If you've ever wanted your first-person shooter to feel a little less
may be just what you need. The blueprint
versions are nice, but for my money you can't beat sketchy
Quake. Unfortunately, the NPR in the name stands for Non-Photorealistic Rendering, not that other NPR
, so don't expect Robert Siegel or Linda Wertheimer skins any time soon. (via haddock.org
posted by jjg
on May 17, 2001 -
is the future of gaming. Online downloads, rating, message boards, and high score lists are just the beginning of this game distribution-turned-instant-community application. When you can buy games online like this, whats the point of having a shrinkwrapped CD? (note most games are win95/8/ME only)
posted by mathowie
on May 14, 2001 -
The Daily Radar is dead.
This leaves only Gamespot
left as the primary mega-gaming news sites. With IGN's stock everything but worthless
, what is the future state of online journalism in these specialized areas? Sure, there's Blue's News
. But with the online business model unprofitable for everyone from the small-timers to the big-timers, is the hobbyist nature of personal sites an effective way of carrying the torch of dedicated reporting? Is something being lost as whole staffs are decimated? Discuss.
posted by ed
on Apr 30, 2001 -
Even IGN.com is going subscription!
They're calling it Insider, and it's going to cost $20 a year or $10 for 3 months. "Features" include a printable pdf version of IGN, and some other things that seem like total garbage. However it remains vague about what you will keep as a nonsubscriber. I don't see this even remotely succeeding unless they restrict the very basic features of IGN (reviews, etc.).
posted by swank6
on Apr 14, 2001 -
, arguably the greatest game designer of all time, does it again with Black and White. I saw this game at the Game Developers' Conference a couple weekends ago - it really is amazing. It must have the most sophisticated AI of any game to date.
posted by SilentSalamander
on Apr 8, 2001 -
Remember the old Sierra Games?
Remember back in the early 80's when King Quest
hit the streets? Did you ever think to your self how they created that game? Sierra used a gaming engine called Adventure Gaming Interpreter, or AGI for short, for many of their popular adventure games. This engine which was "hacked" in the early to mid 90's, and there are groups of people that still develop games to be used with home made hacks of this engine. Find out how you can make your own games like KQ or take a look at what have people created or are creating right now, here
. There's even someone saying that they are porting the hacked AGI stuff to Dreamcast
-Ellis of the now dead Geeknews.com
posted by ellis
on Apr 5, 2001 -
chip to be designed by IBM.
The three companies (Sony, IBM, and Toshiba) aim to design a "super-computer on a chip" with a wide variety of consumer applications, they said in a joint statement.
"The result will be consumer devices that are more powerful than IBM's Deep Blue super-computer, operate at low power and access the broadband internet at ultra-high speeds," the statement added
posted by zeoslap
on Mar 12, 2001 -
I understand if people want to make web apps that only work on Windows based browsers. But you would think that a large games company like EA would treat others a little better than this (Proud Macintosh owners, get ready to squint).
Besides, I really want to play Majestic
, and last time I checked, a game that uses email, fax, web and AOL IM technology doesn't require Windows. : p
posted by Brilliantcrank
on Mar 8, 2001 -
Police raid Verder dorm room, confiscate computer.
Now this normally doesn't sound like anything out of the ordinary... we always hear about this stuff, right? But check out the web page
. I think this is being taken just a little too far. I used to be an avid StarCraft player too, and I've seen my fair share of clan pages that have a page like the one that got these guys in trouble. Guess we're still in post-Columbine overcarefulness mode...
posted by PWA_BadBoy
on Feb 7, 2001 -
] - a video game played by spanking. Even worse is the person dressed up like the game controller
at a trade show, even more disturbing next to the person in the turd (?) costume. Brought to you by Taff System
(link not functional at time of posting)
posted by plinth
on Jan 5, 2001 -
JDoom. Get this.
