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News Spring Cleaning [ Community -> Article ]
Posted by King of Creation Fri 07 Apr 2006, 2:56 PM
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So there was a lot of backed up user submitted news, some going all the way back to October 2005. I decided to consolidate it into one huge newspost. Read at your own pace.

VX Trauma let me know about a weapons test planned for Nevada.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) -- Plans for a Pentagon-led experiment that involves detonating 700 tons of explosives in the desert drew criticism from state leaders and a disarmament activist.

The explosion scheduled for June 2 at the Nevada Test Site is part of an effort to design a weapon that can penetrate solid rock formations in which a country might store nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction.

"I am concerned that tests of this magnitude have been planned without providing Nevadans with any information about the possible impact on their health or safety," said Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid in a statement Thursday.

Geno told us about a Zombie MMORPG that's in the works:

Warcry has a very short blurb about a just announced Horror-genre Massively Multiplayer game. Titled Exanimus, the game looks to be set in a post-apocalyptic zombie setting. From the piece: "While most of the world is dead, there are small pockets of survivors that exist in barricaded cities across the globe. Players of Exanimus will have the option of playing as a living survivor or as one of the dead roaming the earth. Exanimus will allow players to experience a MMO based in a horror genre by creating a dark and visually "intense" environment. Exanimus is expected to be rated "Mature" and not intended for anyone under the age of 18."

Smiley shared with us quite a few things. First, the "final" release date for STALKER, which is now scheduled for September.

http://www.megagames.com/news/html/pc/stalkerqna.shtml

He also told me about a new post apocalyptic MMORPG called Huxley.

Running on the Unreal 3 engine. I haven't the time to watch the movie, but I think the pic's look somewhat alright.

http://megagames.com/news/html/movies/huxleymovie.shtml

It's post apoc, and it's an mmo, so it can't be all bad...

Also, some STALKER developer responses to rumors:

To clarify the concerns of some fans regarding S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-related rumours to have appeared recently on the net, GSC Game World believes it necessary to explain the following:

- The project is on the stage of beta approval and is being actively developed in close cooperation with the publisher.
- The team has undergone certain reductions, particularly in the art section, due to all the graphics-related works being almost complete (out of 40 people 5 were dismissed). None of the leads, programmers and moreover, testers may not be reduced at any time.

- Regarding the technology leak, none of the designers gone has the rights to the game's engine (all the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. technologies, including the X-Ray engine and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-2 engine belong to the company). Even if the current or next-generation engine would appear on the net, their legal use is impossible. GSC does not intend to sell its technologies in the nearest time, so as does not intend to postpone the release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl due to rumours of that kind.

Not to be outdone, Geno fires back with some rantings on the end of the world:

James Lovelock, the planetary scientist famous for his Gaia Theory, writes in today's Independent of his belief that it is already too late to divert an environmental catastrophe which will see much of human civilisation destroyed. Fearing it too late to be green, he instead suggests communities plan for survival in a Mad Max type world with limited resources ruled by violent warlords. "We have to keep in mind the awesome pace of change and realise how little time is left to act, and then each community and nation must find the best use of the resources they have to sustain civilisation for as long as they can." He suggests we should be writing a practical guidebook printed on long lasting paper containing "the basic accumulated scientific knowledge of humanity

Haris showed me an online game set in the Fallout universe.

http://ashworld.webd.pl/

Its set in fallout universe. And basicly you make a char and fight other players in same area. To fight you just go to ladder and fight poeple in same area as you. If you die just use skill first aid or doctor to heal up. Than you can fight again. Its still in alpha testing so dont pick no races except Ghouls, Mutant and Humans or they will delete your char.

Ncr is a recomended town cause it has a nice weapon shop. You gain money and expirience by killing other players.

Mismatch wanted to let us know about a Max Payne mod set in the Fallout universe.

dunno if its been covered, some max payne mod set in the fallout universe.
too bad thats its max payne though, since itll undoubtedly suck ass.

http://www.freewebs.com/uisor/totalconversions.htm

Haris swings back with some news about a post apocalyptic Ultima Online server.

http://www.arydia.com/

What is Arydia?
Arydia is a shard made in RunUO. We are going for a post-apocolyptic themed shard. We have a custom map and are in the process of redoing the artwork of lots of ground tiles, and building tiles to give the shard a more "destroyed" feel to it.

