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Sir Penguin
19-05-2003, 07:14:51
The screenshots look really neat. It makes me wish I had been able to finish the first one (I got stuck at that place where you had to shoot the aliens from a moving platform... I think my hardware must have sucked or something...).

Anybody managed to obtain the 500MB E3 demo footage?

SP

Venom
19-05-2003, 12:11:49
I hadn't been following it at all, but thanks to E3 there's been tons of coverage. So naturally I'm looking forward to it. Haven't seen that demo footage though, must hunt for it tonight.

King_Ghidra
19-05-2003, 12:50:29
Just a little bit :D The demo is amazing, haven't seen the 500mb version, but the one with the guy from valve playing through a few bits is incredible. The new gravity gun is so cool.

MDA
19-05-2003, 16:40:06
Barney is back. Excellent. I can lead him into another ambush.

Sir Penguin
19-05-2003, 20:22:13
You can get the demo footage in chunks from here (http://gamefiles.blueyonder.co.uk/blueyondergames/trailers/halflife2/), when it's not being slashdotted. Apparently they're not as good as the full Gamespy version, but they're there.

SP

Sir Penguin
23-05-2003, 06:27:09
And you can get the good version from here (http://www.fileplanet.com/files/120000/123983.shtml), if you're registered or are willing to register (for free).

SP

Venom
23-05-2003, 12:12:36
Yeah and wait in line.

Nav
23-05-2003, 12:24:47
No queue at the moment, downloading now.

MDA
23-05-2003, 14:35:37
I kept getting halfway through Gamespy's queue and the damned thing would fritz out and I'd end up at the back of the line (of 5-800). This is from my fast line at work. Too much traffic.

maroule
23-05-2003, 14:39:42
The Edge magazine just did a hugely positive feature/preview on it, saying games like that restore their faith in gaming

considering how picky they are, it's a good sign

Venom
23-05-2003, 14:58:13
Everyone is talking about it. It's THE game of E3 2003.

King_Ghidra
23-05-2003, 15:27:26
Originally posted by maroule
The Edge magazine just did a hugely positive feature/preview on it, saying games like that restore their faith in gaming

considering how picky they are, it's a good sign

Shame Scabrous won't be reading it, because of course Edge is just style over content

Sean
24-05-2003, 14:07:06
Not just, but it does have a large element of that, you have to admit. Or did, should I say, because I last read it somewhere in the year after Ocarina of Time was released.

BoltyBoy
24-05-2003, 22:40:37
I checked out the demo a few days ago. I watched in three times in a row and then kinda sat vacantly staring at my monitor for the next 15 minutes!

I thought Doom 3 was looking good but this really seems to be offering a remarkable leap in gameplay as well as visuals. Early days, and demos always make games look better than they turn out.

Nav
27-05-2003, 08:44:38
I managed to download it, amazing.

I'm just wondering what kind of rig you would need to get that running smoothly...

maroule
27-05-2003, 09:47:45
just looked at the different movies on gamespot complete

incredible
never saw anything quite like it

Venom
27-05-2003, 12:33:08
You paid money to gamespot? You piece of shit.

maroule
27-05-2003, 12:46:24
I also have a xbox...

Venom
27-05-2003, 17:55:23
Good for you, but giving money to gamespot is like giving the Devil a reach around.

maroule@home
27-05-2003, 18:31:00
my money fuels the capitalist bastards, the videogame industry call me their bitch

Venom
27-05-2003, 18:54:39
You own Sierra stock as well, don't you?

Sir Penguin
27-05-2003, 19:02:09
Originally posted by Nav
I managed to download it, amazing.

I'm just wondering what kind of rig you would need to get that running smoothly...

While the new engine has all sorts of fancy features, it's still designed to scale and work on lower-end machines. Apparently a 700mhz processor and a video card capable of running DX6 is enough, although a 2ghz with a GeForce4 is recommended. Rumors about NVidia or ATI exclusivity are unfounded.

From http://www.planethalflife.com/half-life2/

The same place also says that the game will be released on just X-box out of the consoles, there won't be a prerelease demo, and other stuff like that. And it's got an interview with Gordon Freeman which is worth sitting through.

Oh, and the video I linked above has been replaced with a 25 minute nearly 600 MB video.

SP

Venom
27-05-2003, 19:09:15
So in fourth months I need to buy a new machine. SWEET!

Sean
27-05-2003, 20:17:53
While the new engine has all sorts of fancy features, it's still designed to scale and work on lower-end machines. Apparently a 700mhz processor and a video card capable of running DX6 is enough, although a 2ghz with a GeForce4 is recommended. Rumors about NVidia or ATI exclusivity are unfounded.
Id aside, what developer will not say that?

Darkstar
27-05-2003, 22:05:22
Well, that actually makes me laugh, since Carmack has stated publically that he believes PCs are DEAD already (their body is just still warn and twitching at the moment), and all future computers will be your CELL PHONE (and the servers they all hit against, I suppose).