It's a patch for Doom that allows for 3D acceleration, dynamic lighting, free mouse looking, and remapping keys. Works with ANY
version of Doom. Simply Unzip the file
[737k] into your Doom dir and run JDoom.bat (for OpenGL mode). It also supports D3D (I'll explain inside). Some screenshots: 1 2 3
. Doom shareware is available here
posted by grank
on Jan 1, 2001 -
As one whose gaming never advanced beyond PONG, I know this
must mean something. What that something is, I'm not sure.
posted by red cell
on Dec 27, 2000 -
Hey gamers! Do you still harbor a fondness for the '80s cult classic Discs of Tron
, but you're unwilling to give up your favorite first-person shooter? Welcome to Discs of Quake
posted by jjg
on Dec 7, 2000 -
, 78MB) has been released. Even if you're not big on video games you might want to give this one a try. *Requires a PC with 3D graphics accelerator and fast connection to download in sane amount of time.
posted by physics
on Dec 2, 2000 -
the most popular networked first person shooter in the world, went gold today. If you have Half-life this mod is well worth the download.
posted by capt.crackpipe
on Nov 9, 2000 -
The life and times of a game company. While everyone knows Maxis
for the SimCity
games, they've has dabbled in everything from kids' games to Diablo
-like titles. While this isn't a brand new article - it mentions The Sims
in future tense - it is fascinating to see what happened to this unique company.
posted by hijinx
on Nov 4, 2000 -
Now while these guys
are not exactly the most unbiased source for an evaluation of the PlayStation 2
, they have nonetheless backed up their evaluation with a lot of convincing hard information on the performance
and in particular about the financing
. If these guys have got it right, Sony's going to take a bath on this; they'll never come close to recouping their costs of production, let alone all the research they did. If these guys have it right, Sony will lose money on the PS2 as long as they sell it. This Is Not Good. (Unless you hate Rambus, like I do, because this means both of their markets will collapse.)
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Oct 30, 2000 -
Nintendo and Sega to form joint company. With Sony and M$ to contend with, it doesn't come as much of a surprise.
posted by john
on Oct 30, 2000 -
More than you wanted to know
about the "Tomb Raider" movie. What's weird about it all is that the timing sucks. The game has gone through five successive versions and they've used the same basic engine for all of them. These days it's looking significantly dated, and the last couple of games have gotten really poor reviews. Of course, it probably still sells well to frustrated teenage boys, but I think the last couple of games haven't sold anything like the previous ones did because it's the same old same old.
By the time the movie finally comes out, the game may already be history.
Has there ever
been a movie made from a computer game which was either a commercial or critical success? "Mortal Combat"
and "Super Mario Brothers"
spring to mind as counter-examples.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Oct 29, 2000 -
THE AMIGA IS BACK!
Why, oh why, did i throw out all my Amiga games. And it wasn't that long ago, that i did that either. Aaaaarrgh.
posted by Zool
on Oct 25, 2000 -
Nethack 3.3.1 released today.
This wonderfully addictive game has been under development for 15 years. That fact alone is major bonus points. Also, a quote from the d/l page: "This version might work on a 286 machine, but it has not been tested on one." Heh. 'cause they probably can't find one to test on. Well, the consolation prize is that it does
run on Atari and Amiga.
posted by syn
on Aug 10, 2000 -
was right. No maybe Peter
was right. Regardless, the wheels of progress continue to turn, this time it's a p-to-p app that allows the swapping of console video games
napster/gnutella-style, with the 17 year-old creator saying this about the possibility of getting shut down: "Sure, it is a concern that they may try to shut us down, despite the fact that we don't permit piracy, but I am confident in the law and believe we will prevail." Riiiiiight
posted by mathowie
on Aug 2, 2000 -
SIMbabes ain't putting out...
I play The Sims
. You probably suspected that didn't you? Well, there's a Blogger
Powered weblog by the guy behind the upcoming Blueprint
program, and guess what? Copyright infringement once again rears its ugly head in cyberspace. A website called Simcorally
has downloaded objects others created and claimed them as his own. So now the SIMbabes
are on strike. The upshot of this is I'm still stuck with that obnoxious green couch. I want something better
. And that piano looks awful nice.
has more on the topic.
posted by ZachsMind
on Jun 25, 2000 -