is available to create branching conversations, and ``mini-cut-scenes.''

The multiplayer capabilities include six custom designed deathmatch levels for play on EidosGames.com.

The Oxygen Tank has a quick interview with Minh Le, project leader of the Counter-Strike mod for Half-Life. It doesn't really provide a whole lot of new info, as Minh Lee really didn't seem to be all that interested in talking about Counter-Strike... which made for a kind of funny/ kind of rude interview.

Is there a plan on how many beta releases there will be before the final version?
I never understood why this was so important to know? What difference does it make. It's like knowing when the last day of your life will be. If you knew that, would you behave any different? To answer your question, "No, there is no plan on how many beta releases I'll make.."
Will you be adding any more weapons/items or are you satisfied with the ones currently included in the mod?
I tend to come up with new ideas on my own. If I feel something will be neat to have in CS, I'll add it.

If you play Half-life online and haven't tried this mod out, then I highly recommend it. Counter-strike and Action Half-life have been about all I've played in the last few months.  They really add a new dimension to the game. Sorry for the lack of updates yesterday. I got busy in the office and just couldn't make it.  Jason  


News Date: Monday  25th October 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
Carmack Interview 
  • John Carmack Interview
    Time: 10:15 EDT/15:15 GMT Source: Blues Posted By: Jason

incitegames interviews John Carmack talking with the id Software lead programmer about progress on Quake III Arena.  Here is a brief excerpt from the piece, which is itself an excerpt from a larger interview that will run in the upcoming November print issue of incite PC Gaming.

incite: What was the most difficult thing for you in making Quake III?

Carmack: This is the first game ever where at the end of the project I haven't actually been the lynchpin of getting it done. The holdup right now is getting our single-player experience and the computer-controlled bots working. I wish I had laid more groundwork for [that]. I was delegating. You hear over and over -- the leader shouldn't be micromanaging all these things. Delegation didn't work out so great this time....

As you may already know, the beta test of Asheron's Call has drawn to a close.  Commemorating this affair, Turbine and Microsoft "destroyed" the online world of Dereth with an apocalypse of Biblical proportions!  Firingsquad has just posted an excusive chronology of the event from Microsoft, along with some tasty screenshots of the killer comets and such.


News Date: Friday  22nd October 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
No Online Trek

There's a follow-up on Well Rounded Entertainment that debunks their scoop from yesterday about the Star Trek game, which turns out to not be "massively multiplayer," as they suggested. There are details there on what the game will be about...

  • Spec Ops II Demo
    Time: 10:00 EDT/15:00 GMT Source: Blues  Posted By: Jason

The Spec Ops files page on SpecForce.net has the playable demo of Spec Ops II, Zombie's upcoming sequel to their tactical first-person shooter. The demo was posted as an exclusive, but the site is so bogged down getting through to the page (much less downloading the 35 MB demo) is very difficult, so hopefully they will authorize some mirrors soon.


News Date: Thursday  21st October 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
Top Selling Games - Online Trek
  • Asheron's Call Beta Ends with Death
    Time: 20:54 EDT/00:54 GMT Source: Various Sites Posted By: Dennis

    Cities in Asheron's Call have been hit by meteors and some even have volcanoes! We have screenshots and information on this test by Microsoft, including the date and place of the "big" fight on Sunday, the last day of testing.

    ActiveWindows will continue to keep you updated.

    You can read our review of Asheron's Call here.

     
  • September's Top Games
    Time: 09:00 EDT/14:00 GMT Source: AGN  Posted By: Jason

    PCDATA has released their list of top selling games for the month of September.  Here is the full list of titles:

1.Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Electronic Arts
2.Roller Coaster Tycoon - Hasbro Interactive
3.Rainbow Six Gold Edition - Red Storm Entertainment
4.Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear - Red Storm Entertainment
5.Madden NFL 2000 - Electronic Arts
6.Starcraft - Havas Interactive
7.Age Of Empires II: Age of Kings - Microsoft
8.Need For Speed 3 - Electronic Arts
9.Monopoly Game - Hasbro Interactive
10.Sim City 3000 - Electronic Arts
11.Half-Life - Havas Interactive
12.Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2 - Activision
13.NHL Hockey 2000 - Electronic Arts
14.Scrabble - Hasbro Interactive
15.Myst: Masterpiece Edition - Mattel Media
16.Frogger - Hasbro Interactive
17.Flight Simulator - Microsoft
18.NFL Fever - Microsoft
19.Deer Hunter II 3D - GT Interactive
20.Diablo - Havas Interactive

Get ready to add another massively multiplayer game to the mix, but this one will have Vulcans and Romulans, rather than elves and dragons. Activision, in a conference call with analysts, today announced plans to release Star Trek: Q Continuum, an online game that will take advantage of the company's Star Trek license. The game is due in the company's next fiscal year, meaning it won't hit store shelves for at least six months. (Activision today released its earnings report for the second fiscal quarter of 2000.)

Activision estimates there are at least 500,000 gaming enthusiasts who are also Star Trek fans. It hopes to capture a substantial percentage of those using a subscription-themed model, like the one found in EverQuest and Ultima Online.


News Date: Wednesday 20th October 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
Tactical Shooters - New UT Demo - Asheron's Call Review & Beta End
  • Asheron's Call Beta Ends with METEORS
    Time: 15:15 EDT/20:15 GMT Source: ICQ Posted By: Dennis

    We've received unconfirmed reports that Microsoft is going to be ending the AC beta by ruining the worlds. Shoushi, which is one of the AC cities, is supposed to become a crator. These reports are still unconfirmed, but we are almost sure that MS will be ending the world by October 24th 11:59 P.M.

    The worlds will be up and running by November 11th for the public release of Asheron's Call.