He's also stated that's where he is taking his company. Switching over to the only "living" market left in computers and their software.

MDA
28-05-2003, 14:59:38
and we'll never need more than 64K of RAM :)

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
28-05-2003, 17:26:42
Did you know there's a worldwide demand for, maybe, 5 computers? I don't see that cell phone technology stuff catching on if that's the case.

Sir Penguin
28-05-2003, 19:08:51
In one of my C SC courses we use boards which can only address 64K of memory. They only have, like, 8K though.

SP

Darkstar
28-05-2003, 22:47:57
That really is Carmack's statements. I don't know what he might have been smoking at the time, but he's apparently repeated it so maybe that's what he is thinking.

Hey, everyone messes up sometime, you know?

Bob
11-06-2003, 07:31:08
On the other side we laughed at the Dilbert comic mentioning a multimedia fax device, and now we got java mobile phones that can play mp3s

Darkstar
12-06-2003, 07:59:20
Speaking of Java, Sun is claiming that it's going to smack down on all these flavors of Java out there (including their own). They are after making sure that you only use your cell phone and java, and forget about all other computers in existance. Of course, they are looking for someone to put digital tv on your cell phone, as well as DVR on it, blah blah blah. So I'm curious how they are going to support all their other, bigger, flavors while making all of Java operate perfectly identical on all platforms, etc etc etc.

Sir Penguin
12-06-2003, 08:46:18
With Python, Perl, Flash, and C (especially with .NET), there's not much point in keeping Java around. I could have done without learning it, though I guess it looks good on the resume.

SP

Shining1
12-06-2003, 08:58:52
Bosses love to see you are capable of performing mind numbing, useless activities:D.

MDA
12-06-2003, 17:20:48
So we should all post here from work, in full view of the boss.

Sir Penguin
31-07-2003, 00:53:48
Update: HL2 moved back to "holiday 2003"

http://ve3d.ign.com/articles/431/431074p1.html

For those who like a bit of Natural Selection with their Half Life, version 2 is out on Thursday.

http://www.natural-selection.org/

By the way, the background music on the Natural Selection site sounds neat when it's played over Stairway to Heaven.

SP

No longer Trippin
31-07-2003, 07:43:38
They found a workaround for nvidia cards and AA, it will require a G3 to do it at the least as they will use excess pixel shader bandwidth and play with that somehow. I'm guessing that is what is holding them back as before they couldn't find a workaround.

Venom
31-07-2003, 12:35:40
Those bastards.

No longer Trippin
05-08-2003, 02:51:28
Well the release date changing from the 30th was a rumor that Vivendi started it seems (though they are calling it miscommunication - how do you miscommunicate a launch date of one the biggest games of the year and the biggest for the publisher?). Valve has said that they have no delays that they know of and are on track for a Sept. 30th release date. Also due to the contract, Valve determines when it ships, not Vivendi. I think the publisher was trying to force Valve to hold up until the holiday season is in full swing since doom 3 has been pushed back to as late as possibly the second quarter of next year. If HL2 is released during the holiday season, even if they get it out earlier, it will kill some initial sales if they don't get it out at nearly the same time as Valve, which they won't if they are speculating possibly as late as Q2 of 2004. Sounds like Vivendi is trying to play a little dirty, though that is nothing new. It's nice to see that Valve isn't up for their game though.

On a side note, more rumors you'll be even more pissed to hear if your an nvidia fan. Valve has said it has found a possible workaround with shaders to implement AA, they never said they were going to do it. Simply put as G3's won't be able to do much AA without major hits on performance, nor will G4's - though they can do a bit more or take a little less of a massive hit thanks to the extra pipeline... only the FX5900 (Ultra as well) and the FX5800 have enough shaders to really do any AA without killing the framerates to slideshows - and you'll take an even bigger hit than usual from nvidia cards when using AA that way. Hell the 5600 is beat by 4600Ti's until filtering effects are turned up a good bit along with ultra high resolutions - and even then it isn't a lead that is worth the price at all. The 5600 will use the shaders better than a G4, but far worse than a 58/5900 and it's a garbage card anyway for its price. I know of a couple pissed off 5900 owners right now as their is no real fix, it has to do with the GPU's core design itself, that cannot be altered. They can only look for loopholes and such to get some AA done. Doesn't mean they are going to do it - as that adds a whole extra level of shader and AA programming on top of what is already there.

Now the real overhype is that we've been seeing artifacts since Quake1, just they may be a bit more prevalent in HL2... it was just hyped by the online gaming media to become a huge problem. Whether they are going to fix it for nvidia cards he didn't say, but they will release screens from nvidia cards before launch. Straight from Gabe Newell's mouth: http://pc.ign.com/articles/430/430527p1.html?fromint=1