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Boy, are you behind the times, there... Ep1 and Ep2 have been out for a while now. I'm waiting for Ep3 and Deathspank now... The audio popping is probably due to you pushing it too hard and the machine not having enough cycles to properly devote to audio.
Heh I can't wait for Deathspank, a cross between Diablo and Monkey Island... sounds awesome.
It's not that hard. I keep my money in my wallet. I haven't bought a single game with Unreal tech from the release of UT3 until now, and won't do so until they do what they say they were going to do. Mirror's Edge will be tough, but it hasn't gotten to that point yet (I don't have a console to play the released versions yet)
Mirror's Edge is worthy of renting and playing the single player mode IMO. There's not much replay value except for the awesome End Credits song.
I probably am way behind on my games at the moment (still haven't gotten Portal or TF2!). Been so busy getting ready to come to Florida. Of course, I completely missed the Strongbad games as well...
Since we're on the topic of UT anyway, I just discovered that I was using an outdated version of Chaos, so I updated and found new fun things! I didn't know they threw in a hoverboard and a bike!
Who needs UT3 when UT2k4 has Chaos? And besides, I can't stand vanilla UT anymore, without Chaos it just isn't fun.
ChaosUT2: Evolution (also known as 'ChaosUT2', or 'CUT2') was developed by Chaotic Dreams, and is a free modification (commonly referred to as a 'mod') of the popular retail game Unreal Tournament 2004, which was created by Epic Games and Digital Extremes.
Chaos can perhaps be referred to as 'a mod for those who like the game they bought'. In other words, we make no attempt at a 'total conversion', something that takes possibly the greatest FPS game yet, and turns it into something completely different. That is not our vision.
What we have attempted to do (as always) is to expand the game, bring some nice variety to your play, but to do it in a way where (hopefully) it won't be so easy to tell where UT2004 ends, and Chaos begins. Our goal is to make the game bigger, deeper, and maybe even a little bit better, all the while appearing as if it came with the original game - right out of the box.
And in doing so, Chaos brings an entirely new feel to the game of UT2004, but does it without removing anything from the original game. Each and every weapon, item, and feature included in this version, covering everything from custom startup menus, to complete game types, to custom quit messages, has been (and always will be) designed and tested to work with the latest version of Unreal Tournament 2004.
Perhaps the heart of the mod however, are the high quality, highly addictive Chaotic weapons. And while some of them were inspired by the earlier versions of our mod, each has been reengineered and rebuilt from the ground up. Some of the weapons included are melee weapons, which come complete with their own custom animations. The melee weapons are now available in most Chaos game types, including Duel, which was created specifically for them, and which is supported by a diverse set of maps.
In addition, Chaos for UT2004 has been designed to be as flexible and as compatible as was reasonably possible. Which is why we have provided a 'mutator' version of our 'mod'. Simply so that Chaos can be played and enjoyed in ALL standard UT2004 game types, in addition to most custom game types, and even when combined with many other mods and/or mutators.
However, Chaos does in fact also come with it's own complete game types, each with full bot support, and each fully functional in online play. And it is important to note that some Chaos features (ie: melee weapons) are only available through these Chaos game types, and not thru our mutator.
Is it that surprising that people waiting for the Linux version haven't played the game much? I'm just saying...
I used to dual boot Linux and Windows XP. Then one day XP just stopped working. I wanted to do something that day so I did it on Linux... I haven't used Windows at home since. Linux has aways booted for me. Sure X crapped a few times and wouldn't load but I recovered the system without reinstalling the whole OS and various software products. My Linux environment has never really suffered a catastrophic failure, ever.
Still, sometimes I wonder why I put up with the noticeable render speed and quality hit I take running some games in Wine. When I could run them full speed on Windows XP. I almost reach for the Windows disk then pull my hand back. The truth is, although a few of my games would work better, I'm to lazy to run Windows just for them. The constant security hassles, the AV protection required, the re-install every six months, the instabilities and crashes. The constant mundane maintenance needed. Leaving your computer on 24/7 just to avoid the excessive boot time and swap fest.
Instead I deal with a FPS drop for a handful of games. Some worse than others, some not all that terrible.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to start a flame war with Windows or those who dual boot. You won't find me looking down on you for running Windows to play a few games or other software you like.
It just occurred to me that you were duel booting. I almost wanted to find that Windows disk again to try out a few games. It was at that point that I realized how content and happy I was running a Linux OS. So in a weird kind of way your post sparked some kind of warm fuzzy and I generated a wall of text that really isn't relevant to the thread's discussion.
That said, if and when UT3 does come out for Linux, maybe I will buy a copy after all (despite my previous stated hate over the MIA issue). When I heard the news that Prey had come to Linux I sure did scramble for the game's box and installation media. I dare Epic to make me don my winter apparel next February (if there's any truth in the date) and clamber off to the store. I'm happy with Linux damnit!