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Friday, February 14, 2003

PC Game and Hardware News

Mobos: Three New nForce2 Chipset Mobo's Reviewed
Building a new system? You know that a fast CPU is only half the story, right? The other half is the chipset. Tom's hardware guide has a review of three new mobos featuring NVIDIA's nForce2 chipset made by Abit, Biostar and MSI.

Website: Tom's Hardware Guide
BF1942 Updates (3 items)
Hmmm? Kind of quiet today:
  • Cold War Rivals Update
  • New Map Section
  • European BF1942 League Now Open

Website: PlanetBattlefield.com
Raven Shield Updates (3 items)
Yeah, yeah, they went Gold, but there's other new stuff on the Raven Shield site:


  • Weekly Competition Report
  • Valentine's Weekend Tournament
  • Fluid peek, Door Opening & Quick Order Interface Movie [21 MB]

If you get a chance, download that fluid peek movie, it's quite interesting and the feature should change gameplay significantly.

Website: Raven Shield
NaturalPoint's trackIR Profiler 2 Announced
Press Release:
NaturalPoint announces the release OF trackir profiler 2 on febuary 18th, and the launch of the trackIR enhanced program.

NaturalPoint is proud to announce the latest release of the trackIR Profiler and driver software for Microsoft Windows versions 98 through XP. The new version, known as trackIR Profiler 2, adds a number of highly requested features, including user definable speed settings, dead zones, auto-panning, and new precision mode. According to Jim Richardson, NaturalPoint's President, "The trackIR Profiler 2 will bring a new level of customizability and control to trackIR users. It adds so many new features that it brings the trackIR to a whole new level."

trackIR Profiler 2 also introduces the trackIR Enhanced initiative, designed to bring trackIR capabilities in supported game titles to a new level. Birch Zimmer, NaturalPoint's Director of Software Development says that the trackIR Enhanced mode ".offers game developers and their users a way to add a level of immersion and control to titles that just isn't available with any other game controller." Derek Davis of Computer Pilot offers: "the trackIR is the first real revolution in control in 15 years. It's completely changed the way that I play."

Look for more information on major software support for the trackIR Enhanced interface in the coming weeks, including titles from Ubisoft, Microsoft, Strategy First, and Buka Entertainment in the coming weeks.

trackIR Profiler 2.0 will be made available free of charge here after 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 18th.
Website: NaturalPoint trackIR
*Tip o' the hat to Biohazcentral.com for posting this news item.
WWII Online Memorializes Fallen Members
We just learned that CRS has added the names of deceased community members to monuments in the game world. Here's the announcement:
We have received a number of inquiries regarding the appearance of the modified CP marker in the game. We recently added the names of two WWII Online community members who passed away to the in-game object which marks a choke point; Mort "Wilt" Kozak and Michale "Colohawk" Donovan.

Previously we added the name of Barry "Carrot" Hayes to the sheep statute [sic] found in many of the towns and cities. His memorial remains as a tribute to his unique role in the community.

You can find the marker at every CP by clicking on the CP icon on the game map. The list can be found on the southwest side of the marker.

We hope that this new memorial plays a small role in honoring the meaning behind our community and we hope we will not have the need to add names to the list.
Webpage: WWII Online Memorial
NWS: Warship Combat-WW2 v1.09
NWS: Warship Combat-WW2 is a NWS Team designed tactical computer naval simulation covering the surface battles of WW2. NWS: Warship New features include the addition of torpedo protection systems, several improved graphics, more improvements to the sound effects, and updated tactical manuevers for close range engagements. Updated players manual and ship data reference chart are also posted for free download.

Download: Naval Warship Simulations
Fighter Aircraft Repaints & Smoke Effects (3 items)
FS2002: Air Show Demonstration Smoke (AVSIM)
Airshow Demonstration Smoke for FS2002. Smoke has dynamic vortex effects and propwash vectoring; six colors; three positions; multiple "Y-offset" values for easier correction of coordinates. Easy install. Total of 78 smoke .FX files (2KB each). Uses the "I" key. By Jan Rosenberg, aka "JR" and "I. Candymaker".

