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Focus On: Professional Gaming

Submitted by: Calliope @ 12:52 AM | Tuesday, June 27, 2000 | (url: )

I caught this one on the forums: Gamespot.com has published an article entitled Virtual Blood, Sweat and Tears: The Growing Sport of Professional Computer Gaming. The article focuses on .. well .. on the growing sport of professional computer gaming. It highlights the growth of gaming, examines various leagues, and takes a look into the future of computer gaming, these just to skim the surface. Here's a snippit from the main article:

Computer gaming exists somewhere between gladiators and The Matrix. Though the arenas of the Roman Circus Maximus no longer host duels to the death, technology that lets people completely escape into an alternate cybernetic reality doesn't yet exist. And in spite of progress, society has not been able to escape from the problem of violence. In particular, game violence has become an important issue in recent years, because games typically portray extreme violence and reward aggressive behavior. However, many people forget that computer games are mainly about competition - beating the game and other players - and are not gratuitous carnage films. When gamers come together, either face-to-face or online, the competitive instinct emerges - and it's a powerful instinct. But getting good takes time, and serious practice requires dedication and discipline. The problem of time would be solved if you could just play every day, all day. But then how would you support yourself? You'd have to become a professional gamer.
To check out the whole thing, click here.
To continue the already-existing forum thread with your own comments and observations, click here.

Thanks, [IE]-Kinetic Poet!

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Tribal Trainers Needed

Submitted by: Calliope @ 12:34 AM | Tuesday, June 27, 2000 | (url: )

I received an email from Badboy, who is developing a project he calls TribesCom. The idea is a kind of Tribal help-for-hire, a community where individual players or tribes can request and get a trainer to help them tune their game and hone their skills. Right now, he is looking to recruit trainers, as well as players to fill the following positions:

1) we need trainers
2) we need supervisors ...
3) webmasters
4) Scripters for mods
5) server hosters
6) If u can get cheap domains or maybe free... tell us .... and u can be technical advisor.
7) if u think u can help with something else ....... tell us too
If you're interested in helping out with TribesCom, contact Badboy at badtouch.netfirms.com/TribesCom.

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TsN Tonight

Submitted by: Calliope @ 12:24 AM | Tuesday, June 27, 2000 | (url: )

The Tribes Shoutcast Network has a double header scheduled for tonight. First off at 9:00pm EST we get Abusive Alliance vs. Evil Clownz for the #15 rung on the OGL ladder, and then an hour later at 10:00pm EST there's Pissed Off Ewoks vs. Elite Tribe Warriors for the #5 rung on the OGL ladder. It should be an interesting and exciting night, so be sure to tune in.

For more information or to connect to the TsN stream, visit TsN or stop by #TsN in IRC.

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Tribes 2 Gameplay

Submitted by: Calliope @ 12:19 AM | Tuesday, June 27, 2000 | (url: )

I noticed that Tribes 2 Players has posted an article written by Iceman speculating on what Dynamix both has done and will be doing to maintain good multiplayer balance in Tribes 2. While speculative, as I said, the article builds on much of what we know to be fact, both laying a solid foundation of much compiled information and using it to springboard to some interesting conclusions. Here's a tad:

The statistics for the medium armored, in theory, should have been very useful with a combination of both speed and power but it turned out to be the opposite. When a medium came upon a light in armor, the light would have too much height and speed for the medium to withstand and the heavy's power just overwhelmed that of the medium. The medium is still useful but the light and heavy were the two main armors because of their special weapons and strength in either power or speed. To get the full results of the game, the medium must be included as much as the other two armors. To do this, tribes HAS to have a medium only weapon as well as maybe other abilities such as deploying AT mines because even though the speed and strength of the medium is altered, the speed of the light and the strength of the heavy should always surpass that of the medium making them easier to defeat.
All in all, a very interesting read. Catch the whole thing here.

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The B Sides

Submitted by: Imposter @ 11:55 PM | Monday, June 26, 2000 | (url: )

Songs with Tribes themes own, so:

The 52nd who did that Anthem/punk rock song not so long ago have released two additional tribes themed songs. Set to race up the charts with such catchy titles like: (she goes) Heavy O and the top ten smash hit Jeanie (monkey Girl). The songs can be downloaded from their website here: http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/mucus/52nd/anthem.htm and the lyrics (pretty much a neccessity) can be found from their forum. A direct link to the thread is here:> http://pub8.ezboard.com/f52ndimperialbattallionforumpublicforum.showMessage?topicID=318.topic

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WSBN Tonight

Submitted by: figgs @ 03:55 PM | Monday, June 26, 2000 | (url: )

Tonight on WSBN listen in, as the up and coming Drinkers take on JAMZ for the #10 spot on the OGL. Game starts at 10:15 PM EST, our pregame show will begin at 9:15 PM EST, with Warwitch shoutcasting what is sure to be an exciting match. Join us in #wsbn for connect info.

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TsN vs 5150 Tonite!

Submitted by: Beatstick @ 12:20 PM | Monday, June 26, 2000 | (url: )

Tonite on TsN - TsN staffers will be taking it to team 5150! Gametime is 10 pm est, and will be called by a lanned Pubknight, Wonderdog and Beatstick - as well as the rest of the staffers. 5150 is so dead.

http://tsn.tribalwar.com

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New Tribes 2 Screenshot

Submitted by: Calliope @ 10:18 AM | Monday, June 26, 2000 | (url: )

The good people at Dynamix have updated their weekly screenshot on the official Tribes 2 page, Tribes2.com. This week the shot is of a just-fired disc launcher and the luminescent disk arcing its way gracefully through the air, zeroing in on a just barely visible opponent who will soon be martyred in the never-ending quest for tribe superiority. And it looks really cool, too. Check it out at the link above.

