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tweak\'e
21-07-2002, 02:06 PM
A single-player demo of Battlefield 1942 has been released for download. The demo is 133.3MB and allows you to try this upcoming vehicular 3D action game by Digital Illusions in one mission set in Tobruk. Grab it from the links below:
- Bluesnews (ftp://ftp.bluesnews.com/bf1942/demos/bf1942_sp_demo.zip)
-Planetmirror (http://www.planetmirror.com/pub/bluesnews/bf1942/demos/bf1942_sp_demo.zip)
- 3D Gamers (http://www.3dgamers.com/ad/welcome/blues/games/battlefield1942/)

NovaLogic has announced the release of a one-level multiplayer beta test of Delta Force: Black Hawk Down next month. To accompany the announcement four new screenshots (http://www.bluesnews.com/screenshots/games/deltaforcebhd/20020719/) have been released. Here's the announcement:
LONDON - UNITED KINGDOM (July 19th, 2002) - Entertainment software publisher NovaLogic Ltd. today announced plans to release an open multiplayer beta test for the eagerly awaited title Delta Force - Black Hawk Down. The beta test will be one multiplayer level and is scheduled for release at the beginning of August 2002.

“Multiplayer has always been one of the strongest facets of the Delta Force franchise,” commented John Garcia, CEO of NovaLogic Ltd. “We see this open beta test as an opportunity to test and improve our multiplayer options while also getting the feedback of the people who count, the gamers.”

More information concerning the multiplayer beta test will be announced shortly.

Delta Force – Black Hawk Down will ship on PC CD - ROM during October 2002

Blizzard has released the manual download patch for WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos (http://www.blizzard.com/support/?id=mwr0642p). The patch is version 1.01b and it fixes a problem where players were disconnected from a game as it was starting and thus getting a loss. Grab it from the link above.

Elpida, a Japanese manufacturer has designed the first ever 2GB memory module for PC's. Here's part of the news report on the module:

TOKYO, JAPAN, July 15, 2002 - Elpida Memory, Inc. (Elpida), announced today the availability of high-density 2 Gigabyte Registered DDR SDRAM DIMMs (Dual In-line Memory Modules) for high-performance server applications. The 512 Megabit DDR SDRAM-based DIMMs are designed with a 1.2-inch height to allow the maximum number of DIMM modules to be deployed in a space-limited 1U rack server.
For these modules to have any success, motherboard manufacturers will have to start build boards that can accept such high capacity memory. Check out the press release here (http://www.elpida.com/en/news/2002-07-15.html).

Sony has developed a digital camera smaller than a credit card allow it to be slipped into pockets or worn with a neck strap. The camera is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-U10 and it is targeted at fashion-conscious consumers, the device is being positioned as an accessory rather than a photo imaging tool. Measuring 84.5 x 39.8 x 28.6mm and weighing 118g, the DSC-U10 runs on two AAA-sized batteries, and comes equipped with an 8MB Memory Stick, a fixed focus lens and video recording capability for short MPEG movie (non-audio) clips of up to 15 seconds. You can read more here (http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1103-945060.html).

A copy of Media Player 9 based on Microsoft's new Corona technology has been leaked out. Here's the blurb on the player from Microsoft:
The new player is designed to dramatically improve Internet streaming by introducing Fast Stream, which gives an instant-on, always-on experience, bringing home-theatre-like audio and video quality to broadband PC users. Corona technology introduces two new professional level audio and video codecs. The new Windows Media Audio Professional is the first codec to enable Web-based delivery of 6-channel surround sound with full-spectrum, full-resolution audio (24 bit/96 kHz sampling).

A new version of the Windows Media Video codec provides a 20 percent efficiency boost compared with the previous version and now introduces the ability to provide HDTV-like video quality at file sizes half that of today’s DVDs, for local playback on the PC.
While this is a leaked copy, Microsoft is intending to release a public beta of Windows Media Player 9 on September 4th. Here's what's new in the player:
WMA/WMV 9 encoding
Advanced editing of media properties
A slightly revamped UI
DVD ripping
Support for VCD playback, and some new playback controls
Two new plug-ins: Audio Normalize, Audio Crossfade
Minimizes to task bar player.
If your quick you can download the player here (http://www.xp-erience.org/download.php?op=getit&lid=328)and view the video and homepage here (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/9series/default.asp). As a sidenote To remove the watermark "Build Number, and for testing Purposes only" from your desktop, go here (http://www.xp-erience.org/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=16435).

If you want a really cool UT2003/AMD wallpaper go here (http://www.chasingradium.com/images/ut2k3wall-big.jpg) and click on the tiny picture. The size is 1600x1200 and 307KB. Go get it.

Windows XP Service Pack1 Beta Build 1078 has been internally released to testers and at the same time leaked to the net. This build includes MSN Messenger 5 Build 322 and Windows Media Player 9 Build 261. You can see a screenshot here (http://www.speakeasy.org/~intense1/bink/allnew.JPG) and download it from here (http://www.sky999.com/home/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=getit&lid=288).

Here's a new benchmark program called BenchMarX 4 that has the following features:
Compact, fast, sysinfo tool based on MiTeC System Information Component with benchmarks for CPU, FPU, OpenGL, memory, HDD. Web site to add/view benchmark results. CPU & FPU - Memory- Video (OpenGL) - HardDisk.

Sysinfo features:

- Registered organization, owner
- Time Zone info
- Machine name, IP address, MAC Address
- SMBIOS/DMI enumeration
- Last boot date and time, Boot time
- CPU architecture, type, active mask, count, level, revision, vendor, id, speed,
- OS version, build number, platform, CSD version, version name, user name, serial number
- Locale Information
- DVD Region, folders
- Graphic adapter chip name, dac, memory, screen width and height, color depth, modes
- Sound card name, WaveIn, WaveOut, MIDIIn, MIDIOut, AUX, Mixer device name
- Printers
- Memory info, allocation granularity, min.and max.application address
- Disk info, file system, controllers
- BIOS name, copyright, extended info, date
- Video BIOS version and date
- Network adapter, protocols, sevices, clients
- Winsock info
- DirectX information
- Device overview
- Win9x resources
- Internet settings

Benchmarks:

- CPU & FPU
- Memory
- Video (OpenGL)
- HardDisk
Grab it here (http://www.majorgeeks.com/article.php?sid=1800).

I have gotten a hold of a valid serial number for the nVidia software player DVD. For the player look for my previous newspost and use this serial number (opps bruce is watching ;-))

. EElectronic Arts has announced the soon to be released Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Expansion Pack that includes 20 new British and Russian weapons and players will assume the role of a new character, Sgt. Jack Barns, who's an OSS operative sent into Normandy with the 101st Airborne on the night before the D-Day invasion. The game will start with Barns parachuting from the back of a C-47 under the cover of darkness. You can read more at Gamespot (http://gamespot.com/gamespot/stories/news/0,10870,2874795,00.html).

Sam H
21-07-2002, 08:16 PM
<bump> .... someone else really needs to be made a moderator don't they.