Coooool! New smoke effects.

FS2002 PRO Lockheed C-130 H Hercules Portuguese Air Force (FSPlanet)
It has full moving parts,including rear door and ramp,with detailed rear cargo hold,new photo-real textured steps. Original Author Adrian Brausch. Repainted by Miguel Teodoro.

FS2002 Douglas F4D Skyray (FSPlanet)
The F4D was designed in the 1950's as a fast-climbing, delta-winged interceptor for the US Navy. This aircraft is a completely re-textured version of Paul Clawson's basic model and accurately displays the markings of Marine Fighter Squadron 114. Includes aircraft and sound package. By Marc Czygan.
American Conquest Ships in UK
CDV UK celebrates the release of American Conquest with a series of radio competitions to be broadcast throughout the UK countryside. Prizes include a set of antique replica pistols..

Website: American Conquest
Panzers Screens
New screenies:

Website: Panzers
Blitzkrieg English Demo Released
As promised, the English Demo of Blitzkrieg has been released. The file is around 90 MB in size.

Download: gamesweb
Download: ausgamers
Download: gamesweb
Raven Shield Goes Gold
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six series for the PC, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, has gone gold and will ship to retailers on March 18. Powered by the latest Unreal technology, the title will have players commanding Team Rainbow in a bid to stop a doomsday plot.

Raven Shield Goes Gold

57 weapons, and locations such as England, Norway, and Rio de Janeiro are included in the title, along with a new AI engine. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield has been rated “M” (Mature) and will sell for $49.99.

Website: Raven Shield

Defense & Aerospace News

F/A-22: Final Developmental Flight Test
ORLANDO, Fla.—The final Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) F/A-22 Raptor air dominance fighter built for developmental flight testing was flown from the company's facilities in Marietta, Ga., recently to California.

The aircraft will shortly join the U.S. Air Force's Flight Test Center (AFFTC) at Edwards Air Force Base. The flight testing is part of the program's Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase.

"It was extremely satisfying to see Raptor 09 leave Marietta for use by the Combined Test Force at Edwards AFB," said Ralph Heath, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company executive vice president and F/A-22 program general manager. "With this event, we move one step closer to closing out the program's EMD phase."

At Edwards, Raptor 4009 (Air Force serial number 91-009) will be assigned to the Air Force Operational Test & Evaluation Center (AFOTEC) detachment there. It will be used to demonstrate F/A-22 lethality, survivability and reliability during the program's critically important Dedicated Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (DIOT&E) phase, scheduled to begin this summer.

F/A-22 Raptor

During DIOT&E four F/A-22s—Raptors 08, 09, 10 and 11—all of which were delivered during 2002—will be used by AFOTEC and Air Combat Command pilots to determine whether the F/A-22 is capable of, and suitable for, operational use. An additional F/A-22, Raptor 07, will support DIOT&E as a backup aircraft.

In the spring and summer of 2002, Raptor 09—while still in Marietta—was subjected to a series of tests conducted by the Air Force to validate how easy the F/A-22 is to maintain and repair. Known as Dedicated Logistics Testing and Evaluation (DLT&E), the successful completion of those tests was a major achievement, and a key event necessary for the timely start of the DIOT&E phase.

In related news, the F/A-22 program continues to execute EMD activities necessary before DIOT&E can begin:
— The F/A-22's flare countermeasures were recently flight tested for the first time. During the test, MJU-10 flares were released from a Raptor test aircraft flown from Edwards AFB. All flares separated cleanly from the aircraft.

— The first ground-based live-fire testing of the Raptor's M61A2 rotary cannon has occurred. The test demonstrated the Gatling gun's basic functionality with a single, 6-round burst of 20mm shells against a fixed target.

— Lastly, to date, the Raptors at Edwards AFB aircraft have accumulated almost 2,900 flight test hours during more than 1,320 test missions.
Website: F/A-22 Raptor
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