    ActiveWindows will continue to keep you up to date. You can read our AC review at the link below or by clicking the headline for this news release.

     

  • Asheron's Call Review
    Time: 15:13 EDT/20:13 GMT Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Dennis

    Our Asheron's Call review is done! Its everything we promised except the user comments which will be added later. Download the beta now at our review as the beta ends on October 24th at 11:59 P.M. They're going to be going out with a bang (read above).

     

  • Spec Ops II Screenshots
    Time: 09:30 EDT/14:30 GMT Source: Blues  Posted By: Jason

    There are three new shots from Spec Ops II, Zombie's imminent tactical shooter on TeleFragged.  The game is now gold and expected to be on store shelves on November 11th. 

  •  Delta Force 2 Gold
    Time: 09:30 EDT/14:30 GMT Source: AGN  Posted By: Jason

NovaLogic Wednesday announced that the hotly anticipated "Delta Force 2" has mastered and will arrive in retail stores throughout North America by Nov. 4. The follow-up to 1998's ground-breaking action game based on the U.S. Army's elite counter-terrorist and hostage rescue team, "Delta Force 2" features greatly enhanced graphics, improved control and large-scale multi-player action with built-in, push-to-talk voice communication.

  • New Unreal Tournament Demo
    Time: 09:30 EDT/14:30 GMT Source: Blues  Posted By: Jason

There is a new version of the Unreal Tournament Demo. Its build 3.48.  The full demo weighs in at a whopping 53 mb but you can patch the old demo with a 8.9 mb download. Here is the rundown from Jack Porter :

This version will be the last demo version avaiable before UT appears on store shelves.   This version is NOT network compatible with previous versions, so we encourage everyone to upgrade.  It doesn't contain any new content - only performance improvements and bug fixes.   ngWorldStats will also be reset for this demo release.

  • Download links are available here.  More mirror sites will be added soon!
  • There is a list of changes since the last demo.
  • Be sure to check out the list of Known Issues as well.

News Date: Tuesday 19th October 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
USAF
  • Microsoft Announces Asheron's Call Pre-Order Programs
    Time: 14:51 EDT/19:51 GMT Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron

    In anticipation of the launch of Asheron's Call in early November, Microsoft today announced exclusive pre-order programs with Electronic Boutique and Babbages/Software Etc.

    By pre-ordering Asheron's Call at store locations, or online at EB World (http://www.ebworld.com/ ) or Gamestop (http://www.gamestop.com/), gamers will receive an additional month of free Asheron's Call play ($9.95 value), plus either a Player's Guide (for pre-orders from Electronic Boutique) or an Adventure's Log (for pre-orders from Babbages/Software Etc.). Combine this offer with the one month of free play already available when initially subscribing to Asheron's Call, and gamers receive two free months of adventuring in the isle of Dereth when placing a pre-order.

    Additionally, Electronic Boutique is offering a $10 mail-in rebate for all pre-orders completed at their store locations. This Electronic Boutique exclusive is an excellent value for in-store purchases, providing gamers with a combined savings of nearly twenty dollars.

    Microsoft encourages gamers to place their pre-orders early, as all offers are based on limited quantities.

     
  • EA Ships Jane's USAF
    Time: 11:00 EDT/16:00 GMT Source: AGN3D Posted By: Jason

    Electronic Arts announced that it has shipped Jane's USAF, featuring eight of the hottest jets of the United States Air Force. Players can fly historical missions over Vietnam and the Middle East, or futuristic missions over Germany, and defend home soil over Nellis Air Force Base and the Las Vegas Strip.

    Published by Electronic Arts' Jane's Combat Simulations brand and developed by Pixel Multimedia Inc. in Tel Aviv, Israel, Jane's USAF allows players to fly the F-15C, F-15E or A-10 Warthog "in the mud" and destroy enemy ground targets. Relive great historic air battles over Vietnam in the F-4E or the F-105. Fly the powerful F-16C Falcon and take out enemy MIGS. Finally, push the envelope while flying the menacing F-117 Stealth Fighter and ultra-modern F-22 over Las Vegas.

    A next-generation 3-D terrain engine allows for high resolution and high frame rate terrain rendering on all kinds of PCs. Detailed "real-world" terrain is created with real satellite data with true elevation and coloring. Spectacular special effects like night flight, stunning lighting, multiple explosion types and full 3-D virtual cockpits crank up the combat intensity.

    Jane's Combat.net  allows players to fly with as many as seven human foes or allies for free online. Jane's Combat.net features a "Kill-and-Compare" area where Combat.net posts players' combat statistics every time they go online, allowing players to challenge other pilots based on their expertise with specific weapons or tactics. Every kill, every loss, every medal won, every injury incurred, every hour in every aircraft in every battle is all logged automatically. This feature allows players to trace their career development, learn from mistakes and earn their place at the top of the pyramid.

     

  • Software Piracy and games
    Time: 11:00 EDT/16:00 GMT Source: AGN3D Posted By: Jason

Saw something on AGN3d news about an article that GameGirlz is running this week.  It is talking about the software piracy scene from the point of view of the creators/designers and from the point of view of the gamers that use this illegal software.  Check it out, It was a pretty good read. 


News Date: Monday 18th October 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
Quake 3 Demo
  • Microsoft Allegiance Announced
    Time: 15:04 EDT/20:04 GMT Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron

    Allegiance, the upcoming multiplayer space-combat game from the minds of Microsoft Research, combines the challenges of tactical squadron-based combat, intense one-on-one space dogfights, and amazing graphical and sound effects into a space-action experience like nothing you've seen before.