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Crunchy Update

Submitted by: Calliope @ 10:07 AM | Monday, June 26, 2000 | (url: )

This from Crunchy, regarding a script he wrote dealing with fps and tracking ability:

I've added a system to disable tracking when the fps goes wild, this happens when you alt-tab to windows and mucks up the stats. Now when the fps goes above a maximum the tracking is disabled so that the stats aren't effected. You can change this value in the options menu to suit your machine. There is a new option to change the delay before tracking is enabled when you first join a server or change map. This delay is important as the fps doesn't settle for a while and takes even longer to settle if you get some disk lag.
Crunchy's scripts are available here.

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Battle of the Sexes

Submitted by: Rayn @ 11:51 PM | Sunday, June 25, 2000 | (url: )

We've got some demos from the Battle of the Sexes match that happened earlier this evening. So far we've received demos from Corsair and sLaM. Check them out.

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It's here! The UVALAN 2 Official Announcement !

Submitted by: Bacchus @ 09:22 PM | Sunday, June 25, 2000 | (url: )

(TW news/June 25) Charlotesville, VA

Tom "Cheater" Szabo, the Director of UVALAN 2, made an official announcement moments ago regarding the total prize package for the UVALAN. "Nearly $12,000 in cash and prizes have been donated from a number of industry sponsors" Tom announced, "And this list is far from being exhausted. There are yet a number of sponsors who have yet to confirm their donations for this event."

Here's a brief list of just a few of the prizes that will be distributed at UVALAN:

- 3dfx VooDoo 5 5500 Video Cards
- 3dfx VooDoo 3 3000 Video Cards
- Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! X-Gamer Edition Sound Cards
- Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! Platinum Sound Card
- Creative Labs SoundWorks FPS 1000 Digital Surround Sound Speakers
- Creative Labs FPS 2000 Digital Surround Sound Speakers
- Logitech Wingman Gaming Mice
- Logitech Wingman Gaming Mousepads
- Logitech Wingman Formula Driving Wheel
- Logitech Wingman Attack Joystick
- Logitech Wingman Digital Extreme Joystick
- Logitech Wingman Gamepad Extreme
- Copies of Sierra's Ground Control, autographed
- Copies of Sierra's Half-Life Adrenaline Pack, autographed
- Applebee's $10 meal tickets
- Applebee's $5 dessert tickets
- ...and a number of promotional gifts, T-shirts, and assorted goodies far too many to mention.

When asked about the contributions from our very-own Dynamix, developer of Tribes and it's much-anticipated successor: Tribes2, Cheater had this to say: "The contributions made by Dynamix are absolutely phenomenal. The attendees at the UVALAN will be very, very pleased."

Dynamix has been kind enough to contribute a special UVALAN-only Tribes2 movie premiere. And if that were not enough, they've also offered one spot on the Tribes2 beta test team! That's right. UVALAN will give away one Tribes2 beta test spot to a lucky participant at the UVALAN!

When asked about the attendance cap, Cheater replied "The cap is set at 160. As of about 9:30 this evening, we have 121 paid reservations, with 81 unpaid registrations." Don't wait another moment. If you don't want to miss out on this event, get to Cheater's Wayside and register now!

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Happily Ever After

Submitted by: Calliope @ 09:00 PM | Sunday, June 25, 2000 | (url: )

I noticed that Planet Starsiege has posted their congratulations to the Tribes 2 Dev Team's Eric Lanz, who got married today. We here at Tribal War would like to join PSS in offering our own congrats and good luck to Eric and his new wife. All the best, guys!

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BWAdmin For All

Submitted by: Calliope @ 08:37 PM | Sunday, June 25, 2000 | (url: )

I got the following email from Poker regarding the BWAdmin MOD:

BWAdmin goes up to v4.42 with some minor bugfixes and is now available fordownload by anyone (not just server admins) for the first time.

Also new is a forum for discussion of the mod. Full details on the website.
Check it out and download here.

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WSBN Presents

Submitted by: Calliope @ 10:50 AM | Sunday, June 25, 2000 | (url: )

Today brings an exciting lineup to WSBN .. I won't tell you what it is, but it starts with sheep and ends with sex. Got it yet? If not, here's the news straight from Warwitch himself:

Slamchops and Coldshots (Radio Show): Dial in Today at 1pm PST (4pm EST), as the WSBN brings you a fun filled show featuring Coldshot on the mic, with co-host Queen, our lil WSBN lady, and Slamchops, the blow up Sheep!

The Battle of the Sexes: The moment you have been waiting for! Adam vs Eve, TONIGHT on the WSBN! Tune in at 7pm PST (10pm EST), as the Starseige ladies GO AT IT with the Men of Tribes! Strap yourselves down! This will prove to be a game that you will not want to miss!
Tell your friends. Tell your tribe. And join us in irc: #wsbn for all your connect info.

Or visit us at our website: WSBN.
Sounds like a good time will be had by all!

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Speed Script Released

Submitted by: Rayn @ 03:37 AM | Sunday, June 25, 2000 | (url: )

Some unknown scripter has released a new server side script called Speed-O-Meter. It does exactly what you think: It displays your current velocity, and also tracks your peak velocity. Since the velocity information is server-side, it only works while hosting your own server, but it could still be a useful tool while working on routes offline and such. Before you ask: no I can't develop a client-side version. If nothing else, its interesting. I was playing with it some while I tested it, I can't seem to get my speed past 60 m/s. Then again, I'm not the speediest fella out there. Anyways, those who are interested can get the details or download it on my scripting site: Rayn's Bucket O'Tribes. Post your top speeds on the forums too, I'm interested.

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