News Archives
February 1998


New Kali95 1.31 DLL Revision Sat, 28 Feb 1998 - 8:21pm.

DLL upgrade H for Kali95 1.31 has been released (183kB).  This patch simply adds support for Touring Car, Deadlock 2 Demo, Magic: The Gathering, and CART Precision Racing Demo.

 

Voodoo 2 in Australia Sat, 28 Feb 1998 - 1:41am.

The first Voodoo 2 card released, the Creative Labs Voodoo Blaster 12MB, won't hit Australian shores until mid-March.  When it finally does, it will retail for, get this: the exorbitant sum of A$699! :(  Work it out - the CL Voodoo Blaster retails in the U.S. for US$299 - which converts to roughly A$446.  Add 22% sales tax, and it comes to A$544.  You'd need to add another 28% to make Creative Australia's price of A$699.  If you'd like to protest at this outrageous pricing, send complaints to sales@cppl.com.au.

Australians are advised to order their Voodoo 2s from the U.S. if at all possible.

 

D2/Voodoo 2 update Sat, 28 Feb 1998 - 12:36am.

D2Voodoo, the original 3Dfx Voodoo version for Descent 2, has been confirmed to work with the Voodoo 2 card, as long as the following environment variables are used:

set SST_GRXCLK=90
set SST_FT_CLK_DEL=0x4
set SST_TF0_CLK_DEL=0x6
set SST_TF1_CLK_DEL=0x6
set SST_VIN_CLKDEL=0x1
set SST_VOUT_CLKDEL=0x0

Without these settings, the colours will be messed up.  FPS scores peaked at an amazing 211 frames per second, using two Voodoo 2 cards linked via SLI, on a P2-300 system. :)  Thanks to Mac Broughton for this info.

D23DFX, the newer version of Descent 2 Voodoo, as said before, will not work with the Voodoo 2 card.   Andy Hanson, a programmer for 3Dfx, is definitely working on a new version of D23DFX which will fix this problem.

You can download the older D2VOODOO version from our Demos and Patches page.

 

Descent TC for Quake 2 Fri, 27 Feb 1998 - 3:40am.

A Descent Total Conversion for Quake 2 is in the works!  Entitled Quad, the TC is currently in alpha testing, with many of the weapons implemented and tested.  The developers promise that "the flight model will be satisfactory to most Descent players", with similar weapons and levels.  A beta version is due out shortly.  Check out these screenshots below:

Shot 1        Shot 2         Shot 3         Shot 4

For more information visit the Quad Home Page

 

Descent 2/Voodoo 2 compatibility Thu, 26 Feb 1998 - 11:58pm.

It seems that D23DFX, the Voodoo version of Descent 2, does not currently work with the 3Dfx Voodoo 2 card.  3Dfx, Inc have released a list of Voodoo games that don't work with the Voodoo 2, which includes Descent 2, X-Wing vs TIE Fighter, Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries, and eleven other titles.  At the time of writing it was not known if the D2VOODOO version was similarly affected.  Andy Hanson, a programmer for 3Dfx, is aware of the problems and is apparently working on a fix.  Stay tuned for more info.

Editor's note: This problem has since been addressed in the new 3Dfx patch for Descent 2, available on our Demos and Patches page.

 

Descent: Freespace preview Thu, 26 Feb 1998 - 11:51pm.

Gamespot have put up a detailed preview on Volition's forthcoming release, Descent: Freespace - the Great War.  It goes into great detail about the ships and weapons in the game - a must read.  Check it out here.

 

DM DemoEdit beta 2 released Thu, 26 Feb 1998 - 10:27am.

Descent Manager DemoEdit for DOS beta 2 has been released.  DemoEdit is an editor for recorded demos which allows you to cut the parts you don't want out and reduce their size.  This version now supports shareware version demos, and claims a 15x speed increase over previous versions. :)  Download it from our Developer Toolkit.

 

New Miner release Mon, 23 Feb 1998 - 3:18pm.

Another build of Miner, the D1 level editor, has been released - version 1.61.   Bug fixes include the object-deletion crash, and the failure sometimes to revert back to 25-line mode when exiting.  Download it from our Developer Toolkit.

 

Top 50 games of all time Sun, 22 Feb 1998 - 11:27pm.

