Alien Arena 2007 has updated to version 6.10. Featuring seven, brand new, sizzling maps, new duel mode for 1v1 action, netcode and security improvements, signifigant renderer optimizations and enhancements, and an all new scaled GUI. New features such as spawn protection, faster weapon respawns, a new health and ammo system, have been augmented by a brand new weapon - the frightening Violator! The weapons themselves are now more balanced and responsive, with features that now allow for additional trick jumping techniques. On the client side, input is now perfectly smooth, and the scaled HUD and fonts make for a more polished looking product, and best of all, the implementation of http dowloading of custom content via CURL means no more long waits to join servers while downloading new levels!
Epic Games has released a beta demo for Unreal Tournament 3 (UT3) today. UT3 features a multitude of game modes including death match, team death match, and vehicle capture the flag. UT3 features breath taking graphics and some forgiving system requirements.
You can download the demo at Fileplanet or Worthplaying.
This month marks the 30th birthday of the legendary Atari 2600. With the recent record breaking sales of Halo 3, and the anxious awaiting of the several major titles due to hit stores in the next few months, it is nice to take a break and remember simpler times. Times when gaming meant an intense game of eating dots and being chased around a board by ghosts. Or who can forget shooting dots out of a triangle towards "asteroids"? The Atari 2600 more or less set the ground for todays gaming industry. An industry that pulls in more money than Hollywood. Well, our hats are off to you Atari 2600. Thank you for the endless possibilities you laid at our feet and the countless hours or enjoyment you made possible.
Well finally the top secret sales numbers from Halo 3 have been released. Not only has Halo 3 brought its master Microsoft over 300 million US dollars in the FIRST WEEK, but the game has apparently doubled 360 sales. While no exact unit count is available due to the many different Halo 3 packages that are available to gamers. However, estimates are between 4.5 and 5 million units sold in week one.
Remember that Halo 2 game? That sold 6.4 million units in the first two months. Halo 3 is well on its way to outselling two months worth of Halo 2 units in two weeks. 2.7 million users logged onto the X-Box Live network to log over 40 million player hours in the first week also. Those are some impressive numbers no matter how you look at it. Even with a few scratched discs here and there, this was still an amazingly successful launch. So the only question is, why is Microsoft spending so much money pushing their newest OS (which was a huge failure) when they can push out numbers like this for a first week launch of a video game?
Halo 3, you are hereby crowned the fastest selling video game ever!
A group of rocketeer's from California has built a 21 foot long model of the famous X-Wing fighter from the Star Wars franchise. The only catch, its not a model. The 21 foot long, 19 foot wide X Wing was actually constructed with the purpose of flying. Armed with radio controlled wings, a few solid fuel rockets and an R2 droid, these nerds mean business. Want to build your own? Apparently all you need is CAD, some wood, aluminum, a laser cutter and handful of class M rockets. That, and a replica of R2-D2 of course. Gizmodo has the full story and a nice picture gallery also.
Now don't get your hopes up yet. While this is an amazing feat, and a freakin' awesome idea, the X Wing didn't exactly have a successful flight. Saying the shuttle blew up mid flight is being a little generous. The X Wing only actually was flying in tact for about two seconds. Followed by all four wings being ripped off and you can kind of guess the rest. Gizmodo also has a video showing the flight from start to explode . I only hope that R2 made it out alive.