    All taking place on the MSN Gaming Zone, you can elect to get into the action immediately in death-match style arenas, or pledge Allegiance to one of the diverse Civilization Alliances and join a squadron. And when you play on the Allegiance Zone, you'll be able to engage hundreds of players in death-match style arenas, compete in tournaments, and access exclusive additional civilizations!

    Allegiance is scheduled for a Spring 2000 release.

     
  • Starfleet Command Review
    Time: 09:36 EDT/14:36 GMT Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron

    IPlayGames has posted a review of Interplay's Starfleet Command.

    I was eager and started up a new campaign and I got my ass kicked so hard on the first mission I didnít know my head from my tail (so to speak). Quickly backing off I decided to go through the training sequences instead. They go through such elementary subjects as setting the ships speed and heading to dropping off mines and sending out probes. Extremely helpful if you, like me, are a beginner in the realm of strategy.

     

  • No More Q3Test
    Time: 08:40 EDT/13:40 GMT Source: Blues News Posted By: Jason

    Along with his latest worklog, John Carmack announces that there will not be another release of Q3Test with bots, as had been planned. The next release with bots will be the full demo, to be released sometime after testing of the full game begins (for which there is no specific timeframe). Here's the deal:

    The next release will be the full "demo" release for quake 3. It will include bots and a new, simple level that is suitable for complete beginners to play, as well as the existing q3test maps.

    The timing just didn't work out right for another test before we complete the game.

    We plan on releasing the demo after code freeze, when the entire game is in final testing, which will give us a few days time to fix any last minute problems that show up before golden master.

    No, I don't have an actual date when that will be.

     

  • Everquest Breaks Records
    Time: 08:40 EDT/13:40 GMT Source: AGN Posted By: Jason

    989 Studios, a Sony Computer Entertainment Group Company, announced today that its top-selling online PC title EverQuest has broken all subscription-based online gaming sales records. In only six months, EverQuest has sold more games than any other online role-playing game ever released, with 225,000 units sold and an active subscriber base of more than 150,000 players.

    During peak periods, EverQuest adventurers and dragon slayers can form alliances with up to 37,000 other players simultaneously. The active global EverQuest subscriber base is comprised of players from various countries throughout the "real" world, including the U.S., England, Canada, Singapore, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, France and New Zealand.


News Date: Saturday 16th October 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
Fighter Ace 2
  • Asheron's Call Public Beta to End...
    Time: 17:16:52 EDT/22:16 GMT Source: E-Mail/Olthoi's Lair Posted By: Dennis

    We have received reports that MSN Internet Gaming Zone will be closing the AC beta on October 24th, to prepare for the November 10th release. This is of course unconfirmed but most likely Microsoft will post a press release or announcement in regards to this sometime next week.

    AC will be at an estimated $ 54.95 and the purchaser will get 1 free month of play, and after that there will be a $ 9.95 per month fee to continue playing the game.

    Asheron's Call is a multiplayer role-playing game that is in public beta on the MSN Gaming Zone.

    Our review of Asheron's Call will be available sometime this weekend, most likely tommorow. It will include several screenshots, a complete overview of the game, player comments, and much more.

    You can download the game now at no charge at GameSpot. This download is appx. 51 MB and is only recommended for experienced users, as this is a beta product and no guarantees are promised by Microsoft.

    You can preorder Asheron's Call at EBWorld.Com for $ 44.99 and you will receive along with your AC order some AC gifts, including a 2nd month free on the Zone and a free miniguide! So what are you waiting for, preorder today!

     
  • Fifa 2000 Cheats
    Time: 08:49 EDT/13:49 GMT Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron

    24 Hour Gamer has posted a bunch of cheats for the latest 3D soccer game from EA Sports, FIFA 2000. Here they are:

    MOMONEY - Unlimited Money
    HOOLIGAN - Bonus Teams
    BURNABY - EAC Pitch
    SIZZLE - Lightening Mode
    DIZZY - Alien Mode
    LIGHTSOUT - Glow Mode

     
  • AoE 2 Designer Diary
    Time: 08:47 EDT/13:47 GMT Source: Firing Squad Posted By: Byron

    Thresh's FiringSquad have posted an Age of Empire 2 Designer's Diary, written by AoE2 designer Mark Terrano. Great read if you want to know about some of the bits and pieces that goes on behind the scenes, to bring out a game like Age2.

     

  • Fighter Ace II on Zone
    Time: 08:41 EDT/13:41 GMT Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron

    Microsoft today announced that Fighter Ace II, the MSN Gaming Zone's (http://www.zone.com) massively multiplayer World War II air combat game, is now in public beta. On schedule to be released in December 1999, Fighter Ace II allows more than 300 pilots to fight in a single air combat arena from the cockpit of any one of more than 25 World War II vintage fighters and bombers.

    To participate in the Fighter Ace II public beta, would-be flyers must be registered Fighter Ace players, currently playable on the MSN Gaming Zone. Registration is easy and can be done at: http://zone.msn.com/fighterace/. A free, 3-day trial of the game is available.

    In Fighter Ace II, players battle for airborne supremacy by coordinating battle plans with their wingmen and squad mates. Fighter aces must defend their territory, secure new strategic positions, and blast bogies in an on-going war between British, German, United States, Russian, and Japanese aircraft. Fighter Ace II's accurately modeled World War II aircraft include such planes as the DeHavilland Mosquito, the F4U-4 Corsair and the legendary Zero. Players can completely customize the ordnance load-out of their planes including auxiliary fuel, bombs and rockets.

    On the Zone, players can easily find games that accommodate their style and intensity of play. Fighter Ace II provides diverse types of gaming arenas, including team based games of conquest and combat, free for all games, and even arenas divided by pilot ability to make the entry into this exciting world easy and fun. With the new squadron support in Fighter Ace II, players can easily coordinate and communicate with their wingmen and allies to dominate the skies.


