Diablo 3 In The Works?

Scanning the net, we came across the rumor control page at GameSpot. Most of it was X-box related, but the last item really caught my attention. It involves development on Diablo 3, which has not been publicly announced by Blizzard.

From the GameSpot Article:

Midweek, the fan site Diabloii.net received an e-mail from someone claming to be a “musician in Czech Republic.” The person said that, “I have recently been to Bratislava in Slovak Republic for recording sessions with local Radio Symphony Orchestra, where we just recorded music for Diablo 3.” So why should we give credence to someone who could be a crank from a former Warsaw Pact country? Because the music for the Diablo II: Lord of Destruction was recorded in Bratislava, Slovakia, with the Slovak Radio Philharmonic, around four months before the expansion pack was released. By that same calculus, if the music for Diablo III was recorded this month, then the game could be released before the end of the year. (Although some rumors pegging it as a PlayStation 3 launch title would make that unlikely.) So while theres no definitive proof that Diablo III is in the can, it is looking more and more likely that Blizzard will announce the game soon…and perhaps as early as E3.

Hmmmmm…… This could be interesting…..

Hubble May Be Saved

In more news unrelated to gaming or music, I just got word that NASA is considering sending a shuttle mission to service the aging Hubble telescope. I hope this happens. The Hubble is one of the greatest Astronomy tools we have and it would be a shame for it to crash to earth years before a replacement is scheduled to launch.

Get the full scope at http://www.space.com/news/050429_hubble_griffin.html

BF2 Demo and Release Date

Straight from -1313-Evil_Homer from Planet Battlefield:

“The demo release for Battlefield 2 will be in Mid-June it will feature one map. This was said from the executive producers Scott Evans during community day at EARS. So look forward in June for the demo. While I write this newspost I am currently alt-tabbed out of Battlefield 2 game, and all I can say in short words is Game of the year. So look forward for a report sometime this week. Bye for now from EARS.”

**”Note: Official Release Date for Battlefield 2: June 23, 2005 (Ship Date: June 22). This date will be earlier for Europeans, its estimated it will be June 17, 2005.”

Need I say more?

I just wonder how I can justify buying my wife BF2 for her Birthday 🙂

One More Example of Congressional Idiocy….

Discovered this via BoingBoing and although it isnt the usual type of thing posted here at GamersRadio, it seems like something that word needs to be spread about.

It seems as though a bill has been introduced into the Senate that would ban the weather service from publishing weather data. Instead, that data would go directly to companies like Accuweather (a contributor to the Senator sponsoring the bill) to publish for profit. The problem that I have with this is that as taxpayers we pay for that weather data to be collected

Reproduced from BoingBoing:

“The National Weather Services Duties Act (S.786) would ban NWS from “competing” with private entities by making it unlawful for the agency to publish user-friendly weather data and barring NWS experts from speaking one-on-one to news agencies. Why? Because Senator Santorum believes that companies like AccuWeather would make more money if they didnt have to compete with “free.” Thats right – he believes you should pay twice for your weather information in order to line the pockets of the private weather industry, which *already* benefits from repackaging the data that tax-funded agencies like NWS give away. Thats not only unfair, its a bad precedent for our national information resources.”

If you dont think that this bill is a good idea, you can send an email to your States Senators via the Electronic Frontier Foundation

DICE Announces New FPS

Today, DICE released this Press Release announcing a new First Person Shooter based on their Brand.

Interestingly enough, the game is being developed by DICE Canada, the same folks that brought us Battlefield Vietnam. Even more interesting, this new game is due in the Fall of this year. The short development time leads me to believe this will be an expansion for Battlefield 2 and not a new full blown game. Maybe a port of BF42 to the new engine? 🙂

In other Battlefield 2 news, it is being reported in a recent interview that DICE will indeed support Linux servers. Still no change on only Official EA servers supporting the ranking system.

Razes Hell….. LOL!

I have no idea what this game is, but when it talks about one of your own staff members like this, you have to give it some publicity…… hehehe

Razes Hell puts players in the role of Raze, a hideous-looking hero, whose purpose is to stop an invasion of adorable characters (known as Kewletts) and restore his planet to its natural ugly state.

Sorry Raze…. I couldnt resist…. Click Read More for the full PR scoop….. Continue reading Razes Hell….. LOL!

Lucasarts Announces Star Wars Battlefront II

I bought the first Battlefront. I played it one night, put it away and never touched it again. Its funny, but I had more fun playing the Battlefield 42 mod Galactic Conquest than I did playing this professional game.

I am a fair person. Ill reserve judgement until I get to play the game. The bar has been set pretty low based on your first game. I hope you can do better the second time.

What the full PR scoop? Click Read More….. Continue reading Lucasarts Announces Star Wars Battlefront II

Quake IV Storyline and First Screenshot

Recently released info on the upcoming Quake IV.

QUAKE 4 Updated Info

Please attribute to: Eric Biessman, Project Lead, Raven Software

Earth is under siege by an alien race. The Strogg are cybernetic warriors-a mechanical frame and decaying body parts stabilized by flesh consumed in a systematic annihilation of other species and civilizations. In a desperate attempt to survive a Strogg attack on Earth, an armada of Earths finest warriors is sent to take the battle to the Strogg home planet. Earths initial assault force is nearly annihilated immediately, but one marine manages to infiltrate the base, bring down their planetary defense systems, and kill the Stroggs collective brain and leader-the Makron. Earth assumed the destruction of the Makron would end it all, but it didnt.

Thats where QUAKE II leaves off and QUAKE 4 begins.

The Strogg are quickly regrouping. However, with the Stroggs planetary defenses still destroyed, Earths forces can deliver a full and final assault. This time, youre not alone. You are Matthew Kane, an elite member of Rhino Squad, and part of Earths next invasion wave. An army of soldiers are fighting with you and an arsenal of weapons and vehicles are at your disposal in this heroic and epic battle between worlds.

For Your Viewing Please, Check Out This 5.5MB image from the upcoming release of Quake IV. Blow it up and check out those viens and nipples. Woohoo! Dont get too excited Duck……. 😉

Impressed By EA Support of Battlefield 2 Mods

I cant go into details, but I have been priveleged to 3 seperate private emails to certain mod groups from EA about BF2 modding.

And I must say that I am completely impressed. I am not a modder and I dont understand everything EA has done, but I see a genuine effort on their part. Its not often I give kudos to EA, but this time around they get a big 10-4 good buddy! Keep up the great work and we as gaming fans shall reward you with piles of gold or at least greenbacks when BF2 is released……

You want explicit content?

The website ni9e has posted the entirety of the classic N.W.A. album “Straight Outa Compton” on their website for you to download and listen to. The kicker is that they have edited it down to include just the profanity. Each song also includes an “Explicit Content Ratio” or ECR just for kicks. Almost too funny for words.

Discovered via BoingBoing

Battlegroup 42 Update

The Battlegroup42 mod team for Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield Vietnam has posted some news today regarding progress on their next releases for both Battlefield titles.

The 1.2 update for Battlegroup42 includes tweaks to weapons and maps as well as a new custom map pack that includes conversions of the EA Match Map Pack to fit the mod. The GamersRadio Batallion |GRB|, has been helping to beta test these maps and there are some very good ones! Testing is expected to be wrapped up soon and a release will follow.

The work for Battlegroup42 for Battlefield Vietnam continues with the mod team showing off new small arms and armor models. We here at GamersRadio are going to be helping with the beta testing for this release as well and are excited to see what Battlegroup can do on the Vietnam engine!

read the entire news release Battlegroup42.com

and discuss it in the Battlegroup42 Forums