The Online Gaming Review have done up an article on what they consider to be the Top 50 PC games of all time.  Descent scored an impressive 15th in their article (beating Quake 2 but losing to Doom, the No.1).   Check out the entire article here.

 

Descent: Freespace press release Sat, 21 Feb 1998 - 12:40am.

Interplay have issued a press release regarding Descent: Freespace, which, among other things, confirms an April release for the game.  Here's a choice tidbit from the release:

Set in space and featuring ships of staggering proportions, Descent: FreeSpace promises a fast-paced, intelligent universe with unprecedented levels of action, animation and detail. A complex plot and non-linear mission design mean that players will enjoy more depth of gameplay, and level content will vary depending on the player's in-game performance.

Check out the full press release here.  For more info, check out our Freespace page.

 

8MB vs 12MB Voodoo 2 Fri, 20 Feb 1998 - 6:02am.

The boys over at Operation 3Dfx have written up a great page on the question many people have been asking: should I buy an 8MB Voodoo 2 or a 12MB Voodoo 2?  Check it out here.

Also, Creative Labs are releasing their 3D Blaster 12MB Voodoo 2 card in the U.S. today, with their 8MB version shipping in about two weeks time.  There will be no games bundle with the 12MB version (this card is aimed at the hard-core gamers who want minimum price and probably already have the games they want).  The 8MB version will have a pack-in bundle, but it hasn't been announced yet.   Stay tuned!

 

First D1x build available Tue, 17 Feb 1998 - 11:12pm.

A complete build of Descent 1 eXtended, including sound support, but excluding serial support (ie, modem to modem games, serial games, VR devices) has been released. The following new features are included:

You can download the new build of either D1x (536kB), or D1 Miner editor (746kB).  You will need Descent 1 installed on your system.

 

Mac Level Editor announced Tue, 17 Feb 1998 - 1:50pm.

Finally, a Mac Level Editor is to be made!  DMB2, the premier Descent 1 and 2 level editor for PC, is to be ported to the Mac by Stained Glass Software.  The new editor is expected to be ready by mid '98.

 

Forsaken review Sun, 15 Feb 1998 - 3:03am.

Electronic Playground has done a review of the forthcoming game Forsaken.  Doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know, but a good read anyway.

 

Adrenix demo available Sat, 14 Feb 1998 - 8:31pm


Yet another Descent clone has surfaced - Adrenix.  For information and a demo visit the Adrenix Home Page.

 

The Elegies - Review Sat, 14 Feb 1998 - 8:16pm.

Gwar has put up on his site, Descentia, a really cool review and some war stories about the most excellent six-level anarchy pack for D2, The Elegies.  Check it out.  :)    You can download The Elegies from our Multiplayer Levels page.

 

Bugfixes for Forsaken full version Fri, 13 Feb 1998 - 10:58am.

Forsaken players have raised certain issues regarding playability of the Forsaken demo.  Probe has now released a list of things that will definitely be fixed for the full version.

 

New Kali95 1.31 DLL Revision Thu, 12 Feb 1998 - 5:47am.

DLL upgrade F for Kali95 1.31 has been released (182kB).  This patch adds support for Forsaken, Adrenix, Evolution, F18 Korea, T2Net, Red Baron 2, Quake 2, Heavy Gear, Ultim@te Race, and fixes some Winsock IPX problems.

 

Miner level editor info Tue, 10 Feb 1998 - 4:51pm.

Miner, the level editor Parallax used to make levels for Descent, was recently released as part of the D1 source. People who are interested in the possibilities of this tool should visit the Project: Miner page for the latest info.

 

D1 source update Sun, 8 Feb 1998 - 11:40pm.

There are now working DOS DJGPP and Linux ports of Descent 1!  There are still issues that need to be looked at, but progress is being made. Information about both can be found here.

 

Forsaken playable demo released! Wed, 4 Feb 1998 - 12:53am.

The Forsaken fully playable demo has been released!  Download it at once from our Demos and Patches page!

 

Monster 3D II Review Tue, 3 Feb 1998 - 2:53pm.

That undisputed guru of PC hardware, Tom, has put up a review of the forthcoming Diamond Monster 3D II, which uses the 3Dfx Voodoo 2 chipset.  Go read it now!

 

Kahn 1.2 released Mon, 2 Feb 1998 - 10:47pm.

Kahn 1.2 is now available.  Download this Kali alternative from our Other Files page.