News Date: Friday 15th October 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
Motocross Madness - More Delays
  • Unofficial TNT2/GeForce Drivers 3.48
    Time: 23:12 EDT/04:12 GMT Source: AGN3D Posted By: Dennis

    The Drivers Man, Maarten Gerritzen, sends word that a web site has posted Nvidia TNT(2)/Geforce Reference Detonator drivers version 3.48. THESE ARE NOT OFFICIAL DRIVERS, SO USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!!. You can grab the file here:

    Nvidia TNT(2)/Geforce Reference Detonator drivers version 3.48

     
  • Asheron's Call Review This Weekend
    Time: 23:04 EDT/04:04 GMT Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Dennis

    We have been testing and using Asheron's Call dilligently this week, so we can bring a review for this weekend. This review will include screenshots, a complete description of the game, player comments, and much, much more.

    So stay tuned this weekend for our Asheron's Call review!

     
  • Microsoft Announces Open Trial For Asheron's Call Beginning Today
    Time: 17:08 EDT/22:08 GMT Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron

    Microsoft announced today that a free, downloadable version of Asheron's Call is now available for play in the U.S. and abroad on the MSN Gaming Zone at http://www.zone.com/. Playable for a ten day period, the open trial gives gamers full access to the epic virtual world of Asheron's Call. Participants will be able to interact with thousands of other players and explore the 500 square mile isle of Dereth before the game is commercially released in November. Asheron's Call is an epic, massively multiplayer, role-playing game developed by Turbine Entertainment.

    For those who would prefer to forego the download, the Asheron's Call beta is currently available on the demo disc in the November issue of Computer Games magazine (look for the issue with Asheron's Call on the cover). The magazine is available at major bookstores including Barnes & Noble and Borders, large supermarkets, Wal-Mart, CompUSA, Fry's and other stores where magazines are sold.

    Developed by Turbine Entertainment, Asheron's Call is a massively multiplayer role-playing game that draws together thousands of players within a dynamic, 3-D online world. Players can create truly unique characters by choosing between extensive combinations of visual appearance, attributes and skill sets. Asheron's Call immerses players in an intense role-playing fantasy environment where they must compete or cooperate with thousands of other online players. An extensive system of allegiance and influence greatly enhances social interaction. The online nature of the game facilitates an evolving and dynamic adventure inside a consistent universe. The game will never be solved because there will always be more areas to explore and quests to complete.

    For more information about Asheron's Call, please visit the game's official Web site, at:

    http://www.microsoft.com/games/zone/asheronscall/

     
  • 10 Essential First Person Shooters
    Time: 09:19 EDT/14:19 GMT Source: AGN3D  Posted By: Jason

CGO has posted their first installment on a new feature titled The Essentials List -10 Essential First-Person Shooters. naturally they start with DOOM, throw in a bit of System Shock, Quake.. and lots more.

Creating these kinds of lists is a lot of fun; however, regardless of the criteria used, people are always going to disagree with some of the selections. But they provide a starting point for a lot of interesting debate and discussion. This month we'll take a look at the First-person Shooter, which is arguably the most hotly contested category in gaming.

  • Giants: Citizen Kabuto - Delayed
    Time: 09:19 EDT/14:19 GMT Source: Well Rounded News  Posted By: Jason

    One of the most anticipated games of 1999 won't be out until 2000.  "The game just wasn't done," says Interplay spokesperson Lisa Bucek.

    Giants tells the story of three warring species, vying for control of a single planet. You'll be able to play as any of the races: the Sea Reapers, the Meccaryn and the giant, Kabuto. Kabuto can crush victims with his bare hands, Meccaryns have space travel and weapons to their advantage and the Sea Reapers can travel the seas and control devastating elemental powers. You'll be able to manipulate the landscape to create obstacles and destroy the enemy. The game will boast 30 levels.

    Delays are, of course, nothing new in the computer gaming industry and Giants is hardly the first to be bumped back to 2000. Earlier this year, Microsoft and Digital Anvil quietly announced that Starlancer would be delayed until sometime next year.

     
  • Dungeon Keeper 2 Patch - Delayed
    Time: 05:29 EDT/10:29 GMT Source: Bullfrog Posted By: Byron

    I have only just noticed that Bullfrog have posted the reason why patch 1.6 for Dungeon Keeper 2 has been delayed:

    Apologies for the lack of downloads of late. The Bullfrog Test Team have been extremely busy trying to get Theme Park World to Final and our DK2 Updates have been stuck in the queue behind it.
    Rest assured, more updates are coming and we haven't forgotten the non-English versions. Thanks for your patience.

     
  • GeForce 256 Coverage
    Time: 05:27 EDT/10:27 GMT Source: AGN3D Posted By: Byron

    3DGPU.com has put up a great resource for information on all the different companies with GeForce 256 based cards. It includes press releases, estimated ship dates, specs, and more. Here is a box shot from CLab's upcoming card:

     

  • Motocross Madness 2 Website Goes Live
    Time: 05:24 EDT/10:24 GMT Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron

    Microsoft today announced that the official Web site for Motocross Madness 2, the highly anticipated sequel to last year's award-winning Motocross Madness, is now live at http://www.microsoft.com/games/motocross2/. An adrenaline-pumping racing game developed by Rainbow Studios, Motocross Madness 2 delivers all of the killer dirt-bike action, crazy stunts and outrageous crashes that racing fanatics crave.

    The official Motocross Madness 2 site offers gamers a wealth of information, including a detailed features list, current news and articles, and a multitude of screen shots. In the coming months, the site will also feature audio clips and AVIs from the game.

