62 MB HD Quake IV Trailer

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

A page at GameTrailers.com
has a link to a
62 MB “HD” trailer
for Quake 4.
The non-HD version of the same trailer is only 18.6 MB..

Guess which version *I* downloaded?

LAN Party in Whitby this weekend

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

While reading Tom’s Hardware about the new dual-core CPUs (Athlon beats Intel again),
I saw a Canadian LAN Party mentioned.
It’s called
LANamania V
and it’s being held in Whitby June 4-6.
Another one in Montréal was mentioned:
ATi Revolution,
in case you’re in “la belle province”.

Xbox 360 pics

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

So last Thursday Microsoft had a marketing orgy to “announce” that they will be shipping the Xbox 360 .. sometime later this year, probably before the holiday season.
Lots of technical info that had been floating around was finally, concretely confirmed, causing many rumour sites to close their “Xbox 360 rumours” sections.

The ‘360 will have 3 “G5-based” CPUs running at 3.5 GHz.
A nice trick, given that Apple’s fastest G5 runs at 2.7 GHz.
But then again, Apple is shipping hardware *now*.
Maybe Macs will be over 3 GHz by the end of the year?

It was also confirmed that the new Xbox will still be able to play that vast library of existing games (which has to be more than 1/4 the size of the Playstation 2’s).
I can hear the kids pleading for this thing already.

Xbox 360 pics

Sunday, May 8th, 2005

posted pictures of the
Xbox 360
and a closeup of
the 360’s controller

The Xbox 360

controller closeup

Hm, white.
And vertical.

How well to optical media perform when the drive is vertical like that?

CounterStrike update

Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

The following update is now available for Counter-Strike CS via the Source engine

An update is available for Counter-Strike: Source. The update will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. This update addresses requests for more realism in Counter-Strike: Source. The changes are as follows:

Doubled player speed when jumping. The effect to cumulative, so the more you jump, the faster you go.
Cut price of AWP by 50%.
Added akimbo Riot Shield to buy menu.
Removed de_dust from mapcycle.
Realism Enhancements:

Between rounds, it is suggested that you unsheath the weapon and repeatedly press the attack key to air it out as the leather now collects moisture and creates pits on the blade, making it less effective in the next round.

1. Firing the shotgun without ammo loaded will now cause it to jam.
2. When the shotgun jams, press F2 to fill out form DA-1823-00/A12-H8.
3. You should then hear a scribbling sound. When it stops, press F3 to send the request to LIDM.
4. Failure to do paperwork before pressing F3 will result in the immediate return of the unrepaired shotgun.
5. The repairs can take 1-2 rounds for completion. During that time, you cannot purchase a replacement firearm and may only use your sidearm or knife.

Player Models:
Several models now feature eyewear. This is a completely cosmetic enhancement with the following exceptions:

Part EP-7829-292-2 must be purchased and worn correctly at all times in order to see during the round.

In between rounds, you may purchase and use part EC-2231-833-H34 to clean your EP-7829-292-2. Note: that this does not clean the eyewear itself!

To clean the eyewear, you need to purchase and use the designated cleaner, EC-2231-233-H34, EC-2231-523-H34, or EC-2231-239-H34a respectively depending on your model’s eyewear. You can determine the part # of the correct cleaner by asking someone.

Machine and submachine guns:

At least once every five rounds, press F1 to inspect the weapon:
A musical cue indicates that the inspection has started. Now press F1 again repeatedly to clean and lubricate the weapon.

Your Preventative Maintenance Status (either "cleaning" or "lubricating") is determined by the speed with which you press the F1 key and will be displayed above your head.

To accurately simulate real life maintenance mistakes, pressing F1 too quickly will lubricate either the bolt face or the trunnion block. Pressing F1 too slowly sprays lubricant directly into the buffer tube. All mistakes render the gun inoperable, though this may not become immediately apparent.

Experiment with keypress timing to avoid (and discover!) other common maintenance errors.

In order to balance the improved stopping power of a well-maintained weapon, the reloading process has been made much less reliable.

When reloading, you should listen for two or three distinct clicks over a period of several seconds.

If you hear one click or no clicks or more than two clicks, you’ve bent the link ejector chute and the gun will most likely explode on the next attempt to fire it, though it may not.

© Valve Corporation. All rights reserved. Valve, Half-Life, and Counter-Strike are trademarks
and/or registered trademarks of Valve Corporation.

Yes, this was posted 4 days ago. Heh.

Gaming News..

Sunday, January 2nd, 2005

Age of Empires III

Far Cry:

Dedicated Linux Server
Map Pack v1.1
v1.3 patch

.. to be more specific

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

So feel free to

Half-Life 2 is gold!

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004

Doom 3 is out

Thursday, August 5th, 2004

.. and it is instantly available all over the ‘Net in the usual places..

20 separate sources for Doom 3

Personally, I think I will wait and buy it in a store.

Halo Mods

Friday, March 26th, 2004

Forest Gulch
XBox-only Blood Gulch with platforms
[Balanced gulch][3] The site HaloMods.com seems to have a whole bunch of these. Unfortunately they require you to run a windows-only utility over the files before using them. Maybe there is a Mac equivalent? I'm not sure. Post here if you find out!

[3]: thespyexpert http://files.halomods.com/viewtopic.php?t=1046