Long before there was Battlefield 3, there was Call of Duty, and before that, there was Quake and Doom. All those games can trace their lineage back even further, to Wolfenstein 3D, iD's awesomely innovative Nazi-hunting FPS adventure. Today marks a milestone for the classic franchise: B.J. Blazkowicz has been blasting SS guards and chaingun-wielding robo-Hitlers for a whopping 20 years. Even better, rather than just tooting its own horn, iD's showering gamers with freebie gifts to celebrate the anniversary.
Doom 3 might not have blown away interactive storytelling standards when it launched on the PC back in 2004, but it definitely raised the bar as far as visuals were concerned. Despite the awesome eye candy, the Internet quickly filled with mildly disgruntled gamers who griped that they could have made a better game by, say, changing up the monster closet-filled gameplay and adding a flashlight to weapons. Well, big talkers, here’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is: yesterday, iD finally released Doom 3’s source code, nearly seven years after the game launched.
With all the bugs and graphical glitches plaguing the release of Rage, it’s no surprise to hear that John Carmack’s getting frustrated. On the other hand, the console versions of the game don’t rely on updated Nvidia and AMD drivers and they’ve had a remarkably smooth ride. Maybe Carmack was thinking of that when he recently said that iD, the classic PC developers responsible for the paradigm-shifting Doom and Quake series, will be creating games with a console-first focus going into the future.
Rage: more than a game, it’s the emotion that many gamers felt when they got their hands on iD’s long-awaited shooter. There have been a bunch of complaints leveled at the game – some of which iD claims is the fault of graphics drivers – but one thing bugging early adopters is the lack of graphics configuration options. iD left them out because Rage is supposed to automatically adjust detail levels to create the perfect blend of gameplay and “Oooh, pretty.” Unfortunately, many gamers say that’s buggered too, but Nvidia has posted a workaround to unlock those awesome, high-res visuals – and it should work for Radeon rockers, too.
Big, bulky notebooks are going the way of the dodo, save for full fledged desktop replacements that sacrifice portability for raw power. The trend now is towards sleek and sexy machines, a point underscored by Gateway's retooled ID and NV series, both of which sport "incredibly stylish designs in the most in-demand sizes, powered by the latest in mobile technology."
[04.09.2010 Update] Hey all. Just wanted to chime in real quick and note that Blizzard has caved in and reversed its "First Name Last Name" forum policy as of 9:47 a.m. (PST) today. That's Murphy's Law: 1. Blizzard: 0...
Ugh. I was all set to write this totally awesome column about how World of Warcraft's latest Real ID measures are The Lich King's gift to proper forum management, and it's just one more reflection of much of what I talk about in this weekly column--the idea that the walls are slowly lowering between our various online identities as we transition our lives into a tell-all kind of digital tale.
Of course, resident Maximum PC gaming pundit Nathan Grayson beat me to the punch. With respect to Mr. Grayson, however, I don't think that he's really covered enough ground in regards to Blizzard's announcement that any World of Warcraft players seeking to post on the company's forums will now be identified by their first and last names--the "Real ID" I speak of.
What I find most curious is that this situation blows open the various degrees of user permissibility in an open world of data. What does that mean? Simply put, there are varying levels of sharing that people are comfortable with in the digital age, and it's funny that so many are complaining about an unsheltered digital lifestyle that we're headed toward anyhow.
Many-a Tom, Dick and Harry must have cursed their parents for such ordinary christening skills after being turned down an email id of their choice – which includes their name – that has already been taken up. But Yahoo is offering a great respite from the cut throat world of e-mail id registrations by offering ids on two new domains, Ymail and Rocketmail.
Users can reserve their favorite ids on these two domains as registrations are now open. "We realized we needed to expand the universe of Yahoo mail," said John Kremer, head of Yahoo mail. Some of the popular ids on the new domains are on the block on eBay and the proceeds will all go to charity.