    To view the official Web site for Motocross Madness 2, go to:

    http://www.microsoft.com/games/motocross2/


News Date: Thursday 14th October 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
Quake3 - Big Brother
  • ID's Final Quake 3 touches
    Time: 17:00 EDT/22:00 GMT Source: FGNOnline  Posted By: Jason

    Id Software designer Graeme Devine has been talking about the impact the Quake III Arena tests have had on gamers.

    Speaking in an interview due to be published in Games Business, he described the difficulty of weighing the concerns of experienced gamers, against those who are new to first person shooters.

    He said, "Most of the criticisms are to do with either gun or weapon balance but we havenít really made too many changes because the maps we have out there aren't really a good indication of the full retail product. One is very open and spacey and meant to just test modem play. The other shifts lots of polygons."

    He added, "We have listened to their concerns on network play, for example. We've addressed their issues and we're trying to balance a hell of a lot more; trying to give players the gameplay that they want. We try and listen to the new consumers and the old faithful consumers as well."

     

  • IDSA Council to oversee video game ads
    Time: 17:00 EDT/22:00 GMT Source: Well Rounded News  Posted By: Jason

The Interactive Digital Software Association is looking to extend its control. The trade organization of the computer gaming industry has created an independent council "to ensure that advertisements placed by U.S. computer and video game software makers are appropriate, responsible, truthful and accurate." The division will be a part of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB), which rates games for age appropriateness and content. All of the leading game enthusiast magazine publishers have agreed to adopt and implement the new advertising Principles and Guidelines.

Game ads have been an increasing source of controversy in the months following the Columbine school shootings. Gory and sexually provocative magazine advertising often surpasses the actual violent content in the game. Critics have argued that the ads glorified the violent elements.

 

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 Spotted On Shop Shelves
    Time: 16:26 EDT/21:26 GMT Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron

    Microsoft announced today that Flight Simulator 2000, the most comprehensive update in the 17-year history of the product, is starting to appear on store shelves in the U.S. There have been many reports of its availability, and full domestic distribution is expected later this month. Flight Simulator 2000 will be available in Europe in mid-November.

    For the first time, Microsoft is offering two versions of Flight Simulator 2000, the best selling PC flight simulation ever produced. Flight Simulator 2000 Professional Edition is designed to meet the needs of flight simulation enthusiasts and pilots, and Flight Simulator 2000 is the logical choice for new or more casual users.

    Flight Simulator 2000 continues Microsoft's tradition of working directly with aircraft manufacturers, pilot organizations, flight training organizations, respected flight instructors, aeronautical engineers, and other leaders in aviation to add authenticity and experience to the product. Key partners include Cessna, Jeppesen Sanderson, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Flight Safety International, Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Mooney Aircraft Corp., Systems Management Inc.; and pilots John and Martha King, Rod Machado and Patty Wagstaff.

    Flight Simulator 2000 is optimized for the Intel Pentium III processor to deliver a great visual experience and better-than-ever simulation performance. For more information on Flight Simulator 2000, visit the official Web site at:

    http://www.microsoft.com/games/fs2000/


News Date: Wednesday 13th October 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
GTA2 Gold? - C&C:2
  • Grand Theft Auto 2 Gold
    Time: 12:00 EDT/17:00 GMT Source: Blues Posted By: Jason

    According to Gamer's Voice, Grand Theft Auto 2 has gone gold, and will be in stores on October 22. GTA 2 is of course, the sequel to the top-down game of thug violence, Grand Theft Auto.

     
  • C&C:Tiberian Sun Sales
    Time: 12:00 EDT/17:00 GMT Source: AGN Posted By: Jason

    Electronic Arts made the announcement this morning that Command & Conquer Tiberian Sun has sold over 2 million copies worldwide since the game's release on August 27th. With a debut of number one on PC Data's software sales chart, C&C Tiberian Sun has set new records there as well. The original Command & Conquer has sold over 2.5 million units for the PC and been recognized in the 1999 Guinness Book of World Records as the "Most Successul Strategy War Game." The follow up to the same game, Command & Conquer Red Alert has also jumped off the sales scale, with over 3 million units having been sold. If you add in the expansion packs as well as Playstation, Sega and N64 versions of the games, the license has far surpassed the 10 million total sales mark. Westwood Studios will also be releasing full details on the upcoming Tiberian Sun Expansion Pack, Firestorm in the next few weeks.


News Date: Monday, October 11th 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
 Doom 2 - Question Carmack
  • You want to question Carmack?
    Time: 16:30 EDT/21:30  GMT Source: Blues  Posted By: Jason

    The ever popular Slashdot.org is going to be conducting an interview with none other than John Carmack, and they've asked for reader-submitted questions. Questions should be posted in their discussion group, one question per post. There's only room for 10 - 15 questions, so don't be offended if yours isn't picked.

     

  • Another Online RPG
    Time: 16:30 EDT/21:30  GMT Source: WellRoundedNews  Posted By: Jason

The Asheron's Call public beta is getting all the attention, but another massively multiplayer RPG is in testing and looking for players. Spellbinder: The Nexus Conflict, developed by Mythic Entertainment, is offering free play through all of October. The 3-D accelerated game allows you to switch between first and third person views and offers more than 200 spells. Mythic's previous games include ID4, Godzilla and Aliens Online. You can log on to Spellbinder at the Centropolis Gaming Center

 

  • Doom 2 turns 5
    Time: 10:15 EDT/15:15  GMT Source: Blues  Posted By: Jason

Saw on Blues that yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the release of Doom 2.   Ahh, super-shotgun... Hard to believe that it's five years old.  Not much news right now. I'll check back later.  