Arydia will be a roleplaying shard, and will have a world that can keep players interested with and without staff support. This is very important to us.

We are not yet open to the public, so do not expect to play or be able to help players ingame. Estimated time of opening is unknown, and open beta will not happen until after staff have tested everything fully. This is not a half-ass attempt at a shard.


Emn1ty wanted to share with us news about a post apocalyptic game called Danankia:

This is an MMORPG that takes place in the post-apocolyptic future, on another planet, which is the sole inhabitant of its system.You must fight for survival in the most harsh and desolate landscape the human race has ever traversed. This is not just another planet, but your new home.

Where it begins.....

Earth, once beautiful and lush, is dead. The people left on that cursed planet began the biggest exile ever known.To reach the next habitable planet they built StarArch, a huge spacecraft capable of transferring a whole generation to distant galaxies. Near the completion of the project the crew of the ship was meant to be chosen by a public lottery.
Multicorp, the greatest megacorporation disagreed with the selecting method and decided to take over the project. As a technological superpower, Multicorp quickly took out its competitors. With its brand new StarArch, Multicorp left others to die with the planet.

A New Home

Danankai was the first planet suitable for colonization discovered by the StarArch program. The original atmosphere of the planet was too thin and Multicorp had to set up several air generators across the surface. In addition, Multicorp had to build huge domes to seal the people from the radiation. The air supply was calculated to last forever.

Danankai itself is a lifeless desert planet with the only water under the ground surface. There are no oceans, no lakes,
no rivers, nothing......

Your Role

To SURVIVE. In Danankai you must alter your perception to fit the aggressive and cynical environment. Starry eyes might be fatal in the wastelands. You must be able to instantly tell if your fellow traveler is truly your friend or if you should just dispose of him before it’s too late. Bumping into a wanderer in the desert gets to you think twice about whether or not to stop for a little chit-chat. Surviving the Danankai isn't all about handling aggressors and dangerous environment; you also need to learn some skills to make a living with. Like what was previously said; this is your new home.

Our Game

To make this game, we are using the RealmCrafter engine (more info here)

If you are interested in any way, or would like more information; here is a link to our forums Danankia.net/forum

Madmaxx submitted some news about a Mad Max short film:

The Last Guy Film Festival, presented by Old Spice, seeks short filmmakers and movie buffs. Featuring short films by the Neistat Brothers, the Last Guy Film Festival is your chance to check out a new crop of talent and gain inspiration to create your own films. Soon it will be your turn to upload a video of your own material as well as a chance to vote on your favorite films that other people submit. Check out this cool short film and other videos at the Last Guy Film Festival: http://lastguy.msn.com?id=1&source=email

And last, but not least...

Anonymous sent in news about a Gene Hackman civil defense film that has been found.

http://www.boingboing.net/2006/03/28/lost_gene_hackman_ci.html

Ken Sitz of the online atomic kitsch history archive Conelrad says,

We just unearthed a relic from the 'Golden Age of Homeland Security' - Gene Hackman in the civil defense training film Community Shelter Planning. He appeared in this 22 minute Army Pictorial Center production just months before his role in Bonnie and Clyde (1967).

Link to more about the "lost" film, and here are two video clips featuring Gene Hackman as the CD Regional Officer Donald Ross making a pitch to Bucks County PA commissioners for the government's "Community Shelter Planning" program. He's very convincing in a pre-Katrina Michael Brown sort of way. Google Video Link 1 (3:40 min) Google Video Link 2 (2:00 min). YouTube Link for both clips.

That's pretty much it. Some of this news was probably already posted, but it was left in the submit news thing so I posted it anyways. Now, all we need is progress on the new site design, interviews with Bethesda, and a good new Fallout game. This is also probably the longest newspost in DAC history. Thank you. That is all for today.

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