A while back, a buddy of mine use to host a Halo night at his house. We put together 2 projectors, a 60″ Big Screen and a few stand alone tvs through out the house to host Halo. It was a blast, but even with the projectors and big screen, it was still cramped.
Taking this idea to a new level is a movie theater in Utah, where they have linked 4 theaters together for a 4 man tournament of Halo. In addition, a bunch of 36″ tvs show the matches in the lobby, where paying spectators watch.
Our evening of Halo mayhem was a blast, but this sounds much cooler than craming a bunch of people into one house. Get the full scoop here. In the meantime, Ill be figuring out how to bring BFV to the big screen in a similiar fashion. 🙂
Battlegroup42 released their first public alpha of their Battlefield Vietnam mod. The flame tank looks to be pretty cool, and finally full on AA guns for the US. Full information is here: Battlegroup42
Also more on the “Official” WWII mod coming from DICE tomorrow was posted at planetbattlefield. You can view the sneak preview here: WWII Mod Sneak Peak
I am not sure how I missed this, but yesterday EA and Dice announced that their World War II Mod for Battlefield Vietnam would be coming out THIS FRIDAY (W00t!), August 20th, 2004!
EA GAMES | Battlefield Vietnam
From the EA Announcement:
Have you ever wondered what Wake Island or Iwo Jima would look and play like with real tropical foliage? Do you love Battlefield Vietnam but you want to be able to relive the classics without having to dig up your 1942 disks?
Continue reading BFV WWII Mod Due out on Friday!
With everything calming down from the trip to QuakeCon this year, we have started to upload all of the pictures taken. So far I have uploaded 273 pictures with more being added by Goose and Atomm. Go check it out and come back again in the next few days for more updates to it!
QuakeCon 2004 Gallery
ATI released version 4.8 of their Catalyst Driver package today. This release introduces an interesting new feature called “Geometry Instancing” which, to quote their release notes:
“This new feature provides assistance when a game has to render many objects where the geometry is highly similar. Geometry Instancing allows the VPU to create multiple objects from a single geometric model, rather than passing an entire new model for each item on the screen. This increases the rendering speed of images such as leaves, or grass. “
Wonder if this will help with Battlefield Vietnam Framerates?
You can read the entire release notes here: 8.042 CATALYSTâ„¢ Release Notes
And download the driver set directly here: ATI Technologies Inc.
Atomm here, live from Quakecon 2004, where I just witnessed the final match of the Doom 3 Championships. This matched pitted Daler from Austin, Texas against none other than fatal1ty from Kansas City, Missouri. In an interesting twist of fate, fatal1ty came from the loosers bracket in this double elimination tournament. Even more interesting is the fact that it was Daler that put him there.
This looked to be a close match. In the end, Daler was no match for the skillz of fatal1ty, who beat him hands down, in both matches. Wish you could have been here. We will see you next year!
Fans of KOTOR and NWN will enjoy a GameSpot interview with Feargus Urquhart, leader of Obsidian Entertainment, the developers resposible for the sequel to both of those games.
Atomm, BlueGuy, Breaky, ephil and Goose are about to take the trek to QuakeCon 2004!
ephils wife was EXTREMLY kind enough to paint his Durango for the trip. These are night shots, so the day shots should come out a little better.
Be sure to check in with us on tons of pics, news and maybe a few videos of QuakeCon 2004!!!
Microsoft XPs SP2 is just around the corner. The final version that will be release to the public is now available for OEMs and MSDN subscribers. Microsoft hasnt set a “hard date” of release on their website. They have released some instructions on how to set up Windows Update to automatically intall the service pack. It cant be long. Read more for details. Continue reading Windows XP SP2
The answer is Duct Tape! Thats right. Tape that flashlight to your weapons so you have it at all times. Of course, this changes the intent of the game, but I know there are tons of people who are as lazy as I am.
Pick up the Duct Tape mod for Doom 3 here.
Battlefield 1.1 Server File Update Release – An updated Battlefield 1.1 server file is now available for download from EA/DICE. This update addresses the conflict involving NVA Spawn Tunnels and XML Logging. If your server has been crashing with XML Logging turned on, this update should alleviate the issue.
To apply this update, simply extract the included file into the root folder of your server install (typically this is C:Program FilesEA GAMESBattlefield Vietnam Server).
Download the Battlefield 1.1 Server File Update
With all this talk about Doom 3, I totally missed the latest patch for UT2k4. This patch has fixed many different things including mod support and gameplay.
Unreal Tournament 2004 [Retail] Windows Patch v3270 from fileplanet!
Click on read more for all the patch details!!!! Continue reading UT2K4 Patch v3270
MP3.com has a really cool interview with Chris Vrenna, formerly of NIN. If you didnt know, Chris is the mastermind behind the dark, eeriely cool music from Doom3.
In 1996, the inclusion of a soundtrack by Nine Inch Nails in the computer game Quake made it clear to anyone watching that entertainment categories had blurred and that gamings importance as a vehicle for music was just beginning. The blood-splattered world of Quake (like Doom before it) was key in the drive toward a personal cinematic experience–a Holy Grail to which many of the best video games aspire. A crucial element for a convincing, compelling experience is sound, and the era of the celebrity sound designer for games now overlaps neatly with the fame of celebrity producers.