News Date: Friday, October 8th 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
 Evil Dead - Delayed Tribes Patch - Flight Sims - Update on Tribes - C&C: Renegade
  • C&C:Renegade
    Time: 18:00 EDT/23:00  GMT Source: Blues  Posted By: Jason

Westwood's official site for Command & Conquer: Renegade has gone live. There's several shots posted, two in-game (which were previously released) as well as two images of the vehicles and one of the power plant which appear to be new. The shots are accompanied by descriptions, as well as links to previews of the game.

  • Tribes Patch out !
    Time: 18:00 EDT/23:00 GMT Source: Blues  Posted By: Jason

The TRIBES Players site has posted the version 1.9 patch for Starsiege TRIBES is now available as both an update for version 1.0 or for version 1.8.  The patch is described as fixing, "some server side bugs".

Saw on Well-Rounded news that they're finally going to release a game based on the Evil Dead movie series.  The films, long a favorite of the gaming crowd will be released on the PC and Playstation platforms.  THQ has snagged a five-year licensing deal for the rights to the film franchise on all platforms. The first entry will be Evil Dead: Ashes 2 Ashes, due out next fall.

"An interactive adventure based on Evil Dead is long overdue," said Bruce Campbell, star of the three Evil Dead films.  You'll assume the role of Ash -- the square-jawed, shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed hero -- in a new story that continues the ongoing saga of the Necronomicon ex Mortis (also known as the Book of the Dead). The story's set eight years after the last installment of the film's trilogy (Army of Darkness). Ash returns to the infamous cabin in the woods. There, he is again faced with the challenge of battling "deadites" and evil forces that have crossed over to our world because of the Necronomicon.

  • Delayed Tribes Patch
    Time: 10:45 EDT/15:45 GMT Source: AGN  Posted By: Jason

Nels Bruckner (Director - Dynamix) made a quick update on the status of the Tribes 1.9 patch:

A quick update - the Tribes 1.9 patch that I mentioned a while back (which primarily addresses a server-side crash) took a little bit longer to put together than I had originally anticipated. It is in product certification now and should be available very soon. My apologies for the delay.

  • INCOMING!! Flight Sims
    Time: 10:45 EDT/15:45 GMT Source: FiringSquad  Posted By: Jason

Jane's Combat Simulations announced that their newest flight sim, Jane's USAF, has gone gold. It will ship to retail on October 19, and a playable demo is now available


News Date: Thursday, October 7th 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
 Asheron's Call - Slave Zero Shots - TrickStyle Gold?
  • Asheron's Call Preview
    Time: 12:55 EDT/17:55 GMT Source: FiringSquad Posted By: Jason

Thresh's FiringSquad has a preview of the upcoming Microsoft online RPG Asheron's Call. It includes a hands on preview and a bunch of screenshots from a beta build of the game. This game is going after the Everquest/Ultima Online crowd. 

  • Slave Zero screenshots
    Time: 12:55 EDT/17:55 GMT Source: Blues  Posted By: Jason

Well-Rounded Games has posted a preview of Infogrames' third person game of giant robot carnage, Slave Zero. There's 20 screenshots up, and they promise a full hands-on preview in "the next week or so."

  • Trickstyle - Gold?
    Time: 12:55 EDT/17:55 GMT Source: AGN  Posted By: Jason

The game of the moment on the Dreamcast has gone gold for the PC. For those who may not know this means; it means that TrickStyle is complete and is being manufactured and may even be on its way to stores.


News Date: Wednesday, October 6th 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
 Nocturne - ngWorldStats Bug - AvP Editor - Vampire & V2 - FreeSpace 2 MP3 - Carmack's .plan
  • Carmack's .plan
    Time: 11:10 EDT/16:10 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    Yep, another .plan update by The Man (no, not Don Knotts), but by id's John Carmack -- another one of his Quake3 worklogs. Pretty small one (hey now), so here's the whole thing:

    * fixed steady snapshot test
    * fixed incorrect 0 ping if past client messages
    * fixed loser-disconnecting-at-tourney-intermission sorting problem
    * general purpose flood protection, limiting all user commands to one a second by stalling the client, so the commands don't actually get dropped, but are delayed as needed
    * replace headnode overflow with lastCluster
    * fixed bad extrapolation on unpausing
    * fixed player twitch on unpausing
    * print client names on loading screen

     

  • FreeSpace 2 MP3
    Time: 11:09 EDT/16:09 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    I noticed over at Freespace2.com that they have posted another MP3 from FreeSpace 2. This MP3 is the eighth release, entitled "Numbers Chapter I". This is the first part of a three part release. Hit this page for all of the MP3s (released so far).

     

  • Vampire and V2
    Time: 11:08 EDT/16:08 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    Just scanning through Nihilistic's Vampire board and noticed a post by Robert Huebner, Lead Programmer of Vampire, regarding how well a Voodoo2 will run their upcoming game, The Vampire: The Masquerade. Check it:

    If your only 3D accelerator is a Voodoo2, then you will only be able to run the editor in software mode, which won't be efficient for editing large levels on an average machine. The reason is Voodoo2 cards typically can only run in full-screen mode, but the editor uses OpenGL to render several desktop windows in 3D simultaneously. The editor also works best if run at higher resolutions like 1024x768 or higher which the Voodoo2 cannot support without SLI. So even if/when 3DFX improves their GL driver so it can run QERadiant better, the Voodoo2 will still not be a good choice.

    Voodoo2 will run the game fine, however. We consider that our "typical" benchmark card at the moment.

    There have been quite a few posts to this thread on various video cards, and how they should/will run Vampire, and in particular, the editor for Vampire.

     

  • AvP Editor
    Time: 11:07 EDT/16:07 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    AvPNews posted mention of a profile editor (59Kb) for Fox Interactive's Aliens vs. Predator. Here's a few of the features that this editor lets you do:

    - set which levels have been beaten
    - set which difficulty the levels have been beaten on
    - set which cheats are active

     

  • ngWorldStats Bug
    Time: 11:06 EDT/16:06 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    Planet Unreal posted news from NetGamesUSA's Craig Sparks, regarding the current status of ngWorldStats for Unreal Tournament. Here's the scoop:

    Just wanted to let your readers know that we have found a minor but important bug in the ranking algorithm for ngWorldStats for Unreal Tournament (http://ut.ngWorldStats.com/) and that it will be fixed before Saturday when the weekly totals reset.

    Also, at that time we will be publishing the details of the ranking system, launching a web forum, and taking community feedback on likes and dislikes of the ranking algorithm. We are very open to players thoughts on the subject and look forward to their feedback in order to make the system the best it can be when the retail version ships.

     

  • Nocturne NOT Gold
    Time: 11:05 EDT/16:05 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    Contrary to their post yesterday, FGN is now reporting that Terminal Reality/GOD's third-person horror/adventure game, Nocturne, has not gone gold, at least not yet. Here's the actual blurb:

    Jeff Smith from developer Terminal Reality contacted FGN Online to say "I work in house here so I can tell you for sure we have not gone gold."

    The news need be of no worry to fans. Smith assures us that the title is due to go gold October 15. This means the horro-adventure title will still comfortably make its Halloween release date.


News Date: Tuesday, October 5th 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
 Flanker Gold - NBA 2000 Demo - Fixed Voodoo3 Drivers
  • Fixed Voodoo3 Drivers
    Time: 22:27 EDT/22:27 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    3dfx was having some problems with their server so they sent us, the latest fixed drivers for the Voodoo3, (V1.02.11) Apparantly, the V1.02.18 ones were having problems with non plug and play monitors...

    Hi guys, currently on the 3dfx home page we are only linking the latest, most recent drivers for the V3 series (the V1.02.18 ones), however, these drivers have an issue with non plug and play monitors and I'm trying to get our V1.02.11 drivers available on the web again, but is slow going. If I could send the drivers, would y'all post them on your site?

    Download the V1.02.11 Voodoo3 series of drivers (5.02 megs)

     

  • NBA Live 2000 Demo
    Time: 22:26 EDT/22:26 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    Our buddy Frans sends word that GameCenter has posted a demo of NBA Live 2000. Here's the description, from this 32.7Mb demo:

    EA Sports' NBA Live 2000 is the sixth iteration in the NBA Live series of basketball games. Sixty of the greatest NBA legends of all time--including Michael Jordan--are included in the PC and PlayStation games. Game players can compete against five All-Star teams from the 1950s through the 1990s, or see how they stack up against today's teams. They can also challenge one of the current NBA players or one of the legends in a game of one-on-one street ball on an outdoor court. The game is scheduled to ship in October for the PC, and in November for the PlayStation and Nintendo 64.

    If you can't wait to play, though, you can relive the hard-fought NBA Finals in the demo, as the underdog New York Knicks battle the San Antonio Spurs. Play either Simulation or Arcade mode and challenge yourself in various skill levels, from Rookie to Superstar. You can also take the game to the street for some one-on-one. "Face in the Game" technology, Internet capability, and Franchise mode are not included in the demo. System requirements for the 33MB demo are a Pentium-166, Windows 95/98, 32MB of RAM, a 4MB PCI or AGP video card with DirectDraw, and DirectX drivers.

     

  • Flanker 2.0 Gold
    Time: 22:25 EDT/22:25 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    Mindscape has announced that their air combat sim., Flanker 2.0 has gone gold. This little guy should be in stores on/around October 25.


News Date: Monday, October 4rd 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
 Spellbinder - FAKK2 Shot - Arcanum
  • Sierra Studios Announces Arcanum
    Time: 18:26 EDT/23:26 GMT Source: GA-Source Posted By: Garrett

    Sierra Studios today announced Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, the RPG due to ship next summer from the core team that brought the gaming world the post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout in 1997. This game marks the first project from that core team with their newly formed company, Troika Games, based in Irvine, California. Named for the world it is set in, Arcanum is staged in the late 1800s in an industrial revolution environment filled with magic, sorcery and magnificent machinery. The official Web site was also launched earlier today at http://www.sierrastudios.com/games/arcanum/.

     

  • FAKK2 Shot
    Time: 18:25 EDT/23:25 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    Ga-Source has posted a new shot from Ritual's upcoming Quake3 engine powered game, Heavy Metal: FAKK2. Here's a bit more on this game:

    Using the Quake III engine, Heavy Metal: FAKK2 promises to be the ultimate teenage fantasy come to life - incredible animations, lots of violence, an evil nemesis, and a sexy female heroine (Julie), who was inspired by B-movie queen and Penthouse Pet, Julie Strain. FAKK 2's story picks up where the movie left off. Players control FAKK 2, who must now defend her home world from invasion from a borg-like collective known as the Gith Industries. The company has been monitoring the galaxy for a suitable planet to assimilate and they have just stumbled across Julie's world.

     

  • Spellbinder Beta
    Time: 18:24 EDT/23:24 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    I noticed on this post over at AVault that Mythic's Spellbinder has gone into open beta. Here's the scoop:

    Mythic entertainment announced today that Spellbinder: The Nexus Conflict has gone into open beta testing on the Centropolis Gaming Center. Centropolis also announced that to debut the online-only game on the web, they are offering the gaming center for free for the month of October.

    Spellbinder is the collaborative work of Mythic Entertainment, a software developer, and Centropolis Entertainment, the maker of such Hollywood films as Stargate, Godzilla, and Independence Day. Spellbinder will be available as an online-only title beginning this fall on the Centropolis website. The game is a first-person action shooter/role-playing game based on Rolemaster from Iron Crown Enterprises. As a mass-multiplayer game, thousands of players will be able to compete in an arena-based system that includes over 200 spells and effects, four character classes, persistent character progression, and six different arenas

    Centropolis has posted a bunch of dialed new shots from this game.


News Date: Sunday, October 3rd 1999
Today's Top Gaming Headlines:
 Game Launcher - Thief Gold - nVidia - SWAT 3 - Descent3d - Homeworld - GameSpy
  • GameSpy v2.16
    Time: 10:03 EDT/03:03 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    Although the version for registered users was released a few days ago, GameSpy v2.16 Shareware was just released. This new version includes:

    * Support for the Unreal Tourney Demo
    * Support for Deer Hunter 3
    [Note for Unreal Tourney users: When GameSpy connects you to a server, Unreal Tourney will open with the console window active. Hit 'esc' a couple times to get into the game. This will be fixed in later versions of UT.]

    You can grab this new shareware version right here.

     

  • Homeworld - Review
    Time: 08:27 EDT/13:27 GMT Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Byron

    Homeworld ReviewI have posted my review of Sierra/Relic's new space title, Homeworld. Here is a snippet from the review:

    The game is set in full 3D (More on that later) so the controls are mostly mouse based. Zooming in and out is done by holding down the two main mouse buttons and dragging backwards and forwards. Ship menus are brought up onto the screen by simply right clicking on them, selecting groups of ships is done the same way as many RTS games, by just dragging a box over them. When you select a ship in the distance, if you would like to center on that particular craft all you have to do is to press the center button on your mouse (If you have one), pressing it twice will zoom onto that one craft/group of crafts you have selected.

     

  • Descent3d Add-on
    Time: 10:02 EDT/03:02 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    Although an add-on for Descent3 is currently in the works, we didn't know the name until now. According to the guys over at Descent3d the name for the official Descent3 add-on is Mercenary. To celebrate, Descent3d is holding a contest, the big winner will have their level featured on the add-on pack CD. Currently the release date for this pack is unknown.

     

  • SWAT 3 Demo Delayed
    Time: 10:02 EDT/03:02 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    I just noticed over at TP that according to a post they spotted over on Sierra's SWAT3 forum, the demo of SWAT3:CQB has been delayed about a week (so we should see a demo possibly around the end of this month). They also noticed mention that there should be a new official SWAT3 site soon.

     

  • nVidia v3.34 Reg
    Time: 03:52 EDT/08:52 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    Don't want to get all jiggy with your registry, just to tweak the settings a bit with those new nVidia v3.34 Detonator drivers? Riva3D sends word that they have posted a reg key updater that will save you the hassle of having to edit it yourself.

     

  • Thief Gold: Gold
    Time: 03:52 EDT/08:52 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    Looking Glass Studios/Eidos' Thief Gold has just gone gold (no, that's not a redundant sentence). Look for Thief Gold in stores on or around October 19th. Don't know what Thief Gold is? Here's the list of changes from Thief:

    All of the levels in the original game have had a beautification pass run through -- torches, textures, room brushes, better EAX support, fixes for mildly annoying problems etc.

    In the original Thief spec, each talisman was supposed to be in its own mission. In Thief Gold, we have restored the two talisman missions that were cut from the original Thief game, and have given each talisman its own mission as originally intended (Mages' Tower & Song of the Caverns).

    Also, we had intended to create some direct competition for the talisman for Garrett in the form of the Mages; there are 4 kinds of Mages, just as there are 4 types of talismans. The Mages only have the Earth Talisman now and so the air, water, and fire mages want to get their talisman back from where the keepers hid them. So they are also searching for them, in direct competition with Garrett. We have added mages to Lost City, who are searching for the Fire Talisman there.

    Mission numbers refer to the original Thief numbers:

    Mission 4 - Catacombs: Cavern system simplified, textures in the catacombs themselves given more variety, insertion of a new monster type. Player can now get more fire arrows if they run out before they discover that they are necessary to light all of the torches in a puzzle room.

    Mission 6 - The Sword - new terrain added, modified objectives on expert difficulty level.

    Mission 7 - The Ruined Cathedral: A new monster type inserted to prevent the player from ever running out of fire arrows; keeper map updated to reflect the new mission structure.

    Mission 9 - Lost City: Any and all references to the Water Talisman removed (placed back in original spot in new mission that was cut from the original game). Added a tunnel to get back from the bridge for people who make the Crazed Jump. Redistribute loot, books, resources. Removed craymen and replaced with Mages. Many books changed to reflect the change.

    Mission 10 - Undercover: Any and all references to Earth Talisman is removed (placed back in new mission that was cut from the original game).

    If you missed the demo from a month ago, grab it here.

     

  • Creative Labs' Game Launcher
    Time: 03:44 EDT/08:44 GMT Source: Voodoo Extreme Posted By: Garrett

    I noticed that Creative Labs has released a new beta version (v1.02b) of their Game Launcher. This new version "fixes issues with launching certain DOS games". Here's another plug for just what Game Launcher is:

    The Creative Labs family of graphics cards ship with an extensive set of Display Property controls (Gamma, OverClocking, Advanced Properties, etc.) to allow the user to configure the graphics card to best fit their requirements. With the number of advanced 3D graphics games on the market today, it is desirable to have a unique set of display properties associated with each game so that each one runs and looks as good as can be.

    This is what the Game Launcher Utility allows you to do. You can load your games into the Game Launcher and create a unique set of display properties for each one. When the Game is "Launched" through the utility, it will apply these properties to your graphics card before running the game. Upon completion of the game, the original properties will be restored.


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